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The Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois | by Ken Lund
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The Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

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.

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Taken on June 27, 2013