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Acn You Raed Htis? – Open Books Fights Illiteracy

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Last week our staff took the day off.  Well…sort of.  Instead of business as usual, we headed over to Open Books, just blocks from our hotel in downtown Chicago.  We picked a day to volunteer with our nonprofit partner at one of their regular Creative Writing Workshops. On a Mission Open Books provides these workshops […]

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5 Wonderful Winter Attractions in Chicago

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Whether you marvel at the beauty of nature in winter, enjoy basking in the holiday spirit, or you simply whisk from store to store with bags full of goodies, there are plenty of ways to celebrate winter and the holidays in downtown Chicago! We’ve compiled some of the best and most spectacular here: 1. Skating […]

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A First-Hand Experience with Lights Festival and Chicago

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It’s not every day you get to walk down the middle of the street on Michigan Avenue. Even less likely is that you get to do it twice in one day. But that’s exactly where I found myself last Saturday during the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. A few months ago I was hired at Best […]

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Open Books and Glee at This Year’s Revelry

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What’s The Deal? Imagine a night of wonderful food, conversation, cocktails and sophistication, and games and prizes. Now add to that a great nonprofit that’s benefiting from all the fun you’re having! That’s exactly what you’ll find at Revelry, Open Books’ largest annual fundraiser. Open Books, of course, is a nonprofit in our own neighborhood […]

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Where’s Wallace – Macy’s Magical Store

Wallace at Macy's Chicago

As a kid, I remember going to Marshall Fields on State Street in Chicago and how exciting and enchanting the store was during the holidays.  With this week’s trip to now-Macy’s on State Street, the store is honestly more magical than ever. Greeting you are reds and greens, golds and silvers, and bells and ribbons […]

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5 Ethnic Cuisine Restaurants To Make Your Mouth Water

If you’re visiting Chicago, the food is as much of a vacation experience as site-seeing. Sometimes you want Chicago-style deep dish or a dog, and sometimes you prefer your American classics. But we’ve covered both in earlier posts (“5 Great Family Restaurants in Chicago” and “Affordable Dining Chicago-Style“). For those visitors who are looking for […]

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Perfectly Packing Your Suitcase and Getting On Your Way

We’ve put together a straight-forward How To Pack Your Suitcase, as well as some useful travel info.  These tips are sure to save you time, money, and grief. PACKING 1. Know Your Weather. This may seem like a no-brainer, but you should pack for the specific forecast of your destination. In many places (especially Chicago), […]

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Green Oases in the Second City

Looking for things to do in Chicago? Chicago is known for skyscrapers, inspiring SNL skits (“Da Bears!”), and being a world-class city. But despite Chicago’s size, the city also hosts some very unique and often secluded green spaces. Of course there’s no shortage of parks in Chicago. But we’ve scoured this urban jungle and, without […]

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5 Great Tours in Chicago

This week we’ve compiled a list of 5 great tours for seeing Chicago!  These are all only minutes from our downtown hotel and each is sure to enrich your experience of visiting the Windy City.  Enjoy! 1.  Chicago Greeter. This tour is offered by the city, is customizable, and is absolutely FREE!  You simply contact […]

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Best Western Bookers & Chicago’s Open Books

Best Western River North, Downtown Chicago Hotel, Nonprofit Chicago

Our hotel, Best Western Plus River North, most recently celebrated September as National Literacy Month through our ongoing partnership with Open Books, a nonprofit organization in our own neighborhood aimed at promoting literacy in Chicago. Open Books is a used bookstore that utilizes its profits for providing creative writing field trips and literacy events.  They focus on improving children’s […]

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