A Pea in the Pod
Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-335-1818
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-575-0211 

This celebrity favorite source for upscale maternity wear carries collections from designers such as Ella Moss, Rachel Pally, and J Brand and designer denim from Hudson and Citizens of Humanity. Selections are trendy, high-quality, and pricey. (Also available in select Macy’s stores.)


Belle Up
1915 W. 103rd St., Chicago, 773-233-2442

Mom-of-two Jamenda McCoy curates an excellent mix of casual and dressy options at her independently-owned maternity boutique in Beverly. The fancy side is particularly great—finding work-appropriate and fancy maternity options that aren’t dreadful tents can be impossible but Bellē Up carries trousers, blouses, and dresses that would be adorable even without the baby bump to fill them out. Casual options come from well-known brands Maternal America, Japanese Weekend, Olian, and Ripe in sizes from petite to plus that range from first trimester to nursing apparel. Prices range $45 to $300. The shop also carries hard-to-find maternity Spanx, mom-friendly skincare, and accessories like purses and jewelry that skew under $50. A small, gift-appropriate baby selection skews mostly $30 or less.

Burlington Coat Factory
Visit burlingtoncoatfactory.com for locations

Utilitarian maternity pants, shirts, dresses and loungewear, all priced at deep discounts. Find maternity tops as low as $5, pants under $10.


Destination Maternity
Old Orchard Shopping Center Shopping Center, Skokie, 847-679-7094
1 South 550 Route 83, Oakbrook Terrace, 630-368-0359
Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd., Schaumburg, 847-413-1057
Orland Park Place, 15345 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park, 708-403-2384
Geneva Commons, 1440 Commons Dr., Geneva, 630-845-0407

The self-proclaimed maternity superstore, these stores feature both the pocket-friendly Motherhood Maternity and the trendier, boutique line A Pea in the Pod.


Gap Maternity
555 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-494-8580
35 N. State St., Chicago, 312-683-0129
3416 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, 773-525-7013
1740 N. Sheffield, Chicago, 312-944-6792
Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, 847-673-3529
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-571-3207
Orland Square Mall, Orland Park, 708-349-3135
20530 N. Rand Rd., Deer Park, 847-540-1948

Expect similar styles and prices as Gap’s mainstream line of clothing. Camis, tees, sweaters, jeans, leggings, dresses and skirts all skew comfortable and affordable.


H&M Mama
840 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, 312-640-0060
Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, 847-559-6063
Gurnee Mills, Gurnee, 847-855-7847
Fox Valley Center, Aurora, 630-499-5730

H&M has a small but adorable selection of maternity wear, with an emphasis on basics. Cozy cardigans ($29.95 to $49.95), skinny jeans ($34.95), and girly blouses ($29.95) are stylish and easy on the pocketbook.



2118 W. Roscoe St., Chicago, 773-281-6577
*Events and classes

Kickin’ is dedicated to the needs of active pregnant women. Owner Trudy Robinson Foley offers in-store free prenatal yoga and other workout classes for moms who don’t want to give up fitness when expecting. Workout gear from Fit 2 B Mom, Bao Bei, and Ocean Lily is made from breathable, wicking fabrics, and hard-to-find Ilant swimwear is forgiving of baby bellies. Clothing of the non-fitness variety comes from Juliet Dream, Maternal America, Olian, and Danish Brand Milker (gotta love the name), and designer maternity jeans are carried from 7 for all Mankind and Joe’s Jeans. Nursing bras, baby slings, diaper bags, infant clothing up to 24 months, and gear such as Phil & Ted’s strollers also found here.

Visit kohls.com for locations

Casual tees and tops (most $25 or less), cardigans, cowl-neck sweaters, and wrap dresses from Oh Baby by Motherhood Maternity, and panel jeans including the comfortable Secret Fit Belly by Motherhood.


909 S. Lombard Ave., Oak Park, 708-524-9668

Owner and designer Germaine Caprio has created a line of maternity wear that is so comfortable, moms keep coming back long after the baby is born. Nursing tanks and yoga pants are particularly beloved for their comfort and softness, (as are the practical pajamas that hold breast pads), and pants, hoodies, tops, and dresses are cozy and easy to wear. Everything is made in the USA, including the non-maternity line of comfy clothes, Eliseo (eliseofashion.com). The Oak Park store supplements the Majamas line with baby clothing and toys.

Maternity Works
Chicago Premium Outlets, Aurora, 630-499-7085

Maternity Works is an outlet with bargains on maternity brands such as A Pea in the Pod, but also houses a full-priced Motherhood Maternity shop within the store.

McShane’s Exchange
815 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, 773-525-0282

The second floor of this Lincoln Park resale shop houses a small selection of maternity apparel. Brands vary by visit, but can include Liz Lange, Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod, and occasionally even designer denim. The selection of maternity work wear is particularly good.

Motherhood Maternity
Visit motherhood.com for locations; the line is available within Destination Maternity, Macy’s, and select Babies R Us stores

The budget friendly sister store of A Pea in the Pod, Motherhood Maternity reinterprets boutique style with cheaper fabrics. Shop flattering ruched tops, tees, blouses, trousers, affordable dresses, and the Loved by Heidi Klum line.(See also, Motherhood Maternity outlet.)


Old Navy
35 N. State St., Chicago, 312-551-0522
1596 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, 312-397-2532
Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-472-9201
Orland Park Place, Orland Park, 708-364-0555
220 S. Rte. 59, Naperville, 630-717-5909
1824 S. Randall Rd., Algonquin, 847-458-6035

The extremely affordable maternity line is equivalent to the standard line of Old Navy clothes, making it great for stocking up on basics. (Jeans are a particularly good deal.) An online function allows you to shop by trimester.


Visit target.com for locations

Affordable maternity wear, with a heavy emphasis on jersey. Liz Lange for Target, the reasonably priced equivalent to Lange’s high-end line, is one of the most crowd-pleasing maternity lines around.