Hotel stores tend to be small, harshly lit and filled to the brim with basic, overpriced items like toothpaste, aspirin and sad souvenirs. But then again, no hotel is quite like the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. Here, Madison Hall, with entrances from the hotel and Madison Street, offers an upscale shopping experience without feeling haughty. The finest products come from all over Chicago and the world, from locally designed vintage-style tees to luxurious European jackets and accessories for men and women.
State Street in the Loop has every discount chain store you can imagine: Forever 21, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Target. Look a little closer, though, and you'll find some Loop shops that offer a boutique experience in the city's business district. Find a shoe store in one of Chicago's most beautiful buildings, a gift shop in a Chicago museum and so much more.
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