Fashion done locally for back-to-school looks

We cannot believe that the dog days of summer are almost over already. (Though, I know some parents are probably rejoicing). And this season’s back-to-school prep is in full swing. Between registration and school supplies, don’t forget about the BTS fashion!

For every little fashionista in your life, there is a plethora of local kids’ boutiques and clothing lines that specialize in fashion for your mini. Support locally and skip the lines at the mall; head to one of these local gems instead!

Wish Kids

Located in The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, this boutique carries clothing and locally made items for infants to teens. Showing local love like Nerd Press, Sam and Coop, and Psychobaby, they also carry premium clothing brands such as Mayoral, Deux Par Deux, and Desigual.

Little Threads

Known as “the neighborhood kids’ store,” this children’s boutique is located in the heart of Roscoe Village, 2033 W. Roscoe St., Chicago. From infants to teens, they can outfit your little one in the latest fashions. Favorites include the Tea Collection, appaman, Hatley and Chaser. They’ve even got a rewards program called Little Bucks that give you a $5 credit for every $100 you spend. (Pro Tip: You don’t have to spend that amount in one visit, it accumulates over time).

Frankie’s on the Park

A boutique created specifically for tweens and teen girls, and even Mom, they strive to outfit girls in trendy, not trashy, fashion. They carry more than 50 brands to offer the widest range of options. Located in Lincoln Park, 2322 N. Clark St., Chicago, it is the place for a truly personalized and interactive styling experience for your fashionista. Its signature experiences include a trip to the Graffiti and Bling Bar where girls can customize their purchases with one-of-a kind touches.


With brands like Malibu Sugar, Play Six, Chaser and more, this local boutique, 2750 Dundee Road, #6, Northbrook, it has unique looks perfect for your kid to slay the first day of school.

Maya Papaya and Tony Macrony

A funky and trendy children’s boutique, 1901 Central St., Evanston, that offers clothing and shoes for kids aged birth-12. It has hundreds of brands to choose from like See Kai Run, Little Unicorn, Isobella & Chloe, Mudpuppy, Ragdoll & Rockets and so much more. They offer free local pick-up and delivery within Evanston and Wilmette with your purchase of $200 of more.

Don’t have time to shop at a local boutique?

Lola and the Boys is a local designer creating fresh and fun collections for children from infant all the way to preteen. They even have a Mommy & Me collection that is just darling. We’re huge fans of their unicorn collection.

Mac & Mia is a local Chicago service that will save you time and money. Start with the style quiz, get matched with looks from more than 100 unique children’s brands, and voila! a specially curated box of the latest kids fashions straight to your door! P.S. There is no subscription necessary.

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