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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,
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 y
A potent concentration of famous retailers around Michigan Avenue and neighborhoods bursting with one-of-a-kind stores c

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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bookworks

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    The stock here includes thousands of titles, many of them used or rare. There's an emphasis on sports (for Cubs fans strolling by from nearby...Read More

  • 4. Greer

    Lincoln Park | Books/Stationery

    Quality products—all beautifully displayed—make it hard to leave this Lincoln Park favorite without a smile on your face. Come here to stock...Read More

  • 5. Inkling

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    This quirky hole-in-the-wall specializes in locally made cards, art prints, jewelry, and other hipster-friendly gifts. Every first Friday, Inkling...Read More

  • 6. Paper Doll

    Wicker Park | Books/Stationery

    Doll up your gift with an unusual card and handmade wrapping paper from this Wicker Park shop. Finger puppets, candles, and other gift items...Read More

  • 7. Paper Source

    River North | Books/Stationery

    Reams and reams of different types of paper are sold here; much of it is unusual and expensive. Check out the custom-invitation department and...Read More

  • 8. Quimby's Bookstore

    Wicker Park | Books/Stationery

    This indie bookstore offers one of the city's most diverse selections of reading material. You’ll find everything from fancy coffee-table art...Read More

  • 9. Selected Works Bookstore

    Loop | Books/Stationery

    This charming used-book store relocated from a warren-like basement in Wrigleyville to a bright, sunny shop on the second floor of the Fine...Read More

  • 10. The Book Cellar

    Far Northwest Side | Books/Stationery

    The bright, inviting Book Cellar has a well-edited selection of works ranging from local interest to popular fiction. There's also a small wine...Read More

  • 11. Unabridged Bookstore

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    Since 1980 this independent bookshop has maintained a loyal clientele who love its vast selection and dedicated staff. Known for having one...Read More

  • 12. Women & Children First

    Andersonville | Books/Stationery

    This feminist bookstore stocks fiction and nonfiction, periodicals, journals, small-press publications, and a strong selection of gay and lesbian...Read More

  • 13. Europa Books

    Near North Side | Books/Stationery

    Europa is the place for foreign-language books, newspapers, and magazines. This well-stocked bookstore carries French, Spanish, German, and...Read More

  • 14. Paper Boy

    Lakeview | Books/Stationery

    A hip sensibility informs the cards, gift wrap, and invitations sold here by the people who bring you the quirky goods at Uncle Fun across the...Read More

  • 15. Powell's Bookstore

    Lincoln Park | Books/Stationery

    This is one of the oldest and most reliable independent bookshops around; the strength here is the section featuring art, architecture, and...Read More

  • 16. Renegade Handmade

    Books/Stationery

    Fun and funky handmade items by more than 300 local crafters and DIYers are the draw at Renegade Handmade. Nab bars of vegan soap with the stripes...Read More

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