Malls will always hold a special place in the heart for anyone who came of age in the ‘90s. Living within Chicago city limits doesn’t preclude you from enjoying that classic mall experience. However, the Shops at North Bridge give you all the excitement of wandering the stores (with none of the waiting around for parental pickup). Here are three of our favorite spots to nab your new sparkly must-haves for fall—in all price ranges, too, in case you need a food court treat!
ALEX AND ANI
Infused with energy, positivity, and flat-out loveliness, the pieces by ALEX AND ANI are stackable layers of joy. And with their new Chicago storefront taking up residence at North Bridge, it’s easy to wander through the beautifully laid out shop—and chat with the exceptionally helpful staff. On our wish list is the sterling Lotus Blossom bangle which, besides being a terrifically cool bracelet, also donates 20 percent of each sale to Women & Infants Hospital, one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. Philanthropy looks good on you!
Want to give something marvelous (and fantastically priced) for the younger fashionista in your life? Head upstairs to Charming Charlie, purveyors of hip, bold ensembles and accessories—and more BFF bling than you can shake an ironic kitten at. Our pick: this adorable unicorn charm necklace from the Belle and Bumble line. A menagerie of gifts for ten bucks or less? Now that’s a note worth passing.
If you hear the name Swarovski and think “crystals,” do you also think “watches?” (You should.) The pinnacle of drool-worthy Austrian craftsmanship, they add necessary sparkle to everything from earrings to home decor. We’re jonesing for this stunning rose gold tone Crystalline Pure Watch surrounded by 850 black crystals. Best yet? It’s water resistant, so having kids and having gorgeous accessories are no longer mutually exclusive ideas.
If you go:
The Shops at North Bridge
520 N. Michigan Ave.