Water Tower In Brief:
Water Tower Place is one of the shopping anchors along Michigan Avenue, which is also known as the Magnificent Mile. It is one of the area's most prominent upscale shopping centers, which also include the 900 Shops and Shops at North Bridge.
835 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago
By Public Transportation:
CTA Red Line to Chicago Avenue
Water Tower Place features a large indoor parking garage, which is accessible from Chestnut Street. Visitors should be prepared to pay a premium.
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday -through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Water Tower Place in Detail
Water Tower Place, neighbor to the John Hancock Center and at the base of the Ritz-Carlton, is a multi-level indoor shopping mall featuring more than 100 stores.The long-time shopping destination is anchored by a seven-story Macy's, shopping options like Forever 21, American Girl Place and Abercrombie & Fitch. It is surrounded by an open, eight-level atrium.
Dining options are above par compared to the average mall food court, such as Wow Bao, a kiosk that serves fresh and delicious varieties of bao, steamed buns filled with teriyaki chicken or edamame, and are great for a snack after an afternoon of power shopping.
Another light and fast option is Freshii, which offers healthy and customizable burritos, wraps and salads.
Those looking for a sit-down experience can choose Mity Nice Grill for a taste of "modern comfort food" like a Wagyu beef "haute" dog, six-hour braised pot roast, or pub-style fish and chips. Have a lot of picky eaters in your group? Then choose Foodlife, where everyone can have their pick from a wide range of items from barbecue to pizza and pasta to sushi. Local burger chain M Burger and upscale market and sandwich spot Foodease round out the dining experience.
And there's not just shopping and food, but entertainment as well. Broadway in Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place opened in 2010, giving the theater company a venue to offer scaled down productions compared to their more lavish Broadway-style shows in the Loop.
View the current Water Tower Place directory online.
Nearby Hotels with Great Atmospheres
Dana Hotel & Spa. The killer panoramic views of the upbeat River North neighborhood will make you want stay longer. The property includes Spa at Dana, Freestyle Food & Drink and rooftop cocktail lounge Vertigo Sky.
Embassy Suites Chicago Lakefront Hotel. Tucked into the southeast corner of Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, the property is part of River East Center, a development that includes the hotel, luxury condominiums, an upscale bowling alley/lounge, a restaurant and a 21-screen movie theater.
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago. Guest rooms and suites are very nicely furnished. Rooms in the historic tower feature a European design with a lot of gold tones and a marble bathroom, and sport lovely city or Lake Michigan views. Rooms in the main building are more contemporary, with dark woods and red accents. The Intercontinental puts a high priority on customer service. Entertainment includes Michael Jordan's Steak House, ENO Wine Room, 24-hour fitness center and junior Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Raffaello Hotel Chicago. The Raffaello Hotel was previously known as "The Raphael," but in 2006 the property underwent not only a name change, but its South Beach owners made a $20 million investment in interior furnishings. It also completely updated the decor while maintaining the historic architecture of the building and lobby. Drumbar looks and feels like the type of place that would have gotten plenty of Don Draper action back in the 1960s, and Pelago Ristorante, is an Italian-focused eatery from Michelin star chef Mauro Mafrici.
Thompson Chicago Hotel. The boutique-style Gold Coast property boasts 247 guest rooms offering luxe, residential appeal for business and leisure travelers to Chicago. The hotel also features the highly regarded Nico Osteria, an Italian-focused, seafood-driven eatery from award-winning chef Paul Kahan and his One Off Hospitality team.
--edited by Audarshia Townsend