Things to Do in Chicago: Magnificent Mile

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If you're looking for the ultimate high-end, high-energy shopping and sightseeing experience, the Magnificent Mile is it. In its book The 10 Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers, the National Geographic named The Magnificent Mile, along with Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue, one of the 10 best shopping avenues in the world. Read our guide for things to do in Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

A bustling mixture of upscale department stores, restaurants, luxury retailers, and hotels, not to mention home to the Chicago Tribune newspaper, Leo Burnett and more, the Magnificent Mile sees more than 22 million visitors annually.

460 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels
A host of sightseeing and entertainment attractions
National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks along the Magnificent Mile includes the Gold Coast Historic District
Bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street


No matter which time of the year you visit, the area will earn its name; in the spring, hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom from mid-April until the end of May, while summertime ushers in the "Gardens of The Magnificent Mile" festival event, and winter, of course, continues the four-decades-and-counting tree lighting and fireworks tradition of Christmas on the Mile.

  • Gardens of The Magnificent Mile
  • Christmas on the Mile


Chicago’s best shopping can be found on the Magnificent Mile. From luxury couture to charming boutiques, the shopping is endless on The Mile. Whether you are looking for clothing or accents to your home, The Whitehall provides prime access to the following stores:

  • Akira
  • OSKA
  • LOFT
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call Studio
  • NEFF of Chicago
  • Crate & Barrel


Along with events and shopping, The Magnificent Mile houses many attractions that represent Chicago’s history. We recommend the following:

  • James Charnley House
  • Gold Coast Historic District