Shop the Magnificent Mile, score some designer deals and explore the delightful boutiques and galleries of historic Galena.
Running north from the Chicago River, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is widely considered one of the world’s great avenues. Spend an afternoon in shopping euphoria with everything from luxury labels and popular brands to designer boutiques, department stores and three vertical malls, all dotted along Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue.
The Mag Mile’s three shopping centers all rank in TripAdvisor’s top 10 Illinois shopping malls. Water Tower Place stores include American Girl Doll Store and Macy’s. 900 North Michigan Shops is home to more than 70 luxury retailers. The Shops at North Bridge is famous for Nordstrom, and has many other shops, restaurants and hotels.
The Mag Mile has a buzzing dining scene. Hot joints include Heaven on Seven, The Purple Pig, NoMi, Spiaggia and Bar Toma. Locals say the steamed buns at Wao Bao in 900 North Michigan Shops are to die for.
North of the Magnificent Mile in the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood is where you’ll find Chicago’s most exclusive shopping district. Oak Street Shopping is an ultra-high-end shopping destination, with a mix of international couture houses, American luxury brands and local boutiques, like Brunello Cucinelli, Vera Wang and Buccellati.
Oakbrook Shopping Center, west of Chicago, is packed with over 150 designer and specialty outlet stores. The unique indoor/outdoor structure makes walking the mall a delight on a spring day while you peruse Free People, Neiman Marcus and more.
Located in Schaumberg, northwest of Chicago, Woodfield Mall offers an upscale shopping experience with a variety of popular and trending brands including Aldo, Michael Kors and White House Black Market.
This Rosemont outlet located next to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport features designer shops such as Gucci and Prada and popular high street brands like Gap and Banana Republic. The mall also has great contemporary art curated by Arts Initiative.
Chicago Premium Outlets in west suburban Aurora has over 140 outlet stores including Calvin Klein, Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren in a pleasant mall with fireplaces, public art, water features, and a play area. With prices up to 65% off, you’re sure to score a bargain.
Stroll along Galena's historic Main Street and soak in the ambiance. Named "Best Main Street in the Midwest" by Midwest Living magazine and one of America's Best Main Streets by Fodor's, Galena’s 19th-century red brick storefronts are home to an eclectic mix of art galleries, antiques stores, boutiques and restaurants. Galena is also known for its cozy lodgings, with quaint bed and breakfasts dotting the picturesque hillsides of the town.