Over the past few months, I (and others) have highlighted interesting and great places to see around Chicago. In an effort to keep close to “home,” also known as the Hyatt, I’m focusing on Michigan Avenue this month.
Michigan Avenue (http://www.themagnificentmile.com/) stretches north and south from the hotel and is home to more stores and eateries than I can count. Like Lake Michigan and Millennium, wandering Michigan Ave is great free entertainment. If you’re interested in stopping along the way, check out these highlights:
Water Tower Place (http://www.shopwatertower.com/) 835 N. Michigan Avenue
- Water Tower Place is a multi-level mall at the North end of Michigan Ave in downtown Chicago. Macy’s is on the ground floor and variety of restaurants and stores are throughout the other levels.
Hershey’s Chocolate World (https://www.thehersheycompany.com/about-hershey/visit-hershey/retail-stores/chicago.aspx) 22 N. Michigan Ave.
- A great place for a sweet treat
Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop (http://www.ghirardelli.com/locations-events/ghirardelli-locations/chicago-il) 830 N. Michigan Ave.
- An additional delicious stop and right across the street from the Hershey’s
The John Hancock Center (http://www.johnhancockcenterchicago.com/) 875 N. Michigan Ave
- The John Hancock Tower, close to Water Tower Place, provides amazing 360 degree view of Chicago at the top.
Garrett’s Popcorn (http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/chicago-locations/625-N-Michigan-Ave/) 625 North Michigan Avenue
- Garrett’s popcorn is famous in Chicago. Their famous Chicago mix, cheese and caramel popcorn, creates a line out the door. If you’re trying to find Garrett’s the quickest way is by your nose — you can smell the popcorn within a block
Chicago Cultural Center (http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenter.html) 78 E. Washington St.
- The Chicago Cultural Center was once the main branch of the Chicago Public Library (which is now a bit south and west). It not only provides helpful information about the city and free community programming, but has beautiful interior and exterior decorations.
The Chicago Architecture Foundation (http://www.architecture.org/) 224 South Michigan Ave
- Find a variety of different types of tours (on foot, by EL, by boat) to learn about the history and architecture of Chicago
Bonus: Navy Pier (http://www.navypier.com/) 600 E. Grand Ave
- Navy Pier is well-known for its iconic Ferris wheel and fireworks. You can find the pier directly east of Michigan and Grand
Bonus: Macy’s on State Street (http://www.visitmacyschicago.com/) 111 N State St
- Macy’s on State Street occupies the one of Marshall Fields’ original buildings, which is recognized as National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A number of unique tours are available, including the Historic Store Tour, which highlight some of the building’s most unique features. Macy’s is worth a stop in Chicago not just for the merchandise but for the delicious Frango mints.