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The Magnificent Mile Tours and Activities

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The Magnificent Mile
Fashion, architecture, and history in Chicago come together on this renowned stretch of Michigan Avenue nicknamed the Magnificent Mile. As you walk from the Chicago River to Oak Street, you’ll pass several Windy City landmarks, including the Water Tower, John Hancock Center, and Tribune Tower, as well as numerous luxury brand retailers.

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 its 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA
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45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

45-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour from Magnificent Mile

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Get a front row perspective on the exquisite buildings that line the Chicago River during a 45-minute architecture cruise. Hear live commentary about the history and architectural heritage of Chicago on this family-friendly tour, which highlights landmarks such as the Chicago Riverwalk, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Wrigley Building, and Willis Tower. Sit on the open-air top deck or the sheltered bottom deck for the ultimate view of Chicago.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.00
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90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

90-Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour

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Discover the architectural gems of the Windy City from an ideal vantage point on a cruise down the Chicago River. Offered several times throughout the day, it’s easy to fit the leisurely excursion into your itinerary. Covering more than 130 years of architectural history, the tour is the perfect opportunity to see a huge area of the city without the hassle of taxis and public transit.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

Chicago in a Day: Food, History and Architecture Combo Tour

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An excellent choice for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city and hits on both classic attractions and little-known sites. Beginning at the Chicago Theatre, work your way to the Chicago Pedway, an elaborate network of underground tunnels used by locals and commuters. Stroll the Chicago Riverwalk and the Magnificent Mile, then embark on a food tour to taste some of the city’s famous foods.
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  • 5 hours
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$102.30
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Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

Chicago Crime and Mob Bus Tour

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Explore Chicago's gangster past on this mafia tour in a coach vehicle. Drive around the Windy City to see where Al Capone, The Untouchables, Hymie Weiss, and John Dillinger, among other thugs hung out. A history-savvy guide introduces you to some of the most storied locations of Chicago’s criminal past, including Holy Name Cathedral, Biography Theatre, and the site of the bloody St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. You'll be able to get out and pose for pictures in front of a historic courthouse, among other infamous sites.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

Chicago Favorites Ultimate Food & Walking Tour

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Stroll through downtown Chicago on this walking food tour. Visit Millennium Park, the Palmer House Hotel and other city landmarks. Taste quintessential Chicago foods such as deep-dish pizza, hot dogs, plus chocolates and pastry. All food tastings are included, and the tour covers an easy 1.5 miles (2.4 km) suitable for most fitness levels.
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  • 3 hours
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Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

Chicago Lake and River Architecture Tour

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Step aboard a boat for a comprehensive cruise that details the history of Chicago's architecture. Enjoy views of the Chicago skyline accompanied by architecture-focused commentary that points out each of the landmark buildings. As you cruise through Lake Michigan, snap photos of you and your party against the stretch of Chicago's 26-mile shoreline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Chicago Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Don’t spend time figuring out what to see in Chicago and how to get there—this hop-on hop-off tour provides a mapped-out itinerary of the city's top sights. With several strategically located stops, the tour allows you to explore the Windy City at your own pace. See the world-class Art Institute and landmark skyscrapers, while live commentary onboard gives you insight into the city's colorful history.
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  • 2 hours
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Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

Chicago City Minibus Tour with Optional Architecture River Cruise

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Explore Chicago's iconic landmarks on this sightseeing tour led by an expert guide. Board a comfortable, large-windowed minibus and explore downtown and Northside neighborhoods. You have a chance to get out and visit several locations and hear about the historical and cultural factors that make Chicago unique. Upgrade your tour with a popular open-top boat tour on the Chicago River that focuses on the city's renowned architecture.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods

Bike Tour of Chicago's Lakefront Neighborhoods

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Pedal past the lakefront neighborhoods of Chicago's North Side on this bike tour of the Windy City. Follow a local guide along quiet streets, city parks and scenic beaches, starting at Lake Shore Drive and continuing along Rush Street and the Magnificent Mile. Catch a glimpse of the Playboy Mansion, Oprah’s penthouse and the Victorian houses of Old Town. Select from several departure times in the morning or afternoon.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.99
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Big Bus Chicago Night Tour

Big Bus Chicago Night Tour

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See Chicago's dazzling skyscrapers lit up for the night during this 75-minute Big Bus tour. The entire loop takes passengers from the Magnificent Mile to Michigan Avenue, through the Museum Campus and around the architectural gems on the Loop skyline. Live commentary in English.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Magnificent Mile Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Magnificent Mile Photo Shoot and Walking Tour

Rather than taking selfies everywhere you go or trusting a stranger to take a picture for you, leave capturing the special moments to us. You will be escorted by a local professional photographer who will guide you through your chosen route and will take pictures of your experience so you can return home with the ultimate souvenir. Your photo tour includes: -Your choice of a 30 minute, 1-hour, or 2-hour private tour with a professional photographer -High-resolution edited images delivered via a private online gallery within 1-2 days -Enjoy unlimited access to your photos and download as many as you would like with no expiration date *not all stops may be included depending on the length of time you select.
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  • 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

Best of Chicago: History & Culture Tour with Chocolate and Popcorn

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The Windy City is known for its spectacular architecture and eclectic food scene. Experience both on this tour through the downtown that combines sights with nibbles. Take in famous landmarks like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Cloud Gate on foot and with the scenic L train or water taxi along the Chicago River. Taste popcorn and chocolate from two beloved city eateries during the tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

Chicago Grand Half-Day Bus Tour

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Get the perfect introduction to the wealth of sights in the Windy City during this 4-hour Chicago day tour. Discover the many landmarks spanning both the city's North Side and South Side, enjoying a scenic ride along Lake Michigan on Chicago's Outer Drive along the way. You'll also have the chance to admire the city's Washington and Grant Parks, explore inside the Lincoln Park Conservatory, see Adler Planetarium and visit the iconic Wrigley Building. This Chicago in a half day tour also includes transport between all sites and tour narration.
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  • 4 hours
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Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

Chicago Grand Tour and Admission to 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory)

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This Chicago grand tour covers four hours of sightseeing with admission to 360 Chicago (John Hancock Observatory). Get oriented to the Windy City on a coach tour that takes you along a scenic route on Lake Shore Drive, and past North Side and South Side highlights including Museum Campus, Lincoln Park, Washington Park, Grant Park and Wrigley Field. Finish on the 94th floor of the Hancock Center, one of Chicago's tallest landmarks, for panoramic views of the Magnificent Mile from the open-air observation deck.
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  • 4 hours
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Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

Chicago Scavenger Hunt: Chicago's Magnificent Mile

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Named for the cable car turnarounds and the prominent elevated railway that encircled the area at the end of the 19th century, the Loop is Chicago's commercial and cultural core. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Chicago, you'll uncover the area's best sights and rich history. Along the way, you'll visit Cloud Gate, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your Chicago Loop scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: Tiffany Dome, The Bean, Crown Fountain, Art Institute of Chicago
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  • 2 hours
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Private 2-Hour Chicago Sightseeing Tour by Luxury Stretch Limo

Private 2-Hour Chicago Sightseeing Tour by Luxury Stretch Limo

Choose the number of hours and we can help you make the most out of your time! Book a VIP treatment to see the city in your private car. Our knowledgeable drivers will do the hard work so that you an enjoy the view. Limo service Hop on - hop off, call today to customize your tour. This particular tour is for 2 hours, any additional time will be charged separately. The time starts a the prearranged pick-up time and it ends when we drop you off at your final stop.
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  • 2 hours
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Chicago O'Hare One-Way Airport Transfer

Chicago O'Hare One-Way Airport Transfer

Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to get your business trip or vacation started. Reliable transportation that you can count on. Professional chauffeured-driven in luxury car service. On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles. Pristine Vehicles
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  • 30 minutes
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Chicago O'Hare Private Round Trip Airport Transfer

Chicago O'Hare Private Round Trip Airport Transfer

Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to get your business trip or vacation started. Reliable transportation that you can count on. Professional chauffeured-driven in luxury car service. On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles. Pristine Vehicles
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Chicago Midway Airport Private Round Trip Ground Transfer

Chicago Midway Airport Private Round Trip Ground Transfer

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Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to start your vacation or to begin your business trip. Reliable transportation that you can count on. First class limo/car service Professional, friendly and knowledgeable chauffeurs On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles.
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  • 30 minutes
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Chicago MDW Airport One-Way Transfer

Chicago MDW Airport One-Way Transfer

Schedule your transfers in advance so you don't have to worry or be late to start your vacation or to begin your business trip. Reliable transportation that you can count on. First class limo/car service Professional, friendly and knowledgeable chauffeurs On-time, reliable and clean vehicles - inspected daily. Friendly, FBI background checked chauffeurs driving commercially insured vehicles.
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  • 30 minutes
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Private Chicago Instagram Walking Tour

Private Chicago Instagram Walking Tour

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Our Chicago Walking Instagram Tour will take you to the most Instagrammable spots in Chicago all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, some amazing architecture, & a ton of great photos then this is the tour for you. The morning will start with meeting with your friendly local guide at the meeting point. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Chicago and exploring the most famous locations in the city. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM- Meet your Guide at the Grand Subway Station 10:10 AM- Walk along Magnificent Mile 10:20 AM- Stop at Wrigley Building & admire Tribune Tower 10:50 AM- Explore Pioneer Court 11:20 AM- Explore Millennium Park & see Cloud Gate 11:55 AM- Check out an Iconic fountain 12:20 AM- Chicago Riverwalk 1:00 PM- Explore Navy Pier 2:00 PM- Get dropped off by your guide at Millennium station
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  • 4 hours
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$265.60
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Chicago Foodie Lovers Private Tour

Chicago Foodie Lovers Private Tour

Our Chicago Foodie Lovers Tour will take you to the most iconic and delicious spots in Chicago all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, great photos, and a ton of delicious food then this is the tour for you. The day will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Chicago and dining at the most famous and delicious food spots in Chicago. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, yummy food and much much more! ==== Full schedule 11:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Grand subway station 11:05 AM - Taste the famous Portillos hotdogs 11:45 AM - Enjoy an Al’s Italian Beef Sandwich 12:35 PM - Drool lover a Chicago favorite deep dish pizza 1:25 PM - Take some Garrett's Popcorn to go 1:35 PM - Check out Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building 2:05 PM - Try the delicious Do-rite Donuts 2:20 PM - Walk to Buckingham Fountain 3:00 - Get dropped off at the Millennium Subway Station
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$308.27
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Chicago Private Instagram Tour with Transportation

Chicago Private Instagram Tour with Transportation

If you're looking for an exciting and stress-free day exploring the wonders of Chicago, then this is the tour for you. We can’t wait to show you around! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secret spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:15 AM – Check out Buckingham Fountain 10:45 AM – Arrive at Michigan Avenue Bridge 11:15 AM – Awe at the Chicago Cultural Center 12:15 PM – See Cloud Gate and explore Millennium park 1:00 PM – Lunch time 2:00 PM – Go to Chicago Theater 2:30 PM – See Garfield Park Conservatory 3:00 PM – Check out the Greetings from Chicago mural 3:30 PM – Snap a cool pic outside of Wrigley Field 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$798.94
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Private Half Day Highlights of Chicago Tour with 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Private Half Day Highlights of Chicago Tour with 360 Chicago Observation Deck

Discover the compelling character of America’s third-largest city, renowned for its jazz-and-blues heritage, striking architecture, historic streets and fine array of public art. On your Private Chicago Half Day Highlights tour, visit all the city’s major sites, including favourites such as the Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Millennium Park and Hancock Tower. Your local guide has plenty of tales about Chicago life together with an in depth knowledge of its character. As you journey down the Magnificent Mile, you will learn how Chicago has earned each of its nicknames, including: the City of Broad Shoulders, the Second City, and of course, the Windy City. Over a slice of deep dish pizza, you can decide for yourself why Chicagoans rave about their iteration of this classic. Lastly, your guide will escort you to the Hancock Tower to bid your adieus. You will then travel to the top of the Hancock Tower’s Observation Deck, where you can enjoy the 360 degree views of the entire city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.00
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