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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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...

Central Camera

  • Cameras/Electronics

This century-old store is a Loop institution. It's stacked to the rafters with cameras and darkroom equipment at competitive prices.

Chicago Architecture Foundation ArchiCenter Shop & Tour Center

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Daniel Burnham's 1904 Santa Fe Building is a fitting home for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Chock-full of architecture-related...

Coulsons Music Matters

  • Music Stores

Musicians come here to find sheet music that suits their style—whether it's jazz, classical, pop, or just about anything else. You...

Douglas Dawson Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Douglas Dawson showcases ancient and historic art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in his beautiful new space in the Loop. ...

Florodora

  • Clothing

This boutique’s location in the historic Monadnock Building complements the vintage-inspired clothing and accessories it carries. Just...

Harlan J. Berk

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Travel back to antiquity amid this wondrous trove of classical Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins and artifacts. Don't miss the gallery...

Illinois Artisans Shop

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

Run by the Illinois State Museum, this shop culls the best jewelry, ceramics, glass, and dolls from craftspeople around the state and...

Iwan Ries and Co.

  • Tobacco

Iwan Ries didn't just jump on the cigar bandwagon; the family-owned store has been around since 1857. Cigar smokers are welcome to light...

Jewelers Center

  • Jewelry/Accessories

The largest concentration of wholesale and retail jewelers in the Midwest has been housed in this building since 1921, and it's open...

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