Best Places to Shop in Chicago

Shopping in Chicago is an experience not to be missed. The nation’s third largest metropolitan area is home to more than 30 shopping malls and numerous neighborhood shopping districts where you’ll find everything you could possibly need or want. From upscale boutiques, to famous department stores, popular chain brands, outlet stores and more, Chicago has it all.

Standing alone at the top of the Chicago shopping pedestal is none other than the famous and fabulous Magnificent Mile or Michigan Avenue, stretching nearly two-miles from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan. Michigan Avenue is the cream of the crop according to just about every Chicago shopping fanatic. The Magnificent Mile is home to more than 460 of the top American and international stores, 200-plus restaurants, and more than 50 hotels, making it one of the Nation’s top shopping destinations featuring brands like American Girl Place, Barney’s New York, Bloomingdale’s, Burberry, Chanel, Cartier, Coach, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Niketown, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Van Cleef & Arpels, and too many others to mention. Within the boundaries of Michigan Avenue, you’ll find such fabulous shopping centers like The 900 Shops, The Shops at Northbridge and Water Tower Place, each a destination unto their own. To broaden your Downtown Chicago shopping experience, venture off to State Street, home to one of Macy’s flagship stores (the former Marshall Field’s).

Venture just outside of the city and you’ll find a great selection of Chicago area shopping malls and destinations to choose from, including the popular Algonquin Commons near Schaumburg, the Westfield Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, the Deer Park Town Center, Geneva Commons, Downtown Naperville, Northbrook Court, the Oakbrook Center Mall, the Old Orchard Center Mall, Orland Square Mall in Orland Park, Renaissance Place in Highland Park, The Promenade Bolingbrook, the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, and a host of others all helping to expand your “shopping in Chicago” experience beyond the city limits.

For bargain hunters, Chicago won’t disappoint. Check out the Chicago Premium Outlets Mall in Aurora, Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, and the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets Mall in Michigan City. All three are top-notch destinations for any shopper looking to stretch their dollar.

So if you live in the Chicago area or just visiting, you’ll find that shopping in Chicago is an experience not to be missed.