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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Last month we posted an article about the food sampling festival “Taste of Chicago”. For fans of that event, or anyone who couldn’t go but wished they could, you’re in luck. Taste of Lincoln Avenue is taking place this weekend!

O.K. so Taste of Chicago sets a pretty high standard for comparison, it’s got “of Chicago” right in the title for Pete’s sake, but Taste of Lincoln Avenue has a lot to offer when it comes to having a great time. Chicago, describes it as “ one of Chicago’s largest and most popular Street fests”. Not to mention the fact that this will be Taste of Lincoln Avenue’s 28th year in existence.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue is going to be a ton of fun. Besides featuring a plethora of food vendors to fulfill any cravings you could have, there will be musical acts, a free carnival for kids and even a craft fair. Plus the proceeds will go towards the Wrightwood neighbors association, so you’ll be benefiting the neighborhood itself.

TLA is taking place this weekend from Noon to 10pm on Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sunday. As the name implies it will be happening between Fullerton and Wrightwood on North Lincoln Avenue. If you are wondering about travel and parking accommodations, Chicago, recommends taking public transportation to simplify things.

For more information on Taste of Lincoln Avenue head over to Chicago, and don’t forget to check in weekly for more Chicago Happenings!


For those of you who frequent our Facebook page, you may have noticed the wonderful badge recently posted on our wall that identifies us as a proud member of the Central Lakeview Merchant Association. You may be wondering what CLMA is exactly , and why  Broughton Hotels is a proud member? 

CLMA is an association of the various businesses in Central Lakeview. According to the CLMA website  “Central Lakeview Merchants Association’s (CLMA) primary goals are to stimulate the neighborhood’s economic growth, enhance its natural beauty, and promote it as a world-class tourist destination.”

It’s easy to see why we’re proud to be a member of CLMA. Central Lakeview, which is colloquially known as Wrigleyville, is a thriving business community, and CLMA is an essential part of developing the businesses in the area and making Lakeview a key part of the Windy City.

CLMA helps keep Central Lakeview the prosperous area that it is. They help provide resources to the various businesses that inhabit the area. If you have never been here, we strongly encourage you to come down to Wrigleyville and see what all the excitement is about. Central Lakeview definitely has something for everyone. Thanks for helping keep Central Lakeview Great CLMA

We recently put up a video on our YouTube channel featuring two of our most loyal guests describing their experiences staying with Broughton. The two personable Englishmen, Stewart and Graham, have come to visit Chicago and stayed in Broughton hotels 13 times.

They both commented on how much they enjoyed the city and had great things to say about their experience at Broughton Hotels. Stewart really appreciated that the staff treats you like a family member, describing the hotel as “very very friendly”. Graham liked the location near Wrigley field, because of his love of baseball.

While the description of their visits to Chicago ranged from their love of the baseball games to the fact that the city has many attractions to offer to the great location, they specifically spoke of Taste of Chicago and Millennium park, a major theme of their chat was their love for the people of Chicago, “The people here just can’t do enough for you” said Graham.

Thank you for staying with us for your past 13 visits Stewart and Graham, We look forward to helping you experience Chicago for years to come.

“Go play outside, it’s a beautiful day,” our parents were right, it is beautiful and there is no better way to experience a nice day in Chicago than spending it in the park. You’ve probably heard of the more popular Millennium Park or even visited “Chicago’s front yard” Grant Park, but you may not realize that The Windy City has a thriving park system containing 7600 acres of parkland, 534 baseball fields, 25 beaches, 6 golf courses 518 playgrounds 90 gardens and 2 world-class conservatories.

These summer months are the perfect time to go out and explore the acres and acres of parkland Chicago proudly maintains. Feel the sand between your toes at Fargo Beach, smell the flowers at Rainbow Park Victory Garden, or watch the beauty of historic Buckingham Fountain . In fact, do all three. There is so much to experience in Chicago’s more scenic areas you’d be hard pressed to fit it all into one summer. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the simple tranquility of nature in Chicago’s parks.

Besides their inherent visual appeal, Chicago’s parks boast a wide variety of free and low cost attractions. From Kayaking to Dancing , the park system has something to fit everyone’s interests. Movies in the Parks , for example, are just one of the unique attractions that make the greener side of Chicago so great. Millennium Park even has its own event list and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions including fitness events, concerts and festivals.

So go play outside! Get some fresh air, exercise and experience scenic Chicago!