Use this gear when the temps get into the negatives.
North Face coats have become the de facto winter uniform for Chicagoans. Find a selection of the warm, puffy jackets at Uncle Dan’s (2440 N Lincoln Ave, 773-477-1918).
Slip on the cute and comfy Shearling Double “U” Earmuffs to stay nice and toasty without frizzing your ’do. $75 at Ugg Australia (909 N Rush St, 312-255-1280).
Wind-resistant material on the outside combined with supersoft fleece on the inside ensure these Seirus Soft Shell Lite gloves will protect your poor little hands no matter what Mother Nature serves up. $45 at REI (1466 N Halsted St, 312-951-6020).
The Oxo Good Grips LiquiSeal Travel Mug keeps your coffee piping hot, doesn’t leak (no matter how bumpy your bus ride) and, filled with home-brewed joe, saves you from stopping at Starbucks every morning. $21.95 at amazon.com.
The secret to staying warm: layering. Made with Dryride Thermex, the Burton fleece zip-up serves as a great base layer that maintains warmth without adding bulk. $60 at Burton (56 E Walton Pl, 312-202-7900).
Your legs will never freeze under your jeans when you’re wearing these Burton Midweight pants. Just like long underwear, they’ll keep you warm—and the polka dots add a little splash of color. $45–$50 at Burton.
Wet, cold feet will ruin your day. Don’t leave home without pulling on socks by Smartwool—the same company that outfits pro skiers and snowboarders. Their moisture-wicking material keeps toes dry and warm even if you’re stuck on the El platform on a drizzly, bone-chilling day. $15–$25 at smartwool.com.
The heat is on—literally—when you’re bundled up in this Blazewear coat. It comes with a rechargeable heater that plugs in a pocket and heats from the coat’s innards. $200 at blazewearusa.com.
Photographs by Nicole Radja