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  • joe-chicago-23
    Chesterfield, MO1,237 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's huge, it covers a full city block. Plenty of selections, not a lot of help. I'm glad it's still open following the closing of the Water Tower Place store.
    Written July 26, 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Water Tower Place is the centerpiece of the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping mecca. Located at 835 North Michigan Avenue, in the shadow of the Hancock building, across the street from the historic Chicago Water Tower, it is a large urban, mixed-used development comprising a 758,000 square feet shopping mall within a 74-story skyscraper. When built in 1975, it was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world with a 78-story, 859-foot tall reinforced concrete slab, faced with gray marble, in the tower section. One of the first vertical malls in the world, the eight-level mall features nearly 100 shops, a live theatre and several restaurants, all arranged around a chrome-and-glass atrium with glass elevators. The structure also contains a Ritz-Carlton hotel, 360 condominium units and office space. Today, the mall is anchored by a three-story American Girl store. Other stores include White House Black Market, Chico's, Lacoste, Eileen Fisher, Adidas, Akira, Claire's, Locker Room, Lego, Sephora, J.Jill, Johnston & Murphy's, Bath & Body Works and Sunglass Hut. Also be sure to visit the Chicago Sports Museum. For a break, have lunch at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant & Sports Bar or grab a snack at Garrett's Popcorn Shop or Auntie Anne's cookies.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • pyegirl
    Rome, Italy1,432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the place to go if you are in the market for new, high end kitchen appliances or remodel fixtures and you want to see them and talk to peopel who know the differences between all the diff models/products. For those of us who live in small markets and can't actually see the actual appliances and are left to guess with either sales people who don't know squat (eg. Best Buy or small appliance stores that hire your college student on vacation), this is the place to go to really shop.

    Make an appointment with all the show rooms and have them tell you about their products. They don't actually sell you the product, but they are very knowledgeable. Thermador, Bosch, Miele, Wolf, Monogram, Dakor, Waterworks, you name it, it's there.

    One stop shopping with people who know their stuff.
    Written September 27, 2023
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  • Rasjohnson80
    Noblesville, IN34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was very busy on a Saturday, there was a DJ playing music and me and my dog visited the bar on the 2nd floor and had a glass of wine, everyone was friendly and it was a pleasant experience!
    Written April 2, 2023
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  • Bee80204
    Denver, CO5,062 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancying a walk in a luxury department store, I entered 900 North Michigan Shops when I saw the Bloomingdale’s sign. Venturing into the beauty section I sampled the lipsticks with help from the sales associate and took advantage of the free gift offer and made a purchase. I love MAC cosmetics, especially their lipsticks so I was excited that I could indulge my weakness.
    The rest of the store was just as pleasant to walk through and admire the merchandise. There were lovely displays including a flower cart where a fragrance purchase qualifies you for a lovely bouquet. I would definitely visit again if I ever needed more MAC items.
    Written September 26, 2021
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  • GlobalExec
    Bowling Green, OH463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decent food options and a vast array of upscale shopping locations. Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon and there was a very sparse crowd (good for us, but not for the merchants) and the food court was an excellent selection of cuisines. If you go, you must try the TopGolf Swing Suite (6th floor). Great bar and fun 'adult' gaming activities on two large interactive screens.
    Written October 6, 2021
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  • Peggy B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see if you are interested in architecture, interior design, miniatures or historical interiors. Sixty-plus amazingly detailed interiors representng hundreds of years of European and American architecture, furnishings, lighting, art and decor. We were blown away by the craftsmanship and detail at such a small scale. Just one example: Imagine a tiny embroidery frame with a work in progress--and a tiny needle at hand on the piece ready for work to resume.
    Written March 1, 2024
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  • zracoon
    Sandy, UT604 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited and had breakfast at the market on a rainy Saturday, of tamales, a cheesy breakfast sandwich, a cinnamon roll, and a whole bunch of other free samples. Everyone was super friendly, good quality produce and food, and lots of cute dogs.
    Written October 1, 2019
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  • Sue B
    Edinburgh, UK8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great selection of food, desserts, and international cuisine, even without all of the vendors being open when we were there!
    Written June 27, 2022
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  • ken k
    Onsted, MI2,994 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Like most antique shops everything is always evolving. They have everything and anything including furniture upstairs. Modern artsy stuff to old ancient stuff. Fun place to browse even if you don’t want anything. It’s located on Broadway in Edgewater.
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • isabella k
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour provided by the tour guide Elena. Not only is the art truly amazing, Elena cares what she is talking about and makes it an excellent tour from the start. Her knowledge of all the art, the Ukrainian art and that are that's not Ukrainian, is fantastic and she really makes it a great tour!
    Written September 12, 2023
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Shops at North Bridge is located on Michigan Ave centred around a multi-floor Nordstrom anchor along with around 50 mid-range to luxury brand name shops and eateries. It makes for a good mall experience and contribution to the shopping scene along the Magnificent Mile. If helpful, check the North Bridge website for directory of businesses that can be found here.
    Written May 18, 2023
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Native Chicagoans, like me, remember when State State in downtown Chicago was known as The Great Street, before there was a Magnificent Mile on the north side of the Chicago River. It was the street of Marshall Field's, the Chicago Theater, the Palmer House and Carson, Pirie, Scott and Company. Today, Carson's is known as the Sullivan Center, a 943,944-square-foot, three-building complex that houses the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and national retailer Target. Located at 1 South State Street, at the corner of East Madison Street, the structure is mostly known for its architecture. It was designed by Louis Sullivan in 1899 for a retail firm. Another famous architect, Daniel Burnham, also did work on the building. It is remarkable for its steel-framed construction, which allowed a dramatic increase in window area created by bay-wide windows, which in turn allowed for the greatest amount of daylight into the building interiors. The design was the first use of what became known as the Chicago window. At street level, the broad expanses of glass allowed for larger displays of merchandise to outside pedestrian traffic, creating the idea of the sidewalk showcase. Sullivan designed the unique corner entry to be seen from both State and Madison. The attractive ornamentation above the entrance gave the store an elegant and unique persona important to the building's competition with neighboring stores, including Marshall Field's. It was designated a Chicago Landmark and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
    Written October 22, 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,307 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I recently purchased a fine glass antique paperweight from L.H. Selman Ltd. in Chicago to serve as a centerpiece for our extensive Civil War collection of rare and first-edition books, manuscripts, autographs, paintings and artifacts. Until we visited the Selman gallery and museum at 410 South Michigan Avenue, in the historic Fine Arts Building, overlooking Millennium Park and Grant Park and the nearby Art Institute of Chicago, we didn't have any knowledge about paperweights. In less than two hours, we received a thorough education. Selman is a name that has been synonymous with the finest antique and contemporary paperweights for over 40 years. It is the premier dealer in fine art glass paperweights in the United States and its mission is to promote the very best by exhibiting and selling through its gallery and at auction the finest examples made in past centuries and by nurturing new talent emerging from independent studios. It's a fascinating adventure, viewing the largest collection of antique and contemporary paperweights in the world. After it's over, you understand that a paperweight isn't a simple desk accessory. The origin of glass paperweights can be traced to France in 1845, when glass factories such as Baccarat, Saint Louis and Clichy were competing to create the world's finest crystal luxury items, including water sets, tableware and inkwells, then paperweights. Collectors range from kings and American presidents to writers and investors to Truman Capote and Arthur Rubloff. L.H. Selman was introduced to paperweights in the mid-1960s. He began collecting them, started a small mail order business, created a publishing company to distribute information about paperweights, then founded the International Paperweight Society and Museum on South Michigan Avenue. In 2001, he was named "one of the Top Ten People of the 20th Century" to influence the paperweight art form. In 2009, he sold his business to Mitch and Ben Clark. They picked up the torch--or the paperweight--and the Chicago art scene remains in sterling condition.
    Written December 14, 2019
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  • LINDANELL27
    Oklahoma37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best Farmer's market. I, along with many others, were able to buy fresh fruit that was delicious. You must find the scones. The teens bought vintage clothes. You won't be disappointed. My suggestion is to stay in Logan's Square neighborhood if possible and to be there on Sunday.
    Written July 19, 2022
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