A top Chicago, Illinois shopping destination, the Magnificent Mile runs along North Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to the Chicago River. It measures exactly one mile in length, ergo the "mile" part of the name. Why is it so magnificent? Rent a car in Magnificent Mile and find out!
Zipping Around the Magnificent Mile, Chicago
You can pick up and drop off cheap car rentals in Magnificent Mile in a variety of locations, so it's a good idea to arrange to collect yours at the airport. The drive from O'Hare International to the Magnificent Mile is only 17 miles; once you're there, you'll be in the heart of the city. After you've checked into your hotel, it's time to hit the road and explore the surrounding area.
The "Mag Mile" is Chicago's shopping paradise. You can find a huge variety of over 400 shops here, from high-end designers to well-known high street fashion brands. With the money you've saved on car rentals in Chicago, why not splurge on shopping and dining? There are more than 200 restaurants in this one-mile stretch of Chicago, so you'll be spoiled for choice! After lunch, check out the museums and galleries that adorn the streets of the Magnificent Mile. The Museum of Contemporary Art, holding over 6,000 pieces in all genres and medias, is one of Chicago's biggest tourist draws. For performance art, visit the Looking Glass Theater, housed inside the old Waterworks building on Michigan Avenue. When your feet grow weary, take a scenic drive and make the most of your Magnificent Mile rental cars. Follow Sheridan Road northward to picturesque Lake Forest, roll down the windows and enjoy magnificent views of Chicago's Lake Michigan coastline along the way.
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