The Magnificent Mile: Michigan Avenue

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Backpackingrl on March 9, 2005

The Magnificent Mile is a great way to spend a day walking in Chicago. There are 460 stores spread over 8 city blocks. Some stores include Express, Victoria's Secret, American Girls, and Lord & Taylor. I'd suggest beginning your walk at the area around 8th/9th Street. This is not part of the shopping area, but there are some great things to see. The waterfront lines one side and has a nice park (Grant Park) with hills for sleigh riding, interesting sculptures, and an ice-skating rink. The Art Institute of Chicago is also a few blocks down on your right.

As you keep walking, you will come to the Magnificent Mile. You could easily spend a day or two shopping here and not see everything. Stop at the Old Water Tower (with visitor center) while you are here. The crowds get a bit thick as you keep walking. At the end of the day I cut back to Wabash Avenue to avoid the crowd (a perfectly safe area as well with very few people). Overall, it is a highly recommended walking route for those who love shopping or those who want to take a walking tour of waterfront Chicago.

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North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60611
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