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Things to do Near the Magnificent Mile

The Hotel Audrey is located in the heart of downtown, surrounded by the city's best shopping, dining, and nightlife. Michigan Avenue is just a few steps away from your hotel room, allowing you to explore the best things Chicago has to offer!

With iconic architecture, thriving culinary and arts scenes, and extraordinary museums, Chicago seamlessly combines Midwestern hospitality with a modern, urban aesthetic.

Business travelers enjoy easy access to the Chicago Loop (less than a mile away!) where they can still enjoy the excitement of Chicago's greatest attractions. Leisure travelers enjoy staying in a central location where they can explore the city with ease. No matter what brings you to Hotel Audrey, you will find a new favorite attraction in Chicago's Magnificent Mile!

Can't Miss Attractions In the Magnificent Mile

During your stay at Hotel Audrey you will want to experience Chicago like a local. Fortunately, many of Chicago's most iconic attractions are within walking distance of the Hotel Audrey!

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875 North Michigan Avenue

Locally known as the Hancock Tower, this iconic skyscraper is the favorite site of native Chicagoans. It is the fourth tallest building in Chicago and located centrally in downtown. It's unmistakable design and its status as the fourth tallest building in Chicago allows it to be seen for miles around.

What makes the Hancock Tower truly unique is 360° Chicago, a massive observatory on the 94th floor of the building. You will be surrounded by windows while taking in a magnificent panoramic view overlooking all of Chicago! Overall, 360° Chicago has more floor space, and is less crowded than other observation decks in the city, making it a popular spot for locals. For an additional fee, 360° Chicago features TILT, an enclosed platform that tilts out over Michigan Avenue, letting you look down almost 1,500 ft. onto the streets of the city.

Experience 360° Chicago

For an unforgettable dinner or drinks head up to the top floors of the Hancock Tower and experience the Signature Room and the Signature Lounge. Decadent meals and expertly crafted cocktails will delight your taste buds while you mix and mingle with fabulous views of the city, in an experience any Chicagoan will recommend.

Visit the Signature Room

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The Chicago Water Tower

As you explore the Magnificent Mile you may find an old stone tower that for a moment feels out of place among the steel skyscrapers that make up Chicago. This castle-like building is the second oldest water tower in the US and one of the few structures in the city from before the Great Chicago Fire. As one of Chicago's most historic landmarks, the Water Tower now serves as the official gallery of the Chicago Office of Tourism. Featuring the work of local artists, photographers, artists, and filmmakers.

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Navy Pier

No visit to Chicago is truly complete without a visit to Navy Pier. As one of Chicago's most famous sights, conveniently located just a 20-minute walk (or an 8-minute drive) from the Hotel Audrey, there's no way you will want to miss this magnificent piece of Chicago history.

Whether you are watching a show at the on-site IMAX theater, riding the iconic Ferris wheel, lounging in the outdoor beer garden, or booking a fabulous river tour, there are endless things to do at Navy Pier.

During the warmer summer months, Navy Pier is often crowded due to higher volumes of visitors taking in cool lakefront breezes and exploring the countless things to do. It is highly recommended that you explore everything you can do, make reservations, and book event tickets early to cut down on wait times.

Explore Navy Pier

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Millenium Park

If you walk all the way down south through the Magnificent Mile and into the Chicago Loop, you will find yourself next to Chicago's unmistakeable Millenium Park. Millenium park is home to two iconic, can't miss attractions to Chicago, and is conveniently close to even more!

"The Bean"

Officially known as Cloud Gate, this distinct statue has been quickly adopted by locals as a unique part of the Chicago identity. It's highly polished, stainless steel surface reflects the city and the park around it, and its unique bean shape has made it a much-loved part of the city.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion

The Pritzker Pavilion is an outdoor concert venue, and a centerpiece of Millenium Park, designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry. It is home to the greatest outdoor music and film events in Chicago and is considered by many to be the highlight of the park. It is the chief venue for outdoor events in the area and the ideal destination for a relaxing and sunny afternoon.

Nearby Parks

Millenium Park is not the only place to go near the Hotel Audrey, but it is the quickest and most convenient place to begin. With Maggie Daley Park and it's iconic ice skating ribbon immediately next to it, and Grant Park with Buckingham Fountain to the South your adventure into Millenium Park could lead to a wonderful afternoon of exploring Chicago's greatest parks.

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The Art Institute of Chicago

Just past Millenium Park lies one of Chicago's most iconic landmarks. The Art Institute of Chicago has held classic pieces of art ranging from Renaissance era masterpieces to post-modern innovations. And the wide variety of unique artwork has attracted visitors of all ages for years. See quintissential artwork that you will instantly recognize, like A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, The Old Guitarist, and American Gothic and never forget that you saw them in person.

Visit the Art Institute of Chicago

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The Museum of Contemporary Art

Unforgettable, limited run exhibitions will make you see the world in a whole new light when you visit the Museum of Contemporary Art in River North. This museum serves as one of the world's largest contemporary art venues, with individual galleries and exhibitions, including works by noteworthy 20th century artists like Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol!

Experience the Museum of Contemporary Art

Nearby Beaches

All along Chicago's iconic lakefront are magnificent beaches where friends and family gather to enjoy the sunshine and relax in the cool lakefront breezes. Take an afternoon during your next summer getaway and see a part of Chicago that's only available for a few months out of the year. Each of Chicago's beaches offers unique and exciting experiences, with two located just a short walk away!

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Oak St. Beach

Oak street beach is just a short, 12 minute walk north of the Hotel Audrey! It features warm sands and cool waves with beach chairs, bike rentals, and volleyball rentals as well as inviting refreshments available at Oak Street Beach Café

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Ohio St. Beach

On the way to Navy Pier, just a brief walk East of the hotel. You will discover Ohio St Beach. Surrounded by lush parks, Ohio Street beach provides you with an ideal experience for an afternoon out in the sun.

Shopping Along the Magnificent Mile

Michigan Avenue is the paramount destination for shopping in the heart of Chicago. All around the Hotel Audrey, you will find unique, upscale shops that you cannot find anywhere else. More than 460 retailers live along the Mag Mile, including designer brands, department stores, luxury labels, and massive shopping centers.

Explore our favorite places to shop in the Magnificent Mile, or simply step outside into a sea of unforgettable shopping destinations.

Magnificent Mile Shopping Guide

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Water Tower Place

The Water Tower Place shopping center is just a five minute walk from your hotel room, and conveniently close to the Chicago Water Tower and the Hancock Tower! 8 floors, 730,000 square feet, and over 100 stores make this spot the perfect place to stop and relax during your downtown Chicago adventure.

Visit Water Tower Place

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The Shops at North Bridge

The shops at North Bridge serve as more than just a unique shopping destination, they are also an architectural marvel built into the cities landscape!The massive shopping complex incorporates four enclosed bridges over 5 floors, with 50 world class retailers and 20 phenomenal local restaurants

Discover the Shops at North Bridge

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Neiman Marcus

Just a few feet from your Magnificent Mile hotel room is one of the world's top designers. A Neiman Marcus is right on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Superior Street, providing locals with the latest in high end fashion.

Visit Neiman Marcus

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Saks Fifth Avenue

As the pinnacle of high-end fashion and design, Saks Fifth Avenue has a lengthy history of providing quality designer apparel and accessories. Their Magnificent Mile location is just around the corner from your hotel!

Visit Saks Fifth Avenue

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Chicago Business District

The famous Chicago Loop is the city's center of business, commerce, and politics. It is home to many of Chicago's biggest financial institutions, City Hall, and the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower). It remains to this day a central part of the Chicago experience, with ample parks and museums lining the lake, and many of the city's most prestigious theatres located throughout. The Loop is less than one mile away from the Hotel Audrey, allowing you to fully experience the most quintessential Chicago Experiences.

Business Travel to the Loop

Chicago's Loop is the second largest commercial business district in the United States. As the home of the Chicago Board of Trade and dozens of business headquarters, it is the ideal place for a professional traveler to meet for important meetings and negotiations.

When you stay at the Hotel Audrey for business, you will be conveniently located within walking distance to the Chicago Loop. Before you head out, you can take care of any last minute work with an ergonomic work desk and chair in your room along with complimentary Wi-Fi and will be looking sharp and wrinkle-free in your best outfit with an iron and ironing board in every room. Finally, if you need to organize a space for a meeting or strategy session, you will find ample meeting space available for reservation at the hotel.

The Chicago Theatre Scene

When visiting the Chicago Loop you will uncover a vast array of can't miss performances in world-class theaters. In the northern section of the loop, you can find the Chicago Theater, the Goodman Theatre, and the Ford Oriental Theater, all of which feature a rotating schedule of top-tier shows ranging from comedies to musicals, to dramas. Some shows are cutting edge works never seen before, others are time-honored classics with an all-star cast, you never know what you'll be in store for when you explore downtown Chicago's magnificent theater scene.

Chicago Beyond the Magnificent Mile

When you visit downtown Chicago you will be able to easily access the rest of the city in just a heartbeat. The Hotel Audrey is conveniently close to multiple Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stations, ideal for navigating the different neighborhoods with their unique flavors and cultures. Explore the CTA train line routes and find the perfect neighborhood to visit during your stay!

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Live Like a Local

While us Chicagoans truly love Millennium Park and Bear tailgates, we encourage you to explore the city, make new friends, and see the city like a local. We encourage you to check out different neighborhoods, eat at amazing restaurants, and live like a Chicagoan during your stay. Take a look at some of our favorite things to do in our downtime.

Drink Local

From the stockyards to the Wrigley bleachers, Chicagoans are a thirsty bunch. Over the past few years, the city has seen a boom in local breweries and distilleries. Peppered throughout the city, breweries like Goose Island, Half Acre, Revolution, Off Color, Metropolitan, and Pipeworks churn out world-class beers. Similarly, distilleries like Letherbee, Few, CH, and Chicago Distilling Company are producing amazing gins, vodkas, whiskeys, and Malörts. Take a pilgrimage to the source for unique facility tours or find your favorite local drink at one of the city's countless bars.

Eat Local

The heart and soul of Chicago can be found in the city's diverse, delicious, and amazing restaurants. From our neighborhood hot dog stands (no ketchup!) to Bavette's Chicago cut ribeye to Alinea's world-renowned molecular gastronomy, the Chicago's dining culture covers every price point, style, and region. Be sure to check out Randolph Street's famous restaurant row, Logan Square's hipster dining haven, or River North's energetic dining district. From tacos to tiki, Chicago has it all. Come hungry.

Roast Local

Not unlike the city's beer and distilling scenes, Chicago coffee culture has seen a recent renaissance. Small artisanal roasters like Intelligentsia, Dark Matter, Metropolis, Bridgeport Coffee Roasters, and Gas Light specialize in a spectrum of delicious blends and single origin offerings. We are also located two blocks away from the new Starbucks Roastery. Pop into any of these coffee shops and be blown away by the nuanced flavors of Chicago's third wave roasters.

Dance Local

Chicago will forever be known as the city where the blues went electric. While Chicago blues were born in the Delta and grew up on Maxwell Street, they currently live at Buddy Guy's Legends, Kingston Mines, the Chicago Blues Fest, and the cozy, welcoming Rosa's Lounge. Put on your dancing shoes, order an Old Style, and take part in one of Chicago's most esteemed traditions.

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Your Magnificent Mile Hotel Room

After a long day of exploring Chicago's Magnificent Mile, there's no better way to unwind than in a luxurious boutique hotel room. Share your favorite highlights online using a complimentary WiFi connection, catch a late-night show on your 55" Flat-screen TV, or simply lie down and rest on a plush mattress with cozy sheets and enjoy a perfect night's sleep.

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Hotel Audrey Magnificent Mile
166 E Superior St,
Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 787-6000

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