Every great city has a signature street — from Park Avenue in New York City to Yonge Street in Toronto to Hollywood Boulevard in L.A. For the city of Chicago, the place to be is coined “The Magnificent Mile”.
This section of North Michigan Avenue runs from the Chicago River to Oak Street, and is the city’s hotel, dining and entertainment hub. Over 400 stores, 270 restaurants and dozens of hotels pack the Magnificent Mile, and offer visitors a true taste of life in the Windy City.
Visitors looking for a truly special holiday experience for the whole family should bring the kids to the BMO Harris Bank Festival of Lights on Saturday, November 17th. For the 22nd year running, over a million people will travel across the country to take in the festivities. Celebrators will enjoy concerts, family friendly activities, visits with Santa and an evening parade marshaled by Mickey and Minnie Mouse before 200 trees are lit up by one million twinkling lights. The event culminates with a firework spectacular over the Chicago River.
Spend the rest of your time in Chicago taking in cutting-edge films at the Gene Siskel Film Center, or checking out the Steve McQueen exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Enjoy a five-course steak and wine feast at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, and peruse the hundreds of shops along the Magnificent Mile before recharging with some spa time and shut-eye back at the hotel. Regardless of the season, Chicago’s entertainment options are endless.
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