Shop the Magnificent Mile, get discount prices at outlet stores, buy the best popcorn ever or spend a Sunday at the market.
North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, is one of the world’s best shopping destinations, rivaling US streets like 5th Ave. in New York and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Shopping centers like Water Tower Place and 900 N. Michigan offer hundreds of stores, along with plenty of other stores on the street.
Gurnee Mills Oultet Mall
Gurnee Mills contains many discount outlet shops as well as outlet-department stores. Prepare to do a lot of walking in this huge indoor mall. Luckily, there are two food courts located on either end of the mall. There are so many stores here that you will find yourself spending an entire day here.
For over half a century Garrett Popcorn Shops have been in business. They pride themselves on making fresh, delicious popcorn. They limit their popcorn selections to Plain Popcorn, Buttered Popcorn, CaramelCrisp, which may be blended with cashews, macadamias or pecans and CheeseCorn. Combining the cheese with the caramel, Garretts originally called it The Downtown Mix, but it has since become the Chicago Mix. Oprah Winfrey selected the Chicago Mix as one of her Favorite Things.
Maxwell Street Market
This is an open air market on Canal and Roosevelt Road open at 8 am every Sunday of the year. This is a perfect place to take a stroll and meet some of the locals. Browse past the stalls of fresh fruit, vegetables and candies and shop at the tables full of items for sale. You can find almost anything here if you’re in the right place at the right time. Bring a lot of single bills in cash – you never know what you might find!
You can also have an authentic Mexican meal here. Try steak, chicken or pork tacos or tamales and have some horchata (rice milk).
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Chicago shopping.