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February 18, 2011

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Welcome to Chicago, a world class setting, for the 146th Midwinter Meeting of the Chicago Dental Society, a world class scientific dental meeting. Each of the 145 Midwinter Meetings preceding this Midwinter Meeting shared one great expectation: the advancement of the art and science of dentistry. I promise you the 146th will add to the continuum of outstanding Midwinter Meetings, which has made the Chicago Dental Society the respected leader in scientific meetings. This continuity of excellence is why the theme of the 146th Midwinter Meeting, which will run from Thursday, Feb. 24, through Saturday, Feb. 26, at McCormick Place West, is Great Expectations: A Dental Continuum. Like the Midwinter Meeting, the dental profession is built on great expectations for the oral health of our patients and the continuum of progress that is based on achievements of each generation of dental professionals. More than 30,000 dental professionals from around the world will participate in courses featuring 130 notable speakers presenting more than 250 continuing dental education courses. There are courses for all disciplines and specialties of the profession. The Midwinter Meeting also includes outstanding exhibits. The Midwinter Meeting is the place for oral health professionals to see the latest in dental products. This year is no different, with more than 600 exhibitors from all over the world. Chicago has always been our kind of town and we’re sure it’s your kind of town, too.

Ian Elliott, DDS President, Chicago Dental Society


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18 FRIDAY The Field Museum proudly presents its newest exhibit, The Horse. Discover how the horse became the most important animal to ever interact with humans. Details on page 8. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $22 adults, seniors & students $18, and children 3-11 $15. 1400 S. Lake Shore. # 312/922-9410. 146

ON THE COVER 1,000 PERFORMANCES AND COUNTING Inspired by the actual 1956 recording session that brought together America’s legendary rock ‘n roll icons, Million Dollar Quartet celebrates 1,000 performances at Chicago’s Apollo Theater on February 18th, 2011. Experience the recording session that changed it all as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley portray the fateful December 4, 1956 impromptu recording that has come to be known as the greatest rock and roll session of all time. From the mesmerizing stage presence of Elvis Presley, the sweet tunes of Johnny Cash, and unforgettable intensity of Jerry Lee Lewis, audiences will rejoice in experiencing the music that shaped the industry and defined an era. The cast features Emmy Award-winning actor David Lago (Elvis Presley). Performing at the Apollo Theater at 2540 N. Lincoln. Tickets: $64.50-$80. Call (773) 935-6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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One of the best big bands in the city raises a swinging toast to two of the most influential vocalists of all time as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble presents “A Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan” at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance. 7:30pm. $15-$45. 205 E. Randolph. 312/3347777. #151 With big country names increasingly playing in giant arenas, it’s refreshing to be able to catch a star like Phil Vassar in the comparatively intimate and authentic confines of a place like Joe’s Bar. 8pm. $37. 940 W. Weed. 312/337-3486. to North


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Want to keep the Valentine’s Day vibe rolling through the weekend? Stop in for a dose of romance from veteran crooner/guitarist Frank D’Rone tonight through Sunday at the Jazz Showcase. 8pm and 10pm. $20-$25. 806 S. Plymouth Court. 312/360-0234. to Harrison Chicago’s growing culinary reputation gets another shot in the arm this month with the return of Restaurant Week. From February 18-27, some of the best chefs in Chicago are serving up special meals – with $22 3-course prix fixe lunches and $33 3-course prix fixe dinners – at more than 200 restaurants all around town. Visit www.choosechicago.com/eatitup for a list of participating restaurants, and visit page 25 additional details!

Chicago listeners know a thing or two about the class of the alternative country genre (see Uncle Tupelo, The Jayhawks, etc.), so it’s saying something that the Old 97s have developed such a strong and devoted following here. Tonight at the Vic Theatre. 8:30pm. $24. 3145 N. Sheffield. 773/472-0449. to Belmont Have two left feet? Let Chicago Winter Dance 2011 show you some new moves. Free one-hour dance lessons are followed by open dancing at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. The event is free, but space is limited so get there early. Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. Sat & Sun from 1pm-3:30pm and 5pm-7:30pm. Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph. 312/742-1168. # 151 Veteran pop-flamenco ensemble the Gipsy Kings hits town for an annual pre-Mardi Gras, danceinspiring rave at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $55-$95. 175 N. State. 312/462-6300. to Lake One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Wolff’s Flea Market, a Chicago area fixture for 19 years, hosts 300+ vendors selling rare and unique finds from antiques to sports memorabilia. Adults $1, seniors/children $.50, 6 & under free. Sat & Sun 8am–4pm. 1775 N. Rand in suburban Palatine. 847/524-9590. to Rosemont

20 SUNDAY Don’t skip the most important meal of the day. Head to PJ Clarke’s in Streeterville where the whole gang can enjoy a full Brunch Buffet ($14.95 per adult), or the Kids Brunch Buffet ($6.95, for ages 12 & under) from 10am-2pm. Buffet includes omelet station, breakfast meats, pancakes, potatoes and more. 302 E Illinois. 312/6707500. #146 Treat yourself and family to the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon known as Blue Man Group. Today at 1pm and 4pm, call for additional dates and times. $49$69. Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. 773/348-4000.


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TUESDAY Enjoy FREE general admission today at Chicago’s largest science museum, the Museum of Science and Industry. Feel the physics and consider the chemistry of natural phenomena like tornados and avalanches with Science Storms, tour a World War II sub. Daily 9:30am4pm. FREE. 57th Street and Lake Shore. 773/684-1414.

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Who better to pen an operatic spaghetti western than Puccini? Deborah Voigt sings the lead role of Minnie in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Gold Rush-era shoot-‘emup The Girl of the Golden West at the Civic Opera House. Tonight at 7:30pm. $33-$194. 20 N. Wacker. 312/332-2244. Dine across the street on American comfort food in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired dining room at Lloyd’s Chicago. 1 S. Wacker. 312/407-6900. #157

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A must-see– the one-hour, behindthe-scenes Chicago Theatre Marquee Walking Tour highlights the beautiful historical and architectural detailing of the legendary venue, including the grand lobby and majestic auditorium. Visitors will also be invited backstage where some of the world’s brightest stars have graced the stage and autographed the dressing room walls and corridors, including Frank Sinatra, Beyonce and more. Tue, Thu & Sat at noon. $12-$15. 175 N. to Lake State. 800/745-3000.

Lookingglass Theatre Company presents the World Premiere of Ethan Frome. This deeply poetic story, adapted from Edith Wharton’s novel and directed by Laura Eason, is about the staggering beauty of true love and the desolation of the unalterable life choices we make. Opens tonight at 7:30pm. $20-$34. 821 N. Michigan # 151 at Pearson. 312/337-0665. Calling all you single ladies and gentlemen! “Come Alone, Dine Together” is the motto for Singles Night every Wednesday from 7:30pm-10pm at pan-Asian hot spot Tamarind. The wide-ranging menu includes everything from fresh sushi options to a diverse collection of authentic entrées like Peking duck and Thai red curry. 614 S. Wabash. 312/3790970. to Harrison Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn carries on a long tradition of straightforward, hearton-the-sleeve storytelling tonight at the Vic Theatre. 7:30pm. $28.50. 3145 N. Sheffield. 773/472-0449.


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THURSDAY Chalk one up for truth in advertising, if not – alas – good taste. After all, it would be hard for any fan buying a ticket for tonight’s stop on pop starlet Ke$ha’s “Get $leazy Tour” to argue that they didn’t know what to expect. House of Blues. 6:30pm. $33.50-$38.50. 329 N. Dearborn. 312/923-2000. The Joffrey Ballet presents the legendary Ronald Hynd’s The Merry Widow. Tonight at 7:30pm, call for additional show times. $24-$145. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Pkwy. 800/982-2787. #3 Take a lunch break and head over to the Chicago Cultural Center’s Michigan Avenue Galleries for Art Talk. Join Dan Zamudio in today’s Gallery Talk as he leads attendees through his work: Chicago and the Diana – Toy Camera Images. 12:15pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington. 312/744-6630. #151

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25 FRIDAY The Chicago Symphony Orchestra uses the latest installment of its popular Friday Night at the Movies series to salute one of the city’s distinctive voices and a tireless advocate of the cinema with its “Salute to Roger Ebert” tonight at Symphony Center. 8pm. $26-$96. 220 S. Michigan. 312/294-3000. Gothic storytelling meets down-home Southern rock as the Drive-By Truckers bring their Dixie dramas up north to the Vic Theatre. Tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. $25. 3145 N. Sheffield. 773/472-0449. to Belmont

WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Thankful it’s Friday? You’re not alone. Join the crowd for $4 draft pints in Old Town at The Fireplace Inn (1448 N Wells; 312/664-5264).

SATURDAY Shop Tax-Free Feb. 19-21 at over 40 retailers at The 900 Shops (900 N. Michigan; 312/915-2900). Visit shop900.com/taxfree to download your Tax-Free Pass today.

SUNDAY Sunday Funday at Downtown Bar & Lounge (440 N. State; 312/464-1400) means $4 Stella Artois Drafts, and $5 Bloody Marys & Mimosas.

MONDAY General admission is FREE today at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (57th Street and Lake Shore; 773/684-1414).

TUESDAY Dine on a Seared Diver Scallops appetizer, Gnocchi with Duck Ragout entrée, and Mint Crème Brulee at Tavern at the Park (130 E. Randolph; 312/5520070) for just $33.

WEDNESDAY Lunch on Sizzling Hot Oil Suzuki with a Wonton Soup starter and Pineapple Upside Down Cake for just $22 at Aja (660 N. State; 312/202-6050).

THURSDAY Looking for a fabulous lunch deal? Keefer’s (20 W. Kinzie; 312/467-9525) is offering a Beet Salad, Sautéed Skate Wing entrée, and Chocolate Cake dessert all for just $22.


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THE FIELD MUSEUM The Field Museum proudly presents its newest exhibition, The Horse. The Horse showcases cultural objects, spectacular fossils, models, dioramas and hands-on activities that highlight the unique bond between horses and humans. Discover how the horse became the most important animal to ever interact with humans, explore a 15th century full (horse) suit of armor and a 19th century horse-drawn fire engine. Daily 9am–5pm. Adults $22 adults, seniors & students $18, and children 3-11 $15. 1400 S. Lake Shore. 312/922-9410.


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RAINFOREST CAFÉ The Sky is the highest rink in the world at Take the family on a food safari at Rainforest more than 1,000 feet above The Mag Mile. Café where you can relax as the sights and Open 9am-11pm. General admission: $15 for sounds of the rainforest come to life. Kids go adults, $10 for youth 3-11, with children under 3 wild every Wednesday on Family Night, free. $5 for 25-min session, and an additional $1 when kids 10 & under eat for only $2.99 for skate rental. 875 N. Michigan. 312/654with the purchase 5021. Bring disof an adult entrée count coupon in AMAZING from 5pm-close. center spread. #151 CHICAGO’S 605 N. Clark. LINCOLN FUNHOUSE 312/787-1501. PARK ZOO MAZE Bring coupon An animal oasis If a challenge below for a compliright in the middle is what you’re mentary chef’s of the city, kids can looking for, appetizer! #36 search no learn about conserfurther than JOHN HANCOCK vation or venture Amazing OBSERVATORY through the Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Get dazzled by Chicago’s Complete your Regenstein African first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio Windy City Journey where special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light adventure with a they’ll see giraffes, tunnel and much more. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat few memorable rhinos, crocodiles 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 laps around the and more. Daily $9.95. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. 888/893-7300. John Hancock 10am-4:30pm. Observatory’s new FREE. 2001 state-of-the-art synthetic “ice” rink. Skating In N. Clark. 312/742-2000. #151

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The MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (5700 s. lake shore; 773/684-1414) celebrates the 40th year of its Black Creativity programming with a retrospective exhibit, 40 Years of Black Creativity: 1971—2011. More than 3,000 spring blooming flowers greet visitors at the annual spring Flower shows at LINCOLN PARK (2391 n. stockton; 312/742-7736) & GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORIES (300 n. Central park; 312/746-5100). experience the beauty of spring with a rare opportunity to view the direct descendents of the great azaleas that once bloomed at the World’s Columbian exposition of 1893. escape the cold while skating in the sky at JOHN HANCOK OBSERVATORY’S (875 n. Michigan; 312/654-5021) state-of-the-art synthetic “ice” rink more than 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile. Discount coupon in center spread. 10

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MAGIQUEST Explore a world filled with amazing creatures, dragons and characters where they will gain skill and knowledge

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JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the multimedia Sky Tour, Espression by Lavazza café, and new seasonal ice skating rink. 9am-11pm. $15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free. $5 for 25-min skating session, and an additional $1 for skate rental. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. (J-26)

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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. $69 adults, $59 children ages 3-11. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com.

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CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available. Mon-Thu 8am7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. (J-26)

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CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-theart auditorium to the impressive main lobby. The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits, including an exhibit highlighting the exceptional life and accomplishments of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. (I-38)

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AMAZING CHICAGO Navigate through 4,000-square feet of sensory experiences. Stumble through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Mon-Thu 10am8pm, 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. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. (P-30)

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Architectural Wizardry With 1,450 feet standing between the top and the ground, Willis Tower is the tallest skyscraper in the United States. For decades, visitors and Chicagoans have been visiting Skydeck Chicago on the buildings 103rd floor, many leaving forehead prints on the windows as they took in the view straight down. It is that view that inspired Skydeck Chicago’s attraction – The Ledge. Thanks to some architectural wizardry, sightseeing daredevils no longer need to stop at the rail, but instead can continue out into one of the glass-encased pods protruding from the Skydeck wall to get a true 360-degree view. 233 S. Wacker. Open daily 10am-8pm. $15.95 adults, $11 children 3-11, children under 3 are free. 312/875-9696. and rise to untold levels of bravery. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. $7.95 for each 30-minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $19.95. 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855,www.MagiQuest.com. (Suburban) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, www.millenniumpark.org. (K-33) 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 Call for current listings. $15-$17 adults, $14 seniors 62+, $13 children 3-12. For discounted group tickets and private screenings, call 312/595-5987. All major cards. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower. Be sure to check

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out “The Ledge” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. $15.95 adults, $11 ages 3-11, children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com. (G-36)

MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm. General admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $6 kids 3-11, children under 3 free. 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


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GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece is the

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Guided tours available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 min. $15 adults, $12 youth 417 and seniors 65+. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000. (Suburban)

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THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Gold. Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. (K-44)

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DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, closed Mon. $10 adults, $7 seniors/students, $3 children ages 6-12, children under 5 are free. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54)

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CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. MonSat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. $14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free. Free on Mon. 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19)

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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)

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CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. 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. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31)

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THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to the Chicago Model City exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Sun-Thu 9:30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/9223432, caf.architecture.org. (J-36)

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Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Sat-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu-Fri 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). $18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35)


cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312/326-1480. (J-48)

Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. $9 adults, $7 students/seniors 60+, $6 children ages 3-12, children under 3 free. Free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. (G-14)

HELLENIC MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER The museum seeks to preserve the history of the Greek immigrant experience. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm. $5, children under 12 are free. V, MC. 801 W. Adams, 4th Floor, 312/655-1234. (D-36)

SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to sharks to whales. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: $26.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 3-11. Free general admission Feb. 7-8, 14-15, 20-24 & 28. Some exhibitions require an additional fee.). All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, www.sheddaquarium.org. (L-43)

KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon 9:30am-noon, Tue-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $8.50 adults/children, $7.50 seniors 55+, children under 1 are free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in suburban Glenview, 847/832-6600. (Suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. On exhibit: De Humanum: The Collages of Balint Zsako. Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors. Closed on Mon, Free on Tue (11am-8pm). 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600, www.luc.edu/luma. (J-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. $12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Free Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/2802660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and more. Daily 9:30am-4pm. General admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11. Free general admission Feb 8, 14-15, & 22. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/6841414, www.msichicago.org. (South of P-54) NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art created by veterans. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Handicap accessible. $10 adults, $7 students/seniors. MC, V. 1801 S. Indiana, 312/326-0270. (J-48) 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, 312/943-9090. (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.

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R E N TA L S BIKE CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Choose from over 500 bikes and explore the city at your leisure. Bike rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. Mon-Fri 6:30am-6:30pm. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park, 888/BIKEWAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)

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ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE COMPANY Learn a bit of local history with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers. Mon-Fri 6:30pmmidnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. V, MC. Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349, www.antiquecoach-carriage.com. (K-28)

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JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago Historic Landmark lived in by Jane Addams is now located on the University of Illinois campus. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312/413-5353. (D-40)

AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable and quality service to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups big and small. Mini busses, vans and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and sightseeing tours. For the “best rates you won’t find anywhere else” call 630/6290001 or 888/709-5466. Visit us on the web @ www.AmericanCoach.net.


ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 W. Madison, 312/372-5111.

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres on Chicago’s lakefront. Daily 10am-4:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000. (H-17)

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FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN 126 E. Chestnut, 312/787-4570.

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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.

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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, www.transitchicago.com.

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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 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 breathtaking design that also happens to be a marquee performance venue. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of actual 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.

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McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: Don your warmest winter gear and head on over for a day of figure eights downtown at Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink. Ice time is FREE, and rental skates are available for $10. Regular Hours: Mon–Thu: noon–8pm, Fri: noon–10pm, and sat-sun: 10am–9pm Chicago Winter Dance: Cut a rug with free dancing and dance instruction every saturday and sunday throughout February. enjoy one-hour lessons, led by professional dance instructors, before hitting the dance floor of the enclosed stage of the Jay pritzker pavilion. For dance style and live musical accompaniment, visit website. Session 1: Lessons 1pm-2pm, open dance from 2pm-3:30pm. Session 2: Lessons 5pm-6pm, open dance from 6pm-7:30pm.

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Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #153 and #157 buses.


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Call 312/742-1168 or visit millenniumpark.org for more information.


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shopping in February means one thing and that’s Valentine’s Day. set the scene for seduction with bedroom essentials like this Don’t stop Massage Candle from LOVER’S LANE (955 W. Diversey; 888/744-LoVe). When you’re ready to play, blow out the flame and drizzle the warm oil onto bare skin for a unique massage experience. JAZZ RECORD MART (27 e. Illinois; 312/222-1467) helps set the mood this month with a special sale on the Jazz for Lovers series, featuring the greatest love songs by jazz greats like Bill evans, ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, John Coltrane, Louis armstrong, Billie holiday, and many more. nothing relaxes the body more than a little pampering. Treat yourself or special someone to an in-room massage from DAY SPA 664 (312/267-1681, www.dayspa664.com). offering swedish, Deep Tissue, Couples, hot stone, and prenatal Massages, they bring the pampering to you. 18

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, 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)

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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)

ART ALL IN ROOM SERVICES ($100 AND UP) IN ROOM MASSAGES, BODY WAXING & SPA FACIAL WITH STEAM Available daily 9am-11pm call (312)267-1681 www.dayspa664.com

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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)

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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.

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DAY SPA 664 Pampering has never been easier. Escape the stresses of the day with healing in-room relaxation services, including a variety of massage therapies and skin care treatments. Waxing services, manicures and pedicures delivered right to your room. Available daily 9am-11pm. Cash only. 312/267-1681, www.dayspa664.com.

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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 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 Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, www.atlasgalleries.com. (J-29)(J-26)


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Timeless Treasures So you’re looking for some nice antiques to take home, or maybe a little something more than a “Chicago” sweatshirt. The Windy City is home to hundreds of antique dealers, with items priced from $10 to $10,000, that proffer goods you will treasure forever. Found just east of the Merchandise Mart in the River North area is a combination of stores that will keep you busy for hours—Asian House of Chicago (312/527-4848) is a gallery that boasts the largest collection of Asian treasures in the Chicagoland area, and The Antiquarians Building (312/527-0533), is a gallery filled with only the highest quality antique pieces. Both stores are located at 159 W. Kinzie Street.

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Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. (H-29)

DEPARTMENT STORES BLOOMINGDALE’S 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. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. (J-26) MACY’S 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. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. (I-34)(J-26) NEIMAN MARCUS The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff within this luxurious department store. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. AE 737 N. Michigan, 312/642-5900. (J-27) NORDSTROM Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. (J-30)


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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Not quite as opulent as its Big Apple counterpart, Chicago’s Saks is still a refuge for shoppers seeking traditional, high-quality fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 700 N. Michigan, Chicago Place, 312/944-6500. (J-28)

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SEARS Rely on the no-nonsense Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 2 N. State, 312/373-6040. (I-35)

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TIFFANY & CO. This Michigan Avenue location of the venerable jewelry

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SPECIALIZING IN NEW FURS, LEATHERS, AND “PRE-FURRED” RESALE

777 W. DIVERSEY • 773.348.3877 @ HALSTED IN LINCOLN PARK

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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). All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. (North of E-11)

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company offers plenty of sparkle. Call for hours. 730 N. Michigan, 312/944-7500. All major cards. (J-27)

LINGERIE 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)

RECORD 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.

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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)

SHOPPING MALLS THE 900 SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. (J-27) BLOCK 37 Shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312/261-4700. www.block37.com. (I-34) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and one shopping center anchored by Nordstrom. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. (J-30)

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 10am6pm.

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WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. (J-27)

S P E C I A LT Y SHOPS THE DISNEY STORE Clothes, toys, and other collectibles. Call for hours. All major cards. 717 N Michigan, 312/654-9208. (J-27)


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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 10ammidnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. (H-19)

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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, closed Sun. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540. (I-25)

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories as well as a wide selection of collectables. Daily 10am. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the entire 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)

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Eat It Up Chicago! Chicago restaurant Week returns with over 200 cooks in the kitchen.

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The trials and tribulations of an avowed “foodie” can be many and varied, but two standard complaints seem to be pretty consistent: (1) no good places to eat (boo!); (2) a lot of great choices, but not enough money to support one’s gastronomic itinerary (boo again!). These dilemmas may seem like small potatoes to some folks, perhaps, but they are exactly the types of things that can drive a true food lover stark raving mad. So it’s comforting to know that a bit of sanity will once again be restored when the highly anticipated Chicago Restaurant Week 2011 gets underway February 18 through 27. Over these ten delectable days, diners will have the opportunity to sample hundreds of the city’s best restaurants – from venerable old favorites to the hottest newcomers – with little regard for the cost. Because during this special event, every one of the more than 200 participating eateries will be offering special prix fixe menus starting at $22 for lunch and $33-$44 for dinner. This is a great time to be a foodie here in Chicago, so eat it up! Take a look at some of the sample menus posted here or browse the full array of choices at www.eatitupchicago.com, then start calling around to reserve your tables.


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SALAD BAR ITEMS Soups & Salads Black & Green Manzanilla Olives Aged French Cheeses Artichoke Hearts Imported Hearts of Palm MEATS Brazilian Sausage Rack of Lamb Juicy Filet Mignon Slow-Roasted Leg of Lamb

51 E. Ohio | (312) 670-1006 | www.texasdebrazil.com Located just off of Michigan Ave, Texas de Brazil features a 70-item gourmet salad area, flame-grilled cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically costumed Gauchos, and decadent desserts. You will also find Chicago’s only aerial wine artists performing gracefully in Cirque du Soleil-fashion in the two-story wine room for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy the Chicago Restaurant Week promotion: $33 for dinner February 18-27.

Signature Garlic-Marinated Picanha Herb-Marinated Pork Loin DESSERTS Brazilian Cheesecake

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ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU APPETIZERS New England Clam Chowder Field Green Salad With tomato basil vinaigrette ENTRÉES Filet Mignon Medallions With veal demi glace Honduran Tilapia Crab crusted, poached leeks, celery root, tomato butter sauce

35 W. Wacker | (312) 346-3500 | www.catch35.com Delicacies of the deep take center stage at Catch 35. Here, 35 fresh rotating seafood options from grouper and sea bass to mussels and lobster are served with Asian accents amid ultra-cool décor and accompanied by live jazz music every Tue-Sat from 6pm-9pm. Dine on special 3-course prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner, or 4-course prix fixe menu for $44 February 18-27.

DESSERTS Key Lime Pie Graham cracker crust filled with light key lime custard, covered with whipped cream Crème Bruleé Blance A rich custard with white chocolate, encrusted with golden brown sugar.

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ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU APPETIZERS Tomato Bisque Soup or Beet Salad ENTRÉES Sautéed Skate Wing Lemon With caper butter sauce and leaf spinach or Bone in Veal Strip Steak With mushroom ragout and Madeira wine sauce DESSERTS Nougat Glace With semi frozen crème with almonds, pistachios and dried fruit or Chocolate Cake With flourless chocolate and ganache center

20 W. Kinzie | (312) 467-9525 |  www.keefersrestaurant.com One of the most celebrated steakhouses in the country – Keefer’s features a sophisticated stylish décor, buzzing atmosphere, and chef-driven menu from the legendary John Hogan. Dine on an outstanding selection of Prime steaks, seafood, chicken, chops, pastas and desserts and experience for yourself why Keefer’s was named “Best of Chicago for Steak” by The Food Network and awarded 2.5 Fork  & Spoons by The Michelin Guide. Closed Sundays. Special 3-course prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner February 18-27.

ON THE PRIX FIXE MENU APPETIZERS Seared Diver Scallops Blood orange and arugula salad, truffle vinaigrette Chicken Liver Pate Terrine of chicken liver pate, brioche toast points, whole grain mustard, cornichons. Caper berries. ENTRÉES Lake Superior Whitefish Dijon mustard & pretzel crust, warm tomato vinaigrette, organic micro greens

Gnocchi with Duck Ragout House made ricotta gnocchi, duck confit, cabernet reduction, shaved grana padano Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib Root vegetable brunoise, red bliss mashed potato, red wine demi-glace

DESSERT Mint Crème Brulee Fresh mint, vanilla tuile

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 features American comfort food with a modern interpretation. In the bar, which CITYSEARCH referred to as “an off-the-clock cocktailer’s dream,” you will find a creative seasonal drink list. Tavern was also voted Top 10 Best Restaurants for Business in 2008 and 2009 by the readers of Crain’s Chicago Business. Prix fixe menu (choose one item from each course) available for $33 February 18-27.


Chef Q & A Chef Martial noguier • Bistonomic • 840 n. Wabash avenue • (312)944-8400 You’ve gotten great notices at previous stops (including wellregarded eateries like one sixtyblue and Café des Architects). What do you plan to bring with you to Bistronomic and what would you like to do differently? I certainly hope to continue that level of quality service and wonderful food, because those were both great experiences. But they were also more in the fine dining realm, whereas with bistronomic we’re going for a more casual concept at a lower price point. What’s the biggest challenge in getting started (Bistronomic debuted in early February)? It’s a different way of cooking when you’re trying to maintain a high level of quality and use top-shelf ingredients, but also keep prices reasonable for the customer. We want this to be the type of place where people can come 2-3 times a week if they’d like, rather than just special occasions. What are you most looking forward to in having a restaurant that is truly your own? I like the idea of a place where the chef-owner is there in the kitchen every night. I think that’s a good thing for people to know – that they can ask to speak to the owner because he’s right in the back cooking. Talk about what you’ve got on tap for Restaurant Week. We’re featuring selections right off of our regular dinner menu, like our oxtail ravioli appetizer, and entrees like glazed short rib and a great Lake Superior whitefish; also, crème brulee and bittersweet chocolate mousse for dessert. It’s all very representative of what we’re doing right now. Let’s say one of your out-of-town customers is looking for one great thing to see or do in Chicago – what do you recommend? There are so many great choices, but if you get a nice day – and especially if you have kids – it’s hard to beat a day at Lincoln Park Zoo. We live up in that area, and we tend to spend a lot of time there.


ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU APPETIZERS Choice of Cheese Fondue Choice of Salad with Homemade Dressings ENTRÉES Petite Signature Selection Entrée Includes white tiger shrimp, chicken breast, teriyaki sirloin, fresh garden vegetables and signature sauces to pair DESSERTS Milk Chocolate Fondue Paired with fresh strawberries, bananas, pound cake, brownies, marshmallow treats, and Elis Cheesecake

609 N. Dearborn | (312) 573-0011 | www.meltingpot.com If your parents always taught you to share, you’ll be happy to know that the collaborative fondue spirit of the 70s is alive and well at The Melting Pot, where the subterranean space provides an excellent setting for cooking together – from appetizer cheese dips to luscious chocolate desserts and everything in between. It’s all about fondue, fine wine and fun. Perfect for any size group. Enjoy live music every Wednesday thru Saturday from 7:30pm–12:30am. Dine on special 3-course prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner February 18-27.

ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU CHOICE OF ENTRÉE Twisted Mac & Cheese Pasta tossed in a lightly spiced 3-cheese sauce, topped with grilled chicken. Served with garlic toast 1/2 Rack of Bar-B-Que Ribs Served with seasoned fries, coleslaw & BBQ baked beans Hard Rock Cheeseburger or Bacon Cheeseburger Served with seasoned fries Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Served with smashed potatoes and fresh vegetables Classic Chicken Caesar Salad Topped with in-house made garlic croutons DESSERTS Hot Fudge Sundae

63 W. Ontario | (312) 943-2252 | www.hardrock.com A world-wide dining favorite, Hard Rock Café thrives in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood and features a simple, straightforward menu to go along with its rock n’ roll décor and attitude. Located just 5 blocks west of Michigan Avenue at Clark and Ontario for 25 years now, Hard Rock continues to live its motto of “Love All, Serve All” 364 days of  the year.  Dine on special 3course prix fixe lunch menu available at $22, dinner menu available at $33 and *rockstar menu available at $44 from February 18-27.


APPETIZERS Mixed Field Greens Maytag bleu cheese, grape tomatoes, sweet Vidalia onions, pine nuts, hearts of palm and honey balsamic vinaigrette Trio of Bruschetta Roma tomato, kalamata olive and wild mushroom bruschetta ENTRÉES Jamaican Rubbed Pork Chop Roasted purple yams and mango chipotle glaze 33 W. Kinzie | (312) 828-0966 |  www.harrycarays.com Named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse has become one of the most nationally recognized restaurants in the Midwest. This legendary Italian Steakhouse serves the finest prime, aged steaks and chops in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Voted “Best Steakhouse” by the Chicago Tribune’s Dining Poll and Best of Citysearch and Metromix on CLTV. Special 3-course prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner February 18-27. Check website for Rosemont menu (10233 W. Higgins; 847/699-1200).

Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffed Beef Tenderloin Roasted poblano hash browns and Béarnaise sauce DESSERTS Fresh Seasonal Berries Fresh berries, almond cookie basket, Pecorino Romano cheese and clover honey

ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU APPETIZERS Young Coconut Soup With prawn dumpling, honshimeji mushrooms, brown basmati Arugula and Frisée Salad With yuzu marinated baby beets, humboldt fog goat cheese, pistachio vinaigrette

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. Dine on special 3-course prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner February 18-27. Breakfast: Sun-Sat 6am-11:30am; Lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-10:30pm.

ENTRÉES Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi With edamame, chanterelle mushrooms, wild arugula, Parmesan emulsion Sake Glazed Black Cod Vermicelli noodles, honshimeji mushrooms, bok choy, tom yum broth DESSERTS Warm Chocolate Cake With fig jam, caramelized pine nut, pear bacon ice cream

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Chef Q & A Chef John hogan • Keefer’s • 20 W. Kinzie street • (312)467-9525 How long have you been cooking at Keefer’s? Nine years, three months. How do you keep things fresh after so long? We try to get out to see new products and to get a feel for what other places are doing, and we also really listen to what our guests are asking for. I have a background in French cooking, so we try to get out of the box a little bit and add a few new elements and wrinkles from time to time. What’s your take on the steakhouse explosion in Chicago? How do you stand out in an increasingly crowded field? It’s amazing that more and more just keep opening, and that diners just keep coming for more. But we’re all competitive, so it’s something that we welcome. We feel like with Keefer’s we have a little niche with some of the things we do differently and some of the influences we incorporate, and we definitely think our great service sets us apart as well. Talk about what you’ve got on tap for Restaurant Week. For lunch, we’re going to go with some hearty braised dishes – rabbit and veal osso bucco. These kind of stem from my French background, and we think they’ll be a perfect fit for mid-February in Chicago. At dinner, we’re doing a skate wing and a bone-in veal strip; again, the inspiration is meat-driven because that’s kind of who we are and what people expect, but we’re coming at it from a different angle. Let’s say someone from out of town just finished lunch at Keefer’s and is looking for something to see or do – what do you recommend? That’s a good question – when you’re from here, you tend to take things for granted a little bit. Of course, there are all of the great museums and other cultural attractions, but I’d probably send them a few blocks over to Andy’s Jazz Club. They get started with live music over there at like 4:00, so it’s a great place to get the evening started with a few cocktails and some jazz.


ON THE PRIX FIXE MENU APPETIZERS Salmon Salad Fingerling potatoes, shaved red onion, lemon crème Oxtail Ravioli Celery root puree, Parmesan, red wine sauce

ENTRÉES Amish Chicken Breast With mushroom ragout Lake Superior White Fish Glazed French lentil, frisee, Dijon mustard vinaigrette Glazed Short Rib Confit of red cabbage, bacon lardoons, orange zest

DESSERTS Black and White Creme Brulee With vanilla bean custard, turbinado sugar and bittersweet chocolate mousse Country Bread Pudding With white chocolate and vanilla creme anglaise

840 N. Wabash | (312) 944-8400 | www.bistronomic.net A new addition to Chicago’s restaurant scene from seasoned chef Martial Noguier, Bistronomic (a combination of bistro and gastronomic) recently opened in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Accompanied by a dark Earthy ambiance, Bistronomic is a modern day bistro with personality. The menu combines local and seasonal ingredients with French technique. Dine on a special 3-course prix fixe dinner menu available at $33 February 18-27.

ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU APPETIZERS Roasted An Jou Pear Salad Endive and Watercress, shaved fennel, marcona almonds, heirloom apples, Roquefort cheese, and white balsamic vinaigrette ENTRÉES Slagel Farms Pork Shank With farro risotto, chorizo, celery root, pickled peach, and braising jus OR upgrade to a Grilled 12 oz. NY Strip for $44 Black truffle-potato fritter, red wine-red onion jam, Nicholas Farm 4 onion roast, red wine jus SWEETS Signature Butterscotch Bread Pudding A la Mode

611 N. Fairbanks | (312) 224-2200 | www.markethousechicago.com MARKETHOUSE offers a wide range of contemporary American dishes prepared with fresh seasonal herbs and locally grown ingredients. Located in the Streeterville neighborhood, just two blocks off the Mag Mile, MARKETHOUSE boasts a modern rustic ambiance that creates a relaxed dining experience. Their menu changes seasonally so there is always something new to try. Dine on a special 3-course prix fixe dinner menu available at $33 or upgrade to $44 February 18-27.


APPETIZERS Firecracker Spring Rolls Crispy chicken and peanuts with hot mustard dipping sauce 18 Vegetable Salad Fortune Farms crispy vegetables with sweet soy-rice wine vinaigrette ENTRÉES Korean BBQ Hanger Steak With bulgogi BBQ glaze, pickled cabbage and sweet potato fries

660 N. State | (312) 202-6050 | www.ajachicago.com Executive Chef Ariel Bagadiong combines seasonal flavors and greenmarket sensibility to create a pleasing experience at this modern urban Asian café located inside the dana hotel and spa. Aja’s menu reflects Chef Bagadiong’s passion for the range of flavors afforded by Asian cultures and features modern, approachable dishes - all meant for sharing. Be nice. Share. Dine on special prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 & $44 for dinner February 18-27. Breakfast: 7am-10:30am; Lunch: 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: 5:30pm-11pm; Brunch: Sun 11am-3pm.

Sizzling Hot Oil Suzuki Wok flashed sea bass, julienne ginger and greens, sizzling hot oil DESSERTS Cookies Aja oreos double dark chocolate cookies with white chocolate mousse Cake Pineapple upside down cake with dulce de leche gelato

ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU APPETIZERS Lobster Bisque Caesar Salad ENTRÉES (on the $33 menu) Grilled French Cut Chicken Breast With roasted garlic and peppercorn sauce 10oz. Grilled Salmon With buerre blanc sauce ENTRÉES (on the $44 menu) 16oz. SHULA CUT New York Strip Steak 301 E. North Water | (312) 670-0788 | www.donshula.com Themed after the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ “perfect season,” Shula’s Steak House features the “biggest and best” certified Angus Beef and the highest quality custom cuts. With its cozy distinguished atmosphere, and impressive menu and staff, at Shula’s Steak House, you’re guaranteed a winning dining experience. Dine on a special 3-course prix fixe dinner menu available at $33 February 18-27. See website for details.

10oz. Snapper With buerre blance sauce All entrees served with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus DESSERTS Key Lime Pie

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ON THE PRIX FIXE DINNER MENU ANTIPASTO Insalata delle Casa Organic seasonal greens with endive, dressed with raspberry vinaigrette Zuppa Soup of the day SECONDI Salmone al Ferri Norwegian salmon with spinach, Sicilian cured olives, and Cannellini beans Agnolottini di Fagiano Handmade pheasant-filled pasta with butter, sage, and Parmesan DOLCI Torta di Frutta Fresca Seasonal fresh fruit tart with zabaglione di marsala with sorbet Gelato del Giorno Ice cream of the day with house made biscotti

71 W. Monroe | (312) 332-7005 | www.italianvillage-chicago.com Italian Village is a three-in-one dining powerhouse with three restaurants located under one roof. The sleek, upscale Vivere – where swooner Frank Sinatra hosted a private engagement party – is a contemporary restaurant featuring “new” Italian food from all regions of Italy. Their wine list has received the Wine Spectator Grand Award since 1984. Dine on special 3-course prix fixe menus available at $22 for lunch and $33 for dinner February 18-27.

MENU OPTIONS FOR RESTAURANT WEEK Veggie Bhojan A complete meal with tareko aloo, bhuteko kauli, jhaneko dal, palungo ko sag. Served with bhat, roti and choice of dessert Non-Veggie Bhojan A complete dinner served with khukurako maasu, khasi ko maasu, aloo, tama bodi, Nepali dal with bhat roti and choice of dessert Curry House Vegetable Special Dinner Vegetable platter in dal makhini, palak paneer, aloo ghobi, navaratn korma. Served with basmati rice, naan and choice of dessert Curry House Non Veg Dinner Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka, lamb seekh kabab, butter chicken, vegetable curry, naan and basmati rice and choice of dessert

899 S. Plymouth | (312) 362-9999 | www.curryhouseonline.com

With both a high Zagat rating and 2009 “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Napel to the city’s South Loop near Millennium Park. Guests are sure to delight in the mouth-watering cuisine, extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Catering and food delivery available from regular menu. Ask about corporate and private events. Regular menu and lunch buffet also available. Choose from five different 4-course lunch ($22) and dinner ($33) options available from 11am to 9pm.


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serving some of the best corned beef & pastrami west of the Lower east side, ELEVEN CITY DINER (1112 s. Wabash; 312/212-1112) features the charms of an old school delicatessen with soda fountains, luncheon counter and full bar. at BUCA DI BEPPO (521 n. rush, 312/396-0001), bigger-than-life portions of specialties like spaghetti Marinara, Chicken Cacciatore and neapolitan pizzas are served in a boisterous, vibrant environment that recalls Italian-american supper clubs of the ’40s and ’50s. Discount coupon on page 40. all the flavors of asia come together on one impressive menu at TAMARIND (614 s. Wabash; 312/379-0970). everyone in your party will agree that the serene minimalist décor and extensive selection of Thai, Chinese, and Japanese dishes make this south Loop spot something to talk about.

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HARD ROCK CAFE 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, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, 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. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE This brand new restaurant is owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s). Malnati’s new burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30) 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 to create a pleasing experience at this modern urban Asian café located inside the dana hotel and spa. Be Nice. Share.

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!

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Breakfast: 7am-10:30am; Lunch: 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: 5:30pm-11pm; Brunch: Sun 11am-3pm. 660 N. State. 312/202-6000, www.ajachicago.com (I-28) 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)

BRAZILIAN TEXAS de BRAZIL Sword-wielding Gauchos circulate the dining room serving guests various cuts and types of meat. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 51 E. Ohio, 312/6701006. (I-29)(Suburban)

B R E A K FA S T ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while 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 CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: Insulated coffee pitchers at every table! Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29) YOLK Now with 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)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN dine in - carry-out - delivery - catering sun.-thur.(11:30am-10pm) fri.-sat.(11:30am-1am) special menu

710 n rush • (312)787-8998 www.friendssushi.com

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MARKETHOUSE Markethouse offers a seasonably changing menu and supports local farmers that practice sustainable agricultural techniques. Try a signature cocktail or an infused vodka drink from the Martini Garden. Breakfast 6am-11am; Lunch 11am-2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm. All


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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 handsliced delicatessen sandwiches. 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)

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has

“Home of the Milkshake Martini” Are you up to The Challenger? 69 East Madison Street (between Michigan & Wabash)

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major cards. $$$ 611 N. Fairbanks, 312/224-2200, www.markethousechicago.com. (L-29)


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, 312/9392855, www.mannysdeli.com. (E-43)

FRENCH BISTRONOMIC An elegant bistro-style menu, a dark Earthy ambiance, and a chef with over ten years of fine Chicago dining experience. Bistronomic has been the dream of chef Martial Noguier for years. Finally coming to fruition, this modern bistro serves uncomplicated dishes at a reasonable price. 840 N. Wabash. 312/944-8400. (J-27) NOMI Contemporary French cuisine, sophisticated decor and stunning views combine at this stylish Mag Mile restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 800 N. Michigan, 7th floor, 312/239-4030. (J-27)

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FONDUE GEJA’S CAFÉ Romantic fondue dining. Flamenco and classical guitarists help set the mood. Children under 10 not allowed. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 340 W. Armitage, 773/281-9101. (G-17) THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices like filet mignon, lobster tail and seafood trio, and the perfect ending – their famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes and brownies for dipping. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. (H-29)

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 GAYLORD INDIA Offering a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine. 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 noon-3pm.

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INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections 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. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com. (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional and specialty dishes including Samosas, marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am-3pm for $11.95pp. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. (H-29)

Serving Fine Indian Cuisine for 36 Years “It’s curry and rice dishes pass every taste test with flying colors.”

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VEERASWAY 2010 Michelin Bib Gourmand winner, Veerasway is a contemporary Indian fusion restaurant in Chicago’s popular West Loop neighborhood. Veerasway is popular amongst the locals for its clever fusion of Indian Food with modern American culture. Open Tue-Sun for dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. All major cards. $$ 844 W. Randolph, 312/491-0844, www.veerasway.com. (D-33)

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let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.

IRISH 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. Football Specials and Weekend Brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

I TA L I A N BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile.

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Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. (I-26)


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The Real Deal Looking for a real Chicago steak and rib joint? Head to The Fireplace Inn in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. From the succulent 14-ounce New York Strip to their famous fall-offthe-bone BBQ Baby Back Ribs, this restaurant and bar is in the big leagues. Dine inside in a cozy lodge-like setting complete with fireplace or capture the big game on over 40 flat panel HD televisions in the heated all-seasons outdoor café. The menu also features a wide variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches, chicken and seafood options. Visit www.fireplaceinn.com for a list of daily drink and food specials. Mon-Wed 4:30pm-midnight, Thu-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. 1448 N. Wells. 312/664-5264. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/9327673; 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. $$$ 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. (J-30)

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CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Online reservations. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm. Lounge open late. All major cards. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.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


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ROSAL’S Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where homemade Sicilian specialties await. Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 1154 W. Taylor, 312/2432357, www.rosals.com. (West of E-43) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. MonThu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/3327005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) 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 11am2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)

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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.italianvillagechicago.com. (H-36)


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DE CERO TAQUERIA Voted best new dish by Chicago Magazine! 15 different tacos, like the Grilled Skirt Steak and Battered Fish Taco line the menu. Wash them down with freshly squeezed lime Margaritas made with 100% Agave Tequila. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. All major cards. $$ 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114, www.decerotaqueria.com. (D-34)

SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT A “fiesta” for your taste buds, just one block off Michigan Avenue. A smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $ 49 E. Ontario, 312/9434041. (1-29)

Thai Cuisine

PIZZA

*All dishes can be adapted for vegetarians.

Open Daily 11a.m. - 10p.m. 710 North Rush Street (312)944-7100 • (312)944-7694 42

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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 Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777. pizanoschicago.com. (I-26) (I-35)(Suburban) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one


SEAFOOD CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/3463500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. (I-33)(Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, FriSat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. (Suburban)

STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with 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)

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

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. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. (G-21) FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL A neighborhood favorite serving steaks and fresh seafood, along with pastas and nightly specials. Catch the game at the attached bar. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 11:30am-3am, Sun 10am-2am (Sun brunch 10am3pm). Kitchen is open  Sun-Thu till 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30pm.  All major cards. $$$ 2060 N. Cleveland, 773/935-2060, www.fourfarthings.biz. (F-20) 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

42 East Superior 312.867.1492

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of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. (H-30)


PRIVATE PARTIES ◆ VALET PARKING ◆ CATERING & CARRY OUTS

TRADITIONAL

Italian FOOD

Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. (I-31)(Suburban) KEEFERS One of the most celebrated steakhouses in the country – featuring a sophisticated stylish décor, and chef-driven menu from the legendary John Hogan.Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31)

Family Style Service

Open for Lunch 1824 WEST WABANSIA ◆ BUCKTOWN ◆ 773.227.2300 ◆ OPEN SEVEN DAYS

Dining Highlight

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. Mon-Fri 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)

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, 312/7878998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) “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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SUSHI 1492 TAPAS BAR Housed in a 1864 Victorian Mansion, 1492 offers a unique dining experience in a cozy setting. The extensive menu ranges from new Spanish and Nuevo Latino cuisine and features traditional and signature tapas, paellas, Sangrias, and more. Mon-Thu 4pm-10pm, FriSat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. (I-28)

THAI DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Magnificent Mile in traditional trappings. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. Sun-Thu 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)

sushi

and

contemporary asian

58 east ontario | 312.440.1717 www.taiyochicago.com

SILVER SPOON Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, guests enjoy Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment. Vegetarianfriendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. 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) “The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine

11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100

japanese-style lounge 312.202.0808

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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, signature martinis, champagne, wine and Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. MonThu 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)


Nightlife

Chicago’s nightlife is cranking up the heat!

VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE (2 W. erie; 312/202-6060) revolutionizes the concept of nightlife in Chicago this winter with their Fire and Ice outdoor terrace. The party is located on the 26th floor of the dana hotel and spa where guests warm up on a menu of sizzling fire shots at the fully customized ice bar. Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & schonberg’s legendary musical, LES MISERABLES, with glorious new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor hugo. performing at the Cadillac palace Theatre (151 W. randolph; 800/775-2000) through Feb. 27 just blocks from the Windy City’s newest gay and lesbian destination, DOWNTOWN BAR & LOUNGE (440 n. state; 312/464-1400). Both hot and hip, Downtown brings a stylish, up-scale lounge experience to the heart of river north. 46

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Please call to confirm hours and credit cards accepted.


CLUBS

CLUBS

Nightlife

BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show has the nation’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 on 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)

Nightlife

CABARET

Nightlife

KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this legendary blues club seven nights a week, 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)

Nightlife

BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, Chicago’s premier blues club offers the best of local and national blues talent. Check out the brand new state-of-the-art sound system and incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Cover charges vary. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. 700 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190, www.buddyguys.com. (J-40)

Nightlife

B.L.U.E.S. A vintage Lincoln Park club that hosts a virtual who’s who of blues stars, 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. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. (E-13)

Nightlife

BLUES

C O C K TA I L L O U N G E S

Refer to Metro Map for location codes at the end of each listing.

Nightlife

DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving

Nightlife

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. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)

Nightlife

CHI BAR Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower. Created by world–renowned designer, Jeffrey Beers, Chi Bar channels Chicago energy by bringing all the excitement and tradition of the Windy City into one deluxe lounge with innovative cocktails, delicious appetizers and sleek ambiance. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. (K-31)


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, 312/4641400, 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) (773) 528-1012

$300 Off Cover Charge Valid Sun-Thur • Excluding Holidays

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

IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE A restaurant/lounge featuring Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in an upscale setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)

COMEDY

CLUBS

iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 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. (D-5)

DANCE

CLUBS

EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by the Chicago Tribune. Tue-Fri 7pm – 4am, Sat 7pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944. (I-29)

GENTLEMEN’S CLUBS VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/664-7400, www.vipschicago.com. (West of E-20)

IRISH

PUBS

EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive

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drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout. 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. (1-33)

LIVE

BAR AND LOUNGE 440 NORTH STATE STREET (312)464-1400 WWW.DOWNTOWNBARANDLOUNGE.COM

MUSIC

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 8pm-3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. (I-25) HOUSE OF BLUES Embraces music of all genres. Call for schedule. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. (H-32)

PIANO JAZZ • BLUES • MOTOWN • R&B Live 7 Nights a Week!

BARS

THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)

TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS The BaCKrooM

1007 north rush st. • 751-2433 BackroomChicago.com

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HARD ROCK CAFE 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-Thu 11am-midnight, FriSat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29)


On Stage I.O. THEATRE 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 longform 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.

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE ETHAN FROME 821 N. Michigan, 312/337-0665. A shattered body... A frozen heart... A legendary sled ride down an unforgiving hill. In the deep of winter, a strange mystery ignites the passion of a stoic New England farmer. The whole town knows the story, but does anyone know the truth? Award-winning playwright Laura Eason directs her new adaptation of this classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Edith Wharton. Preview tickets are $20-$34. Regular tickets are $24-$62. Previews begin February 23, Regular Run is March 6-April 17. Call 312/337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org.

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