This 8-block section of Michigan Ave is home to over 450 shops, earning the nickname of “Magnificent Mile.” It is a can’t-miss stop on any traveler’s journey. Thrill seekers can get a “tilted look” from 1,000 ft. up in the observatory on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building. Walk to Oak Street beach to stick your feet in the sand, or explore Lake Michigan on a rented jet ski or kayak. Just east, Navy Pier offers more family entertainment, including live performances, boat cruises, architectural tours, and seasonal exhibits.
The south end of the Magnificent Mile connects you to breathtaking views along the Riverwalk, flowing into the River North neighborhood. This area to the north of the Chicago River is known for trendy nightlife, vibrant art galleries, restaurants, and the famous designer showrooms at Merchandise Mart.