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From Cheery to Eerie…Halloween in Lakeview

Home to so many fantastic outdoor events, Lakeview’s festival season is crowned by the Halloween Parade. Now in its 18th year this popular procession steps off at 8pm at Belmont and Halsted and runs on Halsted north to Addison.  This year the parade, in a nod to American Horror Story’s current season, is billing itself as [...]

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Beat the Heat with Frozen Treats

After our long cold winter, it seemed like it would take forever for summer to arrive in Chicago.  Now that it’s here locals and tourists alike are flocking to the lakefront, outdoor festivals, sidewalk cafes and beer gardens.  We’re getting out and about and soaking up every bit of these long warm days.  If you [...]

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Theater Thrives in Lakeview

A few nights ago I attended Emma, the famous Jane Austen story adapted by Michael Bloom,  produced by the Dead Writers Theatre Collective and performed at Stage 773,1225 West Belmont Avenue, walking distance from the Old Chicago Inn. For a few hours I was captivated by the well mannered world of the Georgian era.  From the costumes, [...]

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The 100th Home Opener at Wrigley

After the winter we’ve had here in Chicago, with two Polar vortices and near record snowfalls, it’s hard to believe that we are just a few days away from opening day.   Just two weeks ago I walked by Wrigley Field and watched bulldozers removing piles of snow that had been hand shoveled off the field [...]

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Bastille Day in Chicago

Bastille Day is coming up and if you are a Francophile like me, you might enjoy some of the festivities near Lakeview that celebrate French Independence.  Although the official date commemorating the storming of the Bastille is July 14th, activities in Chicago start as early as Thursday, July 11th,  with the Bastille Day Run.  The [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day Tips

Many of our guests this weekend are coming in for the They Might Be Giants  concert at the Vic Theatre, just down the street from the Old Chicago Inn.  One of a hand full of great small theater venues nearby, the Vic Theatre hosts national and international acts year round. Originally called  the Victoria Theatre, the [...]

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