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ON THE COVER A MUSICAL SENSATION Based on the James Michener’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Tales of the South Pacific,” Rodgers & Hammerstein bring to life the riveting Tony® award winning musical sensation SOUTH PACIFIC at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre, February 14th-26th. Set on a tropical island during World War II, SOUTH PACIFIC tells the sweeping romantic story of couples––Nellie Forbush, U.S. Navy nurse and Emile de Becque, a French plantation owner, and Navy Airman Joe Cable and a young local native girl Liat––who find themselves faced with the realities of war and the social prejudices of their generations. Considered by many the finest musical ever written, the score’s songs include such classics as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “A Wonderful Guy.” Performing at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph. 312/977-1700. Tickets range from $18-$85, and are available at all Broadway in Chicago (BIC) Box Offices, the BIC Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan), the BIC Ticket Line at 800/7752000, and at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Our World-Underwater, the largest dive and travel show in the Midwest, returns to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Dozens of manufacturers will be on site featuring the newest in scuba gear and offering clinics to assist you with all your diving needs! Fri 8am-10pm, Sat 8am9:30pm, Sun 8am-3pm. One day access to exhibit floor, $15. 5555 N. River in Rosemont. 847/6942220. Coupon on page 3.
Showcasing the industry’s most cutting edge automobiles, the 2012 Chicago Auto Show returns for another year. Marking its 104th edition, the Chicago Auto Show still remains the largest auto show in North America. Fri-Sat 10am10pm and Sun 10am-8pm. $11 adults, $7 seniors 62+ and children 7-12, 6 & under are free. McCormick Place. 2301 S. Lake # Shore. 630/424-6030. 3 Experience fine dining without breaking the bank now through Feb. 26th. Chicago Restaurant Week gives diners over 200 restaurants to choose from all
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offering a 3-course prix fixe meals priced at $22 for lunch, and $33/$44 for dinner. Restaurant listings at www.choosechicago.com. Details on pages 7 & 54.
Don’t miss the last days of Luminous Field, an installation created for Millennium Park by Chicago-based Luftwerk, that transforms the surrounding grounds into a digital canvas of light illuminating Cloud Gate and AT&T Plaza with dramatic images and colors set to music. Fri-Sat 6pm-10pm, Sun-Mon 6pm-9pm. FREE. 55 N. Michigan. 312/742-1168.
The Chicago Bulls face off against the New Jersey Nets today at 3pm at United Center. 1901 W. # 20 Madison. 800/4NBA-TIX.
As the rock-equivalent to a church service, House of Blues Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food. 10am & 12:30pm. $37.50 adults, $22 children 6-12. 329 N. Dearborn. 312/923-2000. #36
The rocking alt-country of longtime favorites The Jayhawks is sure to bring in an appreciative crowd tonight at the Vic Theatre. 7:30pm. $31. 3145 N. Sheffield. 773/472-0449. to Belmont New Orleans alt-rockers MuteMath bring their electronic-fueled raveups to House of Blues tonight behind their most recent recording, 2011’s Odd Soul. 8pm. $28.50. 329 # 36 N. Dearborn. 312/923-2000. The epic Broadway hit American Idiot wraps up a two-week visit to Chicago’s Oriental Theatre this weekend. Follow three friends as they examine their aspirations and life paths alongside dynamic hits from musical sensation Green Day. Tonight at 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, and Sun 2pm. $27$99. 24 W. Randolph. 312/9771700. to Lake
The Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein American masterpiece Show Boat gets the grand operatic treatment from the Lyric Opera of Chicago in what is sure to be a flaming hot ticket even in the middle of winter. Tonight and Wed at the Civic Opera House. 7:30pm. $44-$224. 20 N. Wacker. # 312/332-2244. 157 Integrating stand-up and sketch comedy into an innovative fun format that keeps audiences returning week after week, Your Funniest Friends features a group of the most likable and friendly idiots in the city of Chicago performing off-beat material. 8pm. $10. The Joynt, 650 N. Dearborn. # 36 312/573-2233. Heart & Soul Dueling Piano (Party) Bar invites guests to sing along and drink along as dueling pianists rock out your favorite hits. Fri-Sat 8pm-2am. No cover. 500 N. LaSalle. 312/661-1122. Longtime favorites of laid-back summertime listeners and street festival crowds, the veteran BoDeans, bring their reliable acoustic fare into the buttoned-down surroundings of Symphony Center. 8pm. $25-$45. 220 S. Michigan. # 3 312/294-3000.
Families are invited to circle the 91-acre Northerly Island peninsula on their Snowshoes or Cross Country Skis. Watch for winter birds and other native animals while enjoying incredible views of Chicago’s skyline. 10am-4pm. Rental equipment $5/2-hours. *Must be at least 3-inches of snow. 1400 S. Lynn White Dr. 312/745# 2910. 146 The Chicago Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues at 2pm at the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/4557000. # 20 Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson settle in for a two-night stand as a scaled-down but no less raucous duo version of their energetic blues/rock/jam group the North Mississippi All-Stars tonight and Sunday at the Old Town School of Folk Music. 7:30pm. $28. 4544 N. Lincoln. 773/728-6000. to Western
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Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art newest exhibition BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Laura Letinsky, showcasing still-life photographs that explore sentiments such as desire and the fleeting nature of time. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Free admission for IL residents on Tue. $12. 220 E. Chicago. 312/280-2660. #151
The Chicago Bulls face the Atlanta Hawks at 3pm at the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800/4NBA-TIX. After the game, enjoy an authentic Italian meal at nearby, VIVO (838 W. Randolph; # 20 312/733-3379). Celebrate President’s Day at the Chicago History Museum with Kids in the White House!, an exhibit all about discovering the stories behind the “First Kids” in the White House through music, dance, and crafts for the whole family! 10am-3pm. FREE. 1601 N. Clark. 312/642.4600. More family friendly options # on page 8. 151
Looking for a great deal on a late night meal? Stop in to the bar at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse any weeknight (yes, that’s Monday through Friday!) after 10pm for the Killer Bs ––a delectable blue cheese, bacon burger, handcut fries and bourbon milkshake...all for just $19. 505 N. Michigan. 312/321# 151 8823.
Illinois residents are invited to spend the day exploring Chicago’s magnificent Adler Planetarium today and tomorrow for free! Enjoy the Adler’s numerous exhibits, such as Planet Explorers, Telescopes and Shoot for the Moon! Open weekdays 10am4pm & weekends 10am-4:30pm. 1300 S. Lake Shore. 312/922# 7827. 146 Celebrate African American History Month with a trip to DuSable Museum of African American History. Their newest exhibit Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack explores the historical significance of the 2008 election through a wide range of quilting styles. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun noon-5pm. Adults $10, students/ seniors $7, ages 6-11 $3. 740 E. 56th. 773/947-0600. It’s Fat Tuesday! Get your Mardi Gras on at Heaven on Seven where Professor John will be playing live from 6pm until 11pm. All the party essentials including gumbo, hurricanes, beads and more will be on hand. Party now, sleep later is their motto! 600 N. Michigan. 312/2807774. #151
Illinois residents are invited to explore Chicago’s largest science museum, the Museum of Science and Industry free of charge every Wednesday throughout February. Stop by the Museum’s new Black Creativity exhibit, Powerful: African Americans in Energy, and explore sources of energy in a fun, hands-on environment. Open daily 9:30am-4pm. Adults $15, seniors 65+ $14, and children 3-11 $10. 57th Street and Lake Shore. # 6 773/684-1414. The one-hour, behind-the-scenes Chicago Theatre Marquee Walking Tour highlights the historical and architectural detailing of the legendary venue, including the grand lobby and majestic auditorium. Mon-Thu at noon, Sat at 11am & 12:30pm. $10-$12. 175 N. State. to Lake 800/745-3000. The Chicago Bulls face the Milwaukee Bucks at 7pm at the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800/4NBATIX. # 20
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THURSDAY Putting a spotlight on the city’s headliners, tastemakers, sports stars, artists, and business leaders, CHICAGO LIVE! gives audiences an insider look at interviews with local celebs. Come see a live taping at UP Comedy Club. 6:30pm. $18. # 230 W. North. 312/662-4562. 151 The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars at 7:30pm at United Center. 1901 W. Madison. # 312/455-7000. 20 Mixing heartache with humor, the 9th Annual Anti–Valentines Day Cabaret returns with Letters/X to the Apollo Theater. Based on real life break-up letters, texts, and voicemails submitted by the public, this hilarious show offers a hilariously heartbreaking view of relationships… and all the ways we love to screw them up. Thu-Sat at 8pm. $15. 2450 N. Lincoln. 773/935to Fullerton 6100.
24 FRIDAY A fun outing for the whole family, the 2012 International Kennel Club Dog Show is one of the largest dog shows in the country. More than 6,000 purebred dogs from 167 breeds will demonstrate their skills in a variety of competitions. Meet the dogs and their handlers, visit dog-related vendors, and experience special events like Purina® Pro Plan® Canine Performance Team, Earth Dog, and Dancers with Woofs! Fri-Sun 8am-4pm. Adults $18, children under 12 are free. McCormick Place Lakeside, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. 773/237-5100 or # www.ikcdogshow.com. 3
For ten days, over 200 restaurants are offering special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33/$44 for dinner. Take this opportunity to sample hundreds of the city’s best restaurants – from venerable old favorites to the hottest newcomers – with little regard for the cost. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included. Participating restaurants may offer Restaurant Week menus for lunch (L), dinner (D) or both - at their discretion. Reservations not required, but recommended. HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITES: ARIA (200 N. Columbus; 312/444-9494) (L, D) Catch 35 (35 W. Wacker; 312/346-3500) (L, D) Chicago Curry House (899 S. Plymouth Ct.; 312/362-9999) (L, D) Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse (33 W. Kinzie; 312/828-0966) (L, D) Indian Garden Restaurant (247 E. Ontario, 2nd Floor; 312/280-4910) (L, D) Italian Village Restaurants (71 W. Monroe; 312/332-7005) (L, D) Keefer’s (20 W. Kinzie; 312/467-9525) (L, D) Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli (1141 S. Jefferson; 312/939-2855) (L, D) Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse (505 N. Michigan; 312/321-8823) (L, D) Shula’s Steak House (301 E. North Water; 312/670-0788) (Dinner only!) Tavern at the Park (130 E. Randolph; 312/552-0070) (Dinner only!) Texas de Brazil (51 E. Ohio; 312/670-1006) (Dinner only!) Vivo (838 W. Randolph; 312/733-3379) (L, D) The Weber Grill Restaurant (539 N. State; 312/467-9696) (L, D)
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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Start a new tradition at a Chicago institution! Every Saturday afternoon between 11:30am-2:30pm Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli hosts a real Live Magic Show. Your little ones will be entertained while you enjoy timeless mouth-watering classics. 1141 S. Jefferson. Call 312/939-2855. Receive a FREE order of potato pancakes with coupon on page 44.
PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL Emerald City Theatre’s smash–hit Pinkalicious is once again extending its run at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. When Pinkerton eats one to many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of “Pinkititis” and turns THE HOUDINI BOX pink from head to Presented by Chicago toe! Find out if her Children’s Theatre, The broccoli-eating Houdini Box is a musibrother will be able cal adaptation of the to help cure her popular children’s book before it’s too late. of the same name. As Performance schedfamed escape artist ule varies. $16-$27. Harry Houdini circles 175 E. Chestnut. the globe performing 800/ 775-2000. one incredible stunt after another, Victor, a LINCOLN young devotee goes through his own rigorous magiPARK ZOO cian’s training. Fri 10am & noon, Sat-Sun 11am & 2pm, Although typically a Tue-Thu 10:15am. $18-$36. The Mercury Theatre, relatively rare sight 3745 N. Southport, 773/325-1700. to see in Chicago, the Snowy Owls from the Arctic are invading the city in record numbers this winter. In fact, a new female owl, hatched in 2011 at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, recently arrived at Lincoln Park Zoo to become a companion for a male resident owl. These Snowy Owls can be seen in the Zoo’s Birds of Prey exhibit. Open daily 10am-4:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark. 312/742-2000. #151
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Discover the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with Design Detectives Family Tour, an interactive tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio lead by junior interpreters (trained students, grades 510). Saturdays at 1:30pm. Adults $15, youth ages 4-17 and seniors $12, children 3 and under are free. 951 Chicago in Oak Park. 708/848-1976.
SKYDECK CHICAGO 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 onto The Ledge. Daily 10am8pm. Adults $17.50, children ages 3-11 $11. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. # 157 312/875-9696.
WINDY CITY CIRCUS Windy City Circus, coined “a circus with a purpose,” presents international trapeze artists, clowns, and jugglers for one electrifying experience. 80% of all net proceeds go to Ronald McDonald House® and Special Olympics charities. Tue- Fri 10:30am & 7:30pm, Sat 11am, 3pm & 7:30pm, Sun 11am, 2pm & 5pm, (Mon, Feb. 20 at 11am, 2pm & 5pm). Closes Feb. 26. $17.50-$60. Navy Pier Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. 312/803-0096. Round out the day with a meal at one of the Pier’s resident restaurants: Margaritaville (312/496-3840); Harry Caray’s Tavern (312/526-9700); and Bubba Gump (312/252-4867).
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THE HOUDINI BOX JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre, Complete your Windy City adventure with a few The Houdini Box is a musical adaptation of the memorable laps around the John Hancock popular children’s book of the same name by Observatory’s temporary state-of-the-art Brian Selznick, After a chance encounter with his synthetic “ice” rink more than 1,000 feet hero, Harry Houdini, Victor receives a special box above The Mag Mile. Open 9am-11pm. $15 that just might contain the secrets of Houdini’s for adults, $10 for youth 3-11, with children great success. Tue-Thu 10:15am, Fri 7pm, Sat-Sun 11am & 2pm. $15-$36. The Mercury Theatre, under 3 free. $5 for 3745 N. Southport, 25-min session, and 773/325-1700. RAINFOREST an additional $1 for to Addison CAFÉ skate rental. 875 N. Kids go wild Michigan. 312/654PINKALICIOUS: every Wednesday 5021. Coupon in center THE MUSICAL # 151 on Family Night spread. Emerald City Theatre’s at Rainforest smash–hit Pinkalicious I.O. THEATRE Café, when kids is once again extending i.O. Theatre wants to 10 & under eat for its run at the Broadway take you to… only $2.99 with Storytown! This interacPlayhouse. When tive arts experience the purchase of Pinkerton eats one to combines improvisation, an adult entrée many pink cupcakes, music, and storytelling from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. she catches a serious into an unforgettable Bring coupon below for a complimentary case of “Pinkititis” and make-believe theater chef’s appetizer or kid’s meal! turns pink from head to event. For ages 3-10.
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a dip in mercury doesn’t need to mean a dip in spirit. for valentine’s Day, the Chicago loop alliance transforms state street into a romantic multisensory destination with LIGHTSCAPE, an array of dazzling leD lights choreographed to a compilation of love songs like The Beatles “all you Need Is love.” enjoy a glimpse of ‘spring awakening’ at Chicago’s garfield Park (300 N. Central Park; 312/746-5100) and lincoln Park Conservatories (2391 N. stockton; 312/742-7726) with their SPRING FLOWER SHOWS, showcasing beautiful spring plants including azaleas and hydrangeas. Take in sky-high views of the city’s celebrated lakefront and skyline more than 1,000 feet above the mag mile while gliding around on a state-of-the-art synthetic “ice” rink at JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY (875 N. michigan; 312/654-5021). Discount coupon in center spread.
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MILLENNIUM PARK Enjoy free ice skating at one of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Rental skates are available for $10. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/7421168, www.millenniumpark.org. (K-33)
LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY ‘Spring awakening’ comes early to the conservatory in the form of the Spring Flower Show. Daily 9am-5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312/742-7736, www.chicagoparkdistrict.com. (G-15)
JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features Skating in the Sky, Espression by Lavazza café, and more. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15; youth 3-11 $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, jhochicago.com. (J-26)
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY ‘Spring awakening’ comes early in the form of the Spring Flower Show. Enjoy sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). $5 donation. Cash only. 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100, www.garfield-conservatory.org. (West of D-33)
CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. 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. Adults $76 and children ages 3-11 $59. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com.
CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. (J-26)
CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300. (I-38)
THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION Whether by foot, bus, bike or even Segway, CAF’s enthusiastic and highly–educated guides give the best architecture tours of the city. Sat-Thu 9:30am-6:30pm, Fri 9am-7pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, caf.architecture.org. (J-36)
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NAVY PIER This 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. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Credits cards accepted vary. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Born to be Wild: An IMAX 3D Experience now playing. Call for additional shows and show times. Adults $15-$17; seniors 62+ $14; and children 3-11 $13. All major cards. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. Adults $17; children ages 3-11 $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/8759696, www.the-skydeck.com. (G-36)
MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR IL RESIDENTS: Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Art Institute (the 1st and 2nd Wed of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: 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 The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Weekdays 10am-4pm, weekends 10am-4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors $10; kids 311 $8. Discount days for IL residents: Feb 6-9, 1415, 21-22, 28-29. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in
the world. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. FriWed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wednesday of the month. Adults $18; children/seniors/students w/ID $12; and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM On exhibit: Circus Zirkus. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $12; seniors $11; and 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. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 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. 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. (I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 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. Adults $14; seniors/students/children 13-22 $12; and children 12 & under are free. Discount days for IL residents: Feb 5 and 29. 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the c study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $10; seniors/students $7; and children ages 6-11 $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: Adults $15; students/seniors $12; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO Guided tours available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 mins. Adults $15 and children 4-17/seniors 65+ $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000. (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM 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. Adults $10; students/seniors $9; and children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312/3261480. (J-48)
KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon 9:30-noon, Tue-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults/children $9.50; seniors 55+ $8.50; and children under 1 are free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview, 847/8326600. (Suburban)
JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312/413-5353. (D-40)
ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 10am8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $8; and children $6. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847/967-4800. (Suburban)
HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace, the museum provides an indepth look at the life of the famous author. Sun-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Adults $10; youth 18 & under/seniors/students $8; and children under 5 are free. MC, V 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708/524-5383. (Suburban)
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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $7; and children under 12 free. IL residents are free on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and the new temporary Black Creativity exhibit Powerful: African Americans in Energy. Daily 9:30am-5pm. General admission: Adults $15; seniors 65+ $14; and children 3-11 $10. Discount days for IL residents: Feb 8, 14, 22, 29. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773/6841414. (South of P-54) NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations – past, present and future – to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Adults $10, seniors & students $8 children 3-12 $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312/655-1234. (D-38) NEWBERRY LIBRARY A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. FREE. 60 W. Walton, 312/9439090. (H-25) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Eww! What’s Eating You! MonFri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $9; students/seniors 60+ $7; children ages 3-12 $6; and children under 3 free. IL residents are free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/7555100, www.chias.org. (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies with Jellies. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults $28.95 and children ages 3-11 $19.95. Discount days for IL residents: Feb 6, 7, 13, 14, 19-23, 27, 26. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, www.sheddaquarium.org. (L-43)
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults $6 and seniors $5. Closed on Mon, Free on Tue (11am8pm), Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600. (J-27)
CHICAGO’S FINEST RIVER WALK TOUR Learn how Chicago transformed from swampland to today's 6th ranked "Alpha City" on an Urban Safari! Guests will savor the sights and sounds of urban Chicago while learning about the city’s history and amazing architecture in Chicago’s heated Pedway! Departs from 111 E. Wacker. Mon and Thu-Sat 1pm-3:30pm. Adults $25, seniors $15, under 12 $10. Reservations required, call 312/202-0745 or visit chicagowalktour.com (K-32)
CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco-style trolleys and London-style double deckers, narrated by expert tour guides, stop every 20-30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 14 stops, including Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier and Water Tower between 9am-4pm. Adults $29, seniors $24, children $17, Multi-day pass $35 (good for 3 consecutive days). 773/648-5000.
T R A N S P O R TAT I O N CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for “L” train course. $2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass. 888/YOUR-CTA. GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com.
ZOOS LINCOLN PARK ZOO 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. 2001 N. Clark, 312/7422000, www.lpzoo.com. (H-17)
from beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. The concert season may be a distant memory, but Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink takes center stage all season long, so sharpen those skates and come out for a twirl. 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 marquee performance venue. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of Chicagoans have proven to be a popular barefoot playground for splashing children. 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. Lurie Gardens: a paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “urbs in horto” (City in a garden). BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via frank gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation.
Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #153 and #157 buses.
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shopping in february means one thing and that’s romance. If the way to your lover’s heart happens to be through their stomach, LOVER’S LANE (955 W. Diversey Pkwy; 888/744-love) Kama sutra strawberry sweet heart gift Box delivers with the sweet delights of strawberries and white chocolate body treats. set a romantic mood with Duets II, the newest album of masterpieces by the incomparable Tony Bennett. Now available at Chicago’s JAZZ RECORD MART (27 e. Illinois; 312/222-1467) for a special price of $13.99, the album features Bennett with celebrated artists amy Winehouse, John mayer, Natalie Cole, and many others. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a memorable gift from CURLY TALE FINE ART (16 W. erie; 312/202-1664), a gallery known for its whimsical one-of-a-kind fine art and jewelry, like this hand-beaded bracelet by artist Darcy horn.
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ANTIQUES THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 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. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. (H-31) ASIAN HOUSE 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. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5274848. (H-31)
64 East Walton Street, 3rd Floor
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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/6490999 or 800/545-2929, www.atlasgalleries.com. (J-29)(J-26) CURLY TALE FINE ART This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one of a kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Tue–Sat 11am6pm. All major cards. 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/2021664. (J-29) LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass vases, lamps and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/6646203, www.lottongallery.com. (J-26)
CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 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, and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/5873312. (H-29)
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67 East Oak Street, Fourth Floor (312)642-2540
LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into any of their 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey Pkwy, 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. (Suburban)
A Dazzling Collection of Needlepoint and Knitting
JEWELRY PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, Level 7, 312/915-0647. (J-27)
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FURS CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER Celebrating nearly 30 years in the business! Find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary), Sun noon-4pm. All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. (North of E-11)
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MASSAGE/BEAUTY SERVICES LUXE SPA Indulge yourself in the heart of the Mag Mile with professional services including massage, facials, and mani/pedis. Licensed massage therapists and aestheticians will have you feeling pampered, invigorated, and youthful from their signature facials, chemical peels, and more. Mon 11am-9pm, Tue-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-8pm. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312/929-3531, http://luxespachicago.com.
JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame.” Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. (I-31)
ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS This NBC Tower Gift Shop is steps from the Mag Mile, and is the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Find fun and original souvenirs from hit shows “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Herd),” “Biggest Loser,” as well as Chicago souvenirs. Open 7 days. All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537. (K-31)
S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S 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. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here,
Patagonia Walton 900 North Michigan Shops Lotton Gallery
John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory
HERSHEY’S Chicago Historic Water Tower
Lookingglass MCA Theatre
Walgreens Neiman Marcus
Texas de Brazil
Erie 96 69
Gap Allen Edmonds Atlas Galleries Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse 57
The Shops At North Bridge Candyality I Medici 22
The Apple Store Nike Town The Garmin Store
Grand Lux Ann Taylor Levi's Store Eddie Bauer
Crate & Barrel
Elan 64 Furs
The Disney Store
Water Works Visitor Center
UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. Free Parking. Open Late. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. (H-19)
Broadway Playhouse American Girl Place Water Tower 73 Place
H&M The Columbia Store
IWAN RIES & CO. 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. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. (I-35)
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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 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. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:45pm. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540. (I-25)
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Pearson ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29)
RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, safari-themed place settings, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)
PATAGONIA Patagonia manufactures high quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle. Environmentally friendly practices. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312/640-5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/951-0518. (J-26)(D-18)
including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, keychains, Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs, and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000, www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)
Tribune Tower Pioneer Court Shoreline
Wrigley Building Wendella
Mercury Theatre Waveland
Cornelia Brown Line
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Best Western 773/244-3434 (E-6) CitySuites 773/404-3400 (D-8) Days Inn 773/525-7010 (E-10) Inn of Lincoln Park 773/348-2810 (F-11) The Majestic 773/404-3499 (F-5) The Willows 773/528-8400 (F-10)
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Lincoln Park Zoo
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Eugenie Royal George Theatre Second City Purple Line
Victory Gardens Theatre
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Bissell Fremont Dayton Halsted (800 W.) Burling Orchard
Kenmore Sheffield (1000 W.)
Magnolia Racine (1200 W.) Clifton Seminary
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Magnolia Racine (1200 W.)
Ashland (1600 W.) Bosworth Greenview
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Chicago History Museum
Greyhound Metra Northwest St. Peter’s Church 110 W. Madison Southwest United Yellow Cab
800/231-2222 312/836-7000 800/225-2525 312/372-5111 800/435-9792 800/241-6522 312/TAXI-CAB
It’s chocolate lovers month, nuff said!
‘Tis the season for chocolate indulgences! although this churrascaria may be best known for their perfectly seasoned cuts, TEXAS DE BRAZIL’s (51 e. ohio; 312/670-1006) decadent three layer Chocolate mousse Cake, made with layers of light and dark mouse and topped with ganache, is their true secret weapon. Celebrating two decades of perfectly executed southern Italian cuisine, VIVO’s (838 W. randolph; 312/733-3379) devilishly divine meringata, made with pistachio nuts and raspberries wrapped in house-made meringue and topped with warm dark chocolate sauce, is the perfect next stop on any chocolate crawl. for an entirely different take on chocolate sauce, head to SU CASA (49 e. ontario; 312/943-4041), where mole sauce reigns king, and has been lovingly prepared with guajillo, ancho, and pasilla peppers, and of course chocolate, since 1963.
Please call to confirm hours, prices and credit cards accepted.
HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu 11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29) LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wrightinspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ 1 S. Wacker, 312/4076900. (G-35) RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kidfriendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)
“but there’s way more than just eggs here.” Serving Breakfast and Lunch Mon - Fri 6am to 3pm Sat - Sun 7am to 3pm
747 N. Wells 312.787.2277
1120 S. Michigan 312.789.YOLK
355 E. Ohio 312.822.YOLK
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RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning kettleburgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30ammidnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/4679696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29)
ASIAN AJA Executive Chef Ariel Bagadiong combines seasonal flavors and greenmarket sensibility at this modern urban Asian café. Inside the dana hotel and spa, 660 N. State. 312/202-6000. (I-28) ARIA A new world Asian experience, Chef Beverly Kim’s menu transcends any one cultural tradition. Call for hours. 200 N. Columbus, 312/444-9494. (K-34) TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents 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 as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. (I-39)
Party Fondue Style Chicago’s most unique & interactive dining experience.
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TEXAS DE BRAZIL Just steps off of Michigan Ave, Texas de Brazil features a 60-item seasonal gourmet salad area, decadent desserts, and flame-grilled cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically costumed Gauchos. Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 4:30pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. 51 E. Ohio, 312/670-1006, www.texasdebrazil.com (I-29)
B R E A K FA S T BRUNCH Come for a shoe shine, stay for the breakfast. From the Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Bites to the Brunch Sliders, this breakfast depot uses the highest quality
ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42) WEST EGG CAFÉ Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29) YOLK Open in three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Egg-spect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, benedicts, French toast, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com. (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)
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ingredients, including Eggland’s Best Organic Eggs, in a local and sustainable way. Taste the difference. Houseblend Intelligentsia coffee. Open daily 7am-3pm. All major cards. 644 N. Orleans, 312/265-1411, www.brunchit.com. (G-29)
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Staples like jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches and HOB signature burgers join new exciting menu options like meatball sliders, chile braised short ribs and street tacos. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000, www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)
Daily lunch buffet - corporate catering only 5 minutes from McCormick Pl.
899 S. Plymouth (312) 362-9999 www.curryhouseonline.com
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.
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Bringing the rich flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop
TAVERN AT THE PARK Overlooking Chicago’s favorite playground –Millennium Park, guests can expect the timing and precision of fine dining while enjoying the relaxed air and comfort of your neighborhood tavern. Rated a Top 10 Restaurant by Crain’s Chicago Business for 2–years running! MonThu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat noon-10:30pm, closed Sun. All major cards. 130 E. Randolph, 312/552-0070, www.tavernatthepark.com (K-34)
ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)
MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. (E-43)
FONDUE open daily 11am-11pm 614 South Wabash 312-379-0970 www.tamarindsushi.com
THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices like filet mignon, lobster tail
GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck as well as steaks, chops and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. (Northwest of A-1)
INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth, 312/362-9999, www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com. (I-30)
838 West Randolph (312) 733-3379 www.vivo-chicago.com
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and seafood trio, and the perfect ending – their famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes and brownies for dipping. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. (H-29)
INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes including marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am-3pm for $13.95pp. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, FriSat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. (H-29)
Family owned and operated!
“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934 www.indiangardenchicago.com
“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”
any $25 food purchase w/ad excludes breakfast
545 N. LaSalle St. (312) 464-1872 “The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room complete with 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend Brunch and Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)
I TA L I A N CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Private party room. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open late. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, online reservations at clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. MonThu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/3327005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)
VIVO Celebrating 20 years of vivacious service in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers honest-togoodness Italian food from Executive Chef, Vicente Duran, in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. MonWed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, and Sat 5pm-midnight. 838 West Randolph, 312/7333379, www.vivo-chicago.com. (West of D-33)
SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Experience a “fiesta” for your taste buds one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas and stained glass. Planning a fiesta? Ask about catering. Sun-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. All major cards. $ 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. (I-29)
ZOCALO Offering 30 small plates and ten entrees, enjoy eclectic offerings along with their signature margaritas in a warm and rustic setting. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 358 W. Ontario, 312/302-9977. (F-29) “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
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VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)
58 east ontario | 312.440.1717 www.taiyochicago.com
CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth, 312/362-9999, www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)
PIZZA PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)
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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$ 800 N. Dearborn, 855/749-2667, pizanoschicago.com. (I-27) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. (H-30)
SEAFOOD CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bonein Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. (I-33)(Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, FriSat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. (Suburban)
STEAKS, CHOPS & RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with
THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. (I-31)(Suburban) KEEFERS Located in River North, “Keefer’s is an independent Chicago local favorite, fit for foodies and steak lovers” –Zagat, “Best of Chicago for Steak” –The Food Network, Michelin Guide–recommended, “One of the Top Ten Steakhouses in the U.S.” –Playboy. Mon-Thu 11:30-10pm, Fri 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31) MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand–selected USDA Prime, dry–aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily 11am-2am; Lunch: daily 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8823, www.michaeljordansteakhouse.com. (J-30) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Enjoy an undefeated dining experience. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails to the infamous 48oz Porterhouse. MonFri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. (J-31) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30)
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710 n rush • (312)787-8998 www.friendssushi.com
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more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. (I-29)
SUSHI FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) SUSHI TAIYO This bi-level River North restaurant and lounge features contemporary sushi, sashimi, Asian fusion fare as well as a innovative cocktail menu with high end and regional sake. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)
620 N. Fairbanks 312-280-8366
DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. SunThu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. (J-29)
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Open for Lunch 1824 WEST WABANSIA ◆ BUCKTOWN ◆ 773.227.2300 ◆ OPEN SEVEN DAYS
SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am11pm. MC, V $ 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100, www.silverspoonchicago.com. (I-28) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam played a major role in the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $ 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. (I-30)
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Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” – Frank Sinatra
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Sun, Mon, Tue 11 am - 1 am Thu, Fri, Sat 11 am - 5 am
800 N. Dearborn | (855)749-2667 www.pizanoschicago.com
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GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777
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Chicago cranks up the heat.
as those stubborn midwestern temperatures drop, nothing makes the spirit soar like a red-hot night on the town. set the night into motion with a stop at the APOLLO THEATER (2540 N. lincoln; 773/935-6100) for the critically acclaimed smash-hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, which details the recording session that fused together music legends Johnny Cash and elvis Presley. afterward, unwind at Chicagoâ€™s newest premier hotspot TWELVEWEST (12 W. elm; 312/337-3200), where creative cocktails and a swanky atmosphere combine with live music in Chicagoâ€™s glitzy gold Coast neighborhood. Keep the evening going into the wee hours with a late night rendezvous to KINGSTON MINES (2548 N. halsted; 773/477-4646). here, live Chicago Blues plays continuously on two stages, seven nights a week. Bring coupon on page 48.
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CHI BAR Bringing the excitement and tradition of the Windy City into one deluxe lounge with sleek ambiance, innovative cocktails, and delicious appetizers. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower. 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. (K-31)
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BATON SHOW LOUNGE The nationâ€™s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for over 40 years. Call for special shows Mon & Tue. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. (H-38)
KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12-$15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. (E-13)
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CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “Supper Club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try their famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Award–winning Holiday decorations and Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 3:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)
Open 7 Nights a Week at 6pm
Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!
2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.
$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad
773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted
For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774
DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. 440 N State St, 312/464-1400, www.downtownbarandlounge.com. (I-31) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring Pan Seared Crab Cakes with wasabi aioli, Unagi Egg Rolls, Edamame, Grilled Calamari and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” from Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. (I-24) VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE Like being on top? Vertigo offers penthouse views and signature cocktails on this sexy rooftop perched 26 floors above the dana hotel and spa. Sun-Wed 5pm1am, Thu 5pm-2am, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm-3am. 660 N. State, 312/202-6060. (I-28)
JAZZ • BLUES • MOTOWN • R&B Live 7 Nights a Week!
1007 north rush st. • 751-2433 BackroomChicago.com
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THE BACKROOM 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 includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & covers vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/7512433, www.backroomchicago.com. (I-25)
HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty Late Night Dinner Menu is available until close. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/9232000, www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)
VISION World-renowned Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amidst four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, www.visionnightclub.com. (H-29)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout and Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)
EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and late-night dining. Tue-Fri 7pm–4am, Sat 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944, www.excaliburchicago.com. (H-29)
iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for 30 years. iO has two theaters. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. (D5)
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TWELVEWEST Chicago’s sophisticated new spot for live entertainment and dancing. This Gold Coast club caters to adults looking for intimate, elegant surroundings where they can enjoy cocktails, conversation, and live music, before or after dinner. Open nightly at 6pm. All major cards. 12 W. Elm, 312/337-3200, www.12westelm.com. (I-25)
THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits nightly. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)
ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate in an intimate setting inside the InterContinental Chicago and Fairmont Chicago. A gourmet cornucopia awaits - superb wines, an outstanding international menu of cheeses, and a tasty host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8738 and 200 N. Columbus, 312/946-7000. (J-30)(K-33)
On Stage I.O. I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.
COMEDYSPORTZ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE 929 W. Belmont, 773/5498080. 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. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773/549-8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com
MR. RICKEY CALLS A MEETING LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N. Michigan at Pearson, 312/337-0665. This explosive drama brings boxer Joe Louis, entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and actor Paul Robeson at odds with the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson in an unexpected dispute on the eve of the integration of America’s pastime. Ticket prices are $30-$68. This limited engagement runs through February 19. Performance schedule is as follows Wed & Fri at 7:30pm, Thu, Sat, & Sun 3pm & 7:30pm. For tickets, call 312/337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.
DOYLE & DEBBIE ROYAL GEORGE CABARET 1641 N. Halsted. 312/9889000. Doyle Mayfield, an old-guard country star with a handful of hits back in the 70s and 80s, is reviving his career 30–years, four wives, and three Debbies later. The new Debbie, a single mother with three children, sees this lovable lothario as her last chance to make it big in Nashville – but she also questions hitching her star to this loose cannon. Performance schedule (some Tues) and Wed-Thu at 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 6:30pm. Tickets are $43.50-$49.50, and are available at the Royal George box office, by phone 312/988-9000, through TicketMaster.com or doyleanddebbie.com.
ON THE PRIX FIXE MENU STARTERS Hay Roasted Baby Beets Truffle tremor goat cheese / hazelnut / prosciutto / apple Mongolian Lamb Rib Cumin / orange hoisin / fennel / edamame mint purée
ENTRÉES Cape Breton Scallops Red wine XO / forest mushroom / peas / mascarpone polenta Braised Beef Short Rib Red curry / thai basil potato puree / green apple kimchi/ spicy peanuts Prawn Singapore Noodles Lap cheung / bbq pork / egg / curry / coconut / peanut SWEETS Pineapple Thai Chili Granite Coconut sorbet / fig and walnut sable Chocolate Caramel Mousse Pomegranate gelee / cocoa crumble / roasted almond ice cream
200 N. Columbus | (312) 444-9494 | www.ariachicago.com A new world Asian experience, Chef Beverly Kim’s menu transcends any one cultural tradition. Warm mahogany walls and one-of-a-kind artwork provide a comfortable atmosphere to sample aria’s distinctive culinary approach. Coupled with a unique selection of international wines, extravagant desserts and engaging service, aria provides an exceptional dining experience that is truly unique. Prix fixe menu (choose one item from each course) available for $33 from February 17-26. Breakfast: Sun-Sat 6am-11:30pm; Lunch: 11:30am2:30pm; Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm.
ON THE PRIX FIXE MENU APPETIZERS Scallop Dijonge Pan seared twin scallops, lemon, garlic & mustard crumbs Prime Sirloin Steak Tartar Capers, cornichons, anchovies, brioche toast points ENTRÉES Iowa Small Farm Pork Open pan-braised boston shoulder, currants, apples, dinosaur kale, sweet potato fritters & port wine demi Rhode Island Right Eye Flounder Crispy leeks, saffron risotto & bay scallop gravy SWEETS Little Devil Delicate chocolate cake, mackinac fudge frosting, cherry cream filling, drambuie sauce anglaise Little Angel Angel food cupcake white chocolate mousse, nougatine craquelins, caramel drizzle
130 E. Randolph | (312) 552-0070 | www.tavernatthepark.com Rich Chicago history meets modern, big-city style at Tavern at the Park. Tavern’s menu, by Executive Chef Mike Clark, features a modern take on New American comfort food and a passion for local and sustainable ingredients. In the bar, which CitySearch referred to as “an off-the-clock cocktailer’s dream,” you will find a creative seasonal drink list, which offers the newest in intoxicating trends as well as a stylish and innovative wine list. Prix fixe menu (choose one item from each course) available for $33 for dinner February 17-26.
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