Chico's certainly had humble beginnings. Originating in Florida in 1983, the company began its life as a small, island retailer selling sweaters and local folk art. Today, the company that runs the boutique chain operates more than 1,000 stores nationwide. This Highland Park location is among the chain's largest. The upscale clothing on offer at Chico's is designed for contemporary, yet casual women and the staff sincerely insists that its focus on customer service is what turns a one-time customer into a regular.