The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s most iconic shopping district, famous for its never-ending blocks of high-end retail, designer showrooms, and flagship locations for famous brands. But it’s also an amazing dining destination, with something for everyone in your group. Here’s a roundup of just a few of our favorite Magnificent Mile restaurants.
If you want a quick bite
Starbucks Reserve Roastery
The world’s largest Starbucks is an ode to all things coffee, with four floors of highly caffeinated nirvana. The roastery also offers artisanal baked goods from Princi, including sandwiches, focaccia pizzas, and pastries. Enjoy yours on the seasonal rooftop deck or while waiting for your cardamom latte.
Gino’s East of Chicago
Gino’s East has been serving up Chicago-style pizza for more than 51 years. And the original location of this local chain is located just steps off The Magnificent Mile. Swing by to try their famous deep dish pies and leave your mark on the graffiti-covered walls.
Tucked inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, this stylish spot serves artful new American cuisine from beloved local chef Jason Hammel. Stop by Marisol for salads, small plates, and sandwiches and make sure to hit the bustling coffee bar on your way out.
If you want classic Chicago
You can’t visit Chicago without trying our classic deep dish pizza. And Lou Malnati’s has one of the best pies around. Try “The Malnati” topped with Lou’s sausage and extra cheese piled high on their signature butter crust.
The Purple Pig
It’s all about cheese, swine, and wine at The Purple Pig. A long-time staple on The Magnificent Mile, the recently revamped space is the perfect setting to gather with friends over super-shareable plates. Try the famous charcuterie boards and pig-based dishes paired with a glass from their excellent wine selection.
The second establishment in Chicago to obtain a liquor license after Prohibition, Coq d’Or is nestled inside the historic Drake Hotel. Both elegant and nostalgic, the space is covered in rich wood and leather accents. Order from the traditional supper options and don’t miss the classic cocktail menu.
If you like lots of options
The chic Aster Hall is a foodie oasis inside the upscale 900 North Michigan Shops. Choose from more than a dozen food vendors, including some of Chicago’s best-kept local secrets like Green Street Smoked Meats and High Five Ramen. Enjoy everything from rotisserie chicken and handmade pasta to steamed dumplings and sushi rolls.
This culinary mecca is a must-visit for all things Italian. On Eataly‘s first floor, shop the gourmet market stocked with European specialty items and grab an espresso, Nutella crepe, or scoop of gelato. Head upstairs for everything from casual counters serving focaccia and Neapolitan pizzas to a sit-down restaurant serving upscale Italian fare.
Grand Lux Cafe
Inspired by the grand cafes of Europe, Grand Lux Cafe brings a laid back sophistication to Michigan Avenue. Guests will find a welcoming atmosphere and a vast menu of internationally inspired fare alongside classic American comfort food. It’s the perfect spot for a fresh, satisfying meal after a day of shopping on The Magnificent Mile.
If you want something fancy
You’ll feel like you’re dining in a hidden garden at Shanghai Terrace. Nestled on the rooftop terrace of The Peninsula hotel, Shanghai Terrace serves Cantonese delicacies like classic dim sum dishes and traditional Peking duck.
Located adjacent to the world’s largest Ralph Lauren store, RL Restaurant is a long-time favorite of politicians and celebrities from Oprah to Michelle Obama. The casually elegant space features a menu of American classics, from sandwiches and salads to steaks and seafood.
This award-winning restaurant inside the Park Hyatt has been wowing diners with sophisticated fare and stunning views for almost 20 years. NoMI Kitchen features a menu of contemporary French cuisine within sight of the historic Water Tower and Lake Michigan. And don’t miss NoMI Garden, their seasonal rooftop bar.
The Signature Room at the 95th
Marvel at the sweeping views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront at The Signature Room at the 95th. Towering above the city from the 95th floor of 875 N. Michigan (also home to 360 Chicago), this high-end dining spot is simply unmatched. Savor specialty cocktails, raw bar offerings, and American classics like surf and turf and seafood pasta.
Perched on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, Adorn invites guests to savor ingredient-driven menus while taking in panoramic views of the cityscape. Leveraging global culinary influences, the thoughtfully crafted dishes at this contemporary restaurant will take your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.
Michael Jordan’s Steak House
The historic Intercontinental Hotel is home to Michael Jordan’s Steak House, a swanky establishment accented by framed photographs of His Airness himself. Look forward to a formidable selection of exquisitely marbled USDA Prime cuts and shareable side dishes, including flavorful miso-glazed mushrooms and a trio of mashed potatoes.