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.
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