It’s tempting, we know, but don’t spend all your money on deep-dish pizza and a room overlooking Lake Michigan while you’re in Chicago. These quintessentially Chi-Town experiences are definitely worth some bookmarked cash in your travel budget, don’t get us wrong. But Windy City shopping is nothing to turn your nose up at, so save some cash for the retailers and start sniffing out the best deals at these five shopping hot spots.
1. Magnificent Mile
Between Oak Street and the Chicago River runs Mag Mile, the place where retail dreams are made reality. With almost 500 shops, you can find anything here—even the kitchen sink—within your budget. Stores range from massive department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue to small jewelry boutiques and home good stores.
2. Fashion Outlets of Chicago
When you’re on the hunt for the best bargains, outlet malls are the perfect playground. The Fashion Outlets of Chicago are only 15 miles from downtown and offer discounted prices on some of the world’s top brands. Snag a Burberry bag for less, or outfit yourself in Michael Kors for a fraction of the regular price.
3. Oak Street
Just a hop, skip, and credit card swipe from the Magnificent Mile, you’ll be in boutique heaven on Oak Street. International houses of fashion share the street with local retailers. By the time you leave, you can be dripping in high-end couture or have done some world-class window shopping. Stop by one of the renowned spas for a relaxing treatment before you leave.
4. Lincoln Park
Away from the huge stores of Mag Mile and the designer brands of Oak Street, you’ll find charming stores making their home in renovated Victorian row houses. Grab some new duds or buy unique stationary. Shopping here is easy, breezy, and charming.
5. Wicker Park
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Wicker is quite the character. It’s been described as eclectic and sassy, and it’s in no short supply of quirky shops that show off its personality. Browse locally made products and vintage clothes along with used records and other special finds while you’re in this neighborhood.
What are your favorite places to shop in Chicago?