Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

Posted on  June 14, 2017

Audience At Outdoor Music Festival

Green-thumbed garden enthusiasts and music lovers unite at this unique event in Chicago’s Sheffield neighborhood. The 49th annual Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk allows visitors to explore over one hundred of the neighborhood’s beautiful residential gardens. Pair that with live music and the Chicago Craft Beer Festival and you’ve got one great weekend.


Entertainment & Eats

Nestled in the streets of one of Chicago’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods, the Music Festival & Garden Walk features two stages with all-day musical entertainment, food vendors, an artisan marketplace, and the ever-popular Kids’ Corner. Mark your calendars, because boredom will be banished for the whole weekend! The complete list of vendors and musical lineup can be found here.


Great Gardens

Have you ever wanted to hop the fences of some of Chicago’s most beautiful residential gardens and explore? At this weekend festival, there is no fence hopping required! From noon to 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday feel free to peruse over one hundred gardens to your heart’s content. Self-guided tours are free and can be as long or short as you would like. Guidebooks are available for $10 and can be purchased at the Garden Center in front of St. Vincent de Paul Church, though they are not required to walk through the gardens.


Guided tours are also available beginning at 3:30pm on both days for a $10 donation per person. Take a stroll with master gardeners and landscape experts through three selected gardens. Besides just gazing at the beauty of each garden you’ll get an in-depth analysis of each green space from these gardening specialists. It is recommended to sign up for these tours in advance at the main information booth starting at 11:30am each day.


Crazy for Craft Beer

In conjunction with the Sheffield Music Fest & Garden Walk, the Chicago Craft Beer Festival is back again this year. Visitors can sample over 70 specialty beers from local and national brewers. The $40 tasting pass will get you into the private tasting area from 11:30am to 4:30pm, a souvenir tasting glass, and live music in the seating area. Don’t wait until the day-of! Tickets for this event tend to go fast and are cheaper to buy in advance.



Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk

Where: 2200 N. Sheffield Ave between Webster and Fullerton, Chicago IL 60614

When: Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23 | 12pm-10pm

Admission: Self guided garden walk: free | $10 donation for all guided tours



City Suites Hotel   

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.


Blue Man Group

Posted on  May 1, 2017

Blue Man Group

This summer, visit the Briar Street Theatre in Chicago to witness one of the most unbelievable theatrical performance groups in the world- The Blue Man Group. The show’s creative blend of modern music and theatrical demonstrations will undoubtedly explain why countries across the globe find these strange blue men so remarkable.


About the Show

With the combination of music, technology and comedy, a Blue Man Group show is something that you must experience in order to fully understand the method behind its madness. In fact, critics have called the Blue Man Group’s percussion performances and humorous miming “innovative, energetic and wildly entertaining”. As Chicago being one of the group’s permanent production cities, locals and visitors alike can witness the spectacular performance nearly any day of summer at the Briar Street Theatre. Visit the online calendar to see the complete list of dates and times that you can choose from when planning your concert experience.


Birth of the Blue Man  

The iconic and insanely creative Blue Man Group has been an international sensation for over 20 years, yet its humble beginnings may surprise you. As a celebration of the end of the 80s, three friends fresh out of college, Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman developed the “Blue Man” character and led a procession that included the burning of a Rambo doll and a piece of the Berlin Wall. After this demonstration, the Blue Men quickly gained attention and transitioned from small street “disturbances” to theatrical performances. Since then, the Blue Man Group has grown tremendously with performances in over 20 countries and permanent productions in various cities including New York, Las Vegas and Chicago (to name a few). In addition to being incredible performers, the Blue Men are also Grammy-nominated recording artists and authors with their recently published book, “Blue Man World.”



When deciding which Blue Man Group show to attend, make sure you check out the wide variety of ticket packages and discounts offered. If you are a MasterCard cardholder, you have the option to reserve poncho seats, located closest to the stage with prices ranging from $79 – $89. College students can purchase discounted tickets for $35 by presenting their college I.D. at the box office two hours prior to the start of the show. Select performances (click here for the list of dates) are discounted at $59 per ticket with the use of the promo code “CHI59” during purchase and VIP tickets can be purchased for $89+, including a meal, premium seats, photo opportunities and more. Visit the Blue Man Group website for a complete list of ticket packages and discounts.


While there are plenty of shows to choose from, the best seats will sell fast, so don’t wait too long to purchase your tickets! And when you begin your search for a place to stay, consider the City Suites Hotel. Located just five minutes from the theatre, this unique boutique hotel pairs perfectly with the equally unique Blue Man Group performance.



Blue Man Group

Where: Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

When: Now – August

Admission: $49 – $89



City Suites Hotel   

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.

8th Annual Beer Under Glass

Posted on  April 10, 2017

Beer Under Glass

As the breeze in the Windy City starts to warm up, locals and visitors alike know what’s approaching- Craft Beer season. Travel to the Garfield Park Conservatory on May 18 to celebrate the beginning of Craft Beer Week with the 8th annual Beer Under Glass.


Beer Under Glass

Kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week with the 8th annual Beer Under Glass, returning to the Garfield Park Conservatory on Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 – 9:30pm. Use your souvenir glass to sample over 200 craft beers from over 100 different local and out of state breweries. While Beer Under Glass has hosted a variety of small food vendors in the past, this year the event is exclusively partnering with some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks to offer food that will better compliment attendees’ beer tasting experience. Beer and food vendors for 2017 have not been announced yet, but continue to check the Beer Under Glass event page for an updated list!


Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance (GPCA)

With eight indoor display houses and outside gardens, the Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and most breathtaking conservatories in the nation. Attendees will have the opportunity to escape the Chicago chaos and explore nearly 14 acres of lush flora while enjoying a variety of beer samples. As Craft Beer Week kicks off, Beer Under Glass also functions as a fundraising event with ticket sales benefiting GPCA’s programming and mission to change lives through the power of nature.



General Admission tickets are $60 and allow ticket holders to enjoy endless beer samples. General Admission begins at 6:30pm and ends at 9:30pm. VIP tickets are $80 and admission begins at 5:30, allowing ticket holders to have first access to brews. VIP admission also includes food tickets redeemable at participating food trucks. All attendees will receive a souvenir glass for beer samples. To purchase your tickets, click here.


If you’re traveling to Chicago for its famous craft beer festivals, why not get the whole experience? Instead of rushing home, stay at the City Suites Hotel. With its unique style and comfortable atmosphere, City Suites will entice you to stay the entire week, not just May 18.



Beer Under Glass 

Where: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

When: May 18, 5:30 – 9:30pm

Admission: General Admission $60 | VIP Admission $80



City Suites Hotel   

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.


Baconfest Chicago

Posted on  March 6, 2017


Whether crispy or juicy, lean or greasy, crumbled or whole, everyone loves bacon no matter its shape or size. For generations bacon has been a salty staple in countless dishes, and this year is no exception. On Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 1 head to the UIC Forum for Baconfest.


The Fest

Starting March 31, chefs from over 140 restaurants will fill the UIC Forum with every bacon concoction imaginable, from bacon-based cocktails to bacon biscuits and gravy. On March 31, a dinner session will be offered 7 – 10 p.m. and on April 1 a lunch session (12 – 3 p.m.) and dinner session (7 – 10 p.m.) will be offered. One hour before each session is the VIP Hour, when attendees with VIP tickets can peruse and enjoy all of the bacon without the hassle of long lines. The restaurants represented will be different for each session so that guests are able to have a new experience each day. Restaurants include places like Primehouse, named the “#1 Steakhouse in Chicago”, and The Bad Apple, a gourmet burger joint. While the 2017 menu has yet to be release, it is guaranteed that each venue will be offering something unique. For right now, you can check out the menu from last year’s Baconfest for an idea of what you can expect to see at this year’s convention!


Feeding All Hungry Stomachs

While Baconfest serves endless plates of food to its loyal attendees, it also feeds those that do not attend. Every year, Baconfest partners with the Greater Chicago Food Depository in an effort to help end hunger in Chicago. A portion of the event’s proceeds are donated to the organization and guests are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that are then given to the Food Depository and eventually distributed to those suffering from hunger. Since 2010, Baconfest has made 1,102,111 meals available to hungry Chicagoans.



General Admission to Baconfest is $100 per ticket (for one session), plus fees while VIP Admission costs $200 (for one session) plus fees. All ticket holders will have access to their selected session, including unlimited bacon dishes, seven drink tickets, a Baconfest tote bag and up to $10 in Lyft credit. Special tickets are also available for attendees that are unable to drink or uninterested. These tickets are $60 per session and include unlimited bacon and soft drinks, but exclude alcoholic beverages. For more ticket details and links to purchase, check out the Baconfest website.


Once you’ve had your fill of all that Baconfest has to offer, consider staying at the City Suites Hotel where you can relax and rejuvenate for day two of treats. Don’t wait, buy your tickets soon and prepare for the best fest of the year!




Where: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608

When: March 31, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 pm. | April 1, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Admission: General $100+, VIP $200+



City Suites Hotel   

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.


Explore The Chicago Auto Show

Posted on  January 16, 2017

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If you love cars, then you have to get to Chicago this February for the Chicago Auto Show. Taking place February 11th through the 20th this event is the perfect way to spend your day in the Windy City. Just a short cruise up the shoreline, rest your head at City Suites Hotel after zooming through the show.


Not only is the Chicago Auto show the largest auto show in North America, it is also the longest running. With the first event taking place way back in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has grown to become a tradition for many and a must-see event for car buffs young and old. Explore over 1 million square feet of hot rods and hot rides of the future.


Get to McCormick Place and be the first to see the newest offerings from domestic and foreign car makers such as Chevrolet, Ford, BMW and Mercedes. Stare in awe at futuristic concept cars that look like something straight out of a movie. If classic cars are more your thing, antique and collector cars will be on display as well.


Dining Options

You’re sure to get hungry while walking the expansive auto show and luckily there are plenty of great dining options near McCormick Place. Acadia is the place to go for American dishes, while Connie’s Pizza claims to have the best pizza in Chicago. If you’re craving something a bit more adventurous, Opart Thai House will do the trick offering pad Thai and curries.


Tickets for the show are just $13 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Children 6 and under get in for free with a paid adult ticket.



The Chicago Auto Show
February 11th-19th 10:00am-10:00pm, February 20th 10:00am-8:00pm

Where: McCormick Place 2301 S King Drive, Chicago, IL 60616

Admission: $13 for adults, $7 for children (7-12) and seniors (62+) Free for children 6 and under


Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.

The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

Posted on  December 12, 2016

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Chicago gets cold in January. Really cold. There’s no hiding it. So why not come to enjoy the warmth of a good laugh? The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival is back for its 16th year and everyone is invited. After a night of hilarity, rest your head at City Suites Hotel. Located just down the street from Stage 773, City Suites is the perfect place to spend your night.


In 2002, 35 sketch comedy groups from the Chicago area came together to throw a festival celebrating their craft. In the years since The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival has grown to what is now the largest sketch comedy festival on the planet. For two weekends in January, sketch groups from around the country will convene in Chicago. Stage 773 will feature four performance spaces with shows beginning at the top of every hour.


Sketch comedy is entertainment at its finest and the groups at this year’s festival will have you in stitches all night: you may need a doctor! You never know what to expect. Song and dance, stunts, games and magic await. Be on your toes as you just might get pulled up on stage to participate in the show.


This year’s festival features 180 shows over two weekends. With so many acts performing, there is truly something for everyone. All-festival passes go for $250 and can be purchased on the festival’s site. Just going for the weekend? Weekend and one day passes are available as well.


To stay up to date on all things Sketchfest, like them on Facebook and follow on Twitter!



What: The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival

When: January 5th-8th and 12th-15th, 2017

Where: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657

Admission: $35+


Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.

ZooLights at Lincoln Park

Posted on  November 7, 2016

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Truly a sight to see, ZooLights at Lincoln Park is sure to place you and yours in the Christmas state of mind. Travelers come from around the country to view this Yuletide spectacle. Located just two miles north of the Zoo, City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay after your holiday adventure is complete!


Round up those that matter most and head on down to the Lincoln Park Zoo this holiday season. With lights as far as the eye can see, the folks at Lincoln Park transport guests to a Christmas wonderland fit for Santa himself. Kicking off Friday, November 25, ZooLights is more than just a visual display; it consists of special events taking place through New Year’s Day.


Event Schedule


Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 25th

Be there as the lights are turned on for the first time! At 4:25pm the switch will be flipped and the Christmas season will officially kickoff. The ceremony takes place next to Café at Wild Things.

Time: 4:25pm

Cost: Free


Holiday Market

Tuesday, November 29

Come shop at ZooLights first ever Holiday Market. More than 30 artisan vendors will set up shop throughout the grounds. A ticket is required for admittance to the market. Tickets are available here.

Time: 6:30-10:00pm

Cost: $10


BrewLights Presented by Louis Glunz Beer

Thursday, December 7

The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo have partnered with Louis Glunz Beer for a one-night only craft beer fest. Enjoy a local craft brew or take your taste buds across the pond for an international beer. This is a 21 and older event. Get tickets here.

Time: 5:30-9:00pm

Cost: $40-60


Adults Night Out Presented by Kalahari Resort

Thursday, December 8

If you’re looking for a night out with your significant other, this is when to go! Animal chats, fantastic food, a DJ and cash bars throughout the zoo make this a great date night. Tickets are required and can be purchased here.

Time: 6:30-10:00pm

Cost: $15


The Chris White Trio Tribute to “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Thursday, December 15

Take in the seasonal classics from A Charlie Brown Christmas performed by Chris White’s Jazz Trio. Taking place in Café Brauer, the tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s 1965 soundtrack will have you clicking your fingers and humming along. Tickets can be purchased here.

Time: 6:30-8:00pm

Cost: $25 General Admission, $40 VIP


New Years Eve at ZooLights

Saturday, December 31

Get your New Years Eve started at ZooLights. This all ages event is perfect for the whole family. Hats, horns and party favors are complimentary while supplies last!

Time: 4:30-9:00pm

Cost: Free


Can’t make it to a special event? Not a problem! There’s still plenty to do on non-event nights. Photos with Santa, free children’s crafts, live ice-sculpture, musical light shows and more take place every night at ZooLights. Arrive early as the first 1,000 people to enter receive a free pair of glasses that bring the lights to life!


ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Dates: November 25-27, December 2-4, 9-23, 26-31; January 1, 2017

Location: 2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

Cost: Free on non-event nights


For more information on ZooLights and all it has to offer, visit


Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.

The McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Posted on  October 26, 2016

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City isn’t the only big parade to take place on the fourth Thursday of November. In Chicago, McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade is proud to be celebrating its 83rd gathering. If you plan on attending, Broughton’s City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay near the festivities.


Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pie. Time-honored traditions of one of America’s favorite holidays: Thanksgiving. What Thanksgiving would be complete without a parade? Hosted by the city of Chicago and the parade’s Grand Marshal himself, Ronald McDonald, the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brings joy to hundreds of thousands of people attending and many more watching live across the country.


Created in 1934 to inspire those dealing with the ramifications of the Great Depression, it has since grown to the amazing event that we see each year. The day will be filled with over 100 unique and diverse acts, including crowd favorites like the Jesse White Tumblers, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. The parade will also include the basketball wizardry of the Harlem Globetrotters along with the world famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey.


The parade route runs along State Street from Congress Parkway to Randolph Street. Anywhere along the route will ensure a great view, but get here early to secure a spot as spectators arrive one to two hours prior to the 8:00am start time. Be sure to check the weather as this is a rain (snow) or shine event. ChapStick is also highly recommended; they don’t call it the Windy City for nothing!



What: 83rd Annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade

Where: State Street between Congress Parkway and Randolph Street, Chicago

When: Thursday November 24th, 2016 from 8:00-11:00am CST

Admission: Free


Follow parade mascot Teddy Turkey on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date! More info is also available at


Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.

The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Posted on  September 10, 2016

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Lights, cameras, action! The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will bring the Windy City to life October 13th-27th. Located just 5 miles from the heart of the event, Broughton’s City Suites Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a week of pure entertainment.


About the Chicago International Film Festival

The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival is presented by Cinema/Chicago: a year-round non-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to fostering better communication between people of diverse cultures through the art of film and the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival was started in 1964 by filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza in an attempt to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated theaters. Celebrating its 52nd year of success in 2016, the Chicago International Film Festival continues to grow and thrive.


The majority of film screenings and panels for the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival will be held at the AMC River East 21, with the exception of Opening Night, Industry Days and some special presentations. The full schedule of events will be announced sometime this month, so make sure you check the festival’s website for details. Passes/tickets are available in the following options:

  • Moviegoer Pass: $130, good for 10 admissions
  • Passport Pass: $250, good for 20 admissions
  • General Screenings: $14
  • Matinees: $8
  • After Dark: $10 (after 10pm)
  • Special Presentations: $20

Click here for more information on tickets and where to buy them.


Industry Days is a 4-day gathering where filmmakers and industry professionals can connect, share ideas and find inspiration. October 20th-23rd will have a full schedule comprised of networking events, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, parties and an invite-only competitive pitch session juried by a distinguished panel of industry professionals. A Badge is required for access, and is offered in the following options:

  • Industry Badge: $100
  • Industry+ Badge: $150
  • Industry Student Badge: $50

Register for Industry Days and learn more about it here.


Learn more about the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Stay up-to-date on all of the latest screenings, interviews, releases and information by subscribing to the Chicago International Film Festival’s newsletter.



The 52nd Chicago International Film Festival

Where: AMC River East 21- Chicago, IL

When: October 13th-27th



Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.


XPLORE Chicago- Urban Adventure Race

Posted on  August 11, 2016

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XPLORE Chicago is back! Race through the city, solve clues and complete wild challenges in this urban adventure race; coming to the city on Saturday, September 10th. Get in on the action, book your stay at Broughton’s City Suites Hotel now and let the races begin.



XPLORE is the first-ever nationwide mobile race with real-time checkpoint verification, innovated in 2014 by Xperience Adventures. Although the company did not officially launch until 2013, the team behind Xperience Adventures have been designing community-wide scavenger hunt races since 2001. In the summer of 2015, their first global event titled The X-Race was born. But the adventure doesn’t stop there- plans are pending for the launch of another unique and exciting event sometime this year.


XPLORE Chicago is just one race in a series of XPLORE races that take place throughout the United States in cities such as Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Houston and Washington DC. The race is scheduled to begin at 12pm on Saturday, September 10th in downtown Chicago, lasting an average of 2-4 hours. Register now- nurture your adventurous soul and experience the city like you’ve never seen it before! Fees are as follows:

  • Team (now until 9/3)- $35/person
  • Team (9/3- race day)- $45/person
  • Solo- $50/person
  • Season Pass- $55/pass


How it Works

Upon registration, teams will begin receiving clues days before the event. These clues help teams discover the race day “Access”- a location in the city that will get you access to all of the race checkpoints. Clues involve puzzles, multi-media, local knowledge and everything in between, so don’t be afraid to interact with the locals. Start the race from any location that you think will give your team the best advantage. Checkpoints are scattered throughout the city; travel by foot for a good workout or hop on the train to save time.


Challenges are located at checkpoints and scattered sporadically throughout the city. Each team must complete every challenge they encounter with the exception of 1 designated skip. Challenges are fun, social and will most likely incorporate the city landscape, local businesses and creative technology (bring a change of clothes, there’s a good chance you’ll get wet, dirty or covered in something along the way!). Upon completion of challenges or after each checkpoint, teams should submit a photo or video to the race headquarters to be verified in real-time. The top 3 teams to finish the required number of checkpoints or challenges will win prizes, and the top 25 teams to finish will receive points toward the leaderboard and cash prize.


There is one universal leaderboard based on points that incorporates teams from all of the XPLORE races. At the end of the season, the top team with the most points and highest domination factor will take home the X-Prize: a cash prize that grows throughout the entire season based on the total number of registered racers in every city (last year’s top team took home $4,022!).


Want to know more? Check out the FAQs Page  on the Xperience Adventures’ website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.



XPLORE Chicago- Urban Adventure Race

Where: Downtown Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, September 10th @ 12pm

Fees: $35+



Where to Stay

City Suites Hotel

A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.