This is a comprehensive list of the best Chicago plus size shopping spots. If you’re looking for an immediate, in-person shopping experience in the city of Chicago, start your search here. Here’s all of the stores that I frequent in the city when searching for cute, fashionable, plus size clothes. Have I missed one? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a new shop or boutique on this list!
I love Ashley Stewart, and they have amazing sales. If you are looking for colorful, on-trend plus size separates, this is absolutely worth checking out. Depending on the season, they also have a lot of great dresses! www.ashleystewart.com
Blair Chic Boutique
Located at Ashland and Division, Blair Chic is a great independent plus size boutique with a unique mix of high-end and mid-level price points. Def stop here to check out what’s in store or shop online at www.blairchicboutique.com.
Bloomies has a fab plus size section, although it does trend a little older and more conservative–which is not a bad thing! Not everyone can run around in club clothes! Shop higher-end labels such as B/A/S/L/E/R and LaFayette 148, and bask in the attention of the personal shoppers here. These ladies know there stuff! Let them help you! www.bloomingdales.com
Burlington Coat Factory
Burlington Coat Factory has a surprisingly huge plus size section in the location on State Street. There are racks of dresses and tops to rake through and you can find some amazing on-trend pieces. They are not always the highest-quality and some have some sizing issues, but the prices are low enough that you don’t care if something’s a little off! www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com
The Forever 21 on State Street in Chicago has an entire plus size section in the basement and the one on Michigan has a huge section upstairs, and they both make my heart beat fast. The store caters to a younger demographic, with trendy, cheap, fast fashion…and it’s my go-to place for plus size belts, bathing suits, skinny jeans and fun, trendy tops. www.forever21.com
If you’re looking for great plus size yoga and activewear, you should absolutely check out Ganesha Yoga Studio. Not only do they offer size-inclusive classes, but they offer a range of stylish workout gear and sports bras. These are things that I really haven’t seen anywhere else…and I wanted to take the whole section home with me! Also, they have tons of colorful sweatbands to keep you looking fresh and stylish during your yoga poses, and a selection of jewelry for your post-workout perusal. Go. Shop. Breathe! www.ganeshayogachicago.com
This store is a staple in every plus size gal’s shopping trip. I’m absolutely devastated that my favorite location on Wabash Ave (just off State Street) has closed. Now, I go to the location at Riverpoint Mall off of Fullerton, but they don’t have as great of a selection. But beggars can’t be choosers, so I’m happy there’s any locations close to me! Lane Bryant is literally KILLIN’ IT lately. Every new collaboration brings a fresh attitude and fabulous designs and fabrics. And let’s not forget Cacique – it’s the ONLY place I buy my underwear and bras, and I also love their pajamas! www.lanebryant.com
The plus size section at Macy’s on State is huge! Labels such as INC and American Rag keep the section fresh and trendy, while Alfani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors offer up some great work dresses and suits! If I need a formal dress for an event, I almost always end up buying it here. Also, Macy’s has awesome sales all the time, so you can score some amazing deals. www.macys.com
Nordstrom has an amazing plus size section! Full of great labels like Vince Camuto, NYDJ, Calvin Klein, and now City Chic…you’ll always find something lovely or super cool that you just MUST buy. However, things can get pricey and you might have to make some hard choices of what to put back. I absolutely adore shopping here, so it’s a must for Chicago plus size shopping. www.nordstrom.com
Nordstrom Rack has expanded their plus size section and now, I can almost always find some great deals on professional wear and separates. Still very weak on the dresses and formal wear side, but the shoe section makes up for it! The plus size selection can vary dramatically from season to season, so I wouldn’t recommend going there with a specific mission in mind. It’s better to browse and discover a gem, rather than frantically search for a specific garment. www.nordstromrack.com
This place is worth a look–although in the last year or so, their plussize section has shrunk to the point of nonexistence. I haven’t bought anything except shoes and bags here for a while now. But, sometimes you’ll get lucky, so if you’re on State Street, go ahead and pop in. www.tjmaxx.com