10 Mag Mile Restaurants That'll Make Your Belly Smile

10 Mag Mile Restaurants That'll Make Your Belly Smile

Any frequenter to Chicago will tell you that the Mag Mile is the one stop strip along Michigan Avenue filled with shopping, local attractions and fancy hotels. But we know it’s the awesome Mag Mile restaurants you’re daydreaming about, and we want to help make sure your belly goes home happy.

If you don’t mind the downtown hustle, you’ll find some really great places to eat along the Mag Mile, whatever your cuisine and budget preferences may be. To simplify the big task of narrowing down your options though, we’ve put together a list of some of the more promising spots across the scale of choices, from deep dish pizza to fine dining and everything in between.

While there are lots of amazing restaurants in Chicago, the Magnificent Mile is one of Chicago’s better-known attractions amongst out-of-towners. If you’re familiar with it, help us make our list a little more magnificent by commenting below on your favorite places to eat there. And don’t forget to spread the word to your friends by sharing this post!

Magnificent Mile Restaurants
  • The Purple Pig

    500 North Michigan Avenue , Chicago

    With a name like The Purple Pig, our start to uncovering some of the best Mag Mile restaurants won us over even more by their tagline: “Cheese, Swine and Wine.” The understated branding speaks to their approachable atmosphere despite an intensely creative menu with Mediterranean hints like chicken thigh kebabs with fried smashed potatoes and tzatziki or pig’s tails braised in balsamic with grated egg and parsley. True to its title, the menu is filled with gourmet cheese options, pork served every way you can think of and a full bar. The Purple Pig is no secret gem though, and they don’t offer reservations, so come prepared for long waits.

  • Mike Ditka's

    100 East Chestnut Street , Chicago

    Yes, THE Mike Ditka, former football player, commentator and coach for the Bears and Saints. “Da coach” happens to love food almost as much as football, and our bellies are just happy that his culinary passion made its way to this Mag Mile restaurant location of Ditka’s steakhouse, where Ditka himself hangs out and even visits with customers. Needless to say, service is awesome here, so we’ll overlook the fact that it’s a bit touristy. Start your meal with the pot roast nachos, a full menu of signature cocktails, beers, lots of wine and of course, the locally produced steaks and fresh seafood entrees.

  • Magnolia Bakery

    108 North State Street , Chicago

    If you’re not a self-proclaimed sweets lover, you just might be after you try some specials from this Mag Mile bakery. They bake fresh classic cakes and cupcake flavors like red velvet (you pick the frosting) and carrot, plus more interesting options like pistachio, peanut butter and jelly and monthly seasonal specials. Magnolia Bakery earned its spot on the Magnificent Mile for more than specialty cakes though. If cake isn’t your thing, they offer decadent backups like a banana pudding that customers rave about, pies, muffins, brownies, frozen pies and more. We don’t believe in any rules against desserts coming first.

  • Rosebud on Rush

    1419 West Diversey Parkway Alley , Chicago

    It’s hard not to love the gourmet wines and freshly prepared, zesty meats and sauces on authentic Italian menus. Oh, and the cheese, lots of cheese…and carbs. We chose Rosebud as our Italian Mag Mile restaurant pick for its thorough menu that’ll keep your tummy smiling from brunch until dinner and drinks (that’s right, an Italian brunch menu for all you foodies). Enjoy cozy seating while indulging in house made pasta accompanying fresh seafood, veggies and meats at medium level pricing. And with a wine menu as long as the food options, you might just leave here smiling and buzzing, too.

  • Friends Sushi

    710 North Rush Street , Chicago

    Sushi might not be your first thought when you think Chicago cuisine, but it might very well be your last thought if you treat your tummy to Japanese food as tasty as Friends Sushi. Beautifully prepared dishes add color to this Mag Mile restaurant’s modernly designed and white-coated interior, which tends to get a bit packed at rush hours. Order from a full menu of starters, sashimi, cooked, raw and vegetable maki, tempura, salads and more. And by more, we mean desserts. Strawberry, red bean or green tea flavored ice cream scoops and mochi just to name a few.

  • M Burger

    161 East Huron Street , Chicago

    If you’re looking to save some cash on lunch and indulge in one of Mag Mile’s high-end restaurants for dinner, M Burger is a good call. Often compared to the glorified In-N-Out Burger, you’ll enjoy similar low prices, fast service and tight spaces. That’s not to say the food isn’t super tasty though. They offer all the basics of a burger joint, plus some extras like a chopped chicken salad. Their special sauce is well loved on their beef, turkey, and chicken burgers and sandwiches, too. And the turkey is free-range, so feel free to tell yourself it’s healthier and go ahead and order that shake.

  • Heaven on Seven

    600 North Michigan Avenue , Chicago

    This Mag Mile restaurant pick is one of Chicago’s best Cajun getaways. Like its name suggests, the restaurant is seven floors high, serving up creole and southern classics from shrimp to huge corn muffins. Try unique dishes like the chicken voodoo po’boy or locally loved gumbo for lunch and dinner, or head to heaven earlier for their full breakfast menu, offering items like bananas foster French toast. Portions are large and the pricing isn’t crazy high, but it’s definitely no fast food joint either. They take reservations, but plan on taking your time reading through lots of Cajun-fried options.

  • Pierrot Gourmet

    108 East Superior Street , Chicago

    Our fancy French pick for the essential Mag Mile restaurants to visit, Pierrot Gourmet is located inside the prestigious Peninsula Hotel. After trying some of their fairly portioned, French-inspired sandwiches, soups and salads on the restaurant menu (their flatbreads are a must-try), you might be surprised that Pierrot Gourmet is loved most especially for its café items. We encourage the temptation to stay for both. From pastries and specialty macaroon flavors like birthday cake and salted caramel, to gourmet coffees and hot chocolate, sip up, indulge and enjoy. Don’t expect the same decadence from the service here though, which is known to be hit or miss.

  • Tru

    676 North St. Clair Street , Chicago

    Okay, so we couldn’t resist adding this second French option to our Mag Mile Restaurant picks. Fair warning though, as Tru is truly high-end, and high-priced. What you’ll pay for is the highest quality meats, seasonal produce and culinary techniques. And lots of caviar and wine options. The portions will come small, but there will be many of them. Depending on which tasting option you choose, up to seven courses with the extra option of wine pairings, Tru offers a full dining experience with soups, entrees, cheese platters, desserts and more, all served with stellar service.

  • Giordano’s

    730 North Rush Street , Chicago

    We can’t get away with forming a Chicago destination restaurant list without including at least one deep dish pizza pick – and why would we want to? Giordano’s has received love from multiple media outlets without spoiling their style. With a story that starts 200 years ago in Italy, they take pride in their pizza recipes and ingredients. From deep dish to gluten free, indulgent “Super Veggie” to “Meat and More Meat,” Giordano’s attempts to please all pizza lovers, and we think they succeed. Not pining for a deep dish pizza pie? This Magnificent Mile restaurant also offers sandwiches, pastas, salads and desserts too, including a s’mores pizza.

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