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!
Hours: Daily 10am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
Location: 4727 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Phone: (773) 754-8176
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.
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
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.”
Hours: Daily 10am - 7pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm
Location: 3131 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (312) 698-8685
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.
Hours: Daily 11am - 7pm, Friday 11am - 8pm, Sunday 11am - 6pm
Location: 5247 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: (773) 878-8570
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.
Hours: Daily 11am - 7pm
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Hours: Closed Monday + Tuesday, Wednesday -Saturday 12pm -7pm, Sunday 12pm- 5pm
Location: 1152 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 898-3061
Hours: Daily 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12pm - 5pm
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And before you go: Chicago Good Finds Google Maps List - Happy shopping!