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Monthly Archives: October 2012

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy and Peppermint Patty—when you hear these names, does your head automatically start playing the Peanuts theme song on the piano?

For nearly 50 years, Charles Schulz wrote and drew each Peanuts strip that appeared in daily and Sunday newspapers. And today, the Peanuts are known as “the most popular and influential in the history of the comic strip.”

From now until February 18, 2013, take a step back in time and learn how these beloved cartoon characters came to be at the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit, “Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit.”

According to the Museum of Science and Industry, the exhibit “explores Schulz’s personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, as well as reproductions and related Peanuts memorabilia, you will see how characters like Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy were developed and how they evolved over decades in print and popular culture…”

There are tons of Peanuts-themed activities throughout the exhibit:

  • Walk through a recreation of Schulz’s Santa Rosa, California studio.
  • Take a Peanuts tour of holidays—Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day—celebrated so famously by these characters.
  • Enter the recreation of Snoopy’s doghouse interior—which was never shown in the strip—to see the eclectic belongings of this unique dog.
  • Tap out a tune with your feet on Schroeder’s oversized grand piano.
  • Color the Peanuts gang with digital crayon.
  • Create your own animation and have it brought to life in a zoetrope.

 

This is an exhibit that all kids and adults alike will enjoy. For more information, check out the Museum of Science and Industry!

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“Halloween is more than a day in Chicago; it’s an entire season.” –Explore Chicago

…and boy, are they right!

Chicagoween, the Windy City’s annual fun and frightful Halloween event, has returned! From October 26-30, Daley Plaza will disappear and mystically transform into the Haunted Village of Franken Plaza.

According to Explore Chicago, at Chicagoween, “The…streets are decorated and filled with an array of activities for children and the child within you.”

There are tons of FREE Halloween activities that will leave you amused for days!

  • A screening of the movie, Little Shop of Horrors (Rated PG-13)
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Hayrides
  • Photo Booth Fun
  • Costume Contests
  • Trick-or-Treating
  • Special performances by Midnight Circus, Magic Matt, Dave Herzog’s Marionettes, Storyteller Oba William King, the Batbuck$ Game Show and fcbc educational theatre

 

And Franken Plaza has added something new this year! Kids can walk through a kid-friendly Ghostly Maze decorated with hay bales, pumpkins, corn stalks, creepy crawlers and flying bats. Inside, they can create their own miniature city within a city with large, blue foam blocks at the Imagination Playground Oasis.

Who says Halloween is only on October 31st? Chicagoween will keep you entertained for the entire week! Check out more information on this Halloween extravaganza today!

And don’t forget to book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

*Chicagoween is put on by The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

You are invited to a party—a Really Big Halloween Party, that is! Starting this Friday, October 19, Navy Pier will become a frighteningly fun festivity Fridays through Sundays, October 19 – 28, plus Halloween!

It says it all in the name—this party is really big, and great for Halloween fans of all ages:

  • Camel, Alpaca and Pony Rides
  • Free Petting Zoo and Hayrides
  • All-Day Dance Party with DJ Spinners
  • Live Bands
  • Performances of Harry Houdini’s Upside-Down Water Chamber Escape Trick
  • Trick-or-Treating with candy provided by Ferrara Candy Company and iCandylicious
  • Costume Contest (Saturday, October 27) for children and adults
  • Fire Spinning Shows by Pyrotechniq
  • 550 lb. Pumpkin Carving
  • Haunted architecture cruises on the Seadog
  • Halloween at Harry Caray’s Tavern with scavenger hunts, cookie decorating and spooktacular adult cocktails

 

So dust off your cutest, scariest or wackiest costume, and head down to Navy Pier’s Really Big Halloween Party this weekend! It’s guaranteed to be a spooktacular good time!

And don’t forget to book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

Happy Halloween!

Fall is such a beautiful season in Chicago! The temperatures are nearly perfect, fall produce is in its prime and there are still plenty of fun things to do outside—but not for much longer! For example, the Green City Market, Chicago’s year-round farmers market, will be held outdoors until October 27—after which it will move indoors to the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum.

According to its website, “Green City Market operates as Chicago’s only truly “green” farmer’s market supporting and promoting local, sustainable agricultural practices. The mission of the Green City Market is to provide a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food that educates, promotes and connects farmers and local producers directly to chefs, restaurateurs and the Greater Chicago community.”

The Chicago Green City Market outdoor season is located at the south end of Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton Drive and runs every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

So what are you waiting for? Embrace the bright fall foliage and sunshine, and stock up on all your local farmers produce, meats, breads, cheeses and sweets before the outdoor market season closes until next spring!

And don’t hike all over the city with all of your fresh fall produce! We’re in the neighborhood, so book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

It’s October! And to us, that only means one thing: Halloween is here!

Will you be in Chicago the weekend of Saturday, October 20? We have the perfect event that the entire family can enjoy—Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual Spooky Zoo Spectacular!

Spooky Zoo Spectacular! is the Auxiliary Board’s largest community-service event that provides kids and parents with a free, safe alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. Lincoln Park Zoo invites all of their guests to learn fun facts about the animals in the Spooky Zoo Education Zone, as well as enjoy several Halloween-themed activities including a haunted house, arts and crafts, trick-or-treating, a costume parade and more!

Dress in your best—or spookiest—costume, and celebrate Halloween this year at the 2012 Spooky Zoo Spectacular!

Want to have a more “spook-tacular” time? Since we’re in the neighborhood, book a room with Broughton Hotels of Chicago  – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!

Warning: Plan on dressing like a zoo animal? Don’t let your costume be too convincing—our zookeepers may think you’re a Lincoln Park Zoo animal! Happy Halloween!