This blog was originally published in 2014; we have since updated it to reflect the most accurate information.
The holidays are officially here, and many of us are scrambling to plan our shopping trips to make sure we get the best gifts possible for our friends and family. If you’re planning your holiday shopping for the Chicago area, you might want to do some extra planning before you head out into the craziness.
Finding the best shopping centers for your holiday gift list is easy in Chicago; the city has shopping centers chock full of high-end favorites like Armani and Burberry, as well as centers that offer all of the convenient, affordable department stores you know and love.
Here’s a short list of the standout holiday shopping centers in the Windy City.
1. Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Water Tower Place is a great destination for department store favorites and great prices, with Victoria’s Secret, Macy’s, Banana Republic and more under one roof. This variety of great shops is perfect for finding gifts like candles, jewelry, and arts and crafts. For those with a higher-end taste in fashion, you can visit Coach, Lacoste, and Aldo.
2. Oak Brook Center
100 Oak Brook Center, Oak Brook, IL
Oak Brook Center offers a larger selection of upscale stores for those on the hunt for higher-end items this holiday season. Michael Kors, Coach, Burberry, Cache, Neiman Marcus, Tiffany and Co., Nordstrom and other haute fashion names are all available at this location. You can also find more affordable favorites like H&M and Forever21, providing you with a great selection of options for any person on your gift list.
3. Woodfield Mall
5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL
Located just minutes outside of Chicago in Schaumburg, IL, Woodfield Mall boasts nearly 300 stores and restaurants. With choices including Bose, The Art of Shaving. Godiva, and Apple, this mall is a treasure trove of gift options. Plus, Santa visits Woodfield Mall every holiday season, so your kids (and pets!) can tell them their wishlists and get a picture.
4. Magnificent Mile Shops
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is an outstanding tourist attraction in addition to being a great place to shop. Head to the Mile for a selection of shops and vendors that include Tommy Bahama, LOFT, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Patagonia and more. Jewelry stores like David Yurman, Cartier, Bulgari, and Tiffany & Co., also call the Mile home. If high-end shopping is where your interests lie, the Magnificent Mile is second-to-none, with designers like Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Wolford dotting its path.
5. Block 37
108 N State Street, Chicago, IL
Block 37 is one of the swankiest new shopping malls in the Chicago area, and features some of the best shops to find gifts. Anthroplogie, Sephora, Sunglass Hut, and Disney Store can all be found here. On top of that, Block 37 features an AMC dine-in theatre with leather reclining seats and seat-side food and drinks, so you can relax after you’ve finished your shopping.
6. 900 North Michigan Shops
900 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
With over 45,000 square feet of shopping space, the architecture and innovation of the 900 North Michigan shops building is enough to bring out visitors in droves. You can find Bloomingdale’s, Sur La Table, kate spade new york, and more at this destination. If you need a break from shopping, you can stop by one of the spas housed in the 900 North Michigan shops to treat yo’ self.
Use car service to make your shopping experience more enjoyable.
Chicago is a huge city with corresponding levels of traffic and congestion, and during the holidays, the traffic congestion is magnified. Don’t increase your holiday shopping stress with worrying over traffic and parking.
Booking Chicago car service will help ensure you reach each shopping destination quickly and easily. You won’t have to worry about finding parking; your chauffeur will drop you off at the doors of your chosen shopping center. When you’re ready to leave, they’ll retrieve you from the exit of your choice.
When you consider the various struggles that traffic and parking can introduce to your day of holiday shopping, you’ll see it is well worth it to book car service.