Last November we packed up two vans, 14 family members and some
extra sweatshirts to head downtown for the Magnificent Mile Lights
Festival. We'd been down there before, and as native Chicagoans, we
should have realized some of the headaches we'd run into, but
unfortunately this day we decided to wing it.
If you're planning to head to the festival on Nov. 23, here are
a few tips we should have remembered.
1 Dress for very
cold weather-even if it's not cold when you start out from
2 If you want a
front row seat, get there early. The people in the front rows with
the best views were there four or more hours ahead of time.
3 Try to get a
location near an open store or something like Starbucks to warm up,
use the bathroom and get hot cocoa.
4 Stay for the
fireworks! Hearing the percussive sounds echoing off buildings and
the brilliant lights reflecting throughout downtown was the best
part of the day.
5 Park far away, if
possible. It was worth the walk to get on the road home
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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