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The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge or call the CTA at 836-7000.
f r i d a y, 2 9 t h Curious George takes the stage for the first time ever in the inaugural tour of Curious George Live! at the Sears Centre Arena. Follow his adventure to Rome and The Golden Meatball Contest with fun, music and dance. 5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy in suburban Hoffman Estates. Fri 10:30am & 7pm, Sat 10:30am & 2pm, Sun 1pm & 4:30pm. $17-$40. 847/649-2270.
Showcasing more than 60 works dating back from 1981 to 2001, Hollis Sigler: Expect the Unexpected highlights selections from Hollis Sigler’s well-known series Breast Cancer Journal: Walking with the Ghost of My Grandmothers, which documents the 15-year struggle with the disease that took her life in 2001. Chicago Cultural Center’s Exhibit Hall and Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 78 E. Washington. Gallery talk with James Yood, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago today at 5:50pm, opening reception from 6pm-8pm. FREE. 312/744-6630.
Don’t miss your last chance to see the new production of Dreamgirls at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Produced by John Breglio, Dreamgirls tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s singing girl group, and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune. Closes Jan. 31! 151 W. Randolph. $18$85.Tonight at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, and Sun at 2pm. 800/775-2000. #151
Country legend Roseanne Cash brings the sounds of the heartland to the heart of the Windy City tonight at the Harris
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As the winter season continues to deliver dipping temperatures and chilling winds, the City of Chicago in collaboration with Snow Visions, Inc. reminds visitors and natives alike, not to fret, there is still plenty of fun to be had here in the Windy City. Snow Days Chicago is a free three-day winter festival that brings people out of hibernation for some fun in the snow. The festivities take place in Grant Park, and include a snow sculpting competition, a dog sled demonstration, a snowboarding jail ram, and an Activities Igloo for kids. Teams of professional snow sculptors from all over will work to create 27 beautiful and unique sculptures out of man-made snow over the three-day span. Visitors to the competition will have the chance to vote on the best sculpture, and see the winner honored at the awards ceremony. Several Chicago Public Schools that participated with teams of student sculptors will be showcasing their creations as well. The festival will take place Friday, January 29 through Sunday, January 31 in The Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park on Michigan Ave between Harrison Street and Balbo Drive. Hours: Fri 4pm8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-8pm. Admission is FREE. For additional information, call 312/744-3370 or visit www.snowvisions.com.
Theater for Music and Dance. 205 E. Randolph. 8pm. $42-$45. 312/294-3000. #151 Enjoy tremendous savings with Atlas Galleries Winter Sale now through January 31. Buy one work of art and get the second one (of equal or lesser value) FREE on selected artists and enjoy exceptional deals on Fredrick Phillips artwork. In addition, bring this copy of KEY and receive complimentary shipping on your order. Restrictions may apply. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 and 900 N. Michigan, 312/6490999. #151
saturday, 30th Join Hatha Yoga instructor Jessica Server for a rejuvenating class in the Notebaert Nature Museum’s Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner, Jessica’s personal attention will allow you to reap the numerous benefits of yoga practice. Tea and snacks will be served after yoga. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 2430 N. Cannon. 8:30am-10am. $10-$15. 773/755-5100.
The Museum of Contemporary Art screens classic Italian films that changed the world of cinema. The selected films resonate with the political, familial and design themes of the museum’s current exhibit Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2008. Today’s screening is of Casanova by Federico Fellini. 220 E. Chicago. Today and tomorrow at 3pm. $8. 312/280-2660.
Two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Dennehy returns to the stage of the Goodman Theatre with this portrayal of contrasting roles in the double-bill of Hughie by Eugene O’Neill and Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett. 170 N. Dearborn. Tonight at 8pm, call for additional show times. $51-$71. 312/443-3800. to Lake
sunday, 31st As the rock-equivalent to a church service, Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel and eat shrimp, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and jambalaya. House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. 10am & 12:30pm. $37.50 adults, $22 children 6-12. 312/923-2000.
The Melting Pot’s 3-course Sunday Brunch Buffet gives you good reason to get out of bed. Enjoy delectable dishes like filet mignon and chicken teriyaki, a savory selection of cheese fondues, and chocolate fondue fountain sure to conquer any stubborn sweet tooth. 609 N. Dearborn. Noon-3pm. $29/person. 312/573-0011. See our feature story on page 50 for more brunch ideas. #36
In celebration of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Festival of Trees, the Chicago Botanical Garden offers a variety of fun, free educational activities focused on the joy trees bring to the world. Explore the Greenhouses, enjoy a reading corner filled with books about trees, and take home a plant. 1000 Lake Cook Road in suburban Glencoe. 1pm-4pm. FREE. 847/835-8213.
Diamante Productions presents Lucid a world premiere theatrical production exploring the art of lucid dreaming at the Athenaeum Theatre. Directed by Braden LuBell, Jeff-nominated playwright Tony Fiorentino delivers a poignant exploration of a man’s descent into the lucid dreaming, and explores what hap-
pens when the lines between dreaming and reality become blurred. 2936 N. Southport. Opening today at 3pm, call for additional show times. $18-$20. 800/982-2787.
Carnivale takes its vibrant bar scene to the next level with a full schedule of live music featuring Chicago’s most renowned Latin bands. Come enjoy the sounds of the John Mose Trio tonight from 6pm-9:30pm as you dine on executive chef Mark Mendez’s soulful, authentic Latino cuisine. 702 W. Fulton. 312/850-5005. #125
monday, 1st T.C. Boyle, one of the most acclaimed American writers of today, reads from and signs his new collection of stories, Wild Child, today at the Harold Washington Library Center. 400 S. State in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. 6pm. FREE. 312/747-4300. to Harrison
Learn about the post WWII period in which Chicago reestablished itself as a world capital of Modern architecture with the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Skyscrapers Tour. Tour highlights notable structures designed by Mies van der Rohe, Helmut Jahn and Philip Johnson. 224 S. Michigan. Daily at 1pm. $12-$15. Reservations recommended, 312/922-3432. #3
Michael Ingersoll and the Boys: One More Before We Go performs two more nights at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Local rising star Michael Ingersoll performs several solo pieces before being joined by the stars of Chicago’s Jersey Boys and wife Angela Ingersoll for a night of ‘50s, ‘60s doo-wop, Rat Pack favorites and a few extra surprises. 111 W. Campbell in suburban Arlington Heights. Mon & Tue at 7:30pm. $44$49. 847/577-2121.
tuesday, 2nd The Chicago Bulls go head to head against the L.A. Clippers tonight at 7pm at United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800-4NBA-TIX. Pre-game on a delicious Italian meal at Bucktown favorite, Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300). Set against the immense backdrop of the majestic Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon Adventure takes audiences at the Navy Pier IMAX Theatre on an exhilarating river-rafting adventure down the Colorado River in the company of a team of explorers who are committed to bringing awareness to global water issues. 700 E. Grand. $13-$15. Call for show times, 312/595-5MAX.
adults $23, seniors/students $20, children 3-11 $13. 312/922-9410. #146
The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge, call the CTA at 836-7000, or visit transitchicago.com.
Get an up close look at the world’s most stunning gems at The Field Museum’s newest exhibit, The Nature of Diamonds. Nearly 800 objects from top designers are featured, including the Tiffany Diamond worn by actress Audrey Hepburn. 1400 S. Lake Shore. 9am-5pm. FREE general admission today and tomorrow, otherwise
wednesday, 3rd Museum of Science and Industry’s new temporary exhibit Taking Charge of YOU! explores simple ways to live a healthier lifestyle from an African-American perspective. Hosted in conjunction with the museum’s permanent exhibit, YOU! The Experience– this interactive experience showcases how to protect and nourish the body from hip-hop moves for exercise to fresh and healthy meal choices. 5700 S. Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. Adults $13, seniors $12, children 3-11 $9. 773/684-1414. #6 Don’t miss a breakthrough theatrical event with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brother/Sister Plays playing at The Steppenwolf Theatre. Witness three interconnected plays as you travel to the banks of the bayou and explore the struggles that arise when the quest for self-identity is at odds with community values. Opens today! 1650 N. Halsted. $20-$70. Today at 7:30pm, call for additional show times. 312/335-1650. to North Ave.
The Chicago Blackhawks battle it out against the St. Louis Blues today at 7:30pm in the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000. Pre-game with a delicious Italian meal in the heart of Little Italy at nearby RoSal’s (1154 W. Taylor; 312/243-2357).
thursday, 4th Grab the family and lace up those skates for a Windy City winter! The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park is now open for skaters of all ages and levels. Skate on! Michigan and Washington. Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. Skate rentals $10. Free admission. 312/742-1168. Afterward,
sink your teeth into deep-dish pizza at nearby Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta (61 E. Madison; 312/2361777). #151 Catch the world premiere of I AM A CAMERA by The Neo-Futurists’ founding director, Greg Allen. As a picture says a thousand words, this production tells a thousand stories and inspires a thousand ideas. An inventive homage to the photo, this physical history of photography and cinema uses active imagery to discuss how we frame the world and ourselves. 5153 N. Ashland. Previews today and tomorrow at 8pm. $10-$15. 773/275-5255.
friday, 5th Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Paula Poundstone brings her Emmy Award-winning humor to the Centre East stage for an evening of stand-up. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts at 9501 Skokie Blvd in suburban Skokie. 8pm. $45. 847/673-6300.
Join the hilarious ComedySportz ensemble for an evening of no-holds-bar comedy just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. Their main stage show offers a unique blend of fast, funny and smart improvisational comedy that is appropriate for all ages. 929 W. Belmont. Thu 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. 773/549-8080.
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With more than 50 acres of shops, restaurants, events, entertainment, and attractions, Navy Pier is Chicago’s flagship site for amusement and good fun. No visit is complete with taking a spin around the iconic towering 150foot Ferris wheel. Other Pier attractions that you won’t want to miss: Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier’s IMAX Theatre and Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. 600 E. Grand. Sun-Thu 10am-
A WILD PLACE TO into an unforgettable makebelieve theater event. The audience joins in by helping pick costumes, draw set pieces, and throw curves into the plot. Fun for the whole family! For ages 3-10. 3541 N. Clark. Sat at 10:30am. $5. to Addison 773/880-0199.
8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. 312/595PIER. #124
The world-famous Skydeck Chicago gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the city and beyond. Get unobstructed views of Chicago – 1,353 feet straight down – when you step out on The Ledge. The Skydeck’s newest addition, this glass bottom ledge brings visitors 4.3 feet from the building 103 stories up, literally bringing the city to your feet. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. Daily 10am-8pm. Adults $14.95, children age 3-11 $10.50, children under 3 are free. 312/875-9696. #157
i.O. Theatre wants to take you to… Storytown! This interactive arts experience combines improvisation, music, and storytelling
If you have kids in tow, then head to ESPN Zone for endless hours of fun. ESPN Zone’s Sports Arena features a whopping 10,000-square-feet of interactive games and attractions. Afterward, refuel on the classic American menu that caters to both kids and adult tastes alike. 43 E. Ohio. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. 312/644ESPN.
Take the family on a food safari at Rainforest Café. Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night, when kids 10 & under eat for only $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close.
605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Bring the ad on this spread for a complimentary chef ’s appetizer! #36
Are you ready for an afternoon of belly laughs? Then, come check out comedysportz4kidz. Featuring a kid-sized version of their critically acclaimed mainstage show – ComedySportz – this interactive 50-minute improv show will take your kids from the audience to the stage (if they choose). Perfect for kids ages 9 and under. 929 W. Belmont. Sat at 2pm. $8. 773/549-8080. to Belmont Become reacquainted with The Shedd Aquarium’s dolphins, whales, sea otters, sea lions and penguins at their newly re-imagined Oceanarium and experience a world of aquatic wonders with the multimedia marine mammal show, Fantasea. The new space features new exhibits with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals. 1200 S. Lake Shore. Mon-Fri 9am5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Free general
admission every Monday and Tuesday and Jan. 16-21, otherwise, adults $24.95, children 3-11/seniors $17.95. 312/939-2438. #124
Lions and tigers and bears… Oh my! Lincoln Park Zoo is an animal oasis right in the middle of the city. Kids can learn about conservation or venture through the
If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun for all ages! 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. Call 888/893-7300.
Whether trying out a few moves in virtual basketball or having your heart beat in unison with their iconic 13-foot tall giant heart, the Museum of Science and Industry’s groundbreaking new exhibit, YOU! The Experience brings together cutting-edge technologies never before seen in a museum setting. 5700 S. Lake Shore. FREE general admission weekdays Jan. 4-29, otherwise, $13 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $9 children 3-11.
SHOP AND EAT®® Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. 2200 N. Cannon. Daily 10am-4:30pm. FREE. 312/742-2000. #151
Looking for some fancy fun for the whole family? Bring the kids to the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel for Traditional English High Tea service. Their traditional Tea Lobby features live harp music performed 365 days a year and a large selection of Palm Court blended teas. Pamper your palate with delectable flavors like Tropical Green and White Jasmine served alongside an assortment of gourmet finger sandwiches, pastries and scones. 104 E. Walton. Adults $32, children 4-12 $17. Reservations are recommended, 312/787-2200. #151
Discover the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with Design Detectives Family Tour, an interactive tour lead by junior interpreters. These trained students, grades 5-10, will guide you along in your exploration of the Frank Lloyd Wright
Home and Studio as well as share stories of his family’s life. 951 Chicago in Oak Park. Sat at 1:30pm. Adults $15, youth ages 4-17 and seniors $12, children 3 and under are free. 708/848-1976.
Developed in partnership with the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Children’s Museum’s new Play it Safe exhibit, encourages children and families to step into the boots of firefighters and explore fire safety through play. 700 E. Grand. Fri-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm. Adults and children $10, seniors $9. FREE admission for everyone Thu from 5pm-8pm. 312/527-1000. #124
Lace up your skates for a day of figure-eights at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. In its ninth season, the ice rink is free and open to the public, and skate rental is available for $10. Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. Michigan and Washington. 312/742-1168.
The American Girl Place Café offers the finest in American dining. Come for brunch and have the Fancy French Toast or the Perfect Pancakes. Stop in for afternoon tea and savor cinnamon buns or Samantha’s Fruit Tartlet. And don’t forget their wide-ranging dinner selection from Tic-Tac-Toe Pizza and Lemon-Pepper Tilapia. Dolls are welcome too! Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. Seating times vary. 877/AG-PLACE. #151
Travel to a spectacular new world beyond your imagination with Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience now playing at the IMAX Theater at Navy Pier (700 E. Grand; 312/595-5MAX). James Cameron’s epic action adventure fantasy follows a reluctant hero as he leads a heroic battle to save a civilization. Experience one of the finest collections of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art in the Midwest at Loyola University’s Museum of Art (820 N. Michigan; 312/915-7600). Installed in dramatic galleries, The Martin D’Arcy Collection contains mainly three-dimensional pieces and is causing a big stir as a little-known gem of the city’s museum scene. Dare to stand out on ‘The Ledge’ of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at Skydeck Chicago (223 S. Wacker; 312/875-9696) at Willis Tower. Chicago’s most visited observatory offers views of the city as you’ve never seen it before – through glass bottom balconies 1,353 feet up. The Shedd Aquarium’s (1200 S. Lake Shore; 312/939-2438) new Polar Play Zone offers a fun, interactive environment where kids can slip into penguin suits and play, splash and pretend. And don’t miss seeing the five new Magellanic chicks as they join the eight adult Magellanics and 12 Rockhoppers.
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CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. (FREE)(I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. The Historic Water Tower across the street from the welcome center is one of only two structures that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am6pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Tourist information, maps, hotel reservations and sightseeing suggestions available inside. (FREE)(J-27)
AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300. Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. (Child pass $9.95; Adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (M-30)
Glass balconies put you 1,353 feet & 103 floors over The Windy City! Open daily at 10a.m. • (312)875-9696 www.theskydeck.com Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Dr.
CITYPASS Call 707/256-0490 or visit www.citypass.com. Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 50 percent and avoid ticket lines. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 3-11.) All major cards. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. Voted “the best
MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168. One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am11pm. (FREE)(J-35) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER. This redeveloped Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Outside Chicagoland
view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Café Espression by Lavazza. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $14 seniors, $10 youth 4-11, children under 4 free.) (J-26)
From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. The concert season may have come to a close, but Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, is in full swing. So sharpen the blades on those ice skates and come out for a twirl.
Free Park Happenings… Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular 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 the park floor. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: Head on over to the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for a day of figure eights downtown at Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink. Rental skates are available for $10, and the ice time is free. Open daily: Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm and Sun 10am-9pm.
Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information.
call 800/595-PIER. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Credits cards accepted vary. (M-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.theskydeck.com. You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during off-hours, after 5pm. Now open, “The Ledge” offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. ($14.95 adults, $10.50 children age 3-11, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-37)
FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.
ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922STAR. The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm. (Galaxy Package: $15$19, includes admission, audio tour & one sky show. Children 3 and under free.) All major cards. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. New Modern Wing now open. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Mon-Wed & Fri 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm), Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) All major cards. (J-36) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. Chicago’s “front door” is dedicated to the city’s world-famous architecture. Tour Center open daily from 9am-6:30pm. To purchase tour tickets, call 312/902-1500. AE, DC, MC, V (J-36) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. Hands-on exhibits and activities make
CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/7446630. This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm. (FREE)(I-35) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312/6424600. Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free.) Free on Mon. AE, MC, V (H-20)
every visit special for kids of all ages. On exhibit: Forts. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. ($10 adults/children, $9 seniors, children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under). All major cards. (M-31)
DUSABLE MUSEUM 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. Dedicated to the
collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, $1 children ages 6-12, children under 6 are free. Free on Sun. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. Now on exhibit: The Nature of Diamonds. 9am-5pm daily. ($15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11.) Free general admission Jan. 11, 13-14, 19-20, 26-27. Exhibitions may require an additional fee. AE, DS, MC, V (K-43) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 951 Chicago in Oak Park, 708/848-1976. This complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Tours and times vary, call for more information. (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM 1800 South Prairie, 312/326-1480.
Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours: Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. ($10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed.) DS, MC, V (J-48) JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM 800 S. Halsted 312/4135353. This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889 is now located on the University of Illinois campus. Learn about how she and others reformed social service. The museum is open to individual visitors and prescheduled tours during the following hours: TueFri 10am-4pm and Sun noon4pm. (FREE)(D-41) KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. 847/832-6600. Hands-on exhibits
focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon-Sat 9:30am5pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($7.50 adults/children, $6.50 seniors 55+,
children under 1 are free.) All major cards. (Suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART 820 N. Michigan, 312/9157600. Chicago’s newest cultural institution dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression. Open Tue 11am-8pm and Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors, and students and children 14 and under free. Free on Tue. (I-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. ($12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children 12 and under are free. Free on Tue.) AE, DS, MC, V (J-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/684-1414, www.msichicago.org.
Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including The White House: A Look Inside, You! The Experience, and much more. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. ($13 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $9 children 3-11.) All major cards. (South of P-54) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART 1852 W. 19th St., 312/7381503. 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. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. (FREE)(West of D-49) NEWBERRY LIBRARY 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and maps. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. (FREE)(H-25) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 2430 N. Cannon, 773/7555100. Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm, SatSun 10am–5pm. ($9 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 children ages 312, children under 3 free. Free on Thu.) AE, DS, MC, V (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, www.sheddaquarium.org. Explore an exotic world
with 20,000 animals, from
anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural aquatic habitats. Don’t miss the Shedd’s newly re-imagined Oceanarium with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals, including the Polar Play Zone. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Shedd Pass: $24.95 adults, $17.95 children ages 3-11). All major cards. (L-43)
tours by land THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. More than 85 tours year-round. Bus tours also available - call for tour schedules. To purchase tour tickets, call 312/9021500. All major cards. (I-37)
transportation CTA 888/YOUR-CTA, www.transitchicago.com. The Chicago Transit Authority makes getting around Chicago convenient and affordable. CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for “L” train course. If you’re traveling between downtown and McCormick Place for a convention, use the #3 King Drive bus that runs every 10-20 minutes (board anywhere on N. Michigan Avenue). ($2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass.) GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Call 8882The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com. GO Airport Express offers Chicago residents and visitors a comfortable, safe, convenient and economical ride to and from both departure and destination airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V METRA 312/836-7000, www.metrarail.com. The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse, with intermediate stops at Van Buren Street and the Museum Campus/11th St. Station. Prices vary. (J-33)(J-38)
THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER
FIRST ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 1301 N. LaSalle, 312/642-7172.
400 South State Street (312)747-4300
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 77 W. Washington, 312/236-4548.
FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN 126 E. Chestnut, 312/787-4570.
ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 W. Madison, 312/372-5111.
zoos BROOKFIELD ZOO 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708/4850263. Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Venture into the world of giraffes, monkeys, reptiles, elephants and more. Permanent exhibits: The Living Coast and Habitat Africa! Daily 10am5pm. ($12 adults, $8 children ages 3-11/seniors, children under 2 are free. $8 parking.) AE, DS, MC, V (Suburban) LINCOLN PARK ZOO 2200 N. Cannon, 312/742-2000. More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Don’t miss big cats, polar bears and sea lions. There’s also a new Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily 10am-4:30pm. (FREE)(H-17)
This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-theart auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.
Looking to spruce up your home décor? Now’s the perfect time with Atlas Galleries’ Winter Sale – buy one painting and get the second one FREE! This sale is valid on selected artists and some restrictions do apply. Also enjoy tremendous savings on artwork by post-surrealist Frederick Phillips, and don’t forget to bring in your copy of KEY This Week In Chicago to get free shipping on your purchase! (900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999; 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330). Indulge their inner grandmother at We’ll Keep You in Stitches (67 E. Oak, 4th Floor; 312/642-2540). Here, budding knitters and needlepoint artisans can pick up the yarn and needles they need to fashion their own hats, scarves, sweaters and mittens this winter. Individual instruction and fine finishing is also available. A must-stop for any cigar enthusiast, the highly regarded Up Down Cigar (1550 N. Wells; 800/5-UPDOWN) showcases an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.
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The Glass of Charles Lotton Lotton Gallery 900 N. Michigan Ave. Level 6 Chicago, IL (312)664-6203
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information * Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. This sophisticated new 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. All major cards. (H-31)
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ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5274848. 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, cloisonnĂŠ vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)
art ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/6490999 or 800/545-2929; 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635, www.atlasgalleries.com. For 40 years, Atlas has New fashions and accessories arriving daily!
658 N. Dearborn St. 312-587-3312
offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Phillips. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon & Thu-Fri 10am-9pm, Tue-Wed & Sat 10am6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (J-26)(J-29)
LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, www.lottongallery.com. Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass in vases, lamps and decorative objects. Though the focus is on showcasing the Lottons’ beautiful glass pieces, the gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (J-26)
clothing DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more at a fraction of the original cost. Mon-Sat 11am6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (H-29)
Chicago Fur Outlet
Home of the Furry Godmother!
JAZZ RECORD MART 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. The world’s largest jazz and blues store has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The Mart has an international reputation for its huge selection (over 25,000 different CD titles in stock) and also features extensive offerings of world music, R & B and soul. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-31)
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CHICAGO FUR OUTLET 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS, www.chicagofuroutlet.com. “Home of the Furry Godmother” is celebrating over 25 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of new, used and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more than ever you can’t afford not to shop and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway and financing available. Mon and Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am5pm (hours vary, call). All major cards. (North of E-11)
jewelry ANGELIQUE ART GIFT GALLERY 6 W. Maple, 312/7873671. Located a few steps off the Magnificent Mile, Angelique Art Gift Gallery features an ever-changing collection of jewelry, pottery, handbags, artwork and handmade treasures. ThuSun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-24) TOUS Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/6408860. Come and discover beautiful European designs at the Barcelona-based luxury jewelry and accessories shop. There’s something for every budget. All major cards. (J-27)
lingerie LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. “The ultimate store for couples” invites you to experience the fun and excitement of shopping for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts. Intimate apparel is available from petite to full-figure sizes. Provocative gifts include sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop in any of their 29 loca-
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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540, www.institch.qpg.com. A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. MonSat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. (I-25)
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Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)
Water Works Visitor Center
Lookingglass MCA Theatre
Walgreens Neiman Marcus
Crate & Barrel Cartier Grand Lux Ann Taylor Levi's Store Eddie Bauer
The Disney Store
American Girl Place Water Tower Place 65
Huron The Apple Store Nike Town The Garmin Store
Allen Edmonds Atlas Galleries
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Tribune Tower Pioneer Court
UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. Located in the heart of
John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory
tobacco and cigars IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. Since 1857, Chicago’s oldest family business, celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. (I-35)
RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. After your dining safari at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from their Retail Village to commemorate your visit. The Retail Village offers a WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts and jackets, stuffed animals of the wild, safari-themed place settings, and much more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. (H-29)
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specialty shops ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. Shop, dine and play, all at ESPN Zone. This multifaceted entertainment venue has it all. Looking for a gift for that sports fan in your life? Pick up the latest in ESPN & ESPN Zone apparel and souvenirs. Afterward, watch sports on more than 100 brilliant high definition screens, dine on a classic American grill food the whole family will enjoy or test your skills on the interactive, sports-themed games and attractions. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. (I-30)
Mies van der Rohe
walks of life since 1892, Florsheim continues to deliver style and comfort with high-quality workmanship. You’ll find a variety of labels, including, Florsheim, FLS, Comfortech and Imperial, crafted for a variety of lifestyles. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)
FLORSHEIM Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/335-9884, www.florsheim.com. Carrying men’s shoes for all
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alfresco dining Think you can polish off a juicy 48-ounce Porterhouse? Then join the elite at Shula’s Steak House’s (301 E. North Water; 312/670-0788) 48-ounce Club. With hand-painted menus on official NFL game footballs and décor subject around the 1972 perfect Miami Dolphin season, Shula’s is a football fanatic’s fantasy realized. Relax in the swanky trappings of Dragonfly Mandarin (832 W. Randoph; 312/455-1400), where Asian-inspired red and gold décor sets the scene for a delicious assortment of Szechuan, Hunan and Mandarin dishes. Receive 1 FREE appetizer with ad on page 34. Enjoy authentic Indian food and ambiance just steps from Michigan Avenue at Indian Garden (247 E. Ontario; 312/280-4910). Stop in for a sampling of their expansive lunch buffet featuring a selection of traditional and specialty dishes including Chicken Dum Biryani, fresh seafood and more for just $11.95 (available until 3pm). No trip to Chicago is complete without a traditional deep-dish pizza. Visit Pizzeria Ora (545 N. LaSalle; 312/464-1872) for their famous Chicago-style deep-dish pie, or thin crust lovers can enjoy their traditional thin crust. Receive $5 off any $25 food purchase with ad on page 36.
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american ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. A favorite among sports fans, this food, drink and games emporium features more than 100 brilliant high definition TVs, including a giant 16-foot-wide HD projection screen and 10,000-square-feet of sports-themed interactive games and attractions. Enjoy American grill favorites such as baby back ribs, a variety of burgers, salads and pasta, as well as popular kids items like macaroni and cheese, mini burgers and chicken tenders. And best of all, every dining seat has the perfect view of every play. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. V, MC, AE, DS. $$ (I-30)J
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HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine. This legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35) RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. An adventurous dining experience under a
WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT 539 N. State, 312/467-9696. From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, hearthealthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J
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tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J
asian BIG BOWL 60 E. Ohio, 312/951-1888; 6 E. Cedar, 312/6408888. This pan-Asian chain features a menu of favorites, as well as a stir-fry bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-29)J
TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. Contemporary décor accents traditional Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)
breakfast WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Dine outside on the sunny sidewalk patio. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J YOLK 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/7872277, www.yolk-online.com. Voted “Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, Yolk is the talk of the town. Located in the city’s trendy South Loop neighborhood, guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. $ (I-42)(G-27)J
brit/scot ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656. Warm and welcoming, North
America’s leading British pub and restaurant concept is the informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips, single-malt scotches and jolly good times. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet and meeting space is available. MonFri 6:30am-midnight, Sat-Sun 7am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (H-36)
chinese DRAGONFLY MANDARIN 832 W. Randolph, 312/455-1400, www.dragonflymandarin.com. Winner of Best Chinese Restaurants 5 years in a row, Dragonfly Mandarin presents a genuine Chinese dining experience amidst an elegant yet casual atmosphere. Doubles as a lounge and late-night club. Open daily from 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (D-33) LAO SHANGHAI 2163 S. China Pl., 312/808-0830. From the owner of the celebrated Lao Sze Chuan comes a Shanghaifocused menu in Chinatown Square. Mon-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$. (H-50)
contemporary american located in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood at the corner of Kinzie and Wells
400 N. Wells For Reservations Call: (312) 822-0191
THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170. This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Featuring a diverse menu from classic German dishes to contemporary sensations, it’s sure to satisfy every gener-
ation of guest. Restaurant: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 11am10pm, closed Sun. Lower Level Café: Mon-Wed 11am-2pm, Thu-Fri 11am-2:30pm. Lunch Counter: Mon-Fri 10:45am1:30pm. AE, MC, V. $$ (I-36)
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GRAHAM ELLIOT 217 W. Huron, 312/624-9975. Chef Graham Elliot Bowles serves up a laidback bistro where servers wear jeans and Converse and aged cheddar risotto gets garnished with Cheez-Its. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (H-28)
ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. Slurp down an authentic soda fountain drink while munching on sliders, a Reuben or one of the renowned hand-sliced deli meat sandwiches at this old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. Breakfast served ALL day. MonThu 7:30am-10pm, Fri 7:30am-11pm, Sat 9am-11pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)
Italian Cucina 1154 W. Taylor 312-243-2357
MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. Since 1942, this cafeteriastyle institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ (E-43)
GEJA’S CAFÉ 340 W. Armitage, 773/281-9101. Romantic fondue dining. Flamenco and classical guitarists help set the mood. Children under 10 not allowed. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (G-17) THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. Stir things up at this stylish fondue eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). Live Music Fri & Sat 8:30pm–midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-29)
french BISTROT MARGOT 1437-39 N. Wells, 312/587-3660; 216 S. Washington, 630/778-1944. An Old Town favorite featuring elegant décor, affordable prices and delicious cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (H-20) LE COLONIAL 937 N. Rush, 312/255-0088. Soak up the atmosphere of SE Asia under the leafy palms and rotating fans while enjoying French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (I-26)
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NOMI 800 N. Michigan, 7th floor, 312/239-4030. Contemporary French cuisine, sophisticated decor and stunning views combine at this stylish Mag Mile restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. (J-27)
german CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. Excellent German and American cuisine. Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck. Steaks, chops and fish specials also available daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11ammidnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ (Northwest of A-1)
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indian GAYLORD INDIA 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine in the River North. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, SatSun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26) INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com/index.asp. With an exhibition kitchen, this River
INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. Vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on
North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30)
Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3pm Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldchicago.com. This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and grill favorites morning, noon and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33)
BELLA BACINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, www.bacinos.com. Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacino’s is great from start to finish. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 8am10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32) BUCA DI BEPPO 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. This family-style restaurant offers whopping serv-
ings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by loca-
tion. All major cards. $$$ (J-30) CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. Feel like you’re in a 1940s traditional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served up family-style. Chef ’s specials daily and private parties available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: Mon-Tue 11:30am-10pm, Wed-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 10:30am-2:30pm & 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Tue 12:30am, Wed-Thu 1am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20)
Family owned and operated!
“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner Buffet: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm
LA CANTINA 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillagechicago.com. Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
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let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.
ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, www.rosals.com. Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of homemade Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a 10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Owned and operated by the
Capitanini family since 1927, the Village features Northern Italian cuisine served in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. This Contemporary Italian restaurant fea-
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turing modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
latin CARNIVALE 702 W. Fulton, 312/850-5005. A Latin-inspired paradise combining flavors from Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (E-32) CUATRO 2030 S. Wabash, 312/842-8856. Latin and Caribbean flavors combine at this South Loop eatery that features a seafood-centric menu among various other entrees. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (I-49)
mediterranean ALHAMBRA PALACE RESTAURANT 1240 W. Randolph, 312/666-9555. This restaurant slash lounge serves upscale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (West of D-34) SAYAT NOVA 157 E. Ohio, 312/644-9159. At this Streeterville fixture just steps away from the Mag Mile since the 1970s, you’ll find standard Mediterranean fare served in a cozy, intimate setting. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (J-30)
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pizza BELLA BACINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, www.bacinos.com. Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacino’s is
NACIONAL 27 325 W. Huron, 312/664-2727. Latin cuisine inspired by each one of the 27 Latin countries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (F-28)
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great from start to finish. A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years in a row. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am11pm, Sun 8am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32) GINO’S EAST 633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-DEEP; 8725 W. Higgins, 773/444-2244; 2801 N. Lincoln, 773/327-3737. A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is
PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. Frank Sinatra once said, “A
famous for deep-dish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (G-29)J
day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)J PIZZERIA ORA 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ (H-30)J
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PIZZERIA UNO & DUE 29 E. Ohio, 312/321-1000; 619 N. Wabash, 312/943-2400. Chicago-style pizza’s birthplace... Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-29)J
seafood CAPE COD ROOM 140 E. Walton, 312/440-8414. Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, this seafood gem is one of Chicago’s old school fine dining classics. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (J-26) CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. The freshest
*All dishes can be adapted for vegetarians.
Open Daily 11a.m. - 10p.m. 710 North Rush Street (312)944-7100 • (312)944-7694
seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef ’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33) (Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage
“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100
design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban) JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME RIB & STONE CRAB 60 E. Grand, 312/379-JOES. This Miami-based legend famous for its cracked stone crab claws. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-30)
steaks, chops and ribs
THE FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (G-21)
Serving Fine Indian Cuisine for 36 Years
CARMICHAEL’S STEAK HOUSE 1052 W. Monroe, 312/4330025. A legendary Chicago steakhouse widely known for succulent steaks (like the 40oz. Porterhouse), seafood entrees and homemade desserts. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (West of D-36)
“It’s curry and rice dishes pass every taste test with flying colors.” – Chicago Sun-Times
100 E. Walton Chicago 312-664-1700
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HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. Legendary Italian Steakhouse that serves the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian specialties and fresh seafood in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Chicago: Mon-Sat 11:30am3pm, Sun 11:30am-4pm; dinner Mon-Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban)
LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB 100 E. Ontario, 312/787-5000. This third generation steakhouse located steps away from the Mag Mile and housed in the 1890s McCormick mansion, serves up your prime rib on a rolling silver cart. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-29) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous
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KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, www.kinziechophouse.com. A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31)
48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$ (J-31)
sushi FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. Conveniently located just steps away
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from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28) SUSHI WABI 842 W. Randolph, 312/563-1224. A room that’s cooler than the name, with top-notch sushi at a 20-seat bar and laid-back dining area. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (D-34)
1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. Spain takes charge in this River North spot featuring authentic tapas, paellas and a Spanish-only wine list. Bar Specials – Sun: Sangria $13.92 a pitcher, Mon and Tue: Half price on select wines, Wed: $5.92 Cuervo Margaritas, Effen and Ketel One Martinis, Thu: $5.92 Bacardi Mojitos, Fri: Cono Sur wines are half price. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-28)
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MESÓN SABIKA 1025 Aurora in suburban Naperville, 630/9833000. Housed in a beautifully renovated mansion, Mesón Sabika offers diners a taste of Spain with a delicious selection of hot and cold tapas, Spanish entrees, paella, soup, salads, deserts and more. Brunch buffet offered on Sundays. Mon-Thu 11:30am-4:30pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun11am-2pm and 4:30pm-9pm. All major cards. $$ (Suburban)
“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
SINGHA 340 N. Clark, 312/467-0300, www.singhachicago.com. This affordable and excellent restaurant is known for its variety. Dishes include spring rolls, chicken satay, papaya salad and seafood entrees. The excellent selection of soups includes tomka (chicken and coconut milk). Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-32) STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)
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SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28)
DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29)
the Fireplace Inn 1448 N. Wells St. 312.664.5264 Carryout/Delivery 312.943.7427 www.fireplaceinn.com
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The 2010 Buddy shows are here! Don’t miss your chance to catch the legendary Buddy Guy as he hits his Legends stage on Thursday, January 7, 2010 to kick off his annual residency for the very last time at 745 S. Wabash Ave, the clubs original incarnation for the past 20 years. The new location will be up the block at 700 S. Wabash, where Mr. Guy will continue to play his residency in 2011. “I’m working hard to keep the blues in Chicago, in the South Loop. I’m doing everything I can to keep the blues alive,” Guy explains. The five-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is scheduled to play 16 shows throughout the month with different opening acts each night including Carl Weathersby, Quinn Sullivan, and Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials. Buddy Guy’s Legends is the only place in Chicago to experience the finest in blues seven nights a week, enjoy southern Cajun soul food, and behold a major archive of blues memorabilia. Shows take place Wednesday through Sunday and tickets ($40) are available online in advance at www.bit.ly/BGLtix, and sold at the door if the show is not sold out. Call 312/427-1190 or visit www.buddyguys.com.
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information * Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. * AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.
BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash, 312/427-0333, www.buddyguys.com. Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, this is one of Chicago’s premier blues clubs, offering the best of local and national blues talent. Take a walk around the club and check out the incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Excellent Cajun menu. Cover charges vary. Live music during lunch on weekdays from noon2pm. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40) KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this “Legendary Blues Mecca.” The best Chicago blues acts appear seven nights a week, with an early guitar set starting at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves barbecue, catfish, wings and more for late-night dining. Cover charge: Sun-Wed $12, Thu-Sat $15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm5am. All major cards. (E-13)
bowling 10pin BOWLING LOUNGE 330 N. State, 312/644-0300. Adjacent to the House of Blues, this hip upscale bowling lounge features 24 state-of-the-art lanes topped by eight HD video screens that are supported by nightclub quality audio system. Come knock down some pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics designed for sharing. Mon-Thu noon-1am, Fri noon-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-1am. All major cards. (I-32)
B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a virtual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13)
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cocktail lounges CAVA LOUNGE 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. The newest addition to the popular 1492 Tapas Bar, Cava keeps the lower level grooving with Latin beats, a full spirit bar and Spanish cuisine. Thu-Sun 7pm-2am. All major cards. (I-28)
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BATON SHOW LOUNGE 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. This show has the nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon & Tue. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. (H-38)
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CHI BAR 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower, this swanky lounge delivers sparkling views of the Chicago River while serving up specialty cocktails and above-par bar food. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. (K-31) CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. The 1940s “Supper Club” and cocktail lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or enjoying an intimate cocktail. Try the killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Great jukebox selections. Opens MonSat at 11:30am and Sun at 10am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. (I-28) MARTINI PARK 151 W. Erie, 312/640-0577. Featuring live contemporary music nightly, this hip bar provides a welcome alternative to the traditional velvet rope scene. Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm-3am. All major cards. (H-29)
comedy clubs COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080, www.comedysportzchicago.com. An audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages and events. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times each week, so it’s never the same twice. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. All major cards. (D-7) I.O. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for over 25 years. I.O. has two theaters, two bars and six shows a night. Guests often stick around for a second show after discovering how fun performances can be. Performances seven nights a week, show times vary. All major cards. (D-5) THE SECOND CITY 1616 N. Wells, 312/337-3992. Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Mon-Thu 8pm, Fri-Sat 8pm & 11pm, Sun 7pm. All major cards. (H-19)
dance clubs LE PASSAGE 937 N. Rush, 312/255-0022. This sexy Gold Coast mainstay offers late-night dancing and is now
attached to culinary cocktail lounge, The Drawing Room. Thu-Fri 10pm-3am, Sat 10pm-4am. All major cards. (I-25) SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin, 312/337-2191. Offers a state-ofthe-art sound system, bottle service, specialty cocktails and unique champagne-truffle pairings. Thu-Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. All major cards. (G-29)
BUTCH MCGUIRE’S 20 W. Division, 312/337-9080. Hit up the jukebox, chow down on Reuben sliders, shoot some pool, and make a friend or two at this legendary, Gold Coast Irish pub. Sun-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 8am-5am. All major cards. (I-23) EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.vaughanhospitality.com. Get your Irish on into the
THE UNDERGROUND 56 W. Illinois, 312/644-7600. Drinks with names like M16 and Espionage are served at this chic spy-themed nightclub. Thu-Fri 9pm-4am, Sat 9pm-5am, closed Sun-Wed. All major cards. (I-30)
wee hours of the morning in Chicago’s Loop! In addition to offering a full restaurant menu until they close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Late night menu. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (I-33) FADO IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand, 312/836-0066. You’ll find soccer on the flat-screens, homemade Shephard’s pie and Guinness on the table, and plenty of “craic” to go around. Mon-Thu 11:30am-2pm, Fri 11:30am-3am, Sat 9am-3am, Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (H-30)
jazz clubs ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. A historic establishment with casual dining and live jazz. Covers vary. Sun-Thu 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1:30am. All major cards. (I-31) JAZZ SHOWCASE 806 S. Plymouth, 312/360-0234. A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Mon-Sat 8pm & 10pm, Sun 4pm, 8pm & 10pm. $20-$25. Children 12 and under free on Sun. Cash only. (I-41)
HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. (H-32)
piano bars THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail as you listen to
THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. 8:30pm-2am nightly. All major cards. (I-25)
Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable; the smartly dressed, eclectic clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)
taverns and sports bars BULL AND BEAR 413 N. Wells, 312/527-5973. Even in this economy, the Financial District can still be quite enticing. Trade in your rollercoaster day of stocks for a luxury sports bar. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. All major cards. $$$ (G-31) THE CUBBY BEAR 1059 W. Addison, 773/327-1662. Located across the street from Wrigley Field, it’s no wonder this 30,000-square-foot multipurpose venue serves as “the place” to party after the game. Hours vary (opens early when Cubs play at home). All major cards. (D-4)
ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. If you’re looking for the ultimate place to dine and watch your favorite games with friends and family, you’ve found it! ESPN Zone Chicago is for sports enthusiasts of all types and ages. Enjoy delicious American grill food while watching your favorite team on a 16-foot big screen and more than 100 other HD televisions. Then, make sure to visit the action-packed Sports Arena featuring 10,000-square-feet of interactive games and attractions. The ultimate in sports viewing, this dining and entertainment mecca awaits you at ESPN Zone! Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11ammidnight. All major cards. $$ (I-30) FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL 2060 N. Cleveland, 773/935-2060. Sneak away from the tourist traps and enjoy this old-fashioned saloon in Lincoln Park. Only five minutes from N. Michigan Ave. Private party room. Sports via satellite on six TVs. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 11:30am3am, Sun 10am-2am. All major cards. (F-15) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/9150071 and 3535 N. Clark, 773/832-9040. Beer enthusiasts would be amiss to skip this local favorite offering more than 50 different ales and lagers. Mon-Thu 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-1am. All major cards. (D-19) HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. It’s always a rockin’ good time at this legendary institution. Besides boasting the largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hard Rock serves up the best in American cuisine. Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
HARRY CARAY’S 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin in Lombard, 630/953-3400, www.harrycarays.com. Harry created a hit with this nostalgic restaurant/bar lined with sports memorabilia. A favorite with locals and visitors, it was voted “Best Sports Bar in the Country” by a poll of America’s sportscasters. Bars open everyday 11:30am-close. All major cards. (I-31)(Suburban)
BEVIAMO WINE BAR 1358 W. Taylor, 312/455-8255. The lush silk-and-velvet décor and dim lighting serve as the perfect backdrop for an evening of sipping wine. Mon-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm-3am. All major cards. BIN 36 339 N.Dearborn, 312/755-9463. Choose from over 50 wines while savoring their delicious contemporary American fare in either the tavern or cellar. Tavern hours: Mon-Wed noon-11pm Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat 2pm2am, Sun 2pm-10pm. All major cards. (I-32)
THE LODGE TAVERN 21 W. Division, 312/642-4406. This Gold Coast dive bar offers cheap drinks, free peanuts, and nostalgic tunes on the jukebox. Mon-Fri 2pm-4am, Sat noon-5am, Sun noon-4am. All major cards. (I-23)
ENO 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8738. This intimate bar on the Michigan Avenue side of the Hotel Intercontinental specializes in gourmet chocolate and cheese flights. MonThu 4pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 1pm-1am, Sun 1pm-10pm. All major cards. (J-30)
sunny side up! Letâ€™s face it, Chicagoans love their food! Although we are most famous for deep-dish pizza and hot dogs loaded with toppings (except ketchup of course!), Chicago is chock-full of exceptional Brunch Spots to start the day off right...
toasts as well as lunch items like salads, wraps and burgers. Two Locations: 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-9655; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277. Your taste buds will rise and shine at Streeterville’s West Egg Café (620 N. Fairbanks; 312/280-8366). Featuring big name dishes like The Michelangelo (an Italian frittata painted in mushrooms, Italian sausage, green peppers, olives, pepperoni and provolone), The Spicoli (an omelette not slacking in broccoli and cheese), and The Swiss Account (baked eggs, ham, mushroom richly smothered in Swiss topped with black olives, tomatoes and sour cream), West Egg will tame any morning hunger. Brunch is also available every day of the week at these Chicago restaurants: Eleven City Diner (1112 S. Wabash; 312/212-1112) and Bella Bacino’s Italian Bistro & Pizzeria (75 E. Wacker; 312/263-2350).
No need for four leaf clovers or horseshoes, your luck will always be spot on at Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300). Modeled after a 1940s supper club, this popular Italian eatery serves up a mean brunch every Sunday from 10:30am-2:30pm sure to satisfy even the most persnickety eaters. Like a little bite with your breakfast? The Maryland Crab Cake Benedict served with a spicy Creole hollandaise goes down nicely with their spicy Ketel One Bloody Mary served with an antipasti spear. If spicy is not your thing, test out the Pesto & Eggs served with baked Parmesan tomatoes, Banana Rum Pancakes with vanilla crème anglaise, nutella and cinnamon, or Malted Waffles with cannoli chocolate chip butter – There’s plenty to choose from. Just don’t be surprised if the cuisine leaves your taste buds dancing for joy, Club Lucky was once the site of the local neighborhood dance hall. The sun is always shining at YOLK. Voted “Best Breakfast” by CitySearch in 2008, YOLK’s egg-centric menu features a fresh twist on old favorites like skillets, scramblers, omlettes, frittatas, benedicts (voted the best in town!) and more. But if you crave something other than egg, don’t scramble; YOLK also lists an impressive stack of pancakes, crepes, French
the heat is on!
Yes, we know, come February, Chicago may not feel like much of a “Toddlin’ Town.” This is all the more reason to get out there and generate some carefree buzz. Whether you’re looking to kick back and relax with jazzy lounge music, shake things up, or laugh the night away, the city’s nightlife scene is alive and kickin’ with an infinite number of places to generate some heat. If you’re looking for a hotbed of improvisational comedy while here in Chicago, we recommend you head straight to ComedySportz. Come watch the ultimate comedy competition where two teams of nimble performers “compete” to present the funniest scenarios based on audience suggestions, vying for the most laughs and subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. Their 149-seat state of the art theater features cabaret style seating, superior sound and lighting systems, LCD screens and a full service bar in the lobby. Located at 929 W. Belmont, just steps from the red, brown and purple line at the Belmont “L” stop. Shows: Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm, Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. Purchase tickets by calling 773/549-8080. The BackRoom is a must for those looking to relax and take in some excellent Chicago music. Specializing in jazz, blues, R&B and Motown, The BackRoom offers live music seven nights a week. Don’t worry about squeezing in to a large crowd to see the show; no standing is allowed, and guests are seated at their own private candlelit tables for two or four. 1007 N. Rush, doors open Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. Show times and ticket prices vary. Call 312/751-2433 or visit www.backroomchicago.com for more information. Get 2-for-1 admission with ad on page 46! This is one place you won’t want to forget to bring your camera to. After all, you never know when you’ll see the likes of “Whitney Houston” or “Janet Jackson.” The illusion is the attraction at The Baton Show Lounge and since 1969 the Lounge has been drawing in crowds to see its Las Vegas-style revue starring female impersonators lip synching and shaking their groove things. So sit back with a drink and enjoy the show. 432 N. Clark. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. 312/644-5269.
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NUNS, NUNS, NUNS Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Check out four of the funniest
interactive shows in the city. The always-funny “Sister” deals with saints, sinners, and movie reviews in three distinct comedies. Late Nite Catechism, by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm. Put the Nuns in Charge! by Vicki Quade, runs Friday at 8pm. And Saints & Sinners, Vicki Quade’s newest comedy, runs Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $30. Call 312/988-9000. www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com
I.O. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. For more than 20 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. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.
BLUE MAN GROUP Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. 773/348-4000. The
Blue Man is a curious being that shares his humorous, unique perspective with the audience in a multi-sensory experience The Chicago Tribune describes as The perfect entertainment. The show is a mixture of vibrant pieces such as percussion infused with brightly colored paints and a marshmallow toss, as well as new favorites that include a piece on the state of the rock world, an Internet coffee shop sequence and a segment depicting the history of animation and mans attempt from the Stone Age to bring art to life. Tickets are $49-$64. Call or visit www.blueman.com for show schedule.
COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont. This smart, fast and funny interactive improv show has moved to a new location just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop for a whole new season of high-end comedy and laughs. 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-bar battle of comedy. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. Call 773/549-8080 or
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