Oak Alley Plantation is located 55 miles west of New Orleans along and south bank of the Mississippi River and half way between the very small towns of St. James and Vacherie. The mansion was built in 1837 and was in a sad state of disrepair by the early 1920's when purchased and restored by the Stewart family in 1925. Upon the death of Mrs. Stewart the property was turned over to a non-profit organization which opened Oak Alley to the public.
The Magnificent Mile identifies the stretch of Michigan Ave extending north from the Chgo River to Oak St, famous for its collection of the world’s most exclusive retailers. It’s Chgo’s answer to Fifth Ave in NYC or the Champs-Élysée in Paris, including the fact that some of the city’s most notable architecture is also there. In December, the holiday lights festival on the Mile is legendary.