Eclectic and fun, we’re the best gift shop in Chicago. Customers say we're like stepping into Pinterest. Come out and see what inspires you! 

Art Effect opened in 1984 and the shop has evolved over the years to become a true Lincoln Park shopping destination. We are a modern day general store with a chic high-low mix. Our staff is friendly, our atmosphere is relaxed and our space is expansive, perfect for browsing. 


Our jewelry cases feature both fun pieces at affordable prices and a carefully curated selection of hand-crafted fine jewelry from designers including Jamie Joseph and Margaret Solow. Clothing offerings range from perfect basics including Michael Stars tees to special pieces from designers including Johnny Was and Velvet.

“We try to do trends, but things that can also go forward, that you’ll have in your closet for a long time,” explains owner and buyer Esther Fishman.


Our constantly changing selection make us a favorite of locals and tourists alike. People love Art Effect because they can “one stop shop”. Decadent bath and body products, fun knick-knacks and one-of-a-kind items in a dazzling variety, we have it all.

We have gifts for every occasion, things that are funny, whimsical, even a little crazy! Find just the right thing, even for that person who has everything.