Top shopping street in the world, and we decided to enter Victoria Secret and a woman perfume and fragrance for a friend, ha, Ralph lauren, Guess and levis, and lastly, entered a lobby of an amazing building, forget the name.
But the highlight was seeing the water tower, and also the granite wall of the carbon and carbide building, and entering ralph lauren, which was really high class!
This was one of my favorite things to do in Chicago;just walking along Michigan avenue and taking in the buildings and the atmosphere of the city. We could not really afford to do a lot of shopping but enjoyed window shopping, and posing for pictures. We also enjoyed the lil art pieces with the dresses that were displayed throughout the mile. The free trollies were very easily accessible and the drivers were knowledgable and kind.
Michigan Avenue is truly "The Magnificent Mile" in Chicago. It stretches from the Wrigley Building and goes north to Oak Street.
Tourists as well as residents flock here because of the exclusive boutiques, the best retail stores, terrific restaurants, nightlife, art galleries, magnificent architecture, Salons, cafes, and glorious gardens.
As a "vertical city", you'll find yourself constantly looking up at such buildings as Hancock building, Tribune Building, Wrigley Building, Old Water Tower and Pumping Station, and the London Guarantee Building. Also, since the Trump Tower is being constructed, we'll all soon be looking way up at this very tall building on the river.
Michigan Avenue has four large shopping centers, and each has between four and ten levels of shops, restaurants, and atriums.
1. Hancock Building where you can go to the observatory and see the entire city.
2. Water Tower Shopping Center.
3. One of my favorites: The Wrigley Building.
4. The lovely and historic Water Tower.
5. The under construction Trump Tower.
First opened to traffic in 1920, the beautiful Michigan Avenue Bridge connects Chicago’s north and south and accommodates thousands of cars and foot passengers each day. When it came time to build the bridge, Edward Bennett was chosen to draw the design, and work on the bridge commenced in 1917. After three years, the stunning Beaux Arts-style bridge was complete, connecting north and south Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River.
The bridge was considered an engineering marvel of its time and engineers are still impressed with the nearly-century-old bridge’s mechanical prowess.
Aside from the mechanics, however, it’s the bas relief sculptures on the bridge that make it one of the most photographed sights in Chicago. The sculptures depict important events in early Chicago history and are easily viewed while traversing the bridge on foot.
Magnificent Mannequins – A Public Art Installation
NOW, all summer long, until October 15
WHAT: Take a walk down North Michigan Avenue to see a one-of-a-kind fashion-inspired public art installations in the Gardens of The Magnificent Mile presented by Nokia, as well as more than 50 garden displays, featuring garden styles from around the world.
WHERE: North Michigan Avenue, from the Chicago River to Oak Street
WHEN: NOW until October 15, 2007
WHY: To celebrate the Gardens of The Magnificent Mile presented by Nokia, an exhibition of the beautiful gardens in The Magnificent Mile district. Twenty students and twelve master designers have created alluring dressing forms to highlight fashion on North Michigan Avenue. The dressing forms are sponsored by an organization or business in The Magnificent Mile district.
(Visitors can enjoy a self-guided walking tour June 27 – October 15, 2007. Download a map at www.themagnificentmile.com or pick up a brochure at an area hotel, shopping center concierge or visitors center.)
Stretching along Michigan Avenue, from the Michigan Avenue Bridge to the exclusive apartments of One Mag Mile just past Hancock Center, is some of the best shopping in America. The street was originally a residential block along the Lake's shore, hence the name, but the landfill from the great fire moved the shoreline a quarter of a mile further out. With the change in location came a change in nature, and in came the up-market hotels, department stores and offices.
The shopping is phenomenal. Along with American greats like Macy's, there are international fashion luminaries like Prada, an incredible Apple store for tech heads, and a Virgin Megastore for all things media. For me, having spent the last three years living in the shopping hell of Germany, it was a real treat. Not only shops with everything I could want to buy, and more, the shops were open late into the evening!
Finish work... go back to the hotel... get changed... go and eat... have a beer... and still wander around the shops! Back in Germany again, and everything shuts at 8pm and nothing is open on a Sunday...
Many visitors to Chicago stay on or just a couple of blocks from North Michigan Avenue which is better know as the Magnificent Mile or Mag Mile, it's where you will find many of the major hotels in Chicago, the prime shopping area of Chicago and many of Chicago's famous restaurants.
If you find yourself with a nice sunny warm day, start your visit at the south end of the Mag Mile with an Architectural River Cruise several of which leave from under the bridge at Wacker and Michigan.
Once finished with the River cruise, head north on Michigan Avenue where you'll find two of my favorite buildings in Chicago, the Tribune Tower and the Wrigley Building. Next door to the Tribune Tower is the Hotel Intercontinental which is worth popping into to see the lobby and then take a look across the street at the McGraw Hill building and the reliefs of Greek Gods.
There's shopping galore on the next section until you get to the Water Tower and Pumping station (public restrooms here), two beautiful limestone structures that survived the Chicago Fire.
Ready for a break? Stop by Ghiradelli or Hershey for an ice cream sundae or some chocolate.
Ready for lunch? See my restaurant tips listed under NMA
Your next stop should be the Hancock Building, I always skip the observatory and head to the Signature Lounge for a drink and the same view.
Across the street from the Chicago Tribune Tower, on the northwest corner of Michigan and the Chicago River, is the Wrigley building, another of my favorite buildings in Chicago.
The Wrigley building was completed in 1924 to be the headquarters of the Wrigley chewing gum company (architects Graham, Anderson, Probst and White) and today still houses the headquarters along with many other companies.
The architectural shape of the Wrigley Building is patterned after the Seville Cathedral's Giralda Tower in Spain. The building has two sections connected by an open walkways between the 3rd and 14th floors. The north tower is 21 stories high and the south tower stands 30 stories high. It is covered with 250,000 individual white glazed terra cotta tiles.
The Wrigley Building is beautiful to see both in the daytime and at night when it is all lit up.
When you visit Chicago, North Michigan Avenue is the place you want to stay, but not sleep- theres so much to do here, restaurants and shopping abound. You are in the center of the city and everything is at your fingertips- a short cab ride to any of Chicagos sports venues, also easy access to the theater, museums, and just walk onne block back for great Rush St. bars and nightspots.
They don't call this the Magnificent Mile for nothing--and you gotta see it to believe it. So get some comfy shoes, preferably a good pair of Nikes, and get a jacket. People dress in layers that they can easily remove because this is also, the "windiy city", you will be walking relatively near Lake Michigan so you will want to be prepared.
Take in some of the sites and sounds of this city. People walk at a fast pace so jump right in and don't be intimidated. You will find that people also eat while they browse through the historic windows of stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Marshall Fields, Carson Perie Scott, to name a few. Too bad Marshall Fields was recently bought out by Macy's! Marshall Fields was a historic landmark in Chicago and wel reknown for their window displays during Christmas. Oh, well, go to the Water Tower anyway. I'm sure Macy's has inundated the building and added their special tough.
You have got to be open to all sorts of Chicago style foods. You have NOT lived until you have had a Chicago Style hotdog with all the trimmings! Another delight, indiginous to Chicago is the Chicago style popcorn, which you can only get at Garrett's Popcorn. There are several locations along the magnificent mile so keep an eye open but try to get there beore or after the lunch time crunch, otherwise, be prepared to stand in a long line and while you are in line notice what others are ordering. Cheese popcorn with caramel popcorn mixed in? YEAH, you heard right! This is the best popcorn, bar none! I have traveled to a few cities that try and imitate it but you can't --it's perfection and very addictive! Buy enough to satsify the craving you'll surely have once you get back home. This stuff also makes a great gitt so, ship some to your favorite friend or coworker. They will love you for it.
Michigan Avenue starts couple hundred miles east of downtown Chicago, in the heart of downtown Detroit, MI. You can actually take Michigan Avenue from DTD all the way to Chicago (thousands of traffic lights, but may be the trip of a life time). If it were not a typical Chicago day, I always enjoyed starting the walk at the Chicago river, went all the way up north, crusing both sides of the Ave. full of fancy stores. If in the area I would also take the river ride for the nth time.
In 1922, the Chicago Tribune sponsored an international competition to design its new corporate headquarters in downtown Chicago. The various competition entries proved extremely influential for the development of skyscraper architecture in the 1920s. The winning entry, with a crowning tower with flying buttresses, is derived from the design of the French cathedral of Rouen and gives the building its striking silhouette. The base of the building is studded with over 120 stones from famed sites and structures in all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries.
Magnificent Mile is the name given to the stretch along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street. The Magnificent Mile offers 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 51 hotels, 2 unique museums and a variety of sightseeing and entertainment attractions to more than 22 million visitors each year.
Some of Chicago's top retail establishments are found on the Magnificent Mile, including department stores such as Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Marshall Field's and Lord & Taylor.
The Chicago Water Tower is a Chicago landmark in downtown Chicago along the Magnificent Mile of North Michigan Avenue. Constructed in 1869 using big limestone blocks, the Chicago Water Tower, with all its small towers in Gothic style, resembles more a tiny European 13th century castle than a water tower. Since its survival of the Great Fire, the Chicago Water Tower became one of Chicago's main symbols. The tower became functionally obsolete many years ago, although the pumping station still pumps water for the city.
Or enjoy people passing by, or go to the Virgin Store and listen to your favourite or new songs, or go the the Apple store and write an e-mail for free (avoid the hotels charges), or enjoy the Gap store, or in winter Ice sculptures, or simply the architecture and traffic, or go swimming in summer at the end of the "Magnificient Mile", or go to Cafe Luxe or just Starbucks, Cinemas are at Ohio, Museums....