North Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile)
Whether you're casually searching for souvenirs or looking to spend time buying a new outfit during your Chicago getaway, you'll find the Magnificent Mile perfect for a shopping extravaganza. Featuring more than 460 exclusive shops, luxury brands, familiar department stores, and specialty retailers, this stretch of North Michigan Avenue offers window after window of new apparel, fine jewelry, boutique pet goods, trendy shoes, and more.
In addition to street-side shops, the Magnificent Mile is home to the 758,000-square-foot Water Tower Place, an eight-level shopping mall on the northern end where you can get lost among your favorite brands. Before you explore the mall's more than 100 shops, have a delicious meal from one of the restaurants on the mezzanine level and a venti latte from Starbucks to carry you to the deals.
Chicago Loop shopping
If one shopping paradise isn't enough, then hop across the river to the Chicago Loop, where you can hunt for bargains in the central business district. Though best known as the home of the Willis Tower, this section of the Windy City also boasts the world's second largest department store, Macy's—a great place to hunt for discounted designer labels. Explore the fashion-forward shops along State Street, home to New Era Chicago flagship, Merz Apothecary, and nationally recognized brands like American Apparel, Forever 21, DSW, and Nordstrom Rack. You'll also find the trendy Block 37, where fashionistas and hipsters congregate at cafes and shop at boutiques within this hip locale's five-story atrium. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for the multitude of public art pieces hidden within the crowd, including works by Picasso and Joan Miró.
Thrilling city views
After spending so much time on the streets looking up at the marvelous architecture throughout the Loop, why not take a break to see the mesmerizing cityscape from above? The Willis Tower is home to the Skydeck, a glass platform for the daring to stand on and soak up a panoramic view of Chicago. Guests with a fear of heights need not skip this attraction: a multitude of giant windows provide you immeasurable views of the city without having to stand on a glass ledge. Back on the Magnificent Mile, you can also get a bird's-eye view from the unique Tilt, located inside the 360 CHICAGO building. The attraction allows you to stand before a giant window and hold onto the railing before you as the glass wall tilts forward. Feel your blood pumping as you lean out into the sky, affording you a fascinating perspective 1,000 feet above the shoppers below.