Chicago Scavenger Hunt

The Really Magnificent Mile
Scavenger Hunt

  • private
  • adults
  • kids
  • outdoor

The Really Magnificent Mile Scavenger Hunt

There’s more than just stores in store…

…on this adventure that reveals the secrets of the glamorous stretch of Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street. You choose the section you want to explore, and we’ll provide the game. On teams, you’ll follow tricky clues to discover surprising spots on and off the avenue, answer fun and funny questions about what you find, tackle entertaining photo challenges, and meet with the Hunt Host for an unexpected bonus challenge.

Whether you’re a local who wants to get to know your hometown better or a visitor staying at one of the Magnificent Mile’s many hotels, this scavenger hunt provides a great option for a group activity.

Along the Mag Mile, your team might discover…

  • Hidden beasts lurking outside the famous Wrigley Building
  • The father of Chicago who was born in Haiti
  • Stones from famous buildings around the world, embedded in the facade of the Tribune Tower
  • A Walk of Fame for radio stars
  • A captured spy facing execution
  • Views of five of the 85 tallest buildings in the world, all in this district
  • The Old Water Tower, rare survivor of the Great Fire of 1871
  • Traces of “Towertown,” a bohemian enclave
  • A tranquil oasis (except for the gargoyles) that hearkens back to Gothic England

You don’t need to know anything about the area or its magnificent history to play—or to win. Just keep your eyes open, work with your group, and wear some comfy shoes.

Choose your magnificent Chicago scavenger hunt

You can decide which part of the Mile to focus on based on where you want to start and finish. This team-building adventure has been a popular way for corporate groups staying in the area to get out, see the sights, and work in a little bonding while having fun.

The International Edition is great for groups with participants whose first language isn’t English.

An Kids Edition for kids ages 7 and up is also available, in which they collaborate with adults to scour the streets for secrets.

What people are saying about the Mag Mile scavenger hunt

A 5-star review on Yelp: “Organized the Mag Mile scavenger hunt for my husband’s birthday. The host was high energy, positive, and generally great. She did an excellent job explaining and concluding the game. The app is pretty seamless, self-explanatory, and we can access [our photos and scores] after the game. Most importantly, we all have a new appreciation for Mag Mile’s history and building architecture after learning quite a bit.”

“All students that participated LOVED it!” —a group from a school of medicine

“Yesterday’s hunt in Chicago went really well! Our host was wonderful.” —a nonprofit focused on diversity

“They loved it!” —a community college visiting from Texas

Delighted corporate clients include Swiss Re, Best Buy, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, to name just a few.

Contact us to learn more about the Really Magnificent Mile Scavenger Hunt—and find more fun in Chicago!

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