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Top Choice Food in Near North & Navy Pier

Garrett Popcorn

Like lemmings drawn to a cliff, people form long lines outside this store on the Mag Mile. Granted, the caramel corn is heavenly and the cheese popcorn decadent, but is it worth waiting in the whipping snow for a ch…
Electronics in Near North & Navy Pier

Apple Store

This bright, airy store offers iPads, iPods and everything else for Mac enthusiasts splayed across butcher-block tables. The user-friendly setup comes with plenty of clued-up staff to answer product questions, a ‘ge…
Sports & Outdoors in Near North & Navy Pier

Nike Chicago

This flashy Nike outpost is fun to meander. The 1st floor is a temple to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan; there's more Jordan-brand merchandise here than in any store worldwide. The 2nd floor is loaded with foot…
Fashion & Accessories in Near North & Navy Pier

Burberry

What is the bizarre, five-story building on Michigan Ave that has an exterior covered in plaid? It's the British luxury fashion house Burberry, of course. The iconic company is known for its plaid designs and its tr…
Vintage in Near North & Navy Pier

P.O.S.H.

Travel fiends and design junkies alike will delight in this charmingly curated shop, which deals in quirky finds such as tableware from steamships and vintage French match strikers. It’s situated in River North’s Tr…
Homewares in Near North & Navy Pier

Crate & Barrel

The handsome housewares purveyor started right here in Chicago and this glassy, sassy uberstore is the flagship. Inside, suburban soccer moms shop for hip but functional lamps, wine goblets, casserole dishes and bra…
Mall in Near North & Navy Pier

Shops at North Bridge

Shops at North Bridge appeals to a less hoity-toity demographic than some of the other Mag Mile malls, with stores such as Swatch and True Religion. The multilevel mall connects anchor department store Nordstrom to …
Clothing in Near North & Navy Pier

Zara

New products arrive weekly and inventory changes biweekly at Spanish fashion house Zara. It’s sort of Gap meets H&M, with youthful, off-the-runway styles at low prices in women’s, men’s and kids’ clothing. The t…