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ANDERSONVILLE ARTS WEEK The 16th annual event showcases more than 100 artists and five days of fun, culture and art in all its forms Located about six miles north of downtown, Andersonville is a quaint, approachable neighborhood in which you could lose an entire Saturday — enjoying every minute along the way. With its strong Swedish roots, diverse foundation, small-town charm and impressive collection of parks, galleries, restaurants, bars and shopping opportunities, you may not be in a hurry to head back to your hotel. One of the biggest festivals of the year is Andersonville Arts Week, hosted by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce and showcasing the neighborhood’s strong connection to art in all forms from Sept. 12-16.

Now in its 16th year, this event features five days of festivities with more than 100 artists and 50 local businesses participating. In total, nine genres of art will be represented this week: visual, theatre, music, dance, handmade, kids/family, culinary, literary and public art. Don’t forget to take a self-guided art walk to explore the neighborhood’s unique shops, restaurants and galleries. And check out the Friday-night artist receptions and neighborhood parties for a wecoming local vibe. For more information and to see the event calendar, visit Andersonville.org Get the app keychicago

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14 FRIDAY Experience the art, music, dance and cuisine of Turkey at the Chicago Turkish Festival at Daley Plaza. Today and Saturday from 10 am-6 pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 773-530-1388. Enjoy a weekend of rock music and carnival rides to your heart’s content, as Riot Fest rolls out a lineup of Beck, Elvis Costello, Blink 182, Interpol and many more in Douglas Park. Today through Sunday, 11 am-10 pm. $59.98 per day, or $159.98 for a three-day pass. 1401 S. Sacramento, 773-570-4000.

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The family-friendly Oaktoberfest features live music, delicious food from local restaurants and plenty of craft beer in downtown Oak Park. Today from 4-10 pm and Saturday from noon-10 pm. FREE. Marion and North, 708-383-4145. This weekend’s Fulton Market Harbor Fest brings together some of the country’s best chefs, fantastic craft beer, live music and the city’s best restaurants for three days of culinary fun in the West Loop. Today from 5:30-10 pm, Saturday from 11 am10 pm and Sunday from 11 am-8 pm. $30 (kids under 10,

F ULT O N M AR K E T H ARBOR FEST FREE). On Fulton Market, between Halsted and Peoria, 888-512-7469. Dress up like your favorite character for a night of live music and a screening of the cult classic The Big Lebowski during tonight’s Lebowski Fest Chicago movie party at Lincoln Park Zoo. 6:3010:30 pm. $20. 2200 N. Cannon, 312-742-2056. Roots rockers Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit bring their distinctive brand of Americana to the historic stage at the Auditorium Theatre. 8 pm. $39.50-$65. 50 E. Congress, 312-3412310. Comic Russell Peters (left) performs an evening of standup tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8 pm. $54.50. 175 N. State, 312-4626300.

Touring behind its latest release Red Pill Blues, Maroon 5 plays the hits tonight at the United Center. 8 pm. $65-$125. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-4500.

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15 SATURDAY Enjoy food, music and fun outside, followed by a live team practice and scrimmage inside during today’s Chicago Blackhawks Training Camp Festival at the United Center. 9 am-1 pm. $5. 1901 W. Madison, 312-455-7000. More than a dozen taco vendors compete for the crown amid live music and Mexican wrestling at this weekend’s Lakeview Taco Fest. Today and Sunday, 11 am-10 pm. $10. 3500 N. Southport, 773-472-7171. Inspired by Erik Larson’s bestselling book, go back to 1893 with historian Al Walavich continued on page 6 Get the app keychicago

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Scoop? Can we get an “amen?” Get your Sunday off to an uplifting start with a delicious 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.

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P RIN T E R ’ S R O W A RT F E S T S E P T. 1 5 - 1 6 Check out some beautiful works of art in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods during this weekend’s Printer’s Row Art Fest. Saturday-Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. FREE. 47 W. Polk. 847-926-4300.

to follow the trails of Daniel Burnham and the devilish doings of H. H. Holmes on the Devil in the White City Bus Tour from the Chicago History Museum. 1-5 pm. $55. 1601 N. Clark, 312642-4600. For more on the History Museum, see page 16. Chicago becomes the world’s largest college campus today, as the University of Illinois Fighting Illini hit the gridiron to take on the South Florida Bulls at Soldier Field. 2:30 pm. 1410 Museum Campus, 312-2357000. The all-over-town World Music Festival Chicago continues today with a terrific lineup of Mexican groups at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 3 pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph. For a full schedule of upcoming events and performances for the week, call 312-7443315.

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Enjoy an evening of live and DJ music, immersive art projects and cocktails during tonight’s Prime Time social gathering at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 7-11 pm. $25. 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660.

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Over 1,000 performers present a spectacle of music and dance showcasing Chinese and American cultures during today’s Friendship Lasts Forever concert at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 2:30 pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph, 312-744-3315. Chicago-born rapper Lupe Fiasco plays a homecoming show tonight at the House of Blues. 7 pm. $39.50. 329 N. Dearborn, 312-923-2000.

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Pick up a great bargain from one of hundreds of vendor tents at the sprawling Wolff’s Flea Market at Allstate Arena. 6 am-3 pm. Adults, $2; kids (6-12), $1. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847-524-9590.

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THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO Architecture Foundation River Tour aboard Chicago’s First Lady. Cruises depart regularly between 10 am and 7:30 pm. $47. 111 E. Wacker, 312-922-3432.

the business boom of the Roaring ‘20s on the Art Deco Skyscrapers walking tour from the Chicago Architecture Foundation. 1-2:30 pm. $26. 111 E. Wacker, 312-922-3432. For more on the CAF, see page 10. Maggie Brown sings and swings in tonight’s installment of the popular Tuesdays on the Terrace al fresco jazz series at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 5:30-8 pm. FREE. 220 E. Chicago, 312-280-2660.

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Enjoy live jazz, cool drinks and a relaxed visit with 32,000 animals at Jazzin’ at the Shedd tonight at the Shedd Aquarium. 5-9 pm. $25. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312-939-2438. For more on the Shedd, see page 16.

lectures and hand-on activities of Planet 90s, tonight’s adults-only Adler After Dark event at the Adler Planetarium. 6:3010:30pm. $25 (21+). 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312-922-7827. For more on the Adler, see page 16.

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20 THURSDAY The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays a program of familiar classical favorites from Rossini, Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky during its annual Concert for Chicago tonight at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 6:30 pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph, 312744-3315. Take a trip back in time and out of this world with the lighthearted scientific

Raise a glass for tonight’s Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats Celebration, and evening of authentic German brews, music, dancing and delicacies from Shoreline Sightseeing. 7 pm. $59 (21+). 600 E. Grand, 312-2229328. For more on Shoreline Sightseeing, see page 12.

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21 FRIDAY The Chicago White Sox host their crosstown rivals, as the Chicago Cubs head south for a weekend series beginning this afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. 3:10 pm. 333 W. 35th, 312-674-1000.

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Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra return from summer vacation with a program of Prokofiev and Shostakovich tonight at Symphony Center. 8 pm. $35-$222. 220 S. Michigan, 312-294-3000. Get the app keychicago

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Chicago Architecture Center I always enjoy it when one of my tours winds up being an experience they weren’t anticipating. The river cruise is world famous, but a new tour I’m doing that is so much fun is called Hotel Boom: Making Old New Again, which explores old office buildings that have been recycled and refurbished into boutique hotels like the Langham, LondonHouse, Chicago Athletic Association, etc. The tour is actually a lot like the hospitality industry, where they welcome you and want you to have the best possible time. Like entering the home of an old friend. … It’s a very happy tour. Everyone is sorry when it’s over.

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What’s most important is that the new Chicago Architecture Center is now a destination. When you come to Chicago, there are many things to do — see paintings, eat wonderful food, walk through Millennium Park — but now you can learn about the architecture of the city like it’s a living museum. The center opens the gates to our walking tours, neighborhoods (which are critical to understanding the city), buses, boats and all that. And then you have the exhibits and can see the tall buildings and how they stack up to others around the world, experiencing context and history at the same time. … In one spot you can unlock so much and go exploring. It’s like the educational arm for everything that we do. 111 E. Wacker. 312-9223432. Architecture.org

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Three hidden gems for visitors include 1.) The River Theater area of the Chicago Riverwalk. You can kick back and have lunch, put headphones on or enjoy a book and bliss out in the sun and watch the boats go by. It’s like an oasis where you can remove yourself from the bustle of the city. 2.) The Tiffany treasurers around the city. The dome in the Cultural Center, huge mosaic in Marshall Fields/Macy’s and the tiles in the Marquette Building. 3.) Even if you’re only in town for a few days, take half a day away or more from the bustle, excitement and culture of downtown. Get an Uber or use public transportation and get out to one of our neighborhoods. ... Try some real street food, immerse yourself in a different culture and walk the streets. We have so many authentic neighborhoods, thriving with their own vibe.


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Navy Pier, quite simply, is a centerpiece for fun in Chicago. Stretching six city blocks out into Lake Michigan and covering a staggering 50 acres, it hosts more than nine million visitors annually and offers a little something for everyone. NavyPier.org With a sparkling new venue called The Yard, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater puts on 650 performances annually. Witness 2,500 years of oration with Bigmouth, Valentijn Dhaenens’ tourde-force performance and the smash hit of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, from Sept. 12-22 and Nell Gwynn, the 2016 Olivier Award winner for best comedy, beginning Sept. 20. ChicagoShakes.com Navy Pier’s new Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion, spans 200,000 square feet and offers up 50 different dining and shopping options as well as live entertainment and family-based programs.

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Offering the all-important “local experience” since 1969, Gray Line Chicago sightseeing bus tours allow visitors to soak up all the important, must-see attractions, landmarks and neighborhoods, as well as learn about the city’s rich history from insightful guides who average better than a decade of experience on the job. 312251-3100. GraylineChicago.us

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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. 312-552-5100. ChicagoSegways.com

Shoreline Sightseeing

It doesn’t take long during the summer to realize Shoreline Sightseeing is everywhere in Chicago. Now in its 79th season and boasting the largest fleet in town, Shoreline offers a classic lakefront tour and an awardwinning architecture river tour with stunning views of better than than 40 skyscrapers and landmarks. Departures from Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier. ShorelineSightseeing.com

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Enjoy guided walking and bus tours of Chicago architecture, culture and history to both public and private groups, providing a fresh, insider perspective you won’t find elsewhere. Check out their Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour, where you’ll learn about the city’s vast entertainment history, including Prohibition, theatre, jazz and various vices. 312-350-1131. ChicagoDetours.com


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Check out the parade of boats and sip some locally made wine served in a unique tapping system at City Winery. Its original location is a sprawling restaurant and live music venue in the thriving West Loop district. 11 W. Riverwalk South. CityWinery.com/Chicago

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We understand that feeling you get sometimes when a vacation is needed from, well, your vacation. It happens to us all. And that’s why there’s a tropical oasis right in the middle of the city — with live music and a distinctive Caribbean/Polynesian vibe — to remind you why you needed to get away in the first place. With Island Party Hut, you can even hop on a floating tiki bar to take the fun out onto the water as long as the weather allows. 355 E. Riverwalk. 312-600-0488. IslandPartyHut.com

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Why lose a battle with our infamous potholes or the downtown traffic when you can cruise down the lakefront or the Chicago River in style on one of Shoreline Sightseeing’s six water taxis? Save time and the headache while conveniently bouncing around between a handful of famous Chicago landmarks like Navy Pier, the Willis Tower and Museum Campus. Don’t forget to snag a few great Instagram shots along the way. ShorelineSightseeing.com

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Craft beer lovers can happily converge on the Chicago Brewhouse (31-35 E. Riverwalk South), which boasts 42 beer options and shared plates of Chicago street food, and The Northman (233 E. Riverwalk), a local favorite for ciders. Tiny Tapp (55 W. Riverwalk South) offers quite the signature craft cocktail concept and delicious sandwiches, while next door, Tiny Café specializes in locally roasted coffee, fresh pastries and ice cream. As a longtime staple in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, O’Brien’s (45 E. Riverwalk South) is known for its consistent American pub fare.

Gone kayaking Chicago’s premier, full-service watersports outfitter since 1999, Kayak Chicago has taken more than 150,000 people on tours. Whether you’re renting a kayak or standup paddleboard, venturing out on your own or prefer a beginner’s tour, this is your team. 1220 W. LeMoyne and on North Avenue Beach. 312-852-9258. KayakChicago.com


Get out and explore Offering Segway and electric Trikke tours along the lakefront and Museum Campus, as well as a number of themed tours (architecture, haunted Chicago, neighborhoods, Riverwalk, fireworks), Trikke rentals and even customized options Explore the Windy for those wishing City’s vast criminal and to design their own cheese-topped histories excursion, Steve’s together on the Chicago Segway Tours covers Crime Tours’ Crime it all — and has a lot and Pizza Walk. This of fun along the way. family-friendly, two-hour Steve’s Segway Tours was started by a tour guide, is owned by a tour walking tour that runs guide, and is managed by tour guides. And that’s rather important. Friday-Sunday at 11:30 155 N. Harbor Dr. 312-946-9467. StevesSegwayTours.com a.m. and includes slices Whether you’re looking to see the river or Lake Michigan, Mercury, of pizza from Giordano’s Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline tours are ideal for families of all ages. and Pizzeria Uno. “There’s something about seeing this magnificent city from the water Advance registration is that really changes the perspective of what Chicago really is,” says Quarter312-888-6224. Pg. Kayak ChicagoCaptain Ad.qxp_Layout 1 6/24 We couldn’t agree Pagemore. 1 required. Gabriel Argumedo. For $10 off tickets, ChicagoCrimeTours.com see the ad on page 25. 312-332-1353. MercuryCruises.com

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Exhibits worth exploring 1 The Shedd Aquarium offers unforgettable encounters with 32,000 animals from the world’s aquatic environments. Celebrate the unbelievable beauty living in our oceans, lakes and rivers in a new special exhibit called Underwater Beauty, and don’t forget the daily aquatic presentations with beluga whales, sea lions and dolphins as the stars of the show. 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. SheddAquarium.org

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The famed Chicago Art Institute is home to one of best, most expansive art collections anywhere in the world. It’s worthy of a fully day’s visit for sure. Catch two popular exhibits, John Singer Sargent & Chicago’s Gilded Age and The Yoshia Family: Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists, before they leave Sept. 30. 159 E. Monroe. Artic.edu

If you want to learn about the diversity of life on Earth and its history, the Field Museum should be your destination. The Crown Family PlayLab is an interactive, hands-on experience that turns your little ones into junior scientists and makes learning an adventure. And don’t forget to check out Maximo, a 122-foot titanosaur from Patagonia that roamed the earth 100 million years ago and just happens to be the largest dinosaur ever discovered. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr. FieldMuseum.org

Catch The Story of Earth in the Museum of Science and Industry’s Giant Dome Theater. Stunning digital visualizations will take you back to the origins of Earth to examine the astonishing chain of events that made life on our planet possible — and (thankfully) sustainable. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. MSIChicago.org

SINGIN’ THE BLUES For some insight on Chicago’s influence on blues music, head up to Old Town to the Chicago History Museum for the Amplified: Chicago Blues exhibit, where visitors can learn about the genre’s inception and growth and even belt out the classics in a realistic club setting. General admission is free for Illinois residents on Tuesday evenings. 1601 N. Clark. ChicagoHistory.org

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September can be a pretty fabulous month in Chicago from a weather standpoint. Warm, sun-filled days matched with cooler, tolerable nights. Which means Lincoln Park, in all its tree-filled splendor, should be a target for you and the kiddos. A large park (and neighborhood) lying just north of downtown along the lake, it’s the home of the free Lincoln Park Zoo, celebrating its 150th year, as well as the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and North Pond Nature Sanctuary which, when combined, create an ideal spot for a stroll or bike ride to expend some energy and get in touch with the outdoors. Not to be forgotten: the lakefront path that showcases the city’s beautiful beaches at Fullerton and North Avenue.

The Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier climbs 200 feet into the air and offers 360-degree views and enclosed gondolas. The carousel and other rides just feet away add to the fun. ... Millennium Park gets a lot of the attention downtown and for good reason, but the nearby Maggie Daley Park, with its swings, slides, climbing bridges, enchanted forest and miniature golf course, is ideal for the young ones. ... The Chicago Cultural Center can always be counted on for free exhibitions, concerts and theater performances for children.

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“You have to have a product people want, and you have to deliver an experience,” says Stan Razny, owner of Razny Jewelers (109 E. Oak) when asked to describe what sets Chicago’s lavish Oak Street District apart from New York’s famed 5th Avenue or California’s Rodeo Drive. Located just steps from Michigan Avenue in the prestigious Gold Coast, the Oak Street District draws in millions of visitors each year with an expansive list of sought-after boutiques, designers and businesses. Part of that “experience” involves a sense of Midwestern values, which translates into stores that, while high-end in scale, still remain approachable. In other words, a warm greeting at the door instead of judgments. “If you go into a lot of affluent boutiques around the country, no one greets you for five minutes, if at all,” he adds. “No acknowledgement, and you’re just left floundering in the store.” Razny says his staff, like others in the Oak Street District (which includes Oak, Walton and Rush Streets), aims to provide a personal touch to go with the luxury items for sale — in his case, Patek Philippe and Rolex watches and a wellcurated collection of designer jewelry. “People can buy this product anywhere,” Razny admits. “The street has the product, and now it’s up to us to deliver that experience and deliver it to them in a style that shows we care about them and builds a relationship. A relationship with us and a relationship with the brand.” For more information on the Oak Street District, visit OakStreetChicago.com Highlights from the area: Loro Piana (39 E. Oak) — Complete selection of elegant, ready-to-wear accessories and gifts that have been made in Italy for six generations with the finest raw materials available.

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Prada (30 E. Oak) — This global brand’s inspiring concept of uncompromising quality and constant innovation in apparel has endured since 1913. Barneys New York (15 E. Oak) — One of America’s preeminent fashion retailers brings its cutting-edge high fashion to Chicago. Not to be overlooked: the accessories, shoes and cosmetic collections. Harry Winston (55 E. Oak) — For more than eight decades, Harry Winston has set the standard for the ultimate in fine jewelry and high-end watchmaking. Charles Ifergan (106 E. Oak) — Fullservice salon and spa with extended hours and a national reputation for pampering customers from head to toe. Christian Dior (931 N. Rush) — Creating elegant, structured and infinitely feminine collections since 1947. Maple & Ash (8 W. Maple) — Posh, trendy steakhouse with a strong seafood, wine and martini menu. Del Frisco’s (58 E. Oak) — This nationally recognized steakhouse with flawless cuisine and an award-winning wine list is located in the historic Esquire Theater.


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For 25 years, Vale Craft Gallery has maintained a focus on contemporary American fine crafts. Ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber arts, metal, woodworkings and decorative objects are all part of the wide variety of items you’ll find when you walk through the door, setting Vale apart from the other fine-art galleries in the neighborhood. The featured artist for September and October is Wendy Franklin, whose felting technique with hand-dyed wool and silk wall pieces creates a wonderful texture. “The abstract water colors draw you in from afar, and then you see textures of the fibers when you get up close,” says owner Peter Vale. “They’re really luscious colors — greens and blues and purples, and this is where we bridge the gap between fine art and fine craft. And that, ultimately, is what distinguishes us.” Loyalty is another distinguising characteristic at Vale. Loyalty to local artists who hail from Chicago and around the Midwest, some of whom have had their wares displayed since the doors opened a quarter century ago. Loyalty to a customer base that appreciates affordable price points too. “I see it every day — people are very surprised by the range that we have,” Vale says. “We have lots you won’t see anywhere else, and really in all different mediums.” Vale Craft Gallery is located in the River North Gallery District at 230 W. Superior. 312-337-3525. ValeCraftGallery.com

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From the 50-item seasonal salad area to the endless parade of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage cooked over a wood charcoal grill, then skewered and served tableside, this is a meal for those looking to go big — the festive churrasco way. This is not just a meal, it’s an experience and a feast for the eyes as well. Don’t forget to try to the signature Brazilian cocktail, the caipirinha. We suggest the version with passion fruit. 210 E. Upper Illinois. 312-5950913. TexasDeBrazil.com

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This old-school diner and delicatessen is a casual place to bring the family and enjoy a menu of classic sandwiches, melts, burgers, shakes and delicious breakfast options in a comfortable and reminiscent atmosphere. Or, as the folks at Eleven City put it: “a hybrid of sincere respect for what family dining rooms used to be.” 1112 S. Wabash St. 312-212-1112. ElevenCityDiner.com

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Noted restauranteurs Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia have three locations — in the Loop, Old Town and Lincoln Park. The atmosphere is vibrant, festive and eclectic. Recommended: a Mexican street-style taco platter to try a little of everything. Combine that with the corn hushpuppies and a margarita, and you are good to go. 2576 N. Lincoln Park, 1400 N. Wells and 75 E. Lake. TacoPub.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 incredibly tender. Start things off with an order of momos for sure. 1301 S. Michigan. 312-922-0601. NepalHouseOnline.com .

Sunda

A popular dining staple in River North, Sunda specializes in Asian fusion cuisine, utilizing classic ingredients and techniques of Southeast and East Asia and blending them with a modern approach and vibrant presentation. Try the kimchi fried rice with pork belly, a very innovative Sunday brunch or a seasonal cocktail. 110 W. Illinois. 312-644-0500. SundaChicago.com


What’s happening Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises opened its latest venture in late August in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Bar Ramone serves as the powerful restaurant group’s first wine bar, offering up small bites (spicy clam ceviche, cheese boards, tuna tartare, lamb meatballs, etc.) from a Spanish-focused menu. 441 N. Clark. 312-985-6909. BarRamone.com Hofbräuhaus Chicago (right) is bringing the best of Germany traditions back to the Chicago area with its sixth annual Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 14-Oct. 28. Guests can expect a plethora of festivities including authentic nightly Bavarian entertainment, freshly brewed Oktoberfestbier, food specials and more. 5500 Park Place in suburban Rosemont. 847-671-2739. HBChicago.com

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Francesca’s on Chestnut is part of the massive Francesca’s family of restaurants, and the first item worth mentioning from the menu of this Gold Coast gem is the Bloody Mary bar, followed by a plate of cinnamon rolls, muffins and apple pie bites. The most popular brunch order from our group was the arancini benedict, made with crispy risotto balls topped with prosciutto, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The shrimp and grits come with polenta for an Italian twist on a Southern classic. Also, the smoked salmon salad with faro, corn, arugula, assuage cheese, grape tomatoes, almonds, raisins and a green goddess dressing made for a light, delightful first meal of the day. 200 E. Chestnut. 312482-8800. MiaFrancesca.com

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Davanti Enoteca specializes in classic Italian dishes with a rustic eatery feel. The food here is absolutely amazing. Everything tasted fresh and was presented so beautifully — like a delicious burrata with roasted cherry tomatoes and basil pesto on Tuscan toast. I can’t forget to mention the prosciutto-veal meatballs with braised greens and shaved pecorino or the truffle egg toast with soft, toasted bread topped with cheese, eggs and truffle and served with grilled asparagus. Most of the pasta is made on site, and the self-serve Bloody Mary bar has everything you could imagine from bacon to asparagus to every hot sauce known to man. 1359 W. Taylor. 312-226-5550. DavantiEnoteca.com

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TWO is a West Town restaurant inspired by familyrun butcher shops, and it has been on my radar for a very long time. The menu uses locally sourced ingredients to create food that is both seasonal and on-trend. The small menu focuses on carefully crafted entrees instead of offering long lists of omelettes, benedicts and pancakes, which seem to be common at other restaurants. TWO pushes you out of your comfort zone in a good way. I ordered the chilaquiles, which came with tender pork and tortilla chips drowned in a spicy sauce and topped with a poached egg and avocado mousse. My boyfriend had lobster toast — sourdough topped with chunks of fresh lobster and a poached egg. To make it even better, the kitchen sent out fresh, warm cinnamon buns with a gooey caramel sauce. 1132 W. Grand. 312-624-8363. 113two.com

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Wine and fondue On Sunday, Sept. 16 from 1-3 p.m., check out the Oregon wine tasting event at Geja’s Cafe in Lincoln Park, considered one of the more romantic restaurants in the city. For $40 per person, guests will have the opportunity to taste 16 featured wines and snack on cheese and chocolate fondues as well as gourmet meats and cheeses. 340 W. Armitage. 773-281-9101. GejasCafe.com

Bar spotlight Brando’s Speakeasy

Brando’s is an ideal, secret spot for a cocktail. It’s a small, swanky, inviting speakeasy-style lounge that also hosts on-demand karaoke in a low-lit setting. The martinis and happy hour specials are quality, the vibe is fun, and being located in the Loop makes it more relaxing compared to some of the more crowded hotspots throughout the city. 343 S. Dearborn. 773-216-3213. BrandosChicago.com

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this week Get your pop music fix with a triple bill featuring Meghan Trainor, X Ambassadors and George Ezra on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30 pm. $49.50-$85. 175 N. State, 312-462-6300. Several standout opera stars join the Music of the Baroque ensemble for a performance of Mozart’s towering Requiem on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 7:30 pm. $10$64. 205 E. Randolph, 312-334-7777.

Comedy Bar

As if their iconic deep-dish wasn’t enough, the Gino’s East location in River North also offers up its own brewpub as well as the Comedy Bar, a cozy venue on the third floor featuring local stand-up and national acts. See Andrew Sleighter Sept. 14-16, The Big Sexy Show Sept. 15 and Master Debaters and The Late Nite Mic Sept. Sept. 17. 500 N. LaSalle. 312-988-4200. ComedyBar.com

Borealis

Armed with a book on corporate communication strategy and an ax, 13-year-old Cozbi battles her way through the Arctic wilderness to find her missing brother. Part mythic journey, part workplace satire, The House Theatre’s Borealis is a dark and funny adventure about family obligation, career aspiration and what’s left behind on the way to the top. Playing through Oct. 21 at the Chopin Theatre. 1543 W. Division. 773-769-3832. TheHouseTheatre.com

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