When temperatures drop in Chicago, we find it hard to remember a time when you could walk down Michigan Avenue in anything less than 7 layers. For that time of the year when the only skin exposed is the few inches around your eyes, we’ve gathered some of the best outdoor apparel stores in Chicago. Stay warm, my friends.


830 Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-2679
Various additional Chicagoland locations

Enjoy the Windy City, Snowy City, Rainy City or Sunny City – whatever city it is today. Get the right gear at the new 11,000-square-foot store located on the Magnificent Mile. The Chicago store features Columbia’s high-performance outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, throughout two stories of glass, reclaimed wood and locally sourced stone.

Erehwon Mountain Outfitter

1000 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 337-6400

First opened in 1972, Erehwon Mountain Supply had its humble beginnings in an 800 square foot store on Chicago’s North Side. Founded by a group of avid climbers, mountaineers and backpackers, the sole purpose of the company was to offer outdoor enthusiasts a place to find the best gear. Today, Erehwon includes multiple locations across the Midwest and has greatly expanded their everyday wear, outdoor gear and sporting equipment.

Moosejaw Mountaineering

1445 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 529-1111

Moosejaw Mountaineering opened its doors in Chicago in 2000. This Midwest based company offers a huge selection of jackets, outdoor apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories. This fun-loving store will help you find everything from a raincoat to a backpack ready for a climb up the Himalayas.

North Face

875 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Various additional Chicagoland locations
(312) 337-7200

The North Face has become a staple on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Located at the bottom of the John Hancock building, thousands of Chicagoans and tourists flock to The North Face, daily for their outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear needs.


1800 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL
(312) 951-0518

Patagonia is located at the corner of Willow and Clybourn. Patagonia offers a wide variety of apparel, jackets, footwear, yoga gear and outdoor equipment. Get what you need to stay warm in the Windy City.


3940 N Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 736-7705

Rasenick has been serving Chicago’s working men and women with quality work clothes, uniforms and sportswear since 1914. Rasenick is perfect for those who work outdoors or are in need of heavy-duty, cold-weather, gear and apparel. Rasenick is located in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood.

REI Lincoln Park

1466 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL
(312) 951-6020
Various additional Chicagoland locations

REI Lincoln Park provides outdoor enthusiasts in the Lincoln Park, area with top-brand gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, paddling, hiking and more. For you bikers, REI os a complete bike shop, offering a full range of professional bike shop services to help keep you biking the streets and trails year-round. Take advantage of their free parking for up to 90 minutes.

Uncle Dan’s

3551 North Southport
Chicago, IL
(773) 348-5800
Additional locations: Evanston & Highland Park

Uncle Dan’s started in Chicago as a 900 square foot store on Bryn Mawr Avenue, in Chicago’s Hollywood Park neighborhood in 1972. Named after the owners’ beloved uncle, Uncle Dan’s began by selling used military clothing, flannel shirts, tents and jackets. Today, they are one of the leading outdoor apparel and gear stores in the Midwest.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Local Chicago