chicago best optical shop

Welcome to Lab Rabbit Optics:

Declared "Best Eyewear Shop in Chicago" by the Chicago Reader, we’ve become Chicago’s destination for independent eyewear brands, prescription lenses, and radical sunglasses.  Located in beautiful Wicker Park, the cozy space features over 400 handmade frames from Reiz, Article One, Andy Wolf, Yellows Plus, Kaneko, Globe Specs/The BarracksRandolph Engineering, Masahiro Maruyama…as well as our own Lab Rabbit brand.  Not familiar with those brands?  There's a reason for that: we focus solely on hard-to-find + emerging brands...we don't stock the sort of stuff you'll see at the average optical shop.  In terms of lenses, we only use top-quality lenses, all of which are cut in-house.  

Not your average optical shop:

Coyote DeGroot holds an Advanced-level Certification from the American Board of Opticianry, and provides fun, professional guidance.  Taking into account your prescription and frame choice, we help choose the lens product that's best for you.  Our approach toward eyewear is artisanal and educated, and we take the time to ensure an optimum balance of good looks, comfort, and clear vision.  Too many optical shops are stiff, dull, stodgy…we do things a little differently.

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Plus, enjoy our private label brand: 

Handmade by master craftspeople in Fukui, Japan, this collection is the perfect realization of our years of experience in the optical industry.  Crafted from both Japanese and Italian acetates, as well as titanium, they’re lightweight, versatile, with extraordinarily sturdy hinges.  Each model is available in a very limited edition of five colors, 80 pieces per color.  In Chicago, they’re available exclusively at our shop.