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Chicago Crime and Mob Tour
"Meet your guide across from the Water Tower Place shopping mall in Chicago’s Near North Side at your selected time. Hop aboard a luxury climate-controlled coach and begin your 1.5-hour tour of the history of Chicago crime from 19th century to today.Your guide will pull you into the underworld of Chicago’s criminals gangsters and mobsters as you explore the city’s most famous crime scenes. Your tour takes you through River North the Gold Coast Lincoln Park Old Town the Loop and Magnificent Mile. Hear fascinating stories about Al Capone
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Chicago City Tour with Optional River Cruise
"See the famous landmarks of Chicago on a small-group 2-hour guided tour of the city! On a temperature-controlled minibus with luxurious seats and oversized windows for excellent viewing your guide will lead you through several Chicago neighborhoods making postcard-worthy photo stops at Museum Campus (which boasts the best view of the Chicago skyline) and more. As you admire the world's first skyscrapers of downtown Chicago also known as ‘the Loop’ and take in stunning views of Lake Michigan your guide will provide historical and informational commentary and answer any questions you have. This must-do city tour has won Chicago's Concierge Preferred award two years in a row. French-
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Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour
"Meet your guide inside the Tribune Tower to begin your pub architecture and entertainment history tour. Start in the heart of Chicago’s legendary Magnificent Mile — or Mag Mile — a slice of Michigan Avenue packed with high-end shopping and landmark buildings located between the Chicago River and Oak Street. Famous sites including the Wrigley Building Tribune Tower the Chicago Water Tower and Allerton Hotel are found on Mag Mile. Outside the neo-Gothic style Tribune Tower note the bricks at the base of the building. In the early 1900s
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Magnificent Mile/Michigan Avenue Tips (49)

Oak Street: Shopping the Magnificent Mile: Part 1

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.

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TRimer
Feb 17, 2005

Water Tower Place: The "Backbone" of the Magnificent Mile

"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 Greenhouse
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.

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deecat
Dec 17, 2004

Magnificent Mile: Shop Till you drop!

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.

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dejavu2gb
Dec 14, 2004

Michigan Avenue: Best shopping in the Midwest

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

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Nov 25, 2004
 
 
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Crate and Barrel: For "just married" place to go!

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

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SnoopySue
Nov 21, 2004

Water Tower Place: Everything must go!

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%).

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Nov 21, 2004

Filene's Virgin Crate 'n Borders Banana Nike Barn: Michigan Avenue in the Fall

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.

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yooperprof
Nov 21, 2004

Neiman Marcus: Look for Bargains & You Shall Find

Upscale department store on Michigan Ave. near the Water Tower. A good deal can be found at Neiman Marcus if you are willing to search for it.

What to buy Nearly anything, but especially formal clothing and footwear.

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Lots to choose from: Magnificent Mile

Many designer shops line the Magnificent Mile. Starting at the most north is Chanel in the Drake Hotel. Also on this block is Louis Vuitton and St. John.

Bloomingdale's, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co make an appearance on the block. The Water Tower place has several boutiques and is anchored by Marshall Fields and Lord and Taylor. Inside there is a Lacoste, Sharper Image and other stores as well as a food court. H&M are also on this block for affordable European style clothing

Down the block is Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Disney store makes an appearance on this block as well as Banana Republic. Burberry, Cartier, Nike Town and Cole Haan are close by. Then there is an Eddie Baurer and Virgin Records. Kenneth Cole and the Gap begin to approach the river and the end of the mile is completed by Nordstrom and other shops inside the Michigan Bridge shopping center.

What to pay You better have deep pockets

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jmhenry1123
Oct 26, 2004

Accent Chicago: For Interesting Items About Chicago.....

I'm not the world's best person at directions so I was looking for a compact map of Chicago. I found an excellent one in a shop on Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park that is called ACCENT CHICAGO. It's a contemporary-looking store that is neatly arranged and jam-packed with items pertinent to Chicago.
They have other stores in the city or near the city such as Water Tower Place, John Hancock Center, Sears Tower, Chicago Hilton & Towers, Music Mart, Chicago Place.
In the suburbs, there are Accent Chicago stores in Woodfield Mall and Yorktown Mall.

What to buy They have great T-shirts and sweatshirts pertaining to Chicago and Chicago Sport Teams. In addition, they have pens, pencils, pads of paper, stationery, maps, books, "trinkets", collectibles, and almost anything else with a Chicago logo on it.
I purchased maps and post cards.
It's a great store for tourist because it is not overly expensive.

What to pay Items range from forty cents to one hundred dollars or so.

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deecat
Aug 25, 2004

The stores on Michigan Ave.: The Magnificent Mile!!!

Chicago's Michigan Ave, or otherwise known as the Magnificent Mile is home to many designer stores and shopping centers, like the Water Tower.
Also a treat for all you window shoppers :-)
Whether you want to spend all your money, or no money at all...Michicagn Ave is the place to go!!

What to pay Most of the designer stores like Kenneth Cole and Pucci can be very expensive, but you can always find a bargain at the H&M across the street from the Water Tower.

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monika79
Jun 24, 2004

The Shops of Northbridge: Bring $$$$$

Topped by Le Meridien Hotel and anchored by Nordstroms, this is THE PLACE to spend a lot! Or to enjoy looking at OTHER PEOPLE spend a lot!
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The picture is of the entrance atrium.
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The website is a listing of all the shopping available along "The Magnificent Mile"

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shrimp56
Apr 18, 2004

Things to Do Near Magnificent Mile/Michigan Avenue

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Magnificent Mile/Michigan Avenue

Pioneer Court is an open space which is the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Located on the east side of North Michigan Avenue just north of the Chicago River and just south of the Tribune Tower....
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Tribune Tower

Although the Tribune Tower (1922-25), built for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, is a magnificent example of 'sortof Gothic' skyscraper, with some elements strongly reminiscent of European Gothic...
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Wrigley Building

When chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. started scouting locations for his company headquarters, he wanted to make a strong impression. He found just the spot on a triangular piece of land at the...
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Shaw's Crab House

Known for their crab and oysters .. they have amazing seafood. We have been here many times and both their loations are great .. and expensive. I like the romantic jazzy atmosphere . the service...
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Michigan Avenue Bridge

Michigan Avenue Bridge crosses the Chicago River to connect the Loop with the Magnificient Mile in downtown Chicago. This bascule bridge was completed in 1920, and it was built in what could be...
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St James Cathedral

St. James Cathedral is located in the heart of Chicago. I discovered this place by coincidence. I was not expecting to find a 100 year-old nice building among the skyscrappers. I was amazed when i saw...
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