Discover America’s greatest avenue, a world-famous shopping destination with a buzzy dining scene. Be best-dressed for less with our guide to the top outlet stores in Illinois. Experience the small-town charm and eclectic boutiques of the main streets and downtown areas of places such as Galena and Quincy.
Running north from the Chicago River, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is widely considered one of the world’s great avenues. Spend an afternoon in shopping euphoria with everything from luxury labels and popular brands to designer boutiques, department stores and three vertical malls, all dotted along Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue.
The Mag Mile’s three shopping centres all rank in TripAdvisor’s top 10 Illinois shopping malls. Water Tower Place stores include American Girl Doll Store and Macy’s. 900 North Michigan Shops is home to more than 70 luxury retailers. The Shops at North Bridge are famous for Nordstrom, and its many other shops, restaurants and hotels.
Stroll along Galena’s historic Main Street and soak in the ambience. Named “Best Main Street in the Midwest” by Midwest Living magazine and one of America’s Best Main Streets by Fodor’s, Galena’s 19th-century red brick storefronts are home to an eclectic mix of art galleries, antiques stores, boutiques and restaurants. Galena is also known for its cosy lodgings, with quaint bed and breakfasts dotting the picturesque hillsides of the town.
Illinois also offers a variety of outlet shopping options:
The Fashion Outlets of Chicago
This Rosemont outlet located next to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport features designer shops such as Gucci and Prada and popular high street brands like Gap and Banana Republic. The mall also has great contemporary art curated by Arts Initiative.
Chicago Premium Outlets
Chicago Premium Outlets, in west suburban Aurora, has over 140 outlet stores including Calvin Klein, Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren in a pleasant mall with fireplaces, public art, water features, and a play area. With prices up to 65% off, you’re sure to score a bargain.