Chicago wedding shopping guide: Bucktown


Not into the usual crystals and pearls? Jewelry shop Alexis Bittar (1710 N. Damen Ave. 773-486-5627) stocks plenty of edgy jewels for the nontraditional bride.

Grooms looking for a more casual look should stop in men's clothing boutique Apartment Number 9 (1804 N. Damen Ave. 773-395-2999), which stocks beach wedding-worthy cotton suits as well as light wool suiting for spring and fall.

It's wall-to-wall white at Palazzo by Jane White (1872 N. Damen Ave. 312-337-6940), the showroom of gown designer Jane Hamidi, who expertly combines sophisticated silhouettes with feminine details.

Whether you're seeking a gift for attendants, parents or your future spouse, Virtu (2034 N. Damen Ave. 773-235-3790) will have something that fits the bill. Popular picks include contemporary jewelry by Anne Sportun, Chicago-centric coffee mugs by Circa Ceramics and hand-painted vases by Beth Mueller that feature a wedded couple—bride and bride, groom and groom or bride and groom—with the words "happily ever after."

Picturesque floral shop Larkspur (2123 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-2898) offers free consultations to talk bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces; just call ahead to schedule.

End your quest at Radiance Fine Jewelry(2139 N. Damen Ave. 773-486-5710), a smart stop for wedding bands both traditional and modern in style, plus custom designs.

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