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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 | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    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 | Gifts/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 Stores

    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

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