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North Michigan Ave, also known as the magnificent mile, and the Streeterville area has an interesting history. After the Chicago Fire of 1871 something had to be done with all the rubble. So most of it was just pushed into the lake just east of North Michigan Ave, although people had been dumbing into that area of the lake north of the river since 1834 because a 1,500 foot (457 m) pier was built there. Between the trash and natural dirt collecting, the area because a weird mix of sand bars and marshlands called "The Sands."
The area was ignored by the city because in 1821 a government property survey delineated the Chicago municipal boundary as the lake shoreline. In the late 1880s George Streeter, an American Civil War veteran, claimed that his boat collided with a sandbar off the Chicago shoreline during a storm. Streeter and his wife made the boat their new home and encouraged more dumping in the area. Within a few years the whole area actually became 186 acres (0.75 km²) of solid land!
Streeter claimed the area as his own and named it the District of Lake Michigan. The city government knowing the value of this land eventually, after many eviction attempts and gun battles, put Streeter in jail. In 1918 the courts invalidated his claims of sovereignty and the area has been part of Chicago ever since. Within a few years after the court desicision the area became one of the wealthiest areas of the cities and continues to be that way to this day!
North Michigan Ave and Streeterville became the center of high end shopping in Chicago and in recent years has become a trendy area to live in. Also the neighboring area of River North is becoming a trendy area. No trip to Chicago is complete with out a few hours on the Magnificent Mile.
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The US Postal Service is very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.
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