The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile
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The Magnificent Mile is a prime hospitality, dining and retail destination in the heart of Chicago. This section of Michigan Avenue, running from the banks of the Chicago River to Oak Street, features more than 460 shops, from high-end boutiques like Gucci and Burberry to pocket-friendly department stores. Amid lots of shopping and fine dining options, don’t miss the avenue’s historic landmarks like the Wrigley Building and the Chicago Water Tower. You can also take a walking tour of the area to make sure you’ll cover all the must-sees or stay in a room with an impressive view of downtown Chicago. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Near North Side
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  • Deborah W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun city to visit
    Chicago is a clean interesting city with amazing food. We were only there for 3 days. We stayed at the Hilton Chicago and toured The Art Institute and The Chicago 360. The Art Institute has amazing art especially impressionistic paintings. Saw the whole city from the 90th floor of the 360. The shopping is great in that same area. We ate at Au Cheval where we had delicious hamburgers although the wait was long on a Friday night. We also had Chicago deep dish pizza at Lou Mahnati’s which was amazingly delicious - we called ahead and got right in.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Irina
    United States13,369 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magic Mile
    The Magnificent Mile is a bit quieter in winter months, when this grand avenue is not too busy with traffic, but the upscale shops are shining and welcoming customers to buy presents anyway, as was the case before Valentine's Day, when we visited the area. The Mag Mile was magic in the evening hours, as well -- all in lights, and subtle colors of shopping windows, hotels and restaurants. The avenue was still in winter decorations, which looked unusual, but very pretty! Love The Mag Mile.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 8, 2024
  • Rodney J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Business travel
    This was business trip, so I didn't have high expectations. I was tired from my trip from the west coast, but the ray of sunshine from a clod Chicago winter day, was Alejandra at the front desk. She made me feel welcomed, like I was visiting an old friend. She was polite and knowledgeable about the hotel and the city. i know I'll have future visits to the Chicago area, due to my job and hope to see that smile next time.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled on business
    Written March 10, 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    High End Shopping Street
    The Magnificent Mile is a stretch of Michigan Avenue running from the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River to Oak Street. It is Chicago's premier shopping street filled with the finest department stores and high-end retailers. There are no shopping bargains to be found here. Shop here if you enjoy spending a lot of money. It is mostly tourists walking up and down the Magnificent Mile taking in the scene. I find most of it rather uninteresting not being much of a window shopper. However, it can still make for a good stroll and the area is clean and safe both day and night. The best aspect of the Magnificent Mile is the architecture that can be viewed near the Michigan Ave Bridge over the Chicago River including of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower and the area near the Historic Watertower including nearby iconic John Hancock Center and Watertower Place.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Uccman39
    North Brunswick, New Jersey223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An underrated area to spend a day
    A wonderful place to visit on a nice day. I stopped in Chicago for the day on my way out west. Chicago is an underrated city for shopping and beautiful lake views. Didn’t have time for the restaurants but would like to return soon
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written April 3, 2024
  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,298 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago's answer to 5th Avenue and Rodeo Drive
    Chicago's Magnificent Mile, or Mag Mile, is the upscale section of the city's Michigan Avenue north from the Chicago River to fashionable Oak Street, the main thoroughfare between Chicago's Loop business district and its high priced Gold Coast neighborhood. The Streeterville neighborhood is to the east while Rush Street and River North are to the west. The Mag Mile currently is Chicago's largest shopping area, occupied by retail department stores, restaurants, museums and hotels. It features some of the city's most famous and historic buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Water Tower Place, the Chicago Water Tower, the Hancock building. Have an expensive cup of coffee at the world's largest Starbucks. Tourists can choose to stay at some of the most highly rated hotels in the country, including the Drake, Allerton, Peninsula, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt and Intercontinental. Going shopping? The Mag Mile features some of the world's most fashionable retail stores, including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Armani, Ferragamo, Burberry, Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren. Ready for lunch or dinner? You won't find a McDonald's or Wendy's or Burger King or Taco Bell on the Mag Mile. And some outstanding restaurants have closed, including Spiaggia, Tru, Pump Room, Cape Cod Room, Signature Room at the 95th, Grand Lux and Lawry's Prime Rib. But diners won't go hungry. Among the headliners are Maple & Ash, Purple Pig, Labriola, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, RL, Gibson's, Steak 48, Pizzeria Uno and Duo, Rosebud on Rush, Beatrix, Eataly, Bandera, NoMi, Volare and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab. Take your time and you're sure to find everything you are looking for.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written May 29, 2024
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Irina
United States13,369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
It's always enjoyable to visit the Mag Mile (North Michigan Avenue), especially during the week days, when it is not too busy with traffic and people.

There are new things on The Mile -- new shops, restaurants, cafes, offices, etc, and there are also closures of some famous establishments, mainly restaurants -- a very popular Grand Lux Cafe at 600 N Michigan Ave, and Signature Room with Signature Room Lounge on the 95th floor of John Hancock Center at 875 N Michigan Ave are permanently closed.

The avenue is now decorated with bright summer flowers and ... cool-looking butterflies, i.e. the art installations of all types of colorful butterflies, with info plaques about the artists and also about the migration habits of butterflies. The exhibition project was organized by the Chicago Park District, and it looks fresh and wonderful!

The upscale shops are doing very well -- and they are busy with offering new, trendy, city chic summer items. All the attractions nearby welcome public, as well: Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, Pioneer Court, Chicago Riverwalk, and many other historic and modern sites of this great and friendly city. I'll be back very soon!
Written June 13, 2024
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hockeyaw19
Marlborough, MA648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Business
Plenty of shops and restaurants on this strip. Didn't do any shopping but they have plenty of it from ritzy luxury brands to target. I stopped in twice at the Starbuck's reserve roastery which I'd recommend. Walking this strip certainly gives you an appreciation for the Chicago Architecture Scene.
Written June 8, 2024
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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,989 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Treat this as a 5th Avenue of New York or Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Champs-Élysées Ave in Paris
known for its world-class shopping, also has plenty to offer architecture buffs. more than 450 retailers within walking distance in downtown Chicago, make your way to The Magnificent Mile.
This portion of Michigan Avenue – Starts from Chicago River and ends at Lake Shore Drive (next is North Avenue beach)

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department stores and luxury retailers like Bloomingdale's, Marcus, Macy's, Tory Burch and Nordstrom. also, The Magnificent Mile is home to several top-notch eateries and luxury hotels, including The Drake, the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, and the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile.

Architecture buffs - you are gonna like it, as this is your real downtown. While walking around, turn your eyes upward for views of the Chicago Water Tower, which survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and is the longest-standing structure on Michigan Avenue.

Other structural highlights include the Wrigley Building (once the headquarters of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.) and the Tribune Tower (former home to the Chicago Tribune daily newspaper).
Written June 3, 2024
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,298 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Chicago's Magnificent Mile, or Mag Mile, is the upscale section of the city's Michigan Avenue north from the Chicago River to fashionable Oak Street, the main thoroughfare between Chicago's Loop business district and its high priced Gold Coast neighborhood. The Streeterville neighborhood is to the east while Rush Street and River North are to the west. The Mag Mile currently is Chicago's largest shopping area, occupied by retail department stores, restaurants, museums and hotels. It features some of the city's most famous and historic buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Water Tower Place, the Chicago Water Tower, the Hancock building. Have an expensive cup of coffee at the world's largest Starbucks. Tourists can choose to stay at some of the most highly rated hotels in the country, including the Drake, Allerton, Peninsula, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt and Intercontinental. Going shopping? The Mag Mile features some of the world's most fashionable retail stores, including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Armani, Ferragamo, Burberry, Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren. Ready for lunch or dinner? You won't find a McDonald's or Wendy's or Burger King or Taco Bell on the Mag Mile. And some outstanding restaurants have closed, including Spiaggia, Tru, Pump Room, Cape Cod Room, Signature Room at the 95th, Grand Lux and Lawry's Prime Rib. But diners won't go hungry. Among the headliners are Maple & Ash, Purple Pig, Labriola, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, RL, Gibson's, Steak 48, Pizzeria Uno and Duo, Rosebud on Rush, Beatrix, Eataly, Bandera, NoMi, Volare and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab. Take your time and you're sure to find everything you are looking for.
Written May 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Uccman39
North Brunswick, NJ223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A wonderful place to visit on a nice day. I stopped in Chicago for the day on my way out west. Chicago is an underrated city for shopping and beautiful lake views. Didn’t have time for the restaurants but would like to return soon
Written April 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Conchita B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The Magnificent Mile is a bustling, vibrant stretch of Chicago known for its iconic shopping, dining, and entertainment options. With its stunning architecture and diverse attractions, it's a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike
Written March 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The Magnificent Mile is a stretch of Michigan Avenue running from the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River to Oak Street. It is Chicago's premier shopping street filled with the finest department stores and high-end retailers. There are no shopping bargains to be found here. Shop here if you enjoy spending a lot of money. It is mostly tourists walking up and down the Magnificent Mile taking in the scene. I find most of it rather uninteresting not being much of a window shopper. However, it can still make for a good stroll and the area is clean and safe both day and night. The best aspect of the Magnificent Mile is the architecture that can be viewed near the Michigan Ave Bridge over the Chicago River including of the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower and the area near the Historic Watertower including nearby iconic John Hancock Center and Watertower Place.
Written March 12, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rodney J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Business
This was business trip, so I didn't have high expectations. I was tired from my trip from the west coast, but the ray of sunshine from a clod Chicago winter day, was Alejandra at the front desk. She made me feel welcomed, like I was visiting an old friend. She was polite and knowledgeable about the hotel and the city. i know I'll have future visits to the Chicago area, due to my job and hope to see that smile next time.
Written March 10, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Irina
United States13,369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Magnificent Mile is a bit quieter in winter months, when this grand avenue is not too busy with traffic, but the upscale shops are shining and welcoming customers to buy presents anyway, as was the case before Valentine's Day, when we visited the area. The Mag Mile was magic in the evening hours, as well -- all in lights, and subtle colors of shopping windows, hotels and restaurants. The avenue was still in winter decorations, which looked unusual, but very pretty!

Love The Mag Mile.
Written March 8, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mohammad Abbas S
Karachi, Pakistan12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Business
It was very cold but Chicago is equipped to handle the cold spells so no disruptions in my plans. Chicago is always a wonderful place to visit
Written January 24, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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