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Monthly Archives: August 2012

The summer season isn’t technically over after this weekend, but Labor Day Weekend marks the end of summer to many—the school year begins, the beaches become less crowded and many summer festivals come to an end.

This year, the long weekend ranges from Friday, August 31 until Monday, September 3. So end your summer 2012 in Chicago with some fun! Check out some of the activities going on in the city this weekend:

San Francisco Giants at Chicago Cubs
Friday, August 31 – 1:20 p.m. & Saturday, September 1 – 3:05 p.m.

Summer is winding down, and so is baseball. So celebrate America’s favorite past time while you still can! Head on over to Wrigley Field and watch the Cubs host the San Francisco Giants!

Navy Pier Fireworks
Saturday, September 1 – 10:15 p.m.

Enjoy the last night of this summer fireworks series! Enjoy spectacular fireworks, perfectly synchronized to music, overlooking the lakefront from historic Navy Pier, which is home to 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, eateries and other attractions.

North Coast Music Festival
Friday, August 31 – Sunday, September 2

Also known as “Summer’s Last Stand,” the North Coast Music Festival returns to the Labor Day Weekend event scene for its second year. This outdoor festival takes place in Union Park, and brings a variety of top names in electronic music, jam bands and hip-hop (like Girl Talk and Big Boi to name a few). The North Coast Music Festival benefits the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

Chicago’s Lakefront Beaches
Monday, September 3 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The beach season has come to an end! With 26 miles of sand and lakefront, locals 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. The cold Chicago winters will be here before you know it, so head to the beach while you still can!

Visiting Chicago for the long weekend? Book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!


As much as we don’t want to admit it, summer is coming to an end. But we’re not facing Chicago’s brutal winters yet! Celebrate the end of summer with a bang—or a roar, croak, whinny or cheep—at the final concert of Lincoln Park Zoo’s summer music series, Jammin’ at the Zoo.

Held on the zoo’s main mall, the annual concert series features bands once a month in June, July and August. Jammin’ at the Zoo gives both Chicago locals and tourists alike a chance to have fun and enjoy great music—all while the animals are just steps away!

This summer’s last concert will feature pop rock bands, Hot Chelle Rae and Allstar Weekend on August 24. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone (312-742-2283) and at Gateway Pavilion. Guests are encouraged to bring a small blanket and chair for comfort.

So get “wild,” and celebrate the end of summer at Jammin’ at the Zoo! And since you’ll be in the neighborhood, don’t forget to book a room with us, Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!


Have television shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance turned you into a dance fan? Well, if you are in Chicago, you have a chance to witness amazing choreography live…and for free!

During the week of August 20-25, the Chicago Dancing Festival will return to Millennium Park for its sixth season of dance performances and events. Each showcase will feature the greatest dance companies from Chicago and across the country, in works that range from ballet to hip-hop and everything in between. And on Saturday evening, the grand finale titled Celebration of Dance, will take place under the stars at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion for a breathtaking evening of dance.

According to its website, the Chicago Dancing Festival “was founded by internationally renowned choreographer and Chicago native, Lar Lubovitch, and highly esteemed Chicago dancer, Jay Franke, to produce and promise the finest of dance to Chicago. It was founded to heighten awareness of dance in Chicago, increase accessibility to the art form and provide aspiration for local artists.”

Check out Choose Chicago for the Chicago Dancing Festival’s 2012 schedule and don’t forget to book your stay with Broughton Hotels of ChicagoCity Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel – today!


Looking for something fun for the family to do at the end of the summer? Come to the 54th Chicago Air and Water show!  The Air and Water show will be taking place at North Ave. Beach. Chicago’s second most popular festival began in 1959 and has been held every year since.  Approximately two million people attend each year, making it the largest free admission air and water exhibition of its kind in the United States.

ImageThis year the Chicago Air and Water show will take place on August 18 and 19. The 54th show will be headlining the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and the U.S. Navy Parachute Team Leap Frogs.

Chicago has plenty of other events taking place nearby North Ave. Beach to keep the crowds busy. As long as the crowds don’t become overwhelming, there are multiple volleyball courts on the beach where family and friends can play. Not interested in being upfront and center to the show? Millennium Park is home to the Crown Fountain, and home to the Pritzker Pavilion, which is showing Dvorak: The Spectre’s Bride. Families can also go biking through Chicago’s famous World Fair, the Midway or go to the Museum of Science and Industry.

Find details about the 2012 Chicago Air and Water Show at and book your stay with Broughton Hotels of Chicago today!

lollapalooza: an extraordinary or unusual thing, person or event; an exceptional example or instance

Over the last 20 years, Lollapalooza has come a long way, but one thing stays constant: the festival is for the fans.

This weekend (August 3-August 5), Chicago will play stage to music legends from around the globe. What once started as a traveling punk-rock road show (put together in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman, Perry Farrell), Lollapalooza, or Lolla, has made its home on the 115 acres of open green space in Chicago’s Grant Park and has evolved into a larger-than-life music festival.

Today, thousands of fans from around the world come to partake in this three-day festival of endless performances. Lolla’s multiple stages feature 130+ artists in a variety of genres from hip-hop, electronica, reggae, indie, rock, modern roots and more! This year’s headliners include: the Red Hot Chili Peppers; Jack White; The Shins; The Weeknd; Bloc Party; and more.

Yes, Lolla is primarily a music festival, but there is plenty more to do in between sets. Your pass will get you into a host of entertainment venues in Grant Park: meet your favorite band at the f.y.e. Autograph Tent; play the latest video games at the Playstation Loft; munch on some Chicago favorites, like Franks ‘N’ Dawgs, Wow Bao and Goose Island Brewpub, at Chow Town; and much more.

Check out information on Lollapalooza 2012, and book a room with Broughton Hotels of ChicagoCity Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel – today!