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9 Chicago Stores For Winter-Coat Shopping

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Winter is on the horizon. Get psyched! It's time for egg-nog-lattes, lazily drifting snowflakes, and... not buying it? Ok, we'll cut to the chase: It's about to get really. freakin'. cold. To give you a fighting chance of enjoying Chicago's colder months—and doing it in style, no less—we've rounded up nine spots that sling warm, cuddly coats.

As always, our map is organized from north to south, which makes it easy to follow. So, bundle up and get shopping!


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1. Plato's Closet

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2817 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-2070
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With on-trend, gently-used pieces, this chain store stocks goods for all seasons—including the frosty ones. A reader let us know that she found her favorite-ever winter coat here, and we're betting she didn't freeze out her entire savings account to procure it. Photo: via Plato's Closet

2. Edith Hart

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1917 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
This cute Bucktown shop stocks everything from a leather biker jacket with a removable jersey hood to patterned, faux-fur coats. There are also cuddly styles from Racked-favorite line Helena Quinn. Photo: via Edith Hart
1466 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 951-6020
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This is it: your source for all outdoor gear. REI has warmest-of-warm coats that will keep you toasty while skiing, camping, hiking, or—that most challenging of sports—leaving your home during a Chicago winter. Waterproof and wind-resistant, these coats are the real deal. Photo: via REI

4. Penelope's

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1913 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 395-2351
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From wool pea coats for men to woven-textile styles for women, this indie boutique has a surprisingly vast array of cute outerwear. Bonus: it's in the not-too-staggering price range. Photo: via Penelope's

5. Sofia Live Lovely Chicago

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100 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Sofia just got in its selection of winter coats, and (duh) they're drool-worthy. There are moto jackets from Timo Weiland, a snuggly pink coat from Heartloom, and an abstract little number with jagged edges from Doma. Photo: Courtesy of Sofia

6. Independence

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47 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611
A stylish male reader told us that this is favorite spot for outerwear. With a kind of rugged-hipster vibe, the boutique carries quilted parkas, warmup fleeces, and packable anoraks. Photo: via Independence

7. Barbour

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54 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 944-0250
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The Gold Coast shop—sorry, more Gold Coast, we know—is best known for its classic waxed-cotton jackets. The British countryside brand offers cozy outerwear for men, women, and children. And if it's British, you know its tailoring is going to be jolly good. Photo: via Barbour

8. Burberry

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633 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2500
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And the award for spot-we'd-hit-up-if-we-had-an-endless-coat-bugdet goes to... Burberry! As you probably know, this venerable brand has pretty much mastered the trench. There are also duffle coats with fur trim, cashmere-blanket wrap coats, and more. Photo: Racked Chicago

9. The Lofts at Roosevelt Collection

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150 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 945-7571
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LOFT, the affordable women's store, just landed at The Roosevelt Collection. Along with plenty of other cold-weather gear (think scarves, hats, and sparkly holiday-party frocks), the store stocks coats. There are wool pea coats, twill double-breasted coats, and more clean, preppy styles. But if you like a little more pizazz, there's also a look with a leopard-print collar. Photo: via LOFT

1. Plato's Closet

2817 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657
With on-trend, gently-used pieces, this chain store stocks goods for all seasons—including the frosty ones. A reader let us know that she found her favorite-ever winter coat here, and we're betting she didn't freeze out her entire savings account to procure it. Photo: via Plato's Closet
2817 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Edith Hart

1917 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
This cute Bucktown shop stocks everything from a leather biker jacket with a removable jersey hood to patterned, faux-fur coats. There are also cuddly styles from Racked-favorite line Helena Quinn. Photo: via Edith Hart
1917 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

3. REI

1466 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642
This is it: your source for all outdoor gear. REI has warmest-of-warm coats that will keep you toasty while skiing, camping, hiking, or—that most challenging of sports—leaving your home during a Chicago winter. Waterproof and wind-resistant, these coats are the real deal. Photo: via REI
1466 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642

4. Penelope's

1913 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
From wool pea coats for men to woven-textile styles for women, this indie boutique has a surprisingly vast array of cute outerwear. Bonus: it's in the not-too-staggering price range. Photo: via Penelope's
1913 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Sofia Live Lovely Chicago

100 East Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611
Sofia just got in its selection of winter coats, and (duh) they're drool-worthy. There are moto jackets from Timo Weiland, a snuggly pink coat from Heartloom, and an abstract little number with jagged edges from Doma. Photo: Courtesy of Sofia
100 East Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Independence

47 East Oak Street, Chicago, IL 60611
A stylish male reader told us that this is favorite spot for outerwear. With a kind of rugged-hipster vibe, the boutique carries quilted parkas, warmup fleeces, and packable anoraks. Photo: via Independence
47 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Barbour

54 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611
The Gold Coast shop—sorry, more Gold Coast, we know—is best known for its classic waxed-cotton jackets. The British countryside brand offers cozy outerwear for men, women, and children. And if it's British, you know its tailoring is going to be jolly good. Photo: via Barbour
54 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Burberry

633 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
And the award for spot-we'd-hit-up-if-we-had-an-endless-coat-bugdet goes to... Burberry! As you probably know, this venerable brand has pretty much mastered the trench. There are also duffle coats with fur trim, cashmere-blanket wrap coats, and more. Photo: Racked Chicago
633 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

9. The Lofts at Roosevelt Collection

150 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60605
LOFT, the affordable women's store, just landed at The Roosevelt Collection. Along with plenty of other cold-weather gear (think scarves, hats, and sparkly holiday-party frocks), the store stocks coats. There are wool pea coats, twill double-breasted coats, and more clean, preppy styles. But if you like a little more pizazz, there's also a look with a leopard-print collar. Photo: via LOFT
150 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60605