The Magnificent Mile, sometimes referred to as The Mag Mile, is a prestigious section of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North Side. The district is located adjacent to downtown, and one block east of Rush Street, which is known for its nightlife. The Magnificent Mile serves as the main thoroughfare between Chicago’s Loop business district and its Gold Coast. It also serves as the western boundary of the Streeterville neighborhood.
Real estate developer Arthur Rubloff of Rubloff Company gave the nickname to one of the city’s most prestigious residential and commercial thoroughfares in the 1940s. Currently Chicago’s largest shopping district, various mid-range and high-end shops line this section of the street and approximately 3,100,000 square feet (290,000 m2) is currently occupied by retail stores, restaurants, museums and hotels.
Several of the tallest buildings in the United States, such as the John Hancock Center and the Trump International Hotel and Tower, lie in the district. Numerous landmarks are located along the Magnificent Mile, such as the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, the Chicago Water Tower, and the Allerton Hotel.
The nickname “Magnificent Mile” — hyperbole to some, an understatement to others — refers to the roughly mile-long stretch of North Michigan Avenue between Oak Street and the Chicago River.
In terms of density, the area’s first-rate shopping is, quite simply, unmatched. Even jaded shoppers from other worldly capitals are delighted at the ease and convenience of the stores concentrated here. Taking into account that tony Oak Street is just around the corner, the overall area is a little like New York’s Fifth Avenue and Beverly Hills’s Rodeo Drive rolled into one. Whether your passion is Bulgari jewelry, Prada bags, or Salvatore Ferragamo footwear, you’ll find it on this stretch of concrete. And don’t think you’re seeing everything by walking down the street: Michigan Avenue is home to several indoor, high-rise malls, where plenty more boutiques and restaurants are tucked away. Even if you’re not the shop-till-you-drop type, it’s worth a stroll because this stretch is, in many ways, the heart of the city, a place that bustles with life year-round (although it’s especially crowded around Christmas and during the summer). Frommer’s