Magnificent Mile

Neighborhood guide to the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.

Holiday Shopping Downtown: Treat Yourself While Checking off Your Gift List

Visit unique shops in Chicago’s downtown to find gifts for everyone on your list, while having a little fun yourself!

The (Secret) Intercontinental Hotel Tour

These things are usually reserved for cryptic messages written in invisible ink behind the canvas of the Mona Lisa. I’m speaking of Dan Brownian searches, the mystery hidden in plain view; I’m talking about the Intercontinental Hotel.

Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

Chicago’s famous fashion avenue dresses up in over one million lights for the 20th annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival this Saturday November 19.

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

City Gallery at the Historic Water Tower

The City Gallery, located inside of Chicago’s historic Water Tower, is definitely worth checking out if you’re shopping along Michigan Avenue. Especially, if you’re in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of the crowded Gold Coast streets.

The Purple Pig (Restaurant, River North)

The Purple Pig’s slogan sums up the experience perfectly: “Cheese, Swine & Wine.” This Magnificent Mile restaurant is for the adventurous meat lover who enjoys sharing a great meal with friends over many bottles of wine. Sound up your alley? Yeah, we thought so.

Michigan Avenue Department Stores

It’s Black Friday, the most terrifying holiday of all. So, if you’re braving the crowds, be careful! And make sure you rack up as much sweet stuff as possible.

The Malls of the Magnificent Mile

Whether or not you view shopping as a necessity or a hobby, there is something for you in the malls on Michigan Avenue.

Skating in the Sky at the John Hancock Observatory

On January 1st the Hancock observatory will open its doors to the public and invite you to experience Skating in the Sky. Show off your signature moves while gliding 1,000 feet above Michigan Ave and Lake Shore Drive all the while cozy in an indoor environment.

Chicago Architecture River Boat Cruise

River boat tours focusing on Chicago’s unique and diverse buildings are a fun, relaxing way to learn about the city for both visitors and long-time residents.

Chicago’s Historic Water Tower

Chicago’s Historic Water Tower, apart from being a landmark as one of the only city buildings to survive the Chicago Fire, holds the city visitor center as well as the City Gallery.

The Wrigley Building

Since its construction, the Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue has been a Chicago architectural icon, adorned by two towers and large clock with faces pointing all directions.

Lookingglass Theatre Company

David Schwimmer’s ensemble-based Lookingglass Theatre Company mixes up the Chicago theatre scene with passionate performances and unique shows.

Garrett Popcorn

Stop in one of the Garrett Popcorn locations for a bag of original, caramel, or cheesy popcorn at its best. Or better yet, just order a tin with all three flavors.

Tribune Tower

Where can you see the Colosseum and the Taj Mahal in the same afternoon? Look no further than the Tribune Tower.