Representing the spirit of American shopping, this well-known stretch of Michigan Avenue has something for everyone in ... More
Representing the spirit of American shopping, this well-known stretch of Michigan Avenue has something for everyone in hundreds of trendy stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, Chicago souvenir shops and mouth-watering bakeries and cafes selling anything and everything. During the holiday season, check out the decorations that make the mile look even more magnificent. Hardcore shoppers will want to start at the north end, a cluster of three malls: Chicago Place Mall, Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops. Store hours vary.
If you want to spend some money shopping, this is the place to be. The Magnificent Mile is just an avenue with one amazing store after another. It has whatever store you like from H&M to Nike Town. Theres so many stores to buy whatever you are looking for. While on this stretch of street, you will run into the John Hancock Building, which is the second tallest in Chicago and has the best views of the city of Chicago.
Located along North Michigan Ave north of the Chicago River, this is the city's main retail corridor, "anchored" by the historic Water Tower and neck-breaking John Hancock Center. With so many shops and street entertainers on both sides of the street, this is probably the shortest and least tiring 1 mile that I've ever walked. I can easily spend an entire day here - just window shopping, people-watching and basking in the atmosphere. This shoppers' paradise is definitely not to be missed for anyone visiting the Windy City.
When we went to Chicago we were lucky enough to be going the weekend that the magnificent lights festival was going on so we made a point of walking down the magnificent mile that day so we could get there early and get a good spot. We spent the whole day there and never ran out of stores! It was exciting to see the stores that are only in Chicago like the American Girl store and I liked going into the Burberry store (even though I was being watched the entire time with the security guards who are more like museum guards in every corner you look). We also went into the regular stores that are everywhere but on this street can be up to 3 stories bigger than the normal everyday stores. The Christmas displays were up in all the windows and alot of them over the top with moving characters and themes of Christmas. That night when it was time for the lights festival it was very exciting and crowded as this is Chicago's tradition of ringing in the holiday season. Being that I have never been to New York Chicago was to me the closest thing to it. Can't wait to go back!
Hang on to your money clip. Back slowly away from that Tiffany's diamond pendant. From street musicians to Saks and Bloomie's, Chicago's Magnificent Mile has it all! Take a horse and buggy ride; dine at the 95th Floor of the Hancock building; snap a picture in front of the Water Tower (one of those rare structures to survive the Great Chicago Fire). Or if you're strapped for cash, sniff the aromas of The Body Shop at 700 North Michigan, then take the elevator up to enjoy a Big Mac in the lovely garden-like seating of the food court.
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