Alley

★★★★☆
Shop a huge selection of gothic, biker and punk clothing and accessories at this alternative emporium.
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773-525-3180

3228 N Clark

Chicago, IL

60657

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Mon-Thu 12pm-10pm Fri, Sat 11am-12am Sun 12pm-8pm

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this place is HORRIBLE. the people there are the rudest a**holes ever, my boyfriend wanted to look at a pipe and he asked the girl who looked like a cracked out rainbow brite doll if she could help him when she was able and she just looked at him and then helped a another customer, and pretended he was not there when she came back to her station. then we were looking at shoes and i wanted to take a picture and this weird rude b**ch with a feather in her hair came up to me and rudely said that we could not take pictures. then when i tried to compliment her on her shirt she just looked at me like i was from outerspace. these people need to learn about customer service i have been there twice and the people who work there have ALWAYS been rude. avoid this overpriced over rated store unless you like being treated like crap when you shop.

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★☆☆☆☆

this place is HORRIBLE. the people there are the rudest a**holes ever, my boyfriend wanted to look at a pipe and he asked the girl who looked like a cracked out rainbow brite doll if she could help him when she was able and she just looked at him and then helped a another customer, and pretended he was not there when she came back to her station. then we were looking at shoes and i wanted to take a picture and this weird rude b**ch with a feather in her hair came up to me and rudely said that we could not take pictures. then when i tried to compliment her on her shirt she just looked at me like i was from outerspace. these people need to learn about customer service i have been there twice and the people who work there have ALWAYS been rude. avoid this overpriced over rated store unless you like being treated like crap when you shop.

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My daughter went to the Alley on Clark near Belmont and bought a T-shirt for $21.50 for her boyfriends birthday. She paid cash for it. As she was leaving the store she realized she had bought the wrong size. Taking it back to the counter, she checked and saw they did not have it in his size. The Alley refused to refund her money. They would only offer a in store credit. Not only that, the sales woman got loud and huffy with my daughter and said "that's the way it is, take it or leave it." I'm sorry but that is poor customer service. I'm sure they don't care but we've spent hundreds of dollars there since we've moved her 18 months ago. No more.

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★☆☆☆☆

My daughter went to the Alley on Clark near Belmont and bought a T-shirt for $21.50 for her boyfriends birthday. She paid cash for it. As she was leaving the store she realized she had bought the wrong size. Taking it back to the counter, she checked and saw they did not have it in his size. The Alley refused to refund her money. They would only offer a in store credit. Not only that, the sales woman got loud and huffy with my daughter and said "that's the way it is, take it or leave it." I'm sorry but that is poor customer service. I'm sure they don't care but we've spent hundreds of dollars there since we've moved her 18 months ago. No more.

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This store has lots of styles of leather jackets, both unusual ones for those wanting a *unique* look and plain ones for those who just want to stay warm. My husband got his coat here a couple of years ago, it's done him well for years.

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★★★☆☆

This store has lots of styles of leather jackets, both unusual ones for those wanting a *unique* look and plain ones for those who just want to stay warm. My husband got his coat here a couple of years ago, it's done him well for years.

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The alley is a cool store. They have a lot of neat stuff. They also have outrageous prices that make me want to cry. I could go to a thrift strore and find some of the stuff there for a lot less. If you have a deep wallet and want some cool punk clothes, go to the Alley.

3
★★★☆☆

The alley is a cool store. They have a lot of neat stuff. They also have outrageous prices that make me want to cry. I could go to a thrift strore and find some of the stuff there for a lot less. If you have a deep wallet and want some cool punk clothes, go to the Alley.

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If you ever have any need for vinyl, studded clothing in your life, (and I think you know that you will,) this it the place to go. Outrageous clothing in general is pretty much their stock-in-trade, and boy do they do it well. I have not yet seen them carry an ankle-length leather coat covered in metal spikes and pink feathers, but would not be overly surprised if they had one in the display window. The prices are very high, but no moreso than they would be at any comparable store. Probably even a little lower than a major chain like Hot Topic or something.

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★★★☆☆

If you ever have any need for vinyl, studded clothing in your life, (and I think you know that you will,) this it the place to go. Outrageous clothing in general is pretty much their stock-in-trade, and boy do they do it well. I have not yet seen them carry an ankle-length leather coat covered in metal spikes and pink feathers, but would not be overly surprised if they had one in the display window. The prices are very high, but no moreso than they would be at any comparable store. Probably even a little lower than a major chain like Hot Topic or something.

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the alley is the best place in chicago to find big leather boots and vintage leather jackets. they have a few hundred boots (doc martens, sketchers, etc.) and tons of leather jackets, shirts, pants along with a few hundred logo t-shirts for bands and various slogans. they also sell tons of jewelry up front but don't do any piercing on premises. i bought a pair of steel toed boots here for $100 and had no complaints, the salesman helped me try on 4-5 different pairs and there was no wait when i went. the store is somewhat cluttered inside but it suits it well given what they sell. most of the employees there have tons of tattoos and can look intimidating but they are all very friendly. the prices on the clothing is a bit high but it all seems pretty well made. parking on clark is really difficult at times, you may be driving around for 30 minutes just to find a meter.

PROS: tons of boots
CONS: a little expensive

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★★★★☆

the alley is the best place in chicago to find big leather boots and vintage leather jackets. they have a few hundred boots (doc martens, sketchers, etc.) and tons of leather jackets, shirts, pants along with a few hundred logo t-shirts for bands and various slogans. they also sell tons of jewelry up front but don't do any piercing on premises. i bought a pair of steel toed boots here for $100 and had no complaints, the salesman helped me try on 4-5 different pairs and there was no wait when i went. the store is somewhat cluttered inside but it suits it well given what they sell. most of the employees there have tons of tattoos and can look intimidating but they are all very friendly. the prices on the clothing is a bit high but it all seems pretty well made. parking on clark is really difficult at times, you may be driving around for 30 minutes just to find a meter.

PROS: tons of boots
CONS: a little expensive

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This store is worth browsing through even if your taste is not in the alternative direction. This store is big and is located close to Wrigley Field. The diversity of their merchandise is huge. My partner and I always go and browse through this store after we have been to a cubs game. Their prices are pretty good and the staff are very nice and helpful.

PROS: Diverse range of products
CONS: Alternative style

4
★★★★☆

This store is worth browsing through even if your taste is not in the alternative direction. This store is big and is located close to Wrigley Field. The diversity of their merchandise is huge. My partner and I always go and browse through this store after we have been to a cubs game. Their prices are pretty good and the staff are very nice and helpful.

PROS: Diverse range of products
CONS: Alternative style

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This is the place to go if you are looking for leather jackets, hats, belts, bracelets or whatever else. It also features a huge selection of concert/music teeshirts as well as all kinds of random punk rock stuff. If you want to buy someone an interesting gift, I'm sure you could find some kind of plastic skull or giant nose-ring at The Alley Chicago.

Its on Clark, but you can actually enter through the alley off Belmont.

PROS: Interesting selection, cool clothes and leather stuff
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5
★★★★★

This is the place to go if you are looking for leather jackets, hats, belts, bracelets or whatever else. It also features a huge selection of concert/music teeshirts as well as all kinds of random punk rock stuff. If you want to buy someone an interesting gift, I'm sure you could find some kind of plastic skull or giant nose-ring at The Alley Chicago.

Its on Clark, but you can actually enter through the alley off Belmont.

PROS: Interesting selection, cool clothes and leather stuff
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This is a great little store, though I'm sure it's not for everyone. I like to come here and look through the t-shirts, you can definitely find some cool ones. They also have what they call "vintage" items, which I just call "used". I don't like used clothes, but other people do, so if that's what you like this might be the place for you. Good location.

4
★★★★☆

This is a great little store, though I'm sure it's not for everyone. I like to come here and look through the t-shirts, you can definitely find some cool ones. They also have what they call "vintage" items, which I just call "used". I don't like used clothes, but other people do, so if that's what you like this might be the place for you. Good location.

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VERY COOL CLOTHES TO CHOOSE FROM..IF YOU LIKE PUNK OR GOTH CLOTHES THIS IS THE STORE FOR YA....KINDA HIGH PRICED ON SOME CLOTHING,BUT VERY UNIQUE CLOTHING...I'VE BOUGHT THERE GOTH CLOTHES & THERE MOTORCYCLE JACKETS,I'VE HAD THEM FOR YEARS & THEY ARE MADE WELL....THEY ALSO ITEMS FORTHE HOME LIKE INCENSE,AND NICE FIGURENS TO DISPLAY ON SHELVES OR HANG ON WALLS,ALSO HAVE NICE ITEMS MADE OF PLASTER THAT WOULD LIKE VERY NICE IN A GARDEN. STORE IS KINDA LIKE A THRIFT SHOP,THERE ARE NEW AND USED ITEMS AVAILABLE. IS A PAIN TO FIND PARKING ON THE STREET BUT THEY DO HAVE A PAY PARKING LOT LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THEM.

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★★★★☆

VERY COOL CLOTHES TO CHOOSE FROM..IF YOU LIKE PUNK OR GOTH CLOTHES THIS IS THE STORE FOR YA....KINDA HIGH PRICED ON SOME CLOTHING,BUT VERY UNIQUE CLOTHING...I'VE BOUGHT THERE GOTH CLOTHES & THERE MOTORCYCLE JACKETS,I'VE HAD THEM FOR YEARS & THEY ARE MADE WELL....THEY ALSO ITEMS FORTHE HOME LIKE INCENSE,AND NICE FIGURENS TO DISPLAY ON SHELVES OR HANG ON WALLS,ALSO HAVE NICE ITEMS MADE OF PLASTER THAT WOULD LIKE VERY NICE IN A GARDEN. STORE IS KINDA LIKE A THRIFT SHOP,THERE ARE NEW AND USED ITEMS AVAILABLE. IS A PAIN TO FIND PARKING ON THE STREET BUT THEY DO HAVE A PAY PARKING LOT LOCATED ACROSS THE STREET FROM THEM.

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I used to go here a few times a week when I was in college. They have a great collection of alternative themed t-shirts - from bands to vintage inspired prints. They also carry club wear for men and women (I've never bought any, so I can't attest to the quality).

They have tons of leather wear, including boots (they carry the full Dr. Martins line), old cop jackets, and other leather jackets.

You can also find some home decor items - posters, incense, etc. I wasn't really my taste (I was way beyond the blacklight stage when I started going), but if you're into that you can find things there.

Even though this store is geared toward younger people, the prices are not all that cheap, so don't expect to find great bargains - you'll pay about the same as you would in any other store.

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★★★★☆

I used to go here a few times a week when I was in college. They have a great collection of alternative themed t-shirts - from bands to vintage inspired prints. They also carry club wear for men and women (I've never bought any, so I can't attest to the quality).

They have tons of leather wear, including boots (they carry the full Dr. Martins line), old cop jackets, and other leather jackets.

You can also find some home decor items - posters, incense, etc. I wasn't really my taste (I was way beyond the blacklight stage when I started going), but if you're into that you can find things there.

Even though this store is geared toward younger people, the prices are not all that cheap, so don't expect to find great bargains - you'll pay about the same as you would in any other store.

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awful customer service... way overpriced... shitty merchandise.. that they wont all you to return or exchange even if it is defected... snobby ass freaks...go figure.. isn't that an oxymoron...

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★★★★★

awful customer service... way overpriced... shitty merchandise.. that they wont all you to return or exchange even if it is defected... snobby ass freaks...go figure.. isn't that an oxymoron...

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The Alley - Chicago. Terrible service, they don't know what they have in their departments. Allways problems to exchange apparel for the different size. Impossible to figure out their working hours! They don't provide it on website,

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★★★★★

The Alley - Chicago. Terrible service, they don't know what they have in their departments. Allways problems to exchange apparel for the different size. Impossible to figure out their working hours! They don't provide it on website,

Cons: Service

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on the edge or just wish you were this is the place from black t-shirts with (?) written on it or a bikers jacket and boots they have it all.

6
★★★★★

on the edge or just wish you were this is the place from black t-shirts with (?) written on it or a bikers jacket and boots they have it all.

Pros: everything

Cons: if you like sales people to fall all over themselves getting to you this isn't for you

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The Alley Chicago has been in business for over 30 years. We specialize in leather goods, shoes, t-shirts, gothic jewelry, and unique clothing.



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Step into any of our Alley stores and you will be blown away by our huge array of merchandise and unique hard to find items. Our retail stores encompass over 40,000 square feet of retail space. Without a doubt, we have become a destination for milli

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Expect to be greeted by hard rock or punk tunes and a strong fragrance of incense at this oversized store, where black is the color of choice. You'll find individual rooms for men's and women's apparel, a T-shirt…

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