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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  • 1. Architectural Artifacts

    Far Northwest Side | Antiques & Collectibles

    The selection here matches the warehouse proportions. A mammoth two-story space contains oversize garden ornaments, statuary, iron grills, fixtures...Read More

  • 2. Blommer Chocolate Outlet Store

    River North | 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 from...Read More

  • 3. Bloomingdale's Home Store

    River North | 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 kept...Read More

  • 4. CB2

    Lincoln Park | 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, all...Read More

  • 5. Central Camera

    Loop | Cameras/Electronics

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

  • 6. Chicago Antique Market

    West Loop | Market

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

  • 7. Chicago Architecture Foundation ArchiCenter Shop & Tour Center

    Loop | Souvenirs

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

  • 8. Eataly Chicago

    Near North | Food/Candy

    Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s sprawling Eataly has a little bit of everything. Part grocery store, part food court, part craft brewery, with...Read More

  • 9. Jayson Home

    Lincoln Park | Household Items/Furniture

    Loaded with new and vintage European and American furnishings, this decor store carries the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams line. Look for oversize...Read More

  • 10. Lori's Designer Shoes

    Lincoln Park | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Owner Lori Andre's obsession with shoes takes her on biannual trips to Europe to scour for styles you won't likely see at department stores...Read More

  • 11. Merz Apothecary

    Lincoln Square | Perfume/Cosmetics

    In addition to being a normal pharmacy, this old-fashioned druggist also stocks all manner of homeopathic and herbal remedies, as well as hard...Read More

  • 12. Myopic Books

    Wicker Park | Books/Stationery

    One of Chicago's largest used-book dealers carries more than 80,000 titles and buys books from the public on Friday evenings and all-day Saturday...Read More

  • 13. Nike Chicago

    Near North | Sporting Goods

    This is one of Chicago's top tourist attractions. Many visitors—including professional athletes—stop here to take in the sports memorabilia...Read More

  • 14. Reckless Records

    Lakeview | Music

    Reckless Records ranks as one of the city's leading alternative and secondhand record stores. Besides the indie offerings, you can flip through...Read More

  • 15. Woolly Mammoth Antiques, Oddities & Resale

    Far North | Antiques & Collectibles

    In the market for a stuffed giraffe head? How about a bracelet made of human hair or some vintage medical supplies? Woolly Mammoth has an ever...Read More

  • 16. A New Leaf

    Lincoln Park | Florist

    You'll find one of Chicago's best selections of fresh flowers here. Designed by architect Cynthia Weese, the breathtaking Wells Street store...Read More

  • 17. Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

    River North | Books/Stationery

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

  • 18. Accent Chicago

    Near North | Souvenirs

    Pop into Accent Chicago for locally inspired gifts that range from prints of vintage Chicago Transit Authority posters to mugs adorned with...Read More

  • 19. adidas Originals Chicago

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The main attractions here are old-school sneakers and hip urban fashions for a fresh generation of fans. ...Read More

  • 20. Akira

    Wicker Park | Clothing

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

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