Chicago's Best Brands and Deals

Bargains on big-name brands at fashion outlets, classic retail therapy on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and quirky finds in neighborhood boutiques. In Chicago’s downtown and in the suburbs, you have it all when it comes to shopping. Whether you’re “just browsing” or on the hunt for some serious deals, make sure you save time to hit these top shopping spots in town.

Fashion Outlets of Chicago
5220 Fashion Outlets Way
If you’re staying at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel and don’t have time to head into the Magnificent Mile, the Fashion Outlets will satisfy your retail cravings. Outlets for designer brands like Burberry, Diane Von Furstenberg and Tory Burch sit alongside your favorite national brands including Gap, Bloomingdale’s, J.Crew Factory and Banana Republic. Open until 9 PM Monday–Saturday; open until 7 PM Sunday. A shuttle from Shops at North Bridge in downtown operates to the outlets daily ($39 per person, round trip). More info

The Magnificent Mile
N. Michigan Avenue
This 13-block section of Michigan Avenue is famous—no, infamous—for its fabulous shopping. See how you fare in the retail stakes at one (or more) of its some 460 stores. More info

Oak Street
Just west of the Magnificent Mile, Oak Street has even more high-end labels to peruse, including Agent Provocateur, Calypso St. Barth, CH Carolina Herrera and Emporio Armani. Jewelers include David Yurman and Harry Winston. More info

The Loop
If department stores are more your speed, head to The Loop to visit Target, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack and Sephora. More info

Lincoln Park
This neighborhood has more than just fashion. In addition to brands like Nine West and Bebe, you’ll find homeware shops like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn nestled here. More info

15 E. Huron Street
Michelle Obama is said to be a fan of this local fashion maven. Owner Ikram Goldman has expanded her store, which now includes an art gallery and a café. More info