CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY ~ Michigan Avenue, The Magnificent Mile

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The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival is a holiday festival that takes place annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving along Chicago's Magnificent Mile. It is hosted by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association.The Lights Festival began modestly in 1949 when members of The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association installed a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree, decorated with over 1,500 lights and a six-foot star topper, into the Water Tower Park. In 1959, the Saks Fifth Avenue store replaced its historical holiday decorations with Italian white lights, stringing them on the branches of the elm trees in front of the store. The trend was continued by neighboring stores and has grown in both popularity and scope into the Lights Festival we know today. The festival is focused on the illumination of more than one million lights on two hundred trees along North Michigan Avenue, from Oak Street on the North to Wacker Drive/the Chicago River on the South.

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Comments (50)

C haydeé on January 4, 2013

Excelente fotografía. Felicitaciones.

Like y favorite

Saludos cordiales desde Argentina, Chaydeé.

~Marlene~ on January 4, 2013

rodema... François... and... Chaydeé...

My thanks to each of you for the kind words and the Likes, with extra thanks to Chaydeé, for the special Y*. I'm very pleased & honored!

Best wishes, Marlene

~Marlene~ on January 5, 2013

Thank you kindly, Cieja0, for the nice comment and your visit. Both are much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Annelies Vink on January 5, 2013

Fabulous nightview, i like it a lot!

Best wishes, Annelies

~Marlene~ on January 6, 2013

Thank you again, Annelies, for the nice comment. I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Matim46 on January 7, 2013

Wonderful orgy of light! Like and kind regards, Matim46

~Marlene~ on January 8, 2013

That's a unique description, Matim... I'm happy you Like it!

Best wishes, Marlene

Nam Tuan on January 9, 2013

A picture is wonderful at night, very beautiful photo. I really like it!

khoi tranduc on January 10, 2013

Very nice photo! Like & Ys!

~Marlene~ on January 11, 2013

Nam Tuan... and... KhoiTran...

Thank you both so much for the kind words and the Likes, with special thanks to KhoiTran, for the lovely Y*. I appreciate it all very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo taken in Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 23, 2012
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2012/12/05 23:48:19