Come along with us as we tour the heart of Chicago, from the Chicago River up through the famed Michigan Avenue.
- Take in spectacular views of Chicago’s world-famous architecture and skyline.
- See where retail reigns supreme, as you stroll down shimmering Michigan Avenue.
- Visit the beautiful Historic Water Tower at the heart of the Windy City.
- See some gorgeous architectural gems inside one of the city’s towering facades.
- Head up to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building to 360 Chicago, where you’ll get views of the entire city, Lake Michigan, and beyond!
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 6-12
- Young Child Ages 5 & under
Michigan Ave Experience with 360 Chicago Views
The Magnificent Mile – a name that conjures up images of dazzling skyscrapers, colorful window displays, and shopping of all kinds! Come along with us as we tour the heart of Chicago, from the Chicago River, through the famed Michigan Avenue, and up to one of the best views in the city!
Inclusions: Local, English-speaking guide, admission to the 360 Chicago Observation Deck.
Exclusions: Additional food or drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
- Duration: 2.5 hours
- Meeting point: The Chicago Theatre (underneath the marquee), 175 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601. View on Google Maps.
- Starting time: 4 p.m.
- Ending point: A central location near Millennium Park and Michigan Ave
Your tour starts at one of the most recognizable Chicago landmarks – under the glittering marquee of the Chicago Theatre. Heading out from the theatre, you’ll walk along the picturesque Chicago River, following part of the RiverWalk and enjoying breathtaking views of Chicago’s famous high-rise architecture – featuring the Wrigley Building and Chicago Tribune Building. You’ll then cross over the historic DuSable bridge and into the heart of Michigan Ave.
With your guide, discover the functioning and bustling activity underneath the street. Get to know the heartbeat of Michigan Ave., and perhaps meet some of the people responsible for creating the glowing image of the Magnificent Mile. Heading back to street-level, you’ll arrive at one of the historic properties to enjoy some gorgeous architectural gems inside one of the towering facades.
Next, we’ll explore the famous retail culture of The Magnificent Mile with a chance to explore one of the many flagship stores along this shopping mecca. Sports culture also takes center stage on this street, as your guide will share some of Chicago’s greatest sports stories and icons here.
You’ll then make your way to some fascinating historical sites – including a water tower that dates from the 1860s and a working firehouse that was built in 1904! Amazingly, these utilities still play a role in Chicago’s day-to-day, just more examples of the city’s maintained connection to its past.
After taking in some more of the sights, you’ll head straight to the grand finale: the observation deck atop the John Hancock Building. One of Chicago’s newest attractions, 360 Chicago offers views unlike any other. From the 94th floor, your guide will give you an aerial tour of the city, the surrounding neighborhoods, and on clear days, four states!
Your tour ends here, but you certainly don’t have to descend just yet. 360 Chicago offers the opportunity to purchase tickets to The Tilt (if you dare!) or grab a drink from their bar as you savor the views. Your guide will be more than happy to point out nearby sites, as well as give recommendations for happy hour bars, restaurants to grab dinner nearby, or other places to check out around town.
Dress standard: Please dress comfortably and casually in weather-appropriate attire. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
Additional information: This tour runs year-round and proceeds rain or shine unless such weather constitutes a dangerous situation.
Closure of sites: In the event of road or attraction closures, your guide will do their best to work around the obstacles or take your tour to alternate locations.