A Melting Pot of Global Flavors Within One Magnificent Mile

Shopping isn’t the only attraction on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the mile-long stretch of Michigan Avenue  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). 

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.

Dine on a clear weather day, and you'll get gorgeous skyline and lake views (especially at night) with your meal at Signature Room at the 95th, on a top floor of the John Hancock building, or Spaggia. For 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.

Signature Room at the 95th

Take an elevator ride to the 95th floor of the iconic John Hancock building and dine at this famous Chicago restaurant. While the food is delicious, the real appeal of this restaurant is the setting. You can take in all the city's beauty, day or...  Read More

Saks Fifth Avenue's in-store, 7th floor restaurant is a hidden treasure. The bright, chic interior with window-wall views of Michigan Avenue, and a modern American menu makes it a popular spot for business lunches and shoppers alike. Perhaps...  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. The steamed baos come stuffed with teriyaki...  Read More

Heaven on Seven

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 Louisiana-style classics on this huge...  Read More

NoMi Kitchen is located inside the luxury Park Hyatt Hotel. To get to the restaurant, you walk past the hotel's multi-million art collection, and taken an elevator up. You can eat at NoMi Kitchen, the NoMi Lounge, or the NoMi Garden, an outdoor...  Read More

Expect a crowd at this lunch hot spot. Locals know to get there around 11 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 Lake Superior Cedar...  Read More

Owned by fashion guru Ralph Lauren, and adjacent to the world's largest polo store, this contemporary American restaurant has a cosmopolitan air about it. Rich leather furniture, mahogany paneling and chic African style prints define the country...  Read More

This popular but tiny restaurant is a collaboration of Chefs Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia, Jimmy Bannos and Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Heaven on Seven. Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet...  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


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.