Shopping in Chicago

...this city boasts a vibrant retail scene

Shopping in Chicago has always been a premier destination. Whatever you are interested will find it, especially with Chicago being home to 250+ fashion designers, 400+ independently owned boutiques, world-class department stores, specialty shops, and more.

I’m not much of a shopper, but I enjoy watching the people downtown running here and there buying things.

The best places to shop would be the "Magnificent Mile", Oak Street, and State Street.

The Magnificent Mile

If you are a big shopper and it's one of your hobbies, then your Chicago shopping spree must include a visit to the "Magnificent Mile", located along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street.

On the Mile are many department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom alongside many more shops of different specialties like the Apple Store and Disney Store.

Oak Street

On Oak Street, clothes from Paris, Milan, Chicago, and New York resides within Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.

Along the streets there is international line of buildings and shops which include:

Of course that's only a few shops you can look forward to when you on Oak Street.

State Street

State Street is where shopping in Chicago began. The street is also called "The Great Street" because it's in the heart of the Loop. The big store you will find on State Street is Macy's, one of the largest retail outlets.

It has been a Chicago icon and a great place to shop for more than 150 years!!

Besides the Magnificent Mile, Oak Street, and State Street there are still a lot of places you can shop, and choose from a variety of great merchandise.

Other Places to Shop

Division Street and the Southport Corridor are home to many great shops that carry the work of Chicago-based designers.

In the Lincoln Park neighborhood you can shop along:

  • Lincoln Avenue
  • Clark Street
  • Armitage Avenue
  • Halsted Street

There you can find many shops including fashion-based and gift shops. There are many alternatives and so many places to shop it's no wonder why millions of people visit Chicago every year.