Shopping in Chicago
Chicago is undoubtedly a great shopping city, both in terms of quality and
quantity of shops. The city calls itself in typical American style as the best
shopping city in the entire worldUnited States, New York City included.
The fact is, in any case, that Chicago is a city where most of the best-known
dealers and department stores in the country are located.
Popular shopping streets and areas of Chicago
State Street and Michigan Avenue are a matter of course for
the shopping crowds. The same goes for the Wicker Park and
Lincoln Park areas, not least for those looking for upscale
stores with the latest trendy products. Here you will find everything from
antiques, food and jewelry, to fashion shops with clothes and shoes.
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Michigan Avenue is popularly called "the Magnificent Mile" on the crowds, not
least because of its more than 450 stores offering everything the heart desires.
We can also recommend Oak Street right on Michigan Avenue. If
you go to the River North Gallery District you will also find
more than 60 galleries for those looking for art and antiques.
Typical shopping in Chicago
If you are first in Chicago then there are two things everyone buys with
them. One is the sovereignty of the city's pride in American sports. Typical
souvenir shops with sporting goods can be found in several places. The
alternative is Niketown Chicago at 669 N. Michigan Avenue,
which is a flagship of Nike stores. And of course open 7 days a week.
The other archetypal to buy is denim clothing, or olabaks and olajaks in good
Norwegian. One tip, then, might be The Original Levi's Store on
Michigan Avenue (N 600). Here you get everything that Levis produces,
whether you are big or small, boy or girl.
Chicago's best department stores and shopping malls
Americans love department stores and shopping malls, and in Chicago you will
find several worth visiting. Among other things, we mention:
Bloomingdales is located at 900 N. Michigan Avenue and has 6 floors of
clothing and shoes for everyone in the family. Stick to the information on the
2nd floor so it is not impossible that you get to participate in the magazine's
promotional activities, and most often this is a gift given to you as a
You must also visit Chicago Place which is open seven days a week, normally
from 1000 to 1900. Sundays open to Chicago Place 1200 and close at 1700.
In partially the same street, at Micihigan Avenue and Fifth Avenue, you will
find Saks offering top quality when it comes to shoes, boots and bags.
Marshall Field & Co. or now more commonly known as
Macy's is a Chicago shopping legend dating back to 1852. The address
for today's major department store is State Street in the Downtown Loop
Remember to test the chocolate department in the basement where you can taste
the unique Frango chocolate (mint) sold only here. This is also the mall with
the well-known corner clocks that were first installed in 1879.
Outlets near Chicago
Outlets, ie stores that sell branded and designer clothing at discounted
prices due to small cosmetic or discounted models, are popular in the United
States and there is hardly a better opportunity to get top quality items for
In Chicago, you won't get outside of Chicago Premium Outlets
with its 120 outlet stores, be it Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers,
Calvin Klein, Gap Outlet, Giorgio Armani, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo
Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sony, or more. The address is west of
downtown Chicago, turn off at Aurora Farnsworth Avenue North. Calculate a 45
minute drive. Open all days of the week, but may be closed at holidays.
Special stores in Chicago
Regardless of your special interests, you will most likely find a store in
Chicago that meets your needs. In any case, we think the following slightly
special stores may be worth visiting:
What would the United States have been without popcorn? Why not visit the
popcorn heaven embodied through the Garrett Popcorn Shop in the
great Michigan Avenue shopping street? (N 670). Here even popcorn is sold in
their own gift boxes.
Brimfield is an independent specialty store located at
5219 N Clark Street (Uptown) and is a dream for anyone who loves interiors,
cattage chic and vintage style.
If you love fashion, clothing and accessories, visit the Luxury
Garage Sale at 1658 N Wells Street near Lincoln Park. Here you
will find Chanel bags and McQueen creations alternating. It's expensive, but
cheap... If you understand.
Shopping with or for children in Chicago
If you are traveling with children or are shopping for gifts for children, of
course, a visit to Chicago's huge The Disney Store is a natural
choice. The Disney Store is also located on Michigan Avenue (N 717) with all the
well-known and beloved characters we all know from Disney's movies and books.
For little girls, American Girl Place at 111 E. Chicago
Avenue will be the dream. Here the American girl dream is brought to life. Maybe
a little too American for some, but clearly something that gets the little girls
Eating in Chicago
Of course, in a city the size of Chicago, you have a huge selection of
eateries, from the simplest street stalls to the most exclusive gourmet
And there are so many of them that you rarely need to queue, unless you
absolutely MUST enter the city's Hard Rock Cafe or Rainforest Cafe, there are
plenty of options close by.
Resturant tips for Chicago
It may not be so easy to find food and restaurants that are distinctive to
Chicago, but the city's residents are happy to take the credit for inventing
Deep Pan Pizza. Another local specialty is the spicy sausage type
Maxwell Street Polish.
Be aware that you may want to get a sneak peek from any serious sausage
seller if you ask for ketchup, as opposed to banned on gourmet sausages. The
same applies to a great deal of strong mustard, which they believe destroys the
taste of the main ingredient; meat.
And to top it all, the Americans are very fond of their Steakhouses, and
among the foremost in Chicago are Mike Ditka's Restaurant, Harry Caray's Italian
Steakhouse and Gibson's Steakhouse.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
This is the most famous Deep Pan Pizza restaurant chain in the world. They
claim (of course) that they have the world's best pizza. You should check it out
yourself too, because it is actually very good! You will find a number of Lou
Malnati's in Chicago. Among others, you'll find one at 805 S State Street,
another at 439 N Wells Street and a third at 1120 N State Street.
Lou Malnati's is usually open from 1100 until midnight, and usually an hour
longer on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Signature Room in Chicago
The Signature Room is undoubtedly the most distinctive restaurant experience
you can have in Chicago. Located on the 96th floor of the Hancock Center,
this restaurant, and if you book a table well in advance, you have a completely
unmatched view of Chicago and Lake Michigan. It is not very cheap, the main
courses cost around 250 kroner, but unless there is dense fog, you will probably
not regret the expenses. Of course, the restaurant has a solid wine selection.
Food from all over the world in Chicago
Chicago has countless ethnic restaurants, often located in their respective
neighborhoods, which increase internal competition, and eateries with poor
service or poor quality of food thus quickly succumb. Chicago has one of
America's largest and liveliest Chinatown, and there is also a Little Italy,
Ukrainian Village, Greek Town, Little India, etc. Around Lincoln Square
and Albany Park, there are many restaurants serving South
Korea, Germany or Central East.
Food Festival in Chicago
Every food lover should take part in the annual Taste Of Chicago,
the world's largest food festival, which takes place in Grant Park for
ten days around National Day, July 4th. Over three million people visit the
event every year, where there is also music and entertainment from several