North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile, is one of the world's best shopping destinations, rivaling US streets like 5th Ave. in New York and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Shopping centers such as... more
I do not find anything especially unique or interesting about Water Tower Place. It's a big mall, that is about it. I would have you go to State and Washington for the 'original' department store (now... more
The custom fitting and the attention to detail that is provided the second you walk into the store is really an exceptional experience. They go out of their way to make sure your clothing is custom... more
A question I see frequently on forum boards is regarding outlet shopping, mainly from visitors from overseas. There are no outlet malls located within the city of Chicago, most of them require that... more
One of my favorite things to do when I arrive in a foreign city is check out their grocery stores, whether it be to stock up on cheap water and soda, grab an inexpensive lunch or check out the candy... more
Last visit August, 2012
The new Maxwell Street market is a misnomer as it's not on Maxwell Street at all. The original market area, which was on Maxwell Street, was taken over by the expansion of the... more
Carson, Pirie Scott was one of the 2 major department stores in Chicago with a long local history. It was closed a number of years ago, but recently was taken over by Target. The discussions on how to... more
UPDATE - ALL BORDERS STORES ARE NOW CLOSED. Again, not a unique store to Chicago since there are any number throughout the United States. The Borders we visited last evening in Chicago is a little... more
The hype on their website is a little overstated, the Randolph Street Market is nowhere near as large as Portobello Road in London or the Marche aux Puces in Paris but I think this is as close to... more
IKEA isn't so much a store as it is a way of life. Inexpensive home furnishings for the masses, displayed in clean, well-lit and spartan surroundings - a formula that has worked around the world. The... more
Chicago is a great city in so many ways - and the locals will be glad to share with you many ways to make your stay in their metropolis memorable! Why else do you suppose that it's called "The Windy...
My connection with Chicago goes back to February 1994 when I visited there for the first time. Though a much too long story to mention here, I became best friends with a wonderful grandmother named......