Oak Street (Chicago)
Oak Street is in Chicago's Gold Coast. It runs from 138 East to 648 West in the Near North Side. It ends without crossing the North Branch of the Chicago River. West of the river, the street changes to Augusta Boulevard. Its eastern end is Michigan Avenue. At this intersection Oak Street becomes East Lake Shore Drive. Two blocks east of this end are famed North Lake Shore Drive, Lakefront Trail, and Oak Street Beach.
Points of interest
Oak Street is Chicago's most prestigious shopping street. Oak Street has a mix of international couture houses, American luxury brands, and local boutiques, and is in close proximity to famed Michigan Avenue and Rush Street.
Oak Street has continued to expand in recent years as international brands have chosen this street over Michigan Avenue, although it is perceived as an extension, if not part, of the Magnificent Mile. On one corner of Oak Street's intersection with Michigan Avenue is the Drake Hotel, Chanel, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Georg Jensen. However, in contrast to Michigan Avenue, Oak Street is much narrower, with trees lining both sides of the block giving a more intimate setting, with less foot traffic. Part of the appeal has been slightly lower rents and smaller boutique type spaces compared to Michigan Avenue. Most of the buildings are former residences converted into retail spaces, with new construction mirroring the existing aesthetics of the neighborhood.
These fashion brands have mono-brand stores on Oak Street: Agent Provocateur, Alexis Bittar, Barneys New York, Buccellati, Bonpoint, Brunello Cucinelli, Calypso St Barth, Carolina Herrera, Emporio Armani, Escada, Eskandar, Furla, Christian Louboutin, Georg Jensen, George Greene, Graff Diamonds, Hermès, Harry Winston, Ike Behar, Jack Spade, Jil Sander, Jimmy Choo, Kate Spade, Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Loro Piana, sister brands Maje and Sandro, Moncler, Marc Jacobs, Oliver Peoples, Paul Stuart, Piazza Sempione, Prada, Rebecca Minkoff, Saint Laurent, Sararose, Scoop, Ted Baker, Tod's, Tory Burch, Van Cleef and Arpels, VINCE., Vera Wang, Tom Ford, Zadig & Voltaire, Buccellati, and Wolford. Christian Dior and Versace are slated to open flagship boutiques right off of Oak in early 2016.