Department Stores in Chicago

THE 5 BEST Chicago Department Stores

Department Stores in Chicago

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  • joe-chicago-23
    Chesterfield, MO955 contributions
    It's huge, it covers a full city block. Plenty of selections, not a lot of help. I'm glad it's still open following the closing of the Water Tower Place store.
    Written 26 July 2021
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  • Bee80204
    Denver, CO3,883 contributions
    Fancying a walk in a luxury department store, I entered 900 North Michigan Shops when I saw the Bloomingdale’s sign. Venturing into the beauty section I sampled the lipsticks with help from the sales associate and took advantage of the free gift offer and made a purchase. I love MAC cosmetics, especially their lipsticks so I was excited that I could indulge my weakness.
    The rest of the store was just as pleasant to walk through and admire the merchandise. There were lovely displays including a flower cart where a fragrance purchase qualifies you for a lovely bouquet. I would definitely visit again if I ever needed more MAC items.
    Written 26 September 2021
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  • William C
    Toledo, OH121 contributions
    When you're on the Magnificent Mile, Nordstrom's is well worth a stop. To be candid, I'm not overly fond of their name brands of merchandise for men, but you have to admit that this is a very upscale store. While shopping in the men's department, you have to visit the bar. Yup ... the bar. Right smack-dab in the middle of the second floor just off the up-escalator is the full-service bar. It opens when the store does (10 AM), but hey, somewhere it's five o'clock as the old saying goes. When we get weary of walking The Mile or shopping 'til you drop, stop at the Nordstrom bar and refresh yourself.
    Written 18 July 2019
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  • Lynn C
    Cleveland, OH54,302 contributions
    Saks is the place to go for high end purchases. One of the premier stores in Chicago. Beautiful department store
    Written 24 March 2018
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,024 contributions
    Native Chicagoans, like me, remember when State State in downtown Chicago was known as The Great Street, before there was a Magnificent Mile on the north side of the Chicago River. It was the street of Marshall Field's, the Chicago Theater, the Palmer House and Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company. Today, Carson's is known as the Sullivan Center, a 943,944-square-foot, three-building complex that houses the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and national retailer Target. Located at 1 South State Street, at the corner of East Madison Street, the structure is mostly known for its architecture. It was designed by Louis Sullivan in 1899 for a retail firm. Another famous architect, Daniel Burnham, also did work on the building. It is remarkable for its steel-framed construction, which allowed a dramatic increase in window area created by bay-wide windows, which in turn allowed for the greatest amount of daylight into the building interiors. The design was the first use of what became known as the Chicago window. At street level, the broad expanses of glass allowed for larger displays of merchandise to outside pedestrian traffic, creating the idea of the sidewalk showcase. Sullivan designed the unique corner entry to be seen from both State and Madison. The attractive ornamentation above the entrance gave the store an elegant and unique persona important to the building's competition with neighboring stores, including Marshall Field's. It was designated a Chicago Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
    Written 22 October 2020
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  • Sicilian Nomad
    U.S. Virgin Islands158 contributions
    Don't even bother trying to get into this store. They have 5000 people and one cashier. Sorry, I don't have that kind of time with my schedule. I understand the COVID restrictions, and inability to find workers, but honestly, its just a bit ridiculous.
    Written 24 April 2022
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