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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!

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!

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!

Check out Broughton’s Facebook to upload your best photo and vote!

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!

A special congratulations to Erin Goodridge, the winner of our Trick-or-Suite costume contest! Your Mario and Luigi picture earned an incredible 303 “likes” on Facebook! Thanks to all who entered, it was a blast! Be sure to stay updated for more Facebook contests coming soon!

For all those who entered but didn’t win, we’d still love to see you soon! Broughton Hotels are great places to stay in the city!

From hip to historic, Broughton hotels are loaded with style. Three of these original boutique hotels are located just a few miles apart in downtown Chicago. The city offers such diverse cultural venues, that there truly is something for everyone. Enjoying all the sites, sounds, and tastes of the city is a must, but staying at a Broughton Hotel will only sweeten your city experience.

The first of these boutique hotels is the City Suites Hotel. It has a sophisticated style, an alluring ambiance, and striking visual details. It offers business and leisure travelers the most remarkable service and highly regarded amenities. City Suites is distinguished by its beautiful Art Deco and period furnishings.

The Majestic Hotel is one of the most superb hotels in all of Chicago. It is located in a quite residential neighborhood, across from the Lake Michigan lakefront. This property offers a harmonious atmosphere of an English countryside estate. The energetic city life is located only a few miles away, but you would never know it by the poster beds and tapestry furnishings located in all guestrooms.

The last of the Chicago hotels is The Willows Hotel. It is located in the heart of the Lincoln Park/Lakeview neighborhood, and is surrounded by numerous dining and shopping attractions. It features 19th century French furnishings and patterned wall coverings that put this boutique hotel in a class of its own.

Broughton Hospitality is committed to unparalleled value for its guests by providing outstanding customer service while respecting their associates and the communities they serve. If Broughton sounds like the place for you, be sure to check out Broughton Hospitality today!

To help spice up the witches’ brew, we need a little help from you.

Whether you’ll be going as a ghost, a witch, or a skeleton,

we want to be included in your Halloween fun.

We’re giving away a free suite in the city

if you didn’t play along it sure would be a pity.

Upload your holiday photo to our Facebook wall,

then we’ll get to experience all the fun you had this Fall.

A night with us filled with sights, shopping and eats,

will probably end up being one of your best Halloween treats!

Giveaway overview:
• This is a Halloween Costume Contest
• Prize is a complimentary 2-night stay in one of our suites (at either City Suites or the Majestic).
• Broughton Hotels Chicago executive committee will select and announce the contest Favorite Five on Tuesday  11/2/2010 (so don’t wait to upload your Halloween pictures).
• The winning photo will be whichever Favorite Five picture has gotten the most “like” votes as of noon on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. We need your to help, please “like” the picture(s) you feel should win. And encourage your friends and family to do the same.

How to win:
“Like” Broughton Hotels of Chicago on Facebook
• Click attach photo, under the grey “What’s on your mind?” box.  Upload your favorite Halloween photo onto our Facebook wall.
• Tag all friends in the photo, and tell them to “like” us as well. In order to win, you must be our Facebook fan.
• Make sure your friends and family members “like” the photo you’re submitting. The winning photo will be whichever Favorite Five picture has gotten the most “like” votes as of noon on Tuesday, November 9, 2010.

• The contest runs 10/21/2010 – 11/9/2010
• Winners must be Facebook fans of Broughton Hotels of Chicago
• Winners must respond and book their suite within 30 days
• Prize must be redeemed by 11/9/2012
• Some blackout dates apply