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Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Peppermint Patty—when you hear these names, does your head automatically start playing the Peanuts theme song on the piano?

For nearly 50 years, Charles Schulz wrote and drew each Peanuts strip that appeared in daily and Sunday newspapers. And today, the Peanuts are known as “the most popular and influential in the history of the comic strip.”

From now until February 18, 2013, take a step back in time and learn how these beloved cartoon characters came to be at the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit, “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit.”

According to the Museum of Science and Industry, the exhibit “explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, as well as reproductions and related Peanuts memorabilia, you will see how characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy were developed and how they evolved over decades in print and popular culture…”

There are tons of Peanuts-themed activities throughout the exhibit:

  • Walk through a recreation of Schulz’s Santa Rosa, California studio.
  • Take a Peanuts tour of holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day—celebrated so famously by these characters.
  • Enter the recreation of Snoopy’s doghouse interior—which was never shown in the strip—to see the eclectic belongings of this unique dog.
  • Tap out a tune with your feet on Schroeder’s oversized grand piano.
  • Color the Peanuts gang with digital crayon.
  • Create your own animation and have it brought to life in a zoetrope.

 

This is an exhibit that all kids and adults alike will enjoy. For more information, check out the Museum of Science and Industry!

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“Halloween is more than a day in Chicago; it’s an entire season.” –Explore Chicago

…and boy, are they right!

Chicagoween, the Windy City’s annual fun and frightful Halloween event, has returned! From October 26-30, Daley Plaza will disappear and mystically transform into the Haunted Village of Franken Plaza.

According to Explore Chicago, at Chicagoween, “The…streets are decorated and filled with an array of activities for children and the child within you.”

There are tons of FREE Halloween activities that will leave you amused for days!

  • A screening of the movie, Little Shop of Horrors (Rated PG-13)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Hayrides
  • Photo Booth Fun
  • Costume Contests
  • Trick-or-Treating
  • Special performances by Midnight Circus, Magic Matt, Dave Herzog’s Marionettes, Storyteller Oba William King, the Batbuck$ Game Show and fcbc educational theatre

 

And Franken Plaza has added something new this year! Kids can walk through a kid-friendly Ghostly Maze decorated with hay bales, pumpkins, corn stalks, creepy crawlers and flying bats. Inside, they can create their own miniature city within a city with large, blue foam blocks at the Imagination Playground Oasis.

Who says Halloween is only on October 31st? Chicagoween will keep you entertained for the entire week! Check out more information on this Halloween extravaganza today!

And don’t forget to book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

*Chicagoween is put on by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

You are invited to a party—a Really Big Halloween Party, that is! Starting this Friday, October 19, Navy Pier will become a frighteningly fun festivity Fridays through Sundays, October 19 – 28, plus Halloween!

It says it all in the name—this party is really big, and great for Halloween fans of all ages:

  • Camel, Alpaca and Pony Rides
  • Free Petting Zoo and Hayrides
  • All-Day Dance Party with DJ Spinners
  • Live Bands
  • Performances of Harry Houdini’s Upside-Down Water Chamber Escape Trick
  • Trick-or-Treating with candy provided by Ferrara Candy Company and iCandylicious
  • Costume Contest (Saturday, October 27) for children and adults
  • Fire Spinning Shows by Pyrotechniq
  • 550 lb. Pumpkin Carving
  • Haunted architecture cruises on the Seadog
  • Halloween at Harry Caray’s Tavern with scavenger hunts, cookie decorating and spooktacular adult cocktails

 

So dust off your cutest, scariest or wackiest costume, and head down to Navy Pier’s Really Big Halloween Party this weekend! It’s guaranteed to be a spooktacular good time!

And don’t forget to book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

Happy Halloween!

Fall is such a beautiful season in Chicago! The temperatures are nearly perfect, fall produce is in its prime and there are still plenty of fun things to do outside—but not for much longer! For example, the Green City Market, Chicago’s year-round farmers market, will be held outdoors until October 27—after which it will move indoors to the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum.

According to its website, “Green City Market operates as Chicago’s only truly “green” farmer’s market supporting and promoting local, sustainable agricultural practices. The mission of the Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food that educates, promotes and connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the Greater Chicago community.”

The Chicago Green City Market outdoor season is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive and runs every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

So what are you waiting for? Embrace the bright fall foliage and sunshine, and stock up on all your local farmers produce, meats, breads, cheeses and sweets before the outdoor market season closes until next spring!

And don’t hike all over the city with all of your fresh fall produce! We’re in the neighborhood, so book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

It’s October! And to us, that only means one thing: Halloween is here!

Will you be in Chicago the weekend of Saturday, October 20? We have the perfect event that the entire family can enjoy—Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular!

Spooky Zoo Spectacular! is the Auxiliary Board’s largest community-service event that provides kids and parents with a free, safe alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. Lincoln Park Zoo invites all of their guests to learn fun facts about the animals in the Spooky Zoo Education Zone, as well as enjoy several Halloween-themed activities including a haunted house, arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and more!

Dress in your best—or spookiest—costume, and celebrate Halloween this year at the 2012 Spooky Zoo Spectacular!

Want to have a more “spook-tacular” time? Since we’re in the neighborhood, book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

Warning: Plan on dressing like a zoo animal? Don’t let your costume be too convincing—our zookeepers may think you’re a Lincoln Park Zoo animal! Happy Halloween!

Ever since it began in 1977, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon has become a world-class marathon attracting both locals and top runners from around the world! For this year’s race, Sunday, October 7, 45,000 participants registered in a record six days—so unfortunately, it sold out for participants wanting to sign up. Don’t worry, though! That doesn’t mean you don’t have to miss out on the fun! The very first Chicago Marathon was also known as “The people’s race anyone can come and enjoy,” and this still holds true today.

The fun will begin Thursday, October 5 with a two-day, free-to-the-public Health and Fitness Expo at McCormick Place Convention Center. With more than 200 exhibitors, the expo will offer Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. After that, plant yourself along the 26.2-mile course throughout the city, and cheer on your favorite runner, or just cheer on the masses!

And when the race ends in Grant Park, celebrate victory (either yours or someone else’s) with the 27th Mile Post-Race Party in Grant Park’s Butler Field! The outdoor party will have tons of food, beverages and live entertainment. Plus, it’s free to the public!

Not able to see the marathon in person? NBC Chicago will provide complete live TV and online coverage of the marathon on race day. Enjoy the marathon in the comforts of your own room at Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

Do you consider yourself a foodie with more of a refined palette? Then Chicago Gourmet 2012 is the perfect Chicago event for you!

According to its website, “Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.”

Hosted in Millennium Park, September 28-30, guests can enjoy two days filled with cooking seminars and demonstrations from internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers; book signings; and best yet—a chance to sample hundreds of delicious gourmet creations, wines and other spirits.

The fun doesn’t end there. Chicago Gourmet will kick off Friday with the Hamburger Hop—a fun (and mouthwatering) showdown where top Chicago chefs battle in a friendly competition to create the city’s best burger. And on Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Cru will offer participating guests exclusive wine tastings of some of the finest wines in the world.

Hungry? We are, too. Reserve your spot and purchase your tickets for Chicago Gourmet 2012 today!

And since we’re only minutes away from Millennium Park, book your stay with Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

September in Chicago means one thing: Oktoberfest time. These annual celebrations are a pretty big deal with the locals considering Chicago’s rich German heritage. Honestly, could you think of a better way to welcome the fall season than enjoying a beautiful Indian summer day with homemade bratwurst in one hand and a cold beer in the other? Check out just some of these local Oktoberfests and celebrate German heritage—Chicago style:

The Berghoff Oktoberfest
September 12 – 14, 2012
John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza
At the corner of Adams and Dearborn

The 27th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest is the largest and longest running Oktoberfest in Chicago. The festival will offer traditional German faire (bratwursts and beer, of course), traditional performances by Johnny Wagner Band and nightly performances by other local favorite bands. Take your picture with the official mascot, Herman the German, for a chance to win cool prizes, and watch the official Prince and Princess of Oktoberfest get crowned! With free admission and open to the public daily, there’s something in store for everyone!

Oktoberfest Chicago
September 28 – 30, 2012
St. Alphonsus Church
Lakeview – At the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport

St. Alphonsus’s Oktoberfest ends Chicago’s outdoor festival season with traditional German flair. With $5 admission, locals and visitors alike can experience authentic German food, polka dance lessons, the “oom-pah” of German bands, the music of area headliner bands and tons of activities for kids (“Kinderfest”). Festival go-ers can also experience this Oktoberfest like a true Bavarian—by becoming a Brewmaster! For $100, each Brewmaster will receive a commemorative 2012 Oktoberfest stoneware stein; discount-priced stein refills; two free homemade bratwursts; four weekend passes to the festival; three complimentary beers; and more.

So whether you’re German or not, raise your stein, wear your favorite lederhosen and dance to German and Bavarian music! Celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago!

And don’t forget to book your stay with Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

Chicago, are you ready for some football?

This Sunday, September 9, marks a day that Chicago football fans have been waiting for all year—the Chicago Bears Season Opener. Put on your best blue and orange, head on down to Soldier Field and celebrate one of Chicago’s most anticipated sporting events of the year!

New to ‘Da Bears’ scene? Here are some things to expect when they play the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday:

- Since the Season Opener kicks off at noon, Bears fans will fill into the Soldier Field parking lot around 6 a.m. (or earlier) to tailgate. Rain or shine, you will see fans cooking on the grill, tossing the pigskin back and forth and having a good time while getting ready to cheer the Bears to a W.
- Before entering the football stadium, fans will be greeted by the Chicago Bears drumline.
- Leave the hats, scarves and mittens at home! Just because it’s football season doesn’t mean the chilly fall weather has hit Chicago quite yet.
- Are you a Colts fan? Don’t say the Chicago Traveler didn’t warn you—expect a (sometimes) friendly and persistent heckling from some of the Bears’ most passionate and loyal fans.

Don’t have tickets for this weekend’s game? You still have seven more chances to see “The Monsters of the Midway” play at Soldier Field. Check out their 2012-2013 Home Schedule today!

And don’t forget to book your stay with Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

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