The Mag Mile is Chicago’s major commercial artery and one of the most prestigious shopping strips in the city. But despite the history (the “Magnificent Mile” moniker date backs to the 1940s), Michigan Avenue has been struggling during the pandemic. Stores have closed, and Downtown Chicago continues to battle the perception that its unsafe. However, efforts, like Sundays on State, aim to attract crowds and to show the public that Michigan Avenue can be a pleasant experience for the whole family.
As Chicago’s downtown area deals and attempts to heal from the pandemic, here are the best places to dine near Michigan Avenue.
As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity and social distancing. However, on July 30, the city issued guidance recommending that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.