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    When I visit Chicago every other month, I always visit. Barney's is in the Magnificent Mile area, just a block west off Michigan Ave. The reps are knowledgable and friendly and devoid of attitude. I've just come home with L'artisans Méchant Loup and I'm so pleased. I said I wanted something new and she brought me over to the L'artisan shelves and picked it out directly, --my sense of you is that this scent you'll love.
    She was so right.
    I always stop by the Serge Lutens counter (my favourite is Daim Blonde), just interested in what's new. She always recognizes me.
    Summer next they expect to have a Fréderick Malle builtin, something to look forward to!
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    I too findmyself in Chicago quite often. Aside from the department stores (Saks, Neimans, Barney's, Nordstroms, Bloomingdales) that are in the Magnificent Mile there is also a L'Artisan Parfumeur boutique in The Shops at 900 and I have found some great deals (a bottle of Palais Jamais for $25) at Filene's Basement. And that's not mentioning all of the designer boutiques - Prada, Yves Saint Laurent, Jil Sander, Chanel, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Armani and more! Also, I heard that Truefitt & Hill, a barbershop in The Shops at 900, also sell fragrances, I think I read that they sell Panhaligon's.

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    L'Artisan's boutique in Water Tower Place is now closed. However, ubuandibeme & I did find L'Artisan fragrances at Barneys, C.O. Bigelow (in Water Tower Place), and the Blue Mercury store in Lincoln Park.

    A brief recap, as near as I can recall:

    Aroma Workshop:
    Lincoln Park, 2050 N. Halsted St. • (773) 871-1985
    Create a custom fragrance from dozens of notes available at their scent bar. They also offer a full line of unscented bath & body products that can be blended with your customized fragrance. Fun little shop, and Ted enjoys his work!

    ArtEffects, a "modern-day general store"
    934 West Armitage • (773) 929-3600
    Very small selection: Apothia, Danica Aromatics, Sage Machado, Soular Therapy's Astrological Aromatherapy Collection, Sula

    Barneys New York:
    25 E Oak St. • (312) 587-1700
    Mon - Sat: 10am - 7pm • Sun: 12pm - 6pm
    Acqua di Parma, Antonia's Flowers, Byredo, Comme des Garçons, Costume National, The Different Company, Diptyque, Frederic Malle, Gendarme, L'Artisan, Les Parfums de Rosine, Nanadebary, Parfums Delrae, Serge Lutens, Tocca

    Bloomingdales
    Chicago Place, 900 North Michigan Ave. • (312) 587-8962

    Blue Mercury
    Lincoln Park, 2208 North Halsted • (773) 327-6900
    Acqua di Parma, Annick Goutal, Bobbi Brown, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Creed, Diptyque, Fresh, L'Artisan, L'Occitane, Tocca, Trish McEvoy

    Chanel
    935 North Michigan Ave. • (312) 787-5500
    Full range of Les Exclusifs

    C.O. Bigelow
    Water Tower Place, 845 N Michigan Ave. # 420 • (312) 642-0551
    06130 Zéro Six Cent-Trente, Acqua di Parma, Anthony Logistics, Carthusia, Crabtree & Evelyn, Fresh, Geo F. Trumper, L'Artisan, L'Occitane, Nasomatto, Tocca, Shiseido, Zirh

    Hermès
    110 E Oak St. • (312) 787-8175
    Full range of the Hermèssence line, Un Jardin series, men's fragrances, women's fragrances. (We found our SA Mauricio to be very charming!)
    _____

    In the next 3, I just listed some lines that seemed to stand out from the usual shared department-store offerings.

    Neiman Marcus
    737 North Michigan Ave. • (312) 642-5900
    Clive Christian, Jo Malone, Tom Ford

    Nordstrom
    The Shops at North Bridge, Michigan & Grand • (312) 464-1515
    Armani Privé, D'Orsay, Guerlain bee bottles (Eau de Cologne, #68)

    Saks 5th Avenue
    700 N Michigan Ave. # 1 • (312) 944-6500
    Armani Onde, Armani Privé, Bond No. 9, Caron, Lalique
    ______

    Water Tower Place: The Body Shop, C.O. Bigelow, Crabtree & Evelyn, Macy's (with LUSH), Sephora
    835 N. Michigan Ave.
    Mon - Sat: 10am -9pm • Sun: 11am-6pm
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    It'd be awesome if people also listed their favorite "Hole in the Wall shops" There used to be an amazing one at the corner of chicago and rush but it disappeared. Everyone lets make a list
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    Hey there, marczilla. I look forward to meeting you in Chicago in August.

    I suppose I should put the LINK to the Chicago perfume shops map in this thread, too.
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    Default Re: Chicago

    There is also:

    Prada
    30 E Oak St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 951-1113

    Yves Saint-Laurent
    51 E Oak St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 751-8995
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    It's tragic that L'Artisan closed shop at Water Tower Place, but I have to agree that Barney's on Oak is spectacular - great, knowledgeable L'Artisan staff there.. AdP.. and many others. Neiman Marcus on Michigan Ave. is OK, but not spectacular.. there have been some rude SA's there. Saks 5th is great.

    In great contrast to Barney's in Chicago is the Barney's in Seattle, WA. I asked to sample the Lutens line, and the guy working behind the counter was a really snide, unhelpful, "go out of his way to be obstenant" kind of person. I loved one of them but can't remember the name because I was so put off by the 'tude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyDG View Post
    It's tragic that L'Artisan closed shop at Water Tower Place, but I have to agree that Barney's on Oak is spectacular - great, knowledgeable L'Artisan staff there.. AdP.. and many others. Neiman Marcus on Michigan Ave. is OK, but not spectacular.. there have been some rude SA's there. Saks 5th is great.

    In great contrast to Barney's in Chicago is the Barney's in Seattle, WA. I asked to sample the Lutens line, and the guy working behind the counter was a really snide, unhelpful, "go out of his way to be obstenant" kind of person. I loved one of them but can't remember the name because I was so put off by the 'tude.
    Rex, the Malle rep, at Barneys is great. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and generous - and handsome too.
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    Their Malle area is in the basement, right? Or am I thinking of Barneys on Madison Ave.?

    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Rex, the Malle rep, at Barneys is great. He is very knowledgeable, helpful and generous - and handsome too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyDG View Post
    Their Malle area is in the basement, right? Or am I thinking of Barneys on Madison Ave.?
    In their new location, yes.
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    I've always found the people at saks very nice and the people at needless mark up horrendous (with the exception of the nice Guerlain rep but she doens't work for needless) but the people that work at Barney's here are always the best. Shopping there is really fun. They know a lot about their lines and clearly have fun working there. I wonder what happened to Nordie's? Their selection went from being the best to negligable over a period of months.
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    Hi everyone,
    I'm not sure if this is where I should ask,
    but does anyone know where it Chicago I might find
    Lostmarch? I'm looking for a bottle of Lann-Ael...

    Please PM is that's a better idea...
    Many thanks in advance...
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    Just a heads up for those of you in the Chicago area- I've created a group called Basenotes Chicago to help organize meet-ups and trading. Join up if interested!

    http://community.basenotes.net/group.php?groupid=60

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    I didn't see any mentions of Macy's aka Marshall Fields State Street store. It used to have a wonderful fragrance department, including a Merz Apothecary in the store. Has Macy's completely dismantled it?

    What about Nordstrom? They used to the L'Arte de Parfum - is that gone?

    I'll be in Chicago New Year's Eve and have a little shopping time, and was hoping I could see some new things at Macy's.

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    Merz is still there and stupendous.
    Here's the follow-up report on that fabulous Chicago meet-up experience:
    http://community.basenotes.net/showt...chicago+quarry
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    I will be in Chicago on vacation in early July!! This information has been very helpful.....Thanks to all who know this Great city.....I can't wait to check everything out!!!
    Gary

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    This is brilliant. Thanks for the info. I am thinking about doing the day trip to Chicago and this is everything I need to know.

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    I'll be in Chicago this summer. Where can I find vintage and discontinued fragrances in the city?
    "Smell with your nose, not your ears".

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    I briefly stopped by the Water Tower shopping mall. I was underwhelmed by bigelow's selection. But Designer perfume, a regular perfume store for mainstream stuff, had some interesting things here and there. I found a big tester for Angel La Rose, encre noire for $70, and I set my eyes on a couple more things.

    cacio

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    (For anyone reading this thread circa 2011 and beyond. Merz has moved from Macy's to the Palmer House Hilton Hotel.)
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    Thanks for mentioning Merz. Very interesting store. Many of the usual english-type brands (Penhaligon), but also a large selection of Farmacia Santa Maria Novella and a limited number of Dyptique. And cheap Pino silvestre.

    I'm going to be in chicago for a few months, so I hope to find something else interesting. (For now, having left most of my stuff behind, I grabbed a couple of things at Barney's and the store in the Water tower).

    cacio

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    I was at Nordstrom's on Michigan recently, and customers can now do their own decants with empty spray sample bottles. Easier than Sephora, since you don't have to enlist the aid of a salesperson. They had just put a bunch of Tom Fords out...Probably got $30 worth of frags! Gotta love it.

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    Good to read this thread. My wife and kids and I just moved to Chicago from Houston and are in corporate housing until we get our house. We walk the Magnificent Mile and the areas over here daily so I'll need to look around. So far I've only been to the State Street Macys and they have the regulars.
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    Any place I should go? It's my old home town, but I began my affair with perfume after I left and this is the first time back I will have any time on my own! Thanks so much.

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    Barney's on Oak street has many niches: Malle, Serge Lutens, Le Labo, Artisan, Rosine, and more
    Merz Apothecary in the Palmer hotel: for old style barbershop, plus a couple of niche (Santa Maria Novella, some Dyptique).
    Designer Perfume in the water tower mall for a large selection of mainstream, including hard to find ones or discontinued.
    Chanel boutique (Drake hotel on Michigan) for the Chanel exclusives.
    A combination of Neiman Marcus and Saks on Michigan for upscale mainstream (Guerlain, Tom Ford) plus a couple of niche (Kurkdjian).

    There is a thread on Chicago as well, if you do a search you may find it.

    cacio

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    Basenotes has a city shopping guide section. Here's the link to the Chicago thread.

    Here's the link to a google map I've pinned with all the fragrance-shopping hotspots.
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    By all means, go to Barneys on Oak. Will not disappoint

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    Quote Originally Posted by cacio View Post
    Barney's on Oak street has many niches: Malle, Serge Lutens, Le Labo, Artisan, Rosine, and more
    Merz Apothecary in the Palmer hotel: for old style barbershop, plus a couple of niche (Santa Maria Novella, some Dyptique).
    Designer Perfume in the water tower mall for a large selection of mainstream, including hard to find ones or discontinued.
    Chanel boutique (Drake hotel on Michigan) for the Chanel exclusives.
    A combination of Neiman Marcus and Saks on Michigan for upscale mainstream (Guerlain, Tom Ford) plus a couple of niche (Kurkdjian).

    There is a thread on Chicago as well, if you do a search you may find it.

    cacio
    Superb recommendations. I've had very good luck shopping on the circuit listed above. Take some serious cash with you - it will be very hard not to buy among that group of stores.

    The Truefitt & Hill Barbershop at 900 N. Michigan has some great stuff in it too. It's on the walking route for all these stores. It would be a shame not to stop in for a sniff or two while you're in the neighborhood.

    Merz Apothecary is especially fun. Don't miss.

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    I have many great things to say about the sale associate at Barney's New York in Chicago. I'll be making a visit to the store in the next few weeks to pick up many on my list but more importantly to just mingle with some great people.
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    Thank you all so much!! I'm so happy that I'm getting into town before my friends. I would have skipped Barney's in Chicago because I did not have a great experience in Seattle - but now it will be my first stop. So sorry I missed the L'Artisan store, but maybe that's a good thing... You are all exceptionally fabulous. Thank you!

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