A favorite thing to do among the locals in downtown Chicago is shopping. Although it might seem mundane and routine, shopping in downtown Chicago is like nothing else. Shopping on the Magnificent Mile, which is also known as Michigan Avenue, is an experience to remember. Although the “Mag Mile” can be very pricey, people often get good deals on unusual or unique items. It’s especially entertaining to stroll into the high-end stores just to browse around. Michigan Avenue boasts stores such as Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
What makes shopping on Michigan Avenue fun is that people do not even have to spend money to enjoy themselves. Window shopping can be just as exciting as spending lots of money. The store windows are always decorated to look like they are ready for a photo shoot, so simply browsing the windows can bring a different adventure for every store you pass.
After a long day of shopping, you can take a short walk to Millenium Park. There, shoppers can enjoy a great dinner and exciting activities for the kids. In addition, the famed “Bean” sculpture is sure to amaze anyone who sees it. This giant stainless sculpture that resembles a kidney bean is a tourist attraction that, when standing in front of it, visitors can see their reflection, albeit in a crazy, distorted way. If walking to Millenium Park is not your cup of tea, there are throngs of restaurants along Michigan Avenue. There is a food establishment that fulfills everyone’s taste – from full-service restaurants to gourmet coffee shops
People watching while shopping in downtown Chicago is also a treat. Tourists from all over the world visit Michigan Avenue, as do people from all walks of life. Shoppers enjoy strolling down the Mag Mile in all types of weather. The warm weather generally brings out more people, but when the cold months approach and the holiday spirit is in the air, people come out to enjoy the holiday window scenes. When walking gets tiresome, shoppers can hop on a double-decker bus, take a taxi, or even take a ride on a horse drawn carriage, while enjoying the sites.