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The Magnificent Mile is the city's most fashionable street. It is a stretch of Michigan Avenue that consists of exclusive shops, upscale boutiques, retail outlets, shopping malls and plenty of restaurants. There are also some historical buildings like the Fourth Presbyterian Church and the old Water Tower that are worth checking out.
(The Willis Tower seen from the River View Marina)
The Loop gets its name from the elevated track system that circles the center of downtown. Withing the Loop you will find famous buildings like the Willis Tower, Art Institure of Chicago and Chicago Board of Trade alongside plenty of hotels and restaurants.
A short walk south of downtown, the South Loop is a residential and retail neighborhood. Here you will find the Printing House Row Historic District which used to be the centre of printing in the US but now has been converted into stylish condominiums and office lofts.
The nearby Dearborn Station Galleria is Chicago's oldest surviving passanger train station but has now been converted into a shopping mall. While here also check out the Chicago Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
The Museum Campus is a vast lakefront park connecting three world famous natural history museums; the Field Museum, the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. This 57 acre extension of Burnham Park was created by the relocation of Lake Shore Drive in 1996.
Boystown is the popular name of a district in Chicago situated within the neighborhood of Lakeview. It was the first officially recognized gay village in the United States as well as the cultural center of one of the largest lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) communities in the nation. Boystown has grown into a cultural center for the nearly 800,000 LGBT residents estimated to live within the Chicago metropolitan area today.
The Millenium Park is an award winning center for art, music, architecture and landscape design opened in 2004. It offers several architectural pieces by Frank Gehry, an outdoor concert venue and an interactive fountain to name but a few.
The Navy Pier is a bustling recreational and cultural center that was the largest in the world when it opened. Here you will find a 45m tall Ferris wheel, carousels, ice skating, miniature golf and an IMAX 3D Theatre amongst many other things.
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