Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best shopping area in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is the best shopping area in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What is the best shopping area in Chicago?

“When we first came to Illinois 3 years ago we rented a townhouse in Elmhurst by the hospital. It was also 5 minutes from Oak Brook Center which I quickly found. My husband now regrets that choice of short-term housing. That place is like crack. But I must ask, whose brilliant idea was it to build an outdoor mall in Chicago?” — Leah Cermak, MBA Mom

“Best kept secret (which I’m now revealing) is Fashion Outlets of Chicago (in Rosemont). Free parking, good deals, lots of high-end window shopping available, never crowded. There’s a Lindt chocolate store that gives away truffle samples. It’s great for people watching, as most of Rosemont is.” — Julie VonderHeide Hammerle, Hammervision

“I have three favorites: downtown, Wabash Avenue for independent stores and the obscure corners of State Street stores; in Lincoln Park, quirky shops on Clark Street near the zoo; and in Edgewater (farthest north of all three and my home neighborhood), great competition among groceries, chain stores and independent shops on Broadway.” — Margaret Laing, Margaret Serious

“I would have said Lakeview in my younger days, but alas, neither the Ninety-Ninth Floor or the Alley exist there anymore, so I no longer spend afternoons pining for punk clothes I cannot afford. With that the case? I would say downtown, right near State and Madison. I’m not much of a shopping person in my middle age, and I would much rather just pop into the store, buy or replace what I need, and get out. Torrid has clothes that fit, Sally has what I need to keep my hair blue or purple or pink, Target and Walgreens have everyday sundries. Done.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“Oak Street boutiques”. — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“Back in the 90’s I loved shopping on Michigan Avenue. Even if I was window shopping, that area was fun to experience and people watch.” — Susan Schulhof, Looking for the Good

“Lincoln and Square was always fun for me… visiting Meyer’s Deli, Timeless Toys, and ethnic restaurants, and the Old Town School of Folk Music.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

“Geneva”. — Annemarie Verweij, Dutch Alien Lands in the U.S.

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Lead image via Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune

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