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Calling All Men of The Mag Mile

Growing up in West Michigan, a trip to Chicago always meant an extensive amount of time dedicated to perusing the shops up and down The Magnificent Mile with my family. There’s no shortage of retailers with world class amenities, cutting-edge services, and one-of-a-kind merchandise along Michigan Avenue and all around the downtown district. That’s why I decided to compile a list of retailers who go the extra mile when it comes to enhancing the shopping experience for male visitors!

  • Hammer Made

    Gentleman, there’s a whole lot to love at Hammer Made. When you visit Hammer Made, you’re going to experience a boutique shopping feel at great prices. Hammer Made wants your look to feel unique to you and every shirt is produced in limited runs! When you throw on one of these shirts, you won’t be sacrificing comfort for the sake of style. Each Hammer Made product is crafted with precision and attention to detail.

    From head to toe, Hammer Made will work with you to create a personalized look that’s sure to wow any onlookers. The location at The Shops at North Bridge features an extensive selection of socks to complete any look. Adorn those feet with vibrant imaginative prints, opt for socks showcasing your Chicago pride, or make a political statement with party-aligned socks.

    Just as socks can tell a story, so too can cuff links. Head to the front counter and choose from a smorgasbord of the accessory. Flaunt cuff links showcasing your favorite Chicago sports team; the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Blackhawks, or Bears! Are you a firm believer in breakfast being the most important meal of the day? Then opt for a mismatched eggs and bacon set to keep those cuffs secure. Taco Tuesday? Tortilla-links are all the rage.

    And we can’t forget about the ties! Each Hammer Made tie is crafted with 100% Italian silk. Take a gander at Hammer Made’s kaleidoscopic tie display and find yourself a tie fit for every occasion.

    When you stop by Hammer Made, be sure to ask about the “Shirt of the Month Club! This subscription-based clothing service enlists the help of your very own personal stylist to take the hassle out of building a wardrobe. Find your size; express your color, print, and style preferences and prepare to be wowed. Customers can opt to receive new shirts monthly, quarterly, or exclusively for special occasions. Spruce up your wardrobe, keep your look on trend, and make your shopping automatic.

    Hammer Made is celebrating 10 years of exquisite detail, distinct style, and high-quality products! When you step inside this gem along The Magnificent Mile, you’ll be greeted with a knowledgeable, style-centric, and friendly staff on top of a wave of color, products, and quality that’ll have you feeling as good as you look.

    Hammer Made
    520 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 285-2610

  • Shinola

    Located off Rush Street in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Shinola epitomizes hospitality, timeless luxury design, and dedication to an identity. When you walk into this store, you’ll be greeted by an unmistakable scent of fine leather goods and knowledgeable, friendly employees who live and breathe the Shinola brand. When customers purchase from Shinola they’re purchasing something that goes beyond the product itself: they’re investing in a story. Each Shinola product is assembled in Detroit with the best materials and components from around the world. A commitment to longevity (backed by a limited lifetime guarantee) ensures that your Shinola timepieces will stand the test of time.

    The Gold Coast Shinola redefines the retail experience. As a brand dedicated to hospitality first and foremost, there are a plethora of ways to make your Shinola experience one-of-a-kind! Sit down at the Willard Watch Bar and create a timepiece unlike any other. Work with the Shinola team to handpick an expertly crafted watch face that’ll reflect your tastes and stand the test of time. Pair the watch face with a wide selection of bands fit for any man and any occasion. And while you’re crafting your new wristwear, enjoy a glass of whiskey or sip on a bottle of Shinola Cola. The buyer experience is in step with the quality of the products moving in and out of this growing midwestern staple.

    The Artisan Station is another special service offered at the Rush Street location promoting individuality and unparalleled quality. Add to your Shinola piece with monogramming and engraving to make it distinctly yours. The Artisan Station also offers watch repairs to keep everything in tick-tock shape.

    From watches to backpacks to record players to bicycles, Shinola’s curated assortment of American assembled products re-imagines every facet of quality, from purchase to consumption.

    1009 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 663-7300

  • UGG

    In the quest for comfortability and versatility, UGG stands out from the crowd. Synonymous with sheepskin boots and slippers, the retailer possesses an impressive product offering, including apparel ranging from casual wear to dress wear. The Magnificent Mile UGG store is the largest in the world, offering customers a first glimpse at the latest and greatest from UGG. Upstairs, you’ll find a purposeful menswear section that showcases a diverse product line while also emphasizing the practicality of every UGG product. You’ll also be greeted by a staff that’s committed to making your UGG experience carefree and unique to you.

    Retreat upstairs and peruse the wide array of footwear. From sneakers to boat shoes to slippers and everything in between, UGG’s footwear line is all-encompassing for anything Mother Nature might throw your way. Likewise, the footwear line is extremely versatile. Transition seamlessly from loafers to boots, all of which can be purchased under one roof. UGG footwear embraces practicality without sacrificing comfort and style.

    The men’s clothing line at UGG tells the same story. Every inch of fabric is woven with durability, sustainability, and practicality in mind. This Spring, UGG has pumped out a product line flush with muted colors, perfect for any season and any occasion. Similar to the footwear line, you’ll discover that UGG’s apparel is all-encompassing. Browse an extensive collection of jackets, joggers, t-shirts, socks, and robes that’ll enhance any wardrobe.

    545 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (773) 295-0904


    COACH appeals to every kind of man and the beloved fashion house boasts a flagship store on the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Ontario Street. COACH is synonymous with handbags, but take one look inside and you’ll quickly realize there layers to the accessible luxury brand. Step inside this wonderworld of functional apparel, footwear, and accessories, and you’ll quickly recognize COACH is at the forefront of style and comfort. In terms of apparel, COACH’s offerings allow for a seamless transition from sharp and sophisticated professional wear to a more relaxed streetwear look.

    One thing COACH knows better than anyone is functionality when it comes to backpacks, briefcases, totes, and duffels. Each bag is crafted with gorgeous glove tan leather crafted to withstand the test of time both durability-wise and style-wise. Whether you’re looking to transport the essentials to and from the office, on a cross-country flight, or for a day on the town, COACH bags are fitting for any occasion.

    The flagship location on The Magnificent Mile boasts one of eighteen COACH Customization Bars in the entire world. Expert craftsmen offer a myriad of ways to customize your COACH products. Whether you’re looking to add a little personal touch to a COACH wallet or want to add some extra flair to your sneakers or bags, the possibilities are endless. Scope out a wall’s worth of leather tags and make your COACH merchandise distinctly yours. Some of our favorite motifs are the Chicago Skyline, COACH’s iconic Dino mascot Rexy, and the sharp python leather (only available in five COACH stores worldwide). Monogramming, embroidery, and patchwork is an art form at this Magnificent Mile retailer.

    COACH is always on the cutting edge of affordable luxury. Be sure to peruse the Ready to Wear collection and be on the lookout for exciting new products released in conjunction with brand ambassador, Michael B. Jordan!

    625 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611 | (312) 587-3167

  • Nordstrom

    Nordstrom is a men’s shopping mecca and the anchor store at The Shops at North Bridge. The second floor is flush with all your favorite brands, from sportswear giants like Nike and Adidas to classic staples like Levi’s and Champion - plus all the hottest names in fashion, like Bonobos and Fred Perry. What sets The Magnificent Mile Nordstrom apart is the unique collection of services and amenities.

    The department store is jam-packed with services to enhance the customer experience. An onsite concierge will check your coat, loan an umbrella, call a cab, or even make sightseeing suggestions! The store is equipped with personal stylists who will assist in making your shopping experience easy and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for a couple of fresh pieces or looking to replace your whole wardrobe, friendly and knowledgeable stylists will guide you every step of the way. 

    Situated conveniently in the middle of the men’s department, the Habitant Bar is a standout feature of the Michigan Avenue Nordstrom. Whether you’re looking for an escape from a full day of shopping, celebrating a new purchase, or trying to catch a glimpse of that can’t miss game, the Habitant Bar is an excellent way to liven up your shopping experience. The bar offers a great selection of beer, wine, and cocktails alongside internationally-inspired small plates that are perfect for sharing or a light solo meal.

    Shopping around meal time? Head up to the fourth floor and enjoy Café Nordstrom’s delicious contemporary takes on American classics. Looking for a quick burst of energy? Ebar serves artfully prepared espresso drinks, delicious coffee, and delectable pastries.

    Nordstrom is a one-stop, immersive shopping experience dedicated to cultivating customer satisfaction at the highest level. Whether you’re casually passing through The Shops at North Bridge or you’re a lifelong Chicagoan, Nordstrom has crafted a memorable, laid-back, and unique experience for every man of The Magnificent Mile.

    55 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 464-1515

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