Electronics? Designer clothes? Antiques? Find it all in Chicago's shopping malls

Chicagoans love to shop in their hometown as much as its visitors do. Within walking distance of many downtown hotels are shopping centers including Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan Shops and, of course, the popular Magnificent Mile. Each of these shopping destinations include major national and international brands alongside local, independent favorites. Many include entertainment and other amenities, like the Chicago Sports Museum in Water Tower Place or the spa in 900 North Michigan Shops.

Venture just outside the city limits and more shopping experiences await including the beautiful outdoor mall Oakbrook Center and the massive indoor mall, Woodfield.

If you have access to a car, or need to kill some time while waiting for a flight out of O’Hare International Airport, be sure to visit new Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont. It’s an international shopping mecca with outlet stores like Burberry, Lululemon, Longchamp and Prada, as well as less pricey brands like Nike, Under Armour and GAP.

900 North Michigan Shops
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This shopping center features more than 450,000 square feet of space and includes many name-brand stores like a huge Bloomingdale's, Gucci, Williams-Sonoma Grande Cuisine and J. Crew and Sur La Table. There are some unique stores, too, like...  Read More

Oakbrook Center

Oakbrook Center, located just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, is a pretty outdoor mall in an upscale suburban area. It features several major department stores and over 160 shops and restaurants. The open-air mall ow dotted with well-kept...  Read More


Every imaginable national clothing store chain is inside this massive, indoor mall – one of the largest in the United States. You'll find everything from Claire's Boutique to Coach, plus kiosks in between the stores inviting customers to...  Read More

This winding, North Shore outdoor mall and movie theater is about a 30 minute drive north of Chicago. It features stores like L.L. Bean, Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret and Banana Republic, as well as upscale stores like Rolex, Henri...  Read More

Randolph Street Antique Market
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Only open on weekends, this massive, two-story antique mall is beloved by shoppers looking for vintage, unique, and start-up company items. Housed inside the Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall at 1340 W. Washington during winter, and outside at 1350 West...  Read More

Block Thirty Seven
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This sleek new mall near Chicago's big theaters draws people for their food offerings as much as their shopping. It takes its name from the original 58 city blocks established in 1830. Today, it's a hip, urban five-story shopping and...  Read More

Lincoln Park

Green City Market, Chicago's only sustainable market, has an extensive selection of conscientiously raised produce and other products. While milling around the park-turned-market, you'll have plenty of opportunity to snack on fresh crepes, visit...  Read More

Fashion Outlets of Chicago is a new designer mall that's become an international shopping mecca. The second floor stores are the more tony ones - places like Burberry, Prada and Gucci. But the lower-level has giant Under Armor, Nike, and Forever...  Read More

There is more to do than just shop at Water Tower Place, an eight-level shopping center located at the northern tip of the Magnificent Mile. In addition to more than 100 stores, there are several restaurants, a Chicago Sports Museum, and even a...  Read More

This mile-long stretch along Michigan Avenue, known as "The Magnificent Mile," is the best known place to shop in Chicago. It's also the most crowded, and has lots of street performers and a few homeless people looking for donations. The stores...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.