Thursday, August 28, 2014

We Love You Guys!
Thanks so much for your words of kindness, 
because Ray's would not be the same without the support of our amazing guests from around the world. Ten years of awesome people!
Rays Bucktown B & B Reviews 2005-2014

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Monday, August 25, 2014

 5 Upcoming Attractions Near Rays:

The Chicago Jazz festival runs from August 28-August 31. It's a free event with quality live musical performances, and talent coming in from around the world! It's located in Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60602.  There is convenient parking in the Millennium Park garage

The Bucktown 5k is a race that runs entirely on closed city streets. This family event celebrates the neighborhood, and it is held on Sunday, September 14 at 8am. The race starts off at 1621 West Wabansia (Wabansia and Marshfield).

Riot fest is a punk and rock festival in nearby Humboldt Park. It runs for three days, from September  12-14, and it is open to all ages (admission is actually free for kids 5 and under when accompanied by an adult). There are Carnival rides, wrestling, and bands such as Jane’s Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, and The Offspring (this year). You can find the full lineup here: 
Keep an eye out for Leah in the Dropkick Murphy's moshpit, and Monika at Gogol Bordello's show!

The Wicker park Bucktown Farmers Market goes on every Sunday from 8am – 2pm at 1425 N. Damen Avenue. You'll find meats, cheeses, baked goods, locally grown produce, flowers and more.

The Renegade Craft Fair is on September 7th + 8th. It is a DIY extravaganza with artists from across the U.S. selling their handmade wares. It’s Free, and there are workshops, DJs, good food, and installations. Be there, or be sad you aren't there!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Are you staying at Rays for the weekend? Yes? Well the staff want to share some of their favorite nightime haunts!

If you like whirling, twirling, and stomping your feet to loud music, Danny’s is the way to go! Danny’s is a converted Bucktown house with all the fun of a raging house party, but the place actually has a large selection of beer that tastes good. It’s super dark in there so no need to worry about feeling self conscious. There are quiet candlelit nooks and crannies all through the place where you can canoodle and rest your feet. Come before 11pm if you don’t want to wait in a line. It is located right off the Damen blue line stop at 1951 W Dickens Ave Chicago, IL 60647, and it is unmarked besides for a Schlitz sign.

"Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind" by the Neo Futurists is a late-night show that serves a "menu" of 30 rapid-fire plays in 60 minutes. The plays and performers are always changing, and the content of the plays range from serious, to sad, to gleeful. Also, the performers are not afraid to get up close and personal with the audience, so be prepared for some real life human interaction! When you arrive you will wait in line, and then the throw of a die will determine how much you pay.  Showings: Friday 11:30pm, Saturday 11:30pm, Sunday 7:00pm. It is located at 5153 N Ashland                               Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, and the theatre is on the second floor.

Innertown Pub is a scruffy, dark place with eclectic decor that has been around a hundred years, and yes even during Prohibition. There's a jukebox, you can play pool for free, and the bartender is sure to give you attitude, deals or/and jokes. If you go on a Thursday or Sunday there is a great open mic at 10:00pm that features folk, blues, punk, honky tonk, and all that jazz. It is located at 1935 W Thomas St ChicagoIL 60622 in Ukranian Village.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Do you want in on some of the local nightlife secrets in Chicago? Chicago offers a variety of fun, exciting events every night of the week. The staff at Ray’s Bucktown B & B will reveal some of their favorite weekday activities!


Let’s be honest, nobody likes Mondays. Luckily, there are relaxing things to do to make Mondays suck a little less. Take a trip to Chicago’s famous Millennium Park to enjoy FREE music in the park! Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks and you got yourself a peaceful and fun night. You can even borrow some of the picnic blankets at Rays – just ask! Millennium Park is located on Michigan Avenue, bordered by Randolph Street to the south, Columbus Drive to the east, and Monroe Street to the south. Convenient parking is provided in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph), Millennium Lakeside, and Grant Park North.

If a concert in the park isn’t really your thing there is also a free music performance at The EmptyBottle. The Empty Bottle is a bar and music venue located at 1035 N. Western. The venue is well known for an punk/alternative music scene, but you can hear a variety of music being played here. It is located in the Ukrainian Village on Western & Cortez, just south of Rays!

If you are still not completely satisfied with these suggestions then I would head on over to Beauty Bar’s non-gender conforming open mic night called Salonathon! Yes it is, yet again, FREE! As you walk into Beauty Bar, you will feel like you have gone back in time to a luxurious, late sixties Parisian salon with big hair, pink nails, and dry martinis. Open mic night is a wonderful safe space where talented artists of all types express themselves through poetry, song, and more! In addition, DJ Swaguerrilla plays great dance music until 2 am, and a manicure and martini is $10! Beauty Bar is located at 1444 W Chicago Ave, just southeast of Rays.


I particularly enjoy going out and getting rowdy with a drink or two… or maybe three on Tuesday nights. On Bluegrass Tuesday’s you can find local, rejuvenating and dance inducing Bluegrass performances. There are a couple spots that we here at Rays suggest you go. “Miles Over Mountains” plays at The Abbey Pub located at 3420 W. Grace Street, just northwest of Rays. Also, “The Mudflapps” can be found jamming out at the Red Line Tap, at 7006 N. Glenwood Avenue in East Rogers Park.

Aliveone is another groovy spot to get down on a Tuesday! Join the soul party to hear good old throwbacks like Michael Jackson and James Brown. Aliveone’s soul night offers a break from the repetitive pop music one would generally hear playing at a your ordinary bar. If I haven’t sold you yet, all the drafts are $2, and there are awesome Chicago brewed options (who doesn’t like cheap beer?). Aliveone is located in Lincoln Park, on 2683 N Halsted Avenue, and northeast of Rays.
During the summer, ChicagoPark District offers movies in the park on Tuesdays for free. This gives you an opportunity to see some old but good flicks on a big screen while lying in the grass. All are welcome. Check out the movie listings and park locations in the link below.


Have some laughs on "Hump Day" at Studio BE right off the Belmont Red, Purple, and Brown lines Wednesday nights! The event is called "Thunderdome", and clever, sarcastic, and funny comedians perform stand up and improv. There is a suggested donation of $3, and if you remember to get your hand stamped then you can get a free beer after at Trader Todd’s. Trader Todd’s is a karaoke bar a block away. Bring your friends, and BYOB to 3110 N Sheffield.

Room 13 is a super secret speakeasy! You’ll find a discreet alleyway entrance just to the left of the Old Chicago Inn on Sheffield and Belmont. Find the red-lit gate with the "RM-13" logo -- it'll be open starting at 8p. This speakeasy really is secret and you'll need the password to get in (or some wit!). It is home to old slot machines, prohibition era-style cocktails, and lots of dark, musty detail to make you really feel like you've stepped back in time. The technical address is 3222 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657.

While you're enjoying your night you should keep an eye out for any familiar faces! The staff at Ray's would be more than happy to take a shot of Malort with you. 
(awesome Chicago-mouthwash-tasting-wormwood liquor)

Also, keep watching out for the next blog update with our favorite weekend activities!