Tourist from all over the world flock to Chicago to visit
our museums, the Magnificent Mile and our lakefront. But many of us
"lifers" take those attractions for granted. This summer, why not
be a tourist in your own city? Doubletree Magnificent
Mile has some great family-oriented packages that can make the
trip easy and affordable.
My family took advantage of the "Doubletree in 3-D"
package on a recent weekend and saw the city from a whole new
Armed with our complimentary cookies, we headed up to the
32nd floor to drop off our bags. The highlight of our room was its
cushioned window seat with a view of the city. The boys settled
there, eating their snack, while catching glimpses of the lake and
finding a few landmark buildings. Then, it was off to explore a
little city nightlife. We had parked our car in the building ($40
for 24 hours), so we decided to do our exploring on foot. Given
Doubletree's location, we were able to walk the Magnificent Mile
shops and take our pick from a number of popular eateries without
tiring out a 6-year-old's little legs. If you'd rather stay in, the
hotel also has a fine restaurant with a well-priced children's
The next morning, we had an easy breakfast from the lobby
bagel shop before officially checking out and storing our bags in
the car. Since the car could stay in the lot a full 24 hours, we
used our second day to take advantage of the "3-D" part of our
package-four tickets to the IMAX theater at Navy Pier. Again on
foot, we made the 10-minute walk to the pier. We chose the new
movie "Born to be Wild" and found both the movie and the IMAX
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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