The Best Chicago Sustainable Clothing Stores

The first pair of shoes my mom bought for me was baby Nike Air Jordans, in honor of her favorite basketball player (Michael Jordan), from her favorite team (the 1992 Chicago Bulls), in her hometown (Chicago, Illinois).

The Chicago (and sneaker) love stuck and I decided to go to college right outside of the windy city. I love the architecture (go on a Chicago River architectural tour), the food (The Publican, Portillo’s), the sports (okay, the last one I tried really hard on… Go Cubs!), and the city’s celebration of local midwest designers at stores across the city.

Check out the list of my favorite sustainable fashion stores. All shops can be easily accessed via this Chicago Good Finds Google Maps List to use on your upcoming midwest USA vacation. (Shopping can be a fun cold-weather activity!)

Planet Access Company Store

The Lincoln Square store’ offers brands that specialize in sustainable, socially responsible clothing, jewelry, and home decor.

Brands include Toad&Co (creators of socially and environmentally committed garments that are equally suited for the rigors of the trail or the tavern), Matt & Nat (the BEST vegan leather handbags and accessories), United By Blue (an outdoor brand focused on ocean conservation. For every product sold, the company removes 1 pound of trash from the earth's oceans), and more.

In addition, all purchases made at the store support the programs of Search, Inc., which empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential.

And don’t miss soy candles, hand soap, and glasses featuring art created by super talented artists with disabilities. One hundred percent of your purchase goes to The Visibility Arts program, a comprehensive visual arts program within Search, Inc. for adults with developmental disabilities. Can’t buy in Chicago? Check out the Etsy!

Price: $$

Hours: Daily 10am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm

Location: 4727 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

Phone: (773) 754-8176

Planet Access Company Store Website

Squasht Boutique

Squasht creates locally designed and professionally hand-crafted garments and accessories made right in Chicago (and some St.Louis!). The Ukranian Village store was founded by St Louis native and designer Lesley Timpe who sells her wearable vintage-modern dresses and retro-styled reversible handmade hats along with the handiwork of many other independent designers of handmade apparel, jewelry, and handbags.

Price: $

Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday – Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday 11am – 6pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Location: 2556 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Phone: (773) 292-4123

Squasht Boutique Website

Wolfbait & B-girls

Wolfbait & B‐girls showcasing the wares of more than 250 local artisans as well as Chicago‐based fair‐trade companies in the center of Logan Square.

It’s a female‐owned and operated independent business, by two Chicago designers, Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler. The store includes their own brand Bruiser and Brazen Judy along with other unique and practical clothing, accessories, and skincare, books, stationary, wall art, and even food.

And the name….”Wolfbait & B‐girls is a nod to historic Chicago. The 1950’s guidebook Chicago Confidential defines wolfbait as girls who moved to the city looking for success, and b‐girls as what they sometimes turn into. Think B‐movie, B‐side, bad girl, Bruiser and Brazen Judy.”

Price: $

Hours: Daily 10am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm

Location: 3131 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647

Phone: (312) 698-8685

Wolfbait & B-girls Facebook

Andersonville Galleria

The Andersonville Galleria features more than 100 vendors offering apparel, jewelry, artwork, home furnishings, giftware, accessories, antiques, fair trade, and gourmet goods. I’d say go here if you need a gift for anyone you know.

Check out Mata Traders when you head to the galleria. It’s mission is to ‘fashion a better world’ by creating designs that celebrate a woman’s originality and empower her to use her dollar for change. The company merge uncommonly vibrant style with fair trade practices to make an impact on global poverty—bringing fair wages to artisans in India and Nepal.

Price: $-$$

Hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Friday 11am - 8pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm

Location: 5247 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Phone: (773) 878-8570

Andersonville Galleria Website

The Brown Elephant Resale Shops

I had to throw in one resale shop—the place I furnished my entire Lincoln Park studio my first year out of college. With three locations across Chicago, Brown Elephant Resale Shops are your source for used clothing, home décor, and knick knacks. (I once bought a 1970s portrait of a family my college roommates and I hung in our sorority house…)

All proceeds benefit LGBTQ health and fund care for the uninsured and under-insured at Howard Brown Health.

Price: $

Hours: Daily 11am - 7pm

Locations and Phone Numbers:

Lakeview - 3020 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 549-5943

Andersonville - 5404 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 271-9382

Oak Park - 217 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL 60304 (708) 445-0612

The Brown Elephant Resale Shops Website

More Chicago Good Finds

the SHUDIO

Price: $$

Hours: Closed Monday + Tuesday, Wednesday -Saturday 12pm -7pm, Sunday 12pm- 5pm

Location: 1152 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: (312) 898-3061

Ten Thousand Villages

Price: $-$$

Hours: Daily 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Locations + Phone Numbers:

Oak Park - 121 N Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 848-4572

Evanston - 719 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202 (847) 733-8258

Glen Ellyn - 503 Pennsylvania Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 (630) 790-1166

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And before you go: Chicago Good Finds Google Maps List - Happy shopping!