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Obama’s hometown gears up to celebrate inauguration

Obama’s hometown gears up to celebrate inauguration
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First Published: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 09 32 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 09 32 AM IST
Chicago: As Barack Obama readies for his historic inauguration as US’ first black president, his hometown will celebrate with a plethora of festivities, including special discounts and Obama-inspired menus at restaurants and hundreds of flat screen TVs across the city broadcasting the swearing-in of the nation’s 44th president.
Most of the “inauguration packages” being offered by the city’s hotels would run for a week and include Obama-inspired menus ranging from $5-20, free dinners for children, special cocktails, inauguration balls, discounted overnight accommodations, free tickets to museums, complimentary breakfast buffet and live band performances.
While restaurants like the David Burke’s Primehouse will offer a special $20 menu in the entire week of inauguration “in honour of our new president”, The James Hotel has lined up a special “City of Hope” package that would offer guests a chance to experience some of Obama family’s favourite things.
Apart from a tour of Chicago in The James’ private Audi, on the anvil is a trip through Chicago’s scenic South Shore and historic Hyde Park.
The hotel’s guests would also receive a copy of Obama’s recent book, ‘The Audacity of Hope´, besides an opportunity to dine at one of the new president’s favourite restaurants. The presidential package would be available throughout January.
The Fairmont Chicago too has planned an ultraluxurious Presidential Hometown Tour package that includes two nights in a presidential suite decorated with all things Obama, a tour of Obama’s favourite haunts in a chauffeur-driven Bentley and dinner at Spiaggia, where Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated his historic election.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 09 32 AM IST