International Quilt Festival

Posted on  March 13, 2017

International Quilt Festival

If you stop what you’re doing, sit still and listen for a second you might be able to hear the faint sound of needles clicking, machines humming and fabric rustling. The International Quilt Festival is on its way back to Chicago equipped with miles of thread and hundreds of eager quilters. Whether a beginner or seasoned professional, this festival has something to offer for you!


About Festival

Starting April 6, fabric, thread and all things quilts will fill the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in celebration of Quilt Festival Chicago. This three-day event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Sunday ending at 5 p.m. Over 130 exhibitors from the Knitting and Stitching Industry will be in attendance, showcasing a variety of products including books, embroidery work, quilting equipment, jewelry, kits and gifts. While there will be plenty of items to admire and purchase, attendees can also participate in quilt-making classes catered towards all levels of expertise. Rhythm and Hues is one featured class focusing on machine work with beginners, while Gorgeous Formal Feathers will teach participants how to stitch a variety of elegant motifs. Visit the website to see the full list of classes and register for the one that interests you the most.



Tickets for the Quilt Festival are currently on sale and selling fast so don’t wait too long to purchase your own! Daily admission is $10, or $8 for seniors, students and military. Children 10 years old or younger are free. The festival also offers a $25 Full Show Pass for visitors interested in attending all three days. Visit the Quilt website for full ticket details or if you’re ready to buy, visit ExtremeTix to purchase your ticket today.


With over 300 shopping booths, 700 quilts on display and 40 classes, the International Quilt Festival is an impressive portrayal of the Quilting Industry. If you find yourself needing a break during all of the quilting chaos, then think about booking a stay at the Majestic Hotel. Just a short drive from the convention, the Majestic provides a comfortable and elegant atmosphere for you to relax during the festival. Don’t wait- polish your sewing machine, pack your fabric and get ready for the International Quilt Festival Chicago!



Quilt Festival Chicago  

Where: Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

When: April 6 -7, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | April 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: General $10 | Seniors, Students, Military $8 | Children 10 & under Free



Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Posted on  December 23, 2016


Puppet Theater

Puppet theater has been around since at least 3,000 BC. While it’s been overshadowed by other forms of entertainment in today’s world, it is still a relevant and unique visual medium that’s worth experiencing. A great opportunity to find out what puppetry is all about is at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival this January.


The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival takes place over 10 days (January 19-29) and will feature puppet theater performances across multiple venues throughout Chicago. The performances last anywhere from 60 minutes to 2 hours and range in subject matter from dramatic thrillers to kid-friendly adventure tales. While  in Chicago, the Majestic Hotel is a great lodging option while you explore various Chicago neighborhoods during the festival.


Despite the popular idea that  puppet theater is for children, about 75% of the shows at the festival are geared towards adults or deal with adult themes. So if you plan on taking the whole family be sure to check out the 9 “family friendly” shows which are specifically labeled as such in the festival’s schedule.


Admissions to the shows vary depending on the show and venue but roughly range from free to $40, there is also special pricing available for students and senior citizens. In 2015, the first year of this biannual event, over 87% of shows were sold out, so be sure to book your tickets ahead of time.


An Excellent Resource for Puppet Theater Enthusiasts

Besides performances, puppet enthusiasts might be interested in some of the other events taking place as part of the festival. Panel discussions, puppet theater workshops and presentations about the history of puppet theater help round out the festival into a comprehensive event suited for people at all levels of puppet theater interest.


Chicago Origins

Why is Chicago the home of a puppetry festival?  Chicago is actually considered to be the home of modern puppetry in the United States. In fact, the word puppeteer wasn’t even in the American vocabulary until Chicagoan Ellen Van Volkenbrug coined the term in 1912 when she needed a way to credit a mannequin operator in a production at the Little Theater in Chicago.


Join The Conversation

Be sure to follow the Chicago International Puppet Theater on their various social media accounts. They are active on Twitter @ChiPuppetFest Facebook, Instagram and encourage the #ChiPuppetFest hashtag.



The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Where: Chicago, Various Venues

When: January

Admission: Free – $40 



Majestic Hotel 

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499



New Year’s Eve in Chicago

Posted on  November 23, 2016

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New Year’s is time of rejuvenation. As the clock strikes midnight, a whole new year begins as another ends. The holiday brings a sense of accomplishment for the past year and optimism for the future. It is a time for celebration, and cities across the country partake in the joyous event. Chicago is one of the liveliest cities on New Year’s Eve, and is the perfect place to celebrate. Described as “the shabby chic alternative” to your run-of-the-mill Chicago boutique hotel, The Majestic Hotel is the place to spend your first sleep of 2017.


The holidays are all about spending time with family. Traveling miles away to the in-law’s house or hosting all of your aunts, uncles, cousins and more for a holiday feast is the norm all across the country. But now Thanksgiving has come and gone and taken Christmas with it. You loved seeing everyone, but it was a lot of work and extra stress. Now it’s time to reward yourself; you deserve it. A New Year’s Eve getaway is the perfect way to kick back and enjoy yourself after the Christmas rush is through. Chicago is brimming with events this New Year’s Eve that you are not going to want to miss. Here’s three big happenings around the city!


New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier


New Year’s Eve at Navy Pier is a Windy City hotspot. The 5th Annual Chicago Resolution Gala takes place in the Aon Grand Ballroom and features 4 world renowned DJ’s, several buffet stations and over 30 fully stocked bars. After the ball drops watch fireworks light up the sky over Lake Michigan at Chicago’s only lakefront firework show.  Tickets start at $109 and are available here.


Where: Aon Grand Ballroom 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

When: December 31st, 2016 8:15pm

Age: 21+

Admission: $109+


Chi-Town Rising New Year’s Eve Celebration


In Chicago it was decided to have an icon rise rather than fall to ring in the New Year. The unofficial motto of the event is “Go big or go home” and that is evident in the 70’6” star that will be raised this New Year’s Eve. Rising 360 feet and weighing in at 12,000lbs the star is equipped with lighting and video capabilities that are sure to dazzle everyone in attendance. It’s free to get in to the designated viewing areas, but a ticket is required. Register here to reserve your spot.


Where: 151 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601

When: December 31st, 2016 9:00pm

Age: All Ages

Admission: Free, registration required


New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon Chicago


Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to party! Howl at the Moon is ready for New Year’s Eve with a high energy show performing dance hits and party anthems to get you up on your feet. Champagne Supernova tickets are $120 a person and give guests 6 premium drink tickets, a full buffet and a bottle of champagne at your table. Tickets can be purchased here. If you are only looking to dance, the Just Dance ticket goes for $65 and includes 3 premium drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. Get a Just Dance ticket here.


Where: 26 West Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

When: December 31st, 7:00pm

Ages: 21+

Admission: $65+


Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

2016 Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

Posted on  August 17, 2016

Downtown Chicago view from the Park

There is so much to do and so much to taste at Chicago Gourmet 2016! Located less than 6-miles from Millennium Park, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay the weekend of September 23rd-25th.


About Chicago Gourmet

The iconic Millennium Park will transform into a culinary paradise yet again as the event celebrates 9-years of delivering the best dishes and drinks to the people of Chicago. The 2016 theme “Food is Art!” is brought to life by top chefs through their captivating gourmet creations, showcasing the vibrant connection between cooking and arts of many kinds. The entire weekend is interactive; guests are encouraged to sample the chefs’ creations while gaining invaluable knowledge from attending live demos and seminars featuring the best in the industry. Whether you’re coming to indulge in the delicious food and drinks or you’re trying to perfect your art, you won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity!


Chicago Gourmet is presented by bon appétit, with the help of 2016 event partners EXPO Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Complete Culinary Works. Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless headlines the weekend as the first ever official Host Chef, lending his talent to curate creative new seminars, cooking demos and more (see a full line-up of this year’s talent here). Highlights of Chicago Gourmet 2016 include:


Hamburger Hop

Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop

Fire up the grill and prepare to feast- it’s burger time! Join top area chefs as they battle it out for Buckhead Beef burger glory while guests enjoy tasty gourmet burgers, beer, wine, spirits and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s Best Burger award, while guests crown the People’s Choice.


The Tao of Tacos

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8-11pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop

New to Chicago Gourmet 2016- The Tao of Tacos hosted by Chef Rick Bayless will spotlight 12 leading chefs from diverse culinary backgrounds who will bring a worldly approach to their canvas, in this case the humble tortilla. And, to complement the tasty tacos, guests will enjoy special Tequila Cazadores cocktails and delicious Lagunitas beer.


Grand Cru

Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2-4pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop

The exclusive Grand Cru experience provides the ultimate in culinary indulgence with tastings of elite wines from around the world. Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education, expertly curates the afternoon’s wine selections for presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois. (The Grand Cru is separately ticketed and a same day event ticket must also be purchased in addition to purchasing a Grand Cru ticket.)


… And more! Check out the complete 2016 schedule to see what other exciting events are happening that weekend. Tickets to the 2016 Chicago Gourmet are on-sale now in the following options:

  • Main Event 1-day Pass: $185
  • Main Event Weekend Pass: $295
  • Grand Cru 1-day Pass: $205
  • Hamburger Hop: $125
  • Late Night Gourmet: $50
  • Hamburger Hop & Late Night Gourmet: $160
  • The Tao of Tacos: $95
  • Rise and Shine Gourmet: $40


Visit the FAQ page on the festival’s website for more information on ticketing, safety, disability access and more. The 2016 Chicago Gourmet is a 21+ only festival, and a valid ID is required to enter ALL events. Questions on getting there? Travel information is available here.


Stay up-to-date with Chicago Gourmet by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



2016 Chicago Gourmet

Where: Millennium Park- Chicago, IL

When: Friday, September 23rd- Sunday, September 25th

Admission: $185+



Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499

14th Annual Wrigleyville Summerfest

Posted on  July 12, 2016

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Indulge in Chicago’s favorite bands, food and fun at the 14th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest! Located less than 2-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of August 6th-7th.


About Wrigleyville Summerfest

One of the most popular areas in the city and home-base to the Chicago Cubs, the Lakeview neighborhood will be hosting the 14th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest August 6th and 7th from 12-10pm. Summerfest will feature live music from some of the best original and cover artists that Chicago has to offer, a various assortment of food vendors lining the streets and a special “Kids Zone” to provide fun for the entire family! Proceeds from the Wrigleyville Summerfest will benefit the Lakeview community through Resurrection Lutheran Church, RLC Preschool, Lakeview Pantry and the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (70% of proceeds will go Resurrection Lutheran Church and 10% will go to each of the other 3 partners).


The live entertainment schedule for Saturday and Sunday feature:

Saturday, August 6th

Sunday, August 7th


The Kids Zone is overflowing with fun activities for the family to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the crafts, games and other interactive activities such as the kid-favorite Moon Bounce! Adults can browse the surrounding shopping stands and food booths while kids play happily with each other nearby.


The 14th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest is located at the corner of School Street and Seminary Avenue. If you plan on taking the CTA train, the brown, red and purple lines will drop you off at Belmont near the event. CTA Bus #77 conveniently drops you off 1 block south of the event at bus stop Belmont/Seminary. If you plan on driving to the event, take Lake Shore Drive all the way down to the Belmont exit and continue west on Belmont until you reach Seminary Street. Go north on Seminary and you will arrive at your destination.


Click here for demographic information on the 14th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest or learn more about the event by following them on Facebook.



14th Annual Wrigleyville Summerfest

Where: Seminary at School Street- Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, August 6- Sunday, August 7

Admission: $5 suggested donation



Where to Stay


Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.


Fourth of July at the Navy Pier

Posted on  June 16, 2016

American flags on the Navy Pier, Lake Michigan

Celebrate Independence Day at the historic Navy Pier! Located less than 5-miles from the festivities, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay this Fourth of July weekend.


Fourth of July at the Navy Pier

Come to Chicago and celebrate your freedom with thousands of red, white and blue-clad friends at the Navy Pier! There’s a lot going on this Fourth of July:


3rd Annual Freedom Fest at Navy Pier’s Rooftop

(July 4th, 6:30-11pm) The absolute best place to watch the fireworks spectacular! Watch the sun set and the bright lights of Chicago shine at a massive celebration on the Navy Pier Roof Top. Enjoy the breeze and views of Lake Michigan while indulging in a delicious BBQ, drink at a full bar serving your favorite drinks and dance to music by a live DJ to keep the atmosphere festive. Tickets start at $39/person general admission.

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611.


Spirit of Chicago Fourth of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise

(July 4th, 7-10:30pm) Splash aboard the Spirit of Chicago and get front row seats to the spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show put on by the Navy Pier. The city has never looked so stunning beneath the illuminated night sky. Celebrate America’s independence with a festive buffet and engaging DJ entertainment- there’s no better place to be than out on the water with Spirit! Tickets start at $159.90/person.



Live Music at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

(July 4th) Enjoy a brew with a view at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier! A beautiful spot right on Chicago’s lakefront features live music with no cover charge, come check out your favorite band and get a breathtaking view of the fireworks show on the Fourth.



Dinner at the Navy Pier

(July 4th) No visit to the Navy Pier is complete without dinner! Check out our favorite restaurants at the Pier for a delicious meal:


Navy Pier’s Grand Fireworks Show

(July 4th, 9:30pm) Presented by Miller Lite, rep your red, white and blue and enjoy the main attraction!



Fourth of July at the Navy Pier

Where: Navy Pier- Chicago, IL

When: Monday, July 4th



Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.

Ribfest Chicago

Posted on  May 10, 2016

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Voted Reader’s Choice #1 Best Food Fest by Chicago Reader 3-years in a row, Ribfest Chicago is back for a weekend of ribs and more! Located less than 3-miles from the festival, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of June 10-12.


About Ribfest Chicago

Ribfest Chicago is a festival you don’t want to miss! This nationally recognized and highly anticipated food and music event has been featured on Eating America with Anthony Anderson on the Food Network and “10Best: Food festivals to dive into” in USA Today. In addition for being known as a place where people can go to “pig out”, the festival is praised for featuring some of the hottest bands playing all original music from two stages at either end of Lincoln Avenue. Families love Kids Square, offering two fun-filled days of games, activities, live entertainment, inflatable rides, and more.


Ribfest Chicago runs from Friday, June 10th to Sunday, June 12th. Located along Lincoln Avenue from Irving Park to Berteau, (4000 N to 4165 N) and hours of operation are as following:

  • Friday, 6/10: 5-10pm
  • Saturday, 6/11: 12-10pm
  • Sunday, 6/12: 12-10pm


Entry to Ribfest is free; however, a $5 donation is strongly suggested at the gate. Proceeds from the gate donations are invested right back into the Northcenter community and help support local schools and nonprofit organizations, economic development and greening efforts. To date, the festival has provided nearly $300,000 in direct funding to these worthy causes. Cash will not be accepted as a form of payment for food and drinks, this is a ticketed event and vendors will only accept tickets for your purchases. Tickets are available for $1/ticket, and most food items will cost between 4-12 tickets- so plan accordingly!


Parking on the weekend of the festival will be limited, so public transportation is highly recommended. The Brown Line stops on Irving Park Road, just a few blocks east of the festival. The 80 Irving Park and 50 Damen buses both have stops in close proximity to the fest, and you can also take the 49 Western and 9 Ashland bus and exit at Irving Park (the 11 Lincoln bus is slated to begin service again in spring and stops right at the festival). Finally, Rally Bus will be offering its services to provide transportation to Northcenter Chicago- ride above traffic while enjoying entertainment and access to a restroom on private, high-end buses (download the app and book your seats now!)


Detailed information on the 2016 band line-up, rib vendors, Ribmania, and Kids Square are not yet released, so make sure to check back closer to the date and see what’s happening at Ribfest Chicago! For additional information on the event, follow Ribfest Chicago on Facebook and Twitter.




Ribfest Chicago

Where: Lincoln Ave from Irving Park Road to Berteau Ave- Chicago, IL

When: Friday, June 10- Sunday, June 12

Admission: Free



Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.

Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Posted on  April 22, 2016

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Pay homage to all of our veterans and fallen heroes at the 2016 Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 28th. Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel and celebrate Memorial Day weekend in the Windy City!


About Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Get dressed in your best patriotic colors and join thousands of people as they line the streets to experience one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Dating back to 1870, Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade has a rich history, full of marching bands, a drum and bugle corps, and many other musical attractions. The parade commemorates veterans and fallen soldiers, often with ceremonies honoring veterans who have returned from wars as heroes.


Kick off the parade at the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony. The ceremony begins at 11am and is held at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). Gold Star family members are identified by the Gold Star Lapel Pin and the Next of Kin Lapel Pin that are presented to families who have lost a loved one in the United States Armed Forces to combat operations or while on active duty. Approved by Congress beginning in 1947, the Gold Star Pins are not an award, but symbols of honor worn by family members in remembrance of their fallen loved ones and the ultimate sacrifice they made. Once the Wreath Laying Ceremony is complete, the Memorial Day Parade will take off at noon and proceed south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.


Admission to the parade is free! Due to the high volume of traffic from the parade, public transportation is highly recommended. For more travel information, click here.


More to Do

Have no fear, Memorial Day in Chicago is always sure to be a lively one! The 32nd Annual Belmont and Sheffield Music Festival, hosted by the city, features popular entertainers and musicians from around the country. The festival also offers an opportunity for independent and underground bands to perform. Food and drinks are aplenty and shopping is a must- with stands full of quirky clothing, arts and crafts, and other knick-knacks that you just can’t pass up. The festival runs from Saturday, May 28th-Sunday, May 29th, open from noon-10pm daily.


The Randolph Street Market presents the Chicago Antique Market- the perfect place for antique-lovers to go and expand their collections. The Market is full over unique antiques, vintage items and collectibles from over 200 vendors. One of Chicago’s most popular festivals, the Randolph Street Market also appeals to the food-lover in everyone, offering gourmet food with an array of fancy baked goods, spices and more. The Antique Market will be open Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 10am-5pm daily.


If you are feeling active, Memorial Day in Chicago offers bikers the chance to ride freely along the stunning Lake Michigan lakeshore at the annual Bike the Drive event. From 5:45-9:45am on Sunday morning, May 29th, the Lakeshore Drive will be open to bicycles and closed to traffic. Breathe in the fresh air on a morning ride then join fellow bikers at Butler Field in Grant Park for breakfast at the post-ride festival. Reserve your spot and register online now.


No matter how you choose to celebrate, Memorial Day weekend in Chicago is sure to be a fun one. Book your stay at the Majestic Hotel now and start planning your trip!




Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Where: Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, May 28th @ 11am

Admission: Free


Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499.

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Posted on  March 3, 2016

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Kick off running season on April 3rd in Chicago at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k! Located less than 6 miles from the race’s starting and finishing point in Grant Park, Broughton’s Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway in the Windy City.


About Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Participate in one of Chicago’s best running celebrations on a one-of-a-kind course! This 4.97 mile-long course weaves its way through downtown Chicago, starting and ending in Grant Park. This race welcomes everyone, offering a wide variety of age groups starting as young as 14 & under and stretching all the way to 90 & over. This is a timed event, and runners will receive a timing device in their participation packet. The participation packet also includes an event bib number and a Nike running shirt. Packet pick-up will take place at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k Health & Fitness Expo at McCormick Place on Friday, April 1st from 10am-8pm and Saturday, April 2nd from 9am-6pm. Packets will not be available for pick-up on the day of the race. The race will take place on Sunday, April 3rd with the following event times:

  • 6:30am: Gear check opens
  • 6:30am: Start corrals open
  • 8:30am: Wave 1 race start
  • 9:00am: Post-Race Party begins
  • 9:15am: Wave 2 race start
  • 9:30am: Live music begins at Post-Race Party
  • 11:30am: Gear check closes
  • 1:00pm: Beer ticket sales end
  • 1:30pm: Post-Race Party ends
  • 2:00pm: Race after party at The Scout begins


There will be two on-course aid stations along the course, offering runners Gatorade, water, medical support, and toilet facilities. Aid station 1 is located at mile 1.8 on State and Randolph Street, and Aid Station 2 is located at mile 3.5 on Franklin and Monroe Street. There will also be clocks and mile markers located at every mile, and timing mats at the start line, 5k line, and finish line. Information on street closures for the day of the race will be available in advance of the race weekend. Due to these street closings, public transportation is strongly recommended. More information on transportation and parking can be found here.


Celebrate your finish at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k Post-Race Party immediately following the race. The party features live music from Stache, Chicago’s premier cover band. The Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k After Party will take place at the Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen on Sunday, April 3 from 2pm-1am. Runners must be 21 and over with a valid I.D. to consume alcoholic beverages at either party.


Registration fees for the race are $50/runner and participants can register online now through the Bank of America website. The registration fee includes the everything in the participation packet, a pair of festive sunglasses, and official finisher’s medal, a drink ticket for one Michelob Ultra at the Post-Race Party and one drink ticket for a Michelob Ultra at the Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen after party. Entry requirements state that runners must be capable of maintaining a 15:00/mile pace and complete the full 8k distance within the time requirement of 1:15:59. Runners must also be at least 8 year old on race day, and any runners under 18 must have a statement signed by a parent or legal guardian permitting participation.


The race will be streaming live from 8-11am on on the day of the race. You can also download the NBCChicago Mobile App to watch your favorite runners cross the finish line.




Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8k

Where: Grant Park- Chicago, IL

When: Sunday, April 3rd

Admission: $50 registration fee



Where to Stay


Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL, 60657. 773.404.3499.

Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt

Posted on  February 22, 2016

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Throw on your bunny ears and running shoes for the 6th Annual Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt at Montrose Harbor! Located less than 2 miles from race, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of March 26th.


About Bunny Rock Chicago

For the last 6 years, Bunny Rock Chicago has been a family-friendly way to get ready for spring. While competitors are running around in their bunny ears, there will be various activities available for families and kids of all ages; including an Easter egg hunt with over 3,000 candy-filled eggs (ages 2-10), a live petting zoo, and opportunities to get your picture taken with the Easter bunny. The official charity partner of the 2016 Bunny Rock Chicago is Red Door Animal Shelter: a no-kill shelter committed to helping animals in need.


The 5K walk/run will start at 9am on Saturday, March 26th at Montrose Harbor. Runners can register online now or at the day of the race. Registration fee for participants that register before February 29th is $35/runner (Mar. 1-18= $40, Mar. 19-25= $45, race day= $50). Fee includes bunny ears, sunglasses, a dri-fit t-shirt, goody bag, and finisher medal. The race is an officially timed event, using the disposable B-Tag timing system. Official results will be posted on the Bunny Rock website within 24 hours of the race. You can see a complete course map of the race here.


The Easter egg hunt is available for children ages 2-10 and begins at 10:15am. There will be 4 waves, based on age: ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10. There will be over 3,000 eggs and every kid is guaranteed at least 10. Registration for the egg hunt is available online now for $15/child or $20/child on race day. Registration fee includes a race bib and egg basket.


Free parking is very limited but available around the streets at Montrose Harbor. Carpooling and public transportation are strongly encouraged (the Wilson red and purple CTA lines are only a few blocks away from the starting point as well). Race packets are available for pickup on Thursday, March 24th at Road Runner Sports Kildeer and Friday, March 25th at Road Runner Sports Chicago from 12-7pm. Race day packet pick-up is also available from 7:30-8:45am. The event will take place rain or shine, so be prepared!


For more information on Bunny Rock Chicago, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.




Bunny Rock Chicago 5K & Egg Hunt

Where: Montrose Harbor- Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, March 26th, 9am



Where to Stay


Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful, atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL, 60657. 773.404.3499.