Family-Friendly Holiday Shopping


Holiday shopping may be hectic, but it doesn’t have to be. These Chicago spots promise a positive experience for everyone in the family.

Disney Store

Disney is already a family-friendly franchise and its stores make shopping magical. There are many locations in Chicago, including the Loop. So enjoy the delightful Disney songs while choosing the best presents!

Macy’s  On State Street

Any Macy’s would be good for holiday shopping, but Macy’s on State Street is extra special. Inhabiting the old Marshall Field’s flagship, Macy’s continues the beloved traditions of the decorated windows, the Great Tree, and Frango Mints.  Be sure to make reservations to eat in the Walnut Room!

Water Tower Place           

Famous Water Tower Place has many stores and eateries that will bring joy to the holiday. Located on the Magnificent Mile near the historic Water Tower, the family can enjoy the festive downtown atmosphere after shopping. 

Garret’s Popcorn Shop

If you want a break from shopping, just follow your nose to Garrett’s Popcorn shop! One of Chicago’s most famous (and addictive) snacks, Garrett’s is an essential stop. Try the Garrett Mix: the contrast between the salty cheese corn and sweet caramel corn will have your taste buds in full swing. With many locations, Garrett’s is a perfect pit stop during your holiday shopping.

The Shops At North Bridge

With Nordstrom as its anchor store, this mall is a holiday shopping heaven, featuring an array of 50 stores and 20 restaurants. The Shops At North Bridge is on the Magnificent Mile and expands to over six city blocks in the heart of the downtown holiday excitement.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

The only 2-level indoor luxury shopping outlet in the region and a mere five minutes from O’Hare Airport, Fashion Outlets promises to make your shopping experience extra special. 130 designer shops are accompanied by a tempting selection of food and drink (including adult beverages) as well as an exciting, constantly changing art collection throughout. For the holiday’s photos with Santa, dazzling decorations, and extended hours make finding that perfect gift a joy.

Written by Mariah Sturdivant

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