Chicago Holiday Schedule

Tis the season for a whole lot of great parties, caroling, and other events. That is why Welcome Inn Manor chose a few of our favorites to make your Chicago holiday going smashingly. Choose a few of your favorites, and have a great holiday.

Chicago Holiday Events

Holiday Tea At Russian Tea Room              Every Afternoon

A staple in Chicago, holiday teatime at the Russian Room is a great thing to do after spending an afternoon at the Art Institute across the street. What a great way to experience Chicago culture. It is $30 for full tea service.


Caroling at CloudGate                                      December 19th           

Every Friday up to Christmas, carolers sing at CloudGate in Millennium Park. This is a free, one-hour event. Check for cancellations in extreme weather. The Bella Voice Choir will be singing the final carols of the season this Friday.

caroling cloudgate

Christkindlmarket Chicago                         until December 24th

The annual Christkindlmarket must be on your list if you are going to visit Chicago during the holidays. Every year, the Daley Plaza turns into a traditional European village complete with candy cane stripped wooden huts and twinkling lights. The tradition comes from Nuremburg, Germany, and 65% of the vendors are from Germany.

The free event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors. The highlight is the Glühwein (hot spiced wine). It comes in a unique souvenir collectable mug, and warms you up in the cold Chicago winter.


CTA Holiday Train

The CTA holiday train makes traveling the CTA a fun and festive event. Now we know how Santa Claus can get to all the homes in Chicago every year. He hitches a ride on a CTA train. There are multiple holiday trains on multiple routes. Check out the CTA for more information.

cta holiday train


Holidazed and Confused                              December 17-28

Another Second City smash comedy about the holidays. Holidazed and Confused breaks up what they call the “holiday monotony” for some side aching laughs.  Ticket prices range from $32 to $55 per person.              


A Christmas Carol                                           until December 28th

The beloved Christmas play is back at the Goodman Theater. Scrooge will grace the stage as he evaluates the past, present, and future of his life decisions. The tickets for the play range between $25-96.


Zoolights                                                               until January 4th

Lincoln Park Zoo is hosting their annual Zoolights. Come at night until January 4th to see the zoo lit up at night. The event is a beautiful combination between lights and animals. Moreover, this is free and open to the public.

zoo lights


“Christmas Around the World”              until January 4th

The Museum of Science and Industry is hosting the annual Christmas trees exhibit. The display has over 50 different trees from around the world, including the Grand tree with 30,000 lights.           


Winter WonderFest                                      until January 11th

The annual winter carnival held at Navy Pier. They have a toboggan tunnel, a winter mini-golf course, Blackhawks ice skating rink, and a 15-foot “snow tubing” hill. And of course, they have a Santa that your kids can ask for their gift. Finally, there is also cookie decorating.

Tickets are $5 at the $3.75 when purchased in advance. An extra activity tick is $25 at the door, and $22.50 when purchased ahead of time.


Millenium Park-McCormick Tribune Ice Rink     Until March 8th

After you listening to the carolers at CloudGate, you might want to don your ice skates. This is a free skating rink, but skate rentals are $12 per person. So, get your skating on, and enjoy the winter weather.

If you have never been ice-skating before, then you might want to consider the free lessons on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays before the rink opens. Also, during the Chicago Public School holiday break from December 22-January 4th, lessons are every day 1 hour before the rink opens.

millenium park ice rink

Enjoy the holidays

Whatever you decide to do for the holidays, make sure you have a happy holidays, and a better New Year. From all of us at Welcome Inn Manor, we hope 2015 brings you much health, wealth, and wisdom.

Chicago October Event Calendar

As the leaves turn from green to orange, yellow, and red, a new season of activities is upon us. October has a lot in store for the windy city. Do not miss all these great events – keep up to date with them with our monthly Chicago event calendar for October.

What’s Happening In Chicago

Chicago Artists Month         October

Throughout the month of October, the city of Chicago celebrates artists and their work. Performances, exhibitions, open studio tours, and neighborhood art walks are planned throughout the city.

chicago artist month

Ghost Tours                           October 2-30

You can now celebrate fall with a ghost tour starting at Lincoln Park Zoo. The tour takes you through various famous haunts, and shows you some of the eerie sights and sounds of the zoo in the dark.

Mac & Cheese Fest                           October 4

The Mac & Cheese fest celebrates one of the greatest foods for children. The tradition apparently goes back to the 14th century, and this year’s competition has over 60 Chicago chefs showing off their best to take home “The Golden Noodle.”

2014 Chicago Marathon                   October 10-11

The Chicago marathon is second perhaps only to the Boston marathon in size in the United States. It’s a huge event with over 135,000 participants from around the world. The city closes most of Lakeshore Drive for the majority of the day during the daylong race.

Chicago Fashion Week                     October 14-18

Strut your fashion out for the weekly homage to the Chicago fashion industry. This annual show features the latest and greatest fashion trends from designers around the city. Watch the models walk the runway, and see the newest fashions before they are out in stores.


American Academy of Ophthalmology       October 18-21

The annual American Academy of Ophthalmology conference held downtown at the McCormick Center. 24,000 doctors across the country will be discussing the latest trends and procedures in eye care. If you want to stay at the closest Bed and Breakfast to the McCormick center, give us a call on 312-493-2953. We have free shuttle service in the morning to the McCormick center.

Boo! At The Zoo                                            October 18-26

The Brookfield Zoo is holding their annual Halloween bash for kids throughout the entire week. From costume parades to pumpkin smashing and a 7,000 square foot Crazy Maize corn maze, this event has it all for kids.

boo at the zoo

American College of Emergency Physicians                      October 27-30

This event at the McCormick center will have 10,000 doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals meeting to learn hands-on training for emergency physicians.

12th Annual Halloweve Bash                                                      October 31

John Barleycorns is having their annual bash. Buy the 3-hour party package for basic cocktails and drinks, along with an entry into the costume contest. The costume contest has cash prizes for the winners.

john barleycorns halloween party

What are your plans for October?

You have heard some of our favorite plans for October in Chicago. Now, what are yours? Let us know what you plan on doing in Chicago in October in the comment section below.



Hot Chocolate Chicago

hot chocolate 5k chicago

It’s that time of the year again.  The Hot Chocolate 15/5k returns to Chicago’s Grant Park for its 7th year on November 9th, 2014.  This is the largest running event in the Midwest and is always sure to draw quite a crowd.

Registration for the 5k is $45 before October 26th and then $49 afterwards.  The 15k is $69 before October 26th and then $74 afterwards.  Not a runner?  Not a problem.  There are also two categories available for those who prefer to walk.  The adult walker is $45 and the youth walker is $35 and those prices do not go up.

$35 and those prices do not go up.

The Hot Chocolate 15/5k weekend starts out with the Expo at McCormick Place.  Participants can pick up their race day packets and goodie bags.  You can find out more information at .

As in years gone by, the numbers will be out in full force.  This year 45,000 people are expected, bringing their spirit and charity to make this event another success.  It has been said by many participants in years gone by that the Hot Chocolate 15/5k is the best marathon that they have ever participated in.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities which assists multiple families throughout the year.

Runners will enjoy running a course that showcases the biggest attractions Chicago has to offer.  Known for their attention to quality and safety, organizers have made sure that the course has been tested for accuracy and design and medical plans are in place if needed.

Who doesn’t love a goodie bag? The Hot Chocolate 15/5k knows how to take care of its participants and they prove it again this year. Recipients of this year’s award winning 2014-2015 goodie bag will find included a luxurious, fleece lined hoodie. Great to keep warm in on those chilly Chicago days when you are out and about.

hot chocolate 15k chicago

New for 2014, all runners who finish the 15k run will be receiving a commemorative Hot Chocolate Chicago medal on a shimmering finisher ribbon.  This is sure to be a keepsake and it comes in the form of a metal chocolate bar wrapped in gold (not for eating purposes!) with an engraving of the beautiful Chicago skyline.

Runners and walkers, please make a note that Wave 1 of the race starts at 7 AM and Wave 2 at 7:45 AM.  We recommend using public transportation if possible due to the heavy volume of traffic.  If you do choose to drive there are plenty of parking options at Millennium Garages and Soldier Field.  Surface lots can also be found throughout the area.The fun does not stop once the race is over.  Participants and guests will be treated to a fabulous after race party in Grant Park.  Chocolate delights will be on hand for your enjoyment along with a live DJ, activities for the kids, picture taking opportunities with the Hot Chocolate inflatables and a great celebration
to be enjoyed by everyone.



28th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference

entrepreneurs women conferenceThe 28th annual Chicago Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference is coming to the McCormick center Wednesday, September 17th. The Women’s Business Development Center hosts the event every year to help women learn and network together

The Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference (EWC) is a one-day conference designed to help build their business with a dynamic group of powerful information and connections.

Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference Event Calendar Highlights

The event has a full day of action packed events that cover everything from four business breakout sessions to an afterhour’s reception to the Woman’s Business Fair Midwest. Here are a few of our favorite events at the EWC.

Opening Night Reception– Highlights the annual awards winners at a banquet in their honor. This is held the night before at the Hyatt in the McCormick Center.

Women’s Business Fair Midwest– This is a great chance to learn what services are available for female business owners. With over 2,000 attendees and around 100 sponsor tables, this is a great way to connect with large and small businesses throughout Chicago.

Women’s Empowerment Lunch Features Keynote Speaker Judy Smith-Judy is a top crisis management expert who has worked with some of the top politicians and corporations of the modern era, including General Petraeus, President Clinton, Enron, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, NFL Quarterback Michael Vick, and numerous Fortune 500 companies. She also served as the senior vice president of corporate communications for NBC and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. She is the inspiration for the hit show Scandal.

4 Breakout Sessions- The four breakout sessions cover The Insider’s Guide to Securing Contracts with Corporations and Government Agencies, Tips on Fueling Your Business Finances, Profiting and Protecting Your Business Online, and Getting and out of Business Right.

Ready Set, Grow! Pitch Contest- This event will host the winners of the contest for the best pitch, along with prizes for first and second place winner.

How to get Tickets for Entrepreneurs Women Busines Conference

Whether you want tickets for the full conference ($300) or tickets to the opening night reception ($75) go to this link to get your tickets in advance of the conference starting on September 17th. Most of the sponsor spots are sold out, but attendees’ tickets are still available.

If you are attending the EWC event on the September 17th, feel free to contact Welcome Inn Manor. We are the closest bed and breakfast to the McCormick Center, and our daily shuttles are perfect for getting you to and from the conference.


Chicago Bus Tours

Like most modern metropolises, Chicago has a wide array of mass travel options to take you virtually anywhere you want to go in the city. Few of these options compare to the Chicago Bus tours that you can take to enjoy the grandeur of Chicago’s architectural wonders.

Over the years, we have taken a number of these tours ourselves, and want to share with you a few of our favorite Chicago bus tours that you can enjoy next time you visit Chicago.

5 Favorite Chicago Bus Tours

Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tours – The first tour that we want to discuss is the best choice for those looking to explore Chicago’s downtown and lakefront. The hop on and hop tour is exactly what it sounds like. You can hop on at various sites around the downtown area, and then hop off to get a closer look at specific Chicago landmarks like the Hancock Building, Sears Tower, Navy Pier, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, and other famous Chicago spots. The great thing about the tour is that you can get either a single day, or a two day pass, so you can visit the various locations at your own pace.

CTA Bus – OK! I know this is not a tour company, but the Chicago CTA travels through most major streets in the city. If you really want to get a taste of the real Chicago, try out the CTA. It is not a guided tour, but you still get to see some of the best sites. Bus Routes 134, 135, and 136 go through Lake Shore Drive, while routes 151 or 143 are best for going down to Lake Michigan.


Chicago Grand Tour – This option is part walking and part bus tour. A half day trip that takes you from the south side of the city (Check out President Obama’s former neighborhood and residence), through the iconic downtown, to the North side of the city (Wrigley Field and Water Tower Place.) Additionally, the tour includes a ticket to the 94th floor of the Hancock Building’s 360 Chicago. On a clear day you can see Wisconsin, Indiana, and even Michigan.

Excursions Into the Unknown – Perhaps you want to tour the supernatural side of Chicago? If so, then you will want an expert ghost hunter to lead the tour. Dale Kaczmarek is a leading ghost research expert, who tours the haunted Churches, Gangster hideouts, and more. Note: This tour starts in Chicago Ridge. If you are coming from the city, take the CTA Red line to 95th Street (last stop). Then take the 381 Bus west to the mall.

Chicago Architecture Foundation Bus Tour – No list of Chicago tours would be complete without an architecture tour. The Chicago Architecture Foundation bus drives through Frank Lloyd Wright neighborhoods and lets you explores the city skyscrapers from comfortable trolleys. Chicago has been defined by its world class architecture since the end of the 19th century. See for yourself what makes this city a wonder of steel and stone.

Which Chicago Bus Tour Should You Take?

With so many different options for bus tours, think about the best options for your needs? Do you need something simple to get you from point A to B, or do you want a full tour with all the bells and whistles. When you know what you want, it will help you choose the right tour for you. In the meantime, let us know in the comment area below which Chicago bus tour you took, so we get your thoughts on the quality of the tour.


5 Things You Will Not Find In A Chicago Hotel

Chicago hotels are some of the finest establishments in the world. After all, the city does have world class hotels throughout the city. However, the one thing that you will not find in most Chicago hotels are personality.

Instead to find personality, you need to go to a Chicago bed and breakfast like Welcome Inn Manor. Now, this might be a little bit biased, but we truly believe that we have the greatest bed and breakfast in the city, if not the state of Illinois.

5 Things Missing From Chicago Hotels

Breakfast-Dining-RoomHome Cooked Meals-Forget over-priced room service. At Welcome Inn Manor, we provide you with home cooked meals. We have a simple continental breakfast in the morning, and can serve barbeque and other savory dishes in the evening. Plus, we also have arrangements with local restaurants in the area for special deliveries when you want to get a true taste of Chicago.

Friendly, Personalized Experience-We do not need a valet to give you world class service. Instead, our family owned bed and breakfast provides you with the personalized experience you would never receive in a hotel. When you walk into Welcome Inn Manor, you become part of the family.

Morning Drop Off. Every morning after breakfast, we drop you off wherever you want to go in the city. This way, you do not need to take a taxi or public transportation to get around the city. As lifelong Chicagoans, we know the city inside and out. Let us get you there faster with less stress.

Perfect place to bring in your family. Most hotels have amenities, we have human beings here to help you with your needs. Yes, we do have great private rooms, fireplaces, lounge areas, and more. However, people do not come to a bed and breakfast for that.

dinah_washington_paintingThey come, because you feel at home with your family. That is why the Welcome Inn Manor family invites yours family to join us. We have packages for families with 4-9 members. Ideal for a family reunion/vacation.

Regular host Chicago Jazz, Blues, and Rock musicians. Sure, you might have a piano playing in some high class Chicago hotels. However, if you really want to experience Chicago music culture you need some good old-fashioned Chicago Jazz.

At Welcome Inn Manor, we regularly hold private jazz, blues, and rock events. These are for the invited guests to come and enjoy in the confines of Welcome Inn Manor. We have the best and brightest local talent playing at bed and breakfast on a regular basis.

We don’t need no stinkin’ hotels

Ok! Pardon the Blazing Saddles reference, but we thought it was apt. To come to Chicago, you do not need no stinkin’ hotel. Instead, you should enjoy the fruits of your labor by kicking back to family made meals and a feeling of home. That is why we provide so many personalized benefits for staying at Welcome Inn Manor. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: 312-493-2953


Chicago Event Calendar for August

As we head into the last month before school starts, let’s make sure we get as much out of the month as possible. Here is your jam packed Chicago event calendar for August.

Millenium Park Workouts

Every Saturday participate in the lawn workouts down in Millenium Park. This runs until September 6th.  Every morning they start at 7 with Tai Chi, then every hour following have Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba®.

millenium park workouts

Chicago Farmers Markets                          August 7

Summers in Chicago mean Farmers markets. With markets spread out across the city, most neighborhoods will have their own markets. Discover the local produce that farmers around the Midwest bring to Chicago to enjoy fruits, vegetable, flowers, and more. This is your chance to get fresh produce right off the truck.

Lincoln Park Zoo Adults Night Out            August 8

Ever want to go the Lincoln Park zoo without the kids? Then this is your evening. A full evening of fun activities, bars, and animal expert chats. Explore the zoo without the massive crowds.

chicago hot dog fest

Chicago Hot Dog Fest                                 August 9

The second annual Chicago hot dog fest happens at the Chicago History Museum. A fun time with multiple hot dog vendors, beer, and live music. Plus, you have the beautiful Chicago History Museum and Lincoln Park Zoo around you. How can you go wrong?

Blue Man Group                                         Throughout august

While not solely an august event, what better time to watch men in blue entertain you through their eclectic comedy and musical style. They are one of the most innovative groups in the world, and you have the chance to watch them live in Chicago at the Briar Street Theater where they have been playing continuously since 1997.

Chicago Air and Water Show                                  August 16&17

Have you ever wanted to see an F-22 raptor or a Marine MV-22 Osprey up close? This is your chance. The Chicago Air and Water show attracts millions every year, as they watch the Blue Angels in their famous diamond formation, the Golden Knights parachute acrobatics, and many other aeronautical wizards.

navy blue angels chicago air and water show

Taste of Greektown                                                  August 23

The 25th annual Greektown fest has great Greek food, games, belly dancers, and bands. This annual tradition happens in the heart of Greektown on Halsted just west of the loop. Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and entertainment. This year will also debut a new fine arts theater.

Chicago Jazz Festival                                                August 28-30

This free event held in Millenium park will have some Jazz greats, such Terence Blanchard, Rufus Reid, Gary Burton, Dave Holland, Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Sun Ra Arkestra. Held over Labor Day weekend, four days of smooth jazz to welcome in the school season.

African Festival of the Arts                                      August 29-September 1

This is the 25th annual festival honoring African history and culture. Dancing, storytelling, and workshops will highlight African heritage.

What are you doing in August?

With so many options, the biggest question is what are you doing in August? Chicago has so many different great events that figuring out the best ones for you to go to each week can be nerve racking. Let us know below then if you have any questions about the Chicago events happening in August? Then enjoy!



Get Your Chicago Pizza Here! Hot Pizza Pies!

When you think of Chicago pizza, most people think of the birthplace of deep dish pizza. A thick, filling pizza, which fills you up within two slices. Best eaten with friends and family, here are some of Welcome Inn Manor’s favorite places to get your beloved slice of pizza.

Your Favorite Chicago Pizza Places

chicago pizzaChicago Pizza– This Northside pizza place delivers early into the morning. In fact, Chicago Pizza is open every day from 11 AM – 5 AM for delivery, and have regular hours for their three locations. A true deep dish pizza company. Recently, the company started creating gluten free pizzas in addition to their traditional fare. They also ship pizzas across the country for those who out of state in the mood for some deep dish pizza.


giordanosGiordano’s-Based on a 200 year old recipe from Torino, Italy, Giordano’s one of the best ranked pizza spots in Chicago since opening in 1974. One of the cool new innovations they just came up with was a Giordano’s food truck. This new truck is traversing the city of Chicago to deliver piping hot, stringy cheese mini pizzas to Chicagoans in need of their pizza fix.


lou malnatiLou Malnatis– Started in 1971, Lou Malnatis was one of the first major pizzerias to open in the suburbs of Chicago as well as in the city. The first Malnatis opened in Lincolnwood on St. Patrick’s Day. As Lou was fond of telling people, only an Italian would open an Italian restaurant in a Jewish suburb on an Irish holiday. Their deep dish pizza creations redefined the Chicago pizza market over the past forty years.

ppizzeria unoPizzeria Uno- the true birthplace of the deep dish pizza. Ike Sewell created the first deep dish pizza in 1943. The creation was a hit with customers, and Pizzeria Uno soon ran out of space serving their customers. Instead of expanding, they bought the space across the street and created Pizzeria Due. They are not a franchise, so if you want to eat the original Chicago deep dish pizzeria, you will need to go to these downtown locations. On a side note, the only other location for this franchise was Su Casa, the Mexican restaurant they set up around the corner.

Gino’s East-Founded in 1966, when a few friends decided they were tired of traffic in the city. Gi    ginos east chicagono’s East has been a traffic destination for many hungry pizza pie lovers ever since.  The other thing patrons love is the fact that Gino’s East encourages customers to write graffiti style messages and etchings throughout the restaurant. A trademark at all Gino’s restaurants.

What type of pizza pie do you like?

Now that you have a few options, time for some pizza. Which pizzeria do you like best? Let us know, in the comments below, what your favorite Chicago pizza place is.

What Are the 7 Top Burgers in Chicago

In Chicago, a good burger and beer equates to a good time in the summer. With many local breweries and great burger joints, this should come as no surprise. However, not all burgers are created alike. Some imitation knock-offs will use frozen burgers, while others put no time and attention into their burger creations lumping on a bit of ketchup and withered pickles. Shocking, yet true!

anatomy of cheezborgerNow, we might have an unbiased opinion, but nothing beats our summer Welcome Inn Manor brunches, which always include our world

famous, smoked turkey & eggs benedict on toasted/buttered pretzel bread with spicy hash brown.

However, we can help you find the top burgers in Chicago. To do this, we produced our burger hit list of places you need to check out.

7 Top Burgers in Chicago

Billy Goat Tavern– When you want to talk about traditional Chicago “cheezborgers” then this is your place. The Billy Goat is the home of the cheezborger, and the legendary home of Murphy the goat. The goat singularly known for cursing the Chicago Cubs since 1945. Go there as much for the history as the great burgers. The tavern is a tribute to Chicago’s colorful, culinary history.

Epic Burger– These burgers are just… Epic. What an apt name for this burger franchise. Even better is how they have every type of great burger imaginable. One of my personal favorites is the portabella mushroom burger. I had to double check that there was no meat inside, because it was so tasty.

H Dogs– Ok! So this might be a gourmet hot dog joint. They also create excellent gourmet burgers that are almost too big for you to wrap your hands around. Fresh ingredients, and playful combinations make this a hot place for hamburgers as well as hot dogs.


kuma burger

Kumas Corner– This legendary Avondale bistro burger joint has attracted a huge amount of attention in its short history. The restaurant opened in 2005, but in this time Kumas has impacted Chicagoans ideas of a burger forever. Lines as long as three hours are not unheard of to taste their burgers. In fact, celebrities like Lady Gaga will even stand in line to eat their burgers.

Burger Bar-Locally crafted beers and great burgers; what else can you ask for in a burger joint? With Burger Bar, you get the traditional pub drinks with modern twists on your favorite foods.

Au Cheval– Without including Au Cheval, this list might not be complete. This loop burger joint is more sophisticated than most. Instead of a beer and burger, maybe a burger and shot of whiskey works for you. A professional crowd, looking for a classy burger.

Portillos-Sometimes you forget that Portillos has great burgers. After all, they are the home of the amazing hot dogs, beef sandwiches, crazy good salads, and a host of other amazing delights. Not to mention a chocolate cake that is out of this world. However, if it were not for the rest of the great food at Portillos more people would be discussing their burgers. Let’s start that conversation today.


Appreciating the Burger in Chicago


Chicago has some amazing burgers from your traditional grease spots to modern, luxury burgers. The key here is to find the right one for you. Then you can feel confident you are getting the top burger in Chicago.

What’s Happening in Chicago in July

We are in the heart of summer, and in Chicago that means good times. With so many events going on this month, it is hard to track them all. Here is a run-down of some of our favorite fairs, festivals, exhibits, and hang outs in Chicago this month.

Chicago July Event Calendar

Navy Pier Fireworks                                                                                     July 44th of july fireworks

Every year, Navy Pier puts on some of the best fireworks shows in the Midwest. This year will be no exception. Join in with thousands who will be there to watch the lights, and enjoy the carnival experience of being at Navy Pier. The Carousel was closed a few weeks ago, when I was there, but hopefully it will be open on the 4th.

Windy City Ribfest                                                                           July 4-6

If you like ribs, we have a surprise for you. Well, not so much a surprise as an annual tradition. The Windy City Ribfest is held in Uptown each year with “ribbers” coming in from across the nation to serve you BBQ. Bring you bib, and enjoy some of the best ribs in the city.

taste of chicago

Taste of Chicago                                                                               July 9-13

If we did not mention the Taste of Chicago, we would be doing a disservice to any Chicago tourists. This massive event attracts close to 2 million visitors every year. Grant Park gets taken over with a litmus of amazing Chicago cuisines and sharp tunes. While the prices at the Taste are a bit expensive, you really cannot go wrong with the selection available.

Chicago Tribune Art Fair                                                                July 11-13

This is the 23rd annual Chicago Tribune Art Fair.  Held downtown with over 450 artists’ stalls, 200 restaurants, and 50 hotels participating this year. For those interested in checking out some amazing art this is the place to be.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival                                                             July 19-20

The third annual Chicago Craft Beer festival is a celebration of the best in Chicago breweries. The microbreweries are out in full force, and for a small tasting fee you get to enjoy an amazing selection of beers.

Celebrate Clark Street                                                                      July 19-20

This Rogers Park festival of international music, ethnic foods, circus acts, arts and crafts, and kid friendly entertainment is a blast. A diverse crowd of 30,000 people attend Celebrate Clark Street. Even better, is that you can find food from Senegal, Greece, Latin America, and other regional delicacies.

Country Night Cruises                                                                     July 24, 26

The Spirit of Chicago has some of the best lake cruises at Navy Pier. They up their game at the end of July with their Country Night Cruises. Every night a new country singer croons as you eat and enjoy Lake Michigan with all its wonders. Tickets are $33.09 (that is not a typo), and reservations are recommended.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue                                                                  July 26-27

A music and food bonanza with over 250 vendors and live music every day, plus fun for kids. There is a $10 gate fee for the Taste of Lincoln Avenue. With rock, blues, folk, and country, you can experience a variety of music types. Get in the rhythm and enjoy your favorite type of live music.

Chicago in July

Chicago in July is one of those rare times when the beauty of the city and the amazing events you hear the rest of the year about come together in one cacophony of excellence. Take advantage of the month and check out all the great events in Chicago.