SOFA Returns to Chicago

Posted on  October 4, 2017

Art Neon Sign

November isn’t just about Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping! From November 2nd-5th its about a celebration of art and culture. As Chicago looks ahead to its next major art fair, SOFA CHICAGO, check out what exactly makes this art show so unique!

 

The Show

SOFA which stands for “sculpture objects art and design” is a critically acclaimed art show hosted at the Navy Pier that has been running since 1994. SOFA is unique because it puts its focus on three-dimensional art that crosses the boundaries of typical paintings. Exhibitors from all around the world express their artwork through ceramics, wood, glass, fiber, jewelry, metal, photography, and much more! The event also has a strong educational emphasis, including a lecture series that allows you to explore trends in the art world.

 

SOFA CHICAGO is no small scale art show either. On average there are 80 participating dealers and 35,000 attendees over the course of the fair weekend. The shows average sales are estimated to be between $15-20 million per show.

 

Join the Conversation

Follow @sofaexpo on Instagram and Twitter to view and read about artwork that might be featured at the event! The pages feature some of the coolest works from around the world created by some of the most talented artists, and are sure to give you a good idea at exactly how intricate and diverse these masterpieces are!

 

Tickets

Because of the event’s size multiple ticket options exist. Ticket options range from all weekend VIP options at $150 to single day general admission for $20 and many options in between. All ticket options only admit one, however there are additional group rates online. For online and VIP ticket purchases, click here to purchase in advance. The event will be held from 11-7pm both Friday and Saturday with VIP admissions beginning at 10am. On Sunday doors will be open from 12-6pm with no VIP option available.

 

Don’t miss out on this critically acclaimed celebration of art and culture this year! Grab a friend or family member and check out the best art that Chicago has to offer!

 

DETAILS

SOFA

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

When: November 2nd, preview 7-9pm; November 3rd, 11-7pm; November 4th, 11-7pm; November 5th, 12-6pm

Admission: 25$ general one day admission, advanced options here

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

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Chicago Navy Pier’s 3rd Annual Halloween Haunted Ball

Posted on  September 18, 2017

Halloween Ball

As the night air chills and leaves turn color, the time has come to start searching for the perfect Halloween costume, purchase your tickets and dance the night away in spooky style at “Nightmare” Navy Pier’s third annual Halloween Haunted Ball!

 

Haunted Ball  

On Saturday, Oct 28 thousands of people will converge at Chicago’s Navy Pier for the third annual Halloween Haunted Ball. Starting at 8pm, guests will be drawn to the Grand Ballroom where popular Chicago DJs, like the Chicago Bulls’ DJ “DJ Metro”, will be playing everything from Top 40 Hits to songs from the Hip-Hop, Dance and Pop charts. Multiple cash bars will be around the Navy Pier for guests to enjoy while dancing throughout the night, until the end of the ball at 2am.

 

Nightmare Navy Pier   

The Navy Pier provides a perfect place for guests to dance, drink and enjoy themselves. With a massive 18,000 square feet of space, the Grand Ballroom will be the center of excitement as guests dance under its 80-foot domed ceiling, surrounded by panoramic glass windows that provide beautiful views of the lakefront. Due to the size and nature of the event, coordinators are capping the number of attendees at 3,000, so don’t wait- read the information below about how to buy your ticket!

 

Tickets

Tickets for the Haunted Ball range in price depending on the amount of people in your party and the time of your arrival. General Admission is $25 per ticket, however if you purchase tickets now you can use the “Early Bird” special and pay only $15 per ticket. In addition, the Couples package is $50 for two tickets and the Entourage of Four package is $100 for four tickets. You can also choose to purchase the VIP Balcony Access for $40 per ticket- including access to the Grand Ballroom Balcony and private access to additional bars. Attendees must be 21 years or older to purchase a ticket and attend the ball. To purchase your ticket or to find more information, visit the Navy Pier eventbrite page.

 

When your legs just can’t move any longer, travel no further than the Willows Hotel where you can enjoy complete relaxation and recuperate from the long night of Halloween fun. Don’t wait too long, purchase those Early Bird tickets and start searching for the perfect Halloween ensemble!

 

DETAILS

Haunted Ball at Navy Pier

Where: 600 E Grand Ave Chicago, IL 60611

When: Saturday, Oct 28 | 8pm – 2am

Admission: General $15/$25 | Couples $50 | Group of Four $100 | Balcony VIP $40

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

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Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet

Posted on  August 28, 2017

Salmon morsel.

Do you eat to live or live to eat? The answer to this question will determine just how excited you are for Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet. If you identify with the latter half of the question, then this foodie’s paradise is right up your alley. Not one, but three days of food-related events are set to spring up all over the city starting on September 22 and run through the 24th.

 

Nine Events Is Better Than One

As Chicago Gourmet turns ten, the coordinators decided that just one event is not enough. Prepare yourself for several days of ancillary events that highlight top food talent at Chicago’s hottest destinations. The events include Cocktails on the Crown at Tribune Tower, Daring Design Dinner at the Robie House, Italian Feast on the Riverwalk, Farm2Table Dinner on the 606, Hamburger Hop, Late Night Gourmet, Ballpark Fare Goes Gourmet, Sweets & Beats: After Hour Dance Party, Japanese Dinner on the Pritzker Pavilion Stage, and Rise & Shine Gourmet Yoga. Want to know more? Check out the full lineup here!

Tickets for these individual events can be purchased here, but don’t delay! Some of these great events are already sold out. Make sure you secure your tickets today!

 

The Main Event at Millennium Park

The main event is slated to take place on Saturday, September 23, 12pm-6pm and Sunday, September 24, 12pm-5pm. During this time, wander through the park and sample the best of the best that Chicago and the world has to offer. With more than 250 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs to sample from, leave your schedule wide open for Saturday, Sunday or both! Hundreds of renowned premium breweries, vintners and spirit makers will also be on site to make sure you don’t go thirsty.

 

Curated Talent

Throughout this event dozens of the most talented professionals will converge at Millennium Park to showcase their skill and knowledge. Chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and speakers will keep the weekend going with demonstrations, lectures and delicious food preparations, of course! Check out the talent highlights and see who will be starring at the event!

Whether you plan to attend for the whole weekend or just one of the smaller events, this is the ultimate destination if you always have food on the brain and a discerning taste. Bon appétit!

 

DETAILS

Chicago Gourmet

Where: Millennium Park | At and around Chicago depending on event

When: September 22-24, 2017

Admission: Between $50 and $205, depending on event | Tickets here

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

Bucktown Arts Fest

Posted on  July 31, 2017

Row of artist paint brushes closeup on old wooden background.

From the humble beginnings of four artists gathering to show their work in Holstein Park, Bucktown Arts Fest has grown to 200 artists and a weekend of fun, art, and community engagement. This free, volunteer-run festival is more than meets the eye because 100% of the proceeds benefit art programs in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhoods. You can indulge in a weekend of fun and feel great about it!

 

An Array of Artists

 

Winding through the greenery of Holstein Park is beautiful on a normal day, but when you add in the original creations of of 200 artists and the sounds of live music in the air, the park becomes another world. Stroll down Oakley Avenue and Lyndale Street which are adjacent to the park and feature more than half of the artist booth spaces. The 2017 map is still in the works, but check out the 2016 map to get a lay of the land!

 

The artists represent a wide range of disciplines including ceramics, fibers/textiles, non-photography digital, jewelry, leather, metal, 2D mixed media, photography, painting, wood, sculpture, and printmaking. Even the most discerning taste will find something to take home from this eclectic array of art. Take a peek at the 2016 artist lineup in anticipation for the announcement for the 2017 list.

 

More Than Just Music

 

Not one, but two stages bring some of the best local music that Buckstown and Chicago have to offer. The Fest is unique in that it has one tent entirely devoted to jazz music! The New Roots Jazz Stage at the far end of Lyndale Street features a full lineup from 11:30am to 6:30pm on both days of the Fest. Carefully curated by neighborhood residents, the Jazz Stage is a community favorite.

 

Indie rock to blues and bluegrass, the Main Stage has it all! From 1pm to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, local favorites will bring the tunes to keep you going throughout the day. In years past, the staged has been graced with a country harmony duo, an instrumental surf band, gypsy-carnival rock, and many other unique artists. You can expect a weekend of music as diverse as this for 2017. Keep your eye on the Bucktown Arts Fest Facebook page for the 2017 lineup announcement!

 

Bucktown Arts Fest Mission

An event this size doesn’t just spring out of the ground on its own. A dedicated army of volunteers works all year long to put together a festival that not only brings joy to those who attend it, but to countless Chicago school children. Bucktown Arts Fest helps to fund 10-week art programs for kids throughout the year that help them develop artistic and musical skills at Holstein Park. They also sponsor a summer camp for children ages 8-13 as well as make donations to local schools. None of the fest coordinators are paid, but rather make sure that every cent is put back into the community.

Whether you plan to visit the Bucktown Arts Fest because of a specific artist or performer, of if you’ll be attending just on whim there will be no shortage of fun and activities during this weekend!

 

DETAILS

Bucktown Arts Fest

Where: Holstein Park at Lyndale & Oakley (2200 N Oakley Ave, Chicago IL 60647)

When: Saturday August 26 & Sunday, August 27, 2017

Admission: FREE!

 

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The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

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Taste of Chicago

Posted on  June 2, 2017

Nearly 70 restaurants and food trucks will converge on Grant Park for the world’s largest food festival. Since 1980, food, music & cultural activities have made this one of the most looked-forward to events of the summer! This 5-day festival is fun for the whole family.

 

The Eats

Restaurants, pop-ups, food trucks- oh my! Lining both sides of Columbus Drive is a dazzling array of food options. The list of five-day restaurants is impressive and continues to grow. Out of the 35 restaurants, there are 6 newcomers that locals and visitors alike are excited to welcome. Pop-up vendors will also be out in full force with 16 diverse dining options that will satisfy every palate. Rolling in to satisfy your sweet tooth, burger addiction, or any other craving you might have is a fleet of 16 food trucks. Definitely come hungry to this event! You’ll want to try as much as you can.

 

The Tunes

Get ready to dance! The Petrillo Music Shell is home to world-class performances every day of The Taste. Featuring artists like Alessia Cara, Passion Pit, and The O’Jays. The best part? Lawn seating in Butler Field is free! Seats closer to the stage will set you back around $20 and you can purchase them here! View the whole lineup here to plan out your perfect weekend. Want even more music? The Bud Light Stage has got you covered. With a different musical theme for every day of the event, you won’t be disappointed with these free acts. Featuring Chicago’s best, take a look at the full Bud Light Stage lineup to see when your favorite act goes on!

 

The Professionals

Looking for a more refined Taste experience? Consider attending one of the Celebrity Chef du Jour events. These sit-down, 3-course meals feature a different world-renowned chef each day in a beautifully decorated, air-conditioned tent at Buckingham Fountain. Lending a helping hand are students from the Washburne Culinary Institute. Tickets are $45 each and can only be purchased in advance. See the list of daily chefs and what yummy creations they have in store and purchase tickets here!

 

The Plan

Worried about getting lost while you wander from one delicious food stand to the next? Never fear! The innovative folks at The Taste have come up with a great system to help you find separated friends & family or help first responders find you faster. Find out how! A complete list of regulations, helpful hints & public transportation guides can be found here.

 

DETAILS

Taste of Chicago

Where: Grant Park at Jackson & Columbus, Chicago IL 60602

When: Wednesday, July 5 – Sunday, July 9

Admission: FREE!

Food & Beverage Tickets: Strips of 14 tickets for $10, sold at the event

Petrillo Music Shell Tickets: Purchase tickets here

Chef du Jour Tickets: Purchase tickets here

 

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WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

Chicago Pride

Posted on  May 22, 2017

Chicago Pride

What does the month of June, 750,000 people and the colors of the rainbow have in common? PRIDE! This June 17-18 and June 25, head to Chicago and celebrate Pride Month by attending one of the largest LGBT gatherings of the year, Chicago Pride Fest.

 

Chicago Pride Fest

This June 17-18, the annual Chicago Pride Fest will be returning to the city’s Boystown neighborhood with plenty of entertainment and celebrations! As a way to acknowledge and rejoice in the achievements of the LGBT Community, this massive two-day street festival invites performers from around the world and endless food vendors to entertain attendees throughout the weekend. Past performances have included St. Lucia, Debbie Gibson, Mya and Jennifer Hudson.

 

Pride Parade  

Following the weekend of Pride Fest and continuing the LGBT celebrations, the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade will step off of Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown at 12pm on June 25. This vibrant parade marks the culmination of Pride Month and commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a series of LGBT demonstrations against a New York City police raid in 1969. The Pride Parade truly captures the energy of Chicago’s LGBT community, drawing over 750,000 people that line the streets to cheer on the participants and enjoy the rich culture. If you’re looking for the most exciting viewing spots, head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you want to enjoy the show without the large crowd, head to the beginning of the route along Broadway between Montrose Avenue and Sheridan Road.

 

Tickets

While it is free to attend both Chicago Pride Fest and the Pride Parade, a voluntary donation will be requested at the entry gates of Chicago Pride Fest. All donations received will go back into the community towards local support programs.

 

Whether you want to join in celebration at Pride Fest, watch the Pride Parade or do both, you will need a place to stay! This June, look no further than the Willows Hotel. Conveniently located in Lincoln Park (right where the parade ends), guests can travel to and from the festivities without worrying about a 30-minute walk back to the hotel. Find your best pride attire and get ready to celebrate Chicago Pride!

 

DETAILS

Chicago Pride

Where: Halsted Street, Chicago, IL | Uptown and Lakeview Neighborhoods, Chicago, IL

When: Pride Fest June 17-18, 11am-10pm | Pride Parade June 25, 12pm-3pm

Admission: Free

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Posted on  April 17, 2017

Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Inhale the sweet scent of aged grapes and be transported to far away vineyards at this year’s Lincoln Park Wine Fest in Jonquil Park, May 20 through May 21.

 

The Wine Fest

The Lincoln Park Wine Fest will be returning to Jonquil Park on Saturday, May 20 until Sunday, May 21. With the opportunity to taste more than 100 wines from around the world while listening to classical music, this elegant event marks the beginning of Chicago wine festival season. In addition to numerous wine samples, food-wine pairings and other wine-related products will also be offered within the park’s two acres.

 

Who Will Be There

Although the vendors for the 2017 festival have not been announced yet, the list of last year’s vendors paints a pretty clear picture of the caliber of wineries that will be represented this year. At the 2016 festival, attendees had the opportunity to taste wines from a variety of countries including Don Melchor from Chile, Villa Sandi from Italy and Loveblock Wines from New Zealand. In the past, the Lincoln Park Wine Festival has hosted an extremely diverse array of foreign wines, while also offering a large selection of USA wineries, including Silver Palm and Ghost Pines from California. As May 20 approaches, check the festival website for a complete list of 2017 vendors.

 

Tickets

Tasting Tickets for the Lincoln Park Wine Festival are on sale now and can be purchased in a few different ways. General Admission single day tickets are $50 and include 12 standard tastings, a stemmed commemorative wine glass and tasting access from open to close on whichever day you choose to attend. VIP tickets are $75 and include the same perks of General Admission with the addition of 5 specialty wine tastings. The Festival also offers Designated Driver passes for $20, granting access to the tasting area and event site (however, this pass does not grant the person access to sample wine). In addition, discounts are given to group ticket purchases- the more people in your group, the greater the discount. Don’t wait too long to buy your tickets, they have sold out the last two years!

 

Save $20 on a designated driver ticket and instead book a stay at the Willows Hotel (you can Uber to the hotel). The Willows’ French charm will feel like an extension of the warm and sophisticated atmosphere of the festival and will allow you to relax before returning home. Get your group together and purchase your wine passes soon!

 

DETAILS

Lincoln Park Wine Fest

Where: Jonquil Park, 1023 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

When: May 20, 12 – 4pm | May 21, 12 – 5pm

Admission: General $50 | VIP $75

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

Posted on  April 5, 2017

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show

Creamy sweet and velvety smooth, chocolate of every color and variation is coming to the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium April 22 – April 23 for the Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show. With chocolate samples, creation demonstrations and chocolate masterpieces, this show will fulfill any sweet craving!

 

About the Festival

Starting Saturday, April 22 at 11 a.m. over 40 artisan chocolatiers, foodies and wine craftsmen will take over the Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium in participation of the Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show. Featuring both local and distant vendors, the Artisan Chocolate Show offers everything from chocolate samples and demonstrations to elaborate chocolate sculptures. To cleanse your pallet before your next sweet treat, you can choose from a variety of wines and liqueurs- although not included in your ticket price, the proceeds collected from drink sales will be donated to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Doubling as an Artisan show and charity event, the Chicago Artisan Chocolate Show showcases some of the best chocolatiers in the industry while satisfying any sweet tooth in sight.

 

Exhibitors

A variety of backgrounds will be represented at the Chocolate Show with exhibitors from over 40 fine chocolate shops, artisanal food and wineries. Some of the chocolatiers that will be present include Melt Chocolates from Wisconsin, The Mighty Truffle from Washington and Puna Chocolate from Hawaii. Some of the notable Artisanal food brands that will be represented at the show include Sparkling Ice, a popular flavored water brand, and Twisted Eggroll, a local catering service that specializes in gourmet eggrolls like the fajita and Philly eggrolls. Several wineries will be present as part of the benefit including Raymond Vineyards from California and Mozart Chocolate Liquer from Austria.

 

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased online for a discounted price, starting at $22.50, however the price is subject to change depending upon availability. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $40. Tickets are valid for one of the Chocolate Festival days and includes chocolate sampling, demonstrations and free parking. Wine tasting and chocolate raffle baskets are not included in the ticket price, however all proceeds collected from ticket-excluded activities will be donated to the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. For more ticket details, visit the Artisan Chocolate Show Eventbrite page.

 

When planning your trip, book a stay at the Willows Hotel, a relaxing destination that will match the elegance of the artisanal show. Tickets are selling fast as people from all over the country flock to Chicago for the Artisan Chocolate Show. Channel your inner chocolate lover and buy your ticket today!

 

 

DETAILS

Chicago Artisan Chocolate Festival

Where: Stephen M. Bailey Auditorium, 1340 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607

When: April 22 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | April 23 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: $40

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

Walker Stalker Convention Coming to Chicago

Posted on  February 13, 2017

Walker Stalker Convention

If you cringe anytime someone says “zombie” when referring to a walker or if hearing the name Glenn makes you tear up a bit, then you might be interested in going to a convention made just for people like you- the Walker Stalker Convention in Chicago. This convention features all things Walking Dead with several guest actors that you will definitely want to meet.

 

Walker Stalker Convention

This year, the Walker Stalker Convention will be coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on March 25 & 26. This popular event will include a variety of panels where you can hear from stars not only from the Walking Dead, but also notable actors from other horror films and shows. In the past, Adrienne King from the original Friday the 13th was in attendance as well as stars from The Boondock Saints. This year, you can expect to see several cast members from The Walking Dead including Michael Cudlitz (Abraham), Christian Serratos (Rosita), Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) and many others. Check out the website for a complete list of celebrity guests. When you’re not listening to a panel or waiting in line for an autograph, you can check out some of the local food and art vendors that will be selling a variety of items during the convention.

 

Heroes and Villains

This year, a second convention, Heroes and Villains will be partnering with the Walker Stalker Convention. Located in the same venue, the Heroes and Villains Convention will have several stars from comic inspired television shows and movies. You can expect to see at least nine actors from Arrow, Drew Powell from Gotham, Michael Rooker from Guardians of the Galaxy, Brandon Routh from Superman Returns and many more. Check the website for a complete list of heroes and villains that will be at this year’s convention! Not only will you be able to see various actors, but you can also participate in several “superhero” activities like flying on the zip line, indoor archery and climbing on a velcro wall.

 

Tickets

Ticket prices for either event vary depending on which package you purchase. General Admission ranges from $45 – $90 and VIP Passes start at $220. The basic packages include admission to the event and access to all panels and vendors, while the expensive packages include additional amenities like exclusive rights to photo opportunities and autographs. Check out the website for ticket details.

 

When planning your weekend of fandom, don’t forget to book a place to stay! The Willows Hotel is a charming and luxurious place to relax after a hectic day at the convention and should definitely be considered if you plan on attending the Walker Stalker Convention this year.

 

 

 

DETAILS

Walker Stalker Convention 

Where: Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

When: March 25 (10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), March 26 (10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Admission: 2-day General Admission $90, 2-day VIP Pass $220

 

WHERE TO STAY

Willows Hotel   

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com

 

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Brick by Brick Lego Exhibit

Posted on  January 6, 2017

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People young and old have a love for LEGOs. An entire subculture of video games, movies and even theme parks have made their way to mainstream over the decades. It goes as no surprise that the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago is featuring an exhibit on this popular toy. Brick by Brick is a must see for all Lego lovers. Located a short drive up the coast, The Willows Hotel is a great place to stay after your day of adventure comes to a close.

 

The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago proudly presents the Brick by Brick LEGO Exhibit. Blending fun and education, this exhibit is perfect for all ages. More than a dozen jaw-dropping LEGO-engineered wonders are on display built by Chicago native Adam Reed Tucker. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the Roman Colosseum, these masterpieces are sure to bring out your inner builder. Tucker is one of only 14 LEGO Certified professionals on the planet! Alongside Tucker, several top architectural firms made contributions to educate museumgoers on design in architecture.

 

LEGO was founded by a carpenter named Ole Kirk Christiansen in Denmark in 1949. He lost his job in the thirties and began building toys to make money for his family. What started as wooden ducks led to plastic, interlocking bricks and skyrocketing popularity. Christiansen came up with the LEGO name from the Danish words “leg” and “godt” which translates to “play well.” It was a happy accident when Christiansen learned that LEGO is Latin for “I put together” a few years after the company’s inception.

 

It’s Your Turn to Build

 

Brick by Brick wants you to show them what you’ve got! Build your best structures to see if they’ll stand up to simulated disasters like earthquakes and high winds. Kids and adults alike can try their hand at designing an architectural masterpiece in the open build area.

 

The exhibit is only in town until February 5th, so get there now before it’s too late! A ticket will get you into Brick by Brick as well as the museum’s other exhibits and displays.

 

Details

What: Brick by Brick LEGO Exhibit

Where: The Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

When: Now through Sunday February, 5th.

Admission: Adults $28+, Children $18+

 

Where to Stay

Willows Hotel

The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

www.willowshotel.com