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Life hasn’t exactly been a Sunday drive for the struggling automobile industry over the past year. But even in tough times like these, the Chicago Auto Show – the largest of its kind in the country – remains a popular destination on the mid-winter calendar for prospective new car buyers and curious auto mavens alike. More than just a warm place to go in the middle of winter, the Auto Show represents a rare opportunity to set aside all of the grim news from the business section and focus instead on the reason the auto industry grew so big in the first place – the American fascination with the open road. This is a chance to see all of the shiny new domestic and foreign models under one enormous roof, to nestle into the leather embrace of that dream sports car, to check out the futuristic designs of the concept vehicles, and, perhaps most importantly, to soak in a healthy dose of that wonderful new car smell.
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.
It’s improvisation on a high wire as legendary jazz pianist Keith Jarrett comes to town for a highly anticipated solo performance, simply sitting down at the keyboard and letting whatever comes into his head come out on in the moment. Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 8pm. $40-$95. 312/294-3000.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink offers spectacular ice dancing demos, extended ice rink hours for skating and late night dance parties on the ice every weekend in February. Tonight’s theme is Show Tunes and tomorrow’s theme is Love Songs. Madison & Michigan. Dance demos: Fri-Sat 7pm, 8:30pm and 10pm. Dance party: 7pm11pm. 312/742-1168. #151
saturday, 13th Celebrate the love of art at the Museum of Contemporary Art with Family Day: I Heart Art. Activities include homemade valentines, a special tour of the museum’s collection and much more. Appropriate for all ages. 220 E. Chicago. 11am-3pm. FREE for families with children 12 and under. 312/280-2660.
Best known for its collaboration with Paul Simon on his 1986 release Graceland, the South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been a steady, award-winning presence on the world music scene since at least the late sixties. Old Town School of (continued on pg. 6)
The 2010 Chicago Auto Show runs from 10am to 10pm daily from February 12 through February 21 (closes on 2/21 at 8pm) at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Admission is $11 for adults and $7 for seniors and children 7 and up. For more information, call 630/495-2282 or visit www.chicagoautoshow.com.
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Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. 4pm & 8pm. $45. 773/728-6000.
The 3rd annual TOAST on The Magnificent Mile celebrates “Life’s Moments” throughout February with special events, champagne tastings, and enticing dining offers featuring delicious Moët & Chandon. The celebration is punctuated by a family-friendly fireworks display every Saturday night over the Chicago River at 401 N. Michigan at 6:30pm. All offers are valid through Feb. 28. Visit www.themagnificentmile.com for additional details. #151
The Chicago Blackhawks battle it out against the Atlanta Thrashers at 7:30pm in United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800-4NBA-TIX. Pre-game with a delicious Italian meal in the heart of Little Italy at nearby RoSal’s (1154 W. Taylor; 312/243-2357). Mariah Carey continues her recent career revival with a pair of Valentine’s weekend shows at the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. Tonight 7:30pm, Sun at 7pm. $69.75-$150.75. 312/902-1500. Round out the evening with some of the city’s freshest seafood at nearby Catch 35 (35 W. Wacker; 312/346-3500). to Lake The Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrates an early Valentine’s Day tonight with a performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s joyous Italian comedic fable The Elixir of Love at the Civic Opera House. 20 N. Wacker. 7:30pm. $46-$207. 312/332-2244.
Working with the same eight-piece band as his father, Frank Sinatra Jr. interlaces his own authentic renditions with personal memories of everyone involved in his father’s illustrious career tonight on the Center East stage. A Valentine’s post-show dessert reception follows. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd in suburban Skokie. 8pm. $80. 847/673-6300.
Bring your “Lady” or maybe your “Gambler” to see and hear the incomparable Kenny Rogers at the Paramount Theatre. 23 E. Galena Blvd in suburban Aurora. Sat at 8pm, Sun at 4pm. $48.50-$80.50. 630/896-6666.
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse creates the perfect Valentines Day ambiance for you and your sweetheart this weekend with a special candlelit prix fixe dinner featuring delicious entrée selections like Colorado Lamb Rack and Seared Colossal Sea Scallops. 33 W. Kinzie. Prix fixe menu available Sat & Sun. $69.95 per guest without wine pairing, $85.95 per guest with wine pairing. 312/828-0966. #36
sunday, 14th Navy Pier celebrates the “Year of the Tiger” with the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Guests will enjoy a festival of performances, including traditional Chinese Lion Dancers, music, martial arts demonstrations, folk dance, calligraphy, arts and crafts, and more. 600 E. Grand. Noon-5:30pm. FREE. 312/595-PIER. www.navypier.com. Visit our feature story on page 50 for additional celebrations around town. #146
Pamper your tastebuds this Valentine’s Day with a trip to RoSal’s Italian Cucina, in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy. The cozy Italian cucina uses only the freshest ingredients to create its
signature dishes, which will include homemade Heart Shaped Ravioli today to commemorate the holiday. RoSal’s is open today for Valentine’s Day by popular demand. 1154 W. Taylor. 4pm-9pm. Reservations recommended, 312/243-2357.
Pucker up buttercup, the season for smooching has arrived. But since you can’t gift-wrap a sloppy wet one, sometimes affections of the chocolate variety will have to do. Commemorate this Valentine’s Day with a trip to Hershey’s Bake Shoppe where couples can enjoy a Sweetheart Deal of 2 Hot Cocoas and 2 Brownies for $9.95. Hershey’s Chicago, 822 N. Michigan. 312/337-7711. Visit our Shopping Lead on page 18 for additional gift ideas. #151 Italian Village’s Vivere makes the art of romance look easy this Valentine’s Day with its intimate setting, award-winning wine cellar, robust contemporary cuisine, and the cherry on top: opera singers from Chicago Opera Theater performing live between 7pm-9pm. 71 W. Monroe. Call for reservations, 312/332-7005.
Though he can apply the lyrical touch when called upon, don’t expect too much soft and gentle this Valentine’s Day in Hyde Park when thundering pianist Willie Pickens leads the charge during the Sunday night jazz set at Room 43, 1043 E. 43rd Street. 7:30pm. $10. 773/285-2222. Celebrate Chinese New Year with a trip to Chicago History Museum. Their newest exhibit, My Chinatown, offers a multimedia experience that features real people and real places, revealing a side of Chinatown most visitors don’t see. 1601 N. Clark. Adults $14, seniors and students $12, children 12 and under free. 312/642-4600. #151
monday, 15th Hosted in conjunction with the Museum of Science and Industry’s permanent exhibit, YOU! The Experience – Taking Charge of YOU! explores simple ways to live a healthier lifestyle from an African-American perspective. 5700 S. Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. $15 adults, $14 seniors, $10 children 3-11. 773/684-1414. #3
British indie rock quartet The Editors celebrates the release of its third album – 2009’s In This Light And On This Evening – with a stop in Chicago tonight at the Vic Theatre. 3145 N. Sheffield. 7:30pm. $22.50. 773/472-0366. to Belmont
Wells. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. 312/822-0191. to Merchandise Mart
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.
The chill may have set in outside but things have warmed up at Kinzie Chophouse. Kinzie’s seasonal $20 3-Course Winter Delights Menu is back featuring Beef Tenderloin Medalions, Herb Crusted Salmon, Fresh Penne Pasta, Hot Butter Rum Cheesecake, and much more. 400 N.
The Chicago Bulls go up against the New York Knicks at 7pm at United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800-4NBA-TIX. Pre-game with a delicious Italian meal in the heart of Little Italy at nearby RoSal’s (1154 W. Taylor; 312/243-2357).
The 101 Dalmatians Musical makes its Chicago debut today at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Don’t miss one of the world’s greatest classic tales brought to life by an award-winning creative team, which includes four-time Tony Award winning director, Jerry Zaks. 151 W. Randolph. Opens tonight at 8pm, call for additional show times. $18-$85. 800/775-2000. Visit our feature story
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wednesday, 17th Get an up close look at the world’s most stunning gems at The Field Museum’s current exhibit, The Nature of Diamonds. Nearly 800 objects from top designers are featured, including this Diamond Tiara worn by actress Salma Hayek. 1400 S. Lake Shore. 9am-5pm. FREE general admission today, otherwise $15 adults, $12 seniors/students, $10 children. 312/922-9410.
Learn about the rich history of fine chocolates and Chicago’s beautiful architecture as you savor the flavors, and walk off the calories with Chicago Chocolate Tours! Today’s tour will take you on a tasting of select chocolate shops and cafes in Chicago’s South Loop. Meets outside Canady le chocolatier, 824 S. Wabash. 5:45pm. $40. Advance registration requested, call 312/929-2939 or visit www.ChicagoChocolateTours.com. #3
thursday, 18th Legendary English progressive rock act YES is back on the road with a new lead singer and the promise of forthcoming new material. Tonight at the House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. 7pm. $57.50. 312/923-2000.
Engage in a history lesson from a woman who lived it. The Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center welcomes Eva Clarke, one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust, to the Museum to share her mother’s inspiring story of strength of spirit. 9603 Woods Dr. in suburban Skokie. $20. Reservations required, 847/967-4889.
Don’t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. 3133 N. Halsted. Tonight at 8pm, call for additional dates and times. $49-$64. 773/3484000. to Belmont
friday, 19th Chicago’s growing culinary reputation gets another shot in the arm this month with the return of Restaurant Week. From February 19-28, some of the best chefs in Chicago are serving up special meals – with $22 3-course prix fixe lunches and $32 3-course prix fixe dinners – at more than 160 restaurants all around town. Visit www.choosechicago.com/eatitup for a list of participating restaurants.
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A WILD PLACE TO Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. Seating times vary. 877/AG-PLACE. #151
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. $15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11. 773/684-1414. #6
Learning math has never been so fun! With the Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit, Pizza: Any Way You Slice It!, kids learn the basics of math with a playful exploration of one of America’s favorite foods. 2100 Patriot Blvd in suburban Glenview. Mon 9:30amnoon, Tue-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon5pm. Adults/children $7.50, seniors $6.50. 847/832-6600.
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-TacToe Pizza and Lemon-Pepper Tilapia. Dolls are welcome too!
Affections of the chocolate variety are what’s in store at Hershey’s Chicago. Show your Valentine just how sweet you are with your personalized message and photo on a delicious Valentine’s themed 7-ounce Hershey’s milk chocolate bar. Or stock up on your Sweetheart’s favorite Hershey’s products and mouthwatering desserts, including Valentine themed cupcakes and brownies. 822 N. Michigan. 312/337-7711.
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 150-foot 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-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. 312/595-PIER. #124
i.O. Theatre wants to take you to... Storytown! This interactive arts experience combines improvisation, music, and storytelling into an unforgettable make-believe 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. 773/880-0199. to Addison
The Great Hall of the Chicago Children’s Museum celebrates winter with Snow Much Fun. Kids can make figure-eights in their socks with seasonal favorite Pretend You’re on Ice, build a fort out of “ice” blocks with Snow Fort and dress Frosty in the seasons latest trends with Snowman Fashionista. Closing March 1. 700 E. Grand. Fri-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm. Adults and children $10, seniors $9. 312/527-1000. #124
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 Lincoln Park Zoo is an animal oasis right in the middle of the city. Kids can learn about conservation
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 and much more. 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 for more information.
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 $15.95, children age 3-11 $11, children under 3 are free. 312/875-9696.
SHOP AND EAT®® or venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos and more. 2200 N. Cannon. Daily 10am-4:30pm.
$12, children 3 and under are free. 708/848-1976.
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
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
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 9am-5pm, SatSun 9am-6pm. Free general admis-
sion every Monday and Tuesday and Feb. 15-19, otherwise, adults 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.
Become reacquainted with The Shedd Aquarium’s dolphins, whales, sea otters, sea lions and
$24.95, children 3-11/seniors $17.95. 312/939-2438. #146
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. 104 E. Walton. Adults $32, children 4-12 $17. Reservations are recommended, 312/787-2200.
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 open and in full swing. So sharpen the blades on those ice skates and come out for a twirl. New this month, the Chicago Winter Dance Festival features free ice skating instruction, late night ice dance parties, ice dancing demos and dance lessons in the Park.
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 noon8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm and Sun 10am-9pm.
Park Attractions… Boeing Galleries: Add formal space for public exhibitions to the park's mid-level terraces. The Galleries are lined on either side by a row of graceful sycamore trees - a rarity in Chicago. BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza 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 affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of actual Chicagoans have proven to be a popular barefoot playground for splashing children. 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 that also happens to be a marquee performance venue. Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance: The theater seats 1,525 and offers programs ranging from classical ballet and contemporary dance to classical, chamber, opera and folk music. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5-acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). 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 between 1917 and 1953.
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.
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February weather in Chicago can be frightful, so bring it inside to one of city’s prized attractions. Watch a great white shark capture its prey, follow penguins as the glide beneath the ice, and take an ocean voyage with seals through National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N. Cannon; 773/755-5100). • Explore simple ways to live a healthier lifestyle from an African-American perspective with Museum of Science and Industry's (5700 S. Lake Shore; 773/684-1414) new temporary exhibit Taking Charge of YOU! • Get vertical 94-stories up at John Hancock Observatory (875 N. Michigan; 888/875-VIEW). Guests can embark on an open-air skywalk, listen to new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer, and enjoy “coffee in the clouds” at the Espression by Lavazza café. • Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) takes the chill out of winter with Family Fun Days! Enjoy quality time together throughout the season with cultural celebrations, variety shows, dancing, cooking demos and more!
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AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in OPENING 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) 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 1pm10 5pm. (FREE)(I-38)
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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 OPENING SUMMER 2009 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 view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,353 feet and 10 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk www.theskydeck.com | (312) 875-9696 | Open daily at 10 a.m. open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Espression Willis Towerby (formerly Sears Tower) Lavazza cafe. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free.) (J-26)
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 6am-11pm. (FREE)(J-35) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. 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 call 800/595-PIER. Mon-Thu 10am8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Credits cards accepted vary. (M-30)
MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, www.millenniumpark.org. One of Chicago’s most popular
SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the worldfamous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during off-hours, after 5pm. And be sure to check out their newest attraction – “The Ledge” – which offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am8pm. ($15.95 adults, $11 children age 3-11, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-37)
Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.theskydeck.com.
FREE MUSEUM DAYS Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science, The Field Museum. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses, The Field Museum. 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., 312/922-STAR. The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. MonFri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am4:30pm. (Free general admission Feb. 8-12, 16 and 23. General admission: $10 adults, $6 kids 3-14, children 3 and under free.) AE, DC, MC, V (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/4433600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and strolleraccessible. Mon-Wed & Fri 10:30am5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm8pm), 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, 312/5271000. Hands-on exhibits and activities make every visit special for kids of all ages. 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) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am6pm. FREE. (I-35) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($14 adults, $12 seniors & students, children 12 and under free.) Free on Mon. AE, MC, V (H-20) DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 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. Tue-Sat 10am5pm, 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. On exhibit: The Nature of Diamonds. 9am-5pm daily. (Free general admission Tuesdays & Wednesdays. $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11.) 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)
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 You! The Experience, and much more. MonSat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. ($15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11.) All major cards. (South of P-54) 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. (Free general admission Feb. 8, 9, 22 & 23. Shedd Pass: $24.95 adults, $17.95 children ages 3-11). All major cards. (L-43)
transportation CTA 888/YOUR-CTA. The Chicago Transit Authority makes getting around Chicago convenient and affordable. ($2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass.)
THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 South State Street (312)747-4300
GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com. GO Airport Express offers
METRA 312/322-6900, 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)
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
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.
worship FIRST ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 1301 N. LaSalle, 312/642-7172. 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.
Shopping in February means one thing and that’s Valentine’s Day. If you want to give her something as unique as she is, express your devotion with a piece of beautifully handcrafted contemporary jewelry from TOUS (Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor; 312/640-8860). This floating heart pendant from their signature Valentine’s Day collection is available in sterling silver and 18kt gold with diamonds. • Jazz Record Mart (27 E. Illinois; 312/ 222-1467) helps set the mood this Valentine’s Day with a special sale on Verve’s “Jazz for Lovers” CD series, which includes romantic tunes by popular jazz artists like Billie Holiday, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald and more. • A gift givers dream come true, Angelique Art Gift Gallery (6 W. Maple; 312/787-3671) features a fresh collection of jewelry and gift items from around the globe. • Lover’s Lane (888/744LOVE; www.loverslanestore.com) is the perfect place to shop for romantic gifts, lingerie and other bedroom essentials this Valentine’s Day. With the grand opening of its newest store in Chicago (955 W. Diversey), guests can now visit The Ultimate Store for Couples™ without making a trip to the suburbs.
Jazz Record Mart
Angelique Art Gift Gallery
Designer resale of ChiCago
* Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa
50 to 80% off retail!
* Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.
ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental 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. (H-31)
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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)
658 N. Dearborn St. 312-587-3312
J ROBERTS ANTIQUES 149 W. Kinzie, 312/222-0167. Jay Robert’s presents Chicago’s largest and finest selection of antiques furniture, clocks, and accessories. Mon-Fri 10am5pm, Sat 11am-6pm. AE, MC, V (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
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
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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)
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)
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. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (H-29)
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CUSTO BARCELONA Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312/981-3904. Combining the best quality screenprinting with textiles and designs, Custo Barcelona’s fashions feature bright colors and humorous graphics. Besides becoming hot ticket items among Hollywood’s elite, including fashionistas Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman, this award-winning and internationally coveted designer brand is reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy. All major cards. (J-27)
department stores BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. AE, MC, V (J-26) MACY’S 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours – State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-
6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34)(J-26) NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. Notables include a sizeable shoe departmentand the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-30) SEARS 2 N. State, 312/373-6040. Rely on Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-35)
Chicago Fur Outlet shopping
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. All major cards. (North of E-11)
Home of the Furry Godmother!
SPECIALIZING IN NEW FURS, LEATHERS, AND “PRE-FURRED” RESALE
777 W. DIVERSEY • 773.348.3877 @ HALSTED IN LINCOLN PARK
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. Many of these unique collections are one-of-akind pieces from artists, designers and family workshops from around the world, as well as hand-selected items from the leading international art museums’ collections. ThuSun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-24)
TOUS Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/6408860, www.tous.com. Come and discover beautiful European designs at the Barcelona-based luxury jewelry and accessories shop. Style and sophistication define the familyowned brand that dates back to the 1920s. Shop a selection of signature collections, jewelry, handbags and accessories that are in-line with today’s current trends. 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 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For stores located in the Chicagoland area, please reference our suburban map or visit www.loverslane.com. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (D-10)(Suburban)
shoes & boots FLORSHEIM Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/335-9884, www.florsheim.com. Carrying men’s shoes for all 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)
shopping malls THE 900 SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops, restaurants and covered parking. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. (J-27) WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. At the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium is anchored by Macy’s and houses American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. Nordstrom anchors this European arcadestyle facility with more than 35 retail shops. Food court. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. (J-30)
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, sportsthemed games and attractions. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, FriSat 11am-midnight. All major cards. (I-30) 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
UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. Located in the heart of
HERSHEY’S Chicago Historic Water Tower
John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory
Water Works Visitor Center
Walgreens Neiman Marcus
Crate & Barrel Cartier Grand Lux Ann Taylor Levi's Store Eddie Bauer
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Huron The Apple Store Nike Town The Garmin Store
Allen Edmonds Atlas Galleries
Tribune Tower Pioneer Court
The Shops At North Bridge
159 W. Kinzie — 312/527-4848 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
Kinzie — 312/527-0533 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffanystyle 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.
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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 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. 159 W.
art & antique notes
900 North Michigan Shops Lotton Gallery
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)
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)
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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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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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alfresco dining Sample the wide array of Chicago’s ethnic delights with your own miniature Taste of Chicago. Party like its Oktoberfest at Chicago Brauhaus (4732 N. Lincoln; 773/784-4444) where they serve up German specialties all year long. Pile your plate with bratwurst, schnitzel and sauerkraut and fill up your stein with authentic German lagers. Once your stomach has settled, dance the night away to the musical stylings of the world famous Brauhaus Trio. • A really big appetite deserves a really big menu, and the pan-Asian slate at South Loop’s Tamarind (614 S. Wabash; 312/379-0970) fits the bill, with everything from sushi and sashimi to Peking duck or a create-your-own stirfry option. • Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine (100 E. Walton; 312/644-1700) celebrates Indian culture with a combination of authentic flavors and ambiance. Sample a generous selection of traditional Indian dishes at their daily lunch buffet or pop in for a more formal meal come evening. • Finally, head over to Little Italy for a delicious Sicilian meal at RoSal’s (1154 W. Taylor; 312/243-2357). This classic family-owned trattoria is a mainstay on this traditional ethnic stretch, and is a perfect place to cap your personal Taste of Chicago.
Gaylord Fine Indian Cuisine
information * Please call to confirm hours, credit cards and outdoor seating availability. * AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Price symbols indicate average price for dinner entrée. $: under $10, $$: $10-$15, $$$: $15-$25, $$$$: $25 up * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.
“It’s curry and rice dishes pass every taste test with flying colors.”
– Chicago Sun-Times
ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. A favorite among sports fans, this food, drink and games emporium features more than 100 brilliant high definition TVs, including a giant 16-foot-wide HD projection screen and 10,000-square-feet of sports-themed interactive games and attractions. Enjoy American grill favorites such as baby back ribs, a variety of burgers, salads and pasta, as well as popular kids items like macaroni and cheese, mini burgers and chicken tenders. And best of all, every dining seat has the perfect view of every play. Sun-Thu 11am11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (I-30)J
555 Mall Drive Schaumburg 847-619-3300
100 E. Walton Chicago 312-664-1700
“Always a yummy choice...”
HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252. 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, highenergy atmosphere. Hard Rock merchandise available— store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11am8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-8:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (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. $$$ (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, hearthealthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J
75 E Wacker • 312-263-2350 • www.bacinos.com
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tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J
Serving Fine Indian Cuisine for 36 Years
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asian 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. $$ (I-39)
Party Fondue Style Chicago’s most unique & interactive dining experience. Private rooms hold up to 105 Several banquet package options No room fees • A/V available Live Music • Cocktail Parties River North | 312.573.0011 Call today to book your group event! www.meltingpot.com
WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Dine outside on the sunny sidewalk patio. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J YOLK 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/7872277, www.yolk-online.com. Voted “Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, Yolk is the talk of the town. Located in the city’s trendy South Loop neighborhood, guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. $ (I-42)(G-27)J
brit/scot ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656. Warm and welcoming, North America’s leading British pub and restaurant concept is the informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips, single-malt scotches and jolly good times. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet and meeting space is available. MonFri 6:30am-midnight, Sat-Sun 7am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (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 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 generation 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. $$ (I-36)
ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. Slurp down an authentic soda fountain drink while munching on sliders, a Reuben or one of the renowned hand-sliced deli meat sandwiches at this old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. Breakfast served ALL day. MonThu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42) MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. Since 1942, this cafeteriastyle institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ (E-43)
fondue THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. Stir things up at this stylish fondue eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). Live Music Fri & Sat 8:30pm–midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-29)
french KIKI’S BISTRO 900 N. Franklin, 312/649-1455. One of Chicago’s finest French restaurants has a charming traditional dining area along with its authentic bistro menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (G-26)
german CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. Excellent German and American cuisine. Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck. Steaks, chops and fish specials also available daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11ammidnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ (Northwest of A-1)
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greek ATHENA 212 S. Halsted, 312/655-0000. A traditional restaurant located in Greektown known for its fine dining. Call for hours. AE, V. $$ (D-37) PARTHENON 314 S. Halsted, 312/726-2407. Located right in the heart of Greektown, this restaurant is one of the oldest in the neighborhood and boasts over 140 dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (D-37)
indian GAYLORD 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, Sat-Sun noon3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26) INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com/index.asp. With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. Vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on
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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 dish-
es. Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3pm Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
BELLA BACINOâ€™S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, www.bacinos.com. Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacinoâ€™s is great from start to finish. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 8am10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, 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 40-foot 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 9am2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33)
BUCA DI BEPPO 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ (J-30)J
CAPI’S ITALIAN KITCHEN 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/276-0641. The star of the show is the hand-tossed pizza, but the menu also includes traditional Italian pasta dishes and entrees. Call for hours. All major cards (except AE). $ (M-30)J 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. $$$ (Northwest of A-20)
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GIOCO 1312 S. Wabash, 312/939-3870. Regional authentic Italian dishes with the finest seasonal ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-44) LA CANTINA 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillagechicago.com. Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36) 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
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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, FriSat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Owned and operated by the
VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. This Contemporary Italian restaurant fea-
turing modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
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. $$$ (H-36)
japanese AI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE 358 W. Ontario, 312/335-9888. Dishes like Wasabi Filet Mignon, Seabass Cartoccio and Parmesan Salmon pepper the menu
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of this new River North hot spot. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (F-29) RON OF JAPAN 230 E. Ontario, 312/644-6500. This Japanese cuisine is prepared as you watch by chefs who know as much about style as they do about flavor. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (J-29)
DE CERO 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114. This West Loop Mexican outpost focuses on coastal regional fare and fresh ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (D-34) FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) FUEGO MEXICAN GRILL & MARGARITA BAR 2047 N. Family owned and operated!
“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner Buffet: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934 www.indiangardenchicago.com
Milwaukee, 773/252-1122; 17 Campbell in suburban Arlington Heights, 847/590-1122. From tableside guacamole prepara-
tion to the live mariachi music, Fuego immerses diners in a colorful, exciting Mexican experience. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (Northwest of D-15)(Suburban)
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 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. $$ (I-32)J CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 52 E. Ohio, 312/787-6075; 835 N. Michigan, 312/787-7300. Also located: 10 N. LaSalle, 312/920-9662; 939 W. North, 312/337-1281.These local outlets of the national chain feature affordable pizzas with unusual toppings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-29) 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 famous for deep-dish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (G-29)
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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room
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for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (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. $$ (H-30)J
CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. The freshest seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33) (Suburban) DEVON SEAFOOD GRILL 39 E. Chicago, 312/440-8660. This relative newcomer brings seafood to the masses at relatively affordable prices. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (I-27) HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. Combining fresh
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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. $$$ (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. Legendary Italian Steakhouse that serves the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian specialties and fresh seafood in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Chicago: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, Sun 11:30am-4pm; dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31) (Suburban) KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, www.kinziechophouse.com. A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) 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 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$ (J-31)
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FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28)
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KAMEHACHI 1400 N. Wells, 312/664-3663; 240 E. Ontario, 312/587-0600; 320 N. Dearborn, 312/744-1900. Award-winning sushi and sashimi, as well as tempura, teriyaki and noodles. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (G-22)(J-30)(I-31)
tapas 1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. Spain takes charge at this River
with a delicious selection of hot and cold tapas, Spanish entrees, paella, soup, salads, deserts and more. All major cards. $$ (Suburban)
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North spot featuring authentic tapas, paellas and a Spanish-only wine list. Recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, 1492 is housed in a fourstory greystone, just steps away from the Mag Mile. MonThu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-28)
thai 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) 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 11am-11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28) 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)
“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
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Whether you’re looking to kick back with music, shake things up, or laugh the night away, the city’s nightlife is hot! Up north, visitors will find a pair of solid blues venues within steps of each other. Both B.L.U.E.S. (2519 N. Halsted; 773/5281012) and Kingston Mines (2548 N. Halsted; 773/477-4646) offer a smorgasbord of local and national blues talent seven nights a week. Bring coupons on page 46 for $3 off. • Million Dollar Quartet, on an extended run at Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln; 773/935-6100), captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents – Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley – all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. • In its 22nd year, ComedySportz (929 W. Belmont; 773/549-8080) is the longest running short-form improv show in Chicago. It’s not stand-up comedy about sports…it’s improv comedy played as a sport with audience participation. • Meanwhile, back downtown at The BackRoom (1007 N. Rush; 312/751-2433), the vibe is decidedly laidback, with live jazz, blues, Motown and R&B to complement the relaxed, after hours atmosphere. 2-for-1 admission with coupon on page 48.
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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) BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash, 312/427-0333, www.buddyguys.com. Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy,
B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari and more. Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am. All major cards. (I-28) LUXBAR 18 E. Bellevue, 312/642-3400. Combines the rustic atmosphere of a local tavern with the simple elegance of an upscale restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-25) MARTINI PARK 151 W. Erie, 312/640-0577. Featuring live contemporary music nightly, this hip bar and patio provides a welcome alternative to the traditional velvet rope scene. Call for hours. All major cards. (H-29)
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COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080, www.comedysportzchicago.com. An audience-interactive show appropri-
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ate 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 attached to culinary cocktail lounge, The Drawing Room. Call for hours. 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. Call for hours. All major cards. (G-29) THE UNDERGROUND 56 W. Illinois, 312/644-7600. Drinks with names like M16 and Espionage are served at this chic spy-themed nightclub. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-30)
irish pubs 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. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-23)
LIZZIE MCNEIL’S IRISH PUB 400 N. McClurg, 312/4671992. Escape the hustle and bustle of Navy Pier at this inviting Irish pub. Call for hours. All major cards. (K-31)
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. (1-33)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.vaughanhospitality.com. Get your Irish on into the
jazz clubs ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. A historic establishment with casual dining and live jazz. Covers vary. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-31) JAZZ SHOWCASE 806 S. Plymouth, 312/360-0234. A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Call for hours. Cash only. (I-41)
live music 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. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (I-25) 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 sig-
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. Call for hours. 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
nature martinis or your favorite cocktail 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; 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)
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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)
DISTRICT BAR 170 W. Ontario, 312/337-3477. Founder Eric Tucker wanted to bring all types of people together. Sports fans and happy hour frequenters alike unite under his lovechild. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
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ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. If you’re looking for the ultimate place to dine and watch your favorite games with friends and family, you’ve found it! ESPN Zone Chicago is for sports enthusiasts of all types and ages. Enjoy delicious American grill food while watching your favorite team on a 16-foot big screen and more than 100 other HD televisions. Then, make sure to visit the action-packed Sports Arena featuring 10,000-square-feet of interactive games and attractions. The ultimate in sports viewing, this dining and entertainment mecca awaits you at ESPN Zone! Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (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. Tavern menu for the light eater, and full lunch and dinner as well as Sun brunch. Private party room. Sports via satellite on six TVs. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 11:30am-3am, Sun 10am-2am. All major cards. (F-15) 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)
HUNT CLUB 1100 N. State, 312/988-7887. Grab an easy dinner, listen to a fresh, new DJ, or have a couple beers while watching the game. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-24) 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. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-23)
3RD COAST CAFÉ AND WINE BAR 1260 N. Dearborn St. 312/649-0730. 3rd Coast starts with breakfast service as early as 7am and continues until midnight with wine and occasional jazz sets. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-22) 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. Call for hours. All major cards. (West of D-42)
PJ CLARKE’S 302 E. Illinois, 312/670-7500. A Chicago tradition since 1986, PJ Clarke’s offers a relaxing, comfortable yet classy atmosphere with a large selection of great American classics. Call for hours. All major cards. (K-30)
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. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-32) 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. Call for hours. All major cards. (J-30)
happy new year!
Don’t miss the chance to celebrate the Year of the Tiger Chicago-style this year. Those who were born in the Year of the Tiger are sensitive and sympathetic, but can be indecisive, and suspicious; years include 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010.
January 1 may get the lion’s share of attention as the start of the new calendar, but in Chicago’s vibrant Chinatown, the real excitement actually arrives a few weeks later when it comes time to ring in the Year of the Tiger during the Chinese New Year celebration. Organized by the Chinatown Special Events Committee and Chinatown Chamber of Commerce; you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic atmosphere than the one that surrounds the Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 14. With marching bands, dance teams, decorated floats, and, of course, traditional Chinese paper dragon winding through the streets of this great neighborhood, visitors can experience traditional Chinese customs and cuisine first hand. The parade steps off on Wentworth from 24th Street to Cermak Road at 12:30pm. For additional information about all of Chinatown’s offerings, visit www.chicagochinatown.org. Best of all, perhaps, is that after the parade, a delicious and authentic lunch or dinner is waiting around almost any corner. Chinatown is bursting with imaginative takes on traditional cuisine, including the dozens of great options at the bustling, compact Lao Shanghai (2163 S. China Place; 312/808-0830). From spicy soups to satisfying dumplings to sizzling rice dishes, this is not only an ideal place to toast the New Year, but an ideal place to reignite the old pilot light after a few hours in the winter chill. Need more variety? Easy, Tiger. There’s more to the Asian landscape in Chicago outside the gates of Chinatown as well. For a host of great choices that go above and beyond strictly Chinese dishes, head over to nearby Tamarind (614 S. Wabash; 312/379-0970), where everything from sushi and sashimi to Peking duck or the create-your-own stir fry option are among the items filling up the overflowing pan-Asian menu.
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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 www.comedysportzchicago.com.
adventure abounds... Chicago is chock-full of activities designed to shake those winter blahs and keep a spring in your step in spite of the chilly temps. Follow the thrilling tale of Dalmatian spouses Pongo and Missis Pongo as they set off to rescue their 10 pups from the villainous Cruella de Vil in The 101 Dalmatians Musical. Based on the beloved book by Dodie Smith, this one-of-a-kind adventure for the whole family is performing at Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement. 151 W. Randolph. Tickets range from $18-$85. and can be purchased at all Broadway in Chicago Box Offices, by calling 800/775-2200 or by visiting Shedd Aquarium www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Make a day of it with a trip to Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta (61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777), located just blocks away from the theater. This kid-friendly restaurant will wow diners young and old with what has been dubbed “the #1 thin crust pizza in Chicago.”
The Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. on the Museum Campus, 312/939-2438) combats winter blahs with Free General Admission Week. Between February 15-19, guests of the Aquarium, receive FREE general admission to the original galleries and discounts on admission passes to the Shedd’s re-imagined Oceanarium and mesmerizing aquatic show, Fantasea. In addition, every Monday and Tuesday in February, Shedd offers Community Discount/ Free General Admission Days. Keep the animal theme alive with a trip to a magical jungle. A feast for the senses, Rainforest Café (605 N. Clark; 312/6443776) features the sights and sounds of a real rainforest with mechanical elephants and gorillas and simulated storms. Your wild bunch will enjoy the kid’s special menu, while you dine on mouth-watering selection of burgers, pastas, seafood and chicken. Receive a FREE chef’s appetizer with discount coupon in our Kids Korner section.
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