Posts Tagged ‘Navy Pier

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!

16
Mar
12

official opinions: Irish for a day: St. Patrick’s Day Events

Looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day bigger than ever this weekend? Break out the kilt and check out these events happening all day tomorrow and all over the city!

10:00am – Dyeing the River Green

Start your day off by watching the Chicago River magically turn bright emerald green. The best views of the river can be seen from the east side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive. Get there early to get a good spot!

12:00pm – Parade

Since the parade falls on a Saturday this year, bring the kids! The parade route starts at Balbo and Columbus but can be best viewed around Buckingham Fountain.

2:00pm – 6:00pm – Dancing and Music at Navy Pier

Enjoy Irish dancing and music courtesy of the Trinity Irish Dancers and Irish band, Anish! The Trinity Academy has grown from 12 dancers at its beginning to the largest Irish dance company in the world. Band Anish plays regularly at the Irish-American Heritage Center, Martyr’s and a number of other venues. The event is FREE. Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue.

8:00pm – $10 for a ticket to four bands, a beer and a corned beef sandwich ($20 value)

Thanks to this Reader Real Deal from the Chicago Reader, you can check out Thin Lizzy cover band, Tin Lynott, while having a great dinner for only $10! Ten bucks gets you tickets to see four awesome bands at Martyr’s Chicago, a New Holland Mad Hatter IPA and a corned beef sandwich. 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613. Call (773) 404-9494 for more details.

Tips from Stitely for having a great St. Patty’s:

  • Remember, expect delays and leave early if you’re taking the CTA because it will be PACKED everywhere!
  • Miller Lite has their sponsored Free Rides will run from 9 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day until 1 a.m. Private shuttle buses will run two looped routes that offer stops in The Loop and River North, Old Town, Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville
  • Be sure to wear green so you won’t be pinched!
30
Dec
11

Official Opinions: So long 2011, hello 2012

With blizzards, earthquakes, money issues, car problems, stubbed toes and splinters- did anything good happen this year!!? Rest assured, Stitely Entertainment has the best places in Chicago for you to say bye bye 2011, hello 2012!

For groovy club-goers, check out “New Year’s Eve Chicago 2012: Bass Drop”. This electric celebration takes places at the Portage Theatre and will be featuring bands such as Dubstep, The Coop and, IndigoSun. There will also be live performances such as fire dances and a light show. When purchasing your tickets be sure to include the coupon code “FUNKYBOOSTERS.COM” to receive an additional $2 off your ticket.

If you are looking for a variety of options for New Years Eve, Navy Pier offers just that. From their dinner cruises to a family celebration there is something for everyone! One of their biggest New Years Eve party is in the Crystal Gardens. Although ticket prices may be a bit pricey, it includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, two DJs and a private midnight firework show! Bringing in the new year in this classy atmosphere will surely guarantee a successful 2012!

The Palmer House Hilton is an outstanding venue where many couples exchange vows, but did you also know that they throw a fabulous New Year’s Eve bash? This exclusive, high-end party are for the big shots who love to bring in the new yeaPalmer House Hiltonr in style. Party packages include a 4 hour top shelf open bar, celebrity DJs, hors d’oeuvres & dessert, and bubbly champagne served in the ballroom all night long. Tickets are on sale now for this fantastic evening so order now!

If none of these options sound like your style, then bring in the new year with your family and friends! Host your own themed party, drink lots of champagne and celebrate with the people who got you through this past year, and who will be there in the new year. Happy New Year’s Stitely fans!

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

01
Jul
11

official opinions: spice up your 4th of July routine in chicago

Friends, family, fireworks and the smell of barbeque…4th of July weekend is upon us once again!  This summer holiday is full of parades and parties, and when you live in a city like Chicago, there’s an endless variety of events to keep you entertained.

Of course there are always the old standards when it comes to celebrating memorial day.  Everyone knows about Chicago’s amazing Taste festival that takes place the weekend before.  This gigantic event is free to attend and attracts a record-breaking crowd each year.  For information on the impressive Chicago music line-up, go back to our last blog post!

There is also always the Navy Pier fireworks, which provide spectators with a particularly large and impressive display on the 4th. (The Pier has a small fireworks show each weekend in the summer.)

But you may not realize that there are a lot of other options on how to spend this upcoming long weekend.  Whether you are a tourist, a local college student, or a family with children, this city has something for you!

A plan for that special someone…A FIREWORK BOAT CRUISE!

There are few things that are more romantic than a twilight boat cruise or a spectacular fireworks display, so why not combine the two!  Chicago boat tour lines are offering many deals and dinner packages so that you can have a front row seat for the fireworks over the water.  Metromix Chicago has an extensive list and recommends Odyssey Cruise line for an exquisite meal.

Something the whole family can enjoy…CUBS VS WHITE SOX!

Watch the city’s two professional baseball teams go head to head over the 4th of July weekend.  The game will be held at the legendary Wrigley Field (home of the Cubs) and ticket prices and packages are very reasonable for the holiday weekend.  So pack up the kids and head down for an enjoyable afternoon in the park!

  • —–>Hey tourists!  Wrigleyville is a classic Chicago neighborhood with lots to see and do.  Check out the area’s infamous hot spots such as The Cubby Bear and Baccis pizza.  For those who are 21 and up, this part of town also has a bustling nightlife.  And if you want to see the game while taking advantage of great all you can eat and drink deals, check out Wrigley Rooftops.
College fun on a college budget…LOTTIE’S PUB BBQ PARTY!
Let’s face it, most college students don’t have a whole lot of money to throw around.  Even if it is a holiday weekend.  But not to worry!  A ton of bars, pubs and restaurants are offering killer specials for the 4th of July.  Lottie’s Pub in Wicker Park is serving full plates of barbecued chicken, potato salad, baked beans and a dessert for only $7 (not to mention $3 beers all night!!).  Wicker Park is a great part of town to explore as well, so while you’re there make sure to walk around and explore.
These are just a few of the dozens and dozens of options of what to do with your 4th of July weekend here in Chicago.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a broke teenager or a family with 6 kids, make sure you get out there, soak up the sun, and take advantage of these great deals and fun events!!



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