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Best shopping areas in Chicago?

Want to do some shopping this trip...what are your favorite streets, or stores for clothes, jewelry, etc.? Would love to find some things I can only get in Chicago, but also interested in the best areas in general!

6 Answers

top answer by
Lauren from Chicago

Hi Camille,

For people that love to shop, Chicago is a great place to be! You'll find the main concentration of shops along Michigan Avenue (aka the Magnificent Mile). Water Tower Place has all the big brands you could ask for in one place, just a few blocks north are the 900 North Michigan Shops which is another great concentration of shopping, and Nordstrom Michigan Avenue is just a few blocks south with more shops in that center. If you're looking for ultra-high end, E Oak St is where you want to be.

Another great area that I love is Halsted & Armitage-lots of great shops along both Armitage and Halsted-check out Vosges Haut-Chocolat for some amazing chocolates and art effect for cute gifts and clothing/jewelry. Summer House Santa Monica is a great restaurant in that area where you can grab brunch or just a cookie from their ridiculous sweets bar!

One of my favorite shops in Chicago is Alapash New Home (and Terrariums) (recently re-located to 4835 N. Damen). It's a ways from downtown but they have the best plants and home decor that the owner, Marco, has expertly curated. If you're up in that area, Andersonville also has a great strip of cool shops. 

The Wicker Park neighborhood around the North Ave/Milwaukee/Damen intersection also has an impressive selection of stores-from neat thrifty-type stores to the higher-end Diptyque for your Parisian candle needs. 

If you happen to be near Lakeview, I really love Inkling. It's a small store with neat greeting cards, unique jewelry, candles, and other neat gifts. 

If you're looking for more specific recs in a smaller area let me know!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Michigan Avenue (attraction)
  2. Magnificent Mile (attraction)
  3. Water Tower Place (attraction)
  4. 900 North Michigan Shops (attraction)
  5. Nordstrom Michigan Avenue (attraction)
  6. E Oak St (attraction)
  7. Halsted & Armitage (attraction)
  8. Vosges Haut-Chocolat (restaurant)
  9. art effect (restaurant)
  10. Summer House Santa Monica (restaurant)
  11. Alapash New Home (and Terrariums) (attraction)
  12. Andersonville (neighborhood)
  13. Wicker Park (neighborhood)
  14. Diptyque (attraction)
  15. Lakeview (attraction)
  16. Inkling (attraction)
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answered by
Justine from Elmhurst, Illinois

Hi Camille! First off, Chicago is amazing! If you are planning a trip here, I would recommend coming anytime from June-September (if possible). The weather is beautiful here in the summer/early fall. Michigan Avenue and State Street both have great shopping options. With both areas though, you will find a lot of stores you can shop at anywhere. The best places to go are the "neighborhoods" of Chicago (not too far from the downtown area). Old Town has really cute shopping areas - Handle With Care is a personal favorite of mine located on Wells Street. Lincoln Park(Armitage and Halsted) has great shopping too - Francesca's, The Green Goddess Boutique, and a really cute makeup boutique called Bluemercury Lincoln Park to name a few. Another area of Lincoln Park (Southport area) has great shopping but again a lot of stores like Anthropologie and Free People but the area is super fun! The last neighborhood that's really fun for shopping and has cute little cafes is Wicker Park (whether it's Six Corners or Division St.) and some of my favorite boutiques are The Green Goddess Boutique (another location) and Vintage Charm!

If you are looking to do any eating while you're in town definitely book in advance! I'm happy to help with any food recommendations as well - the West Loop is home to a lot of GREAT food options.

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Michigan Avenue (attraction)
  2. Old Town (attraction)
  3. Handle With Care (attraction)
  4. Lincoln Park (attraction)
  5. Francesca's (attraction)
  6. The Green Goddess Boutique (attraction)
  7. Bluemercury Lincoln Park (attraction)
  8. Southport (attraction)
  9. Anthropologie (attraction)
  10. Free People (attraction)
  11. Wicker Park (neighborhood)
  12. Vintage Charm (attraction)
  13. West Loop (neighborhood)
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answered by
Rob from Chicago

Magnificent Mile of course and also Armitage between Sheffield and Halsted and also Wicker Park/Bucktown.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Magnificent Mile (attraction)
  2. Armitage (attraction)
  3. Wicker Park (neighborhood)
  4. Bucktown (neighborhood)
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answered by
Lynzee from Jacksonville, Illinois

I prefer Wicker Park area to the Magnificent Mile... either will get you all/anything you need though!!!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Wicker Park (neighborhood)
  2. Magnificent Mile (attraction)
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answered by
Katherine from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wicker Park (Milwaukee Ave.), Bucktown (Damen Ave.), and Andersonville (Clark St.) are all great neighborhood places to shop, eat, get coffee, etc. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Wicker Park (neighborhood)
  2. Bucktown (neighborhood)
  3. Andersonville (neighborhood)
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answered by
Hazel from Port St. Lucie

Belmont has nice shopping. I also like Navy Pier and American Girl. You can walk almost all of Clark St and dine when you tire. The beach at Lincoln Park has Volleyball and Lincoln Park ZooOld Town and N Clark StHalsted Street for thrift stores.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Belmont (attraction)
  2. Navy Pier (attraction)
  3. American Girl (attraction)
  4. Lincoln Park (attraction)
  5. Lincoln Park Zoo (attraction)
  6. Old Town (attraction)
  7. N Clark St (attraction)
  8. Halsted Street (attraction)
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