Chicago Sights to See - The Magnificent Mile
A mile of shopping! Now how's that to set the heart a-flutter?
But the excitement doesn't stop there, because this famed area has
much, much more to offer. True, the shopping is first rate. But there's
sightseeing, dining and lots more.
If you want to be a junior architect start at the LEGO store at 520 N.
Michigan Ave and build a skyscraper with your son or daughter. You can
buy a table or T-shirt, or get a kit to duplicate the Sears Tower.
If your daughter is more interested in dolls, there's the American Girl Place
at 111 East Chicago. See a live theater performance or have a cup of
tea while she shops in the boutique.
Chicago and see where Milton
Hershey first saw the machinery that was the beginning of
his candy empire. Ghiradelli's
is here, too, in case you didn't overload at Hershey's. If you haven't
dropped dead from dessert yet, try some drop-dead delicious cheesecake
at the Cheesecake Factory
at 875 N. Michigan Ave.
Now that you have plenty of sugar, tap dance into the Fred Astaire Dance Studio
at 200 N. Michigan and pick up some tips. Ballroom dancing, tap and
every other social style is taught at the world famous studio.
Now that you're ready for the big time, waltz on down to the Drury Lane Theater
at 175 E. Chestnut. They may not let you try out, but at least you can
see how the professionals do things. Newly remodeled, the theater also
offers dinner theater seating.
Not ready to sit down? Walk over to Chicago
Ave and Michigan
Ave and see the Old
Water Tower & Pumping Station, the only historic
landmark that survived the Great
Chicago Fire near the turn of the 20th century. But
sometimes you get more than you pay for. Tons of interesting photos of
old time Chicago.
Prefer something a little more modern? Try the Museum of Contemporary Art
at 220 E. Chicago Ave. Photography, sculpture and painting galore with
a dose of video and film is kept here. Check the schedule to see if you
can catch one of the live performances.
Tired from all that walking now? Have a seat at the Grand Lux Cafe at
600 N. Michigan Ave. Styled after the bistros of Europe, there's
something on the menu that will delight even the pickiest eater. The
bakery will make a dessert to order if you want to wait.
Maybe you prefer food that's a little spicier. Step into Heaven on Seven at
600 N. Michigan Ave instead. The menu is Cajun and Creole. If you've
ever been to that city of the south, you'll know this is the real deal.
Italian might be more your style, as it is for thousands of Chicago
natives. Step into Cafe
Spiaggia at 980 N. Michigan Ave for a glass of wine and
some of the finest Italian dishes anywhere in the city.
Oh, and about that shopping... Try Bloomingdale's,
Taylor or Tiffany's
for the upscale experience. Still have some money left? How about Cartier, Burberry, Hermes or Armani? Not
satisfied? Fine, head off to Nieman
Marcus for the hometown advantage.
With over 460 stores in the Magnificent Mile, if you can't find
something to buy here, you just want to look. But, that's ok, too!
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