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 N. Michigan Avenue
Multi-level center of high-end shops, including Bloomingdale’s
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)
520 N. Michigan Avenue
Nordstrom is an anchor store for this center.
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
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
Several stores in the museum at1400 South Lake Shore Driveand two at O’Hare Airport
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
220 East Chicago
Jewelry, home accessories, cards, and toys are among some of the products offered.
111 South Michigan Avenue
A variety of products, such as jewelry, home accessories, stationery, books, apparel, are featured
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
Good sources for books on related subjects
Candy and Snacks
Several downtown locations listed on website for this popularChicagocandy (ice cream is also available)
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.
Products with a Chicago theme, including Chicago sports teams, are featured, as well as other types of goods, including photography, books, and puzzles
Water Tower Place
American Girl dolls and books are among the featured items.
A source for educational toys, books, and puzzles while you’re visiting Navy Pier
Water Tower Place
Enjoy Lego model displays while shopping.
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
646 N. Michigan Avenue
Several floors of items for the kitchen and bath, as well as home accessories and furniture
Several locations in the downtown area listed on website
Jewelry, crafts, and wearable items are featured in the stores.
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.
An Accent Chicago store featuring a variety of gifts such as jewelry, apparel, children’s items, cards, and candles.
27 East Illinois
Large selection of new and used LPs, CDs, 78s, 45s is among the merchandise offered.
57th Street andLake Shore Drive
Science kits, toys and games, jewelry, and apparel are among the products featured
1300 South Lake Shore Drive.
Toys and games, apparel, accessories, music, and DVDs are some of the items featured