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Water Tower Place

Shopping Mall
Streeterville, Chicago
  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Explore Chicago recommend this place
    • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    • Explore Chicago
  • Dan. M.
    "Check out the Lego Store, really fun place to shop."(6 Tips)
    Ross G.
    "Have a great meal at FoodLife to take a break from shopping."(4 Tips)
    Radha P.
    "Love the food court - Food Life!"(3 Tips)
    Scott Kleinberg
    "The Wow Bao in this mall serves frozen yogurt."(3 Tips)
152 Tips and reviews
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  • vanessa b.
    vanessa buenrostroMarch 23, 2016
    The water tower place is a great place to shop with many floors and stores to check out! They have a big food court and the lego store is fun to check out too so go see for yourself!
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeJuly 23, 2015
    One stop shopping. Great to be able to get what you need in one place. Great for the winter months and families where people want to do multiple things. Elevator is slow. Escalators take awhile too
  • Kaylee D.
    Kaylee DarleneAugust 6, 2015
    Not a large variety of stores, but there is pretty much everything you need. Macy's, Starbucks, Lush, Victoria Secret, Sephora and a ton of food. Try the Chicago style pizza at Foodlife on the first
  • D
    DApril 3, 2015
    The kind man working at the food court, cooking stir fry, was extremely generous and offered my meal on the house after I had to go back twice and ask the front desk for a different card that worked:)
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraMay 10, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    For a mall, this place has one of the best food courts, which is located on the mezzanine. The variety is great and worth the visit on their own merit.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Water Tower Place is the new location of American Girl Place offers afternoon tea (reservations required) in addition to its large variety of popular historically inspired dolls. -- Green Guide Edit
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneSeptember 27, 2011
    859 feet tall, 74 stories. Floor after floor of shopping - and don't stop until you get to 7 ... lots of places to eat and snack up there. More stories on Water Tower Place:
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxFebruary 5
    I loved the layout with all of the escalators and it has a great variety of stores! The food court is amazing make sure you check it out!
  • Jamie P.
    Jamie PitmanNovember 19, 2015
    Water Tower is a great location for lunch because of its selection.I would argue that the shops in this specific location are sub par compared to the mass amount of competition among Michigan Avenue.
  • Juan U
    Juan UJuly 8, 2013
    Forgot I had taken a pic if the escalator of the water tower. 1st.pic is looking up from first floor, 2nd. pic is looking down from the top, and 3rd. pic is a side shot of escalator from first floor.
  • Racked C.
    Racked ChicagoMay 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fountains by the escalators in the front are a tourist attraction - if you want faster access to the shops take the elevators on the back side of the mall. Oh yeah, and follow us on Twitter @RackedChi
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJanuary 21, 2012
    The Wow Bao in this mall serves frozen yogurt. Delicious frozen yogurt. Get some and check in there too because they love social media at the Bao.
  • Carolina G.
    Carolina GuerreroSeptember 27, 2016
    Nice mall. My favorite stores Adidas & Lego. Well located if you're sightseeing, just next door is the Hancock Center
  • Auryon B.
    Auryon BlueJanuary 20, 2013
    Definitely worth eating at Foodease instead of Foodlife. You can build your own plate & take things to go. Better selection in my opinion!
  • Sruts S.
    Sruts SamMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love shopping here! It does get very crowded over the weekends with tourists mainly, but if you know why you're there, you should be fine!!
  • Kelli S.
    Kelli SullivanNovember 17, 2013
    This is a great place to escape from school. Even if you don't want to buy anything, it is a great atmosphere. TIP: check for sales!
  • M A.
    M ALDossaryMay 23, 2015
    Nice Shopping Center. There are few good cafe shops and Dining options.
  • Ross G.
    Ross GuthrieSeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Have a great meal at FoodLife to take a break from shopping. The concept is expansive, so everyone should get what they want.
  • Me-Ality
    Me-AlityMarch 5, 2013
    Get a free body scan to avoid changing room headaches and find your fit in 100s of brands at the Me-Ality booth on the sixth floor across from Aeropostale.
  • Austin W.
    Austin WestermannAugust 18, 2015
    Very cool mall with many stories and awesome stores. The glass elevators are awesome but very slow.
  • Explore Chicago
    Explore ChicagoSeptember 20, 2010
    Check out the new self-service Broadway in Chicago kiosk in the lobby on the first floor for tickets to shows like Billy Elliot, The Lion King, Wicked, and much more (shows subject to change).
  • Arturo R.
    Arturo RinaldiJune 6, 2013
    The food court open for breakfast at 7:30 am everyday so it is a good option and the food its good
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongFebruary 17, 2015
    Come for the warmth and the view. Lots of places to shop and eat.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockNovember 8, 2013
    Wonderful facility with great combination of stores and restaurants. A great place to visit.
  • Jose R.
    Jose RodriguezOctober 15, 2011
    If you're ever downtown and just love to shop a walk down the Magnificent mile will be good for you. it leads you to The Water Tower Place Mall where you will find a lot of stores ::D happy Shopping
  • Brian I.
    Brian IbarraMarch 12, 2016
    Big mall next to water tower that has some really high end shopping available
  • Julia C.
    Julia CohonNovember 18, 2014
    Shopping is really good! Also the downstairs food court has a lot of options!
  • Jonathan F.
    Jonathan FerreraSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    A typical selection of stores, but I love the food court. It's busy and great for people watching.
  • Shannon B.
    Shannon B.February 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Show an out-of-state ID at the Concierge Desk in the front and get a great coupon booklet! #conciergetip
  • Rosalee
    RosaleeMarch 16, 2013
    A buzzing city space equipped with great shopping, food, and atmosphere!
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HiseJanuary 20, 2013
    If you spend $150 or more in the mall, the front desk will give you a free gift.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 29, 2012
    Check out the Lego sculptures of well-known Chicago landmarks (outside of the Lego store).
  • Iva R.
    Iva RiggsJuly 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They have the cutest (and coolest) concierges here at the front desk - check them out! Tell them I sent you. ;-)
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Go up to the eighth floor and check out the view down.
  • Maurilio M.
    Maurilio MendozaJanuary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    2014 Time to photoshop my life Touch up the edges, adjust the tones,blur out the background, focus on me, and crop people out...
  • Nailene G.
    Nailene GonzalezMarch 25, 2016
    Get here early! Must try M Burger down in the Mezzanine!
  • Michael P. H.
    Michael P. HillFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're not using a stroller or have someone with mobility issues, consider using the escalators instead of the elevators. This mall's elevators are extremely slow and overused.
  • Daniella P.
    Daniella PetingAugust 11, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Visiting from out of town? Request a FREE Premier Perks coupon book from the concierge in the Michigan Avenue lobby. It's so worth it!
  • Sean K.
    Sean KirifudaMarch 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    These orange chairs in the food court are mad comfortable! make sure you're sitting on these while you're eating the pizza!
  • Monica C.
    Monica CFebruary 8
    Fairly small mall with expensive parking. Flagship stores for LEGO and American girl.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Dana P.
    Dana ParkerNovember 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lovely mall, lots of stores in lots of price ranges
  • Su X.
    Su XuOctober 19, 2011
    food court @ 2nd floor rocks! I wanna try everything! salad is terrific!
  • Mollz B
    Mollz BAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    So much fun but beware of tourists, more specifically teenagers and tourists.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJune 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great food court here, one of the better mall food courts I've been to.
  • Andrew
    AndrewApril 3
    Love Water Tower Place. Easily my favorite mall.
  • alonso H.
    alonso HernandezMarch 30, 2015
    You should go to Godiva and try the chocolate strawberries...
  • Judy
    JudyFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ride the glass elevator all the way up, then all the way back down. You're welcome.
  • Miracle Day
    Miracle DayJune 30, 2011
    The Chicago Water Tower contributes to the history of this district. Join the March on 7.8.11 to witness our contribution #MiracleDay
  • João Pedro P.
    João Pedro PinheiroJanuary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best mall inside the city. Great brands.
  • Al Shaima A.
    Al Shaima Al MadaniAugust 20, 2016
    Although it has 8 floor but limited variety of stores 😕
  • Shycu
    ShycuDecember 22, 2015
    Visit the 7th floor for great eats at Harry Carey's and the best gourmet popcorn on the planet at Garrett's
    Upvoted Oct 26
  • Ryan Y.
    Ryan YepsenJanuary 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Food Life is expensive, but go to Sacred Grounds and get the Spicy Italian Panini, Chips and a 12oz Soda for $8 - the best deal for eatin' in the WTP!
  • JL J.
    JL Jordan IIIOctober 31, 2011
    If you have an out of state ID, stop by the Water Tower Place Concierge Desk for your Premier Perks Passport Savings Booklet!
  • StreetWise_CHI
    StreetWise_CHIAugust 3, 2012
    We have many vendors near the Water Tower! Help us give the homeless a hand up!
    VSPINKFebruary 9, 2012
    Find the PINK store for exclusive MLB and NFL gear for your fave Chicago teams!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CoxFebruary 5
    Love the food court here! Very unique.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Lateef A.
    Lateef AjimotokanJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If it's a warm day, eat on the patio instead of at the food court.
  • Todor K.
    Todor KrecuJanuary 1, 2012
    if you get hungry visit Wow Bao on the first floor by the Michigan Ave door.
  • Lily
    LilyAugust 21, 2015
    sounds like a big place to shop but each floor is small and personally i didn't like the stores in there.
  • John R.
    John RockwoodFebruary 21, 2012
    Nice place. Expensive, but still nice. Certainly can't wait to go back.
  • Mohammed مُحمَّد
    Mohammed مُحمَّدNovember 15, 2011
    The Cheese Dish is Delicious :) - Food court
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 3, 2014
    Great place to shop and to have a meal😊
  • Stacey E.
    Stacey EfstathiouApril 2, 2012
    Wine. Cheese. Cured meats. People watching. Good music. Go.
  • Kelly G.
    Kelly GaudreauJune 7
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pepper Palace is the best.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MerrellJuly 3, 2013
    Teavana, Macy's and the Lego store make this place the best mall downtown.
  • SHahadAlmubarak ..
    SHahadAlmubarak .February 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The cheese french fries is yummy :D
  • Matt H.
    Matt HeltzelDecember 9, 2011
    Ask Bobby Moss to take you to Food Life... and make sure he pays.
  • Howard
    HowardAugust 29, 2013
    Great sales this weekend. Spend $250 throughout mall get a free umbrella
  • Cidomar B.
    Cidomar Biancardi FilhoJanuary 16, 2016
    Good shopping, nice stores.
  • Mallory
    MalloryJuly 14, 2013
    The gents at Campus Colors are very friendly.
  • John R.
    John RuckstaetterDecember 29, 2013
    Tip the street musicians out front!
  • A S.
    A SMay 20, 2015
    Cellphone charging stations are right outside the elevators on floors 4, 5 and 6.
  • Justin
    JustinDecember 2, 2015
    The place is packed during black friday. Be ready!
  • y0lorenzo !.
    y0lorenzo !December 2, 2011
    The food court here is unparalleled for any mall I've ever been to.
  • Erin J.
    Erin JMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Make sure to go to francescas ...amazing...and eat lunch at freshii :)
  • Dan. M.
    Dan. MastrettaFebruary 1, 2012
    Check out the Lego Store, really fun place to shop.
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyMay 3, 2016
    I could buy Blackhawks jersey on the top floor:)
  • Soulfull
    SoulfullDecember 29, 2010
    This place is HUGE! Don't miss out on something because you were 'too cool' to look at the store directory.
  • Norman M.
    Norman MendozaDecember 23, 2015
    Love the view! It's amazing!
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca BouckJune 11, 2014
    Loved the Dr Seuss Art Gallery!
  • Katie S.
    Katie SholemFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Water Tower's web site (www. and sign up for The Club - emails with mall coupons, events and special promotions!
  • David S.
    David StevensMay 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great piece of Chicago history.
  • Tino S.
    Tino S-KoneJune 3, 2012
    Mezzina, a great place for Breakfast and Snacks.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergSeptember 7, 2015
    There's an express elevator at the 7th floor.
  • Aaliyah M.
    Aaliyah MarsJuly 8, 2013
    Make sure you have at least 40 dollars at chicago's water tower
  • Rafael L.
    Rafael LeiteFebruary 29, 2012
    Taste the BBQ chicken pizza in Foodlife. It's really good!
  • Harriet B.
    Harriet BSeptember 12, 2014
    Worth the ride on the elevators alone
  • Nakisha B.
    Nakisha BrooksOctober 5, 2015
    Popping mall. Need one where I live. Lol
  • Earl V.
    Earl VincentDecember 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best shopping place! :)
  • Deanne W.
    Deanne WDecember 28, 2011
    Explore each corner of Water don't know what treasures you will find.
  • Lina G.
    Lina GonzoOctober 21, 2012
    American Girl store is full of people any day and any time!
  • Dallas W.
    Dallas WinklerAugust 13, 2012
    Classy looking mall. The escalator fountains are fun.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Best shopping on Michigan Avenue... Especially since LEGO moved here!
  • Calvin W.
    Calvin WardlowJanuary 10, 2014
    Awesome place to dine an spend money
  • Tru B.
    Tru BloomsOctober 13, 2012
    Stop by the Tru Blooms store opening on Monday!
  • Radha P.
    Radha PatelFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the food court - Food Life!
  • Ynez P.
    Ynez ParkinsonApril 17, 2012
    Always fun to see the latest seasonal trends.
  • Sam O.
    Sam OliveiraAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lego store is awesome!
  • Trang V.
    Trang VuongAugust 28, 2016
    Great one stop shopping!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CooperFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Buy all your men's shoes from me in Macy's!
    Upvoted Oct 28
  • @jayelarex
    @jayelarexOctober 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Take the elevator, the escalators are confusing.
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    MafiaHairdresser Jon-DavidMay 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow. Love the cosmetics remodel at Macy's.
  • Olivia M.
    Olivia MJanuary 7, 2016
    The food and shops!
  • Cassandra D.
    Cassandra DixonDecember 22, 2015
    Check out Freebie Water Tower Place, its awesome!
  • Sai
    SaiDecember 18, 2013
    Sugar rush.
  • Ibtisam T.
    Ibtisam TahirJuly 30, 2015
    Good shopping
  • Khalid A.
    Khalid AlkuwariJanuary 2
    Been here 5+ times
    Most good shops
  • Chris H.
    Chris HarveyOctober 5, 2011
    Busy busy busy popular touristy place to shop! Bring a fat wallet!
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Students get 15% off with student ID
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteJuly 12, 2015
    You want a mall? This is THE mall.
  • Eva 🐾 B.
    Eva 🐾 BanovaJanuary 19, 2016
    Cool fountain
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BayDecember 16, 2011
    Join the Water Tower mobile club for deals & discounts!
  • Priya P.
    Priya PatelMay 19, 2012
    The PIZZA is delish!
  • Majo Ponce C.
    Majo Ponce CDecember 4, 2015
    Love this mall.
  • Saiyai S.
    Saiyai S.December 29, 2010
    The longer you park, the cheaper it will be
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SalazarJune 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Push really hard in the revolving doors!
  • Gail K.
    Gail KocherJune 2, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The customer service here is excellent!
  • Jc T.
    Jc ThrashMarch 15, 2013
    Have an objective, you can get irritated
  • Felix W.
    Felix WhiteJune 3, 2015
    In my opinion it's over rated.
  • Patti H.
    Patti HonackiMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The 'Newbie Special' is completely worthless unless you have an out of state ID. Lame Foursquare- failed on this one.
  • Neil C.
    Neil CDecember 6, 2012
    Awesome place
  • Cortney C.
    Cortney ConnellyAugust 12, 2011
    OMG! The Lego store is open!
  • William B.
    William Boykin IIIOctober 22, 2011
    Beautifully lit at night.
  • Jayson F.
    Jayson FerreroDecember 13, 2011
    Out of town ID's get a discount card at info desk...
  • Giovanni S.
    Giovanni SanchezNovember 24, 2013
    Food Court :)
  • Mary E.
    Mary ElizabethMarch 18, 2012
    Don't attempt the elevators unless you want to wait forever
  • Kara S.
    Kara ScottFebruary 26, 2011
    Go to Francesca's! They have the cutest spring fashions!!!
  • MafiaHairdresser J.
    MafiaHairdresser Jon-DavidMay 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go to Rob in men's. Hes the best!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PSeptember 1, 2010
    stop at wow bao, best things ever!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BaconSeptember 23, 2015
    Crowded to visit
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CarpenterAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the mac n cheese in the basement.
  • Jennie
    JennieAugust 28, 2013
  • Kristin H.
    Kristin HadleyAugust 9, 2014
    @ water tower
  • Stephanie
    StephanieOctober 23, 2010
    Get a confusing to get around
  • Patricia N.
    Patricia NicandroOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    AM meeting...
  • Justin N.
    Justin NicholsApril 1, 2012
    One thing about the weekend. Busy!
  • Genesis J.
    Genesis JordanFebruary 13, 2013
    The people at the concierge are so rude
  • Carlos B.
    Doesn't have the status it once did. Just another mall now.
  • Serhii L.
    Nice place, just an average
  • selina m.
    selina marieMarch 8, 2011
    Has the best stores
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CopelandJuly 31, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    WaterTower is a great place to shop.
  • Teresa Z.
    Teresa ZyungSeptember 30, 2009
    check out Aritzia on the 3rd FL. My favorite store in the mall.
  • Steven P.
    Steven ParkerFebruary 3, 2016
    It's a mall.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HagerJune 8, 2011
    The soap in the bathroom smells like coconut.
  • Westbrook L.
    Westbrook LampleyJune 20, 2010
  • Richard S.
    Richard S.March 7, 2012
    Don't shop here. The mall owner treats its employees horribly.
  • Randy O.
    Randy OjedaOctober 19, 2013
    Slowest and worst elevators ever.
  • Laura R.
    Laura RufoSeptember 13, 2011
    Macys has the worst customer service
  • La Guía Raspberry
    La Guía RaspberryMarch 10, 2013
    Uno de los centros comerciales más famosos del lugar. En la entrada pídele al concerge un Premier Passport para que obtengas descuentos en algunos establecimientos y restaurantes.
  • Gerardo G.
    Gerardo GuerraJuly 18, 2015
    ¿Se te acabó la pila del celular? Encontrarás algunas torres para cargarlo dentro del mall.
  • Alexandre C.
    Alexandre CostaOctober 1, 2016
    Num dos pisos, tem uma boa variedade para comer.
  • Jacobo G.
    Jacobo GonzalezDecember 12, 2013
    Por aquí debe haber un The North Face muy grande, y que baratón...
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