there wasnt any special shop on the mile that I wanted to write about. It's just about the distance between all of them. *whew* I dont even think I saw the whole mile because my feet just hurt too much.
What to buy: Frango- Marshall fields. Yummmmmmmmmmmy!
At the pinnacle of Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago's premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features more than 100 of your favorite stores and restaurants plus a mix of distinctive specialty shops and boutiques. It offers a unique, high-energy urban shopping experience you simply won't find anywhere else in the city. In short, Water Tower Place is the place to shop.
Water Tower Place offers eight levels of sophisticated shopping anchored by Marshall Field's and the only downtown Lord & Taylor. Add 100 specialty stores to the mix ? stores like Banana Republic, J.Jill, Eileen Fisher, Nine West Lifestyle, The Sharper Image, GAP, Jacadi, STUDIO Sterling Works and many others exclusive to Chicago, and you'll see why this urban mix makes for a very unique shopping experience.
If I ever go back to Chicago for an extended visit, I'd probably spend more time in the Magnificent Mile. I went there to meet up with a friend and ex-coworker that I hadn't seen in around 7 or 8 years. We walked into one store where she bought some shirts for her husband but I wasn't really looking to shop. From what I could see The Magnificent Mile houses a lot of stores that we have here, in Boston, in a really beautiful setting. However, I'm sure there are some great little and unique to Chicago stores, that I didn't get a chance to see. Maybe next time?
What to pay: I'll bet you could spend a lot....
The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Ave) offers great shopping opportunities. There are lots of retail stores, department stores as well as malls. The malls include the Water Tower Place, Chicago Place, and 900 North Michigan Shops. There are also some interesting electronic stores such as Sony and Apple stores where you can try out new technology products. Keep in mind that everything here on Michigan Ave is pretty expensive; so this is not a cheap place to shop.
Take a stroll down the Magnifcant Mile of Michigan Avenue.... Packed with briliant shops and places to eat and drink - a total shoppers paradise..... What more do you need !
What to buy: I loved all of the clothes shops, from tiny little stores to huge designer department stores.
Water Tower place is an eight story shopping mall just south of the John Hancock building. The indoor mall is anchored by Lord and Taylor and Marshall Field's. There are over 100 stores here, some of which are found only in Chicago, in this shopper's paradise. Its also a good place to spend a rainy or snowy day in downtown.
As for food, there are a handful of fast food places here, including California Pizza Kitchen, which seems so out of place in a city which practically worships its versions of this food.
I didn't spend too much time here, as shopping malls just aren't my thing, especially on vacation. But, much like the museums, you could get lost in here, browsing or buying or both.
The area of North Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile is a shoppers paradise and Chicago's answer to New York's Fifth Avenue. Here you will find many of the popular large department stores, such as Nordstrom's, Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus. The Mag Mile also caters to the very high end with Prada and Gucci. There are several small yet multileveled shopping malls in the area, such as the Water Tower Place.
I didn't do much shopping during my brief visit, but I did manage to find one place to have a small indulgence. For me, its not about the jewelery or handbags, but its all about the chocolate. Teucher's chocolates, in the 900 Michigan Avenue shopping plaza, has some of the best you'll find. The truffle selection is mouth watering, but, for a real treat, try the champagne truffles. An excellent mini splurge.
Water Tower Place is the premier shopping center on Michigan Avenue. There are enough stores and restaurants to spend a whole day here, including:
Marshall Field's, Lord & Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, Brookstone, Godiva, Harry & David, Sharper Image, Victoria's Secret, Wilson's Leather, Fossil, Sunglass Hut, French Connection, bebe, Express and many more.
Restaurants include Foodlife and California Pizza Kitchen. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel is also located here.
Oak Street is the home of very expensive boutiques. Anchored by Barney's (which is at Oak and Rush), walking towards the lake and Michigan Avenue you will find such boutiques as Nicole Miller, Frette, Hermes, Calyso, Wolford, Tods and Judith Ripka.
The Esquire Theatre can be found on the North side of the street. It is not known for its cleanliness or sound system.
There is also a Citibank branch. Northern Trust, Harris and LaSalle have branches here too.
What to buy: I really like the boutique Sugar Magnolia. MAC has a free standing boutique near Rush Street.
"Get out of your train & drive up Michigan Avenue! I defy you not to respond to the excitement in the air, not to throw your hat to the sky & shout 'Beautiful, how beautiful!' How beautiful it is as you whirl northward past the Tribune Tower."
Mary Borden, novelist, 1930s
Water Tower Place is named after the 154-foot-tall Water Tower that was built in 1869 & is to the southwest across Michigan Avenue. It was the first of three large indoor malls built near the Water Tower; the other two are 900 North Michigan & Chicago Place.
In order to build Water Tower Place, the 12-story Pearson Hotel was demolished. Construction workers discovered an underground stream on the site & had to delay foundation work for several weeks. Finally, the water was plugged by building a giant concrete dome under the building!
It was constructed in 1976 & has 74 floors, & at the time it was completed, it had enough shopping space to contain all existing stores on Michigan Ave from the river to Oak Street!
The shopping mall itself is centered around an 8-story terraced atrium & three bundled hexagonal glass tube elevators. I remember these elevators very well...when our daughter Jill was f4, the doors of the elevator opened, & she ran on, & before we could get on too, the elevator took off. We had always told her to find an adult in authority if she ever got lost. She found a security policeman, & Allan & I were paged to come to get her. Wwere we ever relieved!
The main entrance to the mall is a 2-story set of escalators with a waterfallbetween them. There is also a winding staircase at the sides.
The podium contains a shopping mall that is anchored by 2 department stores: Marshall Field & Co. and Lord & Taylor. The attached tower houses a Ritz Carlton Hotel, offices, & condominiums.
There are several places to eat:
Ritz-Carlton Dining Room
Marketplace at Marshall Field's
The Ritz Carlton Cafe
California Pizza Kitchen
In addition, the Water Tower Movie Theatres are also located here.
What to buy: Besides the two huge department stores, there are about 100 other stores. Whatever you are looking for, you can no doubt find it at the Water Tower Place.
What to pay: This is an upscale shopping Mall, so items are quality and therefore expensive.
The Magnificent Mile, also better known as Michigan Avenue, is Chicago's premier shopping district. There are loads of shops to please anyone in need of some retail therapy.
What to buy: There are all types of shops on Michigan Avenue, from Famous Designer brands to Department stores.
Michigan Avenue is the general area of Chicago with more malls and shops packed into a small area than I've ever seen! You could literally spend a whole weekend just shopping here. I'd love to come and do Christmas shopping here sometime.
What to buy: Anything - there are so many stores!
What to pay: average to expensive, it's all here
Excellent choice of nice designed home furniture for affordable prices. Dont miss if you are just married or going to be. They have good choice of linens and everything for sleeping room.
What to buy: Linens, towels, beds, dining room facitilites etc.
What to pay: About average
Major department stores and seven floors with more than 100 boutiques and specialty shops.
What to pay: Depends on what are you interesting on, but about average for non-label clothes. Great time for shopping is around Thanksgiving and Christmas because almost everything is on sale (discount of 30-70%).
You want it? It's probably somewhere on Michigan Avenue. But don't forget to enjoy the view. This has become one of America's great shopping streets - and there's something here for everyone. And the best thing is that, although there are malls aplenty here, the street is still public space.