One thing uncomfortable about holiday shopping is when it’s real cold outside, once you’re in the store, you may find yourself rushing about in your coat and sweating by the time you go back out into the frigid temperatures. Alternately, you may take your cold weather gear off and put it back on again over and over each time you pop in and out of stores, which is a hassle plus time-consuming.
Also, when you strip off all your outerwear and drape it over one arm to lug that heavy clump around, that leaves you only one arm to shop with, which any serious shopper knows is truly not ideal. In fact, a shopper who really wants to take care of business probably wishes for several arms.
One suggestion to get around this is to stuff your gloves into your pockets, your hat in one sleeve and your scarf in another (securely, to make sure they don’t fall out) then securely drape your coat over your shoulders without actually putting it on. Or try a combination of utilizing your pockets, depending on how big they are and how much they can accommodate, purse or briefcase. If you’re in a hurry, you can do all this while you’re on the move.
Another way around doing too much of the coat-off, coat-on routine is to visit an indoor mall like Water Tower Place, The Shops at Northbridge or the 900 North Michigan Avenues stores. And right in the Loop, there’s the snazzy Block 37.
It’s centrally located on State and Randolph with an entryway on Dearborn too (right across from Christkindlemarket) and is convenient to blue and red line trains plus surrounding bus stops. Block 37 is even connected to the Loop’s underground pedway, which makes shopping during the winter less stressful. If you work downtown in a building connected to the pedway, you may not even have to don your winter outerwear to get there and do some lunch time shopping plus grab a bite to eat. Imagine the convenience, the joy of not being heavy-laden with winter wear!
Block 37 was thoughtfully designed with your convenience in mind. ATMs are located in the pedway and on Level 1. The pedway has several food vendors and small shops including a GNC health food store. There’s a newsstand in the pedway for your convenience (closed on weekends) as well as specialty kiosks, including a Boost Mobile, Dakota Watch and Fashion Accessories.
There’s a Guest Services office on Level 1, or you can call 312-261-4738. Free maps and travel guides are available, keeping you abreast of Chicago events. If you need a stroller or wheelchair, those are available for free. There’s also a Hot Tix and a Godiva Chocolatier.
During the holiday season, Block 37 shops are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every day except Sunday when they’re open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Be aware, however, that some of the food vendors have shorter hours and not all of them are open on weekends.
Here’s what you’ll find at Block 37 for your holiday shopping needs and more:
- Apparel and accessories for men, women and children: AKIRA, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Iridium Lab, Made of Chicago, North & Hudson, Zara
- Beauty products: L’Occitane en Province, Sabon, Sephora
- Jewelry and accessories: Eddie’s Treasures, Les Nereidies, Local Charm, Sunglass Hut
- Especially for children: Disney Store
Don’t “shop till you drop;” there are plenty of places to refuel at Block 37: Fast food in the lower level; Latinicity, Pueblo restaurant; and for dessert, Magnolia Bakery. Or if you’d like to reward yourself with dinner and a movie after shopping, there’s a dine-in AMC theater in Block 37.