After Akira opened in 2002, the trendy clothing/shoe/accessories store exploded across Chicagoland, now boasting 14 stores with plans for more.

While some Akira stores focus only on clothing, others focus only on shoes. Even then, shoppers will encounter different styles depending on the store; for one, the downtown location is more urban and offers sneakers, while the North Avenue shop doesn’t. Akira knows its market, no matter where it sets up shop.

It also knows trendy and mostly affordable fashion, which isn’t any more obvious than at the fashion shows Akira sponsors and organizes to showcase its more than 200 designer brands. Find out when these shows are happening on Akira’s Facebook page.

The inside of Akira's downtown shoe store.

The inside of Akira's downtown shoe store.

Akira Spring Runway 2011

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