Chicago Shopping Overview

Navy Pier - Outdoor Activity | Shopping Area in Chicago

The number one thing that comes to mind when you think about shopping in Chicago is unquestionably the Magnificent Mile. The stretch of Streeterville is every shoppers dream, but the city is by no means limited to this famous shopping street and there are options for all types and budgets strewn throughout the city.

For the widest variety of Chicago shopping, it begins and ends with the Mag Mile. Spanning from the Chicago River to Oak Street, the area features everything from Gap and Crate & Barrel to upscale boutiques like Bulgari and Hermès. With skyscrapers looming overhead, shoppers can also find some of the city’s best restaurants and bars once they’ve found that perfect outfit to party in.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Clark and Belmont area in Boystown caters to the counterculture where shoppers can find anything from sex shops and leather gear, to vintage duds and bohemian art.

When the weather warms up, there’s no better place to find antiques, vintage goods, and homemade crafts than at Randolph Street Market. Open April to November on the last weekend of every month, hundreds of vendors set up shop and promise thrifters an endless supply of knickknacks they probably don’t need but can’t live without.

Shopping around Chicago is easy, there are stores, boutiques, markets, shops, galleries, and more everywhere in the city. So if you’re looking for high-end, low-end, or just something in-between, the city has you covered for all your shopping needs.

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