What’s Hot on The Magnificent Mile
Stay updated on the hottest happenings around The Magnificent Mile. From in-store events to new openings in the district, we provide you with the latest news and happenings. Check back often to keep your calendar filled!
June 7 - September 27, 2016
Tuesdays on the Terrace
Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago’s quintessential jazz musicians performing outside on the MCA’s terrace. Visitors can experience the musicians up close, enjoy dining al fresco, or relax with a cocktail on the sculpture garden lawn.
The performances take place from 5:30 – 8:00 PM and are hosted by Al Carter-Bey and Richton Guy Thomas from WHPK 88.5 FM.
June 7: Pat Mallinger Quartet; June 14: Matt Ulery Nonet featuring eighth blackbird; June 21: Josh Berman Trio; June 28 Marquis Hill; July 5: Tammy McCann with Mike Allemana; July 12: James Sanders & Conjúnto; July 19: Maggie Brown; July 26: Caroline Davis/Rob Clearfield Group; August 2:Ari Brown; August 9: Corey Wilkes; August 16: Tomeka Reid, Mazz Swift, and Silvia Bolognesi; August 23: Mike Reed and People, Places, and Things; August 30: Fred Anderson Legacy Band; September 6: Corey Wilkes; September 13: Juli Wood’s Chicago Calling; September 20: The Miyumi Project; September 27: Joshua Abrams and Jeff Parker
At Tuesdays on the Terrace, visitors can dine on the MCA terrace and enjoy a $27 buffet featuring a changing menu of themed dishes using fresh, locally grown produce from the MCA Farmers Market. Tables are limited and reservations are recommended. For reservations call (312) 397-3805.
For a more impromptu evening, open seating is available on the terrace or guests can bring a blanket to relax on the sculpture garden lawn. Hamburgers, house-made sausages, and a variety of freshly made salads may be purchased from the outdoor grill along with cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails from the bar on the lower terrace. Outside food and beverages are not allowed in the sculpture garden. In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA Café.
Don’t forget: Every Tuesday at the MCA is Community Free Day, when Illinois residents receive free admission and the museum is open late until 8:00 PM.View Complete Expanded Information
June 10 - 12, 2016
America’s Cup presented by Luis Vuitton
During Luis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago, the best sailors and fastest boats will be racing on freshwater for the first time in America’s Cup 165-year history. Come watch history in the making!
As the official on-water hospitality partner, Entertainment Cruises has your front row seats. All tickets come with a complimentary pass to Race Village on the day of the cruise!
Also be sure to check out the newly-renovated food court and other family-friendly amenities at Navy Pier.
America’s Cup Viewing Cruises
600 E. Grand Avenue
Preview Lunch Cruise
Front row seats on the race perimeter to view practice racing.
America’s Cup VIP Viewing Cruises
Enjoy a prime spot and VIP perks on the race perimeter.
600 E. Grand Avenue
Catch the event from a prime race perimeter spot.
600 E. Grand Avenue
Catch the event from a prime race perimeter spot.View Complete Expanded Information
Top 5 Things to Do this Month!
Check out our Top 5 recommendations for things to do around The Magnificent Mile this month:
1) Cinco de Mayo Festivities (Thursday, May 5)
2) Mother’s Day on The Mile (Sunday, May 8)
3) Patio and Al Fresco Dining
4) Navy Pier Summer Fireworks and Centennial Celebration (Starting May 28)
5) Run Mag Mile (Register now!)
Enjoy specialty cocktails, delicious food and Happy Hour festivities around The Magnificent Mile!
2) Mother’s Day
Treat Mom to a special day along The Magnificent Mile. Make memories over a special brunch, and be sure to shop for the perfect gift!
Dine and drink outdoors and bask in warmer, sunny weather. The Magnificent Mile welcomes new outdoor dining spaces and rooftops along with your favorite spots.
The Midwest’s most popular leisure destination, and they are celebrating all summer long! Ride the new Ferris wheel opening Friday, May 27 for amazing views of the Chicago skyline. And don’t forget, Aon Summer fireworks begin on Saturday, May 28.
5) Run Mag Mile
Register now for the only race in Chicago to feature The Magnificent Mile as the course centerpiece. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a Fannie May® Chicago Collection Milk Chocolate Bar!View Complete Expanded Information
Al Fresco and Patio Dining
Spring has arrived on The Magnificent Mile! Be sure to explore the many al fresco dining options around the district, from patio to rooftops.
110 E. Pearson Street
This Italian pizzeria and bar provides beautiful views of the historic Water Tower Park and the buzzing energy of Michigan Avenue.
671 North St. Clair
519 N. Clark Street
Take a seat at either the sidewalk café or at the open window wine bar for a summer’s night signature cocktail.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
700 E. Grand Avenue
Surrounded by fun activities at Navy Pier, the beautiful views at Bubba Gump are second to none.
Dine like a Parisian! Plush seating allows for patrons to spend hours savoring the best French cuisine, good company and the best French wine.
Chicago Burger Company
301 E. North Water Street
Located along the Chicago River, outdoor patio seating offers unparalleled views. CBC is also dog friendly and is the perfect vantage point for Navy Pier fireworks!
12 S. Michigan Ave
Cindy’s is a rooftop restaurant atop the historic Chicago Athletic Association Hotel with views you don’t want to miss of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, Lake Michigan and more.
Fig + Olive
104 E. Oak Street
Fig + Olive unveils its outdoor terrace for spring and summer, boasting 36 seats, rosemary shrubs, and skyline views. A twinkling, LED-lit “living wall” adds a splash of green to the terrace and creates the ideal ambiance for brunch, afternoon cocktails, or dinner alfresco.
15 W. Illinois Street
From dining to nightlife, Fremont’s roof might just be your new favorite summer spot.
Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
400 N. Michigan Avenue
What’s better than eating ice cream in the summer? A riverside view on Ghirardelli’s patio!
Gibson’s Bar and Steak House
1028 N. Rush Street
Because who wouldn’t enjoy a classic USDA Prime Steak while sitting outside?
740 N. Rush Street
The convenient Rush Street location will have you relaxing and enjoying classic deep dish pizza on the patio in no time.
259 E. Erie Street
The terrace at GreenRiver not only boasts a great view, but also exceptional brunch service.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
33 W. Kinzie Street
Enjoy watching the bustling city life from the outside seating at Harry Caray’s.
Howells and Hood
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Enjoy patio seating and incredible views of downtown Chicago while sipping on your choice of 114 unique craft beers.
Labriola Café & Ristorante
535 N. Michigan Avenue
Enjoy house made gelato on the patio just steps away from Michigan Avenue along the Grand Avenue pedestrian walkway.
161 E. Huron Street
5 W. Ontario Street
Take a moment to enjoy these River North (24-seat) and Streeterville (50-seat) burger joints al fresco, as their delightful sidewalk patios are now open for business! M Burger offers an easy-to-navigate menu of juicy Midwestern beef burgers and golden fries perfect for a quick lunch break, an afternoon pit-stop or a casual early-evening bite. Low-fat ice cream selections, including chocolate, vanilla and swirl cones, dipped cones, sundaes, floats and shakes are the perfect warm weather treat.
Maple & Ash
8 W. Maple Street
Enjoy steak house dining and signature drinks at this posh sidewalk patio, equipped to hold 50 guests.
435 E. Illinois Street
Relax on the waterfront patio after a fun game of bowling with heated umbrellas and lighting to warm things up after sunset.
Pizzeria Via Stato & Osteria Via Stato
620 N. State Street
Situated on one of the most active corners in River North, the 30-seat patio at Pizzeria Via Stato offers it’s full menu of antipasti, salads and tavern-style pizzas with crispy, thin crusts and both artisanal and classic toppings for lunch and dinner every day starting at 11:30 a.m. Stop in Mondays through Fridays for “Just Bring Me Lunch,” a quick, three-course menu option (soup, sandwich, dessert) designed to provide a satisfying, delicious meal in a hurry, available Monday through Friday, for only $9.95 per person.
Osteria Via Stato serves its full menu every evening al fresco on its 80-seat patio, including their famous three-course Italian Dinner Party, for $39.95 per person. Both restaurants offer wines-by-the glass as well as the full list of more than 300 Italian labels.
The Purple Pig
500 N. Michigan Avenue
With patio seating just steps off Michigan Ave, you won’t miss a thing while eating exquisite cuisine.
626 N. State Street
Get ready for a fun experience outside of Quartino with good times and good food that is meant to be shared with friends.
Tavern on Rush
1031 N. Rush Street
Dine outdoors and experience the sights and sounds of the lively Rush Street on a patio that provides shade under an awning or plentiful sunshine, depending on your preference.
The Terrace at Trump
401 N. Wabash Avenue, 16th Floor
The urban paradise, located 16 stories high above the city with unrivaled views, unveils a unique craft cocktail program; a new menu developed in collaboration with the culinary team at Sixteen;and a refreshed appearance.
Upstairs at The Gwen
521 N. Rush Street
Perched on the fifth floor of the landmark McGraw-Hill building, Upstairs at The Gwen focuses on the art of craft cocktails paired with shareable small plate fare, and boasts cityscape views from among the Art Deco-infused architecture of The Gwen.View Complete Expanded Information
Celebrating 100 Years!
Navy Pier Centennial Celebration
Navy Pier turns 100 this year! Navy Pier Centennial Celebration kicks off with the opening of a brand new Ferris wheel on May 27, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. This summer, enjoy brand new features, alongside renovations to old favorites.
Navy Pier is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors each year. Currently, the pier encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities.
Get ready for even more fun, new features and renovations to old favorites:
-A brand new Ferris wheel. The 20-story attraction features 42 enclosed climate-controlled gondolas, perfect for viewing sunsets and the Chicago skyline all year round.
-Several authentic Chicago restaurants. The new food experience includes Big Bowl Chinese Express, DMK Burger and Fish Bar, Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice, Big City Chicken and Porkchop, a Southern comfort food and barbecue spot.
-The grand opening of Polk Bros Park
-The transformation of the South Dock. This is a step toward re-imagining the Pier into a bolder, greener and more contemporary urban space.
Don’t miss major events this summer at Navy Pier, including the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago (June 10 – 12) in its first ever freshwater venue. Tall Ships Chicago 2016 (July 27 – 31) showcases another side of the sailing life. And of course, the Fourth of July celebration is unlike any other!View Complete Expanded Information
Spring Shopping Deals and Events
It’s time for Spring shopping. Refresh your wardrobe with new collections, great offers and unique events happening this season throughout The Magnificent Mile district!
alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet
919 N. Michigan Avenue
Shop New Arrivals!
Stacey Bendet’s Spring 2016 collection for alice + olivia is set in the scene of an urban inspired desert. The collection reflects the mindset of a bold and independent woman bursting with confidence, sophistication, and natural beauty.
*Applies to Made to Measure sport coats only. Other exclusions apply. Please see a sales associate for details.
520 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 3
Made in Chicago Candy Suitcase
We’re known as the Windy City, but a true candy lover knows that Chicago has its sweet attributes too! Loaded with treats that are – you guessed it – all made in Chicago! Gift includes a postcard with a brief history on how Chicago became the candy capital. It’s the perfect gift to show your Chicago pride. A large size box is also available. (Small: $12.00; Large: $19.00)
Cole Haan is excited to launch its newest dual gender collection, GrandPrø Tennis. The shockingly light GrandPrø Tennis shoe is a vintage-inspired sneaker, updated with a thoroughly modern operating system. What it lacks in weight, it makes up for in style.
The Goldsmith Ltd.
900 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 4
The origin of coins is a mystery, but it is believed that coins were first developed as currency between the 7 – 5th century BCE in Lydia (Southwestern Turkey), India and China—all independently. These small objects of art illustrate a glimpse of history and it’s up to each to unravel the story. Rather than locking them away, The Goldsmith Ltd. prefer to use them in jewelry as a way to allow them to continue telling their story!
520 N. Michigan Avenue
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Friends and Family
May 20 – May 23, 2016
Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase!*
*Valid in Soma boutiques (including outlets), at soma.com and at (866) 768-7662. Offer not valid on purchase of gift cards, previously purchased merchandise, soma.com clearance items, Anita, Chantelle, Elomi, Fantasie, Felina, Freya, Passionata and Wacoal, taxes or shipping. One time use only. Other terms and conditions apply.
Vanishing Edge Panty Raid
May 24 – 30, 2016
Vanishing Edge panties are 5/$37!**
**Valid in Soma boutiques (including outlets), at soma.com and at866.768.7662. Offer valid only with purchase of five Vanishing Edge panties and any one full-priced bra. Regular pricing applies if purchase requirement is not met. OFFER VALID MAY 24 – 30, 2016. Other terms and conditions apply.
Savor the Season
Savor the season this Spring with new menus, fresh experiences and al fresco dining options at your favorite restaurants along The Magnificent Mile!
Come On, Get Happy Hour!
Enjoy $2 apps, including delicious tacos, along with nightly drink specials.
110 E. Pearson Street
Through May 31
Enjoy a special discount on signature pizza class. Book and host a class for 20 or more guests between now and May 31st and we will waive the $5 per guest class fee! Bar Toma also has the flexibility to host a variety of events.
200 E. Ohio Street
Welcome Spring with Seasonal Eats
Chicago’s original fast, casual, and fresh “BYO” Mexican grill announces beach-body friendly menu items with vibrant ingredients. In addition to items on the regular menu, a series of seasonal, limited time only south-of-the-border options kick off Monday, April 11, including Coctel de Camarones y Avocado.
The BBLT is Back at Corner Bakery Cafe! Get yours with a FREE sweet.
Brunch Just Got Better
Introducing brunch at McCormick & Schmick’s, including Live Lobster Benedict!
315 N. LaSalle Street
Blues and Brew Brunch
Every Saturday and Sunday, River Roast hosts a special Blues performance with delicious pairings of your favorite food and drinks. Enjoy a weekend with a beautiful waterfront view at River Roast!
Sixteen: A Study in Ingredients
With a focus on the foundation of fine dining, Executive Chef Thomas Lents and the culinary team are taking an in depth approach to ingredients with a new menu. This overarching theme – spotlighting the diverse nature and versatility of individual ingredients – will guide the menu evolution in 2016 at the Michelin Two-Star, Forbes’ Five-Star restaurant.
739 N. Clark Street
Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 7:00 PM
Happy Hour Specials
Enjoy $4.51 drink specials every weekday!. Available in the bar and rooftop:
- Mondays: $4.51 Manhattans
- Tuesdays: $4.51 Margaritas
- Wednesdays: $4.51 Select Wines by the Glass
- Thursdays: ½ price Select Bottles of Wine
- Fridays: $4.51 Grey Goose Cocktails
Saturday, September 10
Register Now for Run Mag Mile
Register now for Run Mag Mile, the only race in Chicago to feature The Magnificent Mile as the course centerpiece. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a Fannie May® Chicago Collection Milk Chocolate Bar! The New Fannie May® Chicago Collection is in stores now and at www.FannieMay.com.
From the opening of their first store on LaSalle Street back in 1920, Fannie May has been proud to call Chicago home and to join with the city in celebrating all that makes life sweet in the Windy City.
The Chicago Collection boasts vintage-inspired travel posters and an elegant black and white photographic design that both pay homage to the city’s renowned architecture and iconic landmarks. The Chicago Collection features The Magnificent Mile® on their brand new Milk Chocolate Bar, Sea Salt Almond along with other delicious chocolates, candies and gifts.View Complete Expanded Information
Hanig Made in Chicago Sandals
Hanig Made in Chicago sandals came from a desire to create a shoe that is crafted in Chicago, using leathers from Chicago, with an original style based on this city’s heritage of design.
Irv Hanig started the business, Hanig’s Footwear, in 1944 at the corner of Clark and Diversey. His son Peter Hanig has worked in the store since 1971; and now his son, Daniel Hanig, is his partner.
Peter started work on the sandal concept in February 2015. Shoemaker Sara McIntosh agreed to help with development after meeting with Hanig at her shoemaking school in Ravenswood. Hanig’s next met with Skip Horween of Horween Leather on Elston, who provided the hides for the sandals. From design to material and productions, the Hanig Made in Chicago sandals are completely a product of the city.
The new collection is available now, in stores and online!
Kid’s Day on The Mile
A family vacation is all about making memories and having fun. Enjoy time together at family-friendly destinations during a Kid’s Day on The Mile!
Hotel Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel
505 N. State Street
Missing your pet at home? The hotel offers a “Guppy Love Program” where a pet goldfish is delivered to your guestroom and will be taken care of by the staff.
Kids and parents can look forward to their stay with special amenities designed for kids. Upon arrival kids are greeted with a special welcome gift for their enjoyment! Everything from swimming pools, family-friendly dining, bunk beds, Kids’ Happy Hour mocktails, animal bathrobes, hula hoops, and accredited babysitting is all available during your stay.
You and your family will be conveniently close to The Magnificent Mile and some of the best family-friendly attractions, including…
American Girl Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue
Step into the store that makes every little girl’s imagination become a reality. Enjoy shopping for matching outfits and accessories, then head over to the hair salon where you can pamper your doll with a new do! Sit down for a meal at American Girl Place Cafe, a space that invites girls, dolls, and their loved ones to enjoy brunch, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea as a family. You and your doll are bound to leave the store in style!
Museum of Science & Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Learning has never been so much fun! The hands-on museum is full of fun and educational attractions:
Explore and calculate your way through the Numbers in Nature mirror maze; then descend down into a “working” coal mine where you can discover, hear, and see what a day-in-the-life of a coal miner was like. Play around in the Science Storms Exhibit where you can make your own rainbows, step into a tornado, release a hot air balloon and create lighting!
The museum regularly features special exhibits, as well. No matter what you choose to see and do, you are sure to enjoy and learn together!
600 E. Grand Avenue
Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
700 E. Grand Avenue
A trip to Chicago wouldn’t be complete without visiting Navy Pier, Illinois’ most popular attraction! Surrounded by the beauty of Lake Michigan, there are many activities for the whole family to enjoy.
On May 27, the new and improved 196 ft Ferris wheel will open for visitors to enjoy year-round. Make sure to catch a view of the skyline from the top of one of the six tallest Ferris wheels in the USA. Enjoy a variety of family favorites at the newly-renovated food court. And if you’re looking to sit down and relax, take advantage of the IMAX Theatre where you will find Chicago’s largest movie screen; or explore the Dinosaur expedition and kid’s town at the Chicago Children’s Museum.
After a busy day of shopping and exploring during your Kid’s Day on The Mile, sit down for a family dinner. We recommend a meal that is both delicious and easily shareable. Be sure to check out one of Chicago’s famous pizzerias with locations all around The Magnificent Mile.
Mercury’s 3D-Firework Cruise
Southeast Corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive,
on Chicago’s Riverwalk
May 27 – September 3
Brighten up the evening when you spend the night out with your family for a firework experience they will never forget. Take a front-row seat and enjoy a lakefront tour of the Chicago skyline by night. Then view a dazzling fireworks display on the water. Watch your children’s eyes light up as they experience the Chicago fireworks through 3-D glasses that add an extra sparkle. Don’t forget your camera!View Complete Expanded Information
360 CHICAGO Observatory Sunset Series
The 360 CHICAGO Observatory Sunset Series offers free weekly activities geared towards photographers and architecture buffs, accompanied by music and sunsets.
875 N. Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor
The Sunset Series on the 94th floor is open to all visitors from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free programming presented over 1,000 feet high above the city includes:
Mondays: Photography Night – Visitors can bring in tripods to capture the incredible images of the skyline, lights and views. Nick Ulivieri, a professional photographer lauded for his Chicago imagery, serves as the 360 CHICAGO photography ambassador. He will help develop photography workshops and contests over the year. Tag your picture #360TripodMondays.
Tuesdays: Chicago Architecture Foundation docents serve as “guides in the sky.”
Thursdays: DJs from Mode Events offer entertainment while visitors toast sunsets.View Complete Expanded Information