Saturday 18 November 2017

'Magnificent Mile' will now beckon to Irish shoppers

Barack and Michelle Obama
Barack and Michelle Obama
Sasha and Malia Obama
The Magnificent Mile in Chicago

John Mulligan and Bairbre Power

PRESIDENT Barack Obama adopted it as his home, Frank Sinatra said it was his kind of town, and it appears Chicago is for Aer Lingus too.

The airline plans to operate as many as two flights a day between Dublin and the Windy City next winter - an unprecedented move for the carrier during the low season.

It harkens back to the days of the Celtic Tiger, when plane-loads of Irish shoppers jetted across the Atlantic for the weekend to max out their credit cards in New York in the run-up to Christmas.

However, now it could be Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' where dollar-spending Irish will be shopping for the traditional Thanksgiving sales and pre-Christmas shopping sprees in 2015.

The city's 'Magnificent Mile' runs along North Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street and is home to lots of NYC favourites such as Saks of Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Macy's, and you'll also find such stellar US chains like Neiman Marcus.

Irish shoppers should enjoy the Windy City's retail offering, which is a rich tapestry of new labels unavailable at home, such as J. Crew, a personal favourite of Michelle Obama; the First Lady dressed her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, for their father's first inauguration, from the medium-priced store.

Macy's at State Street is a true city landmark, one of the largest department stores in the world, nine storeys high and occupying an entire city block.

Shoppers should check out the vibrant Logan Square neighbourhood which is establishing itself as the new capital of hipsterdom in the midwest.

Meanwhile, fans of the FLOTUS dressing style should visit Michelle Obama's favourite boutique, Ikram on East Huron Street, where she has sourced, and paid for, a lot of her outfits.

The store is owned by Ikram Goldman who has exquisite taste and stocks high end American, European and Japanese brands.


Irish Independent

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