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Fall Colors in Chicago

12 Nov

Here’s some spots to check out the Autumn colors around Chicago… Lincoln Park. Our hostel’s prized neighborhood park is Chicago’s largest park that contains plenty of fall foliage, including red maple, ash, birch, elm and other tree types. Take in the colors while on a jog or bike ride through. This park also contains the free Lincoln […]

Photography Tips

23 May
Signature Room (photograph by Maarten)

Chicago is a photogenic city.  Here are some ideas for really capturing the aesthetics of a unique environment… 1. Think: person, place, thing: This old definition of the use of a noun is a handy guide to a great vacation photo: the best travel photos will often be about all three of these.  For example, […]

Bike Chicago!

02 May
GiantBike (1)

why should you bike Chicago? – a beautiful 18 mile lakefront path. -Chicago is ranked in the top 10 in Best American Cities for Cycling. -we have brand new bikes for rent at the hostel. Whether you just want to admire the myriad of parks, beaches, trails, piers, harbors, and wildlife, or utilize the lakefront path as a […]

Chicago’s Lakefront Path

31 Jul

Behold the majestic lakefront path, an 18 mile stretch of parks, beaches, attractions, skyskrapers, and joggers & cyclists, just down the street from our hostel.  Whether you use it for biking, hiking, photographing, or a morning run, this aesthetic stretch will dazzle and not disappoint.

Best Chicago Parks

19 Apr

Amidst the skyscrapers, shops, eateries, & entertainment venues, Chicago has some beautiful park areas, check some of these out…   OZ PARK Behold, a charming park modeled after The Wizard of Oz, consisting of a walking/biking path, spacious grass & garden areas, under a 10 minute walk from our hostel.

Spring Events in Chicago

02 Apr

The warm weather is already sinking in, we’re  geared up for Spring, you should to, as we preview these upcoming events…. Mayfest! 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 […]

Winter Festivities in Chicago

21 Nov

Come see why we were voted #1 on for the month of October. In addition, Take advantage of these great events…. ZOOLIGHTS! Lincoln Park Zoo Zoolights is back & brighter than ever.  First off, the free zoo stays open late (5-9pm), and gets decked out with a fantastic light display.  This event is free and here are the […]

Ice Skating at Millennium Park

14 Nov

Enjoy Chicago’s Winter Wonderland with Ice Skating at Millennium Park.  Check out all of the details below! Title: Ice Skating at Millennium Park Location: Millennium Park Chicago Link out: Click here Description: Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park will open on Friday, November 18, 2011 and will remain […]

Alternative Things To Do In Chicago

30 Aug

Here’s some alternative ideas off the tourist’s radar…            Agility. Speed. Strength. None of these qualities will be of any use in the highly-competitive world of WhirlyBall. Although it combines lacrosse, hockey and basketball with bumper cars, WhirlyBall has caused great athletes of every stripe to laugh and holler their way […]