Posts Tagged ‘macy’s

30
Nov
12

Official Opinions: Chicago is your home for the holidays

Chicago hosts so many holiday events throughout November and December it’s hard to choose which ones to attend. Here at Stitely we once again combed through tons of seasonal events and recommends these as some of the best.

  • For a fun day appropriate for all ages head over to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest. This indoor winter playground includes an indoor ice-skating arena, rides, obstacle courses and a huge Ferris wheel. Not your thing? Then hide from the winter winds and watch the festive band performances throughout the day. It’s impossible to be a Scrooge at this indoor winter wonderland. (By the way, did I mention it’s indoors?!)
  • For merry melodies check out the upcoming Voices of the Season at the Garfield Park Conservatory on December 2nd. Celebrate the season by enjoying the melodies of various choral groups throughout the Conservatory. One group stands out from the others though, our very own Rachel sings with the Wicker Park Choral Singers who will happen to be participating in the event and its FREE; you have to love that. Come enjoy the music as well as some refreshments and holiday activities.
  • One of my favorite childhood memories is driving through nearby suburban neighborhoods to “ohhhhh” and “ahhhh” at the colorful lights.  Why not bring this experience to Chicago? Hop on the “Holiday Lights Tour” with the Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. to see the beautiful holiday lights of Chicago. Sights include Macy’s holiday windows on State Street, the Daley Plaza tree, Buckingham Fountain and many more.  Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance and check the weather so you know how to stay cozy on the ride!
  • Want to check out some more beautiful lights but don’t want to spend any money to do so? Why don’t you head over to the Lincoln Park Zoo to experience the entire Zoo light up for the holiday season. Check out the animals but also get the mesmerizing lights that make the holiday season memorable. The lights turn on from 5-9pm and Santa is there to take photos with. Besides that though the zoo is offering new 3-D displays, live ice carvings every night and a musical light show. It’s fun for the whole family you won’t want to miss it!
  • While it’s wonderful to be with family during the holidays, there are always those hysterical, awkward, I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-YOU-JUST-DID-THAT moments. This year Second City celebrates these weird holiday experiences with its “Nutcracking Holiday Revue” show. Showcasing a variety of skits along with improv and songs, this show is going to be a hit!  Performances run until December 31st so get your tickets now.

We hope you have a very happy holiday season. Now get out there and enjoy it!

09
Dec
11

Official Opinions: Chicago’s your home for the holidays

Chicago hosts so many holiday events throughout November and December it’s hard to choose which ones to attend. So with fun as her top priority, Brynne, Stitely’s super-intern, combed through tons of seasonal events and recommends these as some of the best.

  • For a fun day appropriate for all ages head over to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest. This indoor winter playground includes an indoor ice-skating arena, rides, obstacle courses and a huge Ferris wheel. Not your thing? Then hide from the winter winds and watch the festive band performances throughout the day. It’s impossible to be a Scrooge at this indoor winter wonderland. (By the way, did I mention it’s indoors?!)
  • For merry melodies check out the upcoming Wicker Park Choral Singers concerts.  Saturday’s performance is in Wicker Park and the Sunday show is out in Northbrook. WPCS will be reprising their program on Friday, 12/16 with a concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Michigan Ave at noon.  Come by to hear some gorgeous holiday music then head on down the Magnificent Mile to finish up your shopping. Friday afternoon WPCS is also participating in the “Caroling at Cloud Gate” series. This free program in front of “The Bean” showcases Chicago choral groups and invites visitors to participate in a holiday sing-along.“Each Friday night, hundreds of singers gather for a magical evening of music right in the heart of downtown Chicago in Millennium Park,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “This cherished tradition is a perfect start to the weekend before heading off to the neighborhoods with family and friends.”
  • One of my favorite childhood memories is driving through nearby suburban neighborhoods to “ohhhhh” and “ahhhh” at the colorful lights.  Why not bring this experience to Chicago? Hop on the “Holiday Lights Tour” with the Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. to see the beautiful holiday lights of Chicago. Sights include Macy’s holiday windows on State Street, the Daley Plaza tree, Buckingham Fountain and many more.  Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance and check the weather so you know how to stay cozy on the ride!
  • While it’s wonderful to be with family during the holidays, there are always hysterical, awkward, I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-YOU-JUST-DID-THAT moments. This year Second City celebrates these weird holiday experiences with its “Dysfunctional Holiday Revue” show. Showcasing a variety of skits along with improv and songs, this show is going to be a hit!  Performances run until January 1st so get your tickets now.

We hope you have a very happy holiday season. Now get out there and enjoy it!

Cheers,
Brynne

22
Jun
11

Official opinions: tips for the penny-pinching bride

Planning your big day is an experience that most brides love.  Although it can certainly be stressful and time consuming, you get the chance to create your own vision for your fiance, family and friends to enjoy.  But as the endless details of wedding planning begin to pile up, so can the price!  From invitations to dresses to food to thank you cards, there are a lot of little expenses that can sneak up on you.

Here are a few tips from your friends at Stitely to help out the cash conscious bride:

  1. Timing is everything:  For couples who have not yet chosen the date of their ceremony, don’t be afraid to plan in the off season.  Sure, everyone loves a beach wedding in June, but a fall wedding in a cozy chapel can be just as wonderful and romantic (and can also result in great photos!) Many vendors offer discounts for Friday or Sunday weddings too. Avoiding prime-time rates on wedding vendors and venues can save you serious bucks on your big day.
  2. Get a pro involved:  Hiring a professional wedding planner may cost you money, but what you may not realize is that it can save you money in the long run.  Planners come with years of experience in the business.  This means they will know how to give you what you want on your budget!  Not to mention they’ll know the best people in the business as far as vendors go.
  3. Don’t fear the department store:  You probably have some very specific requirement that your wedding gown must meet…don’t feel the need to be so picky about your bridesmaids dresses though!  Bridal salons tend to have much higher prices on gowns than a standard department store like Macy’s or Nordstrom, but these stores still carry beautiful and elegant dresses that may fit your ceremony perfectly.  To save even more, look for your bridesmaids dresses around the holiday season when sales are high!
  4. Cater to the kids:  Ask your caterer if they offer children’s plates!  This simple idea is an easyway to trim down expenses (and not waste delicious food).
  5. Get flower frugal:  Flowers can be a major cost on a wedding day, especially if you have a lot of bouquets for the wedding party or if you use flowers as centerpieces.  To cut down the price try to pick flowers that are in season (ie-tulips in the spring instead of roses).  Another simple money saving trick is to choose big flowers.  This means you will need less stems, and most flowers are usually charged per stem.  If you have flowers in your centerpieces, adding cheap fillers like sticks or berries may make it so you need less flowers for each table.
These tricks should be enough to get your money saving started…also make sure to take a look at all your wedding music options (every reception needs a packed dance floor!)



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