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here is your guide to shopping in chicago when you aren't looking for $100 toys from F.A.O Schwartz (which is still a cool store to browse in)... here you'll find the best thrift stores to go to, among others...

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the best thrift stores are the village discount outlet chain... they have about 10 stores, but the absolute best out of all of them is on clark st. between argyle and lawrence (either of those el stops works for it)... it's in uptown, which is a pretty sketchy neighboorhood... just don't be stupid... but here is where you'll find good stuff for cheap (usual prices are 60 cents, 90 cents, $1.50, and $2)... two other good village thrifts are the ones on roscoe street by damen and the other one on clark between belmont and halsted...

another good place is ragstock, which you'll find east on belmont, right by clark street... unfortuneately it's gotten overpriced and ultra-trendy, but you can sometimes still find some good stuff there...

also in the belmont area is Funky Town... this is one of the best new thrift stores... it's a little expensive but definately quality and an added bonus of unpretensiousness... it's on seminary and belmont, two blocks west of the belmont red/brown/purple line el stop.

Non-Thrift

now, i can't be mistaken for a goth most the time... but i'm a closted goth... and there's a great store for the goth in you called Medusa's Circle... it's on clark between addison and belmont at school... here they have expensive but beautiful clothes that goth and club kids need to have... they also have lots of punk looking attire, but if you're really a punk then why are you spending $80 on pants??? although there is something for the punks, and everyone which is their nice jewelry section... now they do have a nice "jewelry" section of necklaces and stuff too, but i'm talking about piercings... they also have a piercer there, who is pretty good from what i've heard... anyway this store is fun to check out even if you're poor like myself... (p.s. to dykes... cute chicks work there!!!!!)