A new, free exhibit, Love on Paper, at the Newberry Library (just 15 min. east on the#70 Division Street bus) opens January 15th, 2015 with a collection of valentines, love letters, books and even heart-shaped maps. A perfect exhibit to celebrate St. Valentine – exhibit runs through April 1, 2015. On Weds. February 11th from 4-7 pm in Ruggles Hall you can make your own valentines as part of their “Make Love on Paper” event.
One of our favorite local theatre companies is at the Den Mainstage, 1329 N Milwaukee Avenue until February 7th with what local theatre critic, Hedy Weiss, calls “magic at work” when “…a director can turn a crowd of about 200 mostly young…Wicker Park types into the happily participatory members at a loony pajama party set to the music of Gilbert and Sullivan.” Just a short walk from the Two Urns and pajamas are optional. http://www.the-hypocrites.com/
One of the best ways for visitors to explore Chicago is through the Chicago Greeter program. With a friendly, knowledgeable local as your guide, you can see the most popular landmarks and attractions on a 2-4 hour FREE guided tour.
Greeter visits are customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests. Over 200 enthusiastic volunteers await you to share their expertise and passion about the city! Make sure to register at least 10 business days in advance for a free 2-4 hour guided visit of Chicago.
Looking for more flexibility, or making plans to visit Chicago at the last minute? Let InstaGreeter take you on a free hour-long guided walk of downtown.
Millennium Park InstaGreeter will run through October 13, 2014. The one hour walks of the park will be conducted every day at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., departing from the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center. Registration is not required.
We are proud to be connected to the Concierge program of the First Lady- the Chicago Architecture River Boat Tours – the best way to see Chicago. Just ask at breakfast, but we can assist you with getting tickets (dock opens at 9 am daily) – even same day for tours on this most popular sightseeing tour in downtown Chicago. Just ask staff at breakfast to assist you with tickets – you will need to pay a $10 deposit at the Two Urns and the balance of $29.43 is due at the dock when you pick up your tickets.
Niche Ink just announced Chicago and Wicker Park neighborhood as the #4 on their list of places for Millennials to live.
Just one more reason to stay in Wicker Park on your next visit to Chicago. Our tip for the day: The Bedford – a great lounge located in the safety deposit vault of a bank just 2 blocks from the Two Urns. Stop by for a late night drink, have a little supper, enjoy all Wicker Park has to offer.
Every summer the neighborhoods of Chicago come alive with different festivals and events. We love all the handmade indie-vibe crafters that are here during the Renegade Craft Fair every September. The West Fest offers a great line up of music talent, artisan and sidewalk shopping. Design Harvest highlights many of the city’s unique design firms and is always the last “hurrah” of the festival season, just in time for autumn. All in “West Town” the area directly north west of the Loop (Division Street south to Grand) here are some of the 2014 highlights:
- May 30 – June 1, 2014 Do-Division Fest www.do-divisionstreetfest.com
- June 10, 2014 Guerrilla Truck Show on Fulton market between Carpenter and Racine www.theguerrillatruckshow.com
- July 12 – 13, 2014 West Fest www.westfestchicago.com
- August 23 – 24, 2014 Chicago Food Social www.chicagofoodsocial.com
- September 6-7, 2014 Renegade Craft Fair www.renegadecraft.com
- September 20-21, 2014 Design Harvest www.design-harvest.com
We always have lots of guests who come in for these events so plan early to book to get the best room choice.