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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Chicago Antique Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

March through December, usually on the last weekend of the month, 200-odd stalls selling clothing, furniture, jewelry, books, and more...

Mars Gallery

  • Art Galleries

A neighborhood pioneer that showcases contemporary pop and outsider artwork, Mars Gallery displays work by Peter Mars and other well-known...

Maxwell Street Market

  • Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

This legendary outdoor bazaar, which operates on Sunday from 7 to 3, is part of Chicago's cultural landscape. Closed by the city amid...

Packer Schopf Gallery

  • Art Galleries

Browse through an extensive collection of contemporary art with a special emphasis on folk and outsider pieces at this gallery, which...

Primitive

  • Art Galleries

Find ethnic and tribal art, including textiles, furniture, and jewelry, at this longtime Chicago favorite. ...

Robert Wayner/Black Walnut Gallery

  • Art Galleries

The gallery has a selection of beautiful handcrafted wood furniture and sculpture as well as stunning and affordable contemporary art.

Salvage One

  • Antiques/Collectibles

An enormous warehouse chock-full of leaded glass, garden ornaments, fireplace mantels, bathtubs, bars, and other architectural artifacts...

Spa Space

  • Spa/Beauty

The warm, inviting spa is a favorite of stressed-out type A's who work nearby at the Chicago Board of Trade and other Loop office buildings...

Terry's Toffee

  • Food/Candy

This local fave hit the big time by becoming a staple in Academy Awards gift bags. Try exotic chai-infused, peppermint pistachio, and...

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