AA 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.)
BBelle 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.
DDestination 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.
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.
HH&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.
KKickin’ 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.Kohl’s 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.
MMajamas 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.)
OOld 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.
TTarget 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.