From the wreckage of the Great Chicago Fire to a massive shopping district, the Magnificent Mile is a 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue with 460 stores, 275 restaurants and copious landmarks and other attractions. During the summer, it is quite crowded but worth a visit.
The hundreds of stores along the mile are mostly high-end retailers, but the blocks surrounding it feature shops for any price range. Restaurants speckle the area, which offers an opportunity to satisfy the need for a deep dish pizza (Giordano’s) or southwestern barbeque (Bandera), or get your chocolate fix at Ghirardelli’s.
The Magnificent Mile is the site for many seasonal exhibitions. During the summer, it puts on the free Summer Concert Series and the Gardens of the Magnificent Mile festival. Anyone window-shopping or wandering on the mile is welcome at the events.
If theater is calling your name, the Magnificent Mile district includes easy access to the Broadway Playhouse, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and The Second City. Concerts more to your taste? Check out the House of Blues or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. There are seven museums nearby, ranging from contemporary arts to an aquarium.
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