Happy Chicagoween!

October is right around the corner and with it comes one of Chicago’s most beloved fall traditions. Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington St.) transforms into “Franken Plaza” from October 28-30, complete with hay rides, a Monster Bash, treat-or-treating, pumpkin crafts, a farmer’s harvest market and more. Franken Plaza is open from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., but closes at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Be sure to catch a spooktacular performance by the Midnight Circus (view their schedule here) and the screening of the classic, Beetlejuice, on Friday at 5:50 p.m. Admission is free; for information on public transportation please visit the CTA’s website.

Oktoberfest in Chicago

As fall swings in, so do some of Chicago’s finest events. Oktoberfest will be making its 8th annual appearance in the Lakeview neighborhood at 3000 N. Lincoln Ave. There will be a $5 donation collected at the front gates where all the proceeds will be going to St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church founded by German immigrants in 1882. Bring you appetite and get ready to quench your thirst  from September 23: 5p.m.- 10p.m., September 24 11 p.m. – 10 p.m., September 25 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Along with the delectable homemade food and beer gardens will be many German bands performing live throughout the day. “Kinderfest,” or the children’s activities, will take place at 11a.m. on Sunday. The Belmont Subway station has both red and brown line trains and the 145 CTA bus will provide transportation for festival goers. So grab your favorite Lederhosen and get ready to polka the day (and night) away!

Namaste

Don’t miss out on the last month of Yoga at Lincoln Park Zoo! Meditate and enjoy the Chicago skyline as your back drop while you stretch to perfection. The class takes place Thursdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9-10 a.m at the Nature Broadwalk Peoples Gas Pavilion (located at the Farmhouse when weather does not permit). Classes are designed to target beginners and intermediate yogis. CTA 151 and 156 bus routes stop directly at the zoo on Stockton Drive. Make sure to bring your own mat and water while you perfect your downward dog!

Click here to register for adult yoga.

Remembering 9/11

At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001 the first hijacked plane struck the World Trade Center’s north tower; at 9:03 a.m. the second plane hit the south tower as the world watched it live on television in utter horror. The tragedy continued as a third plane struck The Pentagon at 9:38 a.m. and the heroes of Flight 93 sacrificed their lives, preventing the plane from crashing into another heavily populated site. A day that has been etched into our minds and left a scar in our hearts reaches its ten-year anniversary.

Can you remember where you were on this fateful day? The ten-year anniversary of 9/11 allows us the opportunity to look back and remember a moment in our lives we will never forget. The fires at Ground Zero burned for 99 days, leaving a smoldering reminder of what once was. We would like to thank the men and women that risk their lives everyday in order to keep our country safe. Our hearts go out to those families that are mourning the death of a loved one or a fallen solider from the events of 9/11.

Chicago’s Redline Project relives 9/11 from the perspective of a fireman, Red Cross volunteer, journalist and many more. For ten unique stories, please check out the Redline Project: 10 Remember 9/11.

Happy Labor Day!

The last official weekend of summer is upon us and we can’t believe it’s already here! We’ve had a wonderful summer thus far in Chicago with beautiful sun-drenched days and balmy summer nights. What are your plans for this Labor Day weekend? Stretching out your summer fun for one last time? Monday marks the last day of the 2011 Chicago beach season so be sure to take advantage of the city’s 26 miles of lakefront for your last hurrah.

PS: For those of you curious on the origins of Labor Day, according to the United States Department of Labor, “Labor Day constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.” (source) Enjoy this years Labor Day festivities everyone!