Friday, July 22, 2016

This Weekend in Bucktown / Wicker Park and Chicago at large.

This weekend is going to bring the first real heatwave here to our neighborhood, so before you head out make sure you know where our neighborhood cooling stations are: Cooling Station Locations.

General Weekend Goods: 

Check out Estereo - Logan Square's newest hip bar by the same group resposible for the last hip bar - general first look rundown can be found at DNA info. It's a bit of a walk from Ray's, but doable, just bring a lot of water, we have a heat wave upon us.

Friday 7/22

Taste of River North: This runs through the weekend and is in most ways a classic Chicago street fest with cover bands, food vendors, and porta potties.

Grant Park Music Festival: The New world Symphony is in residence at the festival both Friday and Saturday night.

Saturday 7/23

Wicker Park Fest: Often voted the best street festival of the summer Wicker Park fest sets up only a mile from Ray's Bucktown Bed and Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday. They have a kids fest, arts, vendors, music, and plenty of "culture" - whatever they mean by that. definitely worth a visit, especially if 

Sunday 7/24

Recover! (but don't worry, our Sunday Eggs Benedict/Florentine special should help)


Monday, July 11, 2016

Rose All Day - Wine Bars in Chicago Near Us

The Monarch
Webster Wine Bar's Most Dusty & Delicious
Here at Ray's Bucktown Bed & Breakfast you might catch us enjoying the occasional Mimosa after breakfast service is over, using the all important vitamin C in orange Juice as an excuse. But we also love our summertime Chicago companion - Rose (who knows how to put an accent on Blogger???) and all wine really.

Chicago has a reputation as a beer-drinking-brat-eating Midwestern Hub of all things hoppy and meaty... but here are some of our favorite places in bucktown and neighboring hoods to down a little pinot:

Red & White
Webster Wine Bar - technically now in Logan Square after relocation, but definitely walkable - this is probably the best place to chill out with a great selection of impecable wines, and a friendly atmosphere close to home here at Ray's. Our manager likes this place so much she follows them on instagram...did we mention they lead viticultural expeditions???? (Wine vacations. yes)

Red and White - not a bar but one of the best wine stores in the country, and right on Milwaukee Avenue about a 10 minute walk from the B&B.

The Monarch - not technically a wine bar but has a decent list and nice gastropub atmosphere. Also resides in the heart of the Wicker Park / Bucktown Neighborhood on North Avenue.

A Few More "Honorable Mentions" a bit further away:

Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar  (Roscoe Village)
Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar  (Roscoe Village)
D.O.C. Wine Bar  (Lincoln Park) - ask for Justin!

Want to learn more about Rose wine? Check out this article by one of our favorite wine bloggers:
  A Guide to 10 Different Styles of Rose

And as always.... #stayatrays