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New Glitz for Not-So-Magnificent Michigan Ave?

Chicago's Magnificent Mile is packed with shoppers and gawkers, but to some, the area just south of there is not so magnificent. Now, some downtown boosters want to change that.

Today, a downtown development group unveils a plan to bring glitz to Michigan Avenue south of the river. Ty Tabing directs the Chicago Loop Alliance. He says one suggestion is to create a set of grand, ornamental steps.

TABING: The concept is to create a real visual entrance that could become a real plaza for people to gather, there could be a water feature, or movable furniture.

The price tag for this and related suggestions could top $160 million.

Chicago's Planning Department would ask Michigan Avenue property owners to pick up the tab.

I'm Shawn Allee, Chicago Public Radio.

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