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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Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

  • Books/Stationery

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

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...

Ann Nathan Gallery

  • Art Galleries

The specialty here is contemporary paintings, but the gallery also showcases sculpture and singular artist-made furniture. ...

Blake

  • Clothing

A no-nonsense boutique without pomp, circumstance, or even signage, Blake displays clean-lined clothes in a pristine setting. You'll...

Blommer Chocolate Outlet Store

  • Food/Candy

Why do parts of River North smell like freshly baked brownies?" is a question you hear fairly often. The oh-so-sweet reason: it's downwind...

Bloomingdale's Home Store

  • Household Items/Furniture

This former meeting space and concert hall, known as the Medinah Temple, was built for the Shriners in 1912. After it took over, Bloomie's...

Carl Hammer Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Lee Godie and Henry Darger are among the outsider and self-taught artists whose work is shown at this gallery. ...

Catherine Edelman Gallery

  • Art Galleries

This gallery of contemporary photography explores the work of emerging, mixed-media, photo-based artists such as Carlos Diaz, Sandro...

Chuan Spa

  • Spa/Beauty

You could easily spend a day at this 22,000-square-foot relaxation den, which offers lush amenities and treatments rooted in traditional...

Echt Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Collectors of fine studio art glass are drawn here by such luminaries as Dale Chihuly. ...

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