Magnificent Mile Holiday Guide

Magnificent Mile Holiday Parking

Chicago is an extremely popular destination for holiday shopping. With the holiday lights festival approaching quickly, it will be sure to attract shoppers from all over. The big question if you’re driving down to the city is “Where am I going to park my car?” Avoid the hassle of looking and circling the block trying to find parking and reserve it online ahead of time. Michigan Ave. is notorious for being crowded with heavy pedestrian traffic, you do not want to be stuck in the middle of that.

Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile is notorious for shopping, primarily on an 8 block stretch on Michigan Avenue between Oak street and the Michigan Avenue bridge is jam packed with 3 mega malls, designer shop clothing stores, and other major brand name stores covering over 3,000,000 square feet. Outside of the retail world there is an abundance of awesome restaurants, with all the shopping that goes down you’re bound to be in the mood for some killer food. Outside of the shopping and eating, The Magnificent Mile is filled with phenomenal architecture from the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue and up to the John Hancock Building.

Black Friday

Arguably the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday is said to be the kickoff in holiday shopping for retailers across the country. But did you know big name retailers like Walmart and Sears, Target, and Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving?

In Chicago, The Water Tower Place opens are 6:00 am on Friday morning, with some retailers inside opening up when the clock strikes twelve. The Water Tower has already posted their holiday shopping hours from The Festival of Lights thru the first week of next year.

With this hectic shopping day avoid the clutter of people crossing streets and one ways while looking for parking, reserve it ahead of time.

Helpful Links

Magnificent Mile Parking – This is the “goto” for those “in the know” on where to find parking near the Mag Mile. Here you will find a site that is dedicated to providing you with useful information about the Magnificent Mile.
The Chicago Mag provides a list of the newest stores that opened up on Michigan avenue on the Magnificent Mile as well as their location.