Clothing Stores

We all have love/hate relationships with our clothes, and travel only heightens the emotions. We forget to pack something, or we need something unexpectedly, or we just want to see what Chicago has to offer that our own city may not. That's why 10Best compiles a list of the best clothing stores in town. From independent boutiques to upscale chains, we tell you where to find terrific basics and quality fashions that will get you through any clothing crisis. Popular possibilities? Ikram and Gamma Player.


Lincoln Park

For completely guilt-free shopping in sophisticated Lincoln Park, try Nau, a unique clothing store with an environmentally-friendly mission. The clothes, all designed to last at least ten years, are basic, neutral-toned, timeless, and crafted from sustainable materials. While the clothes sell themselves, 5% of sales benefit groups working for positive environmental, social, and humanitarian change.

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The upscale store, whose smartly-clad staff are right at home among the shop's hardwood floors and stylish fixtures, features a veritable who's-who of prestigious international designers. It also offers impossible-to-find vintage clothing and high-end accessories, along with Ikram Goldman's favorite lines by Angelo Figus, Gaspard Yurkievich, and other European sophisticates. EL: Red Line to Chicago Ave

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The Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods are giving the Magnificent Mile a run for its money. Among the hip boutiques lining the streets is Gamma Player, opened by Jeff Mills and his wife, Yoko Uozumi. You'll find original fashions from all over Europe. Mills, a well-known DJ and producer, spins in clubs from Paris to Tokyo, so you know he has an eye for the hippest fashions.

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One of the Windy City's hottest shopping spots for cutting-edge styles, Escada offers adaptable, high-fashion clothing that can easily suit a woman from afternoon to late evening. Patrons enjoy the fine quality and sleek look of the Escada line, and accessories include everything from bags and shoes to eyewear and diamonds. Rumor has it that clothing bearing the Escada name has been a favorite of celebrities like Faith Hill and Katja Flint.

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A minimalist, modern showcase for the designer's line of upscale men's and women's clothing and accessories, this shop has a full line – suits, pants, belts, shoes, bags, and watches. In 1921, Gucci started the line of clothing after returning to Florence following a long stay in London. The store boasts a sleek, polished, and contemporary look.

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Fashion-conscious men frequent this shop for wonderful clothing. Zegna specializes in hand-tailored suits – double-breasted jackets, well-cut trousers, even shirts. Allow the professional staff to fit you in something from the Italian-influenced Napoli Couture line or the comfortable yet stylish Soft line. Discriminating shoppers take advantage of Zegna's sartorial service, which allows you to choose custom-fitted suits, shirts, slacks, knits, sweaters, and accessories.

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Salvatore Ferragamo has long been known for enviable Italian shoe designs, and this shop ably displays a range of famous boots, loafers, and wingtips. The store stays a step ahead of fashion trends, and if your budget allows, you'll certainly want to treat yourself to the latest styles. Clothing, handbags, and accessories are also sold.

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Mass produced personalization is most definitely NOT what you are going to find at Habit. Instead, this design collective is about showcasing up-and-coming designers. Unique, well-crafted and (most importantly) cutting-edge clothing and accessories adorn the walls and racks – over half of it from local designers, including owner Lindsay Boland's very own line.

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Roslyn adds a new wrinkle to the business of selling unique designer clothing: each piece is accompanied by a framed biography and history of the designer. Owner Roslyn Dulyapaibul also takes great care in selecting her stock. Her handpicked selections never number more than four in any particular style in order to ensure exclusivity.

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Serving as the centerpiece for the boutique floor, the black and white portrait of a woman announces the ethos for Koros: beauty and glamor. Under the ownership of Kristen Skordilis, there is no shortage of either. Shoppers are pampered with robes in dressing rooms, style consultations and bottomless champagne glasses. Skordilis also ensures that her shop stays ahead of the curve as she travels around the world to find previously undiscovered treasures.

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