Downtown Chicago is known for its iconic architecture, 26 miles of lakefront, and a thriving retail scene catering to every budget. Right in the heart of the action, the elegant Fairmont Chicago hotel provides 687 luxurious guest rooms with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and the skyline. Set out to shop the city with your Fairmont Visa Signature Card and then return here to unwind with a massage at the Fairmont’s mySpa or enjoy locally craft beers at Chicago’s newest urban taphouse, Columbus Tap.
More than 460 shops and 275 restaurants are clustered along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, a 13-block stretch of Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street. Anchoring the southern end of the Magnificent Mile are the Shops at Northbridge, six blocks of brand-name retailers like Sephora and Stuart Weitzman as well as your pick of Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus. It’s enough to satisfy even the pickiest of tastes and those who prefer one-of-a-kind finds like the clever souvenirs and art prints at Love From Chicago.
900 North Michigan Shops
This stunning contemporary skyscraper at the north end of the Magnificent Mile features posh shops such as Gucci, Mont Blanc, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, and Bloomingdale’s. Sportswear boutiques like lululemon and Adidas as well as enticing dining and fitness opportunities round out the selection.
Water Tower Place
Just south of the Hancock Building on the Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place provides visiting families with eight sprawling levels to explore, including Macy’s, Abercrombie Kids, the flagship American Girl store, the LEGO Store, and a gallery devoted to the Art of Dr. Seuss. Grown-ups and teens will appreciate the varied selection that ranges from Aveda to Forever 21 to Eileen Fisher. And everyone can agree on breaking for popcorn at Garretts or comfort food at Mity Nice Grill.
Fairmont Chicago guests looking to maximize their shopping and minimize their walking should head straight for Block 37, half a mile away. Encompassing a full city block between State, Randolph, Dearborn, and Washington streets, this retail multiplex is five floors of fashion, food, and a massive AMC dine-in theatre. Surrounding this urban shopping retreat is the bustle of State Street where visitors can visit Macy’s, Target, H&M and Nordstrom’s Rack all within a few blocks of each other. Because of the hotel’s prime location, Fairmont Chicago’s guests have an easy stroll to State Street that takes them right alongside Millennium Park.
Chicago Outlet Malls
For those in search of designer deals, it’s worth the short drive from Chicago to its nearby outlet malls. Just 45 minutes west is Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora, with a vast collection of name brands (Calvin Klein and Nike, for starters). Or take a scenic drive around the lake to visit Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets and scoop up impressive discounts at the likes of Brooks Brothers and Polo Ralph Lauren. Fairmont Chicago’s concierge will happily help guests with a car rental or arrange other transportation.