Shopping in Chicago
Ancient Victorian homes tower over the haute boutiques, pricey gift shops, and high-end chocolatiers lining this bucolic avenue.
Jazz Record Mart
It’s no surprise that a city synonymous with live music, also houses the largest jazz and blues record store in the world.
If Chicago has a Fifth Avenue or a Rodeo Drive, this is it. Hermes, Prada and Barneys New York are just a few of the big name retailers.
It’s just your average neighborhood anarchist bookstore. Underground ‘zines, vintage erotica, indie comics, and local authors are all well represented.
This former desolate stretch of no man's land has benefited well from overnight gentrification. It’s now one of the hottest boutique enclaves in town.
The Magnificent Mile
Although most famous for its retail offerings, the so-called Magnificent Mile mixes splashy shops like Niketown, American Girl Place, and the Apple Store with architectural landmarks like the Tribune Tower, a 40-story neo-gothic skyscraper speckled with pieces of the pyramids at Cairo; Westminster Abbey; and other famed sites representing all 50 states and dozens of nations. Conclude the shopping trail at Water Tower Place, a vertical mall with more than 100 stores and striking glass elevators. Or, explore the Historic Water Tower building, located one block south of the mall on Michigan Avenue; the limestone, castle-like structure is one of the few to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and admission is free.
You could spend a day inside this tiny storefront and still not unearth all the novelty items, vintage treasures, and pop culture memorabilia on display.
Water Tower Place
Macy’s is the anchor store at this vertical shopping mall that features 70 stores and beautiful glass elevators.
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