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The Magnificent Mile in Chicago is a grand wide boulevard with exclusive shops, museums, restaurants and ritzy hotels. It is located in the northern part of Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Lake Shore Drive. It is Chicago’s version of Champs-Elysees in Paris.

According to this article, “All the big names in shopping are present here, from Disney and Niketown to Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. The wide sidewalks, often adorned with well-maintained flowerbeds are always crowded. The areas around the Magnificent Mile are some of Chicago’s wealthiest.”

The Magnificent mile was named in 1947. By that time North Michigan Avenue already had become Chicago’s most fashionable street, so real estate developer Arthur Rubloff dubbed North Michigan Avenue ‘Magnificent Mile’. The name stuck and in 2001 it was even trademarked.

The oldest building on the mile is the Chicago Water Tower. It sits in the middle of the shopping area in the northern end of Michigan Ave. The Water Tower is perfect because it reminds the city of the history of the Chicago fire, while at the same time is surrounded by some of the biggest buildings in the world. It reminds people how far Chicago has come. Therefore the Magnificent Mile is a unique street that shouldn’t missed if your visiting the city.

– Jeremy


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