Chicago Guide to Plus Size Shopping

Here's all of the stores that I frequent in Chicago when searching for cute, fashionable, plussize clothes. Feel free to share yours too!


I love this store, but it's sometimes hit or miss for me. They have amazing sales, and I've gotten many a top for under $20. If you are looking for colorful, on-trend separates, this is absolutely worth checking out. Depending on the season, they also have a lot of great dresses! www.ashleystewart.com 




Located at Ashland and Division, Blair Chic is a great independent boutique with a unique mix of high-end and mid-level price points. Def stop here to check out what's in store or shop online at www.blairchicboutique.com.


Bloomies has a fab plussize section, although it does trend a little older and more conservative--which is not a bad thing! Not everyone can run around in club clothes! Shop higher-end labels such as B/A/S/L/E/R and LaFayette 148, and bask in the attention of the personal shoppers here. These ladies know there stuff!
                                                                       Let them help you! www.bloomingdales.com



Burlington Coat Factory has a surprisingly huge plussize section in the location on State Street. There are racks of dresses and tops to rake through and you can find some amazing on-trend pieces. They are not always the highest-quality and some have some sizing issues, but the prices are low enough that you don't                                                                              care if something's a little off! www.burlingtoncoatfactory.com




The Forever 21 on State Street in Chicago has an entire plussize section in the basement and the one on Michigan has a smaller section upstairs, and they both make my heart beat fast. The store caters to a younger demographic, with trendy, cheap, fast fashion...and it's my go-to place for plussize belts, bathing suits, skinny jeans and fun, trendy tops. www.forever21.com




If you're looking for great plussize yoga and activewear, you should absolutely check out Ganesha Yoga Studio. Not only do they offer size-inclusive classes, but they offer a range of stylish workout gear and sports bras. These are things that I really haven't seen anywhere else...and I wanted to take the whole section home with me! Also, they have tons of colorful sweatbands to keep you looking fresh and stylish during your yoga poses, and a selection of jewelry for your post-workout perusal. Go. Shop. Breathe! www.ganeshayogachicago.com



This store is a staple in every plussize gal's shopping trip. It used to be a little hit or miss for me, but when they're on, they are ON. The SS2014 season is amazing...although the sizing is definitely off on the new pieces. You might have to go up at least one, maybe two sizes from what you're used to wearing at LB...but with such cute options, I hardly minded. I always buy my basic underwear and bras from Cacique and I also love their pajamas! www.lanebryant.com





The plussize section at Macy's on State is huge! Labels such as INC and American Rag keep the section fresh and trendy, while Alfani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors offer up some great work dresses and suits! If I need a formal dress for an event, I almost always end up buying it here. Also, Macy's has awesome sales all the time, so you can score some amazing deals. www.macys.com



Nordstrom has an amazing plussize section! Full of great labels like Vince Camuto, NYDJ, Calvin Klein, and now City Chic...you'll always find something lovely or super cool that you just MUST buy. However, things can get pricey and you might have to make some hard choices of what to put back. I absolutely adore                                                                                         shopping here, so it's a must for Chicago plussize shopping. www.nordstrom.com



Nordstrom Rack has expanded their plussize section and now, I can almost always find some great deals on professional wear and separates. Still very weak on the dresses and formal wear side, but the shoe section makes up for it! The plussize selection can vary dramatically from season to season, so I wouldn't recommend going there with a specific mission in mind. It's better to browse and discover a gem, rather than frantically search for a specific garment. www.nordstromrack.com



This place is worth a look--although in the last year or so, their plussize section has shrunk to the point of nonexistence. I haven't bought anything except shoes and bags here for a while now. But, sometimes you'll get lucky, so if you're on State Street, go ahead and pop in. www.tjmaxx.com



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