Make time to visit Stitch during your Bucktown excursion.

Make time to visit Stitch during your Bucktown excursion.

Think of Bucktown as Wicker Park's slightly older, more professional sister. High-end fashion, home and gift boutiques abound along Damen and Armitage avenues, adding an unmistakable air of luxury to the neighborhood.

Start your Bucktown shopping experience at p.45 (1643 N. Damen Ave.), one of the area's pioneers and one of Chicago's most inventive sources for apparel and accessories. Another destination for fashion fabulousness is Roslyn (2035 N. Damen Ave.), where owner Roslyn Dulyapaibul stocks her shop with the latest looks from emerging and established designers from Chicago, New York and LA. 

If home decor is more your cup of tea, you're in luck. Pop into Stitch (1723 N. Damen Ave.), a design mecca featuring too-cool furnishings, bedding and tabletop accessories alongside a well-edited selection of women and menswear. For Asian-inspired art and home accessories, Pagoda Red (1714 N. Damen Ave.) is a priceless resource. Owner Betsy Nathan opened the gallery in 1997 after living in Beijing for many years.

Perhaps you're shopping for your mini me or have a baby shower coming up. Psycho Baby (1630 N. Damen Ave.) is Chicago's favorite source for eclectic kids' stuff, from clothing to toys, books and games that are sure to put a smile on the recipient's little face.