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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    Fall 2015

    Fall 2015 Fashion Trends by Tory Burch

    As the temperatures start to get cooler we look forward to fall fashion on The Magnificent Mile! Shopping for fall fashion in Chicago is easy with these tips from Tory Burch. This season’s trends are all about bold patterns and bow blouses. Take a look at these Fall 2015 fashion trends by Tory Burch.

    Bold Patterns
    A love of bold print, reinterpreted through texture and craftsmanship.



    Bow Blouse
    The silhouette of the season: The Stretch Silk Tie Blouse is a style that puts a modern twist on a ladylike classic. It’s free-spirited yet feminine — a super-chic and versatile blouse that is easy to layer and can anchor many looks.



    Find even more Tory Burch fashion here.

    Looks are available at Tory Burch at 45 E. Oak Street.

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    September 17 – 20


    EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fourth edition in 2015, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and includes EXPOSURE—a section that affords younger galleries the opportunity to participate in a major international art fair. EXPOSURE provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.


    EXPO CHICAGO also features dynamic on-site programming, including Special Exhibitions, showcasing select international organizations, non-profits and institutions; /Dialogues panel discussions, presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; EXPO VIDEO, a curated selection of new media, film and video works presented in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago; as well as IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside, a curated selection of site-specific projects presented both on the main floor of the exposition, and throughout the city of Chicago.


    With EXPO CHICAGO as the centerpiece, EXPO ART WEEK (September 14–20, 2015) is presented in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization, and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). This citywide celebration of arts and culture features an unprecedented number of institutional alignments and highlighted special events by the city’s most prestigious museums, non-profit organizations, and galleries, making the city a must-visit destination on the international arts calendar.

    EXPO CHICAGO Silver Cone

    September 17 – 20, 2015 at Navy Pier

    September 14–20, 2015

    Thursday, September 17 | 6:00–9:00pm
    The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO presented by the Women’s Board benefiting MCA Chicago.
    Tickets available here.

    Friday, September 18 | 11:00am–7:00pm
    Saturday, September 19 | 11:00am–7:00pm
    Sunday, September 20 | 11:00am–6:00pm

    Navy Pier
    600 E. Grand Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Purchase tickets to EXPO CHICAGO here.

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    My Day on The Magnificent Mile

    Hi guys, I’m Jason summer intern here at The Magnificent Mile. Working on Michigan Avenue has really opened my eyes regarding the vast amount of things that are available to do on the wonderful stretch of land. I wanted to check out some of the historic avenue’s popular spots, so here was my day on The Magnificent Mile.

    Every morning I start my day off by taking a train to Union Station. Once I arrive at Union, I cross Madison Street and head down to the Chicago Water Taxi. Rather than walking to Michigan Avenue in the hot summer mornings, the water taxi will actually drop you off there. The boats actually look like huge taxis! The captain of the boat greets each passenger with a friendly “good morning” as we all board the vessel, and off we go! The water taxi makes three major stops; Ogilve/Union, LaSalle, and The Magnificent Mile. The Chicago Water Taxi provides a convenient and simple way to get around the city, and I highly recommend checking it out!


    Once I got off at The Magnificent Mile, I began walking north toward Niketown, which is Nike’s four story store that is located at 669 N. Michigan Avenue. Niketown features men’s and women’s footwear, athletic apparel, and also casual wear. Each of the four stories are themed and targeted to a specific realm of athletic culture, for example the first floor is designated for women’s athletic apparel, whereas the fourth floor is a youth floor which also includes golf and tennis apparel. Being a pretty avid golfer and Nike fan, I couldn’t resist buying a new golf hat! Visit Niketown on Michigan Avenue to explore an endless selection of high quality athletic apparel.


    I walked out of Niketown on the gorgeous day in Chicago, and wanted to check out one of the most beautiful views in the city. The view from the 96th floor at the John Hancock is marvelous, and is now known as 360 Chicago. I strolled down the Magnificent Mile and got to the John Hancock. The ticket desk is located below the first floor next to a 360 Chicago sign, which directed me right to the observatory. An easy 96 flight elevator ride takes you to the observatory, and you are greeted by the best view in the city. Being able to walk along the city’s skyline is an amazing feeling, and there was much more to do besides walk and enjoy the view. 360 Chicago features a pizza parlor, full bar, gift shop, and other amenities that give people the full experience. I felt like I was on top of the city, thanks to 360 Chicago.


    After taking in the amazing sights of 360 Chicago, I worked up quite the appetite and didn’t really want to go far for lunch, so I took the elevator a floor down to the Signature Room at the 95th. This high class restaurant and bar has some of the best dishes in Chicago. I was seated right next to the window, and had another amazing view of Navy Pier and Lake Michigan. I started my meal off with some juicy calamari, and had a very delicious chicken ceaser salad for my main course. The staff at the Signature Room helped me choose both of my dishes, and they knew how to hit the spot! As much as I wanted to stay there until dinner, my journey along the Magnificent Mile continued!


    After I had filled up on all of the delicacies of the Signature Room on the 95th, I wanted to visit one of Chicago’s most thriving stores. Hockey has really grown in popularity here in Chicago during the past 10 years, and we even have three Stanley Cup’s to our name. The Chicago Blackhawks Store is one of the most popular places to shop on the avenue, and for all ages! The amazing store showcases every piece of Blackhawks apparel you could think of from flags, jerseys, autographed memorabilia, and even regulation sized goalie pads worn by Corey Crawford! I was truly amazed by the merchandise variety. I walked out of the store with a new t-shirt in hand, and kept walking The Magnificent Mile.


    It was a gorgeous day here on The Magnificent Mile, and I thought there was no better way to end my day by relaxing with a cup of premium coffee from Peet’s Coffee and Tea. These Bay area brew masters sure know how to whip up a cup of coffee, and the store location is perfect! Located at the Wrigley building, I was able to sit at their outside plaza and enjoy the weather along with my dark roast.


    The Magnificent Mile offers plenty of things to do for people who are visiting Chicago, as well as locals like me. You can never get bored on the city’s most thriving avenue, and we welcome you to come check it out!

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    August 13 – September 3

    Summer Art and Wine Series at Seasons 52

    The Before They’re Famous: Summer Art & Wine Series  at Seasons 52 is your chance to discover Chicago’s finest artists and the world’s finest wine on the verge of stardom. The series kicks off on Thursday, August 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with painter and drawer, Peyton Rack.

    See the full schedule below!


    Seasons 52

    August 13: Peyton Rack – Painter and Drawer
    August 20: Jonny Rohrbaugh – Artist and Architect
    August 27: Elizabeth Greenwood – Fine Art
    September 3: Diana Gabriel – Artist and Curator

    Enjoy Sunset at Seasons happy hour pricing during the event, including $5 Chef-inspired small plates, $6 glasses of select wines and $8 specialty cocktails. Or, discover one of our ‘Drink Them Before They’re Famous’ wines.

    RSVP today! http://bit.ly/1Itfro9

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    Free Things To Do In Chicago

    A day out on the town can be expensive, but only if you don’t know the right places to go! Check out our list of free things to do in Chicago. These budget friendly attractions on The Magnificent Mile are guaranteed for a great time!

    Art Institute of Chicago
    Recently voted the number one museum in the world by TripAdvisor, The Art Institute of Chicago is a must-see attraction. While tickets normally cost around $20, admission is free for Illinois residents with an ID from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Also, admission is always free for children under the age of 14. If you’re looking to get the creative juices flowing, head to The Art Institute of Chicago.

    Chicago History Museum
    Chicago History
    The Chicago History Museum offers free admission on special days for Illinois residents. Come with the whole family to enjoy thoroughly entertaining tours and exhibits covering the vast history of our great city. See a list of dates here.

    John Hancock Summer Concert Series
    Summer Series
    Every Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m. through September 10, you can enjoy a free concert on the plaza at the John Hancock Center! Listen to some great summer music while grabbing a drink or some food at the many nearby restaurants and bars. Feel free to do a little shopping on The Magnificent Mile while you’re at it! For a list of dates and artists, head here.

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    One of the oldest zoos in the country, the Lincoln Park Zoo is always free to visit. Come see all of your favorite animals, from penguins and polar bears to the small reptile, primate, and lion houses. Not to mention, the zoo has just welcomed the arrival of two adorable red panda cubs! In addition to the Lincoln Park Zoo’s daily animal attractions are numerous events, restaurants and cafes, and the gorgeous wildlife boardwalk.

    Navy Pier
    Navy Pier
    We would be remiss not to mention Navy Pier in a list of fun and affordable things to do in Chicago. One of the city’s premier landmarks, Navy Pier offers fantastic views of both the lake and the skyline. Stroll the pier to take in the numerous sculptures and art pieces during the day, and find a great viewing spot for the fireworks show on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:15 p.m. Additionally, Navy Pier will also start hosting free outdoor movie nights starting August 6. A venue that is great for a family visit or even a couple on a date, Navy Pier also offers many paid attractions, including sightseeing cruises, restaurants, and the iconic Ferris wheel. See the full list of Movies on the Pier here.

    Shakespeare in the Parks
    Chicago Shakespear Park
    Chicago’s favorite summer tradition, Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks brings Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, free for all, to audiences in 18 Chicago neighborhood parks throughout the city. Shakespeare’s memorable characters come to life in a unique and surprising mash-up of scenes from his most celebrated plays – from Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It. Find out where and when here.

    Shedd Aquarium

    The Shedd Aquarium is one of Chicago’s most frequently visited and widely enjoyed attractions. While it usually costs money to visit the aquarium’s many marine tenants, the Shedd offer special Discount Days for Illinois residents with valid state ID’s. This general admission offer grants you access to the eye-opening Caribbean Reef, Waters of the World, and Amazon Rising exhibits. For a list of dates (which they are always updating) see their schedule here.

    Tuesdays on the Terrace at MCA
    MCA Tuesday Terrace

    Come to the gorgeous outdoor terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art each Tuesday from June 2 – Septemper 29 to hear a live concert from some of the city’s best jazz musicians. This event is a summer favorite for many, with great music and ample seating on both the terrace and the museum’s garden. If you’re feeling hungry, buffet options are available featuring fresh and locally grown ingredients from the MCA’s Farmers’ Market. RSVP at (312) 397-3805.

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    August 6 – September 10

    Movies on the Pier

    Watch free movies with friends and family out on Lake Michigan in Chicago’s unique covered outdoor theater venue, the Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier.

    Enjoy a series of six classic blockbusters FREE every Thursday evening from August 6 – September 10. Plus, the first 100 guests to arrive at each movie will receive a unique giveaway themed to the movie of the night!

    See the lineup below.


    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    August 6 – 8 p.m.

    Top Gun
    August 13 – 8 p.m.

    August 20 – 8 p.m.

    The Goonies
    August 27 – 8 p.m.

    September 3 – 7 p.m.

    September 10 – 7 p.m.

    Please note:
    -No one under 18 admitted to Pepsi Skyline Stage for any free movie unless accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian.
    -Seating is subject to availability on a first-come basis and attendance is limited to Pepsi Skyline Stage capacity of 1,494.

    Find out more information here.

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    My Day on The Mag Mile

    Hello! My name is Carolyn and I am one of the interns at The Magnificent Mile Association this summer. I am fortunate to attend school in downtown Chicago, so The Magnificent Mile has always been easily accessible to me. But I still feel as though there is so much I haven’t had the opportunity to experience. I chose to spend my day on The Mag Mile checking out some of my favorite places and trying out a couple new hot spots as well.

    I began the day by taking advantage of the beautiful weather and made my way over to Oak Street Beach. Oak Street has always been an ideal spot to soak up the sun in Chicago for many reasons. There are always different events going on such as cornhole tournaments, live entertainment, luau Fridays, Saturday southern style parties, beach volleyball and more! The beach lies right next to Chicago’s downtown skyscrapers, which makes for one incredible view. The conveniently located Oak Street Beach Food + Drink offers snacks or full meals and a beachside bar with chilled cocktails and beers, so you never have to stray too far away to satisfy your hunger or quench your thirst.
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    Oak Street Beach

    After being in the heat for a while I decided to cool off indoors at the 74 foot skyscraper, Water Tower Place. This is one of Chicago’s most famous malls and my personal favorite. It consists of 758,000 sq. feet of shopping! The wide variety of shops makes Water Tower Place a desirable destination for both tourists and Chicago residents.
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    I worked up an appetite while shopping so I chose to grab some lunch at Downtown Dogs on Rush Street. This was my first time here and I will definitely be returning. Try the classic Downtown Dog (no ketchup allowed!) or check out the daily specials. I went with the cheese dog and was more than satisfied!
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    Downtown Dogs

    Next stop: Dessert! I went over to Ghirardelli Chocolate for a sundae and was overwhelmed by all the different options. Ghirardelli offers pretty much every combination you could possibly think of. I ended up ordering the Ocean Beach Sundae which had vanilla ice cream, sea salt caramel and fudge. I was so full after eating less than half of this delicious creation!
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    Next I decided to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art, which is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues. The first exhibit I checked out was a four set piece entitled S,M, L, XL, demonstrating the size, shape and scope of us as individuals in relation to the world around us. The first of the four that I interacted with was a sculpture called “Passageway” by Robert Morris. The passageway was a dark hallway with only light bulbs overhead giving light. Visitors were able to walk through the narrow and spiral hallway. The idea of the relationship between the physical body and the art is a fascinating one. The passageway was supposed to spark feelings of claustrophobia and aggression.

    I went through as much of the museum as I could before close and checked out other exhibits, old and new, the latest being The Freedom Principle; Experiments in Art and Music. I definitely would recommend the MCA for anyone coming to or living in Chicago!
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    For my final destination I made my way over to Navy Pier for the Mercedes- Benz Evolution Tour with a live performance by Bastille, one of the artists I have been waiting to see for a long time now. This took place at the Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom. Prior to the show my friends and I had some time to kill so we decided to check out the Beer Garden. Here, they offer a wide variety of beer and mixed drinks as well as live performances right next to the lake almost every day! I haven’t been to Navy Pier in a while so it was nice to relax and take in the view. Best of all, this was a free show!
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    By the end of the day I was happily exhausted. I think it is impossible to be bored while visiting or living in Chicago when there is such a wide range of things to do and places to see. It was a budget-friendly, jam-packed day of food, music, culture and fun!

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    My Day on The Mag Mile

    Hi! I’m Bobby, an intern here at The Magnificent Mile. Even though I come to work every morning on the Magnificent Mile, I don’t often get to explore everything the district has to offer. So, I spent the entire day checking out some of the highlights of the area.

    I started my day at the newly opened Maggie Daley Park. I was lucky enough that it was one of the nicest days of the summer, making for a great walk through the park grounds. Made famous for its main winter attraction in the ice skating ribbon, the park has a ton of great warm weather features as well. There are many swings and jungle gyms, a mini golf course, and a large rock climbing wall. The skating ribbon serves as a walking, jogging and roller skating track in the summer. And if you’re just looking for a spot to sit down in the shade, head over to the lovely Cancer Survivors Park.


    After all of that walking, I needed some food to recharge. I chose Eataly, one of the best and most unique dining and shopping experiences in the city. Featuring such offerings as paninis, fresh pastries, wine, seafood plates and even a Nutella bar, you are sure to find your fix. Not to mention all of the free samples. If you’re in the mood for a fantastic and fresh Italian lunch, or even just some kitchenware, head to Eataly!


    With a full belly, I decided to relax and get some fresh air at the newly renovated Chicago Riverwalk. The Riverwalk has been one of this summer’s most popular attractions, and it is easy to see why. With unparalleled views of this city and great seating, the Riverwalk is a perfect spot to enjoy the summer weather. Have a glass of wine or grab a beer and some French fries at Flander’s as you listen to some live music and watch the boats cruise by.

    From the river, I headed South down Michigan Ave. to check out the Art Institute of Chicago. Even though I am from the Chicago area, I had never actually visited before. After doing some research about the Institute, I feel a little embarrassed that it took me so long. The museum features some of the most renowned artwork in the world; spread over one million square feet in eight buildings, making it the second largest museum in the country. It was recently voted the number one museum in the world by TripAdvisor! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the museum. With many permanent exhibits, as well as rotating pieces, find something that inspires you at the Art Institute of Chicago.


    After my long day posing as a tourist, I decided to wind down with a drink at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel. The newly renovated building has quickly become one of the most stunning and unique hotels in the city. While the former athletic club got quite the face lift, it managed to keep much of its original architecture, decor and charm. To start, I headed to the lobby bar, The Game Room. With vintage 1920’s styling, an ultra-creative drink menu, and attractions that include Foosball, billiards, and a full sized boccie ball court made of crushed oyster shells, this bar is a great place to kill a lot of time with some delicious drinks. From there, I took an elevator to the top floor to see the crown jewel of the Athletic Association Hotel: Cindy’s rooftop bar. Cindy’s is hands down the coolest bar I have ever been to. Enjoy a drink while taking in the breathtaking view of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan from a very sizable balcony. Further, the inside has a fantastic summer vibe and plenty of seating if you are looking to share a plate with some friends. Cindy’s is a bar that should absolutely be on your summer bucket list.


    Whether you are a tourist or a native, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a great summer day on The Magnificent Mile. Take in the sites, become inspires and have some great food and drink all on the city’s greatest avenue.

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    Top 5 Sweetest Spots on The Magnificent Mile

    Make your way down The Magnificent Mile and experience the place where some of the biggest names in the candy industry started off! Chicago is home to many of the world’s biggest candy and chocolate names. If you are shopping on Michigan Avenue you are more than likely to run into one of many delicious sweet shops and it will be hard to keep walking without stopping in. Below are the Top 5 Sweetest Spots on The Magnificent Mile to satisfy your sweet tooth!

    1) Candyality
    835 N. Michigan Avenue (Shops at North Bridge)
    520 N. Michigan Avenue (Water Tower Place)
    What do your sweets say about you? Find out what your Candyality is here! Get your your sugar fix at the sweetest spot in Chicago! Candyality offers you an assortment of candy categories from chewy to crunchy, fluffy to hard, dark, white, sugary, sour and more. The seemingly endless products here will be more than enough to satisfy the sweet tooth.

    2) Dylan’s Candy Bar
    445 N. Michigan Avenue
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    This New York based chain is tastefully taking over Chicago one bite at a time! Dylan’s Candy Bar offers you an irresistible variety of options. Whether you are more of a chocolate or candy craver, Dylan’s Candy Bar is sure to have something to fulfill your sweet needs. Sample items from the two floors of “candy heaven” and you can even host your next party here. Try out the newly opened Café that offers specialty candy cocktails plus a full menu with indoor and outdoor seating available!

    3) Garrett’s Popcorn Shops
    625 N. Michigan Avenue
    Garretts Popcorn
    Garrett’s Popcorn allows you to create your own tin by choosing your tin size, design and most importantly, flavor! Sample flavors such as Smokey Cheese Corn and Almond or Macademia Caramel Crisp.  Or if you can’t decide, try the True Chicago Classic – The Garrett Mix® combines the sophisticated sweetness of Caramel Crisp® with the savory goodness of Cheese Corn. The original Chicago style Popcorn, from THE original gourmet Popcorn Shop. Also, don’t miss out on limited time seasonal items such as the “Sweet Summer Surprise” or the “Celebrate Summer Bundle.”

    4) Ghirardelli Chocolate
    400 N. Michigan Avenue (Wrigley Building)
    830 N. Michigan Avenue
    Stop into one of two Ghirardelli locations along The Magnificent Mile including the newly opened flagship in the Wrigley Building (400 N. Michigan). This 7,000-square-foot store is the world’s largest Ghirardelli store! Ghirardelli has become America’s premium chocolate company through their unique way of making chocolate, starting with the cocoa bean through to the finished product.  Only at Ghirardelli will a Chocolateer help you find the perfect pairings! Ghirardelli will tell you which chocolates go best with what wines, cocktails and more.

    5) Hershey’s
    822 N. Michigan Avenue
    One last stop! Gather all the baking essentials as well as hundreds of different recipes involving Hershey’s chocolate. The ingredients are simple, like fresh milk from local farms, roasted California almonds, cocoa beans and sugar. Try delicious hot fudge pudding cake among other chocolates, sweets, collectables and gifts! Hershey’s Chocolate World also offers you the opportunity to become a factory worker by creating your very own custom mix of sweets and treats, creating a truly interactive and unforgettable experience.

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    September 6, 2015

    Get Ready For a Run in Chicago

    Summer is the perfect time to train outdoors. It’s Chicago’s best season! Whether you’re just getting in shape or training for a race, the Magnificent Mile and its surrounding district is the perfect spot to get ready to run. Not to mention, The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon and 5k  is coming up on September 6, 2015, don’t forget to register! We’ve put together a guide full of fitness retailers, running routes and plenty of great healthy food options to help you achieve your fitness goals!

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    Retailers on The Magnificent Mile have everything you need to fulfill your running needs. With shops large and small, you can find all of your apparel, footwear, and running accessory needs can be met with these stores:

    1) Fleet Feet – Old Town, 1620 N. Wells Street
    Fleet Feet Sports, the sponsor of The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon and 5k, is one of the best fitness stores in the city. You’re in good hands at Fleet Feet, with unprecedented customer service that includes a staff of passionate runners, to a wide selection of footwear and running necessities, you’ll always find what you’re looking for. One of the best things about Fleet Feet is their Fitlosophy program, in which customers receive consultations from the store’s expert staff regarding their fitness needs regarding shoe fit, apparel fit, and accessories.

    2) Under Armour Brand House – 600 N. Michigan Avenue
    One of the newest additions to N Michigan Avenue, the Under Armour Brand House is the store of it’s’ kind in North America. The store boasts 30,000 square feet of Under Armour footwear and apparel. Aside from running technologies like Garmin and Pebble, the store also features fitness activities and measurements. Try and break the store record with their vertical jump challenge!



    Chicago has some of the most beautiful city scenery in the world, and there is no better way to take in the sights than with a run downtown. While many are used to running on the lakefront paths, there are some fantastic routes to try right by The Magnificent Mile:

    1) Chicago Riverwalk – 2.53 Miles
    One of Chicago’s most popular attractions this summer is the newly renovated Riverwalk. We’ve mapped out this 2.5 mile route, running the length of the riverwalk down the lakefront, past Maggie Daley Park, and then up North Michigan Avenue and back to the river. This route not only provides scenic training, but also the opportunity to challenge you further with the many staircases on the river’s adjacent bridges. However, this area does get more crowded during the afternoon and after work, so we recommend testing this route during the morning.

    2) Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel’s #BluRoutes – 1-3 Miles
    One of the most architecturally stunning buildings in the city, the Radisson Blu Hotel offers recommended running routes in addition to its many other amenities. The #BluRoutes start and end at the hotel, and feature 3 unique routes with distances between one and three miles. Our favorite Route One, a three mile journey which takes you along the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier before going along the lakefront for some great skyline views. If these long distances aren’t for you, the hotel also offers a 1/5 mile track through their terrace garden. If you’re a runner coming to the city for The Magnificent Mile Chicago Women’s Half Marathon and 5k or the Chicago Marathon, you’d be smart to consider the Radisson Blu.



    The Magnificent Mile is famous for its fine dining institutions, but you’d be surprised how many more food options the district has to offer. Here are some great recommendations for those who are looking to eat healthy as they train:

    1) foodlife – 835 N. Michigan Avenue (Water Tower Place)
    Foodlife is an urban dining venue with 14 distinctive kitchens that serve real food made from scratch daily. This is the perfect place to stop for a refreshing smoothie, shake, veggie juice, frozen yogurt or one of their power potion drinks.  Try one of their delicious juice options that are made with fresh fruit and real frozen yogurt.

    2) Seasons 52 – 55 E. Grand Avenue
    Looking for a sit down restaurant with a ton of healthy options? Seasons 52 is perfect for a more upscale and healthy dining experience. With a seasonal menu that features only the freshest ingredients, there’s a meal that is guaranteed to catch your eye. Besides the many delectable protein options Seasons 52 offers, they also have extensive vegan, vegetarian, gluten-sensitive and sodium friendly options. At Seasons 52, you’ll find unbelievably indulgent entrees with under 500 calories, a treat both your taste buds and heart will enjoy.


    Summer is a great season to train in Chicago, and there is no better place to get ready for your runs than The Magnificent Mile. Find anything and everything you need to perform at the districts many retailers, enjoy the sights and scenery of the riverwalk, skyline and parks, and refuel and get energized for your next challenge with the fantastic health food options. As we get closer to our marathon and The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival, keep an eye out for more of our special offers!

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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

    Summer Series
    John Hancock Center
    875 N. Michigan Avenue

    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.

    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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