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Magnificent Mile Shopping

Shopaholics need look no further this glittering street packed with boutique and luxury shops, famous department stores and cafes.

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.


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Inn of Chicago

Inn of Chicago

162 E Ohio St, Chicago
3.6
of 5, from 1,933 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Inn of Chicago is a half-block from the Magnificent Mile and 2 blocks from the landmark Tribune Tower. Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and the Art Institute of Chicago are among the many attractions within 1 mile.

$122
Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

Warwick Allerton Hotel Chicago

701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago
4.0
of 5, from 2,541 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located on Michigan Avenue in the middle of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, this 1920s Italian Renaissance hotel is surrounded by fashionable shops, 1 mile from Lake Michigan and the Art Institute.

$110
The Whitehall Hotel

The Whitehall Hotel

105 E Delaware Pl, Chicago
4.0
of 5, from 2,176 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Built in 1927, this Chicago hotel is one block from Michigan Avenue shopping and Rush Street restaurants and nightlife; Lake Michigan is within five blocks.

$119
Hotel Felix Chicago

Hotel Felix Chicago

111 W Huron St, Chicago
4.0
of 5, from 1,339 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Felix Chicago is 5 blocks from the Magnificent Mile, one of America’s most dazzling thoroughfares. It’s a 7-minute cab ride to the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, whose 40 gondolas command unmatched skyline and lake views. Chicago-Red Metro Station is a 6-minute walk from the hotel.

$125
Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

163 East Walton Place, Chicago
4.2
of 5, from 2,025 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This 1927 landmark Chicago hotel is a half block from Michigan Avenue/Magnificent Mile shopping, two blocks from Oak Street shopping and Water Tower Place. Lake Michigan is three blocks away.

$300
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago
4.8
of 5, from 833 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Near North Side, this family-friendly Chicago hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower. Chicago Theatre and Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

Classic Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

Classic Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

East Bellevue Place and N Rush St, Chicago
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gold Coast, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Newberry Library, John Hancock Center, and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Sunny Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

Sunny Studio in Gold Coast by Sonder

East Bellevue Place and N Rush St, Chicago
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gold Coast, this apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Newberry Library, John Hancock Center, and Chicago Water Tower. Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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