10 Best Department Stores In Chicago, Illinois

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Welcome to the Windy City! Chicago is a world-famous destination that attracts visitors from all over the globe, eager to experience its Lake Michigan setting, its iconic architecture, and its wide array of top museums. The impressive Willis Tower - known to many by its former moniker as the Sears Tower - and the John Hanock Center are just two of the stunning skyscrapers that tower above the city, while Millennium Park with the iconic mirrored Cloud Gate sculpture, and the Navy Pier with its array of rides, food, and shops are also must-see destinations that will keep sightseers enthralled. And, away from the sightseeing, Chicago’s status as one of the USA’s biggest cities also means you are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping experiences. For example, the Magnificent Mile in the downtown area is chock full of upscale shops and excellent eateries. Read on for some of the top department stores in Chicago, Illinois to visit during your stay.

1. Bloomingdale's

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Bloomingdale’s needs little introduction. One of three such sites dotted around the city, the store at 900 North Michigan Avenue is well-placed in downtown Chicago for those looking to pop in while sightseeing or visiting the lake front. Indeed the Navy Pier and Ohio Street Beach are both within walking distance. The store itself stocks a wide range of top women’s and men’s fashion, as well as items for the home. Personal shopping, stylists and spa treatments add that extra personal touch. And, if you time your visit right, your trip will coincide with one of the store’s regular special events such as make-up tips and beauty secrets from top-brand and Hollywood experts.


Address: 900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Website: Bloomingdale’s

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

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2. Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue - this one on Michigan Avenue Chicago
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Named after the chain’s iconic flagship store in New York, this department store brand is famed for its high-quality designer clothes, accessories and footwear so you’ll have ample chance to pick up something special for you or your loved ones. There are also a range of home goods available, too, should anything catch the eye. What’s more, the Chicago store’s position on the Magnificent Mile puts it within close proximity to a range of other high-end stores on North Michigan Avenue, and just a few hundred metres from the river and such iconic structures as the Wrigley Building should you plan on a little sightseeing.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Address: 700 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Website: Saks Fifth Avenue

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 7pm; Thur - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

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3. Macy's

Marshall Field and Company Building, Chicago, Illinois
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One of two Macy’s outlets in Chicago - the other is located on the Magnificent Mile - this world famous department store brand features a range of men’s and women’s clothing alongside kids, juniors, and home selections. A host of big-name designers are represented, including Ralph Lauren, Estee Lauder, and Calvin Klein. The State Street location is also home to a range of eateries - including Burger Bar, Frontera, and 7 On State on the seventh floor - and bars. This means you’ll be able to make a real day of your shopping without having to leave this historic building.


Address: 111 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602

Website: Macy’s

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 8pm

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4. Save & Tell Outlet

Department store
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Something of a one-stop shop for your soft furnishing and designer clothing needs, Save & Tell Outlet operates out of three locations - two of which are in Illinois - and features a wide array of bedding, blankets, curtains, shoes, luggage, toys, and accessories. What’s more, it lives up to its name by offering prices that can be up to 50 to 80 per cent off the retail costs of other department stores so if you’re eyeing up a bargain or two, you’re in luck. The store in question is located in the Cragin area of the city on West Belmont Avenue and close to local bus routes.

Save & Tell Outlet

Address: 5619 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Website: Save & Tell Outlet

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 7pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm

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5. Marshalls

Interior, Marshalls store
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One of North America’s most well-known store brands, Marshalls boasts more than 1,000 outlets and stocks a wide array of “off-price” family clothes and fashion - perfect for picking up some stylish outfits without breaking the bank. This particular outlet is located in The Shops at North Bridge, an upscale entertainment and shopping district on the Magnificent Mile, meaning you’ll be able to pop in while visiting some of the high-end stores that populate the area. Indeed, The Shops at North Bridge mall houses no fewer than 43 different outlets so you’ll be spoilt for choice.


Address: 600 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Website: Marshalls

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 9pm; Sun: 10am - 7pm

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6. Kohl's Bucktown

Kohls Entrance
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The largest department store chain in the US, Kohl’s sells a wide array of brand-names, from goods for the home to clothing and accessories. This particular outlet is located in the Bucktown area of the city, to the north-west of downtown Chicago, and boasts a large parking lot - handy for those with their own transport. Speaking of transport, it’s just a few hundred metres from the Clybourn metro station, should you plan on leaving your own vehicle at home. What’s more, it’s open until late in the evening most nights, for added convenience so you’ll be able to slot in a visit to suit your own itinerary.

Kohl's Bucktown

Address: 2140 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Website: Kohl’s Bucktown

Opening hours: Tue - Thur: 9am - 10pm; Fri: 9am - 11pm; Sat: 8am - 11pm; Sun - Mon: 9am - 9pm

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7. Walmart Supercenter

WalMart Supercenter Albany
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A brand with a true global reach now, Walmart is well-known around the world and operates more than 11,000 outlets - its popular hypermarket template proving a winner in a wide array of different countries. Naturally, therefore, if it’s a big shop you’re after then this next entry may well suit you. A classic example of one of Walmart’s ‘Supercenters’, this entry boasts the wide mix of food, clothing and home goods you’d expect. It is also is sandwiched between Hermosa and West Humboldt Park and located just a short distance from rail and road links (the Grand/Cicrero metro station and routes 50 and 64), should you be looking to pay it a visit.

Walmart Supercenter

Address: 4650 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60639

Website: Walmart Supercenter

Opening hours: 6am - 11pm (daily)

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8. T.J. Maxx

TJ Maxx, Lake City Mall
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TJ Maxx has conquered the globe simply by selling sought-after fashions at lower prices than many of its competitors. So if you’re looking to pick up some natty attire, jewellery, and beauty products during your holiday - all without breaking the bank - then this is one of the places you’ll likely wish to check out. What’s more, there are more than two dozen TJ Maxx outlets within the wider Chicago area - including this one on North State Street. This places it within easy reach of the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and the lake waterfront, should you wish to check out the sights.

T.J. Maxx

Address: 11 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602

Website: T.J. Maxx

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8.30am - 8.30pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

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9. Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

The Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois (9181681904)
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If it’s luxury goods you’re after then you’ve come to the right place. Nordstrom - which boasts hundreds of stores - sells everything from must-have fragrances and cosmetics to stylish clothing and jewellery. What’s more its Michigan Avenue outlet in Chicago is part of the Magnificent Mile’s sought-after shopping scene. Not only that, but it is close to the Grand/State metro station for ease of access, and is within easy reach of the river - should you fancy a little retail therapy while visiting such iconic Chicago landmarks as the Wrigley Building and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower.

Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

Address: 55 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Website: Nordstrom Michigan Avenue

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

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10. JCPenney

JCPenney Entrance
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The venerable JCPenney chain has been delighting shoppers for close to 120 years, and today boasts almost 900 sites. Unsurprisingly, Chicago is home to one of those outlets. In this case, it is part of the Ford City Mall and located a short distance to the south of the Chicago Midway International Airport. This particular outlet caters to men’s and women’s clothing across a range of top brands - from Adidas to Nike and Nicole Miller to Citizen. What’s more, there are special kids zone sessions on the second Saturday of every month - ideal if you’ve got your little ones with you.


Address: 7601 S Cicero Ave, Chicago, IL 60652,

Website: JCPenney

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm

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Time to hit the shops

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The sprawling metropolis of the Windy City is chock full of shopping experiences for you and your loved ones to enjoy. So whether it’s exclusive brands you seek - for those high-end souvenirs - or bargain clothing to supplement your luggage during your stay, you’ll surely find a department store to suit your needs.

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