Chicago

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. 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

  • 2. adidas Originals Chicago

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The main attractions here are old-school sneakers and hip urban fashions for a fresh generation of fans. ...Read More

  • 3. Allen Edmonds

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Men's footwear essentials range from classic Italian leather wing-tips and slip-ons to casual moccasins and rugged boots. You'll find a second...Read More

  • 4. Altman's Men's Shoes and Boots

    Loop | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Price tags are still written by hand at this family-owned institution that's been around since 1932. Its 27 stockrooms hold 50,000 pairs of...Read More

  • 5. City Soles

    Bucktown | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This on-trend shop is a mecca for shoe lovers. There's a vast selection of edgy men's and women's footwear from Coclico, Chie Mihara, Sorel...Read More

  • 6. Coach

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Well-designed leather goods, in the form of purses, briefcases, and cell phone holders, are Coach's specialty. Smart shoes and other accessories...Read More

  • 7. Flight 001

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    In a space with curved walls designed to mimic the inside of an airplane, Flight 001 has all the essentials for the frequent traveler, including...Read More

  • 8. Hanig's Footwear

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This family-owned store in the John Hancock Center stocks a well-chosen selection of stylish and comfortable European and U.S. brands, including...Read More

  • 9. Jimmy Choo

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    These are the extremely expensive heels that keep celebs and stylish women the world over drooling. ...Read More

  • 10. John Fluevog Boots & Shoes

    Wicker Park | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Canadian designer Fluevog's chunky platforms and bold designs have graced the famous feet of Madonna and throngs of other loyal devotees. If...Read More

  • 11. Kate Spade

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The goddess of handbags has filled her two-floor boutique in the heart of Oak Street with adorable shoes, small leather goods and, of course...Read More

  • 12. Louis Vuitton

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Louis Vuitton has it all under one roof—the coveted purses, leather goods, and luggage bearing the beloved logo, plus the designer's men's and...Read More

  • 13. Salvatore Ferragamo

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The shoes have been the classic choice of the well-heeled for generations, but it's the designer's handbags, with a fresh, contemporary sensibility...Read More

  • 14. Shinola

    Bucktown | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    A Detroit-based purveyor of American-made goods, Shinola has a new Chicago location that is a perfect fit for the bustling Bucktown shopping...Read More

  • 15. Spare Parts

    Lakeview | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    The selection of fine leather goods here draws from many sources, including Village Tannery, Jack Spade, and Brynn Capella. Jewelry, baby gear...Read More

  • 16. Stitch

    Bucktown | Household Items/Furniture

    Leather goods of every ilk—purses, travel bags, desk accessories—are the main attraction here, but you'll also find minimalist furniture, tabletop...Read More

  • 17. Tod's

    Near North | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Choose from a wide selection of the practical bags and driving moccasins that made Tod's famous, as well as newer additions to the line, including...Read More

  • 18. Grace Chicago Church

    Wicker Park | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    Shoe fanatics are drawn to this shop's selection of hard-to-find footwear—mostly European lines such as London Sole, Hunter, and Jean-Michel...Read More

  • 19. Pump Shoes

    Wicker Park | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    High heels are in high supply here, but so are plenty of other shoe styles from well-heeled designers like Dolce Vita, Via Spiga, and Kenneth Cole. ...Read More

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