Michigan Avenue is a major north-south street in Chicago. The name came from Lake Michigan, which until 1871 was immediately east of Michigan Avenue. The street was primarily residential, and by the 1860s, large homes and expensive row houses dominated it. In the Great Fire of 1871, most buildings on Michigan avenue were destroyed. Beginning in the 1880s, the expansion of the central business district replaced houses on Michigan Avenue so that today Michigan's character is primarily commercial. It is nowadays the home of the Chicago Water Tower, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, and the Magnificent Mile (also known as “Mag Mile”, the stretch of Michigan Avenue north of the Chicago River).
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