SHOPPING IN CHICAGO
Well, here we go, folks! Shopping can be an addiction and, when it comes to being one of the best things to do in Chicago with kids or even without, it gets pretty wild!
Going shopping in the Windy City has come a long way since the frontier days when hometown brands like Sears and Montgomery Ward began sending their catalog items into America’s homes.
A pioneer in the department store business, Marshall Field’s, opened in 1852, giving the city one of America’s first department stores.
For the wild shopping addicts of today, Chicago offers some of the best treatments available all over the country. Of course, Michigan Avenue with lots of shopping places is first thing in my mind when talking about hectic buying.
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile, running along North Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street, has hundreds of designer retail stores, shops, and boutiques. This area is heaven on earth for those interested in shopping in Chicago.
Some of the best stores are here like, for instance, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale’s. The original Marshall Field’s (now Macy’s) is a must on your shopping journey. It is an icon that boasts century-old clocks and a Tiffany dome.
The Magnificent Mile stores include famous names like Nike store, American Girl Place, and many, many more. Whatever store name you can think of, it is probably present in this wonderful area.
If Haute Couture Is Your Weakness
Then don’t miss Oak Street because it is unique for fashionistas with expensive tastes. The place has tons of haute couture designs from Milan, Paris, and New York. Here you’ll find some of the best boutiques in Chicago.
What About Bucktown And Wicker Park For Another Look At Chicago Couture?
Here in these popular areas, you can take a look at the hubs of the Chicago-designed fashion scene. The area offers the visitor art and shopping combined.
Ready-to-wear to haute couture, home decor shops (contemporary and antique), art galleries, and artist studios, everything is here. A dream for those who love the artistic side of shopping.
If My Wallet Is Sore And Needs Some Rest
My relief from a hectic, wallet-draining day of shopping is, no doubt about it, Gurnee Mills. It has a mix of discount outlets (also some full-price stores) that won’t drain your bank account.
Gurnee Mills is less than an hour transit time north of Chicago. There you can find brands such as Macy’s, Express Factory Outlet, Guess Factory Store and American Eagle. The options are many, and you could easily spend a whole day shopping here and save some bucks too.
Lincoln Park When Jewelry is What You Want (Most People Always Want Some)
Upscale Lincoln Park has a mix of the ultimate in high-end shopping adventures. Ritzy chain stores and luxurious independent boutiques offer here jewelry, women’s clothing, bicycles and vintage furniture.
Some of the best jewelry shopping is at Lincoln Park. You can even customize and personalize your jewelry at some stores like Erin Gallagher Jewelry. Remember, diamonds are forever, or almost, anyway. If you’ve ever visited our Garage Door Repair Chicago office, you know this place is nearby our location.
Chicago Cultural Center, One of My Darlings
I can’t finish these quick notes leaving out The Chicago Cultural Center. With its many free cultural events, historical anecdotes, art, and lots of shopping, it is a must when visiting the Windy City.
Hope you keep doing well, fellas!