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Chicago and fabric/notions

lize | Posted in General Discussion on

looking to find our if there is a textile district or area in Chicago.  My daughter lives in the city and can’t find any fabric stores.  There is however,  a wonderfull little button shop Rush Street.  they have a huge assortment of vintage buttons.


  1. mmiller00 | | #1

    There are so many great fabric sources in Chicago I can't believe she can't find anything.  Here's my list:

    1.Fishman's Fabrics- It's on Roosevelt and DesPlaines.  They have the most beautiful fabric except it's extremely expensive.

    2.Roosevelt Fabrics-It's on Roosevelt close to Fishman's.  It's a mess but you can find really good deals.

    3.Vogue Fabrics- There are 3 Vogue Fabrics in the Chicago area.  One is on Roosevelt next to the 2 I just mentioned.  There is another in Lansing, a south suburbs of Chicago.  And there is the flagship Vogue Fabric store in Evanston.  It's right next to public transportation.  It's huge and has so many great deals.

    4.Textile Discount Outlet- I think their address is 2121 W. 21st st.  There store is messy but they have everything and it's crazy cheap.

    5-Hancock Fabrics-It's on Broadway by Devon.  They actually have some nice stuff. Not to mention 50% off patterns.

    6.Joann- It's on Elston by Fullerton.  They also have 50% off patterns but there fabric is so so for the price.

    She can call information to get the exact address and phone numbers.  CTA will also give directions how to get there or she can just go to mapquest for driving directions.  Luckily these places aren't in heavily congested areas so parking isn't a problem.  There are some more that you can find in the phone book but these are where I go and what I would recommend.

    1. lize | | #2

      michelle thanks this is great we didn't know how to find any of these places.  I'm going in two week so this will be fun

      1. SewTruTerry | | #3

        Don't forget to stop at  Buttons that is the name of the store on Rush Street it is really fabulous for those hard to find or match buttons.

        1. lize | | #4


  2. twimb | | #5

    Michelle 04' gave you good advice about hitting Vogue Fabrics. I live in NYC and I have great stores available for fabrics but the prices seem to be almost double the price of Vogue Fabric. I just saw their booth at in

    Chantilly VA Sewing Expo and stocked up. Designer fabrics like DKNY as low as $5.99 per yard. Airline tickets are so cheap thinking about taking a weekend trip just to shop at Vogue Fabrics for my Summer 05 wardrobe. Happy shopping!


    1. lize | | #6

      do you really think that it would be worth my while to go to chicago to stock up on summer fabric for next summers fabric.  my daughter lives there so there would be no cost for lodging.  There would however be a cost over run for fabric for her!!  the only fabric shop where i live is Joann's and we all know what they have and frankly i've moved on.  I also love the new fabrics with spandx in it and joann's is very limited in there choice of this type of fabric.  I could probably steel some time off in feb or march.

      1. twimb | | #7

        i purchased a brown and black fabric with lycra for pants from them. I can't wear pants without it, go figure. it's two options you can take, could you daughter go there and let you know what she thinks, or you can spend just $30 for their swatch club and see what the offer. I also got a wool jersey for almost pennies. I got donna karan and liz clainborne from $3.99 to $5.99 per yard. i have to tell you i haven't gone to the store this is from a 10X10 space at a sewing expo in VA. tell your daughter to run to the store and have tons of fun. the sales people at the expo told me they have a huge warehouse and one of the customers there said is junky but they have nice stuff. let me know what you daughter thinks of the store. it's nothing like joanne, i mean nothing. happy shopping

        1. lize | | #8

          thanks dimples shes in class right now but i'm going to let her know i think i feel a possible visit to see her may be coming up after the holidays i'm a little straped right now but i have off for martin l. king day so jan may be the perfect time she'll have school so i'll have to go it alone ah tooo bad!!!!!!!!  i'll have to buy just for me!!  thanks for the tip after that it just a short  walk from her place to "buttons" on Rush street I love that store.  i'll let you know how it went wait for a response in jan.  just in time to start sewing for the summer.

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