10 Best Shopping Malls In Chicago, Illinois

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The City of Chicago is the birthplace of former President Barack Obama and the third most populous city in the United States. It has come a long way since the Al Capone days. Have you been? Are you planning to go? Nowadays, it is an international and convention hub, from finance to culture; sports (go Bulls and Blackhawks!) to education, and attractions! There are also party hotels and vacation rentals for tourists on a getaway. Chicago boasts its plenty of shopping malls as well. They offer all you might crave: fashion, food, entertainment, parking, even a concierge or delivery service. And they are family-friendly. So, before you chew into a Chicago-style thin crust pizza, let’s find out about the best shopping malls in Chicago, Illinois.

1. Roosevelt Collection Shops

A shopping mall
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South Loop Neighborhood is loved by fans of jazz bars, 19th-century mansions and joyful river views. Thanks to the open‐air design and stunning architecture, you will not feel like you’re in a “typical mall” here. There is a play area, lots of greenery, a pond with koi fish, even fire pits! And the view from the rooftop is just amazing. And how about shops? There is a selection of local and foreign retailers and dining and entertainment options like H&M, Old Navy, Nando’s, don’t forget the cinema with a cool cocktail lounge. This is even a perfect place if you fall in love with Chicago and are looking for accommodation, as there are lofts available here too.

Roosevelt Collection Shops

Address: 150 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605, United States

Website: Roosevelt Collection Shops

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

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2. Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place Chicago Shopping Mall
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Water Tower Place is located in the vicinity of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Sports Museum, universities, and a spacious park. The mall got its name after a nearby water tower was built in 1869. It is located in a nine-story skyscraper that was opened in 1976. Apart from shopping options (everything from electronic to clothing), there is a hotel, cinema and condos. Shopping here is comfortable thanks to ATMs, WiFi, charging stations and more. Families benefit from stroller rental or nursing stations. Foodies will love WTP as well. There are fast-dining options, cheap eats, snacky-places, and sit-down restaurants waiting for you.

Water Tower Place

Address: 835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Website: Water Tower Place

Opening hours: Temporarily closed due to Covid-19 but pickup options available. More info on the website.

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3. The Brickyard

Shopping mall interior
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The Brickyard is another outside mall on our list. It was very popular during the ‘80s and locals are still loyal to it. It is easy on the eye, with lawns and trees, and brick walls. Nowadays, it still attracts people and offers plenty of parking space, with security, and convenient shopping. It is clean and family-friendly. Do not let the layout fool you, there are plenty of stores and they sell a little bit of everything. We recommend checking the map and directory, and afterwards, if you get tired or hungry, go for famous buffalo wings, pizza, or doughnuts.

The Brickyard

Address: 2600 N Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL 60639, United States

Website: The Brickyard

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

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4. The Shops at North Bridge

Shopping mall interior
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This mall on Michigan Avenue is all about fun, fashion, food and family. The Shops at North Bridge is a four-level shopping spot. It is home to over 50 world-class retailers: fashion stores, cosmetics, toy stores, electronics for tech-savvy visitors, and more. If you are busy, you can even hire a concierge! Visiting with kids or pets? This mall is kid- and pet-friendly. Over 20 food options range from Asian to classic American and healthy. Head to their website for more information.

The Shops at North Bridge

Address: 520 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Website: The Shops at North Bridge

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5. Newcity

New City, North Halsted Street Chicago (IL)
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This is a great place to combine shopping and dining in Halsted, Chicago. If you go for lunch and enter after 11 am and leave by 2 pm, you even park for free! Shops and restaurants are very convenient and entertainment options include weekly karaoke, a bowling alley (free bowling for visitors with active or reserve military ID), 14-screen movie theatre, or events organised on special days. Do you get hungry when shopping? There are popular Mexican, South-African, Canadian, and American restaurant chains on the premises. Falling in love with this area? There are also apartments with breathtaking views!


Address: 1457 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642, United States

Website: Newcity

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

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6. North Michigan Shops

900 North Michigan Entrance
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Enjoy a quiet and elegant shopping experience in the busy heart of the city. The north end of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is where plenty (well, not 900 as the name suggests) of shops, restaurants, spas and fitness centres are found. Six levels and three streets of stores host luxury, fancy and fashionable names, such as Gucci, Tesla, or Four Season Spa. There are four restaurants to choose from. With more than 1,750 parking spots, you do not have to worry. Discounted rates are available with a USD 10 purchase, just do not forget to validate your ticket.

900 North Michigan Shops

Address: 900 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, United States

Website: 900 North Michigan Shops

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 7pm; Sun: 12am - 6pm

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7. Ford City Mall

Ford City Mall Chicago
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Heading to the Southwest Side of Chicago? Ford City Mall has stood there since 1945. It has an interesting history since the building was used to build war aeroplane engines. There is even a basement that is known as “the connection” or “Peacock Alley”, a former subterranean shopping concourse with beautiful New York-like tiles. The building itself only started to function as a mall in 1965. Nowadays, it shelters more than 130 stores and restaurants. It got a new owner in 2019 and we cannot wait to see the new improvements and tenants. Who knows, maybe we will be able to visit the basement again!

Ford City Mall

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

Website: Ford City Mall

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 9pm; Sat: 10am - 7pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

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8. The Maxwell

Shopping mall
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Looking for brand shops for clothing, sporting goods, home supplies and more, under one roof? Head to The Maxwell. It is smaller (around 10 stores) but complex. The biggest store is Nordstrom, followed by T-J-Maxx. Maxwell is on street level but offers garage parking as well. In case you do not drive, there is a public transit station nearby. And how about the food? Dining options include wings, noodles, or sandwiches.

The Maxwell

Address: 1100 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607, United States

Website: The Maxwell

Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)

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9. Lake Meadows Shopping Center

Lake Meadows Shopping Center
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Another outdoor shopping centre on our list is located in Bronzeville, known for being the centre of African-American life and culture. If you are planning to visit this area in August, check out the annual Bud Billiken Parade. Lake Meadows offers over a dozen shops and dining options including Walgreens, pizza and doughnut joints, or a Mexican eatery. There are a fitness centre and a dentist, so everyone can stay in shape, with a big smile on their face. Visitors particularly love the airy shopping experience, cleanliness, friendly employees and the location.

Lake Meadows Shopping Center

Address: 3357 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616, United States

Website: Lake Meadows Shopping Center

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 9am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm

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10. Addison Mall

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Addison is a smaller, cosy mall (fewer than 30 stores), located in the Avondale neighbourhood. Most of the stores are chains such as Target, or Dollar Store. There is also a dentist, a pharmacy, and a well-rated nail salon. And dining options? They include pizza, Asian, or famous Starbucks. There is always a place to park, and it is secure. Visitors praise customer service, clean premises, and a wide selection of items, from household supplies and games to kids’ clothes, at reasonable prices.

Addison Mall

Address: 2970 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618, United States

Website: Addison Mall

Opening hours: 8am - 12am (daily)

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Shop in the Windy City

Roaming in Chicago? With this list, you will not be lost in the birthplace of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. From riverside South Loop to Southwest Side, we have selected the best shopping options for you. They range from luxurious, brand-name, to chain-malls. You’ll discover all the great things to buy in Chicago. If you are not that much of a shopper, you will not get bored or hungry in these malls, after all, Chicago is famous for its entertainment and food. So, head to the movies or grab some chicken wings and pizza. Chicago awaits!

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