Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Ice Skating ~ How Romantic!

Weather you are visiting from a sunny state or from a fellow frozen friend - ice skating always a fun winter activity. So lace up your ice skates B&Bers - here is a list of the best rinks in the city!

Parson's Chicken and Fish - Aside from the delicious food and drink menu, this Logan Square restaurant is usually known for their sprawling summer-time patio. However, in the winter they transform the umbrelled area into an ice rink! Bring the family for fun and games.

Maggie Daley - This ribbon-style skating rink is a $12 ticket to fun! As its winds around a climbing wall (not open in winter) you will get views of the city, Millennium Park, and the lake.

Lincoln Park Zoo - A fun spot to skate around, this Chicago favorite is open all winter with skate rentals available!

The best way to warm up after a skate is to drink some hot cocoa (or tea, or coffee!) Here at Ray's Bucktown B&B we have warm drinks available to guests at all times.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Your Alternative To-Do List

Are you a night owl who craves more excitement than a corner bar? Or maybe what you're looking for is a quiet poetry night. Maybe you want to access your inner child and hit the arcade! The staff here at Ray's has compiled a list of our favorite out-of-the-box spots for a good time.

Subterranean - Show casing the best in Chicago talent, this wicker Park music venue is a spot to check out.

Filter Cafe - If you love poetry and are looking for an open mic night, be sure to check out this quaint coffee shop in Wicker Park.

Emporium - This grown up arcade has everything from Mrs. Packman to pool. The impressive beer secretion will guarantee that your night is worth it.

Slippery Slope - Located across the street from Emporium, this after-hours dance bar is the hottest spot to shake your tail feather!

Danny's Tavern - This local spot ranges from dive bar to dance bar.

iO Comedy - Improv Olympic is the silly little brother to Chicago's famous Second City comedy theater.

Don't worry if you are more of a home-body! Ray's Bucktown B&B has a plethora of board games, books, and snacks available at all times to guests. Not to mention free Wifi and TVs in every room!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Comfort Food

Winter is here! For some this is a blessing, for some, a curse. Either way comfort food is a necessity for surviving a Chicago winter. Here are a few of our favorite cozy spots to fill your belly.

Scofflaw - Don't be fooled, this is more than a cocktail bar. The fire places and bar menu full of chicken pot pies and french fries will transport you to a warm and cozy safe haven. 
Honey Butter Fried Chicken - This hip and tasty joint will drive your tastebuds wild and keep you warm.
Longman And Eagle - Paul McGee, a Chicago mixologist is behind the delicious drinks and this Michelin starred restaurant. 
Owen and Engine - This British gastropub is worth it.
Table, Donkey and Stick - This low key Logan square spot serves traditional food from the Alps, so you know it's gonna warm you right up.

Comfort food can fill you up, but who wants to throw away the deliciousness? Take a doggy bag home to Ray's Bucktown B&B and feel free to store it in our fridge, or in the personal mini fridge in your room!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Cozy Diners

If you are from out of town and craving the comfort of a juicy burger and fries this winter, head to a diner! Few things can top the familiar experience of sipping hot chocolate in a cozy diner as the snow falls. 

Corner Stone Cafe - Located at the corner of Elston and Western, this family owned business is a neighborhood staple. 
Cozy Corner - This Logan square hotspot attracts people from all over the city!
The Chicago Diner - Vegetarians rejoice! This vegetarian diner serves up the best of the best!
Fullerton Restaurant - Try the Fullerton Skillet and you won't be dissapointed
Walker Bros. Pancake House - A classic Chicago spot, this pancake house has the cozy atmosphere you are looking for.

Before you race out the door to grab a bite, remember that Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast serves fresh, cooked to order breakfast every morning starting at 7 am! Sleep in as late as you want, we keep the kitchen open until you have eaten. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Good Ole' Cup A Jo

Everyone loves a good cup of coffee. No muss, no fuss, here are our favorite spots:

Bang Bang Pie Shop - Stop in here for a cozy cup, but bring your appetite because the biscuits and pie are to-die-for.
Red June - Just three blocks away from Ray's, guests love this spot!
Ipsento - The best sandwich in town.
La Strada - Your classic neighborhood spot.
CC Ferns - This boozy coffee joint serves everything from cappuccinos to whiskey and creme. (You can also purchase a nice cigar!)
Gaslight Coffee Roasters - Hip and to-the-point, this Logan Square joint is a classic.

But don't forget about the complimentary coffee we have in the kitchen at Ray's Bucktown B&B all day-every day.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sports, Beers, Chicago

If you're in Chicago at anytime during the holiday season, you know how seriously Chicago takes it's Hawks and Bears. Why not join the fun in an authentic and jovial way at one of the best sports bars in town!

The Anthem - This place might be heaven...they stuf the hamburgers with velveeta cheese!
Game 7 - If you are rooting for the Colts then this is the bar for you!
Ed And Jean's - The classic Chicago dive, this place is not dressed to impress but will hit the game time spot!
Boulevard Sports Lounge - A little more dressed up than some of it's competitors, this bar is rooting for the win!
The Corner Bar - Right down the street from Ray's Bucktown B&B, this dive bar is a homey, comforting beacon that will make you feel right at home, no matter who you're rooting for!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hot Chocolate in Bucktown

Mindy Segal, a chicago pastry chef, had a dream (a very chocolatey dream.) She wanted a restaurant that focused on the best part of the meal, dessert. Her restaurant, Hot Chocolate is just that, and while you can enjoy a nice brunch, lunch or dinner there, the dessert is what you come for. Try the "OG Doughnuts", chocolate souffle, or of course, the Hot Chocolate.

Mindy's Hot Chocolate is less than a mile away from Ray's Bucktown B&B! Try our savory breakfast, made cooked to order, than head to Mindy's for dessert!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Halloween Week In Wicker Park!

Chicago is a great place to spend Halloween, and we love Wicker Park! Here is a list of some activities to guarantee a spooky good time.

A Haunted House - On Friday, October 23, head to Pulaski Park for a spooky good time! $10 entry fee.

Boo Palooza - A free, all ages event in Wicker Park from 10 am - 2 pm. Everything from a pumpkin patch to bobbing for apples will be happening, with highlights like a children's costume parade at 11, and a dog's costume parade at 12.

Pumpkin Carving Party -  Come to High Noon in Wicker Park on Thursday, October, 29, to participate in a free pumpkin carving party. Pumpkin inspired beers will be the center of attention on the draft list.

A Freakin' Halloweekend -  For only $10 on Friday, October 30, and Saturday, October 31, come to High Noon in Wicker Park to see all of your 80's favorites covered by local Chicago bands.

Ray's Bucktown B&B - Last but not least, we will have our own Halloween party! Complete with spooky treats made by our staff, decorations and a movie, we will open our doors to trick-or-treaters and celebrate the holiday in our own, fun, and quirky way.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

SPOOKY! in Wicker Park

Tomorrow night (October 18th, 2015) at the Actor's Studio in Wicker Park, catch a free screening of The Haunting. 

In an old New England house believed to be haunted, an ESP researcher enlists the help of two mediums to join the skeptical owner in the hopes they can learn more about the source of the house's evil reputation. From the moment they walk through the door, things take a turn for the worse. Make sure your seat is comfortable because you'll be spending most of this nail-biting movie seated on its edge. Starring Emmy and Tony-winner Julie Harris (TV's "Knots Landing," "Gorillas in the Mist"), Claire Bloom ("Crimes and Misdemeanors") and Oscar-nominee Russ Tamblyn ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Peyton Place"). Directed by Academy Award-winner Robert Wise ("The Sound of Music," "West Side Story," "Star Trek - The Motion Picture"). Leonard Maltin gives it 3 1/2 stars and warns, "Don't see this one alone!"

Head over to 2040 North Elston at 8pm.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Welcome to the Neighborhood BAOCOS!

BAOCOS:  [bow-kohz] A fusion of words meaning tacos, Bao buns and much more.  Fresh fusion of foods and flavors through house made pressed-to-order tortillas and Asian Bao bread made into delectable steamed tacos.  With proteins that are fire cooked daily, this is going to be a hard one to resist!

Located across the street from the Western Blue line "El" station, Baocos is only a ten minute walk from Ray's Bucktown B&B. Which means after a long day of exploring Chicago, you can conveniently take the train home, and grab a delicious protein snack on the way.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Banana Split!

Three scoops of ice cream. Whipped cream. Nuts. And a river of rich, bittersweet hot fudge. To many, that's heaven in a white clamshell dish. A venerable Chicago institution known far and wide, Margie's Candies has delighted young and old with our homemade sundaes, shakes and hand-dipped candies for more than 90 years. 

Located a short ten minute walk away from Ray's Bucktown B&B, a good ice cream Sundae is never out of the question when staying at Ray's!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy Fluffernutter Day!

Today is National Fluffernutter Day! A Fluffernutter is a sandwich consisting of marshmallow fluff and peanut butter spread on your favorite bread. Delicious! In honor of National Fluffernutter Day, we will have it as our breakfast special.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hot Dog Institution Resurrected By Local Fried Chicken Restaurant

Hot Doug's was a Chicago staple, until they closed their doors a year ago. After mounting the loss of our beloved hotdog shop, known for it's duck fat fries and creative combos, local business, Honey Butter Fried Chicken has decided to pay tribute to the institution with a sandwich. "The Doug Sohn" will feature fried chicken with Green River pickled shallots, Half Acre beer mustard, celery salt, pickled Fresno peppers, and cherry tomatoes on a poppy seed bun. The sandwich will make it's debut on October 4th, and $1 of the $8 sandwich will be donated to The Shriver Center.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken is located in Logan Square, the neighborhood right next to Ray's Bucktown B&B

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ray's Bucktown B&B Loves Dogs!

Did you know that Ray's Bucktown B&B is dog friendly? Arista, a Bouvier des Flandres rescue pup is a guest this week, and in her honor we have compiled the best dog-friendly activities for the summer in Chicago.

Red Door -  American fare with an A+ beer list
Parson's Chicken and Fish - Fried chicken and fish with summer cocktails
90 Miles Cuban Cafe - Cuban food with occasional live music and dancing
Bang Bang - Pie, biscuits, brunch
Big Star - Tacos, margaritas, and a young crowd in this popular Chicago spot
Lula Cafe - Trendy brunch and mimosas
Pizza House 1647 - Pizza.

The 606 - An old rail line has been turned into a brand new park for the city. Runs along Bloomingdale Ave from Ridgeway Ave to Ashland St, with entrances staggered every few blocks.
Montrose Dog Beach - Get a tan while your pooch splashes in the waves
Humbolt Park - Amazing park about a mile away complete with a pond, running trails, food trucks, and ducks!
Logan Square Farmer's Market - Your typical farmer's market

Friday, October 2, 2015

A Boozy Taco Bell Comes To Wicker Park

Taco Bell has opened a new restaurant in Wicker Park, but it is unlike any other Taco Bell you have seen. This Taco Bell will serve booze, unlike any other Taco Bell in the country! With an A+ location in the middle of the Wicker Park bar scene, this boozy taco joint is sure to get some late night attention. So next time you stay at Ray's Bucktown B&B, make sure you head on over to check out this epic version of Taco Bell!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One Last Call for Chicago's Navy Pier's Ferris Wheel

If you haven’t yet taken a ride on Navy Pier’s iconic Ferris wheel, act quickly.The symbolic ride is set to close for good on September 27th, this coming weekend. As a farewell gift, the pier is offering free rides from 10 pm to 10 am Sept. 26-27, followed by a massive fireworks show to commemorate its tenure. The closing will also include “Last Ride, First Bite,” a food tasting event featuring free bites from restaurants on the Pier from 1-4pm both Saturday and Sunday. 
But if you won't be in town, already have plans, or just aren't ready to ride, have no fear! The Pier will unveil a brand new, 196-foot-tall wheel in 2016, and they’ll begin construction on the larger structure this fall. The new wheel is unlike any other in the U.S., as it features two-sided cars, TV screens, and speakers. 

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Renegade Craft Fair is coming to Chicago (Wicker Park)

You know you've made it in the Maker community when you start selling at Renegade Craft Fair, the leading event in the DIY movement showcasing the brightest talents from hand stitched leather bags, to granola bars, to furniture. RCF was started in 2003, and continues to travel across the country showcasing work in New York, San Francisco, LA, Austin, Portland, London, Seattle, and of course, Chicago. This free event is perfect for a day with the family, friends, or solo adventuring (you can even bring Fido!)

From 11-6 on September 19 & 20th, head to Division between Damen and Paulina to check out the impressive list of local vendors, traveling merchants, and craftsmen and women. (Who knows, maybe a few of these traveling makers will be staying with us!) 

Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast is a short, ten minute walk from the Western Blue Line "L" stop, which is just one stop away from the Damen Blue Line "L" stop, where the fair is located.

Oh My, Apple Pie!

It's apple pie season! Here in Bucktown, we celebrate this glorious time of year by gathering in Senior Citizens Memorial Park on Sunday, September 20th, and seeing who can bake the best, most flakey crusted, cinnamon dusted, filling-bursting-out-in-all-the-right-ways, apple pie. It used to be a contest, but now we just party (because all apple pie is created equal.)

The Bucktown Apple Pie Party  will start at 2 pm and go until 5 pm. Senior Citizens Memorial Park is right around the corner from Ray's Bucktown B&B, so the air will be filled with the old fashion scent of apple pie all weekend. Who can resist that?

Monday, September 14, 2015

Looking to get a little culture? On Friday, September 18th, at 6:30 the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is putting on a free concert in Millennium Park. In celebration of 125 years of music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will play Beethoven's dramatic and beautiful Leonore Overture No. 3 in the Jay Pritzker Pavillion.

Find out more here.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Wicker Park Gets Crafty

You know you've made it in the Maker community when you start selling at Renegade Craft Fair, the leading event in the DIY movement showcasing the brightest talents from hand stitched leather bags, to granola bars, to furniture. RCF was started in 2003, and continues to travel across the country showcasing work in New York, San Francisco, LA, Austin, Portland, London, Seattle, and of course, Chicago. This free event is perfect for a day with the family, friends, or solo adventuring (you can even bring Fido!)

From 11-6 on September 19 & 20th, head to Division between Damen and Paulina to check out the impressive list of local vendors, traveling merchants, and craftsmen and women. (Who knows, maybe a few of these traveling makers will be staying with us!) 

Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast is a short, ten minute walk from the Western Blue Line "L" stop, which is just one stop away from the Damen Blue Line "L" stop, where the fair is located.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Danke Schoen, Ray!

If you find yourself in Chicago the weekend of September 11th, you might be lucky enough to sneak in a trip to Germany as well. Starting at 8pm on the 11th, Lincoln Park will hold it's annual German-American Festival.

Complete with food, beer, and a parade a-la-Ferris Bueller's-Day-Off, this festival is not one to miss. Located at Western and Leland, this free festival is only a ten minute drive from Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Go Out And Relax With A Movie

If you want to spend the night enjoying a movie, but not miss out on the final few weeks of this nice weather, check out the Wicker Park Movies In The Park events. Wicker Park is only a short walk from Ray's Bucktown B&B and enjoying a movie and the outdoors can be a great way to wind down from the day.

On Thursday September 3rd, there will be a screening of The Final Cut, a movie starring Robin Williams set in a world where memory implants are possible, one man has the power to edit people's memories. The movie will start at dusk, but make sure to pack a picnic and get there early.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Music Mondays: Come to the Cabaret!!

Although a genuine cabaret can be hard to find in a modern city, Chicago is alive with talent. Nestled on a street corner in the Wicker Park neighborhood is Davenport's, a piano bar known for its varied acts and awesome cocktails. The performers range from Andrea Marcovicci, a sinatra-like singer, to Matt Yee, an ivy educated lawyer turned singer. (You can download his music here.)

Chicago night life has so much to offer, it can often be hard to choose what to do each evening. No matter what it is that you are looking for, Ray's Bucktown B&B is an affordable and friendly option to enjoying your time in Chicago.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Chicago Dancing Festival

In 2006, Lar Lubovitch, a Chicago native, and internationally renowned choreographer, joined up with Jay Franke, an esteemed dancer also from Chicago, and decided to gather some performers and put on a show. It was one free performance at Millennium Park, where seven companies from across the country took the stage, and turned out an attendance of eighty five hundred people.

It was the beginning of the Chicago Dancing Festival, which nine years later, is still going strong every summer. This year, there will be more than five companies in attendance including the Lar Lubovich Dance Company, The Kate Weare Company, and The Hubbard Street Dancers.

You can catch the festival in various locations around Chicago starting Tuesday, August 25:

Tuesday August 25: Opening Night Celebration, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, August 26: Modern Women, Museum of Contemporary Art, 8:00 pm
Thursday, August 27: Dancing at the Harris, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 7:30
Friday, August 28: 2015 Chicago Dancing Festival Gala, Museum of Contemporary Art, 5:30
Saturday, August 29: Dancing Under The Stars, Jay Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, 7:30

Find out more here and here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Music Mondays: Child Pianists Make Their Mark at Millennium Park

"Music makes life better. It heals, unites and inspires, and it makes us better people."
                  -Lang Lang

The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was started in 2008 by Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist who has traveled the world with leading orchestras, but wanted to share his gift with the next generation of musicians. Lucky for Chicago, there will be a free show at the Pitzker Pavilion on August 23, at 4pm, when the Lang Lang International Music Foundation joins up with the Midwest Young Artists for their annual collaborative summer concert. 

This evening of music celebration will not only have a preformance by the Midwest Young Artist Symphony Orchestra, but seven young pianists, hand picked by Lang Lang will preform works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Prokofiev, and more.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bucktown Arts Fest

Buck town Arts Fest is just around the corner! This free, two day festival located on Oakley and Lyndale, is a neighborhood tradition celebrating everything from painting to textiles, jewelry to music, and of course; food! The event is a perfect day to not only get the family together and see some art, but to support the community. All proceeds go straight to fund, develop and support arts education in Bucktown and Wicker Park.

The festival is on August 29 & 30, from 11 am - 7 pm. You can visit the Bucktown Arts Fest website, or check out the Holstein Park website for more information.

Friday, August 14, 2015

When you think of Lobster, Chicago isn't necessarily the place that comes to mind. But on August 15th and 16th if you head down to Navy Pier, you can catch The Great American Lobster Fest! Fresh sea food,  melted butter, and Navy Pier, what more can you ask for? How about live music! The impressive line up includes Band Called Catch, Honey and the 45s, and Cowboy Jukebox with The Original Wailers as the headliner.

Tickets run between $29 - $39, and you can find them on their website:

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Broadway In Chicago (AND IT'S FREE!)

When the subject of Broadway comes up, it is often in context of a decadent evening for two, filled with pricey seats and a lavish dinner. But fear not, theater-loving-parent-of-three-on-a-budget! As a celebration of the 15 year anniversary, on Monday, August 17th, there will be a free summer concert showcasing the best Broadway In Chicago has to offer. 

Held at the Pitcher Pavilion in Millennium Park, with cast performances from The Lion King, Newsies, Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story on Stage, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Beautiful-The Carol King Musical, and more, this free, one night exclusive performance is the perfect way to get your Broadway fix without breaking the bank!

Find out more here, here, and here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chow Town

Lollapalooza is just around the corner, and those who attend this music haven in downtown Chicago not only will witness a weekend of live performances by some of the most popular bands, but will get a local flavoring of Chicago's finest foods of the moment.

Graham Elliot, a celebrity chef based in Chicago has put together Chow Town, a festival within a festival that showcases Chicago's best foods from the nationally loved classics like Lou Malnati's Pizza, to local favorites like Dark Matter Coffee. Here is a list of some of the favorites from the crew at Ray's:

Harris Ice
Harris Ice:
Temperatures are going to hit the nineties this weekend, and with all the movin' and shakin' that happens at Lollapalooza, you're going to want to cool off. Satisfy your inner child with a snow-cone from local favorite Harris Ice. The company has been running out of Garfield Park for nearly forty five years, and is still going strong with flavors like Blue Raspberry, Coconut, Lime, and Tamarindo.

Leghorn Chicken
Leghorn Chicken:
It is often said that a festival is a marathon, not a race. In order to see every show, beat the heat, and keep your energy up, you're going to want some serious protein. Leghorn Chicken is a Ukrainian Village sandwich shop that specializes in supporting local farms and serving delicious food. The Original Fried Chicken Sandwich is a classic.

Owen + Alchemy Cold-Pressed Juice
Owen + Alchemy:
This juice apothecary shop packs in the vitamins to keep you going. With vegetarian/gluten free mixes like kale-spinach-apple-lemon and watermelon-mint-cucumber-ginger, there is no excuse for anyone to skip out on their vitamins this weekend!

Publican Quality Meats
Publican Quality Meats:
The Publican is a Chicago staple, and Publican Quality Meats is the hip offspring that reaches meat lovers of all ages. Try the Jalapeño Cheddar Bratwurst to kick your tastebuds into gear, or grab a Beer Bratwurst to compliment your red solo cup.

Friday, May 1, 2015

 ~ A Farmers Market Guide ~ 

A farmers market is a place where farmers sell their products directly to consumers. You can find super fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheeses, honey, and there will be non food venders as well. There is generally a large selection of organic foods. Farmers markets are a great way for farmers to get good prices for their productes and also a great place for consumers and producers to forge relationships and exchange information.
Farmers Market Tips:

1. Learn what grows in your area, and in which season it grows. You can talk to the farmers about what will be coming to market in upcoming weeks.

2. Go early or go late, because markets get super busy and you will have the most choices and the least crowdedness early on. If you go late you will often be able to take advantage of lowered prices.

3. Bring a backpack and cash (small change), because bringing your own bag is eco friendly, and oftentimes the bags the venders offer are flimsy. Most venders will only take cash, and transactions will go easier and faster if you have the right amount of money.

Close to Ray's,the Wicker Park Farmers Market starts on June 14th and ends October 25th.

Located at 1425 N. Damen Ave.

Take a look at some of the venders -->here


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Revolution Brewing Company is a delicious craft brewery located just a mile away. Every year they come out with at least 50 new beers, and they have a nice restaurant with tasty inventive food as well.

Coming up soon is the jive and drink event by Revolution with Mucca Pazza, the eclectic punk rock marching band from Chicago.
April 20 at 8:30pm  
2323 N. Milwaukee

Revolution also brings in top researchers to lecture about evolution in a unique series.
Upcoming topics:
Microbes- April 22, 6:30pm
Ecosystems- April 29
Cities- May 6
$18 Tickets include beer and snacks
2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bicycling Around Chicago

Chicago has a reputation as one of the best large cities in the U.S. for bicycling. In Chicago there are currently more than 200 miles of on-street protected bike lanes, and many miles of off-street paths as well. The 18.5-mile Lakefront trail is a favorite place to bike in the summer.
Whether you need to acquire a bike, rent a bike or  fix up your old ride, there are lots of options near Ray's.

Our neighbors, West Town Bikes offer bike building classes and they also have an open shop night. 2459 W. Division St.

 BFF Bikes offer training rides, clinics and an all-women racing team in addition to a selection of bikes! 2113 W. Armitage

Village Cycle, named Chicago's "best" bike shop, has a complete inventory of Trek bikes, incredible service,quality and pricing.
1337 N. Wells

Some other shops nearby:
1527 N. Ashland

1900 W. North

1375 N. Milwaukee  

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What is Passover?
The Jewish 8 day spring festival. It commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. By following the rituals of Passover, Jews have the ability to experience and relive the freedom gained by their ancestors.
It is traditional to gather on the first two nights for a "Seder".This is a special dinner where the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold.

Nearby, the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Bucktown & Wicker Park is holding a public Seder on April 3 at 6:45pm.
Find out more --> Here
(1630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647)
Adult $45 
Student/Child $20

Tip: Right on Damen Ave, Goddess and the Grocer has Passover food catering available!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Explore Chicago's Easter Egg Hunts(one for dogs too!) 
$2 -Flashlight Egg Hunt at Sheridan Park March 27 8-10pm

Free- Walk just a block away for an egg hunt at Senior Citizens Memorial Playlot Park March 28 10am-12pm

$7 -Have lunch with the Bunny at Mayfair Park. There will also be face painting, music and photos. 
March 28 12pm-2pm 

$10 -There will be a Doggie Egg Hunt at Horner Park. Dogs will receive a bandana, hunt for treat filled eggs, and join in a bonnet parade. Photos with the bunny will also be available. 
April 4 10am-12pm

FREE -Bring your children to Loyola Park to search for eggs, and meet Mr. Hippity Hop, a giant white rabbit. April 4 11am-12pm

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Here are some amazing venue options for an upcoming wedding. They are all closeby to Ray's!

*Humboldt Park Boat House --> Click Here

*The Den Theatre --> Click Here

*Logan Auditorium --> Click Here

*Wicker Memorial Park Banquet Halls --> Click Here

*Saint Hedwig Catholic Church --> Click Here

*Stan Mansion --> Click Here

*Greenhouse Loft --> Click Here

*Logan Square Auditorium --> Click Here

!Congratulations to Desiree and Heather on their upcoming weddings!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Near Ray's!

*Stan's Donuts & Coffee: 
Dulce de leche, captain crunch, peanut butter and fresh banana are some of the flavors you will be able to experience at Stan's. With the recent nice weather you can even walk right over there to satisfy your donut cravings! They also offer coffee, and $.25 of every donut sold will benefit Un86'd, a charity that aids restaurant professionals in need. 
1560 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL

*Glazed and Infused: 
This is a single take-out window outpost of a small local chain serving creative housemade donuts. Bacon and maple syrup, creme brûlée & blackberry cheesecake are only a few of the creations they have for sale. After a night at the Double Door next door, walk on by for a late night snack. They are open on Saturday and Sunday until 2am!
1576 N. Milwaukee

Fun Fact: Donuts have been around for so long that archaeologists keep turning up fossilized bits of what looks like donuts in prehistoric Native American settlements.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

10th Anniversary Bash!

~10th Year Anniversary Bash~

As we celebrate our 10th year in the Wicker Park/Bucktown neighborhood we would like to invite everyone to our anniversary celebration, Saturday March 7th from 2-8pm! Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of food from Tapenade to Baby Back Ribs, as well as a chance to enter a raffle to win a free night's stay.

Feel free to BYOB.

Exciting: We now have custom buttons :)

The story behind our Ray-morphing-into-goat poster:
Chicago has the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, and during the early 20th century, what is now known as Bucktown was a prominent Polish neighborhood.  Residents would leave their goats in their yards, and since a male goat is called a "buck" the area became know as Bucktown.
Every year the Bucktown Art Fest Committee creates a poster to commemorate that year's fest, all of which have become collectibles.  Keeping in line with that tradition, Ray wanted to celebrate our tenth anniversary by crafting a poster of our own.

Posters will be available free of charge at the party.

 Art Galleries near Ray's 
 Wicker Park/Bucktown area

Barely Committed to Three Dimensions
Featuring abstract paintings by Rebecca Shore.
open till March 7
1120 N. Ashland, 3rd fl

A group show marking the fifth anniversary of the artist-run gallery. Featuring artists include Lauren Clay, Sabrina Ott, Evan Roberts, Josh Reames & Ben Sanders.
open till March 29
1542 N. Milwaukee, 3rd fl

Paintings and drawings by the artist himself.
open till March 14
2124 N. Damen

Expressionist Portraits

Lithographs by World War II-era printmaker Eleanor Coen.
open till March 7
1120 N. Ashland, 3rd fl