Weaving a Story
More than 20 ensembles, hand-picked by the Chicago History Museum, tell the story of the transformation of Michigan Avenue through the stories of the designers, retailers, civic leaders and tastemakers who helped transform it. Dating from the 1950s to the 1990s, the exhibition highlights stunning designs by Norman Norell, Adolfo and James Galanos, along with contemporary work by Gianni Versace, Christian Lacroix, Yohji Yamamoto and Chanel.
From the 1920s onward, The Magnificent Mile® blossomed into an international fashion destination. Distinguished dress shops, such as Blum’s Vogue and Stanley Korshak, led to the construction of Water Tower Place and the John Hancock Center. The increasingly distinguished district attracted stand-alone designer boutiques, including Chanel, Gucci, and Gianni Versace, which then paved the way for Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin, Bloomingdale’s, and other high-end department stores.
The Magnificent Mile
Today, North Michigan Avenue is home to three shopping centers, more than 50 flagship stores and countless international designer and high-end labels. Each year, more than 20 million people visit what has become one of the world’s premier shopping districts.