- Type: Attractions
NileGuide Expert tip:
To avoid larger than usual crowds on the Mile, it is best to visit this area outside of the holiday shopping season. There are also cute shops on State Street (two blocks west) in River North and on Oak Street that tend to have fewer patrons, but be warned that some of them are expensive boutiques.
- No trip to Chicago is complete without a stroll down North Michigan Avenue, or "the Magnificent Mile" to those in the know (which includes most, if not all, tourists). This stretch of almost a mile to the north of the Chicago river is home to most of the city's powerhouse retailers, which attract locals and visitors year-round. It is worth noting that all land to the east of Michigan Avenue is landfill; it was built up from debris from the Great Fire of 1871. Also of note is the Chicago Water Tower, located at Chicago and Michigan Avenues, which provided much of the water to put out the Fire. For a break from shopping sprees, head beneath the street to the Billy Goat Tavern (stairs are at Illinois Street) for a cheezborger.
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