Friday, September 28, 2018

New Season, New Me

It’s been a maxin’, relaxin’ week here at Ray’s B&B. Temperatures are dropping; the jalapeño plant on the deck is in overdrive, trying to grow 15 peppers before the frost hits. We do love fall, but I find that I am always a little sad to see our busy, bright summer go. If you’re also feeling a bit of Jon Snow-dread that Winter is Coming, not to worry. Ray’s will remain cozy and pancake-ready no matter the weather, and there’s a bunch of fun, funky upcoming events around town that will keep fall fresh and exciting.            

This week two of our guests took a cooking class at Naveen’s Cuisine, right around the corner on North Avenue. They had a blast, and raved about how much they learned and how good their dish was. Naveen’s specializes in Indian and Thai cuisine, so definitely the place to go if you’re looking to spice things up- literally. 

A bit less literally, but still spicy, the Wild Party Variety Hour is a late-night cabaret show featuring risqué burlesque numbers, comedic slapstick, and who knows what else. Put on by the Silent Theatre Company on North Milwaukee Ave., if you’ve been curious about Adult Theatre, take the plunge and hit these artists up.       

Trying to pick up a new, healthy hobby this fall? The Chicago Marathon is right around the corner, Sunday October 7th. Have someone you know in the race? An app is available to track your favorite runner! Or, if a marathon is a little too wild for ya, Saturday, Sept. 27this the Bucktown 5k, a lovely little route along our neighborhood. It’s not too late to register, but if the thought of jogging makes you somewhat nauseous, try and steer clear of Bucktown that morning, parking might be a challenge. Lucky for you, the CTA Blue line has added new cars, making public transportation from Ray’s faster and more accessible than ever. 
Take the blue line a little further into Chicago for more out of the box activities, like the WNDR Museum, an art and science pop up in the West Loop. There’s a Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirror Room, Instagram-worthy installations, everything you need for a quirky contemporary art experience. 

The resemblance to Ray: uncanny.
If you’re more of a film buff, the Music Box Theatre is having a Universal Horror series Sept. 29th- Oct 28th, it’s never too early to get ready for Halloween. Or, if you’re looking for something a little tamer, the Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Festival is happening every weekend until October 28th. Bring the kiddos for some fall themed crafts and enrichment activities. It’s fall in Chicago, there’s a little something for everyone, whether at Ray’s or the Loop!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Fallin' for Chicago

We had a lovely Poodle, Frida, stay with us this week. Every time she walked through the building she would get a treat from Ray and pats from the staff. We were happy to spoil her with attention. Being a dog-friendly B&B has its rewards for us also!

The temperatures are dropping here in Chi-Town so guests are starting to utilize both our sauna and steam room. We joke that our sauna does not get used a lot in the summer because it’s the same as sitting outside. Although a summer steam does feel slightly more refreshing than the relentless outdoor humidity. These lower outdoor temperatures also create the perfect conditions for enjoying our rooftop deck, a regular jungle of plants and homegrown produce. On that note, if you need habaneros, we’ve got dozens of them. We’re getting too spicy over here at Ray’s. 

If you’re looking for other ways to spice up your life, besides in the vegetable department, the end of September is absolutely hip-happenin’ here in Bucktown and the greater Chicagoland. 

On Tuesday Sept. 25th, for those looking to explore the neighborhood, the 7thAnnual Wicker Park Bucktown Fall Dinner Crawl will give ticket holders a taste of nine different restaurants and bars in the area. In between dinner stops, the quirky guys from Bizarre Bucktown will lead patrons through micro-tours, so fun facts and food galore. 

If you’re looking for a little less eating, and a little more boozing, Goose Island Brewing Company is having their annual 312 Block Party on Friday Sept. 21st, and Saturday Sept 22nd. Beer, live music, and good wild company. 

Both the Wicker Park and Logan Square farmer’s Market are still in full swing for Sunday Sept. 23rd for all of your boutique farmer’s market needs.

Got kids? Saturday, Sept. 22ndis the 15thAnniversary Celebration Bubblespalooza, an all-day family fun zone with crafts, snacks, and kid-oriented entertainment.  

After the kids go to bed, check out the Gallery Cabaret, right down the street from the Ray’s. Live music, no cover every night. This place quite literally rocks. 

As always, this newfound fall weather makes old favorites like Cloudgate (the Bean) and Navy Pier, and the rest of Chicago particularly enjoyable. Double as always, Ray’s is here for all your fall bed and breakfast needs.