Chicago's Magnificent Mile, which is conveniently located near the Blackstone Renaissance Hotel, is a historical and storied shopping and entertainment district along Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. The strip of land along Michigan Avenue was given it's iconic nickname in the 1940s by local real estate developers. Along with over 450 stores, there are nearly 300 restaurants and other entertainment venues to enjoy. If you're needing a break from shopping, free concerts and other entertainment are often held on the Harris Stage in Pioneer Court. If you're in Chicago during the holiday season, you won't want to miss the traditional lighting of the trees, an event which has been held for more than forty years and features the lighting of one million lights, fireworks, and a processional led by Mickey Mouse. For added convenience and fun, the area is served by a seasonal trolley and water transit services. A visit to Chicago just isn't complete without an afternoon or evening spent along The Magnificent Mile.