Chicago Entertainment: Shopping
Shopping in Chicago is both an art and an Olympic style sport for many people. The famed Michigan Avenue or Magnificent Mile draws thousands of shoppers a day. The scores of national retailers, high end fashion boutiques and even corner mom and pop shops provide a shopping venue that is totally unique and completely entertaining. There are more stores than could be named in one review, much less visited in a day. But here is a look at a few of the best known shopping markets and centers in the city.
900 North Michigan Avenue contains six floors of diverse shops wrapped around a central atrium. This complex is beautifully designed, giving shoppers a visually pleasing atmosphere as well as offering up some top name stores. Banana Republic, Charles David, Ethel's Chocolates, Jane Weber, L'Artisan Parfumeur, Max Studio, Ubu Fine Art, Waldenbooks, and The Silk Trading Company are some of the shops at 900.
835 North Michigan Avenue is home to Water Tower Place. This center spot in the Magnificent Mile has eight floors in its atrium and contains over one hundred stores and eateries. Marshall Field's (Macy's), Lord and Taylor, GAP, Banana Republic and a large food court are all part of the water Tower shopping experience.
The Merchandise Mart on 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza is a two story shopping complex situated among the hotel and other retail businesses in that location. Carson Pirie Scott and a food court with several great restaurants can be found at the Mart.
If designer clothing or chic furniture is your passion, then a trip to Chicago Place on 700 North Michigan Avenue is just the thing for you. Everything from Saks Fifth Avenue, Ann Taylor, Morrison Galleries, Sunglass Hut, The Body Shop, Talbot’s and Landau Jewelry can be found at Chicago Place. And if you work up an appetite shopping for a new wardrobe, then the food court on the seventh floor has a wide variety of dining options, including Chicago Dog and Grill.
The Westfield North Bridge Mall, located at 520 North Michigan Avenue has department stores ranging from children's clothes, electronics, books, shoes, health and beauty plus special parking for mothers to be and free shopping bags. There are a total of fifty stores and twenty restaurants, including Nordstrom, Ann Taylor Loft, Jolie Fleur Flower Boutique and The Bose Store.
What once was a WWII supply factory on 7601 South Cicero Avenue is now the Ford City Mall. This huge shopping complex is home to over 150 stores. Hallmark, Sears, JC Penney, Disney and dozens more are located at Ford City. The food court offers customers some great quick meals from places such as Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and McDonald's. Children love the real working carousel and can join in art and craft projects.
The Atrium Mall situated on Clark and Randolph Streets in the James R Thompson Center contains more than forty specialty shops and several restaurants. Customers can shop at
New Orleans Kitchen, Panda Express, Dress Barn, Designer Fragrances & Cosmetics, Payless Shoe Source, Wolf Camera, and Sweet Factory here.
One of the newest fashion clothes shops in the West Loop is called Ouest. The store is located at 1063 West Madison and provides women with a selection of quality French designed clothing as well as tailor services.
Roscoe Village has children's shopping needs covered with Little Threads. This store on 2033 West Roscoe Street has name brand kid's clothes plus books, toys and accessories.
Finally, no review of Chicago shopping would be complete without naming Marshall Field's, which is now Macy's, on 111 North State Street. This is the first real department store in the city and a focal point of generations of shoppers. The glass elevator, fountains and seasonal window displays in Tiffany's are major draws for this shopping center.
Shopping in Chicago is something that is difficult to describe and is best experienced first hand. Whether you make that perfect purchase or just window shop, it will be something you’ll never forget.