Shopping in Chicago

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The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Ave.)

The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Ave.)

Joseph Hollick

Chicago may not be as fashion forward as New York, Paris or LA -- remember, this is a casual sports lover city (mostly) -- but even though fashion isn't the first thing the average Chicagoan has on his or her mind, this place has so many spectacular places to shop, it will make your head spin! For starters, there's the Magnificent Mile -- the "Mag Mile" for short. Here, you will find the bulk of Chicago's high-end designers from Bottega Veneta, Hugo Boss, and Gucci to Escada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani, and more. Outside of Michigan Avenue, just about every area from the lakefront to further inland (in Wicker Park) has numerous shopping streets to choose from featuring a mix of unique boutiques and bigger name designer shops.

It isn't as big as the Water Tower, but the 900 Shops at 900 North Michigan Avenue is a must see for Chicago shopping. You can enjoy shopping at such stores as J Crew, Benetton, Williams-Sonoma, and Gucci. For a little pampering, visit the Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa. When you are ready to eat, check out Baisi Thai.. They have a Chinese cuisine buffet everyday from 11-2 that includes sesame teriyaki chicken and sushi. If you don't feel like shopping, just chill in the lobby and check your email--the 900 Shops has free wi-fi.

Within the city of Chicago, there are several malls located in areas such as Lincoln Park and Lakeview, but just a short drive to a nearby suburb will take you to some of the biggest malls in the region. Woodfield Mall (considered a major Illinois attraction) and Golf Mill Shopping Center are certainly worth a visit. Woodfield Mall has nearly 300 stores on the menu and Golf Mill has roughly 120 specialty shops to choose from.

If bargain hunting is your thing, you're in luck. Chicago is home to literally hundreds of thrift stores, resale shops, and consignment shops, selling everything from clothes and accessories to furniture, art, knick-knacks and more!

Continue reading through the listings to learn more about Chicago's hottest places to shop!

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June 04, 2008 new by mcburton
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Magnificent Mile

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The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Ave.)
The Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Ave.)
photo by: Joseph Hollick

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is world famous for upscale shopping, world class dining venues with panoramic views of the city, hip and sophisticated hotels, and celebrity sightings -- of course. Along the Magnificent Mile (or Mag Mile) you will find high-end designers such as Gucci, Hugo Boss, Armani, Escada, and Bottega Veneta as well as less expensive retailers such as H&M. The Apple Store, Nike, Levi's, Polo, Nordstrom's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's are also located on the Mag Mile. Architectural gems such as the Old Water Tower, the John Hancock Center, the more..

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tel:312-642-3570
url:www.themagnificentmile.com
address:The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, 625 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 401
email:info@themagnificentmile.com

Golf Mill Shopping Center

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With around 120 specialty shops to choose from, Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles is also well worth a visit. Only 14 miles from the heart of Chicago, Golf Mill Shopping Center is home to Claire's, Deb's, Express, Bath & Body Works, Kerasotes ShowPlace 12 Theaters, Kohl's, New York & Company, Rave, Sears, Target, JCPenny, T-Shirts Place, Victoria's Secret, and more.

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tel:847-699-1070
url:www.golfmill.com
address:239 Golf Mill Center, Niles, Illinois 60714

Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park is one of the busiest areas in the city of Chicago for shopping, nightlife, and dining. Right where Lakeview (60657) ends and Lincoln Park (60614) begins, you will find Century Mall -- home to Express, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works and Landmark Century Theaters, as well as several trendy boutiques and resale shops, Nine West, Body Shop, Border's Books, Barnes & Noble and plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you buzzing between stores. Once in Lincoln Park, head to the Armitage & Halsted Corridor, which is home to Kiehl's, more..

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address:Between Diversey and North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive and Racine

Woodfield Mall

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Not only is Woodfield Mall one of the biggest shopping malls in the country, it is also considered one of the state's top tourist attractions. Woodfield Mall has nearly 300 stores and restaurants on the menu as well as department stores such as Nordstrom's, Macy's, and Lord & Taylor. Woodfield Mall is located in Schaumburg, IL -- roughly 30 miles from Chicago.

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tel:847-330-1537
url:www.shopwoodfield.com
address:5 Woodfield Mall, Schamuburg IL 60173

Wicker Park/Bucktown

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The Bucktown/Wicker Park shopping neighborhood has come a long way over the past 30 years or so. Talk to any real live Wicker Park native and they will certainly have plenty of wild stories to tell you about the neighborhood. Yesterday, the area was home to a mix of gangs, starving artists, and immigrants. Today, remnants of the past can still be seen, but they are tough to see through the windows of $600,000 condos, upscale designer boutiques, and trendy restaurants. How ever the natives may feel about Bucktown/Wicker Park -- one thing is for more..

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url:www.wickerparkbucktown.com; www.westtownchamber.org
address:Damen, North, Division, Milwaukee
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