No lie, every time I bring up a family vacation to my husband this is his answer “Why do we need to leave the USA?? It’s the best damn country in the world. There’s loads to see here. Why do we need to go to a different country” While 99% of the time, I just roll my eyes, it does get my head thinking about easy weekend trips that would be way more cost effective than a trip to Italy.
So I started searching the web for some close spots to home and boom. One of our favorites happens to live in one thats actually been on my list. Amazing shopping, insane food, close to home and amazing hotels?? Ok. Fine. Twist my Arm… I asked Olivia Rink what some of her favorite shopping spots because lets be real… if i’m giving up Italy, I’m getting what I want! Below are some of her favorites along with some other awesome “visit Chicago” sites that were super helpful for our travel planning.
From lifestyle blogger Olivia Rink :
Chicago has some pretty incredible shopping – there are so many options. With all stores, malls, boutiques, and areas to choose from, deciding where to go can be a little overwhelming. I’m narrowing it down for you today by sharing my go-to spots to shop in the city when I need something to wear.
Here ya go!
(‘Magnificent Mile’): this is definitely the most popular shopping area in Chicago. It’s lined with all of the beautiful flagship stores – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and department stores – Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales. My go to spots on Michigan are: Topshop, H&M, Zara, and last but not least – Nordstrom! I can always find everything I need there because they carry so many great brands.
My favorite place to window shop and *occasionally* splurge. If you’re visiting, or your mom is coming in town, this is the perfect place to walk around with girlfriends to get that authentic Chicago experience. Rush Street and Oak Street are both so beautiful and filled with the prettiest flagship stores: Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, etc. Make sure to grab an iced coffee in the cutest coffee hut in the triangle-shaped Mariano Park. Then, grab a bite to eat at any of the great restaurants with outdoor patios right in the area: Carmine’s, Tavern on Rush, Gibson’s, or Fig & Olive.
This is usually my go-to for last minute shopping because it’s right in my neighborhood, just a few blocks away from my front door. Wicker Park is really artsy and eclectic and is known for it’s great food scene, but my favorite stores in the area are: Free People, Pitaya, Urban Outfitters, and Steve Madden. Make a day out of it by grabbing brunch next to the shops at Bongo Room then afternoon cocktails at Mahalo.
North Avenue Shops:
When I need a lot of options, but want to avoid the hassle of venturing downtown to Michigan Avenue, I drive over to the North Avenue Shops (near North Ave & Sheffield). Parking is pretty convenient and there are so many stores! My favorites in this area are: Forever 21, Anthroplogie, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, Express, Sephora, West Elm, and LOFT.
Outfit Details: Wearing this little a-line floral print dress I love that I’ve already worn to a few different events, my go-to black sandal heels, and all black Karen Walker sunglasses above – all from Nordstrom! Here is a similar bag to the one featured and a similar black & gold watch. If you’re looking for dresses to wear to a summer event, swimwear for a late summer vacation, or already on the hunt for new fall clothing – check Nordstrom’s new arrivals, they have so many options.
For more amazing things to check out while visiting the windy city, here is a link to some more great Chicago spots.