The Alley Stores have been a Chicago staple for over 40 years.
The Alley: The Alley has been a shopping destination for local alt/punk/counter culture locals, as well as dozens of famous musical artists, and actors alike (Rob Zombie, Slash, Disturbed, & many more). The owner, Mark Thomas actually helped form the local chamber of commerce in the area (LakeView/Wrigleyville). The Alley held its own Funeral Party on Sat, Jan 16, 2016. The night of the party we had maximum capacity in the store, and maintained a line apprx 2 blocks long waiting to get in to the famous Alley store one last time, in 20 degree weather. A pillar in the community, The Alley located at 3228 N Clark Street, closed officially January 22, 2016.New Location:
2620 W. Fletcher St.
Chicago Il 60618
Taboo Tabou: In the 1990's, owner of The Alley Mark Thomas opened a lingerie/adult toy store with a new twist; focus on providing the finest level of customer service, while promoting sex-ed events to help the love lives of many tourists, and fellow Chicagoan's alike. Taboo Tabou temporarily moved into the lower level of The Alley in 2014, in order to help both The Alley, & Taboo survive the difficult economic climate created during the 2008 meltdown. After the closing of The Alley on Jan 22, 2016, Taboo Tabou got NEW killer digs located at 843 West Belmont; just around the corner from the famous Alley store.
Taboo Tabou has maintained their incredible lineup of events, and always has something new and exciting thanks to the direction of Co-CEO Alexis Thomas (daughter of the Alley owner Mark Thomas). Visit Taboo Tabou Today :)
843 W. Belmont
Chicago Il 60657
Blue Havana: Blue Havana is an AMAZING cigar shop located in LakeView/Wrigleyville area of Chicago. Once owned by mark Thomas (owner of The Alley), Blue Havana is now owned/operated by longtime general manager Connie Boone. Blue havana has a smoking lounge, and is just a fabulous place to stop in Chicago whether you are a tourist looking for a place to chill, and enjoy a cigar-or locals looking for the finest cigars in the city, and expertise to match.Location: Relocated