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Magnificent Mile, IL

Chicago
Magnificent Mile - River North

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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Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
4 out of 5
701 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,557 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
This family-friendly Chicago hotel is located in the entertainment district, just steps from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Michigan Avenue. Water Tower ...
3.9/5Very Good! (2,056 reviews)
"The location was perfect. It only took us 10 minutes to walk to the river for dinner. It was also located right by all of the stores we were shopping at."

Reviewed on Jul 28, 2021

Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
4 out of 5
540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥20,737 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 18
Located in Near North Side, this hotel is steps from Michigan Avenue and Shops at North Bridge. Chicago Water Tower and Navy Pier are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.3/5Excellent! (955 reviews)
"All was very nice"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥20,904 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Park and Water Tower Place. Millennium Park and Navy Pier are also within 15 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,012 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, an IHG Hotel
Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile
Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile
4.5 out of 5
676 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥22,533 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is steps from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Michigan Avenue. Water Tower Place and Chicago Water Tower are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,413 reviews)
"Helpful staff!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Omni Chicago Suites - Magnificent Mile
Park Hyatt Chicago
Park Hyatt Chicago
5 out of 5
800 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥39,796 per night from Aug 4 to Aug 4
This family-friendly Chicago hotel is located in a shopping district, steps from Chicago Water Tower, Lookingglass Theatre, and Museum of Contemporary Art. Water ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (732 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel with great service."

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2021

Park Hyatt Chicago
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
4.5 out of 5
909 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL
The price is ¥19,570 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in Near North Side, this luxury hotel is steps from 900 North Michigan Shops, John Hancock Center, and Water Tower Place. Michigan Avenue and Chicago ...
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"The stay was good. The hotel was located in a great area."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
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