Officially it’s North Michigan Avenue. But everyone knows it by its world-famous moniker, The Magnificent Mile. Comprised of eight blockbuster blocks, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile boasts four shopping centers, unique boutiques, first-rate restaurants, and exceptional entertainment options, not the least of which is top-tier live theatre.

If that’s not enough, every three months the Magnificent Mile plays host to an outstanding outdoor festival.

Downtown Chicago Hotel near The Magnificent Mile

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Chicago Magnificent Mile Shopping

There is no shortage of shopping opportunities on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Desirable department stores range from Bloomingdale’s to Neiman Marcus to Saks Fifth Avenue. Upscale retailers include Burberry, Georgio Armani, Hermes, Avventura, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and the Shops at North Bridge. In all, you’ll have more than 460 shops from which to browse, buy, and be bowled over by. For more information, visit www.themagnificentmile.com/shopping.cfm

Chicago Magnificent Mile Dining

Whatever cuisine you desire, you’re sure to find it along The Magnificent Mile. Tasty American meals can be found at the Mity Nice Grill and Saloon Steakhouse. Excellent Italian dinners are standard at Spiaggia. Fine international flavors can be savored at Cerise. You can also dine out atop The John Hancock Center overlooking Lake Michigan or at several outdoor cafes. Clearly, food to fit all moods rules on The Magnificent Mile. For more information, visit www.themagnificentmile.com/diningAndNightlife.cfm

Chicago Magnificent Mile Culture & Entertainment

The Magnificent Mile overflows with entertainment and cultural options. Fans of live theatre will want to investigate the classic productions at the Lookingglass Theatre Company and Drury Lane Water Tower Place. Art aficionados will have a field day at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Loyola University Museum of Art. And movie buffs will have their choice of the latest and greatest Hollywood has to offer at the Loews 600 North Michigan. For more information, visit www.themagnificentmile.com/CultureAndEntertainment.cfm

Chicago Magnificent Mile Festivals

Whatever time of year you venture out to Chicago, you’ll have an opportunity to experience one of The Magnificent Mile’s four free annual festivals.

Toast on The Magnificent Mile

This bubbly event, which takes place every February, is highlighted by great deals on luxury champagne that can be purchased at participating businesses. In addition, there’s a fantastic fireworks display every Saturday in the month.

Tulips on The Magnificent Mile

From the middle of April through the end of May, you’ll have an opportunity to witness hundreds of thousands of vibrant tulips in full bloom at select spots along The Magnificent Mile. Highlights of the festival include The Magnificent Mile Floral Market on Mother’s Day weekend and a Dutch Bike Ride.

Gardens of The Magnificent Mile

The summer months bring a terrific concert series in the flower-filled gardens. This event also environmentally-friendly as green-themed special offers are found in area retailers, hotels, restaurants, and spas.

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

On one night at the end of November, the trees along North Michigan Avenue are illuminated by more than one million lights to begin Chicago’s holiday season. A spectacular fireworks show over the Chicago River follows.