Chicago is an invitation to kick your legs, whether to
see the beautiful architecture or face the many shops
that permeate the streets. Unlike other big cities, most
of the shopping options there are on the sidewalks and
not inside malls. So when strolling along the avenues
that cut the Chicago River, keep your eyes open. The
product you are looking for may be around the next
corner! When paying for your purchases, don't forget to
always calculate the tax amount, which in Chicago is
World famous brands and stores with local
products are spread across the map of Chicago. Some
streets concentrate so many shopping offers that they
have become large open-air malls. The most popular
region to spend a few dollars is the Magnificent
Mile. Marked for thirteen blocks on Michigan
Avenue, the stretch has more than 450 stores, from GAP
to Gucci! Whoever wants to face the diversity of the
avenue needs to be prepared for the long marathon,
especially if they want to enter the three shopping
centers located in the area. The options are diverse and
please all tastes and pockets. The largest number of
stores are apparel, however, there are also electronics
brands like Apple Store and Best Buy. If you are interested in retro style items, just visit
InternetAges where you can find vintage costumes.
Integrated with the Magnificent Mile, visitors will
find Oak Street. Despite being
neighbors, it is easy to recognize when the transition
from one to the other happens. At Oak there are haute
couture brands, stores with exclusive service and, of
course, a lot of luxury. It is a place for few pockets.
The tour, however, is valid for all fashion lovers.
With far more affordable prices, the most popular
street in downtown Chicago is State Street.
Specializing in large department stores, the street
concentrates brands such as Target,
Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx, in addition to one of the
largest Macy's in the world. Anyone
interested in cooler pieces, lesser-known brands and
local designers should run to W Armitage Avenue,
(especially at the intersection with N. Halsted Street
to W North Avenue). The region, known as Old Town, is
full of charming shops that operate in the old
While high street shops are a big draw for shopping
lovers, it's impossible to ignore the fact that Chicago
also offers good opportunities for those who can't
resist outlets. The main one is Fashion Outlets.
There are 130 brands that offer up to 75% discount every
day. The outlet follows the standard of ordinary
shopping malls, with a closed, refined and
air-conditioned environment. Located just 5 minutes from
O'Hare Airport, and easily accessible by public
transport, this is the closest outlet to the city
center. The second option, with 120 stores, is the
Chicago Premium Outlets. The chain is
well known among Brazilians and the outlet follows the
molds of outdoor shopping. Although further away -
almost 70 km from the Loop - the Gurnee Millsis
the outlet that offers more store options, totaling 200
brands. The truth is that good discounts are offered on
all three. So, separate space in the suitcase and, if
you are going to buy a lot, take one with you. That way
you won't have to carry bags.
Outside the shopping regions, museums and cultural
spaces are surprising for their excellent products. Be
sure to take home a souvenir of the City of the Winds,
such as a stylized mug with the design of the Loop or
even a Lego to assemble one of the historic buildings.
The best spots to find wonderful souvenirs are the
Art Institute of Chicago,
Chicago Architecture Foundation, Museum
of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of
Science and Industry and The Field
Museum. A little piece of Chicago deserves to
be returned in its suitcase.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Just listen to the name Premium Outlets for the
wallet to jump out of your pocket and the bags start to
fill without the customer realizing how. Impossible to
resist the labels that announce 50, 70 and up to 90%
discount! At Chicago Premium Outlets the entire year is
a sale season. Get ready to enter many stores, try on
many clothes and, if your credit card allows, fill some
bags with your new wardrobe.
The mall operates in the open-air corridor system, as
if it were a large village. The difference is that in
the place of the houses there are 120 stores capable of
removing even the least consumers from the comfort zone.
The main brands found in the Chicago Premium are: A / X
Armani Exchange, Aldo, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic,
Calvin Klein, Coach, Diesel, DKNY, Gap, Guess, Hugo
Boss, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Lacoste, Levis, MaxMara,
Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo,
Samsonite, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger, Tumi, True Religion
Brand Jeans, Lancome and Perfumania.
Among the sports brands the
highlights are: Adidas, ASICS, Converse, Nike, Oakley,
Puma, Reebok and Timberland. For children,
the outlet offers stores such as: Carter's, The
Children's Place, Disney Store, Gap Kids & Baby,
Gymboree, OshKosh B'gosh and others. Those looking for
some objects for the home will not be
disappointed, the Chicago Premium has stores like
Kitchen Collection, Le Creuset and Zwilling JA Henckels.
See the full list of stores.
To take advantage of all the promotions, be sure to
print the discount coupons on the
official website or go to the customer service to pick
up the promotions book. The cost is free for foreigners.
Also be sure to look for coupons online. They are valid
in many outlet stores.
Getting to Chicago Premium takes a little time, but
the road is smooth and you can take public
transportation. For every day of the week the suggestion
is the Metra Rail. Just take the train at Union Station
and from there go to Aurora Station. The station is very
close to the outlet. The final section you can take by
taxi or Pace Bus 533. The total cost of the trip is US $
11. The trip takes 1h30.
On weekends, a bus is offered that leaves Union
Station in Chicago and takes you to the outlet. The
route has a fixed departure time, leaving Chicago at 10
am and returning at 4 pm. The price is $ 19.99. The
service is provided by Weekend Shopping Shuttle
by Pontarelli Companies.
1650 Premium Outlet Blvd, Aurora - CEP: 60502
Telephone: (630) 585-2200
Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 9pm; Sunday,
from 10 am to 5 pm.
For travelers who can't resist a visit to the
supermarket, the best place in Chicago is Target. With
high quality products and a lot of variety, this store
is the right place for shopping. The best thing is that
Target is very well located in the city center, that is,
you won't have to travel far to fill the cart.
The space offers all kinds of products found in a
supermarket, with the difference that many of them do
not exist in Brazil. Take the opportunity to eat fresh
red fruits, try all kinds of treats, have a delicious
breakfast or buy refined ingredients for dinner. At
Target you can find all kinds of products for the home,
toys, appliances, clothes, cosmetics and more. It is a
true paradise for the most consumerist or even the
There are many stores scattered throughout the city.
The most central ones are State Street and the South
1 S State St, Chicago - CEP: 60603
Telephone: (312) 279-2133
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7: 00–22: 00 Sat: 8: 00–22: 00 Sun: 8:
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Difficult to talk about shopping in the United States
without remembering the wonderful outlets. And Chicago
has one of the best! Fashion Outlets, opened in 2013, is
a mall with a chic face, but popular market price. There
are more than 130 brands with discounts of up to 75%
every day. The stores are spread over two
air-conditioned floors, with wide corridors and openings
decorated with large sculptures. In addition to being a
shopper's paradise, Fashion Outlets is a beautiful
The range of stores ranges from popular brands, such
as GAP, to haute couture stores such as Gucci and
Burberry. It is shopping for all tastes and pockets.
Among the anchor stores, customers will find
Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth
Avenue and Forever 21. Good options follow with Aldo,
Asics, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Calvin Klein, Diane Von
Furstenberg, DKNY, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fossil, Giorgio
Armani, Guess, Kipling, L'Occitane, Le Creuset,
Longchamp, Prada, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors,
Nike, Tory Burch, Cole Haan and many others! For
children, Fashion Outlets also offers good options, such
as Carter's, Disney Store, Gymboree, OshKosh B'gosh and
The Children's Place.
To take advantage of discounts on labels, look for
the visitor service center, present a foreigner document
and take the Green Savings Card. In
addition, you can access some discount coupons on
specialized websites online.
The outlet is located in Rosemont, just minutes from
O'Hare International Airport. To get there, the best
route is the blue “L” line, Rosemont station (one before
the airport). From there it is possible to take a free
transfer that takes you to Fashion Outlets in less than
5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont - CEP: 60018
Telephone: (847) 928-7500
Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 9pm; Sunday,
from 10am to 7pm.
Chicago weather doesn't always help you shop
outdoors. If this is the case, run for Gurnee Mills. The
outlet, located an hour's drive from downtown Chicago,
offers more than 200 stores with incredible discounts.
It is the largest in the state of Illinois. It may seem
far, but to escape the cold and do a lot of shopping
with friendly prices, it's worth it!
The mall is all covered and with only one floor. Easy
to walk and get lost among so many promotions. The set
of stores is very varied and offers some rare options in
outlets, such as Abercombie & Fitch, where you will find
clothes from all the brand's stores. The main brands
found there are: Macy's, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks
Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Forever 21, Marshalls, H&M,
Adidas, Banana Republic, Bed Bath & Beyound / Buy Buy
Baby, Carter's, Disney Store, Fossil, GAP , Gymboree,
Kenneth Cole, Kitchen Collection, Lego, Levi's, Nike,
Oakley, Oshkosh, The Children's Place, Tommy Hilfiger,
Toys R Us and Victorias's Secret. See the full
list of Gurnee Mills stores. The outlet offers
a set of the most popular stores. So, if you are looking
for luxury brands, Chicago Premium may be more suitable.
When you go to the outlet, don't forget to print the
discount coupons available on the
The Gurnee has no transfer and there is no public
transport to get there. So you will need a car to reach
the mall, located in the city of Gurnee, halfway between
Chicago and Milwaukee.
6170 Grand Ave, Gurnee - CEP: 60031
Telephone: (847) 263-7500
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 9 pm; Saturday,
from 10 am to 9:30 pm; Sunday, from 11am to 7pm.
The brand is famous among Brazilians. However, State
Street's Macy's has a plus for visitors: it is the
second largest department store in the world. In
addition to being special for its size, this Macy's is
recognized as one of the most beautiful buildings in
Chicago. The nine storey floors operate in a building
classified as a National Historic Landmark. The oldest
functioning restaurant in the city is also located in
the store. Opened in 1907, the Walnut Room was the first
in the world to be opened in a department store.
Macy's attracts not only for its size, but also for
the huge variety of products and brands. Unlike outlets,
at Macy's you'll find seasonal and recently launched
products. The downside is the price, which is a bit more
salty. However, for the most attentive, it is worth
staying on the promotion dates, recurring in the store.
Some of the brands found in the store are: Ralph Lauren,
Calvin Klein, Ed Hardy, Martha Stewart, KitchenAid,
Lenox, Tommy Hilfiger, Sealy, Dockers, Hugo Boss,
Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Levi, Lacoste,
Cuisinart, Fossil, Guess, Levis and Polo.
When you get to the store, be sure to go to the
customer service desk. Macy's offers a special discount
for tourists. To receive you must present your identity
In addition to the State Street branch, there are
four more in the city.
835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
1 Old Orchard Shopping Center
Skokie, IL 60077
1 Oak Brook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Macy's Furniture Gallery
1717 W 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60521
111 N State St, Chicago - CEP: 60602
Telephone: (312) 781-1000
Oak Street Shopping District
An extension of the shopping region known as the
Magnificent Mile, Oak Street brings together major
luxury brands. In a small section of the street, which
joins Michigan Avenue, stores like Burberry, Prada,
Valentino, Guggi, Carolina Herrera, Kate Spade, Max
Mara, Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, Hermès, and Jimmy
Choo host the party for fans of fashion.
The place is not for all budgets, however, it pleases
those who like to stroll and see beautiful windows, even
if the values are not very accessible. On Oak Street
are the recently launched collections and exclusive
pieces. Don't expect to find bargains like outlets. At
the end of the tour, enjoy one of the great restaurants
in the region.
- Oak Street, Chicago - CEP: 60611
Hours: Opening hours vary by store. In general, they
are open from Monday to Thursday, from 10 am to 6
pm; Friday and Saturday, from 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday,
from 12h to 18h.
Chicago is famous for three streets that attract
shoppers of different styles and pockets. OAK Street is
for those looking for luxury, Michigan Avenue is a mix
between popular and refined brands, and State Street is
for those looking for more affordable products. The
street was once the largest shopping area in the city,
until it lost its post to the Magnificent Mile. Today,
however, it still has good options, especially among
On State Street you will find Nordstrom Rack, a great
Target supermarket, TJ Maxx and one of the largest
department stores in the world, Macy's. Great not only
in brand, but also in size, this Macy's works on nine
floors of a historic building that can take anyone
In addition to the large department stores, other
smaller ones please the pocket. American Apparel, Urban
Outfiters, Old Navy, H&M and GAP are there. Be sure to
enter the Block Thirty Seven mall,
where you'll find several great brands, such as Zara,
Sephora, Anthropology, Disney Store and L'Occitane. It
is worth walking all over the street and also around the
Loop. The main shopping street on State Street is
between Randolph Street South and Congress Parkway West.
The Magnificent Mile
The 13-block stretch of Michigan Avenue, known as the
Magnificent Mile, is the main shopping area in Chicago.
Between Oak Street and the Chicago River, the wide
avenue is great not only for filling bags, but also for
a nice walk. There are more than 60 excellent hotels,
275 high quality restaurants and some of the most
beautiful architectural examples of the city.
The avenue resembles an elegant open-air mall. Take
the opportunity to kick your leg, there are many
opportunities for good shopping. There are more than 460
stores ranging from the most popular, such as GAP and
H&M, to haute couture brands, such as Louis Vuitton and
Chanel. How much to buy? It will depend only on your
pocket and credit card. Believe me, options will not be
lacking! Walking around the region will take a lot of
time, especially if you choose to enter the three malls
in the area.
900 North Michigan Shops
The main attraction of this mall is a Bloomingdales
with 6 floors. The specialty, however, is the luxury
stores. Altogether, 70 brands, including J. Crew, Gucci,
Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade, make the happiness
of fashion lovers. Other more popular brands help to
close the set of stores, such as: Banana Republic,
Adidas, Diesel, L'Occitane and UGG,
For more information on the set of stores see the
900 N. Michigan Avenue
The Shops at North Bridge
Anchored by the Nordstrom department store, Shops at
North Bridge is one of the stars of the Magnificent
Mile. There are four floors of shopping centers with
more than 50 brands. The main brands are: A / X Armani
Exchange, Boss Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Sephora and
Forever XXI. In addition to the stores, the mall offers
excellent dining options, including the acclaimed Purple
Pig. When you arrive at the mall, be sure to contact the
concierge to receive a discount book for stores and
For more information about the sets of stores see the
520 N. Michigan Avenue
Water Tower Place
The most complete of the Magnificent Mile's three
shopping malls, the Water Tower Place is a must for
anyone looking for variety. The biggest attraction of
this mall is the Macy's big store. However, the mix of
stores is quite varied with brands such as: Abercrombie
& Fitch, Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Bath and
Body Works, Coach, Forever XXI, Fossil, Hollister Co.,
Lacoste, Oaskley, Sephora and Victoria's Secret.
For more information on the set of stores see the
835 N. Michigan Avenue
When traveling to Chicago be sure to download books
with discount coupons to Magnificent Mile stores.