A SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO CHICAGO
If you’re planning a Chicago shopping day trip from Schaumburg or another close neighborhood, you’ve got a limited amount of time to see the most interesting and celebrated stores in the city. From the diverse selection of lovely venues and independent stores, the choices below range from pricey high-dollar venues to charming historic streets with affordable curiosities. Give them a look so you know exactly where to go during your visit.
Chicago’s downtown zone is a nice way to enjoy common shopping mall venders in an outdoor setting. You’ll find boutiques, jewelers, and chic clothing stores, Burlington Coat Factory, T.J. Maxx, and more all set in a backdrop of historic buildings.
This old Swedish neighborhood has grown into one of the most refined, independent shopping spots in Chicago. Excellent restaurants line the streets, so give this place a visit if you’d like to finish your trip with a creative and unforgettable meal. The Andersonville Galleria is a must-visit for artists looking for top-quality tools and inspiring galleries. Those with a penchant for home decoration should make time for Brimfield, a family-run shop that sells and displays its collection of relatively young antiques, recovered furniture, and other charismatic pieces.
If sports memorabilia is more your speed, plan a visit to Wrigleyville for apparel, tailgating gear, and more made to honor the Cubs, Blackhawks, Bears, Bulls, and a few distant non-rival teams. Try Wrigleyville Sports or the Cubs Store in particular if you’re a fan of the number one baseball team in the national league. Wrigleyville is also home to several boutiques, jewelry stores, antique shops, and more, so other folks you bring along don’t have to miss out.
Interested in the most illustrious and swanky shops of the city? On Oak Street you’ll find Tod’s, Agent Provocatuer, Prada, Barney’s New York, and other high-class stores visited by celebrities and socialites. Get the perfect set of silverware at Christolfe, see a mix of big-name and emerging designer works at Intermix, and much more. Any visit to Oak Street isn’t complete without a decadent dinner and champagne at Fred’s, with high city views and pristine decor.
This appropriately named street is home to some of the biggest brands in the world, from Apple to Patagonia and Nike. The more accessible brands like Macy’s and Old Navy make their home on the north end, at Water Tower Palace, or you could head south to visit Prada and other high-end stores like what you’d find on Oak Street. Chicago Blackhawks fans will get a kick out of their official store, with an ice-white interior that contrasts against the team’s red and black colors.
If you plan your trip around Chicago shopping hotspots like this, you won’t waste any time searching for the kind of shops that interest you most. Though there are many more options, you’ll likely find these some of the most memorable ways to spend a single day in the Windy City. Be sure to see which places look interesting to any friends or family coming along for the trip, and you’re all sure to have an awesome time.