Baby stores in Chicago for gifts and gear

If you need a gift for a baby shower or need gear to prepare for your own little bundle of joy, check out these top baby stores in Chicago

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  • Be By Baby

  • Lollie

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little One

  • Photographer: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

    The Red Balloon

  • Photograph: Thomas M. Kubik

    Preggers

  • Photograph: Timothy Burkhart

    Sprout San Francisco

  • Galt Baby

Be By Baby

Babies may be small but the amount of gear, clothes and contraptions out there can be immense, and sometimes overwhelming. Luckily, Chicago has great baby stores staffed with experts who can help you decide what you really need. From nursing gear to strollers, cribs to unique clothing, the merch at these seven stores will prepare you for your new arrival—or outfit you with the best baby shower gift ever.

Be By Baby

  • Price band: 3/4

This baby boutique is a favorite even before baby leaves the womb. Specializing in maternity and nursing gear, this is a one-stop-shop for everything you need for pregnancy and beyond. It also hosts a variety of classes, from babywearing to Kindermusik, and are specialists in cloth diapering.

  1. 1654 W Roscoe St
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Galt Toys + Galt Baby

  • Price band: 3/4

The staff here are experts in all things stroller and car seat, and the store has certified technicians on hand to help answer questions or do car installations. It's also a great store for gifts, with an array of toys and games from baby on up.

  1. 900 N Michigan Ave
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Lollie

  • Price band: 3/4

It's worth heading north of the city to peruse this baby and kids shop full of trendy clothes and unique baby gifts. Chewbeads, art projects and bamboo swaddles are just a few of the things you'll find in the shop.

  1. 1312 Chicago Ave
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Preggers

  • Price band: 3/4

This posh shop in the 900 building on Michigan Avenue may be focused on the pregnant mama, but it also has great finds for new babies as well. The owner curates a variety of hard-to-find picks from local designers and beyond.

  1. 900 N Michigan Ave, fifth floor
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The Red Balloon: Bucktown

  • Price band: 2/4

Books, cute baby clothes and personalized gifts fill this Bucktown store. This is a great place to pop in for a gift for a new baby or to dress your newest addition in Chicago-style gear.

  1. 1940 W Damen Ave
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Sprout San Francisco

  • Price band: 2/4

This San Francisco native, as the name suggests, focuses on everything baby that is also all-natural and organic. You'll find everything from furniture and artwork to baby clothes, sippy cups and plates. The store also holds a variety of baby-oriented classes like music with Mr. Dave and Jitterbugs movement.

  1. 1943 W Division St
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Twinkle Twinkle Little One

  • Price band: 2/4

This Roscoe Village baby shop has a focus on the artistic. Owner Rachel Glasson and her team are experts in nursery design, and the showroom displays just a fraction of the creativity they have. Great artwork, unique furniture and fun baby gifts are just some of what you'll find at this cute baby shop.

  1. 2007 W Belmont Ave
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