Just about the time a new mom feels as though her mood swings and sleep schedule are more stable than the NASDAQ, and Dad no longer flinches when baby barf ruins yet another polo shirt, it's time to get the damp little guy or girl some new duds. They tend to grow out of clothes as quickly as an afternoon nap. Choices in kids' clothes have swelled like a disposable diaper in a swimming pool but you can count on the goods at these Chicago area indie apparel shops for the tinier humans in the family.
1657 W. Division St.
You have to love a place called 'Psychobaby' because if you watch the actions of a baby for just a little while, you'll soon see these tiny humans are truly out of their little minds. Although it sounds like it could be a store for the son of Chuckie, Psychobaby offers "a line of cool, custom kids stuff, and custom items for the hip family home." Look for baby clothing for girls and boys and modern lines from Rockabye Baby, Sourpuss, Trumpette, Pop Kids and others.
With a store in Wicker Park and Andersonville, owner Jennifer Pope says The Red Balloon has provided "over 16 years of stellar customer service with a small staff of sales people that love to help you find what you are looking for." The shop offers a stylish and whimsical collection of clothing you can't find elsewhere for ages newborn to 16 years old; they provide free gift wrapping, too. The business owner says, "We love to get to know our customers so we can send them customized photo albums and call them, upon request, when things they like come in." Both shops participate in neighborhood events and promotions, and support Chicago schools with its Shop for Schools program.
2071 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Specializing in children's clothing resale for over two decades, Kangaroo Kids specializes in upscale consignment. They have great deals, so anyone can stylishly dress Junior and not have to hock the house. Expect clothes for children in sizes 0-12, and if you feel as though you want to try the biology experiment yet again, Kangaroo Kids also stocks very nice maternity apparel.
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520 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Despite being ensconced in the same building that houses Nordstrom, Kooky Kids' clothing isn't absurdly overpriced as one might imagine. This is cool onesie central, with a lot in stock for both sexes. The baby and kids' apparel and accessories are distinctive, so Kooky Kids is also a fine place for gifting the new or settled parents, especially for Chicago-themed clothes.
3950 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60613
When it comes to north side kiddie boutiques, Pish Posh is the unbeatable mother of designer, European pieces, and since it's consignment, you'll save a few bucks if you want to outfit Junior in, well, posh gear. Brands like Deux Par Deux, Bock Copenhagen, Catamini, Stella McCartney Kids, Kenzo Kids, and Jean Bourget set the bar for tees, dresses, pants, leggings, outerwear, overalls and accessories.
Jacky Runice has been a columnist with the Daily Herald Chicago since grunge music and flannel was the new black. Her fingers and gray matter have been busy as travel editor of Reunions Magazine; penning a column that was syndicated around the nation via Tribune Media Services. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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