News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

Dearborn Denim & Apparel

Local Hyde Park businesses to participate in Chicago Reader's "Made in Chicago Market" on Sunday, December 3

The University of Chicago Commercial Real Estate Operations group is partnering with the Chicago Reader as a sponsor of the Made in Chicago Market, a holiday market to be held Sunday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plumber’s Hall, 1340 W. Washington Boulevard.

The annual holiday event typically attracts approximately 2,000 people, and eight Hyde Park businesses will take over the entire balcony of the space as a dedicated “Hyde Park Village.” The market is… “a fun celebration of all things DIY—showcasing some of the best apparel, housewares, and food and drink that Chicago has to offer! Shop local and support your neighborhood makers.” Admission and parking are free.

Participating shops and restaurants will include BBQ Supply Co., 1301 E. 53rd Street, with house-made bottled barbecue sauce; Dearborn Denim & Apparel, 1504 E. 53rd Street, with “made in Chicago” jeans and belts; Jojayden, 1457 E. 53rd Street, with custom apparel and shoes for men; Modern Cooperative, 1500 E. 53rd Street, with jewelry and decorative gift items; The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue, with information about the restaurant/bar and upcoming shows and events; The Silver Room, 1506 E. 53rd Street, with jewelry and clothing for men and women; Sir & Madame, 5225 S. Harper Court, with their Hyde Park-based clothing line for men and women; and Vanille Patisserie, 5229 S. Harper Court, with packaged holiday cookies and candies. The Hyde Park balcony space will feature a free photo booth for shoppers to get in the spirit and take home a souvenir holiday photograph. A10 Hyde Park is providing food and drink sales at the event, and as an added attraction, a DJ from The Promontory will be spinning records throughout the day.

Tiffany Paige, co-owner of Modern Cooperative, commented, “Participating in the Made in Chicago Market is a great way to reach people throughout the city and let them know about all the creative, independent shops here in Hyde Park.”

“We’re proud of our local businesses and are excited about the opportunity to introduce them to a wider Chicago audience,” said Aaron Bartels, Executive Director of Commercial Real Estate Operations for the University. “There’s so much going on in Hyde Park in terms of new retail, dining, and entertainment options, and we hope shoppers at the market will be inspired to explore the area for themselves.”

Chicago’s Dearborn Denim & Apparel to open first-ever retail store in Hyde Park on May 20

Rob McMillan, a resident of the South Loop and founder of Dearborn Denim & Apparel, will open the online retailer’s first-ever brick-and-mortar store in Hyde Park at 1504 E. 53rd Street on May 20, in between Modern Cooperative and The Silver Room.

The opening of the store is part of the University of Chicago’s effort to bring new retailers to 53rd Street – particularly soft goods and apparel – creating a diverse mix of local and national retailers, as mentioned by participants in recent community focus groups.

At a time when “shop local” and “made in America” are becoming increasingly important to conscientious shoppers, Dearborn Denim & Apparel is a rarity – offering denim jeans for men and women designed and manufactured at the company’s factory in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

The jeans are made from premium stretch denim loomed in Georgia from West Texas long staple cotton, and sewn by Dearborn’s local Chicago staff of 15 employees. McMillan sells directly to customers.

In announcing the new Hyde Park store, McMillan said, “This is a major development for Dearborn Denim & Apparel – until this point we’ve primarily been selling our jeans online, but our new store will allow customers to try on all the different fits and washes – experiencing the quality first-hand before making a purchase. Hyde Park is a great community, and we’re excited to become a part of it."

In speaking with McMillan, we learned that the concept for Dearborn Denim & Apparel, officially started in 2016, came when McMillan, formerly a Chicago Board of Trade bond trader, heard his wife Katy’s complaints that the expensive jeans she was buying would start sagging midday, and become unwearable after several washes. McMillan was intrigued, and recounted, “OK, what if we started making jeans in Chicago, what would that look like? So I started researching denim online, visiting apparel manufacturers, and developing a plan. When we realized we could get a great pair of jeans out the door at a reasonable price, made in Chicago, I said, I want those and I bet other people would too."

 “Dearborn Denim & Apparel offers a unique concept that can become a destination for shoppers from Hyde Park as well as throughout the city,” said James Hennessy, associate vice president for commercial real estate operations for the University. “This is truly a ‘shop small/shop local’ business, and we’re honored to have their flagship location in Hyde Park."

The store is an important new addition to 53rd Street, establishing a strong apparel presence with existing businesses such as Sir & Madame, The Silver Room, Akira, and  Jojayden.

Dearborn Denim & Apparel offers five different fits for men and women (tailored, skinny high-rise, slim, straight leg, and relaxed) in dark wash, medium wash, black at prices ranging from $59 to $65.  Khakis, shorts, and tops for women will be coming soon.

To learn more about Dearborn Denim & Apparel, visit their website.