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Magnificent Mile Shopping Strategies

The City of Chicago is in the Revitalization phase of pandemic reopening and that means retail shopping is now open! Of course, there are capacity limits and IDPH safety guidance in place you’ll need to follow, but that just helps keep everyone safe so the stores can remain open.

The best shopping in the city is all within walking distance in downtown Chicago. You’ll find everything from the most popular brands and luxury labels to capsule collections and customizable products, and there’s no denying that you won’t find shopping anywhere else quite like shopping at The Magnificent Mile.

With more than 450 retailers, you’ll find international designers and the smallest boutiques, major department stores, flagship experiences, amazing jewelry, shopping for your home, innovative technology, and items for travel all up and down The Magnificent Mile. There are also three huge vertical shopping centers…each with their own unique incentives and special savings!

Know before you go! If you haven’t shopped along The Magnificent Mile before, it’s a good idea to do a little research to find out where the specific shops are located that you’d like to visit. There’s a little help for you below but you can also check out this website for more detailed information.

Planning is key, but so are good walking shoes! You will certainly want to do your homework so you can accomplish all the shopping adventures you seek! Extensive shopping choices combined with beautifully historic buildings, great people-watching, and street performers makes The Magnificent Mile one of the best shopping areas in the country.

900 North Michigan Shops


With seven levels of luxury retailers, fashion boutiques, and restaurants, you’re sure to find something wonderful! From large luxury retailers like Gucci, Michael Kors, and Monte Blanc, to the smaller boutiques and retailers like My Sister’s Circus, Lululemon, and Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, and anchored by Bloomingdale’s, you’ll find the shopping choices at 900 North Michigan Shops unique and exciting.

Are you looking for a great place to grab a bite to eat? Check out the 22,000 square foot Aster Hall Chicago located and the fifth and sixth levels. Visit at one of the 16 “food vaults” and choose from street tacos to sushi, bread bowl chowders to vegan bowls, coffee to cocktails, and more! Once you make a choice and get your food, head up to the Bar & Study where you can take a seat in one of the cozy nooks perfect for working or having a conversation with friends. Each of the food vaults at Aster Hall Chicago are known for their innovative creations, handcrafted foods, and creative beverages. The next time you get a hankering for a meal, a snack, or a sip, be sure to stop by and indulge yourself in a luxurious and welcoming space.

Water Tower Place


On the North end of the strip with more than 100 stores among eight levels and anchored by Macy’s, you’ll find Water Tower Place, a Chicago landmark. Other retailers include stores like Bath & Body Works and Lego making this shopping center a place that’s more for the everyday shopper rather than the high-end, luxury shopper.

Need a bite to eat? You’ll find over a dozen places from which to choose where you can grab something as simple as a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s or a burger at M Burger and more! Check out their website for a complete list of stores, dining options, and other unique offerings.

The Shops at North Bridge


On the Southern section of the strip, The Shops at North Bridge include 50 stores and 20 restaurants on four levels that are spread out across six city blocks. Anchored by a four-story Nordstrom that boasts a shoe department that covers the entire first floor!

Stores like MAC Cosmetics, Hugo Boss, and White House Black Market are on your list of choices, along with tons of other great stores.

Feeling peckish? Choices range from full-service, sit-down meals at someplace like Eataly, to cafeteria-style, grab-and-go meals, or snacks. Check out their directory for a full list of options available.

Bonus: If you’re traveling with your pet, or you just hate to be apart, The Shops at North Bridge are pet friendly! You’ll find Pet Comfort Stations on Levels 1 & 2 that provide tasty treats, fresh water, and waste baggies for your convenience. The pet-friendliness extends into Nordstrom and Crate & Barrell too.

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