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The literally named Magnificent Mile is easily the most exclusive avenue in Chicago and, along with New York's Fifth Avenue and LA's Rodeo Drive, also happens to be one of the most exclusive in the United States. But then you could hardly expect anything less from such a grandiose name. The magnificence of the Magnificent Mile has a lot to do with its shopping, as there are an almost daunting number of high-end department stores (including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue) and luxury fashion boutiques – think of an exclusive fashion brand (really, any exclusive fashion brand) and you'll probably find it here. The sparkling Magnificent Mile doesn't pretend to be anything other than upscale and upmarket, and many of the stores and bars reflect this, but there are plenty of mid-range options for hotels if you want to save your pennies for a shopping binge. The area is also home to such iconic Chicago landmarks as the Wrigley Building, the Chicago Water Tower, and the John Hancock Center, and also has the advantage of being slap-bang in the middle of everything. Old Town to the north, The Loop to the south – to experience Chicago at its towering, sparkling best, you can't look beyond the Magnificent Mile.

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