If you (or your children) are seriously into dance, you will most likely be going through shoes and dance clothes at a regular rate. Make sure you’re getting quality equipment and service by heading out to a specialty store that really knows dance and gets what you need! Here are a few great ones in the Chicago area.
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Chicago Dance Supply
5301 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-5344
www.chicagodancesupply.com

If you’re in the city, you don’t have to go any farther than Andersonville for premier service and all of the dance supplies you could possibly need. If you make purchases often, they have a frequent buyer’s club you can join to save money. Lots of free parking on the street and although the store is easy to find, be aware of the fact that it is a second floor location. Walk-ins are acceptable, but they recommend appointments if you’re being fitted for pointe shoes for the first time. They’ll even do custom orders if they don’t have what you need.

Motion Unlimited Dancewear
218 S. Wabash Ave., Suite 270
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 922-3330
www.motionunlimiteddancewear.com

Located conveniently in downtown Chicago, Motion Unlimited Dancewear is easily accessible via the CTA. Make sure you look carefully, they’re located on the second floor and can be easily passed over if you aren’t paying attention. They have all of the supplies that you will need to outfit yourself for dance, and there’s even an option to shop online if you know what you’re looking for but can’t make the trek right away. Or, you can call them up and place an order over the phone. Check online for sales and deals that may be offered throughout the year.

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Star Dancewear
9021 W. 151st St.
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 628-8158
www.star-dancewear.com

If you’re looking for a large selection of dance wear for all styles (belly, liturgical, cheer, etc.), check out Star Dancewear. Not only are the sales people friendly and helpful, but they have a rewards program for repeat customers. They also offer special rates for schools and groups and gift certificates are available. The store is spacious and stocked with a plethora of accessories, such as hair pieces, undergarments as well as traditional dance outerwear.

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Toe The Line
4204-B N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 818-9800
www.toetheline.com

Whether you’re an experienced dancer or a relative beginner, you’ll be comfortable finding what you need at Toe The Line. The staff will help fit you for shoes and clothes and make sure that you have the proper fit and the items you need for your particular studio. They carry high quality brands so you can be sure the clothing will last. The store has been around since the early ’80s and the owners and associates are knowledgeable about their products. If you’re a dance instructor or studio owner, let them know and get a discount on your entire purchase!

Body & Sole
300 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
(847) 446-2005
www.bodyandsolewinnetka.com

Body & Sole is another one-stop-shop for all of your dance needs. From leotards to any type of dance shoe you may want (including character shoes), and even outfits for gymnastics or ice skating if you dance in more than one way. The sales associates are helpful and know their way around a dance shoe. If you need help being fitted for pointe shoes, you know how important this can be, they are there to help you out. If you are in need of some yoga or active wear, they have that too!

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Meredith Lyons is an actor, competitive fighter and fitness instructor in Chicago who also owns an amazing cat named Jake. Meredith has been writing on Examiner as the Chicago Martial Arts Examiner since 2008. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.