This textbook chain is free of a university setting and you can find all your awe-inspiring school books here for the same prices in a more sophisticated location. They have an assortment of postcards, T-shirts, and, of course, those daunting metal shelves stacked to the ceiling with textbooks. They also purport to have new books here, though there aren't any visible except in the window display. Additional locations are scattered throughout the Chicago area.
This shop opened in the early 1960s as a progressive, provocative place for intellectuals. It carried books on subjects that dared to tackle mainstream ideologies of the time, including politics, religion, sex, gender and race. The place is still around, though substantially less controversial - perhaps a sign of the times. It boasts an impressive calendar of events and offers a friendly, comfortable setting for buyers, browsers and readers alike.
Make sure you have plenty of cash, credit, stocks, property, or all of the above before venturing into one of Chicago's ritziest clothing stores. Shop off-the-rack or make an appointment to have your very own private fashion show, with clothes brought out to meet your specific likes and demands. To get away from the pressure of choice, sneak upstairs to the small cafe with a nice view of Michigan Avenue.
Extravagantly high prices attract the wealthier and more status conscious residents of and visitors to Chicago to this upscale retailer. Located on the Magnificent Mile and with clothes and accessories by ritzy designers like Prada, Gucci, Lagerfeld, and Chanel, shoppers can enjoy an elegant experience similar to Rodeo Drive. If you cannot afford the wares, at least indulge yourself at one of the two restaurants.
It is haughty and it is pretentious, but so are all the other antique stores in the River West area, so why be bothered by that? This is the newest addition to the throngs of high-end antique sellers in the area, and this store offers a vast selection of European mirrors, designer accessories, lamps, French Louis Phillipe, oriental rugs and other things that make you wonder if you are really in a museum.
Although not as massive as its former State Street location, Jazz Record Mart is still one of your best bets in the country to locate that prized jazz record your mother threw away 30 years ago. Unlike former years, the "
"Mart now carries used CDs as well as vinyl, but some things do not change. The staff is just as knowledgeable as ever and are usually willing to bend over backwards to help you find what you are looking for.
When Louisa May Alcott penned her classic book Little Women, she probably never imagined that an American retail center would someday pay such a complete tribute to young girls, too. Just around the corner from the Magnificent Mile shopping district, this three-story complex features a photo studio, doll hair salon, a cafe offering delicious meals, and a shop featuring American Girls dolls and clothing. Girls aged four and up will find this an irresistible getaway. Be sure to visit the website to preview upcoming events and special packages.
Formerly known as North Pier, this recently renovated office complex, previously a warehouse, offers three floors of great shopping, family-friendly entertainment, top-quality restaurants and night spots and a trendy food court. Kids will love the arcades, which feature virtual reality games and miniature golf. Tourists can also catch historical and architectural boat tours here, while other visitors see them off while sipping drinks in the sun.
During your downtown shopping spree, take the Chicago elevated train system, otherwise known as the "L," to the historic Merchandise Mart Plaza. In addition to housing a world-class hotel, apartments, and retail design showrooms, this landmark is home to two floors of specialty shops, the Carson Pirie Scott department store, and mouth-watering restaurants. Stores include The Limited, Coconuts (music and movies,) H2O and Coach. The Mart also features a convenient food court.
Located at the end of the Michigan Avenue shopping district near the Chicago River, this trademark skyscraper flanked by a courtyard garden features a great Chicago keepsake store on the first floor. Stocked with merchandise sports fans and television enthusiasts are sure to love, this souvenir shop is a must-see. You can find the perfect gift for everyone, from the soap opera addict to the late night junkie. The Jerry Springer Show is a television tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician, broadcast in the United States and other countries. It is videotaped at the NBC Tower studios