Special offers, runway shows, styling tips & more take over North Michigan Avenue at the only shopping festival in the country, August 22-September 1.

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Outfit yourself in a new wardrobe, score great deals at a designer trunk show, pop in for a party and rock out to a FREE live concert. The premier event for fashionistas and bargain hunters alike, The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival takes over North 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 twelve days straight, August 22 - September 1, 2014.


Culture, fashion and entertainment collide all within a one-mile expanse in the heart of the city. Top highlights from the festival's full calender of events include including the first-ever weekend of "Pop-Up" shopping along North Michigan Avenue; the return of "A Magnificent Taste" culinary event; and the premier of The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women's Half-Marathon & 5K run.:

A Magnificent Taste

  • Friday, August 22
  • 5:30-8:30pm at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan Avenue)
  • Tickets $125 (general admission) and $200 (VIP) available at events.commonthreads.org

Join celebrity Chef Sam Talbot, the "Fan Favorite" on popular tv show Top Chef, and a host of Chicago's top restaurants as they serve up delicious bites during "A Magnificent Taste." The Magnificent Mile's annual outdoor culinary event sets up shop under a beautiful tent in full view of scenic North Michigan Avenue.

Southwest Airlines presents Andy Grammer

  • Saturday, August 23
  • 1:00 PM at John Hancock Plaza (875 N. Michigan Avenue)
To kick off our weekend of "Pop-Up Shopping", Southwest Airlines presents Andy Grammer, live in concert at the John Hancock Plaza! Following the concert, enjoy a meet-and-greet with the pop singer-songwriter himself (location TBD).


  • Saturday & Sunday, August 23-24
  • 5:30pm at John Hancock Plaza (835 N. Michigan Avenue)

For the first time ever, North Michigan Avenue turns inside out as fashion takes to the streets! Join us for a weekend of unique "pop-up" displays that will line the sidewalks and fill John Hancock Plaza. Popular brands and major attractions confirmed to participate include Macy's, American Girl Place, 900 North Michigan Shops, GAP, H2O+, AT&T, Sunglass Hut and Art Institute of Chicago.

The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women's Half Marathon & 5K

  • Sunday, August 31
  • 7am at Grant Park (Columbus & Jackson Drive)

Join nearly 10,000 runners for the premier of this sporting event along The Magnificent Mile! The district will greet runners with dedicated offers, special menus and spa recovery packages to enjoy over the Labor Day Weekend. 


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. Stay tuned for the updated list!

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