The Chicago Fashion Industry


What U.S. cities come to mind when you think about fashion? That’s an easy question to answer – New York City and Los Angeles. Well, I’m going to challenge you to add a new city to that list: Chicago. The fashion industry of my new home city may often be overlooked, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there. Here’s a couple things Chicago fashion has to offer:

  • Up and coming designers. These talented people are the backbone of the city’s fashion industry and the reason for its bright future.
  • Fashion District. Although unofficial, the popular Division Street vicinity is the city’s hub for Chicago-based fashion. Here you can find not only shops selling local fashion, but also a variety of coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.
  • Fashion events. Hardly a weekend goes by where there isn’t a runway show, style preview, or fashion festival somewhere in this great city. For example, last month my husband and I attended the Chicago Fashion Fest – a collection of runway shows, live music, and booth displays from local designers and business owners on Division Street.


Now that you know about a few of the many things the Chicago Fashion Industry has to offer –  go check it out for yourself!

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