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Chicago Millennium Park: The Bean
Chicago Millennium Park: The Bean

Downtown Chicago: The Loop, State Street, Magnificent Mile

State Street, located in the “Loop” district area of downtown Chicago surrounded by elevated train tracks, is known for it’s hustle and bustle as one of the World’s most famous shopping districts.

The former flagship store of Marshall Field’s and company building (Macy’s on State Street since 2005) features nine floors of shopping experience, a Visitor Center, which offers a variety of concierge services, a Marshall Field’s Archive, and the renovated Walnut Room restaurant.

Address: 111 North State Street, ca. between Court Pl and Washington St, Chicago

Just down the street from Field’s is the flagship Carson Pirie Scott department store. Shoppers can experience the timeless exterior and architecture of the store, designed by Louis Sullivan in 1904, and browse through seven floors of fashion and home offerings.
The discount district is also part of the State Street family, including TJ Maxx, Filene’s Basement, Payless Shoe Source, and electronic stores where shoppers can bargain for the best prices.

Magnificent Mile

North Michigan Avenue is truly a Magnificent Mile, boasting the very latest fashion and accessories.
From the Water Tower Place Mall and Bloomingdales (at the 900 North Michigan Avenue Shops) to Saks Fifth Avenue (in Chicago Place) and hundreds of shops and boutiques in between, world class shopping awaits. This upscale shopping district continues to grow.

The famed “Magnificent Mile” that runs along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street offers hundreds of designer retail stores, shops and boutiques presenting top-of-the-line goods from around the world.

Any Chicago shopping spree must include a visit to the famed “Magnificent Mile” which runs along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street. Located on the Mile are department store giants Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale’s, plus hundreds of specialty shops and boutiques such as Crate & Barrel, the Apple Store, the Disney Store, American Girl Place, Niketown, Tiffany & ;Co. and Ralph Lauren. The Magnificent Mile hosts seasonal celebrations throughout the year, including the spring “Tulip Days”, and a holiday “Festival of Lights”, making it a great destination for visitors throughout the year.

Oak Street

More than 70 exclusive boutiques and salons, featuring the latest fashions from Paris, London and Milan, line Oak Street, which is located just off of the Magnificent Mile.
Prestigious designers such as Giorgio Armani, Hino & Malee, Jil Sander, Sonia Rykiel and Ultimo are waiting to be discovered.
Continuing down Oak Sreet’s tree lined sidewalks are numerous speciality shops including the Marilyn Miglin Institute, Lester Lampert, Inc., and the Alaska Shop Gallery of Eskimo Art.

River North

The River north neighborhood is a mecca of art, design and fashion. The newly gentrified neighborhood is located on the north bank of the Chicago river, just west of Michigan Avenue. River North features loft buildings that house art galleries, auction houses, antique dealers, jewelers and clothing boutiques.

The Merchandise Mart, located in the southern part of the River North neighborhood, contains a veritable marketplace for art, apparel, accessories and design. The Shops At The Mart, located on the first two floors of the Mercandise Mart, house an 80 store retail complex featuring Carson Pirie Scott, The Coach Store, The Gap and The Limited , as well as a variety of other shops and restaurants.

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