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The Magnificent Mile free

North Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL 60611 | Official website
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Courtesy City of Chicago
  • Type: Shopping, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 U.S. News Travel (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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If you can feel your credit card burning a hole through your wallet, make your way to the Magnificent Mile. This stretch of Michigan Avenue — extending north from the Chicago River — beckons to shopaholics with big brand-name stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy's and Lord & Taylor. As well as world-class shopping, the Magnificent Mile is home to several top-notch eateries and luxury hotels, including The Drake, the Four Seasons and the Trump International Hotel & Tower.

Architecture buffs will also appreciate a stroll down this street, thanks to the eclectic collection of buildings found there. While you're walking around, turn your eyes upward for views of the historic Water Tower, the longest standing structure on Michigan Avenue, having survived the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Other structural highlights include the Wrigley Building (once the headquarters of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr.) and Tribune Tower, home to the Chicago Tribune daily newspaper. For a more in-depth look at the Magnificent Mile's buildings, consider taking an architecture cruise.

You can reach the Magnificent Mile on foot from the Loop via the DuSable Bridge; there are also a number of buses that run along Michigan Avenue. You are free to explore the Magnificent Mile at any time of day or night, though stores and other facilities adhere to their own hours. To learn more about what there is to see and do along this famed thoroughfare, visit the Magnificent Mile's website.

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