The Magnificent Mile Area Walk, Chicago

The Magnificent Mile Area Walk, Chicago
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Chicago Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Chicago Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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.

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
Michigan Avenue Bridge

1) Michigan Avenue Bridge (must see)

The Michigan Avenue 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 bascule". The bridge features...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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
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
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
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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 USA. It is built in Gothic style with some motifs of the modern church. The church can seat 2000 people and is 233 feet long. 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...   view more
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 than a water tower. Everyone is invited to make a stop at the Visitors' Center and the City Gallery...   view more
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
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. The museum's 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...   view more
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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 sixth-tallest in the United States. The Skydeck elevators of the John...   view more
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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
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
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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