One of the world’s most famous shopping streets is right here in Chicago. The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue is home to some of the city’s best high-end shopping. You can stop into popular chains, major department stores, sprawling malls, luxury boutiques, and more all within a couple of blocks. Plus, there’s plenty of award-winning dining where you can fuel up for your shopping spree.
Here’s just a few of The Magnificent Mile’s best shopping stops and where to eat nearby.
Shop: Restoration Hardware
Eat: 3 Arts Club Café
Take a stroll through the scenic Gold Coast neighborhood to North Dearborn Street and East Goethe Street. Here, you’ll find Restoration Hardware Chicago, an architectural stunner in the historic Three Arts Club Building.
The stunning space includes six levels of artistically displayed home furnishings, plus professional design services in a studio environment and a rooftop conservatory. Their in-house restaurant, the 3 Arts Club Café is equally breathtaking. The centerpiece of the cafe is the all-seasons courtyard, where the lush greenery, skylight, tranquil fountain, and light Mediterranean-inspired dishes make it feel like spring all year round.
Shop: The Shops at North Bridge
Eat: The Purple Pig
The Shops at North Bridge encompass six blocks of more than 50 chic shops, from designer showrooms to on-trend boutiques. Grab a box of gourmet truffles at Vosges Haut-Chocolat, specialty men’s grooming products at The Art of Shaving, team jerseys and gear at Chicago Sports & Novelty, or explore four floors of design clothes, shoes, jewelry, and more at upscale department store Nordstrom.
Once you’ve filled your shopping bags, exit the main doors onto Michigan Avenue and head just one block south to The Purple Pig. Helmed by chef Jimmy Bannos Jr., a James Beard Award winner and one of the city’s rising culinary stars, The Purple Pig is known for their inventive Mediterranean small plates with an emphasis on pork, cheese, and wine.
Shop: Water Tower Place
Eat: Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch
You could spend an entire day shopping at Water Tower Place, the eight-story mall that’s home to nearly 100 stores. Don’t miss family-favorite American Girl Place, always-on-trend AKIRA, Chicago classic Garrett Popcorn Shops, and the sugary selection at Candyality. Then, catch a show at Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse on the first floor or explore interactive exhibits at the Chicago Sports Museum on the seventh floor.
Right next door to the Chicago Sports Museum, you’ll find Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. This homage to the legendary Cubs sportscaster is a fun, family-friendly spot for American comfort food, including the Holy Cow! burger, topped with candied bacon and smoked gouda.
Shop: 900 North Michigan Shops
Eat: Aster Hall
This sophisticated, seven-level retail destination houses some of Chicago’s hottest shopping. Shoppers at 900 North Michigan can explore Bonobos, Montblanc, Kendra Scott, or the two-level Gucci store, plus world-class art galleries, a luxury hotel, and three spas. Looking for something local? Find a one-of-kind piece of handcrafted jewelry from The Goldsmith or Bella Caetano, both Chicago-based designers.
On the fifth and sixth floor, Aster Hall is like no mall food court you’ve ever seen. The ultra-chic space has curated a diverse selection of vendors, from local favorites to international cuisine. Diners can order street tacos, sushi, vegan grain bowls, coffee, cocktails, and more. For a classic Chicago bite, try the brisket sandwich from Green Street Smoked Meats or one of the city’s most famous burgers at Small Cheval.
Shop: Yves Saint Laurent
Eat: Margeaux Brasserie
We’ll let you in on a local secret: Some of the area’s chicest shopping is tucked away inside the Waldorf Astoria Chicago on Walton Street. The hotel is home to Chicago’s only showroom for French luxury brand Yves Saint Laurent. The interior of the store, with 22-foot ceilings and white marble floors, is just as stunning as the luxury brand’s iconic designs. Another tip: make an appointment before you go.
After, head to the Waldorf Astoria’s lobby, check out the glittering chandelier inspired by the designs of Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, and then grab a table at Margeaux Brasserie — the Waldorf Astoria’s fashionable French restaurant helmed by acclaimed Chef Michael Mina. The fine-dining spot offers the classic brasserie experience, with a vibe straight out of 1920s Paris. For a lighter bite, enjoy sweet and savory pastries baked in-house at Petit Margeaux on the lobby level.
Shop: Ralph Lauren
Eat: RL Restaurant
You’ll find Ralph Lauren’s Chicago flagship on The Magnificent Mile, right across the street from the historic Water Tower. It’s the largest Ralph Lauren store in the world, with four floors of the fashion icon’s classic designs. Skip the elevator so you can check out the vintage and antique artwork that lines the wood-paneled walls of the store’s grand staircase.
You’ll find the same casual elegance at RL Restaurant, the first of only four Ralph Lauren restaurants in the world (the others are in Paris, London, and New York). Locals love to grab a seat on the pretty patio or hide out in the cozy lounge area complete with roaring fireplace and leather armchairs. Wherever you sit, you’ll enjoy a menu of carefully crafted new American classics.
Shop and eat: Eataly Chicago
Shop the Italian way at Eataly, a vibrant, upscale marketplace that got its start in northern Italy. Located a few blocks west of Michigan Avenue on Ohio Street, the first floor is filled with specialty items straight from Italy, including cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, dried pastas, sauces, olive oils, chocolates, wines, and more.
Now that you’re sufficiently hungry, head upstairs and take your pick from Eataly’s multiple dining options. Choose from casual counters and sit-down restaurants, each specializing in a different cuisine. La Pizza & La Pasta serves Italy’s most famous dishes made to order. La Focaccia bakes up variations of the beloved Italian flatbread. There are also seasonal pop-ups, like Bar Sabbia in the summer focusing on coastal fare, seafood, and Aperol spritz.