Shopping, dodging giddy teenagers walking in unison and people watching aren’t the only activities on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the mile-long stretch of Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River.
Every few steps along the mile offers locals and visitors a tasting tour of flavors from gastronomic masterpieces to neighborhood tavern style dining. Steaks and seafood? Michael Jordan’s, Torali and Lawry’s - The Prime Rib won’t disappoint. The Purple Pig continues to entertain diners with snout-to-tail cookery with Italian and Greek inspiration and Beacon Tavern couldn’t be more comfortably upscale. Whether you’re in Mensa or slipped by on C’s, The Albert is a smart choice.
If it’s great weather, you’ll be treated to gorgeous skyline and lake views day or night with your meal at Spiaggia or NoMI Kitchen. For an elegant dining experience, head to RL where the smell of the rich leather furniture will transport you to your favorite fashion magazine (except you’re the model). It’s not all about smoking the credit card, either, when you pop into casual Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, a tavern with as many dizzying specials as craft beers.
How does Chef/Partner Tony Mantuano continue to crank out the most ethereal pasta, sophisticated antipasti and jaw dropping second courses after all these years? He cooks from the head and the heart and is smart to hire simpatico creative chefs like Season 15 winner of Top Chef, Joe Flamm, a south sider making Chicago proud. Ideal for date night, Spiaggia offers Mag Mile and Lake Michigan views coupled with simple but expertly created dishes featuring seasonal produce and delicate, handmade pastas. Service is impeccable and desserts irresistible. Cafe Spiaggia, on the same floor, is a sweet European cafe with calming colors and an equally inviting menu. Wonderful shared plates include Emilia Romagna on a Plate (puffed fried gnocco, Prosciutto, fonduta and balsamico); or try fried peppers, fennel and smelt. Outstanding hand made pasta like lumache with lamb Bolognese and Parmigiano Reggiano make you a pasta amnesiac for all other noodles.