Tips on Shopping Downtown in Chicago

There aren’t many cities in the U.S. that offer a better shopping experience than Chicago! Whether you live in Chicago or you are simply in town for a visit, shopping is part of the experience. As you can imagine, shopping in downtown Chicago is a bit of a different experience than shopping in other standard malls or smaller cities. Keep these tips in mind for a successful day out and about!

Go Early

If you are planning on shopping during the weekday, make sure that you factor in how crowded it will be during any given time. Your best bet is usually to look up when the stores open and go around that time. This way, you can avoid larger crowds that usually congregate mid-day. There’s nothing worse than trying to shop when you are shoulder-to-shoulder with the people around you. In this case, the early bird gets the worm.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Depending on what stores you want to hit, they could be located multiple blocks apart. If you aren’t wearing the right shoes, walking could be a hassle, and trying to catch a cab could take you a long time. Wearing comfortable tennis shoes or other comfortable shoes that won’t give you blisters will make the experience much more enjoyable.

Make a Plan

With a wide variety of stores from which you can choose, it is ideal to have a plan of action of what areas you want to hit in what order. This way, you won’t waste time and energy going from one area of downtown to another. Don’t forget to stop for a meal at one of the great restaurants on Oak Street for sustenance!

Going shopping in downtown Chicago is a unique and enjoyable experience if you do it the right way! Utilize the above tips and make sure to visit Oak Street District along the way to explore the luxury shops we have to offer.

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