Whether you’re searching for the perfect item for yourself or as a gift, shopping in the city can be both fun and overwhelming. At The James, we make the process easier and support our community partners by guiding you to some of our favorite local shops. If you’re visiting us in Chicago, there’s no better place to get started than the River North neighborhood. Right outside our doors, you’ll find an abundance of shopping opportunities, with enough variety to please everyone on your list. Here’s just a sampling of some of the options—all within walking distance from The James.

741 North Wells Street
Based on the belief that what you surround yourself with must bring out the best in you, Elements offers a carefully curated selection of tableware, objects d’art, jewelry, and fashion accessories from both home and abroad. Look for: unique scarves, sterling silver jewelry, crystal barware, stoneware trinket boxes.

Mary Mary
706 North Dearborn Street
This creative gift and home furnishing boutique is modeled on an antique shop, with well-priced but original selections from all over the globe. Look for: wooden bowls, fun salt-and-pepper shakers, crystal ring holders, baby blankets.

Galt Baby
900 North Michigan Avenue
A go-to shop for parents for more than 35 years, Galt offers an extensive selection of strollers, baby gear, car seats, furniture, toys, and other gifts for parents and little ones. Look for: Lundby dollhouses, puppets, classic wooden blocks, finger paints, retro toys.

835 North Michigan Avenue
Voted the best candy store in Illinois by Food Network Magazine, this independent shop offers a bevy of sweet treats that recall childhood nostalgia. Look for: saltwater taffy, chocolate-covered pretzels, licorice laces, gummy bears, gift sets.