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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!


Experience the most exciting Chicago event on the lake—The 104th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac!

The Race to Mackinac, or “The Mac,” is the oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world. Starting at the Chicago Lighthouse, just off Navy Pier, hundreds of boats will sail 333 statute miles (289.4 nautical miles) from Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan, where the boats will cross the finish line between the lighthouse on Round Island and the race committee trailer.

Just because sailing participation is by invitation from the Chicago Yacht Club, it doesn’t mean you can’t partake on the fun! Watch from the sidelines and cheer on your favorite yachtsmen on to victory as they cross the finish line in Michigan!

So on Saturday, July 21, put on your favorite pair of boat shoes and sailor shirts, grab your Skipper and head to Navy Pier!

Enough of those winter blues. Spring into spring and enjoy the beautiful flora of the 2012 Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier from March 10-18!

With this year’s theme, “Hort Couture,” the worlds of fashion and horticulture collide. Using the rich textures and vibrant colors found in plants, the show celebrates the influence of fashion and design through more than 25 displays of floral, plant and landscape creations. This is more than your grandmother’s “pretty garden show.” This is the only consumer event in the Midwest that offers innovative ideas and inspires those with a green thumb, or those new to the world of gardening, to learn new techniques and apply them to their own home gardens.

With activities like gardening seminars, cooking demos, potting parties, a kid’s activity garden and shopping for the latest gardening products and services, you can’t help but celebrate the upcoming growing season!

Check out more on the 2012 Chicago Flower & Garden Show today!

The month of January can only mean one thing: SNOW! Don’t plan on hibernating at home on the weekend of January 27-29—instead, bundle up and head on down to Chicago’s Navy Pier and enjoy Snow Days Chicago.

With an abundance of activities going on, adults and children alike will find something to enjoy. View professionals from around the world compete to create the most jaw-dropping snow sculptures; observe young snowboarders demonstrate their professional skills as they jump and twist on a full-size rail and ramp at the Snowboard Rail Jam; and watch Dog Sled Racing and Weight Pulling Demonstrations. You can even pet the lovable pups when they’re on break! Kids can also enjoy interactive activities like ice bowling, basketball, hockey, football and snow painting.

But wait! Your weather app doesn’t call for snow, you say? No need to worry! The city of Chicago will make some! So when it starts to fall, don’t scowl at that “dreaded white stuff.” Instead, celebrate it at Chicago’s winter wonderland! Discover more about Snow Days Chicago today!

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.