What is the Cultural Mile, you ask? Don’t feel bad if you’ve never heard of it. Although the area is well established, the designation didn’t become official until the fall of 2014 (learn mor here).
That designation was the work of the Chicago Cultural Mile Association (CCMA), a non-profit group working to market and brand the area as a visitor destination. Its “world-renowned institutions, extraordinary parks, diverse architecture, dramatic fountains and sculpture…. and stretch of landmark-designated buildings is considered the face of Chicago and serves as a gateway to one of the richest cultural and educational districts in the country.”
The Cultural Mile runs along Michigan Avenue south of the Chicago River to Roosevelt Road and then eastward to Lake Michigan (the area south of Congress Parkway is in the South Loop). It’s considered the sibling to the Magnificent Mile, the stretch of Michigan Avenue that runs from Oak Street to the river.
In our view, the Cultural Mile is also a great place to live. Many of the buildings along Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt Road are residential, offering magnificent views of the parks and Lake Michigan and easy access to some of the best culture and entertainment the city has to offer. And with home prices that run lower than the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast and other northside neighborhoods, it’s a terrific value!