November Events in Chicago

The weather in Chicago may be dropping, but the fun is just getting started! Chicago has a full calendar of fun events during the month of November, and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites via Time Out Chicago. Read on to find your own favorite new Chicago event!

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Mac and Cheese fest – Saturday, November 5

This cheesy event is back for its third year! Two, three-hour sessions will make up this event where guests can sample a number of mac and cheese dishes from local Chicago vendors. Vote for your favorite! General admission tickets include unlimited mac and cheese and five drink tickets. Visit the event’s website for more information.

Photo via SOFA Chicago.

Thursday, November 3 – Sunday, November 6: SOFA Chicago

Sculptures, objects, and functional art (SOFA) returns to Navy Pier this year as one of Chicago’s longest continually running art fairs. There are more than 80 galleries and deals featured and most of the items are available for purchase! A one day pass is $20 and a three day pass is $30 – talk about a bargain. Find more information on their website.

Photo via Chicago Mayor's Office.
Photo via Chicago Mayor’s Office.
Friday, November 18 – Friday, December 23 – Christkindlmarket
Chicago’s largest open-air market returns to Daley Plaza on Friday, November 18! Check out the market inspired by Nuremberg, Germany, a market founded in 1545, featuring iconic German items perfect for Christmastime. The event is free and open to the public and will have thousands of items available for purchase. Visit their website for more information.
Happy November!

Fly the Win, Cubs!

The Cubs play their fifth game tonight in the MLB Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The series is currently tied 2-2, so Game Five is crucial for the Cubs to clinch the win!

Chicago is definitely getting in the spirit of the series, especially because the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years!

We hope our guests and Chicagoans alike watch the game tonight – the first pitch will be thrown at 7:08PM CST.


Fly the W!

Pac-Man and the Hotel Industry

What do Pac-Man and the hotel industry have in common?  Apparently a lot, according to George Jordan, SVP of Operations at Oxford Hotels & Resorts and our General Area Manager.  George writes about the latest mergers and acquisitions in our industry in his latest column for Hotel News Now.

While the tourism industry was once booming with a variety of different companies and suppliers, it has now dwindled down to just a few major players gobbling up the competition.


Jordan writes, “In fact, the big brands read the writing on the wall quite a few years ago and telegraphed their intentions to the world. The internet had democratized the reservations eco-sphere because customers can now, with the click of a mouse, compare all hotels in a market, by location, quality, amenity and price. The telegraph read, “We’re protecting market share and have created a collection of unique independent hotels throughout the U.S. and the world that allows the discerning traveler more choice and still earn points.”

To read more about how the hotel industry has been affected by Pac-Man like metaphors, read this article in Hotel News Now.

And, given that election season is here, George also reminds us to get out and vote.  It doesn’t have a lot to do with Pac-Man but we agree – certainly important time to exercise that right.

Safe travels, all.