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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Akira

  • Clothing

Young trendsetters flock to this mini-empire for fashion-forward threads at easy-to-swallow prices. The flagship women's boutique shares...

Alcala's Western Wear

  • Clothing

Alcala stocks more than 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots—many in exotic skins—for men, women, and children. Since it's in Ukrainian Village,...

Asrai Garden

  • Flowers

Although you'd be hard-pressed to find fresher blooms or more carefully constructed bouquets, this quirky boutique is more than a flower...

Dusty Groove

  • Music Stores

The retail outlet of a massive online business, Dusty Groove stocks an enormous collection of older jazz, funk, soul, and blues in both...

Eskell

  • Clothing

Although this women’s boutique can be a bit on the pricey side, Eskell’s selection of clothing, jewelry, fragrances, and assorted...

John Fluevog Boots & Shoes

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Canadian designer Fluevog's chunky platforms and bold designs have graced the famous feet of Madonna and throngs of other loyal devotees.

Kokorokoko

  • Clothing

This unusual vintage shop specializes in loud, bold clothing, shoes, and accessories from the '80s and '90s.

Labrabbit Optics

  • Jewelry/Accessories

In the market for unique eyewear? Labrabbit Optics, a favorite of in-the-know locals, sells unusual new and vintage designs. Quality...

Moon Voyage

  • Clothing

A new kid on the block in Wicker Park, Moon Voyage has quickly become one of the neighborhood’s most exciting women’s boutiques.

Mulberry & Me

  • Clothing

Snag work-appropriate blouses, cute dresses, glitzy jackets, and accessories in this boutique with a New York feel. ...

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