Located in Lakeview near Wrigley Field, this caters to those who want to relive, or pretend to relive, those 1970s psychedelic head trips. Besides the overpowering selection of go-go boots, dresses, wigs, bell bottoms, jumpsuits, jewelry and bright leisure suits, the shop also carries a wide assortment of shoes, poodle skirts, tube tops, and socks. The kicker has got to be the large stock of acid wash denim.
Macy's is one of America's most popular department stores, with locations in Chicago on State Street and on North Michigan Avenue. This full-service department store caters to men, women, teens, children, and the home. You can get a makeover at counters hosted by Prescriptives, Christian Dior, Clinique, Lancôme, and Estee Lauder. Young women will love the junior department's fashions by Guess, Calvin Klein, and Esprit. You can fit the whole family in casual and dress shoes at Macy's footwear salons. Don't miss the FAO Schwarz store inside!
The Merchandise Mart is the world's largest commercial center, and largest wholesale design center. The enormous property is 42,000,000 square feet (3901927 square meters) and acts as one of Chicago's premier international business locations. The upper levels of office space, designer showrooms and conference center space are closed to the general public. The first two floors, however, have been converted into a full retail mall that includes a post office and a food court. For more information, visit the website.
The eight-level Water Tower Place reigns as the largest mall on Michigan Avenue. Anchored by a Lord & Taylor and a branch of Marshall Field's and Company, Water Tower includes more than 100 stores, movie theaters, and many dining options. Take the glass elevators to the upper floors to visit the frenetic Foodlife, an upscale food court with multiple stations that offer made-to-order items from a wide range of cuisines. For a hearty sit-down meal, try Mity Nice Grill, with its 1940's decor and crowded walls of children's photos.
Representing the spirit of American shopping, this well-known stretch of Michigan Avenue has something for everyone in hundreds of trendy stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, Chicago souvenir shops and mouth-watering bakeries and cafes selling anything and everything. During the holiday season, check out the decorations that make the mile look even more magnificent. Hardcore shoppers will want to start at the north end, a cluster of three malls: Chicago Place Mall, Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops. Store hours vary.
Browsing the shelves, POSH feels like browsing the stalls of a European flea market. There are old keys, vintage ashtrays, and slightly weathered leather-bound books. But unlike a European flea market, it's not necessary to sift through items to find something interesting. The owners have already done that for you. Much of their inventory is imported from their trips to France, England and Belgium flea markets where they handpick things for sale. POSH also sells an impressive variety of vintage hotel silver and unused restaurant china and dinnerware. The organized mishmash of contemporary and vintage inventory makes this boutique a place to find a gift for anyone who is hard to shop for. - Betsy Mikel