Magnificent Mile, Chicago Travel Guide

Magnificent Mile Summary


  • The best shopping in town
  • Luxury hotels
  • The Chicago Water Tower, Wrigley Building, and John Hancock Observatory
  • Close to the main tourist attractions
  • Great restaurants
  • Vibrant nightlife


  • Few subway lines
  • Pricey hotels
  • Crowds

What It's Like

The Magnificent Mile, an iconic stretch of North Michigan Avenue, is the heart of Chicago's upscale shopping district. World-class hotels and boutiques cram both sides of this broad avenue, sandwiched between posh Streeterville and River North. But it is not all about department stores out here. Galleries, landmarks -- such as the Water Tower, the John Hancock Observatory, the Pumping Station and Wrigley Building -- and top-notch restaurants are to tourists as honey is to bees. People, have your wallets ready.

Where To Stay

As the name implies, the Magnificent Mile is, you guessed it, a mile long. Anywhere along this stretch is going to be prime real estate, so you really can't go wrong. To be closer to The Loop, stay on the south end of the street, and to be closer to the mansions and historic buildings in the Gold Coast, stay on the north end of the street.


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Languages: English
Airports: O'Hare International Airport
Midway Airport
Peak: April - June
Off-Peak: Jan. - March
Visa: No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program
Vaccines: No
Currency: U.S. Dollar
Electricity: 120 V, 60 Hz
Tipping: 15-20% in restaurants and cabs

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