Eskell, a hybrid of the owners’ first names, is a home goods, fine jewelry, custom furniture, and beauty and wellness boutique located in Bucktown, one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods. It opened in 2005 in Wicker Park before moving to an 1,800-square-foot flagship store less than a block north of the CTA Blue Line Western “L” station.
Kelly Whitesell started the boutique with her best friend and fellow Indiana native, Elizabeth Del Castillo. They are known for their contemporary, timeless sensibility, which is reflected in the boutique’s easy-to-navigate layout and eclectic buys a la Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters.
“The philosophy of Eskell is deeply threaded in that of personal style. Design in all elements of life from clothing to home decor fulfills one’s sense of self-expression to the fullest.”
The interior of Eskell mixes classic architecture with a modern aesthetic: funky accessories, vintage furniture, potted plants. The apothecary offers best sellers (and some of my favorites) such as the Facial Rollers, which is known to increase circulation for reduced puffiness (tip: put the roller in the fridge for a cooling effect and it will also help with skin tightening!), Espiritus del Ande Palo Santo Incense Bricks that offers a pleasant aroma for the home and the Naked Lip Balm, containing beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and olive oil to heal and bring restoration to those dry lips! Eskell’s newly launched online store also carries a selection of the owners’ favorite items and gifts, including exclusive pieces you can only find on their website.
“I love it [in Bucktown] because every single house, every person, every business is different. It screams authenticity.”
It’s easy to stock up on coveted beauty and skincare at Eskell, but you can stop in or shop online for Instagram-worthy home accents too. Eskell stocks everything from funky mid-century modern furniture to artisan textiles to colorful bamboo tableware, lamps, ceramics and more, all also available on their website for non-locals to enjoy.
Hours: Mon–Fri: Noon–7 p.m. | Sat & Sun: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Categories: Beauty, Gifts, Home, Wellness
Parking: Free street parking
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