Exploring Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – the most glamorous stretch of Michigan Avenue - is a must for anyone visiting the city, but the experience can prove expensive. Max Grinnell, however, has some insider tips on how to make the most of the Mile without breaking the bank.
The hotel that housed Oprah's guests
The Omni Chicago Hotel was celebrated as the place where Oprah's well-known guests stayed before they were whisked away to appear next to the media maven herself on her well-appointed couch. It's a great base of operations for a visit to the Magnificent Mile as all of the rooms are suites, and there's also a fine pool on the premises. While spending the night here is somewhat expensive. you can drop in at the 676 Lounge for some charcuterie and a glass of wine without breaking the bank.
An historic skyscraper
If you ever dreamed of being a famous newspaper reporter or part of a major media empire, stroll over to the Chicago Tribune Tower, north of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. The first stop is inside the lobby of this glorious building, where you'll find a massive relief map of the world behind the security desk. You can't go up into the tower, but you can go outside to look at the rather curious fragments of historic buildings brought back by Tribune reporters. These include bits of the Berlin Wall, the Taj Mahal, the Alamo, and Angkor Wat. If you don't have the money to visit these destinations in person, a walk around the base of the Tribune Tower might be the next best thing.