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Monthly Archives: May 2012

With the hot temperatures and countless number of barbeques, Memorial Day Weekend is a great way to kick-off the summer season. Many families are packing up their suitcases and heading out of the city for some fun, sun and relaxation. But why plan a trip out of town when there are beautiful beaches and warm weather right here in Chicago?

The wide variety of Chicago’s beaches along the stretch of Lake Michigan officially open this Friday, May 25. With 26 miles of sand and lakefront, residents and visitors alike can enjoy a multitude of fun outdoor activities—jogging, volleyball, rollerblading, swimming, sunning etc.—all while taking in that gorgeous Chicago skyline. And with free admission, you won’t have to spend a penny to have a good time!

With the temperatures already heating up, it looks like there are many fun days ahead at the lake this summer!

For more information regarding Chicago’s 25 beaches, visit Chicago Park District.

Are you vacationing in Chicago for the holiday weekend? Whether it’s with City Suites, The Majestic or The Willows Hotel, book a room with Broughton Hotels!


Spring is in full bloom! It’s time to pull out those gardening tools and transform your outdoor space from dull and lifeless to beautiful and inviting! Don’t have much of a green thumb? Hyde Park residents and Chicago visitors alike can get their gardening questions answered at the Hyde Park Garden Fair on May 18-19!

Expert gardeners and horticultural specialists will be in attendance to answer any gardening-related questions and help select the plants that are right for you. This fair has everything you need for a lush, beautiful garden. In addition to the hundreds of annuals, perennials, geraniums, trees and shrubs, shoppers can also purchase herb and vegetable varieties to grow their own fresh greens!

All proceeds from the sales will go to excellent Chicago-based causes. A portion will be given to local public park services, while another percentage of the proceeds will be presented to Growing Home, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless and those with criminal records back on their feet.

Attend the Hyde Park Garden Fair 2012, get inspired and welcome the upcoming summer season with an outdoor makeover!

Visiting Chicago this weekend? Whether it’s with City Suites, The Majestic or The Willows Hotel, don’t forget to visit Broughton Hotels for the ultimate Chicago experience!

This Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day. Besides her birthday, this is the one day where your mom wants to be as far away from the kitchen as possible. Are you a disaster in the kitchen? Let the executive chefs take care of that, and say “Thank you!” to the mother in your life by taking her to brunch in the city. Here are some ideas for a brunch she will remember. And don’t forget to make those reservations!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brookfield Zoo

Sunday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 a.m.

This is not like your average restaurant. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat brunch in the Discovery Center, featuring cooked to order eggs, an omelet station, a chef’s carving station, a sweet table and much more. After brunch, take a stroll through the zoo with mom to see some of her favorite animals!

Fondue and Massages at Geja’s Café

Sunday, May 13 – Starting at Noon

Let your mom indulge—after all, this is her day. Known for their romantic fondue dining, Geja’s Café features over 20 combinations of fondue entrees (from traditional cheese to flaming chocolate desserts) and an extensive wine list. While she enjoys her chocolate fondue and flute of champagne, your mom will also be treated to a complimentary five-minute massage by licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa. Talk about being pampered!

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Gage

Sunday, May 13 – 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Treating mom to a day of shopping and sightseeing along Michigan Avenue can really work up an appetite. Make a reservation at The Gage and enjoy upscale, comfort food, featuring Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan’s Lobster Benedict and Flageolet Bean Puree.

Lunch and Dinner at Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Sunday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Is your mom more laid-back? Not much of a brunch gal? Treat her to a meal at Michael Jordan’s Steak House! Along with offering its full a la carte menu, the restaurant will also offer Executive Chef James O’Donnell’s Mother’s Day Special: Roasted Filet Mignon with Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Carrot Puree and Pea Shoots. In addition, moms can unwind over a specialty priced Blood Orange or Guava mimosa and enjoy a complimentary sweet treat from the pastry chef to finish off the meal!

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  -Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

Come celebrate Chicago’s largest fiesta with tons food and fun at the Cinco De Mayo Parade on Sunday, May 6! Kicking off at noon, guests can enjoy two fun-filled hours of marching bands, Chicago-area organizations, politicians and Mexican dancers.

Taking place in the heart of the city’s Pilsen neighborhood, the parade is the main attraction of a three-day celebration that kicks off May 4, with more than 110,000 people in attendance every year. The festivities will continue in Douglas Park with live music, food vendors, dancing, carnival rides and games.

The Cinco De Mayo Parade is held every year to commemorate the victory the Mexican forces had over invading the French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Multicultural and family-friendly, the three-day Cinco De Mayo celebration in Chicago is guaranteed fun for all! For more information on parking and places to eat, check out CBS Chicago.