Apr 12, 2024 - Things to Do

🤠 Cowboy Carter fashion in West Town

Photo of cowboy boots at a store

Cowboy boots on display at Alcala's in West Town. Photo: Moyo Adeolu

Beyoncé's latest album, "Act II: Cowboy Carter," has made her the first-ever Black woman to lead Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Yes, but: The album is also stoking interest in Western fashion.

Flashback: During Beyoncé's Renaissance Tour, the trend of dressing in silver reflected fans' support for Queen Bey and boosted sales for Amazon and Etsy sellers.

Here in Chicago, if the album has inspired you to seek out cowboy boots, it's worth visiting Alcala's Western Wear, a mainstay in West Town. In June, the family-owned store will celebrate 51 years of business.

  • Expect to find something for everyone: boots, hats, belt buckles, purses, and more.

What we're watching: Store employees told Axios they saw sales jump during Taylor Swift's recent Chicago tour stop, and they anticipate the same should a Cowboy Carter tour be announced.

If you go: 1733 W. Chicago Ave., open daily.

More local stores:

  • Rosales Wear, 2916 N. Cicero Ave.
  • Tony's Western Wear, 3348 W. 63rd St.
  • Durango Western Wear, 4136 W. 26th St.
  • El Arriero Western Wear and Fashion, 3853 W. Fullerton Ave.

Watch our Instagram tour of Alcala's


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