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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. Alan Koppel Gallery

    River North | Art Galleries

    An eclectic mix of works by modern masters and contemporary artists is balanced by a selection of French and Italian Modernist furniture from...Read More

  • 2. Ann Nathan Gallery

    River North | Art Galleries

    The specialty here is contemporary paintings, but the gallery also showcases sculpture and singular artist-made furniture. ...Read More

  • 3. Carl Hammer Gallery

    River North | Art Galleries

    Lee Godie and Henry Darger are among the outsider and self-taught artists whose work is shown at this gallery. ...Read More

  • 4. Catherine Edelman Gallery

    River North | Art Galleries

    This gallery of contemporary photography explores the work of emerging, mixed-media, photo-based artists such as Carlos Diaz, Sandro Miller...Read More

  • 5. Colletti Gallery

    Near North | Art Galleries

    Fine antique posters, a serious collection of European ceramics and glass, and an eclectic selection of furniture transport you to the late...Read More

  • 6. Douglas Dawson Gallery

    Loop | Art Galleries

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

  • 7. Echt Gallery

    River North | Art Galleries

    Collectors of fine studio art glass are drawn here by such luminaries as Dale Chihuly. ...Read More

  • 8. Mars Gallery

    West Loop | Art Galleries

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

  • 9. Packer Schopf Gallery

    West Loop | Art Galleries

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

  • 10. Primitive

    West Loop | Art Galleries

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

  • 11. R.S. Johnson Fine Art

    Near North | Art Galleries

    More than 50 museums are among the clients of R. S. Johnson, a Mag Mile resident for almost 60 years. The family-run gallery sells old masters...Read More

  • 12. Richard Gray Gallery

    Near North | Art Galleries

    This gallery in the John Hancock Center lures serious collectors with modern masters such as David Hockney and Roy Lichtenstein. ...Read More

  • 13. Robert Wayner/Black Walnut Gallery

    West Loop | Art Galleries

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

  • 14. Stephen Daiter Gallery

    River North | Art Galleries

    This space showcases stunning 20th-century European and American photography, particularly avant-garde photojournalism. ...Read More

  • 15. Byron Roche

    River North | Art Galleries

    Contemporary paintings and drawings, many by Chicago artists, are exhibited here. ...Read More

  • 16. G.R. N'Namdi Gallery

    West Loop | Art Galleries

    This gallery represents contemporary painters and sculptors, with an emphasis on African-American and Latin-American artists. ...Read More

  • 17. Pearl Fine Art Supplies

    River North | Art Galleries

    Pearl Fine Art Supplies is the name synonymous with the best selection of art supplies at the best prices. Paints and palettes, crafts, portfolios...Read More

  • 18. R.H. Love Galleries

    Near North Side | Art Galleries

    For three decades, this gallery has specialized in museum-quality American art from the colonial period to the early 20th century. ...Read More

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