Everyone loves a good shopping spree when heading out of town. While Los Angeles, Miami and New York may have more notoriety in fashion and shopping, there are many shopping districts throughout the Midwest with their own unique flair. 

Throughout middle America, creativity and style has thrived for decades. This creative energy culminated into diverse, artistic communities driven by shopping, art and style. Next time you’re touring the Midwest, check out some of these unique shopping districts in the middle of the map.

The Delmar Loop – St. Louis, MO

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The Delmar Loop was the place to be in St. Louis. The home of the St. Louis Walk of Fame has continued to evolve throughout the years. New elements, like the Loop Trolley, concert halls and eateries, add more creative essence.

The shopping in The Loop has always been top-notch. It is an eclectic and colorful place to visit. 

The Brick Street – Lebanon, IL

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Founded in 1814, Lebanon is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Brick Street is a blast from the past full of antique shops, historic inns and American magic. Charles Dickens described his stay at the Mermaid Inn on Brick Street in his book “American Notes.” There’s small boutique shops to explore and small businesses selling unique trinkets travelers won’t find anywhere else. Lined with restaurants and shops, Brick Street is a fun adventure just 23 miles east of St. Louis. 

Short North Art District – Columbus, OH

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The Short North Art District is a thriving creative, shopping community in Columbus. The old meets the new here, and there’s a little bit of something for everyone. There are locally owned businesses, floral stores and toy stores. Aside from clothes and unique knick knacks, Short North has a plethora of home decor shops, like Karavan and Home & Her. No matter if its vintage wear or high-end brands from specialty boutiques, this shopping district offers something for all travelers. 

Anderson Shopping District – Chicago, IL

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When Swedish immigrants moved to the United States in the 19th century, many of them settled in a north Chicago neighborhood. The area was called Andersonville and today is home to shopping, arts, crafts and more. Representing the lasting legacy of Swedish heritage in Chicago, Anderson Shopping District has shops galore. Here you’ll find everything from furniture, trendy clothes, pets, and hardware along this special street. 

Main Street Shopping District – Decorah, IA

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If you couldn’t make it to Norway, you can get a taste of the international destination by visiting Decorah. The Main Street Shopping District is a quaint spot in Iowa that blends the past and the present. You’ll find a ton of specialty shops here. Handcrafted art and sculptures can be found at Agora Arts. Travelers can buy a bike at Deborah’s Bicycle and tour the city on two wheels. There’s a toy jungle hidden in a pharmacy. There are also wineries, live entertainment, festivals and spas throughout the district.