Chicago Shopping Hoods- East and West Old Town
Stroll East, Shop West
North Avenue and Wells Street (East)
North Avenue and Halsted (West)
Old Town is a neighborhood in Chicago that I love dearly. It provides me with the best of both worlds when it comes to shopping and dining.
Know to all as Route 64, Chicagoans call the road North Avenue. North Avenue will take you from a popular Chicago beach destination (not surprisingly called North Avenue Beach) all the way out of the city (and state for that matter); but it will also drive you to two more Chicago shopping areas- East to West of Old Town.
East Old Town:
Old Town’s east side shopping street runs along Wells, between North Avenue and Division. Strolling down Wells Street you will be able to browse in wine shops, chocolate shops, resale shops, pet and human boutiques. Make sure you check out the local spice shop where any grocery store spice isle would be put to shame.
While you are there, have dinner or a drink in the many restaurants and pubs then stop by Second City for a few more drinks and a lot of laughs (from the comedy show, not the cocktails).
Try to plan your trip in June when the Wells Street Art Fest takes place.
West Old Town:
Heading west on North Avenue you will come to what I call a little suburban shopping district. The cross street where it begins is Halsted. In this neighborhood you will be able to shop the major housewares stores we all know and love. You have here not only Crate and Barrel but Crate and Barrel’s outlet called CB2. You also have Pottery Barn, Z-Gallery, West Elm, Container Store, and Restoration Hardware. For the clothing shops, you have a super large Forever 21 and Victoria’s Secret.
When you are in this area, you have to stop by one of Chicago’s brewery called Goose Island Brewery.
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