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Spring is here and the GoGuide is ready to help you get your house— and life—in order. We’ll entertain you with our profile of newly out real estate agent Madison Hildebrand, star of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing;” educate you with our guide to green living and get you excited about real estate all over again when Chicago’s top real estate agents discuss the spring market. Plus, we’ll give you a preview of the Chicagoland Flower & Garden Show. Get ready to spring ahead with the GoGuide Home & Garden Issue!

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Publisher David Costanzo Managing Editor Kerrie Kennedy Art Director Bethany Mavronicles Contributing Writer Web Behrens Account Executives Dave Ez Gary Gangi Michael Koontz National Sales Rivendell Media Inc.

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MAD ABOUT

MADISON An Interview With the Million Dollar Reality Star


When reality star real estate agent Madison Hildebrand was first tapped to do Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” he had just graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu and had only three months of real estate experience under his belt. Fast forward to 2010: this 29 year-old industry newcomer has risen to the top two percent of real estate agents at Coldwell Banker International; enjoys a huge international following (thanks to “Million Dollar Listing”); and recently sold his largest property ever, a house in Beverly Hills for just under $20 million. We caught up with Hildebrand during some rare down time (he recently wrapped Season 3 of “Million Dollar Listing” and asked the former Playgirl cover model what it’s like to come out, survive the housing crash and find true love all in the same year: Go Guide: Are you a native Californian? Madison Hildebrand: No, I moved to Malibu from Connecticut [to attend Pepperdine University]. But I had lived in five states, seven cities and three countries. My dad was a businessman and we moved around a lot. When I got here [Malibu] I didn’t want to leave. GG: You specialize in the Malibu area. What’s the market like right now? MH: Right now, it’s extremely busy. This year is starting out to be much different than last. Buyers and tenants are really ready to move. They’re tired of staying in hibernation mode. Things have settled enough and now they want to live where they want to live. And the summer renters are already flocking to Malibu. We weren’t seeing that last year, so that’s a good sign. GG: I noticed you have quite a few lease listings right now—is that a trend? MH: It is a bit of a trend right now. There have been some credit upsets. I got four leases this week alone. The owners I’m representing can’t sell for what it’s actually worth, so they’re going to try to lease it and ride the market out. Most of these are second homes. GG: It’s so hard for people to think their home was worth one price a year ago, and now it’s worth so much less. Is it hard to get sellers to deal with those grim realities? MH: It’s been extremely difficult. My job used to be fun, and now I manage crises. I get thrown into these situations where they want miracles to be performed in a short amount of time. The reality is, it comes down to price. A lot of times, denial is a lot more powerful than the statistics, and eventually, they’re losing their house. GG: Are you doing a lot of short sales now? MH: I bring in a short sale specialist and he doesn’t charge my clients one single penny. He negotiates directly with the banks. The thing is, banks have a lot of motives to not necessarily cooperate with your short sale. It’s a complicated process. I recommend hiring an

agent who’s a short sale specialist. Do not give anyone an upfront fee. There are a lot of shady people out there, unfortunately. GG: The real estate market’s been terrible almost everywhere in the country, but it’s been particularly bad in California. What did you do to adjust to the market? MH: Personally, I cut back my own personal spending—obviously, my lifestyle took a hit. But I kept up with my advertising and remodeled my entire website. Where others pulled back, I put in more. The market being slower allowed me to focus on my brand and marketing and create ways to expand. GG: Have prices stabilized yet in the upper end market in L.A.? MH: Well, they’ve dropped significantly and now they seem to be stabilizing a bit. GG: What’s the average market time for a multimillion dollar listing? MH: Last night I was at a negotiation. The sellers had started at five [$5 million] and we wrote an offer in the mid twos. Now, three months later, we sat down in the house to see if we could put a deal together after 155 days on the market. Our offer still stands and the sellers have to decide if they want to take a significant loss. I’m going into a lot of situations now where families are under stress and there are kids involved. It’s difficult. GG: Who has the money to buy these multi-million dollar properties? Is it mostly celebrities? MH: There have been a few, but they have also have been hit by the market. The ones who are doing really well are in industries that thrive during recessions. GG: Do you and your fellow reality stars, Josh Flagg and Chad Rogers, cross paths often? MH: Not too often. I’ll get Twitter or Facebook updates from friends, saying “sitting next to Josh,” but that’s about it. GG: Are they actually working real estate agents? MH: (laughs) Chad is with Hilton & Hyland (the brokerage co-owned by Paris Hilton’s father). I don’t exactly know about Josh. He’s with Keller Williams. He used to be with Coldwell Banker, but he got fired. GG: You, on the other hand, recently sold your biggest property ever, a Beverly Hills home that sold for just under $20 million. That must have been pretty exciting. MH: That was the best high for me. It was really a milestone in my career. It had all the elements of a really good deal—an international buyer from a royal family, a sophisticated, intense negotiation and I got to work with Jade Mills, one of my favorites in the industry. GG: Did your exposure on the show help? MH: Well, I represented the buyer, who came through a friend. But I think there’s a weird phenomenon about

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TV. People just give you a lot more credibility. GG: Do clients seek you out specifically because they’ve seen you on the show? MH: Absolutely. With some of my listings, I show up with my presentation, but they just want me to sign the contract. These people have watched me for two years. They know me and trust me. GG: Do they think your celebrity will help sell their house? MH: Absolutely, because the show airs all year long all over the world. It’s currently debuting in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and last year, it debuted in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Israel, Holland, Spain and Italy. I even had someone from Japan write me who watched the show. When I was in Bali for New Year’s, an Australian fan came up and took a picture with me. I would say I have the biggest fan base in Canada right now. GG: On a personal note, you came out on the show in Season 3, after you met Frank. A lot of viewers—both gay and straight—were really moved by your bravery. Was it difficult to do? MH: It was, but I really prepared myself. I wanted to be vulnerable, real and impactful. It was a big decision, but also liberating. GG: How did you meet Frank? (Hildebrand’s new boyfriend) MH: I met Frank at his birthday party. We were on the dance floor, and we just connected. I never do that. We had an immediate chemistry. GG: How are you and Frank doing? MH: Amazing. We have such a great relationship. Our New Year’s trip was so much fun. There’s nothing better than traveling with someone you love. GG: I hear you’re working on another book – can you tell us a little bit about it? I don’t have a title yet, but it’s a much more personal book that my first “Activate Your Career.” It’s about my personal journey, my sexuality, the reason why I was polyamorous and dated many women, been in love with women. But when I was in drug and alcohol rehab for the second time, I was in a safe environment and [I realized] I’m gay. I’m a gay man. This is where I’m supposed to be. In AA, they say you’re only as sick as your secrets. I have no secrets left inside of me. GG: Were you worried that coming out on the show would hurt your business? MH: I was concerned that there would be some sort

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of a negative reaction, but my business has tripled. It has definitely helped me. I live in a liberal community and how can you not respect someone who respects himself and loves himself? That’s the response I’ve received. People want to be around someone who’s comfortable with who they are. That’s the biggest thing I’ve learned: as soon as you love and accept yourself, people are attracted to you. It sounds easier than it is, by the way. GG: Will there be a Season 4 for “Million Dollar Listing”? MH: I think so. We’re in discussions right now. I really think this is going to be a powerful year for me. Sure, unemployment is still high, but the bottom line is there are a lot of clients with money who are willing and able to spend it and not fearful that the market’s going to crash significantly again. The energy is so different already.


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Market Forecast Chicago Real Estate Agents Make Their Predictions By Kerrie Kennedy

Real estate-wise, the past several years have been one long, cold endless winter of falling prices, excess inventory, short sales, foreclosures, banks that won’t lend, homeowners who are underwater. Are things thawing a little this spring? Has the long cold winter finally come to an end? We talked to some of Chicago’s top real estate agents to find out: Chris Pagano, Coldwell Banker: When the weather is milder, we’re always busier, so in general, things are fairly good right now. I’m still finding the upper-end a little more cautious, but I’ve noticed that the first-time buyer range is good. People are really intent on taking advantage of the tax credit before it expires. I’m also seeing properties priced better than they have in years. Sellers are getting more realistic. There are still people out there looking for the distressed situation, and virtually every offer comes in first as a low ball, but buyers are getting more realistic too. Banks are also getting more realistic; if there’s a short sale situation, they’re responding quicker. What I’m seeing is the decline is stopping in some neighborhoods. Some recently- gentrified neighborhoods are having a harder time, but certain primary neighborhoods are leveling off. We’re getting there. We’ll bottom out sometime this year. If you don’t own anything and you feel comfortable about your job, it’s a great year to be a buyer. The good news for sellers is that inventory numbers are dropping. That tells you it’s bottoming. I think the worst is over. So far, this spring is much better than spring of last year.

Barbara O’Connor, Koenig & Strey: All of the sudden, we’re getting calls. We’re jam-packed right now. I just sold a million- plus home this week, and I have a third showing on another home. I think it’s opening up—I’m feeling very positive. I think the fact that the government set the deadline for April 30, there was no sense of urgency before, but now there is. I think it’s going to be a strong spring market. It still depends on location and also price point. Right now, we’re seeing a lot of first-time homebuyers out there, but that may stop after April 30. On the other hand, somebody in my office who specializes in a million-and-ahalf on up, her business has not skipped a beat. They can afford to take the loss. I just sold a house that was listed for $1.499 and three offers came in on it. Jumbo loans have opened up tremendously, so we’ll start to see even more things sell on the upper end. I always thought the low-end market would get me through, but they’re the ones whose jobs are more in jeopardy. A lot [of people who have lost their jobs] have to get their lives back in order before they can buy, which explains why there’s demand at all levels for rentals. A lot of real estate agents have gone into rentals instead. There are two types of renters we’re seeing now: the ones who lost their house and have to rent and the ones who can afford to buy but don’t want to. They’d rather put the money in the bank. The good news is, I think inventory is down. I just don’t see the signs I saw two years ago.


Chad Duda, Prudential/Rubloff: This January and February, I have been much busier than the same time last year and busier than the last three years. The most activity right now is at the first-time buyer price point. With the $8,000 tax credit, everybody is trying to get into a home before April 30. That entry-level market that goes up to $250,000 is really active and people are buying. It’s a trickle up situation. The first quarter of this year is going to be driven by the first time buyer market and once those properties start closing, then you’ll see the move-up people get back in to the market and you’ll see the whole market move forward. For buyers, the key thing is to be organized. You have to be pre-approved and ready to go. There are some really good deals out there when you see them, you have to act on them, or somebody else will. With sellers, it’s all about pricing. If you’re fairly priced, your place will sell. There are a lot of buyers out there, but everyone is looking for a good deal. It’s a beauty contest and a pricing war. Your property has to show perfectly and be priced aggressively. It’s such a competitive market—if you’re not priced right, you won’t sell.

Robert Anderson, Baird & Warner: The spring market officially starts after Super Bowl Sunday, and clearly last weekend felt a lot busier than it’s been. Certainly, more people are out there ready to get back to business. The weather warming up helps speed it up a little bit. But several things still stand in the way. I think buyers are looking for confirmation that the market has bottomed out. Also, the banks are so conservative right now; buyers have to come to the table with a lot of money down. What’s slowing down the market more than anything is people’s ability to secure financing. The ratios are going back to a conservative sensibility, the same advice your mother and father would have given you. Banks are hyper, hyper critical of appraisal values, so if there’s no comparables, no sales last few months, it’s hard. Even if you’re selling for market value and the buyers have the money down, the banks really don’t want to lend money right now. They have so many bad loans. The toughest part for agents right now is that sellers say ‘I can’t sell for that right now, I won’t make any money.’ All the prices we remember, whatever your neighbor sold for? Those were inflated prices, not reality. We’ve had a leveling-off, a reality check. I just spoke to a gentleman who bought a new construction home in Colorado three years for $800,000. It’s now worth $400,000. He ended up giving it back to the bank—a deed in lieu of foreclosure. We’re seeing a lot of people wanting rentals right now. goguidechicago.com

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ECO-FRIENDLY HOME LIFE By Web Behrens

Most of us know the basics of environmentally aware living: recycle our glass, aluminum and paper; shop with our reusable bags; use energy-efficient light bulbs. Of course, those habits are just a start. Next steps include converting food scraps into fertile earth through a garden compost, or installing low-flow shower heads in your bath (reducing water consumption by a significant 30 percent). A parallel route to greener living is to vote with your pocketbook: Shop for items that use recycled materials, or those made from sustainable, organic sources. We’ve scouted a few nifty products from area businesses to help make your home a happier place for you ... and for your Mother.

Green Glass glassware, $8–12 each. This Wisconsin-based company cleverly converts old soda, beer and wine bottles into reusable vessels. Naturally, the wine goblets ($12) are crafted from wine bottles, and they come in clear, cobalt, green or amber. For a more obvious conversation piece, the everyday drinking glasses still bear printed words from their original incarnation. That means you can enjoy a black cow in an actual root beer glass, while kids can pretend their lemonade is beer for the 21-and-up crowd. Available at Greenheart, 1911 W. Division St., 312-2641625; greenheartshop.org.


La Vida Verde cutting board, $20–38. Handmade in a variety of sizes and styles, these ecologically-low-impact cutting boards hail from Costa Rica. A fair-trade craftsman carves and assembles these one-of-a-kind boards, combining a variety of tropical trees—including mahogany, cocobolo and purple heart— to produce their distinctive, multi-hued look. Some trees were plantation grown, while some of the wood comes from fallen timber and recycled sources. A second line of cutting boards from Guatemala also features sustainably harvested wood. Available at Greenheart.

Anna Sova food-based paint, $68.95 per gallon If you’re planning on redecorating, a fresh color on your walls is always a great place to start. Why not dive into the brave new world of non-toxic paints! Your nose will tell you it’s a good idea because these milk-based products don’t have that “new paint” smell. That odor is caused by VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, which have been linked to a variety of health problems. Anna Sova food-based paints are VOC-free, and the sheep-milk casein in the paint will (temporarily) fill the room with a vanilla-milkshake aroma. But we’re not just talking white walls: With a wide-ranging palette, these paints come in any color you wish. Available at Green Depot Chicago.

Ty recycled plastic shower curtain, $29.95-$32.95 One advantage to Ty shower curtains is their machine washability—although, because they’re made of breathable plastic and not vinyl, they’re more mold- and mildew-resistant to begin with. Made to last in Virginia, the holes at the top (for the shower rings) are reinforced with nickel-plated grommets. For the artistically inclined, the “design your own” model comes with a blue, green or black permanent marker, so you can add your own custom artwork to your bathroom. Available at Green Depot Chicago, 2500 N. Pulaski Rd, 773-384-7500 www.greendepot.com

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Zen Zen hand-designed Balinese cotton napkins, set of four, $17.50. Instead of constantly using disposable paper products, invest in these beautiful napkins. Soft and absorbent, these machine-washable, fair-trade cloths are made in Indonesia. Local artisans, paid a living wage, individually silk screen the intricate pattern. Adapted from a traditional Balinese flower design, it adds a tasteful zip to your dinner table. If your tablecloth is already zippy enough, the napkin sets also come in a variety of bright solids. Available at Greenheart.

Twist cleaning cloths, $4.99 A Boulder-based company, Twist makes cleaning supplies out of natural products. Whether it’s a dish cloth or a scrubby, you can rinse and reuse them multiple times. And when you’re finally done with them, instead of tossing them in the trash (like you would with old-school steel wool or new-school plastic pads), these dye-free products biodegrade, so they can go in your compost heap. The bamboo cloth (three per pack) are great for dusting, polishing or using on dishes. The all-natural loofah sponges (two per pack) have a soft side and an abrasive side, while the “dish dumpling” (a fat scrubby pad) can tackle baked-on dishwashing chores. Available at MyEarth360.com, a suburban-Chicagobased website.

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By Kerrie Kennedy

What is it about the promise of spring that makes many of us want to clean? Perhaps it’s the longer days that give us a burst of energy. Or maybe it’s just the fact that the sun is shining, the snow is melting, and the cold, depressing winter is behind us. Whatever the reason, we’ve been doing it for a long time: the origins of spring cleaning can be

traced back to the ancient Jewish practice of thoroughly cleansing the home in anticipation of the springtime holiday of Passover. Spring is all about renewal – and what better way to start over than by cleaning your house? Experts recommend working room by room over the course of a weekend or several weekends.

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Kitchen: • Clean all appliances, from refrigerator to microwave. Don’t forget to vacuum the refrigerator coils • Scour the sink • Purge the pantry • Mop/scrub floors

Bathrooms: • Clean mirrors • Clean toilet, tub, shower, sinks • Launder rugs • Mop floors • Toss old shower curtain liners and replace with new ones

Bedrooms: • Wash the bed linens • Flip the mattresses • Clean the closets.

Living Room: • Vacuum upholstery, rugs, drapes and lampshades • Dust and polish wood furniture, shelves, knickknacks • Clean mirrors and glass table tops

Cleaning with a Conscience

Dining Room: • Clean silver • Launder table linens • Wash crystal

Miscellaneous: • Wash windows • Vacuum/dust moldings, shutters or blinds, ceiling fans/ light fixtures • Wash and disinfect all trash cans

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Americans spend millions of dollars a year on cleaning supplies. This spring, make your own cleaning agents with these recipes from EarthShare and EarthWays, two nonprofit environmental organizations. The recipes are friendly to the environment and to your bank account: Countertops, cupboards and walls: Dip a cloth in warm water, add dish soap and baking soda, (the baking soda serves as a soft abrasive to remove tough spots and light scratches). Air fresheners: Simmer a small amount of cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves on the stove to give off a pleasant fragrance in your home. Glass cleaner: Mix 2 tablespoons of borax or washing soda with three cups of water for sparkling windows and mirrors. Carpet freshener: Sprinkle dry cornstarch or baking soda on your carpet and vacuum. Rug stains: Rub borax into dampened area, let dry, then vacuum or repeatedly blot stain with a mixture of vinegar and soapy water. Mildew build-up: Make a paste of vinegar and salt and apply to built-up area. Furniture polish” Combine 1/2 cup lemon juice to 1 cup vegetable oil, olive oil, or mayonnaise. Apply to rag. More green cleaning tips: When you buy cleaning products, choose ones that are non-toxic, biodegradable, phosphate-free, and chlorine-free. Use natural fiber sponges, and to reduce paper use, use rags instead of paper towels and cloth napkins instead of paper napkins.


Best In Show A Preview of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show By Kerrie Kennedy

Tired of winter weather but can’t afford to jet off to Florida? The Chicago Flower & Garden Show, March 6-14 at Navy Pier, offers drama, visual delights, and a sweet taste of spring—all for about $15. This year’s theme, “Cultivating Great Performances,” underscores Chicago’s reputation as a theater town. Participants will fashion gardens that reference the delights of the theater. Highlights include an “Alice in Wonderland” garden created by Christy Webber Landscapes and the Lookingglass Theatre, a “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” garden created by landscape architect Greg Pierceall, a colorful “Miss Saigon” garden created by Aquascapes, Collegiate Landscape, West End Florists and J&L Supply and a garden that pays homage to the witches of “Wicked,” created by District 8 Garden Clubs. Now in its 16th year, the Midwest’s annual horticulture and landscape event features 25 gardens designed by top gardening and landscaping companies, a vendor marketplace, hands-on workshops, educational seminars and returning to the show this year, the popular horticulture competitions. A new “streetscape” floor design, with a meandering boulevard, cul de sacs, planters and a tree promenade, makes it easy and enjoyable to navigate the many attractions. In addition to flowers and gardens, 36 top Chicago chefs will offer free cooking demonstrations using fresh ingredients from the garden, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and

3:30-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Some of the chefs include Hearty Boys Steven McDonagh and Dan Smith, Dino Lubbat of Dinotto, Gale Gand of Tru, Randy Zweiban of Province, Jo Kaucher and Kim Gracen of Chicago Diner and Didier Durand of Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar. A popular “tablescapes” attraction offers green ideas for home and party entertaining designed by top creative talents. Referencing the performance theme are such table designs as “Playbill by Design,” “Theater Theatrics,” and “Green Room.” Show hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. Admission is $15 weekdays, $17 weekends. Tickets for children 4-12 are $5 every day.


Special Events Preview Benefit

Friday, March 5 Stop and smell the roses before the show opens to the public. The Preview Benefit, 6:00-9:30 p.m. features complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment, and an opportunity to explore the show sans the crowds. Tickets are $135 and a portion of the evening’s ticket proceeds benefit several local organizations and green charities.

MIX & MINGLE

Friday, March 12 Wind down a hectic week at work—or start your weekend—at this unique Friday night social gathering that runs from 5:008:00 p.m. The lush foliage-filled show floor provides the perfect ambience for romance, or to simply socialize with friends and other singles. Mix & Mingle features music and a cash bar.

POTTING PARTIES

(Held Daily During Show Hours) It’s not often that you get the opportunity to be tutored in the art of sowing your own flowers and plants and take home your potted inspiration! These “Potting Parties”—now celebrating their third year as a wildly popular Flower & Garden Show feature -- are held several times daily. For a small donation that benefits a local charity, you’ll be provided with everything you need to create your own mini-garden of greenery. goguidechicago.com

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Restaurants Bistro Campagne 4518 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.271.6100 www.bistrocampagne.com “Campagne” means “countryside” in French, and Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square stays true to its name by supporting the sustainable, low-impact agriculture movement. A warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant in the tradition of a true French Bistro, Bistro Campagne is a local favorite, but draws diners from all over the city. The setting is a charming blend of prairie-inspired decor and lively Gallic spirit. The menu, classic bistro fare based on fresh ingredients from local and west bcoast organic farmers. Recommended: the roast chicken, steak frites, seared salmon and pot de crème for dessert. Open for dinner Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9:30 p.m.

BLACKBIRD 619 W Randolph St., 312.715.0708 www.blackbirdrestaurant.com Named one of the top five restaurants in Chicago by Gourmet Magazine and winner of countless awards, Blackbird should be on your must-to-go list, if it’s not already. Yes, the dining room is a bit tight, yes, it’s expensive, but you’ll forget all about that when you taste the food. Minimalist and trendy, Blackbird specializes in sublime French and American cuisine, using fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Open for lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-11:30 p.m.

CHICAGO DINER 3411 N. Halsted, 773.935.6696 www.veggiediner.com A true Chicago institution, the Chicago Diner has consistently been ranked as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Chicago since opening in 1983. Some customers are so passionate about this warm and welcoming restaurant, they’ve even gotten married here. Whatever the occasion, stop by for a delicious veggie Reuben and a milkshake – you won’t be disappointed. The Chicago Diner serves organic beers and wines and all souops and gravies are made with vegetable stocks. Open Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Frontera Grill 445 N. Clark St., 312.661.1432 www.rickbayless.com You haven’t really tasted real Mexican food until you’ve tried Rick Bayless’s cooking. Like the brightly colored Mexican artwork on the walls, the food at Frontera Grill is refreshing, delightful and inspired. Bayless always uses organic, custom-grown, seasonal and fresh ingredients and the results are stunning. Standouts include almost all of the fish dishes, the mole sauce, homemade tortillas, the desserts and the margaritas. If your budget will allow, try Topolobampo next door, Frontera’s classy sister. Open for lunch Tues.-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner, Tues. 5:20-10 p.m.; Wed & Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-11 p.m.

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Restaurants NAHA

500 N. Clark St., 312.321.6242 www.naha-chicago.com It sounds Asian, but Naha actually specializes in American food, albeit with a Mediterranean/West Coast influence. Super chic and stunningly designed, the atmosphere is at least half the fun here. The other half is the menu, which rotates with the seasons, offering dishes made from fresh, seasonal ingredients, like rich Winter Cauliflower and Onion Soup with Butter Poached Maine Lobster and Braised Short Ribs of Beef with “Thumbelina” Carrots, Winter Root Vegetables and Shaved French Black Winter Truffles. If you’re on a budget, have drinks in the lounge and order the calamari, the chicken wings or a cheese course. Open for lunch, Mon.-Fri, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner, Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.

NORTH POND

2610 N. Cannon Drive, 773.477.5845 www.northpondrestaurant.com Situated within the grounds of Lincoln Park at the edge of a pond overlooking Chicago’s skyline, North Pond can easily claim the city’s loveliest setting. Chef Bruce Sherman holds true to the Arts and Crafts ideal in the culinary philosophy of North Pond restaurant. Drawing inspiration from the local market, he utilizes exceptional ingredients at the height of their season. Whenever possible, Sherman supports small local farmers and treats their products with respect in his kitchen. The path from earth to plate remains clear and his cuisine reflects the décor of the dining room – complex layers of subtle craft beneath a simple decorative style. Open for lunch, Tues.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; brunch, Sun. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; dinner, Wed.-Sun., from 5:30 p.m.

Prairie Grass Café

601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook 847.205.4433 www.prairiegrasscafe.com You don’t expect to find a restaurant that specializes in fresh, seasonal produce from small regional family farms located right next to a shopping mall like Northbrook Court what you’d expect to see is a Bennigan’s or a Friday’s. But that’s what makes the sleek and chic Prairie Grass Café all the more intriguing. Try the grass-fed beef (Prairie Grass Café is one of only a few places in the Chicago area where you can find it), the whitefish and the sirloin burger with blue cheese and onions. Open for lunch Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; for brunch Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Dinner, Mon.-Thurs., 5-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 5-9 p.m.

Terragusto

1851 W. Addison, 773.248.2777 www.terragustocafe.com Great Italian food, BYOB, a charming Roscoe Village location – what’s not to love? How about a menu filled with fresh local and sustainably grown ingredients, many of them delivered to Terragusto by the farmers themselves? Ordering here is a no-brainer: get the pasta, “the best this side of Italy,” according to the show “Check, Please.” Wine is easy too: if you forget to bring your own bottle, the liquor store down the street will bring you a bottle. The real trick here is getting a reservation. Definitely call ahead. Open Tues.-Thurs., 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 5-8:30 p.m.

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THE CALENDAR MARCH 1 „„7 PM LGBT Faith Conversation Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Center on Halsted and Urban Village Church Chicago present a conversation about faith for GLBTs featuring guest speakers, group discussion, films, articles and more. People from all or no religious traditions and communities of faith are welcome.

MARCH 2 „„7:30 PM Homolatte: Queer Words and Music Big Chicks/Tweet, 5024 N. Sheridan (773) 728-5511; www.bigchicks.com Scott Free hosts Homolatte: Queer Words & Music, presented by Daaimah Mubashshir and Vanessa Vincent with special guest Latricia Sealy.

„„8 PM An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin Cadillac Palace Theater, 151 W. Randolph (312) 902-1400; ticketmaster.com Appearing together again after their Tony Award-winning performances in “Evita,” Patti LuPone joins Mandy Patinkin for their theatre concert “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin,” tonight through Sunday.

MARCH 3 „„7 PM Reading Series A Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. (773) 324-5520; hydeparkart.org This reading series is dedicated to showcasing experimental writing in the U.S. and the Midwest through readings, discussion and performance.

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„„7:30 PM Alicia Keys Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont (847) 635-6601, ticketmaster.com Soul diva Alicia Keys comes to the Allstate Arena for one night only.

MARCH 4 „„7:30 PM “A Night at the Oscars” starring Shirley Jones Paramount Theatre 23 East Galena Blvd (Aurora)(630) 896-6666, ticketmaster.com The Academy Award-winning star of such classics as“Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” and “The Music Man,” “Elmer Gantry” joins the 32-piece Hollywood Concert Orchestra for a night saluting the greatest music composed for and used in Hollywood films. Tickets are $30.50.

MARCH 5 „„6 PM Equality Illinois First Friday Networking Event Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted St. (773) 477-9189; www.equalityillinois.org Equality Illinois hosts its monthly First Friday networking event tonight. A $10 donation to the Equality Illinois PAC gets you two drink tickets and a ticket for a door prize drawing.

MARCH 6 „„11 AM Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Workshop Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Jump, spin, slide and move with teaching artists from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.


absolute “must see, must do” events for MARCH 2010

Cirque du Soleil’s critically-acclaimed Alegría runs March 3-7 at the Sears Centre for eight performances only.

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THE CALENDAR This interactive workshop allows parents and children to experience dance together, and will culminate in the creation of a new, unique family dance all their own. The cost of the event is $5 per person. For more information or to RSVP please contact Hubbard Street Dance Chicago at community@hubbardstreetdance. com or call 312-850-9744 x149.

„„2 PM Jack Daniel’s 11th Annual Chili Cook Off Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted at the Video Bar (773) 447-9189; sidetrackchicago.com Taste and judge more than a dozen entries from area chefs. $10 donation benefits Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

„„7:30 PM Chicago Takes Off Park West, 322 W. Armitage chicagotakesoff.org Charity at its raciest, this smokin’ hot burlesque show features some of the top talent from Chicago’s entertainment community. This year’s theme is “classic TV.” Tickets start at $50. A second show follows at 10 p.m.

„„7:30 PM Wit, Wiles and Wisdom: Music By and About Women Ascension Catholic Church, 808 S. East Av. (Oak Park) (708) 848-1762, chicagochoralartists.org Celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month with concerts performed by Chicago Choral Artists. Ranging over nine centuries, the program includes chant written by Hildegard von Bingen, Tavener’s “Song for Athene” and arrangements from the African-American women’s ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock, among many others. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Discounted tickets are available online.

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MARCH 7 „„3 PM Artist Talk: Diane Christiansen and Shoshanna Utchenik Hyde Park Arts Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave. (773) 324-5520; hydeparkart.org Meet the artists from the exhibition “Notes to Nonself,” on display in Gallery. 1 at the Hyde Park Art Center. Feel free to ask questions at this informal talk.

„„6 PM On The Red Carpet Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org If you love the Oscars, you won’t want to miss this over-the-top Oscar party, featuring a red carpet reception, cocktails, hors d oeuvres and the Academy Awards telecast. Dress for the red carpet.

MARCH 9 „„11 PM Lauren Jacobs Returns Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted St. (773) 281-3355; roscoes.com Lauren Jacobs returns with “The Bitch is Back” tour.

MARCH 10 „„7 PM Board Game Night with Sapphic Adventures Georges Ice Cream, 5306 N. Clark St. Bring your board games for a night of games and socializing.


absolute “must see, must do” events for MARCH 2010 „„8:15 PM Hawaiian/Hula and Tahitian Dance Class Isla Pacifica, 4057 N. Damen Ave. islapacifika@gmail.com

„„6:30 PM Art Exhibit Reception Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org

Can’t afford a vacation? Try Hawaiian dance classes instead. Learn how to dance the Hula, including Hula Auana (modern Hula) and Hula Kahiko (ancient Hula), Tahitian dances such as the Otea and Aparima, and dances from other pacific islands like Guam and many more.

The Galleries at Center on Halsted will host an opening reception for artist Zuleyka Benitez’s new show “Narrative Interiors” and artist photographer Tony Kokes’ show “Elemental: Photographs by Tony Kokes.” The exhibits will run through April 19, 2010. The Galleries at Center on Halsted support emerging and established LGBT and ally artists with exhibits offered both in the second floor gallery and on the third floor gallery, adjacent to the Richard M. Daley Rooftop Garden. Tour the Galleries at Center on Halsted during the opening night reception, $5 suggested donation (at door) to support cultural programming at Center on Halsted. Cash bar available.

MARCH 11 „„7:15 PM Speed Dating for Women Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Meet someone new in a flash during speed dating night. Cash bar opens at 6:45 p.m. and the first round starts at 7:15. Rounds continue until everyone has met or until 8:45 p.m., whichever comes first.

„„11 PM Lauren Jacobs Returns Spin Nightclub, 800 W. Belmont (773) 327--7711; spin-nightclub.com Lauren Jacobs returns with “The Bitch is Back” tour.

„„7 PM Women’s Early Bird Night Club Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Enjoy this special showcase of womenfocused entertainment and meet other LBTQidentified mature women. Drinks, dancing and home by 10pm! A $10 suggested donation includes entry and a drink ticket. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. RSVP required: call Jay Very, at 773.472.6469 X 497 or email at jvery@centeronhalsted.org

MARCH 12

MARCH 13

„„7:15 PM Eve Ensler’s “Anyone of Us: Words from Prison” Northeastern Illinois University, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd.

„„9 AM H.E.R. Day Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org

POW-WOW, Inc and Lesbian Leadership Council of Chicago Foundation for Women present a fundraiser as part of the International V-Day 2010 Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls. PreReception 5:30 - 6:45 pm. $35 includes Wine and Cheese pre-reception and priority seating, General $20.

Participate in a free day-long program for LBTQ women, featuring speakers and workshops about women’s health and well being including: toga, self-defense, nutritional cooking, CPR, free rapid HIV testing, bisexual, transgender and women of color health, holistic healing, and more. Complimentary breakfast and lunch. RSVP strongly encouraged. Email women@centeronhalsted.org or call Christine Forster at 773.472.6469 X441. goguidechicago.com

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THE CALENDAR „„1 PM Legal Preparedness Seminar Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Educate yourself about legal issues unique to the GLBT community, such as legal separations for life partners, estate planning and the use of life insurance as a financial planning tool, at this free legal seminar presented by a panel of legal experts from Golan & Christie LLP, The Law Offices of Louis R. Fine and New York Life. To RSVP, email Serena Worthington at sworthington@centeronhalsted. org or call extension 160 at the center.

„„7:30 PM Ballet Folklorico Auditorium Theater, 50 E. Congress Parkway (800) 982-ARTS; ticketmaster.com The original, authentic, world-renowned and vibrantly colorful Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández plays the Auditorium Theatre tonight and Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m. Tickets range in price from $30-$65.

MARCH 14 „„6 PM “Out & Proud” screening Ann Sather’s, 909 W. Belmont Ave. (312) 409-1590; orprimetimers.org Chicago Prime Timers sponsor a screening of WTTW’s documentary “Out & Proud in Chicago,” which tells the history of Chicago’s GLBT community from the Civil War through today.

MARCH 16 „„7 PM actOUT with Silk Road Theater Project Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Center on Halsted presents actOUT with Silk Road Theatre Project; an intimate conversation with OUT playwright and Artistic Director

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Jamil Khoury and OUT stage director Steve Scott, discussing their World Premiere “The DNA Trail” A Genealogy of Short Plays about Ancestry, Identity, and Utter Confusion.

MARCH 17 „„8:15 PM Hawaiian/Hula and Tahitian Dance Class Isla Pacifica, 4057 N. Damen Ave. islapacifika@gmail.com Can’t afford a vacation? Try Hawaiian dance classes instead. Learn how to dance the Hula, including Hula Auana (modern Hula) and Hula Kahiko (ancient Hula), Tahitian dances such as the Otea and Aparima, and dances from other pacific islands like Guam and many more.

MARCH 20 „„7 PM Red Hot Club BEHIV & Cabaret Union League Club, 65 West Jackson (773) 293-4740; behiv.org With a new venue this year, Cabaret night—with entertainment from longtime favorites Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen—promises to be a magical evening of great food and high style. Tickets are $150 per person, or $250 for a benefactor ticket.

MARCH 21 „„3 PM Body Heat: the 4th National Femme Porn Tour Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Turn the temperature up a notch with “Body Heat an Erotic Exploration,” presented by Femmes Write Porn. a national touring collective of Queer Femmes who perform erotic spoken word, dance, and song. Turn the temperature up a notch and feel the body heat! Tickets are $12 and available in advance at www.centeronhalsted.org,


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„„1 PM Intuitive Process Art Making Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org

„„6 PM Voces y Palabras: Journeys in Transition Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org

Come and explore process art making in a safe and nurturing environment! Using simple art materials and personal journaling, reconnect to your innate creative abilities. Attendees will learn to identify creative blocks, develop a different relationship to their inner critic and relax and enjoy color and motion. No art making or writing experience is needed, just an openness to discovery. As a “closed” group class, participants make a commitment to the six-week class and drop-in participation is not offered. This program is made possible through the Chicago Area SchweitzerFellows Program.

The Center, Amigas Latinas, La Dulce Palabra and Voces Primeras present a screening of “Palabras Dulces, Palabras Amargas” a 45-minute documentary featuring the work of La Dulce Palabra a multi-cultural, multi-generational Spoken Word Ensemble. The event begins with a reception at 6pm followed by the film, a post film Q&A with the film maker and performers and then a “meet & greet” with book sales, signings and live performances. A $10 suggested donation to attend is requested. RSVP to women@centeronhalsted.org or call Christine Forster at 773.472.6469 X441.

„„8:15 PM Hawaiian/Hula and Tahitian Dance Class Isla Pacifica, 4057 N. Damen Ave. islapacifika@gmail.com Can’t afford a vacation? Try Hawaiian dance classes instead. Learn how to dance the Hula, including Hula Auana (modern Hula) and Hula Kahiko (ancient Hula), Tahitian dances such as the Otea and Aparima, and dances from other pacific islands like Guam and many more.

MARCH 25 „„6:30 PM Art For Life University Club, 76 E. Monroe (773) 327-9921; bonaventurehouse.org Help raise funds for Bonaventure House at a fun art auction that highlights local Chicago artists. Tickets are $100 and includes champagne, wine and hors d’ oeuvres. No jeans.

march 31 „„11 AM Box Lunch Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org Gather, socialize, and discuss concerns and ideas over lunch. RSVP for lunch required.

„„1:15 PM Open Art Studio Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St. (773) 472-6469; centeronhalsted.org This is an open studio time for artists or those wanting to experiment with art materials. Come and play!

„„8:15 PM Hawaiian/Hula and Tahitian Dance Class Isla Pacifica, 4057 N. Damen Ave. islapacifika@gmail.com Can’t afford a vacation? Try Hawaiian dance classes instead. Learn how to dance the Hula, including Hula Auana (modern Hula) and Hula Kahiko (ancient Hula), Tahitian dances such as the Otea and Aparima, and dances from other pacific islands like Guam and many more. goguidechicago.com

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Destinations:

Hot gay travel ideas to get you through Spring and beyond

March

APRIL

Winter Party Mar 2-8, 2010 in Miami

White Party Palm Springs Apr 9-12, 2010 in Palm Springs

Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Mar 5-14, 2010 in Amsterdam

FilmOut San Diego Apr 16-27, 2010 in San Diego

GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE Mar 1-8, 2010 in Whistler, BC

Winterfest Lake Tahoe

Mar 7-14, 2010 in San Francisco Fusion: LBGT People of Color Film Festival Mar 12-13, 2010 in Los Angeles Pridefest Fort Lauderdale Mar 13-14, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale GLAAD Media Awards NYC Mar 13, 2010 in New York London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival Mar 17-31, 2010 in London Elevation - Gay Ski Week at Mammoth, CA Mar 17-21, 2010 in Mammoth, CA Original GLBT Expo Mar 20-21, 2010 in New York European Gay Ski Week (Tinges, France) Mar 20-27, 2010 in Tinges, France Euro Ski Pride Mar 20-27, 2010 in Saalbach, Austria Outboard - Snowboarding Week Mar 30-Apr 4, 2010 in Breckenridge, CO Dinah Shore Weekend Mar 31-Apr 4, 2010 in Palm Springs

Jungle Houston Apr 1-4, 2010 in Houston

Big Bash Palm Springs Apr 16-18, 2010 in Palm Springs Sunshine Stampede Apr 16-18, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale Phoenix Pride Apr 17-18, 2010 in Phoenix Philadelphia Black Gay Pride Apr 19-25, 2010 in Philadelphia Mobile PrideFest Apr 23-25, 2010 in Mobile, AL Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Apr 23-May 2, 2010 in Miami Equality Forum Apr 26-May 2, 2010 in Philadelphia GBBB13 Apr 29-May 3, 2010 in Manchester Dining Out for Life (SF Bay Area) Apr 29, 2010 in San Francisco Dallas Purple Party Apr 30-May 2, 2010 in Dallas Las Vegas Pride Apr 30-May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas Hot Rodeo Apr 30-May 2, 2010 in Palm Springs

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May

June

Aqua Girl May 12-16, 2010 in Miami

Provincetown Women of Color Weekend Jun 3-6, 2010 in Provincetown

Queer Up North International Festival May 14-31, 2010 in Manchester

Austin Pride Jun 3-6, 2010 in Austin

Long Beach Pride May 15-16, 2010 in Long Beach

Utah Pride Festival Jun 4-6, 2010 in Salt Lake City

AIDS Walk New York May 16, 2010 in New York

Tulsa Pride Jun 5, 2010 in Tulsa, OK

Diva Las Vegas 2009 May 18-23, 2010 in Las Vegas

Connecticut Pride Jun 5, 2010 in Hartford

Inside Out: Toronto GLBT Film & Video Festival May 20-30, 2010 in Toronto

Honolulu Pride Jun 5, 2010 in Hawaii

DC Black Pride May 26-30, 2010 in Washington DC

Winnipeg Pride Jun 6, 2010 in Winnipeg 3 people attending I’m going

Northampton LGBT Pride March & Rally 2009 May 1, 2010 in Northhampton, MA

Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival May 27-30, 2010 in Hawaii Sizzle Miami May 27-Jun 1, 2010 in Miami

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Memorial Weekend Pensacola May 27-31, 2010 in Pensacola, FL International Mr. Leather (IML) May 28-31, 2010 in Chicago Great Plains Rodeo May 28-30, 2010 in Oklahoma City PrideFest Key West May 29-Jun 6, 2010 in Key West Birmingham, England Gay Pride Festival May 29-30, 2010 in Birmingham, UK Moscow Pride Festival May 29, 2010 in Moscow, Russia

Orlando Black Pride Jun 3-6, 2010 in Orlando

Sonoma County Pride Jun 6-13, 2010 in Guerneville, CA Albuquerque Pride Jun 10-12, 2010 in Albuquerque Sierra Stampede Jun 11-13, 2010 in Sacramento Tel Aviv Pride Jun 11, 2010 in Tel Aviv, Milwaukee Pridefest Jun 11-13, 2010 in Milwaukee Gateway Regional Rodeo Jun 11-13, 2010 in St. Louis Pridefest SA Jun 12, 2010 in San Antonio goguidechicago.com

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bars & CLUBS „„@mosphere 5355 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-1100 „„Baton Show Lounge 436 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 527-2269 „„Berlin 954 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4975 „„Big Chicks 5024 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 728-5511 „„Bijou 1349 N. Wells St. Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 943-5397 „„Bobby Love’s 3729 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 525-1200 „„Bucks Saloon 3439 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 525-1125 „„The Call 1547 W. Bryn Mawr Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 334-2524 V

„„Cell Block 3702 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 665-8064 „„Charlie’s Chicago 3726 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 871-8887  3160 3160 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 327-5969 „„Circuit 3641 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 325-2233 „„The Closet 3325 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 477-8533 „„Club Escape 1530 E. 75th St. Chicago, IL 60619 (773) 667-6454 „„Club Krave 13126 S. Western Ave. Blue Island, IL (708) 597-8379 „„Cocktail 3359 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 477-1420

„„Crew 4804 N. Broadway Chicago, IL (773) 784-2739 „„Escapades 6301 S. Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL 60638 (773) 229-0886 „„Granville Anvil 1137 W. Granville Ave. Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 973-0006 „„Halsted’s Bar & Grill 3441 N. Halsted Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-6969 „„Hideaway 7301 Roosevelt Rd Forest Park, IL (708) 771-4459 „„Hunters Nightclub 1932 E. Higgins Elk Grove, IL (847) 439-8840 „„Hydrate 3458 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 975-9244 „„Jackhammer 6406 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 743-5772

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bars & CLUBS „„Jeffery Pub 7041 S. Jeffery Chicago, IL 60649 (773) 363-8555 „„Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club 3700 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 525-1111 „„Little Jim’s 3501 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 871-6116 „„Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 3169 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 404-3169 „„Manhandler Saloon 1948 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 871-3339 „„Man’s Country 5015 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 878-2069 „„Mary’s Attic 5400 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-6969  Minibar 3341 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 871-6227

„„North End 3733 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 477-7999 „„Roscoe’s Tavern & Cafe 3356 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 281-3355 „„Scarlet 3320 N. Halsted Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-1053 „„Scot’s 1829 W. Montrose Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 528-3253 „„Second Story 157 E. Ohio Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 923-9536 „„Sidetrack 3349 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657-2426 (773) 477-9189 V  SoFo Bar 4923 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-7636

„„Spin 800 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 327-7711 V „„Steamworks 3246 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 929-6080 „„T’s Bar Restaurant 5025 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60644 (773) 784-6000 „„Temptations 10235 W. Grand Ave. Franklin Park, IL 60131 (847) 455-0008 „„Touché 6412 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60626 (773) 465-7400 „„Velvet Rope 728 W. Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 358-8840 „„Wild Pug 4810 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 784-4811

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