the racked 38 — the 38 most essential chicago shops, summer 2011
for the first time ever, we’re announcing the racked 38 – our picks for the most essential shops in chicago. and by “the most essential” we mean in all aspects and areas – the creme de la creme and fabulous places to spend your money along with the shops that are the best at what they do because of their location, selection, or significance in the community. the racked 38 is a mix of small neighborhood charm, designer, and bargain basement. for our loyal readers, we’ve scavenged the trenches in the most dangerous ghettos and licked the sidewalks of the glittery gold coast to find you the widest array of shopping experiences that represent chicago retail.