Hubbard Inn & Holiday Parties

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The Hubbard Inn in River North has always been one of our favorite bars in River North. While it is on Hubbard Street, it’s a nicer space than most of the other bars on the street. It feels more grown up. And it’s the most gorgeous place for a holiday party since they take decorating seriously.

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The space is filled with giant wreaths tied with gold bows, decorative oversized ornaments, and garlands. I was thrilled to partner with Hubbard Inn for the Windy City Blogger Collective’s annual holiday party.

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They generously provided their third-floor space along with food and drinks for the 75 party guests. I have been throwing this party for three years now and Hubbard Inn was a breeze to work with. They replied to each question and request quickly and enthusiastically, and it made throwing a big party during my busiest time of the year so much easier.

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At the party, Hubbard Inn’s bartenders mixed up delicious cocktails like the Rum Old Fashioned made with Mount Gay Rum, Luxardo Cherries, Demerara Sugar, and Orange Bitters.

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The Fig Sidecar, made with Remy 1739, Cointreau, Lemon, and Fig Preserve was equally wonderful.

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Our friends at Paris312 provided some decor in the form of their giant balloons with tassels. That’s Ashlee and Caitlin posing in the photo.

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Each year we invite some small local businesses to have pop-up up shops at the event. This year Alice & Wonder, Generation Bliss, Paris312, See Song Designs, The Trendy Sparrow, Vo Jewelry, and all participated. It turns the party into a fun opportunity to finish holiday shopping while supporting female entrepreneurs.

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Sprinkles contributed their delicious seasonal chocolate peppermint and gingerbread mini cupcakes, which we displayed on Paris312 cupcake stands.

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My long-time hair stylist, Krista from K. Marie Hair Studio created festive braided hairstyles for both me and Ashlee (who is WCBC’s Director of Member Engagement).

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And I wore a dress that Maison Jules kindly sent me, and I have worn it twice and received a crazy number of compliments.

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And recently, we joined friends for brunch at Hubbard Inn. It was the perfect place to catch up with friends over a leisurely brunch. The Bears game was on in the background as we feasted on a pub-style brunch. Charles opted for the burger, which he loved.

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While I had the fried chicken and biscuits with poached eggs – so amazing! I will need to go back ASAP!

If you are looking for a place to meet up for a holiday drink or meal, I highly recommend Hubbard Inn. The food and drinks are great and you couldn’t ask for a most festive atmosphere or more convenient location. And I can’t say enough good things about their private party spaces and staff!

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