Know Before You Go
Make the most of your time on The Magnificent Mile by learning about the many attractions, activities and events. There are options for all ages to enjoy together. Here are some itinerary ideas!
Take a cruise on the Chicago River or Lake Michigan and you won’t be disappointed. City Experiences, Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, Wendella and Shoreline Sightseeing offer cruises daily and brunch cruises to celebrate your special occasion. Take in the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline while enjoying a detailed tour highlighting the history of the city while getting unique views of Chicago’s architecture and landmarks. This is one of the best ways to see and learn about Chicago’s historic and rich architecture!
The Chicago Starbucks Roastery, the largest Starbucks location in the world with 35,000 square feet, is one of six roastaries in the United States and home to the Midwest’s first curved escalator. The location offers carefully selected, rare coffees, interactive tours, on-site roasting, and exclusive drinks inspired by Chicago’s culture and history as well as exclusive merchandise and Roastery inspired gifts. A bar on the fourth floor features cocktails designed by local mixologists and the fifth floor includes a hidden rooftop deck overlooking Michigan Avenue.
360 Chicago/Cloud Bar
360 Chicago offers a unique experience with a tilting glass outlook 1,030 feet above the city and is the only one of its kind in the world. From the observation deck on the 94th floor, the views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan are unbeatable in every direction. Cloud Bar at 360 CHICAGO offers a food and drink menu inspired by local Chicago neighborhoods to enjoy in the clouds. Catch the sunrise views at 360 Sky Yoga offered every Saturday morning from 7:45-8:45 a.m.
Go shopping at either the Shops at North Bridge or 900 N Michigan Shops! There are many shopping options as well as arts and entertainment including virtual golf & games, styling sessions, art installations, cooking classes and music lessons. Click HERE for upcoming events at Shops at North Bridge and HERE for upcoming events at 900 N Michigan Shops. Don’t forget to indulge in fresh Italian cuisine from Eataly Chicago located at the Shops at North Bridge!
The Museum of Ice Cream
The Magnificent Mile is home to one of five Museum of Ice Cream locations in the country! Eat unlimited ice cream, participate in activities, learn about ice cream and its history through multi-sensory installations, and play in the world famous sprinkle pool. Discover the kid in you by visiting the museum of ice cream!
Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center opened in 2018 and features 10,000 square feet of exhibition space with super-sized models of Chicago’s skyscrapers. You can find the largest model of the city with 4,250 miniature buildings. The Architecture Center also offers river cruises aboard Chicago’s First Lady and walking tours.
American Writers Museum
The American Writers Museum showcases great writing in all genres and illustrates how writing shapes our history, identity, culture and daily lives to inspire future writers of all ages. Check their website for unique events happening throughout the year!
Chicago sports museum
The Chicago Sports Museum, located inside of Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch, includes interactive experiences, including body-tracking technology to compete in skill challenges against sports stars, and unique sports memorabilia and artifacts. The goal of the museum is to celebrate the world of Chicago sports. Guests of Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch Restaurant receive free admission to the museum!