Chicago Walking Tour: Magnificent Mile Architecture
20 Ratings
Uncover the fascinating history and stunning architecture of Chicago's Magnificent Mile on this engaging walking tour. Discover how this iconic street transformed over the years and explore the diverse range of architectural styles that make it a must-visit destination.
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • The Magnificent Mile - Discuss the history of the Magnificent Mile and the history and architecture of notable buildings along it.
  • Michigan Avenue Bridge - View the Michigan Avenue (DuSable) Bridge.
  • Starbucks - View the Starbucks Reserve Roastery.
  • Wrigley Building - View the Wrigley Building.
  • InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, an IHG Hotel - View the InterContinental Chicago
  • Burberry - View the Burberry Store on Michigan Avenue.
  • John Hancock Center - View 875 N Michigan Avenue, formerly known as the John Hancock Center.
  • Woman’s Athletic Club - View the Women’s Athletic Club.
  • Tribune Tower - View the newly renovated Tribune Tower.
What's Included
  • Admission to the Chicago Architecture Center Galleries
  • Guided walking tour of the Magnificent Mile
  • Expert narration by a certified professional guide
What's Not Included
  • Food and drink
  • Storage for luggage and strollers
  • Coat check
Additional Information

Explore the adventure of how a humble path named Pine Street morphed into ‘Paris on the Prairie’ and eventually became the Magnificent Mile, the city’s top-notch shopping district. Discover the mysteries and tales behind the impressive structures on North Michigan Avenue, which have evolved into architectural landmarks.

Over the past century, the street has been developed to include architecture influenced by historical styles including Parisian, Gothic, neoclassical, and Art Deco, sprinkled amidst Modern and 21st Century buildings. You will encounter skyscrapers, vertical shopping centers, hotels, residential towers, and buildings specifically designed to reflect the brands featured inside.

As an accredited nonprofit, every CAC ticket purchase directly fuels our educational programs and community outreach initiatives.

  • Access to building interiors featured on this tour may be subject to change without notice due to weekend and holiday schedules or unforeseen closures.
  • Pets are not allowed.
Chicago Architecture Center
East Wacker Drive
Meet at the Chicago Architecture Center at 111 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL, 60601
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Mar 26, 2024
Magnificent indeed! - Wonderful and fascinating tour of Chicago’s famous street. Rebecca is a terrific guide, knowledgeable, charming, enthusiastic.
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Mar 3, 2024
Mag mile tour - Lovely day! Our guide was terrific and very informative I loved hearing about all the buildings and the history would highly recommend
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Jan 9, 2024
A Gem of Chicago - Due to less than ideal weather, I managed to get a private tour. Ron led me on a fabulous tour. I always learn new things on these tours. Tom Longtime Chicago Resident.
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Dec 15, 2023
Fantastic! - Listening to the history of Chicago. Seeing the buildings and people up close instead of in a car. We had plenty of time to take pictures.
Review provided by Viator
Oct 10, 2023
Family fun - Tony was our docent and he was excellent! We were enjoying a visit through the past for our mother when she turned 80, and the tour was new even to her. It would be even better if the audio equipment were higher quality.
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Aug 27, 2023
Amazing tour. Highly recommend! - This is a very interesting tour. I loved it. Very educative. And Burt was amazing! Highly recommend this tour! Thanks Chicago Architecture Center!
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Aug 1, 2023
So much to see on the Mag Mile! - Tour guide Mitch was fabulous! His motto: Look up! We walk this route frequently and had no idea there was so much history and hidden gems along the way. Excellent tour!
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Jul 30, 2023
Excellent tour & guide! - This was an excellent tour of the Magnificent Mile area, and I highly recommend it to anyone. Our docent, Tony, was so informative and made the tour really interesting. I learned a ton about architecture in the neighborhood and really enjoyed getting to see some of the details that I’ve missed. Go on this tour!
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May 31, 2023
Walking the Mile - Very fun and informative. Would highly recommend!! Our guide was full of information and answered all our questions.
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Apr 16, 2023
Great - Rebecca was amazing tour guide and taught us so much. She’s so into Chicago and very smart and she was amazing
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up to 10 guests
May 2024