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March 19, 2010

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Have you ever wanted to step inside a 40-foot tornado and feel the vapor whirl around you? See a 20-foot bolt of lightning crackle over your head? Trigger an avalanche? Or unleash a tsunami wave? You can (unharmed!) at the Museum of Science and Industry’s new permanent exhibit Science Storms. This unprecedented and dramatic exhibit in the newly-named Allstate Court reveals the extraordinary science behind some of nature’s most powerful and compelling phenomena— including tornados, lightning, fire, tsunamis, sunlight, avalanches and atoms in motion. “Science Storms recreates some of the most amazing natural phenomena on Earth to help you discover the marvels of physics and chemistry at work,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry. Inside the 26,000-square-foot exhibit, you can also investigate the basic scientific principles responsible for nature’s biggest wonders while you get a hands-on, up-close look at these wonders themselves. Science Storms puts you in the middle of the action and lets you search for answers as to how and why things happen in nature.

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Museum of Science and Industry is located at 57th and Lake Shore Dr. Science Storms is included in general admission, which is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 3 to 11. Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30am-4pm, and Sunday 11am-4pm. 773/684-1414 or visit www.msichicago.org.

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f r i d a y, 1 9 t h The International Vintage Poster Fair, the world’s oldest and largest sale and exposition of original posters, returns to the Chicago Cultural Center this weekend. In addition to more than 10,000 posters ranging in styles from Art Nouveau and Art Deco to Mid-century Modern, this year highlights the history of propaganda posters in a feature exhibit, The Art of Persuasion: 100 Years of Propaganda Posters. 77 E. Randolph. Fri 5pm-9pm (preview benefit $30), Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Free, or $15 (ages 25+). 800/856-8069. #151

The Chicago Bulls go up against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7pm and the Houston Rockets on Monday at 7pm at United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800-4NBATIX. Pre-game on a delicious Italian meal at Bucktown favorite, Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300). Jimi Hendrix’s stamp as the greatest rock guitar player is undisputable, but did you know he was also an artist? Atlas Galleries is pleased to announce The Art of Jimi Hendrix. Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to view and purchase his beautiful watercolors and magical abstracts. 535 N. Michigan. Opening 6pm8pm. 312/329-9330.

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Entering its third decade of folk-based rock, the Cowboy Junkies return to Chicago to survey its extensive catalog with two shows at the Old Town School of Folk Music. 4544 N. Lincoln. 7pm & 10pm. $38. 773/728-6000.

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By popular demand, Goodman Theatre extends its world-premiere production of The Long Red Road, a powerful new play by Brett C. Leonard, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Closes March 21. 170 N. Dearborn. Tonight at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm. 312/443-3800.

Dine on American classics at the theater district’s premiere dining destination, Petterino’s (150 N. Dearborn; 312/422-0150). to Lake The nation’s longest-running female impersonation cabaret show, Chicago’s legendary Baton Show Lounge celebrates 41 fabulous years in entertainment this week. Join the “girls” as they delight you with an evening of splits, high-kicks and dazzling dance moves set to the tunes of Whitney, Cher, and Beyoncé and more. 436 N. Clark. Anniversary shows run through Mar 24. Show times are Thu-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am. $10-$15. 312/644-5269. #36

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The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge, call the CTA at 836-7000, or visit transitchicago.com.

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Henri Matisse’s most experimental and inventive works are explored for the first time in the Art Institute of Chicago’s new groundbreaking exhibition Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917. Nearly 120 of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints from this five-year period, including masterpieces Bathers by a River and The Moroccans, will be on display. Opens today! 111 S. Michigan. Mon-Wed and Fri 10:30am-


5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $18, children 13+, students and seniors $12. 312/443-3600. #151

With each successive album, a little more edginess creeps into the musical picture for Norah Jones. Even so, fans of her general blueprint – tasteful, jazzy pop set to restrained piano or guitar – won’t be disappointed tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. 8pm. $45-$60. 312/902-1500.

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The Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty comes to the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University for a limited engagement. Complete with a perfect storybook ending, this beautiful ballet brings to life the magic and mystery of Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday, an enchanted spell and a beautiful wedding. 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Sat 7:30pm & Sun 2pm. $30-$87. 800/982-2787.

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Join the hilarious ComedySportz ensemble as they battle it out in the final match of their 7th Annual March Madness Improv Comedy Festival. This month-long improv smackdown culminates tonight with the winning team being crowned the 2010 Chicago Bosses! 929 W. Belmont. 10pm. $21. 773/549-8080. to Belmont

sunday, 21st Even with baseball season right around the corner, they’re sure to be toasting the NCAA College Basketball action at Harry Caray’s Tavern in Wrigleyville. This branch of the sports-themed franchise will be offering $15 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light. 3551 N. Sheffield; 773/327-7800. See feature story on page 50 for additional options. to Addison Don’t miss what Time Magazine has named the “Best Musical of the Decade.” BILLY ELLIOT the Musical is the heartwarming celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds. Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Recommended for ages 8+. Today at 2pm & 7:30pm, call for additional show times. $30-$100. 800/775-2000. See page 47 for additional details. to Lake

Classical tabla master Zakir Hussain puts the drums front and center as he leads a wide-ranging celebration of Indian musical tradition in Masters of Percussion tonight at Symphony Center. 220 S. Michigan. 7pm. $20-$70. 312/294-3000.

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monday, 22nd Hosted by Chicago impresario Denise McGowan and accompanied by the interpretive and inventive piano stylings of Beckie Menzie, emerging singers showcase their talent with standard showtunes and cabaret every Monday night at Petterino’s Monday Night Live. 150 N. Dearborn. 7:30pm. 312/422-0150. to Lake

tuesday, 23rd The Chicago Blackhawks battle it out against the Phoenix Coyotes today at 7:30pm in the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000. Pre-game with a delicious Italian meal in the heart of Little Italy at nearby RoSal’s (1154 W. Taylor; 312/243-2357).

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The beloved Disney favorite Beauty and the Beast returns to Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement. This songand-dance fable based on the 1991 animated film is one of the most enduring screen-to-stage adaptations of the past couple of decades and has been a big draw in past Chicago productions. 151 W. Randolph. Opens tonight at 8pm, call for additional show times. $18$85. 312/902-1400. See page 47 for more details. to Lake

wednesday, 24th America’s cultural ambassador to the world Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theatre celebrates Judith Jamison’s 20th anniversary as artistic director with performances at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. 50 E. Congress. Wed-Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm. $30-$85/ 800/982-2787. to Harrison

The Cubby Bear continues with its mission to provide rockin’ live music seven days a week. Tonight’s twist, you’re the star! With Rock Band Karaoke, guests perform their favorite tunes live with a full band. 1059 W. Addison. 10pm. No cover. 773/327-1662.

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thursday, 25th Don’t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. 3133 N. Halsted. Today at 2pm, 5pm & 8pm, call for additional dates and times. $49-$64. 773/348-4000. to Belmont

Hit the pavement with the NIKETOWN Running Club at 6:15pm, rain or shine. Meet at the store, stretch, and run or walk 3, 5, or 7 miles—your choice, your pace. It’s fun, free, and guaranteed to give you a great workout. Just show up and lace up! 669 N. Michigan. 6:15pm. FREE. 312/642-6363. #151

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Lookingglass Theatre ensemble members David Schwimmer and Heidi Stillman direct the world premiere of a new script about a seemingly innocent online encounter that threatens to unravel the fabric of an American family in Trust. Opens today! 821 N. Michigan. Wed-Fri at 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 3pm & 7:30pm. $28-$62. 312/337-0665.

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friday, 26th 3, 2, 1... Blast off! Adler Planetarium’s new exhibit Planet Explorers invites families with children ages 3-8 to take the helm in this modern-day adventure. Opens today! 1300 S. Lake

Fridays turn fishy during Lent, so head to Catch 35 and eat your fill of creatures from the sea. Dive into the special three-course value menu and select from Parmesan Crusted Lake Superior Whitefish, Honduran Tilapia, Atlantic Salmon and more. 35 W. Wacker. $29.95 per person. 312/346-3500.

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Are you ready for an exhilarating, fun-filled tour de Chicago Bobby’s Bike Hike-style? Hop on a cool cruiser-style bike, strap on your helmet and get ready for the ride of your life. Select from the Lakefront Neighborhoods Tour (departing daily at 9:30am & 1:30pm); City Lights at Night Tour (departing daily at 7pm); or Tike Hike: Kid’s Edition (departing daily at 10am). River East Docks, 465 N. McClurg Ct. Prices vary. 312/915-0995. www.bobbysbikehike.com. #124

Have you ever wanted to step inside a 40-foot tornado or see giant bolts of lightning crackle above you? You can (unharmed!) at the Museum of Science and Industry’s new permanent exhibit Science Storms, which places you in the middle of nature’s most powerful phenomena. Be sure to play a round of Mindball at MSI’s other current exhibit YOU! The Experience. 5700 S. Lake Shore. General admission: Adults $15, seniors 65+ $14, children 3-11 $10. 773/6841414. #3

ledge brings visitors 4.3 feet from the building 103 stories up, literally bringing the city to your feet. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. Daily 10am-8pm. Adults $14.95, children age 3-11 $10.50, children under 3 are free. 312/875-9696. #157

Take the family on a food safari at Rainforest Café where you can relax as the sights and sounds of the rainforest come to life. Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night, when kids 10 & under eat for only $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Bring the ad on this spread for a complimentary chef ’s appetizer! The world-famous Skydeck Chicago gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the city and beyond. Get unobstructed views 1,353 feet straight down when you step out on The Ledge. The Skydeck’s newest addition, this glass bottom

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Millions of years ago, colossal mammals roamed Europe, Asia, and North America. Explore the lives of these mysterious titans of the Ice Age through monumental video installations, hands-on interactive displays, and more with The Field Museum’s newest exhibit, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. 1400 S. Lake Shore. 9am-5pm. Adults $22, students & seniors $18, children 3-11 $15. 312/9229410. #146

A family sport with an urban twist, 10pin Bowling Lounge is 20,000square-feet of high-energy fun! Adjacent to House of Blues in landmark Marina City, this cutting edge bowling lounge features 24-state-ofthe-art lanes and innovative American cuisine. 330 N. State. SunThu 11am-1am. Fri-Sat 11am-2am. 312/644-0300. #36

Make this year’s an active one when you bring the family to Navy Pier. Of course, no visit to the Pier is complete with taking a spin around the iconic towering 150-foot Ferris wheel. For the kiddies there’s also Toddlin’ Thursdays with sing-alongs and storytelling. And don’t forget that every Thursday is Free Family Night at Chicago Children’s Museum (312/527-1000), offering free admission from 5pm-8pm. Looking for a visual experience? The ultra hip 440-reclining seat, surround-sound, and panoramic screens of the IMAX Theatre (312/595-5MAX), currently showing Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX Experience, will surely excite your senses. Let the excitement continue at Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze (600 E. Grand; 888/893-7300) as you navigate your way through over 4000-square-feet of tunnels, mazes, and fun. Don’t forget about the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, a free and enchanting feature at Navy Pier where guests can browse a display of 150 stainedglass windows along the lower level of Festival Hall. Finding a lunch spot is a cinch as you peruse the Pier boardwalk. Billy Goat Tavern (312/670-8789), a legend since 1934, specializes in the famous cheesy “Cheesborger, chips and coke.” And it’s no wonder people keep coming back to Bubba Gump (312/252-GUMP) for their zesty Dixie Style Baby Back Ribs. They’re finger-licking good! 600 E. Grand. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. 312/595-PIER.

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SHOP AND EAT®® Create Spring Break memories while touring the city from north to south aboard a Chicago Trolley or Chicago Double Decker. With their Hop On, Hop Off feature, riders can debark at any one of the 18 stops, then get back on whenever they please and as often as they wish. Adults $29,

narrated by David Schwimmer, and enjoy “coffee in the clouds” at Espression by Lavazza café. 875 N. Michigan. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15, youth 3-11 $10, children under 3 are free. 888/875-VIEW. #151

9am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $9, students/seniors $7, children ages 3-12 $6. 773/755-5100. #151

seniors $21.50, children 3-11 $15. Call 773/648-5000 or visit www.coachusa.com for more info.

Before April showers and May flowers, families are invited to marvel at the selection of spring blooming plants, both annual and perennials, at the Spring Flower Show. Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton and Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park. Daily 9am-5pm.

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Experience spectacular views of Chicago 94-stories up at John Hancock Observatory. Voted “the best view in Chicago,” guests can embark on an open-air Skywalk, listen to a multimedia Sky Tour

Watch a great white shark capture its prey, follow penguins as the glide beneath the ice, and take an ocean voyage with seals through National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 2430 N. Cannon. Mon-Fri

Keep the adventure going with a trip to The Shedd Aquarium, where families will experience dolphins, whales, sea otters, sea lions and penguins at their newly re-imagined Oceanarium and new multimedia marine mammal show, Fantasea. 1200 S. Lake Shore. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm. Adults $24.95, children 3-11/seniors $17.95. 312/939-2438.

Although Denmark is the official home of LEGO toys, in Chicago, The Shops at North Bridge is LEGO central as evidenced by the giant LEGO creations spotted throughout the mall and massive 5,000-square-foot LEGO Store. See if you can spot the towering giraffe, the enormous spider and the larger than life lady on your way to the LEGO building block fantasyland. 520 N. Michigan. 312/494-0760. #151 i.O. Theatre wants to take you to … Storytown! This interactive arts experience combines improvisation, music, and storytelling into an

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unforgettable make-believe theater event. The audience joins in by helping pick costumes, draw set pieces, and throw curves into the plot. Fun for the whole family! For ages 3-10. 3541 N. Clark. Sat at 10:30am. $5. 773/880-0199. to Addison

Home and Studio as well as share stories of his family’s life. 951 Chicago in Oak Park. Sat at 1:30pm. Adults $15, youth ages 4-17 and seniors $12, children 3 and under are free. 708/848-1976.

Are you ready for a Spring Break full of belly laughs? Then, come check out comedysportz4kidz. Featuring a kid-sized version of their critically acclaimed mainstage show – ComedySportz – this interactive 50-minute improv show will take your kids from the audience to the stage (if they choose). Perfect for kids ages 9 and under. 929 W. Belmont. Sat at 2pm. $8. 773/549-8080. to Belmont

Looking for some fancy fun for the whole family this Spring Break? Bring the kids to the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel for Traditional English High Tea service. Their traditional Tea Lobby features live harp music performed 365 days a year and a large selection of Palm Court blended teas served alongside an assortment of finger sandwiches, pastries and scones. 104 E. Walton. Adults $32, children 4-12 $17. Reservations recommended, 312/7872200. #151

Discover the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with Design Detectives Family Tour, an interactive tour lead by junior interpreters. These trained students, grades 5-10, will guide you along in your exploration of the Frank Lloyd Wright

If a challenge is what you’re looking for this Spring Break, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun for all ages! 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Adults $10.95, children 512 $9.95. Call 888/893-7300 for more information.

Perfect for visiting families, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s B Like Burnham exhibits Daniel H. Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago with maps, models, photos and digital visual-

izations. Lecture Hall Gallery, 224 S. Michigan. Daily 9:30am5pm. FREE. 312/922-3432. #3

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Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest exhibit Ready, Set…Move! is sure to get your heart—and imagination—racing! Move features a host of unique, large-scale components you can twist, turn, and connect to create a space just right for any activity. Work on your own or with others to construct a one-of-a-kind indoor playscape. 700 E. Grand. Fri-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $10, seniors $9, children under 1 are free. 312/5271000. #124

No visit to Chicago is complete without exploring the city’s awe-inspiring civic gem, Millennium Park. First, stroll the BP Bridge, a 925-foot winding, whimsical bridge that connects Millennium Park with Daley Bicentennial Plaza and provides an unbelievable view of Chicago’s skyline, Grant Park and Lake Michigan; next find your reflection in Cloud Gate, affectionately nick-named “The Bean”; and then stop by Crown Fountain, two towering bookends bearing digital images of Chicagoans. Michigan Ave, between Randolph and Monroe. FREE. 312/742-1168.

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If the weather isn’t cooperating outside, take the adventure indoors! ESPN Zone’s Sports Arena features a whopping 10,000-square-feet of interactive games and attractions, including a 15-foot Madden NFL Football; ESPN Bowling down 45foot lanes; MoCap Boxing and Golf; and much more. Afterward, refuel on the classic American menu that caters to both kids and adult tastes alike. 43 E. Ohio. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11ammidnight. 312/644-ESPN.

The American Girl Place Café offers the finest in American dining for girls and their dollies. Come for brunch and have the Fancy French Toast or the Perfect Pancakes. Stop in for afternoon tea and savor cinnamon buns or Samantha’s Fruit Tartlet. And don’t forget their wide-ranging dinner selection from Tic-Tac-Toe Pizza and Lemon-Pepper Tilapia. Dolls are welcome too! Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan. Seating times vary. 877/AGPLACE.

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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, is open through March 14 (weather permitting). So sharpen the blades on those ice skates and come out for a twirl.

Free Park Happenings… Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular public space – architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa – recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: Head on over to the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for a day of figure eights downtown at Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink. Rental skates are available for $10, and the ice time is free. Open daily: Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm and Sun 10am-9pm.

Park Attractions… BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of actual Chicagoans have proven to be a popular barefoot playground for splashing children. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design that also happens to be a marquee performance venue. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5-acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden).

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Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information.


We have sights as far as the eye can see – so go ahead, take a look around! As an on-going initiative to showcase Chicago’s diverse artist community, the Chicago Loop Alliance transforms vacant Loop storefronts into public art galleries, exhibits and studios with Pop-Up Art Loop. (Visit www.PopUpArtLoop.com for a current list of gallery locations.) • Roam among saber-toothed cats, giant bears, and a 40,000-year-old baby mammoth at The Field Museum’s (1400 S. Lake Shore; 312/922-9410) newest exhibit Mammoths & Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. • Capture some of the best views of Chicago and beyond from 1,353 feet up at Skydeck Chicago (233 S. Wacker; 312/875-9696) at Willis Tower – the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. And sightseeing daredevils looking to get a stomach-turning view can continue out onto “The Ledge” – a glass-encased pod protruding from the side of the building. • Journey down the rabbit hole with Disney’s Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX 3D Experience at Navy Pier IMAX Theatre (700 E. Grand; 312/595-5629). Visionary filmmaker Tim Burton puts his distinctive touch on this classic tale by Lewis Carroll, which is backed by an all-star cast.

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information * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.

THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 South State Street (312)747-4300

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CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm5pm. (FREE)(I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. The Historic

Water Tower across the street from the welcome center is one of only two structures that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Daily: 7:30am-7pm. Tourist information, maps, hotel reservations and sightseeing suggestions available inside. (FREE)(J-27)

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AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300. Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. (Child pass $9.95; Adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (M-30)

This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-theart auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.

CITYPASS Call 707/256-0490 or visit www.citypass.com. Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 50 percent and avoid ticket lines. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 3-11.) All major cards. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Espression by Lavazza cafe. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free.) (J-26)

NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER. This redeveloped Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions. Outside Chicagoland call 800/595-PIER. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. (M-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.theskydeck.com. You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during off-hours, after 5pm. And be sure to check out

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MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168. One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Daily 6am11pm. (FREE)(J-35)


their newest attraction – “The Ledge” – which offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. ($15.95 adults, $11 children age 311, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-37)

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museums FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art. 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, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm. General admission: $10 adults, $6 kids 3-14, children 3 and under free.) AE, DC, MC, V (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/4433600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. New Modern Wing now open. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Mon-Wed & Fri 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm), Sat-Sun 10am5pm. ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) All major cards. (J-36) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. Chicago’s “front door” is dedicated to the city’s world-famous architecture. Tour Center open daily from 9am6:30pm. To purchase tour tickets, call 312/902-1500. AE, DC, MC, V (J-36)

research. Daily 8am-sunset. (FREE) (Suburban) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/5271000. Hands-on exhibits and activities make every visit special for kids of all ages. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. ($10 adults/children, $9 seniors, children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under). All major cards. (M-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am6pm. (FREE)(I-35) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. This museum and research center is devoted to Chicago and American history. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free.) Free on Mon. AE, MC, V (H-20) DUSABLE MUSEUM 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. Dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. TueSat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, $1 children ages 6-12, children under 6 are free. Free on Sun. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age. 9am-5pm daily. ($15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11.) Exhibitions may require an additional fee. AE, DS, MC, V (K-43) KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. 847/832-6600. Hands-on exhibits

1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. With its world-

focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon-Sat 9:30am5pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($7.50 adults/children, $6.50 seniors 55+, children under 1 are free.) All major cards. (Suburban)

renowned plant collections and displays, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART 820 N. Michigan, 312/9157600. Chicago’s newest cultural institution dedicated to the explo-

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ration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression. Open Tue 11am-8pm and Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors, and students and children 14 and under free. FREE on Tue. (I-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. ($12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children 12 and under are free. Free on Tue.) AE, DS, MC, V (J-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/684-1414, www.msichicago.org.

Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including You! The Experience, and much more. MonSat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. ($15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11.) All major cards. (South of P-54) NEWBERRY LIBRARY 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and maps. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. (FREE)(H-25) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 2430 N. Cannon, 773/7555100. Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm, SatSun 10am–5pm. ($9 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 children ages 312, children under 3 free. Free on Thu.) AE, DS, MC, V (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, www.sheddaquarium.org. Explore an exotic world

with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural aquatic habitats. Don’t miss the Shedd’s newly re-imagined Oceanarium with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals, including the Polar Play Zone. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Shedd Pass: $24.95 adults, $17.95 children ages 3-11). All major cards. (L-43)

transportation CTA 888/YOUR-CTA. The Chicago Transit Authority makes getting around Chicago convenient and


affordable. CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for “L” train course. If you’re traveling between downtown and McCormick Place for a convention, use the #3 King Drive bus that runs every 10-20 minutes (board anywhere on N. Michigan Avenue). ($2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass.) GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com. GO Airport Express offers

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Chicago residents and visitors a comfortable, safe, convenient and economical ride to and from both departure and destination airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V METRA 312/322-6900. The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse, with intermediate stops at Van Buren Street and the Museum Campus/11th St. Station. Prices vary. (J-33)(J-38)

worship FIRST ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 1301 N. LaSalle, 312/642-7172.

Glass balconies put you 1,353 feet & 103 floors over The Windy City! Open daily at 10a.m. • (312)875-9696 www.theskydeck.com

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 77 W. Washington, 312/236-4548.

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

Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Dr.

ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 W. Madison, 312/372-5111.

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Searching for a unique style all your own this Spring? Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan; 312/440-3166) has got you covered literally from head to toe. • Find one-of-a-kind luxury jewelry and accessories, including the season’s hottest handbags, scarves and retro sunglasses at TOUS (312/640-8860). Located on the 5th Floor, this Barcelona-based family-owned company has been keeping men and women in the height of fashion with its innovative designs since the 1920s. • Stop in popular European outlet, Custo Barcelona (2nd Floor; 312/981-3904) for vibrant, colorful clothing designs that are sure to brighten even the drabbest day. Inspired by California style by way of Spain, Custo features interesting textures, original patterns, and hand-stitched detailing that are sure to make you stand out in a crowd. • There’s an outfit for every occasion at American Girl Place (835 N. Michigan; 877/AG-PLACE) whether you’re shopping for your little girls or their dollies. Or better yet, little girls can match their dollies with their Dress Like Your Doll® line. • Let Florsheim (5th Floor; 312/335-9884) add a little spring to your step. Over the past century, Florsheim's shoes have been sprucing up men's wardrobes both in and out of the office.

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31) ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)

Water Tower Pl ace 835 N. Michigan Ave. 5th Floor 312.640.8860 | touschicago@tous.com

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art ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-

50 to 80% off retail!

0999 or 800/545-2929; 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635, www.atlasgalleries.com. For 40 years, Atlas has

offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Phillips. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon & Thu-Fri 10am-9pm, Tue-Wed & Sat 10am6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (J-26)(J-29) LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, www.lottongallery.com. Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass in vases, lamps and decorative objects. Though the focus is on showcasing the Lottons’ beautiful glass pieces, the gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (J-26)

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cd stores JAZZ RECORD MART 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. The world’s largest jazz and blues store

clothing DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique

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has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The Mart has an international reputation for its huge selection (over 25,000 different CD titles in stock) and also features extensive offerings of world music, R & B and soul. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-31)


has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon6pm. All major cards. (H-29)

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153 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE 151 Largest selection of cigars, pipes, tobaccos and accessories in the country Worldwide Mail Order Service Free Downtown Hotel Delivery

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CUSTO BARCELONA Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312/981-3904. Combining the best quality screen-printing with textiles and designs, Custo Barcelona’s fashions feature bright colors and humorous graphics. Besides becoming hot ticket items among Hollywood’s elite, this award-winning and internationally coveted designer brand is reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy. All major cards. (J-27)

department stores BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. AE, MC, V (J-26) MACY’S 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours – State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34)(J-26)

furs CHICAGO FUR OUTLET 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS, www.chicagofuroutlet.com. “Home of the Furry Godmother” is celebrating over 25 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of new, used and vintage furs for both men and

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women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more than ever you can’t afford not to shop and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway and financing available. Mon and Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am5pm. All major cards. (North of E-11)

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kids retail AMERICAN GIRL PLACE 835 N. Michigan, 877/AG-PLACE. Features contemporary clothing for young girls and their American Girl dolls, a café, dolly hair salon and more. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-7pm. All major cards. (J-26)

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TOUS Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/6408860, www.tous.com. Come and discover beautiful European designs at the Barcelona-based luxury jewelry and accessories shop. Style and sophistication define the familyowned brand that dates back to the 1920s. Shop a selection of signature collections, jewelry, handbags and accessories that are in-line with today’s current trends. There’s something for every budget. All major cards. (J-27)

lingerie LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. “The ultimate store for couples” invites you to experience the fun and excitement of shopping for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts. Intimate apparel is available from petite to full-figure sizes. Provocative gifts include sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop in any of their 29 locations throughout

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Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For stores located in the Chicagoland area, please reference our suburban map or visit www.loverslane.com. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon6pm. All major cards. (D-11)(Suburban)

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FLORSHEIM Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/335-9884, www.florsheim.com. Carrying men’s shoes for all walks of life since 1892, Florsheim continues to deliver style and comfort with high-quality workmanship. You’ll find a variety of labels, including, Florsheim, FLS, Comfortech and Imperial, crafted for a variety of lifestyles. Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)

shopping malls THE 900 SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. Nordstroms anchors this European arcadestyle facility with more than 35 retail shops including Sephora, Oilily, Hugo Boss, and LEGO. Food court. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. At the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium is anchored by Macy’s and houses American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. (J-27)

souvenirs CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS 454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level, 312/467-9537. The only retail store authorized to carry authentic NBC merchandise. Find fun, quirky and original souvenirs from hit shows like “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Heroes, “ “The Jerry Springer Show,” “The Steve Wilkos Show,” and “Judge Mathis.” Carrying everything from T-shirts and tote bags to baseball caps and bobble heads, Chicago “5” Souvenirs is a TV fans one-stop-shop. Plus, visitors will also find an impressive collection of dynamic Chicago souvenirs, including Al Capone and Barack Obama merchandise. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (K-31)

specialty shops ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. Shop, dine and play, all at ESPN Zone. This multifaceted entertainment venue has it all. Looking for a gift for that sports fan in your life? Pick up the latest in ESPN & ESPN Zone apparel and souvenirs. Afterward, watch sports on more than 100 brilliant high definition screens, dine on a classic American grill food the whole family will enjoy or test your skills on the interactive, sports-themed games and attractions. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. (I-30) RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. After your dining safari at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from

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ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffanystyle lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North.

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IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. Since 1857, Chicago’s oldest family business, celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. (I-35)

Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)

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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540, www.institch.qpg.com. A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. MonSat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. (I-25)

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Fans of Harry Caray’s Tavern in Wrigleyville can now get their fix of baseball, burgers and beer on Navy Pier (700 E. Grand; 312/527-9700). Harry Caray’s new waterfront location offers guests a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Featuring a rotating collection of museum-quality sports memorabilia celebrating Chicago sports legends, both past and present; 30 HD flat screen TVs; and an expansive patio from which to take in the sights and sounds of the Pier – Harry Caray’s Tavern has hit another one out of the park.

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information * Please call to confirm hours, credit cards and outdoor seating availability. * AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Price symbols indicate average price for dinner entrée. $: under $10, $$: $10-$15, $$$: $15-$25, $$$$: $25 up

american ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. A favorite among sports fans, this food, drink and games emporium features more than 100 brilliant high definition TVs, including a giant 16-foot-wide HD projection screen and 10,000-square-feet of sports-themed interactive games and attractions. Enjoy American grill favorites such as baby back ribs, a variety of burgers, salads and pasta, as well as popular kids items like macaroni and cheese, mini burgers and chicken tenders. And best of all, every dining seat has the perfect view of every play. Sun-Thu 11am11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (I-30)J HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine. This legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J

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located in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood at the corner of Kinzie and Wells

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HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN NAVY PIER 700 E. Grand; 773HOLY-COW, www.harrycaraystavern.com. Conveniently located on Navy Pier, Harry Caray’s Tavern offers a family-friendly menu, a museum-quality collection of Chicago sports memorabilia, 30 HD flat screens TVs throughout, and an expansive patio for the warmer months. All major cards. $$ (M-30) LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35)

tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT 539 N. State, 312/467-9696. From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-30)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. An adventurous dining experience under a


WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, hearthealthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J

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asian TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. Contemporary décor accents traditional Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)

breakfast WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Dine outside on the sunny sidewalk patio. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J YOLK 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/7872277, www.yolk-online.com. Voted “Best Breakfast” by

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Citysearch, Yolk is the talk of the town. Located in the city’s trendy South Loop neighborhood, guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. $ (I-42)(G-27)J

brit/scot ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656. Warm and welcoming, North America’s leading British pub and restaurant concept is the informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips, single-malt scotches and jolly good times. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Banquet and meeting space is available. MonFri 6:30am-midnight, Sat-Sun 7am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (H-36)

chinese DRAGONFLY MANDARIN 832 W. Randolph, 312/455-1400, www.dragonflymandarin.com. Winner of Best Chinese Restaurants 5 years in a row, Dragonfly Mandarin presents a genuine Chinese dining experience amidst an elegant yet casual atmosphere. Doubles as a lounge and late-night club. Open daily from 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (D-33) LAO SHANGHAI 2163 S. China Pl., 312/808-0830. From the owner of the celebrated Lao Sze Chuan comes a Shanghaifocused menu in Chinatown Square. Mon-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$. (H-50)

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THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170, www.theberghoff.com. This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Featuring a diverse menu

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from classic German dishes to contemporary sensations, it’s sure to satisfy every generation of guest. Restaurant: MonFri 11am-9pm, Sat 11am-10pm, closed Sun. Lower Level Café: Mon-Wed 11am-2pm, Thu-Fri 11am-2:30pm. Lunch Counter: Mon-Fri 10:45am-1:30pm. AE, MC, V. $$ (I-36)

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ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. Slurp down an authentic soda fountain drink while munching on sliders, a Reuben or one of the renowned hand-sliced deli meat sandwiches at this old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. Breakfast served ALL day. Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)

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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/9392855, www.mannysdeli.com. Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato

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pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ (E-43)

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fondue THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. Stir things up at this stylish fondue eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). Live Music Fri & Sat 8:30pm–midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-29)

french KIKI’S BISTRO 900 N. Franklin, 312/649-1455. One of Chicago’s finest French restaurants has a charming traditional dining area along with its authentic bistro menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (G-26)

german CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. Excellent German and American cuisine. Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck. Steaks, chops and fish specials also available daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu 11am-

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

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greek ATHENA 212 S. Halsted, 312/655-0000. A traditional restaurant located in Greektown known for its fine dining. Call for hours. AE, V. $$ (D-37)

GAYLORD INDIA 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine in the River North. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, SatSun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26)

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PARTHENON 314 S. Halsted, 312/726-2407. Located right in the heart of Greektown, this restaurant is one of the oldest in the neighborhood and boasts over 140 dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (D-37)

INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com. With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30)

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INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. Vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3pm Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)

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irish EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and comfort food favorites all day and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33)

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BELLA BACINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, www.bacinos.com. Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacino’s is great from start to finish. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 8am10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32)

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BUCA DI BEPPO 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ (J-30)J

LA CANTINA 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillagechicago.com. Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)

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in a 1940s traditional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served. Chef ’s specials daily and private parties, & outdoor patios available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am2:30pm & Sun Dinner 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Thu 12:30am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20)

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CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. Online reservations. Feel like you’re

ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, www.rosals.com. Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of homemade Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a 10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends

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and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great

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Capitanini family since 1927, the Village features Northern Italian cuisine served in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)

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VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/3327005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. This Contemporary

Italian restaurant featuring modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)

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DE CERO 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114. This West Loop Mexican outpost focuses on coastal regional fare and fresh ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (D-34) FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (H-31)

pizza BELLA BACINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, www.bacinos.com. Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacino’s is great from start to finish. A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years in a row. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am11pm, Sun 8am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32) CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN 52 E. Ohio, 312/787-6075; 835 N. Michigan, 312/787-7300. Also located: 10 N. LaSalle, 312/920-9662; 939 W. North, 312/337-1281.These local outlets

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of the national chain feature affordable pizzas with unusual toppings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-29) GINO’S EAST 633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-DEEP; 8725 W. Higgins, 773/444-2244; 2801 N. Lincoln, 773/327-3737. A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is

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famous for deep-dish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (G-29) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. Frank Sinatra once said, “A

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BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. 700 E. Grand, 312/252-4867. Quality seafood, delicious drinks and unique appetizers. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (N-30)J CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. The freshest seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33) (Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban)

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PIZZERIA ORA 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ (H-30)

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day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)

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prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. (Chicago) Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun – bar only. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Bar: Daily 11:30pm-close. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban) KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, www.kinziechophouse.com. A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$ (J-31)

sushi FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28) SUSHI TAIYO 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. The latest River North hotspot, Sushi

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Taiyo sushi bar and restaurant features contemporary sushi, sashimi, updated Asian fare and a cocktail menu that includes an array of high end and Regional Sake in addition to unique martinis, champagne, wine and a selection of 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. $$ (I-29)

tapas 1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. Spain takes charge at this River North spot featuring authentic tapas, paellas and a “The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

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Spanish-only wine list. Recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, 1492 is housed in a fourstory greystone, just steps away from the Mag Mile. MonThu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-28) MESÓN SABIKA 1025 Aurora in suburban Naperville, 630/9833000. Mesón Sabika offers diners a taste of Spain with a delicious selection of hot and cold tapas and more. All major cards. $$ (Suburban)

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DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29)

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SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28) SINGHA 340 N. Clark, 312/467-0300, www.singhachicago.com. This affordable and excellent restaurant is known for its variety. Dishes include spring rolls, chicken satay, papaya salad and seafood entrees. The excellent selection of soups includes tomka (chicken and coconut milk). Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-32) STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)

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Whether you’ve got March Madness or are looking to get your Irish on, Chicago is the place to be. Mega March Madness awaits sports fanatics at The Fireplace Inn (1448 N. Wells; 312/6645264). Catch every single game of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tournament live while enjoying rotating drink specials from their daily Liquordation Sale. • Need a pinch of green on your plate this St. Patty’s Day? Grab an authentic plate of Shepherd’s Pie or Bangers and Mash and tall glass of imported ale at Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0200) – one of the city’s top choices for great Irish fare. • The illusion is the attraction at The Baton Show Lounge (436 N. Clark; 312/644-5269) and since 1969 the Lounge has been drawing in crowds to see its Las Vegas-style revue starring female impersonators lip synching and shaking their groove things. • Contemporary Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in an upscale lounge setting is what’s on the menu at River North’s Asian-inspired Izakaya Hapa Bar and Lounge (58 E. Ontario; 312/2020808). The cutting-edge space features a state-ofthe-art sound system that showcases live music and DJs on weekend nights.

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tual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13) BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190, www.buddyguys.com. Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, this is one of Chicago’s premier blues clubs, offering the best of local and national blues talent. Take a walk around the club and check out the incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Excellent Cajun menu. Cover charges vary. Live music during lunch on weekdays from noon2pm. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40) KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this “Legendary Blues Mecca.” The best Chicago blues acts appear seven nights a week, with an early guitar set starting at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves barbecue, catfish, wings and more for late-night dining. Cover charge: Sun-Wed $12, Thu-Sat $15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm5am. All major cards. (E-13)

bowling lounges 10pin BOWLING LOUNGE 330 N. State, 312/644-0300. Adjacent to the House of Blues, this hip upscale bowling lounge features 24 state-of-the-art lanes topped by eight HD video screens that are supported by nightclub quality audio system. Mon-Thu noon-1am, Fri noon-2am, Sat 11am-2am, Sun 11am-1am. All major cards. (I-32)

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B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a vir-

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Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

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

$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad

773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted

For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774

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cocktail lounges CAVA LOUNGE 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. The newest addition to the popular 1492 Tapas Bar, Cava keeps the lower level grooving with Latin beats, a full spirit bar and Spanish cuisine. Thu-Sun 7pm-2am. All major cards. (I-28)

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BATON SHOW LOUNGE 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. This show has the nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for 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. (H-38)


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CHI BAR 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower, this swanky lounge delivers sparkling views of the Chicago River while serving up specialty cocktails. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. (K-31) CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. Online reservations. The 1940s “Supper Club” and cocktail lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or enjoying an intimate cocktail. Try our famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari and more. ThuSat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. (I-28) IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, www.taiyochicago.com. A restaurant lounge featuring a menu of Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in a upscale lounge setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $ (I-29)

comedy clubs COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080, www.comedysportzchicago.com. An audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages and events. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times each week, so it’s never the same twice. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. All major cards. (D-7) iO 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for over 25 years. iO. has two theaters, each with its own bar, that have different theatrical offerings. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy as well as stylistic shows like Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Guests often stick around for a second show after discovering how fun performances can be. Performances seven nights a week, show times vary. All major cards. (D-5) THE SECOND CITY 1616 N. Wells, 312/337-3992. Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Mon-Thu 8pm, Fri-Sat 8pm & 11pm, Sun 7pm. All major cards. (H-19)

dance clubs LE PASSAGE 937 N. Rush, 312/255-0022. This sexy Gold Coast mainstay offers late-night dancing and is now attached to culinary cocktail lounge, The Drawing Room. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-25) SPY BAR 646 N. Franklin, 312/337-2191. Offers a state-ofthe-art sound system, bottle service and specialty cocktails. Call for hours. All major cards. (G-29)

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Musicals are in the air this week in Chicago, so get your tickets early and enjoy the magic of the city’s bustling Downtown Theater District! Don’t miss what Time Magazine has named the “Best Musical of the Decade.” As the recipient of ten 2009 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Billy Elliot: The Musical has leaped off the stage and into the hearts of audience members and critics alike. Featuring music by legendary musician Elton John, Billy Elliot tells a funny, heartwarming tale of a young boys triumph against the odds. Set against the historic British miners’ strike of the 1980s, the story follows Billy’s journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, realizes that his future lay not in the boxing ring but on stage as a dancer. Preview performances for Billy Elliot start March 18th at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph; 800/982-2787). Nearby nosh: Bella Bacinos Italian Bistro & Pizzeria (75 E. Wacker; 312/263-2350) offers authentic homemade preservative-free dishes and an award-winning wine cellar featuring more than 300 bottles. Another elaborate theatrical production comes to life just blocks away on the stage of the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph; 800/982-2787). Perfect for families with kids of all ages, the awardwinning smash-hit musical Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the classic tale of Belle and the Beast as they strive to break a curse placed on his entire household. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, they will turn back into their former selves – if not, they will be doomed for all eternity. Nearby nosh: Family-friendly Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta (61 E. Madison; 312/2361777) serves up thin buttercrust and award-winning deep-dish pizzas, homemade pastas and more.

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

gentlemen’s clubs VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/6647400, www.vipschicago.com. 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 charge before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. (West of E-20)

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irish pubs The BaCKrooM

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. Get your Irish on into the wee hours of the morning in Chicago’s Loop! In addition to offering a full restaurant menu until close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Kitchen open late night. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (I-33)

live music THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (I-25) HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. (H-32)

piano bars THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable; the smartly dressed, eclectic

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clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. It’s always a rockin’ good time at this legendary institution. Besides boasting the largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hard Rock serves up the best in American cuisine. Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)

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ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, www.espnzone.com. If you’re looking for the ultimate place to dine and watch your favorite games with friends and family, you’ve found it! ESPN Zone Chicago is for sports enthusiasts of all types and ages. Enjoy delicious American grill food while watching your favorite team on a 16-foot big screen and more than 100 other HD televisions. Then, make sure to visit the action-packed Sports Arena featuring 10,000-square-feet of interactive games and attractions. The ultimate in sports viewing, this dining and entertainment mecca awaits you at ESPN Zone! Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (I-30)

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HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN WRIGLEYVILLE 3551 N. Sheffield, 773/327-7800, www.harrycaraystavern.com. The perfect blend of a lively sports bar and classic tavern, Harry Caray’s Tavern is located across the street from Wrigley Field and was voted Best Sports Bar in Chicago by Best of Citysearch. New Navy Pier location. All major cards. $$ (North of H-15)

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mad about madness...

by Mark Loehrke

Chicago may be squarely in the heart of Big Ten country, but old collegiate bonds tend to trump any geographic happenstance when it comes time to choose sides during the annual NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. While life in an all-for-one college town may have its charms, there’s nothing quite like the frenzied melting pot of allegiances that come together in a diverse city like Chicago – especially this month. That’s why the coming weekends promise to be particularly intense, as the brackets are winnowed and the annual ritual known as March Madness truly takes hold. In bars and restaurants all across the city, you’ll find fans of almost every remaining team craning their necks up at the glowing screens to take in all the action. At Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0200), however, along with the raucous hoops hysteria, guests will find a host of Game Day specials including $1.50 Mini Cheeseburgers, $1.50 cups of Chili, $5 for 10 Jumbo Wings as well as $2.75 Miller Lite Pints and $15 Buckets of Coors Light. Up north in Old Town, meanwhile, the venerable Fireplace Inn (1448 N. Wells; 312/664-5264) will be a hot ticket for the games – thanks not only to the many TVs dotting the bar and dining room, but just as importantly, the legendary menu. From impressive steaks and chops to the justifiably revered barbecue, the madness here certainly extends to the plate as well. Another great (and fairly obvious) option for basketball fans is the 35,000-squre-foot sporting utopia of ESPN Zone (43 E. Ohio; 312/644-3776), where the TV screens almost outnumber the tables, giving everyone a chance to see their favorite team in action – the broad menu of sports-themed pub fare likewise promises to satisfy even the most divergent tastes. Finally, even with baseball season right around the corner, they’re sure to be toasting the basketball action at Harry Caray’s Tavern in Wrigleyville (3551 N. Sheffield; 773/327-7800). This branch of the sports-themed franchise, which features a menu heavy on burgers and brews, will be offering $15 buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Light, and, of course, plenty of high-definition opportunities to see every swish, layup, and dunk.

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NUNS, NUNS, NUNS Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Check out four of the funniest

interactive shows in the city. The always-funny “Sister” deals with saints, sinners, and movie reviews in three distinct comedies. Late Nite Catechism, by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm. Put the Nuns in Charge! by Vicki Quade, runs Friday at 8pm. And Saints & Sinners, Vicki Quade’s newest comedy, runs Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $30. Call 312/988-9000. www.theroyalgeorgetheatre.com

I.O. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. For more than 20 years, i.O. has been the

premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.

BLUE MAN GROUP Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted. 773/348-4000. The

Blue Man is a curious being that shares his humorous, unique perspective with the audience in a multi-sensory experience The Chicago Tribune describes as The perfect entertainment. The show is a mixture of vibrant pieces such as percussion infused with brightly colored paints and a marshmallow toss, as well as new favorites that include a piece on the state of the rock world, an Internet coffee shop sequence and a segment depicting the history of animation and mans attempt from the Stone Age to bring art to life. Tickets are $49-$64. Call or visit www.blueman.com for show schedule.

COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont. This smart, fast and funny interactive improv show has moved to a new location just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop for a whole new season of high-end comedy and laughs. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. Call 773/549-8080 or www.comedysportzchicago.com.

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