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!


  • The Magnificent Mile Marketplace

    Saturday, September 10

    The Magnificent Mile Marketplace

    Don’t miss your one day to run The Mag Mile on Saturday, September 10. Run, don’t walk to check out unique pop-up experiences at The Magnificent Mile Marketplace in Grant Park!

    The Magnificent Mile Marketplace is free and open to the public, but don’t miss your chance to run the best Half Marathon and 5K  course in the city! Run Mag Mile features Chicago’s iconic Magnificent Mile as the course centerpiece.

    Register with code MAGMILEASSOC for $5 off + free headband until 9/1.

    Register now >>

    Explore The Magnificent Mile Marketplace


    Discover a variety of free activities and interactive experiences from major brands like AT&T Flagship Store, The North Face, League of Chicago Theatres, Brookfield Zoo, Columbia Sportswear, and Southwest Airlines at the start/finish of the race in Grant Park.

    Exclusive Deals


    Don’t wait until race day to score one-of-a-kind deals. Race registrants have access to unique hotel packages, carb loading restaurant offers, retail savings and more.

    Check it out >>

    Columbia Fun Run


    Pound the pavement for a free fun run with Columbia Sportswear on Tuesday, August 30, 6:30-8:30PM. Routes will be 3-5 miles.

    Afterwards enjoy light food & libations at the store. Plus for every $25 spent in-store during event hours, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to win prizes from Columbia Sportswear, Ram Racing and more.

    RSVP now >>

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  • Summer Destinations

    Summer 2016

    America’s Most Popular Summer Destinations

    Two Chicago attractions have been named among America’s most popular summer destinations, according to a new report from TripAdvisor.

    The Magnificent Mile and the 360 Observation Deck ranked at no. 2 and no. 12, respectively, on the list of top 25 most popular summer spots in the U.S.

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    The list consists of attractions that have seen the greatest increase in traveler interest this summer, based on year-over-year search activity on TripAdvisor, according to the travel site.

    The Mag Mile had a 118 percent increase in year-over-year traffic, while the 360 Observation Deck had an 87.8 percent increase.

    See the full list >>

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    August 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) Chicago Air & Water Show (August 20-21)
    2) Spiaggia’s Ferragosta (Monday, August 15)
    3) Field Museum Market Days (Saturday, August 20)
    4) Historic Neighborhoods Tour
    5) Shakespeare in the Parks

    1) Chicago Air & Water Show (August 20-21)

    Chicago Air and Water Show

    The Chicago Air and Water Show presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago is the largest FREE show of its kind in the United States. This is the 58th annual celebration of daredevil thrills in the air and on the water at North Avenue Beach and along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront on Lake Michigan.

    2) Spiaggia’s Ferragosta (Monday, August 15)

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    Spiaggia is heading to the beach for the party of the summer! In celebration of the Italian holiday of Ferragosto, join the restaurant on August 15 at Oak Street Beach for a chic beachside oyster and crudo bar, charcuterie, whole roasted lamb, gelato, and more.

    Check out more dining offers and special events >>

    3) Field Museum Market Days (Saturday, August 20)

    Field Museum Outdoors

    Shop local produce, prepared foods, craft beer, and other goods offered by local businesses and vendors at the Field Museum’s monthly farmers market located on the Museum’s South Terrace. Field Market Days are free events and all ages are welcome.

    4) Historic Neighborhoods Tour

    Historic Neighborhoods

    Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a Historic Neighborhoods tour that explores Chicago’s mosaic of neighborhoods. Discover five fascinating communities from the seats of an open-top bus, and get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history of Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown and Bronzeville.

    5) Shakespeare in the Parks

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    Chicago’s tradition, Shakespeare in the Parks, will visit 9 different locations in the month of August with a free 75–minute abridged production of Twelfth Night. At each tour location, a specially equipped truck rolls into each park, a stage unfolds, and a company of professional actors shares the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors of all ages.

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  • Historic Neighborhoods


    Historic Neighborhoods Tour

    Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) has partnered with Big Bus Chicago for a Historic Neighborhoods tour that explores Chicago’s mosaic of neighborhoods. Discover five fascinating communities from the seats of an open-top bus. Get an intriguing look at the art, architecture and history of Greektown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Chinatown and Bronzeville.

    Tours run twice daily, at 9:30 and 11:30 AM. Tours run 1.5 hours. The cost for the tour is $30 for the public and $27 for CAF members.

    Purchase tickets >>

    Special Deal
    The $69 Big Bus Package includes a CAF walking tour voucher, a ticket for the Discover Chicago’s Historic Neighborhoods tour and a 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus pass.

    Learn more >>

    *Once you purchase this package, you can redeem it any time before October 31, 2016. After purchasing your package, redeem your Discover Chicago’s Historic Neighborhoods bus tour ticket and 48-hour Hop-on Hop-off pass by checking in with Big Bus at their kiosk near the corner of Michigan Ave. and Adams St., across from the Art Institute’s main entrance.


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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 public is invited to attend a family-oriented party, featuring free slices of a giant, specially designed Eli’s Cheesecake; games and activities for children; and other surprises. The festivities are free and begin at 10:00AM. That evening, toast to the next century at Navy Pier with a special 100th Anniversary Fireworks show, presented by Miller Lite. Follow along with #100YearsofPier!


    Navy Pier Ferris Wheel

    Guests can now 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

    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.

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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

    ACME Vinyl Package

    Summer of Vinyl Package
    Guests can rock out this summer at ACME Hotel Company with all the necessities to kick back with their favorite beats – either in room or at one of Chicago’s epic summer music festivals.

    This package includes:

    -Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
    -Bowers & Wilkins Headphones
    -Spotify gift card for $10
    -Record Player in-room and to take home (shipping can be arranged at checkout)
    -Pop-up Record Shop (choice of two records)

    *Rates start at $550.

    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.

    Book now >>

    ACME Street Art Tour

    Street Art Tour
    Daily, 9:30AM – 2:30PM
    Spanning from Pilsen to Humboldt Park and down to the Loop, the private driving tour takes guests on an exploratory journey to experience vivid street art displays unseen by most travelers for a trip unlike any other! Stops include hot spots such as the prominent Pilsen Murals and the Wabash Arts Corridor, a bustling hub in the South Loop featuring the diverse artistic style of artists from around the world.

    *The Street Art Tour is available to book in groups up to five guests, and costs $120/group.

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

    Drake Parking 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.

    Book now >>

    Drake American Girl

    American Girl Place® Package
    The American Girl Place® and The Drake Hotel have teamed up to create an original Chicago experience. Upon arrival at The Drake you will be greeted with a personalized welcome letter as well as a voucher for a Shirley Temple or Pink Lemonade in our famed restaurant. Your deluxe accommodations will include fresh baked cookies and milk with turndown service as well as a bed for your American Girl®. You will also receive complimentary internet, breakfast, and access to the hotel’s library of American Girl® books. The Drake can also offer a personal shopper while visiting The American Girl Place® during your stay in Chicago.

    *Request promo code P8 for American Girl Savings. Limited Availability Black-out dates may apply.

    Book now >>

    Drake History Package

    History Tour & Pour
    History aficionados will be in awe of this Drake designed experience including one-of-a-kind self-guided tour of The Drake Hotel, the History Tour & Pour, accompanied by afternoon tea in the impressive Palm Court plus a welcome tea amenity, and two drink vouchers applicable in our iconic restaurant & lounges.

    From skyline to shoreline, The Drake Hotel has become a steward of stories, boasting its prominence within Chicago’s history since 1920.  They welcome you to discover REAL CHICAGO through the decades.  Guest will be greeted with a welcome bag including: The Drake Daily Newspaper featuring 10 decades of Drake history, a self-guided tour through the ten most historic stops in our landmark hotel, Afternoon Tea amenity from Palm Court, and drink voucher to redeem in one of our famed restaurants.

    *Limited Availability Black-out dates may apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Credit card guarantee required.

    Book now >>

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
    216 E. Ontario Street
    (312) 787-3777


    Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile is removing the hassle and expense of parking in downtown Chicago when you book this package. Reserve our Chicago Hotel Parking package and leave the rest to us. No fuss, no hassle, no expensive parking garages. We’ve got you covered in downtown. Deal includes: deluxe Chicago hotel room, complimentary valet parking, and complimentary hot breakfast.

    Book now >>

    Hotel Monaco Chicago
    225 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 960-8500

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    Stay and Valet
    Enjoy daily valet parking – a $33 value per day!

    Book now >>

    *Available all days of the week through February 28, 2017.

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

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    “Get Centered” Amenity and Poolside Yoga
    When staying on property, indulge in a complimentary week pass at any of the Chicago-area CorePower Yoga locations. When booking, guests who mention the “Get Centered” amenity receive a complimentary mat to use throughout their stay, making it easy to get the most out of yoga classes at CorePower.

    The hotel invites guests to a complimentary yoga class at the property’s newly renovated Junior Olympic-sized pool on Saturday, September 10.

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    Family Fun Package
    This summer, enjoy packages curated especially for families. 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.

    Intercontinental Chinese Offers

    “China-Ready” Amenities
    As a highly sought-after destination for Chinese travelers, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile is pleased to offer those visiting from China a selection of “China-Ready” amenities designed to make their stay feel like home. Including offerings such as authentic cuisine and Mandarin speaking staff trained to communicate with non-English visitors, the hotel has gone above and beyond to make guests feel comfortable during their stay on property.

    Other amenities include:

    -Welcome pack upon check in, including a customized welcome letter and hotel guide in Mandarin
    -Chicago map and magazines available in Mandarin
    -Tea amenity with two different types of Chinese teas
    -Complimentary bottled water and slippers
    -Mandarin TV channels
    -A la carte Chinese menu items upon request
    -Chinese breakfast buffet section offered in the Center Court room as part of the full breakfast buffet
    -Chinese guests are able to use UnionPay as form of payment

    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 >>

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    Stay-in & Savor
    Why dine out when you can Stay in & Savor at The James Chicago. Enjoy up to $100 in food + drink credit at David Burke’s Primehouse, The Patio, Primehouse Bar and in-room dining.

    -One Night Stay: $50 food + drink credit
    -Two Night or More Stay: $100 food + drink credit

    Book now >>

    *Terms & Conditions Apply. Offer valid for bookings made by September 30, 2016 for stays through April 1, 2017.

    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.

    Book now >>

    Kinzie Hotel
    20 W. Kinzie Street
    (312) 395-9000

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    Summer temperatures are on the rise but that doesn’t mean your rate has to go up with it. With expected highs averaging 90 degrees, we decided to put your summer savings in Mother Nature’s hands. Book now until September 8 and receive daily rates starting at $90 plus the dollar equivalent of the high temperature in Chicago on the day of your arrival. Use promo code: SUMMER90.

    *Rate will not exceed $199 for Deluxe King Accommodations. High temperature based on zipcode 60654 as recorded on Accuweather.com on the day of your arrival. Taxes and nightly service fee apply. Rate subject to availability.

    Book now >>

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

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    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.

    Book now >>

    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 >>

    The Talbott Hotel
    20 E. Delaware Place
    (312) 944-4970


    Beginning July 1 through August 31, The Talbott is offering 50% off valet parking when guests book online through the website and select the promo.

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

    Tremont Chicago

    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

    Experience a luxurious, one-of-a-kind getaway at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago this summer with limited-time offered overnight packages and warm weather services for the whole family. Recently selected as a “Favorite Hotel” by Family Vacation Critic of TripAdvisor, Trump Hotel Chicago’s summer highlights are fit for groups of any size.

    The Suite Deal
    Through September 6, 2016
    Enjoy culture and luxury with Trump Hotel Chicago’s Suite Deal package. Guests receive $100 hotel credit, choice of attending The Field Museum’s limited time exhibit, “China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors,” or general admission tickets to The Art Institute of Chicago and overnight valet parking for those who book at least seven days in advance.

    The Suite Journey
    Experience indulgence unlike any other with this exclusive package by Trump Hotel Chicago. The Suite Journey package offers overnight accommodations for two in a Grand Deluxe One Bedroom Lake View Suite; guaranteed reservations at a prominent reserved table for two at The Terrace at Trump overlooking the Chicago River and Lake Michigan; and a private twilight helicopter tour for two including a complimentary glass of champagne by Chicago Helicopter Experience.

    Luxury Beach Services
    Through Labor Day 2016
    Trump Chicago invites guests to visit the city’s famed beaches in-style with luxury beach services that outfit guests with plush Trump Chicago beach bags filled with sunscreen, deluxe beach towels, fresh fruit and bottles of water. Younger guests can also enjoy complimentary beach toys for sand castle building and lakeside fun. Available by request, the hotel will arrange beach chair reservations at Oak Street Beach (rental fee applies), complete with an umbrella and lunch order.

    Waldorf Astoria Chicago
    11 E. Walton Street
    (312) 646-1300

    Waldorf Astoria

    Hamilton Package
    The AAA Five-Diamond Waldorf Astoria Chicago is pleased to announce their exclusive “Hamilton Package,” in celebration of the Broadway hit’s highly anticipated run in Chicago, with 15 pairs of tickets for the October 5, 2016 show. Guests who book, will be one of the first to experience this sold out performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning production, just eight days after it commences its engagement at the PrivateBank Theatre.

    Waldorf Hamilton Package

    The Hamilton Package includes:
    -Two tickets to the Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30 p.m. performance
    -One night in a spacious Gold Coast or Luxury Suite
    -Dinner for two at The Kitchen at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, the recently launched dining pop-up concept, which features specialty dishes designed to complement their prestigious selection of champagne
    -Cozy breakfast-in-bed by the fireplace
    -Complimentary valet parking for one vehicle

    Book now!

    Park and Stay
    Save when you bundle valet parking with luxury accommodations at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago.

    Waldorf Park and Stay

    Package includes valet parking for one vehicle with in & out privileges.*

    *Blackout dates apply.

    Book now!

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  • Savor the Season

    Summer 2016

    Savor the Season

    Savor the season 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

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    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.

    1043 N. Rush Street
    (312) 988-7676
    Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

    Bellini Brunch

    Carmine’s, the renowned Gold Coast restaurant part of the Rosebud Restaurant Group, is giving weekends an upgrade with a Bellini Brunch. Enjoy $8 Bellinis with choice of passion fruit, mango and traditional peach. In addition, red and white sangria pitchers will be offered ($16 for half, $32 for whole).

    43 E. Ohio Street
    (312) 521-8700

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    Kids Pizzas
    Every Sunday, stop by La Pizza & La Pasta for $9 kids pizzas! Eataly’s pizzaoli is making pizzas shaped like bunnies, butterflies, hearts and fishes!

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


    Join Eddie V’s in the V Lounge for sparkling sounds of summer. Every evening is another dazzling opportunity to indulge your senses. Sparkling wines and Champagnes, $10 shimmering cocktails, chef’s $6 seasonal tastes, and live music to keep your fingers snapping. Your favorite songs and styles fill the summer with an irresistible bubble vibe. Cool Jazz (weeks of 7/18 and 8/8), Soulful R&B (weeks of 7/25 & 8/15) and Great American Songbook (Weeks of 8/1 & 8/22).

    The Field Museum
    1400 S. Lakeshore Drive
    (312) 922-9410
    Saturdays: July 30, August 20, September 24

    Field Museum Outdoors

    Field Market Days
    This summer, enjoy fresh food, live music, and lakefront views at a monthly farmers market in The Field Museum’s own backyard! Shop local produce, prepared foods, craft beer, and other goods offered by local businesses and vendors. Field Market Days will also feature local Chicago artists performing live music, including Laura Joy, Bryan Wilkinson, Mississippi Gabe Carter, and Ethan Taylor Sellers.

    Learn more >>

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

    Fig + Olive Happy Hour

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

    Check out the menu >>

    Imperial Lamian
    6 W. Hubbard Street
    (312) 595-9440
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00AM – 3:00PM

    Imperial Dim Sum Brunch

    Dim Sum Brunch
    Offering diners traditional dim sum dishes – as well as two new special items – complemented by an array of tasty brunch cocktails, this much anticipated menu is perfect for midday dining and imbibing on the Hubbard Street patio.

    View the complete brunch menu >>

    M Burger
    161 E. Huron Street
    835 N. Michigan Avenue
    August 2016

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    Shake of the Month: S’more
    This month M Burger brings back one of your favorite childhood campfire memories—S’more! Stop by M Burger to enjoy this special shake throughout the month of August. Made with our local homemade Midwest ice cream, chocolate and graham crackers, this refreshing concoction is an M Burger summertime favorite for $4.99.

    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!

    Osteria Via Stato
    620 N. State Street
    (312) 642-8450
    Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 PM

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    Heirloom Tomato Dinner with Nick Nichols of Nichols Farm & Orchard
    Chef David DiGregorio welcomes Nick Nichols of Nichols Farm & Orchard to Osteria Via Stato for our annual dinner highlighting Chef David’s favorite summer ingredient—the seasonal heirloom tomato! Meet the farmer while enjoying a selection of passed appetizers before sitting down to a mouthwatering multi-course dinner with wine pairings.

    *The cost is $68 per person plus tax and gratuity. 

    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8000
    Tuesday & Wednesday, 4:00PM – 12:00AM


    Rosé Wine Cart for Summertime
    Guests can enjoy the Rosé Wine Cart tableside service while overlooking the Chicago River or viewing the summer fireworks display from Rebar’s floor to ceiling windows. Perfect for pairing with Rebar’s artisanal small plates, the cart features a delightful selection of three rotating international varietals available by the pour. The cart will also feature select specials on rosé wine and champagne by the bottle.

    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

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    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.

    980 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 280-2750

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    Monday, August 15, 6:00-9:00PM

    Spiaggia is heading to the beach and celebrating the Italian holiday of Ferragosto. Join us for a chic beachside oyster and crudo bar, charcuterie, whole roasted lamb, gelato and more. Sounds will be provided by DJ De La Chapelle and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities-CNI. Tickets are $150 per person.

    Buy tickets >>

    Texas de Brazil
    210 E. Illinois Street
    (312) 595-0913
    August 1-August 31, 2016


    Support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital with Texas de Brazil. From August 1-31, 2016, donate at the bottom of your check to help children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases. For every $5 donated, diners will receive a $5 certificate to use later. On Mondays, customers will receive $10 in certificates for every $5 donated.* Texas de Brazil will also match donations up to $25,000!

    Donate >>

    739 N. Clark Street
    (312) 266-6691
    Monday – Friday, 4:30 – 7:00PM

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    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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  • Summer Shopping

    Summer 2016

    Summer Shopping Deals and Events

    It’s time for Summer shopping. Refresh your wardrobe with new collections, great offers and unique events happening this season throughout The Magnificent Mile district!

    Brooks Brothers
    713 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 915-0060
    Through September 5, 2016

    Brooks Brother Labor day

    Labor Day Clearance Event
    Save up to 60%* spring and summer styles!

    *Exclusions apply. Please see a sales associate for details.

    520 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 3
    (312) 527-1010

    835 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 7
    (312) 867-5500
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    Made in Chicago Candy Suitcase
    We’re known as the Windy City, but a true candy lover knows that Chicago has its sweet attributes too! Loaded with treats that are – you guessed it – all made in Chicago! Gift includes a postcard with a brief history on how Chicago became the candy capital. It’s the perfect gift to show your Chicago pride. A large size box is also available. (Small: $12.00; Large: $19.00)

    Charming Charlie
    520 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 3
    (312) 527-0491

    Charming Charlie X StyleWatch

    StyeWatch x Charming Charlie
    Created in collaboration with the fashion editors at StyleWatch, the limited edition capsule collection features a stylish mix of jewelry, handbags, shoes, watches, hats, scarves and sunglasses, all priced between $5 – $39.

    Charming Charlie Brown Shopping

    Color of the Month: Beautiful Brown
    Hit the town in this season’s must-have hue. From golden shades to deep dark tones, fall is all about brown!

    Cole Haan
    673 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 642-8995

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    GrandPro Launch
    Cole Haan is excited to launch its newest dual gender collection, GrandPrø Tennis. The shockingly light GrandPrø Tennis shoe is a vintage-inspired sneaker, updated with a thoroughly modern operating system. What it lacks in weight, it makes up for in style.

    Check it out!

    Celebrate Graduation
    Take 20% off your purchase when you show a valid school ID.

    Gap Michigan Avenue
    555 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 494-8580

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    Join Gap Michigan Avenue this Saturday, August 20, at 11AM for their toddler and kids “Back to Cool” fashion show. Enjoy fun and hip Fall fashion for ages 3-10 years old live on the Kids and Baby floor!

    The Goldsmith Ltd.
    900 N. Michigan Avenue, Level 4
    (312) 751-1986
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    Timeless Coins
    The origin of coins is a mystery, but it is believed that coins were first developed as currency between the 7 – 5th century BCE in Lydia (Southwestern Turkey), India and China—all independently. These small objects of art illustrate a glimpse of history and it’s up to each to unravel the story. Rather than locking them away, The Goldsmith Ltd. prefer to use them in jewelry as a way to allow them to continue telling their story!


    St. John Boutique
    116 E. Oak Street
    (312) 943-1941


    Toast to New Beginnings
    Through September 14, 2016
    St. John Boutique Chicago has relocated to Oak Street! Join them as they toast to new beginnings and receive 20% off your regular-priced purchase now through September 14. To make an a personal appointment, please call (312) 943-1941.

    645 N. Michigan Avenue
    (312) 787-3096


    Move seamlessly through your day with new, elegant, lightweight classics.

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  • Summer Concert Series

    Summer 2016

    Summer Concert Series

    The Summer Concert Series at the John Hancock Center features local artists weekly. Enjoy live music during your lunch hour each Thursday from 12:00 to 1:30PM in the John Hancock Center plaza!

    Check out the full lineup below.

    July 7: Kaleidoscope Eyes
    July 14: The Flat Cats
    July 21: Rica Obsession
    July 28: Lynne Jordan
    August 4: Nick Lynch
    August 11: Cathy Richardson
    August 18: One Night Band
    August 25: Heavy Hitters Jazz Revue
    September 1: Together

    John Hancock Center
    875 N. Michigan Avenue

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  • Summertime Fitness

    Summer 2016

    Summertime Fitness Classes

    Save your spot now for a series of outdoor summertime fitness classes around The Magnificent Mile. Enjoy a workout surrounded by stunning views of the city, and learn more about seasonal spa treatments to keep you healthy and glowing for your next shopping spree!

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

    Fitness at the Field

    Fitness at the Field
    Through August 28, Sundays at 8:00AM
    Grab a water bottle and a workout buddy for a series of free outdoor fitness classes at The Field Museum this summer! Fitness at The Field offers a variety of group fitness classes hosted by local gyms and studios, including kickboxing, yoga, and zumba. All workouts are free to attend, and healthy grab-and-go food is available for purchase. All fitness classes take place on the Museum’s Northeast Terrace and will be held under a tent in the event of rain.

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    The Spa at Trump
    401 N. Wabash Avenue
    (312) 588-8020

    Embrace the Heat with Summertime Fitness Classes
    The Spa at Trump and Health Club at Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago invites guests to take their workout alfresco with the return of their outdoor Summertime Fitness program hosted on the Trump River Walk and The Terrace at Trump.

    Reservations for fitness classes are required, as space is limited. To reserve a place, please contact Fitness Manager Jeremy Aniciete at (312) 588-8126.

    Highlighted fitness classes include:

    Riverwalk Bootcamp
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00AM
    Spearheaded by fitness expert Candy Morales, the class offers a full body, functional and dynamic resistance training program utilizing equipment such as battle ropes, bands, balls and body weight to challenge muscles and ensure each participant sees noticeable results. The cost of the class for non-members is $30.

    Sunrise Yoga on The Terrace at Trump
    Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00AM
    Led by trainer and yoga expert Cleo Tetzloff, the breathtaking views and peaceful serenity afforded by the property’s 16th floor Terrace lend to an inspired, hour-long journey. The cost of the class for non-members is $30.

    Yoga on the River Walk
    Thursdays, 8:15AM
    Led by trainer and yoga expert Angie Starz, the Hatha Yoga influenced class offers guests a beautiful way to awaken the body and mind in preparation for the day ahead. The cost of the class for non-members is $30.

    Additionally, to offer a refreshing reprieve from the warmer weather, The Spa at Trump introduces cool citrus spa treatments designed by Natura Bissé to boost skin hydration just in time for summer. Seasonal treatments include the Citrus Drench Wrap and Citrus Drench Pedicure. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact The Spa at Trump at (312) 588-8020.

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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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    Al Fresco and Patio Dining

    Summer 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

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    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

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    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.

    Imperial Lamian
    6 W. Hubbard Street
    (312) 595-9440

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    Between summertime sippers and fresh menu items such as dim sum, lamian, BBQ dishes and more, Imperial Lamian’s new outdoor space is River North’s newest patio destination.

    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

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

    Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
    221 N. Columbus Drive
    (312) 565-5258

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    Join the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago for Tea on the Terrace, a fresh twist on a classic affair. Receive 10% off their Modern Tea service when you mention Michigan Avenue Magazine. Friday-Sunday, 2PM-4PM. Reservations recommended: (312) 477-0234.

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

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

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    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.


    Vinyl Sundays on Streeterville Social
    Join Streeterville Social every Sunday afternoon in August for a remix of classic vinyl and killer cocktails. Chase away Sunday scaries with an afternoon of live records spun by DJ Speed, perfectly paired with food and drink specials. Vinyl Sundays will run every Sunday from 4-8PM on Aug. 7 through Sept. 4. Specials will include a $10 burger that can be washed down with our $5 beers or the half-priced bottles of rosé wine featured on their Pink Page.

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    Lolita Caipirinha at Streeterville Social $17
    Her name was Lola. Loews Chicago’s take on Copacabana’s beverage of choice, the Lolita caipirinha is a light and refreshing summer cocktail highlighting notes of lime and sweet cachaca. The Lolita is served up in an adult snow cone, perfect for cooling down in the hot summer sun. Simply combine all ingredients before shaking with ice. Once mixture is ready, strain over freshly shaved ice in a paper cone or rocks glass. Top it all off with a hint of lime as a garnish. Available August 5-21, 2016.

    The Talbott Hotel
    20 E. Delaware Place
    (312) 944-4970


    The Talbott has rolled out a new selection of flight options including a Rose flight, Sangria flight, and Margarita flight, available at the Talbott Restaurant or the patio.

    Sangria Flight ($12)
    Spanish Red Sangria, Guava-Pear White Sangria, Berry-Basil Rose Sangria

    Rose Flight ($13)
    Chloe, Gerard Bertrand, Syltbar

    Margarita Flight ($14)
    Cucumber-Jalapeno, Watermelon-Rhubarb, Pineapple-Coconut

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

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    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.

    Waldorf Astoria Chicago
    11 E. Walton Street
    (312) 646-1300

    Waldorf Astoria_Al Fresco Happy Hour

    Enjoy Happy Hour from 3:00 to 6:00PM with half off beverages, served in the Parisian-style courtyard patio. Take comfort in the shade or in indoors in the lobby lounge.

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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 Terracotta Outdoors

    This summer, a group of replica warriors will begin exploring the city. Where are they headed? You’ll have to keep an eye out to spot them! To follow the warriors’ excursions around the city and receive clues about upcoming locations, follow @FieldMuseum on Twitter.

    Field Museum
    1400 S. Lakeshore Drive
    (312) 922-9410
    Through January 2017

    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.

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    *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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  • 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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