Chicago Half Marathon

Run the entire family to the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K September 25, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

Join thousands of your closest friends in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Half Marathon & 5K! Heck, the races run mostly around the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, around the Museum of Science and Industry and through Jackson Park! The race courses will be wheelchair friendly.

Racers will receive a gender specific tech running shirt and a gold medal commemorating the 20th anniversary of the event! The after race party will be held in Jackson Park, with food and beverages and live entertainment.

A Health and Fitness Expo will be presented September 23-24 at Soldier Field. Racers must attend one of the two expos in order to pick up their race packets. All participants must present a photo ID and a race confirmation e-mail. Shuttle buses for the race will be available in Millennium Park and at the north side Belmont el stop.

For schedules of events and race times, go online to http://www.chicagohalfmarathon.com/.

Make your Chicago Half Marathon & 5K experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.

Call the Lake Shore Hotel at (773) 288-5800 and ask for the special racer’s room discount.

Opera in the Park

Lovers of great singing should come to the world famous Chicago Lyric Opera’s free Opera in the Park, September 9, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

This fantastic evening in Millennium Park, on the shore of Lake Michigan, will be a fun event for the whole family! Opera in the Park presents Lyric Opera stars, sopranos Ana Maria Martinez, mezzo soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, baritone Quinn Kelsey, bass-baritones Eric Owens and Samuel Youn, and basses Tobias Kehrer and Wilhelm Schwinghammer.

Conductor Sir Andrew Davis will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a program of music from such renowned operas as “Carmen,” “The Magic Flute,” Eugene Onegin,” and “Lucia di Lammermoor, with other selections from operas by Gounod, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Wagner! Best of all, your smart phone can bring you live translations of the lyrics the night of the performance at lyricoperalive.org!

Lyric Opera of Chicago, one of the great opera companies in the world, was founded in 1954. The legendary singer Renee Fleming serves as the Lyric’s Creative Consultant. The orchestra is composed of seventy-four musicians, and the chorus has forty-eight members.

Millennium Park is located at 201 East Randolph Street in Grant Park. For more information about Opera in the park, go online to https://lyricopera.org/concertstickets/calendar/2016-2017-other/productions/lyricopera/millenniumpark.

Make your Opera in the Park experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.

Venetian Night at Navy Pier

Bring the family to Venetian Night at Navy Pier in Chicago September 10, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

Venetian Night is the longest running summer festival on Chicago’s lake front! The event is modeled on the Christmas boating event in Venice, Italy. Think of a parade on water. Yachts and boats from the local harbors decorate their structures with parade float-like themes and elaborate light displays. Audiences can vote for their favorite boats by cell phone for the People’s Choice Awards. After the parade, Navy Pier will present a fantastic fireworks show! The festivities kick off at 8 p.m.

Make a day of it by coming early to Navy Pier and enjoying all the fabulous attractions! The new Centennial Wheel is open, and the views of Chicago’s skyline are unparalleled. You can also enjoy climbing walls, a carousel, the Light Tower ride, the Pepsi Wave Swinger and much more!

Almost every food of the world is at the restaurants at Navy Pier, as are signature Chicago dishes such as Chicago-style hot dogs, pizza, barbeque and a whole lot more.

Navy Pier is located at 600 East Grand Avenue in Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. Public transportation is advised. Venetian Night is free and requires no reservations.

Make your Venetian Night experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.

Chicago Jazz Festival

Bring the family to the free Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park September 1-4, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel!

The Chicago Jazz Festival is one of the premiere music events in the entire world! The festival, presented in several venues in and around Grant Park, brings together living jazz greats and pays homage to the legends that have passed!

Here are highlights of this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival:

Headliner Christina Scott Atunde Adjuah. Michael Zerang and the Blue Lights. Anat Cohen Quartet. Benny Golson. Cameron Pfiffner’s Adolphe’s Ax. Edwin Daugherty Sextet: Chicago Legends; The Music of Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin & Eddie Harris. Pharez Whitted Quintet. Tarbaby featuring Nasheet Waits, Orrin Evans & Eric Revis with Special Guest Oliver Lake. Chris Greene Quartet. Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans. Barry Altschul’s 3Dom Factor. Charles Rumback Quintet.

And you won’t want to miss Cuban percussionist Candido, who will be celebrating his 95th birthday! Or After the Bad Plus’ tribute to the great Ornette Colman!

Millennium Park is located at 201 East Randolph Street between the Loop and Lake Michigan. The Chicago Jazz Festival will be presented rain or shine. For times, days and the full schedule of events, go online to http://jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest/.

Make your Chicago Jazz Festival experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel, in historic Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.