If you’re not in the mood for crazy 4 am door busters like the rest of the country, Chicago offers some of the richest shopping areas in the country (rivaled only by NYC and LA). Make sure your wallet is well padded to drop some holiday cash because the best presents are the ones you give yourself.
1 The Magnificent Mile
Was there any question this would be anything other than #1? An international destination, Michigan Ave. is one of the most vibrant and successful commercial, residential, cultural and tourist areas in the United States. A mixture of beautiful residences, premier retailers, individual boutiques, distinctive restaurants, famous museums, luxurious hotels, landmark architecture and prestigious educational facilities make Michigan Ave. one of the most premier shopping districts in the country.
2 Water Tower Place
At the pinnacle of the Mag Mile, Water Tower Place features the largest number of stores exclusive to Chicago. Its stunning eight-level atrium features Macy’s, American Girl Place, the new Broadway Playhouse, and more than 100 stores; plus unique dining experiences like Wow Bao, Mity Nice Grill, Freshii, and foodlife. It offers a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience you won't find anywhere else in the city.
835 N. Michigan Ave. 312.440.3166. http://www.shopwatertower.com/
3 Wicker Park/Bucktown
4 Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center
The shopping mall of the Northshore, Old Orchard offers your staple high-end department stores (Bloomingdale’s, Nordstorm’s) and distinguished designers in a beautiful open-air outdoor setting.
Skokie Blvd. and Old Orchard Rd. Skokie, IL 60077. 847.673.6800. http://westfield.com/oldorchard/
5 Woodfield Mall
The Chicago area’s largest mall, Woodfield is home to nearly 300 stores and restaurants, including dozens that can’t be found anywhere else in the Midwest. Merchants range from the unique – fine art and jewelry dealers, cutting-edge clothiers for men, women, teens and children, and home furnishing emporiums – to nationally-recognized department stores.
5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173. 847.330.1537. www.shopwoodfield.com