Chicago '10

Art & Design

A survey of art, architecture and design in the Windy City.

Shopping Options

No, we're not going to Chicago to shop....but then again.

Retail interior/architectural design, and product & packaging design are matters of interest, so this is research...and so much fun.


Art SuppliesDick Blick, Utrecht (closet to hostel), Pearl's
If you’ve ever wanted an endless assortment of goodies for your creations, it will all be within easy walking distance of our hostel
Plan to tempt yourself with possibilities.
(it'll be cheaper than going to Gucci)

MallsDearborn Street Station, Water Tower Place, Chicago Place, The 900 Shops,

Specialty StoresApple, American Girl, Chicago Store, Chicago Architecture Foundation

Major RetailersMacy's, Filene's Basement, Carson Pirie Scott.

Late Evening Hours (Fridays)Apple/9p, Macy's/8p, Filene's Basement/9p, Water Tower Place/9p, Dick Blick/8p.

The Magnificent Milea map of upscale retailers on/near North Michigan Ave.



The Apple Store

679 North Michigan Ave.

Apple Store

— On north Michigan Ave., a block or two south of Chicago Ave., on the east side.
— Well worth a browse. See the latest Macs, iPods, iPhones and a distinctive retail interior.
— Check out their web site and sign up for a free workshop on your favorite Mac/iPod/iPhone skill.
(not too far from John Hancock & Mus of Contemporary Art )

(formerly Marshall Field & Co.)

A full city block between Randolf, State, Washington & Wabash

Macy's | Audio Tour

This is an essential visit if only for the architecture/interior — there's a huge Tiffany mosaic dome, large atrium and the largest granite columns other than at the Karnac (Egypt) Temples.
This store is a full city block and 8 or 12 stories tall (I don't recall). They have a nice cafe if you want to grab a bite.
Marshll Field's used to be to Chicago, what Macy's is to New York. Since February '09, its become Macy's too. Many Chicagoans are none to pleased about the change.

Filene's Basement

830 N. Michigan Ave.

1 North State Street

Clothes. Clothes. More Clothes. (I think)
This is just plain old discount shopping. I've not been, but I'm told its worth a look if you want to take a breather from high art and architecture.

The Chicago Store

163 E. Pearson St.
Chicago Water Works

This shop specialized in "pieces of Chicago" — like bricks from the old White Sox ball park, Comisky Park. Then they have lots of more typical Chicago souveniers.

(near John Hancock Center)

Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 S. Michigan Ave.

Definitely check this shop out if you're into architecture or Chicago, per se. Lots of books, posters and trinkets having to do with the architectural masters and masterpieces.

(near the Art Institute — this is where our some our guided walking tours begin.)

Dearborn Street Station

Polk & Dearborn

This is a few blocks south from the Best Western, in the Printer's Row area. It is Chicago's oldest train station, converted into a shopping and office complex. Look for the tall clock tower in the middle. ( historic site * * )

John Hancock Center

N. Michigan Ave. The first few floors have some shopping — but there is a lot more nearby. Check out a listing of restaurants and stores in and nearby.

Chicago Place

700 N. Michigan Ave.

home | stores

Mall at the NW corner of Michigan and Chicago (entrance appears to be on Chicago, just west of Michigan)

Water Tower Place


Situated south of the John Hancock Center, this is basically a huge, 7 story mall within sight of the old, Chicago-fire-surviving Water Tower.

See a listing of stores.

Dick Blick

State & Monroe

Loop Dick Blick

This huge art supply store is four blocks north of the hostel, or, two blocks west of the Art Institute in the loop.
[On the NE corner of State & Monroe] (map)


332 South Michigan Ave.

Loop Utrecht

Utrecht is a national web retailer of art supplies — they compete directly with Dick Blick. They stock an impressive variety of supplies.
This is close to the hotel, on Michigan Ave. (between the Best Western & the Art Institute — about 2 blocks north of Congress, at Jackson & Michigan. (I think))


225 W. Chicago Ave. Pearl's is another excellent art supply store.
Pearl's is on Chicago Ave. near N.Wells, on the north edge of the River North Gallery District. You may want to visit when you go up to browse the galleries.

The 900 Shops

900 North Michigan Ave. | directory

That's not "900 different shops", its "the shops at 900 N. Michigan Ave."
These are seriously upscale retailers and restaurants — shop if you dare.
"...unprecedented shopping experience in an architecturally stunning 450,000 SF property with seven levels. Anchored by Bloomingdale's, The 900 Shops features over 70 luxury retailers in some of their most elegant facilities, including Gucci, MaxMara, Montblanc, Bernardaud and The Silk Trading Company"

American Girl Store

835 N. Michigan Avenue

I keep hearing about people taking trips to Chicago just to go here. Its beyond me, but if its your guilty pleasure, go for it.

Now located in Water Tower Place, across from the John Hancock Center.

The Magnificent Mile

North Michigan Avenue — from the Chicago River, northward to Chicago Ave.

This stretch of Michigan Avenue has long been the center of Chicago's shopping.
(info * * )

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