A beautiful summer dress should be a staple in every Chicago woman’s closet. Ranging from light and chic to long and airy, the designs a woman chooses for her summer dress can be just as individual as she is. Whether it’s for a wedding, a baby shower or just a nice get together with family or friends, the perfect summer dress can be as fun to wear as it is to find. Here are some great places to find find a fantastic, flowy dress for any occasion this summer.

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15 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-1000

For the socialite woman looking to take an international approach to dressing for summer, the impeccable stylings at Ikram are a must see. Clothier to celebrities and businesswomen alike, owner Ikram Goldman’s store is as beautiful as it is cutting edge. Impressive labels like Lanvin, Rodarte and Thakoon are some of the designers who garments adorn the store’s racks. Ikram even has a café for a break after a busy day of shopping. This is a great find for those looking for a summer dress that looks like it just came off of the Paris runways.

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134 N Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 524-5450

Sanem’s is a wonderful boutique in Oak Park and is a true gem of a find for those looking to add some summery pieces to their wardrobes. Fashionistas will find an assortment of clothing to add color and style to their existing collections, and owner Sanem is always more than willing to lend a helping hand or impart some advice when asked. The light and flowy dresses here are perfect for that summer party on the patio, vacation on the Caribbean or just sightseeing on Michigan Avenue. Lovely and basic with an international flair, these dresses are classically beautiful and perfect for your summer in the city.

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Bottega Contessa
1 E Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-0981

Fashion forward Bottega Contessa is a stylish shopper’s dream come true. Situated on Chicago’s Gold Coast, business and social clientele drop by to see the new styles and trends for the season. Besides having clothing from designers all over the world, this store stocks dresses for the woman looking for her summer frocks. World renown designs with labels like Roberto Cavalli and Blumarine are here to catch your eye. Bottega Contessa is the place to look for dresses that truly impress.

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Vive la femme
2048 N Damen
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 772-7429

Curvy shoppers have a hidden fashion secret in Vive La Femme. This Damen Street store is a destination for women that wear clothing sizes from 12 to 24, with designs ranging from basic to trendy. Maxi dresses here are flowy for summer and can be worn during the day for a patio brunch or can be spruced up with accessories and a pair of heels for a night on the town. This store also carries a variety of shrugs and scarves to enhance any outfit. For well made affordability, Vive la Femme is a shopper’s delight.

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3512 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-1300

Trend-conscious looks draw shoppers to Perchance boutiques. Here the dresses can be versatile staples to every woman’s summer wardrobe. The styles found at Perchance can be shown off at bridal showers and brunches, as well as girls’ nights out and weekend parties. Choose an off the shoulder dress for more formal affairs or a flowy tub top polka dot number for carefree fun in the sun. The affordable prices and variety of styles keeps customers coming back.

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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.