Culture + Style

Where to Look Cool When Windy City Temps Cool

There’s a chill in the air. Perfect time to go shopping in Chicago. (Photo: Getty Images)

With fall comes cooler temps, changing leaves and a slew of new fashion trends, heralded by the arrival of encyclopedic special editions of Vogue and In Style. Whether you’re staying in downtown Chicago or Lincoln Park, here’s where to buy new pieces to perk up your fall wardrobe. We’ve also got the top picks for where to go wearing your trendy new items.

Pair a Little Chill With a Little Shine

Bling is back, baby. From bangles to broaches, jewelry this fall has more sparkle. Pieces at the Oak Street outpost of Alexis Bittar range from sweet (poodles and hearts) to edgy (snakes and skulls). Expect to spend $100 for a pair of earrings; $400 and way up if you’re shopping the fine jewelry line.

Where to go: Pair your sparkly cuff or statement earrings with an LBD and head to The Aviary, a swanky lounge with inventive cocktails and creative small plates that are almost too pretty to eat.

Cozy is a Chunky Knit Sweater

Nail two trends at once with a boho-chic sweater in a chunky textured knit from Peruvian Connection in Lincoln Park. The shop is a delight of women’s clothing and accessories, but the artsy handcrafted sweaters and ponchos steal the show. Pieces in the “art knits” line start at $170.

Where to go: On a chilly fall day, head to Glazed & Infused, a hip gourmet doughnut shop (think Red Velvet and Maple Bacon) serving locally roasted Sparrow coffee. That new sweater provides the perfect camouflage if you have to loosen your belt.

Coat Yourself in Style

Shearling is a major trend for both men and women, and Chicago’s infamous winds make a warm coat essential long before winter sets in. In downtown Chicago, Overland Sheepskin Company has it all, with leather coats, belts and accessories, all made in the USA. Expect to pay from $500 for a vest to $2,000 for a coat.

Where to go: You’ll want to step out of your hotel to check out the changing outdoor exhibitions at Boeing Galleries. Don’t forget to snap a selfie at Cloud Gate (aka “the bean”).

Tighten Up Your Fashion Game

Patterned tights or leggings add on-trend interest to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. You can pick up a pair of Wolford tights, known for durability, in their boutique at The Shops at North Bridge. Tights start at $60.

Where to go: The League of Chicago Theatres has curtain times, reviews and even half-price tickets to select plays. Pair your new tights with a dress to keep your legs warm during the post-show cab hunt.