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ON THE COVER TASTE CHICAGO! The culinary celebration Restaurant Week returns January 24 – February 6 as over 250 of the city’s and suburbs best restaurants will be serving up special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner (excluding beverages, tax, and tip). For some of the freshest seafood in Chicago try Catch 35, 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500. Enjoy a romantic evening with hand-cut steaks at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 415 N. Dearborn, 312.527.3510. Sample traditional and specialty maki, sushi, and sashimi at Friends Sushi, 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. Experience classic Italian dishes at the historic Italian Village, 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. Not to be missed (and featured on the cover) Little Market Brasserie, 10 E. Delaware, 312.640.8141. Lunch selections include mouth watering soups, salads, and sandwiches. Dinner selections include Potato Gnocchi, Pasta Puttanesca, and Oxtail Ravioli. Finish it off with a slice of Chocolate Molasses Cake. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit choosechicago.com.

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Strictly Sail Chicago features the latest and greatest the sailing industry has to offer, including the newest boat designs, sailing gear, accessories and hardware from more than 250 exhibiting companies, plus seminars, demonstrations and more. This weekend at Navy Pier. Friday, 11am-8pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am5pm. Adults, $12-$15.; kids 15 and under, FREE. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.7437.

The Chicago Bulls battle one of the top contenders in the West tonight, as Blake Griffin and the high-flying Los Angeles Clippers visit the United Center. 7pm. 1901 # 20 W. Madison, 312.455.4000. It may be cold outside, but the stage will be heating up with the high-energy, fleet-footed, jazz-inspired art of tap dancing on display in Savion Glover’s STePz tonight at the Harris Theatre for


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JAN 24-31 Music and Dance. 7:30pm. $30$55. 205 E. Randolph, 312.334.7777.

Enjoy a great meal, then rock out to a double bill of great tribute bands – the female Guns n’ Roses act Rocket Queens, followed by the Beastie Boys redux She’s Crafty – tonight at Hard Rock Café. 9pm. $10. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. Comedian and star of the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics” Erik Griffin performs two standup sets tonight at Zanies Comedy Club. 8:30pm and 10:30pm. $25. 1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027. A tradition that blues fans look forward to all year long continues tonight, as the venerable guitarist Buddy Guy plays a month of intimate shows at his South Loop club Buddy Guy’s Legends. 9pm. $65. 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190.

Friday Night at the Movies featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” tonight at Symphony Center. 8pm. $85-$160. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000.

Veteran comedian and former “Fear Factor” host Joe Rogan returns to his standup roots with a performance tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $35$49.50. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300.

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jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and more at Plumbers Hall. 10am-5pm. $10. 1340 W. Washington, 312.666.1200. Play actual games of bingo, win prizes, and hear the funniest religion lessons you could hope for during Bible Bingo at the Royal George Theatre. 8pm. $30. 1641 N. Halsted, 312.988.9000. The classic Chicago street festival joins forces with the red-hot craft beer scene for the indoor Winter Brew 2014 event in the Lincoln Square neighborhood at Dank Haus. 2pm-5pm (session 1)and 7pm-10pm (session 2). $12-$52. 4740 N. Western, 773.561.9181.

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SATURDAY Get your blood pumping with a quick dip in the ice-cold waters of Lake Michigan during the 13th annual Polar Plunge for charity at Oak Street Beach. 11am. $40. 1000 N. Lake Shore Drive, www.lakeviewpolarbearclub.com.

Stars Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart take care of the visuals on the big screen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays the live Bernard Herrmann score during

Grab your skates (or rent a pair) and hit the ice for Skating at the Zoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo. 12pm8pm. $5 admission, $5 skate rental. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. Hit the indoor Randolph Street Market for three levels of vintage and modern clothes, personalized

A signature event is now even better, as the popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch features a great Southern buffet and rousing live gospel music now hand-selected by the legendary Kirk Franklin. 10am and 12:30pm. Adults, $40; children (ages 6–12), $25. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000.


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It’s a trip down memory lane tonight for captain Jonathan Toews as he and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks face off against Toews’ hometown team the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center. 6pm. 1901 W. # Madison, 312.455.7000. 20

Monday Night Live features great cabaret performers delivering classic tunes in the supper club setting of Petterino’s Restaurant. 150 N. Dearborn, 312.422.0150.

Featuring comedy talent from around the city, 100 Proof Comedy focuses on some of the best local standup performers tonight at ComedySportz Theatre. 8pm. $10. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080.

28 Travel back in time to experience the excitement of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition with a rare look at artifacts and specimens that have rarely been on display since they amazed fairgoers over a hundred years ago in Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair at the Field Museum of Natural History. 9am5pm. Adults, $15; kids (3-11), $10. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312.922.9410.

27 MONDAY The Chicago Bulls take on Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, # 20 312.455.4000.

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Hot New York standup Mike Lawrence brings his quick wit and prodigious beard to the stage tonight at Zanies Comedy Club. 8:30pm. $25. 1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027. Enjoy a winter wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe during Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!, opening tonight at the United Center. 7pm. $12-$60 (FREE parking). 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4500.

TUESDAY Settle in for a cozy night by the baby grand with a cocktail and the many songs of Tuesday night regular John Zamojcin on the keys at the Redhead Piano Bar. 8pm11:30pm. 16 W. Ontario. 312.640.1000. The man in the mask has gotten a bit of a facelift, as the blockbuster musical The Phantom of the Opera returns to town in a new streamlined production opening tonight at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. 7:30pm. $20-$80. 151 W. Randolph, 312.384.1502.

30 THURSDAY Two classical superstars join forces, as conductor Ricardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and cellist Yo-Yo Ma sits in as guest soloist for a program of Schubert and Sollima tonight at Symphony Center. 8pm. $65-$110. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. 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. 8pm. $49-$69. 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000. Grab your skates and hit the rink for Skating in the Park tonight at MB Financial Park. 4pm-9pm. FREE (skate rental is $8). 5500 Park Place in suburban Rosemont, 847.349.5008.

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31 FRIDAY A beloved and timeless children’s tale comes to stirring theatrical life in a new family-friendly production of The Little Prince at the Lookingglass Theatre. 7:30pm. $55–$65. 821 N. Michigan, 312.337.0665. Veteran standup Tom Papa brings his clean but cutting brand of humor to town for two hilarious sets tonight at UP Comedy Club. 8pm and 10:30pm. $25. 230 W. North, 312.662.4562. One of the most respected jazz artists of modern times, saxophonist Branford Marsalis brings his distinctive style and crack quartet to town on the heels of last year’s outstanding recording Four MFs Playin’ Tunes. Tonight at Symphony Center. 8pm. $28-$60. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000.

Experience fine dining without breaking the bank! For fourteen days, from January 24 - February 6, over 250 restaurants in the city and throughout the suburbs are offering special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner. Take this opportunity to sample some of the city’s best restaurants – from venerable old favorites to the hottest newcomers – with little regard for the cost. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. Participating restaurants may offer Restaurant Week menus for lunch (L), dinner (D) or both - at their discretion. Specific menu details found online at www.choosechicago.com Reservations not required, but recommended. Here are a few of our favorites: Berghoff 17 W. Adams; 312/427-3170 (L, D) Bubba Gump Shrimp 700 E. Grand; 312/252-GUMP (L, D) Cicchetti 671 N St Clair St; 312/642-1800 (L, D) Epic 112 W Hubbard St; 312/222-4940 (L,D) Fogo De Chao 661 N LaSalle St; 312/932-9330 (Dinner only) Hard Rock Cafe 63 W Ontario St; 312/943-2252 (Lunch only) Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse 33 W. Kinzie; 312/828-0966 (L, D) Lawry’s 100 E Ontario St; 312/ 787-5000 (Dinner only) Mercadito 108 W Kinzie St; 312/329-9555 (L, D) Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse 505 N. Michigan; 312/321-8823 (L, D) Rainforest Cafe 605 N Clark St; 312/787-1501 (L, D) Siena Tavern 51 W Kinzie St; 312/595-1322 (L, D)

Enjoy a great meal, then stick around for a country double bill of Cardinal Harbor and Heartland Star tonight at Hard Rock Café. 9pm. $10. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252.

Tavern at the Park 130 E. Randolph; 312/552-0070 (L, D) The Weber Grill Restaurant 539 N. State; 312/467-9696 (L, D)


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fun, with everything you need to create a crazy, colossal or cozy space that’s all your own. The possibilities are endless, but fun is guaranteed. You can’t build ‘em like this at home! Fri.-Wed.10am5pm, Thur. 10am-8pm. $14. 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000

KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Budding artists can explore their creative side with the Adventures in Art. This exhibit encourages children to explore their creativity by using unique tools and art media. Sundays, Noon-4pm., Mondays 10am-Noon, Tuesdays -Saturdays 10am -Noon & 1pm4pm. $9.50. 2100 Patriot in suburban Glenview, 847.832.6600.

COMEDYSPORTZ Hear hilarious jokes at ComedySportz where two teams compete to see who can make the audience laugh harder. With improvised comedy scenes, songs, and games, it’s sure to be a great time for those of all ages. $22-$24. Shows Wed.-Mon., times vary. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080.

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM The ultimate fortbuilding experience returns! Forts takes this favorite childhood pastime to a whole new level of

HIGHLIGHTS HAVE A SWEET TIME! HERSHEY’S Photo Bar Wrapper for All Occasions! Picture yourself on a personalized HERSHEY'S Chocolate Bar wrapper! Pose for a photo and have it printed on the wrapper of a 7-ounce HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate, Special Dark or Cookies N’ Cream Bar. Include a personalized phrase for an extra sweet touch, all for just $9.95! 822 N. Michigan. Daily 10am-10pm. 312.337.7711.

COSMIC WONDER Discover the mysteries of the universe at the Adler Planetarium. The live show, Cosmic Wonder, tells the compelling story of how we pieced together an understanding of the cosmos over time. Special effects help the audience members witness breathtaking beauty and discover the modern mysteries of the unknown. Mon.–Fri., 9:30am–4pm; Sat.–Sun., 9:30am–4:30pm. Adults, $22; Kids, $18. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827.

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to SHOP AND EAT®® RAINFOREST CAFÉ Part adventure and part restaurant, this fun-for-the-whole family eatery is sure to please people of all ages. Bring your wild bunch in Wednesday nights when kids 10 and under eat for just $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entree 5pm–close. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. # 36 Coupon below. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Explore nine decades of Disney history and artifacts in Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a new exhibition celebrating this milestone of imagination, innovation and entertainment with nearly 300 artifacts, many which have not been widely seen by the public at the Museum of Science and Industry. 9:30am-4:00pm. Adults, $27;

kids (3-11), $18 (includes general museum admission). 57th and Lake Shore. # 10 773.684.1414. MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Kids will love the Saturday spaghetti special while watching Manny’s Magic Show and parents will enjoy the signature corned beef or another specialty sandwich. Enjoy one of their famous potato pancakes on the side. The show runs Saturdays 11am–2:30pm. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. Coupon on page 44. LEGO STORE Kids will have a great time seeing new models and building their own Lego creations. Water Tower Place. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. # 151 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.0946.


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Looking to save some money after the holidays, while still experiencing the best of Chicago? With CITYPASS CHICAGO (888.330.5008, citypass.com) you can visit five famous Chicago attractions for one low price. Includes prepaid admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, a choice between Museum of Science and Industry or John Hancock Observatory; and a choice between Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago. See more and avoid most ticket lines. CityPASS is good for nine days, beginning with the first day of use — perfect for a weekend getaway or a longer vacation. One of the attractions included is SKYDECK CHICAGO (233 S. Wacker, 312.875.9696) located in the Willis Tower. The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is home to The Ledge, a glass viewing platform on the 103rd floor.

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AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people to discover why design matters. Shop & Tour Center open Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. architecture.org (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world, featuring a $1.4 million public-art collection and special exhibits. Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–4pm; Sun., 2–4pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. chipublib.org (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Sun., 10am–5pm, Sat., 9:30—6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO (J-26)

SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily, 10am–8pm. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $18; children (3–11), $12; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. the-skydeck.com (G-36)

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CITYPASS Visit five attractions and save 49%. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Field Museum,  John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry and  Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago. CityPASS booklet holders can skip most ticket lines, but they may encounter a line when they first exchange a voucher for a booklet. Good for nine days. Adults, $89; children (3–11), $79. All major cards. 888.330.5008. citypass.com

FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: Tue.: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science Wed.: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Art Institute (5pm–8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sun. every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.

JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Lavazza Espression café and 360-degree views. Daily, 9am–11pm. Adults, $18; kids (3–11), $12; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. jhochicago.com (J-26)

ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. On exhibit through the 26th: Mapping the Moon. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors/students, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. adlerplanetarium.org (N-43)

MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the reflective sculpture Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean,” as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge. Ice-skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is scheduled to remain open through March 9th. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. millenniumpark.org (K-33)

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. IL residents get free admission Thursday nights from 5pm–8pm. Adults, $18–$23; children/seniors/students with ID, $12–$17; children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. artic.edu (J-35)

NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier houses more than 50 acres of shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including the Chicago Children’s Museum, IMAX Theatre and a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel. Mon. –Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. navypier.com (N-30)

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NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug An IMAX 3D Experience is currently playing, with I, Frankenstein: An IMAX 3D Experience coming January 24th. Adults, $11–$15; seniors (62+), $10–$14; and children (3–11), $9–$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.595.5MAX. imax.com/chicago (O-30)

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CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Kids and families enjoy hands-on exhibits and learning activities. Daily, 10am–5pm. Adults/children, $14; seniors, $13; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sun. of every month for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. chicagochildrensmuseum.org (N-31)

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DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm; closed Mon. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages (6–11), $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773.947.0600. dusablemuseum.org (South of M-54)

GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s masterpiece is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District and served as an inspiration to Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours: Wed.–Sun. at 1pm and 3pm. Tours of Clarke House, the city’s oldest surviving building (start at Glessner House): Wed.–Sun., noon and 2pm. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $9; and children (5–12), $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312.326.1480. glessnerhouse.org (J-48)

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THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM Get a glimpse of the architecture and design in Chicago during the 19th century. Tue.-Sun., 10am5pm. Adults, $20; seniors, $12.50, student/ youth (6-12), $10; 5 and under free. 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933. driehausmuseum.org (J–29)

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 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 weekdays from 10:30am– 4pm, tours every 30 minutes and weekends from 10:40am-4pm, tours every 20 minutes. 45–60 min. Adults, $15; children (4–17) and seniors (65+), $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. gowright.org (Suburban)

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CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Siam the Queen and the White City. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., Noon–5pm. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children (13–22), $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. chicagohs.org (H-19)

THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair. Daily, 9am–5pm. General admission: Adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; and children (3–11), $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org (K-44)

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CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Wright Before the “Lloyd”. Mon.– Thu., 9am–7pm; Fri.–Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun, 10am– 6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34)

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HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and provides an in-depth look at the author. Photography encouraged. Sun.–Fri., 1– 5pm; Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $10; kids (18 & under)/ seniors/students, $8; and children under 5, free. AAA/veteran discounts available. 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708.524.5383. ehfop.org (Suburban)

NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. On exhibit: American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration. Mon., Wed., Fri., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–5pm. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $8; children (3–12), $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312.655.1234. nationalhellenicmuseum.org (D-38)

JANE ADDAMS HULL-HOUSE MUSEUM Social reformer Jane Addams—the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—cofounded Hull-House as a settlement house in 1889. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., noon–4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. hullhousemuseum.org (D-40)

THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $9; students/seniors 60-plus, $7; children (3–12), $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thurs. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100. naturemuseum.org (G-14)

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults, $8; seniors, $6; students, $2. Tue., 11am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 11am– 6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600. luc.edu (J-27) THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with over 4,100 kinds of plants from around the world. Daily, 7am-sunset. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $15; seniors, $11; kids (2–17), $10; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, 630.968.0074. mortonarb.org (Suburban) MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 commercials. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children (4–12), $6. 360 N. State, 312.245.8200. museum.tv (I-31) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol. Closed Mon.; Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; free for children under 12. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org (K-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography. Mon.–Wed and Fri.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sun., Noon–5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312.663.5554. mocp.org (J-39) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. General admission: adults, $18; seniors, $17; and children (3–11), $11. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. msichicago.org (S of P-54)

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PRITZKER MILITARY LIBRARY Explore the artifacts in the library and the exhibit American Icons of the Great War. $5; All Active Military Members, Free. Certain programs may require extra admission. Tues.–Thur., 10am–6pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–4pm. 104 S. Michigan, 312.374.9333. pritzkermilitarylibrary.org (J–36) SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSUEM This museum promotes an appreciation of contemporary Swedish-American culture through its arts, educational programs and its permanent collection interpreting the immigrant experience for children and adults. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat. & Sun. 11am-4pm. 5211 N Clark, 773.728.8111. swedishamericanmuseum.org

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ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood, and experience the city’s sights in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to four passengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for any occasion. Mon.–Fri., 6:30pm–12am; Sat., 11am–12am, Sun., 11am–11pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. antiquecoach-carriage.com (K-29) CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco–style trolleys and London-style double-deckers, each led by expert tour guides, stop every 20–30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 13 stops, including the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Water Tower between 9am and 5pm. Adults, $45; seniors, $40; children (3–12), $17; children under 3, free. 773.648.5000. ChicagoTrolley.com GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area.


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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens. See the animals of Africa in the Regenstein African Journey or flying critters in the McCormick Bird House. Minutes from downtown hotels. Mon.–Fri, 10am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–6:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. lpzoo.com (H-17)

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BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and more than 2,000 animals. Mon.–Fri., 10am–5pm; Sat. and Sun., 10am–6pm. Adults, $15; children (3–11)/seniors, $10.50; and children under 2, free. $10 for parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708.688.8000. czs.org (Suburban)

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GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, and economical transportation to and from both airports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888.2THE.VAN. airportexpress.com

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With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800.621.4153. grayline.com

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Millennium Park

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You’ll find entertainment aplenty at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. The park, for example, hosts free ice-skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and more.

M U S T S E E AT T R A C T I O N S BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear images of Chicagoans. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn,is a breathtaking design. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5–acre paradise for green-loving urbanites.

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Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses.


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Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location

FREE HAPPENINGS Free Wi-Fi: Bring your laptop to the park, and enjoy free, ultra-high-speed wireless service. Ice-Skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: For the last 12 years, the rink has drawn more than 100,000 skaters annually and is free and open to the public. The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, will still offer skate rental for only $10.

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McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park is scheduled to remain open through March 9,

Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular new public space—architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa—recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath.

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A New Year, A New Look

Looking to spruce up your home décor? ATLAS GALLERIES’ annual WINTER SALE offers tremendous savings on the best selection of contemporary and classic art. From master prints by classical artists such as Renior to contemporary works by Michael Cheney, Ruth Bloch, and more, you’ll find a refined selection of artwork at deeply discounted prices. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to find that perfect piece at a great bargain. Some restrictions may apply. Atlas Galleries has locations at 535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330 and 900 N. Michigan, 312.649.0999. LOTTON GALLERY (900 N. Michigan, 312.664.6203) is known for the finest handblown glass by "The Tiffany of the Twenty-First Century," Charles Lotton and his distinguished sons, David, Daniel and John.

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, and oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, art nouveau and art deco, Moderne, Continental silver, and Meissen. With more than two-dozen antiques dealers on five floors, it’s easy to get lost in here for hours. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. (H-31)

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ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of antique oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and Coromandel. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. (H-31)

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DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with relaxing in-room massages, facials, body waxing and pedicures starting at only $85. Plus receive our winter special, a FREE body polish! By appointment only, please leave name; phone number; hotel and time available. Concierges preferred. Downtown and suburbs. All major cards. Daily 9am-11pm. 312.678.9297.

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LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by the Lotton family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine-art glass, vases, lamps, and chandeliers.    The gallery also features original paintings by world–renowned artists, such as Tang Wei Min and Gyula Siska. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun. Noon–6pm. All major credit cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203.  lottongallery.com (J-26)

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ATLAS GALLERIES INC. For more than 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures, and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330 or 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.649.0999 or 800.545.2929. atlasgalleries.com (J-29) (J-26)

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ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as art. Asian House features a solid selection of unique rugs, silk screens, wall art, vases and statues. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. (H-31)

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LUXE SPA Looking for the best place for the perfect massage?  Go to Luxe Spa, a boutique luxury spa, where licensed therapists focus on making guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated with signature services like Luxe Signature Massages and Facials. Enjoy a Free Upgrade when you mention KEY when booking your appointment. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312.929.3531. Daily 9am-8pm. luxespachicago.com (J-26)

CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s most exclusive women’s consignment boutique has designer labels at  unbelievable  bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret for over 18 years. Find highend luxury labels including Chanel, Christain Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès  at a fraction of the original

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WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place, as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. shopwatertower.com (J-27)

S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S HERSHEY’S CHICAGO The retail store supplies chocolate-lovers with their favorite Hershey’s products and a sweet opportunity to create their own personalized giant Hershey’s Kiss or Chocolate Bar. Daily 10am-10pm. 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711. (J-28)

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900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. shop900.com (J-27)

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LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop  into any of the  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit the website. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. loverslane.com (E-11) (Suburban)

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PATAGONIA Shop high-quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, and children’s apparel. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518. patagonia.com (J-26) (D-18)

CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s; DVDs; and videos, as well as posters, T-shirts, magazines, and books. The store also sells all in-print LPs by jazz and blues label Delmark Records. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12–5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467. jazzmart.com (I-31)

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. 59 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533.

ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848.

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HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here!. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A wild variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, and safari-themed place settings. Set in a rainforest with plants hanging from the ceilings and walls and animatronic animals. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri, 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. rainforestcafe.com (H-29)

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats, and accessories, as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)

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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A knitting and needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:45pm. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312.642.2540. (I-25)

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IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates more than 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5:30pm; Sat., 9am–5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312.372.1306. iwanries.com (I-35)

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Come taste what everyone is talking about. At CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE (60 W. Ontario; 312.787.7100), huge USDA prime dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood, along with an award-winning wine list and nightly entertainment combine for a truly remarkable Chicago experience. Delicacies of the deep take center stage at CATCH 35 (35 W. Wacker; 312.346.3500). Here, 35 fresh rotating seafood options from mussels to sea bass are served amid ultra-cool dĂŠcor and accompanied by live jazz music every Tue-Sat from 6-9pm. Take a bite out of Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hottest breakfast spot, YOLK (355 E. Ohio, 312.822.YOLK; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277; 500 W. Madison, 312.454.YOLK), where breakfast is more than your average eggs and toast.

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“A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.”

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800 N. Dearborn (312)335-8833 | 2429 N. Lincoln (773)472-1777 www.pizanoschicago.com


AMERICAN ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Open daily 8am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855; 1150 S. Wabash, 312.583.9940. artists-cafe.com (J-38) BILLY GOAT TAVERN Learn about the curse a goat put on the Cubs back in 1945 while chowing down on legendary cheezborgers and cheeps (not fries!). Hours vary by location. All major cards. $. 430 N. Michigan, 312.222.1525; 700 E. Grand, 312.670.8789; 1535 W. Madison, 312.733.9132; 330 S. Wells, 312.554.0297; 222 Merchandise Mart #Fc-2, 312.464.1045. billygoattavern.com (J-31) (O-31) (W of D-31) (H-38) (G-31)

Restrictions apply see restaurant for details. Must present ad prior to order. Free entree must be of equal or lesser value. No substitutions and not valid with any other offer. Expires December 30, 2013. Valid only at The River North Melting Pot.

Reservations Recommended | 609 N Dearborn St (312)573-0011 | meltingpot.com

BLACKFINN AMERIPUB A lively restaurant and bar that offers affordable, craveable American food. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 65 W Kinzie, 312.836.0290. blackfinnameripub.com (I-31) CASTLE CRAFT PUB & EATERY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This pub serves a wide variety of high-quality shareable dishes, small plates and microbrews. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics such as burgers and milkshakes from a sassy cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends. Mon.-Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri., 11am–11pm; Sat., 9am–11pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. eddebevics.com (H-29) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including charcuterie, duck reuben sandwiches, and its legendary Stilton burger. Sunday brunch also served. Also offering innovative, small-batch specialty ales only found at their pubs. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071; 3535 N. Clark, 773.832.9040. gooseisland.com (D-19) (D-4) HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine, including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and steaks in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun., 11am–10pm. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)

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MILLER’S PUB Whether it’s a business lunch, an after-work cocktail, or dinner on your way to the theater Miller’s Pub is your Loop destination for hospitality since 1935. Mon.-Sat., 11am-2am; Sun., 11am-12am. All major cards. $$. 134 S. Wabash, 312.263.4988. millerspub.com RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers. Open daily, 11am–2am. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. rudysbarandgrillechicago.com (J-35) TAVERN AT THE PARK Just across from Millennium Park, Tavern at the Park offers a French-infused American menu. Try Tavern classics such as the Millennium Burger, a steak burger with duck confit, fois gras, and Emmental cheese. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070. tavernatthepark.com (J-33)

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LOCAL ROOT CAFÉ Right between Michigan Ave. and Navy Pier, this café serves organic and sustainable salads and sandwiches, poutines, flatbreads, and mussels, plus a full breakfast and brunch menu. Full bar. Call for hours. $$. 601 N. McClurg, 312.643.1145. localrootchicago.com (L-29)


WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon.–Fri. 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)

ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist 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. Daily, 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970. tamarindsushi.com (I-39)

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VORA This chic Asian fusion Gold Coast 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. Tue.–Fri., 11am–11pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–2am. $$. 1028 N. Clark. 312.929.2035. vorachicago.com (I-25)

BRAZZAZ Enjoy the churrascaria experience with the finest hand-selected USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp all prepared in the delicious, artful culinary style of the gaucho. Also indulge in our gourmet salad bar, an array of side dishes, an extensive wine list. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri., 11am–2pm, 5–10:30pm; Sat., 4–10:30pm; Sun., 1–9:30pm. All major credit cards. $$$. 539 N. Dearborn, 312.595.9000. brazzaz.com (J-30)

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“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934

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B R E A K FA S T ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshin on  renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelets, giant salads, and, of course, a full bar.  Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 8:30–10:30pm; Sun., 8:30–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. elevencitydiner.com (I-42)


CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern, and Mexicaninspired dishes from celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez. Staples—jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches, HOB signature burgers—join new exciting menu

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YOLK Yolk is the talk of the town. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 6am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.9655; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277; 500 W. Madison, 312.454.9655. eatyolk.com (L-30) (I-42) (G-27) (F-35)

options such as meatball sliders, chile-braised short ribs, and street tacos. All major cards. $$. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)

ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, serving breakfast all day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on  renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon.–Thu., 8am– 9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat., 9am– 10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112; 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112. elevencitydiner.com. (I-42) (G-14)

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WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: insulated coffee pitchers at every table. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)


Publisher’s Pick

The Art of Dining If walls could talk, you’d want to hear the conversation at the ARTIST’S CAFÉ (412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855; 1150 S. Wabash 312.583.9942). With past guests including Baryshnikov, John Belushi, and the casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, the Artist’s Café has quite an artistic history. In fact, its original location on Michigan Ave. is in the landmark Fine Arts Building, converted in 1898 into studios and theaters for the artists and craftsmen, and it still remains an artist’s haven after more than a century. Family-owned and operated since 1961, Artist’s Café, which has also just opened a new South Loop location, offers a cozy diner to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with wines, a full bar, and espressos.

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon.–Sat., 6am–8pm. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. mannysdeli.com (E-43)

FONDUE THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices such as filet mignon and lobster tail, and the perfect ending—its famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes, and brownies for dipping. Sun.–Fri., 12pm–11pm; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011. meltingpot.com (H-29)

FRENCH LES NOMADES Classic French fare served in one of the most intimate rooms in the city. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 222 E. Ontario, 312.649.9010. (K-29)

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GERMAN THE BERGHOFF This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for more than 110 years, serving German specialties such as wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, and potato pierogies. Mon.–Fri., 11am– 9pm; Sat., 11:30am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170. theberghoff.com (I-36) CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. chicagobrauhaus.com (NW of A-1)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com (I-41)


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CLUB LUCKY This True Chicago 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try something from their famous "Killer Martini" list or a Handcrafted Cocktail. Chicago’s best jukebox. Mon.– Fri., 11:30am-2am; Sat., 4:30pm-2am, and Sun. 3:30pm-2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com (NW of A-20)

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CABARET (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a celebration of unabashed humor, dancing and entertainment on a live stage. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)

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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu. and 7:30pm on Fri. and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12–$15. Sun., 6pm-4am; Mon.–Thu., 8pm–4am; Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646. kingstonmines.com (E-13)

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Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.

$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad

773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted

For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774

DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre- or posttheater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB– friendly. All major cards. Mon.–Fri., 3pm– 2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3pm–2am. 440 N. State, 312.464.1400. downtownbarandlounge.com (I-31) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. friendssushi.com (I-28) SANCTUARY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a place open to all lifestyles, exploring and encouraging different types of friendship. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)

COMEDY CLUBS COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. comedysportzchicago.com (NW of D-19) iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features  sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature longform improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. chicago.ioimprov.com (D-5) THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for showtimes. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992. secondcity.com (H-19) UP COMEDY CLUB A cabaret-style club, UP features stand-up, improvisation and sketch comedy shows seven nights a week. While you’re busy laughing, arrive early and enjoy food from their full-service kitchen or drinks from the bar. UP also features a no-drink minimum. Sat & Sun matinees available. 230 W. North, 3rd Floor,  312.662.4562. upcomedyclub.com  (G-20)

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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with an expansive drink list including 16 tap beers, over 35 bottles, signature cocktails & more. Catch all of your favorite games on the TV’s throughout while enjoying the perfect pint of Guinness. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com (I-33)

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PALLADIUM (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This five-story nightclub has DJ’s spinning both new and retro beats while special lighting effects are mixed in with the background. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm– 4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)

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comedians throughout December. 1548 N Wells, 312.337.4027. chicago.zanies.com (G-20)

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while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. All major cards. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)

PIANO BARS THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of the Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop, and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000. redheadpianobar.com (H-29)

TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS GINO’S EAST SOUTH LOOP Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Stop in during football games for great deals, including $6 Bloody Marys. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fr.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseastsportsbar.com (H-39)

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On Stage On Stage

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. Go back in the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and a ruler across your knuckles in this interactive stand-up routine at The Royal George Theater. Created in 1993, Late Nite Catechism is the longest continuously running show in Chicago history and the longest one-character comedy in off-Broadway history. Performances are Saturdays at 5pm. and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets $31. Busy those nights? See Bible Bingo! Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. For more information, visit latenitecatechism.info or call 312.988.9000.

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ZANIES ZANIES COMEDY CLUB, 1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027. Zanies has locations in the city, 1548 N. Wells, and in Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport. Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been presenting the funniest professional comedians since 1978. Zanies/Chicago is open 7 nights a week. Selected in 2013 by The Reader as Chicago’s “Best Comedy Club.” A Concierge Preferred “Nightlife Destination.” Information and showtimes are available by calling the box offices, Chicago: 312.336.4027; Rosemont: 847.813.0484 and online at zanies.com

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LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N Michigan 312.337.0665. A pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert meets an enigmatic, charismatic young prince fallen from the sky who regales him with tales of life among the stars: tales with earthly importance. In this visually arresting, fully immersive theatrical interpretation of the beloved French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, director David Catlin (creator of the acclaimed Lookingglass Alice) illustrates the story with fantastic characters and gravitydefying, awe-inspiring physical feats. Recommended for audiences age 5 and older.

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I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. 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.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com

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OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES proves humor remains multigenerational and funny bones are nondenominational. Like rye bread, kosher pickles and bagels, these jokes are for everyone. They are classic examples of American humor—the funny, farcical and exasperating sides of American life. Tickets available online at ticketmaster.com

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. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm. $22. Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $24. Located steps from the Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com

UP UP COMEDY CLUB, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. The Second City’s newest venue, UP Comedy Club offers a diverse array of stand-up comedians, improv revues and sketch comedy shows. This weekend see the hilarious stand-up of Godfrey (Comedy Central) Jan 17-19. With comedy shows seven days a week, UP also features a full-service kitchen and bar. No drink minimum required.

BIBLE BINGO ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. From the author of Late Nite Catechism comes this interactive comedy where audience members actually play bingo, win prizes, AND learn funny stories based on the Bible and the impact of religion on our society. Not even St. Peter could deny this much fun! Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets $30. For more information, visit biblebingo.info or call 312.988.9000.

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BOWLING

Nightlife

CABARET (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a celebration of unabashed humor, dancing and entertainment on a live stage. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)

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10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE Knock down pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics. Call for hours. All major cards. 330 N. State, 312.644.0300. 10pinchicago.com (I-32)

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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu. and 7:30pm on Fri. and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12–$15. Sun., 6pm-4am; Mon.–Thu., 8pm–4am; Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646. kingstonmines.com (E-13)

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Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.

$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad

773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted

For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774

C O C K TA I L L O U N G E S CLUB LUCKY This True Chicago 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try something from their famous "Killer Martini" list or a Handcrafted Cocktail. Chicago’s best jukebox. Mon.– Fri., 11:30am-2am; Sat., 4:30pm-2am, and Sun. 3:30pm-2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com (NW of A-20) DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre- or posttheater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB– friendly. All major cards. Mon.–Fri., 3pm– 2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3pm–2am. 440 N. State, 312.464.1400. downtownbarandlounge.com (I-31) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. friendssushi.com (I-28) SANCTUARY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a place open to all lifestyles, exploring and encouraging different types of friendship. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)

COMEDY CLUBS COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. comedysportzchicago.com (NW of D-19)

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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features  sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature longform improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. chicago.ioimprov.com (D-5) THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for showtimes. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992. secondcity.com (H-19)


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HARD ROCK CAFÉ This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun. 11am–10pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)

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PALLADIUM (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This five-story nightclub has DJ’s spinning both new and retro beats while special lighting effects are mixed in with the background. All major cards. Sun.– Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)

EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with an expansive drink list including 16 tap beers, over 35 bottles, signature cocktails & more. Catch all of your favorite games on the TV’s throughout while enjoying the perfect pint of Guinness. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com (I-33)

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CORCORAN’S BAR & GRILL An Old Town favorite Chicago Irish bar and grill located directly across from Second City on Wells. Mon.-Fri., 11-2am; Sat., 9-3am and Sun., 10-2am. All major cards. 1615 N. Wells, 312.440.0885. (G-20)

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ZANIES COMEDY CLUB Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been nuturing both local talent and the biggest names in comedy since 1978. In celebration of it’s 35 anniversary Zanies is bringing Chicago the funniest professional comedians throughout December. 1548 N Wells, 312.337.4027. chicago.zanies.com (G-20)

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UP COMEDY CLUB A cabaret-style club, UP features stand-up, improvisation and sketch comedy shows seven nights a week. While you’re busy laughing, arrive early and enjoy food from their full-service kitchen or drinks from the bar. UP also features a no-drink minimum. Sat & Sun matinees available. 230 W. North, 3rd Floor,  312.662.4562. upcomedyclub.com  (G-20)

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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)

PIANO BARS THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of the Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop, and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire. Sun.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000. redheadpianobar.com (H-29)

TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS GINO’S EAST SOUTH LOOP Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Sun.–Thu., 11am– 10pm; Fr.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseastsportsbar.com (H-39)

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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. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm. $22. Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $24. Located steps from the Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com

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ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. From the author of Late Nite Catechism comes this interactive comedy where audience members actually play bingo, win prizes, AND learn funny stories based on the Bible and the impact of religion on our society. Not even St. Peter could deny this much fun! Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Tickets $30. For more information, visit biblebingo.info or call 312.988.9000.

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LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N Michigan 312.337.0665. A pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert meets an enigmatic, charismatic young prince fallen from the sky who regales him with tales of life among the stars: tales with earthly importance. In this visually arresting, fully immersive theatrical interpretation of the beloved French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, director David Catlin (creator of the acclaimed Lookingglass Alice) illustrates the story with fantastic characters and gravitydefying, awe-inspiring physical feats. Recommended for audiences age 5 and older.

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I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. 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.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com


UP UP COMEDY CLUB, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. The Second City’s newest venue, UP Comedy Club offers a diverse array of stand-up comedians, improv revues and sketch comedy shows. This weekend see the hilarious stand-up of Brian Posehn (Just Shoot Me) Jan 23-25. With comedy shows seven days a week, UP also features a full-service kitchen and bar. No drink minimum required.

LATE NITE CATECHISM ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. Go back in the days of the Latin Mass, meatless Fridays, and a ruler across your knuckles in this interactive stand-up routine at The Royal George Theater. Created in 1993, Late Nite Catechism is the longest continuously running show in Chicago history and the longest one-character comedy in off-Broadway history. Performances are Saturdays at 5pm. and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets $31. Busy those nights? See Bible Bingo! Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. For more information, visit latenitecatechism.info or call 312.988.9000.

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES proves humor remains multigenerational and funny bones are nondenominational. Like rye bread, kosher pickles and bagels, these jokes are for everyone. They are classic examples of American humor—the funny, farcical and exasperating sides of American life. Tickets available online at ticketmaster.com

ZANIES ZANIES COMEDY CLUB, 1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027. Zanies has locations in the city, 1548 N. Wells, and in Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport. Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been presenting the funniest professional comedians since 1978. Zanies/Chicago is open 7 nights a week. Selected in 2013 by The Reader as Chicago’s “Best Comedy Club.” A Concierge Preferred “Nightlife Destination.” Information and showtimes are available by calling the box offices, Chicago: 312.336.4027; Rosemont: 847.813.0484 and online at zanies.com

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