How to shop ethically in Chicago

Looking for ethical fashion in Chicago?  Try these great brands!

ethical fashion and shopping in Chicago, where to find the latest brands and trends for the conscious consumer looking to live in a sustainable world.

Productions Mode

Productions Mode: creating a new norm by instating free trade and having full transparency in the ethical and sustainable production of their garments

Produc­tion Mode is committed to fair trade prac­tices including trans­parency throughout their supply chain, paying living wages to the weavers, tanners, cutters and stitchers who produce their prod­ucts, and to reducing their envi­ron­mental impact. It is their goal that these values become the norm rather than the excep­tion in the fashion industry.

Productions Mode: a woman scans the new looks at this ethical shop. Leather is always popular, feels better when it's made by free trade workers

Shop the collection at the following stockists in Chicago below:


Green Heart Shop

Green Heart Shop: leave no footprint on the environment. Promote free trade and use ethical  & sustainable practices throughout the fashion industry

Green Heart Shop is Chicago’s premiere non-profit, fair trade shop. They go out of their way to source products and curate a collection that does as little harm as possible – to people, communities, and the environment. All of the products sold are fair trade, eco-friendly, or carry a social mission. They are made by skilled artisans from as far away as Tunisia and as close to home as North Lawndale. Each product carries a story, of the artisan who lovingly made it, the community where the materials originated, or the centuries-old methods used to produce it.

Green Heart Shop: the view from the front of this free trade, ethical, sustainable, environmentally friendly shop in Chicago

Shop online or in our Chicago store at

1714 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614

The Green Goddess Boutique

Sustainably Chic

The green Goddess Boutique carries unique bohemian styled clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes and beauty products. They also carry other unique fun products such as the “giving keys.”

The Green Goddess Boutique

Visit their store location below or shop online.

The Green Goddess Boutique

1009 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.


Visit the Chicago store below or shop Online.

840 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614


Wolfbait & B-girls is not only where Chicago shops, but where Chicago sells. Showcasing the wares of over 170 local artisans as well as Chicago-based fair-trade companies, Wolfbait highlights our city’s local talent.

WolfBait: Chicago based local artists and fair trade products

Wolfbait & B-girls is a female-owned and operated independent business, fashioned by two native designers, Shirley Kienitz and Jenny Stadler. Their respective collections, Bruiser and Brazen judy, are executed in-house from concept to consumer, creating an intimate environment for a unique shopping experience. Wolfbait just so happens to be a one-stop shop for unique and practical clothing, playful accessories, and one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasures.


Visit their store location at

3131 w. logan blvd. chicago, Illinois 60647

Mildblend Supply Co.


Built on the values of design, quality and service, Mildblend Supply Co. aims to improve the lives of our customers, community and suppliers by offering fairly priced products made from the best available materials that retain their beauty and function over time.

Mildblend Supply Co. is designed with a rustic and recycled interior offering premium denim and outstanding selection of men’s and women’s casual and fine clothing, shoes, bags, and grooming products.

MildblendSupplyCo: Sustainable, fashionable, local clothing that lasts.

Visit their Chicago store location or shop online.

1342 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago IL 60622

Squasht Boutique

Squasht Creates: Local Chicago award winning designs

Squasht creates locally designed and professionally hand-crafted garments and accessories made from start to finish right here in Chicago, IL. Founded in October, 2004 by St Louis native Lesley Timpe, Squasht is creating a buzz in the independent fashion world. Lesley was recently voted “Best Local Clothing Designer” for both 2013 and 2014 in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago” Readers Polls.

Squasht designer Lesley Timpe was trained at Maestro Mateo Design School in Spain and brings a subtly sophisticated European vibe to her seasonal collection of dresses, skirts, tops, tunics, headbands, and reversible hats. The signature pieces of the Squasht collections continue to be endlessly wearable vintage-modern dresses and retro-styled reversible handmade hats.


Visit their local boutique below or shop online.

2556 W. Chicago Ave,
Chicago, IL 60622



Ikram is a high-end women’s fashion boutique in Chicago, Illinois

Named after its owner, Ikram Goldman, the beautifully appointed store is a treasure trove of the best in women’s fashion, with a unique selection of sophisticated clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags and other accessories and gift items. The interior is the ideal backdrop to ikram’s unique mix of American, European and Japanese designers. The final touch is an amazing selection of vintage clothing and accessories, hand-picked over time by Ikram herself.


Shop online or visit Ikram at

15 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville Galleria

The andersonville galleria, in the heart of the thriving Andersonville retail corridor, is a retail market building that currently features over 90 tenants offering apparel, jewelry, artwork, home furnishings, giftware, accessories, antiques. fair trade, and gourmet treats.

Like no other neighborhood, Andersonville supports small retailers. Its mission is to maintain a unique shopping experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere. Andersonville prides itself on its dedicated support of locally owned businesses and small independent retailers who are respected and successful.

Andersonville Galleria

Visit them at

5247 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 6064

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One thought on “How to shop ethically in Chicago

  1. I want to visit all these stores! Beautiful things and lovely places to shop. And it feels so good to purchase ethical items that actually help the communities that produce them. Thanks for this list!

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