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Fall in Love with Chicago this Season

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

The cool air has arrived, pumpkin spice lattes have hit the menus in Starbucks and we’re almost to boot wearing weather. When thinking of the million ways to celebrate and quite literally, fall, in love with Chicago this autumn, we found the following list by Leah Pickett of WBEZ 91.5 and her 30 things to do in Chicago this fall.

Here are some of our favorites from Leah’s list:

Windy City Wine Festival, Sept. 6-7

Wine connoisseurs, rejoice! The 9th year of the Windy City Wine Fest, presented by U.S. Bank, will bring samples of over 345 different wines from all around the world, alongside food pairings from some of the city’s best restaurants. Meet at Buckingham Fountain for demonstrations from local chefs and expert-led wine pairing seminars.


Design Harvest Festival Sept. 28-29

Chicago’s annual street festival celebrating home design will feature a myriad of local vendors and antique collectors,  as well as family hay rides, pumpkin painting to raise money for a local elementary school, square dancing, cold beer, delicious food and live music programming from The Hideout.


Hubbard Street: Fall Series, Oct. 10-13

The incredible Hubbard Street dancers have a hot ticket for Chicago audiences this year: a diverse and exciting program from choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams, Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek and Alejandro Cerrudo that will feature nods to Michael Jackson, the Paris Opera and “Flashdance.”


Bank of America Chicago Marathon, Oct. 13

If you’re not running that day, bring a sign and cheer on your friends! The marathon has Two Waves that start at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively, so bring that double-shot pumpkin spice latte with you to the start line.


Vintage Garage, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20

Uptown’s Vintage Garage, the only monthly flea market in Chicago, presents the best vintage and antique dealers under one roof every third Sunday from April to October. Don’t miss your chance to attend the last two shows of the season: “Vintage Art” on Sept. 15 and “Record Ramp” with the Chicago Independent Radio Project (CHIRP) on Oct. 20.


Search for the best cider.

‘Tis that time of year. For the hard cider fans: Sprout, SmallBar, The Grafton Pub and Kuma’s Corner all have excellent selections.


Beer Hoptacular, Nov. 8-9

Attend Chicago’s Fourth Annual Beer Hoptacular at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios in Pilsen instead. Make sure to stick around for the best Hoptacular beer of the year (2012 winner: 5 Lizard from Bedford, Illinois)


Find the best pie.

During the autumnal months, a seasonal slice of delectable pumpkin or hot apple pie really hits the spot. Take refuge at Bang Bang Pie Shop, Hoosier Mama Company or First Slice Pie Cafe to satisfy your every craving.


Christmas Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza, Nov. 27

Watch Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the tree donor flip the switch at Chicago’s 100th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, accompanied by live music and performances at Daley Plaza. And say, “Goodbye fall, I hardly knew ye.”


For the complete list…and all of Leah’s details…view the article here!

Airport Shuttle is the Ultimate Campus Wheels

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Although we’ve already given you some inside information on a previous post about the wonders of Midway Hotel Center transportation, we need to inform you a second time of all the great aspects of our campus wheels!

The airport shuttle runs every day of the year, 24/7. Transportation has also added extra weekend shifts, so that your commute to and from the airport so even if we’re busy, you don’t feel affected by the rush!

The Hotel Center also offers special Park and Fly packages – one includes free parking up to two weeks with a one-night stay! That means that you can enjoy both a great stay at one of our nine hotels without worrying about racking up a huge parking fee.

One of the best parts about the airport shuttle is that our transportation team can work with you for any need – we have shuttles that are wheelchair accessible. We can also arrange shuttles for special events, such as allowing shuttle rentals for your bridal party or group.

The Hotel Center offers seven buses, including three brand new buses that fit 28+ people each!

And don’t forget, you can always use the shuttle for free access to the Orange Line, located in Midway Airport! Transportation Supervisor Tony Stirn recommends always letting your front desk associate know when you need a shuttle, to assure a swift pickup!


Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-800-Mid-Inns!


Tour Chicago Easier with our Transportation!

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013


One of our favorite things about the Hotel Center is that Downtown Chicago is only a couple hops away! The process is easier than it looks and is cheaper than cab rides or parking garages. Inexpensive and easy? Sign us up.

Still worried about using transportation? We’re easing your fears by breaking down the process below.

Step 1: Arrive at your designation hotel on campus

You’re tired, it’s been a long flight and you deserve to put down your luggage. Use this post-flight time to check into your hotel, set down all your things and gear up for some Chicago excitement! (Not sure which hotel is right for you? Check out all nine properties here.)

Step 2: Take the airport shuttle back to the airport

As this step you may be thinking, “No, I don’t want to go back to the airport, I just left- I want to sightsee!”

No worries, your trip to the airport should be painless and easy. You can take advantage of the free airport shuttle during your entire stay and since it runs every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day – you should be able to find a time that suites you!

Step 3: Hop onto the Orange Line

You can easily hop off the shuttle and onto Chicago’s Orange Line Train Station at the Midway Airport! Spend the day exploring the Chicago area.

Did we mention that the cost for the Orange Line $2.25 one-way, per person? That means for $5 each round-trip, combined with the free airport shuttle, makes this the cheapest commute to Chicago, by far!

Step 4: Arrive back to your hotel

The process to come back is the same as the initial trip into the city- hop back onto the subway system and arrive at your hotel on the Midway Airport free shuttle.

It’s that simple.


Have questions or want more info? We can help you at 1-800-Mid-Inns!

Chicagoland Wonderland – See the City at the Holidays

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

The wind brings an invigorating chill to Chicago at wintertime. If you’re like the spirited residents of the city, you know that there is excitement and opportunity with each gust. Energy is high, optimism is abounding, and entertainment is around each corner.

Want a preview of some of Chicago’s top offerings this holiday season? Here are a few things we recommend doing on your trip to the Second City:

Winter Wonderland at John Hancock Center
Daily thru December 31, 2012
Take a ride on the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train, visit Santa each weekend from 12-4pm, take in the holiday lights, or gander at the icy Lake Michigan—it’s a marvel seeing the lake at its most serene state. Lots of activities for kids and families will take place at the 40th anniversary of JHC’s Winter Wonderland; the fun is as plentiful as ever.


Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier
November 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013
A 170,000 square-foot wonderland awaits. Enjoy indoor ice skating, inflatable slides, a Ferris wheel, hang gliding, video games, climbing wall, cookie cottage building, plus so much more. It even includes a special area for young children, so that nobody misses out on the fun!

Sunday-Thursday: 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Christmas Eve 10am-5pm
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day: 10am-8pm
Closed on Christmas Day


Millennium Park Ice Skating
Thru January 8, 2013
The famed ice rink draws more than 100,000 skaters each year, is free to the public, and open daily. Skate rentals are available onsite; be sure to experience the charm this ice rink provides!


Drury Lane Children’s Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol
100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL
Thru December 22, 2012
Chicago’s finest performers assemble to bring you this holiday favorite. Bring the family on select dates and the kids get to have breakfast or dinner with Santa Claus. Don’t miss the buffet style menu for a feast paired with your show.
Tickets are $12 each, or $10 each for groups of 20 or more.


Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light
At the Museum of Science & Industry
November 25 – December 20, 2012
Singers and dancers set the scene, and the decorations alone are enough to warrant a visit. More than 50 trees fill the museum and are decorated to represent the many global and diverse communities who make up Chicago’s eclectic population. Don’t miss the periodic “falling snow” and be sure to check out the choral groups and dance groups who visit the venue.


Midway Hotel Center: A Home Away From Home for Visiting Chicago Sports Fans

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Sports fans will love Midway Hotel Center, a terrific home base for those visiting Chicago to catch the action from the city’s many teams.

The next couple months are extremely busy as far as sports go. The White Sox are holding a slim lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central division, and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Sox, is just nine miles from our hotels near Midway Airport. While the Cubs are out of the running, their home games at Wrigley Field still remain a favorite pastime for Windy City residents and visitors alike.

The Bears kick off the regular season at home against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 9. To further our reputation as an ideal Chicago sports hotel center, our property is just 11 miles from Soldier Field. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish also play at Soldier Field on Saturday, October 6, against the Miami Hurricanes.

The Bulls begin their preseason Tuesday, October 9, against the Memphis Grizzlies at the United Center, just ten miles from the comfortable accommodations that Midway Hotel Center’s nine hotels offer visitors. And the Detroit Red Wings visit the Blackhawks when the NHL starts its preseason, the first home game being Friday, September 28.

Chicago is not low on athletic entertainment, especially in the fall, as some sports wrap and others get started. Don’t miss a minute of the action, and find your home away from home at Midway Hotel Center. Book your stay today!


Summer Beats in the Summer Heat: August Concert and Festival Lineup

Monday, August 27th, 2012

While Lollapalooza grabs the lion’s share of attention from August 3-5, Chicago features many other music concerts and festivals of note throughout August. The warm, blissful summer days create a charming air for music fests, and Midway Hotel Center is a great hub for those traveling to the city for the cultural experience. Our nine hotels are conveniently located by Chicago Midway Airport and the city’s Orange Line. Make your reservations today and enjoy all of Chicago’s upcoming summer festivities.   Take advantage of our summer rates at any one of our nine hotels.  Book now!

Stay with us for easy access to the following festivals and concerts in August:

  • Edge Fest: August 4-5, Edgewater

Good music, local art, good food—namely bacon. Yes, you read that right: lots of bacon here.

  • Wrigleyville Summerfest:  August 4-5, Lakeview

Mike & Joe and Trippin’ Billies headline this Lutheran Worship fest.

  • Ginza Holiday Festival: August 10-12, Old Town

Japanese cultural festival; exhibits, art, stage performances, music

  • Northalsted Market Days: August 11-12, Lakeview

Head to Halsted Street and hear acts like Olivia Newton-John, Karmin, and the Pointer Sisters

  • Retro On Roscoe: August 11-12, Roscoe Village

Classic cars, local eats, artisan vendors, and 3 main stages for music

  • Bud Billiken Parade: August 11, Bronzeville

This 83rd annual parade and picnic celebrate African-American history in Chicago

  • Glenwood Avenue Arts Fest: August 17-19, Rogers Park

More than 100 artists, open studios, and 3 outdoor concert stages

  • North Side Summerfest: August 18-19, North Center

A hot dog eating contest and live music from local artists are some of the many highlights of this popular neighborhood festival

  • The Boulevard: August 24-26, Logan Square

This two-stage festival also touts some of the best craft beers available at any street festivals

  • Bucktown Arts Fest: August 25-26, Bucktown

This arts festival is in its 27th year, and showcases more than 200 artists, musicians, dancers, and others