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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. 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

  • 2. Alcala's Western Wear

    Ukrainian Village | 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, it...Read More

  • 3. AllSaints

    Near North | Clothing

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

  • 4. Anne Fontaine

    Near North | 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. ...Read More

  • 5. apartment number 9

    Bucktown | Clothing

    Siblings Amy and Sarah Blessing offer sisterly advice to guys on what styles best suit them. Their store, named for the Tammy Wynette song,...Read More

  • 6. Art Effect

    Lincoln Park | Clothing

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

  • 7. Belmont Army

    Lakeview | Clothing

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

  • 8. Blake

    River North | Clothing

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

  • 9. Brooks Brothers

    Near North | Clothing

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

  • 10. Burberry

    Near North | 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 plaid on...Read More

  • 11. Camelot Children's Kingdom

    Lincoln Park | Clothing

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

  • 12. Chanel Boutique

    Near North | Clothing

    Ensconced in the Drake Hotel, this shop carries the complete line of Chanel products, including ready-to-wear, fragrances, and cosmetics. ...Read More

  • 13. Cynthia Rowley

    Bucktown | Clothing

    Chicago-area native Cynthia Rowley fills her Bucktown store with the exuberant, well-priced dresses, separates, and accessories that have made...Read More

  • 14. Ermenegildo Zegna

    Near North | Clothing

    The sportswear, softly tailored business attire, and dress clothes of this Italian great are gathered all under one roof. ...Read More

  • 15. Eskell

    Wicker Park | Clothing

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

  • 16. Florodora

    Loop | Clothing

    This boutique’s location in the historic Monadnock Building complements the vintage-inspired clothing and accessories it carries. Just down...Read More

  • 17. Fox's

    Lincoln Park | Clothing

    Snap up canceled and overstocked designer clothes from the likes of Tahari and ABS at 40% to 70% discounts. Shipments come in several times...Read More

  • 18. G Boutique

    Bucktown | Clothing

    Here's an all-in-one stop for women planning on a little romance. G Boutique sells beautiful lingerie from brands such as Eberjey and Cosabella...Read More

  • 19. Giorgio Armani

    Near North | Clothing

    An airy, two-floor space displays Armani's discreetly luxurious clothes and accessories. The store includes the top-priced Black Label line...Read More

  • 20. Gucci

    Near North | Clothing

    Though the prices aren't for the faint of heart, there are some pieces here that will last a lifetime. ...Read More

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