Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is the heart of shopping in the Windy City and Water Tower Place is what keeps it beating. While the Magnificent Mile was originally home to the city’s most exclusive and expensive stores, the opening of Water Tower Place brought more affordable retailers to the famed shopping area. The eight-level mall covers over 700,000 square feet and features more than 100 shops, including Macy’s and the flagship American Girl Place store. One of the first vertical malls in the world, Water Tower Place is part of a 74-floor skyscraper of the same name that also includes a Ritz-Carlton hotel and luxury condominiums. After riding the escalators up from the ground level, take the glass elevators the rest of the way to the 8th floor and work your way down.
After you shop ‘til you drop, grab a bite to eat at one of Water Tower Place’s several dining options, including Mity Nice Grill, Wow Bao, and Foodlife, a cafeteria style collection of 14 different kitchens with something to suit every palate. For dessert, swing by the Godiva Chocolatier or the Sacred Grounds Bakery & Café.
Water Tower Place is located at 835 N. Michigan Avenue and is just a short walk from many downtown Chicago hotels, as well as the John Hancock Center and the Historic Water Tower. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Note that the hours for Macy’s, American Girl Place, restaurants and specialty shops may vary. Visit www.shopwatertower.com for current hours and a full list of stores.
The nearest “el” stop to Water Tower Place is the Chicago/State stop on the Red Line. From there, head east on Chicago Avenue to Michigan Avenue and then north one block on Michigan. Numerous bus routes run north/south along Michigan Avenue, including the 145, 146, 148 and 151.