Chicago, United States
Shopping in Chicago, Illinois: Stores,Outlets, Souvenirs & Malls
You can do plenty of shopping in the hundreds of stores and malls in the "Windy City" and its suburbs. Chicago has excellent stores such as Target, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, and Sears, where you can find everything and for everybody at very accessible prices. There is also a superb variety of deals that usually you cannot find in any other country.
Today, the city of Chicago is home to more than 250 local designers and 400 neighborhood boutiques, exclusive and ultra expensive stores in the Magnificent Mile, along with a lot of outlets - with splendid prices - located in the suburbs. Chicago is, without doubt, a shopper's paradise.
Shopping in the City
The downtown area and the nearby neighborhoods offer the shopper the most exclusive shopping centers in the Midwest of the United States. The famous Magnificent Mile is an area on the Michigan Avenue that goes from the Chicago River to Oak Street - approximately a mile of luxurious stores for the best shopping - that features the Chicago Place Mall, the most prestigious department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's, as well as quality stores like Crate & Barrel, the Apple Store, the Disney Store, Salvatore Ferragamo, Niketown, Tiffany & Co. and Coach, just to mention a few. On the streets near the Magnificent Mile, there is also Prada, Kate Spade, Ultimo, Nicole Miller and the iconic store, Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's), housed in a building that's more than a hundred years old and considered a historic treasure.
In the city, there are no large shopping malls, except for some very exclusive and expensive shopping areas near downtown. Several neighborhoods have department stores, including one-of-a-kind boutiques. Lakeview, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park are some of the communities with wonderful shops that sell a whole variety of accessories.
Shopping in the Suburbs
Chicago suburbs offer a superb variety of malls where you can buy from a pair of shoes to the latest electronic gadgets. A real paradise for any shopper that would not be complete without the famous outlets that are located in the suburbs.West of Chicago, about 45 minutes by car, you will find the
Chicago Premium Outlet
, an outdoor shopping mall with amazing sale prices in its 120 stores. Some of the brand name stores that can be found here are Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap, Giorgio Armani, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Sony.
Harlem Irving Plaza
is a shopping center located in the suburb of Norridge, northwest of Chicago, approximately 20 minutes from downtown. It is one of the oldest shopping centers in the area. Although it does not have designer stores, it features stores such as Best Buy, Target, and Kohl's, aside from many other shopping alternatives.Schaumburg, 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, has the largest shopping area near Chicago, and includes Woodfield Mall and The Streets of Woodfield, as well as the impressive Ikea store.
is a huge exclusive indoor mall with approximately 300 stores for any shopper: Abercrombie, Ann Taylor, the Apple Store, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Bebe, Cole Haan, Crate & Barrel, and Lacoste, along with the giants Nordstrom, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JCPenney, and Sears.
The Streets of Woodfield
is across the street from Woodfield Mall. This is a smaller outdoor mall with picturesque streets and a nice selection of stores. The Swedish furniture giant,
is a few blocks north of Woodfield Mall. It is a massive place that offers more than twelve thousand products for furnishing and for decorating your home. Ikea has low prices in linens, kitchenware, furniture, decor items, and all you can imagine for your dream home.
Westfield Old Orchard
is an exclusive outdoor shopping mall located in the upper class suburb of Skokie, 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. The Apple Store, Banana Republic, Bloomingdale's, Lord and Taylor, Macy's, Nordstrom, and Tiffany & Co. are part of the 140 prestigious stores in this mall.
In the northern region, approximately 45 minutes on the way to the state of Wisconsin in the town of Gurnee, you can find
the largest outlet mall in the region. This enormous shopping center is visited by 23 million shoppers every year. At Gurnee Mills, find everything you need! Another exclusive shopping center in the northern suburbs of Chicago is:
with more than 160 stores. Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, Carson Pirie Scott, Coach, Macy's, and Sears are the most popular stores here. It is located in Vernon Hills, 40 minutes from the Windy City.
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