The Magnificent Mileis one of the most iconic shopping areas in the world. Located between the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Oak Street, this cosmopolitan, history-packed strip on downtown Michigan Avenue leads you from department stores to multistory retail centers to luxury boutiques to brand-name retail chains — all within a scenic stroll of each other.
Here’s our guide to shopping and more on The Magnificent Mile.
With 450 retailers dotting The Magnificent Mile, well-known and loved anchor department stores include Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and more.
Malls and shopping centers
900 North Michigan Shops
One of the grand boulevard’s three multistory malls, you’ll find national brands and unique boutiques within 70 stores on seven levels.
Water Tower Place
Hit this historic mall to browse handbags at Coach and shoes at Finish Line and find that perfect gift. Visit the eight-level atrium for adored doll store American Girl Place and the LEGO Store for kids’ gifts.
The Shops at North Bridge
Spanning six blocks with 50 world-class specialty shops, 20 sumptuous restaurants, and three elegant hotels, this shopping and dining destination features a variety of retailers, from Louis Vuitton to Nordstrom.
Insider tip: For a nominal fee, The Shops at North Bridge will deliver your shopping bags to your hotel the same day, freeing up your arms for more exploring.
Luxury labels and high-end brands
Step into the five-story black chrome, plaid-etched store and watch runway footage roll on a digital wall.
Tiffany & Co.
Draped in velvet, marble, and polished metal, the ambiance is as luxurious as the rings and crystal at this internationally renowned upscale jeweler.
High-end looks for women draw customers to this bright red boutique, home to haute fashion ambassador known around the world: Ikram Goldman.
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Locally owned brands
If you’re looking to shop local, The Mag Mile area is home to several only-in-Chicago boutiques and shops where you can find the perfect one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Mary Mary Gifts
Tucked away inside a century-old brownstone, Mary Mary Gifts is located just a few blocks from Michigan Avenue. The shelves in the charming shop are packed with a curated selection of goods from all over the globe.
A longtime local favorite in the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood, Volumes Bookcafe is owned by two Chicago area sisters and booklovers. Their cozy shop has a curated selection of novels, memoirs, nonfiction, and beyond.
This vibrant, women-owned Mexican gift shop features imported art, decor, jewelry, and other cultural treasures. Each authentic item is handpicked to showcase Mexican culture and artistry.
Fashion and apparel
Denim in all styles, fits, and washes go from classic 501 originals and hip skinny jeans to layering pieces like flannel tops and jean jackets.
The only authorized Patek Philippe dealer in all of Chicago, this three-story Gold Coast shop specializes in high-end timepieces from luxury brands like Rolex.
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Geek out over all the latest gadgets, computers, and accessories at this light-filled tech magnet. If you can’t tell from the ground, the riverfront store’s all-glass walls and steel roof are designed to look exactly like a Macbook from above.
Born in Detroit, this Midwestern brand is all about artisan-level mastery in everything it creates — including bags, watches, purses, accessories, bikes, and Bluetooth speakers.
In the city that Michael Jordan built, Nike takes shopping to a whole new level — well, four levels to be exact — with a flagship that boasts a historic timeline of famous Air Jordan shoes on display, plus all the gear to play your sport of choice.
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This Spanish Colonial Revival is an architectural gem celebrated as one of Chicago’s most attractive buildings for nearly a century. You might recognize its dazzling white terracotta cladding and nighttime lighting from films and television shows.
A neo-Gothic icon, the limestone tower’s elegant buttresses, intricately carved stonework, and octagonal campanile serve as a grand gateway to The Magnificent Mile.
Head to the 94th floor of 875 N. Michigan Ave. (formerly the John Hancock Center) and take in a 360° view of four states from the 1,000-foot observatory. Try TILT: an exhilarating experience that tilts guests out and over the city streets below.
Magnificent Mile restaurants
Of course, shopping is no fun on an empty stomach. Get your fill without having to go far at Magnificent Mile restaurants. Start with a unique latte or quick bite from the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, the largest Starbucks location in the world.
On and near Michigan Avenue, go farm fresh at Harvest; dig in at Shaw’s Crab House; or visit a Chicago classic, Coq d’Or at The Drake Hotel. Plus, NoMIoffers stellar views overlooking Michigan Avenue’s grand expanse, while wine-and-swine-focused The Purple Pig is just steps from the hustle and bustle.
Check out our full guide on where to eat on The Magnificent Mile.