It may be hard to believe, but the start of a new school year is just around the corner. Do you need to purchase new clothes for your child? If so, then consider checking out independent boutique stores that carry brands and styles you may not find in big-box retailers. Boutique stores are also great places to shop if you’re looking for a great outfit for your child to wear on picture day or something with pizzazz for the first day of school. Take a look at these independent boutique stores in the Chicago area for back-to-school shopping.
Psychobaby
1657 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-2815
www.psychobabyonline.com

Add some edge to your child’s wardrobe with the selection of T-shirts, pants and accessories at Psychobaby. Located in Chicago’s trendy West Town neighborhood, Psychobaby has a colorful selection of clothes that includes playful expressions and designs. The store offers customization on some of its products, so your child can have a personalized ensemble unique to them. Gear that’s perfect for back-to-school can be personalized, too, with phone cases and water bottles among the selection. You can shop at Psychobaby’s brick-and-mortar store or order items via the online store.

Spoil Me Kidz Boutique
835 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 448-8128
www.spoilmekidz.com

If you live or work in Chicago’s Near North Side neighborhood, then consider picking up back-to-school gear at Spoil Me Kidz Boutique. The store offers a selection of clothes for babies, boys and girls including pants, shirts and swimsuits, and even shoes and accessories. An assortment of styles and brands are available, with Giggle Moon, Little Traveler and Lelli Kelly on the list. Spoil Me Kidz Boutique has hosted special in-store events, making shopping a more fun occasion for everyone. Online shopping is also available.

Kooky Kids
520 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 882-1189
www.kookyshop.com

Parents in the Near North Side can also check out Kooky Kids. The boutique store features clothing and accessories for tweens, kids and babies, and has styles available for boys and girls. Styles range from dresses and suits to more casual and relaxed outfits, including T-shirts, hoodies and hats. If you would prefer to pick up a few items for the first day of school from the comfort of your own home, then consider shopping at Kooky Kids’ online store. Toys, including dolls, puzzles and crafts, are available for purchase, too.

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The Red Balloon
1940 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-9800
www.theredballoon.com

With its selection of hoodies, pants, shorts and T-shirts, The Red Balloon will help your child get ready for the first day of school. The store offers clothes in a selection of sizes, with clothing available for boys, girls, infants and toddlers. Brands carried include Appaman, Bit’z Kids, egg, Hoot and Lemon Loves Lime. In addition to its Bucktown store, The Red Balloon has a second location in the Southport neighborhood. Online shopping is also available.

Lad & Lassie Shop
1115 Central Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-7570
www.ladandlassie.com

Moms and kids can both pick up new clothes together at Lad & Lassie Shop in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette. The store offers an assortment of favorite brands, including Roxy and The North Face, and a variety of clothing styles. Back-to-school gear, including clothing, backpacks and accessories, are available for purchase. Lad & Lassie Shop also offers coats, gloves, boots and other cold weather essentials so your child can be ready for cooler temperatures, which will be here sooner than you think. Toys, games and other fun accessories are also available.

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