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AMPLIFIED: CHICAGO BLUES The interactive new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum highlights Chicago’s substantial influence on the blues’ movement Amplified: Chicago Blues, an immersive and interactive new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum, showcases just what Chicago meant to the blues’ movement of the 1950s and ’60s, serving as a centerpiece for the phenomenon that caught the attention of musicians and music fans from across the globe. At the foundation of the exhibit is the photography of local record distributor Raeburn Flerlage, whose images captured the streets, homes, studios and clubs of Chicago, as a community of local musicians ultimately

developed, and later refined, the Chicago blues sound that is still beloved today. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to belt out one of the classics in a realistic club setting, write and sing their own songs, design an album cover and even strum a few notes after being guided through some basic chords. Additionally, artist spotlights feature some of the city’s legendary performers, including Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor. The Chicago History Museum is located at 1601 N. Clark. ChicagoHistory.org

To experience the blues firsthand, head to Lincoln Park and hit up Kingston Mines, a longtime Chicago staple that offers two stages of music, plenty of dancing and some tasty Southern-style cooking. Show the ad on page 48 for $3 off your cover. 2548 N. Halsted. KingstonMines.com Get the app keychicago

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FRIDAY The first round of the annual crosstown showdown unfolds this weekend as the Chicago White Sox head north to take on the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Today through Sunday at 1:20 p.m. 1060 W. Addison, 773-404-2827. And get your official gear at the Cubs Team Store at 663 N. Michigan (See ad on page 37 for 10% off and our Wrigleyville feature on page 54). The Lyric Opera of Chicago makes its annual spring foray into the world of Broadway with a tour de force production of the iconic Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Civic Opera House. Tonight at 8 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Friday (5/18) at 8 p.m. $22-$139. 20 N. Wacker, 312-827-5600. See more on Jesus Christ Superstar on page 53. LA-based sister act and festival favorite Haim plays two big nights at the Aragon Ballroom. Tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $42.50. 1106 W. Lawrence, 773-561-9500. Smooth crooners KEM, Anthony Hamilton and Eric Benet headline the R&B Super Jam tonight at Wintrust Arena. 8 p.m. $59-$125. 200 E. Cermak, 312-462-6300.

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12 SATURDAY Opening today, the new exhibition Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 19501980 is a poetic survey of photographers and filmmakers who worked in neighborhoods across the city during this time period. Art Institute of Chicago. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults, $25; kids (14 and under), FREE. 111 S. Michigan, 312-443-3600.

312-350-1131. Check out more on Chicago Detours on page 13. Take mom on a trip down memory lane with throwback bad boy Tom Jones at the House of Blues. Tonight and Sunday at 6:30 p.m. $75-$85. 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000.

Eat and drink your way through the history of Chicago’s legendary Bridgeport neighborhood on the Big Shoulders Historic Bar and Food Bus Tour from Chicago Detours. 2:00-5:30 p.m. $85 (includes beer/wine/ food). Tour begins at The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams, Get the app keychicago

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Vocalist Paul Marinaro steps into the considerable shoes of Ol’ Blue Eyes as he joins the Chicago Jazz Orchestra to recreate the famous 1966 recording Sinatra at the Sands tonight at the Studebaker Theater. 7:30 p.m. $35-$45. 410 S. Michigan, 312-566-9800. Enjoy a tour de force of burlesque, comedy, circus, vaudeville and music during tonight’s Big SEXY Show at The Comedy Bar, inside Gino’s East River North. 11 p.m. $20. 500 N. LaSalle, 312-836-0499.

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W IZ AR D OF OZ Dorothy, Toto and friends follow the yellow brick road down State Street in a new family-friendly stage production of the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz at the Chicago Theatre. Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (5/18) at 7 p.m. $39-$129. 175 N. State, 312-462-6300. Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of live music on the patio during the Mother’s Day Acoustic Lunch at the Hard Rock Café. 12-3 p.m. FREE. 63 W. Ontario, 312-943-2252.

Find a last-minute Mother’s Day gift — or join her for a morning of bargain hunting — among hundreds of vendor tents at the sprawling Wolff’s Flea Market at Allstate Arena. 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults, $2; kids (6-12), $1. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847-524-9590. Can we get a “hallelujah?” Get mom’s big day off to an uplifting start with a delicious Southern buffet and rousing live gospel music at the popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch. 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Adults, $43; kids (6-12), $25. 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000.

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Treat mom to an evening of the silky smooth vocals and piano stylings of the legendary Freddy Cole at the Jazz Showcase. 4 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $25-$40. 806 S. Plymouth, 312-360-0234. Before or after the music, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner just steps away at Chicago Curry House, 899 S. Plymouth, 312-362-9999.

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by Bach and Telemann tonight at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 7:30 p.m. $25-$78. 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777. The Chicago Sinfonietta plays an eclectic program highlighting gospel, classical and punk marching band tonight at Symphony Center. 7:30 p.m. $10-$62. 220 S. Michigan, 312-284-1552.

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15 TUESDAY Learn about the city’s amazing skyline with a relaxing and informative 90-minute Chicago Architecture Foundation River Tour aboard Chicago’s First Lady. Cruises depart hourly from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $47. 111 E. Wacker, 312-922-3432.


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16 WEDNESDAY Don’t miss a chance to witness a true Chicago tradition, as the moveable bridges that span the Chicago River throughout downtown are raised in order to let sailboats make their way to Lake Michigan during the annual spring bridge lifts. The journey from Van Buren north and east to the lake generally flows between 11am2pm on Wednesdays and 9:4511:45am Saturdays. Get an inside look at the history and evolution of one of Chicago’s most popular attractions on the Millennium Park: Beyond the Bean walking tour from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 1:30-3:30 p.m. $20. 224 S. Michigan, 312922-3432. See page 11 for more on the CAF.

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17 THURSDAY Tonight’s Grapevines and Wines event features wine samples from around the world amid the lush plant life of the Chicago Botanic Garden. 6-8 p.m. $35 (21+). 1000 Lake Cook in suburban Glencoe, 847-835-5440. Don your best ’80s, ’90s, early millennium or spacethemed formal attire and grab a date for the Planetary Prom, tonight’s adults-only Adler After Dark event featuring

N E R D CO M E D Y FESTIVAL sky shows, hands-on demonstrations and live music and dancing at the Adler Planetarium. 6:3010:30 p.m. $25. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312-922-7827. Get ready to geek out and laugh out loud at the same time, as the sixth annual Nerd Comedy Festival gets underway with dozens of eclectic performances at Stage 773. Hourly performances tonight from 7-11 p.m. and Friday from 7 p.m.-midnight. $15 per show. 1225 W. Belmont, 312-327-5252.

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Kick off Illinois Craft Beer Week with more than 100 samples from terrific local

breweries in a one-of-akind setting at the Beer Under Glass event tonight at the Garfield Park Conservatory. 6-9 p.m. $60. 300 N. Central Park, 312-746-5100. Get ready for an evening of radio-friendly rock and soul with full sets from Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train at the United Center. 7 p.m. $49.50-$99.50. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500. Ballet Nacional de Cuba returns to Chicago for the first time in 15 years with company director Alicia Alonso’s Don Quixote tonight at the Auditorium Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $41$120. 50 E. Congress, 312341-2310. For info on taking a tour of the Auditorium Theatre, check out page 12. Swing into the weekend with a double bill of great jazz, featuring drummer Antonio Sanchez leading his Migration band and trumpeter Terence Blanchard fronting his E-Collective, tonight at Symphony Center. 8 p.m. $28-$89. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000. Get the app keychicago

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Unique Excursions unique communities — Pilsen, Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown and Bronzeville — and the art, architecture and history that make them special. Must See Chicago is a fastpaced 90-minute tour that inroduces the city and several of its most iconic buildings. Architecture.org

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The Chicago Architecture Foundation is one of the largest cultural organizations in the city, offering 85 different tours as well as exhibitions, programs and events. The Discover Chicago’s Historic Neighborhoods tour is a favorite, as they partner with Big Bus Chicago daily at 10:30 a.m. to explore five different

A new experience from Chicago Detours is the Factories to Calories Fulton Market Food Tour, where you can discover the history and learn about the incredible transformation of this previously industrial area full of meatpacking factories into one of the more trendy neighborhoods in Chicago. Plenty of architecture and delicious gourmet food stops along the way too. Tours are Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. ChicagoDetours.com

ON THE WATER Shoreline Sightseeing spent $5 million on a revamp of its fleet in preparation for this, its 79th season on Chicago’s waters. And with the city’s largest fleet, including 11 touring vessels and six water taxis, Shoreline offers an award-winning architecture river tour with stunning views of more than 40 landmarks and skyscrapers, as well as a classic lakefront tour. Tours depart multiple times each day from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier. ShorelineSightseeing.com

Walking into the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress), designed by Adler and Sullivan, and seeing those magnificent arches is always a treat. The theatre’s design communicates, “This is going to be a special night,” even before the curtain rises. You know a building is significant when neighboring buildings appear to bow to it in deference. Inland Steel (30 W. Monroe), designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is an architectural giant disguised as a modest, sophisticated office building. Burnham and Root’s Monadnock Building (53 W. Jackson) is a masterpiece that often gets overlooked. In a period when applied ornamentation was all the rage, they opted for understated elegance. The building’s gentle curves required more than 100 different shapes of pressed bricks to achieve. Now that’s artistry.

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Theatre tours Go behind the scenes of the Auditorium Theatre, a National Historic Landmark that was called “the greatest room for music and opera in the world” by Frank Lloyd Wright. Soak in the radiant 24-karat gold-leafed ceiling arches, ornate designs, hundreds of beautifully restored intricate stencil patterns and the seemingly endless wall and floor mosaics and murals. Tours are Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $12. 50 E. Congress. AuditoriumTheatre.org There isn’t a more iconic theatre in the city than the Chicago Theatre on State Street in the heart of the Loop, and the marquee tours ($15) run daily at noon to explore this majestic venue that dates back to 1921 and was designed by C.W. Rapp and George L. Rapp. Expect architectural and historical highlights of the building — and even stand on the famous stage and see the dressing room wall signatures of Frank Sinatra, Dolly Parton and more. 175 N. State. MSG.com

INSTAGRAM-WORTHY SPOTS Stop to smell the flowers. And then snap a quick shot of the colorful tulips in the middle of Michigan Avenue or throughout Millennium Park. The Nature Boardwalk (left) is part of the Lincoln Park Zoo and provides a great opportunity for a leisurely springtime stroll. Below the historic Water Tower on Michigan Avenue is a lovely tree-covered sidewalk and small park perfect for people watching and picture taking.

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Absolutely Segway

Take in an assortment of splendid views of architecture, fountains, remarkable museums, art, statues and parks on the informative, fun and exciting Chicago Architecture Tour from Absolutely Segway. The captivating stories of the architects, buildings and history that make the city’s skyline so famous only add to the experience. 312-5525100. ChicagoSegways.com

Chicago Crime Tours

The history of Chicago’s crime underworld is a vast one, and there’s no better way to learn about some of the city’s most famous criminals, mobsters and gangsters than jumping aboard a luxury, climate-controlled bus. Explore a host of historic crime scenes and get insights on the famous names like Capone, Dillinger, The Untouchables and many more. 312-888-6224. ChicagoCrimeTours.com

Chicago Detours

Step inside stunning hotel lobbies, Chicago’s underground pedway system, and a few bars on these fun and educational walking/bus tours that incorporate a blend of history, culture, architecture, food and even the 1893 World’s Fair. The Historic Chicago Pub Crawl makes for a particularly fun night out. Chicago Detours boasts five-star ratings on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. 312-350-1131. ChicagoDetours.com

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Suburban treasures 1 Just nine miles west of downtown Chicago is Oak Park, site of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. The architect’s home was used to experiment with design concepts that informed his architectural philosophy, while the adjacent studio witnessed the birth of Prairie-style architecture. The Home & Studio is in the Wright Historic District, home to 25 Wright-designed private homes that illustrate his evolution. Guided or self-guided walking tours of the district are available through the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. FLWright.org

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2 Also in Oak Park is the recently restored Ernest Hemingway Birthplace, a beautifully preserved Victorian home where the awardwinning writer spent his early childhood. HemingwayBirthplace.com

The Bahá’í House of Worship is a gorgeous domed temple, gardens and fountains in north suburban Wilmette, and the oldest surviving Bahá’í House of Worship in the world. Bahai.US

LAKEFRONT TRAIL Undeniably one of Chicago’s most beautiful assets is its lakefront trail, an impressive 18-mile-long paved path that extends from Ardmore Street (5800 N. Sheridan Road) on the north side to 71st Street (7100 S. South Shore Drive) on the south side, hitting everything from Oak Street Beach to Museum Campus to Hyde Park, home of the University of Chicago and the Obamas.

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Down by the river The Chicago Riverwalk expansion was completed in 2016, and the 1.25 mile pathway has been a constant source of bustling activity ever since, offering a variety of activities and venues at which to eat, drink and immerse yourself in the ultimate city experience. City Winery’s (11 W. Riverwalk) main location and live music venue is located in the West Loop, but the menu at the Riverwalk location provides all the best items from the original, as well as its locally made wine served through a unique tapping system. CityWinery.com/Chicago Lincoln Square’s Tiny Lounge brings its signature craft cocktail concept to the Riverwalk in the form of Tiny Tapp, (55 W. Riverwalk) as well as Tiny Café, featuring locally roasted coffee, freshbaked pastries and ice cream. TinyTapp. com. Specializing in a summer grilled menu, O’Brien’s Café (45 E. Riverwalk) has a tasty half-pound black Angus burger complemented with lighter salads and wraps. OBriensRestaurant. com. Other venues to check out include the new Northman (233 E. Riverwalk) cider and beer garden, and Frost Gelato (27 W. Riverwalk) for a cool treat.

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Beginning at river level and spiraling five stories up, the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum provides a unique opportunity to explore a historic landmark bridgehouse, learn the story of the Chicago River and experience a stellar 360-degree view of the city. 99 E. Riverwalk. BridgehouseMuseum.org

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Offering morning, afternoon and evening Segway tours along the lakefront and Museum Campus, as well as a number of themed tours (architecture, haunted Chicago, North neighborhoods, Riverwalk, fireworks) and even customized options for those wishing to design their own excursion, Steve’s Segway Tours covers it all — and has a lot of fun along the way. 155 N. Harbor Dr. StevesSegwayTours.com

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Located on the eastern end of the Riverwalk is Island Party Hut, a kind of tropical oasis that serves food, drink, outdoor games and live music, as well as a floating tiki bar. 355 E. Riverwalk. IslandPartyHut.com


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Fun fact: Most people don’t know the city of Chicago actually reversed the flow of the river toward St. Louis in 1900 in order to keep from contaminating the drinking water supply we get from Lake Michigan. It took 11 years to create the mechanics and dig the canal. It was the third-largest engineering feat in the history of the U.S. behind only the building of the Hoover Dam and Brooklyn Bridge. Insider’s tip: For a real treat, inquire at the McCormick Bridgehouse Museum about the Wednesday and Saturday bridge openings that allow sailboats and other tall ships to pass between the river and the lake. It’s really cool to be inside the museum when the bridges go up. — Dan O’Connell is the founder of Chicago’s Finest Tours. ChicagosFinestTours.com

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Art for the ages You can honestly lose an entire day at the Art Institute of Chicago. Multiple days, really, if you have the time. The museum is just that vast and impressive. We overheard several times about how it was at the very top of a woman’s bucket list, and after one glimpse of her face as we strolled through the Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh exhibits, we understood. New this spring, step back in time and immerse yourself in the spiritual, domestic, and chivalric worlds of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in the The Deering Family Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms and Armor exhibit. Examine nearly 700 objects from the museum’s impressive collection of art from 1200-1600 including jewelry, altar pieces and more armor and weapons than a Game of Thrones episode. Insider’s note: General admission is free to Illinois residents every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. throughout the year. 111 S. Michigan. ArtIC.edu

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AMAZON ADVENTURE

Experience the breathtaking beauty and rare wildlife of the Amazon rainforest courtesy of the Amazon Adventure presentation in the Giant Dome Theater at the Museum of Science and Industry. The show follows the 11-year expedition of naturalist Henry Bates as he explored this fascinating world of the unknown in South America. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. MSIChicago.org


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Jane Addams Hull House

The museum is known as Hull House, a settlement created by Jane Addams in the 1880s to provide different forms of support for immigrant communities such as daycare and English and citizenship classes. Today, the museum focuses on its original values of community engagement and social justice. It offers artifacts from the late 1800s and early 1900s and exhibits such as Re-defining Democracy, which recounts never-beforetold stories of Chicago immigrants. 800 S. Halsted. HullHouseMuseum.org

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Columbia College’s museum, known most for its photography exhibits, works with local and international artists while engaging with both its students and local communities. It strives to showcase emerging artists, offering a variety of photography that focuses on everything from portraits to architecture and cultural phenomenon. 600 S. Michigan. MOCP.org

The Play it Safe exhibit at the always active Chicago Children’s Museum allows the kiddos to step into the boots of a firefighter, put on authentic equipment, slide down the pole, hop behind the wheel of the firetruck and then spray the flames until they’re out. Safety first: Kids can even practice an escape route from the smoky “Get Low and Go” bedroom. Located on Navy Pier. ChicagoChildrensMuseum.org

Singin’ the blues

If you’re a fan of music and history — or better yet, music history — check out the new Amplified: Chicago Blues, an immersive and interactive exhibit at the Chicago History Museum that focuses on Chicago’s influence on the blues’ movement in the 1950s and ’60s. From a vivid photo display to artist spotlights to singing your own blues classic in a realistic club, it’s all here. 1601 N. Clark. ChicagoHistory.org

This month, the Field Museum is making some noise with its unveiling of a cast of the largest dinosaur ever discovered — the 122-foot-long titanosaur, which will take up one-third of the Field’s main Stanley Field Hall. It’s so large (scientists believe it weighed as much as 10 African elephants) that its head will peek over the 28-foot balcony into the second floor, and it will be joined in the room by life-sized replicas of giant flying reptiles. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. FieldMuseum.org Get the app keychicago

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Beyond the Sea 2 There are always plenty of fun activities at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park, but if you or your children are in need of a break from the action, stop by the Hands-on Habitat play space each day at 11 a.m. for a quiet Nature Story Time. 2430 N. Cannon Dr. NatureMuseum.org

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1 Chicago is blessed with a lot of ways to entertain the young ones, and the Shedd Aquarium would be at or near the top of that list because of its variety of up-close encounters with 32,000 aquatic animals. Don’t leave without experiencing the aquatic show in the Abbott Oceanarium and checking out the frolicking penguins downstairs. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. SheddAquarium.org

NAVY PIER A year-round centerpiece for enjoying the Chicago, Navy Pier represents 50 acres of unparalleled attractions, restaurants and family-friendly opportunities to make your visit to the Windy City complete. For a wacky experience that will get the little ones giggling, check out the Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze and then slow things down with a relaxing stroll through the beautiful Crystal Gardens. 600 E. Grand. NavyPier.org

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At the Chicago History Museum in Old Town, the Sensing Chicago exhibit forces visitors to use all five senses to uncover Chicago’s rich history. Kids can hear the Great Chicago Fire, catch a pop fly at Comiskey Park, jump into a Chicago-style hot, hop aboard a high-wheel bicycle and even — if you dare — take in the smells of the old Union Stock Yard. 1601 N. Clark. ChicagoHistory.org


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Bobby’s Tike Hike

With all the activities Chicago has to offer, the Windy City can often feel like a giant playground for children. From kidfocused exhibits at our world-famous museums to boat rides, visits to the tops of skyscrapers, sprawling parks in which to roam, eye-catching shopping opportunities and a bevy of fun places to eat, Chicago knows how to entertain a family. If you need help along the way, don’t forget to download our app KEYCHICAGO.for plenty of information on how best to enjoy the city.

Ice cream in the middle of it all

If you’re busy exploring Millennium Park and the playground at Maggie Daley Park and feel like stopping for a cool treat, snag some ice cream at the Park Cafe just below “the Bean.”

Bobby’s Bike Hike happens to be the longest running city bike tour company in the country, and one of their versatile tours caters perfectly to your energetic little ones. The Tike Hike is an easy-riding, four-mile tour that lasts approximately two hours and explores a secret garden, beach, statues and even a petting zoo. Perfect for all levels of biker. BobbysBikeHike.com

Lions and tigers and bears

For young families, Lincoln Park Zoo is a treasure. And May means it’s warm enough for the vast collection of animals to be spending most of their time outside again. And did we mention it’s free? Open 365 days a year, minutes from downtown, nestled amidst a beautiful park. And it costs absolutely nothing to walk through the gates. Win win. 2001 N. Clark. LPZoo.org

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Architectural wonders 1 The immensely popular Cloud Gate, more commonly referred as “the Bean,” is the work of British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who used 110 tons of polished stainless steel plates to reflect the Windy City’s iconic skyline and clouds above. With a 12-foot arch, the Bean beckons visitors to step inside the concave chamber to see distorted reflections of themselves and snap a few photos.

2 The interactive Crown Fountain near Michigan Avenue is constructed of a pair of 50-foot glass block towers at each end of a reflecting pool. What makes the fountain so unique is that the towers project video images of Chicago citizens, with water flowing through an outlet in the screen to give the illusion of the subjects’ mouths spouting water.

3 The Jay Pritzker Pavilion, arguably the most sophisticated outdoor concert venue of its kind in the country, plays home to a variety of concerts and events throughout the year. The modern amphitheatre holds 11,000 people, but the Great Lawn is as relaxing a setting as you’ll find to take in the sounds. JayPritzkerPavilion.com

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Maggie Daley Park

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Opened in late 2014, Maggie Daley Park, connected to the popular Millennium Park via the BP Bridge, is one of Chicago’s newest and most impressive green spaces. It became an instant hit among locals and tourists alike with its Skating Ribbon and threeacre Play Garden, not to mention the impressive rock climbing and bouldering walls and 18-hole miniature golf course. The Play Garden was designed in the sprit of Charlie

and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland to capture the imagination of children with custom-designed play structures, sculptures and landscape. Kids of all ages will enjoy the opportunity to explore the Enchanted Forest and Slide Crater. The Skating Ribbon is a winding path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink, perfect for walking or riding scooters in warmer weather.

In the middle of the Skating Ribbon are two stunning rock-climbing structures, custom designed with a total surface area of 19,000 square feet, providing a unique outdoor recreational experience for all skill levels (and under park staff supervision).

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Iris Intertional Jewelry Co. Featuring breathtaking adornments from around the globe, Iris is the messenger that brings treasures together — and your home for luxury handmade jewelry created by a host of talented international designers. Located on the fifth floor of Water Tower Place. 835 N. Michigan. IrisTrends.com

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Known the world over for its vast shopping opportunities, the Magnificent Mile is the upscale stretch of Michigan Avenue running from the Chicago River to Oak Street. Various mid-range and highend shops line the street, which is home to more than three million square feet of retailers, hotels, restaurants and museums. Here are some of the highlights: It would be difficult to talk about the Magnificent Mile and not start the discussion, or at least center it around, Water Tower Place. Inside you will find a high-energy shopping experience — and one of the best collections of stores anywhere in the world. Featuring Macy’s and American Girl Place, the seven-level Water Tower Place offers more than 100 stores including Bath & Body Works, Adidas, Forever 21, The Lego Store, Sephora, Sunglass Hut, Abercrombie & Fitch and Coach, plus fun dining experiences like Mity Nice Grill, Wow Bao and Harry Caray’s. The building is also home to the Broadway Playhouse, an intimate theater that regularly plays host to Broadway in Chicago stage productions. 835 N. Michigan Ave. ShopWaterTower.com

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The Shops at North Bridge is not just a shopping district — it also boasts food, entertainment and events to supplement the experience. Not to mention the fact it has expanded to now encompass a six-block area. Dining options run the gamut from Mexican to sushi and pizza. Some of the more notable stores include Chicago Sports & Novelty, Forever 21, Nordstrom, Swarovski, Hugo Boss, Sunglass Hut, Papyrus, Monica + Andy, and Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Looking to both shop and eat? Don’t forget that the 63,000 square-foot Eataly complex is attached and full of options. 520 N. Michigan. TheShopsAtNorthBridge.com Perched at the north end of the Magnificent Mile, the 900 Shops offer a unique experience of luxury shopping mixed with local boutiques and an array of food choices. At 871 feet, it’s the eighth tallest building in Chicago, and Bloomingdale’s occupies the rear of its wide atrium. Besides Bloomingdale’s, the seven levels include an Equinox gym, Mario Tricoci Day Spa, Gucci, Michael Kors, J. Crew, MaxMara, UNTUCKit, Kate Spade and lululemon. Satisfy your appetite on the top floor with restaurants like Allium and the Oak Tree Restaurant and Bakery. 900 N. Michigan. Shop900.com

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Space519 just opened their new location — a beautiful storefront on Chestnut. The owners, Jim and Lance, have impeccable taste, so not only is all of the merchandise perfectly curated, but everything down to the tables and light fixtures are on point. 200 E. Chestnut. Space519.com

signage and sneakers and athleisurewear for the causal, cool girl and guy. It’s not a huge selection, but the merchandise they carry is everything I want to wear on a regular basis. So I’m pretty excited about this one. 912 W. Armitage. PogoBoutique.com

The big item this summer I think will be belt bags/fanny packs. They’re a festival staple but have also made their rounds on the runways for SS18, so I think we’ll be seeing them at places other than Lollapalooza. Also, wearing them almost like a cross-body bag as well as around the waist — it’s always nice to have options! I know it’s a delivery app as Logos are making a comeback well as a physical store, but this year. Whether it’s a sweatshirt I didn’t realize how much with GUCCI plastered across the I would want everything front or head-to-toe Fendi Fs, inside. It’s like the most wellpeople aren’t afraid to show the curated little grocery store. brands they’re wearing. Some of I picked up some granola, a these looks are super nostalgic, so slice of Bang Bang pie and it’s more meaningful than just being one of my favorite candles like: HEY, LOOK AT MY PRADA. (Kush by Boy Smells), and I POGO just opened in my For high-end versions of can’t think of another place neighborhood (Lincoln these, Ikram (15 E. Huron) and where I could get all of Park), and I am thrilled to Blake (212 W. Chicago) are the those things! 1019 W. Lake, have something so cool go-to options. You can find the 114 W. Chicago, 1722 W. nearby. It’s completely white most incredible pieces at either Division, 900 W. Armitage. with Instagram-worthy store. I’ve actually been on the FoxtrotCo.com hunt for a vintage Prada belt bag, so I’ve been searching places like Jena Gambaccini focuses eDrop-Off (2117 N. Halsted) and all things style with Luxury Garage Sale (900 N. Chicago’s original fashion Michigan, 1658 N. Wells, 1165 N. blog, ChiCityFashion.com, Clark). Other great stores to check and served as the creative out: Felt (2317 N. Milwaukee), Giuliana Rancic’s space519 (200 E. Chestnut) andAd-02.qxp_Layout director Quarter Pg. Designer Resale 1 8/1/16for7:36 AM Page 1 Rider (1115 W. Lake). HSN clothing line.

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The MOAB SafeHouse is a unique, familyfriendly, spy-themed bar and restaurant in River North that will satisfy your cravings for locally-sourced comfort food and crafty cocktails. Their awardwinning burger, the MOAB (Mother Of All Burgers), is a classic to be sure. USDA hand-pattied beef topped with American cheese, bacon and an over-easy egg, topped with their secret sauce and all coming to rest between a brioche bun. Juicy, cooked to perfection and a pleasing blend of flavors throughout. 60 E. Ontario. 312-313-1007. SafeHouseChicago.com

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Eleven City Diner

This old-school diner and delicatessen is a casual place to bring the family and enjoy a menu of classic sandwiches, melts, burgers and breakfast options in, as they put it, “a hybrid of sincere respect for what family dining rooms used to be.” We typically tend toward one of their famously stacked deli sandwiches, served with cole law, pickle and fries. Plenty of choices like corned beef, turkey, smoked brisket, salami, etc. Come hungry. And don’t forget a frosty shake to wash it down. 1112 S. Wabash. 312-212-1112. ElevenCityDiner.com

India House

Conveniently located in the heart of River North, this elegantly casual spot is ideal for lunch, whether to talk business or rest your feet after shopping on the Mag Mile. Their lunch buffet is a generous spread of specialty items from the old country. Start with soups, salads and fried samosas before delving into a string of vegetable and potato stews (try the fried cauliflower), rice dishes, chicken tikka masala and several delectable, complex curry concoctions (like lamb and some excellent tilapia). 59 W. Grand. 312-645-9500. IndiaHouseChicago.com

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The avocado mousse at Proxi: The subtle flavor and fun mix of textures was the perfect end one of the best meals I’ve had all year. 565 W. Randolph. ProxiChicago.com Maine lobster dumplings at S.K.Y.: I’m not sure how they did it, but they seemed to stuff an entire lobster into that delicate little dumpling. 1239 W. 18th St. SkyRestaurantChicago.com Toro tataru at Katana: It doesn’t get more decadent than combining toro and tuna tartare, quail egg, caviar and uni. It’s as rich and delicious as you imagine. If I wasn’t in such a swanky, public place, I would have licked the bowl. 339 N. Dearborn Honey butter jalapéno cornbread at Lowcountry: It’s a little sticky and sweet with just a hint of spice. You know it’s something special when there was shrimp, crawfish and crab on the table, and we finished the cornbread first! 3343 N. Clark and 1132 S. Wabash. LowcountryChicago.com

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GINO’S EAST

Gino’s Deep AF pizza Gino’s East already has a stellar 50-year history and national reputation for iconic deep-dish pizza, so why mess with a good thing, right? But what if you make something better? More indulgent? Well, they’ve done just that with their “Deep AF” option, a play on popular social media lingo. In essence, it’s an upgrade to Gino’s original medium deep-dish pizza, adding a mindboggling 75 percent more cheese, 33 percent more dough and double the toppings — all for just $4 more than the normal medium pie. “It’s really a crazy experience when we’re serving this pizza to a table of people, just to see their reactions,” Gino’s Maggie Keeler says. “People can’t wait to take photos.” Can’t exactly blame them. And at the River North location (500 N. LaSalle), don’t forget to check out the brewery and third-floor Comedy Bar with shows six nights a week. Gino’s East has four Chicago locations at 500 N. LaSalle, 162 E. Superior, 521 S. Dearborn and 2801 N. Lincoln. GinosEast.com

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From standard donuts to specialty creations (Captain Crunch bismarck, lemon pistachio old fashioned) to “Dough Boy’s Best” options like peanut butter banana pockets, maple caramel bacon pecan bars and a cherry cheese danish, you’re sure to delight your sweet tooth at one of Stan’s Donuts’ eight Chicago locations. StansDonutsChicago.com The decadent chocolate cake at the West Loop Italian restaurant Formento’s has had people talking for years. Not sure what spoils you more, the rich dark chocolate mousse or the hazelnut prailine. Food coma, here we come. 925 W. Randolph. Formentos.com


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The menu isn’t an elaborate one at Lowcountry, but that doesn’t mean your decisions are simple. For our Southern seafood boil, we left the components and portions up to our server, and she did not disappoint with a whole lobster, king crab legs, shrimp, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage and red potatoes all arriving in a steaming bag that is cut open for you at the table. As for sauces, we were drawn to the “everything blend,” consisting of Cajun spice, lemon pepper and garlic. Talk about a sensory overload. All ingredients are boiled to perfection separately, then mixed together in the saucefilled bag that both seals in the flavors and retains heat. What you arrive at is a wonderful concoction that is seasoned evenly — and perfectly.

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Accurately dubbed as a modern take on the traditional steakhouse, RPM Steak features a contemporary, chef-driven menu and a wonderfully diverse selection of more than a dozen cuts of beef ranging from prime dry-aged ribeyes and center-cut filet mignon to Japanese-style wagyu options. The rare wagyu beef is celebrated for its heavy marbling, richness and melt-in-your-mouth, buttery flavor. 66 W. Kinzie. 312-284-4990. RPMrestaurants.com

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Club Lucky

With an aesthetic mixing industrial and modernist styles, the new Publican Anker is a creative take on the classic gastropub. Inventive American cuisine, mostly meat- and fishfocused, is priced in the $10 range. With a good selection of local craft beers, this makes for a great date spot. But make sure to reserve a spot — by 6 p.m., it’s packed! 1576 N. Milwaukee. 773-904-1121. PublicanAnker.com Furious Spoon serves delicious ramen in casual and fun environment. Tall wooden benches line the wall, and the latest hip hop bounces through the speakers. It’s bright, colorful and affordable. The rice bowls are a great option if you aren’t in the mood for ramen. 1571 N. Milwaukee. FuriousRamen.com

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If you’re in the mood for oldschool Italian and arguably the best dirty martini in the city, this is definitely the place. This hidden gem supper club, tucked away in the Bucktown neighborhood, looks like it’s straight out of the ’50s. The menu has all the classics, the portions are huge and the drinks are strong. 1824 W. Wabansia. 773-2272300. ClubLuckyChicago.com.

Labriola

You can probably make a meal out of the fresh-baked bread, but then you’d be missing out on the salads, soups, sandwiches, pastas, Neopolitan pizza, great brunch fare and other upscale Italian specialties that make this one of the most diverse and satisfying options on the Mag Mile. Enjoy the casual café or the more intimate restaurant. 535 N. Michigan. 312-955-3100. LaBriolaCafe.com

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. Chicken and lamb dishes are roasted in a clay oven and tremendously tender. Take advantage of the all-you-can eat lunch buffet Tuesday-Sunday for just $12.95. 1301 S. Michigan. 312-9220601. NepalHouseOnline.com

STK

Chicago is no stranger to quality steakhouses, but STK, an international chain, takes things a step further, promising a “vibe-driven dining experience” by artfully blending a chic lounge and modern steakhouse into one dynamic space. Settle in for a bone-in filet or dry-aged 34-ounce tomahawk with parmesan truffle fries. 9 W. Kinzie. 312340-5636. STKHouse.com


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Tradition with a modern twist Walking into Sepia, the restaurant features a warm, rustic feel, complimenting old Chicago with photos and memorabilia. Attention to detail is everywhere: chandelier lighting, wood tables, pristine ingredients, etc. It’s always exciting to see chef Andrew Zimmerman’s seasonal menu here (tea-smoked duck breast or fjord trout in a Thai green curry, anyone?), and there are always a few pleasant surprises on an impressive wine list. 123 N. Jefferson. 312-441-1920. SepiaChicago.com

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Farmhouse

This River North restaurant’s main ingredients hail from their very own Brown Dog Farms in Wisconsin, and a rooftop garden assures a fresh supply of organic vegetables. Their menu is always rotating, but the top picks at the moment are a braised lamb shank with creamy grits or pan-roasted Atlantic cod with risotto. 228 W. Chicago. 312-280-4960. FarmhouseChicago.com

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You’ll forget about the fact that Chicago is a steak and pizza town when you take your pick from the dozens of daily seafood choices that are fresh from the water, inventively prepared and served amid a romantic, jazzy atmosphere. It’s also a short walk from the theater district, making it perfect for that pre-show meal. 35 W. Wacker. 312-346-3500. Catch 35.com

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Club Lago

With the look of a supper club your grandparents would’ve enjoyed, Club Lago may be River West’s best-kept secret. With a welcoming bar filled with locals, vinyl-checked tablecloths and heaping plates of pasta, it is one of the downtown area’s last remaining family-owned restaurants. 331 W. Superior. 312-951-2849. ClubLago.com

Texas de Brazil

From the 50-item seasonal salad area to the endless parade of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage cooked over an open flame, then skewered and served tableside, this is a meal for those looking to go big — the festive churrasco way. Don’t forget the signature Brazilian cocktail, the caipirinha. 210 E. Upper Illinois. 312-595-0913. TexasDeBrazil.com


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The rise of the Boka Group The magic started with Boka (1729 N. Halsted), which has received a coveted Michelin Star every since 2011 — a feat that is difficult to comprehend even with Lee Wolen’s famed seasonal American cuisine. 1729 N. Halsted.

Chances are, if you ask any young chef in the city of Chicago to pick a kitchen to work in, and a group of people to learn from, the answer would be one of the establishments owned by the Boka Restaurant Group. Founded in 2002 by Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, it quickly shot to stardom in the food world — and consistently has remained on the rise — as one of the nation’s foremost chefdriven restaurant groups. Solidified by its partnerships with six notable chefs, starting with TV’s Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, along with Jimmy Papadopoulos, Giuseppe Tentori, Lee Wolen, Chris Pandel and Mark Hellyar, the Boka Group now owns 19 venues, each one conceptually distinctive, ranging from steakhouses and highend sushi and farm-to-table creations. Boehm, Katz and their partners aren’t done either, with plans to expand to Wrigleyville this summer and likely stretching to Los Angeles in the next few years. The company now staffs better than 2,000 people and has reportedly seen its profits climb from $19 million in 2010 to close to $105 million this year, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. For more information on the Boka Group and its restaurants, visit BokaGRP.com

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The personable Stephanie Izard and her Girl & The Goat (809 W. Randolph) immediately drew “Restaurant of the Year” praise upon opening its doors in 2010 and remains one of the toughest reservations anywhere, with bookings often filled up to six weeks in advance. Locally sourced ingredients and a seasonally rotating menu consisting of shareable vegetable, meat and fish dishes are key to Trip Advisor naming it the No. 4 restaurant in the world. Insider’s tip: The restaurant allows walk-ins if you don’t mind eating at the bar which, given the reputation of the place and its wait for a reservation, you definitely shouldn’t. And try the wood oven-roasted pig face. No, seriously.


GT Fish & Oyster

Named “Best New Restaurant of the Year” by the Chicago Tribune in 2011, the seafood-focused GT Fish & Oyster (531 N. Wells) has a menu consisting of half modern and half traditional dishes and an interior described as “part James Bond’s yacht, part New England cottage.” Insider’s tip: The cozy four-seat oyster bar is a seriously fun place to enjoy a meal.

Little Goat and Duck Duck Goat

Stephanie Izard also operates the casual Little Goat Diner (820 W. Randolph) and bakery across the street, which boasts a fantastic rooftop that is ideal for a weekend brunch in the sun, and the newer Duck Duck Goat (857 W. Fulton Market), which specializes in her version of “reasonably authentic Chinese food.”

Momotaro

Momotaro (820 W. Lake), an incredibly elegant, multidimensional Japanese restaurant, made plenty of noise out of the gate, earning the “Restaurant of the Year” title by Esquire. Plenty of attention to detail, and some of the best sushi in the city. Insider’s take: It doubles as entertainment, as the space and dishes are works of art. A must-order suggestion is the big shell with sashimi options.

NEXT BIG THING Swift & Sons The red-hot Swift & Sons (1000 W. Fulton Market), which looks to “evolve the American steakhouse for the modern diner,” is located in Google’s new West Loop headquarters. In the heart of the resurgent Fulton Market District, Swift & Sons looks primed to become the next big dining destination in Chicago — if it’s not there already, boasting an oyster bar, upper- and lower-level taverns, an elevated maining dining area, two private dining rooms and even — are you ready for this — an onsite concierge to answer any requests. .

Other venues Other Boka Group establishments include: • Balena (1633 N. Halsted) • Bellemore (564 W. Randolph) • Devereaux (1112 N. State, 18th floor) • Elaine’s Coffee Call (1816 N. Clark) • The J. Parker (1816 N. Clark) • GT Prime (707 N. Wells) • Somerset (1112 N. State) For more information on the Boka Group and its restaurants, visit BokaGRP.com Get the app keychicago

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The creators of AceBounce have a new dart bar opening early this month called Flight Club, located near the Chicago River. This will be the third installment, with the other two bars found across the pond in England. No plastic tips here; we’re talking real darts. But electronic scoring, tutorials to help with different games and a funfilled vibe will eliminate the intimidation factor in case you’re not an expert with your aim. 111 W. Wacker. FlightClubDarts.com

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Actress and co-founder Susan Sarandon brought Spin, her ping pong social club, to Chicago in 2016. The idea originated after legendary ping pong parties took over a New York loft back in 2007, but has since expanded nationwide and includes a vibrant atmosphere and some tasty small plates and flatbreads that are perfectly shareable for groups. 344 N. State. Chicago.WeAreSpin.com

ACEBOUNCE All the rage right now, especially in Chicago, are bars that provide various forms of entertainment, where you can have a cocktail or craft beer in one hand, and a dart, paddle, bowling ball or pool cue in the other — and maybe a little competitive fire mixed in between. What follows is a look at some of the city’s popular establishments offering games that will make you feel a bit nostalgic.

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AceBounce, a concept launched in London in 2012, is an immense ping pong playground with award-winning chefs and mixologists, creating an unprecedented party experience. Partying around a ping pong table is a completely new way of going out with friends, especially when set against the venue’s stunning design and high-end finishes. Games gurus

SHUFFLEBOARD SURGE Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, the viral phenomenon from Brooklyn, opened its second location this spring in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Focusing on the generation that doesn’t mix black socks with sandals, this is not what you’ve come to expect from the game usually reserved for the decks of cruise ships or retirement communities. Instead, it’s a hip space with loads of shuffleboard courts, a rooftop deck, Caribbean theme with cabanas and tropical cocktails, and food trucks conveniently parked outside. 1750 N. Milwaukee. RoyalPalmsChicago.com

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WHIRLYBALL

Bowling and bumper lacrosse

10Pin Bowling Lounge combines America’s favorite participation sport with a hip, upscale environment. The 20,000-square-foot space, across from the House of Blues in Marina City, is furnished with plush sofas and lane-side tables. A total of 24 lanes are topped by eight HD video screens with nightclub-quality sound. All food, like specialty pizzas and Southern fried chicken, is served in small plate portions to encourage sharing. Wash it down with a signature martini from one of the two lounges. 330 N. State. 10pinchicago.com Located just a few blocks from both Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue, Lucky Strike is another stylishly retro bowling lounge featuring handcrafted cocktails, gastropub food, DJs and some luxurious décor. On Tuesdays from 9 p.m.-close, it’s just $20 for all-you-can-bowl, and if you order food on weekdays between noon-2 p.m., bowling is on the house during that time. 322 E Illinois. BowlLuckyStrike.com Chalk this up as a combination of activities you don’t see every day: Whirlyball is basically lacrosse meets bumper cars in a spectacular new 50,000 square-foot complex in the Bucktown neighborhood that also offers bowling, laser tag and an assortment of food and drink. 1825 W. Webster. Whirlyball.com

ALL IN ONE AT THE GAME ROOM Many Chicagoans are familiar with Cindy’s (and deservedly so), the popular rooftop establishment at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, but the lesser-known gem at the hotel is what they call the Game Room. Located on the second floor, the Game Room boasts pool tables, shuffle board, foosball, chess, bocce ball, a full bar with exciting variations of classic cocktails, and comfortable, luxurious seating options. After the competitive fire dies out, enjoy a nightcap at Cindy’s while overlooking Millennium Park. 12 S. Michigan Ave., second floor. ChicagoAthleticHotel.com Get the app keychicago

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As part of Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series, columbinus is a highly anticipated docudrama that examines both the personal and cultural pathologies that led to the tragedy at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. It also delves into the social pressures,

alienation and resentment that occur in American high schools every day, as this epidemic of violence continues. Columbinus plays through May 26 in Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theatre. 1650 N. Halsted. 312-335-1650. Steppenwolf.org

THE DELANY SISTERS The Goodman Theatre is reviving Emily Man’s Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Based on the New York Times best-selling memoir, the production tracks the memorable lives of two centenarians, sisters Bessie and Sadie, through an earnest reflection of the history of their family, as well as the conquests over various prejudices during times of social discontent. Called a “warming theatrical event” that celebrates the lives of “two strong, vibrant women dispensing joy and wisdom” by critics, Having Our Say, which ran for 317 performances on Broadway, plays the Goodman’s Albert Theatre through June 10. 170 N. Dearborn. 312-443-3800. www.GoodmanTheatre.org

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Conductor Emmanuel Krivine leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of Brahms, Schumann and Saint-Saens at Symphony Center. May 11-12 at 8 p.m. and May 15 at 7:30 p.m. $39-$220. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000.

Rising opera stars perform a varied repertoire on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion during the Beyond the Aria presentation at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. $60. 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777. Celebrate Mother’s Day with an afternoon of live music on the patio during the Mother’s Day Acoustic Lunch at the Hard Rock Café on May 13. 12 p.m.-3 p.m. FREE. 63 W. Ontario, 312-943-2252.

Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story

Porchlight Music Theatre brings to Chicago the Tony Award-winning Memphis. Inspired by a true story about love, soul and rock ’n’ roll, Memphis bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. The incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and a roof-raising musical score by David Bryan of the band Bon Jovi. 1016 N. Dearborn. 773-777-9884. PorchlightMusicTheatre.org

Before the likes of the Rolling Stones or the Beatles ever played a note, rock & roll was changed forever by the bespectacled kid from Texas. The American Blues Theater’s Buddy tells the true story of the iconic Buddy Holly through his all too short (yet incredible) career and features legendary songs like “That’ll be the Day,” “Peggy Sue,” “Chantilly Lace” and more. Buddy plays Stage 773 through May 26. 1225 W. Belmont. 773-327-5252. AmericanBluesTheater.com

Wizard of Oz

Jesus Christ Superstar

A celebration of the classic 1939 MGM film, this new national musical tour includes Chicago on its path down the yellow brick road. The enchanting production incorporates eye-catching special effects and will capture the imagination of the entire family with its brains, heart, courage, ruby red slippers and one wicked witch. Running May 8-20 at the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. 312-462-6300.

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New Additions

The Park at Wrigley

Lots of new construction has happened around the ballpark of late, and the shiny centerpiece is the Park at Wrigley, a gorgeous open-air meeting spot and “backyard” space for one of the most famous stadiums in the world. Watch the pre-game show or highlights on one of the massive screens or grab a bite to eat and a seat on the grass. Nearby expansion includes the Hotel Zachary with partners including local favorites like Big Star (tacos), Smoke Daddy (BBQ), and West Town Bakery (brunch, sandwiches, cakes, etc.) and more.

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Take the eclectic vibes of Austin’s 6th Street, add musical chops that would fit right in Nashville, and you’ve got this newish Southern sports bar. Try the Nashville hot chicken sandwich and thank us later. 3462 N. Clark. TheCountryClubChicago.com

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The Cubs are easily one of the most popular teams in Major League Baseball. The charm of Wrigley Field has a lot to do with that popularity, as does the fun-loving, hard-partying neighborhood surrounding the historic ballpark. ... You can access the park and neighborhood easily by taking the red-line train to the Addison stop. ... Before you head to the game, swing by the official Cubs team store at 663 N. Michigan Avenue to update your wardrobe with plenty of blue.

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The old reliables Murphy’s Bleachers

Originally called Ernie’s Bleachers back in the 1930s — when it was a drive-up hot dog stand that sold beer by the pail — over the years it has remained a regular hangout for Cubs players, journalists and politicians, not to mention thousands of “bleacher bums.” 3655 N. Sheffield. MurphysBleachers.com

Bernie’s Tap & Grill

Family owned and operated since 1954, there may not be a better spot in the neighborhood to meet up with friends for a brat and a beer before the game. Being located directly across the street from Wrigley helps, as does the four full-service bars and sidewalk patio and beer garden. 3664 N. Clark. BerniesChicago.com

Cubby Bear

You can’t really start any conversation about Wrigleyville without first mentioning the Cubby Bear, located across the street from home plate and home to the biggest gameday party in the area, not to mention some major live music acts. 1059 W. Addison. CubbyBear.com

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KEY This Week in Chicago, May 11, 2018 Issue  

KEY Magazine, Chicago, Wizard of Oz, Chicago History Museum, Amplified Chicago Blues, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Millennium Park, Mu...

KEY This Week in Chicago, May 11, 2018 Issue  

KEY Magazine, Chicago, Wizard of Oz, Chicago History Museum, Amplified Chicago Blues, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Millennium Park, Mu...