The Chicago Files

A CANADIAN EXPAT'S EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS LIVING IN THE WINDY CITY!

Michigan Avenue, Chicago

I took this photo last year while I was on Michigan Avenue, facing south.  Michigan Avenue is, for all intents and purposes, the, ‘tourist’ street.  Designer and high-end shops line the way, all vying for the almighty tourist dollar (or $1,000)!  As for me, why, I love to take a fast-paced stroll (in truth it becomes frightfully crowded, so it’s more of a hastened jaunt) for the sheer and utter love of the architecture.  Nicknamed, “The Magnificent Mile”, this 13-block area includes stores and shops too outrageously expensive for this coupon-clipping Canuck!

Although not visible in this photo, the Chicago River (recall the recent, “greening for St. Patrick’s Day”) is, ‘marked’ by  sculptures flanking all four corners of the bridge.  The Michigan Avenue Bridge allows visitors to easily access the riverfront by ramp or stairway.

Phenomenal architecture in CHItown!

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74 thoughts on “The Friday File – Chicago’s Magnificent Mile!

  1. andy1076 says:

    ~Looks around for the four leaf clover~ erm is this a find the hidden item picture game? 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      *clink* Indeed it is! *LOL* Please keep looking!! ;-P Cher xo

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      1. andy1076 says:

        *Prints out a giant photo and sets it with his giant lamp* hum..!

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        That LAMP!!! Aha!!! ;-P

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      3. andy1076 says:

        Hey I gotta find the hidden objects after alp 😄

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Haha, hhhmmmm, wonder if there is a tub of ice cream in there somewhere? *whistles and paces* I wonder…………. 😉

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      5. andy1076 says:

        *Scoops himself a didn’t helping* oh did you want some? 😛

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        😦 I guess not!! ;-P *grabs tub and makes a run for it*!

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      7. andy1076 says:

        *Pulls out bathtub size rocky road*

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      8. seaangel4444 says:

        Bahhhhhhhhhhhh!! Foiled again!

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  2. I love Chicago’s architecture. 🙂

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      I do too, Rebecca! Cher xo 🙂

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      1. That’s a great photo. Chicago is just such a cool city.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you! It really is, isn’t it? Being a Canadian living in this ‘huge’ American city makes me feel like a kid in a candy store! *LOL* Cher xo

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      3. You’re welcome! I imagine so! I was born in Chicago but moved to a small town when I was three. I’ve always wanted to move back someday.

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Rebecca, you would absolutely love living here! So you are a ‘true’ Chicagoan, while I’m an, ‘import’! *grin*

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      5. Yes, I would love it! I always had so much fun visiting the city. 🙂 Haha, and imports love the city, too! 😉

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        We sure do! *LOL* This city has everything; and my favorite is the deep dish pizza! Oh my goodness!

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      7. Ahhh, deep dish pizza! Now I’m hungry. 🙂

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      8. seaangel4444 says:

        *grin* I know what you mean, Rebecca!! I should do a post on deep-dish pizza; what do you think?

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      9. I think that’s a great idea! 🙂

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      10. seaangel4444 says:

        Well then I shall have to do just that, Rebecca! 🙂

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      11. Perfect! I can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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      12. seaangel4444 says:

        And I can’t wait to eat it (I mean, write it) 🙂

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      13. Yes! You may have to do an experiment in which you sample lots of Chicago-style deep dish pizzas. 🙂

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      14. seaangel4444 says:

        If you must twist my arm, then yes, I’m in!! *biggest grin* 🙂

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      15. Perfect! It would actually be a cool blog post about taste-testing Chicago pizza. 😉

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      16. seaangel4444 says:

        I do have my favorite, but I think trying others would be good for comparison! 🙂 🙂

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      17. Yes, it would be fun to try lots of others, just to make sure. 🙂

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      18. seaangel4444 says:

        Agreed!!! 🙂 🙂

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  3. I am sooooooooooo behind on a return visit!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Teri, come on over! Oh, I don’t know if anyone told you, but the fee to enter Chicago is one bag of Tim Hortons coffee; thought I should let you know! 😉 Cher xo

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      1. What? No Timbits? LOL I will be up there when it gets warmer.

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh, that’s right; you are a return visitor. Yes, Timbits, too!! *LOL* Yeay!!

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      3. Haven’t been to Chicago in almost 5 years. I need my fix of that neon green relish 😉

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Trade you Timmies for that relish!! 😉

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      5. Yeah but I need the buns and the hotdogs too…they all go together. That’s why when we return we will drive so I can stock up 🙂

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      6. seaangel4444 says:

        The Chicago hotdog! Love it! Oh yes, good idea!! 🙂

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  4. Magnificent architecture, Cher. You captured it all! Lovely.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Ah, bless! Thank you, dear Carol! It’s a wonderful scene, that area! Cher xo

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      1. lemmerson60 says:

        Thanks for giving me a virtual tour of such magnificent Architecture. I think I’m with you on the coupon idea!! X

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Hi dearie! It’s incredible; and the architectural boat cruises are amazing, too! Yes my dear, coupons are us!!! Love, Cher xo

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  5. Don says:

    I remember walking down there in the nineties, Cher. I was mesmerized by those buildings and the hustle and bustle of the city. Wonderful place.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Oh were you here, Don? It’s very mesmerizing indeed! You know, being a small-town Canadian girl, I must say I found it extremely overwhelming when I first got here. But now, I find myself giving tourists directions! *grin* Cher xo

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      1. Don says:

        Yes, I was there Cher. I found it to be such a beautiful city. I had the privilege of visiting the Loyola University on the Chicago Water front. I seem to remember it was the Northern Campus. I think you spoke of Evanston the other day and when I read the post I remembered our hosts taking us for a drive through Evanston pointing out to us some famous houses. Beautiful place. So yes I have a connection. You often post images of sunrises over Lake Machigan. I’ve also had the pleasure of seeing them. Beautiful sight and whenever I see those images of yours, I’m always transported back to some of those early mornings when I stood and watched. 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        How incredibly wonderful, Don! I am so glad to hear you had a lovely experience here. Ah yes, I know Loyola, and you are correct, it is a mere hop, skip, and a jump from Evanston. The North area of the city is gorgeous. I wonder if you had the same initial reaction that I had when you first got here and saw this huge city right on a massive great lake! What I find fascinating is looking out at the water, finding some serenity, and the next thing I know, a quick look in another direction to behold skyscrapers and the like. Interesting juxtaposition, but somehow it works! Thank you so much for your comments, Don! I smiled the entire time I read them! Cher xo

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      3. Don says:

        It’s strange I had a similar experience. Also became aware of the juxtaposition you describe. I remember coming out of a station, not sure which one and walking out on to the side-walk. The buildings were immense and I felt so small and then there was this underlying and quiet (another juxtaposition) roar of the city – also a kind of a vibration in the air. I’ve never forgotten that experience. I experienced something of that in New York, but far more pronounced in Chicago.

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      4. seaangel4444 says:

        Thank you for your comments, Don! I find it really interesting we both have had similar experiences here in Chicago. I am fascinated by this, as I have tried to explain the ‘vibration’ of Chicago, and I have never been able to do that very well. It’s more of a, “you have to experience it”, as opposed to understanding it by a description given to you. It is so interesting to me you know exactly what I mean! Thank you, Don! Cher xo

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  6. D. Parker says:

    I’m not one for fancy shops, but did someone mention pizza? I thought I heard Chicago and pizza.
    That image makes me think of city mountains…as though the buildings are somehow mountains, weird, but it’s so cool looking. Now, back to that pizza 😉
    All the best, Cher, thank you for another great post, hope to see your tomorrow for #ArchiveDay and Sunday for Suzie’s #SundayBlogShare
    Big hugs, Donna xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hi Donna! Well Rebecca has ‘convinced’ (biggest grin) me to do a post about deep dish pizza! It will be my pleasure (literally and figuratively!) Yes, I can see how the buildings can be likened to mountains, especially since we find so many lakes near mountain ranges. I will do some posts with scenes from a great spot near the lake looking back at the entire skyline! It’s amazing! Ah, bless; thank you, dear and I shall see you tomorrow and Sunday for #ArchiveDay and Suzie’s #SundayBlogShare! Tons of fun!! Big hugs and thanks, Cher xo

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  7. I agree, it is a fabulous city.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Hilary, have you been in this particular area when visiting your daughter and son-in-law? Cher xo

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Thank you, my fellow Chicagoan! Cher xo

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  8. Mary says:

    Beautiful buildings – they don’t make them like this any more.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      They truly are, aren’t they Mary? I love the fact that so many well-known architects decided to work in Chicago. Cher xo

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  9. floridaborne says:

    Looking at the view, if you replace the cars with those of another era, I can hear the 1940’s music playing in the background and men hustle to work in their suits and hats, while women carry their purses on their arms to visit shops, white gloves covering their hands.

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      My dear you are a kindred spirit indeed! I picture these things in my mind all the time. In fact, Los Angeles, with its art deco laden buildings brings to mind the 40’s and its nostalgic charms!! Cher xo

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  10. Amy says:

    Love, love this one, Wow!!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      It was interesting because the buildings are so tall they block out bright sunshine in the latter part of the afternoon in the summer. Quite deceiving, and yet it allowed me a good chance to snap this photo! Thank you, Amy! Cher xo

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      1. Amy says:

        I was wondering how you took this fab shot! 🙂 xo

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        I’d say pure and utter luck! *grin* 🙂 xo

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  11. 2e0mca says:

    I just love strolling around city centres enjoying the interactions between the buildings and the light. Tourists are ever present in London but so are the locals going about their business. Cities are a target rich environment 🙂 Nice shot!

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Me too! I feel the exact same way! We have lots of tourists who mingle with the locals as well. I remember the day when I was no longer a ‘tourist’; a couple from another state asked me for directions, and I was able to oblige! *grin* Ah, thank you! Cher xo

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      1. 2e0mca says:

        It’s always great to be able to help someone find their way around in your hometown 🙂

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      2. seaangel4444 says:

        Oh yes, it really is, isn’t it? I know it’s appreciated when visiting another city, so I always try and return the favor! Have always wanted to visit London and quite frankly, I can’t believe I haven’t! I shall, though! Cher xo

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  12. A stunning image.. though from what iv’e seen this past few weeks, since finding your blog.. your images usually are 🙂

    Now, back to the party. *raises glass* 🙂 x

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    1. seaangel4444 says:

      Well how sweet are you! Thank you so much! *cheers* Cher xo

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