Chicago’s Magnificent Mile On The Cheap, Or Not

Magnificent-Mile-Chicago, from USATravelWithUs.com

Max and Snookems have been gallivanting. They’ve been taking it easy since their appearance at the Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show last spring. It was time to get out for a Christmas shopping trip on Michigan Avenue. Neither of them drive. Of course not, they’re mannequins. So they reserved a Hummer limousine complete with driver, which gave them plenty of room to spread out for only $125 an hour.

Driving would have been much kinder to their credit card, as evening parking at the lot at Grand and State would have been $9 for 3 hours. Yes, they would have had to spend $10 at Nordstrom’s or one of the North Bridge shops to qualify, but that would have been easy for Snookems. She was so surprised to find that sox were $5.00 a pair at Nordstrom’s. She bought some for the maid.

Jason Wu gown as pictured on the Neiman Marcus website


Afterwards, they visited Neiman Marcus. Snookems is ready for New Year’s Eve. The colors of this Jason Wu Long-Sleeve Embroidered Lace Gown compliment her pale skin beautifully. The price of $8590.00 did not deter her.

Neiman Marcus’ Broadway Beckons package for $30,000 appealed as well. It included a walk-on role in Annie on Broadway, dinner with a producer, six show tickets, and all equity-related costs. She and Max had a serious discussion about this one, finally agreeing that a walk-on role could be a problem; her legs are a bit stiff these days. Her heart would have been broken, if she had one.

The $895.00 a night executive suite at the Drake was oh so Max and Snookems, and the Cape Cod Room was a lovely dining experience. Certainly, the hot entree and soup bar at Foodease in Water Tower Place would have been more reasonable. Fast, friendly, and healthy with a total bill of about $25.00 for two.

Had it been a Friday night from 6 – 7 PM, they could have enjoyed Caroling at Cloud Gate (The Bean). But then again, maybe not, as it was free.

Businesses in The Magnificent Mile district were spreading holiday cheer with holiday offers, but that was against their principles as well. Full-priced simply must be better.

Or not.

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