Top Things to Do in Magnificent Mile

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Magnificent Mile, Chicago

Top Things to Do in Magnificent Mile

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  • Emma L.
    Harrisonburg, VA69 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an amazing place to shop in downtown Chicago! They have every shop you could think of from Lulu Lemon to Sephora! A great place to spend a day or two!
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • LaurenSCO
    Scotland, UK97 contributions
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    The most amazing views! The tilt experience was great and I thought, reasonably priced! Staff were nice and queues moved fast. Only thing that stopped it being a 5 was the cost of the photos. You expect to pay a bit more at these things but I felt $30 for one print was excessive.
    Would definitely recommend when in Chicago!
    Written 21 November 2023
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  • Cashmool B
    Arlington Heights, IL63 contributions
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    Who knew such a wonderful theater was tucked into the old Water Tower! We saw Lucie and Charlie’s Honeymoon and absolutely Loved It! So original. So inventive. This theatre is a hidden gem!
    Written 4 June 2023
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
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    The Tribune Tower is an impressive neo-gothic skyscraper in downtown Chicago, and it is one of the many iconic buildings that gives the city its reputation as having some of the most impressive architecture of any city in the world. Completed in 1925, it sits at a prominent location near the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive where Michigan Ave crosses the Chicago River. The whole area makes for some great photos and can also be experienced by strolling on the Chicago Riverwalk. This was once home to the Chicago Tribune newspaper but has been converted into residences in the past 10 years. It is interestingly decorated on the exterior with rocks embedded into the walls from many famous landmarks of the world.
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey16,024 contributions
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    At 398 feet tall, it is located on the Magnificent Mile directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower. Its two towers in an elaborate style were built between 1920 and 1924

    It is so recognizable; that it hardly needs an introduction. A luminous white beacon known the world over as a beloved symbol of Chicago’s preeminence in architecture and commerce.

    The land was selected by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. for the headquarters of his company. It was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building. If one walks through the center doors, one will enter a secluded park area overlooking the Chicago River.

    The Wrigley Building was sold in 2011 to a group of investors (Zeller Realty Group and Groupon co-founders). The new owners made the building more attractive to businesses by adding Walgreens, a coffee shop, and more.

    I like this quote about the Wrigley Building- “It looks like the city was built just to provide the Wrigley Building with a backdrop.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,316 contributions
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    Water Tower Place is the centerpiece of the Magnificent Mile, Chicago's shopping mecca. Located at 835 North Michigan Avenue, in the shadow of the Hancock building, across the street from the historic Chicago Water Tower, it is a large urban, mixed-used development comprising a 758,000 square feet shopping mall within a 74-story skyscraper. When built in 1975, it was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world with a 78-story, 859-foot tall reinforced concrete slab, faced with gray marble, in the tower section. One of the first vertical malls in the world, the eight-level mall features nearly 100 shops, a live theatre and several restaurants, all arranged around a chrome-and-glass atrium with glass elevators. The structure also contains a Ritz-Carlton hotel, 360 condominium units and office space. Today, the mall is anchored by a three-story American Girl store. Other stores include White House Black Market, Chico's, Lacoste, Eileen Fisher, Adidas, Akira, Claire's, Locker Room, Lego, Sephora, J.Jill, Johnston & Murphy's, Bath & Body Works and Sunglass Hut. Also be sure to visit the Chicago Sports Museum. For a break, have lunch at Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant & Sports Bar or grab a snack at Garrett's Popcorn Shop or Auntie Anne's cookies.
    Written 16 June 2024
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  • Irina
    United States13,389 contributions
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    Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago was originally formed as a merger of two churches in 1871. Since 1914 it's been located on E Chestnut Street, and it faces N Michigan Avenue. The beautiful Gothic architecture of the church is unforgettable. It was designed by architects Shaw and Cram, and it looks magnificent, standing out in the surroundings of modern high-rises and skyscrapers.

    The ornate interior and grand auditorium of the church, colorful glass windows, lovely courtyard with a fountain -- everything is very attractive and memorable.

    Fourth Presbyterian Church has always played a significant role not only as a place of worship, but has been also an active participant in the socio-economic development of the city: it reached out to the poor in the nearby neighborhood, helped to create the Presbyterian Hospital in 1884, and has been organizing and promoting many important educational and cultural programs in the city.

    The church was closed during the pandemic; it was such a pleasure to visit it again in September, and to see one of the Friday Noonday Concerts, organized by the church. It was a concert, with pianist and composer Amy Wurtz performing.

    Beautiful sounds of music in this historic, magnificent church! ...
    Written 1 October 2023
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey16,024 contributions
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    It’s an iconic symbol representing the city’s post-Great Chicago Fire resilience. It is one of the oldest buildings in the history of the town. In fact, it has witnessed its share of disasters over the years.

    As the myth has it- the Water Tower wasn't the only structure left standing after the city was ravaged by the Great Fire of 1871 - it is one of Six Structures That Survived the Great Chicago Fire—built-in 1869. As of today, it still stands as the second oldest water tower in America.

    The tower contained a pipe that stood roughly around 140 feet high. The intent was to pump water from Lake Michigan so it could be used for multiple purposes. One such use was for the Chicago Fire Department. It intended to pump clean water via the water cribs from the lake. despite the intent to provide the fire department with enough water to put out a fire, it wasn’t enough to contain the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871.

    However, there had been stories of the spirits that have haunted the water tower for many years, but that's the case with every old building, isn't it?
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
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    Although now known uninspiring as "875 North Michigan Avenue", this impressive modern skyscraper located along the Magnificent Mile will always be remembered as The John Hancock Center. Built in 1968, it was the second tallest building in the world. Only the Empire State Building was taller. Now it is only the 5th tallest building in just Chicago. However, it remains an iconic landmark and is a key contributor to making Chicago one of the best cities for architecture in the world. For a steep price, you can visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck on the 95th floor for incredible views both day and night. There is also a separate restaurant on the 94th floor. I think the views from the John Hancock are better than the Sears Tower (Willis Tower) but the later can claim to be the tallest in the city.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • CubanWaters
    Montreal, Canada4,008 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly a more economical way to discover the river in Chicago than the usual tour boats and you do not have to listen to some guy loudly blabbering away. Strange that this taxi only has 3 different stops but the 10 dollar all-day pass did the trick. A very scenic ride.
    Written 6 May 2024
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  • Bee80204
    Denver, CO5,062 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fancying a walk in a luxury department store, I entered 900 North Michigan Shops when I saw the Bloomingdale’s sign. Venturing into the beauty section I sampled the lipsticks with help from the sales associate and took advantage of the free gift offer and made a purchase. I love MAC cosmetics, especially their lipsticks so I was excited that I could indulge my weakness.
    The rest of the store was just as pleasant to walk through and admire the merchandise. There were lovely displays including a flower cart where a fragrance purchase qualifies you for a lovely bouquet. I would definitely visit again if I ever needed more MAC items.
    Written 26 September 2021
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  • GlobalExec
    Bowling Green, OH463 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decent food options and a vast array of upscale shopping locations. Stopped by on a Sunday afternoon and there was a very sparse crowd (good for us, but not for the merchants) and the food court was an excellent selection of cuisines. If you go, you must try the TopGolf Swing Suite (6th floor). Great bar and fun 'adult' gaming activities on two large interactive screens.
    Written 6 October 2021
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  • Mikey
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    this is a fun small museum with an interesting collection. We take all our visitors here. You need a couple hours here and it is something a bit different in the city.
    Written 10 January 2020
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  • Nicole S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fantastic experience! I last saw STOMP 20+ years ago & I have to say it was 100% worth seeing again-the new performers delivered a charismatic, dynamic experience from start to finish. Would absolutely recommend & see again!!!
    Written 30 December 2023
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  • Trip Dip Sip and Sleep
    Mexico City, Mexico92 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a fun quick little thing to add to the Chicago 360 place. Great view, it's doesn’t feel that scary. Expect the typical photo op, where you get a ticket to look at your pictures to buy and some other high crowd type attraction shopping opportunities. If it's your thing you are in the right place, if it's not, they are respectful of it but it still takes time on the visitor's side. It's ok to do it once, not so much to repeat but that is a personal take.
    Written 4 February 2024
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