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

The Bulls Take On The Heat at The United Center

Posted on  December 19, 2016

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There will be Heat in Chicago this January. Well, the Miami Heat. Be in attendance as the Chicago Bulls’s Dwyane Wade squares off with his former team at The United Center on January 27th! After the final buzzer, The Willows Hotel awaits you as the perfect place to unwind.

 

Back in 2003, Dwyane Wade was selected as the fifth overall pick in the NBA draft by the Miami Heat. With Miami, he made a name for himself, making 12 All-Star games, leading the league in scoring once, making 8 All-NBA teams and winning 3 championships. He is regarded by many as the best player in Miami Heat history, and rightfully so. Wade will without question be a first-ballot choice for the NBA Hall of Fame.

 

After reaching so many milestones in his illustrious career, it was time for D-Wade to live out his childhood dream; returning home to play for the Chicago Bulls. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Wade grew up during Michael Jordan’s heyday. As he watched MJ raise banner after banner at the United Center, he dreamt of one day doing the same. During free agency in the summer of 2016, Wade was presented with the opportunity for a homecoming and made the decision to take his talents to Chicago.

 

The Bulls are gearing up to make their push in the race for the Eastern Conference playoffs as they welcome the Heat to town. A recent rough patch has seen the team fall to 8th in the standings, but if there’s one thing D-Wade knows how to do it’s rally a team for a playoff run (Wade has played in 11 playoffs in his career). The United Center will be rocking as Wade and the Bulls look to complete the season sweep of his former team. Tickets are available from $50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

 

Details

What: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

Where: The United Center, 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60612

When: January 27th, 2017 at 7:00pm

Admission: $50+

 

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

What’s Happening at The Art Institute of Chicago

Posted on  November 25, 2016

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Works of art are the gifts that keep on giving. From paintings to sculptures, art can inspire people across many generations. The Art Institute of Chicago has no shortage of breathtaking artwork and makes a great weekend getaway this winter. After taking in everything the Institute has to offer, The Willows Hotel, located just 15 minutes up the coast is the perfect place to spend the night.

 

Many upcoming exhibits are sure to intrigue guests making their way to the Institute this Winter. Running through Tuesday January 3rd, the Open Something Greater exhibit is a great choice for novices and art experts alike. The Neapolitan crèche is making its return this holiday season. Get the Naples art experience without leaving the country thanks to this 18th century exhibit. Traditional nativity scenes are combined with the profane aspects of 18th century Neapolitan life with lively tavern scenes and bustling street activities.

 

Truly a site to see, the Holiday Thorne Rooms are worth the trip themselves. The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms feature European interior decorating from the 13th century to the 1930s, and are all decked out for the holidays. These rooms were painstakingly crafted to capture every detail from floors to furniture to foyers.

 

Running congruent to these exhibits is the Gifts to the City Mini-Tour. Each year, hundreds of gifts are generously donated to the museum, and what better time to display them than during the holidays? The most remarkable works will be on display throughout the entire museum and includes paintings, pottery and statues from around the world.

 

To get your tickets to the Chicago Institute of Art, click here.

 

Where: The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

When: Now through January 8th, 2017

Admission: Starting at $29

 

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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Christkindlmarket Chicago

Posted on  October 28, 2016

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Christmas and shopping go hand-in-hand like Frosty and snow. Don’t settle for a boring shopping mall experience. Christkindlmarket in Chicago’s Daley Plaza is an experience all its own. Located less than five miles up the coast of Lake Michigan, The Willows Hotel is a great place to stay once you’ve shopped ‘til you drop.

 

Thousands of people from all over the world flock to Christkindlmarket Chicago. Christkindlmarket, a German tradition, is commonly referred to as yearend market. A large outdoor market held in the Chicago Loop, provides historic German tradition along with the Windy City’s excellent food and drinks.

 

The Christkindlmarket offers a wide range of unique and authentic gifts. German classics such as beer steins, nutcrackers and hand-blown ornaments are just a few of the popular items.

 

When in Chicago between November 18th and December 24th, the Christkindlmarket is a must-see. The market is open Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am to 9:00pm. The market is outdoors, so dress appropriately for the cool Chicago air. A small number of walk-in shops and two warming areas are available for patrons.

 

Sweet Treats, Good Eats

 

Sausages, potato pancakes, pastries, roasted nuts and decadent German chocolates are a few specialties available. Enjoy a glass of Glühwein, a traditional spiced German wine, or fill up your brand new beer stein with a German brew!

 

Details

What: Christkindlmarket Chicago

When: November 18th and December 24th ;  Sunday-Thursday 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:00 am to 9 pm

Where: Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop (Between Dearborn, Washington and Clark Street)

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

 

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Wine Riot Chicago 2016

Posted on  September 14, 2016

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Learn about and taste over 250 wines from around the world at Wine Riot Chicago 2016! Located just 6-miles form the event, The Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of October 14th-15th.

 

About Wine Riot Chicago 2016

Two-parts education and one-part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. In just 4-hours, guests will travel the world through 250 wines, and all you need to bring is your cellphone and GoVino wine glass! Too much wine and no chance of remembering them? Thanks to Wine Riot’s free mobile app, you wont have to. All of the wines are preloaded onto the app- just go and “like” or “love” your favorite bottles.

 

Sure, you can dance to music from DJ Andie Cassette, cover yourself in temporary tattoos, send a postcard and take silly pictures in a decked-out photobooth, but Wine Riot Chicago is more than just fun and games- it’s also educational! Here’s where/what you can learn:

Crash Courses

Drop in for a quick, 20-minute sit down with some of the coolest producers in the world. Taste your way through Portugal, guess the price of a bottle from California or learn all about German Riesling in one of these free mini seminars.

Winery Booths

We search high and low for the best and most diverse wineries. Some produce only a few barrels and others millions, but we want to put hundreds of wines from around the world in one room so you can sample the wares and chat with the folks who know them best.

Wine 101

Hit up our Wine 101 Booth and learn 8 wine terms by tasting them! Taste the difference between dry and sweet wine, sip Old World next to New World wines, see the change in Young v. Mature wines and find out what Oaked v. Unoaked means.

Bubbly Bar

Don’t miss the Bubbly Bar, where we’ll be pouring every type of Sparkling Wine and educating about the different styles.

 

Kick off the weekend with Opening Night on Friday, October 14th from 7-11pm. On Saturday, October 15th riot in 2 options: Riot 1 from 1-5pm or Riot 2 from 7-11pm. Tickets to each individual event are available now for $55/person. For more information on the event, follow  Wine Riot Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and don’t forget to search #WineRiot on Instagram for fun photos from the event!

 

Details

Wine Riot Chicago 2016

Where: VenueOne- Chicago, IL

When: Friday, October 14th- Saturday, October 15th

Admission: $55

 

 

Where to Stay

The 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.willowshotelchicago.com

2016 Riot Fest and Carnival in Douglas Park

Posted on  August 15, 2016

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The 2nd biggest rock and roll event of the Chicago summer is back! Join us for the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival, coming to Douglas Park September 16th-18th. Book your stay now at Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel and start planning your perfect weekend getaway.

 

About the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival

Get ready to rock, get ready to roll! Riot Fest and Carnival will be officially returning to the scenic Douglas Park the weekend of September 16th-18th. Fearing they would be forced to find a new home yet again and determined to leave the area better than they found it, organizers paid $180,000 in repairs to Douglas Park following the 2015 Riot Fest (the event was forced relocate in 2015 after members of the community and 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado were not satisfied with the $182,000 spent repairing Humboldt Park following the 2014 Riot Fest). However, restoration efforts were recognized and the North Lawndale community welcomed back the eclectic festival for another weekend of rock and roll.

 

For 3-days straight, fans gather together to rock out to their favorite bands on 6 different stages. Music starts at 11am and ends at (roughly) 10pm. And guess what? The good news doesn’t end there! Check out the 2016 lineup:

Friday, September 16th

The Flaming Lips, Ween, The Specials, Jimmy Eat World, Julian Marley, NOFX, Refused, Pierce The Veil, All Time Low, Glassjaw, Meat Puppets, Pepper, Dan Deacon, GWAR, The Anniversary, Set Your Goals, Neck Deep, Highly Suspect, Fu Manchu, Girls Against Boys, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Tigers Jaw, Basement, Touché Amoré, Diarrhea Planet, Big D & The Kids Table, Citizen, Turnover, Violent Soho, Off With Their Heads, Holy White Hounds, Laura Stevenson, Somos, 3Teeth, The Wans, Jule Vera, Worriers, Eskimeaux, The Far East, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

Saturday, September 17th

Morrissey, Death Cab For Cutie, Social Distortion, NAS, Brand New, Fitz & the Tantrums, Descendents, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hives, Bob Mould, The Hold Steady, Method Man & Redman, GZA, Smoking Popes, The Vandals, Fucked Up, I The Mighty, The Toasters, Hippo Campus, Balance & Composure, People Under The Stairs, White Lung, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, DEE-1, Brick + Mortar, Night Riots, Plague Vendor, Microwave, Death Spells, Deal’s Gone Bad, Black Foxxes, The Walters, Nots, Donna Missal, Tasha The Amazon, Blackbox, High Waisted, Summer Cannibals, Partner, Kitten Forever, Sleepy Kitty, School of Rock and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

Sunday, September 18th

The Original Misfits, Featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Rob Zombie, Sleater-Kinney, Deftones, Bad Religion, Underoath, Thursday, Jake Bugg, Death Grips, The Julie Ruin, Joey Bada$$, Chevy Metal, Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, Tiger Army, The Wonder Years, Dee Snider, Andrew W.K. Leftöver Crack, Billy Talent, The Falcon, Juliette Lewis & The Licks, FrnkIero AndThe Patience, The Bronx, Pouya, Swingin’ Utters, Denzel Curry, Bleached, Tancred, Creeper, Marina City, Syd Arthur, The Dirty Nil, The So So Glos, Big Ups, All Dogs, War on Women, Hard Girls, A Will Away, Can’t Swim, With Our Arms To The Sun, The Gallow Walkers, School of Rock and Featuring Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue

 

 

Due to the high volume of people attending Riot Fest, driving is not recommended. If you must drive, do NOT park on residential streets surrounding the park. Douglas Park is easily accessible via the CTA Pink Line- California Avenue or download the Uber app and enter promo code RiotFest2016 for your first ride free (up to $15)! Locker rentals will be offered to guests who need somewhere to store their belongings, reserve one here. On-site camping is NOT permitted. Tickets to the 2016 Riot Fest and Carnival are available online now in the following options:

  • 3-Day General Admission Pass: $209.98
  • 3-Day VIP: $329.98
  • 3-Day Deluxe VIP: $699.98
  • Friday, Saturday, or Sunday 1-Day Pass: $84.98 (VIP: $159.98)
  • Friday/Saturday: $149.98
  • Friday/Sunday: $159.98
  • Saturday/Sunday: $159.98

 

Have more questions? Check out the FAQ’s page on the Riot Fest’s website for answers. Stay up-to-date with the latest news from the festival by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Details

2016 Riot Fest and Carnival in Douglas Park

Where: Douglas Park- Chicago, IL

When: Friday, September 16th- Sunday, September 18th

Admission: $84.99+

 

 

Where to Stay

The 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

58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

Posted on  July 20, 2016

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Come to the Windy City and experience the thrill of one of our favorite annual summertime traditions at the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show! Located less than 4-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay the weekend of August 20th-21st.

 

About the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

Each year, over two million people from all over the United States flock to the lakefront of North Avenue Beach for the largest and oldest free admission air and water exhibition of its kind. The Chicago Air & Water Show is celebrating 58-years of thrills with some of the top civilian and military pilots and aircrafts. What started as a one-day, $88 show in 1959 has since transformed into a two-day, corporate-sponsored Chicago summer tradition on Lake Michigan.

 

This year’s exhibition is presented by Shell Oil Products U.S. and the City of Chicago. Headlining performers feature:

The full list of performers can be found here. There will be no set schedule for the exhibition, it will be determined on the day of the event. However, if you are concerned that you may miss the headliners, you can count on them performing last.

 

Although North Avenue Beach is the focal point of the show, you can catch performers from a number of other locations. Join the lively viewing party on the roof deck at Castaways Bar and Grill or reserve a cabana at Caffe Olivia. If you want to stick by the shore, check out Belmont and Diversey Harbors or the ever-popular Miller Lite Beer Garden at the Navy Pier. Feeling adventurous? Get on the water! Hop on a dining cruise aboard the Mystic Blue, Odyssey, and Spirit of Chicago or snag a tour with Wendella Boats, Shoreline Sightseeing Company, Seadog Ventures, Chicago’s First Lady and Chicago Line Cruises. If you don’t like the water, enjoy lunch in the sky at the Skydeck Chicago (reservations required).

 

Admission to the 58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show is free! The exhibition will from from 10am-3pm each day. Parking will be available at Millennium Garages- Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Avenue, and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Avenue. A $35 all-day parking package plus free shuttle service from Millennium Garage to North Avenue Beach will be offered on the weekend of the event.

 

For more information on the event, check out the FAQ’s page or follow the Chicago Air & Water Show on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 

Details

58th Annual Chicago Air & Water Show

Where: North Avenue Beach- Chicago, IL

When: Saturday, August 20th- Sunday, August 21st, 10am-3pm

Admission: Free

 

 

Where to Stay

The 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.willowshotelchicago.com

 

 

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Lollapalooza at Grant Park

Posted on  June 30, 2016

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Throw on your sunglasses and fringe and come to Chicago to experience Lollapalooza! Conveniently located just 5-miles from the music festival, the Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of July 28th-31st.

 

About Lollapalooza

For the last 25 years, Lollapalooza has been a favorite of music festival-goers everywhere. Designed by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Ferrell in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza’s overwhelming success and influence has allowed the event to expand into multi-day festivals in four additional countries- Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Germany. Lollapalooza transcends the boundaries between music and art, providing festival-goers with an unforgettable weekend full of culture.

 

Each year, over 100 bands headline the 4-day concert series in Grant Park. Previous headliners include huge names in music, such as Paul McCartney, Metallica, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and many more. This year’s lineup features headliners:

…And many, many more! You can find the complete 2016 lineup and schedule here. In addition to the scheduled concerts, there will be more than 55 aftershows taking place in the best and most historic venues in Chicago. You can find the full aftershow schedule here.

 

Get a taste of Chicago at Lollapalooza! The city’s very own celebrity chef Graham Elliot curates Chow Town- a festival of food offering some of Chicago’s most delicious food, drinks and sweets. 2016 vendors include:

.. And many more! See the complete list of participating vendors and a description of their offerings here.

 

Also featured at the festival is the 2016 Art Market- your one-stop shop for local, national and world-recognized artisans to sell their goods to Lollapalooza fans. Offering everything from accessories, artwork and fashion, featured vendors include:

 

The festival runs from 11am-10pm, daily. Worried about your belongings while you dance the day away? Have no fear, personal lockers are available to rent, make your reservation here. The Millennium Park Garage, the Underground Garage at Monroe & Columbus, and the Grant Park Underground Garage will all be fully accessible; parking is not available on the festival grounds. Due to the high volume of people at Lollapalooza, public transportation is strongly encouraged. Have more questions? Find your answers here.

 

Stay up to date with Lollapalooza by following them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

Details

Lollapalooza

Where: Grant Park- Chicago, IL

When: Thursday, July 28th- Sunday, July 31st  from 11am-10pm, daily

 

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 Ale Fest: A Chicago Craft Beer Festival

Posted on  May 17, 2016

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Celebrate American craft beer in the heart of Chicago and join us at the historic Grant Park for the Chicago Ale Fest! Located just less than 5-miles from the event, Broughton’s boutique Willows Hotel is the perfect place to stay for the weekend of June 17th-18th.

 

About Chicago Ale Fest

For the second year in a row, craft beer lovers everywhere will come together and sample their favorite brews while indulging in food from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants and dancing to live music by Sons of Bildor and Billy Croft & The 5 Alarm. The Chicago Ale Fest is committed to supporting the Chicagoland community, and this year a portion of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Grant Park Conservancy: A not-for-profit with a mission to provide a permanent body that enables Grant Park to respond and adapt to the changing needs of its users.

 

The event will take place in Grant Park at the Buckingham Fountain, offering festival-goers beautiful views of the sweeping Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan. There will be 200+ craft beers from over 100 craft breweries all over the country, including some all-time American favorites:

 

Getting hungry? Food from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants will be available to all festival-goers! Some participating vendors include:

 

The Chicago Ale Fest will take place on Friday, June 17th from 6-20pm and Saturday, June 18th from 2-6pm. Tickets to the fest are available online now for $50/person or at the door for $60/person (Not drinking? A designated driver ticket is also available for $25/person). All guests that purchase a ticket will receive 20 drink tickets that can be exchanged for a 3oz sample. 10 additional drink tickets can be purchased for $0.50 each. This is a strictly 21 and over event, so don’t forget to bring your valid government issued ID.

 

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Stay up to date with the Chicago Ale Fest by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Details

Chicago Ale Fest: A Chicago Craft Beer Festival

Where: Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park- Chicago, IL

When: Friday, June 17th- Saturday, June 18th

Admission: $50 ($60 at the door)

 

 

Where to Stay

The 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.willowshotelchicago.com