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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Architectural Artifacts

  • Antiques/Collectibles

The selection here matches the warehouse proportions. A mammoth two-story space contains oversize garden ornaments, statuary, iron grills,...

Brimfield

  • Household Items/Furniture

Brimfield is brimming with blankets, pillows, and more made from the popular plaid fabric for which this store was named. A range of...

Broadway Antique Market

  • Antiques/Collectibles

More than 75 hand-picked dealers make it worth the trek to the Broadway Antique Market (known as BAM by its loyal fans). Mid-20th century...

City Olive

  • Food/Candy

This cute shop in Andersonville sells olive oil in every imaginable form, from bottles of the extra-virgin variety to bath and body products...

Edgewater Antique Mall

  • Antiques/Collectibles

A couple of blocks north of the Broadway Antique Market, this mall specializes in 20th-century goods. ...

Enjoy

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Calling itself an "urban general store," this welcoming Lincoln Square shop stocks a wide selection of greeting cards, cute kids' clothes,...

Evanstonia Antiques and Restoration

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Dealer Ziggy Osak has a rich collection of fine 19th-century English and Continental antiques that are prized for being as functional...

Gallimaufry Gallery

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Browse the tightly packed selection of greeting cards, wood carvings, jewelry, and incense in this eclectic little shop. ...

Lincoln Antique Mall

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Dozens of dealers carrying antiques and collectibles share this large space. There's a good selection of French and mid-20th-century...

Merz Apothecary

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

In addition to being a normal pharmacy, this old-fashioned druggist also stocks all manner of homeopathic and herbal remedies, as well...

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