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CONCIERGES'

FAVORITES

THINGS TO DO SIX SENSATIONAL EVENTS P. 8 40 TOP SHOPS P. 10 SEVEN CULTURAL MUSTS P. 52


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table of contents

â Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park

QUINTESSENTIAL CHICAGO:

8 Six Must-Do Events Rev up for these seasonal favorites

SHOPPING:

10 Chicago's Top Shops Forty Fantastic Finds

DINING:

18 Westward Bound

Seven mouthwatering places west of the river

NIGHTLIFE:

42 Amps & Alcohol

Best places for music and drinks in Chicago

CULTURE & ATTRACTIONS:

52 The Ins and Outs

of Chicago Culture Concierge musts for any Chicago visit

ON THE COVER: This issue of Concierge Preferred celebrates the 170 establishments that help Chicago stand out above the rest as picked by the best concierge in the country. The guide shoots for the stars to be a visitor’s one-stop shop for Chicago’s finest restaurants, stores, nightlife, and cultural attractions. Your hands will be best friends with these pages.

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8 Concierge Hotspots

Tips from those in the know

21 Restaurant Quick Picks Chicago's top dining spots including concierge favorites, listed by neighborhood

M1 Maps

Get around the city with ease


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publisher/editor's note

Happy Concierge Day, Chicago By official proclamation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the team here at Concierge Preferred is proud to announce that the City of Chicago celebrated its fourth annual Concierge Day in Chicago on January 30, 2014. Concierge Preferred reached out to the Mayor’s Office in 2011, requesting that the city create a day dedicated to all concierges—from residential and corporate to hotel and other types—as a way to formally pay tribute for all they do to make Chicago the world class destination it is. Since then, we have been active in working directly with the Mayor’s Office to successfully designate the last Thursday of every January as Concierge Day in Chicago. To date, Chicago is the only city that has such a designation. We are happy that Chicago is recognizing the various types of concierge and the things that they do in our wonderful city. They are center stage answering questions and coordinating important functions that enable tourism to thrive and are constantly creating memorable experiences for their guests. Did you know that each year concierges make almost five million referrals? That includes more than 1.3 million dining recommendations, 1.1 million shopping suggestions, 658,000 nightlife referrals and almost 1.2 million tips on cultural attractions. It is because of that hard work, research, and insider's knowledge that we polled concierges to compile a list of their favorite places around town, which is what this issue is all about. So read on, explore the city like a local, and make sure to thank your concierge for all that they do. Sincerely,

Jim Gilligan Publisher & Vice President

Amber Holst Vice President & Editorial Director


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concierge contributors For the lowdown on things and places that make Chicago the world-class 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 700-plus city and suburban concierges. CONCIERGE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Eden Bernal W City Center Hotel

Shannon Boland Blackstone Renaissance Hotel

Victor Colon Langham Chicago

Amanda Cooper Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

Fred Eberle Alta at K Station

Laurel Gray Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Mark Kraemer Hotel Palomar, A Kimpton Hotel

Sheryl Novak Concierge & Event Services World Wide, Inc.

Bernard Runo Sofitel Chicago Water Tower

Deborah Sawyer Palmer House Hilton

Denise Szewc Westin O'Hare

Karin von Krusenstierna Corporate Concierge Services/Hilton Chicago

CONCIERGE AMBASSADORS Schae Lewis, Mission 2 Organize Erin Toole Williams Kathleen Zubroski Gianna Bamonti, Peninsula Chicago Hotel Sean Patrick Wagner, theWit Hotel CONCIERGE CORRESPONDENTS Anthony Gates, Corporate Concierge Services Bobby Gonzalez, Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel Gwendolyn Ramsey, Trump International Hotel & Tower Kaitlyn Lawlor, Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile Karen Farmer, Four Seasons Chicago Philippe Gills, Langham Chicago OTHER CONCIERGE CONTRIBUTORS Alyson Arnold, The Residences at 132 E. Delaware Amiri Hayden, Omni Chicago Hotel Angela Gill, Air Canada Arlene McDermed, Chicago Marriott Downtown Ashley Marsh, Majestic Hotel Asya Muhammad, Conrad Chicago Hotel Ben Nelson, Four Seasons Chicago Beth Labrosse, The Belmont Brian Torf, Chicago Marriott Downtown Cheryl Rule, Thompson Hotel Chicago David Irvin, John Hancock Observatory Eric Lieb, Majestic Hotel Erik O’Brien, JW Marriott Chicago Faith Czajkowski, JW Marriott Chicago Fran Robertson, Holiday Inn Express Mag Mile Hailey Fasse, Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

Jeff Bryner, Langham Chicago Ikram Barakat, Renaissance Chicago Katie Manning, Lincoln Park 2550 Kelli Taylor, Corporate Concierge Services Kira Leigh, W Chicago Lakeshore Luis Torres, W Chicago Lake Shore Meg Stewart, Conrad Chicago Hotel Mina Fakouhi, James Hotel Chicago Philip Stone, Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Ramon Gonzalez, W Chicago Lake Shore Robert Brooks, Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Schae Lewis, Mission 2 Organize Scott Thompson, Hard Rock Hotel Chicago Susan Wolf, Hilton Suites Chicago Downtown Teresa Firth, A World Class Concierge William Tune, Whitehall Hotel

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CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

6 MUST-DO EVENTS By Amber Holst @CP_Chicago REV IT UP Start your engines! The 106th edition of the Chicago Auto Show (p.59) returns to McCormick Place Feb. 8-17, pulling together some of the hottest models of the season at the nation’s largest car show. Domestic, imported, antique, competition, and concept cars will be on display and for some extra excitement, take a spin on one of their indoor test tracks. CELEBRATE DIVERSITY Celebrate Chicago’s diverse ethnic communities at Navy Pier’s (p.58) fourth annual cultural tribute: Neighborhoods of the World (p.60). Over the course of eight weeks, beginning on Feb. 16, head to the Crystal Gardens and experience the many cultures of our city by enjoying authentic live music, dance performances, cuisine, and folk art from various ethnic Chicago com-

munities. This event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and admission is free. This year’s lineup includes: China (Feb. 16); Lithuania (March 2); Mexico (March 9); Greece (March 16); Philippines (March 23); and Africa (March 30). IN BLOOM The Chicago Flower & Garden Show (p.61) returns to Navy Pier (p.58) March 15-23 offering unique

Neighborhoods of the World

concierge

HOT SPOTS

Fran Robertson, Concierge, Holiday Inn Express Magnificent Mile/Hotel Cass

Seasonal picks from those who know best.

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FOR MORE IDEAS VISIT

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Quartino (p.36) serves up some of the best pasta dishes in River North and they’re available in either whole or half portions. This place has a great atmosphere and a fun, energetic staff. 3 OTHERS TO TRY: • Kinzie Chophouse (p.36) • Goose Island Brewpub (p.36) • Chicago History Museum (p.54)


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DYEING OF THE RIVER

and practical ideas for novice green thumbs and expert gardeners alike. Themed Do Green, Do Good, this year’s show is a visual shopping trip of ideas for transforming any green space into one that’s beautiful, enjoyable, and memorable. Whether you’re looking for cool tools that help your garden grow, great gifts for your favorite gourmet, or nifty gadgets for the gardeners of tomorrow, you’ll find the latest green and eco-friendly products at this top-rated show. GO GREEN Usher in the global Irish holiday and watch as Chicago dyes its eponymous river green—bright Kelly green—before its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (p.60). Since 1962, the Chicago Journeyman Plumbers dye the river green at 10:45 a.m. the day of the parade, which

Ikram Barakat, Lead Concierge, Renaissance Chicago Hotel

Great Street (p.26) offers incredible panoramic views and a menu focused on regional and seasonal fare. One of my favorites is the Amish Chicken with caramelized mushrooms, petite carrots and verbena jus.  3 OTHERS TO TRY: • Sunda (p.37) • Keefer’s (p.36) • Toni Patisserie & Café (p.26)

POLAR PLUNGE

steps off at noon on Saturday, March 15, at Columbus and Balbo Drives. For the best vantage points of the dyeing, snag a spot along the upper-level bridges on Michigan Avenue and on Columbus Drive. Another favorite St. Patrick's Day celebration is the South Side Irish Parade (p.60), which takes place on March 16 in Chicago’s historic Beverly neighborhood. BRRR… Head to North Avenue Beach (M6;A3) on March 2nd and watch as 2,000 spirited Chicagoans take to the frigid waters of Lake Michigan to raise funds for Special Olympics Chicago at the 14th annual Chicago Polar Plunge (p.60). Decked out in hysterical costumes, find out who opts to go knee high, waist high, or take the full plunge.

Flower & Garden Show

Cheryl Rule, Concierge, Thompson Hotel Chicago

Epic (p.35), with its warm and inviting atmosphere, is a great place to have dinner. Their rooftop lounge, Epic Sky, is a must-visit place in the spring and summer months. 3 OTHERS TO TRY: • Fashion Outlets of Chicago (p.15) • Museum of Contemporary Art (p.56) • DuSable Museum (p.54)


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shopping

á The Spice House

CONCIERGES’ TOP SHOPS By Amber Holst @CP_Chicago FROM OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH SHOPPING DESTINATIONS TO LOCAL GEMS, HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP AROUND TOWN ONE-STOP SPOTS There are several concierge favorites wrapped into one at The Shops at North Bridge (p.15) including sweet spots Candyality (p.16) and Vosges Haut-Chocolat (p.17) in addition to the iconic  Nordstrom  department store, known for their impressive shoe selection. 900 North Michigan Shops (p.15)  elevates the mall experience with high-end retailers while  Water Tower Place (p.15) continues to be a Chicago landmark offering more affordable options. SWEET (TAKE) HOME CHICAGO If you love Chicago’s restaurant scene, then take home the flavors

ä Candyality

â Vintage finds in Andersonville

with signature Chicago neighborhood (think Greektown, Chinatown) spice blends from The Spice House (p.17) in Old Town (p.17).  And a culinary adventure simply would not be complete without a finger-licking bag of caramel and cheese—or the “Chicago Mix”—from Garrett Popcorn Shops (p.16), an undeniably true Chicago snack.


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â Vosges Haut-Chocolate STYLISH STRETCHES State Street (p.17), that great street, is a historic retail stretch that’s home to meccas like Macy’s on State (p.14) and Block 37 (p.15). Another iconic street is The Magnificent Mile (p.17), offering a plethora of eye candy and the occasional bargain. No matter if you’re choosing—or looking—Oak Street  (p.17) is home to Chicago’s high-end heavy hitters and is basically our version of Rodeo Drive… without the travel hassles. LOCAL FLAVOR Lincoln Park (p.17) is home to numerous concierge-approved attractions like the Chicago History Museum (p.54) and  Lincoln Park Zoo (p.64), but it’s also one of Chicago’s premier shopping destinations offering everything from independently-owned shops to high-end home furnishing stores. Along the neighborhood’s multiple shopping corridors you’ll see high-end stores and bohemian boutiques mixed with restaurants,

ä Oak Street

making it a great option for an all-day shopping excursion. No matter if you’re looking for adorable personalized stationary, shopping for the perfect baby gift, or upgrading your kitchen wares, you are bound to find what you’re looking for here. Whether you’re searching for something high-end, designer, bridal, or that one-of-a-kind thrift store find, Chicago’s Wicker Park & Bucktown (p.17) neighborhoods are your go-to shopping destination. The retail range here spans from Alexis Bittar and Marc by Marc Jacobs to Akira (p.12) and Carhartt. Traditionally a Swedish neighborhood, Andersonville (p.17) has morphed into one of the city’s newer shopping destinations and is a charming respite from the bustle of downtown. From home-design shops with vintage finds to eclectic boutiques for accessories, an afternoon strolling up and down Clark Street is well worth the trip.

ä Macy's on State

For a full list of concierges' 40 favorite shops in town,

turn to page 12 and start charting your course!


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Concierges’

Top 40 Shopping Spots

900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS (P.15) AKIRA (P.12) AMERICAN GIRL PLACE (P.16) AMY'S CANDY BAR (P.17) ANDERSONVILLE (P.17) APPLE STORE (P.15) BARNES & NOBLE (P.16) BEST BUY (P.15) BLOCK 37 (P.15) BLOOMINGDALE'S (P.12) CANDYALITY (P.16) CHIAROSCURO (P.16) CHICAGO FRENCH MARKET (P.16) CHICAGO PREMIUM OUTLETS (P.15) CITY SCENTS FLORAL & HOME (P.15) DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO (P.12) DSW (P.15) FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO (P.15) GARRETT POPCORN SHOPS (P.16) LA PERLA (P.16) LINCOLN PARK (P.17) MACY'S ON STATE (P.17) THE MAGNIFICENT MILE (P.17) MCA STORE (P.16) NEW YORK JEWELERS (P.15) NORDSTROM (P.14) OAK STREET (P.17) OAKBROOK CENTER (P.17) OLD TOWN (P.17) PRIMITIVE (P.17) RANDOLPH FLORAL DESIGN (P.15) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE (P.15) STATE STREET (P.17) THE SPICE HOUSE (P.17) TARGET (P.14) VOSGES HAUT-CHOCOLAT (P.17) WATER TOWER PLACE (P.15) WICKER PARK / BUCKTOWN (P.17) WOODFIELD MALL (P.17) ZARA (P.15)

) DENOTES CONCIERGES’ FAVORITE APPAREL & DEPARTMENT STORES AKIRA; M6;E2 1814-24 W. North Ave., 773-489-0818

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 esigner shoes, women’s D clothing, and accessories.

❍❍ALLSAINTS SPITALFIELDS; M9;R2

700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-283-0400

Vintage-inspired clothing and accessories.

❍❍ARK THRIFT SHOP; M2;A1

1302 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-862-5011 Wicker Park thrift store with new vintage items arriving daily.

❍❍BARNEYS NEW YORK; M6;B2 15 E. Oak St., 312-587-1700

Luxury department store in the Gold Coast.

M9;P2 ))BLOOMINGDALE’S; 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-4460 Six floors of designer clothing, cosmetics, shoes, and more.

❍❍BURBERRY; M9;S2

633 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-2500

New flagship store featuring innovative apparel, accessories, and more.

❍❍BRIONI; M9;P2 2 E. Walton St., 312-649-9100

Italian menswear brand known for their tailored men’s suits and accessories.

❍❍BROOKS BROTHERS; M9;R2

713 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-0060

Classic clothing and apparel for men, women, and kids on the Magnificent Mile.

❍❍CHICAGO’S SPORTS; M6;D3

332 N. Michigan Ave., 800-437-3686 Apparel for all of Chicago’s sports teams for men, women, and kids.

❍❍COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR; M9;Q2 830 N. Michigan Ave., 312-951-2679 Columbia’s high-performance outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment.

❍❍CYNTHIA ROWLEY; M2;A2

1653 N. Damen Ave., 773-276-9209

Designer known for her whimsical specialoccasion dresses, handbags, shoes, and more.

RESALE OF CHICAGO; M6;C3 ))DESIGNER 658 N. Dearborn St., 312-587-3312

High-end designer consignment shop. (p. 16)

❍❍FREE PEOPLE; M9;Q3

Water Tower Place, 312-337-2216

Fun, creative apparel for women.

❍❍FUGA CENTRO; M7;N1

3853 N. Southport Ave., 773-880-1280 A boutique where one can relax and appreciate a truly personalized service full of Italian touches.

❍❍GANT; M2;A1

1702 N. Damen Ave., 773-360-1561

Global brand with an American sportswear heritage, offering modern high-quality casual wear with a European touch.

❍❍H&M; M9;02

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

❍❍ICEBREAKER MERINO; M9;P2 44 E. Walton St., 312-397-1440

First Midwest location for the well-known New Zealand merino wool apparel company.

❍❍INDEPENDENCE; M9;P2

47 E. Oak St., 312-675-2105

Featuring all-American made brands including Engineered Garments, Post Overalls, Gitman Vintage, and Velva Sheen.

❍❍JIL SANDER; M9;P1

48 E. Oak St., 312-335-0006

Stunning flagship store that echoes the German luxury line’s designs.

❍❍LANVIN M9;P2

116 E. Oak St., 312-765-7075

One of the first fashion houses in Paris, this French retailer offers collections for men and women.


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Visit one of our 4 Chicago locations (with the newest one downtown)

ATRIUM MALL 100 W. RANDOLPH ST. CHICAGO

312-346-0777 AtriumMallChicago.com

Destination XL is a one-stop-shop that caters to the fashion needs of bigger guys. DXL features thousands of styles from over 100 brands, in sizes starting at XL, waists from 40”, plus shoes in 10W and up. Visit a DXL near you for a one-of-a-kind experience like no other.

The Atrium Mall is conveniently located in Chicago's downtown Loop, inside the architecturally renowned James R. Thompson Center. With more than 30 shops, eateries, and service businesses, there is something for everyone! The Atrium Mall is attached to the CTA’s Clark & Lake station.


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❍❍LENNY & ME; M2;A1

1463 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-489-5576 Fashionable consignment threads for women from retro to modern.

❍❍LUXURY GARAGE SALE; M6;A2 1658 N. Wells St., 312-291-9126

Upscale consignment boutique specializing in new and gently used designer and vintage clothing and accessories.

ON STATE STREET ))MACY’S 111 N. State St., (M6;D2) 312-781-1000 835 N. Michigan Ave., (M9;Q2) 312-335-7700

Taking up an entire block on State Street, this was the first Marshall Field’s store, opened in 1852. (p. 5)

❍❍MADEWELL; M9;P2

932 N. Rush St., 312-337-3815

The collegiate-style sibling of J.Crew located in the Gold Coast.

❍❍MARC JACOBS; M9;P2

11 E. Walton St., 312-649-7260

Clothing and accessories from the famed designer.

❍❍MARC BY MARC JACOBS; M5;C3

1714 N. Damen Ave., 773-276-2998

Apparel, accessories, handbags, and more at this Bucktown outpost.

❍❍MARY WALTER; M6;C3

33 W. Superior St., 312-266-1094

Boutique specializing in women's clothing and accessories by some of the best designers.

❍❍MONCLER; M9;P2

33 E. Oak St., 312-361-8573

Milan-based apparel brand known for their heavy coats.

❍❍NEIMAN MARCUS; M9;R2

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

M9;T2 ))NORDSTROM; The Shops at North Bridge, 312-464-1515 Known for its wide selection and unbeatable service.

❍❍NORDSTROM RACK; M6;D2 24 N. State St., 312-377-5500

Current-season, brand name goods for men and women.

❍❍PAUL STUART; M9;P2

107 E. Oak St., 312-640-2650

Upscale specialty retailer for men’s and women’s apparel.

❍❍PATAGONIA; M9;P2

48 E. Walton St., 312-640-5934 Outdoor clothing and gear.

❍❍RALPH LAUREN; M9;R2

750 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-1655

Four-story flagship store carrying nearly the entire signature RL collection.

❍❍SAKS FIFTH AVENUE; M9;R2

700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-6500 Upscale department store on the Magnificent Mile.

❍❍SCOOP NYC; M9;Q1

1009 N. Rush St., 312-649-9880 Savvy styles from a variety of well-known designers.

❍❍SUITSUPPLY; M9;Q1

945 N. Rush St., 312-340-6909

The latest addition to the Dutch menswear specialists’ expansion in the U.S.

))TARGET Multiple locations.

Retail giant with an urban format store in the Loop: CityTarget (M6;D2).

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❍❍TED BAKER; M9;P2

1009 N. Rush St., 312-255-0290

Label’s first flagship store in Chicago.

❍❍TOP SHOP/TOP MAN; M9;Q2

830 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-6834

The second U.S. location for the trendy British retailer offering up-to-the-minute styles. The store also houses Topman for men’s clothes.

❍❍TOM FORD; M9;P1

66 E. Oak St., 312-605-5041

New flagship store in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Featuring beauty, menswear, women’s apparel, and more.

M9;R2 ))ZARA; 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-255-8123

Three floors of apparel and accessories.

ELECTRONICS APPLE STORE; M9;S2 679 N. Michigan Ave., 312-981-4104

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All things Apple.

BUY; M9;P2 ))BEST 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-397-2146 The well-known electronics giant delivers high-end electronics.

❍❍GARMIN; M9;S2

663 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-3221

Hands-on product demonstrations, interactive kiosks, and in-depth product training and seminars are offered.

FLORISTS CITY SCENTS FLORAL & HOME; M6;C2 209 E. Ohio St., 312-836-0211

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Downtown florist offering beautiful arrangements locally.

RANDOLPH FLORAL DESIGN; M6;D3 2444 W. 16th St., 312-263-6037 Downtown florist delivering throughout Chicagoland. (p. 17)

GALLERIES ❍❍DAVID WEINBERG PHOTOGRAPHY; M6;C2 300 E. Superior St., 312-529-5090 Artist-run space that focuses on exhibiting the work of David Weinberg, showcasing the works of emerging artists through the Coat Check project, and hosting photography workshops for art education.

❍❍THE LEIGH GALLERY; M7;K2

3306 N. Halsted St., 773-472-1865

An accessible gallery with broad appeal including works by over 80 local artists showcasing most mediums.

JEWELRY ❍❍ALEXIS BITTAR; M2;A1 1710 N. Damen Ave., 773-486-5627

Chicago outpost of famed designer known for his Lucite and semi-precious jewelry.

❍❍LESTER LAMPERT; M9;P1

57 E. Oak St., 312-944-6888

OUTLETS OF CHICAGO M8;U2 ))FASHION 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, Rosemont, 847-928-7500

Shop over 130 designer outlets in a beautiful brand-new enclosed center located just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago.

PLACE ))LIGHTHOUSE PREMIUM OUTLETS; M8;R3

601 Wabash Ave., Michigan City, Ind., 219-879-6506

Dozens of top outlet stores offering discount prices. (Inside Front Cover)

PRAIRIE ))PLEASANT PREMIUM OUTLETS; M8;P2

Pleasant Prairie, WI, 262-857-2101

Nintey top outlet stores offering discount prices. (Inside Front Cover)

SHOES & ACCESSORIES ❍❍CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN; M9;P2 58 E. Oak St., 312-929-0327

Luxury French shoe and bag designer known for his signature, red-soled shoes.

))DSW multiple locations.

Shoes and accessories for men, women, and children at reasonable prices.

❍❍JIMMY CHOO; M9;P2

63 E. Oak St., 312-255-1170

High-fashion store featuring impeccable footwear and handbags.

❍❍HANIG’S FOOTWEAR; M9;S2

875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-6800 847 W. Armitage Ave., M7;N1 773-929-5568, 2754 N. Clark St., M7;M2 773-248-1977

Men’s and women’s shoes in a variety of styles and brands.

❍❍HERMES; M9;P2

25 E. Oak St., 312-787-8175

Luxury French scarves, enamel bracelets, and other accessories.

❍❍LOUIS VUITTON; M9;P3

919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-2010 Vast selection of the iconic, luxury leather goods in addition to men’s and women’s shoes.

❍❍SALVATORE FERRAGAMO; M9;S2

645 N. Michigan Ave., 312-397-0464

The epitome of Italian luxury, known for their handcrafted shoes, boots, handbags, belts, and accessories.

❍❍TOD’S; M9;P1

212 E. Oak St., 312-943-0070

The finest of Made in Italy in men's and women's shoes, bags, and small leather goods.

❍❍UGG AUSTRALIA; M9;P1

909 N. Rush St., 312-255-1280

Slippers, boots, apparel, and more.

For more than 80 years, Lester Lampert has been Chicago’s premiere high-end custom jewelry boutique.

SHOPPING CENTERS ❍❍ATRIUM MALL; M6;D2 100 W. Randolph St., 312-346-0777

Engagement rings, custom jewelry designs, and high-end timepieces. (p. 14)

NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS; M9;P2 ))900 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-3916

YORK JEWELERS; M6;D3 ))NEW 11 N. Wabash Ave., 312-855-4999

❍❍PANDORA; M9;Q3

835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-0647 Pandora's entire collection of bead charms, and special collections.

❍❍TIFFANY & CO.; M9;R2

730 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-7500 Elegance and style represented by the symbolic blue box.

OUTLET MALLS CHICAGO PREMIUM OUTLETS; M8;R1 1650 Premium Outlets Blvd., Aurora, 630-585-2200

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Outlet shopping center featuring 120 outlet shopping stores such as Brooks Brothers, Coach, and Lacoste. (Inside Front Cover)

Located in the Thompson Center featuring more than 40 shops, eateries, and service businesses. (p. 13)

Anchored by Bloomingdale’s, featuring J. Crew, Gucci, Club Monaco, and more.

37; M6;D3 ))BLOCK 108 N. State St., 312-261-4700

Block 37 features an eclectic mix of shopping, dining, and entertainment. (p. 5)

SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE; M9;T2 ))THE 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-327-2300

Anchored by Nordstrom, retailers include Hugo Boss, Tommy Bahama, White House | Black Market, Lucky Brand, and more.

TOWER PLACE; M9;Q2 ))WATER 835 N. Michigan Ave., 312-440-3166

Featuring Macy’s and more than 100 stores, spas, and restaurants.


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Allyu provides therapeutic massage and bodywork, advanced skincare, and beauty resources in a stunning, relaxing environment.

❍❍RED DOOR; M9;P2

919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-988-9191

All-encompassing menu of luxury services from facial skin care and massage therapy to body treatments and makeup artistry just off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Gold Coast.

❍❍URBAN OASIS; M9;P1

FRENCH MARKET; M6;D1 ))CHICAGO Ogilvie Transportation Center

Featuring dozens of individual vendors in an authentic market environment.

❍❍CRATE & BARREL; M9;S2 646 N. Michigan Ave., 312-787-5900

Home furnishings, barware, gifts, and more.

❍❍CUADRA M9;Q3

Water Tower Place, 2nd Floor, 312-280-7803 A Mexican luxury brand that sells exotic leather goods for men and women.

❍❍DESTINATION XL; M9;Q1 113 E. Chicago Ave., 312-202-0986

The nation's premier provider for men's big and tall clothing. (p. 13)

12 W. Maple St., 312-587-3500

Urban Oasis Maple Street has been specializing in therapeutic and stress-relief massage for more than 15 years.

❍❍VALEO CHICAGO; M6;E2

151 W. Adams St., 312-660-8250 Full-service luxury spa, salon, and fitness center.

SPECIALTY STORES ❍❍ADAGIO TEAS; M6;C2 617 N. State St., 224-513-9281

Farm-fresh tea created by skilled artisans.

❍❍FOR DOG’S SAKE; M6;C3

207 W. Superior St., 312-944-4355 Upscale pet boutique.

❍❍G BOUTIQUE; M2;A1

2131 W. Damen Ave., 773-235-1234

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Women’s lingerie, toys, and more.

GARRETT POPCORN SHOPS; M9;S2 26 W. Randolph St. 312-201-0455 and 625 N. Michigan Ave., 888-476-7267

Since 1949, Chicagoans have been enjoying Garrett’s hot-air popped goodness. (p. 7)

❍❍AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS STORE; M6;D3

❍❍GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE SHOP; M9;02

Shop one-of-a-kind pieces created by teen apprentices participating in After School Matters programs.

Serves up their signature chocolates, ice cream, sundaes, and more in the heart of the Mag Mile.

66 E. Randolph St., 312-744-7274

❍❍ALCALA’S WESTERN WEAR; M5;C3 1733 W. Chicago Ave., 312-226-0152

Just look for the big horse out front. Alcala’s has been Chicago’s go-to store for Western wear since opening in 1972.

GIRL PLACE; M7;Q2 ))AMERICAN 835 N. Michigan Ave., 877-AGPLACE (247-5223)

Home of American Girl dolls and cafe.

CANDY BAR; M5;B3 ))AMY’S 4704 N. Damen Ave., 773-942-6386 Specialty candy boutique located in Lincoln Square.

& NOBLE ))BARNES Multiple locations

Sprawling book retailer that also offers multimedia, games, and more.

❍❍BECK’S BOOK STORE; M6;C3

50 E. Chicago Ave., 312-944-7685 New and used books.

❍❍BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME & FURNITURE; M6;C3 600 N. Wabash Ave., 312-324-7500

Everything for the home under one roof.

❍❍BRUNELLO CUCINELLI; M9;P1 939 N. Rush St., 312-266-6000

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Emporium for earthy cashmere and luxe leather.

CANDYALITY; M9 AND M7;N1 520 N. Michigan Ave.; 3424 N. Southport Ave.; 835 N. Michigan Ave.

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One of the sweetest spots in town, confections is the name of the game at this candy store.

CHIAROSCURO M9;Q3 Water Tower Place, 2nd Floor, 312-988-9253 Unique jewelry, accessories, furniture, kitchen ware, knick knacks, and art.

830 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-9330

CHICAGO; M9;02 ))HERSHEY’S 820 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-7711

This 3,600-square-foot retail space is full of interactive experiences. (p. 60)

❍❍ILLINOIS ARTISANS SHOP; M6;D2 100 W. Randolph St., 312-814-5321

Hand-crafted goods from Illinois’ artisans.

❍❍IVME HYDRATION CLINIC; M6;C2 222 W. Ontario St., 312-350-1822

Hydration therapy clinic in River North staffed by board-certified physicians and registered nurses.

❍❍IWAN RIES & COMPANY; M6;D3 19 S. Wabash Ave., 312-372-1306

This Loop establishment has been in business since 1857 & boasts a wide variety of quality cigars.

PERLA; M9;T2 ))LA 535 N. Michigan Ave., 312-494-0400

Wide selection of luxurious European intimate apparel for men and women.

❍❍MATERIAL POSSESSIONS; M6;C3

704 N. Wabash Ave., 312-280-4885

Unique jewelry, home décor, place settings, pillows, hand blown glasses, candles, and objet d’art.

❍❍MARBLES THE BRAIN STORE; M5;B3

Water Tower Place, 4th floor, 312-255-1201 One-of-a-kind retail store with a smart collection of fun ways to a healthier brain for all ages.

STORE; M9;Q3 ))MCA 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-397-4000 Contemporary gifts, jewelry, art toys, home décor, and more.

❍❍MYOPIC BOOKS ; M2;B2

1564 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-862-4822 One of Chicago’s oldest and largest used bookstores.


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❍❍NIKE CHICAGO; M9;R2

669 N. Michigan Ave., 312-642-6363

❍❍WESTFIELD OLD ORCHARD; M5;A3

Between Golf Rd. and Old Orchard Rd., facing Skokie Blvd., Skokie, 847-674-7070

From branded lifestyle apparel to shoes, it’s all here under one roof.

Open-air, upscale shopping center northwest of downtown Chicago.

❍❍PISTACHIOS; M6;C2

55 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-9437

Contemporary jewelry and glass gallery.

M6;D1 ))PRIMITIVE; 130 N. Jefferson St., 312-575-9600

OODFIELD MALL; M5;A1 ))WWoodfield Rd. at Route 53, Schaumburg, 847-330-1537

Antique furniture from Asia, Africa, and South America.

 early 300 select stores and N restaurants, such as The Coach Store and the Cheesecake Factory. (M4)

❍❍P.O.S.H.; M9;R2

613 N. State St., 312-280-1602

A treasure trove of European delights ranging from antiques to hotel silver.

❍❍SOUVENIR CITY; M6;C3

393 E. Illinois St., 312-321-9842

Chicago-branded shirts, pictures, postcards, and more just two blocks from Navy Pier.

SPICE HOUSE;M6;A2 ))THE 1512 N. Wells St., 312-274-0378 Gourmet spice boutique in the heart of Old Town.

❍❍TEAGSCHWENDNER; M6;B3

1160 N. State St., 312-932-0639

Retailer of premium-quality, hand-picked loose leaf green teas from the finest tea gardens around the world.

HAUT-CHOCOLAT; M7;N1 ))VOSGES 951 W. Armitage Ave., 773-296-9866 Luxury chocolate maker offering exotic varieties flavored with spices, bacon, and other ingredients.

SUBURBAN SHOPPING CENTERS OAKBROOK CENTER; M5;C2 100 Oakbrook Center, Oakbrook, 630-573-0700

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

SHOPPING DISTRICTS ANDERSONVILLE; M5;B4

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Clark Street offers great boutiques and interior design stores for art and décor.

PARK; M7;N2 ))LINCOLN Boutiques and designer shops abound here along the Armitage and Halsted corridor.

MAGNIFICENT MILE; M9 ))THEIconic shopper’s mecca with flagship stores and specialty retailers.

STREET; M9 ))OAK Chicago’s home to high-end and luxury retailers and brands.

TOWN; M7;O3 ))OLD Cozy neighborhood with specialty stores and independent retailers.

STREET; M6;E2 ))STATE Macy’s on State anchors this retail row that includes Block 37.

PARK / BUCKTOWN; M2 ))WICKER Local designers, upscale retailers, and unique vintage finds.


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WESTWARD BOUND By Amber Holst @CP_Chicago WEST LOOP Let’s face it, you’re either into communal dining or you’re not. If you’re like me—and simply adore the experience—then venture over to avec (p.38) and fall in love with its convivial spirit and killer small plates. Whether you’re looking to nosh on some sharable items like their whipped brandade and their chorizo-stuffed medjool dates or just relax with a selection of their specialty cheeses and a bottle of wine, you simply can’t go wrong at this West Loop mainstay. Looking for a sleeker fine dining experience? Then head next door to avec’s sibling restaurant Blackbird (p.38). Opened in 1997, this groundbreaking spot upped the ante of modern classics and continues to turn out truly creative and attainable cuisine.

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A runaway favorite since its opening, Girl and the Goat  (p.39) serves up amazing grub at reasonable prices. The culinary imagination of Chef Stephanie Izard never ceases to amaze, whether it is green beans dressed with fish sauce vinaigrette or crispy pig cheeks with over-easy eggs.  If you’re looking for a breakfast option, or more laid back dinner experience, Izard’s Little Goat Diner (p.39) across the street is an ideal spot. A trendy spin-off of the classic greasy spoon concept, here you can delve into updated variations on diner staples like the Sloppy Goat and heavenly biscuits and gravy. Named one of Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants" for 2013, Embeya (p.39) is one of Chicago’s restaurants-ofthe-moment and  showcases refined Asian cuisine—with a heavy emphasis on Vietnamese dishes—in a dashing atmosphere. On a recent visit, we simply couldn’t get enough of their perfectly-crisp, skin-on duck leg. A BIT FURTHER OUT Just a short cab ride from Randolph Street’s restaurant corridor is the charming Piccolo Sogno (p.36). In the summer, their lush outdoor patio is a huge draw for locals but this place is not to be overlooked during the colder months. In addition to their massive, all-Italian wine list they serve up some


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â Avec of the best Italian cuisine in town. And what would a good Italian meal be without pasta? Here’s an off-menu secret for you: Piccolo Sogno offers half portions of all of its pasta and risotto dishes. I recommend this if only for the opportunity to try more of their brilliant dishes! Go with the rich, meaty Lasagnette, a combination of wide noodles with veal meatballs and a broth full of mushrooms or the Tortelli. Part dive bar and part taqueria, Big Star  (p.21) is a honky-tonk serving up inexpensive, excellent food and drink in the center of Wicker Park. Led by James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Kahan, Big Star offers gussied-up Mexican street food with the motto aqui vendemos sabor or here we sell deliciousness. And, folks, indeed they do.

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SEE PAGE 20 for a list of concierges'

FAVORITE 50 TABLES in town. From local eats to chef-driven hot spots, there's something for every palate.


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CONCIERGES' TOP 50

DINING SPOTS AU CHEVAL (P.38)

HOWELL'S & HOOD (P.28)

AVEC (P.38)

ITALIAN VILLAGE (P.26)

BAVETTE'S BAR & BOEUF (P.34)

KINZIE CHOPHOUSE (P.36)

BENNY'S CHOP HOUSE (P.34)

LE COLONIAL (P.24)

BIG STAR (P.21)

LITTLE GOAT DINER (P.39)

BLACKBIRD (P.38)

LOU MALNATI'S PIZZERIA (P.36)

BRAZZAZ (P.34)

MCCORMICK & SCHMICK'S (P.24)

CAFE BA-BA-REEBA! (P.25)

MELI CAFÉ (P.26)

CATCH 35 (P.26) CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE (P.35) CHICAGO CUT STEAKHOUSE (P.35) CONNIE'S PIZZA (P.37) DAVID BURKE'S PRIMEHOUSE (P.35) DEL FRISCO'S DOUBLE EAGLE STEAKHOUSE (P.28) DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL (P.28)

THE METROPOLITAN CLUB (P.26) PARK GRILL (P.26) PHIL STEFANI'S 437 RUSH (P.28) PICCOLO SOGNO (P.36) PIZANO'S PIZZA & PASTA (P.24) PIZZERIA UNO / PIZZERIA DUE (P.36) PORTILLO'S HOT DOGS (P.36)

EMBEYA (P.39)

QUARTINO RISTORANTE & WINE BAR (P.36)

EPIC (P.35)

RIVA CRABHOUSE (P.38)

FOGO DE CHÃO (P.35)

ROSEBUD PRIME (P.26)

FRANCESCA'S ON CHESTNUT (P.38)

THE SIGNATURE ROOM AT THE 95TH (P.28)

GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE (P.22)

SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE (P.37)

GINO'S EAST (P.35) GIORDANO'S (P.28) GIRL & THE GOAT (P.39) GT FISH & OYSTER (P.35) HARRY CARAY'S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE (P.35)

SUNDA (P.37) TAVERN AT THE PARK (P.26) VOLARE (P.38) YOLK (P.38) ZED451 (P.37)


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RESTAURANT QUICK PICKS LISTINGS Average Entrée Guide BUCKTOWN/WICKER PARK/WEST TOWN

❍Antique ❍ Taco, 1360 N. Milwaukee Ave. ❍Bangers ❍ & Lace, 1670 W. Division St. ❍Big ❍ Star, 1531 N. Damen Ave. ❍The ❍ Bedford, 1612 W. Division St. ❍Carriage ❍ House, 1700 W. Division St. ❍Chop ❍ Shop, 2033 W. North Ave. ❍Club ❍ Lucky, 1824 W. Wabansia Ave. ❍Fat ❍ Rice, 2957 W. Diversey Ave. ❍The ❍ Fifty/50 , 2047 W. Division St. ❍Frontier, ❍ 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave. ❍Green ❍ Zebra, 1460 W. Chicago Ave. ❍Handlebar, ❍ 2311 W. North Ave. ❍Homestead, ❍ 1924 W. Chicago Ave. ❍Hot ❍ Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Ave. ❍Jerry’s, ❍ 1938 W. Division St. ❍Kuma’s ❍ Corner, 2900 W. Belmont Ave. ❍Las ❍ Palmas, 1835 W. North Ave. ❍Lillie’s ❍ Q, 1856 W. North Ave. ❍Longman ❍ & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave. ❍Lula ❍ Café, 2537 N. Kedzie Blvd. ❍The ❍ Monarch, 1745 W. North Ave. ❍Mott ❍ Street, 1401 N. Ashland Ave. ❍Parson’s ❍ Chicken & Fish, 2952 W. Armitage Ave. ❍Prasino, ❍ 1846 W. Division St.

(773) 687-8697 (773) 252-6499 (773) 235-4039 (773) 235-8800 (773) 384-9700 (773) 537-4440 (773) 227-2300 (773) 661-9170 (773) 489-5050 (773) 772-4322 (312) 243-7100 (773) 384-9546 (773) 645-4949 (773) 489-1747 (773) 235-1006 (773) 604-8769 (773) 289-4991 (773) 772-5500 (773) 276-7110 (773) 489-9554 (773) 252-6053 (773) 687-9977 (773) 384-3333 (312) 878-1212

Mex $ M5;C3 British $ M5;C3 Mex ) $ M5;C3 Amer $$ M5;C3 Low Country $$ M2;B2 Amer/Deli $ M5;C3 Ital $ M2;A1 Asian Fusion $$ M5;C3 Amer $ M2;B1 Amer $ M5;C3 Veg $ M5;C3 Vegan $ M5;C3 Amer $ M2;C1 Amer $$ M5;C3 Sandwiches $ M5;C3 Burgers $ M5;C3 Mex/Latin $ M5;C3 BBQ $ M5;C3 Amer $$ M5;C3 Amer $$ M5;C3 Amer $$ M5;C3 Asian $$ M5;C3 Amer $$ M5;C3 Amer $ M5;C3

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite


❍Piece ❍ Brewery & Pizzeria, 1927 W. North Ave. ❍The ❍ Radler, 2375 N. Milwaukee Ave. ❍Roots ❍ Handmade Pizza, 1924 W. Chicago Ave. ❍Ruxbin, ❍ 851 N. Ashland Ave. ❍Sushi ❍ X, 1136 W. Chicago Ave. ❍Takito ❍ Kitchen, 2013 W. Division St. ❍Trenchermen, ❍ 2039 W. North Ave. ❍Two, ❍ 1132 W. Grand Ave.

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(773) 772-4422 (773) 276-0270 (773) 252-1466 (312) 624-8509 (312) 491-9232 (773) 687-9620 (773) 661-1540 (312) 624-8363

Pizza $ M5;C3 German $$ M5;C3 Pizza $$$ M2;C2 Amer $$ M5;C3 Sushi $ M2;C3 Mex $ M5;C3 Amer $$ M5;C3 Amer $$ M2;C3

(312) 881-0168 (312) 842-7888 (312) 808-0830 (312) 326-5040 (312) 225-7818

Chinese Chinese Chinese Chinese Chinese

(312) 640-8888 (312) 324-4063 (312) 988-7676 (312) 642-1160 (312) 326-3443 (312) 337-4001 (312) 943-5151 (312) 255-0022 (312) 596-1111 (312) 266-8999 (312) 202-0994 (312) 640-0999

Asian $ M6;B3 French $$ M6;B3 Ital/Steak $$$ M6;B3 BBQ $$ M6;B2 Pizza $ M6;B3 Wine Bar $$ M6;B2 Amer $$ M6;B2 Amer $$ M6;B3 Amer $$ M6;B3 Steak ) $$ M9;P1 Amer $ M6;B3 Sea $$ M9;P1

CHINATOWN

❍Lao ❍ Beijing, 2138 S. Archer Ave. ❍Lao ❍ Hunan, 2230 S. Wentworth Ave. ❍Lao ❍ Shanghai, 2163 S. China Pl. ❍Lao ❍ Sze Chuan, 2172 S. Archer Ave. ❍Lao ❍ You Ju, 2002 S. Wentworth Ave.

$ $ $ $ $

M6;H2 M6;H2 M6;H2 M6;H2 M6;H2

GOLD COAST

❍Big ❍ Bowl, 6 E. Cedar St. ❍Café ❍ des Architectes, 20 E. Chestnut St. ❍Carmine’s, ❍ 1043 N. Rush St. ❍Chicago ❍ Q, 1160 N. Dearborn St. ❍Connie’s ❍ Pizza, 1030 N. State St. (p. 5) ❍Cru ❍ Kitchen & Bar, 25 E. Delaware Pl. ❍Dave ❍ & Busters, 1030 N. Clark St. ❍Drawing ❍ Room, 937 N. Rush St. (p. 38) ❍Fred’s, ❍ 15 E. Oak St. ❍Gibsons ❍ Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St. ❍Hash ❍ House a Go Go, 1212 N. State Pkwy. ❍Hugo’s ❍ Frog Bar, 1024 N. Rush St.

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite


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Chicago Ave. & Wabash Ave. | 312.440.8660 Oakbrook Terrace on 22nd St. | 630.516.0180 Make your reservation at devonseafood.com


❍Jellyfish, ❍ 1009 N. Rush St. ❍Le ❍ Colonial, 937 N. Rush St. ❍Little ❍ Market Brassiere, 10 E. Delaware St. ❍Luxbar, ❍ 18 E. Bellevue Pl. ❍Mario’s ❍ Table, 21 W. Goethe St. ❍McCormick ❍ & Schmick’s, 41 E. Chestnut St. (p. 39) ❍Nico ❍ Osteria, 1015 N. Rush St. ❍Pizano’s ❍ Pizza and Pasta, 864 N. State St. ❍Pump ❍ Room, 1301 N. State Pkwy. ❍RA ❍ Sushi, 1139 N. State St. (p.36) ❍Table ❍ Fifty-Two, 52 W. Elm St. ❍Tavern ❍ on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St.

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(312) 660-3111 (312) 255-0088 (312) 640-8141 (312) 642-3400 (312) 944-0199 (312) 397-9500 (312) 994-7100 (312) 751-1766 (312) 601-2970 (312) 374-0011 (312) 573-4000 (312) 664-9600

Asian/Sushi $ M9;P1 Viet ) $$ M9;P1 Amer $$ M6;B3 Amer $$ M9;P1 Ital $$ M6;A2 Seafood ) $$ M6;B3 Ital/Seafood $$$ M6;B2 Ital ) $ M9;P1 Amer $$ M6;A3 Sushi $$ M9;P1 Amer $$ M6;B3 Steak $$ M9;P1

(312) 782-9855 (312) 454-0748 (312) 226-3377 (312) 454-0800 (312) 829-8820

Greek $ M6;E1 Brkfst/Lunch ) $ M6;E1 Greek $ M6;E1 Greek $$ M6;E1 Greek $$ M6;E1

(773) 784-4444 (773) 857-3155 (773)832-9040 (773) 478-4000 (773) 334-9851 (773) 279-9550 (773) 248-1155 (773) 334-6377

German Gastropub Amer Fried Chicken Gastropub Amer Amer Korean

GREEKTOWN

❍Greek ❍ Islands Restaurant, 200 S. Halsted St. ❍Meli ❍ Café, 301 S. Halsted St. ❍Pegasus, ❍ 130 S. Halsted St. ❍Roditys, ❍ 222 S. Halsted St. ❍Santorini, ❍ 800 W. Adams St. LAKEVIEW/WRIGLEYVILLE/NORTH SIDE

❍Chicago ❍ Brauhaus, 4732 N. Lincoln Ave. ❍Dryhop ❍ Brewers 3155 N. Broadway St. ❍Goose ❍ Island, 3535 N. Clark St., (p. 38) ❍Honey ❍ Butter Fried Chicken, 3361 N. Elston Ave. ❍Hopleaf, ❍ 5148 N. Clark St. ❍Hot ❍ Doug’s, 3324 N. California Ave. ❍Hutch, ❍ 3301 N. Clark St. ❍Jin ❍ Ju, 5203 N. Clark St.

$ $$ $ $ $ $ $ $

M5;B3 M7;L2 M7;M1 M5;B3 M5;B3 M5;B3 M7;K1 M5;B3

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

130 E. Randolph St. 312-522.0070

Across from Millennium Park

tavernatthepark.com “…you can depend on good food; stylish, comfortable surroundings, and top-drawer treatment.” – Laura Bianchi, Crain’s Chicago Business TREE HOUSE ENCLOSED GLASS ATRIUM OPEN ALL YEAR!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CONCIERGE FRIENDS FOR ONCE AGAIN MAKING US A FAVORITE!


❍Juliana ❍ Restaurant, 3001 W. Peterson Ave. ❍Mia ❍ Francesca, 3311 N. Clark St. ❍Sun ❍ Wah, 5041 N. Broadway

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(773) 334-0000 (773) 281-3310 (773) 769-1254

Medit Ital Chinese

$ M5;B3 $ M7;K1 $ M5;B3

(312) 867-0110 (773) 348-5155 (312) 867-3888 (773) 832-4000 (312) 337-6070 (773) 935-5000 (773) 248-2570 (773) 935-1000 (773) 360-1366 (773) 281-9101 (312) 915-0071 (872) 206-8662 (773) 868-0002 (773) 348-8886 (773) 477-5845 (312) 981-7070 (773) 549-0038 (773) 770-3527 (312) 857-4221 (312) 266-1616 (312) 266-1199 (773) 525-4100

Amer $$$$ M6;C2 Greek $$ M7;O1 Ital $$ M7;O1 BBQ $ M7;M2 Amer $$ M7;O1 Tapas ) $ M7;N1 Pizza $ M7;O1 Amer $$ M7;M2 Coffee $ M5;B3 Fondue $$$ M7;N2 Amer $ M7;O1 Sushi $$ M7;M2 Sea $$$ M7;N3 French $$ M7;N3 Amer $$ M7;M3 Amer $$ M7;M3 Ital $$ M7;M2 Prix Fixe $$ M7;L2 BBQ $ M5;B3 BBQ $$ M7;O2 Ital $$ M7;O1 Mex $ M7;M2

LINCOLN PARK

❍Alinea, ❍ 1723 N. Halsted St. ❍Athenian ❍ Room, 807 W. Webster Ave. ❍Balena, ❍ 1633 N. Halsted St. ❍Barn ❍ & Company, 950 W. Wrightwood Ave. (p. 5) ❍Boka ❍ Restaurant,1729 N. Halsted St. ❍Cafe ❍ Ba-Ba-Reeba!, 2024 N. Halsted St. ❍Chicago ❍ Pizza & Oven Grinder, 2121 N. Clark St. ❍Coppervine, ❍ 1962 N. Halsted St. ❍Dollop ❍ Coffee & Tea, 4181 N. Clarendon Ave. ❍Geja’s ❍ Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave. ❍Goose ❍ Island, 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. (p. 38) ❍Juno, ❍ 2638 N. Lincoln Ave. ❍L2O, ❍ 2300 N. Lincoln Park W. ❍Mon ❍ Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West ❍North ❍ Pond, 2610 N. Cannon Dr. ❍Perennial ❍ Virant, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave. ❍Ricardo ❍ Trattoria, 2119 N. Clark St. ❍Senza, ❍ 2873 N. Broadway St. ❍Smalls, ❍ 4009 N. Albany Ave. ❍Twin ❍ Anchors, 1655 N. Sedgwick St. ❍Vinci, ❍ 1732 N. Halsted St. ❍Zapatista, ❍ 444 W. Fullerton Pkwy.

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite


Avg. Entrée $

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Phone

RESTAURANT NAME, LOCATION

Concierges' Favorite

dining Cuisine

26

$ $ $$ $$ $ $$

M6;H1 M6;F1 M6;F1 M6;F1 M6;F1 M6;F1

LITTLE ITALY

❍Francesca’s ❍ on Taylor, 1400 W. Taylor St. ❍RoSal’s ❍ Cucina, 1154 W. Taylor St. ❍Three ❍ Aces, 1321 W. Taylor St. ❍The ❍ Rosebud, 1500 W. Taylor St. ❍Tufano’s ❍ Vernon Park Tap, 1073 W. Vernon Park Place ❍Tuscany, ❍ 1014 W. Taylor St. (p. 25)

(312) 829-2828 (312) 243-2357 (312) 243-1577 (312) 942-1117 (312) 733-3393 (312) 829-1990

Ital Ital Ital/Pub Ital Ital Ital

LOOP

❍312 ❍ Chicago, 136 N. La Salle St. ❍Aria, ❍ 200 N. Columbus Dr. ❍Atwood ❍ Café, 1 W. Washington St. ❍Catch ❍ 35, 35 W. Wacker Dr. ❍Emerald ❍ Loop, 216 N. Wabash Ave. ❍Exchequer ❍ Restaurant, 226 S. Wabash Ave. ❍The ❍ Florentine, 151 W. Adams St. ❍The ❍ Gage, 24 S. Michigan Ave. ❍Great ❍ Street, 1 W. Wacker Dr. ❍Henri, ❍ 18 S. Michigan Ave. ❍Houlihan’s, ❍ 111 E. Wacker Dr. ❍Intelligentsia, ❍ 53 E. Randolph St. ❍Italian ❍ Village, 71 W. Monroe St. ❍La ❍ Cantina, 71 W. Monroe St. ❍Lockwood, ❍ 17 E. Monroe St. ❍Lou ❍ Mitchell’s, 565 W. Jackson Blvd. ❍McCormick ❍ & Schmick’s, One E. Wacker Dr. (p. 39) ❍The ❍ Metropolitan Club, 233 S. Wacker Dr. (p. 27) ❍Mid-America ❍ Club, 200 E. Randolph St. ❍Miller’s ❍ Pub, 134 S. Wabash Ave. ❍Par ❍ Bar & Grille, 160 N. Franklin St. ❍Park ❍ Grill, 11 N. Michigan Ave. (p. 23) ❍Pazzo’s ❍ Cucuina, 23 E. Jackson St. ❍Pearl ❍ Tavern, 180 N. Wacker Dr. (p. 5) ❍Petterino’s, ❍ 150 N. Dearborn St. ❍Pizano’s ❍ Pizza and Pasta, 61 E. Madison St. ❍Rosebud ❍ Prime, 1 S. Dearborn St. ❍Ruby ❍ of Siam, 170 W. Washington St. ❍Russian ❍ Tea Time, 77 E. Adams St. ❍Sidebar ❍ Grille, 221 N. LaSalle St. ❍South ❍ Water Kitchen, 225 N. Wabash Ave. ❍State ❍ & Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St. ❍Stetsons ❍ Modern Steak + Sushi, 151 E. Wacker Dr. ❍Sweetwater, ❍ 225 N. Michigan Ave. (p. 35) ❍Tavern ❍ at the Park, 130 E. Randolph St. (p. 24) ❍Terzo ❍ Piano, 159 E. Monroe St. ❍Toni ❍ Patisserie & Café, 65 E. Washington St.

(312) 696-2420 (312) 444-9494 (312) 368-1900 (312) 346-3500 (312) 263-0200 (312) 939-5633 (312) 660-8866 (312) 372-2979 (312) 795-3333 (312) 578-0763 (312) 616-3663 (312) 920-9332 (312) 332-7005 (312) 332-7005 (312) 917-3404 (312) 939-3111 (312) 923-7226 (312) 876-3200 (312) 861-0277 (312) 263-4988 (312) 263-0260 (312) 521-PARK (312) 386-9400 (312) 629-1030 (312) 422-0150 (312) 236-1777 (312) 384-1900 (312) 609-0000 (312) 360-0000 (312) 739-3900 (312) 236-9300 (312) 239-9400 (312) 239-4491 (312) 698-7111 (312) 552-0070 (312) 443-8650 (312) 726-2020

Ital-Amer $$ M5;D3 Asian/Sushi $$ M6;D2 Amer $$ M6;D2 Seafood ) $$$ M6;D2 Irish $ M5;D3 Pizza/Steak $ M6;D2 Ital $$ M6;E2 Irish $ M6;E3 Amer $$ M6;D3 Amer $$ M6;E3 Amer $ M5;D3 Coffee Shop $ M6;D3 Ital ) $ M6;E2 Ital $$ M6;E2 Amer $$ M5;D3 Brkfst $ M6;E2 Seafood ) $$ M6;D3 Amer ) $$ M6;E2 Amer $$ M6;D2 Amer $ M6;D2 Amer $ M6;D2 Amer ) $ M6;D3 Ital $$ M6;E3 Seafood $$ M6;E2 Ital $$ M6;D2 Ital ) $ M6;D2 Ital/Steak ) $$ M6;D2 Thai $$ M6;E3 Russian $$ M6;D2 Amer $ M6;D2 Amer $$ M6;D2 Amer $ M5;D3 Steak/Sushi $$ M6;D2 Amer $ M6;D3 Amer ) $$ M6;D3 Amer/Ital $$ M6,E3 Bkfst/Lunch $ M6;D3

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

THE PASTA THE MEATBALLS....

HONEST ITALIAN! 749 N. Clark Street Chicago, IL 60610 312.475.0271 jroccoitalian.com


(312) 984-1718 (312) 332-4040 (312) 781-3125 (312) 938-9777

Ital Ital Amer Bkfst

Map Coordinates

❍Trattoria ❍ No. 10, 10 N. Dearborn St. ❍Vivere, ❍ 71 W. Monroe St. ❍Walnut ❍ Room, 111 N. State St. 7th FL. ❍Wildberry ❍ Pancakes & Café, 130 E. Randolph St.

Avg. Entrée $

Phone

RESTAURANT NAME, LOCATION

Concierges' Favorite

dining Cuisine

28

$$ $$ $ $

M6;D2 M6;E2 M6;D2 M6;D2

MAGNIFICENT MILE

❍Billy ❍ Goat Tavern, 430 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 222-1525 Amer $ M9;U2 ❍Bar ❍ Toma, 110 E. Pearson St. (312) 266-3100 Ital/Pizza $$ M9;Q2 ❍Café ❍ Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 280-2750 Ital $$ M9;P2 ❍Cape ❍ Cod Room, 140 E. Walton Pl. (312) 932-4625 Seafood $$ M9;P3 ❍Del ❍ Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 58 E. Oak (p. 3) (312) 888-2499 Steak ) $$ M9;P2 ❍Devon ❍ Seafood Grill, 39 E. Chicago Ave (p. 23) (312) 440-8660 Seafood ) $ M9;R2 ❍Giordano’s, ❍ 730 N. Rush St. (312) 951-0747 Pizza ) $ M9;R2 ❍Heaven ❍ on Seven, 600 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 280-7774 Cajun $ M9;S2 ❍Howells ❍ and Hood, 435 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 212-8878 Amer/Contemp ) $$ M9;U2 ❍Lawry’s ❍ The Prime Rib, 100 E. Ontario St. (312) 787-5000 Prime Rib $$$ M9;S2 ❍McCormick ❍ & Schmick’s, 41 E. Chestnut St. (p. 39) (312) 397-9500 Seafood ) $$ M9;Q1 ❍Michael ❍ Jordan’s Steak House, 505 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 321-8823 Steak $$ M9;T2 ❍Mike ❍ Ditka’s, 100 E. Chestnut St. (312) 587-8989 Amer $$ M9;Q2 ❍Phil ❍ Stefani’s 437 Rush, 437 N. Rush St. (p. 25) (312) 222-0101 Ital-Steak ) $$ M9;U2 ❍The ❍ Purple Pig, 500 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 464-1PIG(1744) Medit. $$ M9;T1 ❍RL, ❍ 115 E. Chicago Ave. (312) 475-1100 Amer $$ M9;R2 ❍Rosebud ❍ on Rush, 720 N. Rush St. (312) 266-6444 Ital-Steak $$ M9;R2 ❍Seasons ❍ 52, 55 E. Grand Ave. (312) 832-1752 Grill/Wine Bar $$ M9;T2 ❍The ❍ Signature Room at the 95th, 875 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 787-9596 Amer ) $$ M9;Q2 ❍Spiaggia, ❍ 980 N. Michigan Ave. (312) 280-2750 Ital $$$ M9;P2 OLD TOWN

❍Adobo ❍ Grill, 1610 N. Wells St.

(312) 266-7999

$$$$ ( 60+) $$$ ( 40-60) $$ ( 20-40) $ ( $

$

$

UNDER $

Mex

20) ) Concierge Favorite

EXPERIENCE THE BEST IN DINING & ENTERTAINMENT

rockit bar & grill

underground

sunda

110 w. illinois

22 W. HUBBARD RockitBarAndGrill.com

56 W. ILLINOIS TheUndergroundChicago.com

SundaChicago.com

rockit burger bar

bottlefork

¡ay chiwowa!

3700 N. CLARK RockitBurgerBar.com

441 N. CLARK Bottlefork.com

311 w. chicago AyChiwowa.com

$ M7;O3


maps & transportation

M1

Navigating Chicago may seem daunting, but the city was set up on a simple grid system with State Street dividing east and west coordinates and Madison Street dividing north and south. Miles are divided into segments of 800, so for example, Chicago Avenue at 800 north is one mile north of Madison Street. If you prefer to ride rather than walk, taxis are plentiful and public transportation, especially the “L” train, is easy and inexpensive to use. The “L” also runs to both airports. See the listings below for more transportation options in the Windy City.

M2 BUCKTOWN/WICKER PARK WEST TOWN M3  TRANSPORTATION MAP M5  CHICAGO METRO M6  DOWNTOWN CHICAGO M7 NORTHSIDE M8  OUTLYING CHICAGO M8 ROSEMONT/O'HARE M9  MAGNIFICENT MILE

BIKE SHARING

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

❍❍DIVY BIKES

❍❍CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY

divvybikes.com, 855-55-DIVVY Multiple locations. A bike sharing system for Chicagoans that is available 24/7. Convenient alternative to get around the city. Memberships: Annual $75; 24 Hours: $7.

CAR RENTAL

❍❍ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR

836-7000 (all area codes)

$2.25 per ride. Visitor passes available.

❍❍METRA

836-7000 (all area codes) Prices may vary.

❍❍PACE SUBURBAN BUS SERVICE 847-364-PACE (7223) Fares start at $1.75.

www.enterprise.com, 800-261-7331 CHARTERS

TAXI

❍❍GO AIRPORT EXPRESS

❍❍YELLOW CAB (P.M8)

800-2-THE-VAN. Safe, friendly and convenient shared-ride shuttle services from airports to downtown, suburbs and city neighborhoods. Charter services is also available.

LIMOUSINE

❍❍WINDY CITY LIMOUSINE 866-949-4639

This company handles airport runs, pointto-point, special events and corporate work with a large fleet of limos, stretch sedans, mini buses, motor coaches and vans. (M2)

312-829-4222

❍❍WOLLEY CAB (P.M8) 877-888-8294

❍❍CHECKER TAXI ASSOCIATION 312-CHECKER (243-2537) TROLLEY TOURS

❍❍CHICAGO TROLLEY &

DOUBLE DECKER BUS CO. 773-648-5000

The city's largest double decker & trolley sightseeing company is the essential overview tour of Chicago. Hop-on and off at stops all over downtown and neighborhoods. Tours operate daily.


M2

BUCKTOWN/WICKER PARK/WEST TOWN

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TRANSPORTATION

M3


CHICAGOLAND’S SHOPPING DESTINATION OF CHOICE.

WOODFIELD MALL

Experience shopping at its finest! Woodfield Mall provides an unparalleled retail and dining experience you won’t find anywhere else in the Chicagoland Area. Shop fashion favorites like Nordstrom, Macy’s, H&M, Michael Kors, The Apple Store, The Lego Store and much more. Together they create an unequaled shopping destination full of unexpected surprises. Bring this ad to Simon Guest Services and receive a Style Pass Coupon Book.

shopwoodfield.com


MAGNIFICENT MILE

M9


Phone

(312) 587-3660 (312) 643-2300 (312) 642-3001 (312) 664-3663 (312) 337-2454 (312) 944-0459 (312) 477-2800 (312) 266-2277 (312) 854-2970 (312) 988-7811 (312) 266-9355 (312) 266-1616 (312) 643-0093

French Bkfst/Brunch German/Amer Sushi Bkfst/Brunch Middle Eastern Amer Amer Amer Mex Ital BBQ Amer

Map Coordinates

❍Bistro ❍ Margot, 1437 N. Wells St. ❍Elly’s ❍ Pancake House, 101 W. North Ave. ❍Glunz ❍ Tavern, 1202 N. Wells St. ❍Kamehachi, ❍ 1531 N. Wells St. ❍Nookies, ❍ 1746 N. Wells St. ❍Old ❍ Jerusalem, 1411 N. Wells St. ❍Old ❍ Town Pour House, 1419 N. Wells St. ❍Old ❍ Town Social, 455 W. North Ave. ❍Refinery, ❍ 1209 N. Wells St. ❍Salpicon, ❍ 1252 N. Wells St. ❍Topo ❍ Gigio Ristorante, 1516 N. Wells St. ❍Twin ❍ Anchors, 1655 N. Sedgwick St. ❍Woodie’s ❍ Flat, 1535 N. Wells St.

Avg. Entrée $

RESTAURANT NAME, LOCATION

Concierges' Favorite

dining Cuisine

34

$$ $ $$ $ $ $ $$ $ $$ $$ $$ $$ $

M6;A2 M6;A2 M6;A2 M7;O3 M6;A2 M6;A2 M6;A2 M7;O3 M6;A2 M6;A2 M6;A2 M7;O2 M6;A2

RIVER NORTH/RIVER WEST

❍25 ❍ Degrees, 736 N. Clark St. ❍American ❍ Junkie, 15 W. Illinois St. (p. 41) ❍Ay ❍ Chiwowa , 311 W. Chicago Ave., (p. 28) ❍Baffo, ❍ 43 E. Ohio St. ❍Bar ❍ Louie, 335 N. Dearborn St. ❍Bavette’s ❍ Bar & Boeuf, 218 W. Kinzie St. ❍Benny’s ❍ Chop House, 444 N. Wabash Ave. (p. 5) ❍Boarding ❍ House, 720 N. Wells St. ❍Bow ❍ Truss Coffee Roasters, 406 N. Wells St. ❍Brazzaz, ❍ 539 N. Dearborn St. ❍Brindille, ❍ 534 N. Clark St. ❍Bub ❍ City, 435 N. Clark St. ❍California ❍ Pizza Kitchen, 52 E. Ohio St.

(312) 943-9700 (312) 239-0995 (312) 643-3200 (312) 521-8700 (312) 863-2363 (312) 624-8154 (312) 626-2444 (312) 280-0720 (312) 222-1306 (312) 595-9000 (312) 595-1616 (312) 610-4200 (312) 787-6075

Burgers $ M6;C3 Amer $ M6;C2 Mex $$ M6;C2 Ital $$$ M6;C3 Amer $ M6;D2 Steak ) $$ M6;D2 Steak ) $$ M9;T2 Amer $$ M6;C2 Coffee $ M6;D2 Braz ) $$$ M6;C2 French $$$ M6;C2 BBQ $$ M6;C2 Pizza/Amer $ M6;C3

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite


Map Coordinates

Avg. Entrée $

Concierges' Favorite

Phone

Cuisine

RESTAURANT NAME, LOCATION

35

❍Cantina ❍ Laredo, 508 N. State St. (312) 955-0014 Mex $$ M5;C2 ❍Chicago ❍ Chop House, 60 W. Ontario St. (p. 1) (312) 787-7100 Steak ) $$$ M6;C2 ❍Chicago ❍ Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle St. (312) 329-1800 Steak ) $$ M6;C2 ❍Chicago ❍ Raw, 51 W. Huron St. (312) 831-2729 Vegan $ M6;C2 ❍David ❍ Burke’s Primehouse, 616 N. Rush St. (312) 660-6000 Steak ) $ M6;C3 ❍The ❍ Dawson, 730 W. Grand Ave. (312) 243-8955 Amer $$ M6;C1 ❍Dick’s ❍ Last Resort, 315 N. Dearborn St. (312) 836-7870 Amer $ M6;C4 ❍Dillman’s, ❍ 354 W. Hubbard St. (312) 988-0078 Deli $ M6;C2 ❍Eataly, ❍ 43 E. Ohio St. (312) 521-8700 Specialty $$ M6;C3 ❍El ❍ Hefe, 15 W. Hubbard St. (480) 734-0747 Mex $$ M6;C2 ❍Ed ❍ Debevic’s, 640 N. Wells St. (312) 664-1707 Amer $ M6;C2 ❍Epic, ❍ 112 W. Hubbard St. (p. 22) (312) 222-4940 Contem Amer ) $$ M6;C2 ❍Farmhouse ❍ Tavern, 228 W. Chicago Ave. (312) 280-4960 Amer $ M6;C2 ❍Fado, ❍ 100 W. Grand Ave. (312) 836-0066 Irish $ M6;C3 ❍Fleming’s, ❍ 25 E. Ohio St. (312) 329-9463 Steak $$ M6;C3 ❍Fogo ❍ de Chão, 661 N. LaSalle St. (back cover) (312) 932-9330 Braz ) $$$ M6;C2 ❍Frontera ❍ Grill, 445 N. Clark St. (312) 661-1434 Mex $ M6;C2 ❍Gene ❍ & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. (312) 527-3718 Ital-Steak $$ M6;C2 ❍Gino's ❍ East, 500 N. LaSalle St. (312) 988-4800 Pizza ) $ M6;C2 ❍GT ❍ Fish & Oyster, 531 N. Wells St. (312) 929-3501 Seafood ) $$ M6;D2 ❍Harry ❍ Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, 33 W. Kinzie St. (312) 828-0966 Ital-Steak ) $$ M6;D2 ❍Hooter’s, ❍ 660 N. Wells St. (p. 40) (312) 944-8800 Amer $ M6;C2 ❍Hub ❍ 51, 51 W. Hubbard St. (312) 828-0051 Amer $$ M6;C2 ❍Hubbard ❍ Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St. (p. 5) (312) 222-1331 Cntl $ M6;D2 ❍J❍ Rocco, 749 N. Clark St. (p. 26) (312) 475-0271 Ital $ M6;C3 ❍Joe’s ❍ Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, 60 E. Grand Ave. (312) 379-5637 Seafood $$ M6;C3 ❍John ❍ Barleycorn, 149 W. Kinzie St. (773) 348-8899 Amer $ M6;C2 $$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

SKATE, DINE, & SAVE

Check-in via Facebook or Foursquare at Millennium Park and Sweetwater to Receive $10 off your bill of $30 or more. 1 per table, per visit. Validate with server/bartender Exp. 3/9/14

225 N Michigan Avenue • (312) 698-7111

sweetwatertavernandgrille.com


❍Keefer’s, ❍ 20 W. Kinzie St. ❍Kinzie ❍ Chophouse, 400 N. Wells St. (p. 37) ❍La ❍ Madia, 59 W. Grand Ave. ❍La ❍ Scarola, 721 W. Grand Ave. ❍Lou ❍ Malnati’s Pizzeria, 439 N. Wells St. ❍Maggiano’s ❍ Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St. ❍Mastro’s ❍ Steakhouse, 520 N. Dearborn St. ❍Mercadito, ❍ 108 W. Kinzie St. ❍Moe’s ❍ Cantina, 155 W. Kinzie St. ❍Paris ❍ Club, 59 W. Hubbard St. ❍Piccolo ❍ Sogno, 464 N. Halsted St. ❍Piccolo ❍ Sogno Due, 340 N. Clark St. ❍Pizzeria ❍ Due, 619 N. Wabash Ave. ❍Pizzeria ❍ Uno, 29 E. Ohio St. ❍Portillo’s ❍ Hot Dogs, 100 W. Ontario St. ❍Prosecco, ❍ 710 N. Wells St. ❍Quartino ❍ Ristorante & Wine Bar, 626 N. State St. ❍Rockit ❍ Bar and Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St. (p. 28) ❍Roy’s, ❍ 720 N. State. St. ❍RPM ❍ Italian, 52 W. Illinois St. ❍Sable, ❍ 505 N. State St. ❍Shaw’s ❍ Crab House, 21 E. Hubbard St. ❍Siena ❍ Tavern, 51 W. Kinzie St. ❍Sixteen, ❍ 401 N. Wabash Ave. ❍Slurping ❍ Turtle, 116 W. Hubbard St. ❍Smith ❍ & Wollensky, 318 N. State St. ❍Su ❍ Casa, 49 E. Ontario St.

Map Coordinates

Phone

Avg. Entrée $

RESTAURANT NAME, LOCATION

Concierges' Favorite

dining Cuisine

36

(312) 467-9525 Seafood-Steak $$ M6;C2 (312) 822-0191 Steak ) $$ M6;D2 (312) 329-0400 Pizza $ M6;C2 (312) 243-1740 Ital $$ M6;C1 (312) 828-9800 Pizza ) $ M6;C2 (312) 644-7700 Ital $ M6;C2 (312) 521-5100 Steak $$ M6;C2 (312) 329-9555 Mex $ M6;D2 (312) 245-2000 Mex $$ M6;D2 (312) 595-0800 French $ M6;C2 (312) 421-0077 Ital ) $$ M6;C1 (312) 822-0077 Ital $$ M6;C2 (312) 943-2400 Pizza ) $ M9;T1 (312) 321-1000 Pizza ) $ M9;T1 (312) 587-8910 Hot Dogs/Ital Beef ) $ M6;C2 (312) 951-9500 Ital $$ M6;C2 (312) 698-5000 Ital ) $$ M6;C2 (312) 645-6000 Amer $ M6;C2 (312) 787-7599 Seafood $$ M6;C2 (312) 222-1888 Ital $$ M6;C2 (312) 755-9704 Amer $$ M6;C3 (312) 527-2722 Seafood $$ M9;U1 (312) 595-1322 Ital $$$ M6;C2 (312) 588-8030 Amer $$ M5;C3 (312) 464-0466 Japanese $$ M6;D2 (312) 670-9900 Steak $$ M6;D2 (312) 943-4041 Mex $$ M6;C2

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

CHICAGO - STATE AND ELM - 312.274.0011 GLENVIEW - THE GLEN TOWN CENTER - 847.510.1100 LOMBARD - YORKTOWN CENTER - 630.627.6800 | RASUSHI.COM


Map Coordinates

Avg. Entrée $

Concierges' Favorite

Phone

Cuisine

RESTAURANT NAME, LOCATION

37

(312) 527-3510 (312) 644-0500 (312) 274-1111 (312) 222-9700 (312) 321-1351 (312) 661-1434 (312) 755-1700 (312) 923-9988 (312) 880-1511 (312) 467-9696 (312) 334-3688 (312) 787-2277 (312) 266-6691

Steak ) $$ M6;C2 Asian ) $$ M6;C2 Medit/Latin $$ M6;C2 Peruvian $$$ M6;C2 Amer $ M6;D2 Mex $ M6;C2 Amer $$$ M6;C2 Medi $$ M6;D3 Amer $$ M6;D2 Amer $ M6;C2 Amer $$ M6;C2 Amer ) $ M6;B3 Eclectic ) $$ M6;C2

❍A10 ❍ – Hyde Park, 1462 E. 53rd St. (773) 288-1010 ❍Acadia, ❍ 1639 S. Wabash Ave. (312) 860-9500 ❍Chicago ❍ Curry House, 899 S. Plymouth Ct. (312) 362-9999 ❍Connie’s ❍ Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave. (p. 5) (312) 326-3443 ❍Dusek’s, ❍ 1227 W. 18th St. (312) 526-3851 ❍Ma&I, ❍ 1234 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 663-1232 SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION ❍Mercat ❍ a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 765-0524

Ital $$ M5;C4 Contemp $$$ M6;G3 Indian/Nepal $ M6;G3 Pizza ) $ M5;C4 Amer $ M5;C4 Thai $ M6;G3 Span $$ M6;F3

❍Sullivan’s ❍ Steakhouse, 415 N. Dearborn St. (p. 21) ❍Sunda, ❍ 110 W. Illinois St. (p. 28) ❍Tavernita, ❍ 151 W. Erie St. ❍Tanta, ❍ 118 W. Grand Ave. ❍The ❍ Grid, 351 W. Hubbard St. ❍Topolobampo, ❍ 445 N. Clark St. ❍Tortoise ❍ Club, 350 N. State St. ❍Travelle, ❍ 330 N. Wabash Ave. ❍Untitled, ❍ 111 W. Kinzie St. (p. 5) ❍Weber ❍ Grill, 539 N. State St. (p. 34) ❍Xoco, ❍ 449 N. Clark St. ❍Yolk, ❍ 747 N. Wells St. (p. 37) ❍Zed ❍ 451, 739 N. Clark St. SOUTH LOOP/SOUTHSIDE

Sink Your Teeth In: Chicago $$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

This River North favorite is as authentic as Chicago restaurants get. A nine-time recipient of the prestigious Zagat Excellence Award and winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for ten continuous years, it’s easy to see why steak lovers flock here for the choice cuts, hand-selected wines and cozy atmosphere. Images of Chicago line the walls, adding local charm, while sleek leather booths and private dining rooms offer diners luxurious comfort, all the better to settle in and enjoy the delicious meals, excellent service, and warm hospitality that Kinzie Chophouse prides itself on.

KINZIECHOPHOUSE.COM • (312) 822-0191 • 400 N. WELLS STREET • CHICAGO

Conveniently located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, The Grillroom offers fine dining in an elegant setting. Prime steaks, seafood, pasta, salads and other house specialties are masterfully prepared with the freshest ingredients and served to perfection. The Grillroom prides itself on impeccable service, the highest quality cuisine and a warm atmosphere, all contributing to the restaurant’s proven recipe for success. 312.960.0000 | grillroom-chicago.com | 33 W. Monroe, Chicago


❍Nepal ❍ House, 1301 S. Michigan Ave. ❍Nightwood, ❍ 2119 S. Halsted St. ❍Yolk, ❍ 1120 S. Michigan Ave. (p. 37) ❍Zapatista, ❍ 1307 S. Wabash Ave.

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(312) 922-0601 (312) 526-3385 (312) 789-9655 (312) 435-1307

Nepalese $$ M6;G3 Amer $$ M6;H1 Amer ) $ M6;G3 Mex $ M6;G3

(312) 938-4303 (312) 337-9400 (312) 642-1800 (312) 573-5160 (312) 467-7177 (312) 482-8800 (312) 649-9010 (312) 280-8887 (312) 643-1145 (312) 527-2888 (312) 280-0700 (312) 981-8400 (312) 644-7482 (312) 202-0001 (312) 410-9900 (312) 822-9655

Steak $$ M6;D3 Steak $$$ M9;Q3 Ital $$ M9;Q3 Amer $$ M9;Q3 Tapas $$ M9;Q2 Ital ) $$ M9;Q3 French $$$$ M9;Q3 Amer $ M9;Q3 Amer $$ M9;Q2 Asian $$ M9;Q3 Ital $$$ M9;Q3 Amer $$ M6;C3 Seafood ) $$ M6;C4 French $$$$ M9;S3 Ital ) $$ M6;C3 Amer ) $ M6;C3

(312) 929-4580 (312) 377-2002 (312) 715-0708 (312) 563-1010 (312) 850-5005

Amer ) $ M6;D1 Med ) $$ M6;D1 Amer ) $$ M6;D1 Asian/BBQ $$ M6;D1 Latin $$ M6;D1

STREETERVILLE

❍III ❍ Forks, 333 E. Benton Pl. ❍Capital ❍ Grille, 633 N. St. Clair St. ❍Cicchetti, ❍ 671 N. St. Clair St. ❍Deca ❍ Restaurant + Bar, 160 E. Pearson St. ❍Emilio’s ❍ Tapas, 215 E. Ohio St. ❍Francesca’s ❍ on Chestnut, 200 E. Chestnut St. ❍Les ❍ Nomades, 222 E. Ontario St. ❍The ❍ Local Chicago, 198 E. Delaware Pl. ❍Local ❍ Root , 601 N. McClurg Ct. ❍Niu ❍ Japanese Fusion, 332 E. Illinois St. ❍Pelago ❍ Ristorante, 201 E. Delaware Pl. ❍Quay ❍ Restaurant, 465 E. Illinois St. ❍Riva ❍ Crab House, Navy Pier ❍Tru, ❍ 676 N. St. Clair St. ❍Volare, ❍ 201 E. Grand Ave. ❍Yolk, ❍ 355 E. Ohio St. (p. 37) WEST LOOP

❍Au ❍ Cheval, 800 W. Randolph St. ❍avec, ❍ 615 W. Randolph St. ❍Blackbird, ❍ 619 W. Randolph St. ❍BellyQ, ❍ 1400 W. Randolph St. ❍Carnivale, ❍ 702 W. Fulton Market (p. 27)

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

Goose Island Brewpubs Wrigleyville 3535 N. Clark St. 773.832.9040

Lincoln Park 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. 312.915.0071

www.gooseisland.com

“12 Best Cocktail Spots, 2013” - Chicago Magazine Open Table Yelp Michelin Guide

937 N Rush Street • theDRchicago.com • 312.266.2694 Tues-Thurs 5pm-1am • Fri 5pm-3am • Sat 5pm-4am


❍De ❍ Cero Taqueria, 814 W. Randolph St. ❍Embeya, ❍ 564 W. Randolph St. ❍Girl ❍ & The Goat, 809 W. Randolph St. ❍Glazed ❍ & Infused, 816 W. Fulton Mkt. ❍Grace, ❍ 652 W. Randolph St. ❍Grange ❍ Hall Burger Bar, 844 W. Randolph St. ❍Haymarket ❍ Pub & Brewery 737 W. Randolph St. ❍iNG ❍ Restaurant, 951 W. Fulton Market ❍Kabocha, ❍ 952 W. Lake St. ❍La ❍ Colombe Torrefaction, 955 W. Randolph St. ❍La ❍ Sirena Clandestina 954 W. Fulton Market ❍Little ❍ Goat, 820 W. Randolph St. ❍Macello, ❍ 1235 W. Lake St. ❍Maude’s ❍ Liquor Bar, 840 W. Randolph St. ❍Moto, ❍ 945 W. Fulton Mkt. ❍Nellcote, ❍ 833 W. Randolph St. ❍Next, ❍ 953 W. Fulton Market ❍Perez, ❍ 853 W. Randolph St. ❍The ❍ Publican, 837 W. Fulton Mkt. ❍Publican ❍ Quality Meats, 825 W. Fulton Market ❍RM ❍ Champagne Salon, 116 N. Green St. ❍Saigon ❍ Sisters, 567 W. Lake St. ❍Sepia, ❍ 123 N. Jefferson St. ❍Viaggio ❍ Ristorante, 1330 W. Madison St. ❍Vivo, ❍ 838 W. Randolph St.

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(312) 455-8114 (312) 612-5640 (312) 492-6262 (312) 226-5556 (312) 234-9494 (312) 491-0844 (312) 638-0700 (855) 834-6464 (312) 666-6214 (312) 733-0707 (312) 226-5300 (312) 888-3455 (312) 850-9870 (312) 243-9712 (312) 491-0058 (312) 432-0500 (312) 226-0858 (312) 421-2488 (312) 733-9555 (312) 445-8977 (312) 243-1199 (312) 496-0090 (312) 441-1920 (312) 829-3333 (312) 733-3379

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Mex $ M6;D1 Asian ) $$$ M6;D1 Amer ) $$ M6;D1 Bakery $ M6;D1 New Amer $$$$ M6;D1 Bkfst/Burgers $ M6;D1 Amer $$ M6;D1 Prix-Fixe $$$$ M6;D1 Japanese $$ M5;C4 Coffee $ M6;D3 Latin/Amer $$ M6;D1 Diner ) $ M6;D1 Ital/Pizza $$ M6;D1 French $$ M6;D1 New Amer $$$$ M6;D1 Euro $$ M6;D1 Specialty $$$$ M6;D1 Mex $ M6;D1 Amer $$ M6;D1 Deli $ M6;D1 Gastropub $$ M6;D1 Viet $ M6;D1 Amer $$ M6;D1 Ital $ M6;D1 Ital $$ M6;D1

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

5 CHiCAgolAnd loCATionS

41 E. Chestnut St. Chicago, IL 60611 312.397.9500 One E. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60601 312.923.7226 3001 Butterfield Road Oak Brook, IL 60523 630.571.3700 5320 N. River Road Rosemont, IL 60018 847.233.3776 4999 Old Orchard Center Skokie, IL 60077 847.763.9811

“#1 Happy Hour in America” - USA Today


❍Vera, ❍ 1023 W. Lake St. ❍Wishbone, ❍ 1001 W. Washington Blvd.

(312) 243-9770 (312) 850-2663

❍Bistro ❍ Bordeaux, Evanston ❍BlueFish ❍ Sushi, Glenview ❍El ❍ Jardin, Glenview ❍Farmhouse, ❍ Evanston ❍Found, ❍ Evanston ❍McCormick ❍ & Schmick’s, Skokie ❍Quince, ❍ Evanston ❍Ra ❍ Sushi, Glenview (p. 36) ❍Stained ❍ Glass, Evanston ❍Sullivan’s ❍ Steakhouse, Lincolnshire (p. 21) ❍Ted’s ❍ Montana Grill, Glenview ❍Wildfire, ❍ Glenview ❍Zapatista, ❍ Northbrook

(847) 424-1483 (847) 272-3474 (847) 729-9888 (847) 492-9700 (847) 868-8945 (847) 763-9811 (847) 570-8400 (847) 810-1100 (847) 864-8600 (847) 883-0311 (847) 729-1117 (847) 657-6363 (847) 559-0939

French $$ M5;A3 Sushi $ M5;B3 Mex $ M5;B3 Gastropub $$ M5;A3 Amer $$ M5;A3 Seafood ) $$ M5;B3 Amer $$ M5;A3 Asian/Sushi $ M5;B3 Amer $$ M5;B3 Steak ) $$ M8;P2 Amer $ M5;B3 Amer/Steak $$ M5;B3 Mex $ M6;B3

(847) 534-0679 (847) 671-8125 (847) 524-3007 (847) 928-9900 (847) 699-1200 (847) 671-2739 (847) 240-5600 (847) 720-4971 (847) 233-3776 (847) 678-5155 (847) 696-9494 (847) 349-5151 (847) 517-5252 (847) 517-2722 (847) 678-0088 (847) 278-5181 (847) 465-9988 (847) 413-0800

Seafood $$ M5;B1 Steak $$$ M5;B2 Indian $$ M5;B1 Steak ) $ M5;B2 Ital-Steak ) $ M5;B2 German $ M5;B2 Ital $ M5;B1 Indian $$ M5;B2 Seafood ) $$ M8;S2 Steak $$ M5;B2 Amer $$ M5;B2 Gastropub $$ M5;B2 Amer $$ M5;B1 Seafood $$ M5;B1 Amer $ M5;B2 Japanese $ M5;B1 Ital $ M5;A2 Amer $ M5;B1

(708) 633-7600 (708) 873-5170 (708) 671-1657

Irish/Amer Seafood Ital

NORTHERN SUBURBS

Tapas Southern/Bkfst

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NORTHWEST SUBURBS

❍Bonefish ❍ Grill, Schaumburg ❍Capital ❍ Grille, Rosemont ❍Clay ❍ Oven, Schaumburg ❍Gibson’s ❍ Steakhouse, Rosemont ❍Harry ❍ Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Rosemont ❍Hofbrauhaus ❍ Chicago, Rosemont ❍Maggiano’s ❍ Little Italy, Schaumburg ❍Maharaja ❍ Indian Cuisine, Rosemont ❍McCormick ❍ & Schmick’s,, Rosemont (p. 39) ❍Morton’s ❍ The Steakhouse, Rosemont ❍Rosewood ❍ Restaurant, Rosemont ❍Park ❍ Tavern, Rosemont ❍Seasons ❍ 52, Schaumburg ❍Shaw’s ❍ Crab House, Schaumburg ❍Toby ❍ Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Rosemont ❍Tokio ❍ Pub, Schaumburg ❍Tuscany, ❍ Wheeling (p. 25) ❍Weber ❍ Grill, Schaumburg (p. 34) SOUTH SUBURBS

❍Ashford ❍ House, Tinley Park ❍Bonefish ❍ Grill, Orland Park ❍Capri ❍ Italian Ristorante, Palos Heights

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite

$$ M5;E3 $$ M5;E3 $ M5;E3


❍Chi ❍ Tung, Evergreen Park ❍Cooper’s ❍ Haw Winery & Restaurant, Orland Park ❍Frankie’s ❍ Ristorante, Tinley Park ❍Fuji ❍ Japanese Steakhouse, Orland Park ❍Harvest ❍ Room, Palos Heights ❍Isabella ❍ Café, Tinley Park ❍Mama ❍ Mario’s Taco & Tequila Bar, Orland Park ❍Maple ❍ Tree Inn, Blue Island ❍Osteria ❍ Ottimo, Orland Park ❍Palermo’s ❍ Italian Cuisine, Oak Lawn ❍Petey’s ❍ Bungalow Lounge, Oak Lawn ❍Q ❍ Restaurant, Orland Park ❍Rocco’s ❍ Little Italy, Tinley Park ❍Saigon ❍ Restaurant, Tinley Park ❍Snakville ❍ Junction, Evergreen Park ❍Tin ❍ Fish, Tinley Park

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(708) 636-8180 (708) 633-0200 (708) 226-6996 (708) 403-1580 (708) 671-8905 (708) 444-8555 (708) 403-3346 (708) 388-3461 (708) 403-3366 (708) 425-6262 (708) 424-8210 (708) 966-2179 (708) 444-8259 (708) 532-2338 (708) 423-1313 (708) 532-0200

Asian $ M5;E3 Amer $$ M5;E3 Ital $$ M5;E3 Seafood/Steak $$ M5;E3 Amer $$ M5;E3 Ital $$ M5;E3 Mex $ M5;E3 Southern/Cajun $$ M5;E3 Ital $$ M5;E3 Ital/Pizza $$ M5;E3 Steak/Seafood $$ M5;E3 Asian/Fusion $$$ M5;E3 Ital $$ M5;E3 Vietnamese $$ M5;E3 Diner $ M5;E3 Seafood $$ M5;E3

(630) 512-0990 (630) 717-3500 (630) 472-0600 (630) 852-5776 (630) 357-8807 (630) 516-0180 (630) 954-0000 (630) 571-5700 (630) 953-3400 (630) 573-8180 (630) 573-1800 (630) 571-3700 (630) 581-6654 (630) 571-1808 (630) 305-0230 (630) 990-1993 (708) 246-2082 (630) 495-0200

Ital $$ M5;D1 Seafood ) $$ M5;D1 Amer $$$ M5;C2 Pizza ) $ M5;D2 Pizza ) $ M5;D1 Seafood/Steak ) $ M5;C2 Steak ) $$ M5;C2 Ital/Steak $$ M5;C2 Ital ) $$ M8;Q2 Amer $$ M5;C2 Sushi/Asian $$ M5;C2 Seafood ) $$ M5;C2 Ital/Pizza $$ M5;C2 Steak $$$ M5;C2 Steak ) $$ M5;D1 Ital $ M8;O2 New Amer $$ M5;D2 Ital ) $$ M5;C2

WESTERN SUBURBS

❍Carlucci’s, ❍ Downers Grove ❍Catch ❍ 35, Naperville ❍The ❍ Clubhouse, Oakbrook ❍Connie’s, ❍ Westmont (p. 5) ❍Connie’s, ❍ Naperville (p. 5) ❍Devon ❍ Seafood Grill, Oakbrook (p. 23) ❍Gibson’s, ❍ Oakbrook ❍Grotto, ❍ Oakbrook ❍Harry ❍ Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Lombard ❍J❍ Alexander’s, Oakbrook ❍Kona ❍ Grill, Oakbrook ❍McCormick ❍ & Schmick’s, Oakbrook (p. 39) ❍Piazza, ❍ Oakbrook ❍Perry’s ❍ Steakhouse, Oakbrook ❍Sullivan’s ❍ Steakhouse, Naperville (p. 21) ❍Tuscany, ❍ Oakbrook (p. 25) ❍Vie, ❍ Western Springs ❍Volare, ❍ Oakbrook Terrace

$$$$ ($60+) $$$ ($40-60) $$ ($20-40) $ (UNDER $20) ) Concierge Favorite


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AMPS & ALCOHOL: BEST PLACES FOR LIVE MUSIC AND DRINKS IN CHICAGO by Joel Mora CAN’T QUIT THE BLUES It would be a mistake to assume all blues songs are the same, and it would be a mistake to think all blues and jazz venues are the same. The one commonality is that you can find good live music any night in Chicago. Muddy Waters is without a doubt the father of Chicago blues, but Buddy Guy is keeping it alive and his Legends (p.50) club is a great amplifier of some of the world’s most outstanding music. The proof is in the scroll of stars that have performed there such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Robert Plant. In addition, there’s always the possibility of Buddy Guy himself taking the stage. However, don’t sneeze at the local acts that frequent the venue because there is nothing like the grit of Chicago Blues. When you walk into Kingston Mines (p.51) you leave all pretensions behind because this venue will slap it out of you with the music coming out of there. With two stages for you to see two live bands in one night it isn’t uncommon to be running back and forth from room to room. You can witness Nellie “Tiger” Travis leave her heart on

â Andy's

Jazz Club

á Buddy Guy's Legends

the stage with her powerhouse vocals and have your face melted by Joanna Connor’s guitar shredding in the next room. You are likely to leave the club with your face stuck in this-musiccan’t-get-any-more-stank mode. For some visiting time with a close relative of the blues make sure to visit Andy’s Jazz Club (p.50). Jazz at 5 is a Chicago tradition dating back to when newspaper workers would get off of work and head to Andy’s for drinks and

ä Old Town

Pour House


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ä Old Town Pour House

music. All jazz genres are represented and the intimate atmosphere and delicious food will keep you scatting to the music for hours. TAPPED OUT Grab the doors of the Old Town Pour House (p.48), fling them open, and say hello to your new home for the next two, three or six hours. This two-floor bar is a fusion of all your favorite bars. Go to the Pour House for dinner, watch your favorite team on the tube, and celebrate when they win with dancing and over 90 beers on tap. If this doesn’t convince you I have three words for you: pork shank wings. If you want to give the hops a break grab a cocktail at Sable Kitchen and Bar (p.48). When a bar makes their own bitters and syrups you know you’re in for a some luscious libations. Whiskey Wednesdays are the best for

ä Kingston Mines

ä The Redhead Piano Bar

discovering new distilleries or new whiskey doctrines through their tastings. Make sure you soak up some of that alcohol with delicious food from chef Heather Terhune, a recent contestant on Bravo’s “Top Chef.” For a taste of what classic American bars used to be made of grab a chair at The Redhead Piano Bar (p.51). The sign of the winking redhead welcomes you downstairs to joyous piano players who are as good with a joke as they are with a song. Make sure you dress the part as casual attire is not allowed, which adds to the vintage feel of the bar. We do warn that without alcohol it’s hard not to sing along so your pipes might end up tired after a few martinis.

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Concierges’

Top 40 NIGHTLIFE Spots

AMERICAN JUNKIE (P.44) ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB (P.50) THE BACK ROOM (P.50) BLUE CHICAGO (P.50) BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS (P.50) BUTCH MCGUIRE'S (P.44) CASTLE (P.50) DOUBLE DOOR (P.50) EMPTY BOTTLE (P.50) GOOSE ISLAND (P.45) GREEN MILL JAZZ CLUB (P.50) HARD ROCK CAFE (P.50) HAYMARKET PUB & BREWERY (P.46) HOUSE OF BLUES (P.50) HOWL AT THE MOON (P.50) HUB 51 (P.46) JAZZ SHOWCASE (P.50) JOHN BARLEYCORN (P.46) KINGSTON MINES (P.51) LAUGH FACTORY CHICAGO (P.50) OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE (P.48) PALM COURT (P.48) POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE (P.51) PUBLIC HOUSE (P.48) PUMP ROOM (P.48) THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR (P.51) REVOLUTION BREWING (P.48) ROCKIT BAR & GRILL (P.48) ROOF ON THEWIT (P.48) SABLE KITCHEN & BAR (P.48) THE SECOND CITY (P.50) STUDIO PARIS (P.49) TIMOTHY O’TOOLE'S PUB (P.49) THE UNDERGROUND (P.49) UNDERGROUND WONDER BAR (P.51) UNTITLED (P.49) UP COMEDY CLUB (P.50) THE VIOLET HOUR (P.49) VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE (P.49) ZANIES COMEDY CLUB (P.50)

BARS & LOUNGES AMERICAN JUNKIE; M6;C3 15 W. Illinois St., 312-239-0995

))

Large wines-by-the-glass selection in addition to draft beers in this sprawling River North hotspot. The second floor boasts a retractable roof and one of the largest HD TV screens in the Midwest. (p. 41)

❍❍THE AVIARY; M6;D1

955 W. Fulton Market, 312-226-0868 The Alinea and Next team’s high-concept cocktail lounge.

❍❍BATON SHOW LOUNGE; M6;C2 436 N. Clark St., 312-644-5269

Las Vegas-style revue featuring female impersonators.

❍❍BERKSHIRE ROOM; M6;C2

15 E. Ohio St., 312-894-0800

Craft cocktail lounge in the Acme Hotel offering everything from barrel-aged negronis to elaborate cocktails.

❍❍BIG CHICKS; M5;B3

5024 N. Sheridan Rd., 773-728-5511 Colorful local bar in Uptown with DJs spinning every weekend.

❍❍BILLY SUNDAY; M5;B4

3143 W. Logan Blvd, 773-661-2485

Unique menu featuring kegged cocktails, house-made tonics and bitters complemented by comfort food inspired small plates

❍❍BOOTLEGGERS; M6;B2

13 W. Division St., 312-266-0944

DJs spin nightly at this cozy Gold Coast bar.

MCGUIRES; M6;B2 ))BUTCH 20 W. Division St., 312-337-9080

This famous Rush St. nexus is an Irish tavern with memorabilia collected for more than 40 years. (p. 49)

❍❍C-VIEW; M9;R3

166 E. Superior St., 312-523-0923

29th floor rooftop lounge enclosed by a high-wall of glass with amazing views.

❍❍CALIFORNIA CLIPPER; M5;C3

1002 N. California Ave., 773-384-2547 1940s-style lounge known for its padded booths and live music.

❍❍CASEY MORAN’S; M7;J1

3660 N. Clark St., 773-755-4444

Large Irish pub and sports bar. Just a stone’s throw from Wrigley Field.

❍❍CH DISTILLERY; M6;D1

564 W. Randolph St., 312-707-8780 Local grain-to-bottle operation with cocktails and bites.

❍❍CITY WINERY; M5;C4

1200 W. Randolph St., 312-733-9463

Winery/music venue in Chicago’s West Loop featuring a great lineup of live music in addition to eighteen varieties of wine on tap for by-the-glass pours

❍❍CITYSCAPE BAR; M6;C

2350 W. Mart Center Dr., 312-836-5000 Stunning views of the Chicago River in a posh atmosphere.

❍❍CLEO’S; M2;C1

1935 W. Chicago Ave., 312-243-5600 Neighborhood bar with great fare.

❍❍COBRA LOUNGE; M5;C3

235 N. Ashland Ave., 312-226-6300

Rough with a bit of polish, this lounge on the fringes of the Randolph Street restaurant scene features a steady flow of rock music and an amped-up crowd.


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❍❍CORK LOUNGE; M5;B4

1822 W. Addison St., 773-404-5318 Seemingly hidden beneath the Brown Line Stop, this local watering hole is the ideal spot for a mean game of shuffleboard complemented by cans of Hamm’s.

❍❍COVE LOUNGE; M5;D4

1750 E. 55th St., 773-684-1013 A historic and cozy cocktail lounge in Hyde Park offering a full bar (though no food service).

❍❍CUBBY BEAR; M7;J1

1059 W. Addison St., 773-327-1662 This sports bar doubles as a live music venue.

❍❍CREW BAR + GRILL; M5;B4

4804 N. Broadway St., 773-784-2739 LGBT-friendly sports bar and grill in Uptown offering great food and an extensive beer list.

❍❍DANNY’S TAVERN; M2;A2

1951 W. Dickens Ave., 773-489-6457 A cozy dive bar serving up high-end draft brews on a quiet street in Bucktown. DJs spin eclectic dance tunes on Fridays and Saturdays.

❍❍DELILAH’S; M5;B3

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

❍❍DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE; M6;C2 440 N. State St., 312-464-1400

Just off the Magnificent Mile is one of the city’s newest GLBT bars that offers entertainment that ranges from kitschy drag shows to DJs.

❍❍DRAWING ROOM; M9;P1

937 N. Rush St., 312-266-2694 An upscale, culinary cocktail lounge in the Gold Coast. (p. 38)

❍❍DRUMBAR; M6;B3

201 E. Delaware Pl., 312-924-2531 Gold Coast bar located on the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel with a regularly updated cocktail menu, intimate lounge area and rooftop terrace.

❍❍DRYHOP BREWERS; M7;L2

3155 N. Broadway Ave., 773-857-3155 70-seat brewpub in Lakeview offering a rotating selection of made-on-site craft brews, 64- and 32-ounce growlers to go and an incredible, seasonal menu of upscale bar fare.

❍❍EL HEFE; M6;C2

15 W. Hubbard St., 480-734-0747 Margaritas, a shot bar, and DJs spinning twice a week at the River North hotspot.

❍❍EMERALD LOOP; M6;D3

216 N. Wabash St., 312-263-0200 Cold pints, hot traditional Irish fare, and plenty of friendly blarney abound.

❍❍EPIC; M6;C2

112 W. Hubbard St., 312-222-4940 Epic’s first floor lounge offers hand-crafted cocktails, an expansive wine list and bar menu. (p. 22)

❍❍FADÓ IRISH PUB; M6;C2

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

❍❍FAME BAR; M2;B1

2015 W. Division St., 773-227-1110 Part bar, part art gallery in Wicker Park with a focus on craft cocktails.

❍❍FRONTIER; M2;C2

1072 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-772-4322 Spacious restaurant/bar boasting a lodgeinspired theme, a great beer garden, and delectable game-focused menu to boot.

❍❍GILT BAR; M6;C2

230 W. Kinzie St., 312-464-9544 Great cocktail menu at upstairs bar/ lounge, though head down the stairs to find Curio, a cash-only basement cocktail lounge that serves 20-plus hand-crafted drinks in a candelit atmosphere.

ISLAND BREWPUB; ))GOOSE 1800 N. Clybourn Ave., 312-915-0071, M5;C3 3535 N. Clark St. 773-832-9040, M7;K1 A Chicago beer institution. (p. 38)


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❍❍GUTHRIES TAVERN; M5;B3

1300 W. Addison St., 773-477-2900

Laid-back neighborhood bar known for making patrons feel right at home.

❍❍HALF ACRE BEER CO. TAP ROOM; M5;B3 4257 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-248-4038 Local craft beer company offering an extensive, ever-changing beer list of its hometown brews.

❍❍THE HANGGE-UPPE; M6;B2 14 W. Elm St., 312-337-0561

Late-night hours and multiple dance floors.

PUB & BREWERY; M6;D1 ))HAYMARKET 737 W. Randolph St., 312-638-0700 Brewpub with 16 house beers and up to 10 guest drafts. Extensive bottled brews selection and hearty fare.

❍❍HEADQUARTERS BEERCADE; M7;L1 950 W. Wolfram St., 773-665-5660

Lakeview hotspot that mixes nostalgic arcade games (37 of them available to play) with craft cocktailing.

51; M6;C2 ))HUB 51 W. Hubbard St., (312) 828-0051

A constant party with delicious food.

❍❍INNERTOWN PUB; M2;C2

1935 W. Thomas St., 773-235-9795

A former Prohibition-era speakeasy, this is a favorite local watering hole offering up inexpensive booze in an eclectic atmosphere.

❍❍JACK & GINGERS; M2;A238

2048 W. Armitage Ave., 773-227-6700 Local neighborhood bar and grill in Bucktown just steps from busy Damen Avenue and its shopping.

❍❍JIMMY; M9;S2

James Hotel, 312-337-1000 Intimate cocktail lounge and bar focusing on authentic, small batch and artisanal spirits and signature cocktails.

❍❍J PARKER; M7;O3

1816 N. Clark St., 312-254-4700 Amazing views of the lake and skyline await at this lounge atop Lincoln Park's 12-story Hotel Lincoln. 

BARLEYCORN; M6;C2 ))JOHN 149 W. Kinzie St., 773-348-8899

Enjoy a wide selection of draft and craft beers, food at John Barleycorn's fourth and newest location in River North.

❍❍LIZZIE MCNEILL’S IRISH PUB; M6;C4 400 N. McClurg Ct., 312-467-1992

Guinness flows like water at Lizzie’s, “the only Irish pub on the Chicago River.”

❍❍THE LODGE TAVERN; M6;B2

21 W. Division St., 312-642-4406 A fun, casual mainstay in the Gold Coast's busy Division Street nightlife district since 1957.

❍❍LONE 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 (ranging from Hamm’s to Zombie Dust always on tap) and sweet, and savory bar bites courtesy of Chicago’s Pleasant House Bakery.


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❍❍LOTTIE’S PUB; M2;A2

1925 W. Cortland St., 773-489-0738 Historic corner bar that’s recently been remodeled (though retains its charm) and a favorite with neighborhood folks. Plenty of TVs on hand for sports lovers to catch games.

❍❍MAP ROOM; M2;A1

1949 N. Hoyne Ave., 773-252-7636 Bucktown watering hole with a great beer list and cozy vibe.

❍❍MARY’S ATTIC; M5;B3

5400 N. Clark St., 773-784-6969 The second-floor lounge of Hamburger Mary’s featuring live entertainment including plays, solo shows and cabaret acts. Weekly special events include Ham-Bingo and “Maryoke”.

❍❍THE MATCHBOX; M2;C2

770 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-666-9292 At 460-square feet, this is one of the smallest drinking establishments in Chicago and charming to the core.

❍❍MAHONEY’S PUB & GRILLE; M5;C4 551 N. Ogden Ave., 312-733-2121

Sports-focused Irish pub and grill.

❍❍MARIA’S PACKAGED GOODS & COMMUNITY BAR; M5;C4 960 W. 31st St., 773-890-0588

Longtime Bridgeport liquor store/ bar combination with amazing cocktail list and one of the largest craft beer selections in the city.

❍❍MAUDE’S LIQUOR BAR; M6;D1

840 W. Randolph St., 312-243-9712 Don’t let the name fool you. Along with delicious drinks make sure to indulge in the French cuisine bites.

❍❍MERCER 113; M6;C2

113 W. Hubbard St., 312-396-0113 This sprawling lounge mixes nightlife, dining, and sports under one roof.

❍❍MONK’S PUB; M6;D2

205 W. Lake St., 312-357-6665 Monastery-esque pub in the heart of the Loop.

❍❍MOTHER’S TOO; M6;B2

14 W. Division St., 312-266-7444 Sports bar offering pool tables, TVs, and more.

❍❍NORSE BAR; M5;B3

6334 N. Clark St., 773-942-6344 Casual neighborhood pub with Nintendo games and craft brews in Edgewater.

❍❍THE OGDEN; M6;D1

1659 W. Ogden Ave., 312-226-1888 Food-driven sports bar just a few steps from the United Center in the West Loop.

❍❍OLD FIFTH; M6;D1

1037 W. Madison St., 312-374-1672 West Loop sports bar offering over 140 varieties of whiskey.

❍❍OLD TOWN ALE HOUSE; M7;O3 219 E. North Ave., 312-944-7020

Open since 1958, this Old Town staple is a favorite among Second City alumna and locals alike.


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TOWN POUR HOUSE; M6;A2 ))OLD 1419 N. Wells St., 312-477-2800

❍❍RAINBO CLUB; M2;B2

1150 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-5999

90 beers on tap, bar bites and seasonal brews organized by style. Beer flights, wine, and whiskey are also available.

Dating back to the ‘30s, this is one of the city’s more iconic bars and has become somewhat of a hipster mecca, though in a good way. Make sure to snap some photos in the retro photo booth.

ON THEWIT; M6;D2 ))ROOF 201 N. State St., 312-239-9501

The year-round rooftop lounge on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel.

❍❍THE ORIGINAL MOTHER’S; M6;B2 26 W. Division St., 312-642-7251 Cavernous singles spot in the heart of the Gold Coast.

❍❍OWEN & ENGINE; M5;C3

2700 N. Western Ave., 773-235-2930 British-inspired gastropub

❍❍RIVER SHANNON; M7;N2

425 W. Armitage Ave., 312-944-5087 Classic Irish pub in Lincoln Park.

BREWING; M5;B3 ))REVOLUTION 2323 N Milwaukee Ave., (773) 227-2739 Bustling brewpub.

❍❍RM CHAMPAGNE SALON; M6;D1 116 N. Green St., 312-243-1199

❍❍THE OWL; M5;C4

2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-235-5300

Elegant wine and champagne salon in an intimate space tucked away down a cobblestone alley. Spacious outdoor seating available.

Logan Square neighborhood bar that’s open late with 20 beers on draft, an old school jukebox and overall laid-back vibe.

COURT; M9;P2 ))PALM 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.

❍❍PARAMOUNT ROOM; M6;C1

415 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-829-6300

Bar/restaurant in River West featuring high-end spirits, a well-edited beer selection, and upscale fare.

❍❍PIPPIN’S TAVERN; M6;B3

806 N. Rush St., 312-787-5435

❍❍ROCK BOTTOM BREWERY; M6;C2 1 W. Grand Ave., 312-755-9339

River North brewpub featuring house-brewed beers and a rooftop garden to sip said brews.

BAR & GRILL; M7;J1 ))ROCKIT 3700 N. Clark St., (773) 645-4400 American casual cuisine in the middle of a celebration. (p. 28)

❍❍ROSA’S LOUNGE; M5;C3

3420 W. Armitage Ave., 773-342-0452

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Bar that’s home to the oldest liquor license on Rush Street.

PUBLIC HOUSE; M6;C2 400 N State St., (312) 265-1240

Gastropub with 103 different beers.

ROOM; M6;A3 ))PUMP 1301 N. State Pkwy., 312-601-2970

The legendary Pump Room reopened inside Public, a revamp of the Ambassador East Hotel by Ian Schrager, and features a stunning bar.

Family owned and operated blues club that has been named Chicago’s best by The New York Times.

KITCHEN & BAR; M6;C3 ))SABLE 505 N. State St., 312-755-9704

The 50-seat lounge offers amazing fare and an expansive cocktail list.

❍❍SCOFFLAW; M5;B4

3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773-252-9700 Gin-focused cocktail bar serving spirits, American craft beers on draft and small plates.

❍❍PUNCH HOUSE; M6;H1

1227 W. 18th St., 312-526-3851

A ‘70s-inspired basement bar located in the historic Thalia House offering glasses of punch, eight-drink punch bowls, lots of gin, and more.

❍❍SECOND STORY BAR; M9;T3 157 E. Ohio St., 312-923-9536

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❍❍SHE-NANNIGANS; M6;B2

16 W. Division St., 312-642-2344

Sports bar with extensive beer list, pool table, and dance floors.

❍❍SIDETRACK; M7;K1

3349 N. Halsted St., 773-477-9189

Hip Boystown bar known for its boozy slushies and its fun crowd.

❍❍SIGNATURE LOUNGE; M9;Q2

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.

❍❍STOCKS & BLONDES; M6;D3 40 N. Wells St., 312-372-3725

Diverse crowd of financial types and area business folks that’s bustling during happy hour and during the lunchtime rush.

❍❍STREETER’S TAVERN; M6;B3

60 E. Chicago Ave., 312-944-5206 Low-key bar with a fun, college-atmosphere.

PARIS; M6;C2 ))STUDIO 59 W. Hubbard St., 312-595-0800 Indoor-outdoor cocktail lounge complete with a retractable roof.

❍❍SWEETWATER TAVERN & GRILLE; M6;D3 225 N. Michigan Ave., 312-698-7111

Downtown sports bar/restaurant. (p. 35)

❍❍THREE DOTS AND A DASH; M6;C2 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220

Located in River North, this new hotspot offers guests a modern take on a classic tiki bar serving inspired cocktails.

❍❍TILTED KILT; M6;D3

17 N. Wabash Ave., 312-269-5580

Female servers are clad in plaid mini-kilts and serve pints of Guinness and specialty cocktails.

O'TOOLE'S; M6;C3 ))TIMOTHY 622 N. Fairbanks Ct., 312-642-0700 Extensive beer and whiskey list just off the Mag Mile. (p. 5)

❍❍TWISTED SPOKE; M5;C4

501 N. Ogden Ave., 312-666-1500 Bar-restaurant with biker motif and great bloody marys.

UNDERGROUND; M6;C2 ))THE 56 W. Illinois St., 312-644-7600

An industrial vibe arises from the combo of fashionable drinkers, hip-hop remixes, & sleek décor. (p. 28)

M6;C2 ))U111NTITLED; 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. (p. 5)

❍❍VAUGHAN’S PUB; M7;M2

2917 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-281-8188 Irish pub offering relaxed vibe and friendly atmosphere.

SKY LOUNGE; M6;C2 ))VERTIGO Dana Hotel & Spa, 2 W. Erie St., 312-202-6060

Enjoy penthouse views and signature cocktails in an environment of cool sophistication.

VIOLET HOUR; M6;C2 ))THE 1520 N. Damen Ave., 773-252-1500

Rich décor that complements a bar service that spares no detail.

❍❍THE WHISTLER; M5;C4

2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-227-3530 A bar, gallery, record label, and venue that hosts live music and DJs seven nights a week.

LIVE MUSIC EVERY NIGHT Showtimes 9:30pm | 11:00pm Doors open 9:00pm R&B • BLUES • CLASSIC HITS JAZZ • TOP 40

Advance tickets available online! 937 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611 • backroomchicago.com • 312.751.2433


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CLUBS ❍❍BERLIN; M7;K1 954 W. Belmont Ave., 773-348-4975

A local institution, this come-one-come-all nightspot is fun late-night and offers a wide range of dance-worthy music.

M6;C2 ))CASTLE; 632 N. Dearborn St., 312-266-1944

Five-level nightclub featuring local and national DJs. With 60,000 square feet, patrons can choose from a craft pub, cabaret private party space, posh lounge and more.

COMEDY CLUB; M7;03 ))ZANIES 1548 N. Wells St., 312-337-4027

Hosting top comedic act since 1978. (p. 56)

GAMING ❍❍RIVERS CASINO; M8;S1 3000 S. River Rd., Des Plaines, 888-307-0777

Chicago’s newest gaming and entertainment destination.

GENTLEMEN’S CLUBS ❍❍PINK MONKEY, M6;F1 759 S. Clinton St., 312-663-9100 Adult entertainment in an upscale atmosphere. (p. 51)

❍❍DOLPHIN; M7;O1

2200 N. Ashland Ave. , 773-395-0066

Formerly known as Green Dolphin Street, this spot boasts four rooms with five full-service bars, light shows, and plenty of space on the dance floor.

❍❍THE MID; M6;D1

LIVE MUSIC ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB; M9;U1 11 E. Hubbard St., 312-642-6805

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Casual dining and live jazz.

❍❍AARAGON BALLROOM; M5;B3

1106 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-561-9500

306 N. Halsted St., 312-265-3990

Music-focused, multi-level 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.

❍❍PRIMARY; M6;A2

5 W. Division St., 312-888-2471

Dance club with an impressive bass-heavy sound system on the Near North Side.

❍❍THE SHRINE; M6;H3

2109 S. Wabash Ave., 312-753-5681

Club-lounge combo featuring Afro-Beat, hiphop, house, and reggae acts.

❍❍SMART 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

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.

BACK ROOM; M6;B3 ))THE 937 N. Rush St., 312-751-2433

Live music seven nights a week in the Gold Coast (p. 49)

❍❍B.L.U.E.S.; M7;M1 2519 N. Halsted St., 773-528-1012

Live blues seven nights a week since 1979.

CHICAGO; M6;C2 ))BLUE 536 N. Clark St., 312-661-0100

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World-renowned and local blues artists.

❍❍CHECKERBOARD LOUNGE; M5;D4 5201 S. Harper Ct., 773-684-1472

226 W. Ontario St., 312-787-4480

Huge club featuring nine bars, multiple levels, and diverse music choices. Closed Sun.-Wed. (p. 47)

❍❍SPYBAR; M6;C2

646 N. Franklin St., 312-337-2191

Large, below-street-level space in River North that’s open until 4 a.m. and features house DJs and a state-of-the-art sound system.

❍❍Y 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. (p. 46)

COMEDY CLUBS ❍❍THE COMEDY BAR; M6;C2 157 W. Ontario St., 773-387-8412

River North’s go-to venue to see the funniest comedians at unbeatable prices.

❍❍COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE; M7;L1

929 W. Belmont Ave., 773-549-8080 Interactive improv comedy competitions. BYOB. Call for show times. Closed Mon-Wed.

❍❍IO; M7;K1

3541 N. Clark St., 773-880-0199

Alums of this improve theatre include Mike Meyers and Chris Farley.

FACTORY CHICAGO; M7;K2 ))LAUGH 3175 Broadway St., (773) 327-3175

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A stopping point for some of the world’s best stand up comedians.

THE SECOND CITY; M6;O3 1616 N. Wells St., 312-337-3992

For more than 50 years, this comedy improv and skit theater has attracted crowds. (p. 62)

P COMEDY CLUB; M7;O3 ))U230 W. North Ave., 3rd Fl., 312- 662-4562 Prices, dates, and times vary.

Local Chicago blues seven nights a week in River North.

BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS; M6;F3 700 S. Wabash, 312-427-0333

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Legendary and recently revamped blues joint in Hyde Park.

DOUBLE DOOR; M5;C3 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-489-3160

Wicker Park’s premier live music venue.

BOTTLE; M5;C4 ))EMPTY 1035 N. Western Ave., 773-276-3600

A great small music venue offering live music seven nights a week for 21+ crowd.

❍❍FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE; M2;C3 728 W. Grand Ave., 312-666-1695

Lively atmosphere in a laid-back, loungy 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.

MILL JAZZ CLUB; M5;B4 ))GREEN 4802 N. Broadway St., 773-878-5552 Al Capone’s hangout turned funky cocktail lounge.

ROCK CAFE; M6;C2 ))HARD 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.

OF BLUES; M6;C2 ))HOUSE 329 N. Dearborn St., 312-923-2000

Five-level music hall and restaurant with concerts in a variety of genres most nights.

AT THE MOON; M6;C2 ))HOWL 26 W. Hubbard St., 312-863-7427

Dueling piano bar for a different twist. (p. 48)

SHOWCASE; M6;F3 ))JAZZ 806 S. Plymouth Ct., 312-360-0234

This acoustic jazz club, open since 1947, has been on the forefront of the scene for years.

❍❍KATERINA’S; M5;B3

1920 W. Irving Park Rd., 773-348-7592 This club features a rotating schedule of live jazz, funk, blues, Latin, Greek, and classical music.


51 MINES; M7;M1 ))KINGSTON 2548 N. Halsted St., 773-477-4646

Two blues bands on two stages every night.

❍❍LINCOLN HALL; M7;M1

2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2501

The 8,400-square-foot 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.

FOR CHAMPAGNE; M6;C2 ))POPS 601 N. State St., 312-266-7677

❍❍CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE; M6;D2 151 W. Randolph St., 312-977-1700

“Phantom of the Opera” (through March 2) and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (March 18-30).

❍❍GOODMAN THEATRE; M6;D2

170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800

“Luna Gale” (through Feb. 23) and “Buzzer” (Feb. 8-March 9).

❍❍GORILLA TANGO BURLESQUE; M2;A1 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-598-4549

Burlesque shows for the discerning nerd. Think fun spin-offs from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Doctor Who, and more.

Live jazz Sun.-Tue. starting at 9 p.m. Great cocktails, wine and champagne list, many selections by the glass.

❍❍JOFFREY BALLET; M6;E3

Sing along as Chicago’s top pianovocalists play your favorite standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. Proper attire is required. (p. 45)

❍❍MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET; M7;M1

REDHEAD PIANO BAR; M6;C2 ))THE 16 W. Ontario St., 312-640-1000

❍❍REGGIE’S ROCK CLUB & MUSIC JOINT; M6;H3 2105 S. State St., 312-949-0120 Live music, concerts, and karaoke in the South Loop.

Auditorium Theatre

“Contemporary Choreographers” (Feb. 12-23) and “Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Songs of Wanderers” (March 14 & 16).

Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-935-6100

Musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis for the first and only time. (p. 64)

WONDER BAR; M9;P1 ))UNDERGROUND 710 N. Clark St., 312-266-7761

❍❍ORIENTAL THEATRE; M6;D2

THEATRE

❍❍THEATER WIT; M7;K1

Live music nightly featuring jazz, blues, and the occasional guest star appearance.

(SEE P. 61 FOR MORE LISTINGS)

❍❍BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE;M6;E2 18 W. Monroe St., 312-977-1710

“Chicago” (Feb. 25-March 2) and “Rock of Ages” (March 11-16).

24 W. Randolph St., 312-977-1700

“Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” (Feb. 8) and “Heartbeat of Home” (March 4-16).

1229 W. Belmont Ave., 773-975-8150

“A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” (through Feb. 16), “Our Country’s Good” (through Feb. 22), and “The Greatest Story Never Told” (through March 22).


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á Millennium Park

THE INS AND OUTS OF CHICAGO CULTURE:

CONCIERGE MUSTS FOR ANY CHICAGO VISIT by Joel Mora GREAT OUTDOORS Millennium Park (p.58) is the Swiss Army Knife of cultural attractions in Chicago. You can spend a week here just revisiting the park to go to a dance performance at the Harris Theater, or ice skating at McCormick Tribune Plaza. You realize how special a park it is when you’re sharing a bottle of wine on a picnic facing Frank Gehry’s bandshell and the city lights come on behind it as you’re listening to a live concert. Of course you can’t miss a visit to the crown jewel—Cloud Gate. Head north and stop when you’ve hit the polar bear at the Lincoln Park Zoo (p.64). Open every day and it being free, the Zoo is a perfect place to drop in for a monkey visit or stay a few hours admiring the giraffes. Help welcome the baby gorillas, kangaroo, and rhino to the city and stop to observe

ä Wrigley Field

ä Lincoln Park Zoo

the meerkats, who might have the most personality across the 35 acres. Just a couple miles north take in some baseball history as Wrigley Field (p.64) celebrates its 100th birthday. Just because it’s not baseball season doesn’t mean you can’t take a tour, which start in March and are longer than tours done on game days. Walking in the locker room where Babe Ruth sat before going out and hitting his famous “called shot” is something that leaves you breathless. MUSEUM MAJESTY Museums in Chicago aren’t just for the fanny pack hordes and nothing proves this more than the Museum of Science & Industry (p.56), the largest science center in the Western Hemisphere covering almost 14 acres. Aside from being able to step into a tornado, watch baby chicks hatch, and tour an actual WWII German submarine you aren’t going to want to miss the “Treasures of the Walt Disney


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â Museum of Science & Industry

Archives” comprising of over 300 artifacts including original sketches, costumes, and more from Disney’s 90 years. Make sure you take a drawing lesson to learn how to sketch like a Disney animator. At the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) (p.54) you could spend days just standing in front of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait.” Hidden treasures await you in every corner from American classics like “American Gothic” to post-impressionist masterpieces like “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” Make sure to visit the Thorne Miniature Rooms to see what makes AIC stand out above the rest. After seeing a portrait from a classic master make sure you check out a portrait done by present-day master Chuck Close at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago (p.56). Host of Frida Kahlo’s first U.S. exhibition in 1978, MCA Chicago has always been a beacon for cutting-edge art. Nothing says that more than MCA’s newest exhibit “MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol,” which puts the work of pop artists Andy Warhol and Marisol side by side. If you’re still in Streeterville and spot a large mansion you’ve probably spotted a Chicago gem—the Driehaus Museum (p.54). This restored Gilded Age home is not just a symbol of the decadence of the late 19th century but a symbol of the artisans who

â Driehaus Museum ä Art Institute of Chicago

transformed wood, marble, and tile into a majestic sanctuary. Don’t miss the “Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection” exhibit that features over 60 remarkable works of stained glass stretching from lamps and vases to windows.

Looking for more to explore? Then you're in luck as there's no shortage of things to do around town.

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ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (P.54) ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS (P.63) AUDITORIUM THEATRE (P.61) BLUE MAN GROUP (P.61) BROADWAY IN CHICAGO (P.61) CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION - BOAT TOURS (P.63) CHICAGO BEARS (P.60) CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN (P.57) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER (P.57) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM (P.54) CHICAGO LINE CRUISES (P.64) THE CHICAGO THEATER (P.61) CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER BUS CO. (P.64) DRIEHAUS MUSEUM (P.54) THE FIELD MUSEUM (P.55) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT PRESERVATION TRUST (P.55, 58, 59) GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY (P.58) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM (P.55) GOODMAN THEATRE (P.61) HERSHEY’S CHICAGO (P.58) HYDE PARK (P.58) JOFFREY BALLET (P.62) JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY (P.58) LINCOLN PARK ZOO (P.64) LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE COMPANY (P.62) MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT (P.62) MILLENNIUM PARK (P.58) MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (P.62) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO (P.56) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (P.56) NAVY PIER (P.58) ODYSSEY CRUISES (P.64) RAVINIA FESTIVAL (P.58) SHEDD AQUARIUM (P.56) SKYDECK CHICAGO (P.58) UNITED CENTER (P.59) UNTOUCHABLE TOURS (P.64) U.S. CELLULAR FIELD (P.59) WENDELLA BOAT TOURS (P.64) WRIGLEY FIELD TOURS (P.64)

MUSEUMS ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO; M6;E3 111 S. Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600

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Voted the #1 Museum in America by TripAdvisor for 2013. Houses one of the greatest art collections in the world. Open Mon-Wed: 10:30-5; Thurs: l0:30-8; Fri-Sun: 10:30-5. General admission for adults $23, seniors $17 and free for children under 14 years of age.

❍❍BALZEKAS MUSEUM OF LITHUANIAN CULTURE; M5;D3 6500 S. Pulaski Rd, 773-582-6500

Dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities worldwide.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM; M6;C4 ))CHICAGO Navy Pier, 312-527-1000 Kid-friendly exhibits and interactive fun. Children & adults $14, seniors $13, children under one year of age are free.

❍❍CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM; M7;O3 1601 N. Clark Street, 312-642-4600

Showcases the multicultural history of Chicago and Illinois. Museum Hours: Mon-Sat: 9:30-4:30; Sun: 12-5. General Admission: adults $14, seniors and students (65+) $12, free for children under 12. (p. 61)

❍❍CHINESE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF CHICAGO; M6;H2 238 W. 23rd St., 312-949-1000

A museum in Chinatown for exhibitions, education, and research relating to Chinese-American culture and history in the Midwest.

❍❍CITY GALLERY IN THE HISTORIC WATER TOWER; M6;B3 806 N. Michigan Ave.

Not just one of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but home to the artworks of local artists and photographers.

MUSEUM; M9;S2 ))DRIEHAUS 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; M5;D4

740 E. 56th Pl., 773-947-0600 Details the African-American experiences in America. Tue-Sat: 10-5; Sun: 12-5. Adults $10, children $3. Kids under 5 can visit for free. (p. 59)

❍❍ERNEST HEMINGWAY

BIRTHPLACE HOME; M5;C3 339 N. Oak Park Ave., 708-848-2222 Visit the museum and Victorian home where Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway was born and spent his early life. Tours are offered on the hour. Reservations required in advance for groups of 10 or more. Adults $10, seniors $8 (65+), students $8 (18- or valid student ID), Children under 5 free.


55 FIELD MUSEUM; M6;G4 ))THE 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-9410

Located on the stunning Museum Campus, the Field offers an educational experience like no other. Featuring over 21 million specimens (including the famous T-rex "Sue") and an exciting lineup of special exhibits. Open every day from 9-5. Basic Admission: adults $15, students $12 and children ages 3-11 $10.

LLOYD WRIGHT ))FRANK HOME & STUDIO; M5;C3

951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park, 708-848-1976

Residence of the renowned prairie-style architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Public tours available daily. Multiple tour options to choose from. Open every day: 11-4. Adults $15, student or senior $12.

HOUSE MUSEUM; M6;G3 ))GLESSNER 1800 S Prairie Ave., (312) 326-1480

Historic home of John and Frances Glessner designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and an inspiration to Frank Lloyd Wright.

❍❍ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM &

EDUCATION CENTER;M5;B3 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, 847-967-4800

The museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice, and indifference through the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.

❍❍INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE; M6;A2 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr., 312-642-6502

This museum’s four floors are filled with artifacts, as well as paintings and sculptures that interpret the primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations. The collections and exhibits portray the mysteries and milestones that have shaped modern surgical science. Closed on Mondays.

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

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❍❍INTUIT; M2;C3

756 N. Milwaukee Ave., 312-243-9088

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art is the only nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated solely to presenting self-taught and outsider art through world class exhibitions and holdings of more than 1,100 works of art including the Henry Darger Room Collection.

❍❍LUMA; M9;Q2

820 N. Michigan Ave., 312-915-7600

25,000-square-feet with eight exhibition galleries, that explore the five major faiths through a variety of art. Closed Mondays. Tues: 11-8 (free admission), Wed-Sun: 11-6. General ticket: adult $8, seniors $6, and non-Loyola students under 25 with student ID $2.

❍❍MCCORMICK BRIDGEHOUSE & CHICAGO RIVER MUSEUM; M6;C3 376 N. Michigan Ave., (312) 977-0227

This vertical, five-story museum goes through the history of the historic moveable bridge and culminates in a 360-degree view of the city and the river.

❍❍MUSEUM OF BROADCAST

COMMUNICATIONS; M6;C2 360 N. State St., 312-245-8200

A collection of present and historic radio/ television content intended to educate the public about communications through the use of the MBOC’s extensive archives. Hours are Tue-Sat: 10-5. Admission: adults $12, children (ages 4-12) $6, free for children under 4.

OF CONTEMPORARY ))MUSEUM ART CHICAGO; M9;Q3

220 E. Chicago Ave., 312-280-2660

Offers art created since 1945 that promises to be thought-provoking as it is a documentation of our visual culture. Museum Hours Tue: 10-8; Wed-Sun: 10-5. Suggested admission $12, students $7, free for children under 12. (Inside Back Cover)

OF SCIENCE ))MUSEUM & INDUSTRY; M5;D4 57th St. at Lake Shore Dr., 773-684-1414

The largest center for the sciences in the Western Hemisphere. 35,000 artifacts of scientific and cultural value. Open daily 9:30-5:30. Ticket packages sold, basic “Explorer 1” package is for adults $27, children $18 and seniors $26. Tickets available for purchase online and at Museum ticket counters. (p. 5)

❍❍NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM; M6;E1 333 S. Halsted St., 312-655-1234

Historical insights between the ancient Greek period and Greek-American experiences now. Hours: Mon/Wed/ Fri: 10-5; Thurs: 10-8; Sat-Sun: 11-5; closed Tues. Tickets: adults $10, seniors $8, students (with ID) $8, children (3-12) $7, children under 3 free.

❍❍NATIONAL MUSEUM OF

MEXICAN ART; M6;H1 1852 W. 19 St., 312-738-1503

With 7,000 objects, the museum’s collection is one of the largest collections of Mexican art in the country and strives to maintain, preserve, and acquire works for its collection that reflect the diversity and quality of Mexican art in the categories of Pre-Cuauhtémoc, ephemera, textiles, folk art, prints and drawings, photography, and paintings and sculptures.

❍❍PRITZKER MILITARY

MUSEUM & LIBRARY; M6;D3 104 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 374-9333

Across the way from Millennium Park, view exhibits on the Citizen Soldier, the role of women during WWII, and icons of WWI.

❍❍ORIENTAL INSTITUTE; M5;D4 1155 E. 58 St., 773-702-9514

Established in 1919, this gem is the University of Chicago’s archeology museum and research center for ancient Near Eastern studies and boasts an incredible collection of artifacts. Closed Mondays.

❍❍PEGGY NOTEBAERT

NATURE MUSEUM; M7;M3 2430 N. Cannon Dr., 773-755-5100

Generating a positive and two-way relationship between people and nature with an educational program that brings the world of biology and sciences full-circle through urban connections. Mon-Fri: 9-5; Sat-Sun: 10-5. Adults $9, students $7, children $6.

AQUARIUM; M6;F4 ))SHEDD 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-939-2438

World's largest indoor aquarium, here you can get eye-to-eye with a dolphin, meet a penguin and see what lurks in the Amazon flooded forest. Open Mon-Fri: 9-5 & Sat-Sun: 9-6. Admission: $8-$89.

❍❍THE SMITH MUSEUM OF STAINED GLASS WINDOWS; M6;C4 Navy Pier, 312-595-PIER (7437)

The first museum in the United States dedicated to stained glass windows featuring 150 windows varying from secular to religious.


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❍❍SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM; M5;B3 5211 N. Clark St., (773) 728-8111

A history, art, children’s, and science museum all in one. Located in Andersonville, one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish culture in the country, make sure to check out the “Dressing Swedish” exhibit featuring Swedish fashion past and present.

❍❍UKRAINIAN 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 Ukranian Village in West Town.

POINTS OF INTEREST ❍❍ADLER PLANETARIUM; M6;F4 1300 S Lake Shore Dr., (312) 922-7827

Enjoy the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere where you can get a lunar experience at the Lunar Leap, Lunar Scale and Shoot for the Moon exhibition.

❍❍ALFRED CALDWELL LILY POOL; M7;M3 125 W. Fullerton Pkwy., 773-883-PARK Also known as the Lincoln Park Lily Pool, this is a great example of Prairie School landscape architecture and is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Docent tours available.

❍❍ALTA VISTA TERRACE; M7;J1

Grace St. at Alta Vista Terrace

40 homes in a row that look as if they’ve been plucked form a Dickensian London and set down in the heart of Chicago.

❍❍BAHA’I TEMPLE; M5;A3 Wilmette, 847-853-2300

Completed in 1953 and designed by architect Louis Bourgeois, it is one of only seven Baha’i temples in the world.

❍❍BRONZEVILLE VISITOR

INFORMATION CENTER; M6;C4 411 E. 35 St., 773-819-5170 Located at the gateway to the Black Metropolis historic district, this center is the ideal orientation point for information on the community for tourists, residents, and researchers alike. Visitors will be welcomed with a primer on the neighborhood’s history and directed to multiple sites and attractions of historical and cultural significance.

❍❍CHARNLEY-PERSKEY HOUSE; M6;A3 1365 N. Astor St., 312-915-0105

Designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in 1891, this is one of a handful of buildings that display the combined talents of these two architects.

BOTANIC GARDEN; M5;A3 ))CHICAGO 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847-835-5440 Metaphorically a museum of beautiful flowers and plants, the garden is situated across nine islands and right in the middle of four natural habitats. Hours of Operation: 7-9 daily. Admission is free.

CULTURAL CENTER; M6;D3 ))CHICAGO 78 E. Washington St., 312-744-6630 Housed in a stunning neo-classical building, the center hosts a variety of art installations and regularly stages performances or concerts for the public to enjoy. Free admission.


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❍❍CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA; M6;D3 20 S Michigan Ave., (312) 294-3000 One of the premier venues for classical music especially when Riccardo Muti is conducting.

❍❍FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

OF CHICAGO; M6;E2 230 S. LaSalle St., (312) 322-2400

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If you ever wanted to see your face on a dollar bill then make sure to visit the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago where you can also see rare currency and detect counterfeit money.

GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY; M6;C3 300 N. Central Park Ave., 312-746-5100 One of the largest and most stunning, the conservatory is open year-round: 9-5 daily, 9-8 on Wed. Admission is free.

CHICAGO; M9;02 ))HERSHEY’S 820 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-7711

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This 3,600-square-foot retail space is full of interactive experiences. (p. 60)

HYDE PARK; M5;D4

Home to the University of Chicago, Museum of Science & Industry, Promontory Point, and more

PIER; M6;C4 ))NAVY 600 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-PIER (7437). Kid-friendly exhibits and interactive fun. Summer hours are Sun-Wed: 10-6; ThursSat: 10-8. Children & adults $14, seniors $13, children under one free. (Inside Back Cover)

❍❍OAK PARK; M5;C3

Located just West of downtown, Oak Park is a large historic district and home to numerous Frank Lloyd Wright homes.

❍❍OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC; M5;B3 4544 N Lincoln Ave., (773) 728-6000

Not only a place for courses but performances which have featured legends like Pete Seeger, Mahalia Jackson, and Big Bill Broonzy, who was once an instructor at the school.

❍❍OLD WATER TOWER &

PUMPING STATION; M9;O2 Chicago Ave. & Michigan Ave., 312-744-3200 Only public building to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

HANCOCK OBSERVATORY; M9;Q3 ))JOHN 875 N. Michigan Ave., 312-751-3681

❍❍POETRY FOUNDATION; M6;C2

❍❍LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY; M7;M3

FESTIVAL; M8;P2 ))RAVINIA 418 Sheridan Rd, Highland Park,

360-degree views across 4 states, including stunning views of Lake Michigan. General admission ranges from $11.50-$17.50; Sun & Stars admission is $18.50-$24.50; Total Tower Experience is $21-27 and FastPass is $35.

2391 N. Stockton Dr., 312-742-7736

Open 365 days a year, the conservatory is one of the most popular free attractions for plant enthusiasts in Chicago.

❍❍LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO; M6;D1

20 N. Upper Wacker Dr., 312.332.2244

One of the country’s leading opera companies that brought the legendary Maria Callas for her American debut. It is located in the Civic Opera House.

❍❍MACY’S ON STATE STREET; M6;D2 111 N. State St., 312-781-1000

A National Landmark, the legendary building opened in 1852. The Tiffany ceiling, clocks and granite pillars are just a few of the reasons architecture buffs and history fans flock to the building. (p. 5)

PARK; M6;C4 ))MILLENNIUM Stunning park in downtown Chicago featuring the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain, Lurie Gardens, and the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture.

61 W. Superior St., 312-787-7070

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to bringing poetry to the forefront of American culture and plays host to an extensive roster of public programs and events.

Illinois, (847) 266-5000

The oldest outdoor music festival in the United States. A summer must.

❍❍ROBIE HOUSE; M6;F3

5757 S. Woodlawn Ave., 312-994-4000 The Robie House is a Prairie style masterpiece created by Frank Lloyd Wright and is considered one of the most important buildings in American architecture.

CHICAGO; M6;E2 ))SKYDECK 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. Open daily 9-10. Admission $18 for adults (12 and up) and kids (3-11) $12. (p. 55)


59 CENTER; M6;D1 ))UNITED 1901 W. Madison St., 312-455-4500 The largest arena in the country has seen everything from championships to rock stars.

❍❍UNITY TEMPLE; M5;C3

875 Lake St., Oak Park, 708-383-8873 One of the most significant projects from architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s early career, the Unity Temple is now a Unitarian Universalist church and was built between 1905 and 1908.

CELLULAR FIELD; M5;C4 ))U.S. 333 W. 35th St., 312-674-1000

Home to the Chicago White Sox, tours of the ballpark are held on Tuesdays and Fridays during the season. Tours consist of the home dugout, press box, field, luxury boxes and Stadium Club.

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❍❍BLOOMINGDALE’S CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION 900 N. Michigan Ave.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, Bloomingdale’s on North Michigan Avenue will be ringing in the Year of the Horse with unique pop-up shops, merchandise, special events, and cultural celebrations.

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❍❍CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR PARADE Wentworth Avenue and 24th Street Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at this parade featuring marching bands, floats, lion dances, a traditional dragon, and more.

❍❍FACETS FAMILY FILM SERIES 1517 W. Fullerton Enjoy family-friendly movies with your little ones at Facets Cinema. Every collection of short, both animation and live action, are selected from the archive of award winners and audience favorites from Facets’ annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

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❍❍SNOW DAYS CHICAGO Gateway Park at Navy Pier Teams of talented professional snow sculptors from around the world create masterpieces out of 10-foot blocks of man-made snow, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5. Enjoy a snow sculpting competition, snow painting, snowboarding, and much more at this fun, free winter event!

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❍❍CHICAGO AUTO SHOW McCormick Place The nation’s largest and longest-running auto show with more than one million square feet of exhibit space. The Show is open Feb. 8-16 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets available on-site and run $12/adults, $6 for seniors (62+), $6/children (7-12) and kids 6 and under are free with paying adult.


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❍❍THE ORCHID SHOW

❍❍POUTINE FEST

Chicago Botanic Garden

For the first time, The Orchid Show will provide an infusion of warmth and color to guests visiting the Chicago Botanic Garden this winter. Visitors will enter the exhibition through an orchid-and-palm allée, then view a large orchid tree surrounded by other orchid displays in the Joutras Gallery. The visitor greenhouses will be filled with orchids on trees, in the ground and suspended on hanging structures. Guests can also wind their way through orchid columns in the Greenhouse Galleries as they read about orchid conservation efforts. Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery Poutine Fest is Chicago’s first annual competition of Canada’s popular late-night fast food favorite. Taste the best poutine Chicago has to offer during one of two sessions (lunch/dinner), with one restaurant going home with the coveted title “King of Poutine”. Attendees get to vote, too. Participating restaurants include: Haymarket Pub & Brewery, The Gate, The Barrelhouse Flat, The Brixton, and Sunday Dinner Club. 21 and over only.

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❍❍CHICAGO FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW

Marvel at an incredible array of inspiring florals and garden designs at this popular event held in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. Features demonstrations, educational seminars, and more.

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❍❍NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE WORLD

Celebrate one of Chicago’s diverse ethnic communities every Sunday at Navy Pier from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at this free event held in Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens. Features live music, dancing, food and vendors.

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❍❍ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

An annual Chicago tradition, watch the dyeing of the Chicago River to bright green at 10 a.m. before watching the parade, which steps off at noon down Columbus Drive from Balbo Drive to Monroe Street.

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❍❍INTERNATIONAL KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW McCormick Place

Watch purebred dogs compete for the coveted “Best in Show” title, see Pro Plan Performance Team demonstrations of extraordinary feats of athleticism and skill by talented canines, watch demos by service dogs, shop 125 vendors, and more during this family-friendly event.

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❍❍SOUTH SIDE IRISH PARADE

Following the city’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Chicago’s historic (and historically Irish) South Side neighborhood of Beverly plays host to the beloved South Side Irish Parade. Take the Rock Island Metra down to this stunning neighborhood and take part in the revelry along Western Avenue.

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❍❍NAVY PIER CORNHOLE CLASSIC Festival Hall A at Navy Pier

Bring your friends and see if you have what it takes to out-toss the competition at Navy Pier’s first ever round-robin style bags tournament, produced in partnership with Adrenaline Sports Management. There are two divisions of registration: novice (backyard baggers) and experience (pro throwers) with singles and doubles in each division. Players are guaranteed at least two rounds of play. All participants will receive a Navy Pier Cornhole Classic long sleeve DriFit T-shirt and the top three in each division will be awarded a trophy and Navy Pier prize package. Visit www.chicagocornholeclassic. com for more details and to register.

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❍❍CHICAGO POLAR PLUNGE

Head to North Avenue Beach as brave souls dress up in fun and creative costumes and jump into chilly Lake Michigan to raise money for Special Olympics Chicago. Free admission. Plunges take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SPORTS CHICAGO BEARS; M6;G4 Soldier Field, 312-335-7000

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Chicago's NFL team that plays in Soldier Field. CHICAGO

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Cupcakes Fudge Hot Chocolate Gifts Souvenirs Birthday Parties

822 North Michigan Ave & Pearson St. (Next to the Water Tower)

312-337-7711

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❍❍CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS; M6;D1 United Center, 312-455-7000

Home games: Feb. 12 v. Ducks; Feb. 15 v. Sharks; Feb. 17 v. Kings; Feb. 19 v. Canucks; Feb. 22 v. Sharks; Feb. 24 v. Blue Jackets; Feb. 25 v. Oilers; March 1 v. Blue Jackets; March 5 v. Wild; March 6 v. Avalance; March 10 v. Oilers; March 25 v. Kings; March 26 v. Flames; and March 29 v. Ducks.

❍❍CHICAGO BULLS; M6;D1

United Center, 312-455-0000 Home games: Feb. 11 v. Atlanta; Feb. 13 v. Brooklyn; Feb. 21 v. Denver; Feb. 26 v. Golden State; March 2 v. New York; March 7 v. Memphis; March 9 v. Miami; March 11 v. San Antonio; March 13 v. Houston; March 15 v. Sacramento; March 17 v. Oklahoma City; March 22 v. Philadelphia; March 24 v. Indiana; March 28 v. Portland; and March 31 v. Boston.

❍❍HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE; M5;C3

3501 S. Laramie Ave., Cicero, 708-180-3700 Live and simulcast thoroughbred racing just minutes from downtown Chicago.

❍❍WHIRLYBALL CHICAGO; M5;C4

1880 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-486-7777 Participatory sport that combines basketball, floor hockey, lacrosse, and bumper cars all into one.

THEATRE AUDITORIUM THEATRE; M6;E3 50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-922-2110

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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. (p. 5)

❍❍BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE;M6;E2 18 W. Monroe St., 312-977-1710

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“Chicago” (Feb. 25-March 2) and “Rock of Ages” (March 11-16).

BLUE MAN GROUP; M7;L1 3133 N. Halsted St., 773-348-4000 This audience-interactive multimedia performance has some new additions to program, including “GiPads,” a riff on tablet computers, and a new finale with different music. (p. 58)

IN CHICAGO ))BROADWAY www.broadwayinchicago.com, (312) 977-1717

See the best of Broadway shows in the Windy City

❍❍BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE; M9;Q3 175 E. Chestnut St., 312-977-1700

“Dinosaur Zoo Live” (March 28-30).

❍❍CADILLAC PALACE THEATRE; M6;D2 151 W. Randolph St., 312-977-1700

“Phantom of the Opera” (through March 2) and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (March 18-30).

❍❍CHICAGO DRAMATISTS; M2;C2

1105 W. Chicago Ave., 312-633-0630 Professional non-profit theatre that promotes the advancement of playwrights and new plays.

CHICAGO THEATRE; M6;D2 ))THE 175 N State St., (312) 462-6300 If the performances of this historic theatre don’t amaze you then the design will.

❍❍DCA STOREFRONT THEATRE; M6;D3 66 E. Randolph St., 312-742-8497

Venue showcasing a variety of small-sized performance companies.

❍❍FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS

CENTER, MORAINE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE; M5;D2 Palos Hills, 708-974-5500 Incredible lineup of live music, brilliant performances, and excellent plays just southwest of downtown Chicago.

THEATRE; M6;D2 ))GOODMAN 170 N. Dearborn St., 312-443-3800

“Luna Gale” (through Feb. 23) and “Buzzer” (Feb. 8-March 9).

❍❍GORILLA TANGO BURLESQUE; M2;A1 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773-598-4549

Burlesque shows for the discerning nerd. Think fun spin-offs from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Doctor Who and more.

❍❍HARRIS THEATER; M6;D3

205 E. Randolph St., 312-334-7777 Historic auditorium that hosts a variety of entertainment acts.

CHICAGO’S

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❍❍THE HYPOCRITES; M2;B2

1543 E. Division St., 773-989-7352

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Challenging and inspirational theater performances in an intimate setting.

JOFFREY BALLET; M6;E3 Auditorium Theatre

“Contemporary Choreographers” (Feb. 12-23) and “Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan – Songs of Wanderers” (March 14 & 16).

THEATRE; M6;D2 ))LOOKINGGLASS Water Tower Pumping Station, 821 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-0665

Gripping performances by a local ensemble in a theater located inside the historic Water Tower's waterworks since 1989. "The Little Prince" (through March 16).

TIMES DINNER ))MEDIEVAL & TOURNAMENT; M5;A1 Schaumburg, 888-935-6878

Knights, horses, jousting and more just minutes from Woodfield Mall. (p. 57)

DOLLAR QUARTET; M7;M1 ))MILLION Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-935-6100

 usical inspired by the famed recording M session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis for the first and only time. (p. 64)

❍❍ORIENTAL THEATRE; M6;D2

24 W. Randolph St., 312-977-1700

❍❍PROP THTR; M5;B3

3502 N. Elston Ave., 773-539-7838 Off-Loop, non-equity storefront theater and performing company specializing in new plays.

❍❍THE SECOND CITY; M7;O3

1616 N. Wells St., 312-337-3992 For more than 50 years, this comedy and improve skit theater has attracted crowds.

❍❍STEEP THEATRE; M2;B2

1115 W. Berwyn Ave., 312-458-0722 Storefront theater in Edgewater neighborhood focusing on new and emerging works.

❍❍STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY; M7; O1 1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650

One of the most respected theater companies in Chicago because of its continued engagement with its audiences. Numerous performances; ask your concierge for details.

❍❍THEATER WIT; M7;K1

1229 W. Belmont Ave., 773-975-8150 “A Day in the Death of Joe Egg” (through Feb. 16), “Our Country’s Good” (through Feb. 22) and “The Greatest Story Never Told” (through March 22).

❍❍TIMELINE THEATER COMPANY; M7;N2

“Alton Brown Live! The Edible 615 W. Wellington Ave., 773-281-8463 Second_City_ConPrefer_ad_02-2013_0 Inevitable Tour” (Feb. 8) and “Heartbeat of Home” (March 4-16).

Provocative theater illuminating the impact of history on society.

❍❍UP COMEDY CLUB; M7;O3

230 W. North Ave., 3rd Fl., 312-662-4562

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Right next door to The Second City, Up has already started making a name for itself in its signature shows and in the diverse set of stand-up comedians on its calendar.

❍❍VICTORY GARDENS THEATER; M7;M1 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-871-3000

North side theater focusing primarily on new works from up-and-coming writers and artists.

COMEDY CLUB; M7;03 ))ZANIES 1548 N. Wells St., 312-337-4027

Hosting top comedic acts since 1978 in the heart of Old Town. They also have a second location in Rosemont. (p. 56)

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❍❍HOT TIX; M6;D2

72 W. Randolph St., 163 W. Pearson St.  iscounted week-of-performance tickets D for local theatre. No phone sales.


63 TOURS ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS; M6;E3 337 E. Randolph St., 877-266-0966

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Thrilling, guided tours including the Museum Campus, art, architecture, and more. (p. 5)

❍❍CHICAGO DETOURS; M6;D3

25 E. Washington St., 312-350-1131 Tours focusing on lesser-known, historical essentials of Chicago. All tours use iPads and other formats of digital media to enhance the experience.

ARCHITECTURE ))CHICAGO FOUNDATION - BOAT TOURS; M9;U2

Michigan Ave. & Wacker Dr., 847-358-1330 Knowledgable docents lead tours down the Chicago River highlighting the history and design of more than 50 buildings. (p. 5)

❍❍CHICAGO BEER EXPERIENCE TOURS Locations vary, 800-979-3370

Led by trained guides, Chicago Beer Experience Tours are fun and education and enable attendees (21+ only) to learn about and drink a wide-range of beers as you venture off-the-beaten path into Chicago neighborhoods. Tours include Lakeview & Lincoln Park and Bucktown & Wicker Park.

❍❍CHICAGO CHOCOLATE TOURS Locations vary, 312-929-2939

For $40, guests go on a two-plus hour tour of one of Chicago’s chocolate-loving neighborhoods. All tours include samples and visits to multiple bakeries and sweets shops.

❍❍CHICAGO HOT DOG TOURS 312-933-0444

For $60, experience unique hot dog stands as you nibble your way around Chicago. Tours are offered on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

❍❍CHICAGO FILM TOUR; M6;C3

600 N. Clark St., 312-593-4455

Chicago bus tour focused on film hitting more than 30 sites.

❍❍CHICAGO FOOD PLANET TOURS 312-445-9948

Three-hour food tasting and cultural walking tours combing delicious food and drink with fun in Chicago’s off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods.

❍❍CITY RUNNING TOURS 877-415-0058 ext. 12

Personalized and group guided running tours of Chicago accommodating the needs of both a runner and a tourist. Various themed routes available.

❍❍ELI’S CHEESECAKE WORLD; M5;B3

6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., 773-736-3417 A bakery, café, and retail store where you can enjoy Eli’s Tasting and Traditions experience daily at 1 p.m., including a free slide of Eli’s Cheesecake.

❍❍FLIGHT CHICAGO TOURS flightdeckchicago.com.

Tours offering behind-the-scenes glimpses of Chicago’s world-famous food scene. Each three-hour flight visits three different restaurants. At each stop, guests tour the kitchen and then sit down to sample tastes while engaging in a Q&A session with the chef.

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❍❍HISTORIC THEATRE TOURS; M6;D3 24 W. Randolph St., 312-977-1700

Every Saturday at 11 a.m., you can appreciate the glittering interiors, restorations, and historic interiors of Chicago’s theater gems.

TOURS; M6;C2 ))UNTOUCHABLE 600 N. Clark St., 773-881-1195 Two-hour guided tour of Prohibitionera gangster hotspots.

❍❍WEIRD CHICAGO TOURS; M6;C2 605 N. Clark St., 888-446-7859

❍❍CHICAGO PIZZA TOURS

Offering a plethora of weird, bizarre, spooky, and just-plain-interesting tours. Tours run daily and cost $30 for adults and $20 for children.

Locations vary, 800-979-3370 Chicago Pizza Tours is a bus driven tour in Chicago that provides a slice of four different types of pizza at four different types of pizzerias.

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FIELD TOURS; M7;J1 ))WRIGLEY 1060 W. Addison St., 800-THE-CUBS

Seventy-Five minute tours that provide a look at 100 years of history at Wrigley Field including the clubhouse, press box, dugout, sections of the field and more.

773-648-5000

T he city’s largest double decker & trolley sightseeing company is the essential overview tour of Chicago. Hop-on and off at stops all over downtown and neighborhoods. Tours operate daily. Tickets: $45 for adults, $40 for seniors and $17 for children.

❍❍LOOP INSTAGREETER; M6;D3

Chicago Cultural Center Visitors Center. Available year round every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. These are hour-long guided walks of downtown Millennium Park and iconic Chicago neighborhoods and are free of charge. First-come, first-served basis.

❍❍RESTORING BRONZEVILLE; M6;F3 820 S. Michigan Ave., 773-373-2842

Private walking or bus tours of this historic South Side neighborhood, focusing on African-American history. Able to accommodate both individuals and groups.

❍❍SEE IT ALL CHICAGO TOURS

Most downtown hotels, 773-525-6152 Mini-bus tour that hits popular spots including Millennium Park, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, and more.

❍❍SPICE OF LIFE TOURS; M5;B3 2541 W. Devon, 773-644-1202

Culinary excursions through Chicago’s “Little India” neighborhood that explores the food, history and culture of the South Asian community in Chicago.

TOURS - BOATS CHICAGO LINE CRUISES; M6;C4 465 N. McClurg Ct., 312-527-2002

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Ninety-minute boat tours of historical sites as told by experts.

CRUISES; M6;C4 ))ODYSSEY Navy Pier, 866-305-2469

Luxury cruising vessel offering lunch, brunch, and dinner cruises along Lake Michigan’s scenic shoreline.

❍❍SPIRIT OF CHICAGO; M6;C4 Navy Pier, 866-211-3804

Buffet lunch and dinner cruises along Lake Michigan’s scenic shoreline.

BOAT TOURS; M9;U2 ))WENDELLA 400 N. Michigan Ave., 312-337-1446 Architecture and sightseeing boat tours, special cruises, and more departing daily. (p. 5)

ZOOS ❍❍BROOKFIELD ZOO; M5;C2 1st Avenue and 31st Street, Brookfield, 708-485-0263 This 216-acre zoo includes more than 3,000 animals. Interact with animals and plants at the Hamill Family Play Zoo. Admission ranges from $10.50-$15

PARK ZOO; M7;N3 ))LINCOLN 2001 N. Cannon Dr., 312-742-2000

Open year-round, this is one of the nation’s oldest zoos—and last remaining free one in the country—housing 1,200 animals representing 230 species.

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Navy Pier is Chicago’s top-visited, year-round attraction, featuring a 15-story Ferris wheel, IMAX® Theatre, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, restaurants, rides, shops, dining cruises, free entertainment and so much more! Forts at Chicago Children’s Museum Now Open! • You can’t build these forts at home! Now Playing at Navy Pier IMAX® Theatre Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Journey to the South Pacific • Great White Shark 3D Snow Days Chicago at Navy Pier February 8 & 9: Snow sculpting competitions, kids’ snowboard park, snow games and much more. Neighborhoods of the World Opens February 16 • Honor Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods and cultural diversity with this free performance series. A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Opens February 22 • When lovers cross with mischievous sprites in an enchanted forest, a series of mishaps occur and nothing is what it seems.

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