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QUINTESSENTIAL CHICAGO

6 Chicago's Best Winter Gifts

Bring joy to your closet, ears, eyes, and belly at these events

SHOPPING

8 12 Winter Must-Haves

Keep cozy while looking chic with these fashion finds

DINING

14 Top Tables in Town

Here's a look at concierges' four favorite new restaurants

NIGHTLIFE

38 Best New Bars

Three new lounges and bars making big blips on concierges' radars

CULTURE&ATTRACTIONS

46 Beat the Weather at these Museums Concierges' recommended spots for a winter day of exploration

ON THE COVER

From annual holiday happenings and world-class attractions to must-try new additions to our ever-growing culinary and cocktail scene, Chicago truly shines in winter! So bundle up beautifully and take in the best our city has to offer with this handy guide.

oncierge Hot Spots 7 CTips from those in the know Quick Picks 16 Dining Chicago’s top dining spots including concierge favorites listed by neighborhood

aps M2 M Find your way around the city with ease


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CONCIERGE CONTRIBUTORS

For the lowdown on things and places that make Chicago the worldclass destination it is we tap into the expertise of the people who know it best: its concierges. This unique, insider-voice is carried out through each issue of Concierge Preferred thanks to these contributors and insight from Chicago’s 600-plus city and suburban concierges. CONCIERGE ADVISORY COUNCIL

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CHICAGO’S BEST WINTER GIFTS By Joel Mora @CP_Chicago

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Don’t let the winter scare you. Embrace it because you don’t want to miss these winter favorites that will bring joy to your closet, ears, eyes, and belly. UNIQUE GIFTS

If you want to stand out during gift exchanges this holiday season don’t miss the One of a Kind Show and Sale (p.51) at the theMart. With more than 600 artists from across North America there is surely a vendor to match your style. Not only are the vendors unique, but so is the experience where you can enjoy fashion shows, live music, artist talks, a sports cafe, and other events. New this year will be the Emerging Market where the festival will feature 40 upand-coming designers. WONDERLAND

Nothing gives you that warm feeling inside than spending time with the ones you love. Lincoln Park Zoo’s ZooLights (p.52) provides a perfect setting for just that. The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland with two million lights, ice carvings, musical light shows, animal encounters, ice skating, holiday crafts, and more. Just a touch south you

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can also head to Winter Wonderfest (p.51) with 170,000 square feet of rides, a Blackhawks ice rink, and more family fun at Navy Pier. RISE TO THE OCCASION

Last year saw the establishment of a new tradition in Chicago with ChiTown Rising (p.50), which saw 90,000 people celebrate the new year at the Chicago River. Last year brought  ZooLights ï


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HOT SPOTS Seasonal picks from those who know best.

Tim Anderson, Concierge, Dana Hotel & Spa

One of a Kind Show and Sale í

great musical acts including Chicago who performed as a star rose 36 stories in the air, and this year promises to be bigger and better than last year. Stay tuned to conciergepreferred.com to see the lineup of performers and more. ROCK 2017

Throughout the year visitors love to visit Buddy Guy’s Legends to catch a glimpse of the blues icon, but sometimes they leave missing him. Make sure to make it in January for the Buddy Shows (p.50) where the legend will perform 16 shows with special guests at his blues club. He may be 80 years old, but Buddy Guy can still play and wail. FOODIE WEEK

Get your Instagram accounts ready for all the beautifully delicious plates awaiting during Chicago Restaurant Week (p.50). Over 250 of Chicago’s most popular and revered restaurants will be offering special prix fixe menus from $22–$44. New this year will be the addition of a brunch prix fixe menu starting at $22.  Chi-Town Rising ï

If you are in the mood to dine and take in some live music, then head to the V Lounge at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood (p.18). The welcoming atmosphere makes it a perfect spot for the holidays and their food is delicious. I recommend the oysters and their Chilean sea bass. For dessert make sure to try their Bananas Foster. 3 OTHERS TO TRY:

DD Tortoise Supper Club (p.34) DD Ditka’s (p.18) DD GT Fish & Oyster (p.20)

Vineeta Santoshi, Concierge, Corporate Concierge Services

The Christkindlmarket (p.51) is an open-air European holiday market on Daley Plaza and features traditional art and beautiful handmade gifts. There are many must-try food and drinks including thüringer (sausage), glühwein (mulled wine) and stollen (holiday fruit bread). There is diverse holiday entertainment including choirs and carolers. Best of all, admission is free. 3 OTHERS TO TRY:

DD "Christmas Around the World" and "Holidays of Light" at the Museum of Science & Industry (p.48) DD “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Greenhouse Theater Center (p.51) DD Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier (p.51)

Mark Kraemer, Concierge, Hotel Palomar Chicago

Harking back to the glory days of hotel lobby bars, the Gold Coast’s Sparrow (p.42) is a welcome respite for cold winter days. A 1930s-era rum-focused cocktail bar, the environs here are as impressive as their creations. Make sure to try La Florita made with Panama white rum, maraschino, lime, grapefruit, and whirled with crushed ice for a truly transportive experience. 3 OTHERS TO TRY:

DD ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (p.52) DD Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park (p.49) DD Beacon Tavern (p.18) FOR MORE IDEAS VISIT

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SHOPPING

12 WINTER MUST-HAVES By Erin Toole Williams @CP_Chicago

Keep cozy while looking ever-so-stylish with these hand-picked fashion finds.

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PICKS FOR WOMEN

Sam Edelman 'Hayes' 1 t-strap pump ($129.95) at

Nordstrom (P.10) Multi glitter scallop activity 2 tracker ($125) at Kate Spade New York (P.10) Coach 1941 'Glitter Star' 3 sequin-embellished wool blend sweater ($695) at Nordstrom (P.10) Velvet pleat midi skirt ($100) 4 at TopShop (P.11) Bow & Drape BRRRR sequin 5 beanie ($35) at Nordstrom (P.10) Black and gold dot 6 atmosphere top ($198) at Rebecca Minkoff (P.10)

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PICKS FOR MEN

Chicago Cubs 2016 World 1 Series fairfax knit hat with pom ($24.95) at Wrigleyville Sports (P.13) Patchwork plaid trouser 2 socks ($22) at Ralph Lauren (P.10) Nuptse 2 down vest ($149) 3 at The North Face (P.10) Cable knit button cardigan 4 ($69.95) at Gap (P.10) Nike Air Max Zero ($150) 5 at Nike Chicago (P.10) MLB compact ID wallet 6 ($195) at Coach (P.11)

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SHOPPING

APPAREL & DEPARTMENT STORE

AKIRA; M6;E2

122 S. State St.  312-346-3034 Designer shoes, women's clothing, and accessories.

  DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF RETAILERS

ýýKATE SPADE NEW YORK; M6;B3

56 E. Oak St.  312-654-8853 New York brand offering colorful clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories.

ýýBARNEYS NEW YORK; M9;P1

ýýLACOSTE CHICAGO BOUTIQUE; M9;Q2

BLOOMINGDALE'S; M9;P2

MACY'S STATE STREET; M6;D2

15 E. Oak St.   312-587-1700 Luxury department store in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast. 900 North Michigan Shops  312-440-4460 Six floors of designer clothing, cosmetics, shoes, and more.

ýýBUFFALO EXCHANGE; M5;C3

1478 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-227-9558 Vintage and resale apparel shop in the heart of Wicker Park.

BURBERRY; M9;S2

633 N. Michigan Ave.  312-787-2500 Flagship store featuring innovative apparel, accessories, and more.

ýýCHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN; M9;P1

58 E. Oak St.   312-337-8200 Luxury retailer known for the designer's red-soled shoes, handbags, and more.

CITYTARGET STATE STREET;

M6;D2

1 S. State St.  312-279-2133 Retail giant with an urban format store in the Loop.

Water Tower Place   312-951-1300 Chain known for their iconic polo shirts, apparel, accessories, leather goods, and sportswear. 111 N. State St.  312-781-4483 Taking up an entire block on State Street, this was the first Marshall Fields store.

ýýMAJE; M6;B3

100 E. Oak St.  312-649-9228 Ready-to-wear collections and accessories for women.

ýýMARC JACOBS; M9;P2

11 E. Walton St.  312-649-7260 Clothing and accessories from the famed designer.

ýýMILDBLEND SUPPLY CO.; M5;B3

1342 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-772- 9711 Designed with a rustic and recycled interior, this shop offers premium denim and an outstanding selection of men's and women's casual and fine clothing, shoes, and grooming products."

ýýCOLE HAAN; M9;S3

ýýNEIMAN MARCUS; M9;R2

DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO; M6;C3

NIKE CHICAGO;

ýýDOLCE & GABBANA; M9;P1

NORDSTROM; M9;T2

673 N. Michigan Ave.  312-642-8995 Magnificent Mile location of shoe retailer. 658 N. Dearborn St.  312-587-3312 High-end designer consignment shop. (p.12)

68 E. Oak St.  312-642-3570 Retailer of designer apparel from the Italian fashion label.

ýýFJÄLLRÄVEN CHICAGO; M5;C3

1708 N. Damen Ave.  773-661-0227 Meaning Arctic fox, this Swedish outdoor apparel retailer has opened their first Chicago location in Wicker Park.

737 N. Michigan Ave.  312-642-5900 High-end clothing, accessories, and personal care products. M9;T2

669 N. Michigan Ave.   312-642-6363 Offering a full range of Nike athletic footwear, apparel, and accessories for adults and kids. 55 E. Grand Ave.  312-464-1515 Known for its wide selection and unbeatable service.

ýýTHE NORTH FACE; M9;Q2

875 N. Michigan Ave.  312-337-7200 Be prepared for everything Mother Nature throws at you with gear from The North Face.

ýýFOREVER 21

ýýORIGINAL PENGUIN; M9;P1

ýýGAP;M9;T2

ýýPRADA; M6;B3

Multiple Locations.  Carrying the latest fashion trends for women—and men in some stores. 555. N. Michigan Ave.  312-494-8580 Featuring Gap, babyGap, GapBody, GapKids, and GapMaternity.

ýýGUCCI; M9;P2

900 North Michigan Shops  312-664-5504 Luxury brand known for modern, Italian-crafted leather goods, apparel, and accessories.

ýýH&M; M9;O2

840 N. Michigan Ave.  312-640-0060 Stylish European fashions at reasonable prices from the chain's 95 in-house designers.

ýýINDEPENDENCE; M6;B3

47 E. Oak St.  312-675-2105 Upscale clothing shop features a hip selection of USA-made designer fashions and accessories for men.

J. TOOR; M9;P2

900 North Michigan Shops  312-291-8249 For the ultimate bespoke experience visit J. Toor for your own custom-made suits, shirts, overcoats, and more with the help of an extremely knowledgeable staff.

901 N. Rush St.  312-475-0792 Clothing retailer carrying its retroinspired collection of apparel and accessories for men and women. 30 E. Oak St.  312-951-1113 Retailer of upscale apparel, handbags, fragrances, and more from the Italian designer.

ýý RALPH LAUREN; M9;R2

750 N. Michigan Ave.  312-280-1655 Four-story flagship store carrying nearly the entire signature RL collection.

ýýREBECCA MINKOFF; M6;B3

106 E. Oak St.  312-702-1098 The store to get edgy and playful luxury clothing, accessories, and footwear.

ýýSIR & MADAME; M5;D4

5225 S. Harper Ct.  773-241-5225 Owned and operated by Hyde Park natives, Sir & Madame offers classic streetwear with a twist.

ýýTHE SPORTS STORE; M9;P2

900 North Michigan Shops  312-877-5455 Get all your licensed Cubs, White Sox, BlackHawks, Bulls, and other sports apparel and accessories at The Sports Store.


11 ýýTOPSHOP/TOPMAN; M9;Q2

830 N. Michigan Ave.  312-280-6834 The second U.S. location for the trendy British retailer offering upto-the-minute styles. The store also houses Topman for men's clothes.

ýýTORY BURCH; M6;B3

45 E. Oak St.  312-280-0010 Upscale American clothing, accessories, and more for women.

ýýUNIQLO; M9;P2

830 N. Michigan Ave.  877-486-4756 Japanese retail store's first Midwest location selling casual attire including sweaters, scarves, jeans, and sportswear for men, women, and children.

ýýURBAN OUTFITTERS

Multiple locations.  Retailer filled with modern clothing, vinyl, home products, funny gifts, and more.

ýýVANS; M6;B2

1051 N. Rush St.  312-951-7256 Shoes and casualwear inspired by skateboarding and surfing culture.

ýýVILLA; M5;D4

5230 S. Lake Park Ave.  773-947-6023 Fusing fashion and music to offer brand-name streetwear for men and women in Hyde Park.

ýýVINCE; M6;B3

106 E. Oak St.  312-280-6890 Offering upscale, contemporary apparel for men and women.

ZARA; M9;R2

700 N. Michigan Ave.  312-255-8123 Three floors of apparel and accessories.

FLORISTS

ýýRANDOLPH FLORAL DESIGN; M6;D3

2410 W. 16th St.  312-243-7750 Downtown florist delivering throughout Chicagoland. (p.13)

JEWELRY

ýýERWIN PEARL;

M9;T2

The Shops at Northbridge  312-321-1445 Retail chain for fine jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, colorful silk scarves, and more.

LESTER LAMPERT; M9;P2

7 E. Huron St.  312-944-6888 Storied jeweler featuring signature precious gemstone collections and custom design options.

ýý LOCAL CHARM; M9;Q3

835 N. Michigan Ave.  312-202-1210 Jewelry studio in Water Tower Place with one-of-a-kind pieces.

NEW YORK JEWELERS; M6;D3

11 N. Wabash Ave.  312-855-4999 Engagement rings, custom jewelry designs, and high-end timepieces.

OUTLET MALLS

CHICAGO PREMIUM OUTLETS; M8;R1 Aurora  630-585-2200 Outdoor mall with a large selection of marked down items to choose from. (p.3)

FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO; M8;U2

Rosemont  847-928-7500 Shop over 130 designer outlets in a beautiful brand-new enclosed center located just 20 minutes from Downtown Chicago. (Inside Front Cover)

ýýHUNTLEY OUTLET CENTER; M8;P1

Huntley  847-669-9100 Outlet stores include Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Bose, Carter's, and many more.

LIGHTHOUSE PLACE PREMIUM OUTLETS; M8;R3

Michigan City, Ind.  219-879-6506 Dozens of top outlet stores offering discount prices. (p.3)

ýýPLEASANT PRAIRIE PREMIUM OUTLETS; M8;P2

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.  262-857-2101 Ninety top outlet stores offering discount prices. (p.3) SHOES & ACCESSORIES

ýýCLICK SHOES & MORE; M7;N1

3729 N. Southport Ave.  773-244-9141 Upbeat shop offering women's shoes and boots in hip, current styles, plus apparel and accessories.

ýýCOACH; M9;P2

900 N. Michigan Ave.  312-440-1777 American luxury brand know for craftsmanship in leather goods ranging from watches and bags to wallets, shoes, and more.

ýýDURSEN SHOES; M5;C3

1252 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-227-3502 Quality and stylish men's dress shoes, oxfords, boots, and loafers at prices that won't break the bank.

ýýHENRI BENDEL; M9;Q3

Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave. 312-951-1928

Henri Bendel features handbags, wallets, jewelry, and other accessories that allow women to experiment and innovate their styles.

ýýJOHN FLUEVOG; M5;C3

1539 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-772-1983 An independent designer of forward-thinking footwear, Fluevog has been creating unique soles since 1970.

ýýLORI'S DESIGNER SHOES; M7;N1

824 W. Armitage Ave.  773-281-5655 Spacious self-service chain store offering a wide variety of shoes, handbags, jewelry, and apparel.

ýýMONCLER; M6;B3

33 E. Oak St.   312-361-8573 Luxe down jackets and sportswear for men, women, and kids are the focus of this French-Italian brand.

ýýSTUART WEITZMAN; M9;T2

520 N. Michigan Ave.  312-661-1560 Women's shoe maker that produces over 600 styles a year along with bags and other accessories.

ýý TOD'S; M9;P2

121 E. Oak St.  312-943-0070 High-end retailer offering Italianmade leather shoes, handbags, and accessories for men and women.

SHOPPING CENTERS

900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS; M9;P2 900 N. Michigan Ave.  312-915-3916 Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, featuring J. Crew, Gucci, Club Monaco, and more.


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BLOCK 37; M6;D3

ýýILLINOIS ARTISANS SHOP; M6;D2

THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE; M9;T2

ýýLOOPY YARNS; M6;F2

ýý THE SHOPS AT ROOSEVELT COLLECTION;

ýýMARBLES: THE BRAIN STORE; M9;Q3

108 N. State St.  312-261-4738 Block 37 features an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. 520 N. Michigan Ave.  312-327-2300 Anchored by Nordstrom, retailers include Hugo Boss, Tommy Bahama, White House | Black Market, Lucky Brand, and more.

47 W. Polk St.  312-583-9276 Retail store providing a unique collection of yarn at all price points along with experts to help you pick the best patterns.

M6;F2

150 W. Roosevelt Rd.  312-944-3777 Open-air center with premium national and local retailers like H&M, Fleet Feet Chicago, ShowPlace ICON Theatre, and more.

WATER TOWER PLACE; M9;Q3

835 N. Michigan Ave.  312-440-3166 Featuring Macy's and more than 100 stores, spas, and restaurants.

SPECIALTY STORES

835 N. Michigan Ave.  312-255-1201 One-of-a-kind retail store with a smart collection of fun ways to a healthier brain for all ages.

ýýMCA STORE; M9;Q3

220 E. Chicago Ave.  312-397-4000 Contemporary gifts, jewelry, art toys, home décor, and more from the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

MERZ APOTHECARY; M6;E3

17 E. Monroe St.  312-781-6900 This popular pharmacy has been a Chicago staple for over 140 years and the best spot to get natural products like luxury soaps from around the world.

AFTER-WORDS NEW AND USED BOOKS M6;C3

23 E. Illinois St.  312-464-1110 Independent bookstore with more than 55,000 volumes of new and used books.

ýýCHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION

THE MUSEUM SHOP OF THE ART INSTITUTE

SHOP M6;E3

OF CHICAGO; M6;E3

224 S. Michigan Ave.  312-322-1132 Great specialty shop to get gifts for architecture lovers and souvenirs.

111 S. Michigan Ave.  800-518-4214 The museum's main shop includes items derived from their collection while the Modern Wing shop also has art reproductions, books, and gifts along with pieces created by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

ýýCRATE & BARREL; M9;S2

646 N. Michigan Ave.  312-787-5900 Home furnishings, barware, gifts, and more.

DYLAN'S CANDY BAR; M9;T2

445 N. Michigan Ave.  312-702-2247 A two-floor candy shop that is not only a treat for your mouth but also for your eyes.

MYOPIC BOOKS; M5;C3

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-862-4882 One of Chicago's oldest and largest used bookstores.

EATALY; M9;S1

ýýPAPERISH MESS; M5;C3

43 E. Ohio St.  312-521-8700 Italian mega-eatery and gourmet shop with floor-to-ceiling Italian gourmet products, accessories, and ingredients.

1955 W. Chicago Ave.  312-265-1497 West Town shop offering unique souvenirs from over 100 independent artists.

P.O.S.H.; M6;C2

FOURSIDED CARD + GIFT; M7;L2

613 N. State St.  312-280-1602 If you want housewares that aren't mass produced and completely unique then make sure to visit P.O.S.H. in River North.

2958 N. Clark St.  773-244-6431 For all your greeting card, art, prints, gifts, and accessories don't miss out on this local store.

GARRETT POPCORN SHOPS

RECKLESS RECORDS; M5;B3

Multiple locations.  888-476-7267 Since 1949, Chicagoans have been enjoying Garrett's hot-air popped goodness. Make sure to try their signature "Garrett Mix." (p.5)

HERSHEY'S CHICAGO; M9;O2

100 W. Randolph St.  312-814-5321 Handcrafted goods from Illinois' artisans.

1379 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-235-3727 Record store selling new and used CDs, DVDs, and LPs in Wicker Park.

ýýSHINOLA; M7;N1

822 N. Michigan Ave.  312-337-7711 This 3,600-square-foot retail space is full of interactive experiences.

1619 N. Damen Ave.  773-904-2417 Upscale retailer of made-in Detroit watches and bicycles, plus a line of leather goods and curated gift items.

Designer Resale of Chicago Chicago’s most exclusive consignment boutique for more than 22 years

DESIGNER RESALE 658 N. Dearborn, Chicago

312-587-3312 DesignerResaleChicago.com

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm | Sunday 11am-6pm


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900 North Michigan Shops  312-204-6008 Quality goods, tools, and accessories for your favorite home chef.

TAILS IN THE CITY; M6;B3

1 E. Delaware Pl.  312-649-0347 This luxury pet store will make your dog or cat look better than most people walking down the street.

ýýWRIGLEYVILLE SPORTS; M7;J1

959 W. Addison St.  773-883-2079 RIght across Wirgley Field, Wrigleyville Sports is the perfect location to get your Cubs gear before or after a game.

SUBURBAN SHOPPING CENTERS

OAKBROOK CENTER; M5;C2

Oak Brook  630-573-0700 This well-landscaped, open-air mall has more than 160 shops and restaurants as well as six major department stores.

WOODFIELD MALL; M5;A1

Schaumburg  847-330-0220 Nearly 300 select stores and restaurants, such as The Coach Store and The Cheesecake Factory. (p.3)

With its tree-covered streets, the corridor is a beautiful location to stroll and explore many of the boutiques and specialty stores.

THE MAGNIFICENT MILE; M9

Iconic shopper's mecca with flagship stores and specialty retailers.

MAXWELL STREET MARKET; M6;F1

800 S. Desplaines St.   312.745.4676 Explore all the eclectic merchandise offered at bargain prices while enjoying some of the best Latin street food.

OAK STREET; M9

Chicago's home to high-end and luxury retailers and brands.

OLD TOWN; M7;O3

Cozy neighborhood with specialty stores and independent retailers.

SOUTHPORT CORRIDOR; M5;B3

Between Roscoe and Addison Streets on Southport Avenue you'll find major retailers like Anthropologie, Lululemon, and Gap but also boutiques like Mint Julep and She One Boutique.

STATE STREET; M6;E2

Macy's on State Street anchors this retail row that includes Block 37.

SHOPPING DISTRICTS

ANDERSONVILLE; M5;B4

ARMITAGE & HALSTED CORRIDOR; M7;N1

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WICKER PARK/BUCKTOWN; M5;B3

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2016’S TOP TABLES By Amber Holst @CP_Chicago

Chicago’s dining landscape has grown exponentially this past year, having seen a slew of fresh new concepts open in practically every corner of the city. Having a hard time deciding where to dine? Let Chicago’s concierges’ help you narrow down the choices. Here’s a look at four of their favorite new restaurants around town.

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CULINARY KALEIDOSCOPE

Revival Food Hall (p.18) is an alllocal dining concept that essentially serves as a best-of hit list of Chicago’s culinary staples and burgeoning talents all under one roof. The massive, 24,000 square foot venue is located in the heart of The Loop in The National building, a historic century-old property designed by the legendary Daniel Burnham. This collaborative project boasts 15 fastcasual stalls spotlighting the city’s diverse dining culture with outposts of Antique Taco, Furious Spoon, Smoque BBQ, Black Dog Gelato, the first location for sandwich-centric food truck The Fat Shallot, and much more. Concierges advice? Come hungry and prepare to gather snacks from a variety of counters to maximize your experience.

LANDMARK LOOP DINING

The Loop's stylish Kimpton Gray Hotel is home to Steadfast (p.18), a handsome, New American restaurant where the likes of wood-grilled kale with bacon vinaigrette and whole-roasted duck cassoulet pair perfectly with their extensive selection of rare brown spirits. Executive chef Chris Davies and executive pastry chef Christopher Teixeira double-team a menu of inspired dishes that infuse Mediterranean and Portuguese flavors into beautifully composed dishes. The focal point of the luxe dining room is the exhibition kitchen, which gives  Steadfast ï


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guests from every seat in the house a great up-close-and-personal look at the culinary action. PUTTING PASTA FIRST

The vibe is casual but the food makes the evening feel special at Monteverde (p.36), an Italian restaurant in the West Loop. Here, celebrated chef Sarah Grueneberg blends the traditions of Italian culture and cooking with influences from her family heritage and trips around the world. At the heart of the restaurant—which was recently named by "Food & Wine" as one of 2016’s “Best New Restaurants”—is the pastificio, where the team creates fresh, handmade pastas throughout the day in all shapes, sizes, and textures. From skate wing schnitzel to her beautifully simple, but masterful cacio e pepe, the food here is always soulful and surprising.

Seafood and New American small plates round out the menu, alongside signature cocktails and a plethora of wines by the glass, all offered in stylishly edgy surrounds.

MODERN MEAT PALACE

Chef Giuseppe Tentori offers a delightful departure from the traditional steakhouse with his new River North restaurant GT Prime (p.20). The menu revolves around 4-8 ounces of perfectly prepared beef, lamb, buffalo, and venison that’s served sliced and intended for sharing. Brown Bag at Revival Food Hall. î Photo by Neil Burger.

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GOLD COAST

ýý3 ARTS CLUB CAFE; M9;P1

1300 N. Dearborn St.   312-475-9116 A stunning, lavishly designed haunt inside Restoration Hardware combining a coffeehouse, wine bar, and a New American restaurant.  $

CONNIE'S PIZZA; M9;P1

1030 N. State St.   312-326-3443 Local chain serving a range of pizza styles, from thin-crust to stuffed, in an old-school space conveniently located in the heart of all the neighborhood action.  $

GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE; M9;P1

1028 N. Rush St.  312-266-8999 This perpetually-packed Rush Street heavy-hitter, which is named after the onion-garnished Gibson martini, features USDA prime aged beef like a porterhouse and rib-eye steak, massive Australian lobster tails, ridiculously large sides, decadent desserts, and first-rate martinis.  $$$

GIORDANO'S; M9;P1

730 N. Rush St.   312-951-0747 Here you can delve into a prime example of classic Chicago deep-dish pizza. With a number of locations throughout the city, it's easy to get your yearly intake of sweet, gooey cheese.  $

LE COLONIAL; M9;P1

937 N. Rush St.  312-255-0088 The French colonial decor, Saigon-inspired upstairs lounge and alfresco terrace of this upscale Vietnamese restaurant make this spot a unique Gold Coast dining destination.The menu is focused on colonial Vietnamese culinary traditions, with sophisticated presentations of classic dishes.  $$

LOU MALNATI'S PIZZERIA; M6;B3

1120 N. State St.  312-725-7777 Whether you're looking to experience traditional Chicago deep-dish pizza or opt for their equally delicious thin crust, Lou's is known for their delightfully flaky, buttery crust. (p.37)  $

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S; M6;B3

41 E. Chestnut St.  312-397-9500 Upscale restaurant featuring an ever-changing menu of about 30 varieties of fresh seafood plus a handful of meaty choices like filet mignon and New York strip. (p.35)  $$

NICO OSTERIA; M6;B2

1015 N. Rush St.  312-994-7100 An authentically Italian seafood restaurant, Nico Osteria is located at the Thompson Chicago hotel and brings rustic simplicity to the heart of the Gold Coast neighborhood. Make sure to try the chef’s selection crudo, it is impeccable.  $$$

HARWOOD HEIGHTS

ýýELI'S CHEESECAKE; M5;B3

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.  800-354-2253 Eli's has been serving Chicago some of the finest cheesecake since 1980. They are known for slow-baking their cheesecakes in small batches to achieve the right flavor and texture and using local ingredients. (Inside Back Cover)  $$

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LAKEVIEW

YOLK; M7;L2

501 W. Diversey Pkwy.  773-281-9655 With several convenient Chicago locations, Yolk’s bright and sunny restaurants are incredibly welcoming, and their menu— featuring enormous omelets and bacon waffles to everything inbetween—offers something for even the most finicky of eaters. (p.19)  $

LINCOLN PARK/OLD TOWN

ýýINTRO; M7;N3

2300 N. Lincoln Park West  773-868-0002 With visiting top chefs and mixologists working with chef Stephen Gillanders no visit to the high-end Intro is the same.  $$

RICCARDO TRATTORIA; M7;N2

2119 N. Clark St.   773-549-0038 Cozy and homey Italian restaurant featuring traditional dishes, delightful daily specials, and a varied and approachable wine list tucked away on Clark Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.   $$

LOGAN SQUARE

FAT RICE; M5;C3

2957 W. Diversey Ave.  773-661-9170 Drawing influence from the Euro-Asian unions of China, India, and Southeast Asia’s colonial past with Portugal, the food here combines homestyle comfort with exotic, lesser known ingredients and flavors. $$

LOOP

ACANTO; M6;E3

18 S. Michigan Ave.   312-578-0763 Here you'll find handcrafted pastas, coastal seaside plates, stone-oven pizzas, and an in-house charcuterie program alongside hand-selected wines from all of Italy’s 20 wine regions, craft Italian birra, and Italian-inspired cocktails.  $$

ýýCATCH 35; M6;D2

35 W. Wacker Dr.  312-346-3500 Catch 35 brings fresh ocean seafood to Chicago along with seasonal offerings and delicious steaks. (p.19)  $$$

THE GAGE; M6;E3

24 S. Michigan Ave.  312-372-4243 Located across the street from Millennium Park, this lively restaurant offers delectable, inventive American eats and a long list of beers in a fun, bustling atmosphere.  $$

GIORDANO'S; M6;E3

130 E. Randolph St.   312-616-1200 Here you can delve into a prime example of classic Chicago deep-dish pizza. With a number of locations throughout the city, it's easy to get your yearly intake of sweet, gooey cheese.  $

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S; M6;D3

1 E. Wacker Dr.  312-923-7226 Upscale restaurant featuring an ever-changing menu of about 30 varieties of fresh seafood plus a handful of meaty choices like filet mignon and New York strip. (p.35)  $$

 ($60+)  |   ($40-60)  |   ($20-40)  |   (under $20)


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ýýREVIVAL FOOD HALL; M6;E2

125 S. Clark St.  773-999-9411 This 24,000-square-foot marketplace will definitely have something for you with stalls from The Fat Shallot, Antique Taco, Aloha Poke Co., Black Dog Gelato, and much more.  $$

REMINGTON'S; M6;D3

20 N. Michigan Ave.   312-782-6000 Classic American cuisine ranging from fresh seafood from the raw bar to hearty entree salads and steaks in an upscale, comfortable setting right across the street from Millennium Park.  $$

SEVEN LIONS; M6;D3

130 S. Michigan Ave.   312-880-0130 Enjoy elevated takes on classic American fare plus wine and seasonal cocktails in a chic, spacious setting located just a stone's throw from the Art Institute of Chicago.  $$

ýýSTEADFAST; M6;E2

120 W. Monroe St.  312-801-8899 With seasonality and creativity in mind, Steadfast serves new American food with Mediterranean and Portuguese touches for the pre-theater crowd.  $$$

TAVERN AT THE PARK; M6;D3

130 E. Randolph St.  312-552-0070 This polished, yet casual eatery features stunning views of the park through over-sized windows. The all-day menu here offers myriad choices including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and hearty entrees.   $$

  DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF RESTAURANTS

MAGNIFICENT MILE

DEL FRISCO'S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAK HOUSE; M6;B3

58 E. Oak St.  312-888-2499 Located in the historic Esquire Theater on Oak Street, Del Frisco’s offers a top-notch dining experience featuring prime steaks and seafood along with an extensive wine list in a beautiful setting.   $$

DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL; M9;R2

39 E. Chicago Ave.  312-440-8660 Located two blocks off of the Magnificent Mile, Devon is an upscale seafood restaurant offering simply prepared fresh fish, premium steaks, an impressive wine cellar, and handcrafted cocktails. (p.17)   $$

EDDIE V'S PRIME SEAFOOD; M9;T1

521 N. Rush St.   312-595-1114 Here you can enjoy seafood and steaks with a menu emphasis on top-of-the-catch prime seafood creations, USDA prime beef and fresh oyster bar selections. $$

LABRIOLA RISTORANTE & CAFE; M9;T2 535 N. Michigan Ave.  312-955-3100 Large Italian eatery serving wood-fired pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, and more.  $$

ýýDITKA'S; M9;Q2

100 E. Chestnut St.  312-587-8989 Da Coach does it right with a welcoming restaurant that has a menu that includes prime steaks, seafood, bar food, and great drinks.

THE PURPLE PIG; M9;T1 RUTH BELIEVED

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500 N. Michigan Ave.  312-464-1744 This hot spot tucked away just off the Magnificent Mile offers up small plates, house-cured meats, and a lengthy wine list in small, lively quarters.   $$

THE SIGNATURE ROOM AT THE 95TH; M9;Q3 875 N. Michigan Ave.   312-787-9596 Located atop the John Hancock Center, they offer contemporary American fare with sweeping views of Chicago. You can also watch the city lights glimmer from The Signature Lounge located on the 96th floor.  $$

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RIVER NORTH

ýýBEACON TAVERN; M6;C3

405 N. Wabash Ave.  312-955-4226 This hot spot's menu is loaded with fresh interpretations of tavern classics and seafood-forward dishes and libations. $$

BENNY'S CHOP HOUSE; M9;T2

444 N. Wabash Ave.  312-626-2444 High-end contemporary steakhouse serving aged steaks, seafood, and pasta with live piano music most nights in the lounge.  $$

BOTTLEFORK BAR & KITCHEN; M6;C2

Chicago • 312.321.2725 • 431 N. Dearborn St.

441 N. Clark St.  312-955-1900 To go along with serious cocktails and loads of craft beers at this River North hangout is an interesting menu of upscale bar bites with a focus on heartier fare like beef cheek poutine.  $$


19 CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE; M6;C2

60 W. Ontario St.  312-787-7100 A classic, big city steakhouse, this local favorite gets props for its cooked-to-perfection chops, steaks, and sides. Set in a restored brownstone, make sure to check out the historic photographs that line the downstairs bar and lounge. (p.1)  $$$

CHICAGO CUT STEAKHOUSE; M6;C2

FOGO DE CHÃO; M6;D2 661 N. LaSalle St.   312-932-9330 Authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs expertly grill 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service and access to their stocked and upscale salad bar for a set cost.  $$

GENE & GEORGETTI; M6;D2

300 N. LaSalle St.  312-329-1800 With a focus on dry-aged prime cuts, this is a see-and-be-seen destination that offers a modern take on the classic steakhouse setting and an incredible wine list.  $$$

500 N. Franklin St.  312-527-3718 The oldest Italian steakhouse in the city, they opened their doors in 1941. This family-owned establishment serves prime aged steaks and chops all butchered on site.  $$

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  DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF RESTAURANTS

GT FISH & OYSTER; M6;D2

531 N. Wells St.   312-929-3501 Oyster bar and seafood-centric eatery named after chef/ partner Giuseppe Tentori. The shareable menu contains both traditional items as well as many seasonal, original dishes.  $$

ýýGT PRIME; M6;C2

707 N. Wells St.  312-600-6305 The sequel to GT Fish & Oyster is a meat-centric eatery that beside the usual suspects includes venison loin, bison tenderloin, veal cheek, and more. 

HARD ROCK CAFE; M6;C2

63 W. Ontario St.   312-943-2252 A go-to venue in River North for 25 years featuring a large collection of music memorabilia, live music acts, and a large menu of American fare at reasonable prices.  $

ýýHOOTERS; M6;D2

660 N. Wells St.  312-944-8800 Downtown outpost featuring Hooters signature tank top and short-short clad waitresses and fare like burgers, chicken wings, fried pickles, pulled pork sandwiches, and barbecued ribs. (p.37)  $

ýýINDIA HOUSE; M6;C2

KINZIE CHOPHOUSE; M6;D2

400 N. Wells St.  312-822-0191 The menu highlights steaks, seafood, and a handful of pastas in addition to weekday happy hour specials available in the bar.  $$

MASTRO'S STEAKHOUSE; M6;D2

520 N. Dearborn St.  312-521-5100 From cooked-to-perfection steaks to massive seafood towers, this River North chophouse chain offers prime meats and fresh seafood in a posh, bi-level environment.  $$$

MERCADITO; M6;D2

108 W. Kinzie St.   312-329-9555 Cocktails and upscale Mexican eats keep this popular hangout bustling with a hip, young crowd.  $$

PORTILLO'S; M6;D2

100 W. Ontario St.  312-587-8910 From Chicago-style hot dogs to Italian beef and more, this local favorite offers an authentic taste of Chicago's most beloved street foods.  $

QUARTINO RISTORANTE & WINE BAR; M6;D2 626 N. State St.  312-698-5000 An urban Italian restaurant and wine bar offering authentic regional Italian food, shareable plates, and wine in a lively atmosphere.  $$

ROKA AKOR; M6;D2

59 W. Grand Ave.  312-645-9500 India House does its best to deliciously highlight the varied spices, herbs, and dishes that exist throughout India. (p.34)  $$

456 N. Clark St.  312-477-7652 A vibrant and sleek Japanese steakhouse featuring items from the robata grill in addition to an expansive sushi menu.  $$

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divvybikes.com, 855-55-DIVVY Multiple locations. A bike sharing system for Chicagoans that is available 24/7. A convenient alternative to get around the city. 24-hour pass: $9.95.

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Sightseeing bus tours of Chicago showcasing the best the city has to offer. Hop-on, hop-off buses and convenient stops make navigating your way around town easy. Choice of 24, 48, and 72 hour tickets. (p.54)

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DINING

  DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF RESTAURANTS

RIVER ROAST; M6;D2

315 N. LaSalle St.  312-822-0100 Situated on the Chicago River, River Roast offers contemporary American tavern fare like whole-roasted chicken and fish and slow-roasted beef that are all carved tableside and served with signature potatoes.   $$

ROCKIT BAR & GRILL; M6;C2

22 W. Hubbard St.   312-645-6000 A modern, American rock-inspired bar, lounge, and restaurant located in the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood.  $

RPM ITALIAN; M6;C2

52 W. Illinois St.   312-222-1888 Pasta, steaks, and seafood served in a sleek, group friendly environment backed by Giuliana and Bill Rancic.  $$

ýýRUTH'S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE; M6;C2

431 N. Dearborn St.  312-321-2725 Serving nothing less than the top 2% of USDA Prime steaks in an upscale environment in River North. (p.18)  $$$

SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE; M6;C2

415 N. Dearborn St.  312-527-3510 A classic American steakhouse featuring the finest Midwestern hand-selected steaks, seafood, martinis, extensive cognac and scotch selections, and live music.   $$

SUNDA NEW ASIAN; M6;C2

110 W. Illinois St.  312-644-0500 A hip spot for creative Asian fusion cuisine, sushi, and speciality cocktails in a chic and modern space.  $$

TORTOISE CLUB; M6;C2

350 N. State St.  312-755-1700 A charming spot offering classic American cuisine in a clubby atmosphere. Features live jazz every Friday and Saturday night.  $$

YOLK; M6;B3

747 N. Wells St.  312-787-2277 With several convenient Chicago locations, Yolk’s bright and sunny restaurants are incredibly welcoming, and their menu offers something for even the most finicky of eaters. (p.19)  $

YOLK;

M6;D3

340 N. State St.  With several convenient Chicago locations, Yolk’s bright and sunny restaurants are incredibly welcoming, and their menu offers something for even the most finicky of eaters. (p.19)  $

STREETERVILLE

RIVA CRAB HOUSE;; M6;C4

700 E. Grand Ave.   312-644-7482 Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan while enjoying premium seafood, steaks, and daily chef’s specials in this nautically inspired restaurant on Navy Pier.  $$

 ($60+)  |   ($40-60)  |   ($20-40)  |   (under $20)

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ýýNEPAL HOUSE; M6;G3

AND PIZZERIA; M6;C3

212 E. Ohio St.  312-664-0212 Roman-inspired Italian restaurant and wine bar with an upscale, modern feel featuring an open kitchen and stunning murals.   $$

VOLARE RISTORANTE ITALIANO; M6;C3

201 E. Grand Ave.  312-410-9900 Located just a stone's throw from the Magnificent Mile, this Streeterville favorite is an intimate Italian eatery offering signature dishes like chicken Vesuvio, grilled salmon with lemon, capers and white wine sauce, and broiled whitefish. There's also a customizable pasta option.  $$

YOLK; M9;Q2

355 E. Ohio St.  312-822-9655 With several convenient Chicago locations, Yolk’s bright and sunny restaurants are incredibly welcoming, and their menu offers something for even the most finicky of eaters. (p.19)  $

SOUTH LOOP/SOUTH SIDE

ýýCHICAGO CURRY HOUSE; M6;C3

899 S. Plymouth Ct.   312-362-9999 Fine dining Indian and Nepalese restaurant whose extensive menu boasts everything from chicken, lamb, and vegetable dishes to biryani, naan paratha, roti, and more. The only Nepalese restaurant in Chicago, make sure to try specialties like aloo tama bido (spiced potatoes, bamboo shoots, and black-eyed peas). (p.36)   $

CONNIE'S PIZZA; M5;C4

2373 S. Archer Ave.   312-429-5822 Synonymous with quality pizza and Italian specialties for 50 years, this family-owned local favorite offers everything from deep-dish and thin-crust pizza to pasta specialties and more. This is the original location and an ideal spot for delegates at McCormick Place or those looking for a bite after a game at U.S. Cellular Field.  $

1301 S. Michigan Ave.  312-922-0601 Festive music and decor set the scene for a multicultural array of tastes from Nepal and India at this South Loop restaurant. (p.36)  $

PORTILLO'S;

M6;G1

520 W. Taylor St.  312-667-4560 From Chicago-style hot dogs to Italian beef and more, this local favorite offers an authentic taste of Chicago's most beloved street foods.  $

YOLK; M6;G3

1120 S. Michigan Ave.  312-789-9655 With several convenient Chicago locations, Yolk’s bright and sunny restaurants are incredibly welcoming, and their menu offers something for even the most finicky of eaters. (p.19)  $

WEST LOOP

AU CHEVAL; M2;A2

800 W. Randolph St.  312-929-4580 Upscale diner in the West Loop, this spot is known to have one of the best burgers in town. Concierge tips: They don't take reservations so go early, the single burger is actually a double, and everything is better with an egg on it.  $

BLACKBIRD; M2;A2

619 W. Randolph St.   312-715-0708 The culinary team here crafts elegant and imaginative Midwestern cuisine, showcasing farm-fresh ingredients to create a menu both classic and utterly approachable. Opened in 1997, this ground-breaking spot upped the ante of modern classics and continues to turn out truly creative and attainable cuisine.  $$$

CARNIVALE; M2;A2

702 W. Fulton Mkt.  312-850-5005 Lively eatery with colorful decor, a festive vibe, and food from South America, Spain, and the Caribbean. Make sure to try their weekend brunch. (p.17)  $$

 ($60+)  |   ($40-60)  |   ($20-40)  |   (under $20)

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One E. Wacker St. Chicago, IL 60601 312.923.7226

5320 N. River Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018 847.233.3776

3001 Butterfield Rd. Oak Brook, IL 60523 630.571.3700

4999 Old Orchard Ctr. Skokie, IL 66077 847.763.9811

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DINING

  DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF RESTAURANTS

EMBEYA; M2;A2

564 W. Randolph St.  312-612-5640 A critically acclaimed destination featuring progressive Asian plates both large and small served alongside exotic craft cocktails.  $$$

GIORDANO'S; M2;A3

815 W. Van Buren St.   312-421-1221 Here you can delve into a prime example of classic Chicago deep-dish pizza. With a number of locations throughout the city, it's easy to get your yearly intake of sweet, gooey cheese.  $

GIRL & THE GOAT; M2;A2

809 W. Randolph St.  312-492-6262 The culinary home and brainchild of Stephanie Izard, winner of Top Chef Season 4. The menu here is divided into meat, fish, and vegetable categories with 10 innovative small plates in each section.  $$

ýýGREEN STREET SMOKED MEATS; M2;A2

112 N. Green St.  312-754-0431 Hip counter service restaurant dishing out authentic Texas BBQ and sides in a warehouse-like setting. The brisket, Frito pie, and baked beans are all must-trys.  $

ýýMAD SOCIAL; M2;B2

1140 W. Madison St.  312-243-2097 The first restaurant from Gina Stefani, daughter of Phil Stefani, features new American food with global twists like duck confit tacos with sriracha aioli, ropa vieja with braised beef tenderloin, and grilled spanish octopus with ginger lime.  $$

ýýMONTEVERDE RESTAURANT & PASTIFICIO; M2;B2

1020 W. Madison St.  312-888-3041 From the mind of "Top Chef" finalist Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde fuses Italian cuisine with influences from Grueneberg's travels.  $$

ýýNELLCÔTE; M2;A3

833 W. Randolph St.  312-432-0500 Experience the approachable yet delicious, fresh, seasonal, and house-made small plates in an elegant atmosphere.  $$

ýýROISTER; M2;A2

951 W. Fulton Mkt.  roister.tocktix.com The more casual but still cutting-edge new American hot spot from the team responsible for three-Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning Alinea.  $$

YOLK; M2;A3

500 W. Madison St.  312-454-9655 With several convenient Chicago locations, Yolk’s bright and sunny restaurants are incredibly welcoming, and their menu offers something for even the most finicky of eaters. (p.19)  $

WICKER PARK

THE BEDFORD; M5;C4

1612 W. Division St.   773-235-8800 Creative, New American restaurant and lounge housed in a historic 1920s bank (yes, there's even a vault) offering a nice selection of cocktails and more.  $$

NORTHERN SUBURBS

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S; M5;B3

Skokie  847-763-9811 Upscale restaurant featuring an ever-changing menu of about 30 varieties of fresh seafood plus a handful of meaty choices like filet mignon and New York strip. (p.35)  $$

SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE; M8;P2

Lincolnshire  847-883-0311 A classic American steakhouse featuring the finest Midwestern hand-selected steaks, seafood, martinis, extensive cognac and scotch selections, and live music.   $$

NORTHWEST SUBURBS

FOGO DE CHÃO; M8;T3

Rosemont   847-678-7200 Upscale Brazilian chain for allyou-can-eat meat carved tableside plus an extensive salad bar.  $$

 ($60+)  |   ($40-60)  |   ($20-40)  |   (under $20)

CURRY HOUSE


37 GENE & GEORGETTI; M8;T3

Rosemont   847-653-3300 Suburban outpost of the old school, classic Chicago Italian steakhouse. From steaks and chops to seafood and pasta, there's no shortage of hearty options to be found on their extensive menu.  $$

GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE; M8;T2

Rosemont   847-928-9900 This Gibsons location offers the same classic American steakhouse vibe serving up USDA prime steaks, fresh seafood, generous portions, sides large enough to share, and the restaurant’s famous martinis.  $$

ýýHOOTERS; M8;T3

Rosemont  773-714-0193 Hooters signature tank top and short-short clad waitresses serving up fare like burgers, chicken wings, fried pickles, pulled pork sandwiches, and barbecued ribs.  $$

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S; M5;B2

Rosemont  847-233-3776 Upscale restaurant featuring an ever-changing menu of about 30 varieties of fresh seafood plus a handful of meaty choices like filet mignon and New York strip. (p.35)  $$

WESTERN SUBURBS

CONNIE'S PIZZA; M5;C2

Glen Ellyn   630-403-2400 Suburban outpost of the beloved Chicago chain serving a range of pizza styles, from thin-crust to stuffed, in an old-school space. 

GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE; M5;C2

Oak Brook  630-954-0000 One of two suburban outposts of the Gold Coast mainstay, this upscale steak and seafood restaurant delivers on all counts and boasts a clubby vibe.  $$

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S; M5;C2

Oak Brook  630-571-3700 Upscale restaurant featuring an ever-changing menu of fresh seafood plus a handful of meaty choices like filet mignon and New York strip. (p.35)  $$

SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE; M5;D1

Naperville  630-305-0230 A classic American steakhouse featuring the finest Midwestern hand-selected steaks, seafood, martinis, extensive cognac and scotch selections, and live music.   $$

 ($60+)  |   ($40-60)  |   ($20-40)  |   (under $20)

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NIGHTLIFE

BEST NEW BARS By Amber Holst @CP_Chicago

When it comes to places to imbibe in Chicago, the Second City is second to none. Here’s a look at three new bars making big blips on concierges’ radars.

ìï Arbella

ADVENTURE IN A GLASS

Looking for expertly crafted cocktails with killer presentations? Romeo Garcia, concierge at the Dana Hotel & Spa, suggests you try River North’s new cocktail lounge Arbella (p.40). This hip spot sets the scene as a refined, social gathering place for cocktail enthusiasts and expertly pairs its long list of elaborate, globally inspired mixed drinks with equally international small plates. Aesthetically the bar is both sleek and cozy, with soft lighting illuminating exposed brick (and a stunning mural), creating a place where you can truly unwind, be transported, and stave off that winter chill. With nearly 30 cocktails to choose from, the menu is grouped into broad geographical areas and starts with light, refreshing options and progresses to stronger, more aromatic drinks like the Chicago Fire Extinguisher, a scotch-based drink with herbaceous Luxardo amaro abano and smoked Angostura bitters that is built in a round corked jar with smoke forced inside. No matter which cocktail you

choose, the creative concoctions here are sure to make you feel as if you’re oceans away from River North. JUST A BAR

For great cocktails and a perfectly laid-back atmosphere, Melissa Driza, chef concierge at the Kinzie Hotel, recommends Moneygun (p.41). Located in the Fulton Market neighborhood

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of Chicago, this watering hole boasts a vintage neighborhood feel with its distressed facade, faux leather booths, and curved bar specializing in elevated takes on classic cocktails. In addition to revered classics like a negroni or French 75, Moneygun slings up refined versions of pina coladas, strawberry margs, and even Long Island iced teas. Couple that with the small, but inspired list of bar snacks and you’ll soon see why locals can’t get enough of this no-frills drinking establishment.

ìï Federales

LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT

“Shot glasses made of ice? Yes please,” says Driza. While being able to throw those empty shot glasses at a bell located on the patio is reserved for the warmer months, Federales (p.40) in the West Loop is an ideal getaway in winter, too. A lofty tacoand-tequila establishment, they offer a fresh take on traditional roadside taco joints in Mexico specializing in barbacoa-style tacos stuffed with flavorful meats like shredded beef brisket and pork belly al pastor in addition to ceviches and other shareable fare. The booze program here puts the spotlight on

margaritas—which come in flavors like classic, mezcal, strawberry, hibiscus, and even a boozy horchata variation—in addition to a lineup of Mexican beers including Tecate served with a hot sauce-spiced rim, tequila, mezcal, and so much more. With its boisterous atmosphere and open-air design, Federales is a nice homage to festive Mexican cantinas and an ideal spot for a night out.

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BARS & LOUNGES

ýýTHE ABERDEEN TAP; M5;C3

440 N. Aberdeen St.  312-929-3845 Cozy tavern with an excellent selection of beer and cocktails along with great grinder sandwiches.

ýýARBELLA; M6;C2

112 W. Grand Ave.  312-846-6654 Craft cocktail lounge named after the Winthrop fleet whose passengers consumed 10,000 gallons of wine and would later found the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

ýýTHE AVIARY; M2;A2

955 W Fulton Mkt.  312-226-0868 From Alinea's Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, this bar is where cocktails are transformed into works of art.

ýýBEAUTY BAR; M5;C3

1444 W. Chicago Ave.  312-226-8828 The place to get down in West Town with martinis and manicures.

THE BERKSHIRE ROOM; M6;C2

15 E. Ohio St.  312-894-0945 Craft cocktail lounge in the Acme Hotel offering everything from barrel-aged negronis to elaborate cocktails.

ýýBEST INTENTIONS; M5;C3

3281 W. Armitage Ave.  312-818-1254 A simple bar in Logan Square focused on fancy cocktails.

ýýBORDEL; M5;C4

1721 W. Division St.   773-227-8600 Hidden lounge above Black Bull with live flamenco, vaudeville, and more.

ýýBRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN; M6;D2

321 N. Clark St.  312-644-0283 Grub on American comfort food and delicious libations while taking in the incredible Chicago River views.

ýýBUTCH MCGUIRE'S; M6;B2

20 W. Division St.  312-787-4318 This famous Rush Street nexus is an Irish tavern with memorabilia collected over the course of 40 years.

CELESTE; M6;C2

111 W. Hubbard St.  312-828-9000 Refined, multi-story cocktail bar in River North.

CERISE; M6;D3

203 N. Wabash Ave.  312-940-4774 This lounge at the top of the Virgin Hotel is great to get amazing panoramic views of the city, craft cocktails, and booming music.

CINDY'S; M6;D3

12 S. Michigan Ave.  312-792-3502 The panoramic view alone of Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and the electricity of South Michigan Avenue makes Cindy's a great spot to get together with friends, but when you add craft cocktails from an alum of The Violet Hour and seasonal, mouth watering food then you have one of the Loop's best new hot spots.

CITY WINERY; M2;A2

1200 W. Randolph St.,   312-733-9463 Winery/music venue in Chicago's West Loop featuring a great lineup of live music to go with eighteen varieties of wine on tap for by-the-glass pours.

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CITYSCAPE BAR; M6;C1

350 W. Mart Center Dr.  312-836-5000 Stunning views of the Chicago River in a posh atmosphere.

DELILAH'S; M5;B3

2771 N. Lincoln Ave.  773-472-2771 Lincoln Park tavern with a great bourbon and scotch selection.

THE DRIFTER; M6;C2

676 N. Orleans St.  312-631-3887 Small cocktail bar and quirky live entertainment venue located in the basement of the building adjacent to one of the oldest bars in Chicago—and former speakeasy—The Green Door Tavern. The Drifter is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., with entertainment starting at 8 p.m. The entrance is just south of Green Door on Orleans Street

ýýFADÒ IRISH PUB; M6;C2

100 W. Grand Ave.  312-836-0066 Fadò offers a traditional Irish menu in addition to American bites along with plenty of Guinness and soccer on the telly.

ýýFATPOUR TAP WORKS; M5;C4

2005 W. Division St.   773-698-8940 Bi-level brewpub named for its 22-ounce pours, with a 200-plus beer list and a wide-ranging pub menu.

ýýFEDERALES; M2;A2

180 N. Morgan St.  773-831-9696 Get your delicious fix of tacos and tequila at this new West Loop hot spot.

ýýFOUNTAINHEAD; M5;B3

1970 W. Montrose Ave.  773-697-8204 This gastropub in Ravenswood surprises with its extensive beer list and extensive menu.

ýýTHE GALWAY ARMS; M7;M2

2442 N. Clark St.  773-472-5555 With live Irish music four nights a week, traditional Irish food, and flowing Irish whiskey and Guinness it can't get more Irish than The Galway Arms. This Lincoln Park gem is a little bit of Ireland in Chicago and with its heated patio is a great spot to spend a few hours. (p.42)

ýýGOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB; M5;C3

1800 N. Clybourn Ave.  312-915-0071 A Chicago beer institution.

ýýGREENRIVER; M6;C3

259 E. Erie St.  312-337-0101 GreenRiver not only provides delicious cocktails, bar bites, and a terrace with sweeping views of Lake Michigan but also celebrates famous Irish Americans.

HEADQUARTERS BEERCADE

2833 N. Sheffield Ave., 213 W. Institute Pl.  Lakeview and River North hot spot that mixes nostalgic arcade games with craft cocktails and food.

HENRY'S; M6;C3

18 W. Hubbard St.  312-955-8018 River North bar with a great menu of casual fare along with an extensive drink menu including frozen and bottled cocktails and plenty of craft beers. Added bonus? You can play free pool.


41 HOWELLS AND HOOD; M9;U2

435 N. Michigan Ave.  312-262-5310 Howells & Hood offers a menu of items you may have seen before, but never done like this. Their talented culinary team offers guests brilliant twists on familiar favorites. With 114 unique local and global beers on draft, Howells & Hood boasts one of the largest draft beer selections in the city.

I|O GODFREY; M6;C2

127 W. Huron St.  312-649-2000 This luxurious lounge provides craft cocktails, stunning views of Chicago, and a retractable roof making it a perfect nightlife spot during all kinds of weather.

ýýTHE J. PARKER; M7;O3

1816 N. Clark St.  312-254-4747 Amazing views of the lake and skyline await at this lounge atop Lincoln Park's 12-story Hotel Lincoln.

ýýJAKE MELNICK'S CORNER TAP; M6;C3

41 E. Superior St.  312-266-0400 With over 20 TVs, award-winning wings, over 36 taps, and keg cocktails, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap is a great spot to watch your favorite team in River North.

LAGUNITAS CHICAGO TAPROOM; M5;C3

1843 S. Washtenaw Ave.  773-522-1347 The enormously popular Californiabased brewery comes to Chicago. At 300,000 square-feet and ceilings 50 feet tall, the former steel mill space now features a taproom and brewery.

ýýLH; M6;D3

85 E. Wacker Dr.  312-357-1200 Three chic levels of hotel rooftop drinking and dining with indoor/ outdoor seats and sweeping views.

ýýLONE WOLF; M6;D1

806 W. Randolph St.  312-600-9391 Neighborhood tavern in the heart of the West Loop's restaurant row that boasts an upscale dive bar vibe. Great cocktails, beer selection and sweet and savory bar bites courtesy of Chicago's Pleasant House Bakery.

ýýMONEYGUN; M2;A3

660 W. Lake St.  312-600-0600 Don't let this understated, neighborhood bar fool you as they have an impressive cocktail list and a menu that includes Kentucky fried quail, kampachi crudo, braised lamb shoulder, and more.

MOTHER HUBBARD'S SPORTS PUB; M6;C3 5 W. Hubbard St.  312-828-0007 This is one sports bar where you never have to ask whether they have your game on the television as they never say no to putting your team on.

ýýOLD TOWN PUB; M6;A2

1339 N. Wells St.  312-266-6789 Serving pizzas, beer, and other pub food in Old Town.

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  DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF VENUES

PALM COURT; M9;P2

ýýSABLE KITCHEN & BAR; M6;C3

140 E. Walton Pl.  312-787-2200 Inside the Drake Hotel, the sweeping room features a classic bar (seats 10) and, depending on the time of day, either a harpist, pianist, or jazz duo.

505 N. State St.  312-755-9704 Fifty-seat lounge offers amazing fare and an expansive cocktail list.

ýýSIDETRACK; M7;K1

3349 N. Halsted St.  773-477-9189 Hip, Boystown bar known for its boozy slushies and its fun crowd.

ýýPARSON'S CHICKEN & FISH; M5;C3

2952 W. Armitage Ave.  773-384-3333 A neighborhood joint to satisfy your fried chicken craving while sipping on cool cocktails while you're enjoying their open patio.

ýýSIGNATURE LOUNGE; M9;O2

ýýPINSTRIPES; M6;C4

435 E. Illinois St.  312-527-3010 With bowling, bocce, and an Italian bistro, Pinstripes is a great place to enjoy great meals and competition with friends and family.

ýýPIPPIN'S TAVERN; M6;B3

806 N. Rush St.  312-787-5435 Bar that's home to the oldest liquor license on Rush Street.

875 N. Michigan Ave.  312-787-9596 Located on the 96th floor of the Hancock Building, the Signature Lounge thrives on its phenomenal views of the city and the lake.

ýýSPARROW; M6;B2

12 W. Elm St.  312-725-0732 Chic rum-focused cocktail bar bringing back that art deco style.

STUDIO PARIS; M6;C2

59 W. Hubbard St.  312-377-9944 Indoor-outdoor cocktail lounge complete with a retractable roof.

ýýRAISED; M6;D3

1 West Upper Wacker Drive  312-372-7200 An urban rooftop bar in the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel with great views of Chicago.

ýýSWEETWATER TAVERN & GRILLE; M6;D3

225 N. Michigan Ave.  312-698-7111 Enjoy your favorite team and gather with friends with over 80 beers, 24 televisions, full liquor bar, approachable menu, and more.

ýýREGGIES TRAINWRECK

ROOFTOP DECK BAR; M6;H3

2109 S. State St.  312-949-0125 Reggies Trainwreck Rooftop Deck Bar has it all: a full bar featuring a great beer selection, full menu, a basketball hoop, a pool table, and nine flat-screens.

ýýTHEORY; M6;C3

9 W. Hubbard St.  312-644-0004 An upscale sports bar by day, Theory turns into a dance club at night bumping some of the best hip-hop and R&B.

ýýREVEL ROOM; M5;B3

1566 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-278-1600 A classy neighborhood bar with a worn-in Victorian feel offering up classic cocktails and more.

THREE DOTS AND A DASH; M6;C2

435 N. Clark St.  312-610-4220 Located in River North, this new hot spot offers guests a modern take on a classic tiki bar serving inspired cocktails.

ýýREVOLUTION BREWING; M5;B3

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-227-2739 A bustling destination in Logan Square for lovers of craft beer and great fare.

TIMOTHY O'TOOLE'S PUB; M6;C3

ýýRM CHAMPAGNE SALON; M6;D1

116 N. Green St.  312-243-1199 Elegant wine and Champagne salon in an intimate space tucked away down a cobblestone alley. Spacious outdoor seating available.

ROOF ON THEWIT; M6;D2

201 N. State St.  312-239-9502 The year-round rooftop lounge on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel.

622 N. Fairbanks Ct.  312-642-0700 Patrons can choose from an arm's-length beer list, more than 35 whiskeys and scotch, and the ever-present Guinness.

UNDERGROUND; M6;C2

56 W. Illinois St.  312-644-7600 An industrial vibe arises from the combination of fashionable drinkers, hip-hop remixes, and sleek decor.

Come and join us for LIVE traditional Irish music Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 8 p.m. Entertain old and new friends in the authentically warm Irish atmosphere.

GALWAY

Enjoy delicious food, seasonal cocktails, and an extensive craft beer menu Book your parties and events in our spacious upstairs bar area now! Thrillist Chicago: Best Irish Pub in Lincoln Park

Complex.com: Voted among Top 50 Irish Pubs in America (#13)

Soul of Ireland, Heart of Chicago

2442 N. Clark St | galwayarms.com | 773-472-5555


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THE MID; M6;D1

VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE; M6;C2

PARLIAMENT; M6;B2

THE VIOLET HOUR; M5;B3

ýýPRIMARY NIGHTCLUB; M6;A2

111 W. Kinzie St.  312-880-1511 Offering a speakeasy-style atmosphere with low light, craft cocktails, Champagne, and secret entrances. There is a massive whiskey list available in the area's library lounge. 2 W. Erie St.  312-202-6060 Enjoy penthouse views and signature cocktails in an environment of cool sophistication. 1520 N. Damen Ave.  773-252-1500 Rich decor that complements a bar service that spares no detail.

ýýWATERSHED; M6;C2

601 N. State St.  312-266-4932 Cozy parlor room dedicated to craft beers and artisanal spirits from the Great Lakes region.

ýýZED451; M6;C2

739 N. Clark St.  312-266-6691 The lounge here offers great weekday happy hour deals in addition to a great cocktail list and selection of wines.

CLUBS

ýýBERLIN; M7;K1

954 W. Belmont Ave.  773-348-4975 A local institution this comeone-come-all nightspot is fun late-night and offers a wide range of dance-worthy music.

306 N. Halsted St.  312-265-3990 Music-focused nightclub with several VIP sections and two bars on the main floor. Additional seating upstairs, which also provides a great vantage point for watching the dance floor below. 324 W. Chicago Ave.  312-380-0004 DJ beats and bottle service are featured at this spacious, swanky nightclub. 5 W. Division St.  312-888-2471 Dance club with an impressive bass-heavy sound system on the Near North Side.

ýýPRYSM NIGHTCLUB; M5;C4

1543 N. Kingsbury Ave.  312-546-4141 This new, state-of-the-art nightclub brings hot DJs, bumping music, and an upscale atmosphere.

ýýSMART BAR; M7;J1

3730 N. Clark St.  773-549-4140 Located downstairs from Chicago's Metro music venue, expect to hear everything from goth and underground hip-hop to house music and more.

SOUND-BAR; M6;C2

226 W. Ontario St.  312-787-4480 Huge club featuring nine bars, multiple levels, and diverse music choices.

PRYSM


Chicago’s Premier Piano Bar Live music seven nights a week Open 7pm - 4am, Saturday until 5am REDHEAD Business casual dress code No cover charge Covered and heated smoking area

16 W. ONTARIO ST. 312.640.1000 WWW.REDHEADPIANOBAR.COM ýýY BAR; M6;C2

224 W. Ontario St.  312-274-1880 The more intimate sibling to Sound-Bar, this luxury night club is all about cocktailing and lounging.

COMEDY CLUBS

THE COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE; M7;K1 929 W. Belmont Ave.  773-549-8080 All-ages comedy-as-a-sport performances complete with referee with two improv teams competing for applause. (p.52)

THE SECOND CITY; M6;O3

1616 N. Wells St.  312-664-4032 For more than 50 years, this comedy, improv, and skit theater has attracted crowds and boasts a huge A-list alumni base. (p.55)

ZANIES COMEDY CLUB; M7;O3

1548 N. Wells St.  312-337-4027 Hosting top comedic acts since 1978.

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT

MB FINANCIAL PARK AT ROSEMONT; M8;U2 5501 Park Pl., Rosemont  847-430-4338 With over 40 delicious eateries, bowling alley, comedy club, indoor skydiving, and more, MB Financial Park at Rosemont provides the perfect little getaway from the big city. (Back Cover)

GAMING

ýýKING'S BOWL; M6;A1

1500 N. Clybourn Ave. c102, 5505 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL  847-233-0099 More than just a bowling alley, King's is a great spot for food, music, drinks, and, of course, pins.

ýýRIVERS CASINO; M8;S1

3000 S. River Rd., Des Plaines  888-307-0777 Chicago's gaming and entertainment destination.

GENTLEMEN'S CLUB

ýýPINK MONKEY; M6;F1

750 S. Clinton St.  312-663-9100 Adult entertainment in an upscale atmosphere. (p.45)

LIVE MUSIC

ýý50 YARD LINE; M5;D4

69 E.75th St.  773-846-0005 A South-Side legend, this spot is the perfect mix of sports bar, lounge, and dance club.

ANDY'S JAZZ CLUB; M9;U1

11 E. Hubbard St.  312-642-6805 Casual dining and live jazz.

ýýARAGON BALLROOM; M5;B3

1106 W. Lawrence Ave.  773-561-9500 Built in 1926, this historic ballroom has evolved over the years into the entertainment center it is today, playing host to numerous live performances and concerts.

BLUE CHICAGO; M6;C2

536 N. Clark St.  312-661-0100 Local Chicago blues seven nights a week.

ýý B.L.U.E.S.; M7;M1

2519 N. Halsted St.  773-528-1012 Offering up live blues seven nights a week since 1979.

BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS; M6;F3

700 S. Wabash Ave.  312-427-1190 World-renowned and local blues artists.

ýýCHECKERBOARD LOUNGE; M5;D4

5201 S. Harper Ave.  773-684-1472 Legendary and recently revamped blues joint in Hyde Park.

ýýDOUBLE DOOR; M5;C3

1572 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773-489-3160 Wicker Park's premier live music venue.

ýýFUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE; M2; C3

728 W. Grand Ave.  312-666-1695 Lively atmosphere in a laid-back loungey space and a diverse roster of hip-hop, house, reggae, electronic, Latin, jazz ,and funk DJs and live bands that cater to a diverse crowd.

GREEN MILL COCKTAIL LOUNGE; M5;B4 4802 N. Broadway St.  773-878-5552 Al Capone's hangout turned funky cocktail lounge.


45 ýýHARD ROCK CAFE; M6;C2

63 W. Ontario St.  312-943-2252 A go-to venue in River North for 25 years featuring a large collection of music memorabilia and regular live music events. (p.20)

HOUSE OF BLUES; M6;C2

329 N. Dearborn St.  312-923-2000 Five-level music hall and restaurant with concerts in a variety of genres most nights.

HOWL AT THE MOON; M6;C2

26 W. Hubbard St.  312-863-7427 Dueling piano bar with a different twist. (p.41)

JAZZ SHOWCASE; M6;F3

806 S. Plymouth Ct.  312-360-0234 This acoustic jazz club, open since 1947, has been the forefront of the scene for years.

ýýMONTROSE ROOM; M8;U2

5300 N. River Rd., Rosemont  847-447-4022 Live music and comedy venue in located in the Loews Chicago O'Hare hotel.

ýýPIECE BREWERY AND PIZZERIA; M5;C3 1927 W. North Ave.  773-772-4422 Delicious pizza, brews, and live band karaoke.

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE; M6;C2

601 N. State St.  312-266-7677 Live jazz with great cocktails, wine, and an extensive Champagne list also featured.

THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR; M6;C2

16 W. Ontario St.  312-640-1000 Sing along as Chicago's top piano-vocalists play your favorite standards, pop, and rock hits seven nights a week. Proper attire is required. (p.44)

KINGSTON MINES; M7;M1

REGGIES' ROCK CLUB & MUSIC JOINT; M6;H3

ýýLINCOLN HALL; M7;M1

UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR; M9;P1

2548 N. Halsted St.  773-477-4646 Two blues bands on two stages every night. 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.  773-525-2501 Lincoln Hall is from the same owners of the music institution Schubas. Expect the exact same type of bands here and all shows are 21+ unless otherwise noted.

ýýLOGAN SQUARE AUDITORIUM; M5;C3

2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.  773-252-6179 Historic ballroom and live music venue located in Logan Square.

2105 S. State St.  312-949-0120 Live music, concerts, and karaoke in the South Loop.

710 N. Clark St.  312-266-7761 Live music nightly featuring jazz, blues, and the occasional guest star appearance.

THEATER

ýýBLUE MAN GROUP; M7;L1

3133 N. Halsted St.  773-348-4000 This audience-interactive multimedia performance is truly unique and defies description. (p.53)

PINK MONKEY


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î Museum of Science and Industry. Photo by J.B. Spector.

BEAT THE WEATHER AT THESE MUSEUMS By Joel Mora @CP_Chicago

A lot of Chicago’s culture exists out in the open, but when the temperature drops and the wind picks up it’s hard to experience it all. Luckily enough, the city houses world-class museums where a visitor can spend days. Here are the concierges’ choices for the perfect museums for a dreary day. Cynthia Rodriguez, concierge with Corporate Concierge Services, recommends the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) (p.48) because it has “many areas to be explored that show art in perspectives of history, beauty, religion, and freedom of expression.” The AIC also has a great holiday spirit. Head inside and see some great holiday traditions like the holiday decorations of the miniature Thorne Rooms. The miniature rooms capture European interior decorating from the 13th century to the 1930s and American interior rooms from the 17th century to the 1930s. It has been a tradition every year for AIC to dress up the rooms for the holiday season. Highlights include the Chinese room ready for

îî Chicago History Museum

î Museum of Science and Industry. Photo by J.B. Spector.

the Chinese New Year; the yule log, wassailing bowl, and mummer’s mask of the English Great Hall of the Tudor; and the mistletoe, wreath, and garland of the Virginia Entrance Hall. You’re not going to want to miss the only Christmas tree in the exhibit in the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period. Brianna Connell, concierge with Corporate Concierge Services, is a fan of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) (p.48) because “there is a lot of interactive and fun things


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í Mrs. James Ward Thorne. E-14: English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, 1840–70, about 1937. Gift of Mrs. James Ward Thorne.

to keep you occupied.” Experience the beloved annual holiday tradition at MSI “Christmas Around the World” and “Holidays of Light” exhibits. This year’s colorful theme is inspired by the museum’s temporary exhibit “Brick by Brick.” In the rotunda, the 45-foot Grand Tree will be decked out with more than 30,000 twinkling, colorful lights and LEGO ornaments and decorations. Make sure to experience the “snow” that falls every half hour. The museum’s main floor dazzles with 50 12-foot trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities representing their diverse culture and holiday traditions. “Holidays of Light” is a multicultural display of holidays that celebrate light or enlightenment. Melissa Driza, chef concierge at the Kinzie Hotel, loves the Chicago History Museum’s (p.48) location. If you’re looking to get a dress for a loved one or yourself for the holidays it might be a good idea to get some inspiration from their newest exhibit “Making Mainbocher: The

î International Museum of Surgical Science

First American Couturier.” Marvel at the 30 dresses, the photographs, and the illustrations highlighting the impressive career of Chicago-born Mainbocher from working at the complaint department of Sears, Roebuck and Company to becoming a haute couturier. For something off-the-beaten path and fascinating, John Dillon, concierge at the Ritz-Carlton, recommends International Museum of Surgical Science (p.48). Your eyes will easily jump from the medical instruments, paintings, and statues to the breathtaking Gold Coast building they are housed in. Over 7,000 medical artifacts, 600 art pieces, over 5,000 medical books, and more are housed in a 20th-Century four-story mansion that resembles Le Petit Trianon, a French chateau on the grounds of Versailles. Here iron lungs, skulls with holes drilled in them, hearing aids from different eras, statues of medical greats, murals depicting important moments in medical history, and more will enlighten those with or without any medical knowledge.


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MUSEUMS

ADLER PLANETARIUM; M6;G4

1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.  312-922-7827 America’s first planetarium and a premiere resource for inspiring the next generation of space explorers. (p.54)

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO; M6;E3

111 S. Michigan Ave.  312-443-3600 Voted the best museum in the world by TripAdvisor, The Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the greatest art collections featuring masterpieces like "American Gothic," "Nighthawks," "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," and many more. (M4)

ýýCHICAGO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM; M6;C4

700 E. Grand Ave.  312-527-1000 In the heart of Navy Pier is this kid-centric museum with interactive exhibits and more to heighten your child's senses and interest.

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM; M7;O3

1601 N. Clark St.  312-642-4600 This Lincoln Park museum presents the rich multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois. Experience the first passenger car that rode on the "L" tracks in 1893, investigate the responses to many of the city's crises like the Great Fire of 1871, see artifacts from the World's Fair, and more.(p.51)

ýýINTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE; M7;O3

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.  312-642-6502 Paintings, sculptures, and exhibits help tell the history of surgery from ancient times to the present.

DRIEHAUS MUSEUM; M9;S2

40 E. Erie St.  312-482-8933 Completely restored, the museum is a magnificent residential building that contains furnishings and pieces from the Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts.

DUSABLE MUSEUM OF

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY; M5;D4

740 E. 56th Pl.  773-947-0600 This museum dedicated to the African-American experience contains over 15,000 pieces that include paintings, sculptures, print works, and memorabilia spread out through its many exhibits covering the story of Harold Washington, African Americans in the military, African American artists, and more.

THE FIELD MUSEUM; M6;G4

1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.  312-922-9410 Discover 4.6 million years of history. Natural history museum and home to Sue, the T. rex.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO; M9;Q3

220 E. Chicago Ave.  312-280-2660 Offering thought-provoking art created since 1945, its permanent collection includes work by Franz Kline, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons.

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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY; M5;D4 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.  773-684-1414 Housed in the Palace of Fine Arts from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Museum of Science and Industry has a German World War II submarine, a Boeing 727, a 40-foot water vapor tornado, and a chick hatchery making it the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.

SHEDD AQUARIUM; M6;F4

1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.  312-939-2438 Located in the Museum Campus, the Shedd Aquarium holds 32,000 aquatic animals making it one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. Some of the wildlife you can see are stingrays, whales, otters, amphibians, jelly fish, sea lions, and other adorable and curious creatures.

ýýUKRAINIAN INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART; M5;C3

2320 W. Chicago Ave.  773-227-5522 A beacon of Ukrainian modern art through showcases of artists’ works, films, lectures, and performances all in the heart of the Ukrainian Village in West Town. POINTS OF INTEREST

360 CHICAGO; M6;B3

875 N. Michigan Ave.  888-875-8439 Soaring 1,000 feet over Michigan Avenue, 360 Chicago offers the best views of Chicago’s skyline, lakefront, and four neighboring states. It’s also the only place you can enjoy TILT, Chicago’s highest-moving experience. (p.53)

ýýTHE 606

Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Humboldt Park  This linear park transgresses through four unique neighborhoods via an abandoned elevated rail line. The 2.7-mile long trail is great for bikers, runners, and walkers of all ages.

CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION; M6;E3

224 S. Michigan Ave.  312-922-3432 The city's leading organization devoted to celebrating and promoting Chicago as a center of architectural innovation through tours, exhibitions, and special events.

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN; M5;A3

1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe  847-835-5440 Located in Glencoe, the Chicago Botanic Garden is 385 acres of woods, waterways, and 26 display gardens spread throughout nine islands and surrounded by four natural areas.


49 CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER; M6;D3

78 E. Washington St.  312-744-6630 Housed in a stunning neoclassical building, the center hosts a variety of art installations, concerts, and theater performances. Don't miss out on the Tiffany glass dome—the largest in the world.

CHICAGO RIVERWALK; M6;C-D

Wacker Drive  This pedestrian waterfront is open to the public for leisure activities like walking, jogging, or dining though majority of the establishments are seasonal so please ask your concierge for seasonal happenings.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TRUST; M6;C3 209 S. Lasalle St.  312-994-4000 Take part in architecture tours of the Home and Studio, Robie House, The Rookery Building, and other buildings by the famed Prairie School architect in Oak Park and Chicago.

MAGGIE DALEY PARK; M6;D3

337 E. Randolph St.  312-742-3918 This 20-acre public park features rock climbing, a skating ribbon, tennis courts, play garden, and more.

MILLENNIUM PARK; M6;C4

201 E. Randolph St.  312-742-1168 Stunning park in Downtown Chicago featuring the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain, Lurie Gardens, and the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture.

NAVY PIER; M6;C4

600 E. Grand Ave.  312-595-7437 A Chicago landmark extending nearly a mile out into Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest. Discover theaters, museums, restaurants, shops, dining, sightseeing cruises, special events, and more. Free admission, open year-round.

SKYDECK

DARE TO WALK ON AIR! Glass balconies put you 1,353 feet and 103 floors over The Windy City! www.theskydeck.com (312) 875-9696 | Open daily Oct-Mar 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Apr-Sep 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing

Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago


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ýýOZ PARK; M7;N2

2021 N. Burling St.  312-742-7898 A perfect escape in the Lincoln Park neighborhood where you can relive the "Wizard of Oz" with statues of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and Dorothy.

ýýPROMONTORY POINT; M5;D4

5491 S. Shore Dr.  Man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan from Hyde Park offering exceptional views of Chicago.

SKYDECK CHICAGO; M6;E2

233 S. Wacker Dr. (enter on Jackson Blvd.)  312-875-9696 Enjoy spectacular views spanning up to four states. Experience interactive exhibits and The Ledge, a glass balcony experience extending four feet outside the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. (p.49)

SPECIAL EVENTS

ýýBUDDY SHOWS; M6;F3

700 S. Wabash Ave.  312-427-1190 Blues legend Buddy Guy will perform 16 shows with special guests at his blues club from Jan. 5–29.

ýýCAROLING AT CLOUD GATE

Millennium Park Bundle up and belt out some holiday classics every Friday until Dec. 16 under "the Bean" as local Chicago choral groups lead you in song. Afterward, head to the nearby McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for a spin.

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ýýCHICAGO RESTAURANT WEEK

Various restaurants  Get a taste of some of Chicago's most popular and revered restaurants starting Jan. 27 as they offer special prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner with prices from $22–$44. New this year will be the addition of a brunch prix fixe menu starting at $22. Check choosechicago.com/things-to-do/ dining/chicago-restaurant-week/ for a full list of participating restaurants and more information.

ýýCHICAGO SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL; M5;C4 Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. The largest of its kind in the world, this festival hosts over 180 groups from around the globe, performing nearly 200 shows over eight days. Every hour, on the hour, performances take place in each of Stage 773’s four performances. Takes place Jan. 5-15.

ýýCHI-TOWN RISING; M6;C3

151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.  Back after a successful first year, Chi-town Rising is a great new tradition of bringing in the new year with live musical acts, fireworks, and a rising star above the Chicago River.

open-top double decker and trolley sightseeing tours

Visit all the best Chicago destinations!

TROLLEY

Hop on to tour and hop off to explore downtown Chicago. Enjoy a fully narrated tour with our charismatic and knowledgeable guides. One-day and multi-day passes are available at all tour stops and on our website. And don’t forget to check out our Holiday Lights Tour. Visit our website at ChicagoTrolley.com for the full schedule!

773.648.5000 • ChicagoTrolley.com


51 ýýCHRISTKINDLMARKET; M5;D3

Located in Daley Plaza, this is the largest open-air, European Christmas market chock-full of vendors selling German wares, food, beverages, and entertainment. Free admission.

ýýFIFTH THIRD BANK WINTER WONDERFEST; M6;C4

600 E. Grand Ave.  Experience 170,000 square feet of rides, a Blackhawks ice rink, and more family fun at Navy Pier.

ýýFROZEMONT; M8;T2

MB Financial Park Winter fun in Rosemont complete with winter tubing, ice skating, hockey games, and more. Hoilday fun for the whole family.(Back Cover)

ýýILLUMINATION: TREE LIGHTS AT THE MORTON ARBORETUM; M5;D1

4100 Route 53, Lisle, IL  630-968-0074 The Morton Arboretum glows with dazzling LED lights and trees that respond to your touch and voice. It is open through Jan. 2.

ýýIT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE IN CHICAGO; M7;N2

2257 N. Lincoln Ave.  773-404-7336 “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!” transforms Frank Capra’s classic film into a live radio show.

ýýMCCORMICK TRIBUNE ICE SKATING RINK; M6;E3

Millennium Park Enjoy free ice skating daily, weather permitting, on a 15,910 sq. ft. rink in beautiful Millennium Park. Enjoy free skating lessons on Fridays Sundays, one hour before the rink opens. Skate rentals are $12.

ýýONE OF A KIND SHOW AND SALE; M6;D1

222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza oneofakindshowchicago.com Offering a maze of over 600 artists, designers, artisans, and chefs the One of a Kind Show and Sale has products you won't find in any typical store from Dec. 1–4.

HOUSE THEATER

CHICAGO’S

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM

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ýýST. LUCIA FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Andersonville One of Andersonville’s many traditional Swedish events, St. Lucia begins with a torch-lit procession down the sidewalks of Clark Street at 4:45 p.m., kicking off at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The procession highlight is the appearance of the specially chosen “Lucia Girls,” who will lead the crowd, wearing long white robes and beautiful crowns of candles and singing “The Lucia Song.” Children and adults are welcome to join in the procession. Afterward, participants are invited to the Lucia celebration at the Swedish American Museum.

ýýZOOLIGHTS; M7;N3

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. 312-742-2000

Through Jan. 1 this winter wonderland is filled with two million lights, ice carvings, musical light shows, animal encounters, ice skating, holiday crafts, and more. SPORTS

ýýCHICAGO BEARS; M6;G4

Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Dr.  312-235- 7000 Dec. 4 v. 49ers; Dec. 18 v. Packers; and Dec. 24 v. Redskins

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ýýCHICAGO BLACKHAWKS; M2;B1 United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.  312-455-7000 Dec. 1 v. New Jersey; Dec. 4 v. Winnipeg; Dec. 6 v. Arizona; Dec. 9 v. New York; Dec. 11 v. Dallas; Dec. 18 v. San Jose; Dec. 20 v. Ottawa; Dec. 23 v. Colorado; Dec. 27 v. Winnipeg; Jan. 5 v. Buffalo; Jan. 6 v. Carolina; Jan. 8 v. Nashville; Jan. 10 v. Detroit; Jan. 15 v. Minnesota; Jan. 22 v. Vancouver; Jan. 24 v. Tampa Bay; and Jan. 26 v. Winnipeg.

ýýCHICAGO BULLS; M2;B1 United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.  312-455-4000 Dec. 2 v. Cavaliers; Dec. 5 v. Trailblazers; Dec. 8 v. Spurs; Dec. 10 v. Heat; Dec. 13 v. Timberwolves; Dec. 16 v. Bucks; Dec. 19 v. Pistons; Dec. 21 v. Wizards; Dec. 26 v. Pacers; Dec. 28 v. Nets; Dec. 31 v. Bucks; Jan. 2 v. Hornets; Jan. 7 v. Raptors; Jan. 9 v. Thunder; Jan. 14 v. Pelicans; Jan. 17 v. Mavericks; Jan. 21 v. Kings; Jan. 25 v. Hawks; Jan. 27 v. Heat; and Jan. 29 v. 76ers.

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THEATER

CHICAGOLAND'S CONCIERGES' APPROVED THIS LIST OF CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

AUDITORIUM THEATRE OF ROOSEVELT

THE CHICAGO THEATRE; M6;D2

UNIVERSITY; M6;E3 50 E. Congress Pkwy.  312-341-2310 Historic theater in the Chicago Loop that is acoustically perfect and plays host to various performances from live music to dance and everything in between.

BLUE MAN GROUP; M7;L1 3133 N. Halsted St.  773-348-4000 This audience-interactive multimedia performance has some new additions to the program, including "GiPads," a riff on tablet computers, and a new finale with different music. (p.53)

BROADWAY IN CHICAGO broadwayinchicago.com  312-977-1700 See the best of Broadway shows in the Windy City. Catch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" through Jan. 8; "Finding Neverland" through Dec. 4; "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" Dec. 6–24; "The Phantom of The Opera" Dec. 14–Jan. 8; and "The Bodyguard" satring Jan. 31.

CHEER UP CHICAGO

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175 N. State St.  312-462-6300 If the performances of this historic theater don't amaze you then the design surely will. Catch "Miracle on State Street" Dec. 3; Jerry Seinfeld Dec. 8–9; Tedeschi Trucks Band Jan. 19–21; John Cleese and The Holy Grail Jan. 22; Jim Jefferies Jan. 27; and "Dancing With The Stars" Jan. 28.

THE COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE; M7;K1 929 W. Belmont Ave.  773-549-8080 All-ages comedy-as-a-sport performances complete with referee with two improv teams competing for applause. (p.52)

GOODMAN THEATRE; M6;D2 170 N. Dearborn St.  312-443-3800 A professional theater company located in Chicago's Loop, the Goodman Theatre is the city's oldest currently active nonprofit theater organization. Catch "A Christmas Carol" Dec. 31 and "Twist Your Dickens" Dec. 2–30.

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HARRIS THEATER; M6;D3

205 E. Randolph St.  312-334-7777 Multi-use venue in Millennium Park that hosts performances from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Opera Theater, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNow, and collaborations with Lyric Opera of Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and more.

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LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE COMPANY; M6;B3

Water Tower Pumping Station, 821 N. Michigan Ave.  312-337-0665 Housed in the Water Tower Pumping Station, this small theater puts you up close to some of the most innovative and artistic productions in the city. Catch "Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth" starting Dec. 7.

ýýTHE MAGIC PARLOUR; M6;D2

17 E. Monroe St.  773-769-3832 This weekly magic show at the Palmer House Hilton will leave spectators young and old questioning what is possible. (p.51)

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT; M5;A1

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NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE; M6;C4

700 E. Grand Ave.  312-595-5629 Currently undergoing renovations, visit imax.com/ chicago for re-opening details and upcoming showings.

ýýFINE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE; M5;D2

9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills  708-974-5500 Incredible lineup of live music, brilliant performances, and excellent plays just southwest of Downtown Chicago.

THE SECOND CITY; M6;O3

1616 N. Wells St.  312-664-4032 For more than 50 years, this comedy, improv, and skit theater has attracted crowds and boasts a huge A-list alumni base. (p.55)

STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY; M7;O1

1650 N. Halsted St.  312-335-1650 This award-winning theater company in Lincoln Park not only has had talented actors like Gary Sinise, John Mahoney, and Laurie Metcalf grace the stage but has been home to productions like "Balm in Gilead," "Grapes of Wrath," and "August: Osage County." Catch "The Fundamentals" through Dec. 23 and "The Christians" Dec. 1–Jan. 29.

ýýTHRONES! THE MUSICAL PARODY; M7;M1 Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-935-6100

This UK hit makes its way to the Apollo Theater making audiences see HBO's "Game of Thrones" in a new, hilarious light. TICKETS & TOURS

ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS; M6;E3

238 E. Monroe St.  877-866-0966 Offering a seasonal Holiday Lights Segway Tour, a fun way to see Chicago in all its holiday splendor. Glide along to see beautifully-lit Michigan Avenue, the holiday window displays at Macy's, and more.

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630 W. 41st St.  877-285-4796 See all of Chicago’s sights on Big Bus Tours’ fleet of air-conditioned, hop-on hop-off buses along with English commentary. (p.54)

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4 Chicago locations  312-729-1000 Offering bicycle rentals in addition to accessories, bike maps, locks and helmets for your safety, and a plethora of guided tours suitable for all tastes and ages.

ýýCHICAGO CRIME TOURS; M9;Q2

Outside of 163 E. Pearson St.  312-888-6224 Experience all the history behind Chicago's dark past in this fact-filled, comfortable bus tour.

CHICAGO HELICOPTER EXPERIENCE; M5;A2 2420 S. Halsted St.  312-967-TOUR Premier helicopter tour where you can experience day, twilight, and night tours for the best view of the city and skyline. (p.52)

CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO.; M5;C3

4400 S. Racine Ave.  773-648-5000 The city's largest double decker and trolley sightseeing company is the essential overview tour of Chicago. Hop on and off at stops all over downtown and neighborhoods. Tours operate daily. (p.50)

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WRIGLEY FIELD TOURS; M7;J1

1060 W. Addison St.  773-404-2827 These tours include access to the dugout, sections of the field, and more. The 2017 tour schedule has yet to be released so call in advance.

ýýVERTIPORT CHICAGO; M5;C3

1339 S. Wood St.  877-902-9292 Not only does Vertiport Chicago offer 15-minute, 30-minute, and private helicopter tours, but they also have charter flight services and offer a fixed base of operations for helicopter owners and operators all in the Illinois Medical District.

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO; M7;N3

2001 N. Clark St.  312-742-2000 Open year-round, this is one of the nation's oldest and last remaining free zoos, housing animals that represent more than 200 species.

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