New Chicago Shopping Tour Reveals Best Kept Shopping Secrets

Guided shopping tours help you discover the neighborhoods' best boutiques

and local designers

Jun 19, 2007, 01:00 ET from Urban Shop Guide

    CHICAGO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to fashion, Chicago is
 no Second City. Urban Shop Guide, offering a variety of different Chicago
 shopping experiences, helps small groups explore the blossoming fashion
 scene. The guided neighborhood shopping tours feature luxury
 transportation, knowledgeable guides and customized itineraries, taking
 visitors to the smaller boutiques populating trendy areas such as Lincoln
 Park and Bucktown.
     "While Michigan Avenue has incredible national retailers, Chicago's
 best kept fashion secrets and up-and-coming designers are tucked away in
 its vibrant neighborhoods," says Julie Cameron, Urban Shop Guide's founder.
 An industry veteran and Chicago resident, Cameron is poised to show
 visitors Chicago's trend-setting alternative shopping venues.
     "Shopping is one of the top destination drivers for Chicago. People
 love to shop the Magnificent Mile, Oak Street and State Street. For more
 unique offerings, shoppers head to the trendy neighborhood boutiques," says
 Cathy Domanico, Director of Tourism with the Chicago Convention and Tourism
     While shopping off the Magnificent Mile is increasingly popular,
 navigating the neighborhoods and identifying destinations can be difficult,
 especially since new boutiques are opening weekly. Urban Shop Guide tours
 enable visitors to find the newest gems and enjoy a full day immersed in
 Chicago's colorful neighborhoods. "We want each participant to feel like a
 local for the day, "and feeling the true character of the area," says
     "Of course, itineraries also include a dose of history, food, drinks
 and art so that the customer has an authentic feel of the city." The
 experiential elements make the also make the tours ideal hosting showers,
 girls' weekends or other celebrations. Additionally, an element of
 customization will be added for each group so that fashion veterans from
 New York, L.A. or overseas will feel just as engaged as a group from a
 smaller city.
     About Urban Shop Guide:
     Urban Shop Guide ( is a Chicago-based
 privately held corporation founded by Julie Cameron, a 15-year retail
 industry veteran. Urban Shop Guide offers guided, customized shopping tours
 of Chicago's trendy neighborhoods, providing visitors access to small
 boutiques and the essence of Chicago shopping.

SOURCE Urban Shop Guide