The ‘windy city’ of Chicago is the third most populous in the US after New York and Los Angeles.
The Chicagoland area then offers a wide variety of stores and boutiques, from the most upscale to the discount outlet. The major shopping part of the city is undoubtedly the Magnificent Mile, which is more or less a mile long. It boasts a considerable number of stores from department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, home & furniture with Crate & Barrel, jewelers like Tiffany, famous clothes and apparel retailers like GAP, Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, and many more specialized and independent boutiques. When the weather does not allow you to enjoy the stores on the street, then the Magnificent Mile also offers the possibility to shop indoor in malls such as Water Tower Place or 900 North Michigan Shops. Another popular area to go shopping in Chicago is State Street. Furthermore, numerous shopping centers can also be found in the suburbs of the city with stores like Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, J C Penney and Sears.
Although Chicago might not be as attractive as New York or Los Angeles for tourists in the first place, it has nothing to envy to these two other cities in terms of shopping. Due to the variety of stores you can find in the city, we recommend you shop with a plan and check all the latest circulars and catalogs with all the best deals from retailers. Therefore, you will be able to go straight to the right stores without wasting time and get the best price, and so save money.