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Victorian Christmas on the Woodstock Square
Not to be missed is Woodstock's Victorian Christmas celebration that begins each Thanksgiving weekend. The Square glows with thousands of miniature lights illuminating the buildings and trees for the annual Festival of Lights. Carolers stroll the streets and visitors can take horse-drawn carriage rides around the Square. Friday November 29, 2013, 7:00pm. Lighting of the Square Sunday December 1, 2013, 2:00pm. Holiday Parade. Every Friday and Saturday November 29, 2013-December 21, 2013 Carriage Rides around the Square.
In 1992, something astonishing happened in the historic city of Woodstock, Illinois. People came to town and roped off the picturesque city square, moved all sorts of equipment into the park and started playing the Pennsylvania Polka, over and over and over again. They were filming a movie that has become a favorite of young and old for more than 20 years, and the city gathers each year to remember the fun and celebrate the special community that Woodstock has always been. There are events for everyone during this celebration: Groundhog trivia, free viewing of "Groundhog Day" at the movie theater, walking tours of the film sites, a Chili cook-off, a dinner and dance, bowling, bags tourney, and a pancake breakfast. The main event for Groundhog Day is the annual prognostication. Gather on the Woodstock Square to see Woodstock Willie emerge from his tree trunk home. If he sees his shadow, it means there will be 6 more weeks of winter and if he doesn’t see his shadow, it means we will have an early Spring.
Red Roof Inn Chicago Willowbrook
109 newly remodeled clean, comfortable, and affordable rooms. Featuring Showtime, ESPN, CNN, free local calls, in-room movies and Nintendo, coffee, and morning newspapers.
Midlane Golf Resort
With five elegant banquet rooms that serve the needs of groups from thirty to six hundred guests including a championship eighteen hole golf course, driving range, all suites hotel with a pool/ fitness center, and a state-of-the-art nightclub, Midlane is uniquely outfitted to suit any of your banquet needs. Don't gamble on the outcome of your special event - come to the golf, banquet and wedding experts.
Happy Holiday Railway at the Illinois Railway Museum
Embark on a magical train ride! Visit with Santa Claus at the Toy Workshop and receive a gift to take home. Children on Santa's "Good" list will receive a gift and treat. Enjoy music and live entertainment.
The State House Inn - An Ascend Collection Hotel
Located in downtown Springfield, the State House Inn is right across the street from the Illinois State Capitol complex. The hotel is within walking distance of many historic sites, including the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, as well as gay-friendly bars and restaurants.
This gay and lesbian show bar features drag shows, comedians, and dancing Wednesday through Saturday nights.
The Station House
Part of the downtown Springfield nightlife scene for more than 15 years, this LGBT-friendly dance club features karaoke on Thursday nights.
Doubletree Hotel North Shore
This 369-room hotel/conference center features an indoor/outdoor pool, spacious Precor fitness center and Jameson’s Charhouse restaurant. Doubletree is located adjacent to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts and close to Westfield Old Orchard outdoor shopping mall.
Illinois Nut and Candy
Home of Fantasia Confections. Specializing in hand made chocolates, custom confections, dessert tables, gift baskets, corporate gifts, party trays, bulk candy and nuts. The entire store is certified kosher. Vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free products offered.
Central Illinois lake with over 11,000 water acres and 172 miles of shoreline. Lake Shelbyville has 5 federal campgrounds, and 2 state campgrounds with over 1,000 campsites from tent camping up to full hookup. There are several recreational areas with picnic areas and pavilions and 2 wildlife management areas. Three public beaches are available for swimming on the lake. The lake also hosts many launching ramps that are available for boats, and 3 marinas on the lake. Many hiking trails also encompass the lake such as the General Dacey which also includes fitness stations, the Chief Illini trail and others.
Comfort Suites - Schaumburg
We welcome you and your guests to the Comfort Suites Schaumburg with 96 oversized suites with modern decor in a 100% smoke-free environment. Separate areas for working, sleeping and relaxing. Guests can select from King, Double Queen or Jacuzzi Suites, each offering a sleeper sofa bed and wet bar with microwave and refrigerator. The Suite Experience includes a Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning, Heated Indoor Pool & Whirlpool, 24-hour Fitness Center, Free Wireless Internet Access, and evening social reception Monday-Wednesday in our lobby Lounge. Meeting space is available. 24-hour Business Center.
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
Our 500 luxurious contemporary rooms offer imaginative and colorful decor, wireless/high-speed Internet access, 32" flat-panel HDTVs, bathroom mirrors with defogging system & integrated LCD TVs.
AmericInn Hotel & Suites - Schaumburg
The AmericInn Hotel & Suites Schaumburg Hotel provides overnight lodging accommodations in the heart of Schaumburg Illinois in Northwest Chicagoland. Our entire staff will welcome you and your partner with a hot, home-style breakfast, free hotel-wide wifi, and warm, Midwestern hospitality. Shop at nearby Woodfield Mall, order room service from Wildfire Restaurant, or just relax in our cozy lobby. Your room is ready. We are located near several major Interstates including 90 (NW Tollway), 290 (Eisenhower Expressway) and 294 (TriState Tollway).
Marriott Chicago Schaumburg
Sophisticated and modern, our business class hotel with a boutique feel has gracious hosts waiting for you to experience our passion for hospitality. Step into the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg and discover the multitude of ways to combine work time and play time. Located in the heart of Schaumburg, near Arlington Heights, Itasca, Hoffman Estates, Addison, Rolling Meadows, Palatine and Elk Grove, minutes from O’Hare International Airport, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel has it all. From Marriott Mobile Checkin to Marriott Mobile Meetings, explore the innovative technology created with the ease of the traveler in the mind. State of the art of Fitness Center, Indoor and Outdoor pool, 32-inch LCD TV’s and Revive Marriott bedding package redesign the art of hosting. Located near several award winning restaurants, Blue Fire Grill will dazzle your culinary senses right from the start. Bevande Lounge is the perfect spot to put an exclamation point on your day. A full hot breakfast buffet is available each morning or let the Bean Counter, our Starbucks café, catch you on the fly with the first cup of fresh coffee and a wide variety of grab and go options. This suburban Chicago hotel is accented by the LegoLand Discovery Center , Woodfield Mall and The Streets of Woodfield shopping complex are located less than 2 miles from the hotel. Choose from nearby attractions which include Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, premier horse racing at Arlington Park Race Track, watching your favorite hockey teams at the Edge Ice Arena, or take a stroll in Busse Woods Natural Preserve. The Chicago Marriott Schaumburg is hospitality redefined.
The Blue Bedroom
Four guest rooms with private baths. A full kitchen and living space featuring views of the Mississippi River. Located in the historic district of downtown Savanna with unique shopping, antique motorcycle museum, Great River Bike Trail and the mighty Mississippi all within walking distance. Mississippi Palisades State Park just 5 minutes away!
Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare
256 suites, each with separate living room, king sized bedroom, large workdesk, and wet bar/ refrigerator.
InterContinental Chicago O'Hare
This luxury 556-room hotel features an impressive collection of international art, The Montrose Room live music club, and dining at Bistro Museo, The Capital Grille and McCormick & Schmick’s. The hotel is within walking distance of the Rosemont Theatre, and close to Rivers Casino and Allstate Arena.
The Office Niteclub
Located in downtown Rockford’s historic River District, The Office offers dancing, drag shows, karaoke and an outdoor patio in warm-weather months.
If you like art and art for sale then be sure to take part in this traveling art party featuring local artists in numerous venues in the Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District. Enjoy artist demonstrations and art for sale from over 300 artists at more than 20 venues. Discover beautiful jewelry, paintings, furniture, pottery, glass work and more. The event is free and free shuttle service is provided to take you from one venue to the next. It runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CITY: Rock Island
A Christmas Messiah
Don't miss George Frideric Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 14 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. Both performances take place at Centennial Hall in Rock Island, Illinois on the campus of Augustana College. The performance features the Handel Oratorio Society Chamber Orchestra This will be a new take on this Quad Cities holiday tradition! The 90-minute performance will focus on the Christmas story and there will be no intermission.
CITY: Rock Island
Enjoy wonderful, French-gourmet dining at this restaurant located in the heart of the Downtown Rock Island's Arts & Entertainment District. Family-owned and operated for over 20 years, this restaurant features delicious French cuisine. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, only. You may dine in the Star Bar or in the formal dining area. Banquet space is available for parties.
CITY: Rock Island
Open since 1976, Irene’s features dancing to live DJs, drag shows and live entertainment.
Buddies on Adams
Stop by this laid-back bar to play pool and darts, or just have a casual drink.
Comfort Suites Oakbrook Terrace
DuPage County, Chicago's Western Suburbs - This 103-suite property puts the "Comfort" back in traveling! Friendly atmosphere and attention to your needs make us the ideal choice for your home away from home!
CITY: Oakbrook Terrace
Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge
This gay and lesbian Oak Park lounge features a dance floor, martini bar and a menu of small plates. Catch live DJs, drag shows and dancers on the weekends.
CITY: Oak Park
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson - Naperville
143 tasteful guest rooms situated in Naperville's high tech corridor, offering comfort and convenience. Meeting space available. Full service restaurant, lounge, and room service.
Red Roof Inn Naperville
119 renovated-room hotel, turn down service, 6 blends of different coffee, pet friendly, handicap accessible rooms. Close to restaurants, shopping and businesses. Conveniently located off I-88 Tollway.
Known for its live salsa music and dancing, Esteban’s hosts Expression Nite on Thursdays, featuring drag performers. The dinner menu, served Wednesday through Saturday evenings, offers Latin American specialties.
Lincolnshire Marriott Resort
A full service resort, located on 175 naturally wooded acres of Chicago's North Shore, offering an ideal setting for retreat-style meetings, romantic getaways, weddings and fun-for-the-whole-family vacations or reunions. Enjoy the 18-hole PGA championship golf course, award-winning Marriott Theatre, tennis club, along with several on-site restaurants, a lounge and Starbucks. While staying in one of the 383 rooms or 6 suites, enjoy a swim in the indoor or outdoor pool, work out in the fully equipped fitness center and relax in the whirlpool. There are also 26 meeting rooms totaling 40,000 sq ft. available for any planned event.
Festival of Trees
We've got Santa's arrival, the lighting of the trees, and the holiday spirit all wrapped up! When Santa arrives via fire truck at 6:00PM, you’ll help him ring in the season by lighting the Festival of Trees. Then join him for a snack, a photo opportunity, and a chance to remind him what’s on your Christmas list.
CITY: Lake in the Hills
Glen Rowan House
The Glen Rowan House is the perfect setting for weddings, social parties, private, and corporate events. An estate on Chicago’s North Shore designed by renowned architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, this significant landmark is named for its impressive rowan oak trees and is a part of the Lake Forest College campus.
CITY: Lake Forest
A Joliet staple for more than 30 years, this LGBT bar features dancing to live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, Maneuvers Diva’s Den drag shows and live entertainment.
Parkway by the Lake Banquets
For many years we have provided the best in wedding receptions at an affordable price. We take great pride in offering the best in service, the most picturesque setting for ceremony and reception, a huge dance floor and food to rave about for months after the event.
Highland Park Country Club
Highland Park Country Club is an immaculately maintained 18-hole public golf course offering an unforgettable challenge for players of all skill levels. Located just 25 minutes north of Chicago, Highland Park's scenic beauty and world-class amenities make it the perfect locale for golf outings, weddings, banquets and fundraising events.
CITY: Highland Park
Captain Andy's Parasail
Enjoy the relaxing view while sailing above the bluff line over the Mississippi River! The views are spectacular and sure to be remembered for years to come. It’s a very peaceful ride that gives you a completely different perspective on your world. After trying it once, most people are repeat fliers.
Chicago Botanic Garden
The Chicago Botanic Garden opened a little more than 40 years ago as a beautiful place to visit, and it has matured into one of the world's great living museums and conservation science centers. Each year, nearly one million people visit the Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas, uniquely situated on 385 acres of land on and around nine islands. Six miles of shoreline extend along 81 acres of water, including the Great Basin, North Lake, and Skokie River Corridor. The Garden also has a renowned Bonsai Collection.
Miss Kitty's Grape Escape
Located in the heart of downtown Galena, this is a great place to relax and unwind. Enjoy wine, specialty martinis and craft beers. Live music on Fridays and Saturdays, Bloody Mary bar Saturdays and Quiz Show Sundays. Gourmet apps until 1 a.m.
The Country English Cottages
Cottage gardens, hiking trails, lavish candlelight dinners, delivered gourmet breakfast, all-natural farm, gorgeously English countryside surroundings, hot stone therapy massage and exquisite amenities create the perfect pampered experience.
This lesbian bar features a huge dance floor with a stage, Sunday karaoke, live bands and Boys Night on Tuesdays with male dancers.
CITY: Franklin Park
Annual Norge Ski Jump Tournament
Fun for the whole family. Great food and beverages. Ski Jumpers from around the world will be competing. Tournament starts at noon both days. Shuttle Bus (Sunday Only)-Picks up at Dominick's (Route 22 & 14) and the Fox River Grove Train Station. U.S. Cup & International 5 Hills Ski Jumping Winter Tournament. Junior National Qualifier--Junior Ski Jumpers compete on the big hill (Saturday) for a spot representing the Central Division for the Championship in Anchorage, Alaska in March. USA Ski Team Jumpers will compete on Saturday for U.S. Cup Points, Cash and National Rankings in their 6th stop on the National Tour which wraps up in March in Park City, Utah. International Ski Jumping Teams will compete head to head with U.S. Jumpers, both days for number 3 of 5 Competitions in the Midwest's Five-Hills Tournament. Pre-Sale Buttons available 2 weeks before the Tournament: $10 at local merchants $11 Will-Call online at www.norgeskiclub.com $15 at the gate on Tournament days
CITY: Fox River Grove
Forest View Lounge
This neighborhood lesbian bar, with a relaxing North Woods tavern vibe, is a great place to catch the latest game, play pool or enjoy the outdoor beer garden. The grill menu includes the popular Large Marge Volcano Burger, oozing with cheese.
CITY: Forest View
A gay hangout near O’Hare Airport since the early 1980s, Hunters features a dance floor with a Friday night Video Dance Party and Hunters Hunks male dancers on Thursdays.
CITY: Elk Grove Village
Timber Ridge Outpost & Cabins
Nestled in the beautiful hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Timber Ridge offers something for everyone, from families and honeymooners to outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy some Southern hospitality while staying in a real log cabin or one-of-a-kind treehouse. Each of the units, including the treehouse, is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette, heating and air conditioning.
Heritage Prairie Farm
Open year-round, market is home to a variety of products including raw and infused honey, seasonally, organically grown produce. Fresh, local produce such as milk, eggs and meats. A great place for a wedding or any other social event.
Sculpture on the Avenue
Come explore the sculptures that have transformed the City of Effingham's avenues into an art gallery! Over 40 sculptures created by some of the Midwest's best known and unknown sculptors bring life to the streets of Effingham through this outdoor exhibition. The Sculpture on the Avenues program is a self-guided walking tour that begins at City Hall in downtown Effingham. From there, the exhibition winds in and out of downtown Effingham. An informative guide, which facilitates a walking tour, is available at Effingham hotels, downtown businesses, the Effingham Visitor Center (Tourism Office) and City Hall.
Wonderland in Lights 2013
Each year, the City of Effingham and the Effingham Convention and Visitors Bureau turn Community Park into a winter wonderland! Wonderland in Lights, a drive-thru light display, features a variety of lighted holiday scenes including reindeer flying, Santa coming down the chimney, and a Nativity scene. We continue to add new lighting displays each year to grow the display. Santa visits the Wonderland in Lights every Saturday to bring special presents to the children. Come drive through the light display and stick around to talk to Santa and listen to your favorite Christmas carols! The Wonderland in Lights is free, but donations are welcome. Community Park is on East Temple Ave, Effingham, IL. For more information, please call 217-342-5310 or visit www.visiteffinghamil.com.
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery
Stang Arts Studio & Gallery features art classes for both children and adults, along with holding various events throughout the year. The artist, Jamie Stang, also specializes in "paint parties." These parties are great for a group, as they feature great food, drinks, music and art. Jamie helps visitors discover their inner-artist while relaxing in a chic studio-style atmosphere. Check out her gallery while you're there too.
Thelma Keller Convention Center
Central Illinois' premier meeting destination, the Thelma Keller Convention Center, offers today's meeting/event/wedding planners a relaxed atmosphere, quality service and tempting cuisine designed to make every event impressive and productive. No matter what size event you are planning, they have room for your needs. Deluxe conference facilities. Impeccable service. Dedicated staff. On-site technical and meeting planning resources. The Convention Center offers over 20,000 square feet of space with a grand ballroom measuring 10,500 square feet. Perfect for your next meeting or a beautiful wedding here.
Red Roof Inn Downers Grove
This is a newly renovated location with all new rooms, contemporary furniture, new bathrooms with granite countertops, a comfortable easy chair and more.
CITY: Downers Grove
Kennekuk County Park
The 3000 acre park includes a seven mile backpack trail among its 15 miles of trail system. Boats and canoes are available for rental in season, and seven lakes are available for fishing. Hunting of pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, dove, waterfowl, goose, mushrooms, turkey, and deer is permitted (Illinois and Vermilion County Conservation District regulations apply).
The Sanfilippo "Place de la Musique"
A private Estate located in Barrington Hills, featuring the World's finest collection of Automatic Music Instruments, including the World's largest Theater Organ. Private Group Tours or 40 or more. Charity Gala Events & Concerts. A Summer Concert Series and a Christmas Concert supporting the Sanfilippo Foundation open to the public with pre-purchased tickets. Concerts include time to explore the Sanfilippo Collection. See website for details and tickets.
CITY: Crystal Lake
Material Girl Fabric Shop
Material Girl Fabric Shop located in downtown Crystal Lake, formerly The Fabric Shop, features fresh and modern fabric designers such as Anthology, Free Spirit, Westminster Including: Amy Butler, Kaffe Fawcett, Riley Blake, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller - Including Anna Griffin, Moda, Henry Glass, Kaufman, Hoffman and more. We offer an extensive variety of fabrics, trims and notions for Crystal Lake and the surrounding McHenry County area. In addition, we continue to add more fabric lines and designers such as RJR, Batik Textiles, Red Rooster, Andover, Art Gallery, Lecien, Clothworks, Dunroven House, James Thompson & Co., Marcus Fabrics, Oilcloth, Intl., P & B Textiles, Quilting Treasures, Shannon Fabrics, Studio E, and Mary Flanagan Wools. We now offer Sewing Classes and Sewing Instruction right here in our Crystal Lake store. These classes will be for beginners as well as experienced sewers of all ages looking for new ideas and inspirations.
CITY: Crystal Lake
La Colina Linda Farm and Bed & Breakfast
This one acres farm offers a two bedroom - two bath non-smoking cottage. The hospitality is open and inclusive and serves vegan plant-based meals for breakfast. Instruction and guidance for anyone interested in organic farming practices.
Skyline View Cabins
Skyline View Cabins invite you to Southern Illinois to enjoy the most beautiful view in the area. From your cabin front porch, you can see the rolling hills of the Shawnee National Forest, Bald Knob Cross and lots of wildlife. In the Winter and early Spring there are 20 acres of hillside woods to tromp through, The property joins the Quetil Walking Trail, into Alto Pass. Both cabins have vaulted ceilings in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms, with real fireplaces, satellite TV and DVD player. Cabins come furnished with leather look sofas, chairs with ottomans, and a dining table that seats 4 people. Local art has been used to decorate both of the cabins.
Crew Bar & Grill
This sports bar and grill features 20 hi-def TVs showing the latest games, a selection of more than 60 beers, and an extensive menu that offers sandwiches and flatbread pizza.
Located in Chicago's neighborhood of Andersonville, Hamburger Mary’s features a menu of creative hamburgers (what else?) in its dining room, DJ-driven music and stage shows in Mary’s Attic and sports broadcasts live in Mary’s Rec Room, a combination sports bar/microbrewery.
Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club
Dinner comes with a side of entertaining female impersonators at this raucous restaurant, located in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood. Sample one of more than 70 different martinis, including the famous Kit Kat.
Broadway Antique Market
Browse the showrooms of 75 dealers at this antique mall that offers everything from mid-century modern furniture to art deco jewelry and 1950s lighting.
Doubletree by Hilton Chicago
Located between the Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier, this newly refurbished hotel features The Lobby Bar with infused organic vodkas and H2O, a seasonal poolside cocktail bar and restaurant with panoramic skyline views. The hotel’s Markethouse restaurant offers seasonal American fare.
Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile
This reasonably priced hotel is just half a block from North Michigan Avenue shops and restaurants. During warm-weather months, hang out on the 22nd-floor Skyline Terrace as you sip a cocktail and soak in the amazing view.
Hotel Palomar Chicago
Opened in 2010, this River North hotel offers spacious guest rooms and suites that are pet-friendly (no fees or size restrictions). Check out the indoor pool, seasonal rooftop sundeck and the hotel’s Sable Kitchen & Bar, serving New American cuisine.
W Chicago City Center
Located in the Loop, the W Chicago is close to downtown theaters, the Willis Tower, Millennium Park and The Art Institute. The hotel offers in-room spa treatments and the 24-hour Sweat Fitness Center.
Aloft Chicago City Center
Urban cool accommodations, located in the heart of River North, Chicago's most exciting neighborhood for dining & nightlife. Blocks from the Magnificent Mile and many other Chicago top spots.
Andersonville Guesthouse offers spacious, affordably luxurious, and fully furnished 2 bed / 2 bath and 3 bed / 2 bath vacation rental condominiums. Located on the southern end of Andersonville, one of Chicago's hottest neighborhoods, the Guesthouse is very close to Wrigley Field, as well as public transportation for convenient access to downtown Chicago and tourist attractions. The affordable luxury of our Guesthouse and our unique location provide the perfect rental accommodation for travelers who want the comforts and independence of their own home while enjoying all that Chicago and its local culture has to offer.
Hyatt Place Chicago Downtown/River North
Located just north of the Loop in the city's most spectacular neighborhood for shopping and dining; blocks away from the Magnificent Mile!
Annoyance Theatre & Bar
For 25 years, The Annoyance Theatre has created some of Chicago's finest comedy. Home of the longest running musical Co-ed Prison Sluts, The Annoyance uses improvisation to create new and original plays, musicals, sketch-comedy and more, in a vibrant, uncensored atmosphere.
The Artistic Home Theatre
The Artistic Home creates theatre and film that explores and celebrates the truth within us. Through extraordinary acting, we seek to ignite an audience’s imagination, to reach deep into the primal to send tremors through the intellect, to give birth to unforgettable moments by working in an intimate space, to touch audiences who are increasingly distanced from human contact. We readdress the classics and explore new works with passion. We give artists a home where they can shape, develop and strengthen their artistic voice.
Collaboraction creates original works of theatre that emphasize high production values, push boundaries, and highlight issues that are socially relevant to a diverse community of Chicagoans.
Acme Hotel Company Chicago
If you've never been one for convention, ACME HOTEL is the right choice for you in downtown Chicago. Located 2 ½ blocks from the Magnificent Mile in the River North neighborhood, ACME is downtown Chicago's all new boutique hotel alternative. If you appreciate an eye for design and dig a high-tech vibe, you'll feel right at home. We'd like to call ourselves cool, or hip, because we are, but that just feels like bragging. But mostly, ACME is what we consider approachable - in more ways than one. The fact is, we want your experience at our downtown Chicago hotel to blow your mind, not your budget.
Red Roof Inn Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile
Surprising luxury at affordable rates! From our beautiful exterior to our fashionably remodeled lobby and guest rooms, Red Roof Inn - Chicago Downtown boasts Windy City convenience at surprisingly suburban rates.From designer fabrics and furnishings to friendly staff willing to help you explore our exciting hometown, Red Roof Inn - Chicago Downtown offers even more reasons for you to stay with us!
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Soaring 92 stories above the Loop and North Michigan Avenue, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a showcase of bold style and engaging design, polished stainless steel and iridescent-tinted glass. It is the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world, and downtown Chicago's most enviable address.
Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in Chicago’s Edgewater/ Andersonville neighborhood, Magnolia Studios offers a choice of three unique Chicago accommodations only five minutes from the beach and thirty minutes from downtown Chicago. All three units offer fully equipped kitchens, luxury en suite bathrooms, plasma TVs with full cable package, laptops with free wireless internet, exceptionally comfortable queen sized beds beds with luxury mattresses/ linens and in unit laundry. You have exclusive use of all amenities, which makes your stay relaxing and private.
Flemish House of Chicago
Flemish House of Chicago Bed and Breakfast, an apartment B&B in downtown Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, steps from Michigan Avenue, the lake front, and Oak Street Beach.
Marty's Martini Bar
Tucked away, just off of Andersonville's main drag, is Marty's Martini Bar. Fantastic service and delicious cocktails make this cozy locale a favorite of the Andersonville neighborhood. During the summer, outdoor seating is available in a picture-perfect patio.
Kopi A Traveler's Cafe
This comfortable cafe sells coffee in bulk and is a quiet respite for a light lunch. Jalan Jalan, a boutique in the back of the cafe, is crammed with travel books, artwork, textiles, gifts and jewelry from around the world. In the very front of the cafe is an elevated area where patrons remove their shoes to lounge among the pillows that furnish the floor. To complete the intercontinental atmosphere, clocks on the wall keep the current time in various countries.
Located in the heart of Andersonville, Huey's Hotdogs is a standout in a hotdog town. We’ve got a wide variety of dogs, brats, burgers, and sandwiches. Whether you want a classic Chicago-Style hot dog, a specialty sausage, or one of our many vegan specialties, Huey’s has a huge menu to explore.
What's the key to our success? A commitment to excellence. Attention to detail. A first-rate, knowledgeable wait staff. And, of course, the driving forces behind it all: Yoshi and Nobuko Katsumura. You're sure to find new and interesting things at the café, including dishes you won't find anywhere else (have you ever seen barracuda on another menu?!). Our eclectic menu features dishes with influences that run the gamut from Japanese to Italian, French and American. Please join us and experience our fine cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere. At Yoshi's Café, you're like family.
Minibar Ultra Lounge
In the heart of Halsted Street, Chicago, is minibar. We are a luxurious nightclub in a contemporary, urban "hotel lounge" environment. Inviting guests to wrap up the day or usher in the night, minibar is the perfect spot for freshly infused vodkas, bottle service, exciting wines and premium liquors that highlight minibar's drink menu. DJs and curated music collections will sooth and groove your soul, while concierge services and cocktail servers make sure you don't have to work to enjoy your self. Check in any time...?
A Boystown staple, Hydrate features late-night dance parties, shirtless men, high-energy beats and drag queens galore. Check out their resident DJ's and weekly events. Open until 4am Sunday-Friday/5am on Saturdays.
Located in the heart of Boystown, Elixir is a mellow spot to relax and enjoy the evening. From classic, pre-prohibition mixed drinks to Elixir signature cocktails, the highly-trained bartenders take their time to create perfection. It's more than a lounge, it's an experience.
Women & Children First Book Store
We are one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country, stocking more than 30,000 books by and about women, children's books for all ages, and the best of lesbian and gay fiction and non-fiction. Our purpose in beginning the store 33 years ago was to promote the work of women writers and to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests. We strive to do this in an atmosphere in which all are respected, valued, and well-served.
Named best new boutique by Time Out Chicago, Milk Handmade is a women’s clothing boutique that specializes in small-run, handcrafted goods. Whether you’re looking for the softest tee, the perfect handbag, or your new favorite Saturday-night top, Milk has the one-of-a-kind piece for you. Come on in, hang out, and prepare to fall in love.
Found: Vintage Living
Located on Chicago’s north side, found-vintage living is a lifestyle store specializing in vintage furniture, barware, lamps, art and accessories. Serving as Andersonville’s destination for affordable vintage pieces, it is a haven for authentic home décor from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
Rad Vintage is a 1700 square ft store that has a large selection of Women’s and Men’s Vintage Clothing & Accessories from the 1940s to 1990s. Our goal is to provide the world with the best selection of vintage clothing. Rad Vintage isn’t just a clothing store. We also have a large selection of vintage toys, clocks, character glasses, beer glassware, and 80s vintage telephones, such as the Lego, Mickey, Garfield and the Alf Phone.
Nina's Bed & Breakfast
For women, by women: Nina's Bed and Breakfast was conceived out of a desire to bring a unique Bed and Breakfast experience geared to the sophisticated women traveler, women business traveler and the lesbian traveler. This experience will have a strong emphasis on personalization and customer service mixed with a dash of surprise.
Looking for a great place to stay in Chicago? Consider House 5863 Chicago Bed & Breakfast. House 5863 is not your typical B&B inn. We are different. Here you will find no Victorian decor or rockers on a scenic porch. Rather, we are an urban, hip place to stay in the heart of Chicago's north side. Our style is contemporary comfort. Our rooms are clean, cool and most of all restive. Our approach is more hands off than hands on. We focus on providing for all of your needs behind the scenes without disrupting your stay. Common areas are designed for casual living. The fully-equipped kitchen offers continental style breakfast with all the basics to allow you to serve yourself on your own schedule and at your own pace. Our garden and deck areas offer a quiet respite for relaxed joy.
North Halsted Halloween Parade
This iconic Halloween happening—now in its 17th year—is one of Chicago's largest celebrations of ghosts, goblins and costumes galore! Colorful and festive doesn't start to do justice to this iconic Halloween party that draws thousands of spectators of all ages who line the streets of Halsted to enjoy the evening's festivities. The parade receives widespread media coverage, and one of its highlights is the costume contest that draws scores of outrageously attired parade participants.
Expect bumping beats and go-go dancing boys at this GLBT bar in Andersonville. A 30-foot-long bar and an elevated seating area overlook the dance floor, often set in motion by a DJ spinning dance hits and house standards. Exposed brick walls, galvanized metal and hardwood floors and warm lighting create an inviting upscale ambiance.
Center on Halsted
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to building and strengthening the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community. Center on Halsted's Community and Cultural team creates and hosts a wide array of fun, interactive and engaging programs enjoyed by members of the entire community. Events range from volleyball games in our gymnasium to dance recitals in our theatre. We host regular receptions showcasing local LGBTQ artists and special events for LGBTQ families and friends.
Taverna 750 is the best of old school Italian with a contemporary flair. Proprietor Paul D. Cannella is bringing back his Grandfather Paul J. Loverde's and Uncle Chuckie Abruzzini's classic Italian recipes from his restaurant on Grand Avenue in the 50's. All of Taverna 750's entrees are small plates, meant for sharing at the table. For small plates, the portions are generous and their prices are very affordable so you can share several items at one sitting. We serve a range of items consisting of gourmet dinner, brunch and a full menu of crafted drinks. We also have a late night pizza menu for anyone looking for a nightcap and nosh.
Open seven days a week, this Boystown neighborhood sushi joint is known for it's contemporary take on sushi and friendly staff. Their creative rolls and variety of offerings won't disappoint!
Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
Cocktail, is one of the most inviting playful bars & restaurants in Lakeview, appealing to a broad-based clientele that is short on attitude and long on fun. Its two attractive bars (cocktail & garden bar) feature black crystal chandeliers, onyx-lit bar tops and a swank sidewalk café, known as the gardens. Cocktail is the perfect place to sip libations, enjoy great food and converse with friends, both old and new. Cocktail offers daily drink specials featuring djs that deliver the best music on Halsted & sexy go go boys!
Named after the flower synonymous with celebration and festivity in India. Marigold is a place to celebrate India's culture and food. Marigold's atmosphere offers a vibrant dining experience with a friendly neighborhood vibe. From the fresh chutneys to the family recipes, it is the combination of tradition with the unexpected that makes Marigold special. We hope you'll join us soon.
Inspired by the regional flavors of the Italian Tre Venezie, Ombra is a space you can make your own. It’s where the casual comfort of the neighborhood meets the energy of possibility. You just might encounter the new and unexpected — whether the flavors, the wine list, or the conversations and people around you.
Your neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant. Celebrating the rich diversity of American food and drink. Our produce and meats are sourced almost exclusively from small family farms in the Midwest. The menu is seasonally focused and our casual dining room features a spectacular Brunswick bar, as well as comfortable booths and tables.