Top Choice Books in The Loop

Sandmeyer's Bookstore

It's not big, it's not flashy and it doesn't host many author events. Instead this small Printer's Row spot offers an old-school bookstore experience of creaking wood floors and jazz piping softly through the speake…
Fashion & Accessories in The Loop

Optimo Hats

Optimo is a Chicago institution, the last custom hat-maker for men in town. Want a lid like Capone? Get one here, made with serious, old-school craftsmanship. Clients include Johnny Depp, Jack White and a slew of lo…
Gifts & Souvenirs in The Loop

Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop

Skyline posters, Frank Lloyd Wright note cards, skyscraper models and heaps of books celebrate local architecture at this haven for anyone with an edifice complex. The items make excellent only-in-Chicago-type souve…
Books in The Loop

Dial Bookshop

As bookshops go, it’s hard to beat the literary pedigree Dial: it’s housed in the Fine Arts Building, once headquarters to groundbreaking modernist magazines The Little Review, Poetry and the eponymous Dial. Honey-c…
Art in The Loop


This is Columbia College's student store, where artists and designers in training learn how to market their wares. The shop carries original pieces spanning all media and disciplines: clothes, jewelry, prints, mugs,…
Department Store in The Loop


The big-box retailer's downtown store sits in the landmark Sullivan Center building. It's a bit more upscale than the usual Target and it's a prime place to pick up picnicking items (basket, blanket, paper plates, d…
Art in The Loop

After School Matters Store

At this nonprofit entity painters, sculptors and other artists get paid for creating their wares while teaching inner-city teens – who serve as apprentices – to do the same. Their artworks, including paintings, mosa…
Mall in The Loop

Block 37

The stretch of State St between W Randolph and W Washington Sts is known as Block 37, a retail corridor that has been a city boondoggle for years. National retailers such as the Disney Store and Zara are there now, …
Jewelry in The Loop

5 S Wabash Ave

This historic building, on a block commonly referred to as ‘Jewelers Row,' is the center of Chicago’s family-jeweler trade. Hundreds of shops in here sell every kind of watch, ring, gemstone and bauble imaginable. M…
Electronics in The Loop

Central Camera

Whatever your photo needs, Central Camera has the answer. Once shutterbugs step inside the long, narrow store, it will be days before they surface again.