It's a tasty world concentrated along one Magnificent Mile

Shopping, dodging giddy teenagers walking in unison and people watching aren't the only activities on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the mile-long stretch of Michigan Avenue  between Oak Street and the Chicago River. 

Every few steps along the mile offers locals and visitors a tasting tour of flavors from gastronomic masterpieces to neighborhood tavern style dining. Steaks and seafood? Michael Jordan's, Torali  and Lawry's - The Prime Rib  won't disappoint. The Purple Pig continues to entertain diners with snout-to-tail cookery with Italian and Greek inspiration and Beacon Tavern couldn't be more comfortably upscale. Whether you're in Mensa or slipped by on C's, The Albert is a smart choice. 

If it's great weather, you'll be treated to gorgeous skyline and lake views day or night with your meal at Spiaggia  or NoMI Kitchen. For an elegant dining experience, head to RL where the smell of the rich leather furniture will transport you to your favorite fashion magazine (except you're the model). It's not all about smoking the credit card, either, when you pop into casual Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, a tavern with as many dizzying specials as craft beers.  



Torali is on the lobby level, 12 floors up, in the Ritz Carlton. It's white and mirrored, not dim and stuffy as one might imagine an Italian and steak place might be in a venerable hotel like the Ritz. Sous Chef Soo Ahn's new take on crudo,...  Read More



NoMI Kitchen is the kitchen one might imagine you hang out in while in heaven. The contemporary Midwest cuisine has classic French influences, plus a deep wine list and stunning views. Dine at NoMi Kitchen, the NoMi Lounge or the NoMi Garden, an...  Read More



Owned by fashion's Ralph Lauren, and adjacent to the world's largest Polo store, this contemporary American restaurant has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, rich leather furniture and mahogany paneling defining the country club decor. You're...  Read More



This popular and compact restaurant is the work of Jimmy Bannos Jr., Jimmy Bannos Jr., a fourth-generation restaurant guy who was raised in Chicago's Heaven on Seven. First timers rave about housemade charcuterie, roasted bone marrow with herb...  Read More



At street level set in the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, Michael Jordan's Steak House does about as alright as number 23 did on the court (insert superlatives here). Executive Chef Craig Couper adds just enough flourish to...  Read More



Step away from the frenetic shopping, mouth agog window gazing, crabby cabbies and general urban cacophony on the Mag Mile and tuck into a cushy booth at Beacon Tavern. Just off Michigan Ave. on the Wrigley Building walkway, it's a...  Read More



When you realize that The Albert is part of EMC2 Hotel, expect an "aha" mental flash about whom its name refers. The restaurant feels spacious, the decor is dare we say "smart," and waitstaff is genuinely helpful and cheery. Executive Chef...  Read More



Sometimes you neither want nor need a plate of everything au courant - Brussels sprouts topped with pork belly, a fried egg, uni and cauliflower dust. When you envision a juicy, charred burger, steamy, creamy mac 'n' cheese, meaty wings, a hefty...  Read More



Chicago claims some of the top steak houses in the country, but honestly, Wisconsin beats us in prime rib, something its supper clubs traditionally serve every Saturday night. There's one place that measures up and outdoes our neighbors to the...  Read More



How does Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano continue to crank out the most ethereal pasta, sophisticated antipasti and jaw dropping second courses after all these years? He cooks from the head and the heart and is smart to hire simpatico creative chefs...  Read More


Meet Jacky Runice

Born in Bucktown when bulletproof was a home safety choice and not a coffee order, Jacky Runice has been knocking around Chicago as a professional print, online and broadcast journalist and...  More About Jacky