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The ultimate Chicago shopping guide—Top places to shop in Chicago

So you are in Chicago. Before you get carried away and end up spending all your day under the silver-soaked warmth of Pritzker Pavilion or street-hop to top the most delicious deep-dish pizza you just had, here’s a piece of advice. Chicago is one of the best places to shop in the US and that’s probably why half of your fellow passengers on your plane got on the plane in the first place. Here’s a quick guide to make up for the lack of planning and shopping bags—take a look at the top places to shop in Chicago.

Top places to shop in Chicago

1. Magnificent Mile

Named justly as Magnificent Mile, this street is a paradise for shopaholics! From Burberry to Tiffany & Co., the street that straddles Michigan Avenue and Oak Street has got it all. You name it and there’s a ton of options to buy from.

Location: Chicago, IL 60611

2. Wicker Park & Bucktown

The next big name in the town is obviously Wicker Park & Bucktown, and no brownie points for guessing if you have been to Chicago before. This vibrant place is drunk on life and stays vibrant with hotspot boutiques, alternate culture, buzzing clubs and whatnot!

Location: 1425 N Damen Ave, Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

3. Oak Street

Hollywood in a nutshell! Just an afternoon of wardrobe hoarding at Prada and Gucci followed by a deep-dish pizza (of course!) at Happy Camper Old Town could make your day at the Oak Street, and it will still be the best day of your holiday to Chicago.

Location: Michigan City, IN 46360

4. Lincoln Square

You’ll be welcomed by old-school street music as soon you step in and the charming countryside vibes of the whole place will keep you lured. Not only is the Lincoln Square one of the best places to shop in Chicago, but also is a great day trip. Hip cocktail bars and decade-old cafes contradicting the contemporary shopping boutiques will definitely give you the bang for the buck.

Location: 4731 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-2009

5. Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Leave room for some after-shopping munching, for the place is a food hound’s dream. If you dream shopping in high-end fashion outlets like Pandora, Prada, Newman Marcus, Nordstrom Rack and Jimmy Choo without going bankrupt, stop dreaming and visit the Fashion Outlets of Chicago right away. The ever-running discounts and offers are unbelievable!

Location: 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, IL 60018-5321

6. Gurnee Mills

All under one roof—if you like this idea and love shopping malls more than shopping streets, Gurnee Mills is the place to be! Laser tag shooting, indoor ice skating, movie time, tempting eateries and of course 200+ shopping outlets both high-end and moderate—just a prequel to what Gurnee Mills hoards unto it.

Location: 6170 W Grand Ave, Gurnee, IL 60031, United States

7. Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place’s riddling alleyways and complex atriums reveal themselves to those who have patience and love to shop. The struggle is real, when you have hundreds of trendy boutiques running fair discounts on one side and Chicago’s beautiful attractions calling for stopovers on the other side. You choose.

Location: 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611-2203

8. Woodfield Mall

Lose yourself amidst 300+ fashion and entertainment outlets offering a wide range of products and experiences. Woodfield Mall has always been a default addition in a shopaholic’s Chicago itinerary and will continue to be. There’s no finite list of what you can get here.

Location: 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173-5097


What are you waiting for? Shop your heart out in Chicago.