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Best of Chicago 2009

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The Reader's Choice: Le Dress

This past year was more notable for store closings than store openings. But the owners of Le Dress have a solid concept—just dresses!—that may have helped to insulate them from the retail downturn. (Wonder when other entrepreneurs will jump on the idea—Just Pants, anybody?) It's actually brilliant—women are always in need of a dress for something or other. And there are plenty of them here—sisters-in-law Eva and Robyn Anderson have no qualms about sullying pristine open space with items people might actually like to buy. The pink accents in the interior foreshadow the feminine, romantic nature of most of the frocks (don't come here for severe or challenging designs), which range from special-occasion styles by labels like Trina Turk to casual, more affordable numbers suited to those summer cookouts around the corner. There are a few jackets scattered here and there, which of course can be layered over the dresses; a small selection of strappy shoes, clutches, and gut-flattening Spanx makes this place a godsend for the shopping averse or anyone who just needs a whole outfit in a hurry. 1741 W. Division, 773-697-9899, —Heather Kenny

&Our readers' choiceSkinstinct

Water Tower Place, 845 N. Michigan, 312-202-0708; 3343 N. Broadway, 773-857-6900; 5135 N. Clark, 773-506-7343;

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