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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!

September in Chicago means one thing: Oktoberfest time. These annual celebrations are a pretty big deal with the locals considering Chicago’s rich German heritage. Honestly, could you think of a better way to welcome the fall season than enjoying a beautiful Indian summer day with homemade bratwurst in one hand and a cold beer in the other? Check out just some of these local Oktoberfests and celebrate German heritage—Chicago style:

The Berghoff Oktoberfest
September 12 – 14, 2012
John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza
At the corner of Adams and Dearborn

The 27th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest is the largest and longest running Oktoberfest in Chicago. The festival will offer traditional German faire (bratwursts and beer, of course), traditional performances by Johnny Wagner Band and nightly performances by other local favorite bands. Take your picture with the official mascot, Herman the German, for a chance to win cool prizes, and watch the official Prince and Princess of Oktoberfest get crowned! With free admission and open to the public daily, there’s something in store for everyone!

Oktoberfest Chicago
September 28 – 30, 2012
St. Alphonsus Church
Lakeview – At the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport

St. Alphonsus’s Oktoberfest ends Chicago’s outdoor festival season with traditional German flair. With $5 admission, locals and visitors alike can experience authentic German food, polka dance lessons, the “oom-pah” of German bands, the music of area headliner bands and tons of activities for kids (“Kinderfest”). Festival go-ers can also experience this Oktoberfest like a true Bavarian—by becoming a Brewmaster! For $100, each Brewmaster will receive a commemorative 2012 Oktoberfest stoneware stein; discount-priced stein refills; two free homemade bratwursts; four weekend passes to the festival; three complimentary beers; and more.

So whether you’re German or not, raise your stein, wear your favorite lederhosen and dance to German and Bavarian music! Celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago!

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

Chicago, are you ready for some football?

This Sunday, September 9, marks a day that Chicago football fans have been waiting for all year—the Chicago Bears Season Opener. Put on your best blue and orange, head on down to Soldier Field and celebrate one of Chicago’s most anticipated sporting events of the year!

New to ‘Da Bears’ scene? Here are some things to expect when they play the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday:

Since the Season Opener kicks off at noon, Bears fans will fill into the Soldier Field parking lot around 6 a.m. (or earlier) to tailgate. Rain or shine, you will see fans cooking on the grill, tossing the pigskin back and forth and having a good time while getting ready to cheer the Bears to a W.
Before entering the football stadium, fans will be greeted by the Chicago Bears drumline.
Leave the hats, scarves and mittens at home! Just because it’s football season doesn’t mean the chilly fall weather has hit Chicago quite yet.
Are you a Colts fan? Don’t say the Chicago Traveler didn’t warn you—expect a (sometimes) friendly and persistent heckling from some of the Bears’ most passionate and loyal fans.

Don’t have tickets for this weekend’s game? You still have seven more chances to see “The Monsters of the Midway” play at Soldier Field. Check out their 2012-2013 Home Schedule today!

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

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!

It’s that time of year again! Football season!

Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field Stadium was the Bear’s last preseason game, marking the exciting kickoff of the NFL season.  Sunday September 11th, the Chicago Bears will be playing for the home crowd against the Atlanta Falcons.

This is something you don’t want to miss!  What could be more exciting than the Chicago Bears Season Opener?  The game may not start until noon, but the fun starts early!  Say goodbye to summer at a tailgate cookout with your fellow fans.  Opening day has always been lucky for the Bears so suit up with blue and orange to cheer on your favorite team!

To find out more about the Bears season check out their Official Website.  Don’t forget to visit our Facebook Page to find out how you could win a complimentary nights stay!

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Get ready for some of that exciting, electrifying NFL Football; because it’s backand there is nothing stopping its return (anymore)! The Chicago Bears play the Atlanta Falcons for their season opener right here at home in Soldier Field on Sunday September 11th at 1 o’clock pm. Both teams have high expectations this year so expect great football to be played.

Last year the bears were not expected to be nearly as good as they were. In fact, predictions of the team going 4-12 were quite common. But surprising to many, they went 11-5 and made it all the way to the NFC championship game, falling to the current Super Bowl champions and division rivals; the Green Bay Packers.

You can bet the Bears will most definitely do what ever they can to get redemption, and to do that they must win…win a lot. With their ferocious defense and solid offense they have a shot to win it all. Only time will tell. Go Bears!

If you’re looking to attend a game in Chicago, get your tickets now! Also, want free accommodations? Check out our Facebook page to see how you can win a complimentary nights stay!

This is an autumn attraction you won’t want to miss! The Richardson Farm Experience is truly a fun, and exciting adventure for the whole family.

It includes a play area with slides, a corn bin cabin, pedal trikes, and a goat walk for the little ones to enjoy. It has an enormous pumpkin patch where everyone is sure the find the perfect pumpkin! Also, it features live pig races, so be sure to pick you’re winner – Squeller, or Boss Hog. For more of an older crowd it has a 700 foot zip line, and the worlds largest corn maze! That’s not all, it also has an ORBiting. This is a giant, 11 foot ball you put yourself in and bounce and roll down the slope.

For those of you who are not so adventurous, there is a 50 foot observation tower that overlooks the whole park. Wagon rides are available, and there are numerous picnic areas perfect for some paper bag lunches and campfires.

This amazing experience is sure to make your kids happy, and keep you talking about all the fun! To find out more, check out the Richardson Farm Experience today!

The 25th annual Berghoff Oktoberfest kicks off today! It will be held at John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza, and offers classic German beer, food, and plenty of live music!

This year’s music performances include:

Johnny Wagner Band    11:30am-2pm Daily

Maggie Speaks             5-9pm Wed., Sept. 15

Sixteen Candles            5-9pm Thurs., Sept. 16

Sorry for Partying          5-9pm Fri., Sept. 17

The event will also host two raffles to benefit the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Admission to the Oktoberfest is free, so support this cause for a chance to win a two-year lease on a 2011 Jaguar XF, or a weekend getaway including airfare and overnight accommodations.

Find out more about the Berghoff Oktoberfest, and make your plans today!