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Chicago’s new Michigan Avenue Apple Store will open along the Chicago River on Oct. 20. The 20,000 square-foot glass building is located at 401 N. Michigan Avenue, and will replace the current downtown Chicago location at 679 N. Michigan Avenue.

A metallic roof which resembles Apple’s iconic Macbook computer tops the new flagship store. A grand staircase leads down to the riverfront and an outdoor gathering space.

The design competition for the Chicago Tribune Tower was one of the most celebrated international architectural competitions of the 20th century. On June 10, 1922, the Chicago Tribune announced that they entries would be welcome from anywhere in the world. The prize? $50,000. Over the coming months, they received over 260 entries. In the end, the winning entry was a formidable design proffered by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood.

Chicago hosts an array of world-class museums, and now the first museum in the country dedicated to American writers has been added to the city's line-up. The American Writers Museum showcases the world of words from every angle and perspective. With 13 interactive exhibits and a changing gallery of installations and immersive programming, the AWM aims to show the world just how exciting writing and writers can be.

Summer is flying by, Chicago! July is now over halfway done and if you haven’t had the chance to experience a craft beer event, this weekend is a perfect opportunity. Friday Night Flights continues downtown and Chicago Craft Beer Festival is joining with a music and garden event in Lincoln Park. Beer is not the only thing being highlighted this weekend. A Michigan Avenue art fest and a River North tasting event will be open to visitors of all ages. Add the list of events below to your calendar and don’t forget to check out our July list of festivals and August list of festivals to look forward to for the rest of the summer!

As one walks south on Michigan Avenue from Congress Parkway, a gleaming image emerges on the west side of the street. Beyond the glass facade of the Spertus Museum of Judaica and the buildings of Columbia College, there it is: the Blackstone Hotel, a beacon of good taste and luxury since the day it opened its doors in in 1910.

A Day in the Gold Coast on a Budget

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

Chicago’s Gold Coast is home to the famous Magnificent Mile, among other great destinations. There’s endless shopping and food options, and a lot of them are more affordable than you would expect. It’s totally feasible to have a great time in the Gold Coast on a budget. Read on for some wallet-friendly picks.

Chicago Bridgehouse

In 1862, Chicagoan Juliette Kinzie noted that the land near what would become the DuSable Bridge (commonly known as the Michigan Avenue Bridge) was “a low wet prairie, scarcely affording good walking in the driest summer weather, while at other seasons it was absolutely impassable.” In our own time, thousands of people pass over the bridge on this site without knowing its fascinating history or about the technology that makes the bridge such a wonder.

Michigan Ave Bridge

Many Chicago visitors traipse up and down Michigan Avenue with perhaps not much a glance at the city's beautiful architecture beyond the landmarks of the Wrigley Building or the Tribune Tower. In fact, several notable works of historic architecture lie along the Magnificent Mile. Here are a few lesser-known buildings that deserve some architectural attention.

Timberland - Blog

After a long hiatus, Timberland has made its way back to The Magnificent Mile and will provide a bit of environmental awareness to the city's most prominent shopping district. Known most for its rugged, waterproof boots, Timberland is seeking to give customers a more diverse offering of merchandise at the new Chicago location.

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