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DJEMBE! THE SHOW This international smash hit will have you grooving in your seat at the Apollo Theater through May 12 Conceived by British artist and entrepreneur Doug Manuel and co-written by Manuel and director West Hyler of Jersey Boys fame, Djembe! is fresh off a hit international tour and making its U.S. premiere at the Apollo Theater. An interactive, energy-filled show that offers the opportunity to revel in rhythm with a world-class collection of performers, Djembe! The Show entertains with powerful storytelling and uplifting music. Enjoy a journey through several decades of beloved musical genres and hits ranging from

“Kiss” and “Happy” to “We Are Family” performed by veteran musicians from Broadway and Chicago alike. Called “an intoxicating and liberating experience” and “a show more in tune with audiences today” by critics, this is a familyfriendly party you won’t want to miss. So grab that drum and join in. Djembe! The Show is playing a limited engagement through May 12 at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. 2450 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-935-6100.

For dinner before the show, head to Gemini, just down the street in historic Lincoln Park, for a casual, new-American take on elevated bistro fare. 2075 N. Lincoln. 773-525-2522. Get the app keychicago


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5 FRIDAY The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays a program of Borodin, Dvorak and Shostakovich at Symphony Center. Today at 1:30 pm and Saturday at 8 pm. $35$222. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000. Meat lovers, rejoice! A host of Chicago’s best chefs work thousands of pounds of bacon into a menu of creative dishes at this weekend’s Baconfest Chicago at the UIC Dorin Forum. Dinner tonight from 7–10 pm, Saturday lunch from 12–3 pm and dinner from 7–10 pm. $60-$85. 725 W. Roosevelt, 312-413-9875. Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice to close out their 2018-19 home schedule against the Dallas Stars tonight at the United Center. 7:30 pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-7000.




German contemporary dance company Gauthier Dance, performs a mixedrepertoire program honoring works by celebrated Israeli choreographers at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 pm. $35$135. 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777.

Learn more about the city’s amazing skyline with a relaxing and informative 90-minute Chicago Architecture Center River Tour aboard Chicago’s First Lady. 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. $44.48. 111 E. Wacker, 312-922-3432. For more on the CAC, see page 12.

Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee takes listeners on A Sondheim Adventure tonight at City Winery. 8 pm. $28-$38. 1200 W. Randolph, 312-733-9463.

Enjoy hands-on activities, orchestra pit tours, face painting and live singing and stage combat demonstrations during the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Family Day at the Civic Opera House. 11 am–3 pm. Adults, $10; kids, $5. 20 N. Wacker, 312-827-5600. The Chicago Bulls take on one of the best in the East tonight, as former Bull Jimmy Butler leads the high-powered Philadelphia 76ers into the United Center. 7 pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4000. Take a trip back to the early days of hip hop with the classic rhymes of Eric B & Rakim tonight at the House of Blues. 7:30 pm. $40-$45. 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000. Comedy duo Middleditch & Schwartz delivers the laughs tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8 pm. $45-$65. 175 N. State, 312-462-6300. Get the app keychicago






Get up early to hunt for a great bargain from one of hundreds of vendor tents at the sprawling Wolff’s Flea Market at Allstate Arena. 4 am–11 am. Adults, $2; kids (6-12), $1. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847-524-9590. Be sure to check or Facebook for early closures due to arena events. Celebrate Sunday mass right in the heart of downtown at historic St. Peter’s in the Loop. 9 am, 11 am, 12:30 pm and 6 pm. FREE. 110 W. Madison, 312-372-5111. Get your week off to a deliciously uplifting start with a Southern buffet and rousing live gospel music at the popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch. 10 am and 12:30 pm. Adults, $43; kids (6-12), $25. 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000. Today is your last chance to check out spectacular gardens filled with millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the world as the annual Macy’s Flower Show winds down at the flagship store on State Street. 11 am–8 pm. FREE. 111 N. State, 312-781-4483.


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JERSEY BOYS FINAL SHOWS: APRIL 5-7 The boys are back in town, but only for a few more days. This weekend is your last chance to catch the Broadway smash Jersey Boys at the Auditorium Theatre. Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. $39.50-$86.50. 50 E. Ida B. Wells, 312-341-2310.

Follow the Great Chicago Fire’s path of destruction by trolley from the site of the O’Leary barn to the near North Side on today’s Chicago’s on Fire Tour from the Chicago History Museum. 1–4 pm. $40. 1601 N. Clark, 312-642-4600. For more on the History Museum, see pages 14-15. Today is your last chance to catch the Broadway musical Anastasia at the Nederlander Theatre. 2 pm. $46.50-$86.50. 24 W. Randolph, 312-977-1700. Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane wraps up a long weekend with his quartet with three sets today at the Jazz Showcase. 4 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm. $25-$40. 806 S. Plymouth, 312-360-0234.


8 MONDAY The Chicago White Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game set at Guaranteed Rate Field. Today through Wednesday at 1:10 pm. 333 W. 35th, 312-674-1000. It’s time to play ball once again on the North Side, as the Chicago Cubs celebrate their home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at historic Wrigley Field today at 1:20 pm. 1060 W. Addison, 773-404-2827. The series with the Pirates continues with games on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:05 pm.

THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO Hear a program of contemporary classical music featuring new commissions and multimedia works played by musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during tonight’s MusicNOW performance at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 7 pm. $28. 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777.


9 TUESDAY Iconic Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso is joined by his three sons for a concert in celebration of their new album, Ofertório tonight at Symphony Center. 8 pm. $40-$90. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000.


10 WEDNESDAY Take a comprehensive look at the city’s rich architectural history on the Chicago Architecture: A Walk Through Time tour from the Chicago Architecture Center. 11:30 am–1 pm. $26. 111 E. Wacker, 312-922-3432. For more on the CAC, see page 12. 2019 is the Year of Chicago Theatre, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by taking in a production in one of the city’s famed storefront theaters, like the classic musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors at the Mercury Theater. 8 pm. $35-$65. 3745 N. Southport, 773-325-1700.


11 THURSDAY If the Force is with you, you may be able to snag a ticket to the highly anticipated Star Wars Celebration – a five-day extravaganza of panels, screenings and live events at McCormick Place. Today from 1–8 pm and Friday from 10 am–7 pm. Adult day passes, $85; kids (6-12), $45. 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.

extravaganza behind their latest album, Simulation Theory, tonight at the United Center. 8 pm. $59-$94.99. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500. Celebrate the weekend with live music, interactive performances, fun art activities and after-hours access to great exhibits during tonight’s After Dark event in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. 9 pm. $35 (21+). 159 E. Monroe, 312-443-3600.

The American Ballet Theatre dances the Chicago premiere of choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s whimsical and surrealistic work Whipped Cream at the Auditorium Theatre. Tonight and Friday at 7:30 pm. $44-$150. 50 E. Ida B. Wells, 312-341-2310.


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Spring colors abound 1 Chicago likes its greenery. You have to when you suffer through the winters we do. Which is why, as soon as the weather breaks in March and April, it doesn’t take long for Chicagoans to get outside to enjoy the city’s 570 parks and more nature preserves and trails than we can count. Here are a few spots to appreciate spring in full bloom around Chicago.

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Hoping for an ideal photo op for that Instagram account? Look no further than the Magnificent Mile, as the colorful tulips and other flowers and plants abound along the sidewalks and medians of this shopper’s paradise.

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There simply is nothing like a leisurely stroll through this beautiful 3.5-acre garden in Millennium Park, which has a way of making you feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis that lies just steps away. Take time to appreciate the gardens of flower beds and tall hedges, boardwalks over pools of water, numerous birds and majestic views of the skyline — and take your lunch to enjoy on a bench.

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3 Milton L. Olive III Park

The name may not exactly roll off the tongue, but thousands of locals and tourists traverse through it each day on the way between Streeterville, Oak Street Beach and Navy Pier. Offering unobstructed views of the lake and high-rise condos along Lake Shore Drive, along with a relaxing walking path and tall trees, this small park commemorates the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor. 500 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Designed by Alfred Caldwell in 1936, this little secret spot, located just outside the large (and free) Lincoln Park Zoo, is quite enchanting with its peaceful pools, cascading waterfall, native plants, steppingstone paths and architecturally significant pavilion. It is so revered, in fact, it was named a National Historic Landmark. 125 W. Fullerton in Lincoln Park.


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Walking and learning

Offering fun and educational guided walking and bus tours of Chicago architecture, history and culture, the five-starrated Chicago Detours takes aim at much more than just the highlights. Returning this month are two fun walking tours: the Old Polonia and Wicker Park Food Tour, exploring the social and gastronomical evolution of the old “Polish downtown” and Six Corners area of Wicker Park over the past few decades while sampling from authentic neighborhood restaurants along the way (Sundays at 2:15 p.m. and Thursdays at 1:15 p.m. beginning Apr. 14); and the Best Architecture Walking Tour for Design Lovers (Wednesdays at 5:45 p.m. and Fridays at 4:30 p.m. beginning Apr. 17), which connects architectural styles to other elements of design, art history and popular culture in a fast-paced, all-encompassing excursion. For more info on the company’s other tours, visit



Millennium Park is the envy of major cities throughout the world. Learn how it earned that reputation — transforming from a railroad yard and parking lot into a 24-acre, state-of-theart public space — with the in-depth Millennium Park: Beyond the Bean walking tour from the Chicago Architecture Center (running Sundays at 1:30 p.m.). Understand the inspiration behind Cloud Gate (“the bean”), the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Crown Fountain and more, all while soaking in the springtime in Chicago. Insider’s tip: Your ticket price includes entry into the sprawling new Chicago Architecture Center within seven days of your tour. 111 E. Wacker Dr. 312-9228687.


Navy Pier: It’s all here

If you’re looking for a place to entertain the kids for an entire day, one venue immediately comes to mind: Navy Pier. As the most popular tourist attraction in the entire Midwest, Navy Pier offers 50 acres of unparalleled attractions, restaurants and family-friendly opportunities. Not only is it the docking port for many of the boat cruises in Chicago, but it’s also home to the impressive Chicago Children’s Museum, which can take up a day by itself with all its fun, interactive exhibits. You’ll also find the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, an IMAX Theatre, the beautiful Crystal Gardens and the new 200,000 square-foot cultural family pavilion loaded with restaurants and shopping. 600 E. Grand.

Kids’ Corner The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is loaded with enriching exhibits and opportunities — like the daily “critter connection” from 12-12:15 p.m. — for hands-on interactions with a variety of animals. The Notebaert’s newest exhibit is TreeHouses, where guests can set foot in an indoor tree house and discover the many habitats that trees provide for all kinds of species, all while investigating a fun forest experience. Make sure to save time for a stroll through the magical Butterfly Haven too. 2430 N. Cannon Dr.

Safehouse, the spy-themed subterranean restaurant in River North, has plenty to entertain the child in all of us. The sizable kids’ menu is a great starting point, but plenty of games, secret passageways, recon missions and interactive displays only add to the allure. Insider’s tip: The burger is one of the best in the city. Cool desserts for the kids too. 60 E. Ontario.

IMPROVISED STORY TIME Using suggestions and ideas from children in the audience (who also help design the setting and props), Storytown’s actors, artists and musicians will bring a story to life, taking you and your family on an interactive, improvised adventure starring everything from dinosaurs and superheroes to princesses and fish. Performed every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Stage 773. 1225 W. Belmont. 773-245-3443. Get the app keychicago




Silverscreen to Mainstream The dynamic Chicago History Museum, located just north of downtown in the Old Town neighborhood, has a number of fascinating exhibits, programs and tours that highlight everything from the history of blues music to Abraham Lincoln’s impact on Chicago. Launching April 8 is the new exhibit, Silverscreen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and ‘40s, which showcases various fashions from Paris, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles and how the glitz and glamour of Hollywood was able to reach all classes in the 1930s and ‘40s despite it being a tumultuous time in American history. 1601 N. Clark. Opening April 11 at the Museum of Contemporary Photography is the new exhibition Birmingham, Alabama, 1963: Dawoud Bey/Black Star, featuring an archive of photojournalism that provides a historical context for the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and the social turmoil of the time. 600 S. Michigan Avenue at Columbia College.


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Chicago’s world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry offers a plethora of vibrant learning opportunities about spacewalks, the science of storms and German submarines from WWII. Now through May 23 in the Giant Dome Theater, catch the film Cuba, a powerful story of a nation’s vibrant culture, unspoiled ecosystems, rich history and diligently maintained colonial architecture. Hold on tight, as you’ll be transported through the music and dance scene of Havana to underwater reefs, baseball games and spectacular island landscapes. Showing daily at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. This film is not included in museum entry and requires an additional ticket. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Scoping out the universe The Adler Planetarium, with its interactive exhibits and historical and scientific knowledge, is a great way to spend a day. One particularly enthralling exhibit is The Universe: A Walk Through Space and Time, where guests can witness how stars, planets, galaxies and all the atoms in their bodies were created and understand how the universe has evolved over some 13.7 billion years of existence. And, with some of the world’s most advanced telescopes, you can inspect the most beautifully diverse objects from our Solar System and beyond. 1300 S. Lake Shore.

See dolphins soar

The Shedd Aquarium offers upclose, unforgettable encounters with 32,000 animals from aquatic environments around the world, including the stunning temporary exhibit Underwater Beauty. The highlight of any visit usually involves taking in one of the aquatic presentations in the oceanarium — where beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins serve as the stars of the show. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.

The famed Chicago Art Institute is home to one of best, most expansive art collections anywhere in the world. New to the museum and available for a limited time is the Rembrandt Portraits exhibit, on display through June 3. Two portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Boy and Self-Portrait, are on loan from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. They join the Art Institute’s own Old Man with a Gold Chain and Young Woman at an Open Half-Door for a dramatic look at Rembrandt’s approach to portraiture, as he complicated the genre with his use of props, lighting, costumes and indistinct settings. Insider’s tip: Enhance your visit with an audio tour or the Art Institute’s free app. 159 E. Monroe. Get the app keychicago


Save some coin around Chicago

FREE MUSEUM OPPORTUNITIES Adler Planetarium Free days: April 9-11. 1300 S. Lake Shore.

The Art Institute of Chicago Free every Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. for Illinois residents. 159 E. Monroe.

Chicago Children’s Museum Free for kids under the age of 15 on the first Sunday of every month, and up to four people can get in for just $14.95 during “play late Thursdays” from 4-8 p.m. 600 E. Grand on Navy Pier.

Chicago History Museum Free every Tuesday from 12:30-9 p.m. Children 18 and under from Illinois are always free, as are nonIllinois children 12 and under. 1601 N. Clark.

CityPASS Experience the best of Chicago with CityPASS, which will save you 51 percent at five of the following: Skydeck at the Willis Tower, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry and 360 Chicago observation deck at the Hancock Building. Get VIP admission — valid for nine consecutive days starting with the first day of use — at up to five of the aforementioned attractions, including the ability to skip ticket lines.



This program from the non-profit League of Chicago Theatres offers half-price tickets to a multitude of theatre productions throughout the city. Get information on what’s available at


The Chicago Greeter program highlights areas of interest in more than 25 neighborhoods throughout Chicago, matching up a friendly and knowledgeable local volunteer with your group for a free, informal orientation that lasts anywhere from 2-4 hours and is customized based on your choice of neighborhoods, language and interests.

Field Museum Free April 5-7. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.

Museum of Contemporary Art Admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesdays year round. Kids 18 and under are always free. 220 E. Chicago Ave.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents. 2430 N. Cannon Dr.



Local denim and deals

The folks behind the rapidly expanding Dearborn Denim set out with a simple premise: to build a better apparel brand. The thinking was that “people deserve access to a great product, made the right way, and sold at a great price.” Easier said than done, typically, but they’ve cornered the market locally with two brick-and-mortar stores in the city, as well as a huge online presence. Everything is made in house, sewn and manufactured in their Chicago factory, using only American materials. Particularly appealing is their stretch denim line, made from long staple West Texas cotton and loomed in the most technologically advanced denim mill in the country. But it doesn’t stop with just a good pair of jeans, as you can also find an assortment of handmade leather belts and soft t-shirts made from a type of cotton that actually increases in comfort and flattering characteristics throughout the aging process. And don’t forget free custom hems at the stores, where they carry products from other local brands as well. Dearborn Denim has two Chicago locations — in Hyde Park at 1504 E. 53rd Street and in Andersonville at 5202 N. Clark. Chicago’s three downtown Nordstrom Rack stores carry name-brand merchandise (handbags, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, shoes, accessories and fine apparel for the whole family) from Nordstrom stores at up to 70 percent off original prices without sacrificing selection or style. 101 E. Chicago, 24 N. State and 1118 S. Canal.

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This Lincoln Park hotspot, headed up by renowned chef Grant Achatz, is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in the world. And it is far your normal dining experience — at least in the conventional sense. Part science project, part visual spectacle, part taste bud explosion rolled into one night, neither the theatrics nor the creative plates will let you down. Expect a single, seasonally driven tasting menu of between 18-22 courses. Reservations recommended. 1723 N. Halsted. 312-867-0110.


Located on the edge of the trendy Wicker Park neighborhood, the intimate Schwa takes aim at eliminating the barrier between patron and chef and fully engaging the senses in more ways than you can creatively imagine. Chef Michael Carlson works with global, seasonal ingredients to create a vivid 11-course tasting menu. Expect an eccentric atmosphere with a wide range of loud music and chefs/ servers who end up feeling more like friends at the end of the night. And bonus: It’s BYOB. 1466 N. Ashland. 773-2521466.



This upscale spot tucked away in the South Loop offers fare inspired by coastal Maine. Since its launch in 2011, this contemporary restaurant, helmed by chef Ryan McCaskey, has collected two Michelin stars and numerous other accolades thanks in large part to its decadent, innovative 10-course tasting menu. 1639 S. Wabash. 312-360-9500.

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Eleven City Diner

The old-school diner and delicatessen is known for classic deli sandwiches stacked tall, decadent burgers and melts, and loaded breakfast favorites. Signature dish: Rubin’s Reuben, an open-faced corned beef or pastrami sandwich with Swiss, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing with fries. Or for breakfast, the 11 City French Toast with fresh baked challah, strawberries, bananas and toasted coconut. 1112 S. Wabash St. 312-212-1112.


Nepal House

In business for more than 12 years, Nepal House has earned a stellar reputation in the South Loop for serving up high-quality traditional Nepali and Indian cuisine. Signature dish: The chicken makhani (butter chicken) consists of chicken pieces roasted in a clay oven and then served a cream tomato sauce. Combine it with a bowl of steamed basmati rice and you’ve got something close to perfection. 1301 S. Michigan. 312-922-0601.



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Labriola Cafe and Ristorante

Blending Italian traditions with an innovative dining experience, Labriola has rapidly established itself as a reliable go-to spot on Michigan Avenue. Whether you’re in the mood for salads, soups, sandwiches, Neopolitan pizza, hearty pasta options or other upscale Italian specialties, it’s all here. Signature dish: One of their signature artisan pizzas, which feature San Marzano tomatoes from the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius (no kidding) or the chicken vesuvio with fresh peas, roasted potatoes, white wine and a roasted garlic sauce. 535 N. Michigan. 312-955-3100.

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Signature dish: Sometimes, simple is best. And Lagunitas is on to something with their diner burger, which is seared on a flat-top grill and served with caramelized onions, American cheese and pickles on a brioche bun. We suggest adding bacon and a fried egg. Perfection personified, especially when paired with one of their tasty craft beers. 2607 W. 17th.


A neighborhood wine bar just steps from the popular Gold Coast nightlife district, Eduardo’s Enoteca offers up some authentic light Italian dishes that are perfect for sharing, and the stylish atmosphere, rustic wood interior and tree-laden sidewalk patio add to the experience. Signature dish: Eduardo’s outstanding brunch offers up specialties like the baked Romagna omelette with potato, gorgonzola, spicy Italian sausage and rosemary. Start the day off the right way with their house mimosa (prosecco, Solerno blood orange liqueur, Aperol and fresh-squeezed OJ) or a bloody mary. 1212 N. Dearborn. 312-3374490.

Stan’s Donuts Delight your sweet tooth at one of Stan’s eight Chicago locations. Signature dish: The maple caramel bacon pecan bar is as tasty as it sounds. 259 E. Erie, 535 N. Michigan, 1301 W. Lake, 181 N. Michigan and more.

There’s just something beautiful about an endless parade of flame-grilled meats arriving at your platte. Texas de Brazil’s assortment of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage cooked over a wood charcoal grill, then skewered and served tableside the festive “churrasco way” is a sight to behold. Don’t overlook the stellar salad bar and tempting lobster bisque. Signature dish: The lamb chops and parmesan-crusted pork loin are fantastic, but you’ll really want to make friends with the server who’s in charge of the tender bacon-wrapped filet mignon. 210 E. Upper Illinois. 312-595-0913.

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Undoubtedly one of the more highly anticipated openings in the city this spring is Ocean Prime Chicago, which opened to the public April 3. Located in the Shops at LondonHouse, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive, it overlooks the Chicago River and is ideal for anything from a business lunch to a romantic dinner or pre-show cocktail. Aiming for an “unapologetically luxe dining experience” that focuses on using high-quality ingredients and simple and pure flavors, Ocean Prime trots out a menu filled with seafood and steaks. 87 E. Wacker. 312-428-4344.

Mexican Cuisine since 1963

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Foodies throughout Chicago are rejoicing with the opening of Entente’s new location in River North in late March. The Michelinstarred restaurant, which had been in operation since 2016 in Chicago’s north-side Lakeview neighborhood, seized the opportunity to design its own space and offers a modern American menu that includes items like Hudson Valley foie gras, scallops and Long Island duck with sweet potato, as well as Pan-Asian like offerings like bulgogi with sushi rice. 700 N. Sedgwick. 312-285-2247. Get the app keychicago



Chicago Curry House

Head to this South Loop gem for some of the best Indian-Nepalese cuisine in Chicago in an elegant, relaxed setting. Recommended: the lamb mimosas with tamarind and mint cilantro chutney or the flavorful chicken tikka. A great lunch buffet as well, with 22 dishes for just $13. 899 S Plymouth Ct. 312-362-9999.

India House

Conveniently located in the heart of River North, this elegantly casual spot is ideal for lunch or dinner, whether to talk business or rest your feet after shopping on the Mag Mile. Try their lunch buffet for a generous spread of delectable curry concoctions and sides. 59 W. Grand. 312-645-9500.

South Coast Sushi Specializing in new-Japanese cuisine since 2003, South Coast Sushi offers a hip, lively dining experience. With top-quality fish imported from around the world and innovative signature dishes, their three Chicagoarea locations have won a reputation for a creative twist on sushi favorites. 1700 S. Michigan Ave. 312-662-1700.



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Final Four favorites Looking for a spot to catch the end of March Madness? We’ve got you covered

Mother Hubbard’s

This old-school Chicago staple, in business for better than two decades, carries the comfortable feel of a neighborhood corner pub in the otherwise upscale River North district. Boasting 45 TVs, including seven 10-foot screens, you’ll be able to catch any game you want. Bonus: If you stay after the NCAA basketball games, the kitchen is open till 3 a.m. For a Chicago classic, try the “Francheezie,” a jumbo Vienna hot dog wrapped in bacon and covered in cheese, or the ribs and chicken combo. 5 W. Hubbard.

Sweetwater Tavern and Grille

Located mere steps from Millennium Park and right off Michigan Avenue, the vibrant Sweetwater boasts an immense selection of beer — nearly 100 to be exact — and offers


seasonal cocktails and a modern American food menu that has something for everyone. And did we mention TVs at every possible angle to catch the Final Four and start of baseball season? 225 N. Michigan Ave.


Tunes this week

Stage and music ON STAGE

Southern Gothic

Southern Gothic brings you inside a 1960s birthday party, where a group of old friends gathers for a night of celebration, but slowly unravels the secrets they’ve been holding onto for years. With just 30 audience members per performance, this immersive production welcomes you to wander about the “set” at your own leisure as the juicy drama unfolds. Playing at Windy City Playhouse South. 2229 S. Michigan Ave. 773-893-8985.

Djembe! The Show

DJEMBE! The Show is a theatrical concert where ancient drumming meets some of our favorite songs in an exciting celebration of people and cultures. A Djembe drum on each seat means that the audience plays along with the performers on stage to create an immersive musical and theatrical experience. See DJEMBE! The Show at Apollo Theater Chicago, playing now! 2450 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-9356100.

All-star jazz septet The Cookers revisits its mid60s heyday at the Logan Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, April 5. 7:30 pm. $38. 915 E. 60th, 773-702-2787. Berlin-based keyboardist Nils Frahm moves between spare, melancholic melodies on solo piano and dense rhythms on vintage synthesizers April 5 at Symphony Center at 8 p.m. $40-$85. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays a program of Berlioz, Chopin and Zemlinsky at Symphony Center. Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. and Friday, April 12 at 1:30 p.m. $35-$222. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000.


This acclaimed Broadway hit and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner is based on how layoffs begin to dissolve a trust among friends, creating a collision of class, race and friendship at a critical moment in America. Called “passionate and necessary ... a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us,” Sweat plays the Goodman Theatre through April 14. 170 N. Dearborn. 312-443-3800.

A Chorus Line

The award-winning Porchlight Music Theatre presents the landmark musical A Chorus Line for a limited time in Chicago. Winner of nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, this unforgettable work has electrified audiences around the world and features an incomparable score that includes “What I Did for Love.” Playing at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. 1016 N. Dearborn. 773-777-9884. Get the app keychicago


Year of Chicago Theatre The Year of Chicago Theatre is a year-long, citywide initiative that places a spotlight on Chicago’s vibrant theatre scene — including improv comedy, dance, opera, puppetry and more — at hundreds of cultural venues, theaters and parks throughout the city.






Inspired by the beloved films, Anastasia transports the audience from the dawn of the Russian Empire to the excitement of 1920s Paris, with the story of Anya, a fearless young woman who ventures out on a timeless adventure in search of home, family and, ultimately, love. From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway hit Ragtime, direction by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, book by esteemed playwright Terrance McNall and an impressive score, Anastasia is sure to be a hit for the whole family. Playing at the James M. Nederlander Theatre through April 7. 24 W. Randolph St. Founded in 1985 and winner of the prestigious National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization geared toward exploring the American identity by way of an intimate environment. Currently on stage, check out The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, the story of the disappearance of a flamboyant 14-year-old who has been bullied by his peers. It’s a one-man tour de force for Joe Foust, who portrays more than a dozen characters, including a tough New Jersey detective and a withdrawn teenage girl. Absolute Brightness “shines with humanity,” according to the L.A. Times. Playing through April 27 at Stage 773. 1225 W. Belmont. 773-654-3103. Little Shop of Horrors, the fan favorite around the globe for better than 30 years and winner of numerous best-musical awards, takes over the historic Mercury Theater Chicago through April 29. Watch as a floral assistant stumbles across a new breed of carnivorous plant that promises to grant him fame, fortune and all his desires… for a price. 3745 N. Southport. 773-325-1700.

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