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The best places to get the goods, whether you're hoping to spend a little—or a lot 


111 N. State St.; 312-781-1000 (plus locations in Skokie, Oak Brook, Northbrook, and Schaumburg) 
SAVE Macy’s sorely misjudged the Marshall Field’s handover and seems incapable of refreshing the flagship location, but the store is still the best place to shop for a new bathing suit; it offers the widest selection of styles starting in the affordable double digits. All the usual designer brands are here—Calvin Klein, Trina Turk, Ralph Lauren, Anne Cole, Michael Kors, DKNY; those with other body types will find a solid selection of the corseting Miraclesuit ($122) and one-piecers with skirted bottoms. 

La Perla
535 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-494-0400
SPLURGE This ultra-high-end ltalian lingerie maker on Michigan Avenue also has a year-round line of swimwear that certainly would make a fine impressions if one were ever invited aboard a mogul’s yacht. But devotees of these luxurious beach pieces say they are as comfortable, durable, and good-fitting as they are beautiful near works-of-art. Skip the Las Vegas–showgirl styles—such as the teeny-tiny bikini with a mirror-sequined top (pictured; $558)—for more demure variations that wrap around the body in novel, sexy ways.

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