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...

Aroma Workshop

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

Customize lotions, massage oils, and bath salts with more than 150 essential and fragrance oils in this beauty boutique. The workshop...

Art Effect

  • Clothing

This modern-day general store stocks trendy clothes and accessories at approachable prices. Ella Moss tanks, Rich and Skinny jeans, and...

Barker & Meowsky

  • Pets

This "paw firm" carries great gifts for dogs, cats, and humans. There are beautiful bowls, plush beds, picture frames, treats, and even...

Bedside Manor

  • Household Items/Furniture

Dreamland is even more inviting with these handcrafted beds and lush designer linens, many of which come in interesting jacquard weaves...

CB2

  • Household Items/Furniture

A concept store by furniture giant Crate&Barrel, CB2 got its start right here in Chicago. Expect bold basics for trendy urban abodes,...

Camelot Children's Kingdom

  • Clothing

This brightly colored boutique carries American and European clothing lines for babies and children up to age 12. Some of the brands...

Crate&Barrel

  • Household Items/Furniture

There are plenty of "oohs" and "aahs" throughout the three floors of stylish home furnishings and kitchenware at Crate&Barrel's flagship...

Fleet Feet Sports

  • Sporting Goods

Serious runners rely on Fleet Feet Sports for expert running shoe fittings, which entail foot measurement and a thorough gait analysis.

Fox's

  • Clothing

Snap up canceled and overstocked designer clothes from the likes of Tahari and ABS at 40% to 70% discounts. Shipments come in several...

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