a collage of some of the best vintage stores in chicago

The Best Vintage Stores in Chicago

by Madeline Berger
March 1st, 2021

Visiting the windy city, by chance? After hanging in Chicago for the last few decades, we know that this town is chock-full of fantastic vintage shops. Whether you’re looking for nostalgia-inducing ’90s garb, 1950s dresses in immaculate condition, or chicest menswear from decades past, scroll on for all the details. We’ve rounded up eight of the best vintage stores in Chicago based on customer reviews, pricing, location, and social media presence/general accessibility via the internet.

As a bonus, we’ve created a fancy Google map that contains all of the vintage stores we mention along with many more! Scroll to the bottom of this post to save the map to your phone and get vintage hunting.

Kokorokoko (Wicker Park)

4.4 stars on Google
Moderate prices
@kokorokokovintage

What you’ll find:

Located in the hip neighborhood of Wicker Park, Kokorokoko is much more than a fun name. Focusing on ’80s and ’90s vintage clothing, accessories, and memorabilia (think fanny packs and Saved By the Bell trading cards), one visitor describes the space as “stunningly decorated”. It’s on the pricier end, but all items are hand-selected and highly curated.

Hours:

1PM-5PM Friday, 1PM-6PM Saturday (hours may be affected by COVID-19, so double-check before you go)
1323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Knee Deep Vintage (Pilsen)

4.4 stars on Google
Moderate to high prices
@kneedeepvintage

What you’ll find:

A lovely source for true vintage clothing that’s been around since 2008. Has men and women’s items, but most people rave about their killer selection of vintage dresses in impeccable condition. Highly curated, so be ready to pay the price!

Hours:

12PM-6PM every day (hours may be affected by COVID-19, so double-check before you go)
1219 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Shangri-La Vintage (Roscoe)

4.2 stars on Google
Low to moderate prices
@shangrilavintagechicago

What you’ll find:

If you’re looking for men’s or women’s vintage focused on the ’50s-’80s, stop by Shangri-La. It’s a small shop that packs a punch, with a reputation for having reasonable prices and friendly, knowledgable owners.

Hours:

Open every day at noon (call 773-348-5090 for updates)
1952 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL 60657

Ragstock (Wicker Park + Lakeview)

4.3, 4.4 stars on Google
Low to moderate prices
@ragstock

What you’ll find:

It’s not shady to include yourself in a best-of roundup if the people love you (and you have three Chi-Town locations!). With spots in Wicker Park, Lakeview, and down at Water Tower Place, you can find a mix of affordable true vintage and used (we call it ‘recycled’) along with new and party items. You kinda have to visit to see the crazy variety for yourself. And PS—while we have stores around the Midwest, our best vintage goes to Chicago!

Hours:

Hours vary (check our website for updates)
1459 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
812 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Lost Girls Vintage (Ukrainian Village)

4.5 stars on Google
Moderate prices
@lostgirlsvintage

What you’ll find:

If you’re looking for a vibey, size-inclusive spot, Lost Girls Vintage is your jam. This women and minority-owned business prides themselves on carrying vintage ranging in sizes from 00-26. Along with clothing and accessories, they also host occasional events (in non-Covid times).

Hours:

12PM-6PM Wednesday-Friday, 11AM-6PM Saturday-Sunday (check website for updates)
1947 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Richard’s Fabulous Finds (Wicker Park)

4.9 stars on Google
High prices
@richardsfabulousfinds

What you’ll find:

It’s not often that you come across vintage stores focused solely on menswear, and luckily, Richard’s Fabulous Finds receives high praise. With fair prices and a knowledgable owner, it’s definitely worth a stop!

Hours:

1PM-8PM Wednesday-Saturday, 1PM-7PM Sunday
2545 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

store B vintage (Wicker Park)

4.7 stars on Google
High prices
@storebvintage

What you’ll find:

Located in Wicker Park, store B is known for fabulous accessories (focusing on hats, sunglasses, and shoes) and high-end vintage. While the prices may be higher than some of our other picks, visitors urge you to check every nook and cranny of the store for treasures.

Hours:

12PM-6PM Wednesday-Friday, 11AM-6PM Saturday, 12PM-5PM Sunday (check website for updates)
1472 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

Very Best Vintage (Pilsen)

4.3 stars on Google
Moderate prices
@shopverybestvintage

What you’ll find:

A small shop located in the Pilsen neighborhood, Very Best Vintage has items dating back to the ’20s all the way to of-the-moment Y2K pieces. Some people describe their selection as a bit lacking, but we think it’s definitely worth a gander—even if just for the name!

Hours:

12PM-7PM Wednesday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM Sunday (check Google for updates)
1346 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

To make your vintage shopping in Chicago a bit easier, check out our special Google map of vintage stores in Chicago. Open it on your phone to plan the most convenient route as you go! Everything we cover in this blog (and more) is there.