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.