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Sleigh Full of Events, Giveaways and Deals Offered As Part Of The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival gives shoppers a sleigh full of holiday cheer this season with many of its world class North Michigan Avenue retailers, hotels and restaurants offering a variety of discounts, promotions, gifts with purchase and special holiday events.

The Magnificent Mile will be decked out for the holidays beginning November 21, when the much anticipated annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival kicks off a weekend of family-friendly activities. Most retailers will begin their extended holiday hours this weekend with some opening as early as 8 am and closing at 10 pm on designated dates.

Below is a list of select promotions and events offered by Magnificent Mile businesses. Visit for a complete list of special holiday offers.

Retail Offers

The 900 Shops The 900 Shops feature a 40 ft. Christmas tree, a naturally bearded Santa available for visits seven days a week, a complimentary coat check and the chance to win a shopping spree.

900 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 915-3916
November 21 – December 24

American Girl Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 943-9400
November 11 – December 31
Special Offer Only In Stores
Bring home the American Girl Place Holiday Sweater Set for only $16 with a $50 purchase.
900 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 440-4596
November 1 – December 31
Special Gift with Purchase
Stop by the first floor visitor’s desk to receive a complimentary gift with your Bloomingdale’s receipts totaling $100 or more.

Water Tower Place, 2nd level, (312) 988-9253
November 21
Holiday Event
Local artist trunk show featuring affordable hand painted holiday items including personalized family ornaments while you wait, and beautiful one-of-a-kind “Santa” paintings and home accessories for the season. Free gift for all kids; no purchase necessary.

Genevieve Lethu
900 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 423-9948
November 21 – December 24
Holiday Gift with Purchase
Free Genevieve Lethu shopping bag with a $100 purchase.

H2O Plus
600 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 397-1243
November 1 – December 31
Shop and Save
$10 off any $30 purchase

Water Tower Place
835 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 440-3166
November 1 – December 31
Premier Perks Special Offer
Present your Magnificent Mile Holiday Activity Guide available at the lobby desk along with an out of area driver’s license, hotel room key, convention badge or passport at our Concierge Desk in the Michigan Avenue Lobby to receive complimentary Premier Perks, which will provide you with incredible savings and incentives throughout Water Tower Place, plus a signature gift with minimum purchase and many more, there are special savings at everyone’s favorite stores!

November 21 – November 22
Special Gift
Visit the Concierge Desk in the Michigan Avenue Lobby and receive a complimentary holiday autograph book filled with coloring pages, available to the first 1,000 visitors. * While supplies last.


Chicago Chocolate Tours
900 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 929-2939
November 1 – December 31
Bright Lights, Free Hot Chocolate, and Free Goody Bag
Receive free hot chocolate and a holiday goody bag on a special holiday edition of Chicago Chocolate Tours. Visit a variety of chocolate shops and cafes on the guided walking and tasting tour, and enjoy the sweetest tour in town.

Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
401 N. Michigan Avenue, (773) 648-5000
November 1 – December 31
Free Popcorn & Free Hershey Bar
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago from a famous Chicago Trolley or Double Decker bus. Free Garrett Popcorn and Hershey Bar for all ticketed passengers.

John Hancock Observatory
875 N. Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor, (888) 875-8439
November 1 - December 31
Santa’s Winter Wonderland More than a Thousand Feet Up
There is no better way to celebrate the holidays than for free from a thousand feet up! During November and December, receive one free youth admission (3-11 years-old) per full –fare paying adult. Visit for a complete list of Winter Wonderland events. Wendella


400 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 337-1446
November 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Fireworks Cruise
The decorated m/v Wendella will cruise down the river for a short, but in-depth tour of the city’s architecture along with stories and music. Then we will take affront row seat for the fireworks show. Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate offered.

November 21 – 22
Complimentary Hot Cocoa and Cookies
Free hot chocolate with boat tour ticket purchase. Offer good for a Chicago RiverArchitecture Tour or Lake and River Tour.

Hotel Deals

The Blackstone, A Chicago Renaissance Hotel
636 S. Michigan Avenue, (800) 228-9290
November 1 – December 31
Macy’s Shopping Package
Experience two of the most beloved treasures in Chicago, Macy’s and the legendary Blackstone Hotel. Package includes: overnight accommodations, upgrade to view room, $50 Macy’s gift card, and State Street shopping just blocks from The Blackstone!

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Avenue, (800) 228-9290
November 1 – December 15
The Shops at North Bridge Shopping Package
Experience an enticing mix of 50 world-class shops including A/X Armani Exchange, BOSS Hugo Boss, Harley-Davidson, Sephora, The LEGO Store, Nordstrom and more. The Shops at North Bridge Shopping package includes: overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, $50 American Express gift card and Shopping & Dinning Visitor Rewards.

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
230 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 345-1000
November 1 – December 31
Hard Rock for the Holidays Package
Guests booking the “Hard Rock for the Holidays” package are treated to a $50 Macy’s gift card and a slew of in-room treats, including, Garrett’s Popcorn and gourmet hot chocolate.

Intercontinental Chicago
505 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 944-4100
November 1 – December 31
Magnificent Mile Shopping Package
Explore the city’s famed Magnificent Mile where you can browse countless department stores. Book during this holiday season and enjoy spending a $50 Magnificent Mile gift card, $15 Starbucks gift card and a complimentary breakfast for two.

Restaurant Specials

Café Spiaggia
980 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 280-2750
November 21 – November 22
Free Gelati or Sorbetti Trio with Purchase of Entrée
Enjoy a complimentary Gelati or Sorbetti Trio with the purchase of an entrée.

Frankie’s Scaloppine
900 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 266-2500
November 21
$10 Gift Certificate Promotion
Guests will receive a $10 gift certificate when they spend $50 or more at Frankie’s Scaloppine.

The Omni Hotel
676 N. Michigan Avenue, (312) 944-7676,
November 21
Lighting of the Avenue in 676
Join 676 Restaurant and Bar as we celebrate the “Lighting on the Avenue” on Saturday, November 21 between the hours of 5 – 8 pm with spectacular views of the The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival presented by Harris procession. This year restaurant selections include a seasonal  buffet for $64 per person and children-friendly offerings for $19 per person. After the procession, beginning at 8pm, warm up in the hotel with a  complimentary cup of hot chocolate for the kids and half priced bottles of our sommelier’s choice of selected wine or champagne for the “kids at heart”.

Wow Bao
835 N. Michigan Avenue, Water Tower Place (312) 642-5888
November 21 - 22
Free Hot Cup of Tea
More than just hot Asian buns, Lettuce Entertain You’s Wow Bao. is giving away a free cup of Hot Ginger Tea with every purchase of $5 or more.  Located just inside the main entrance of Water Tower Place, Wow Bao features steamed Asian buns, rice bowls and salads.

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