• The Alley To Re-Open in Lakeview in 2017!

    Posted by Joe Turlow

    "I hear from customers almost on a daily basis, asking if we'll reopen. It's killing me. I'm bored, I miss my customers, and I can't wait to be with them again," The Alley Founder/Owner Mark Thomas.

  • The Merchant of Menace: The Alley TV Sizzle Reel

    Posted by Joe Turlow
  • Take The Poll: Where Do You Want The New Alley Store Located?

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  • The Alley Chicago Is Not Gone: Shop Online, & Help Us Make a Move :)

    Posted by Joe Turlow

    Shop The Alley Online Today


    So it's true; The Alley Chicago's historic Lakeview location has now closed. We want to thank all of you so much for the love, vibes, and patronage over the last 40 years. The Alley has seen many fashion trends come & go. The fans, the shoppers, & the culture is what us alive for nearly half a century. As former Store Manager, I want to personally thank you for your patronage to something very dear to me. Soooooo many of our loyal followers have asked, :when will you re-open?"...Well, that's what Id like to discuss with you briefly. 


    The Alley is alive and well online @thealley.com! We have gone through our entire inventory, and added awesome new TUK, Demonia, Leathers, & Jewelry like Alchemy Gothic. Our Tshirt stock is up to date, and ready for your shopping needs. 9 months ago, I re-built The alley website; abandoning the dark, all black everywhere look-and moving to a new, cleaner, clearer, modern shopping feel where the PRODUCTS can do the talking. We are proud of the awesome shopping experience The Alley site is today. 


    In regards to The Alley moving into another location, we need YOU! Shopping online with The Alley will help us greatly in our quest to solidify a new location. I was a kid who used to take the train after school once a week to visit The Alley, and experience Belmont & Clark as it was then (ironically shopping @Guitar Center on every trip, which building The Alley eventually moved into). I understand the destination shopping experience. I understand how people who are eclectic, or eccentric can be perceived as outcasts, and The Alley embraced & augmented my expressionism for my entire life. The Alley needs your help, and same patronage online, which it received thankfully for so many years. 


    Thank you again for all the wonderful memories, and love. Lets help make a new move for The Alley's next location a reality for generations to come by shopping with us online today. 

  • Press Release: The Alley Final Day & Funeral Party Announced.

    Posted by Joe Turlow
    Immediate Release: The Alley Chicago’s Funeral Party: January 16th at 9 PM Final day of business Monday January 19th

    Chicago, Il: The Alley Chicago, a historic rock and roll clothing store, established in the Lakeview neighborhood in 1974, announces it’s final day open with a party and funeral on Saturday January 16th. The Alley's final day of business will be Monday January 19th. Mark Thomas, the owner, was looking for a new location but was unable to ink a deal in time for the move and unfortunately announced The Alley will be closed until a new location is found. Thomas did find a new location for Taboo-Tabou, at 843 ½ W.Belmont, two doors west of Starbucks. Thomas and his daughter have partnered to to produce an upscale lingerie and erotica store in Lakeview. Taboo Tabou will officially reopen onJanuary 21st. The website for The Alley, www.thealley.com, will continue to service loyal customers with t-shirts, clothing, hair dye, and other Alley merchandise. While the store has been running a huge sale, Thomas promises “prices that will blow the doors off the old store” His iconic $99 motorcycle jacket will be an unheard of $49 dollars. A funeral closing party will be held Saturday January 16th, 2016. Thomas, who ran for Alderman in the 44th ward intends to include the budget for the City of Chicago and State of Illinois in the casket he will carry out in the 1961 Alley Cadillac Hearse. Free memorial t-shirts will be given out to the first 100 people in line at 9:00 PM. Thomas promises a good time to make a showing for one last memory lane. The legendary Alley Chicago store has bemuse an infamous ‘landmark’ destination for generations of counter-culture. The Alley has been located at Belmont and Clark, in the Lakeview neighborhood, since 1974 when it began catering to bikers, punks, goths, rockers and all alternative lifestyles. 

    About The Event:

    Time: 9 PM- 10 PM 
    The Alley Chicago’s Funeral Party Location: 3228 N. Clark Street