As a military brat moving from base to base, I learned early on that home was always changing. When my younger sister decided she wanted something more stable, she set up a permanent home in Chicago. Since I was still in college, I was excited visit the Windy City and see what a real stable home was like. Since it was my first trip to the city, I did some research to stay within budget and see the hottest Chicagoattractions.
The Magnificent Mile
The Magnificent Mile runs along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street and is part of an area known as The Loop. Once I decided what to see, staying somewhere near the Mag Mile just made sense. I was staying in a hotel because I didn’t really fit into my sister’s tiny one bedroom with her new husband.
I wanted a place that was comfortable, but not too expensive. For me, that place was the Fairfield Inn & Suites in downtown Chicago. Technically, the Fairfield sits in Streetville, which is a few blocks off Mag Mile. The advantage of staying near the Mile, but not quite on it, was price. The Magnificent Mile is the place to be in Chicago and hotel pricing reflects that. By staying just off, I still got the benefits of downtown while saving a few dollars. The Fairfield offered a nice breakfast, free Wi-Fi and location, location, location. It is also near the “L,” which was the easiest main public transportation option to get to my sister’s downtown apartment.
Since my sister was new to the area and this was my first trip, we were not exactly sure what sites to see. One of her friends recommended we take advantage of the ChicagoCityPass. The CityPass gives you VIP admission to five must-see attractions in the city. It is a very ‘touristy’ thing to buy, but for a first trip, a viable option. By using the pass, we got into: