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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Halloween is oh-so-near! Are you excited? We are! This time of year is full of so many fun things including amazing treats, outrageous customs, scary movies, haunted houses and so much more! What are your favorite Halloween tales? Here are some “haunted” Chicago bars you just have to check out!

Flounder’s Bar & Grill

This tale dates back to the 1800’s with the true Sausage King of Chicago, Adolph Luetget. Story has it; he ground up his wife and killed three of his children in what used to be his factory. In the 60’s it was said to be a house of child pornography. Six months ago, while paranormal investigators were inspecting, doors opened and closed on their own and three camera flashes ignited simultaneously. The team said, “we had more ghost activity there than any place we’ve been in the world.”

Metro & Smart Bar

It’s been said, ghost activity is more common in places near water because it helps them manifest. There is a stream that runs underneath the Metro. In the 40’s, a cleaning lady supposedly hanged herself in the venue’s fourth floor theater, and is now occasionally seen swaying from the rafters. Also, the ladies bathroom is known for it’s ghost sightings as well. Women have seen somebody behind them in the bathroom mirror, but they immediately disappear.

Liar’s Club

This two-story bar has a few characters that are known to visit often. In the 60’s the building was a homeless men’s shelter. It’s been told that a scuffle broke out and one man ended up dead in a corner on the second floor. Two other murders happened in that same corner, but once it was a woman. Customers have claimed they often see the large woman hanging around that corner of the bar, and a man wanders up and down the steps.

Do you believe these tales? Be sure to put these bars on your list of places to hit up this Halloween weekend! Who knows what you might find, or who!


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Calling all ghouls, ghosts and witches! Trick or Suite is back by popular demand and we can’t wait for the “treat” of seeing this year’s spook-tacular costumes!

Trick or Suite is a Halloween costume contest that will run October 20-November 7; so don’t wait to upload your favorite Halloween pictures of you in costume to our Facebook. The photo with the most “like” votes on Facebook will win a complimentary two-night stay in one of our suites (either City Suites or the Majestic). If your picture is a group shot, make sure to tag everyone and remember that to win, everyone must be a Facebook fan of Broughton Hotels of Chicago.

Last year’s winner, Erin Goodridge, won the grand prize with 303 votes for her Mario and Luigi photo! To win big, keep Trick or Suite in mind, and make sure to check out our Facebook for updates!

Summer may be over, but the savings are definitely not. When you stay at any of our three comforting and stylish Broughton Hotel Chicago locations, you can save big! Take advantage of this promotion and save 20% off when you stay 2 nights. Stay 3 or more nights, save 30% off. It’s that simple. It’s that awesome. This deal won’t last forever, so book now!

Chicago will soon host some of the world’s greatest thinkers for the inaugural Chicago Ideas Week. The event, powered by the Innovation Foundation, TIME Magazine, Microsoft and JP Morgan Chase & Co., takes place October 10 – 16 and will be a mind-broadening celebration of creativity.

Chicago Ideas Week will spotlight across the city at locations like NorthShore University HealthSystem, Millennium Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago History Museum and many more cultural landmarks. This event will be a platform for more than 100 speakers of diverse backgrounds and varied fields of study. Some key speakers include: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Suze Orman, the LifeLens Team and Bruce Mau.

The Illinois Innovation Foundation was founded by Brad Keywell, co-founder of Lightbank and Groupon, and supports the furthering of technology, business, and of course, innovation. Some topics of the week include: Global Community Development, Education, Health & Wellness and Reimagining the Future Economy.

Chicago Ideas Week offers a rare chance to explore a world of intellect, innovation and global expertise along with some of the brightest minds in Chicago.

For more information about Chicago Ideas Week, check out their official site. Don’t forget to visit our Facebook as well!