17th Annual Winter Wonderfest

Posted on  December 3, 2017

winter wonderfest

The snow is beginning to fall, the days are getting shorter and holiday carols are upon us. The holiday season is back, and with it comes the 17th annual Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest! Join in on the Christmas spirit this year and take your family to Chicago’s Wonderfest anytime now through January 7.

 

The Festival

Returning for its 17th year, the Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest is held at the Navy Pier and runs from December 1 through January 7. Winter Wonderfest is Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, packed with 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides and the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Skating Rink. All of the fun festivities are accompanied by plenty of food and drink, and rumor has it that Santa Claus might even make a guest appearance!

 

The Attractions

The Navy Pier has over 20 indoor attractions that are perfect for the whole family! They range from thrill rides like the Arctic Plunge and Ice Peaks Climbing Walls, to more child-friendly options like train rides and Santa. Visitors will also have the opportunity to skate on the indoor rink, home to the Chicago Blackhawks. For more in formation and a map of the attractions, visit this webpage.

 

Tickets

General admission for this event is $28 for adults and $13 for seniors/juniors under 48 inches tall. Admission for infants and toddlers under 36 inches tall is free. Be sure to purchase tickets online to save a dollar on any tickets! Additional information, ticket deals and bundles are available online at the Navy Pier’s official website.

 

As you purchase your tickets, start considering a place for you and your family to stay! The Majestic Hotel is a perfect option that will transport you across the pond, as you stay in comfort similar to an English estate. With 52 rooms full of countless amenities, it will be the perfect stay for you and your friends or family!

 

Details

Fifth Third Bank Winter Wonderfest

Where: Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

When: December 1 – January 7 | Hours vary by day

Admission: General Admission – $28 | Juniors/Seniors – $13

 

 

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
http://majestic-chicago.com

Chicago’s 6th Annual Resolution Gala

Posted on  November 20, 2017

New Year's Eve at Navy Pier

New Years Eve can always be a struggle to figure out exactly where you want to spend your last moments of the year, and your first moments of the next. Luckily, for the past six years, The Annual Chicago Resolution Gala has made that decision an easy one! With thousands of guests, top of the line beverages and food, and some of the best DJ’s, this event is certainly a great way to kick off 2018!

 

An Amazing Venue

The Gala is hosted each year at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier.  The Ballroom is an immense 18,000 square foot space with its main ballroom boasting an 80-foot dome. Once inside, you will have magnificent views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago New Years Eve fireworks. Up to 3,000 people gather inside for this event each year for drinks, food, live DJ’s and a perfect intro into the new year!

 

Gala Details

The festivities will begin at 8:15pm on December 31 and continue until 2am on January 1.  Get ready to dance to the sounds of this year’s top 40 dance and party hits performed by live DJ’s and headlined by DJ Metro, the official DJ of the Chicago Bulls. You will have the option of 30 premium bars spread throughout the venue and complimentary buffets to fill your stomach at any time! Make sure to stop what you’re doing when midnight strikes to watch the Chicago New Year’s Eve fireworks! For more information about the event visit Eventbrite.

 

Tickets

General Admission to this event will cost $109 dollars and VIP tickets are $119. Tickets can be purchased online at chitownevents.com  or at Eventbrite. Additional ticket sale information is also available at these websites.

 

While you’re purchasing your tickets, start thinking of a place to stay after the event! The  Majestic Hotel in Chicago is a perfect destination to relax after a crazy night out at the Pier!

 

Details

The Annual Chicago Resolution Gala

Where: 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

When: Sunday, December 31st at 8:15pm

Admission: Normal Admission – $109 | VIP – $119

 

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
http://majestic-chicago.com

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Oktoberfest Chicago

Posted on  September 4, 2017

Oktoberfest Chicago

Autumn is upon us and with it comes the one holiday when Americans near and far proudly celebrate their 1/16 of German ancestry- Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Chicago is returning to St. Alphonus for its 17th year Friday, Sep 29 – Sunday, Oct 1 with plenty of brats, German beer and entertainment.

 

What’s Happening

As one of Chicago’s most popular fall celebrations, Oktoberfest hosts plenty of German festivities that span over three days and take place both inside and outside St. Alphonsus Church located in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Friday: Gates open on Friday at 5pm and the fun begins at 6pm with a Craft Beer tasting session- guests can choose from over 40 samples of craft options and receive a souvenir tasting glass and pretzel necklace. Entertainment will also be happening on, not one, but TWO stages. Friday features the Boy Band Review, 16 Candles, The Gingers and 97 Nine.

 

Saturday: The festival continues on, with gates opening early at 11am and closing at 10pm. Saturday includes entertainment from Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle, To the 9’s, Stache, One Night Band, Too White Crew, Helicopters, Trippin BIllies, Polkaholics and Libido Funk Circus. Another opportunity to enjoy the Craft Beer tasting session will take place on Saturday night from 6-9pm and during the day (11-4pm) children can celebrate with “Kinderfest”- full of kid-centered activities and family-friendly entertainment.

 

Sunday: The final day of Oktoberfest will open at 11am and close at 7pm with performances from InRoads, American English, School of Rock and Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle. In addition to the entertainment, Kinderfest activities will also be available from 11am to 4pm.

 

Food and craft vendors will be at Oktoberfest each day, offering a variety of German-themed foods including pretzels and brats.

 

 

Tickets  

Admission costs $10/ticket on Friday, $5/ticket before 5pm on Saturday, $10/ticket after 5pm on Saturday and $5/ticket on Sunday. Free admission is offered all weekend to men and women with a Military I.D. (+1 guest). The Craft Beer tasting sessions held on Friday and Saturday cost $40/ticket and include 20 beer samples, a souvenir tasting glass and pretzel necklace. Tasting tickets are valid for one session, not both days, with a limit of 650 attendees/night. For more ticket information, visit this page.

 

Searching for a place to stay during Oktoberfest? Then consider reserving a weekend in the beautiful Majestic Hotel. With its classic charm and incredibly close location to St. Alphonsus Church, the Majestic provides a quiet escape from the exciting festival whenever you need it.

 

DETAILS

Oktoberfest

Where: 1429 W Wellington Ave. Chicago, IL

When: Sep 29 – Oct 1

Admission: Fri $10 | Sat $5 before 5pm, $10 after 5pm | Sun $5

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

 

Jazzin’ at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

Posted on  August 17, 2017

Biggest aquarium in the world. Atlanta, Georgia.

This evening of drinks, views and music takes the term ‘party animal’ to the next level. Enjoy the balmy night air in the company of good friends and 32,000 aquatic animals at the Shedd Aquarium. Every Wednesday during the summer, ending on September 13, the Shedd Aquarium welcomes the public to sip on great cocktails and take in the scenic lake views and Chicago skyline with their fine-finned friends!

 

Getting Jazzy

Even though the warm summer nights will come to an end soon, you can enjoy them while they last! On September 13 from 5pm to 10pm, cool drinks and smooth jazz at the Shedd Aquarium are on the agenda for the evening with three of Chicago’s most swingin’ artists to guide you through the night.

 

Rio Bamba will be at the North Terrace Main Stage and will have you tapping your toes before you know it. A unique blend of samba, American jazz, Latin beats and bossa nova, this group can get a crowd going. They move easily from Brazilian samba to classic swing and jazz, vocal, or instrumental music.

 

The Bob Davis Trio are serving up a heaping helping of R&B, Latin and soul. The guitarist and keyboardist are joined by another to make the trio at the Main Foyer at the Shedd.

 

You’ll be seeing double with the group Gray Matters. Twin brothers Wayne and Duayne Gray are a mixture of R&B, jazz, funk, soul, rock and classical music and have been inspired by the likes of Fats Domino. You can catch them at the Soundings Café.

 

Jazzin’ Hoppy Hour and Science Pub

Are you looking for even more excitement? The aquarium also offers educational events to complement Jazzin’ at the Shedd! The Jazzin’ Hoppy Hour includes a one-hour open bar and light hors d’oeuvres all while surrounded by over 40 species of frogs, toads and salamanders. The $60 ticket also includes admission into Jazzin’ at the Shedd so you don’t miss a minute of entertainment! You can purchase tickets here.

 

The Jazzin’ Science Pub begins at 7pm and brings different aspects of science to life all while you enjoy an adult beverage. The September 13the guest lecturers are Dr. Tim Hoellein, Loyola University biologist, and Jaclyn Wegner, Shedd manager of conservation partnerships and programs. They will be discussing plastic pollution in lakes and rivers and ways to reduce the waste in our waterways.

 

A night out is always fun, but when is the last time you had cocktails with 32,000 of your closest aquatic friends? Take a walk on the wild side and enjoy music, views and the summertime at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.

 

DETAILS

Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Where: Shedd Aquarium

When: September 13, 2017 from 5pm-10pm

Admission: $20 advance tickets online only

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

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2017 Edgewater Edgefest in Chicago

Posted on  July 12, 2017

Sausages Cooking On Grill. Street Food Market VendorCelebrate all things North Side at this weekend full of live music, vendors, and food! On Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 the historic Edgewater neighborhood will be transformed into Edge Fest. Now in its fifth year, Edge Fest is keeping things fresh with an all-new lineup.

 

Live Entertainment

 

With two stages jam packed full of live music starting at 11AM on Saturday and noon on Sunday, you’ll want to stay at Edge Fest all day! On Saturday, the South Stage begins with Pet Parade at 11AM and will run until The Boy Band Night plays at 8PM. The North Stage lineup for Saturday is just as great. Nate Mitchell starts off at 12:30pm and the fun doesn’t stop until Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press close out the day at 8PM.

 

Sunday’s entertainment for the South Stage begins at noon with Hot Downstairs and doesn’t end until 7PM with 7th Heaven. The North Stage gets its Sunday debut with Thomas Comerford at 1PM with 16 Candles to close out the show at 7PM.

 

With 28 performances scheduled for the weekend, you’ll want to have a game plan. Check out the full lineup to make sure you don’t miss your favorite band!

 

Food and Fun

 

Local flavors are the centerpiece of Edge Fest. From the music to the food, highlighting the North Side is the name of the game. Genoa’s Italian Concessions, Main Street Grill, Tina’s Italian Ice, Chris & Gary’s and many other local restaurants will be serving up their specialties all day. Even though it’s always hot in August, you can keep cool at Edgefest at the beer tent!

 

Festivals and shopping go hand in hand like ice cream and summer time. Edgefest 2017 will feature handmade, artisan products from local and regional artists and organizations. Handmade soaps, craft watches, hand-worked leather products and dozens more can be found in the festival marketplace this year.

 

For the most up to date info, make sure you check the Edgefest Facebook page for announcements and updates!

 

DETAILS

Edge Fest

Where: 5930 N. Broadway St & W. Thorndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

When: Saturday, August 5 & Sunday, August 6

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

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Taste of Lincoln Ave

Posted on  June 22, 2017

This party's on fire

If you’re looking for the ultimate food and music experience all in one weekend, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is for you. This festival has been going strong since 1984 and will be in full-swing again on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.

 

Food and Fun

While the official vendor list for this year has not been announced yet, let’s take a look at the great eats from years past to get a feel for what will be on the menu for 2017. Taco in a Bag served up some (you guessed it!) tacos in a bag. Think walking taco meets gourmet ingredients. Local restaurants like Lincoln Station (loaded baked potatoes—yes please!), Bacci Pizzeria (home of the jumbo slice), and Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (has anyone heard of Irish BBQ? Now you have!) came prepared to feed the masses.

 

This festival isn’t just for grownups, kids will have a ball too! The Taste of Lincoln’s Kids’ Carnival is full of games, face-painting, inflatable slides and jumpy houses, and other activities. There is also a stage dedicated solely to kid-friendly entertainment for toddler to elementary school-age kids. The Kids’ area is located on the 800 block of West Altgeld between Halsted and Lincoln Ave, and it is recommended to enter through the Halsted entrance.

 

Tasting Within the Taste

Wine aficionados rejoice, the Taste of Lincoln is gearing up to add a classier element to the festival. In its second year, there will be a wine tasting where the wine-curious can sample 15 wines from around the world in a VIP stand-alone area at the Taste. Tickets for the wine tasting run $30 each and include all-day access to the tasting area and, of course, the wine! A complete list of the wines available for sampling is available here.

 

More is always better, right? When it comes to music, absolutely! The Taste of Lincoln features two main stages that will be grooving from 1pm to 10pm every day. On opposite sides of the festival, the Fullerton Stage to the south is all about tribute bands with groups such as Abba Salute, Think Floyd, The Who’s Who, Journey Unauthorized, and the Led Zeppelin Experience, to name a few. To the north of the festival is the Wrightwood Stage that will have an eclectic array of music featuring local Chicago acts like Chi Town Soul and Doors of Chicago. Make sure you put your dancing shoes on, you won’t want to miss this! Check out the full lineup here!

 

Like The Taste of Lincoln Avenue’s Facebook page for the most up to date information about bands, food, and volunteering.

 

DETAILS

Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Where: Between W Wrightwood Ave and W Fullerton Pkwy

When: Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from noon to 10pm.

Admission: $10 at the gate for all-day entry

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

Ribfest Chicago

Posted on  May 8, 2017

Ribfest Chicago

Have you ever seen a really amazing event or location on TV and wished that you could go there? Well, now you can! This June 9, visit Chicago for the annual Ribfest. Ranked by USA Today as one of the 10 best fests and featured on Food Network’s “Eating America, with Anthony Anderson”, Ribfest will make any meat-lover’s dream come true with an endless supply of barbeque and live entertainment.

 

About Ribfest

From Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11 rib vendors and rib lovers will fill Lincoln Avenue for the annual Ribfest. Contrary to what you might think, Ribfest entails much more than just barbeque vendors along a street- with plenty of food, constant live music, ice cold beer and a designated kids’ area, it’s no wonder that this festival is so popular every year! On Friday, visitors can witness Ribmania VIII, the festival’s annual rib eating contest where past contestants ate as much as 5lbs of meat in 8 minutes. For families visiting Chicago, Ribfest also has the Kids Square, including live entertainment, inflatables and free activities to ensure that every member of the family has a great time. Throughout the entire weekend live music will be playing featuring a variety of original bands belonging to genres like country, rock and indie.

 

2017 Vendors TBD

While the Ribfest coordinators are still working hard to confirm the official 2017 vendor lineup, we can look at last year’s vendors for an idea of what to expect this year. In 2016, Ribfest hosted 15 rib vendors, all competing for the coveted “People’s Choice” Rib Award. Q BBQ Lakeview secured the first place finish with Mr. B’s BBQ coming in second and Austin’s Texas Lighting taking third. All vendors will offer a variety of small or large plates featuring their best barbeque for guests to enjoy and judge. Even if you aren’t a huge meat eater, Ribfest can still be for you! Several vendors will accommodate to vegetarians, gluten-free and other dietary needs. These specific options will be highlighted in the menus posted on the “Ribs and More” page of the website during the month of May.

 

Tickets  

While Ribfest technically does not have an admission cost, $10/person or $20/family is the requested and suggested donation. All gate donations go towards the Northcenter community and directly support local schools, nonprofit organizations, economic development, green efforts and community family events. Since its inception, Ribfest has provided nearly $350,000 in cash grants to local neighborhood organizations. Food and beverages can only be purchased through tickets, not cash. Food and drink tickets are $1 each- most food items will cost between 4-12 tickets and beer ranges from 6-7 tickets.

 

Fear that you’ll be too full of barbeque and beer to travel home right away? Fortunately, we have a solution for you! During Ribfest weekend, book a stay in the beautiful Majestic Hotel. With its classic charm and close location to Lincoln Park, the Majestic provides a quiet escape from the exciting festival whenever you need it.

 

DETAILS

Ribfest

Where: Northcenter, 4000 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

When: June 9, 5-10pm | June 10 – 11, 12-10pm

Admission: $10 or $20/family donation | $1 food & beverage ticket

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

Mayfest

Posted on  April 3, 2017

Mayfest Chicago

If you want to experience the ultimate summer kick-off, head to Ashland Ave in Chicago on May 19-21 for the city’s 22nd annual Mayfest. Filled with live music, ice cold beverages and Chicago cuisine, this festival promises a weekend filled with fun and summer anticipation.

 

Mayfest 101

For the past 21 years Mayfest has signaled the beginning of Chicago’s summer festival season, and this year is no exception. Beginning on Friday, May 19 and ending Sunday, May 21, Mayfest fills the weekend with nonstop celebration. The main stage is set up beneath a massive heated tent so that regardless of the weather, the festivities will go on. Along with the stage, the tent also covers the notable beer garden offering some of the best cold beverages in Chicago. In addition, Mayfest features a variety of local food vendors and live entertainment.

 

History Repeats Itself

Although the vendors and performers for the 2017 Mayfest have not been announced yet, we can look at last year’s vendors to get an idea of the type of food and music that you can expect to see this year.  Last year, Mayfest hosted a diverse group of performers including Wedding Banned (an 80’s and 90’s band), The Boy Band Night (specializing in music from N’Sync, Backstreet Boys, One Direction, etc.) and even Suburban Cowboys, a country cover band. Food vendors included La Bomba (Puerto Rican food), Doughy Delights (specializing in edible cookie dough) and Genoa Italian Concession, featuring a variety of Chicago classics. Henna tattoos and custom jewelry could also be found at the festival from vendors such as Crescent Moon Henna and Joanna G Jewelry. As May approaches, check the Mayfest website for this year’s equally diverse and talented lineup of vendors and performers.

 

Tickets  

Tickets for Mayfest are on sale now and selling fast! Only visiting Mayfest for one day? Then purchase a Single Day Admission ticket for $7.50. Double Packages are also available for $25 and include two admission tickets and two beer tickets. For more information, visit the Mayfest EventSprout page.

 

Ready for Mayfest weekend but unsure of where to stay? Choose the Majestic Hotel! With its comfortable atmosphere and close location to the festivities, the Majestic is the perfect place to relax after a long night of Chicago music and food. Kick off your summer the right way and purchase your Mayfest tickets today!

 

DETAILS

Mayfest

Where: 3100 Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60657

When: May 19, 5pm – 10pm | May 20 & 21, 12pm – 10pm

Admission: Single Day Admission $7.50 | Double Package $25

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

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  

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!

 

DETAILS

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

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com

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.

 

DETAILS

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Where: Chicago, Various Venues

When: January

Admission: Free – $40 

 

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

www.majestic-chicago.com