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Do you consider yourself a foodie with more of a refined palette? Then Chicago Gourmet 2012 is the perfect Chicago event for you!

According to its website, “Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.”

Hosted in Millennium Park, September 28-30, guests can enjoy two days filled with cooking seminars and demonstrations from internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers; book signings; and best yet—a chance to sample hundreds of delicious gourmet creations, wines and other spirits.

The fun doesn’t end there. Chicago Gourmet will kick off Friday with the Hamburger Hop—a fun (and mouthwatering) showdown where top Chicago chefs battle in a friendly competition to create the city’s best burger. And on Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Cru will offer participating guests exclusive wine tastings of some of the finest wines in the world.

Hungry? We are, too. Reserve your spot and purchase your tickets for Chicago Gourmet 2012 today!

And since we’re only minutes away from Millennium Park, book your stay with 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!


There are many ways to enjoy a concert in the city, but listening to the beautiful sounds of classical music and sitting under the stars and Chicago skyline at The Grant Park Music Festival makes your summer concert experience a unique and unforgettable one.

In its 78th season, The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only free outdoor classical music series. Each summer, the Festival provides beautiful classical tunes to all of Chicago in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

And this weekend, June 29 and 30, The Grant Park Chorus will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special performance of Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Whitacre’s Cloudburst, Tormis’ Raua Needmine and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Conductors Carlos Kalmar and Christopher Bell will share the podium for an unforgettable program.

You can sit in the comfortable Seating Bowl or lounge on the gorgeous Great Lawn—with the gorgeous Chicago skyline backdrop and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion’s supreme acoustic system, every spot in Millennium Park makes “the best seat in the house.”

Find out more information on the Golden Anniversary Choral Spectacular today.

This is a culinary event you don’t want to miss! Chicago Gourmet is coming to Millennium Park September 23 – 25 and is sure to delight even the most upscale palate. This festival will be going on all weekend and will open with the “Hamburger Hop” burger competition on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Chicago Gourmet features authentic culinary adventures while showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s top chefs. There will be a wide assortment of cooking lessons, gourmet samplings and wine tastings. Take the time to attend demonstrations in order to “Savor the Flavors of Mexico” and learn “How to Cook Like a Top Chef Master.” There are many more live cooking exhibits with topics such as vegan cooking, seafood, organic tastes, wine quality and cocktail basics.

Unlike Taste of Chicago, this event isn’t free.  However, the cost can certainly be justified by the unforgettable experience! For all of the wine connoisseurs, The Grand Cru event is an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the world’s finest wines in the company of master sommeliers.

To find out more about Chicago Gourmet, including a full list of events,time, chefs and exhibits, be sure to check out Chicago Gourmet today!

Come join us for a wonderful weekend of food, fun and learning!

Looking for something exciting to do to end the summer? Well there’s nothing better than the Chicago Jazz Festival. Starting next week, September 1-4, the city will be alive with spectacular sights and sounds!

Performances will happen in multiple locations including the Cultural Center, Millennium Park and Grant Park. Some featured performances include Randy Weston and the Chicago Jazz ensemble, Joe Lovano with David Liebman and Ravi Coltrane, Cassandra Wilson, Roy Hargrove and so many more!

Lucky for you, admission is free! Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets! Don’t want to pack a picnic lunch, no worries; there will be food vendors for your enjoyment. Just remember keep your grills, pets and alcohol at home!

Come listen, dance, picnic on the grass and enjoy the most extensive jazz festival in the world! To find out more, including the full line-up, times and locations be sure to check out the Chicago Jazz Festival today!

“Go play outside, it’s a beautiful day,” our parents were right, it is beautiful and there is no better way to experience a nice day in Chicago than spending it in the park. You’ve probably heard of the more popular Millennium Park or even visited “Chicago’s front yard” Grant Park, but you may not realize that The Windy City has a thriving park system containing 7600 acres of parkland, 534 baseball fields, 25 beaches, 6 golf courses 518 playgrounds 90 gardens and 2 world-class conservatories.

These summer months are the perfect time to go out and explore the acres and acres of parkland Chicago proudly maintains. Feel the sand between your toes at Fargo Beach, smell the flowers at Rainbow Park Victory Garden, or watch the beauty of historic Buckingham Fountain . In fact, do all three. There is so much to experience in Chicago’s more scenic areas you’d be hard pressed to fit it all into one summer. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the simple tranquility of nature in Chicago’s parks.

Besides their inherent visual appeal, Chicago’s parks boast a wide variety of free and low cost attractions. From Kayaking to Dancing , the park system has something to fit everyone’s interests. Movies in the Parks , for example, are just one of the unique attractions that make the greener side of Chicago so great. Millennium Park even has its own event list and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions including fitness events, concerts and festivals.

So go play outside! Get some fresh air, exercise and experience scenic Chicago!

The Grant Park Music Festival is the nation’s only remaining free, outdoor classical music series, and this summer we’re celebrating its 77th season. Each summer, the Festival is committed to providing free classical music to all of Chicago in its new venue—the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. A visit to the Grant Park Music Festival is an excursion to a world-class park and an unforgettable outing to a one-of-a-kind festival.  With the gorgeous Great Lawn, a comfortable Seating Bowl, membership opportunities and special options for groups there is certainly a spot in the park just right for you to enjoy the beautiful sound of classical music outdoors.

The Grant Park Music Festival offers performances by the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus, as well as special appearances by guest performers from around the world, totaling well over 30 world-class performances every summer. The 2011 Season runs from June 15-August 20. Performances are typically Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 7:30pm.

There are many ways to enjoy a concert in Millennium Park and new “Plan Your Visit” section on their website is designed to help you make the most of your time at the Festival. 

For over 30 years, the Jazz Festival has been a Labor Day tradition in the city. Known for its creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through quality live musical performances. There is a wide variety of jazz music performed by both world-famous, and local artists.

This year’s show will be unlike any in its history. Not only will there be performances at Grant Park and Petrillo Music Shell, but also major events will take place at Millennium Park, the Chicago Cultural Center and the Spertus Institute. Some of this year’s headliners include Henry Threadgill, Brad Mehldau, Nicole Mitchell, Kurt Elling, Rene Maria, and many more!

The festival is put on by the Jazz Institute of Chicago, and is free of charge for those who attend. The first performance kicks off Thursday (9/2) at noon and will continue through Sunday (9/5). Don’t miss out on a weekend of great performances, so be sure to check out the schedule!

The Family Fun Festival has returned to Millennium Park!

Round up the kids for a fun afternoon in the park! Everyday, now through September 3rd, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., the whole family can enjoy performances and hands-on activities that will take place in the Family Fun Tent, located on the Park’s Chase Promenade North.

  • At 10 a.m., you can catch the Wiggleworms! Instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music lead the children in sing-alongs, circle dances, finger games and more.
  • At 11 a.m., you can relax and listen to a story at the Reading Circle.
  • At 1 p.m., family performances, including a mix of live music and interactive dance, will have you and your kids moving to the beat!

If you can’t get your kids to dance, they can play around at the Activity Zone, located in the Family Fun Tent. The kids can enjoy hands-on craft projects, garden projects, and science and environmental activities led by some of the region’s popular museums and cultural institutions.

Special upcoming presentations include, the Emerald City Theatre that will bring a hilarious production of The true Story of the 3 Little pigs to the Great Lawn on Sundays in August at noon (August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29), and the Chinese Fine Arts Society will wind its way through the Park on Sunday, August 22 at 2:30 p.m. with the tale of QiXi: A Chinese Love Story.

Come hang out with the kids at one of Chicago’s coolest attractions!

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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
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