Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile ( " magnificent mile") is the shopping and seafront in Chicago, Illinois. It lies between the Chicago River and Lake Shore Drive and forms the northern part of Michigan Avenue.

The street is a wide boulevard with exclusive shops, museums, restaurants and elegant hotels. Among the luxury stores include Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani and Chanel. 900 North Michigan Shops and Water Tower Place are huge shop-in -shop building with retailers, theaters and restaurants. The former is home to about 70 shops, the latter more than 100 shops, including the department stores Marshall Field's and Lord and Taylor.

The rise of the road began after the construction of Michigan Avenue Bridge, 1920. The former residential street turned into a business district and has since been lined with skyscrapers. The first included the 30-storey Wrigley Building (1920), the adjacent 22-storey London Guarantee Building (1923 ), the 109 meter high Allerton Hotel (1924 ), the 141 -meter-high Chicago Tribune Tower (1925 ), the 143 meters high Medinah Athletic Club (1929, today the Hotel Inter- Continental) and the 172 -meter-high 919 North Michigan Avenue commercial building ( 1929).

A new building boom added the road 1969, the 100 -story, 344 meter tall John Hancock Center, and in 1976 the 262 meter high Water Tower Place added. In 1989, the 264- meter-high 900 North Michigan Building, 2000, the 257 -meter-high Park Tower opens ( → see: List of tallest buildings in Chicago).

Is one of the oldest buildings in Chicago, which was built in 1869 Old Water Tower (German Old water tower ) on North Michigan Avenue. Reminiscent of a castle from the 13th century limestone building is a landmark in Chicago and now houses Chicago's tourism information. Just steps away is the Water Tower Campus of Loyola Catholic University. It houses the departments of business administration and law.

Since the direction of flow of the Chicago River was reversed to keep the river clean and dine with clean water from Lake Michigan, the level of Michigan Avenue was raised by one floor. Taking the road driving part of the transport, many homeless people stay there.