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 is too numerous to mention them all -- I've listed some of the main attractions.
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
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
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. Many of Chicago's significant heavyweight architects contributed to the designs such as Burnham, Adler, and Sullivan.