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Book an exam on a Sunday at our Broadway, West Loop, South Andersonville, and Bucktown stores to receive a special Sunday Promotion!

Quality Eyewear and Eye Care in Chicago

Welcome to the Big City Optical Family

We started with a mission: to offer optical and optometric services a little bit differently, and to always put the client first. We’re a practice that values offering top-notch care to our clients, ensuring that every doctor provides big city services with that familiar, neighborhood shop feel. This means making eye care as convenient and personalized as possible yet investing heavily in premiere digital optometry equipment. Above all else, we’re here to provide for all your eye care and eyewear needs, how, where, and when you want it.
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Where Fashion and Eye Care Meet

Our approach to eye care at Big City Optical is surely a sight for sore eyes — we were founded on the belief that our clients can — and should — have eye health that’s timely, high-quality, and most importantly fun. You can expect to find familiarity and comfort from friendly staff members who know your name and remember your eyes. We always personalize every visit and deliver a high-tech, high-accuracy, high-precision experience, whether you’ve come to us to diagnose a condition or pick out a pair of frames.

Our Optical Experience

All eyewear at Big City Optical is hand-picked, so you can expect a laid-back, hassle-free experience every time. Our eyewear is also worry-free, as every pair of glasses comes with a comprehensive and complementary one-year warranty!

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Glasses & Frames

Our vast collection of over 700 independent and designer frames is personally vetted and hand-picked by our staff — the selection is truly a spectacle.

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Sunglasses

Protect your eyes in style from the sun’s harmful UV rays with a reliable pair of sunglasses and customizable lenses.

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Contact Lenses

Get matched with a comfortable pair of contact lenses that will give you visual freedom wherever you go.

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Specialty Lenses

For those with “hard-to-fit” eyes, we offer a selection of specialty lenses for when traditional lenses just won’t cut it.

Our Services

Our services employ state-of-the-art technology using the most advanced diagnostic equipment and treatment methods to give clients of all ages great vision. All our services are completely customized to your unique needs, because you deserve nothing less than eye care that meets you where you are.

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Eye Exams

Our thorough eye exams employ advanced diagnostic methods that are customized based on your age, lifestyle, and medical history.

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Eye Disease Management

The game-changing technology we employ allows us to catch diseases early and implement effective, customized treatment plans to keep your vision healthy for a lifetime.

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Specialty Lenses

No matter what your eyes need, we’ll find a pair of comfortable lenses that can fit you. This includes clients with hard-to-fit eyes or who are suffering from certain conditions, like dry eye.

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Surgery Co-Management

We’ll make sure you know what to expect and that your surgeon has everything they need for a seamless procedure.

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Eye Exams
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EYE EXAMS

Our thorough eye exams employ advanced diagnostic methods that are customized based on your age, lifestyle, and medical history.

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Eye Disease Management
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Eye Disease Management

The game-changing technology we employ allows us to catch diseases early and implement effective, customized treatment plans to keep your vision healthy for a lifetime.

Learn More

Specialty Lenses
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Specialty Lenses

No matter what your eyes need, we’ll find a pair of comfortable lenses that can fit you. This includes clients with hard-to-fit eyes or who are suffering from certain conditions, like dry eye.

Learn More

Surgery Co-Management
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Surgery Co-Management

We’ll make sure you know what to expect and that your surgeon has everything they need for a seamless procedure.

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Our Staff Are Your Neighbors!

We want you to feel right at home no matter which of our locations you visit. All our providers and staff are members of the neighborhoods they serve, and they love to make visits memorable for you and your family.

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Find Your Nearest Office

We have many convenient locations spread across the city and in North Shore, each with their own welcoming personality — find yours today!