Wicked Wednesday: Haunted Seadog Speedboat Tours

Photo from beyondthepark.com

Photo from beyondthepark.com

Just one more day until Halloween! If you’re still looking for one last spooky thrill this October, head over to Navy Pier for a speedboat ride on the popular Seadog cruise.

A speedboat ride on Lake Michigan? What’s so scary about that?

It’s a haunted boat ride!

Join your ghoulish tour guide as you make your way along Lake Michigan, viewing Chicago’s spectacular skyline and bright city lights. But prepare to brace yourself as you experience “Chicago’s darker history with spine tingling tales of supernatural occurrences, moonlit mysteries, and infamous figures along the beautiful Chicago River,” the SeaDog website describes. Continue reading

Must see Monday: Soldier Field

Football season is in full swing, and if you’re looking for a game to attend in Chicago, make sure to catch a Chicago Bears

Soldier Field is a historic landmark, as well as home to the Chicago Bears Photo from marriot.com

Soldier Field is a historic landmark, as well as home to the Chicago Bears
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game at Soldier Field.

Located just off Lake Michigan, Soldier Field has been the home of the Bears since 1971, according to the Bears website. The previous 50 football seasons were spent at Wrigley Field.

Soldier Field first opened in 1924, and was then known as Municipal Grant Park Stadium. The stadium website states that the first game ever played there was a college football game as Notre Dame defeated Northwestern, 13-6 and was played in front of a sold-out crowd of roughly 45,000 people. Continue reading

Feedback Friday: The Billy Goat Tavern

If you enjoyed reading about Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs’ supposed “Curse of the Billy Goat, there’s no better place

A real goat wandered into the Billy Goat Tavern when it first opened, giving the restaurant its name. Photo from doyouremember.com

A real goat wandered into the Billy Goat Tavern when it first opened, giving the restaurant its name.
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to eat a meal in the Windy City than the Billy Goat Tavern.

This famous burger joint is located just below Michigan Ave., according to midwestguest.com, and has several other locations in the Chicago area, including Navy Pier.

According to the restaurant’s website, the original Billy Goat Tavern was established in 1934 by Sam Sianas, otherwise known as “the guy who wanted to bring his goat into Wrigley Field.” Sinais earned his nickname of “Billy Goat” when a stray goat wandered into his restaurant one night; it eventually became the unofficial mascot of the tavern.

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Wicked Wednesday: The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier

Halloween is rapidly approaching, so if you’re looking to do something spooky in Chicago, head over to Navy Pier and step inside the Fear Haunted House.

This award-winning haunted house was rated one of Haunted Attraction Magazine‘s 25 Must See Haunts for 2009, and voted Chicago’s #1 haunted house in 2008, according to the Fear Haunted House website.

What kind of evil lurks in this house of horrors? You’ll encounter clowns, zombies, werewolves, vampires and other monsters that are hungry for your blood, and have no intention of letting you leave. Continue reading

Must see Monday: Wrigley Field

Whether you’re a baseball fan or not, no trip to Chicago is complete without visiting Wrigley Field.

Nestled on the corner of Clark and Addison, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is the second-oldest stadium in

Wrigley Field is known for its old-time atmosphere Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Wrigley Field is known for its old-time atmosphere
Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Major League Baseball, just two years behind Boston’s Fenway Park. This historic ballpark will turn 100-years old during the 2014 baseball season.

Even though the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in 105-years, a visit to Wrigley Field feels like you’re going back in time to watch a baseball game back in the old days with its classic traditions. Continue reading

Feedback Friday: Deep Dish Chicago-Style Pizza

*Check back each Friday for a post on some of the best places to eat in Chicago!*

Chicago is home to arguably the pizza deep dish pizza you'll ever eat Photo from michiganavemag.com

Chicago is home to arguably the pizza deep dish pizza you’ll ever eat
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When it comes to food, Chicago is well-known for their irresistible deep dish pizza.

Wondering where to go for the best Chicago pizza? Sorry, but I can’t give you just one place; there’s too many! There’s so many pizza options to explore in the Windy City, but here’s a few to get you started:

Lou Malnati’s prides themselves with having a “buttery, flaky crust, sweet and tangy tomatoes, gooey mozzarella cheese, perfectly seasoned sausage, and other fresh ingredients,” according to their website. Each handmade pizza is made exactly the way you ask. Do you like Lou Malnati’s but don’t live in the Chicago area? Don’t worry, they will ship their pizza to you! That’s right, visit their website, and you can have a Lou Malnati’s pizza shipped anywhere in the United States! Where else can you find service like that?

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Wicked Wednesday: Boo! at the Zoo

Photo from czs.org

Photo from czs.org

Maybe “wicked” isn’t the best word to describe this Halloween event, but it is sure put a smile on everyone’s face!

If you’re looking for a non-scary halloween adventure, grab your little pumpkins, and head over to Brookfield Zoo for Boo! at the Zoo, located just 20 minutes from the heart of Chicago,

Participate in the Halloween costume contest Photo from nwitimes.com

Participate in the Halloween costume contest
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The Chicago Zoological Society sponsors this fun event the last two weekends of October each year to provide families with some Halloween fun. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 18, 19, 26 and 27, visit the Brookfield Zoo for this family-friendly event. Continue reading

Must see Monday: The Shedd Aquarium

Do you love animals and learning about their natural habitats? If so, the John G. Shedd Aquarium is a Chicago destination that the entire family is sure to enjoy.

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The Shedd Aquarium is one of the most popular places to visit in Chicago
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This beautiful aquarium is located just off the shore of Lake Michigan, and welcomes about two million visitors each year. While it may appear to be entertainment for tourists, the Shedd is a conservation leader as they set new standards for zoos and aquariums, according to their website.

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Events to see: Chicago Marathon

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Sunday, October 13, 2013 is the annual Chicago Marathon
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October 13,  a day many are anxiously waiting for. No, not because of the return of “The Walking Dead”, but because that is the day of the annual Chicago Marathon. According to the Marathon’s official website, people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries make the trek to Chicago each year to participate in one of the most famous marathons in world.

Chicago Marathon officials state that this race is one of the top in the country because of the city’s flat land and the scenic view the runners get as they make their way through some of Chicago’s most popular areas. Officials also noted that many amateur athletes participate in this race hoping to set new national and world records. Continue reading

Wicked Wednesday: Six Flags Great America Fright Fest

*I’m trying a new theme for the month of October called Wicked Wednesday. Each Wednesday until Halloween, I’ll post about a fun Halloween activity in Chicago to try.*

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The normally bright and happy theme park is transformed into a Halloween horror in October
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The Halloween season is in full swing now that it’s October. If you’re in the mood for a scare, Six Flags Great America Fright Fest is the perfect place for a screaming good time.

This nationally known theme park is located in Gurnee, Il., about 45 minutes from downtown Chicago. Yes, it’s a bit of a drive, but if you’re into the Halloween spirit, the short drive is worth it!

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