Chicago has many malls, and its streets are lined with excellent stores. But there’s nothing quite like the Magnificent Mile. Located on a lively and cosmopolitan section of Michigan Avenue, the shops and entertainment options here are sophisticated and full of history. It’s an upscale experience studded with classic Chicago landmarks. For a city street, the Magnificent Mile section of Michigan Ave is awesomely accessible, with frequent curb cuts at intersections. You can get here by bus or by taking the Red Line train, or there are plenty of nearby parking garages available.
JEWELER’S ROW | 5 South Wabash Avenue
If you like rocks — the fancy kind — you can’t miss this famous string of jewelry stores. Just a few blocks from Millennium Park, it’s easily reachable by numerous metro stations. Whether you’re just window shopping or happen to be on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring, it’s fun to see all these diamond dealers on the same few blocks. And don’t worry, the majority of shops are completely accessible to wheelchair users.
WATER TOWER PLACE | 835 North Michigan Avenue
At 835 North Michigan Avenue, Water Tower Place is a pretty unique shopping experience. It’s on the Magnificent Mile, but it’s worth a mention of its own since it includes a full shopping mall and a 74-story skyscraper. Besides the awesome selection of stores, Water Tower Place features a convenient taxi service and valet parking, as well as wheelchair service. It’s a good deal if I’ve ever seen one!
THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE | 520 North Michigan Avenue
A four-level shopping center with over 50 world-class retailers and the home of Nordstrom’s flagship store, this is another stop on the Magnificent Mile that merits its own description. There are plenty of eateries there, and if you have any logistical worries, you can just call up the concierge service at (312) 327-2300 for assistance in planning your visit. Complimentary wheelchairs are available when you get there, and the mall is definitely accessible.