By Angela Hazen
Chicago is world famous for its brutal winters. Slush and snow, freezing rain and icy streets are just some of what locals are used to. However, millions of brave Chicagoans make the season more enjoyable by staying warm. To do that, they rely on a battery of warm winter clothing and accessories that will get them through the tough months. If you’re new to Chicago and hearing warnings about the brutal months ahead, don’t despair. Shop like a native and grab yourself some great winter gear you can’t wait to wear.
810 N. Blvd.
Oak Park, IL 60301
There are the women who shop for great winter clothes and pay retail. Then there are the women who shop at Trends in Oak Park and pay steeply lower prices for pre-owned incredible winter items. Boots, hats, gloves and sweaters can be very expensive when bought for retail prices, but here they are extremely marked down. Trends’ coat collection is wonderful and the high-end designer names can be very surprising. Stop at Trends to grab some discounted winter items. They go fast!
1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Think there is no place to get stylish clothing for the Chicago winter? Then you haven’t heard of the store Brooklyn Industries on Milwaukee Avenue. This store sells inexpensive but very fashion-forward winter parkas, coats and hoodies for men and women. This shop provides enough interesting styles for shoppers to be able to pick more than one item to get through the season. A selection of clothing this excellent is sure to make Brooklyn Industries a popular stop in winter.
824 Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Lori’s is known for its shoes but you can count on it for well-priced winter fashion of all varieties. Save on lovely knit scarves and hats, and do so in style. Stay warm this winter with gloves and tights that are highly fashionable and very affordable. Check out Lori’s coat selection that adds a personal touch to your wardrobe. Start off a fashionable season with Lori’s Shoes.
9219 S. State Route 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Do you plan on taking the kids sledding in Grant Park? Get the whole family winter clothing at Alpine Accessories in Lake in the Hills. This store attracts skiers and snowboarders, and the everyday Chicagoan is beginning to understand why. Alpine carries an incredible collection of reasonable winter clothing. Boots, shoes and coats are affordable and can stand up to the tough Chicago winter. And don’t forget the super warm socks, gloves and hats made to keep you comfortable through the cold weather.
3551 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Ever wonder how Bears fans can sit outdoors at Soldier Field near Lake Michigan for hours? Their secret is that they shop for great winter clothing at stores like Uncle Dan’s on Southport Avenue. Don’t get left out in the cold this Chicago winter. Pick from some of the best names in outdoor, cold-weather clothing and accessories at Uncle Dan’s. You’ll be just a cozy as a Chicago fan at a tailgate party.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.