The best places in Chicago to shop for baptism gowns


 
 

By Rebecca Little

Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network
 

The number of places to find christening and bris/baby naming apparel has been shrinking lately, with the independent boutiques shuttering or simply not carrying specialty items. Here’s a roundup of the best places in Chicagoland to shop for baptism gowns.


Amazing Gracies (126 W. Main St., Barrington, 847-304-1170) - This sweet little shop is dedicated to fancy apparel for ladies and gents, with christening gowns and rompers priced between $50 and $200.


Beautiful Beginnings (4472 Lawn Ave., Western Springs, 708-246-1212) - A local shop known for its gorgeous heirloom gifts that also carries christening and bris gowns and rompers ($90 to $500) and customized wall crosses for baptism gifts.


Bebe Elegante Childrenswear (3338 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, 773-477-2323) - This shop is devoted entirely to children’s special occasion wear, mostly $100 and under.


Lollipop Shop (426 S. Third St., Geneva) - This self-described shop for “bellies, babies & big kids” offers custom, hand-made christening gowns for boys and girls. Allow enough lead time for the gown to be created.


Martinelli’s Children’s Wear (3517 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, 708-425-6287) - A southwest suburban staple for more than 42 years, people know Martinelli’s as a source for school uniforms, fancy formal wear and shoes. Shop christening apparel for boys and girls as well as bonnets, and booties.


MunchkinLand Kids (30 E. Hinsdale Ave., Hinsdale, 630-920-9400) - This fancy Hinsdale shop is mostly geared toward girls and carries designer christening gowns and rompers ($250 and up).


Nordstrom (The Shops at North Bridge, 55 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, 312-464-1515; Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-2121; Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 847-677-2121; Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 847-605-2121) - Nordstrom’s baby and children’s selection is adorable and spendy. Frilly baptism gowns and rompers run $75 to $300.


Pumpkin Formal (Golf Mill Center, Niles, 847-296-4225; Hawthorn Mall, Vernon Hills, 847-247-0427; Gurnee Mills, Gurnee, 847-856-8030) - A local line of formalwear dedicated to outfitting babies and kids for special occasions, including christening gowns and bonnets. Most outfits run $30 to $100.


Tommy-Terri (Ice House Mall, 200 Applebee St., Barrington, 847-381-2005) - Tommy-Terri carries a beautiful selection of baptism gowns, starting with cotton gowns ($50) on up to silk gowns and rompers ($250).



 
 







 
 
 
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