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City Overview

Chicago remains vibrant, particularly with its continuing move toward becoming a true 24-hour city. In trying to stabilize economic growth, while also remaining an attractive backdrop for retailers, Chicago continues to fuel demand for retail space throughout its real estate market. The city is a desirable location for international and national alike.  The Chicago Metro market has 29 regional shopping malls, encompassing more than 30 million sq. ft., and a further 35 sub-regional markets, each with more than one million sq. ft. of gross leasable area (GLA). The top five submarkets in the Metro area include Michigan Avenue, Schaumburg, Oak Brook, Old Orchard and Aurora/Naperville. Each of these top markets is anchored by at least one high-performing regional mall. Michigan Avenue and Schaumburg (Woodfield Mall) are the two biggest tourist draws for retail; Woodfield Mall draws more than 26 million visitors annually and The Magnificent Mile offers over 3.1 million square feet of retail space and attracts over 22 million visitors a year. 

Things to do



The following places are popular tourist attractions while visiting Chicago. The Magnificent Mile has 3.1 miles of retail therapy. It is also home to great dining and hotels.  Navy Pier, a 3,300 foot pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan, has great dining and shops and a ferris wheel.  As far as seeing the views, Willis Tower and 360 Chicago Observation Deck are two great places to see the skyline, lake and the entire city of Chicago.  


The following places are great to kick back and relax while visiting Chicago. Millennium Park has 25 acres of landscape, iconic art, and breathtaking architecture. The Bean, the large stainless steel structure also located in Millennium Park, has become Chicago's signature landmark. During the winter months, there is an ice rink at your disposal.  In the warmer months, one can enjoy the Pritzker Pavilion for live musical performances.

And be seen


Duck Duck Goat, Il Porcellino, Parachute, RPM Steak, The Publican


Moneygun, Three Dots and a Dash, Violet Hour, Smart Bar, The Mid, Studio Paris

Be Merry

The Redhead Piano Bar, City Winery, The Underground, The Second City, Navy Pier