Although categories have been established for the shops, there is often overlap among the types of items that are featured.  Links to the online stores have been provided to show the types of products that are carried; however, you may want to call ahead to see if particular items are carried in the physical location or if they are just online.


Shopping Centers/Malls– “The Magnificent Mile”

900 Shops

900 N. Michigan   Avenue

Multi-level center of high-end shops, including Bloomingdale’s

John Hancock Center

875 N. Michigan   Avenue

In addition to the observatory at the top, there is a retail center in the lower levels (Best Buy, The North Face, and some of the stores listed below are located in the center)

Shops at North Bridge

520 N. Michigan   Avenue

Nordstrom is an anchor store for this center.

Water Tower Place

835 N. Michigan   Avenue

Upscale, multi-level center across from the historic Water Tower has more than 100 stores that provide a variety of shopping choices including apparel, accessories, toys, jewelry, sporting goods (some of the stores are listed below)

Shopping Centers – Other Areas

Navy Pier

600 East Grand   Avenue

A beautiful setting by the lake with activities to do while you browse among shops featuring a variety of merchandise, such as Chicago souvenirs, gifts and clothing from various countries, snacks, and toys (there is no admission to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows as you walk the pier while enjoying the shops)

State Street and surrounding streets in “theLoop” – Downtown shopping area, including Macy’s and Sears department stores


Animal theme gifts

Elephants, Etc. (store does not have a website)

875 N. Michigan   Avenue

Stuffed animals, candy, and cards are some of the gift ideas you can find

Field Museum Stores

Several stores in the museum at1400 South Lake Shore Driveand two at O’Hare Airport

Shedd Aquarium

1200 South Lake   Shore Drive


Art/Architecture Books/Gifts

Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago

Jewelry, home accessories, cards, and toys are among some of the products offered.

Museum Shop of the Art Institute

111 South   Michigan Avenue

A variety of products, such as jewelry, home accessories, stationery, books, apparel, are featured

Chicago Architecture Foundation Store

Items featured for adults and children, such as apparel, books, puzzles, and notecards.



After-Words Bookstore (store does not have a website)

23 East   Illinois Street


Interesting place to browse for new and used books

Museum shops

Good sources for books on related subjects


Candy and Snacks

Fannie May

Several downtown locations listed on website for this popularChicagocandy (ice cream is also available)

Garrett Popcorn Shop

Navy Pier and other locations included on website

You’ll find a number of tempting popcorn flavors to enjoy.


Magnificent Mile area, across from Hershey’s

You can enjoy ice cream creations from the fountain as well as browsing the candy selections.


822 N. Michigan   Avenue

Baked goods can be enjoyed, and there is a selection of candy choices and gifts.

Chicago Souvenirs

Chicago Tribune Store

435 N.Michigan

Products with a Chicago theme, including Chicago sports teams, are featured, as well as other types of goods, including photography, books,  and puzzles

.Children’s Gifts

American Girl Place

Water Tower   Place

American Girl dolls and books are among the featured items.

Chicago Children’s Museum Store

Navy Pier

A source for educational toys, books, and puzzles while you’re visiting Navy Pier

The Lego Store

Water Tower   Place

Enjoy Lego model displays while shopping.


Department Stores

Macy’s – Locations on Chicago’s famous State Street(111 N. State St.) and at Water Tower Place

Sears – Located at State and Madison Streets



Crate and Barrel

646 N. Michigan   Avenue

Several floors of items for the kitchen and bath, as well as home accessories and furniture


Arts & Artisans

Several locations in the downtown area listed on website

Jewelry, crafts, and wearable items are featured in the stores.

Shop at the Chicago Cultural Center

78 E.   Washington Street

Browse for hand-painted scarves, jewelry, and products related to exhibitions at the center while enjoying this landmark building and the free events offered.

Surprise Me


An Accent Chicago store featuring a variety of gifts such as jewelry, apparel, children’s items, cards, and candles.


Jazz Record Mart

27 East Illinois

Large selection of new and used LPs, CDs, 78s, 45s is among the merchandise offered.


Museum of Science and Industry Store

57th Street andLake Shore Drive

Science kits, toys and games, jewelry, and apparel are among the products featured

Adler Planetarium

1300 South Lake Shore Drive.

Toys and games, apparel, accessories, music, and DVDs are some of the items featured


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