We call it Magnificent for a reason. Just imagine. Eight blocks. Hundreds of stores. And that’s just the start of it all. Boutiques, markets and other shopping districts are nestled all throughout the city. Chicago is truly a shopping paradise. We hope you left room in your suitcase.
If we were to write a shopper's guide to the city, it would begin and end with the granddaddy of all Chicago retail, The Magnificent Mile. This cosmopolitan, history-packed strip of Michigan Avenue between the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Oak Street forms a spine that runs parallel to the lakefront and leads you from one essential Chicago experience to the next.
Fashion giants and cutting-edge designers dot this tree-lined avenue along with dozens of restaurants, hotels and galleries. This area is also home to the nation’s first American Girl Place—a rite of passage for little girls.
The shopping district is also home to Jeweler’s Row, the Midwest’s largest display of diamonds and gems. Swoon over some of the finest jewelry; and if you’re lucky, you’ll be going home with a little more sparkle.
Find fashion inspiration in one of Chicago’s most prestigious shopping districts. This posh international style center offers ultra-luxury retail just steps off of Michigan Avenue. Think Barney’s New York, Jimmy Choo, Harry Winston and Lester Lampert.
When only a one-of-a-kind will do, areas like Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park, Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square and the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhoods offer plenty of charming boutiques and eclectic finds. And serious shoppers can join expert guided and customized walking tours with Chicago ShopWalk—highlighting must-see boutiques and hard-to-find neighborhood shops.
Bring home an incredible find from a Chicago market. We have all kinds of regularly scheduled urban and indie designer markets like Randolph Street Market and Indie Designer Market. Not to mention a holiday shopping and dining extravaganza each winter known as Christkindlmarket. It’s no longer just a German tradition. It has become a Chicago institution during the holiday season at Chicago’s Daley Plaza.