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Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile
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Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile

By Chicago Architecture Center
Discover how a dirt road known as Pine Street transformed into a "Paris on the Prairie" and later into the Magnificent Mile, the city’s premier shopping district. Hear the secrets and stories behind the striking buildings on North Michigan Avenue that have become architectural icons. Developed over the past 100 years, the street includes historically-inspired architecture in Parisian, Gothic, neoclassical and Art Deco styles sprinkled among Modern and 21st Century buildings. You’ll see skyscrapers, vertical malls, hotels, residential towers and some buildings that were designed to embody the brands sold inside.
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Ages 5-100, max of 10 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Admission to the Galleries of the Chicago Architecture Center
  • Narration by a professional and certified guide
  • Walking tour of the Magnificent Mile
What's not included
  • Food and drink
  • Storage for luggage and strollers
  • Coat check


Departure details
  • Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA Meet at the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3173P12

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Access to building interiors featured on this tour may be subject to change, due to weekend and holiday schedules or unforeseen closures.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile
  • Your safety is our priority. The itinerary of this tour may be altered in accordance with health and safety policies and considerations.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile is hosted by Chicago Architecture Center. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Chicago Architecture Center on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3173P12

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Chicago Architecture Center
    111 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
    Meet at the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
    See address & details
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    The Magnificent Mile
    Stop: 90 minutes
    Discuss the history of the Magnificent Mile and the history and architecture of notable buildings along it.
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    Pass by
    Michigan Avenue Bridge
    Starbucks
    Wrigley Building
    InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, an IHG Hotel
    Burberry
    John Hancock Center
    Woman's Athletic Club
    Tribune Tower
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

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I7461WLdennisc
I7461WLdennisc
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Great
This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide was GREAT! Very personable and knowledgeable. I would recommend this
bijoukk
bijoukk
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Best tours in Chicago
I've been on quite a few CAC tours, but this is my favorite. I went on it twice in a couple of weeks, once alone, o
Checkeredlass
Checkeredlass
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Great experience, great guide
Matt provided an excellent walking tour of Chicago architecture from the Modern era - and the afternoon of New Year
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adampG9744NO
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Great guide, great info
My wife and I took this tour just before the New Year and we loved it! Laurel was a rock-star guide: so smart and e
dolly b
dolly b
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Architectural treasures
Overall very good I believe it coukd be a bit more broad in scope The docent did not know the answer to most questi
Allison M
Allison M
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Wonderful winter walking tour
On the cusp of a winter storm, our amazing tour guide, David, carried on with a top notch walking tour of key histo
mrstraveller1
mrstraveller1
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Must See Chicago & Elevated Architecture Downtown L Train
The Chicago Architecure Center offers a range of tours & is a well established & respected operation. The guides, a
Daydream27124409201
Daydream27124409201
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Don't Miss "Must-See Chicago"
We participated in this walking tour on a cold, snowy and windy December day and our tour guide, Amanda, turned our
Whoopie89
Whoopie89
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Wonderful way to discover Chicago's historical buildings
This walking tour was the perfect way for me to discover Chicago, its architectural history and some of the most ic
jamespoconor
jamespoconor
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Fascinating. Insightful visual displays convey the power of skyscrapers and architectur
Insightful visual displays convey the power of skyscrapers and architecture in ways not possible from walking arou
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Burt rox sox
Burt was swag af. Big brain. Big smart. 10/10. I'd 100% buy his jacket or have him voice a movie if I ran a movie s
Karen E
Karen E
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Great tour guide
In winter when the architecture boat tours don't run, it's great to take a walking tour if the weather isn't too ba
Christine V
Christine V
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Fabulous rainy day with Amanda!
This tour was fabulous. It was a cold rainy day but Amanda gave me a wonderful one on one experience, regaling me w
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A great way to get an overview of historical Chicago.
The docent was excellent: knowledgeable, energetic, funny. She kept a good pace between the various buildings and
DutchNellieNel
DutchNellieNel
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Thanks to Ron, we had the best tour ever
Nothing but compliments galore for this organization! I booked our tickets for the Historic Treasures tour for the
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Steve1
Toronto, Canada1,060 contributions
Apr 2022
The unenthusiastic and seemingly bored cashier at the reception desk whom we encountered on two days (first for the walking tour, then to purchase tickets for the boat tour a few days later) could use an attitude adjustment. She is the first point of contact for this organization, and she was unfriendly both times, staring at us as we approached the cash (no one else in line so it wasn't busy) without saying a word until I actually said "hello". Call me old-fashioned, but I worked many years in retail and we were taught that something along the lines of "Hello. Welcome! How can I help you?" might actually suggest that you enjoyed your job and were happy to see someone enter. First day I asked some basic questions about what we would see on a specific walking tour that was coming up in an hour. "I wouldn't know" she answered, as if it was a little out of line for me to imagine that the person working at the reception desk might be able to answer questions about a tour they offer. She called up the tour description on the website and read it to us word for word. Would it be too much to expect that a worker there is actually familiar with the tours they offer each day? I realize there are a lot of tours here, but if I was a manager, I would ask the staff to actually take the tours so they could then describe them for customers. That kind of "welcome" tends to just put me off of a whole organization. We bought tickets anyway for the upcoming Magnificent Mile tour, even if we were made to feel she was doing us a favor by selling tickets. The tour itself was very interesting, and the volunteer who led it knowledgeable and a lot more enthusiastic than the cashier was. We enjoyed seeing the exteriors and interiors of a few buildings, including the Cultural Centre and Palmer House, a beautiful old hotel with a stunning lobby bar. A few days later we did the river tour. We also enjoyed that tour and the volunteer guide, but at $55 per person, it's not cheap, and we later discovered we could have saved $15 per person if we had taken the Wendella tour boat, which at certain times also goes out onto the lake as long as weather permits, for a great view of the skyline. For three of us that would have been a savings of $45 US, which with current conversion rates is about $60 Canadian. Not a small amount if there is a group.
Written 25 April 2022
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Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you didn't have a good experience with our staff at reception and purchasing. I have forwarded your review to the proper department managers to ensure that they go over expectations with personnel. I am happy to know that you enjoyed the Magnificent Mile tour as well as the River Cruise. We understand that there are competitors in Chicago and hope that the quality of our tour and boats stand out among the others. Thank you again for your review and feedback. We hope to see you again the next time you're visiting Chicago.
Written 25 April 2022
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Matthew Z
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Amazing! Rebecca was our tour guide and she was absolutely fabulous! We learned so much about Chicago architecture and history. Rebecca was very engaging and extremely informative- we highly recommend the Magnificent Mile tour for anyone visiting or residing in Chicago. You’ll have a great time and learn a lot!
Written 11 December 2022
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Thank you so much for the fantastic review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour with Rebecca and hope to see you on another tour soon.
Written 12 December 2022
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christine s
Chicago, IL18 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Having taken other CAC tours, this one was as expected: excellent! Our docent Mitch gave a 1 1/2 hour walking tour along both sides of Michigan Ave in the Magnificent Mile. We learned why it’s called that, what it looked like (and smelled like!) before, and how it has changed since Burnham and Bennett first conceived of “Paris on the Prairie.” The tour explains the history, the character and glances at the future of the architecture in this high-end retail/residence/hotel Mecca. We kept moving but it wasn’t a long walk. It’s a fairly compact area. We enjoyed it very much.
Written 27 October 2021
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Thank you for the lovely review! I'm so happy you enjoyed the tour and I'll pass on your compliments to Mitch. We look forward to seeing you on another tour soon!
Written 28 October 2021
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Steve
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A great interesting tour. Time well spent. One of many CAC tours we have taken. Enjoy the fact that the docents are well informed commuted volunteers who love Chicago’s history and architecture.
Written 27 October 2021
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Thank you for the nice review! Yes, we agree, CAC docents are an amazing and dedicated group. We love them and how dedicated they are to sharing their love of the city!
Written 28 October 2021
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Ayesha Y
East Meadow, NY6 contributions
Aug 2019
It was a great experience to walk through the city street, beautiful building which is a symbol of great architectural work, side walk plantings attract my eyes particularly and the shops are an attraction too.
Written 6 November 2019
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We are so glad that you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for taking the time to review us.
Written 26 November 2019
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Ophir
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Just amazing, learned a lot. Who knew that Wrigley started as a soap company? Who knew that two of the buildings are brand new but the city forced them to keep the facade? Go and learn...
Written 23 October 2022
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Thanks for the wonderful review! We're so happy you enjoyed the tour and picked up some interesting facts along the way 😊
Written 24 October 2022
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Claudia K
Chicago, IL7 contributions
Nov 2021
As the other tours from the Chicago Architecture it was a great tour and gave valuable insights about the buildings along the Magnificent Mile and their history.
Written 8 November 2021
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Thank you for the great review! The Magnificent Mile really is a fantastic area to learn about. We hope to see you on another tour soon!
Written 9 November 2021
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