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, mouth-watering bakeries, fine restaurants, and cafes selling anything and everything. A sight worth seeing 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 malls: Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops. Store hours vary.
The Merchandise Mart is one of the world's largest commercial centers and largest wholesale design centers. The enormous property sits on 42,000,000 square feet (3901927 square meters) and is 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 specialty stores and a food court. For more information, visit the website.
The eight-level Water Tower Place reigns as one of the premier malls on Michigan Avenue. A branch of Marshall Field and Company, Water Tower includes more than 60 stores, movie theaters, and many dining options. An imposing chrome and glass structure and an unquestionable icon, it features reflector elevators connecting to the upper floors. For a hearty sit-down meal, try Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch for comforting classics to soothe the soul after a day of walking about.
Located in Lakeview near the noted Wrigley Field, this caters to those who want to relive, or pretend to relive, those 1970s psychedelic head trips. A super fun store, come here to get your apparel custom printed. 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 located in Chicago on State Street. This full-service department store caters to men, women, teens, children, and the home. You can get a makeover at counters hosted by Shiseido, 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!
RR #1 is a charming gift store and specialty boutique offering a quirky selection of local crafts, perfect to take home for a special someone. The shop is housed in an old wood-walled pharmacy dating back to the 1930s, providing a little classic Chicago ambiance as you browse a selection of local jewelry, beauty supplies, stationery, toys, decor, and gifts. A refreshing change from the bustling North Michigan Avenue stores, this is a lovely place to shop for funky, cute, or quaint items.
A true Chicago original, this neighborhood bookstore is the largest Polish book store in America. Serving Chicago's large and active Polish community, it carries a collection of more than 800 books in both Polish and English that recall the history of Poland and relate the story of the Polish people and their culture. Polish magazines and journals are also in stock. A wide-ranging selection of Polish literature translated into English is also available.
Located on North Green Street, BLVDier is a man's boutique. It specializes in custom-made clothing for men with a stylish blend of classic designs and contemporary garments. Shop for shirts, trousers, jackets and waistcoat. It is situated adjacent to The Publican and Momotaro restaurants.
Le Obsession Boutique is the go-to place for one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories and local designer wear. Pick up statement-making capes from Sami May, elegant pearl earrings or Swarovkski-encrusted necklaces here. They even create custom jewelry to fit just you. Whether you're looking to highlight that a new dress or just add a bit of sparkle to your everyday life, you're sure to find something to suit the occasion. The store hosts events and can even organize personal shopping parties for you and your friends to enjoy. So go ahead and let out your inner diva!
The Loro Piana family has been producing the most prestigious fabrics in the world, for clothing or furniture textiles. The sophisticated boutiques sell cashmere knitwear, casual clothes, elegant accessories such as scarves, socks and slippers, and an incomparable collection of fabrics. The most famous is undoubtedly anything made from cashmere, but it is also worth checking out products made with Zelander wool, Vicuña, Baby Cashmere or, just get yourself a suit made to measure that will last a lifetime.