312 Shops: space519

Chicago is a shopping destination and beauty boutiques are plentiful. 312 Shops features my favorite places to shop in the city and explores new territory as well. Consider this your guide to Chicago, by way of beauty. If unique and hard-to-find is your flavor, you’re going to love space519. 


Tucked away in the Bloomingdale’s building off of north Michigan Ave. is one of my favorite shops in the city, space519. It’s uber-curated with something special for everyone. Men’s and women’s apparel, beautiful jewels, books just screaming for a place on your coffee table, home décor, furniture and…you guessed it, a killer beauty section. The apothecary housed in space519 is well-stocked with organic beauty that you almost never see in brick & mortar locations. Frankly, we need more places like space519 who have a unique POV in the very crowded Magnificent Mile.

Space-519-RMSWell-stocked RMS display. I picked up the Lip Shine in Sacred during my last visit!



It’s really tempting to just order up this entire display

The Look Not your average boutique, there’s quite a bit of square footage here. It’s open and airy with a modern feel. Products are housed on glass and stainless counters and inside brass cabinetry. Nearly everything is for sale inside – even the furniture, props and art used for décor and merchandising.


My second favorite area of the store

The Brands Natural beauties, prepare yourself. space519 stocks RMS Beauty, Kjaer Weis, Jin Soon, HippxRGB, ILIA and Rahua.  Oh, and that’s just to name a few. There’s also an excellent selection of fragrances to sniff – Strange Invisible, MCMC and Apothia.

Space-519-JewelsI’m obsessed with that light fixture


Accessories tucked around every corner

The PerksLook for guest appearances of brand owners from time to time. Kirsten Kjaer Weis made an appearance last year and Astro Wifey (a.k.a. her royal nail art highness) is working her genius artwork to create one-of-a-kind manicures one Saturday each month.

The ExperienceTake your time here. There’s nothing cookie cutter about this store, so you might find yourself getting lost in a sea of books about Paris and other travels.

10 thoughts on “312 Shops: space519

  1. Kaitie

    Wow!! This looks like such a great space, I MUST go and visit!! And a HUGE plus for me is that I see they sell RMS Beauty and Kjaer Weis as they are cruelty free brands and amazing ones at that!! Thank you so much for sharing and being so fabulous! I am new to your blog and am loving literally EVERYTHING!
    Keep it sweet and stylish!
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    1. Laurie, 312 Beauty Post author

      Kaitie, thank you for your sweet comment! You must check out space519 when you can – I literally could get lost in there for hours! It’s a great store to buy gifts (after treating yourself, naturally)

    1. Laurie, 312 Beauty Post author

      Addison, I’m hoping more boutiques everywhere start to sell Ilia! But I’m totally content stocking up on Spirit Beauty Lounge, they give great samples! Let me know how the mascara is – I have yet to give it a try!


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