Experience the architecture, museums, and art in Magnificent Mile!

The Magnificent Mile is the most famous place to go shopping in Chicago. The mile-long strip on Michigan Avenue runs between Oak Street and Michigan Avenue Bridge in Downtown. High-rise buildings on either side of the street hold offices, restaurants, hotels and hundreds of shops. Mingle with crowds of tourists and locals at any time of the day and year, who come to browse, catch-up over a meal and people-watch. It doesn’t matter if you come prepared to spend some serious cash, or just to window-shop and take home a souvenir. You’ll find it all here: clothes, jewelry, books, furniture and food for every budget.

The strip got its nickname in the 1940s, thanks to the exclusive commercial and residential dwellings that cemented it as a retail hub after the Great Depression. You can still see two of the historic buildings that survived the Great Fire of 1871: the Pumping Station and Water Tower. The Water Tower is now an upscale mall. Water Tower Place has a huge atrium, dozens of shops and a sizeable food court.

The Chicago Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building were both built here in the 1920s and stand out from the modern skyscrapers. Look up to see the ornate carvings at the top of the towers that give them their distinct style.

Stroll the strip by foot to get a feel for what’s there. Big name luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Chanel have boutiques alongside affordable department stores such as H&M. There are five national department stores, and they have fabulous window displays, especially during the winter holiday season. There’s something for everyone along this vibrant strip, including candy stores and toy shops for the kids.

Foodies have plenty of options, as there are dozens of fine dining restaurants along the strip that cater to lunchtime business crowds and shoppers. There are numerous fast-food and café options, too. For a treat, check out the Cape Cod Room at the famous Drake Hotel, where locals and tourists have been coming since 1933 for fresh seafood. The Drake is just one of more than 50 hotels on the Magnificent Mile strip.

Known for

Museums, Architecture and Skyscrapers

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Top Hotels in Magnificent Mile

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
$105
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.1/5Very Good! (10,513 reviews)

"Great location, lots of shopping and food around the corner, but rooms need updating."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile
Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5
676 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
$179
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,381 reviews)

"Room and hotel location great. Did not clean room every day. Had used towels and sheets from previous days."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5
505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
$184
per night
Oct 30 - Oct 31
4.2/5Excellent! (2,225 reviews)

"Great central location, friendly staff, super clean, Starbucks and Michael Jordan’s bar & restaurant in lobby!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
$180
per night
Nov 15 - Nov 16
4.1/5Very Good! (2,057 reviews)

"The property was wonderful. It was the process that was encountered when we went to check in. There was a 6.5 hr. wait before we could be placed in a room. And the explanation of what was occurring within the hotel and its system, varied from time to time. It was rather frustrating."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
4.5 out of 5
909 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
$175
per night
Oct 31 - Nov 1
4.2/5Excellent! (2,186 reviews)

"I will stay there again, very convenient and clean. Good room"…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2019

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
Park Hyatt - Chicago
Park Hyatt - Chicago
5 out of 5
800 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
$234
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4
4.7/5Exceptional! (608 reviews)

"This was a spectacular hotel. We got a river view and the top floor with a huge room without requesting it. Bathroom was very big and clean, staff were very cheerful, the pool area was great, and the restaurant had awesome city views. And Parker the resident pug was extremely cute. We got a great ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Park Hyatt - Chicago

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John Hancock Center
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John Hancock Center

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Chicago Water Tower
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Chicago Water Tower

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Tribune Tower
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Tribune Tower

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Water Tower Place
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Michigan Avenue
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Wrigley Field
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Wrigley Field

4.5/5(1,918 reviews)

Tour the iconic grounds and catch a game March through September at Chicago’s beloved baseball stadium.

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Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley & Double-Decker Bus Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley & Double-Decker Bus Tour

$42

Feel the breeze from the open-air top of a double-decker bus or an old-fashioned trolley as you cruise the Windy City on this hop-on hop-off tour. With multiple routes and 12 stops at must-see Chicago landmarks, this is the perfect way to scope out the sights along the shores of Lake Michigan.

Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier
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Architecture River Tour from Navy Pier

$41

Equal parts boat and buildings, this river cruise gives you a from-the-water perspective of Chicago skyline and up-close views of its most iconic structures. Board an open-roofed vessel and float with the current as an architecture expert shares the fascinating history behind the Windy City's most renowned buildings.

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)
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360 CHICAGO Observation Deck (Hancock Center)

$22

At 360 CHICAGO, the guest experience begins at the ground floor with a museum-style exhibition celebrating Chicago’s history and nine of its culturally rich neighborhoods.

Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour
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Chicago Mob Tour: Criminals & Gangsters Bus Tour

$40

Explore Chicago's seedy underworld on this guided bus tour of its most famous gangsters and mobsters. Investigate the former haunts of legends like Al Capone, The Untouchables, and John Dillinger as you explore the sites of major crimes, violent deaths, and shocking trials on this guided excursion.

Chicago CityPASS: Save on Chicago's 5 Best Attractions
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Chicago CityPASS: Save on Chicago's 5 Best Attractions

$108

Chicago CityPASS® tickets include premium admission to Chicago’s top attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.

Private 2-hour boat rental aboard Plain Slice for 8 people Free pizza!
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Private 2-hour boat rental aboard Plain Slice for 8 people Free pizza!

$269

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