Chicago Shopping

A potent concentration of famous retailers around Michigan Avenue and neighborhoods bursting with one-of-a-kind stores combine to make Chicago a shopper's paradise. Michigan Avenue's legendary Magnificent Mile lures thousands of avid shoppers every week. How often can you find Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Barneys New York within walking distance of one another? In recent

years State Street has regained some of its former glory as well, with discount department stores sharing prime real estate with trendier clothing boutiques and the Block 37 retail development.

Neighborhood shopping areas, like fun-but-sophisticated Lincoln Park, eclectic Lakeview, and the hipster haven of Wicker Park/Bucktown, offer countless independent stores that cater to every desire, whether Prairie tyle furniture, cowboy boots, or outsider art. And there are countless smaller shopping enclaves within these neighborhoods that have concentrated clusters of antiques stores, home-furnishings shops, high-end boutiques, and other specialty stores. Those averse to paying retail won't have to venture far to unearth bargains on everything from fine jewelry to business attire. When it comes to shopping, this is one city that has it all.

Be forewarned that a steep 9.5% sales tax is added to all purchases in the city except groceries and prescription drugs. Neighborhood shops on the North Side, especially those in Wicker Park and Bucktown, tend to open late—around 11 or noon. Most stores, particularly those on North Michigan Avenue and the North Side, are open on Sunday, although this varies by type of business (galleries, for example, are often closed on Monday); where applicable, more information is provided at the beginning of each category.

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A New Leaf

  • Flowers

You'll find one of Chicago's best selections of fresh flowers here. Designed by architect Cynthia Weese, the breathtaking Wells Street...

Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

  • Books/Stationery

The shop owner here buys, sells, and appraises books, paintings, documents, and other paraphernalia associated with American military...

Accent Chicago

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Pop into Accent Chicago for locally inspired gifts that range from prints of vintage Chicago Transit Authority posters to mugs adorned...

Akira

  • Clothing

Young trendsetters flock to this mini-empire for fashion-forward threads at easy-to-swallow prices. The flagship women's boutique shares...

Alan Design Studio

  • Household Items/Furniture

The offerings at this design atelier, owned by a former feature-film set decorator, range from Victorian to mid-20th-century modern.

Alan Koppel Gallery

  • Art Galleries

An eclectic mix of works by modern masters and contemporary artists is balanced by a selection of French and Italian Modernist furniture...

Alcala's Western Wear

  • Clothing

Alcala stocks more than 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots—many in exotic skins—for men, women, and children. Since it's in Ukrainian Village,...

AllSaints

  • Clothing

AllSaints’ immaculate Chicago outpost is a required stop for edgy, dark-hearted fashionistas and fashionistos alike—especially those...

Allen Edmonds

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Men's footwear essentials range from classic Italian leather wing-tips and slip-ons to casual moccasins and rugged boots. You'll find...

Altman's Men's Shoes and Boots

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Price tags are still written by hand at this family-owned institution that's been around since 1932. Its 27 stockrooms hold 50,000 pairs...

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