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Top 10 Chicago by Elaine Glusac, Elisa Kronish

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Shopping Tips

1. Store Hours

Regular store and mall hours are usually 10am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 6pm Sunday. However, Northside boutiques and stores along the Mag Mile often stay open until 7–8pm.

2. Taxes

Chicago state and local sales taxes are among the highest in the country at 9.5 per cent on all non-food items.

3. Sales Periods

Some Chicago stores have items on sale all year round, but expect real bargains after Christmas, on Presidents’ Day, and on Labor Day (for further details see Public Holidays).

4. Department Stores

You’re in shopper’s heaven when it comes to department stores in Chicago, which are mostly located on North Michigan Avenue and State Street. They include traditional Macy’s, practical Sears, upscale Nordstrom, ...

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