The eight-level Water Tower Place reigns as the largest mall on Michigan Avenue. Anchored by a Lord & Taylor and a branch of ... More
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The eight-level Water Tower Place reigns as the largest mall on Michigan Avenue. Anchored by a Lord & Taylor and a branch of Marshall Field's and Company, Water Tower includes more than 100 stores, movie theaters, and many dining options. Take the glass elevators to the upper floors to visit the frenetic Foodlife, an upscale food court with multiple stations that offer made-to-order items from a wide range of cuisines. For a hearty sit-down meal, try Mity Nice Grill, with its 1940's decor and crowded walls of children's photos.
The Old Water Tower is right in the middle of all the shopping on Michigan Avenue so it was the perfect place to take a break from all of the walking that we did. It was a neat building to see in the middle of skyscrapers. The only problem with this area was all of the beggers. There were three or four that came by asking for money in the 20 minutes that we were there. There was also a crazy lady screaming at people when they walked by her so she made the experience an bit uncomfortable at times.
Water Tower is a fine place to check out, but there is no need to spend a lot of time there. I am in love with "Clarks" shoes so I am sure to stop in whenever I am there. But the stores here are old hat and you can find many other unique stores along Michigan. The food court is too busy but is better than fast food. Make a point to visit, but treat it as a quick stop.
I live within an easy walk of WTP. There are worse malls in the world. There are worse malls in Chicago, for that matter. There is even a worse mall on Michigan Avenue (Chicago Place at 700 N Michigan). But I still think that Water Tower Place is the second-worst mall on Michigan Avenue. It's awkward to navigate, the Macy's in it is a shadow of the Macy's on State Street. Lord and Taylor has left. The food area is not tempting and is overprice. There are a few gems here, like a Harry and David store, WowBao at the main entrance, and Crane's Paper. But for the most part, I'd rather be elsewhere on the "Magnificent Mile".
This may be the crown jewel of Chicago's Magnificent Mile, but to a non-shopper like me, it is just another expensive downtown shopping mall. Come here for window shopping or grab a quick bite, and be on your way to the next downtown attraction.
Walk in. Deja vu? Of course you feel you've seen it already. Whether via segments on "Oprah", or featured in countless movies, Water Tower Place is a recognizable star! Plus, its circular layout and crystal spaceship elevators have been Xeroxed in malls all over America. Don't shop here. WINDOW shop here. Then stroll out, over to the stone masterpiece that is the REAL Chicago Water Tower.
This place was great! Outside there were kids displaying their talents, while inside, the water drippings and fountains were about as cool as you can get. We went to the "Mity Nice Grill" which was fantastic!
Way to go! You saved us from our miserable experience at the Museum of Science and Industry.
stores are VERY expensive. I mean I found a T-Shirt that was 70 bucks!
If you like to look and not buy, or if you have loads of money to spend then by all means go here, but for me, I found that what I was interested in wasn't worth the price and I almost wonder if the prices were marked up simply because it is a popular destination and is located on the Magnificent Mile. I didn't stay here too long because they are many other shops to see and I would rather spend my time there. Most of the shops at this mall were shops I have here at home, and the others were just too expensive.
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