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!


  • Top 5 Things

    June 2016

    Top 5 Things to Do this Month!

    Check out our recommendations for the Top 5 things to do around The Magnificent Mile this month:

    1) Tuesdays on the Terrace (June 7 – September 27)
    2) America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton (June 10 – 12)
    3) Shoreline Sightseeing Maifest (Friday, June 10)
    4) The Dapper Dudes Event (Sunday, June 11)
    5) Summer Getaway Hotel Offers

    1) Tuesdays on the Terrace

    Tuesdays on the Terrace

    Tuesdays on the Terrace features Chicago’s quintessential jazz musicians performing outside on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s terrace.

    2) America’s Cup presented by Louis Vuitton

    America' s Cup

    The best sailors and fastest boats will be racing on freshwater for the first time in America’s Cup 165-year history.

    3) Shoreline Sightseeing Maifest

    Shoreline Maefest

    Shoreline Sightseeing and Paulina Market honor the German Maifest tradition as they celebrate the return of spring on a new Maifest Cruise. Following centuries- old Maifest customs, the evening will feature a classic German dinner provided by the staff of Chicago’s own Paulina Market, including a complimentary German beer with souvenir mug.

    4) The Dapper Dudes Event

    Dapper Dudes

    Join Bloomingdale’s at the Dapper Dudes event for a fun afternoon of men’s pampering and relaxation.

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    5) Summer Getaway Hotel Offers

    Loews Hotel

    Special packages include free parking, milk & cookies and other family-friend amenities, discounted rates and more.

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  • Tuesdays on the Terrace

    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.

    Jazz schedule:

    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.

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  • Spring Break Getaway

    Summer 2016

    Summer Getaway

    Make your Summer getaway even more memorable with these special packages!

    ACME Hotel Company
    15 E. Ohio Street
    (312) 894-0800

    Get With The Time(s)
    Techies, rejoice! Guests can reserve an Apple Watch at ACME Hotel’s front desk to experience the hi-tech accessory while staying at the hotel.

    Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
    540 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 836-0100
    Through July 4, 2016

    Chicago Marriott Downtown Mag Mile

    Advanced Purchase Offer
    Now through July 4th, book 7 days in advance and save 15% instantly! Enjoy the luxury of newly renovated guest rooms and stay fit in our recently opened fitness center while taking in incredible skyline views—all on Chicago’s most magnificent avenue.

    Book now >>

    Intercontinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
    505 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 944-4100

    InterCon Cupcakes

    This summer, enjoy packages curated especially for families!

    Family Fun Package
    Kids won’t be able to resist!

    -A complimentary in-room movie rental
    -A special tin of Garrett’s popcorn
    -A deck of Playing Cards
    -Two Michael Jordan’s Steak House Baseball Hats
    -Use of a Wii console in the room.

    Intercontinental American Girl Package

    American Girl Package
    Roll out the red carpet for any American girl:

    -A specialty breakfast for two girls
    -A fun American Girl trivia game
    -An American Girl doll-sized travel bed
    -Turn down service with milk and a cupcake
    -A special purse and Chicago t-shirt made just for the doll.

    The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile
    55 E. Ontario Street
    (312) 337-1000

    The James

    Stay + Valet
    Enjoy the ride to The James Chicago and step into warmer weather along the Magnificent Mile with our Stay + Valet package. Park your car with us and discover all that the city has to offer, plus enjoy carefully curated hotel amenities and services throughout your stay.

    Stay + Valet includes:

    • Complimentary valet parking
    • Daily breakfast for two at David Burke’s Primehouse
    • Up to 20% off Loft and Apartment Suites

    Book now >>

    Enjoy Rates Starting at $189
    This summer, indulge at The James with an artfully curated selection of amenities that will allow you to relax and recharge during your stay while taking in the city.

    Explore the city’s many exciting festivals, such as Lollapalooza or the Taste of Chicago, then unwind with cocktails and alfresco dining at The Patio, our outdoor bar and restaurant.

    *Valid for stays through September 5, 2016.

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    The Langham, Chicago
    330 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 923-9988

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    Langham FIT
    Kick off summer by staying fit with Langham for $299 per night. *The Langham FIT special offer is designed to keep you relaxed, in shape and summer-ready. Enjoy luxurious Classic King accommodations, a fitness class pass from Chuan Spa, a bkr® glass water bottle and more.

    *This limited-time offer is valid for stays from July 1, 2016 through August 31, 2016. Must be booked June 11, 2016 through June 26, 2016.

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    Loews Chicago Hotel
    455 N. Park Drive
    (312) 840-6600

    Loews Hotel Urban explorer

    Urban Explorer Family Package
    Get outside explore Chicago from the best vantage point in the city, Loews Chicago Hotel. The Urban Explorer family package is designed to keep kids entertained while navigating the city’s top tourist spots. Complete with the fuel to keep kids energized and a downtown Chicago Scavenger Hunt. To keep track of the adventures, the “explorer kit” comes stocked with every junior traveler’s biggest survival needs: from backpacks and water bottles to sunglasses and compasses. The interactive citywide scavenger hunt is a great way for both parents and kids alike to explore all of what the great city of Chicago has to offer this summer. What’s more, kids will be given journals with colored pens to recap their adventures and share with their friends back home.

    Package includes:

    -Free breakfast for kids
    -Milk and cookies delivered to the room
    -Urban Explorer Kit upon check-in stocked with a ​Scavenger Hunt booklet, backpack, a journal with colored pens and more!

    Book now >>

    Omni Chicago
    676 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 944-6664

    Omni Parking Package

    Parking Package
    Enjoy luxurious accommodations and valet parking for one car per night (regularly $67 per night).

    *Subject to availability and blackout dates. Not applicable to groups, conventions or in combination with other discount offers. Rates are subject to change without notice.

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    The Drake Hotel
    140 E. Walton Place
    (312) 787-2200

    The Drake Drive in package

    Drive-In Package
    Coast into the city and take advantage of the Drive-In Package. You’ll receive deluxe accommodations and save on overnight valet parking with in and out privileges.

    *Request promo code P3 for Parking Savings. Limited Availability Black-out dates may apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Credit card guarantee required.

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    The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
    160 E. Pearson Street
    (312) 266-1000

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    “Shopping is My Cardio”
    Enjoy valet parking, $50 spa credit (perfect for an express manicure/pedicure), a turndown wellness amenity and a shopping welcome bag including exclusive offers to Water Tower Place and 900 Shops.

    *Rates start at $429 USD per night.

    Book now >>

    Tremont Chicago
    100 E. Chestnut
    (312) 751-1900

    Tremont Chicago

    Chicago Pride
    To show our love for all love, we are proud supporters of LGBT rights and PRIDE Chicago. Save up to 20% during PRIDE, June 18 – 19.

    *Valid for all room types. Book online, or call (866) 716-8139 and mention rate plan DAILY.

    Go Cubs Go
    Catch all the action at historic Wrigley Field. As the official partner of The Chicago Cubs, we invite you to enjoy a memorable trip to the Windy City to watch the Cubs compete for another winning season. Stay over a game day and save up to 20%.

    *Valid for travel all season long. Book online, or call (866) 716-8139 and mention rate plan DAILY.

    Rise & Shine Package
    Start your stay off right at Tremont. Enjoy our best available rates starting at $189 per night plus a $10 Starbucks gift card for each day you stay!

    *Book online, or call (866) 716-8139 and mention rate plan LBPKG1.

    Lock in a Winning Meal
    Celebrate the famed Mike Ditka’s restaurants, located in the hotel. Our exclusive Ditka’s package includes one $50 gift card to Ditka’s per stay.

    *Gift certificate is valid for both lunch and dinner. Book online, or call (866) 716-8139 and mention rate plan LAPKG1.

    Suite Exclusive
    Find your suite spot at Tremont. For every night you pay the regular rate, you can get the next day for 40% off in our suites.

    *Arrive Thursday – Sunday. 40% is taken off the best available non-restricted rate. Rates are pre-paid and non-refundable. Book online, or call (866) 716-8139 and mention rate plan Z4S.

    Exclusive AAA Member Rates
    Enjoy more and pay less with great rates for AAA/CAA Members only. Select from exclusive offers:

    -Discounted rates for AAA/CAA Members
    -Breakfast package: Discounted rates for AAA/CAA Members plus breakfast for two

    *Book online, or call (866) 716-8139 and ask for our AAA/CAA offers.

    Trump Hotel Chicago
    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8000

    Trump kids

    Kid Around at Trump Hotel Chicago
    Group travel is easiest when the whole family is happy. Trump Hotel Chicago presents the robust Trump® Kids program, featuring kid-approved services and amenities including kid-friendly menus and “mocktails” at the property’s signature restaurants, special treatments and pricing at The Spa at Trump, in-suite children’s movie channels, coloring books, board games and more. Packages include:

    • Kids in the City
    Fun for kids of all ages, the Kids in the City packages offers a one-night stay in a Deluxe King Guestroom, complimentary valet parking for one vehicle and a special Trump Kids gift upon arrival. To specialize kids’ dining experience, Trump Hotel Chicago offers free in-room dining for children ages 12 and under when accompanied with an adult entrée. Turn a night into a family fun evening with a movie of guests’ choosing and popcorn. Guests will also be treated to a cookies and milk turndown service on the day of arrival. The Kids in the City package starts at $499.

    • City Breaks
    Find the perfect city getaway with the City Breaks package – turning your vacation into a true experience. The City Breaks vacation package offers guests a one-night stay in a Deluxe King Guestroom, $50 food and beverage credit to one of Trump Hotel Chicago’s dining establishment and valet parking for one vehicle. The City Breaks package starts at $499.

    • Stay Longer, Save More
    Explore the best of Chicago and experience luxury accommodations with the Stay Longer, Save More offer. The multi-night stay offer is great for families visiting this summer providing a myriad of activities and festivals to choose from. Stay two nights and receive up to 10% off or receive up to 20% when you stay three or more nights. See why Chicago is second to none and discover Trump Chicago.

    • Book Early and Save
    Take advantage of your travel plans this summer and book in advance to enjoy great savings. Save up to 25% when you book at least 21 days in advance.
    All packages must be booked prior to arrival. All package rates are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and based on availability. To make a reservation or inquire about package details, please call or visit the website.

    Suite Deal
    Through June 30
    Trump Suite Deal

    Receive $100 hotel credit and overnight valet parking when you book at least 7 days in advance. Enjoy luxury accommodations in spacious suites, floor-to-ceiling windows, and fully equipped kitchens. Rates start at $695 per night.

    *Terms and conditions apply. A non-refundable one-night deposit due at time of booking. View full details.

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  • Savor the Season

    Summer 2016

    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!

    166 E. Superior Street
    (312) 787-6000
    Monday – Friday, 5:00 – 7:00PM

    52Eighty Outside

    Come On, Get Happy Hour!
    Enjoy $2 apps, including delicious tacos, along with nightly drink specials.

    Burrito Beach
    200 E. Ohio Street
    (312) 335-0668

    Burrito Beach_Spring menu

    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.

    Cape Cod at The Drake Hotel
    140 E. Walton Place
    (312) 932-4625
    Tuesdays, 5:30 – 10:30PM

    The Drake Cape Cod

    Sea You Tuesdays
    Enjoy seasonal soft shell crab and a 50% discount on the Captain’s Wine List.

    Corner Bakery Cafe
    676 N. St. Clair
    (312) 266-2570

    P5 2016 BBLT Free Sweet Offer

    Free Sweet
    The BBLT is Back at Corner Bakery Cafe!  Get yours with a FREE sweet.


    Fig + Olive
    104 E. Oak Street
    (312) 445-0060
    Daily, 4:00 – 7:00PM

    Fig + Olive Happy Hour

    Happy Hour
    Enjoy small bites between $5 and $12. WIne, beer and specialty cocktails are $6 – $8.

    Le Bar at Sofitel Chicago
    20 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 324-4000
    Tuesday, June 21, 5:30 – 8:30 PM

    Le Bar Fete de la Musique

    Fête de la Musique
    Sofitel Chicago Water Tower and Le Bar are celebrating the annual Fête de la Musique, also know as World Music Day, by marrying innovative French cocktails and classic Chicago blues. Le Bar will featrue a special French cocktail menu alongside live music frok Nicholas Barron, singer and guitar player for local blues band ChiNola. Entry is complimentary.

    Lettuce Entertain You
    Various locations


    The Kitchen Community and Lettuce Entertain You are teaming up this June with a mission to build more Learning Gardens in Chicago Public Schools, giving children in our community access to real, whole food and food education.

    Throughout the month of June, select Lettuce restaurants will be donating $1 from each signature cocktail sold to Chicago’s Kitchen Community. Participating restaurants and featured signature cocktails include:

    -Bub  City: Back Porch Tea
    -HUB 51: Hub Punch
    -RPM Italian: Bellini
    -RPM Steak: Old Fashioned
    -Three Dots and a Dash: Three Dots and a Dash

    M Burger
    161 E. Huron Street
    5 W. Ontario Street
    835 N. Michigan Avenue
    Through June 30


    Shake of the Month: Key Lime Pie
    Announcing June’s special shake: Key Lime Pie! This summer kick-off shake is made with local homemade vanilla ice cream, fresh Key Lime and is finished with a graham cracker topping sure to please everyone. We can’t think of a more tasty way to start summer off!

    McCormick & Schmick’s
    41 E. Chestnut Street
    (312) 397-9500
    Saturday & Sunday, 11:00AM – 3:00PM

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    Brunch Just Got Better
    Introducing brunch at McCormick & Schmick’s, including Live Lobster Benedict!

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

    Savor the Season

    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!

    View the lineup >>

    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8030

    Sixteen_New Menu

    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
    (312) 266-6691
    Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 7:00PM

    Zed_Happy Hour

    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
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  • patio

    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.

    Art Institute of Chicago
    111 S. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 443-3600
    Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:30PM

    AIC McKinlock Court

    Delight in the lush summer beauty of McKinlock Court while enjoying light menu items and listening to some of Chicago’s best jazz musicians.

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


    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
    (312) 642-0001

    519 N. Clark Street
    (312) 284-1377



    Take a seat at either the sidewalk café or at the open window wine bar for a summer’s night signature cocktail. Beatrix Streeterville (671 N. St. Clair Street) has seating to accomodate 80-100 people with full service breakfast, lunch, dinner, & brunch.

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
    700 E. Grand Avenue
    (312) 276-0047

    Bubba Gump

    Surrounded by fun activities at Navy Pier, the beautiful views at Bubba Gump are second to none.

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

    Cafe des Architects

    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
    (312) 464-1000

    Chicago Burger Company

    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!

    Cindy’s Rooftop
    12 S. Michigan Ave
    (312) 792-3502


    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
    (312) 445-0060

    Fig + Olive

    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
    (312) 874-7270


    From dining to nightlife, Fremont’s roof might just be your new favorite summer spot.

    Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop
    400 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 337-9330


    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
    (312) 266-8999

    Gibson's Steakhouse

    Because who wouldn’t enjoy a classic USDA Prime Steak while sitting outside?

    740 N. Rush Street
    (312) 641-6500


    The convenient Rush Street location will have you relaxing and enjoying classic deep dish pizza on the patio in no time.

    GreenRiver Chicago
    259 E. Erie Street
    (312) 472-6974

    GreenRiver 2

    The terrace at GreenRiver not only boasts a great view, but also exceptional brunch service.

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

    Harry Caray's

    Enjoy watching the bustling city life from the outside seating at Harry Caray’s.

    Howells and Hood
    435 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 212-8878

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    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
    (312) 955-3100


    Enjoy house made gelato on the patio just steps away from Michigan Avenue along the Grand Avenue pedestrian walkway.

    M Burger
    161 E. Huron Street
    (312) 254-8500

    5 W. Ontario Street
    (312) 428-3548

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    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
    (312) 940-8888

    maple & Ash

    Enjoy steak house dining and signature drinks at this posh sidewalk patio, equipped to hold 50 guests.

    435 E. Illinois Street
    (312) 527-3140


    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
    (312) 642-8450

    pvs patio

    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.

    ovs patio

    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
    (312) 464-1744

    The Purple Pig

    With patio seating just steps off Michigan Ave, you won’t miss a thing while eating exquisite cuisine.

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

    Rosebud on Rush

    Rosebud Prime
    1 S. Dearborn Street
    (312) 384-1900

    Rosebud Prime

    Rosebud Steakhouse
    192 E. Walton Street
    (312) 397-1000

    Rosebud Steakhouse

    626 N. State Street
    (312) 698-5000


    Get ready for a fun experience outside of Quartino with good times and good food that is meant to be shared with friends.

    Streeterville Social
    455 N Park Drive
    (312) 840-6617


    A stunning rooftop space complete with cityscape and lake views, Streeterville Social located right in the heart of downtown Chicago. Perched atop the third floor of the Loews Chicago Hotel the rooftop measures in at 9,000 square feet, making it is the largest outdoor hotel rooftop space in all of Chicago. Custom cocktails flow from the urban terrace’s two bar areas while the Bistro serves up the perfect fare to dine al fresco. Gearing up to re-open for the summer season, Streeterville Social Terrace experience is home to a sprawling grassy lawn area perfect for weekend sun-worshiping, hosting a game of pétanque(Bocce’s French Cousin) or playing with our custom giant Jenga set, which can grow as tall as five feet depending on your skill level, before it all topples over. Guests who prefer to soak up the sun can lounge in our cabana-style seating or swing along from one of our bird cage chairs — perfect to enjoy with a cocktail in hand. The Streeterville Social Bistro experience, perfect for al fresco dining, just opened on Memorial Day weekend. The Terrace experience will open by mid-June.

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

    tavern on rush

    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
    (312) 588-8600

    Terrace at Trump

    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
    (312) 645-1500

    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.

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  • Terracotta Warriors

    Through January 2017

    China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors

    Stand among larger-than-life soldiers in The Field Museum’s newest exhibition, China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors. Tasked to guard Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb for eternity, archers, infantrymen, and armored officers hold watch over a striking underground model of China’s first empire.

    Field Museum
    1400 S. Lakeshore Drive
    (312) 922-9410

    Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished his rivals, unified China’s many warring states, constructed the first Great Wall, built roads throughout his vast territory, and standardized China’s script, currency, weights, and measures. Learn about his desire to reign over the universe and his obsession with immortality. See priceless treasures from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, including the fierce warriors that are so revered The Field Museum is the only place in North America they can be seen this year.

    Tickets to China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors are included in blockbuster-priced Discovery and All-Access passes to the Museum. Special discounts available for Chicago residents.

    Purchase tickets >>

    *Special rates available for tour operators and groups of 10 or more. Call our Group Sales office toll-free at (888) FIELD-85 (888.343.5385).

    Plus, the front lawn of the Field Museum will be getting a makeover this year featuring tall, colorful prairie grasses, along with a pathway for walking and benches for resting. The Rice Native Gardens’ native plants and permeable pavement will be more sustainable.

    Field Museum Rice Native Gardens

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  • Navy Pier Centennial Celebration

    Celebrating 100 Years!

    Navy Pier Centennial Celebration

    Illinois’ most popular attraction turns 100 this year! Celebrate Navy Pier’s birthday on Friday, July 15.

    The Centennial Celebration kicked off with the opening of a brand new Ferris wheel on May 27, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    And starting on Friday, June 10, guests will be able to ice skate outdoors all summer long at the Skate by the Lake ice rink in Polk Bros Park, located at the main entry point of Navy Pier! The outdoor ice rink is 82-feet long and 66-feet wide, and is one of many special experiences planned for this summer.

    Navy Pier Ice Rink

    Enjoy temporary installations, alongside brand new features and 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.

    Navy Pier Centennial Celebration

    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!

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  • Hanig Made in Chicago Sandals

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    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!

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  • Kid's Day on the Mile

    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
    (312) 755-9703

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    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
    (312) 943-9400

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    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
    (773) 684-1414


    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!

    Navy Pier
    600 E. Grand Avenue
    (312) 595-7437

    Navy Pier IMAX Theatre
    700 E. Grand Avenue
    (312) 595-5989


    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
    (312) 332-1353
    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!

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  • 360 Chicago Observatory Sunset Series


    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.

    360 CHICAGO
    875 N. Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor
    (888) 875-8439

    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.

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