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To help spice up the witches’ brew, we need a little help from you.

Whether you’ll be going as a ghost, a witch, or a skeleton,

we want to be included in your Halloween fun.

We’re giving away a free suite in the city

if you didn’t play along it sure would be a pity.

Upload your holiday photo to our Facebook wall,

then we’ll get to experience all the fun you had this Fall.

A night with us filled with sights, shopping and eats,

will probably end up being one of your best Halloween treats!

Giveaway overview:
• This is a Halloween Costume Contest
• Prize is a complimentary 2-night stay in one of our suites (at either City Suites or the Majestic).
• Broughton Hotels Chicago executive committee will select and announce the contest Favorite Five on Tuesday  11/2/2010 (so don’t wait to upload your Halloween pictures).
• The winning photo will be whichever Favorite Five picture has gotten the most “like” votes as of noon on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. We need your to help, please “like” the picture(s) you feel should win. And encourage your friends and family to do the same.

How to win:
“Like” Broughton Hotels of Chicago on Facebook
• Click attach photo, under the grey “What’s on your mind?” box.  Upload your favorite Halloween photo onto our Facebook wall.
• Tag all friends in the photo, and tell them to “like” us as well. In order to win, you must be our Facebook fan.
• Make sure your friends and family members “like” the photo you’re submitting. The winning photo will be whichever Favorite Five picture has gotten the most “like” votes as of noon on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

Rules:
• The contest runs 10/21/2010 – 11/9/2010
• Winners must be Facebook fans of Broughton Hotels of Chicago
• Winners must respond and book their suite within 30 days
• Prize must be redeemed by 11/9/2012
• Some blackout dates apply

Looking for fresh local cuisine made just for you? Then you need to check out Happy Bodega! It is a Chicago-based gourmet mobile foodie truck. It brings the things you want to you!  Its menu consists of quality products that are locally made. It offers coffee, tea, and French-style baguette sandwiches. Some of these sounds great, don’t they? Ham & Gruyere, Turkey with Aged Cheddar & Mixed Greens, and Brie Cheese with Tomato & Basil! Also, on the menu you’ll find seasonal fruits, banana bread pudding, croissants and more.

The Happy Bodega has reasonable prices, and a knowledgeable staff. They strive to bring happy food to happy people morning, afternoon, and night. Also, as a special touch, they offer fresh-cut flowers and the morning paper for your convenience.

Not only can you get you daily meals from the foodie truck, but also plan a meeting, party or event with them as well. They can pull up and cater an event to your liking. Sounds pretty great!

For more information on where they stop be sure to check out their weekly schedule, and also their catering form for that special event.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means Chicago will be participating in its Pretty in Pink Fundraiser. The city is celebrating 31 days of $31 beauty deals. In order to treat the women of Chicago, spas and salons are offering beauty treatments at a great value.

This is just one of the many things to look for during the month of October. Over the next few weeks, pink is no longer just a color, but a symbol of the fight so many women go through. It’s a way to show support for family, friends, and the fight for a cure.

Businesses and individuals are showing their love, and even the NFL has joined in too! For every game played during the month of October, a special football with a pink ribbon will be used. Also, players will have the option to jazz up their uniforms by wearing pink sports gear during games.

If you’re looking to join in the fight against cancer, find out how you can get involved today. Check out the Susan G. Komen Foundation to read more.

This is an autumn attraction you won’t want to miss! The Richardson Farm Experience is truly a fun, and exciting adventure for the whole family.

It includes a play area with slides, a corn bin cabin, pedal trikes, and a goat walk for the little ones to enjoy. It has an enormous pumpkin patch where everyone is sure the find the perfect pumpkin! Also, it features live pig races, so be sure to pick you’re winner – Squeller, or Boss Hog. For more of an older crowd it has a 700 foot zip line, and the worlds largest corn maze! That’s not all, it also has an ORBiting. This is a giant, 11 foot ball you put yourself in and bounce and roll down the slope.

For those of you who are not so adventurous, there is a 50 foot observation tower that overlooks the whole park. Wagon rides are available, and there are numerous picnic areas perfect for some paper bag lunches and campfires.

This amazing experience is sure to make your kids happy, and keep you talking about all the fun! To find out more, check out the Richardson Farm Experience today!

This European-style, urban antique market is well under way. It features 200 quality antique dealers of furnishings, housewares, artifacts, vintage clothing, jewelry, sterling porcelain, lighting, ephemera, toys, and collectables galore! It also has fun and fabulous food and drink specialties.

Treasure hunting will begin on Saturday at 10 am and continue until Sunday at 4 pm. This year there are three new exciting mini-markets for you to enjoy, The Vinyl Swap Meet!, The Fancy Food Market, and the Global Goods Bazaar. These are sure to delight you with treats such as jazz and rock show tunes, chocolates, cakes, breads, and artisan goods!

Also, the Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the Indie Designer Market! It features the hottest young designers creating avant garde and one-of-a-kind fashion, art, jewelry, and décor!

This festival is really something you won’t want to miss, so be sure to put it on your calendar for this weekend! To read more about this exciting market festival be sure to visit Randolph Street!

The 25th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest kicks off today! It will be held at John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza, and offers classic German beer, food, and plenty of live music!

This year’s music performances include:

Johnny Wagner Band    11:30am-2pm Daily

Maggie Speaks             5-9pm Wed., Sept. 15

Sixteen Candles            5-9pm Thurs., Sept. 16

Sorry for Partying          5-9pm Fri., Sept. 17

The event will also host two raffles to benefit the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Admission to the Oktoberfest is free, so support this cause for a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2011 Jaguar XF, or a weekend getaway including airfare and overnight accommodations.

Find out more about the Berghoff Oktoberfest, and make your plans today!

We are changing our name from City Inns of Chicago to Broughton Hotels of Chicago. We want to thank our Facebook fans for liking our new Facebook page by giving away a suite for two nights at one of our three luxury Chicago hotels (Willows, Majestic or City Suites)!

Giveaway overview:

– Prize winners will be selected at random from all Facebook fan entries on 9/24/2010.

– The more friends you get to enter with you, the greater your chance to win.

How to win:

– Please “like” our new Broughton Hotels of Chicago Facebook page at: http://bit.ly/cTH8Uy

– Click the silver “Share” button on the bottom left column on the Broughton Hotels of Chicago Facebook page to share with your friends (either by a status update or private message).

– Then copy and paste the following message into the “What’s on your mind?” text box. Be sure to add your name where it says “insert your name here”:

Want to join me for trip to Chicago? The Broughton Hotels of Chicago are giving away a suite for 2 nights!

Enter us to win by posting this to the Broughton Hotels of Chicago wall (after “liking” them):

“I want a Chicago Getaway with <insert your name here>!”

All the details are at: http://bit.ly/7yl91p

See you in Chicago!

– You could also post the above message on your friend’s wall in addition to sharing or messaging them. The more entries you have, the better your chances to win.

* TIP: After clicking the silver “share” button on the bottom left column there is an option to “Send as a message instead” so you can direct the message to your best friends!

– Check out our sites to get ready for your getaway in Chicago & our Facebook page for the announcement of who won!

Rules:

– The contest runs 9/7/2010 – 9/24/2010

– Winners must respond within 30 days

– Prize must be redeemed by 9/24/2011

– Some dates will not be available

– Winners must be Facebook fans of Broughton Hotels of Chicago

For over 30 years, the Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day tradition in the city. Known for its creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through quality live musical performances. There is a wide variety of jazz music performed by both world-famous, and local artists.

This year’s show will be unlike any in its history. Not only will there be performances at Grant Park and Petrillo Music Shell, but also major events will take place at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Spertus Institute. Some of this year’s headliners include Henry Threadgill, Brad Mehldau, Nicole Mitchell, Kurt Elling, Rene Maria, and many more!

The festival is put on by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and is free of charge for those who attend. The first performance kicks off Thursday (9/2) at noon and will continue through Sunday (9/5). Don’t miss out on a weekend of great performances, so be sure to check out the schedule!

Michigan Avenue is home to designer shops, world-class hotels, extravagant restaurants, endless entertainment, and so much more! The Magnificent Mile is one of the top ten hospitality, fine dining and retail districts in the world, making it One of the Great Avenues of the World. There are approximately 3.1 million square feet currently occupied along this strip. It serves as the main thoroughfare between Chicago’s Loop Business District and its Gold Coast.

If you’re visiting, and you’re there to shop, make sure Gucci, Bloomingdales, Michael Kors, and Marc Jacobs all make the list. But if sightseeing is what you want, better write down the John Hancock Center, Park Tower, and Olympia Centre. And don’t forget you can get the most delicious cuisine at Weber Grill, Phil Stephani’s 437 Rush, or The Signature Room at the 95th. There is something magnificent for everyone to enjoy on this avenue strip.

No trip to Chicago would be complete without a trip down Michigan Avenue. To check out all the magnificent attractions, be sure to check out the Magnificent Mile!

The Windy City is filled with great food, and amazing sights, but this one tops them all! Chicago’s Skydeck stands at an astonishing 1,353 feet. It is the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and was voted one of the 7 Wonders of Chicago by the Chicago Tribune Readers.

Once at the top, visitors are able to venture out onto the Ledge. This glass box extends out 4.3 feet from the skyscrapers 103rd floor! On a clear day, viewers can see up to 50 miles in all directions. The best time to visit is after 5 pm on a clear night. The twinkling night life and sunset are sure to take your breath away. It is said to also provide the best views of Chicago’s picturesque architecture.

Inside the tower, activities include interactive touch screens, history of the tower, museum exhibits of Chicago’s history, and cool highlights on the city’s biggest attractions. So even if the Ledge isn’t for you, there are plenty of other activities to keep you busy!

This world famous sight is one to put on your list! Be sure to check out The Skydeck for more information.