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Local Food + Drink
Sit down to classic steak frites, Hamachi crudo, or inventive takes on bistro favorites at this brunch favorite.
Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse
Visit the original location of this Chicago icon for filet mignon, burgers basted with steak sauce, fresh fish, and more.
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
Craving seafood? Feast on lobster tails and frog legs at this acclaimed seafood stop, located next door to Gibson’s.
Maple & Ash
Run by Executive Chef Danny Grant, who’s been awarded two Michelin stars, this modern steakhouse is known for wood-fired steaks and hearth-roasted seafood towers.
If you’re headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art, don’t miss this vibrant, fittingly arty restaurant, coffee shop, and inside bar. The eclectic menu ranges from fried quail to Wagyu tri-tip steak to rigatoni.
900 North Michigan Shops
Shop seven floors of luxury retailers like Bloomingdale’s and Gucci inside this historic skyscraper, a Magnificent Mile landmark.
Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
See long-running Broadway hits and recent sensations live at this recently renovated, 549-seat theater on the Magnificent Mile.
Chicago Water Tower
Surrounded by popular shops, this Gothic Revival landmark is the centerpiece of the Water Tower Historic District. One of the few buildings left standing after the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, today it stands as the home of the City Gallery and a prime site for vacation photos.
Free and open to the public, the rare book collections at this well-known research library are a must-see for literature and history buffs.
Water Tower Place
Browse more than 100 stores—from The Art of Dr. Seuss to Sephora—at this eight-story vertical mall on the Magnificent Mile.
American Girl Place
Kids can find their favorite historical or modern American Girl dolls plus many accessories inside this popular Water Tower Place destination, which includes a bookstore, dining, and specialty shops.
Lincoln Park Zoo
See more than 1,100 animals—sloths, penguins, rhinos, and more—up close at one of the nation’s oldest zoos. Admission is free.