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January 13, 2017

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features 4 FUNNY BUSINESS

January in Chicago may be well known for its howling winds and bitter cold, but for the past 15 years it’s also been a source of creative heat...

10 KIDS KORNER

Chicago is a playground for kids of all ages. Whatever your adventure, budget or location...

12 CITY SCENE

The Windy City is a very special place any day of the year... But, throughout the holiday season Chicagoland becomes a magical destination filled...

18 SHOPPING FINDS

Clockwise from left: Field Museum, Fashion Outlets Chicago and Manny’s Delicatessen.

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5 EVENTS 14 SIGHTS 20 SHOPPING

36 DINING 50 NIGHTLIFE 52 ON STAGE

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15 MILLENNIUM PARK 28 METRO 23 MICHIGAN AVENUE 33 METRO NORTH 24 SUBURBAN

From incredible deals and one-of-a-kind pieces to high-end fashions, shoppers of every persuasion...

34 CULINARY ADVENTURES

Every cuisine, every budget, every neighborhood, Chicago’s restaurant scene has you covered...

48 AFTER DARK

When the sun goes down, Chicago really rocks. From the bight lights of the stage to the low lights of a piano bar, the city is alive with excitement...

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FUNNY BUSINESS January in Chicago may be well known for its howling winds and bitter cold, but for the past 15 years it’s also been a source of creative heat thanks to the comedic melting pot of the annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival (affectionately known simply as SketchFest). This glorious cacophony of more than 160 groups performing 180 shows over eight days is an uproarious celebration of a comedy form that has long been associated with Chicago, but has long since branched out across the country and around the world – as evidenced by a slate that includes performers from L.A., New York, Montreal and beyond, along with many homegrown locals as well. So be sure to enjoy a few laughs This Week in Chicago! The festival continues through Sunday with dozens of performances at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. Call 773.327.5252 for a full schedule and more information. 4

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FRIDAY

For the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs can celebrate a world championship at their annual Cubs Convention this weekend at the Sheraton Chicago. 301 E. North Water, 312.464.1000. Tickets are long gone, but check with your # concierge. 146 Get out of the cold and do some summertime dreaming at the Boat, RV and Strictly Sail show this weekend at McCormick Place. Today from 11am-8pm, Saturday from 10am8pm and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Adults, $14; kids (15 and under), free. 2301 S. Lake Shore, 312.946.6200. #146

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Enjoy free and discounted entertainment, dining and shopping during tonight’s 2nd Friday event along the Chicago Cultural Mile. 5pm-9pm. FREE. Michigan, from Roosevelt to the Chicago River. 312.332.9000. Enjoy a nighttime telescope viewing and get your questions about the cosmos answered by an actual astronomer during this evening’s Doane at Dusk event in the Doane Observatory at the Adler Planetarium. 5:30pm-8:30pm. FREE. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827. #146

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Enjoy a dance/acrobatic display from the highenergy performance troupe STREB, along with signature cocktails and delicious bites from some of Chicago’s best food trucks during tonight’s MIX at SIX event at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 6pm. $10. 205 E. Randolph, # 151 312.334.7777.

6:45pm and Sunday at 1:45pm. $22-$140. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont Enjoy some of the best late-night entertainment in the city with some of the most amazing female impersonators in the world at the Baton Show Lounge. 8:30pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. Be sure to take advantage of 2-for-1 admission for the 8:30pm and 10:30pm shows with the ad on page 52!

One of the highlights of the winter music calendar in Chicago continues this week, as legendary bluesman Buddy Guy plays his annual January residency at his namesake club Buddy Guy’s Legends. Tonight at 9pm, Saturday at 9:30pm, Sunday and Thursday at 7:30pm . $55-$70. 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190. to Harrison continued on page 6...

The PBR Chicago Invitational rolls into town for a weekend of bullriding, bronco-busting mayhem at the Allstate Arena. Tonight at 7:45pm, Saturday at keymagazinechicago.com

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THIS WEEK Get your weekend started on a rocking note with live music from local funksters Yeh Boi, singer-songwriter Brandon James and pop-punk rockers Gallery-81 tonight at the Hard Rock Café. 9pm. $10. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. # 36

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grab a bite at the nearby Billy Goat Tavern. 1535 W. Madison, 312.733.9132. # 20

10am-8pm. Skating is free (skate rental is available for $14). 337 E. Randolph, # 312.552.3000. 151

Mandolinist Chris Thile hosts a live broadcast of the venerable comedy/music/spoken word variety institution A Prairie Home Companion today at Symphony Center. 4:45pm. $36-$85. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. #3

The epic world of “Game of Thrones” gets a dose of comedy and a catchy score in Thrones! A Musical Parody, the hilarious new production at the Apollo Theater. 3:30pm and 7pm. $39-$59. 2540 N. Lincoln, 773.935.6100. to Fullerton

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High-energy performance troupe STREB performs its amazing acrobatic/musical piece SEA today at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 2pm. $10-$15. 205 E. Randolph, # 312.334.7777. 151 Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls take on Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans this afternoon at the United Center. 4pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4000. Before or after the game,

Funnyman Chris Tucker returns to his comedy roots with a standup set tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 7pm. $55-$80. 175 N. State, to Lake 312.462.6300. The Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a warm and wonderful new production of Mozart’s beloved opera The Magic Flute at the Civic Opera House. Tonight and Tuesday at 7:30pm. $17-$299. 20 N. Wacker, 312.827.5600.

Justin Moore and Lee Brice team up for a big night of country music at the Rosemont Theatre. 7pm. $40.75$60.75. 5400 N. River in Rosemont, 847.671.5100. to Rosemont

Enjoy a Chicago tradition this weekend as the sprawling jazz/classical/choral mashup Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah provides an exuberant mid-January pick-me-up at the Auditorium Theatre. Tonight at 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm. $29-$68. 50 E. Congress, 312.341.2310.

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Hit the ice for a glide along the winding and wonderful Ice Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park.

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Saxophonists Juli Wood and Caroline Davis wrap up a long weekend with their quintet today at the Jazz Showcase. 4pm, 8pm and 10pm. $20-$30. 806 S. Plymouth, 312.360.0234. Before or after the music, enjoy a great Indian meal just steps away at Chicago Curry House, 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. The Chicago Blackhawks renew their heated rivalry with the Minnesota Wild tonight at the United Center. 6pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.7000. Gear up for the game with a new hat or jersey from The Sports Store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.877.5455. Inspirational vocalist CHAR sings a program of gospel, jazz, R&B and soul amid the intimate surroundings of PianoForte Chicago. 6pm. $25. 1335 S. Michigan, 312.291.0291. # 3


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MONDAY

Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with family-friendly musical performances, storytelling sessions and craft workshops today at the Chicago History Museum. 10am-3pm. Free with museum admission (adults, $14; kids under 12 and all Illinois residents, free). 1601 N. Clark, # 151 312.642.4600.

The Chicago Sinfonietta welcomes a wide range of special guests to perform works by Dvorak, Beethoven and Vivaldi in an annual Tribute to MLK tonight at Symphony Center. 7:30pm. $10-$60. 220 S. Michigan, 312.284.1552. Actor and singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson settles in for three nights

of intimate musical storytelling at City Winery. Tonight through Wednesday at 8pm. $85-$125. 1200 W. Randolph, 312.733.9463. # 20

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Jimmy Butler and the Chicago Bulls welcome Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks to the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, # 20 312.455.4000.

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WEDNESDAY Learn a little more about the man who inspired one of Broadway’s biggest hits (currently doing blockbuster business in the Loop) in the new exhibit Hamilton: The History Behind the Musical at the Newberry Library. 8:15am-7:30pm. FREE. 60 W. Walton, 312.943.9090.

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Xavier Breaker leads his band in an evening of swinging jazz tonight at the Logan Center for the Arts. 7:30pm. FREE. 915 E. 60th, 773.702.8068.

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Take a trip back to the 1920s with the danceable hothouse rhythms of Chicago trad-jazz favorites The Fat Babies tonight at the historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. 9pm. $6. 4802 N. Broadway, 773.878.5552.

Brave the winter chill and take a few brisk laps against the backdrop of the city’s magnificent skyline on the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park. Noon-8pm. Skating is free, skate rental is $12. 55 N. Michigan, # 151 312.744.3316. Few shows in the history of Broadway have quite the anticipation, bravado and boatload of awards as this hiphop fueled biography of Hamilton. Today at 1:30pm and 7:30pm at PrivateBank Theatre. 18 W. Monroe, 312.384.1500. to Monroe

Ponder the implications of technology on our modern lives, or just enjoy the sight of a man painted cobalt stuffing marshmallows in his mouth, at Blue Man Group, the long-running and uproarious party at the Briar Street Theatre. 5pm and 8pm. $59-$99. 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000. Drunk Science is a comedy show about the science of what happens to your brain when you drink, interspersed with funny anecdotes, pictures and more, tonight at the Comedy Bar, inside Gino’s East River North. 8pm. $20. 500 N. LaSalle, 312.836.0499.

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THURSDAY

Go behind the scenes of a National Historic Landmark on a Historic Theatre Tour today at the 125-year-old Auditorium Theatre. 10:30am. $12. 50 E. Congress, 312.341.2310. continued on page 8...

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THIS WEEK $19.50-$109.50. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake

Learn more about early rocketry with special hands-on science programs, check out a special talk on the Mercury program and hear stories based on actual events from the early history of NASA and Mission Control during Retrorocket, tonight’s edition of the after-hours series Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium. 6pm-10pm. $20 (21+). 1300 S. Lake Shore, # 312.922.7827. 146 Rising opera stars turn out for a special onenight-only performance of varied repertoire on the enclosed stage of the Pritzker Pavilion during tonight’s Beyond the Aria presentation at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 7:30pm. $60. 205 E. Randolph, 312.334.7777. # 151

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FRIDAY

Enjoy live DJ music and happy hour cocktail specials during tonight’s Jerk After Work weekend kickoff at Jerk Modern Jamaican Grill. 4pm-7pm. 811 W. Chicago, 312.763.2870. to Chicago

Pianist Yana Reznik performs an evening of Gershwin tonight at PianoForte Chicago. 6pm. $20. 1335 S. Michigan, 312.291.0291. # 3

Veteran blues-rock juggernaut the Tedeschi Trucks Band settles in for a big three-night residency at the Chicago Theatre. Tonight through Saturday at 8pm. 8

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Americana trio The Lumineers brings its intimate folksy aesthetic to the massive stage of the Allstate Arena. 7:30pm. $29$120. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont Watch two teams create comedy scenes, songs and games right on the spot based on audience suggestions during a hilarious 90minute improv face-off tonight at ComedySportz Theatre. 8pm. $25. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080.

Enjoy some of the best late-night entertainment in the city with some of the most amazing female impersonators in the world at the Baton Show Lounge. 8:30pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. Be sure to take advantage of 2-for-1 admission for the 8:30pm and 10:30pm shows with the ad on page 52!

One of the highlights of the winter music calendar in Chicago continues this week, as legendary bluesman Buddy Guy plays his annual January residency at his namesake club Buddy Guy’s Legends. Tonight at 9pm,

Saturday at 9:30pm, Sunday and Thursday at 7:30pm . $55-$70. 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190.


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korner CHICAGO IS A PLAYGROUND FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. WHATEVER YOUR ADVENTURE, BUDGET OR LOCATION, A FUN HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IS BOUND TO BE JUST AROUND THE KORNER. Check out an eye-popping collection of more than a dozen giant LEGO®-built engineering marvels, including the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt, the Hoover Dam and the Roman Coliseum, in the spectacular exhibit Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry. 9:30am-4pm. Adults, $28; kids (3-11), $19 (includes museum admission). 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. There are plenty of skating rinks throughout Chicago, but there’s only one winding and wonderful Ice Ribbon, a unique skating experience against the

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backdrop of the city skyline in Maggie Daley Park. Monday through Thursday, 12pm-8pm, Friday, 12pm-10pm, Saturday, 10am-10pm and Sunday 10am-8pm. Skating is FREE (skate rentals available for $12-$14). 337 E. Randolph, 312.552.3000. Clockwise from top left: Museum of Science and Industry,

From new dolls and accessories to a day at the doll salon, there are plenty of ways to make your little girl’s holiday dreams come true at American Girl Place.

Monday through Thursday, 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am-9pm, and Sunday, 9am-6pm. 835 N. Michigan, 877.247.5223.


On Young Explorers Mondays, children ages 2-6 and their families can try stellar hands-on activities like Stories Under the Stars and more at the Adler Planetarium. Mondays, 9:30am1pm. Free with museum admission (adults, $12; kids (3-11), $8). 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827. Open the kids’ ears to the sounds of great jazz music – including amazing players like saxophonists Ari Brown (1/8), Juli Wood and Caroline Davis (1/15), vocalist Jennifer Graham (1/22) and guitarist Luciano Antonio (1/29) – at the popular family-friendly Sunday matinee sets at the Jazz Showcase. 4pm. $20-$40 (kids under 12 are free). 806 S. Plymouth, 312.360.0234.

Ice Ribbon, Adler Plaentarium and Jazz Showcase.

Rev up for fun in the Zoom Room, featuring hundreds of toy cars and more than 40 tracks at the Chicago Children’s Museum. 10am-5pm (Thursdays, 10am-8pm). $14. 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000.

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SHEDD AQUARIUM

Too cold for a swim? Maybe out in frigid Lake Michigan, but inside the Abbott Oceanarium, the beluga whales and porpoises enjoy the climate-controlled waters while thousands of curious visitors marvel at their natural beauty and entertaining antics. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438.

FIELD MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

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and much more during an amazing journey into the past at this Museum Campus gem. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

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Clockwise from top left: Christmas Around the World, ZooLights, Winter Wonderfest, Visit Oak Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and The Driehaus Museum.

real WWII-era submarine, get up close and personal with great white sharks in an amazing IMAX film and use hands-on methods to discover the science behind flight – all under one historic roof? Nowhere. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414.

CHICAGO CRIME TOURS

Stake out crime scenes like the Biograph Theatre, Holy Name Cathedral and other Chicago landmarks as you roll through the city’s sordid and scintillating criminal past on the most entertaining history lesson you’ll ever experience. 163 E. Pearson, 312.888.6224.

BIG BUS CHICAGO

Go BIG aboard the bus tour that provides hopon/hop-off service throughout the downtown area, making it easy to pack in plenty of fantastic Chicago landmarks and attractions on your own schedule – with lively, entertaining commentary from knowledgeable guides all along the way. 14 locations throughout downtown, 877.285.4796.

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

Few places in town offer a better way to get in from the cold and immerse yourself in a whole new time and place than this popular sanctuary, especially with exhibits as diverse as Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions, The New Contemporary and Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. keymagazinechicago.com

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ATTRACTIONS 360 CHICAGO 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681 (J-26) Mag Mile Get a bird’s eye view of the Windy City from more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. The interactive TILT feature is the city’s latest rage. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432 (J-36) Loop This Chicago cultural ambassador offers upwards of 85 unique tours and programs from iconic skyscrapers, to the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. CITYPASS

888.330.5008.

Five attractions, one low price. The CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF CHICAGO VISITORS CENTER 230 S. LaSalle 312.322.2400 (I-37) Loop Take a tour of the building as the certified guide teaches visitors about monetary policy and the operations of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank. 14

GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY 300 N. Central Park, 312.746.5100 (W. of A-35) Garfield Park A garden oasis right here in the city! Sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden will provide you with enough oxygen to cover all the grounds. LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY 2391 N. Stockton, 312.742.7736 (G-15) Lincoln Park Find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round at this lush botanical urban oasis in the heart of the city. HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312.747.4300 (I-38) Loop The world’s largest municipal library boasts a $1.4 million public-art collection and a wide array of special exhibits and events. MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312.742.1168 (K-33) Millennium Park Experience one of Chicago’s most popular attractions, complete with the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, Lurie Garden, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion. McComick Tribune Ice Rink is now open for the season. THE MORTON ARBORETUM I-88 and Rte. 53, 630.968.0074 (Suburban) Lisle

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Chicagoland’s plush Garden of Eden covers 1,700 acres of outdoor splendor with over 4,100 kinds of plants from around the world. NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER (N-30) Streeterville This landmark is open for business and celebrating 100 years! Housing the Chicago Children’s Museum, IMAX Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Smith Museum of Stained Glass and more... SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker, 312.875.9696 (G-36) Loop Step onto “The Ledge,” a glass-bottom balcony on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. You’ll see the most expansive view of the city... and 1,353 feet down below.

MUSEUMS ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR (N-43) Museum Campus Observe galaxies far, far away at the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space and the first modern planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600

(J-35) Loop The downtown gem lays claim to one of the greatest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world. The perennially popular Modern Wing promises contemporary surprises around every corner. CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000 (N-31) Streeterville Dig for dinosaur bones or partake in free family art workshops every day of the week. The Skyline exhibit explores the monumental feats of Chicago’s famed architecture. CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600 (H-19) Lincoln Park Get lost in the past at this museum and research center devoted to showcasing the rich history Chicago and America. On exhibit: The Man Behind the Name. CHICAGO SPORTS MUSEUM 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.0500 (K-27) Mag Mile Interactive exhibits and simulated experiences help you fly like Mike, crush homers like Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas and test your reflexes against Hall of Famer and Chicago Blackhawk tender Tony Esposito.


SIGHTS THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933 (J-27) Gold Coast Glimpse into a storied past in one of the grandest residential buildings of Chicago’s 19th Century, a meticulously preserved home that serves as a jewel of architectural splendor. THE DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 740 E. 56th, 773.947.0600 (S. of M-54) Hyde Park Special exhibits and cultural art programs cover centuries of African and African American history, in one of the most notable museums dedicated to its preservation. THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410 (K-44) Museum Campus Founded in 1893 this museum is home to Chicago’s favorite dinosaur, Sue, the

largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found. Be sure to experience their newest exhibit: Tattoo. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 951 Chicago Ave., 312.994.4000 (Suburban) Oak Park The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available daily. GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM 1800 S. Prairie, 312.326.1480 (L-48) South Loop Designed in 1886 for John and Frances Glessner on fashionable Prairie Avenue, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. continued on page 16...

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SIGHTS ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 9603 Woods Dr., 847.967.4800 (Suburban) Skokie The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. MEXICAN FINE ARTS CENTER MUSEUM 1852 W. 19th, 312.738.1503 (S. of C-43) Pilsen The museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 1,700 objects featuring the finest of Mexican creativity from both sides of the border. MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS 360 N. State, 312.245.8200 (I-31) River North Collection highlights include more than 25,000

television programs, 5,000 radio programs and 12,000 commercials. The Radio Hall of Fame is a must-see. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660 (K-27) Streeterville Championing the provocative side of contemporary art and culture, the MCA is one of the largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414 (S. of P-54) Hyde Park The museum once played headquarters to Chicago’s Columbian Exposition. Feast your attention on 14 acres of exquisitely preserved ruins and exhibits. SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438 (L-43) Museum Campus

Chicago’s exotic water world features more than 20,000 animals and marine life, including whales, dolphins and sharks.

TOURS BY LAND BIG BUS CHICAGO 877.285.4796 State-of-the art, open-top, doubledecker bus tours, providing live-narrated, hop-on/hop-off service throughout the downtown area. A perfect introduction to Chicago! Tours depart every 10-15 minutes. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432 (J-36) Loop This Chicago cultural ambassador offers upwards of 85 unique tours and programs that run the gamut from iconic skyscrapers, to the legendary houses

of Frank Lloyd Wright. CHICAGO CRIME TOURS 163 E. Pearson, 312.888.6224. (K-27) Streeterville Sit back and relax on a climate controlled bus and enjoy seeing famous crime scenes from the 19th century through modern times.

CHICAGO DETOURS 312.350.1131 chicagodetours.com Step inside stunning lobbies, Chicago’s underground pedway, and historic bars on our fun and educational walking tours, like the 1893 World's Fair Tour.

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SIGHTS Started by a former Rick Steves tour guide, come see why we have five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Historic Southside Tour among many others.

CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. 773.648.5000 Red and green San Francisco-style trolley’s and London doubledeckers cruise the city streets with tour guide in tow. Stop every half hour to scope out the big attractions: Willis Tower, Navy Pier to name but a few.

CTA 888.YOUR.CTA The city’s transit authority gets you to and fro. Cruise the “L” for quick train rides from O’Hare and Midway to all neighborhoods around the city.

GRAY LINE TOURS 17 E. Monroe, 312.251.3100 (I-36) Loop Choose from a range of popular lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago,

GO AIRPORT EXPRESS 888.2THE.VAN Enjoy comfortable, economic transportation from both airports—24 hours, seven days a week, all year long.

TRANSPORTATION

METRA 312.322.6900 The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just seven minutes from Millennium Park Station to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary.

ZOOS BROOKFIELD ZOO 1st Ave. & 31st St., 708.485.0263 (Suburban) Brookfield Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Venture into the world of giraffes, monkeys, elephants and more.

LINCOLN PARK ZOO 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. (H-17) Lincoln Park More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens. Spy the animals of Africa in the Regenstein African Journey or flying critters in the McCormick Bird House.

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FROM INCREDIBLE DEALS TO HIGH-END TIME PIECES AND ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECES OF ART... SHOPPERS OF EVERY PERSUASION WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH CHICAGOLAND’S DIVERSE AND BOUNTIFUL RETAIL LANDSCAPE.

FASHION OUTLETS CHICAGO

Don’t stop at the city limits in your quest for great shopping! Head out to Rosemont, where more than 130 premium brands and designers – including Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Saks and many more – feature their finest off-price wares all under one roof. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way in suburban Rosemont, 847.928.7500.

THE HOUSE OF GLUNZ

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The Glunz-Donovan family continues the family tradition of knowledgeable and personal service started in 1888 by Louis Glunz. 1206 N. Wells, 312.642.3000.

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Tucked inside the Gold Coast Bentley dealership is this high-end boutique


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Iwan Ries & Co.

Clockwise from top left: Christkindlmarket, Chicago Harley Davidson, Water Tower Place, Accessorize, Marshall Pierce & Company and Monique Boutique.

offering some of the most exquisite timepieces and finest jewelry in the city, featuring luxurious brands like B.R.M., Ulysse Nardin, Bamford, Breitling and Dietrich, as well as outstanding customer service.  834 N. Rush, 312.888.0027.

IWAN RIES & CO.

Step back in time at this legendary fifthgeneration, family-owned smoke shop in the Adler & Sullivan-designed Jewelers Building on historic Jewelers Row, featuring hundreds of pipes, cigars and fine tobacco products, as well as an upscale cigar lounge. 19 S. Wabash, 312.372.1306. See ad on page 20 for free gift offer!

LOTTON GALLERY

Experience the amazing hand-blown glass creations of the multi-generation Lotton family – including works by the “Tiffany of the Twenty-First Century,” family patriarch Charles Lotton – plus fine pieces from dozens of other artists. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6; 312.664.6203.

YAMATO

After a long day of sightseeing, shoppng and just experiencing all Chicago has to offer. Treat yourself to a Swedish hot stone massage, a relaxing foot reflexology treatment and a cocktail or glass of wine from the bar – all under one roof – at this cozy getaway in the heart of the Gold Coast. 152 W. Superior, 312.643.8588. Save 25% off any service with ad on page 21. keymagazinechicago.com

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ART & ANTIQUES LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, level 6 312.664.6203 (J-26) Gold Coast Peruse hand-blown glasswork made in-house by the Lotton family experts. Elegant selections of fine art, vases, lamps, bowls, chandeliers and original paintings from around the world provide another shopping dimension.

CLOTHING AKIRA 108 N. State, 312.346.3355 (I-34) Loop Tailored fashions vary for each citywide location, all crammed with popular designer brands and trendy sartorial elegance.

Celebrating 117 Years!

230 South Wabash | (312)427-5580 www.centralcamera.com

DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312 (H-29) River North Chicago’s best-kept secret/women’s consignment boutique

carries high-end designer labels including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Louboutin and more, all at bargain prices.

DEPARTMENT STORES BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312.440.4460 (J-26) Mag Mile The nationwide department store keeps its standards high with exceptional fashion choices and hundreds of upscale brands for men, women and children. MACY’S 111 N. State, 312.781.1000 (I-34) Loop 835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7787 (J-26) Mag Mile Top fashions and accessories for men, women and children, as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings for your shopping pleasure.

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SHOPPING NEIMAN MARCUS 737 N. Michigan, 312.642.5900 (J-27) Mag Mile The grandiose entrance is an indication of the “haute” stuff you’ll find at one the country’s most luxurious department stores. Personal shoppers come in handy, should you need the assistance.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 700 N. Michigan, 312.944.6500 (J-28) Mag Mile Get a taste of the Big Apple right here in the Windy City at this refuge for shoppers seeking latest designer women's apparel, men's apparel, shoes, handbags and more.

NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312.464.1515 (J-30) Mag Mile Their customer service and selection is legendary, but this department store’s highlights include a professional grade cosmetics section and the seemingly endless shoe department.

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B. YOUNG & CO. 834 N. Rush, 312.888.0027 (I-27) Gold Coast Where else would one expect to find the most exquisite timepieces and fine jewelry than a high-end boutique

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SHOPPING tucked inside the local Bentley dealership? From timeless classics to modern creations, this is luxury all the way. NA HOKU 600 N. Michigan, 312.475.1182 (J-29) Mag Mile Hawaiian for stars, Na Hoku has been creating Hawaii's finest jewelry since 1924. Their finest in Hawaiian and Island Lifestyle jewelry collections can be seen at this Chicago outpost.

MASSAGE & SPA SERVICES YAMATO FOOT MASSAGE & BAR 152 W. Superior,

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312.643.8588 (G-29) River North Refreshment and relaxation? That’s the winning combination at this parlor, where your reflexology or hot stone treatment is complemented by a full range of wine and cocktail choices to enjoy while you’re pampered.

SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900 (J-27) Mag Mile Bloomingdale’s serves as the cornerstone of more than 70 shops, including House of Kahn, Lotton Gallery,

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My Sister’s Circus and The Sports Store, to name but a few. BLOCK 37 108 N. State, 312.261.4700 (I-34) Loop Shop four stories of retail heaven: Sephora and Zara are just two big names, dining abounds with a Latin flair at Latinicity and entertainment at AMC’s Dine-In Theatre. FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, 847.928.7500 (Suburban) Rosemont The area’s only twolevel indoor shopping experience comes complete with more than 130 outlets. Designer

names have never looked so good with up to 75 percent savings at places like Barney’s New York Warehouse, Burberry, Tory Burch, Prada and Last Call, every day. THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300 (J-30) Mag Mile Do the math: 5 hotels, 50 specialty shops and 20 restaurants. Friendly neighbors, Nordstrom and Eataly, sit just around the corner. WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166 (J-27) Mag Mile From American Girl


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Lotton Gallery 900 Shops The Sports Store The House of Kahn Estate Jewelry My Sister’s Circus

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American Girl Water Broadway Tower Playhouse Place Macy’s

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Chicago Polo/Ralph Lauren Banana Republc

THE SPORTS STORE 900 N. Michigan Shops, level 5, 312.877.5455 (J-26) Gold Coast From the Bulls and Bears to the Cubs, Sox and Hawks, show your loyalty to Chicago’s home teams in every season with a variety of gear for men, women and kids, including apparel, accessories, collectibles and more.

TOBACCO & CIGARS IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312.372.1306 (I-35) Loop Chicago’s oldest familyowned tobacconists business—more than 150 years strong—is well known for more than its fair share of cigars and quality pipes!

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Tiffany Saks Fifth Avenue Allsaints

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Gino’s East The Disney Store Brooks Brothers Stuart Weitzman

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Burberry Coach Garrett’s Popcorn Timberland

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LOVER’S LANE 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE (E-11) Lincoln Park 4453 Harlem Ave., 708.457.1620 (Suburban) O’Hare 10420 S. Cicero Ave., 708.229.2585 (Suburban) Midway More than 30 outlets (over 16 in Chicagoland alone) keeps the passion burning. Lingerie, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, and lotions overwhelm the senses, turning up the heat for all the lovers out there.

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CENTRAL CAMERA 230 S. Wabash, 312.427.5580 (I-37) Loop Serving Chicago since 1899. You’ll find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Leica, and more. THE HOUSE OF GLUNZ 1206 N. Wells, 312.642.3000 (H-23) Old Town The wine-and-spirits shop for people who truly appreciate vintage things, this fifth-generation Old Town institution has been helping Chicago drink smarter since 1888.

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252 (H-29) River North Stock up on vintage tees, jackets, hats and collectables just like the rock star you’ve always wanted to be.

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EVERY CUISINE, EVERY BUDGET, EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD, CHICAGO’S RESTAURANT SCENE HAS YOU COVERED. FROM FINE DINING TO CLASSIC COMFORT FOOD, YOUR VISIT TO CHICAGO IS SURE TO BE IN GOOD TASTE.

VELVET TACO

Nothing beats a hot taco on a cold winter’s day, and now you don’t have to travel down to Texas to get a taste of the unique taco combos being served up by this popular Dallas-based emporium – the tikka chicken, bacon burger and Cuban pig tacos are hot and ready to eat right on State Street. 1110 N. State, 312.763.2654.

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HUTCH AMERICAN CAFE

Get a cold day in Chicago off to a warm, fulfilling start – whether it’s eight in the morning or two in the afternoon – at this brunch-only River North spot, which serves up a big selection of classic and modern brunch favorites and boozy mid-morning drinks all day long in a cozy environment. 416 W. Ontario, 312.300.4195.

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Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta

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Clockwise from top left: Club Lucky, Hutch Amerian Cafe, The Berghoff, Miller’s Pub, Gino’s East and The Walnut Room.

MANNY’S DELICATESSEN

Comfort food doesn’t get much more comfortable than the classic deli fare – from gargantuan corned beef sandwiches to traditional potato pancakes – being dished out to everyone from politicians to construction workers to office denizens at this legendary South Loop institution. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855.

STAN’S DONUTS

cup of joe from this L.A.-based shop that has quickly become a Midwestern favorite, thanks in part to wonderfully delicious creations like the peanut butter pocket and the massive bear claw. 259 E. Erie, 312.255.1130; 535 N. Michigan, 312.955.3100; and 26 E. Roosevelt, 312.834.0700.

PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA

After a day on the ice at Millennium Park or just wandering the chilly neighborhoods of the city, nothing can beat a true Chicago original – a piping-hot deep dish pizza from one of the originators of our unique civic cuisine. 61 E. Madison, 312.236.7777 and 864 N. State, 312.751.1766.

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AMERICAN BILLY GOAT TAVERN 430 N. Michigan, 312.222.1525 (J-31) River North 700 E. Grand, 312.670.8789 (O-31) Streeterville 1535 W. Madison, 312.733.9132 (D-35) West Loop 330 S. Wells, 312.554.0297 (H-38) Loop This tavern’s colorful characters inspired the now-infamous Saturday Night Live sketch starring John Belushi, Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. At Billy Goat, it’s “cheezborger” or bust. THE GLUNZ TAVERN 1202 N. Wells, 312.642.3000 (H-23) Old Town Once shuttered in the wake of prohibition, this historic restaurant is a true throwback that is as appealing for its authentic charm and old-world character as it is for its Europeanstyle menu and extensive wine list. HARD ROCK CAFÉ 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252 (H-29) River North Marvel at the fabled memorabilia of the music gods. Salads, burgers and fries on the menu, but prime billing includes the smokehouse sammies, courtesy of the café’s in-house smokers. HARRY CARAY’S 7TH INNING STRETCH 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.0500 36

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(K-27) Mag Mile Cubbie pride runs aplenty in this sports-themed bar/restaurant that pays homage to Chicago’s favorite bespectacled North Sider. Overstuffed burgers and handdipped milkshakes match Caray’s larger-than-life persona. HUTCH AMERICAN CAFE 416 W. Ontario, 312.300.4195 (F-29) River North When the weekend-only strictures of a traditional brunch are too confining, be thankful for this cozy River North spot, where they dish up sandwiches, omelets, salads, waffles and more of your brunch favorites all week long. LLOYDS 1 S. Wacker, 312.407.6900 (H-35) Loop A hop skip and a jump away from the Lyric Opera. The menu offers classy American comfort cuisine in its main dining room. Favorite include the half pound hamburger and the succulent steak sandwich. RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111 (J-35) Loop Located a stone’s throw from Millennium Park Rudy’s is home of the famous milkshake martini made with


DINING Smirnoff Vodkas and several varieties of Homers ice Cream flavors. Need we say more? TIP TOP INN 1204 N. State, 312.877.5900 (I-23) Gold Coast Local flavors and local ingredients are the focus on this classic American menu, with everything from the vegetables to the meats sourced from right here in the Midwest.

ASIAN TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash 312.379.0970 (I-39) South Loop Contemporary décor accents Asian minimal-

ist furnishings at this pan-Asian café. The menu covers most of Asia, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. VORA 1028 N. Clark 312.929.2035 (I-25) Gold Coast This chic Asian fusion hot spot boasts a sushi bar with chefs creating only the freshest rolls served along side other Japanese and Taiwanese dishes. It offers many sakes and whiskeys and provides a contemporary feel.

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“The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

312/337-0000 1 1 / 2 Blocks From the Mag Mile at 230 East Ohio Street

STAN’S DONUTS & COFFEE 535 N. Michigan, 312.955.3100 (J-29) Mag Mile 259 E. Erie Ste. 100, 312.255.1130 (K-29) Streeterville 1560 N. Damen, 773.360.7386 (A-20) Wicker Park 3300 N. Broadway, 773.883.4764 (A-7) Lake View 2800 N. Clark, 773.868.0173 (F-10) East Lake View 26 E. Roosevelt 312.834.0700 (I-43) South Loop From the freshly baked peanut butter pockets to the lemon pistachio old fashioneds and Intelligentsia coffee drinks, Stan’s has your morning fix covered.

BBQ

“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine

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BELLY Q 1400 W. Randolph, 312.563.1010 (C-33) West Loop The finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients make their way into the plates of award-winning chef Bill Kim. Built-in hibachi table grills bring out the best of Asian barbeque. BUB CITY 435 N. Clark, 312.610.4200 (I-30) River North Lettuce Entertain You brings a little bit of the south to the Windy City. Classic BBQ fare,

a bourbon focused cocktail menu and live country music, what’s not to love. JERK GRILL 811 W. Chicago, 312.763.2870 (D-27) River West Enjoy the best of Jamaican street food and summer backyard barbecues all under one roof, with spicy and delicious takes on traditional jerk chicken, beef brisket and pork, plus a wide array of fantastic sides.

BRAZILIAN TEXAS DE BRAZIL 210 E. Illinois, 312.595.0913 (K-27) Mag Mile Authentic Brazilian “Churrascaria” combines the best ingredients of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. Pair award-winning wine with a carnivore’s delight of succulent meats and you’ve got yourself a meal to remember.

BREAKFAST ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112 (I-42) South Loop 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112 (G-14) Lincoln Park Old school diner-meetsJewish deli. Savor the flavor of mile high pastrami sandwiches, complete with kosher pickles, or pancakes from scratch. Breakfast is served all day...


DINING WEST EGG CAFÉ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366 (K-29) Streeterville Dubbed “the quintessential American diner,” this institution, cookin’ since 1988, prides itself on the art of casual  dining. Traditional breakfast food comes laced Italian, Greek and Tex-Mex influence. YOLK 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655 (L-30) Streeterville 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.9655 (I-42) South Loop 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277 (G-27) River North 500 W. Madison, 312.454.9655 (E-35) West Loop This brainchild of

restauranteur Taki Kastanis is becoming a brand all its own. The popular brunch spot is expanding, but lines aren’t getting any shorter. So, if you find yourself standing in line... You’ve probably come to the right spot.

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DINING PHOENIX RESTAURANT 2131 S. Archer, 312.328.0848 (H-50) Chinatown Craving dim sum? This is one of your best shots for authentic, hand crafted, Hong Kong-style small plates.

DELICATESSEN

620 N. Fairbanks 312-280-8366

ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112 (I-42) South Loop 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112 (G-14) Lincoln Park Old school dinermeets-Jewish deli. Savor the flavor of mile highpastrami sandwiches, complete with kosher pickles, or pancakes from scratch. As a rule, breakfast is served all day, every day. MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855 (E-43) University Village A favorite of Chicago politicos since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served sandwiches piled high with juicy corned beef to some of the most influential leaders.

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GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444 (A-1) Lincoln Square For more than 40 years this lively familyfriendly restaurant has served sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, veal shanks, chops and fish specials. THE GLUNZ TAVERN 1202 N. Wells, 312.642.3000 (H-23) Old Town Once shuttered in the wake of prohibition, this historic restaurant is a true throwback that is as appealing for its authentic charm and old-world character as it is for its Europeanstyle menu and extensive wine list.

GREEK ATHENA 212 S. Halsted, 312.655.0000 (D-37) Greektown The restaurant dedicates itself to Greece’s capitol city in all the right ways: Mediterranean décor and authentic Greek recipes. Outdoor dining is best, according to Zagat.

HOT DOGS CHICAGO DOG HOUSE 816 W Fullerton 773.248.3647 Lincoln Park (D-14) A mix between Gourmet and Fast Food. Their sausages are


DINING always changing and have included but not limited to...BBQ Smoked Duck, Fresh Ribeye Steak Sausage, Kangaroo and much much more.

PORTILLO’S 100 W. Ontario, 312.587.8910 (H-29) River North Portillo’s perfects the Chicago style hot dog with a Vienna dog, poppy seed bun, mustard, onion, relish, pickle spear, tomatoes, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. Hold the ketchup! Don’t

forget to try one of Chicago’s favorite Italian Beefs too!

INDIA HOUSE FINE DINING RESTAURANT

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999 (I-41) South Loop Bringing out the flavors of India and Nepal. Delight in mouthwatering cuisine and an extensive wine list. INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500 (I-30) River North The centerpiece glass-enclosed tandoor oven does the heavy lifting, turning out 150 continued on page 42...

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delicious Indian dishes every day. Can’t make up your mind? Try the popular (and economical) daily lunch buffet.

IRISH

1110 N STATE | 312.763.2654 VELVETTACO.COM

EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200 (I-33) Loop This Irish pub serves up traditional fare: Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, New York strip in Guinness mushroom gravy and corned beef sandwiches, to name but a few.

ITALIAN BELLA LUNA 731 N. Dearborn, 312.751.2552 (I-27) River North This corner classic has been a neighborhood favorite for over 25 years. Serving handmade pastas and pizza as well as specialities like Pollo Alla Marsala and Bistecca Alla Grigli.

CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300 (A-19) Bucktown You’ll feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge at this spot, which has been serving generous portions for 25 years. House specialties pair nicely with the club’s famous martinis. Enjoy their "Must See" award winning holiday decorations, November 19th through January 10th. LABRIOLA RISTORANTE & CAFÉ 535 N. Michigan, 312.955.3100 (J-30) Mag Mile Choose from a wide variety of pastas, steaks, chops, seafood and antipasto – along with plenty of their famous bread – at this charming addition to the Mag Mile scene. PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312.751.1766 (I-26) Gold Coast 61 E. Madison,

Indian & Nepalese Cuisine

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DINING 312.236.1777 (I-35) Loop In the words of Frank Sinatra, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for thin-crust pizza.

LATIN

ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312.243.2357 (W. of D-41) Little Italy This warm trattoria specializes in Sicilian fare, taking you on a nostalgic journey of the Mediterranean.

CARNIVALE 702 W. Fulton, 312.850.5005 (E-32) West Loop The West Loop hot spot blends the flavors of Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico into sumptuous dishes.

SPIAGGIA 980 N. Michigan, 312.280.2750 (J-25) Gold Coast Top-notch Italian fare earned this popular dining establishment a

LATINICITY 108 N. State, level 3 312.6795.4444 (I-34) Loop This truly unique dining

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Streeterville

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DINING experience inside of Block 37 brings the flavors of Latin America, Spain and Portugal to the heart of Chicago.

MEXICAN SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 49 E. Ontario, 312.943.4041 (I-29) River North Experience a little slice of Mexico with a smorgasbord of south-of-the-border favorites, including fajitas, burritos and hacienda dinners. Live Mariachi music makes perfect ambiance. VELVET TACO 1110 N. State, 312.763.2654 (I-25) Gold Coast

Fresh, house-made tortillas, slow-roasted corn and chicken and more than a dozen adventurous variations like shrimp and grits, spicy tikka chicken and Nashville hot tofu highlight the handheld goodness at this Gold Coast taco emporium.

NEPALESE CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999 (I-41) South Loop The stalwart preserves the authentic flavors of India and Nepal. Guests will enjoy classics like “momo” (dumplings with sauce) and “dalbhaat” (rice and lentils).

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NEPAL HOUSE 1301 S. Michigan, 312.922.0601 (J-44) South Loop The owner of Chicago Curry House presents his newest fine dining establishment. The eatery serves a delicious spread of Nepalese and Indian food. Take advantage of the all-you-can eat buffet Tuesday through Sunday.

BELLA LUNA 731 N. Dearborn, 312.751.2552 (I-27) River North This corner classic has been a neighborhood favorite for over 25 years. Serving hand-made pastas and pizza as well as specialities like Pollo Alla Marsala and Bistecca Alla Grigli. CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 52 E. Ohio, 312.787.6075 (J-30) River North The national chain offers affordable pizzas with specialty toppings, such as the everpopular BBQ Chicken


DINING and Jamaican Jerk Chicken pizzas. Menu modifications available to suit your taste. GINO’S EAST 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP (H-29) Streeterville 500 N. LaSalle, 312.988.4200 (K-28) River North 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818 (I-38) South Loop A Chicago tradition since 1966, worldfamous deep-dish features a golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and choice of delicious toppings LABRIOLA RISTORANTE & CAFÉ 535 N. Michigan, 312.955.3100 (J-30) Mag Mile

“The Best Deep-Dish” in the city is emerging from the ovens here, featuring great varieties ranging simple to spectacular they offer something for for every taste. PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312.751.1766 (I-26) Gold Coast 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777 (I-35) Loop In the words of Frank Sinatra, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for thin-crust pizza. continued on page 46...

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Appetizers – Salads – Soups Pizza – Pasta – Sandwiches Desserts and much more!

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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667 (I-27) River North Express focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout, serving pizza, salads and burgers until 5 a.m. nightly.

SEAFOOD BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier 312.252.GUMP (N-31) Streeterville Forest Gump jokes aside, quality seafood, delicious drinks and hand-shaken margaritas will brighten up any family’s day on Navy Pier. CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500 (I-33) Loop 35 S. Washington St., 630.717.3500 (Suburban) Naperville Chilean Sea Bass and Alaskan King Crab Legs make for big culinary hits. For meat lovers: bone-in ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon satisfy. SHAWS CRABHOUSE 21 E. Hubbard, 312.527.2722 (J-30) River North Surf and turf is the main attractions, but you won’t scoff at the Sunday brunch menu, complete with a cold seafood bar, and omelet and waffle kitchen and Shaw’s Sweets table with any number of macaroons, tartlets and cakes.

STEAKS AND CHOPS DAVID BURKE’S PRIMEHOUSE 616 N. Rush, 312.660.6000 (J-29) River North Long-time restaurateur Burke tackles the unconventional with Pretzel Crusted Crab Cake and Wagyu Beef Sashimi on Himalayan rock salt. GIBSONS 1028 N. Rush, 312.266.8999 (J-24) Gold Coast Impressively large desserts and famously large martinis are just two components of this legendary Chicago steakhouse. Beef comes region specific to upper Midwest sustainable farms, bred Black Angus-specific. HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966 (I-31) River North 10233 W. Higgins, 847.699.1200 (Suburban) Rosemont 70 Yorktown, 630.953.3400 (Suburban) Lombard Serving prime steaks and chops, along with Italian favorites in a warm atmosphere, decorated with a sports memorabilia. MIKE DITKA’S RESTAURANT 100 E. Chestnut, 312.587.8989 (I-26) Gold Coast The aura of “Da Coach”


DINING permeates this Windy City landmark owned by the Super Bowlwinning Ditka.

sets the mood for a family feast of pad Thai and spicy beef curry. A good, quick pick for anyone in a rush.

SUSHI

SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312.944.7100 (I-28) Gold Coast Zagat-rated fare centers on banana blossom salad and tom yum. Feeling adventurous? A dedicated menu of Thai curry is full of exotic spice.

FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998 (I-28) Gold Coast This Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for casual dining. Hungry? Partake in the Delux Sashimi tray, a collection of 15 pieces of assorted fish, rice and miso soup.

THAI DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000 (J-29) Streeterville Traditional Thai dĂŠcor

STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100 (I-30) River North The Star earned distinction as the No. 1 Thai restaurant in the city and popularizing Thai food around the USA.

This Asian fusion hot spot boasts a sushi bar with chefs creating the freshest rolls served along side Japanese and Taiwanese dim sum.

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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, CHICAGO REALLY HEATS UP! FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE STAGE TO THE LOW LIGHTS CHICAGO’S INTIMATE CLUBS, THE CITY IS ALIVE WITH MUSIC AND EXCITEMENT ALL NIGHT LONG.

BUDDY GUYS LEGENDS

It may be a cold time of year everywhere else in the city, but when this South Loop club’s legendary namesake owner plugs in for a month of searing, intimate shows every January, there’s simply no hotter place in town. 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190.

REDHEAD PIANO BAR

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longtime refuge in River North. 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000.

CITY WINERY

Live entertainment at most wine bars may mean a pleasant but undistinguished singer-songwriter plugging away on his acoustic guitar in a corner, but at this West Loop hotspot, the world-class wines share the stage with some of music’s biggest stars for one unbeatable night out. 1200 W. Randolph, 312.733.9463.


City Winery

Redhead Piano Bar

Jazz Showcase

House of Blues

Clockwise from top left: Chicago Trolley Co., STOMP, Caroling at Cloud Gate, Hamilton, Tip Top Inn and Illumination.

HOUSE OF BLUES

There’s no sense cavorting through the cold between dinner and a concert when this River North favorite features a full evening of delicious dining and top-notch entertainment – featuring some of the biggest names in pop, rock, R&B and blues nightly – all under one roof. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000.

KINGSTON MINES

The annual Chicago Blues Festival in June may seem a lifetime away – both chronologically and meteorologically – but blues

fans in Chicago know that this homegrown music plays on year-round at places like this North Side mainstay, which features some of the best local players (like Joanna Connor, pictured to the left) into the wee hours. 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646.

JAZZ SHOWCASE

One of the best jazz listening rooms in the city could not feel more like a warm cocoon from the elements outside than during the depths of January, as some of the music’s biggest local and national names hit the compact stage to heat things up considerably. 806 S. Plymouth, 312.360.0234.

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NIGHTLIFE

BLUES CLUBS KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646 (E-13) Lincoln Park Doc Pelligrino’s multi award-winning establishment has hosted Blues greats B.B. King and Magic Slim. Mines is twice as nice: Two stages keep the variety fresh all night long.

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COCKTAIL LOUNGES CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300 (A-20) Wicker Park Harkening back to supper clubs of the ‘40s, this “lucky” lounge embodies the intimate cocktail hour of generations past. Select from a “Killer Martini” list or go classic with a handcrafted cocktail. FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998 (I-28) Gold Coast The modern, sleek trappings of this sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients.

COMEDY CLUBS COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080 (E-7) Lakeview Comedy referees keep score for audience-led teams. Red and Blue groups go head-to-head to determine the theme of this improv-inspired show for all ages. IO 1501 N. Kingsbury 312.929.2401 (D-19) Lincoln Park One of the originators of long-form improvisation has been creating comedy for 30 years, and showing no signs of slowing down.

IRISH BARS EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (I-33) Loop Pull up stool and grab a pint at the 40-foot wood bar packed with 12 beers on tap, including Ireland’s beloved Guinness.

LIVE MUSIC HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252 (H-29) River North In addition to hosting live music (on Mon. and Thu.), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American


NIGHTLIFE cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere.

PIANO BARS THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000 (H-29) River North Sing along to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” or Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds,” just two of the Redhead’s regular jams. Top piano players and vocalists keep you happy seven nights a week.

TAVERNS & SPORTS BARS HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.9700 (L-30) Streeterville The waterfront location, family friendly menu and world class collection of sports memorabilia combine to create the ultimate Chicago sports bar experience. TIP TOP INN 1204 N. State, 312.877.5900 (I-23)Gold Coast Enjoy a cocktail or craft beer while catching the game on one of the massive screens at this new American standard.

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ON STAGE

TOO HOT TO HANDEL

Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Congress, 312.341.2300 Renowned soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson join legendary pianist Alvin Waddles, along with a choir of over 100 members and musicians, in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy this January with Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah. Performances are January 14 at 7:30pm and January 15 at 3pm. AuditoriumTheatre.org

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TOPS OF THE NATION REVIEW

The Baton Show Lounge 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269 For over 47 years America’s premiere drag showcase has been pleasing audiences from across the globe, featuring the best of the best in female impersonation complemented by the top male entertainers in the country. Shows are Wednesday through Sunday. For more info visit, TheBatonShowLounge.com. 2-for-1 admission with this ad for Friday 8:30pm & 10:30pm shows!

MR. AND MRS. PENNYWORTH

Lookingglass Theatre Company 821 N. Michigan, 312.337.0665 Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth travel the globe weaving extraordinary tales, until a mysterious death sends them on a journey to save our beloved stories. A World Premiere storytelling adventure, perfect for the entire family! Now playing through February 19. Tickets from $35. Use code KEYMAG and save 20% at lookingglasstheatre.org


ON STAGE

HAMILTON

PrivateBankTheatre 18 W. Monroe, 312.384.1500 Few shows in the history of Broadway have come to Chicago with quite the anticipation, bravado and boatload of awards as this hip hop-fueled biography of America’s first Treasury Secretary. Bristling with amazing choreography and intensely brilliant wordplay – not to mention some truly memorable melodies – this is a night of theater not soon to be forgotten. Tickets available at broadwayinchicago.com.

i.O.

i.O Theatre 1501 N. Kingsbury, 312.929.2401 For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows— featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” Call for schedule. Chicago.iOImprov.com

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Civic Opera House 20 N. Wacker, 312.827.5600 Don’t miss the sparkling music and triumphant story of The Magic Flute on stage December 10 – January 27. In this operatic fairy tale, Prince Tamino falls instantly in love with Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night and with his faithful sidekick, has to test his courage to win her heart. Save 20% when you use promo code KEYMAG at lyricopera.org.

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COMEDYSPORTZ

ComedySportz Theatre 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080 In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-barred battle of comedy. Located steps from the Belmont El stop. ComedySportzChicago.com

THE COMEDY BAR

Gino’s East River North 500 N. LaSalle, 312.836.0499 This new arrival on the scene features Chicago’s funniest standup comics under the same roof as some of the city’s best pizza, making for one unbeatable dinner-date night out! Enjoy performances by Nate Abshire on Friday, January 13 at 8:30 and 10pm; Saturday January 14 at 7:30 and 9:30pm and The Big Sexy Show Saturday, January 14 at 11pm. Tickets ($20) are available at ComedyBarChicago.com

BLUE MAN GROUP

Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000 New cutting-edge technology and striking visual effects promise an innovative twist on an already unique form of entertainment. This unique and thrilling multisensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets ($49-$99). BlueMan.com

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