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Christmas Markets Near and Far

Every year, my husband and I hop on the red line to the loop for a visit to Daley Plaza’s Christkindlmarket.   The charming recreation of a German Christmas market, complete with food vendors, entertainment, beer and Glühwein, a traditional hot spiced wine, transports us to Bavaria for the afternoon.  German crafts abound and many artists [...]

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Oh La La, Lakeview

I’m a bit of a Francophile, and with Bastille day upon us I wanted to let our guests of the Old Chicago Inn know about some local ways to celebrate all things French this weekend.   If you want to learn about French culture, a visit to L’École Française, right around the corner at 3349 N Clark [...]

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Bring Your Shades and Sunscreen

Bring your shades and sunscreen for summer’s real start in the city!  This weekend the return of the Belmont Sheffield Music Festival will usher in what is expected to be a hot and sunny Memorial Day Weekend.   This festival, now in its 28th year, is, as its name declares, all about music.   From [...]

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Lots of Love (and deals) for Moms in Lakeview

            For our Old Chicago Inn guests this weekend who are traveling Moms (or are visiting or traveling with one) we have compiled a listing of neighborhood specials and events celebrating Mother’s Day.  There is an abundance of deals designed for Mom all weekend, so Mother’s Day in Lakeview will certainly be a special one. [...]

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Derby Hats and Mint Juleps

A few weeks ago, my husband and I stopped into the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop at 3243 N. Broadway and were delighted to find such a unique collection of hats. The staff here is wonderful, truly enthusiastic about their goods and happy to help you find just the right fit. One of the things we [...]

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A Tale of Two Pizzas

Many of our guests include eating Chicago style pizza in their “to do” lists for their visit to our city. While we can certainly help you find the right slice of pie, it is important to note that based on our experience, most folks weigh in heavily on the great pizza debate: thick vs. thin.   So [...]

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