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.
The more casual sister establishment of Michelin-starred Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia offers shared plates and handmade pasta in an inviting atmosphere. Order a quick plate of gnocchi with wild boar ragu, or linger a little longer with charcuterie and the award-winning wine list.
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 and pig-based dishes paired with a glass from their excellent wine selection.
This sleek tavern is located on Chicago’s iconic riverfront, just through the Wrigley Building walkway. Expect rustic American dishes, a local craft beer selection, and an approachable wine list in a casual upscale setting. In the summer, grab a seat on the Beacon Tavern‘s patio to take in the area’s bustling energy.
Expect generous portions and high-quality fare at Ditka’s, the steakhouse named for the legendary Chicago Bears coach. The menu includes a seafood cold bar, classic starters, Angus steaks and chops, fresh fish, pasta, poultry, and more.
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 Avenue 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.
If you’re dining with a group or love trying lots of things, Foodlife is the perfect spot. This bustling food hall inside iconic Water Tower Place features 14 distinct kitchens serving fresh, fast, and family-friendly fare, from barbecue to made-to-order stir fry to custom salads.
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 sit-down restaurant serving upscale Italian fare.
If you want something fancy
Looking for Michelin dining on The Magnificent Mile? Spiaggia, the proud owner of one Michelin star, is one of Chicago’s best and most beloved Italian restaurants. Order the tasting menu for the full experience; it’s a highlight reel of their best dishes served in a stunning dining room with dramatic city views.
You’ll feel like you’re dining in a hidden garden at Shanghai Terrace. Nestled on the rooftop terrace of the 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 Americans classics, from sandwiches and salads to steaks and seafood.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib
This classic steakhouse is set inside a historic mansion in the heart of The Magnificent Mile district. Diners come to Lawry’s for the elegant, old-world atmosphere and their famous roasted prime rib served tableside from gleaming silver carts. Or head next door to SideDoor, their more casual gastropub.
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.