The Best Holiday Shopping Hotspots in Chicago
Holiday shopping can be stressful, especially if you’re planning to be away for part of the season. According to the National Retail Federation, more than 75% of shoppers plan to spend as much or more on gifts than they did last year. That means there’s a ton of stockings to be stuffed and Hanukkah goodies to be wrapped!
If you’re vacationing at The Talbott Hotel in Chicago this winter, you’re in luck. Our luxury boutique lodgings are just blocks away from the city’s finest gift shops. We’re also offering a discounted holiday package, so you can put more of your pennies towards buying presents for family and friends at one of these nearby shopping destinations.
Open through Christmas Eve, this holiday shopping mecca is inspired by a German marketplace founded in the 16th century. Visitors can shop for traditional items such as nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks or partake in Bavarian indulgences like bratwurst and gluhwein (German wine mulled with fragrant spices). While you likely won’t find anything for picky aunt Sally here, it’s a great place to find oddball gifts for a German relative or the friend who already has everything.
2. Water Tower Place
Located on the Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place boasts more than 100 restaurants, shops and boutiques on 7 floors. Most of the major retail players are here, from Banana Republic and Sephora to the massive Macy’s anchoring the complex (view full map here). There’s even an Amazon Pop-Up Shop, if you want to do your online shopping from a larger screen while on vacay. Shopping for little ones? Visit the LEGO store for brick-building playsets, customize a teddy at Build-a-Bear Workshop, or snag the hottest American Girl doll at their large location on the lower level. Water Tower Place is located in walking distance of The Talbott Hotel, though you’ll likely want to ride home with all your packages in tow.
3. North Michigan Shops
Another visually impressive shopping spot, 900 North Michigan is the classier cousin of nearby Water Tower Place. Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, it caters to holiday shoppers with luxury designers such as Gucci, Kate Spade and Michael Kors. One of the biggest draws for out-of-towners is the preponderance of trendy British retailers rarely found in the U.S. Purchase a silky surprise for your sweetie at Rigby & Peller’s, a lingerie provider that comes complete with Royal Warrant from the Queen Mum, or scour the Galt Toys shop for that elusive “perfect” baby gift. Click here for store listings.
What’s the number one holiday gift item this year? Clothing, with a whopping 61% of shoppers saying they’ll buy clothes for friends and family. If you’re looking for something more unique than the duds at Macy’s or Bloomies, try this petite shop in Bucktown, about 15 minutes away from Talbott. While they carry brand-name women’s clothing and accessories, co-owners Kelly Whitesell and Elizabeth Del Castillo also have their own exclusive clothing line that caters to current trends. Look for lots of fringe and florals this season; we’re especially in love with Eskell’s adorable Marianne blouse.
With shopping malls, boutiques and the skating rink at Millennium Park just minutes away, Talbott is the ideal Chicago hotel for your winter visit. Book a stay with us between November 24 and December 22 and enjoy holiday off-season discounts, plus a complimentary breakfast and nightcap at 20 East. Call 800-825-2688 for reservations and more information about our seasonal offerings.