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
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
2. Water Tower Place
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.
3. The Brickyard
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.
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
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
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
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 6pm
6. North Michigan Shops
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
7. Ford City Mall
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
8. The Maxwell
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.
Address: 1100 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60607, United States
Website: The Maxwell
Opening hours: 9am - 9pm (daily)
9. Lake Meadows Shopping Center
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
10. Addison Mall
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.
Address: 2970 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618, United States
Website: Addison Mall
Opening hours: 8am - 12am (daily)
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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