Mingle with horse racing enthusiasts, colleagues, and friends at Churchill Downs while savoring regional specialties and spirits. According to Forbes, the Kentucky Derby is one of the “Greatest Bucket-list Sporting Events” in America.
Whether you’re in the thick of it at Churchill Downs or you’re planning to watch the Kentucky Derby here in the Windy City, it’s an occasion you won’t want to miss. Put on your finest Spring fashions (and don’t forget that hat!) and meet us at the track.
Here are some of our favorite Derby parties, all around the nation.
Derby Day at Arlington Park
The Godfrey’s 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Viewing Event
Hang out at the Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop lounge in your best Derby Day attire in a private booth. Southern comfort in the heart of Chicagoland.
The Trifecta Gala
A black tie event at the new Omni Hotel in Louisville. The Trifecta Gala isn’t specific to the Derby itself, it’s a staple event at most major sporting events throughout the year.
Great Balloon Festival
The festival isn’t centered around the Derby itself, but it’s still a lot of fun. A festival of five events leading up to the big race, it’s a tradition started in 1973.
Wherever you decide to spend your Derby day, contact your CUI concierge to secure your plans.
Earth Day is on Sunday, April 22nd. What better way of honoring our planet, than by going outside to enjoy it? Plan your next spring adventure, from bird watching to flower festivals, with assistance from your CUI Concierge!
Mississippi Palisades State Park
Located near the Mississippi River in northwestern Illinois, this 2,500-acre state park is a bird watching paradise.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Enjoy rows of Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC that honor the friendship between Japan and the United States.
A Wisconsin treasure, filled with 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and a tropical conservatory.
Every year Washington State’s Skagit Valley, blooms with fields of Tulips welcoming flower enthusiasts.
Warm weather brings a great excuse to come out of hibernation and go out on the town! Here’s a few of our favorite musicals featured in Chicago this month.
Pretty Woman: The Musical
The beloved movie has become a musical and its pre-Broadway World Premiere stage production is featured at Chicago’s own Oriental Theatre this spring before hitting the stage in New York City. The musical features original music and lyrics by Grammy award winner Bryan Adams and is directed and choreographed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. The production runs through April 15.
The Sound of Music
The hills are alive with a brand new production of The Sound of Music. The musical will be featured at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for one week only, running from April 10 – 15.
The show will be the last full-length production at the No Exit Cafe. Featured in a much more intimate space, the audience will get an incredibly unique performance worth the trek out to Rodgers Park. Sweeney Todd runs through April 29.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Opening at the end of the month in the Lyric Opera is Jesus Christ Superstar, an epic rock opera that follows Jesus Christ in his final days. Jesus Christ Superstar opens April 27 and runs through May 20.
Contact your concierge for tickets to these or other great theater options this month.
Welcome to the trendy, new, Fulton Market sports bar for hungry customers and game players alike. Sporting a 30,000 square-foot play area, Punch Bowl
Social has booze, a bowling alley, food, and more. Their cocktails are themed to match each city location; specially there’s a punch named after the Stanley Cup
to honor the Blackhawks.
Contact your CUI Concierge to secure your VIP Reservations!
Lollapalooza released their music lineup on Wednesday, March 21st. The festival takes place on August 2-5, 2018 and features headliners such as The Weeknd and Bruno Mars.
Contact your CUI Concierge to secure your passes and for any of your Lollapalooza needs!
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Celebrate Irish culture & tradition throughout Chicago this March. From a green river to lively parades, there nothing quite like St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago.
Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 PM
Location: Columbus Drive (between Balbo Dr. & Monroe Dr.)
What’s a holiday without a parade? How about one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country? Join in the Chicago tradition that celebrates its 63rd anniversary this year. Rain or shine, it begins on Columbus Drive and moves north through Grant Park for roughly three hours, beginning at Balbo Drive and ending at Monroe Drive. Don your best green outfit—or a kilt if you dare—and embrace all Chicago has to offer for those Irish at heart.
The Chicago Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier has been a city favorite since its inception in 1847.
From March 14 to 18, more than 40,000 attendees will step into spring with life-sized gardens, DIY workshops, garden-to-table cooking presentations, a bustling marketplace and more. In this year’s exhibition, “Every Garden Has a Story to Tell,” the Flower & Garden show details Chicago’s sensitive side by interpreting the way flowers and gardens play pivotal roles in our lives and literature.
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The Cubs and White Sox start their Spring Training games on Friday, February 23rd! Plan your Spring baseball Trip to see your favorite team in action with assistance from your CUI Concierge!
The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week goes through February 8th! Restaurants in and around Chicago will be featuring special, prix fixe menus starting at $22 for brunch/lunch and $33/$44 for dinner (excluding beverage and gratuity). Click here for a list of restaurants who will be participating in this year’s Restaurant Week!