The Magnificent Mile Area Walk, Chicago

The Magnificent Mile is located between the Chicago River and the Lake Shore Drive. It is considered one of the great avenues of the world, being Chicago's version of the Champs-Elysees. Take this walk to explore the Magnificent Mile boulevard and the surrounding area, that features a wide selection of amazing shops, world-known museums, restaurants and spectacular architecture.
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The Magnificent Mile Area Walk Map

Guide Name: The Magnificent Mile Area Walk
Guide Location: USA » Chicago (See other walking tours in Chicago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: doris
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Michigan Avenue Bridge

1) Michigan Avenue Bridge (must see)

The Michigan Avenue Bridge (officially DuSable Bridge) is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River, the boundary between the Loop and Near North Side community areas, in downtown Chicago. The bridge was built from 1917–1920 as two parallel bridges that operate independently of one another. It was designed by architect Edward H. Bennett, and is an early example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, which later became widely known as a "Chicago style...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Wrigley Building

2) Wrigley Building (must see)

The Wrigley Building is a skyscraper located directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower on the Magnificent Mile. It was built to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Graham, Anderson, Probst & White using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details. The 425-foot (130 m) south tower was completed in April 1921 and the north tower in May 1924. Walkways...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tribune Tower

3) Tribune Tower

The Tribune Tower was completed in 1925. Today it houses the city's major daily newspaper, called Chicago Tribune. This Neo-Gothic skyscraper remains a remarkable architectural monument. The building's highlights, besides architecture and design, are the many famous stones incorporated in the wall, like rock fragments from the Alamo, the Colosseum and the Chinese...   view more
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Magnificent Mile

4) Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile, sometimes referred to as The Mag Mile, is an upscale section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North Side. Currently Chicago's largest shopping district, various mid-range and high-end shops line this section of the street; approximately 3,100,000 square feet (290,000 m2) are occupied by retail, restaurants, museums and hotels. To date, rent on The Magnificent Mile is the eighth most expensive in the country,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Holy Name Cathedral

5) Holy Name Cathedral (must see)

Holy Name Cathedral is one of the biggest Roman Catholic dioceses in the USA. It was built in the Gothic revival architectural style while at the same time integrating motifs symbolic of the message of the modern Church. The church building is 233 feet (71 m) long, 126 feet (38 m) wide and can seat 1,110 people. In 1969 its design was completely altered, but it still retains its beauty and elegance. Holy Name Cathedral is one of the busiest parishes in the city.

Why You Should Visit:
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Water Tower

6) Water Tower (must see)

The Water Tower was first built in 1869. It is one of the few constructions that survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, the tower is considered a monument to that event. With its smaller Gothic-style towers, the Water Tower looks more like a tiny European 13th-century castle. Everyone is invited to make a stop at the Visitors' Center and the City Gallery nearby (the latter has free temporary exhibitions open to the public).

Why You Should Visit:
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Water Tower Place

7) Water Tower Place

Water Tower Place claims to be Chicago's premier shopping destination. It is a 758,000 sq ft shopping mall, featuring eight sophisticated levels and more than 100 of your favorite stores and restaurants plus a mix of distinctive specialty shops and boutiques. Here, shoppers can have a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience.

Operation hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00...   view more
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Museum of Contemporary Art

8) Museum of Contemporary Art (must see)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, often abbreviated to MCA, is a contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The museum, which was established in 1967, is one of the world's largest contemporary art venues. Its collection is composed of thousands of objects of Post-World War II visual art. It has hosted several notable debut exhibitions including Frida Kahlo's first U.S. exhibition and Jeff Koons' first solo museum...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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John Hancock Center

9) John Hancock Center (must see)

John Hancock Center at 875 North Michigan Avenue in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, Illinois, is a 100-story skyscraper, constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with chief designer Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan. When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the ninth-tallest in the United States.

The Skydeck elevators of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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900 North Michigan Shops

10) 900 North Michigan Shops

The 900 Shops are housed by the 900 North Michigan skyscraper. It is one of the premier shopping destinations in Chicago. The 900 Shops provides a unique experience of over 70 luxury lifestyle shops and a strong line-up of national brands perfectly complimented by an eclectic collection of unique boutiques and a diverse selection of delectable dining options.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00...   view more
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Palmolive Building

11) Palmolive Building

The Palmolive Building, formerly the Playboy Building, is a 37-story Art Deco building. Built by Holabird & Root, it was completed in 1929 and was home to Colgate-Palmolive-Peet. The Palmolive Building came to be known as the Playboy Building when it was home to Playboy magazine from 1965 to 1989. During this time, the word P-L-A-Y-B-O-Y was spelled out in 9 feet (2.7 m) letters. It was designated a Chicago Landmark in 2000, and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Oak Street Beach

12) Oak Street Beach

Oak Street Beach is located on North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, Illinois, on the shore of Lake Michigan. Up until the late 1800s the Lake Shore sloped from Oak Street to the Chicago river in a much gentler fashion. However the construction of a shipping pier at the river led to a build up of sand and silt just to the north. Originally, it was under control of the Lincoln Park District, one of several districts in the city that were consolidated in 1934 to create the Chicago Park District....   view more
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Walking Tours in Chicago, Illinois

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Create Your Own Walk in Chicago

Creating your own self-guided walk in Chicago is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Tour

Shopping Tour

Chicago offers a wide variety of shopping experience, from upscale boutiques, unique shops to discount outlet malls, and everything in between. Don't miss a great entertaining experience. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous shopping destinations in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Best Jazz & Blues Clubs Tour

Best Jazz & Blues Clubs Tour

Chicago is considered to be one of the most important destinations where Jazz & Blues developed. In the 1920s this city became a center of hot jazz. At the same time blues started to invade Chicago. So if you are a fan of Jazz and/or Blues or you simply like listening to great music, take this walking tour and don't miss the chance to visit some of the best Jazz & Blues clubs in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District

Architectural Walking Tour in The Loop District

Chicago features an outstanding architectural legacy. This city has long been connected with some of architecture's most important names: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and Holabird & Root. The Loop District offers an extensive number of Chicago's famous architectural "must-see" buildings such as Old Post Office, Sears Tower, Old St. Patrick's Church, or Rookery Building. Take this walking tour to explore the most famous constructions of the Loop District, Chicago.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Discovering Chinatown

Discovering Chinatown

Located in the Armour Square, the Chinatown in Chicago was first established in 1912. It is considered the best example of American Chinatown. Here, you will find a wide range of unique boutiques, specialty shops, amazing religious buildings, Chinese medicine stores and Chinese restaurants. Take this walking tour to discover Chicago's Chinatown.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Nightlife Tour Part 2

Nightlife Tour Part 2

Legendary Cocktail Lounges play an important part in Chicago's nightlife. Here you can feel the city pulsing with the beat of extraordinary performances of live jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. At Chicago's cocktail lounges you can meet the trendiest people and relax over the magnificent cocktails. Take this walking tour to discover the most famous cocktail lounges that Chicago has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

The art world in Chicago is considered vast. There is a large number of art galleries in this city and each gallery has its own unique setup and outstanding exhibitions on display. The beautiful galleries feature works in a wide range of fields, from up-and-coming artists to famous artists like Pablo Picasso. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous galleries in Chicago.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.3 km

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