Have a PB&J weekend

What’s your recession food? Pasta? Spam (we said recession, not nuclear war)? Your own arm? For us, it’s definitely peanut butter and jelly. Packed full of protein, fat, carbs and sugar, it’s one of the more filling meals around for under a buck. Not to mention, it takes us back to the days when Mom would cut off the crusts and serve it up alongside a few carrot sticks and a glass of milk. Ah, those were the days.

Well, those days are back at the recently renovated Doubletree Hotel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 300 E. Ohio. The Peanut Butter & Jelly Package, available weekends from now through March 1, is aimed at families with kids under 12. In addition to a welcome basket filled with PB&J sandwiches, Doubletree’s signature chocolate chip cookies and popcorn, guests receive a free on-demand movie, complimentary use of the Lakeshore Athletic Club and discount certificates at area attractions.

It’s a recipe for some awesome family bonding; at the least, it’ll bring back nostalgia for a time when the only economic concerns you had were regarding your weekly allowance. Rates begin at $99 plus tax for a family of four; call (312) 787-6100 for reservations, or visit the Web site.

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