Take a Stroll Down the Magnificent Mile

March 05, 2015

Downtown Chicago at the end of the Magnificent MileThe Magnificent Mile is a 13-block section of Chicago’s N. Michigan Ave. that runs from the edge of the Chicago River north to Oak Street. It connects the highly affluent Gold Coast neighborhood to downtown Chicago’s Loop district and Streeterville. Commonly known as “The Mag Mile,” the Magnificent Mile got its nickname from developer Arthur Rubloff. Along the stretch of city blocks is anything and everything you could want out of a day or night on the town.  This area is a full square mile of retail, dining, hotels and museums, making it Chicago’s largest shopping district.

Visitors can immerse themselves in a dreamland of retail locations for hours on end, and after a long day shopping, they can sit down for a meal at one of Mag Mile’s delicious restaurants. Out-of-towners can find hotels and attractions, foodies can find a plethora of restaurants and those who enjoy the nightlife can find entertainment venues and bars. And, those who’d rather spend their days relaxing can enjoy a day at the spa or beauty salon. With so much to do and see, a trip to the Magnificent Mile is a weekend long event.

Shopping and Dining

  • Brooks Brothers – Located at 713 N. Michigan Ave., Brooks Brothers is a high-end retail store with the finest handmade clothing. Everyone can find something to fit their style from classic apparel for men, women and children to stylish shoes and accessories. Traditionally an American made company, Brooks Brothers is pricey, but the quality and service customers receive is well worth the cost.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – A world-class department store, Saks Fifth Avenue is a one-stop-shop for everything from clothing to accessories. Saks is a fun and easy shopping venue with fashions from around the globe. The retail store also offers personal shoppers  and tailor services. It is located at 700 N. Michigan Ave.
  • O’Brien’s Restaurant – This American-style restaurant has been a Chicago staple for more than three decades. Located at 1528 N. Wells St., O’Brien’s is a part of the historic Old Town Neighborhood; however, you don’t have to be older to enjoy yourself here. O’Brien’s entertains all kinds of parties and events for people of all ages. From steaks to Angus burgers, this exquisite restaurant has all the classics.
  • Balsan – An upscale restaurant with nothing but the most exquisite local ingredients, Balsan’s is a modern bistro that offers delicious meals with superior flavors. All of the restaurant’s ingredients are bought locally from small farms and markets across the Midwest. Located at 11 E. Walton St., Balsan’s can be found inside the Chicago Waldorf Astoria, one of the finest hotels in the world.

Entertainment and Attractions

  • 360 Chicago – Look down over the Magnificent Mile from 1,000 feet up or view the Chicago skyline with 360 Chicago. With a beautiful view of Lake Michigan, you can enjoy learning history about the city from an interactive touch screen monitor. Recently, 360 Chicago added a new attraction called TILT—a feature that gives visitors a whole new view of The Magnificent Mile as handled window panes lean them out over the city.
  • The 2015 Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival – Presented by Master Card, this festival is the shopping event of the year! Chicago’s Magnificent Mile starts the fall season with fashion, live music, a premier culinary experience and a Magnificent Mile Women’s half marathon and 5K run.  During the festival, shops such as Macy’s, Sunglass Hut and Tommy Bahama will feature an outdoor retail experience. The festival is located along Michigan Avenue. As an added perk, Master Card holders get VIP access to exclusive parties, gifts and discounts.

Historical Sites

  • Chicago History Museum – A great weekend activity for the whole family, the Chicago History Museum provides visitors with interesting stories of Chicago’s past. Located at 1601 N. Clark St., the museum has information on everything Chicago from the inception of the Mag Mile to the city’s first L car. The museum has great plans for 2015 including special family events, explore the city tours and lectures and seminars. Children under 12 get in free, making the Chicago History Museum a great place for families to enjoy time together as they learn.

If living near such popular shopping, dining and entertainment venues sounds like a dream, you’ll be happy to know that the Gold Coast neighborhood, located near The Magnificent Mile, has options to rent and own.  According to, the median price of homes listed is $525,000, and rental property rates range from $1,100 for a studio apartment to $19,000 for a condo with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half-bathrooms. Although renting is a popular choice for many Gold Coast residents, real estate purchases are a long term investment, and the area surrounding The Mag Mile is a buyer’s market.

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