I've lived in Chicago for over 7 years and have never really had a proper winter strategy. Now after being sick and tired of coats that are warm but never long enough for me (they end at the waist like most outdoorsy coats) this Parka finally fits the bill.
I tried taking my very old but working Northface shell and then sticking my newish, Mountain Hardware long sleeve puffer coat in it, but it was still never long enough.
Then I tried buying a long wool coat. plenty long and looked great, but sadly not warm enough for 0F weather here in Chicago.
Finally the coat that fits the bill: long, well lined with fill, hardy and totally warm.