It has come to our attention — somewhere around Saturday morning, when we woke up and it was, uh, dumping snow outside — that a man in this city must brace himself for unexpected elements.
Have a jacket or six that’ll stand up to a Midwestern winter with woolen, wind-resistant aplomb.
So we compiled 11 jackets every man should consider adding to his arsenal — from weekday to weekend, trudging through dirty snow to walking upwind into an ice storm — all sourced from some of our favorite local stores.
Fidelity Original Pea Coat
A timeless double-breasted, Navy-inspired wool pea coat. Oversized collar buttons all the way up. Made in the U.S. Available at Independence, 47 E. Oak St.
Billy Reid Charles Coat
Wool and mohair blend overcoat with a relaxed yet slightly tailored fit. Can easily be dressed up or down. Available at Billy Reid, 845 W. Randolph St.
A.P.C. Bretagne Overcoat
A.P.C. combines modern styling with classic French panache. Straight cut falls nice on the body. 100% wool. Available at Apartment Number 9, 1804 N. Damen Ave.
Arc’Teryx Veilance IS Field Jacket
No-bulk, minimalist military jacket built for cold weather. Featuring Gore-Tex and insulated with Coreloft. Stow-away hood. Technical outerwear at its finest. Available Mildblend Supply Co., 1342 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Uniqlo Ultra Light Down Hooded Jacket
We’ve waxed poetic on Uniqlo here before, and they’re worth a visit this winter, especially for their Heattech collection and this packable puffy. Available at Uniqlo, 830 N. Michigane Ave.
Penfield Bowerbridge Jacket
Heavy-duty down jacket with a removable hood. Wear it as your casual everyday top layer. Rock it shoveling your sidewalk, because that’s what you do when you’re a good neighbor. Available at Una Mae’s, 1528 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Sage De Cret 3 in 1 Coat
A three-in-one coat that’ll drop a few jaws. Slick and understated with a 100% wool shell and completely removable liner that looks great on its own. Available at Meyvn, 2627 N. Kedzie Ave.
Ecoalf Baqueria Beret Down Jacket
Ultra lightweight puffy number made from recycled polyester fabric and insulated with down. Ideal layering piece. Available at Notre, 5202 N. Clark St.
Steven Alan Sa-3b Parka
A stylish collaboration from Steven Alan and Spiewak. Streamlined look. Subtle faux-fur hood that won’t make it look like you’re about to climb Mt. Everest. Available at Steven Alan, 1659 N. Damen Ave.
Paul Smith Boucle Wool Coat
Textured overcoat that feels as cozy as it looks. Structured collar lends it a dashing air. Perfect size for a few base layers. Available at Apartment Number 9, 1804 N. Damen Ave.
Fjällräven Ovik 3 in 1
A versatile option with an outdoorsy appeal. Insulated inner jacket can be worn separately, with a durable outer shell made from recycled polyester and organic cotton. Available at Fjällräven, 1708 N. Damen Ave.