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We all have our shopping guilty pleasures. Certain boutiques, aisles, and racks catch our eye—suddenly, we're hooked for hours. And nothing sucks us in quite like a stationery store, with cute, quirky, inviting tchotchkes and cards at every turn.
Chicago's stationery and gift spots are some of the best (maybe we're biased), and today, we're taking you on a visual tour of three of our faves. Explore Greer, Inkling, and The Paper Doll, and chat with the owners about the most charming perks of working in this world of wonder. The best part? At the root of every trip to a stationery store is a gift or card for someone special. Selfless shopping plus eye candy everywhere you look? There is no better equation for warm fuzzies.
Photographed by Stephanie Bassos