Designer, Vintage, Contemporary and Antique: Chicago's shopping hubs have it all

Chicagoans needn't travel very far to reach designer, artsy, chain or indie shops and tourists from around the world adore coming to the city to shop. Especially since many impressive shopping centers, Water Tower Place900 North Michigan Shops and the Magnificent Mile, are a short stroll or cab ride from downtown hotels. You'll find major national and international brands alongside local, independent favorites. Many malls include entertainment and other amenities, like the Chicago Sports Museum in Water Tower Place or three spas in 900 North Michigan Shops located on the north end of the Magnificent Mile.

Venture just outside the city limits and additional shopping experiences await including 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 Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont. It’s an international shopping mecca with outlet stores like Burberry, Longchamp and Prada, as well as less pricey brands like Nike, PUMA and GAP.

As indoor malls try to reinvent themselves in the Amazon age, neighborhoods like Andersonville and markets such as Randolph St. Market and Vintage Garage Chicago have an independent appeal affording shoppers genuinely unique experiences and goods. Chefs and home cooks adore Green City Market located in Lincoln Park.

900 North Michigan Shops
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This shopping center features more than 450,000 square feet of space and includes many well known, upscale stores like a massive Bloomingdale's, MaxMara, Gucci, Micheal Kors, Kate Spade New York, L'Occitane and J. Crew. The complex also includes...  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 inviting customers to sample new products. Nearly 30...  Read More



As malls lose stores and customers, entrepreneurs find available space and turn it into a shopping experience. Housed in covered parking garage, Chicago's only all-vintage market boasts 75 to 100 vendors filling the space with colorful, retro...  Read More



The urban mall in the core of the Loop draws lots of shoppers from nearby dorms and apartment buildings as well as those who still love State Street shopping. The five-story shopping and entertainment center is home to a two-level...  Read More

Lincoln Park


As restaurants proliferate emphasizing the farm-to-table concept and seasonal fare, Chicago's Green City Market has become a lifeline for chefs. The not for profit organization has stocked an extensive selection of conscientiously raised produce...  Read More



Fashion Outlets of Chicago opened in 2013 and quickly became one of the most popular shopping spots near Chicago for tourists and locals. The mall's upper level has high end stores like Burberry, Longchamp and Prada, with the first-floor...  Read More



On Chicago's north side, Andersonville is known for its Swedish roots, unique shopping, destination dining and busy urban corridor, Clark Street. Among the shops in the National Historic District are more than a few antique and vintage...  Read More

Randolph Street Market
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Named USA Today's "Top 10 American Flea Markets," Randolph Street Market celebrates 15 years in 2018 in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. Pickers find a one-stop-shop extravaganza with an array of goods plus entertainment, food and fun from more...  Read More



There's more than shopping at Water Tower Place, an eight-level shopping center located at the northern tip of the Magnificent Mile. In addition to 104 stores, there are myriad dining options, a theater that is part of Broadway in Chicago and...  Read More



"The Magnificent Mile," is perhaps the best known place to shop in Chicago. It's also the most crowded especially in the summer and during holidays. The stores - clothing designers like Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, and...  Read More


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