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3 Tips for Planning Your Chicago Holiday Shopping Trip

Holiday Shopping in Chicago: Create the Best Shopping Trip Ever

The holidays are here, and so is the time to start stockpiling your gifts for family and friends. The holiday shopping season can be a challenge for those of you who aren’t used to crowds, congestion and the holiday rush.

Chicago is one of the shopping capitals of the country, and during the holidays it can become a mad house. Don’t miss out on some of the best shopping the world just because of the crowds. Make a plan, choose great transportation, and find the gifts that you know your family and friends will love.

Check out these five tips for an amazing holiday shopping trip in the Windy City.

Book Transportation

One of the biggest roadblocks to a great shopping trip is a difficult commute and challenging parking.

The holidays see a steep spike in the number of people heading to the city’s main shopping areas; if you aren’t familiar with the street layout or traffic patterns, it could be a nightmare trying to get from Point A to Point B.

With chauffeured car service, all of these problems go away.

You’ll have the services of a professional chauffeur on hand, one who is a Chicago expert and knows the quickest, best routes for getting to all of the shopping centers.

OML Worldwide, for example, specializes in shopping trips in the Windy City. From Water Tower Place to Michigan Avenue, you’ll have a professional on hand to make sure your trip is pleasant and efficient.

We offer a wide selection of vehicles, so you can choose the amenities you want and the size you need.

Make a List

Shopping in a big city during the holidays can be overwhelming. You don’t want to set yourself loose in a shopping mall without a clear idea of what you want to buy and for whom.

The easiest way to keep track of your presents is to make an organized list.

Make a column with all of the individuals you’d like to shop for, and follow it with a column listing the gift you’d like to get them.

If you don’t have a particular gift in mind, you can give yourself a broad idea, like “cosmetics,” “art,” or “apparel.” This will at least put you in the right department or store, so narrowing down your gift will be much easier.

Choose Your Shopping Destination

Chicago is a world-class shopping city. You’ll find luxury boutiques, department store staples and specialty items all within a few blocks of one another. You can find any gift on your list—with the right planning. Here are a few great shopping centers to keep in mind:

+Water Tower Place: with a great location on Michigan Avenue and a beautiful glass elevator, plus stores like the Armani Exchange, Coach, Forever 21, and Express, you can find a number of department store staples and high-end retailers side by side.

+900 North Michigan Shops: Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, you can also find Gucci, LK Bennett, Michael Kors, J.Crew and Banana Republic at this 6-level shopping center close to downtown.

+Chicago Ridge Mall: Head to Chicago Ridge for stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Gamestop, the Disney Store, Kohl’s, Michael’s, and more.

Contact OML Worldwide to book your shopping trip transportation today, and look forward to the easiest and most enjoyable holiday shopping experience you’ve ever had!

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