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If you have been enticed to watch Netflix’s top-rated series Bridgerton, then you must be thrilled to learn that The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience has finally opened in Chicago. If you’ve already made haste and secured your invitation, then we are sure you are looking for a romantic dress, jewelry, and accessories to gain the Queen’s favor.
Make haste, ensure that you’ve secured your invitation to Chicago’s breathtaking and transformative ‘Bridgerton’ experience. These Modiste-worthy boutiques boast plenty of looks that will garner the Queen’s attention as you make your glorious debut at the ball. Whether you’re looking for gowns, satin gloves, feather hairpieces, tiaras, decorative fans, jewelry, men’s suits, or dapper hats, you’re sure to find something spectacular at one of these pristine shops.
1. Make all of your frilly dress dreams come true at this European-style atelier Mira Couture
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Since the 70s, Mira Couture has been dressing the city’s most stylish denizens in incredible dresses for special occasions, much like the sought-after dressmaker of The Modiste in the Bridgerton series. With custom in-house dressmakers, and a selection of ready-to-wear, it seems only fitting to venture to this Gold Coast European couture atelier to make your exquisite selections for the celebration.
Location: 70 East Walton Street, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60611
2. Wander to BHLDN to find regal boho-inspired options for the ball
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Choose from an assortment of unique dresses with a boho flare at BHLDN, from beaded maxi dresses to silky and satin numbers that will ensure the Queen’s flattery. The two-level shop also has a fine selection of standout shoes and jewelry.
Location: 8 East Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60611
3. Find sparkly, bejeweled gowns at Kasha’s Bridal and Special Occasion Boutique
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Owned by a mother-daughter duo, Kasha’s Bridal and Special Occasion Boutique in the Portage Park neighborhood has thousands of bespoke gowns to peruse for special occasions. Plus, you can be sure that your gown will fit like a glove with onsite alterations because we all know that the Ton will notice every small detail. This boutique also has tuxedo rentals, so your regal date is dressed to impress, too.
Location: 6039 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60634. Book your appointment.
4. Visit Ikram to rub shoulders with the city’s fashion elite and find a stunning red carpet-ready dress while you’re there
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Proprietor Ikram Goldman has styled some highly recognizable names, including former First Lady Michelle Obama. The 16,000-square-foot high-end Gold Coast boutique, simply known as Ikram, features an art gallery and cafe and stocks designers that will turn heads, from Rodarte to Marco Zanini, guaranteeing that you are red carpet-ready for Her Majesty the Queen at the ball.
Location: 15 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
5. For diamonds and fine jewelry that will make Queen Charlotte swoon, make your way to Lester Lampert
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If you want to impress members of the Ton and become the Diamond of the Evening, then you must pick up an elegant piece of jewelry from Lester Lambert. For 100 years, this jewelry salon has kept Chicagoans sparkling with show-stopping fine jewelry pieces, from diamond necklaces to gorgeous rings. This sophisticated, 5,000-square-foot River North boutique has catered to stars like Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Location: 7 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611
6. Adventure to The Red Carpet Boutique Formal Wear for flowing gowns that will get the Ton talking
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A trek to the suburbs may be in order because The Red Carpet Boutique Formal Wear has a slew of statement-making flowy gowns with beads and ruffles in every style imaginable, so be prepared to be the talk of the Ton.
Location: 5720 West Dempster Street, Morton Grove, IL 60053. For appointments, call 847.965.8066.
7. This modern Grace Loves Lace showroom is a magical experience
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The bustling West Loop is home to Grace Loves Lace, a showroom offering bridal and special occasion dresses, where you’ll be greeted by your stylist to help you find the perfect dress made of frilly lace or silk. The open-air space features whitewashed brick and natural light, but the shopping experience has guests gushing, calling it magical.
Location: 853-855 West Randolph, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607. Book your appointment with a stylist here.
8. Scoop up jewel-tone gowns that fit like a glove at Annabella Boutique
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This sister-owned boutique is packed to the brim with hundreds of classy dresses that will surely catch the Queen’s eye. Choose from sparkly or jewel-tone gowns with plenty of attention to detail. They have accessories galore to finish off your ensemble. At this whimsical shop, you’ll receive plenty of individualized attention. There are onsite consultants and seamstresses to ensure no detail is overlooked and that your dress fits perfectly to your unique silhouette.
Location: 3320 North Harlem Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
9. Peruse one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories at Dovetail
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There’s something stunning about a vintage piece of jewelry that tells a unique story of the past. Head to Dovetail’s cozy boutique in West Town for heirloom-quality vintage pieces with a modern flair. Scour the boutique’s selection of artfully curated items by the shop’s owner and land yourself a bauble that you will want to keep in your collection for years to come. While you’re there, you can also browse cocktail dresses, men’s vintage clothing, bow ties, and more.
10. Journelle, a luxury lingerie boutique, has a variety of pretty lacy undergarments
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This Bucktown boutique boasts the most beautiful lingerie brands, including Stella McCartney, La Perla, Bordelle, Fleur of England, and Natori. For spring, we can’t help but notice that they stock the perfect Regency-inspired collections in hues of dusty blue (a favorite color often chosen by the Bridgerton family) and light pinks. So if you’re going all out for The Queen’s Ball, and we suggest that you do, don’t forget to wear pretty lingerie to complete your overall look.
Location: 1725 North Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
11. It’s in the details at Alice in Ivory Bridal Boutique, where you’ll source gorgeous dresses with feminine details
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Detailed embroidery, tulle confections, and dresses with feminine details await at Alice in Ivory Bridal Boutique nestled in the West Loop, where you will find sought-after designers including Alexandra Grecco, Rue de Seine, Theia, among many more. These stylish dresses accentuate every curve to perfection, offering esteemed looks for the upcoming ball.
Location: 1101 West Randolph Street, 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60607. To book an appointment, click here.
12. Tailor-made bespoke men’s hats for an old Hollywood style
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A dapper hat is known to elevate any look, so a stop at Optimo Hats is a must. The factory and flagship store resemble a museum housed in a 100-year-old former firehouse with plenty of character and historical details, and the walls are lined with hundreds of men’s hats for every occasion. Optimo specializes in luxury customization and quality, which sets this shop apart. Hats are made of wild beaver fur felt and created the same way they would have made them decades ago with all of the added details such as sewing and trim work done onsite. The hatmakers look at the client’s height, build, and complexion to find a hat that suits them best. We recommend visiting this iconic company to experience a hatmaking legacy in Chicago.
Location: Monadnock Building at 51 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604