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Best Chicago Shopping

Chicago is a wonderful city with a lot to do and see. It has beautiful, airy parks, historic architecture, a beautiful lakefront and great museums. It's also a major shopping destination with a wide variety of shops, boutiques and department stores to appeal to both the regular tourist, and the avid shopaholic.

Whether you're looking for a souvenir to being back home, want to shop the latest fashions, or are just looking to stroll and do some window shopping while enjoying the city, Chicago has the shopping venue for you.

If you're traveling to Chicago for the first time, you will be overwhelmed by all the shopping opportunities that you'll find. Here are the top 10 shopping destinations to make the most of your shopping experience in the great city of Chicago.

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Magnificent Mile

The first shopping venue which comes to mind when speaking of Chicago is the Magnificent Mile which runs along North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to the Chicago River for approximately one mile. This street is a shopper's dream, with both high-end boutiques and huge department stores adorning its sidewalks. Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, Crate & Barrel, Niketown, and Burberry are all here. In the spring the Magnificent Mile is also embellished with the colorful tulips that make this great avenue even more beautiful

Shops at 900 Michigan Avenue

There are also great high-rise shopping malls on North Michigan Avenue such the shops at 900 Michigan Avenue and the Water Tower Place which features an 8-floor atrium and over 100 stores such as Bebe, Banana Republic, Forever 21, and the Oprah Store.

Oak Street

When you come to the end of the Magnificent Mile, you will reach Oak Street, which features great specialty stores and high-end shopping. Kate Spade, Prada, Barney's New York, and Hermes of Paris and many other expensive stores are located on Oak Street.

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American Girl Place

While walking around the Chicago downtown area, you will undoubtedly see women and girls carrying American Girl Place bags. American Girl Place is every little girl's dream. There you can find all of the American Girl dolls with all their outfits, accessories and furniture. There's also an American Girl doll hair salon where girls can take their dolls to get their hair styled, and great dining options including brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. If you have a little girl, she will think she died and gone to heaven.

State Street

Another major shopping destination is State Street which goes from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street. This street was originally Chicago's major shopping venue but has since become overshadowed by North Michigan Avenue. One major department store that is worth visiting here is Macy's, which is one of the biggest ones in the world, taking up an entire block. There are also many other shops, specialty boutiques, and most importantly bargain stores such as Filene's Basement, Loehmann's, and Nordstrom Rack, making State Street a premiere shopping destination.

River North gallery district

If you're looking to buy some of the best art around, then head over to the River North gallery district which features some of the best art in the city. A good time to visit is during gallery season after Labor Day and during the summer when there are many programs geared towards the public going on. The River North area is also home to many home design stores and specialty shops, and is definitely worth a visit.

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Merchandise Mart

Another great place to go shopping and sightseeing is the Merchandise Mart which is one of Chicago's most prominent international business venues and wholesale design centers. It's also the world's largest commercial building and hosts many trade shows, conferences, and has many wholesale showrooms in its 25 stories throughout the year. The building is magnificent and its first two floors feature over 50 stores and a full-service food court and restaurants.

Broadway Antique Market

If you are an antiques lover, then be sure to check out the Broadway Antique Market located right off the L train. This flea market features an incredible collection of antiques and furniture, and is one of the city's best-kept secrets for unique finds. The market also sells vintage clothing and many other products.

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Wicker Park/ Bucktown area

Can't get enough of antiques? Then the Wicker Park/ Bucktown area is the place to go. This bohemian neighborhood features many antique shops, little art galleries, and great vintage clothing in an urban setting that is both raw and very eclectic.

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, just north of downtown Chicago has become another great shopping destination in its own right. With the influx of young professionals who have moved into the neighborhood's beautiful brownstones aligning the tree-lined streets, there are an increasing number of independent shops and trendy boutiques that are worth visiting.