Michael O'Sullivan, president and chief operating officer for Ross Stores, said shoppers will find the same styles and brand names they see at department stores for 20-60% less at the new stores.
They are located in Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Bloomingdale, Crystal Lake, Matteson, Naperville, Niles, Orland Park, Rockford, Schaumburg, Skokie and South Elgin.
"The opening of these 12 locations kicks off our entrance into the Midwest and our commitment to the greater Chicago area," O'Sullivan said. "We are thrilled to be bringing Ross Dress for Less to Chicago, and are confident that our new stores will provide local shoppers with a convenient source for great deals on nationally recognized brands."
He said that as part of the grand opening of his company's new outlets, Ross will be making donations totaling $50,000 to various local chapters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to support Power Hour, an interactive after-school homework assistance program that Ross helps.
He said the new store openings will bring approximately 600 jobs to Illinois, with an estimated 50 store associates interacting with shoppers at each new location.