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Flood Removal in the Magnificent Mile of Chicago

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO helps keep Chicago dry

Chicago is one of the most iconic cities in the United States and is famous for many things, including jazz music, deep-dish pizza, tall buildings, a friendly but no-nonsense attitude, and, of course, the musical of the same name.

There is so much to see and do in Chicago that you might find yourself spoiled for choice. One excellent activity, if the weather permits, is a stroll along Chicago's Magnificent Mile.

A rich history

The magnificent mile dates back to the Burnham Plan of Chicago in 1909. Although the plan fell short of its intended aim to revitalize the city, planners carried out work on the Magnificent Mile as planned. By the 1920s, architects started work on the mile, using a wide range of architectural styles and reaching new heights, quite literally, with several tall buildings.

Today, the mile is one of the most luxurious retail districts in Chicago and one of the most expensive places to rent retail space in the United States. The street is home to many upscale shops and hotels, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Tiffany & Co, Max Mara, and Rolex. As well as multiple stores, you can also find three urban shopping centers.

The Magnificent Mile is not only about shopping, however. There are several landmarks along the way, including:

  • Chicago Water Tower dates from 1869 and is the second-oldest water tower in the United States. It has an unusual and intricate design that is more popular with some people than others, but one thing is for sure – it is very distinctive. The tower is now home to a museum where visitors can view art and sculpture by local artists.
  • The imposing Wrigley Building was the first office building north of the Chicago River and the first air-conditioned office building in the city. The building has featured in Lego builds, and even in the 1957 movie Beginning of the End, when giant grasshoppers attacked it! Today it is a luxury office complex.
  • The beautiful neo-gothic Tribune Tower skyscraper is the result of a building design competition. In 1922, the Chicago Tribune offered a $100,000 prize to whoever designed the newspaper's perfect new office to celebrate its 75th anniversary. The building features intricately carved designs, buttresses, and an unusual crown-shaped top. The Tribune Tower is part of Chicago's open tours every year, giving visitors the chance to tour it for free.

The Magnificent Mile is also home to several famous luxury hotels, including the Drake Hotel, the Warwick Allerton, and the Intercontinental Chicago.

SERVPRO understands the needs of Chicago residents

Chicago residents know the city is no stranger to rain, winds, and floods. As recently as May 2020, the town suffered significant flooding after rain caused the Chicago River to swell.

It is vital to work with a restoration firm that understands the local area. SERVPRO franchises are locally owned and operated, so you can rest assured that our technicians understand the unique needs of the city:

  • We equip our teams with a range of pumps suitable for removing flood water from even the tallest skyscrapers.
  • We use monitoring equipment such as moisture probes and meters to examine adjoining walls between apartments and assess the damage.
  • We employ thermal imaging to examine high ceilings and hard to reach places.

For help with flood removal, call SERVPRO of Evergreen Park / South Chicago City at (773) 337-3900.

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