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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!


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!

Chicago doesn’t have shortage on its summer street festivals, but the Taste of Lincoln Avenue (July 28-29) is one you do not want to miss.

This event takes place in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood—home to many of Chicago’s oldest and most favored restaurants.

What once began as a small neighborhood fund raiser, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is celebrating its 29th year and is one of the largest neighborhood festivals in the city. Six city blocks are covered with 300 food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, kids activities and 40-plus music acts that showcase a wide spectrum of genres including pop/rock, local tribute bands, down home blues, country and more!

The Taste of Lincoln Avenue is family fun for all. When your start to feel full, take a short break from the food and check out the festival’s other features:

– Kids’ Carnival: It’s very popular and free! From noon-6:00 p.m. each day, kids can enjoy kid-friendly entertainment acts, inflatables, art & craft activities, a petting zoo, pony rides and more!
– Lill Street Craft Fair: Taking place on, where else, Lill Street, this stand-alone craft fair showcases handmade and DIY art from noon to dusk each day.

And since all of our hotels in the neighborhood, or really close by, book a room with Broughton Hotels of ChicagoCity Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel – today!

If you can’t make it to Europe this summer, wouldn’t you at least want to stay at a hotel with European flair? Inspired by 19th century French Victorian décor, The Willows Hotel in Chicago is the epitome of a modern day European boutique hotel elegance.

Located in the heart of the exclusive Lincoln Park/Lakeview area, this Historical Landmark building is less than two blocks away from the scenic shores of Lake Michigan and just minutes away from everything else Chicago has to offer.

The Willows hosts a perfect stay for anyone needing a quiet and cozy retreat. The beautiful fireplace and overstuffed couches in the lobby, along with an extremely friendly staff, provide a warm welcome. Each of the hotel’s 55 rooms have a welcoming, French Country décor that is both rustic and relaxing—keeping in touch with a traditional European old-world inn, while featuring new-world amenities: complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; luxury robes; and spacious workstations. The hotel also serves an elegant complimentary continental breakfast; coffee and tea service; afternoon cookies; and access to a nearby gym. Evening social hours are hosted daily, as well.

Built in 1923, The Willows Hotel is also rumored to rest atop underground tunnels used by for guest, Al Capone.

Whether it’s an upcoming leisure visit or a business trip, experience the charm of The Willows Hotel, and book a room today.

Last month we posted an article about the food sampling festival “Taste of Chicago”. For fans of that event, or anyone who couldn’t go but wished they could, you’re in luck. Taste of Lincoln Avenue is taking place this weekend!

O.K. so Taste of Chicago sets a pretty high standard for comparison, it’s got “of Chicago” right in the title for Pete’s sake, but Taste of Lincoln Avenue has a lot to offer when it comes to having a great time. Chicago, describes it as “ one of Chicago’s largest and most popular Street fests”. Not to mention the fact that this will be Taste of Lincoln Avenue’s 28th year in existence.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue is going to be a ton of fun. Besides featuring a plethora of food vendors to fulfill any cravings you could have, there will be musical acts, a free carnival for kids and even a craft fair. Plus the proceeds will go towards the Wrightwood neighbors association, so you’ll be benefiting the neighborhood itself.

TLA is taking place this weekend from Noon to 10pm on Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sunday. As the name implies it will be happening between Fullerton and Wrightwood on North Lincoln Avenue. If you are wondering about travel and parking accommodations, Chicago, recommends taking public transportation to simplify things.

For more information on Taste of Lincoln Avenue head over to Chicago, and don’t forget to check in weekly for more Chicago Happenings!

Just because you’ve found yourself in the middle of the concrete jungle of the Midwest doesn’t mean you can’t have your supply of fresh, high-quality, local produce. The Chicago City Green Market exists to ensure that Chicago’s visitors and residents have access to local, sustainable food through all four seasons of the year.

The Market, whose mission is to improve the availability of a diverse range of high quality foods by providing a marketplace for purchasing sustainably grown food and to educate, promote, and connect farmers and local producers directly to the greater Chicago community, has a weekly schedule to accommodate all twelve months of Chicago’s unpredictable weather:

Located just minutes from all three Broughton Hotels of Chicago, the market also supports small family farms and promote a healthier society through education and appreciation for local, fresh, sustainably-raised products. What’s not to like?

We at Broughton love getting involved with community activities. This week, some of our team helped cook and serve breakfast at the Lincoln Park Community Center. It’s a great shelter, and always a fun time!

The Lincoln Park shelter first opened its doors in February 1985. That year, there was expected to be roughly 25,000 homeless people in the Chicago area. The need for a place like this was great, and it continued to grow as years passed. It originally partnered with four local churches to get things up and running, and just celebrated its 25th anniversary in February 2010!

The center is not religiously affiliated, and is privately funded. It runs solely on volunteers, and is a true community-based organization. More than 1,500 volunteers help serve as meal providers, and overnights supervisors. The LPCS has continued to provide sleeping facilities, kitchen facilities, showers, storage rooms, and laundry areas. Also, social services offer help for individuals to regain self-sufficiency.

If you’re looking for more ways to get involved in the community be sure to check out the Lincoln Park Community Center today! Volunteers are always welcome, and it’s always a great time!

Did we say cheap? We meant free.

You might think one of the world’s most sophisticated cities is exorbitantly expensive, particularly for visitors. Well, think again. Chicago has a surprising number of free things to do throughout the year, including many of the city’s best attractions. Here are a few of our favorites.

  • Navy Pier
    At historic Navy Pier, the Midwest’s #1 tourist and leisure destination, the full lineup of free entertainment includes shows, special seasonal events, and music and dance performances from around the globe. Fifty acres of parks, gardens, and promenades make this lakefront playground (open daily except Christmas and Thanksgiving) a lovely place to stroll and enjoy unparalleled views of the cityscape. And on Wednesday and Saturday nights in summertime, dazzling fireworks displays off the Pier light up the nighttime sky. Inside the Pier, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows exhibits 150 stained glass windows—both religious and secular windows in Victorian, Prairie, Modern, and Contemporary styles—in the first such museum in the U.S.
  • Millennium Park
    In the heart of the city is Millennium Park, an award-winning gem of art, music, architecture, and landscape design. Performers utilizing this spectacular space for theater and music include Grant Park Music Festival, which serves up the nation’s only remaining free outdoor classical music series in the magnificent Jay Pritzker Pavilion on summer evenings. Ever-changing displays of art and sculpture throughout the year include ice sculptures in winter. Master gardeners point out native plantings and Chicago symbolism during free guided tours of Lurie Garden.
  • Gardens Under Glass
    Displays of plants and flowers, as well as seasonal shows, are presented at Chicago’s two “gardens under glass”: Garfield Park Conservatory on the city’s west side and Lincoln Park Conservatory just north of downtown. A few steps from Lincoln Park Conservatory is a world of wildlife in Lincoln Park Zoo. This natural oasis in the shadow of skyscrapers is home to reptiles, mammals, beautiful birds, and countless other creatures.
  • Chicago Cultural Centre
    In the heart of the Loop, the Chicago Cultural Center could easily rest on its laurels as an architectural landmark. But it also works hard as one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the country. Hundreds of programs in dance, music, theater, and film, plus art exhibitions, literary programs, lectures, and discussions provide nonstop opportunities to spark visitors’ imaginations.
  • Where to Stay
    Willows Hotel: A graceful hotel with a European flare and upscale amenities.
    555 West Surf, Chicago, 773.528.8400
    Majestic Hotel: The tranquility of an English country estate amidst the bustling Chicago city life.
    528 West Brompton, Chicago, 773.404.3499
    City Suites Hotel: A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style.
    933 West Belmont, Chicago, 773.404.3400
    For details on each of these properties, see Be sure to check out the latest issue of the Broughton Quarterly magazine.