Get upscale retail therapy at glitzy high-end flagships on the stately ‘Mag Mile’ or troll Chicago’s mega-malls and name-brand outlets for deals.
Water Tower Place
Water Tower Place anchors the Magnificent Mile with 100-plus stores, an eight-story mall, playhouse, restaurants, bars, cafes and entertainment venues. Learn all about your favorite teams at the Chicago Sports Museum and pick up gifts at American Girl, Lego, Victoria’s Secret, Adidas and Lacoste.
Shops at North Bridge
You’ll find all the well-known brands at this stylish six-block center in the Michigan Avenue District, with a mix of jewelry, apparel and cosmetics, plus 20 restaurants. Nordstrom anchors the four-level shopping area with 50 brands, including Boss, Samsonite, Kiehl’s, Swarovski, Papyrus and Swatch. Refuel at California Pizza Kitchen, Eataly and P.F. Chang’s.
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Macy’s State Street
Pause your shopping to peruse the Tiffany vaulted ceiling and 17-foot Burnham fountain at this 13-story iconic 1907 building on the National Historic Register. Macy’s is the No. 3 biggest department store in the world, a retail powerhouse for 150-plus years with 700-some locations. Take a small-group tour, then pause for a snack at the ornate, Victorian-era Walnut Room, a landmark restaurant. The holiday season is especially festive and magical.
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Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Get designer deals for less at this chic outlet center just next to O’Hare International Airport. It’s the only two-story outlet mall in the Midwest, housing 130 stores. Shop high-profile brands like American Eagle and Armani, Gucci and Barney’s. Snack at Haagen-Dazs, Freshii, Cinnabon and David’s Tea.