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Michigan Avenue - 2016 - Issue 6 - Winter - Dwyane Wade

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176 MICHIGANAVEMAG.COM PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRUCE LEIGHTY/GETTY IMAGES (CHICAGO RIVER); INTERIM ARCHIVES/GETTY IMAGES (PRAIRIE AVENUE MANSION); ANTHONY TAHLIER (DISH) CAPONE WOULD BE PROUD NOW THAT IT'S CHOCKABLOCK WITH FAMILIES IN MULTIMILLION DOLLAR CONDOS, FORMER GANGSTER HANGOUT THE SOUTH LOOP HAS SUDDENLY BECOME THE NEW (GASP!) LINCOLN PARK. CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A view of Willis Tower from the south branch of the Chicago River which forms the western border of the South Loop; a postcard illustration showing the residence of American industrialist George Pullman on Prairie Avenue; scallops at Acadia, the neighborhood's Michelin two-star restaurant. In the late '90s, the South Loop was such a no-man's land that the first serious restaurant to dare plant a flag there—ahead-of-its-time Italian spot Gioco—was hailed as astonishingly edgy. Now a giant Jewel and a Trader Joe's face off across Michigan and Roosevelt, family restaurants dot the once-deserted streets, and a series of sleek glass-and- steel high-rises tower over it all, returning the district to the bustle of its days as the home of the city's posh set. Let's take a closer look at this historic 'hood. Where the action is: Wabash and Michigan between Roosevelt Road and 18th Street. The crowd: High-rise- dwelling yuppie families who consider the North Side a snooze; Bears fans who want to live within walking distance of Soldier Field. Must-stroll street: Prairie Avenue, home to some of the city's most historic homes and one of the city's loveliest byways. Cravings: The decadent Stonington lobster roll on the bar menu at Michelin two-star destination Acadia. Sign of the times: The former location of Al Capone's former head quarters, the Lexington Hotel, is now The Lex Chicago, a slick tower with luxury rental apart- ments and a rooftop pool. Handbag of choice: Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack PM in sugar pink poppy ($2,130), perfect for the office and for jaunts along the lake. Baby name: Clarke—as in Henry B. Clarke, 19th-cen- tury Chicago businessman whose landmark 1833 house is the oldest surviving home in Chicago. . BLOCK PARTY

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