Shopping in Chicago
Shopping in Chicago is very diversified between independent shops and neighborhood communities. Magnificent Mile and Water Tower Place are great places to shop but if you want a real taste of Chicago shopping step away from Michigan Avenue and check out the neighborhoods. For high-end designers such as Prada try Oak Street or River North where warehouses have been transformed into art galleries. State Street also known as the Great Street is home to Macy's and Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy and DSW Shoe warehouses. One block east of the southern end of State Street is Wabash Avenue home to Jewelers Row.
Independent designers are found in all the boutiques on Division Street in Wicker Park and outlets in Bucktown. A giant designer outlet mall is in Rosemont next to O'Hare and one of the largest indoor malls in the country Woodfield Mall is in Schaumburg.
Shopping on State Street in Chicago's downtown area is divided into two parts, North and South. North of the Chicago River are the exclusive boutiques near Rush Street. South of the river is where you'll find Macy's, Nordstrom rack, Burlington Coat Factory, and TJ Maxx. State Street is full of historical buildings but just one block east you will find Wabash Avenue and Jewelers Row.
In the Woodfield Mall is every imaginable store chain possible. There are also a dozen restaurants scattered throughout, and improv comedy club, a 5D movie theater and a kids and toddlers play area. You can incorporate your workout as there are many free classes at the Microsoft store.
Andersonville is a neighborhood long ago settled by the Swedish. From Clark Street to Foster Avenue are a dozen blocks of boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Andersonville is a very creative neighborhood with many area artists who show their craft in the Andersonville Galleria.
A few blocks from Michigan Avenue is the gallery district River North. This is the densest concentration of art galleries with warehouses that are then turned into exhibition spaces.
Head to Wrigleyville for the best sport shopping in the city. A Cubs hat, Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls or Bears gear can all be found here.
There is much to do at Water Tower Place and 8 Level Shopping Ctr. at the North and of Magnificent Mile. 100 stores, several restaurants and a theater make it a unique venue for people from all over the world to shop.
Oak Street is one of Chicago's most prestigious shopping destinations. If you want to be seen or want to see order a glass of champagne at Freds at Barney's New York.
The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a new mall with less-expensive stores near the O'Hare airport. All sorts of friendly traveler services like bag checks, free shuttles are to be found.
The intersection at North Damen and Milwaukee Avenue formed a fashion triangle in Wicker Park. Many boutiques feature local designers and includes clothing, jewelry and home furnishings. Bucktown sits on the hit of Wicker Park and has discounts and antique furnishes shops. It's your best bet to find those hard-to-find items.
Magnificent Mile and Streeterville include huge stores with huge names including Apple, Nike Uniqlo, Crate & Barrel, Neiman Marcus Macys etc. I was tempted to go to Macys with my shopping pass but quickly realized it would much cheaper to shop online using Macy's promo codes insead of Macys travel pass here in Chicago, but you never know until you compare the shops at North Bridge includes a four-story Nordstrom with one of the big issue departments on the entire first floor. There is even a new Chicago Blackhawks store full of memorabilia.