If you’re looking for some of Chicago’s most unique hot spots to shop for yourself or your loved ones, look no further. Below are some of the best spots to shop, eat and enjoy yourself.
Not only does the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Ave. contain the water tower with dozens of shops in itself, but it also contains any store you can think of from high-end apparel to all sorts of electronics. You can shop for apparel or find one of Chicago’s best tours from the various tour buses around the area. The Magnificent Mile is also home to many festivals, comedy clubs and theaters so you can find more experiences than materials. If you’re visiting Chicago this is also one fo the best areas to find your perfect hotel. Not only will you be within walking distance of all the top Chicago parks, but also the top Chicago restaurants. Whether you’re looking for a casual drink, a high end steak or a quick bite of pizza in between shops you’ll be sure to find something you love.
Armitage & Halstead
If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed we would definitely recommend checking out the Armitage and Halstead area in Lincoln Park. Not only can you take the L there to avoid a parking fiasco, but it’s the perfect place for a more low-key shopping experience. Enjoy shops like Lush, Art Effect, and the Tie Bar while also sipping on some Argo Tea or a Starbucks Frappuccino. With a more relaxed environment in one of Chicago’s most popping north side neighborhoods, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Not only do they have the best unique shops in this area, but they also have amazing restaurants to choose from. Whether you want tapas from Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba or something more farm to table like Blue Door Farm Stand, Lincoln Park will have it all.
If you still want to stay in the city but haven’t found what you’re looking for on the Magnificent Mile, then State Street will be your next stop. Not only can you find various shops from Urban Outfitters to Nordstrom Rack, but also check out the famous Macy store on the way. Macy’s is the hot spot on State St. offering anything and everything you could ever want or need. They also host tons of events from the Spring Flower Show to holiday window decor. Working up an appetite with all your shopping? Check out Magnolia Bakery for all your sweet tooth needs, or go for the more savory option at Macy’s Walnut Room. Whatever you choose, we promise you’ll fall in love.
Want to go for a more cultural and unique shopping experience check out Andersonville and all of the best shops and cafe’s they have up and down Clark Street. With over 50 vendors located on this beautiful stretch you’ll be able to find anything from clothing to beautiful pieces of art form local artists. Some of our favorites are the AlleyCat Comics with dozens of comic books, board games and figurines it’s the hot spot for all comic book junkies. #ChicagoInsiderTip: this store isn’t actually viewable from the street, you’ll have to go down an Alley to find it! After you’ve worked up an appetite be sure to check out their restaurants. We recommend Little Bad Wolf – who has the best burgers or m.henry for some of the best breakfast of your life.
Bucktown & Wicker Park
Looking for some vintage shops, records and antiques? Then Wicker Park is the place to be! With tons of indie shops, thrift shops and record stores you’ll find some of the most unique gifts in this area. Find all your biking favorites at BFF Bikes in Bucktown or go for a more laid back store like Asrai Garden where you’ll feel relaxed the moment you walk and smell those flowers. Another hot spot is Moon Voyage where you’ll find everything you need for your next night out or the perfect jewelry to pair with that outfit you’ve been dying to wear. Don’t forget to check out Big Star after for some to-die for tacos and margaritas to top the day off!