Chicago draws women ready to experience the outstanding shopping (and getaway-special experiences) on some of the most famous streets and in little neighborhoods. Come evening, check out Broadway shows in the Loop's theater district.

Day 1

The Magnificent Mile may be best known as a shopping destination, but savvy browsers also head to Lincoln Park on Chicago's Near North Side. (Don't drive; from the Loop, your best bet is to take the Brown Line elevated train to the Armitage stop.) The Armitage and Halsted corridor easily takes up a day. Art Effect shows off whimsical clothing, jewelry and home decor; all-natural skin products shine at Kiehl's. Tapas and sangria at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba fuel a day out. When you check in at theWit downtown (from $109), you'll get warm chocolate chip cookies. Plan ahead to see a Broadway in Chicago show, or for half-price tickets (but limited selection), head to the East Randolph Street Hot Tix outlet or visit Postshow, have a drink and appetizer at Roof, theWit's stunning rooftop bar.

Day 2

You don't have to stray far from the hotel to find fantastic shopping. P.O.S.H. on State Street mixes true vintage finds with retro-looking but made-today decor. Inside the wondrous multifloor Macy's on State Street, the classy Walnut Room serves two dishes you don't want to miss: savory chicken potpie and indulgent Frango chocolate-mint ice cream pie. The five-story shopping mall Block 37 sparkles with its sun-filled atrium and spoils with its spa. Dinner at upscale Atwood Restaurant is an experience in global flavors.

Day 3

Heed the call of North Michigan Avenue: Upscale designer shops, including Burberry, All Saints and Ralph Lauren, mix with department stores, boutiques and restaurants. Head to The Peninsula Chicago for a pedicure in its spa or afternoon tea at The Lobby.

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