320 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 384-1208
Fax: (312) 204-6910
Pastoral aims to offer a breath of fresh air in a grocery market of mass-produced products. So, they sell small batches of high-quality artisan products in a more intimate environment paired with friendly service. It's a specialty grocery store modeled on the traditional European cheese store. Here you can purchase local and international varieties of cheeses as well many delicious complements such as fresh bread, wine, charcuterie, and olives. They also serve a variety of lunchtime sandwiches, and several times a month offer wine and cheese classes such as "Artisans of the Midwest" or "Masters of the Mediterranean." Betsy Mikel
Operated by the Daughters of St. Paul, Pauline Books & Media has a large selection of religious and inspirational books as well as compact discs and cassette tapes, more than 650 videos available for purchase or rental and a plethora of card and gift items. It also has Spanish-speaking employees available to translate for orders and materials in Spanish. Additionally, it offers a decent stock of software and will arrange for mail order purchases.
Here you will find quite impressive, unusual creations designed and crafted by young area talent. Art as original and inspired as the program from which it is born—the internationally recognized—Gallery 37. This project offers real opportunities for apprentice artists to be mentored and exposed to visual, literary, media and performing arts, and offers these artists the opportunity to work on public and commissioned projects. Many of the most outstanding commissioned pieces are displayed and sold to the public.
When you are looking for quirky and interesting gifts, keep in mind one thing: if a store offers a Hovercraft, you know it has to be good. Well, just so happens that Hammacher Schlemmer does sell Hovercrafts, and yes, the store's other merchandise is just about as interesting, and perhaps even a little more affordable. Get that combination umbrella/flashlight you never knew you needed or an aerator for your cat's water dish. You will also find a wide selection of James Bond-like electronic gadgetry and other high-end audio/video equipment.
Whether you are a fervent gamer or a music lover, FYE Chicago will never cease to surprise you with its collection of DVDs, blu-ray discs, movie CDs and gaming products. From latest release to the secondhand rare finds in movie CDs, the store stocks a huge collection that you can spend an entire day browsing through all. Backed by a 30-day return policy, occasional live music events and an expert staff that strives hard to help you choose the best products, shopping for your favorite music and movies can never be more convenient and fun than at FYE Chicago. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.
Although not as massive as its former State Street location, Jazz Record Mart is still one of your best bets in the country to locate that prized jazz record your mother threw away 30 years ago. Unlike former years, the “Mart” now carries used CDs as well as vinyl, but some things do not change. The staff is just as knowledgeable as ever and are usually willing to bend over backwards to help you find what you are looking for.
If you're a cake connoisseur, you should visit an Au Bon Pain. The menu at these outlets feature several baked items, including artisanal breads that not only taste sublime, but also look splendid. All products here are baked fresh using only top quality, fresh ingredients, which is quite evident in the offerings at these outlets. Located on Randolph Street, one of the Chicago Loop stores boasts of an efficient and friendly service and delicious chow. Along with several baked miracles there's are a range of soups, sandwiches and salads on offer.
The atmosphere in this 100-year old renovated warehouse is cozy, with exposed brick walls and beams. The upstairs is stocked with a selection of approximately 15,000 new books and new best sellers, poetry and fiction. The downstairs houses the brunt of the 30,000-title strong selection of used books. This is an extremely nice area to hole up and sip a cup of joe while reading your favorite bargain-priced literary treasure. You can lounge on the sofa, or pitch back and forth in a number of rocking chairs, or even enjoy a nice game of chess on one of the house sets. For the antiquarian, a display case on the main floor is filled with first editions and antique books.
Staples, on Wabash Avenue is one of several Staples outlets, the chain of retail stores specialising in office equipment and stationery. As such, Staples is one of the largest company for office supplies. Housed within the Garland Building, their Chicago outlet offers many products, accessories, furniture and supplies that make your workplace a little more comfortable. Open all week, the cavernous store also offers many discounts and offers on their products.
Located at the end of the Michigan Avenue shopping district near the Chicago River, this trademark skyscraper flanked by a courtyard garden features a great Chicago keepsake store on the first floor. Stocked with merchandise sports fans and television enthusiasts are sure to love, this souvenir shop is a must-see. You can find the perfect gift for everyone, from the soap opera addict to the late night junkie. The Jerry Springer Show is a television tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician, broadcast in the United States and other countries. It is videotaped at the NBC Tower studios
Vosges Haut-Chocolat is paradise for the cocoa-craving soul. Chocolatier, Katrina Markoff combines her classical French training and culinary know-how to create a globe-spanning chocolate movement. Aptly referred to as a boutique, the chocolate bar celebrates innovation with a repertoire of unique and original flavor pairings to its credit. Sample artisanal classics like marzipan, truffles and caramel as well as exotic blends with chilli, champagne, cheese and bacon. Purple facades lined with aesthetically-packed edible masterpieces paint a picture of understated elegance. The infectious aromas of the ultimate comfort food are hard to miss.
Representing the spirit of American shopping, this well-known stretch of Michigan Avenue has something for everyone in hundreds of trendy stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, Chicago souvenir shops and mouth-watering bakeries and cafes selling anything and everything. During the holiday season, check out the decorations that make the mile look even more magnificent. Hardcore shoppers will want to start at the north end, a cluster of three malls: Chicago Place Mall, Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops. Store hours vary.