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seeking/experiencing/sharing the talented treasures of C H I C A G O.


1112 N. Ashland Ave.

If you know me well, you know I idolize “The Lisas” when it comes to style—Lisa Bonet, Lisa Turtle, and the creator of fluorescent unicorn turds, Lisa Frank.  With that said, you should also know that my favorite accessory is a fly ass leather Unicco Jeans fanny pack and that I also gladly payed for the download of The Best of Cece Peniston. Twice.  That’s right folks…I’m an 80’s baby and couldn’t be more proud!  Which is why I had to share the gem that is KOKOROKOKO with all of you!  

About 2 weeks ago on a random Tuesday off, I was out exploring my new ‘hood and just happened to step into this awesome 80’s and 90’s-inspired independent boutique.  KOKOROKOKO had me drooling over their racks of affordably-priced polka-dotted minis, Bart Simpson tees, ALF dolls, and Jodeci boots until I couldn’t contain myself anymore!  After pouting because I couldn’t buy the whole store, I came home and looked up the boutique and found rave reviews—including their recent achievement: Chicago Reader's “Best Place to Retro-fy Your Wardrobe.”  They've also recently been featured in Lucky Magazine and named as one of Time Out Chicago's “Top Ten Vintage Stores.”  I didn't need all of those credentials to sell me because I had already fallen in love when I saw the Salt & Pepa vinyls near the door!  Even if you've retired your Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fashion sense, just visiting this place will make you feel like you’ve found the fountain of youth!

Check out the store’s blog above and also keep an eye out for them at the next Vintage Bazaar on September 18th at the Congress Theater.   

-Photos courtesy of Kokorokoko

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