Sneaker Stores You Must Visit in Chicago
This article was updated on November 27, 2023.
Taking a trip to Chicago? You’re in luck. We’ve carefully curated all the best sneaker and streetwear stores the Windy City has to offer. Offering high-end boutiques, galleries and consignment stores, you’re bound to find plenty of locales to meet your needs. Remember, after you’ve seen it all in Chicago, be sure to check out our other Sneaker Store Guides to see which crep-filled city to hit next. First things first, though — here's the list below of what Chicago has to offer.
Notre is a high-end boutique with an expensive feel and fashion to match, with brands including Engineered Garments, Canada Goose, Bianca Chandon, Off-White, Stone Island, and more. The women’s selection is as expansive as the men's, so there's something for everyone. Notre is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so make sure to pull up on the other days of the week. That said, if you’re looking for an eclectic mix of brands, products, and people, Notre fits the bill!
Saint Alfred opened their doors in 2005 in the heart of Wicker Park with a facelift done earlier in 2023. With offerings including high-end NEIGHBORHOOD, Raf Simons and Cav Empt and crowd-pleasers like Jordan Brand and Medicom (to name a few), Saint Alfred has one of the broadest ranges of high-quality footwear in Chicago. They're a go-to for limited releases, but if you’re not lucky enough to cop a rare pair, there's still plenty to pique your interest.
SVRN went through a renovation in 2022 with a brutalist look and monolithic fixtures placed throughout. The avant-garde style fits the brands SVRN carries, with the likes of Rick Owens and Comme des Garçons hanging on the walls. In the back of the 4,200 square foot space, sneakers from Nike, Jordan Brand, and adidas fill up the walls. Check out SVRN in the West Loop of Chicago, alongside the likes of Notre, Every Now & Then, and The Pop-Up.
Created in 2009 by Chicago natives and streetwear heavyweights Don C and the late Virgil Abloh, RSVP Gallery is one of Chicago’s premier boutiques. That said, RSVP is about more than just copping: it’s part boutique creative space and part gallery. No surprise considering its founders. You can find the latest releases from brands like Yeezy, 424, Off-White, and Just Don next to neon-lit Rolex logos and BE@RBRICKs 400%s. They also play host to pop-ups and events, encouraging the community to actually RSVP to more than capitalism, but also to the culture.
Chicago sneaker culture is an extensive one, and Leaders 1354 are one of the pioneers. Walk in and you're greeted by the OGs while Grisleda blares through the store and incense fills the air. Now located in the West Loop of Chicago, a stone's throw away from the United Center, Leaders carries a variety of brands from Nike to adidas, as well as carrying their own label.
Every Now & Then
Joe Freshgoods opened up Every Now & Then in 2022 as a retail and resource space. The beautiful space is utilised in a few ways, which includes programming, installations, and other events. Tactfully carrying a lot of items in-store incentivises people to come in and pick up items that are sold out online, so you might get lucky if you stop by. Located right off Lake Street in West Loop, Every Now & Then is only open on the weekends.,
Established in 2015, Boneyard has made a name for itself as one of Chicago’s premier sneaker resale shops. Their curated combination of vintage pieces, streetwear, and sneakers has earned them a spot on this list. Boneyard also carries their own collection of eerie merch with bats and skull-and-crossbones motifs. They buy, sell, and trade sneakers every day, so if you're in Wicker Park, make sure to stop by.
Setting up shop in the heart of Wicker Park, down the block from Saint Alfred and Supreme, Round Two Chicago opened their doors in 2019. You'll be greeted by a huge Penny Hardaway cutout on your way up to the second floor with the rest of the store adorned with vintage posters and decor. The first floor carries the most sought-after sneakers and apparel on the market, with the second floor being reserved for strictly vintage. They buy, sell, and trade, so pull up to downsize your collection or add a few more to the mix.
Attached to the Hoxton Hotel in West Loop, The Pop-Up has emerged as one of the premier retail boutiques in the Midwest. Located in Chicago’s Fulton Market neighbourhood, the brand specialises in curated secondhand clothing, vintage garments, designer goods, sneakers and more. Within the past year, The Pop-Up has been featured on Vice TV, collaborated with eBay Sneakers and was listed in Louis Vuitton’s Chicago City Guide as one of the best places to shop. Founded and locally owned by a husband and wife team in 2019, it is a true family-owned start-up business that employs a dozen of Chicago’s emerging talent in fashion, design and content creation. Make sure to hit The Pop-Up while making the rounds in West Loop, alongside Notre, SVRN, and Every Now & Then.
Known by all, and loved by no less, Succezz is another one of Chicago’s sneaker MVPs, with a hefty supply of Nike, Jordan, and adi, as well as their own merch. The Succezz team love the community, sharing shots of happy customers after a big purchase and giving their followers at look at their latest steals. If you’re in Chicago, definitely stop by Succezz and join the family!
Need your daily dose of hype? Diplomatic 1750 has you covered. As one of the Windy City’s leading consignment shops, Diplomatic 1750's rotating line-up of sellers keeps the shelves stacked with new heat and old favourites. There's always a surprise to be had, so your best bet is to head in-store and find some grails or check out their Instagram for a preview. Even better, make a pitstop at their two locations in the Chicagoland area, one in Streeterville and the other in Rosemont.
If you’re a fan of Nike, you should definitely make a point to stop in Chicago’s NikeTown. Nike has always had a special connection with Chi-Town, and this store definitely shows it. With Jordan-themed installations sprinkled throughout the store, Nike pays homage to Chicago in a fun and interesting way. It's not just a must-see for b-ball lovers, either. NikeTown has all your performance and streetwear needs sorted, as well as stocking some limited-edition releases. No matter what you’re looking for, you should stop at NikeTown, even if it’s just to pay respects.
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