Take advantage of your Fourth of July travels as our city lights up your evening….
**July 3rd & July 4th: 9:30pm**
**July 6th: 10:15pm**
The fireworks are visible from the lakefront areas, so the beaches are a good bet to catch the show!
***Now’s the time to book your tickets & your rooms for live music outdoor summer fun…***
Behold, the best compilation of live household names & indie/DIY music perfomed in a sprawling Union Park every summer, Pitchfork Music Festival keeps getting bigger and better every year. 2013 is no different featuring the infamous R.Kelly, Bjork, and Belle & Sebastian.
St. Patrick’s Day Chicago 2013.
On March 17th, all guests of the hostel are invited to meet in the lobby at 8am as we go see the river dyed green and enjoy a few beers. Then we head down to see the St. Paddy’s Day Parade and enjoy a few more drinks. Want to sleep in, take a nap or lose us in the crowd? That’s fine! Meet back in the lobby at 2.30pm for an afternoon of pub crawling as we drink our way through the lovely Irish pubs of Lincoln Park.
Behold, the 34th annual Jazz Festival kicking off Aug. 30th and running through Sept. 2nd…
As it began in 1979, with a tremendous turn out of 50,000, this creative showcase exhibits jazz at its finest, read about the history here, & come to Chicago for the FREE fest.
More warm weather, more urban outdoor extravagance…
Get a taste of Chicago at The Taste of Chicago. The annual FREE fest of fests is back with a huge music lineup. Come experience 37 different food vendors, free music, and fun in beautiful Grant Park, July 11th-15th.
Hey music enthusiasts, the colossal annual indy festival: Pitchfork is nearly upon us, check us out for some of the lowest rates & best atmospheres for Chicago festival accommodations book with us right here…
Take a trip to Chicago & visit any of these popular festivals…
Grant Park hosts the FREE 29th Annual Chicago Blues Festival. The festival kicks off Friday June 8th at 11am and runs until June 10th, expect food & beverage vendors as well as a vast array of excellent blues musicians.
In need of cheap, accessible, social, yet modern accommodations in light of the upcoming music fests? Book with us for any of these upcoming events…
Yep, the ultimate indie fest in spacious Union Park bestows itself upon Chicago with another incredible lineup. Indulge in the 3 day excursion, or choose your favorite day to attend. Pitchfork Music Festival 2012 will surely impress any music enthusiast,outdoor fest fan, or lover of up & coming music. July 13th-15th.
The warm weather is already sinking in, we’re geared up for Spring, you should to, as we preview these upcoming events….
Get ready for Germany in Chicago kicking off May 31st-June 3rd for Chicago’s 18th annual Maifest. The event aims to cure cabin fever with beer, food and live music under giant tents in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square. Additional highlights include arts and crafts vendors, admission is FREE. See why this event has been voted best Chicago Festival back in 2009.
Come celebrate Chicago’s proud Mexican influence in a colorful explosion of music, a parade, vendors, and authentic food. The Cinco De Mayo Festival starts May 4th at 4pm and goes on until May 6th. Most art enthusiasts will love the cultural display of paintings, sculptures, and canvases on display/ for sale at this annual fest. 1401 S Sacramento Dr. in the historic Pilsen neighborhood.
Guess what? The city of Chicago closes off scenic Lake Shore Dr. every year so we can pedal across the beautiful lakefront highway, taking advantage of the giant paved expressway, and the aesthetically pleasing sights of the skyscrapers on the right, and Lake Michigan on the other side. Bike the Drive is a 15-30 mile non-competitive ride, and if you need a bicycle, we rent them for 30$ per day/ 20$ for half a day, right here at our hostel.
Hey party people. Check out the renowned Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival just north of our hostel in Lakeview. For just a $5 suggested donation you get a myriad of live performances, food & drink vendors, shopping oppurtunities and more. The 28th annual festival kicks off Memorial Day weekend, book with us now, and celebrate.
Thanksgiving in Chicago is a wonderful time of year with lot’s to do. There are advantages to being in a major metropolitan area on a holiday, in the suburban areas everything is closed and there is very little going on. The Chicago Getaway Hostel invites you to join us for the weekend and take in all of what the city has to offer.
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:
Hey, New York isn’t the only one with a Thanksgiving Day parade. Chicago puts on its own pretty great turkey day spectacular, thank you very much, and has done so since 1934. The State Street Thanksgiving Parade is attended by over 400,000 spectators and features over 100 participating “units”, including marching bands, floats, horses, drill teams, circus performers, and more.
The parade also features huge character balloons, some topping out at 50 feet tall. Previous years’ cast of balloon characters have included Elmo, the Pink Panther, the Cookie Monster, Popeye, Kermit the Frog, Bear in the Big Blue House, Strawberry Shortcake, Tom Turkey, Rudolph, The Nutcracker, Big Bird, Animal and Billy Blazes. Trust me that the people holding on to the long ropes tethering the balloons hope that the Windy City does not live up to its name on that day…
So if you’re fretting being in Chicago instead of NYC on Thanksgiving, head on down to the State Street Thanksgiving Parade, stand in front of the Macy’s, and you’ll never know the difference.
Where: State Street from Congress to Randolph
Time: The parade starts at 8:30 AM and is expected to last until 11AM
How: Take the “Red Line” from Fullerton to any of these stops: Jackson, Monroe or Washington
Dinner or Lunch Cruise:
Where: Odyssey Cruises| 600 East Grand Avenue | Navy Pier
Reservations: 1-866-305-2469 or by clicking here
Time/Price: 2PM, $54.90 for adults | 6PM. $69.90 for adults *prices subject to change
How: Take the “Red Line” from Fullerton to Grand and walk east towards Navy Pier.
Where: Century Centre Cinema
Time/Price: Click Here for Pricing and Showtimes
How: Walk out the front door of the hostel and swing a left and head east down Arlington Place. Take a right on Clark and follow Clark to Diversey, it’s on this corner that you’ll find the theater.