Things to do

The Magnificent Mile is packed with things to do and see, including Chicago’s best attractions and more than 50 historic landmarks.

Whether you are sightseeing during the day or after dark, seeking family friendly options or enjoying the famous nightlife, the infectious energy of the city will make it a trip to remember. 

Sightseeing Tours

Take a tour of downtown by bus, boat, or trolley!

The gateway to The Magnificent Mile at the Michigan Avenue Bridge showcases more than a century of iconic architecture: Tribune Tower, The Wrigley Building, the London Guarantee Building, and 333 N. Michigan Avenue. Cruise down the Chicago River and out on Lake Michigan on an architecture tour with a professional docent to learn about these famous buildings and many more. After you disembark, take a stroll down the newly re-imagined Chicago Riverwalk, an ideal outing for the summer months.

For a more expansive look at the district, hop on a bus or trolley tour; a self-guided walking tour; or even a segway tour. Themed tours are fun for the whole family and offer a creative way to explore The Magnificent Mile year-round.

Sweeping Views

Head to 360 Chicago Observatory, located at the top of the John Hancock Center, for unbeatable panoramic views of Chicago. Be sure to experience the TILT attraction for a one-of-a-kind thrill 94 stories above The Magnificent Mile.

Check out the view of the skyline from Navy Pier, one of Illinois’ most popular attractions, and enjoy family fun on Lake Michigan. The pier has undergone major renovations during its centennial celebration, including new public art and outdoor event spaces.

Acclaimed Productions: On Stage and at the Museum

Several of Chicago's world-class museums are located in and around The Magnificent Mile district. New exhibits open all the time, and Chicago is frequently an exclusive stop in the United States for touring collections of art. Museums offer accessible pricing - and even free admission for Illinois residents on certain days of the week!

Be sure to plan a trip to the theater. Chicago stages visionary productions in innovative spaces, and welcomes touring productions and musicals from across the country. Plus, the city's famous comedy scene will have you laughing the night away.

And of course, let's not forget about Chicago's winning sports teams!

If you are planning a trip and want to know what to see and where to visit, please use our comprehensive directory of the attractions, tours, live music, museums, sport teams, theaters and more things to do on The Magnificent Mile.

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