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Jewelers Row Chicago

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In Brief:

The concept of a jewelry "mall" began in 1912 in one building on Wabash Street in Chicago's downtown Loop location. Today, Chicago's Jewelers Row spans 2 blocks with jewelers from all over the world and has become an official landmark area. The number of vendors are too numerous to mention them all -- I've listed some of the main attractions.

Location:

Jewelers Row is located on Wabash Avenue just east of Chicago's famed State Street, between Washington and Monroe

Getting There by Subway:

Red Line to Washington/State

Jewelers Row Parking:

Several paid parking garages on Wabash, metered street parking extremely limited

Mallers Building:

The most buyers and sellers of jewelry on Jewelers Row, this historic building has over 30 specialty jewelry shops including watches, diamonds, pearls and repair.
  • Hours: Open Monday thru Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm., closed on Sundays -- some individual jewelers have varied hours.
  • Address: 5 S. Wabash, Chicago
  • Website:http://www.jewelerscenter.com

Wabash Jewelers Mall:

Loose diamonds are the specialty at this jewelry wholesaler open to the public. With prices as much as half off retail, this mall has vendors that include apprentices, artists and seasoned veterans, some of whom are part of the Gemological Society.
  • Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 10:00 am - 5:30 pm Thurs 10:00 am - 6:30 pm, Sat 10 am -5 pm, closed Sundays
  • Address: 21 N. Wabash, Chicago
  • Website: http://www.wabashjewelersmall.com

About Jewelers Row Chicago:

Jewelers Row is a designated Chicago landmark, and a major hub of the jewelry trade. Jewelry, watchmakers, craftsman, pearl dealers, you name it -- any kind of bauble imaginable makes its way through Wabash Avenue.

Besides the shopping, the district is an interesting mix of Chicago architecture such as Art Deco, Renaissance, Italianate, and Romanesque styles. Many of Chicago's significant heavyweight architects contributed to the designs such as Burnham, Adler and Sullivan.

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