Friedman Fine Art and http://www.chicago-photographs.com are pleased to present this magnificent historical black-and-white photograph of Chicago.
Michigan Avenue, commonly known by its monikers “The Mag Mile” and the “The Magnificent Mile” of Chicago is sprinkled with tons of trendy shops ranging from affordable to luxurious. Prior to the 1909 plan of Chicago by Daniel Burnham, Michigan avenues (then Pike street) stopped at the Chicago River. After the plan, the street was expanded North of the River to be turned into a shopping and commercial haven. The streets were widened and now the street was rubbing elbows with Lake Michigan (nearly one block away in proximity) giving way to a name change dedicated to the Great Lake: Michigan Avenue.
Early on the Avenue was destined to be a landmark destination due to the many notable buildings and architectural wonders that include: The Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building, The John Hancock and the long standing Water Tower one of the few surviving structures from The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Today the Mag Mile has over 460 stores, 275 restaurants and 60 hotels. While North of Michigan Avenue consists mostly retail, the southern part of Michigan Avenue has main attractions such as Millennium Park and Cloud Gate, commonly referred to as The Bean, Mercy Hospital, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Symphony center and the world renowned Art Institute of Chicago.
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