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Crafting Your Experience

Welcome to the Near North Side

Located just north of the Loop and the Chicago River, the Near North Side is a large community area that includes the Gold Coast, Old Town, River North and Streeterville neighborhoods. Its most famous element is the Magnificent Mile, the elegant Parisian-inspired shopping boulevard that developed along Michigan Avenue after the opening of the DuSable Bridge in 1920. The “Mag Mile” divides the dense lakefront area of Streeterville, largely taken up with residential and institutional uses, from the western reaches of the community, defined more by the adaptive reuse of former industrial buildings. The Near North Side has undergone constant reinvention throughout the history of Chicago, a process that continues today as development presses north from the booming Loop.

Trails and Experiences in the Near North Side

Enjoy self-guided tours, creative interpretations and other experiences, available only on the OHC 2020 app.

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