New outdoor weather gear in Chicago

Winters in Chicago are like not other... .except well maybe, New York and Minnesota which all have their share of  Patagonia (, stores.  So Chicago was the next likely candidate to have one open again.  Patagonia is an environmentally conscious brand of outdoor clothing and gear.

The second City has a second Chicago location (48 E. Walton St.; 312-640-5934) and opened just last week in the Gold Coast. The 6,240-square-foot store comes eight years after its predecessor opened in Lincoln Park (1800 N. Clybourn Ave.; 312-951-0518), with a larger selection of jackets, pullovers, sweaters, shoes, and duffle bags. “The new space is bigger, so we’re able to experiment with things we don’t always try in [other stores],” says district manager Brooks Scott.

This season’s offerings include a three-layer jacket with a two-way adjustable hood ($399), waterproof shell pants ($399), and a lightweight Gore Windstopper-lined jacket ($249). “We want our customers to buy something that will serve them well over the long haul,” says Scott. Patagonia celebrates the Gold Coast store’s grand opening on Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. with gift bags, live music, and food and drinks from Goose Island.

Keep warm and gear up this winter!
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