Ethical Shopping in Chicago

We love our fellow mission-driven brands, and we especially love entire stores filled with their products. It's wonderful when you can walk into a store and have confidence as you browse that whatever you choose, you are making a conscious, positive impact as a consumer.

1. Greenheart Shop

1714 N Wells St, Chicago

Photo courtesy of Greenheart Shop.

Photo courtesy of Greenheart Shop.

Based in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood, Greenheart is a non-profit, fair trade store with a wide range of products from home goods to baby toys to clothing and accessories (they carry some of Loom's knitwear!). All of their products are either fair trade, environmentally friendly, or have a social mission, so you can be sure that anything you purchase has been made consciously of people and the environment! You can also shop their goods in their online shop.

2. Planet Access

4727 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago

Photo courtesy of Planet Access.

Photo courtesy of Planet Access.

Planet Access is a high-end retail store that carries brands focused on sustainable and socially responsible clothing and accessories. What's also great about them is that all purchases made in the store support Search, Inc., which is a non-profit that encourages adults with intellectual disabilities to reach their full potential. Planet Access Company helps provide employment opportunities for these individuals, so your purchase in their store is both sustainable and charitable.

3. Ten Thousand Villages

719 Main St, Evanston

Photo courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages.

Photo courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages.

Ten Thousand Villages is one of the largest and oldest fair trade retailers, with hundreds of locations across the U.S. Their mission is to help support a livelihood for artisans in the developing world through fair wages and your purchase in their Evanston location will help them do that! They also carry a wide variety of gifts, home decor, and apparel. If you're looking for some ethically made treats, they also sell fair trade coffee and chocolate!

4. Wolfbait & B-Girls

3131 W. Logan Blvd, Chicago

Photo courtesy of Wolfbait & B-Girls.

Photo courtesy of Wolfbait & B-Girls.

Wolfbait & B-Girls carries the products of over 170 local artists as well as Chicago-based fair trade companies. They call themselves a "one-stop shop" for both practical clothing and one-of-a-kind treasures and playful accessories. They're passionate about doing good in all aspects of their shop: most of their store displays are made from up-cycled items and they frequently donate to local charities. You can be sure your shopping experience here will be both unique and ethical!

5. Local Goods Chicago

5422 W. Devon Ave, Chicago & 6443 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago

Photo courtesy of Local Goods Chicago.

Photo courtesy of Local Goods Chicago.

Shopping local is a great way to ensure ethics and transparency in the products you buy. Local Goods Chicago has two locations and an online shop full of handcrafted, locally made gifts from a variety of local designers and makers. They carry home goods, clothing and accessories, paper products, bath and body products, and plenty of souvenirs donned with the Chicago flag!