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Best Chicago-Based Designers

When it comes to fashion, most people look to Milan, New York, or Paris. However, designers are making their mark on the fashion scene right here in the windy city. Everything from sportswear to evening gowns are created in Chicago, and the established and up and coming designers can't wait to show off their creations. Designers often create clothing to reflect the women and men they see every day. Chicago has a style all its own, and these local designers capture the city's energy with their fashionable designs. The next time you shop, look for styles from Chicago designers like these. You'll be supporting new and established clothing designers from right here in the city!

Lara Miller

Lara Miller
931 W. Cornelia Ave., Suite 1b
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 296-4442

Lara Miller's stylish designs are distinctively Chicago, and when you get a look at the styles of clothing she creates, you can see yourself in them going to work and lunch in Lincoln Park and Lakeview. Feminine and sophisticated styles are made from eco-friendly materials like hand-loomed bamboo and organic wool. Lara Miller's collection fits perfectly in the closets of Chicago women.

Borris Powell
400 N. May St.
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 857-5585

He rocketed to fame when he won the Oscars Designer Challenge in 2011 for his Black Swan Dress. Now, Chicago-based Borris Powell's show-stopping designs are growing in popularity here in the city by the lake. Not only does he make amazing women's wear, but he also does menswear with fantastic accessories. If you want to be seen in a creation that was not mass made or commonly seen at department stores, try out Borris Powell's collection. His designs will have you getting compliments with every wear.

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Anastasia Chatzka

Anastasia Chatzka
1001 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(586) 610-4096

Fresh designs and vibrant colors are included in the collections made by Anastasia Chatzka. This emerging new designer has creative looks that can make you an instant fan. She has worked with famous designers like Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson. Now with her own line, she makes creative dresses that fit right in here in Chicago. Try out her new One-Fit Custom services, where you get a dress of your dreams after you choose from fabrics and silhouettes. Get haute couture service without the hefty price tag with Anastasia Chatzka.

Elda de la Rosa
5555 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 769-3128

Looking for the ultimate dress for that cocktail party you are attending? Chicago-based Elda de la Rosa makes those head-turning dresses that you are looking for. She also makes evening wear and bridal dresses that you can't get anywhere else. Designs range from sleek dresses that fall like a 1940s starlet to meticulously done bridal dresses that will be crowd stunners. If you are still looking for the perfect dress, Elda will help you create the custom dress of your dreams. Make a spectacular entrance with Chicago designer Elda de la Rosa.

Kate Coxworth
1617 N. Artesian Ave., Suite 1S
Chicago, IL 60647
(866) 388-3501

If you love blouses, you'll appreciate Kate Boggiano by Kate Coxworth, a collection of colors and fabrics that would be great additions to extend your wardrobe. These blouses, shirts and jackets add interest to clothing you already own or a completely fresh look with a new style. Kate Boggiano is a reasonably priced line, and busy Chicago women will love the clothing choices.

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Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at

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