In the Bag: Chicago Shopping
From The Magnificent Mile to neighborhood street markets, Chicago is well known for its first-rate shopping. What you might not know is that some of our top shops hold a secret amongst the frills and finery: top-notch kitchens. Here are some in-store dining destinations to keep you fueled up during your Chicago shopping adventure.
Named after its owner, Ikram Goldman, this beautifully appointed store is a treasure trove of the best in women's fashion, with a unique mix of American, European and Japanese designs. Sift through Goldman's unique, hand-picked selection of vintage clothing and accessories, then head to the café
for the Ménage a Trios, with root vegetable stew, piquillo hummus, quinoa salad and a chai latte.
3 Arts Club Café at Restoration Hardware
After you've located the perfect sconces for your foyer, catch your breath in the 3 Arts Club Café. The truffled grilled cheese on house-made sourdough bread will stoke your fire so you can power through the search for a door knocker that really sets off your home's entryway.
Fred's Chicago at Barneys New York
Whether you're looking for stylish office attire, home furnishings or beauty products, it's a sure bet you'll find what you're hunting at Barneys New York. It's also a great place for a relaxing meal. Fred's Chicago, located on the top floor, offers a great view of Lake Michigan. Try the Baltimore crab cakes or the famous Mark's Madison Avenue salad - all while gazing out over the Chicago skyline.
Seven on State food court at Macy's on State Street
Macy's is a one-stop spot for shopping, even if your fashion foray spans mealtimes. On the seventh floor you'll find the Seven on State food court. There's everything from Japanese noodles to freshly made soups or salads, sandwiches, burgers and Mexican food.
Sophies at Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago
Sip elegant seasonally inspired cocktails while resting your shopping legs at this seventh-floor restaurant and bar. Sophies offers globally influenced yet decidedly American cuisine, capturing the style and elegance of Saks Fifth Avenue. The menu is complemented by a seasonal selection of craft cocktails, a thoughtfully curated wine list and seasonally inspired teas and handcrafted sodas.
Mariposa at Neiman Marcus
Hit this posh fourth floor space for fine dining and creative spoonfuls like the Mandarin Orange Soufflé. Pair one of the sumptuous seasonal entrée selections with a fun cocktail concoction while checking out the latest fashions.
Latinicity at Block 37
Chef Richard Sandoval's multi-sensory experience features 10 innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee café, full bar and lounge. Located on the third floor of Block 37, Latinicity provides a delicious twist on Latin street food, a multi-sensory experience featuring ten innovative kitchens, a tapas restaurant, coffee café, full bar, market and lounge.
Eataly Chicago is a vibrant Italian marketplace that features an array of caffés, counters, restaurants and even a cooking school. Pick up a few of the dozens of types of pasta, dig though a seemingly endless array of olive oil before slipping over to Caffé Lavazza (or any of the other restaurants or caffés) for an after-shopping bite to eat.
Randolph Street Holiday Market
November 19-20, 26-27 & December 10-11
Nearly 100 vintage dealers and indie designers show off their handmade collections at this global market. The market features food vendors in the "Fancy Foods Market," holiday sweets for here or takeout and delectable drinks.
One of a Kind Show, Holiday Edition
This 16th annual holiday extravaganza brings together more than 600 artists from around the world selling sculptures and wall art, clothing and handbags. This is the place to find that perfect gift. And if you get hungry, The One of a Kind Show offers an enormous variety of gourmet food from dozens of vendors, all without leaving the show. Eat your lunch at one of the many tables, or rest your feet while sipping an adult beverage - all cafés include bar service! Afterward, unwind with live music.
River East Art Center
This roundup of food and fashion vendors is appropriately dubbed "Holidose." As the slogan says, "eat, shop, laugh, lounge and gift!" Score excellent gifts for foodies and fashionistas while nibbling on donuts and much more. Local artisans, chefs, bakers and makers offer beautiful edible creations that match the gorgeous garments and accouterments in the market.
Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Alexander Graham Bell School
There are some people on our holiday shopping list for whom a run-of-the-mill gift just won't do. For these one-of-a kind friends a hand-made gift from the Chicago Art Girls Holiday Pop-Up Shop is just the ticket. Chose from ceramics, jewelry, bags, clothing and more - all made by local women.
Daley Plaza between Washington, Clark and Dearborn
November 18-December 24
Christkindlmarket, Chicago's largest open-air Christmas festival, brings an enchanting holiday village to downtown every year. Inspired by the 16th-century German market of the same name, Chicago's Christkindlmarket is known for having the highest-quality gifts and food around, as well as being a great place to bring the whole family.
830 N. Michigan Ave.
What's a shopping trip without chocolate? If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth Ghirardelli has you covered, serving everything from a simple brownie to the family filling Earthquake sundae. Top it off with a mocha or pumpkin pie latte to power that second trip through the shops.
3737 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago is the candy manufacturing capital of the world, and Candyality is at the epicenter of all that sweetness. Pick up all your childhood favorites, from Gummy Bears to Jelly Belly beans, and try out something new while you're at it. Before you go visit them at candyality.com and get your very own "CandyScope" to find out what type of candy personality you have.
Twelve locations across the city
Think popcorn is boring? You'll eat your words, along with a huge helping of sweet and salty goodness, at Garrett's. Sure, you could go with an old favorite like Buttery, but why not try the Almond CaramelCrisp? How about Buffalo CheeseCorn and Buttery Ranch Mix? They'll even make you a giant custom tin of several flavors mixed together.
Windy City Sweets
3308 North Broadway
Sometimes a regular box of sweets just won't do. If it's hand-made fudge and chocolate creations you crave, head over to Windy City Sweets. The chocolatiers at Windy City create one-of-a-kind chocolate creations on site daily, so each trip to the store means a new favorite every time. The store has something for every holiday, and an entire section called "Just Because."
108 N. State Street at Block 37
Yes, they have cupcakes. Loads of them, in every conceivable flavor. But there's so much more on the menu at Magnolia Bakery, including cheesecake, icebox pies, cookies, brownies and the shop's specialty - Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding. If all that's too much to take in, you can always fall back on the classic Red Velvet Cupcake.