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!


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    July 2015

    Top 5 Things To Do In Chicago

    Check out our recommendations below for the Top 5 things to do in Chicago on The Magnificent Mile this month!

    1) 3D Fireworks Extravaganza (July 4)
    2) NARS Lead Makeup Stylist at Bloomingdales (July 10 – 11)
    3) Art Fest Michigan Avenue (July 10 – 12)
    4) Christmas in July Suite Sale (July 1 – 31)
    5) Hancock Summer Series (every Thursday)

    1) 3D Fireworks Extravaganza (July 4)
    Celebrate America with your family aboard Mercury Cruises special July 4th Lakefront Cruise featuring a traditional Chicago-style fireworks display – with a twist! Each guest will receive complimentary 3D glasses and a delicious treat box from Corner Bakery Café to enjoy the fireworks show! Millions of lights along the skyline will twinkle as you cruise along the downtown lakefront. The highlight of this great-fun-for-all-ages cruise is the thrilling 10:15pm fireworks show.

    See more Fourth of July offers here.

    2) NARS Lead Makeup Stylist at Bloomingdale’s (July 10 – 11)
    Please join Bloomingdale’s on July 10 – 11 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Cosmetics on Level 1) to meet NARS Lead Makeup Stylist, Jake Broullard, who will be in-store during this exclusive event to offer makeup applications, skincare consultations, product recommendations and more! Plus, receive a specialty summer color demonstration while you’re here! Space is limited, and appointments are required. RSVP at (312) 440-4869.

    3) Art Fest Michigan Avenue (July 10 – 12)
    Art Fest Michigan Avenue
    Amdur Productions proudly announces the launch of artfest Michigan Avenue. This three day fine art festival takes place at Pioneer Court at the base of the iconic Chicago Tribune building overlooking the Chicago River. About 100 juried artists will be featured at this “all art” show.

    Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Admission to the festival is FREE and open to the public.

    4) Christmas in July Suite Sale (July 1 – 31)
    Christmas in July just got much sweeter at Starwood Hotels of Chicago. Book today to save up to 30% off our suites for stays this holiday season, giving you more room for friends, family and your shopping bags!

    RSVP here.

    Booking Dates: July 1 – July 31
    Stay Dates: October 30 – December 31
    Savings up to 30%, rates from $149 per night for our suites
    Valid across all 19 Starwood properties in the Chicagoland area

    5) Hancock Summer Series (every Thursday)
    Summer Series
    The Summer Concert Series at The John Hancock Center’s outdoor plaza is that springboard into summer music. Music Dealers teamed up with leading real estate company HEARN to host the second annual free Summer Concert Series, featuring the hottest local acts from our global independent artist community. Catering to music fans of all ages and of all tastes, two hand-selected artists will perform every Thursday night from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. for 11 weeks until September 10.

    Check out the lineup here.

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    Summer 2015

    Live Music in Chicago

    When walking around Chicago in the summer, you are almost guaranteed to hear live music coming from somewhere. And no, we’re not talking about the Bucket Boys. From night clubs, to piano bars and even aquariums, The Magnificent Mile has a wide variety of amazing music venues for everyone to enjoy. We’ve got your covered on where to hear live music in Chicago. Inspire your summer playlist below!

    13 W. Division Street
    (312) 266-0944

    Karaoke every Wednesday 8 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    Live DJ Thursday – Saturday

    Bub City
    Bub City
    435 N. Clark Street
    (312) 610-4200

    Tuesdays: Karaoke at 10:00 p.m.
    Wednesdays: Dueling Fiddles 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
    Live country music all other days of the week starting at 9:00 p.m or 10:30 p.m.

    Eddie Vs
    Eddie V’s
    521 N. Rush Street
    (312) 595-1114

    Live Jazz in the V Lounge every night starting at 6:00 p.m.

    Gibson’s Steak House
    1028 N. Rush Street
    (312) 266-8999

    Live music Nightly from 5:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

    Hub 51
    51 W. Hubbard Street
    (312) 828-0051

    Summer music series every Saturday starting at 10:00 p.m.
    To reserve a table, please call (312) 828-0051, or email sub51@leye.com.

    Hugos Frog Bar
    Hugo’s Frog Bar
    16 W. Ontario Street
    (312) 640-1000

    Piano bar nightly from 5:00 p.m. – Midnight

    MCA Chicago
    MCA Chicago
    220 E. Chicago Avenue
    (312) 280-2660

    Tuesdays on the Terrace
    Every Tuesday through September
    5:30 – 8 p.m.

    Enjoy a free performance from Chicago’s most talented and respected musicians, as well as dining al fresco with dishes featuring locally grown produce from the farmers’ market at the MCA. Rain location inside.

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    Millennium Knickerbocker
    163 E. Walton Place
    (312) 751-8100

    Flamingo Music 
    Thursday Nights
    6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

    Jazz Music
    Fridays & Saturdays
    Chad Willetts 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Chad Willetts Trio 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

    Redhead Piano Bar
    16 W. Ontario Street
    (312) 640-1000

    Two shows a night starting at 8:00 p.m.

    Shaw’s Crab House
    21 E. Hubbard Street
    (312) 527-2722

    Live Music Sunday-Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

    Shedd Aquarium
    Shedd Aquarium
    1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
    (312) 939-2438

    Jazzin’ at the Shedd begins June 17! Bring your family and friends to Shedd to hear some of the city’s finest musicians and vocalists, from straight-ahead jazz to funk, while you enjoy beverages and light refreshments for purchase, lake breezes and the skyline from our terraces. And when the sun goes down, the sky lights up with fireworks from Navy Pier.

    Sofitel Chicago
    20 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 324-4000

    Fête de la Musique
    Sunday, June 21
    Celebrate Fête de la Musique! A day of music celebration, guests can enjoy a live performance by dynamic harpist, Nichole Luchs. Stay and enjoy brunch at Café des Architectes from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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    Summer 2015

    Chicago Cruises & Tours

    Summertime in Chicago is finally here! And what better way to take in the sites of the city than from a boat on a beautiful summer day! Whether you’re visiting The Magnificent Mile or a local trying to explore your home town, there are so many amazing cruise options to choose from. Try out a dinner or brunch cruise, Navy Pier fireworks cruise or an entertaining river architectural tour. Check out some of the best options Chicago cruises & tours have to offer!


    Escape on the lake aboard Odyssey. Sit back as Chicago’s famous skyscrapers drift past your window. Music fills the air. And creative entrees are served right to your table.

    Fireworks Dinner Cruises 

    Father’s Day Brunch and Steak Dinner Cruises 

    July 4th Fireworks Dinner Cruise 

    Air & Water Show Cruises 

    Venetian Night Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Find out more information here.

    Spirit Cruise

    Spirit of Chicago
    Cruise along the lakefront on a cruise ship designed for fun—and comfort. Spirit of Chicago’s ready to show you the city. So come aboard for a few hours of food, music and skyline view.

    Eat, Drink and B. Mary Brunch Cruises

    Laughs on the Lake Comedy Cruises 

    Full Moon Dinner Cruises 

    Country Cruises with Joe’s Live

    Fireworks Dinner Cruises 

    Gospel Lunch Cruises 

    Cocktail Cruises 

    Father’s Day Brunch and Dinner Cruises 

    Lake Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruises 

    Cabaret Lunch Cruises 

    July 4th Fireworks Dinner Cruise 

    Air & Water Show Cruises 

    Venetian Night Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Find out more information here.


    Mystic Blue
    Experience Chicago’s trendy downtown scene at a value. Cruising all year long from Navy Pier, Mystic Blue offers tons of fun cruises like brunch, lunch, lake breeze, dinner, holiday, moonlight and more.

    Full Moon Dinner Cruises

    Blue After Dark Moonlight Cruises 

    Fireworks Dinner Cruises 

    Lake Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruises

    July 4th Fireworks Dinner Cruise 

    Air & Water Show Cruises 

    Venetian Night Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Find out more information here.


    Whether you’re a history buff, love architecture or are just looking for a fun time, Seadog has something for everyone!

    Lake & River Architectural Cruises

    Lakefront Speedboat Rides 

    Extreme Thrill Rides 

    Lakefront Fireworks Cruises

    Find out more information here.

    A Shoreline Architectual Boat Tour heads south.

    Shoreline Sightseeing
    More boats, more tours to suit your schedule. Explore Chicago’s rich history, famous architecture and awesome skyline.

    Architecture Tours

    Classic Lake Tours

    July 4th Fireworks Cruise

    July 4th Sunset Fireworks Cruise

    July 4th 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Tours 

    July 4th Lake Fireworks Tours

    Find out more information here.

    Leading Lady

    CAF River Cruise – Chicago’s First Lady Cruises
    Only the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago’s First Lady Cruises can showcase Chicago’s world renowned city architecture with style, class and comfort. Learn about the architecture and design of over 50 buildings as described by CAF-Certified Volunteer Docents/Guides on this 90-minute tour.

    Mercury, Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline

    Urban Adventure Cruise

    3D Fireworks Cruise

    Chicago by Night Cruise

    Canine Cruise

    Find out more information here.

    Wendella Beer and BBQ cruise

    Wendella Cruises
    Whether you’re a beer drinker, wine lover, or enjoy trying new cocktails, Wendella’s Specialty Cruises provide a fun social setting for guests to sample local food and drinks while cruising the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Cruises depart from the Wendella dock at Trump Tower, located West of the Wrigley Building at the lower level of Kinzie and Rush.

    Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour

    Signature Lake and River Tour

    Chicago at Sunset Tour

    Chicago River Experience Tour

    Lake Michigan Summer Fireworks Tour

    Chicago River Bridges Tour

    Wine & Cheese Cruise

    Find out more information here.

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    May 16, 2015

    Amphibians Exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

    The Amphibians Exhibit at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is opening May 16, 2015 for a limited time. Find out all the details and plan your trip to The Magnificent Mile today!

    Amphibians Exhibit at Chicago's Shedd AquariumThe Shedd Aquarium is opening their highly anticipated Amphibians exhibit with 40 species of frogs, salamanders and rarely seen caecilians will be featured in over 30 habitats. Learn how amphibians absorb water through their skin, change colors, and how their lives transform from beginning to end! You’ll meet amphibians from every continent where they’re found, which is to say all but Antarctica, and even see a variety of tadpoles in all stages of metamorphosis. You also have the opportunity to explore new ways to prevent amphibian habitat loss caused by climate change and toxic pollutants—stop in and get the facts!

    Shedd Aquarium
    1200 S. Lake Shore Drive
    (312) 939-2438

    For more information on the Amphibian Exhibit visit www.sheddaquarium.org.

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    September 6, 2015

    The Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K

    The Magnificent Mile® Chicago Women’s Half Marathon & 5K is the only event that includes Chicago’s iconic Magnificent Mile as the course centerpiece. Join thousands of women as we conquer one of the most famous miles of pavement in the world.

    Get ready to Run, Live and Be Magnificent on Sunday, September 6, 2015!

    Register for the Half Marathon here.

    Register for the 5K here.


    Two Race Options:
    Half Marathon: 7:00 a.m. start
    5K: 7:00 a.m. start

    Entry Fees

    Until 5/10/15
    Half Marathon: $ 70.00
    5K: $ 35.00

    5/11/15 – 8/5/15
    Half Marathon:  $ 80.00
    5K: $ 40.00

    8/6/15 – 9/5/15
    Half Marathon:  $ 90.00
    5K: $ 45.00


    Register for the Half Marathon here.

    Register for the 5K here.

    For more information visit www.magnificentmilehalf.com.

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    Spring/Summer 2015

    Outdoor Dining Spots in Chicago

    The first day of spring is only one week away, which means patio season and al fresco dining are just around the corner! The Magnificent Mile has a number of recommendations for restaurants in Chicago with outdoor seating to better enjoy the warmer weather. Drop into one of these outdoor dining spots for drinks and dinner this spring and summer season.

    Three Forks

    III Forks
    180 N. Field Boulevard
    (312) 938-4303

    676 R&B Patio dining

    676 Restaurant & Bar
    676 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 944-6664

    Bar Toma Patio dinning

    Bar Toma
    110 E. Pearson Street
    (312) 266-3110

    Cafe Des Architectes Patio

    Café Des Architectes
    20 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 324-4063

    Carmines Patio dinning

    1043 N. Rush Street
    (312) 988-7676

    David Burke's Primehouse

    David Burke’s Primehouse
    616 N. Rush Street
    (312) 660-6000

    Deca Restaurant and Bar

    160 E. Pearson Street
    (312) 573-5160

    Del Friscos

    Del Frisco’s
    58 E. Oak Street
    (312) 888-2499

    Devon Seafood Grill

    Devon Seafood Grill
    39 E. Chicago Avenue
    (312) 440-8660

    ENO Wine Bar

    ENO Wine Bar
    505 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 944-4100

    Fado Irish Pub

    Fadó Irish Pub
    100 W. Grand Avenue
    (312) 836-0066

    Filini Restaurant and Bar

    Filini Bar and Restaurant
    221 N. Columbus Drive
    (312) 477-0234

    Harry Caray Steakhouse

    Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
    33 W. Kinzie Street
    (312) 828-0966

    Harry Caray's Navy Pier

    Harry Caray’s Tavern-Navy Pier
    700 E. Grand Avenue
    (312) 527-9700

    Howells & Hood

    Howells & Hood
    435 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 262-5310

    Labriola Ristorante & Cafe

    Labriola Ristorante & Cafe
    535 N.Michigan Avenue
    (312) 955-3100

    Le Colonial

    Le Colonial
    937 N. Rush Street
    (312) 255-0088

    Lux Bar

    Lux Bar
    18 E. Bellevue Place
    (312) 642-3400

    McCormick & Schmick’s

    McCormick & Schmick’s
    41 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 397-9500

    McCormick & Schmick’s
    1 E. Upper Wacker Drive
    (312) 923-7226

    Mercadito Kitchen

    Mercadito Kitchen
    10 E. Delaware Place.
    (312) 640-8141

    Mike Ditka’s Restaurant

    Mike Ditka’s Restaurant
    100 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 587-8989


    800 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 239-4030

    Park Grill Chicago

    Park Grill Chicago
    11 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 521-7275


    150 N. Dearborn Street
    (312) 422-0150

    Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush

    Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush
    437 N. Rush Street
    (312) 222-0101

    Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula

    Pierrot Gourmet at The Peninsula
    108 E. Superior Street
    (312) 573-6749

    Purple Pig

    Purple Pig
    500 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 464-1744

    Riva Crab House

    700 E. Grand Avenue
    (312) 644-7482

    River Roast

    River Roast
    315 N. LaSalle Street
    (312) 822-0100

    Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant

    Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant
    1 W. Grand Avenue
    (312) 755-9339

    ROOF on theWit

    ROOF on theWit
    201 N. State Street
    (312) 239-9502

    Rosebud on Rush

    Rosebud on Rush
    720 N. Rush Street
    (312) 266-6444

    Shanghai Terrace

    Shanghai Terrace
    108 E. Superior Street
    (312) 575-6744

    Streeterville Social at Loews
    Streeterville Social at Loews Hotel
    455 N. Park Drive
    (312) 840-6600

    Sullivans Steakhouse

    Sullivan’s Steakhouse
    415 N. Dearborn Street
    (312) 527-3510

    Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

    Sweetwater Tavern & Grille
    225 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 698-7111

    Tavern On Rush

    Tavern on Rush
    1031 N. Rush Street
    (312) 664-9600

    Trump Terrace

    The Terrace at Trump
    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8600

    Vertigo Sky Lounge

    Vertigo Sky Lounge
    2 W. Erie Street
    (312) 202-6060

    Viand Bar & Kitchen

    Viand Bar & Kitchen
    155 E. Ontario Street
    (312) 255-8505

    Weber Grill Restaurant

    Weber Grill Restaurant 
    539 N. State Street
    (312) 467-9696

    Zed 451

    739 N. Clark Street
    (312) 266-6691

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    Through August 2015

    Chicago Styled: Fashioning The Magnificent Mile

    Chicago Styled uses designer fashion to trace the development of North Michigan Avenue into one of the country’s most renowned destinations for upscale retail, The Magnificent Mile. This special exhibit runs through August 16, 2015 at the Chicago History Museum.

    Set against a shifting cityscape, garments by noted designers such as Norman Norell, Adolfo, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto, and Chanel evoke memories of The Magnificent Mile and the stylish people who shopped there. Click here for more information about the exhibit.

    Chicago History Museum
    1601 N. Clark Street, (312) 642-4600
    Find more on Facebook or follow @ChicagoMuseum

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