Midwest travel: Chicago's Haymarket offers free Americana music series on Thursdays


Night on the town

Add some music to your week at Haymarket Pub & Brewery's weekly Thursday night Americana Concert Series. It brings some of the best up-and-coming and established artists to the stage (two artists each week) with no cover charge. While you're there, sip on a craft beer and nosh on made-from-scratch dishes. Upcoming artists include Brandon Whyde and Eric Quigley Thursday, Oct. 19; Edan Archer and Josefina Oct. 26; and Brian Wright and Nikki Morgan Nov. 2. 7:30 and 9 p.m. Thursdays at Haymarket's Drinking & Writing Theater, 737 W. Randolph St., Chicago. or

The world is not enough

Escape into the world of James Bond at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort. EN NOIR: A Casino Royale Masquerade, to benefit Imerman Angels, which provides one-on-one cancer support, features casino tables, aerialist performances, themed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, Bond theme music performed by singer Erin Boheme and more. Guests are encouraged to wear black tie or masquerade costume attire. The hotel is offering discounted rooms the night of the event. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, 3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook. Tickets cost $125 or $175 for VIP. Guests will receive a $10 starter gambling chip. Purchase tickets at

Sip a Dia de los Muertos black margarita during the Haunted Hotel event on Saturday, Oct. 28, at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Courtesy of The Godfrey Hotel Chicago

Tower of terror

I|O Godfrey invites locals to Haunted Hotel, a night of scary but good fun at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago. Wear your costume and check out I|O Godfrey's fourth floor indoor|outdoor rooftop lounge for music and specialty potions like the black Dia de los Muertos margarita. The hotel's fifth level offers 20 haunted rooms with ghostly spectacles and virtual reality nightmares. Each of the haunted guest rooms on The Godfrey's fifth floor is available to book overnight for those who dare. On Sunday, refuel at the “Walk of No Shame” brunch. If you show up in costume or makeup from the night before, you can receive a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary with your meal. Haunted Hotel is open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, and The Walk of No Shame Brunch is from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, 127 W. Huron St., Chicago. General admission starts at $40; VIP Expedited Entry starts at $50. Reserve tickets, tables and guest rooms at

Every dog must have his stay

Hotel EMC2 in Streeterville is now officially a dog-friendly property. In honor of October being Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, pups can now accompany humans during an overnight stay at the hotel. They'll be greeted with special dog amenities like a doggy bed, bowls, treats, complimentary waste bags, and a branded leash and collar. Dogs can even accompany their owners on the seasonal patio at the contemporary American restaurant Albert. Year round at Hotel EMC2 and the Albert, 228 E. Ontario, Chicago. Room rates start at $249. For details on dog policies, call (884) 205-3939 or see


Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Mo., makes for a good base for a fall foliage trip. Courtesy of Hotel Phillips

Goin' to Kansas City

Just a 10-minute drive from some of Kansas City's best fall foliage destinations, the Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton is a perfect place to hunker down during a leaf-peeping trip. Views from the hotel's guest rooms include Kansas City's rolling hills and pockets of green space tucked in between the city's skyline. The hotel, on the National Register of Historic Places, is also in walking distance or a short drive from the city's best fall color lookout points, including the River Market along the Missouri River, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and many surrounding parks. Hotel Phillips is at 106 W. 12th St., Kansas City, MO. Rates start at $199. (844) 314-9963 or

The 90-year-old Aurora Inn in northern Ohio offers a Zombie Fest for families, a Dance of the Dead for adults and an overnight Scare Package Saturday, Oct. 28. Courtesy of Aurora Inn

Bootiful Night

The 90-year-old Aurora Inn in northern Ohio is paying tribute to the ghosts that reportedly roam its hallways and guest rooms. The inaugural Zombie Fest, which is suitable for families, begins at noon Saturday, Oct. 28, on and around the hotel grounds. Don't miss the Zombie Beer Garden, the haunted house, the bounce houses and slides and more. Starting at 8 p.m., adults can don costumes for the Masquerade Ball called Dance of the Dead. For extra brave souls, the Inn is offering an Overnight Scare Package that includes a stay in one of the two “haunted” guest rooms where paranormal activity has peaked over the years. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Aurora Inn, 30 Shawnee Trail, Aurora, Ohio. Complimentary admission for Zombie Fest. Dance of the Dead costs $35-$45, which includes dinner. Accommodations are $99 to $166.66 for a couples package. For overnight packages, call (330) 562-0767 or see

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