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
How to get there
  • Chicago • 5 min walk
  • Grand • 6 min walk
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  • t e
    Phoenix, Arizona31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Million things to do and see!
    Fun non stop shopping and eating! Seemed like anything you'd like. It was hard to choose what store or restaurant to go to. Check out a map so you don't miss a place.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 June 2023
  • 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 2 November 2023
  • Irina
    United States11,127 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 8 March 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 10 March 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota3,565 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 12 March 2024
  • Uccman39
    North Brunswick, New Jersey207 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 3 April 2024
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Uccman39
North Brunswick, NJ207 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 3 April 2024
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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 19 March 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,565 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 12 March 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 10 March 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 States11,127 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 8 March 2024
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Mohammad Abbas S
Karachi, Pakistan8 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 24 January 2024
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960lori
Windsor8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Chicago Magnificent Mile did not disappoint. We were in awe the whole trip. We would definately think about going back
Written 22 January 2024
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Big Mike
Manlius, NY434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
If you have shopping to do and no budgets in mind then you have come to the right place. Every high end want can be fulfilled in one mile
Written 27 December 2023
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Deborah W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 2 November 2023
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.

mohanthomas9362
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed the river architecture cruise, MJ the musical, the deep dish pizza and the food at the Girl and the Goat restaurant.
Written 7 September 2023
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