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The Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile

Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

The Basics

The Magnificent Mile is one of the most prestigious sections of pavement in the country—a Chicago must-do, even if you’re only window-shopping. Its central location and prominent place in the city’s cultural landscape mean it's featured on just about every sightseeing tour, whether on foot, bus, bicycle, trolley, or Segway. To get a sweeping view of the Magnificent Mile, head up to 360 Chicago, an observation deck inside the John Hancock building.

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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
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$25.00 per adult
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Birthday Celebration
Matthew did an awesome job. Matthew was very engaging, knowledgeable and had a lot of charisma. The Chicago architecture is breathtaking. So very glad we took this tour.
Irene_E, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Chicago

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Great tour! We liked the...
Angela_C, Feb 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Great tour! We liked the views and our tour guide was very fun and knowledgeable. The architecture was beautiful and the boat was very clean.
star-4
I enjoyed the cruise a...
Sharae_N, May 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
I enjoyed the cruise a lot! Laura (I hope I remembered the correct name) was fantastic! She was extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Nice trip, friendly...
Osama_A, May 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Nice trip, friendly staff, would recommend. Took the 45mins drive, enjoyed the views and being in the river!
star-5
It was a great experience...
Lendale_R, May 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
It was a great experience for me and my date. She’s from Kentucky and she got to travel our waterway and see a lot of our architectural skyline. I to also learned some new things as a resident of our great city for 54 years. I definitely recommend it and I would definitely recommend the long tour. Thanks for a phenomenal experience. Safe travels up and down the waterway.
star-5
Great tour led by great guides
Joanne_G, May 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and personable at the same time. Great tour and well worth the time/money. I would definitely recommend them.
star-5
Great educational content...
Halina_D, Mar 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Great educational content and hot drinks to help with the cold and the wind. The staff was helpful and the offered easy on boarding.
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Informative
Josie_P, Mar 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Alyssa the tour guide was awesome!! She was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Even though it was cold out, it was a really neat tour.
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Great time on Magnificent Mile walking tour
Liz_C, Oct 2021
Chicago Walking Tour: The Magnificent Mile
Highly recommend this tour. Our guide Tim was knowledgeable and was very kind and fun to be with! We learned so much and the experience delivered more than expected!
star-5
The tour was interesting...
Teresa_M, Mar 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
The tour was interesting and informative and the tour guide was very entertaining and helpful. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Great tour
Jose_A, Mar 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Tour guide was great, funny and very detailed. very smooth ride. Bar on the lower deck. If its too cold you can stay on the lower deck (covered) and still hear the tour. Definitely recommend.
star-5
Boat tour great intro to city
Marisa_M, Mar 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Loved the tour! Fun to see all the buildings so easily viewed by boat and the narrator had a wealth of knowledge. Would never have guessed everything had such a rich history without coming in this tour. Thanks!
star-5
Great experience overall,...
Joshua_R, Mar 2022
45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile
Great experience overall, informative, and really enjoyed the fact there was a bar on the bottom deck

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Magnificent Mile is a must-see for fashionistas, architecture buffs, and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk; the Magnificent Mile stretches for 13 blocks.

  • Public restrooms are located at Water Tower Place, 900 North Michigan Shops, and The Shops at North Bridge.

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How to Get There

The Magnificent Mile is well-connected by public transportation, with numerous bus lines stopping along North Michigan Avenue between Wacker Drive and Oak Street. If you’re walking along the Chicago River, hop aboard a water taxi for a unique ride to the Magnificent Mile.

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When to Get There

The Magnificent Mile is always on—a buzzing hub of shopping, dining, and sightseeing throughout the day and well into the night. If you’d like to see the neighborhood at its most photogenic, plan to visit during the holiday season when the entire stretch is illuminated in twinkling lights.

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Magnificent Mile, By the Numbers

There’s a ton to see and do in and around the Magnificent Mile. This stretch of road is home to more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and 60 hotels. Some of the city’s top attractions can be found here as well, including the 360 Chicago Observatory, Chicago Sports Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to The Magnificent Mile?
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