Outfit yourself in a new wardrobe, score great deals at a designer trunk show, pop in for a party, even rock out with the tweens at a Radio Disney concert. The premier event for fashionistas and bargain hunters alike, The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
takes over Michigan Avenue this summer, further cementing the eight block-long strip's reputation as a fashion mecca. And if you think this is just a simple shopping event, think again.
Combining exclusive offers, sweepstakes and shopping perks with designer meet-and-greets, celebrity appearances, delectable culinary events, live music entertainment and chic runway shows, The Magnificent Mile will be brimming with style and excitement for two weeks straight, August 24 - September 6, 2012.
Culture, fashion and entertainment collide all within a one-mile expanse in the heart of the city. Take your pick from all that The Magnificent Mile has to offer throughout the event, including 460 retail stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels and world-class entertainment and attractions.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, August 24 at 12 pm
Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
Get a front row view as The Magnificent Mile's luxe retail centers, 900 North Michigan Shops, The Shops at North Bridge and Water Tower Place, along with Chicago Magazine, present an outdoor fashion show hosted by Kelly Osbourne along North Michigan Avenue featuring the fall's hottest trends.
Friday, August 24 – Thursday, September 6
Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan Avenue)
Browse daily sales and stay on-trend with style advice from the pros as Water Tower Place hosts a luxury lounge. Get special offers from select retailers such as American Girl Place and Macy's, and also enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card. Highlights from the full lineup of events include:
- Dress for Success® Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival Kick-Off Celebration with special appearance by The Working Wardrobe's Kate Jacobsen
- Stump the Stylist Fashion Challenge with Haute Closet's April Francis
- What's Hot and What's Not: Learn to Predict Trends, So You Can Shop Smarter - Not Harder with International Academy of Design & Technology's Susan Wade
Friday, August 28 at 6:30 pm
Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
A Magnificent Taste: it's a haute alfresco affair. Rub elbows with the city's premier chefs while you sample delicious bites. The first ever outdoor foodie event on the Magnificent Mile brings James Beard and Top Chef winner Paul Qui to Chicago.
Monday, September 3 at 12 pm
John Hancock Center Plaza (875 N. Michigan Avenue)
Gather your young groupies for a free Labor Day outdoor concert. Radio Disney presents R5 featuring Ross Lynch, the fastest-rising young band on the pop-rock scene, live for the first time in Chicago.
Thursday, September 6 from 6-8 pm
Stores throughout The Magnificent Mile district
Hit the town for a fabulous evening filled with chic soirees. Stores throughout the district host fabulous in-store events in celebration of Fashion's Night Out, the grand finale of the Shopping Festival.
Hot boutiques, glamorous restaurants, posh hotels and favorite local attractions are gifting Shopping Festival guests with the finest VIP treatment. Get your retail therapy on with special offers available exclusively to you. Just a few of the deals include:
A shopping package at the new boutique ACME Hotel Company Chicago that pairs an overnight stay with a $50 gift card to The Shops at North Bridge and discount coupon booklet
- A shopping package at the Kimpton classic Hotel Monaco that pairs an overnight stay with a welcome amenity, $50 gift card for shopping and cocktails in South Water Kitchen
- 15% off any products and free hand massages and facials at H2O+
- 20% off any full price purchase of $200 or more at Juicy Couture
- 20% off regular priced tickets to The Second City, UP Comedy Club and Second City e.t.c. for performances between August 26-30
View our Event Listing for more Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival details.
Article photo courtesy of Greater North Michigan Avenue Association