Even though it might not feel like it this week, fall is right around the corner, which means it's time to celebrate the coming season with the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, Sept. 4 - 7.The annual shopping event on the city's premier shopping stretch is a celebration of the end of summer, which highlights stores, restaurants, hotels and more over the long weekend.
For the first time this year, the fest is taking the shopping to the streets with the Magnificent Mile Pop-up Marketplace in Pioneer Court. Nordstrom will be onsite for free tote bag screen printing, as well lots of other goodies such as beauty samples, phone charging stations and a photo booth.
Of course, the weekend is all about the shopping, and retailers up and down Michigan Avenue will have amazing sales and special events all weekend long. Brooks Brothers, Cole Haan, Kiehl's, True Religion and many more are all offering sales and specials and are worth a stop.
For those visiting for the weekend, you're in luck - hotels are in on the shopping celebration as well. W Chicago Lakeshore, The Westin Chicago, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, The Langham Hotel, Kinzie Hotel and more are offering special discounts and event packages for visitors, a major perk of the weekend.
The weekend ends with The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women's Half Marathon & 5K Sunday, the only race in Chicago that includes the Mag Mile in the course route. Whether you're running three or 13 miles Sunday, local businesses will be offering even more discounts and specials if you show your race bib.
Whether you're a Chicagoan or just a Chicagoan for the long weekend, a trip to the Mag Mile is a must. Visit the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival website for a full list of promotions from the weekend.