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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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,...


  • Clothing

AllSaints’ immaculate Chicago outpost is a required stop for edgy, dark-hearted fashionistas and fashionistos alike—especially those...

Anne Fontaine

  • Clothing

The French designer's famous takes on the classic white shirt sport hefty price tags, though they also show a careful attention to detail.

Art Effect

  • Clothing

This modern-day general store stocks trendy clothes and accessories at approachable prices. Ella Moss tanks, Rich and Skinny jeans, and...

Belmont Army

  • Clothing

Converse, Dr. Martens, and other familiar brands get mixed in with fatigues, flak jackets, skate gear, and faux-fur coats at Belmont...


  • Clothing

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

Brooks Brothers

  • Clothing

This bastion of conservative ready-to-wear fashion still sells boatloads of their classic 1837 navy blazer. But this one-stop shop for...


  • Clothing

The label once favored by the conservatively well dressed is now hot with lots of other people who can't get enough of its signature...

Camelot Children's Kingdom

  • Clothing

This brightly colored boutique carries American and European clothing lines for babies and children up to age 12. Some of the brands...


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