A Melting Pot of Global Flavors Within One Magnificent Mile

Shopping isn’t the only attraction on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the approximately one mile distance between Oak Street and the Chicago River. It’s become home to a world-famous dining scene thanks to hot local chefs including Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia and Bar Toma), Jimmy Banos Sr and Jr (Heaven on Seven and The Purple Pig) and Ryan LaRoche (NoMi). From haute cuisine at some of the city’s top hotels to pizza and burgers, the mile quickly transforms from popular tourist attraction to a neighborhood like no other. 

Every step along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile offers both locals and visitors alike a tasting tour of flavors from gastronomic masterpieces to casual dining. Newcomers like The Purple Pig blend in effortlessly with old-time favorites like Cape Cod Inn which have welcomed guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio since it opened its doors in 1933.

For those with some time on their hands to enjoy an elegant dining experience, head to RL where the smell of the rich leather furniture will transport you away from the bustle of the busy street.  Those in more of a rush can quickly grab a bao (steamed Asian bun) from Wow Bao.

The Magnificent Mile may be only a mile in length, but it offers diners a tasting tour of flavors rarely found within such a short walking distance.

Given its location, it would be easy to dismiss this pizza place as a tourist trap. You'd be wrong and missing out, though. While pizza is the star, don't expect to find Chicago-style deep dish here. Rather, you'll be treated to a thin crust...  Read More

This classically elegant restaurant is located in the Drake Hotel and has become a Chicago institution. Much of the staff, from the host to the waiters, have been around for decades and know how to treat their guests. It's definitely the place...  Read More

Baos, or steamed Asian buns, are considered fast food in China, but in Chicago (where junk food runs rampant), they are a novelty. In fact, local eateries are regarded as the first bao shops in America. Baos come stuffed with teriyaki chicken,...  Read More

Heaven on Seven

Open for breakfast and lunch only, people who love spicy Cajun and Creole dishes take a shopping break to feast on some of the zestiest gumbo this side of the Mason-Dixon. Or, try red beans and rice, jambalaya, or a catfish po' boy. All the...  Read More

This restaurant offers an impressive view of the city in an upscale, elegant environment which includes an exceptional art collection. Start off with peeky toe crab salad or a scallop tart. Next, order monkfish brochette, wild striped bass or...  Read More

Come for breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner or dessert and enjoy expansive views of the city's bustle from grandly proportioned windows. Extensive breakfast options range from traditional standards to decadent Nutella-stuffed French toast with...  Read More

Expect a crowd at this lunch hotspot. Locals know to get there around 11:00 a.m. before the lunchtime tourists hit the spot. Bandera serves superb American fare, and the selection of entrees ranges from roast prime rib to jambalaya. Ask a local,...  Read More

Located on The Magnificent Mile in Downtown Chicago, The Purple Pig is a collaboration of Chefs Scott Harris of Mia Francesca, Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Jimmy Bannos and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Heaven on Seven. Featuring housemade charcuterie,...  Read More

For luxurious, upscale Italian dining, Spiaggia is a top pick. One of the town's most romantic dining rooms, it features sparkling platinum-and-white decor, sculpted steel light fixtures and fantastic Lake Michigan views. The food is simplicity...  Read More

Owned by fashion guru Ralph Lauren, this contemporary American restaurant has a cosmopolitan air about it. You can practically smell the oil from the rich leather furniture from the moment you walk in. Once you enter, you'll notice the mahogany...  Read More


Meet Megy Karydes

Megy Karydes has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and most of her life in Chicago. While she’s traveled extensively internationally, visiting each of the 50 states is on her...  More About Megy

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