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Water Tower Place | Chicago, IL

  • Shopping
  • Streeterville
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  1. Photograph: Max Herman
    Photograph: Max Herman

    Water Tower Place: Big retailers, such as Macy's, have shops located within the Water Tower Place.

  2. Water Tower Place: The American Girl Place moved to the Water tower Place in the fall 2008.


Time Out says

Everything you need to know about visiting Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan Ave, Chicago IL 60611)

If you're downtown and looking for a place to go on a shopping spree, this Michigan Avenue mall is just the ticket. Tourists and locals flock to the seven-story complex to visit cornerstones American Girl Place and Macy's. Whether you're traveling solo or with a group, there's something to suit everyone's needs here. 

Retail and beyond

When it comes to quantity, Water Tower wins with its sheer number of shops. Take your pick from Vera Bradley, Sephora, the Lego Store, Free People, Eileen Fisher, Coach, Aritzia and many, many more. The mall is accessible via public transit and stays open until 9pm most nights (6pm Sundays), making it a quick retail fix for city folk and visiting families.

Break for food

When hunger strikes, there are plenty of tasty options inside the mall. For something quick, grab a bite at Wow Bao, Sacred Grounds, Red Mango and Garrett Popcorn. For a more leisurely lunch, seek out M Burger, Mity Nice Grill and Foodlife, which boasts 14 different kitchens with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Our Chicago editorial team is constantly updating and reviewing the best attractions, activities and venues across the city, so that you're always in the know, with the best of Chicago at your fingertips. Chicago was most recently updated with new tips on June 28, 2017.


835 N Michigan Ave
Cross street:
between Chestnut and Pearson Sts
El stop: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 10, 26, 66.
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What’s on

“Harry Potter: Magic at Play”

  • Exhibitions

Yer a wizard, Harry! Or at least, you can pretend to be one at this immersive Harry Potter experience that’s popping up at Water Tower Place through May 2023. Visitors are invited to step into Harry’s life at Hogwarts with interactive features like Quidditch lessons, Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, sipping sweet drinks at the Butterbeer Bar, Patronus-seeking in the Forbidden Forest and learning their Hogwarts house via the Sorting Hat, among other magical experiences. FYI: In addition to regular operating hours, the exhibition is open on “select” Tuesdays and Wednesdays and may offer different hours around holidays. 

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