One of the joys of walking Chicago’s streets in December were the decorations that lined Michigan Avenue. All of the stores and buildings along the Magnificent Mile took great pride in decorating not only their windows, but the beds of landscaping that lie between the sidewalk and the street. Everywhere you looked was a different combination of pine boughs, boxwood, red twig dogwoods, Christmas trees, and other decorations. It was simple and festive. Everything was fresh which made it seem natural in the space. Each store had coordinated their “park like” area with their window boxes for a charming effect. At night, it was even more enchanting with the addition of twinkling lights.