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Inside This Week In Chicago DAY BY DAY HIGHLIGHTS..............4 ON THE COVER...................................4 HERE’S THE DEAL...............................7

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On Stage LIVE PERFORMANCES....................64 Publisher Walter L. West III Editor Jessica Odehnal Sr. Account Manager Donna Dugo Office Manager Nancy Vargas Contributing Writers Interns Shannon Waity Mark Loehrke and Kelley Mullarkey Legal Counsel Allen Gerrard Production Director Kameron West Chairman & CEO Wally West

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ON THE COVER A ROOM WITH A VIEW See Chicago like you’ve never seen it before at 1,353 feet in the air at Skydeck Chicago. Located on the 103rd floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Skydeck offers breathtaking views spanning up to four states. Alert your senses and put those daredevil skills to the test when you step out onto glass-encased pods protruding four feet from the Skydeck wall known as the Ledge! This chilling experience is absolutely an unforgettable one for the entire family. In addition to the panoramic viewing platform, the Skydeck also features a variety of interactive and educational exhibits highlighting some of the most noteworthy civic and cultural touchstones in the city’s rich history. Skydeck Chicago is open daily 9am-10pm. Tickets: Adults $17.50, children ages 3-11 $11, children 3 & under are free. Save time with a Past Pass for $35. Located at 223 S. Wacker. 312/875-9696. www.the-skydeck.com

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Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on the Highlights by Bus: Robie House Tour, which covers 30 miles of Chicago design from the Loop and Hyde Park to the Gold Coast, Lakefront, and beyond. Wed, Fri-Sun at 9:30am. Adults $42, students/seniors $39. Tours depart from 224 S. Michigan. # 312/922-3432. 3 The Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers today in their Home Opener at 1:10pm, Sat at 3:10pm, and Sun 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th. 866/ to 35th SOX-GAME. Dense, pummeling and yet somehow melodic – if this is your definition of heavy metal, then grab your earplugs and head to Uptown for the aural assault of Mastodon tonight at the Riviera Theatre. 7pm. $34. 4746 N. Racine. 773/275-6800. to Lawrence Screen nearly 140 feature-length and short films from the United States, Latin America, Spain and Portugal across a wide-variety of genres including fiction, documentary and animation at the 28th Chicago Latino Film Festival April 13-26. Screenings will take place at Landmark Century Cinema (31 E. Ohio) and the Instituto Cervantes (31 E. Ohio).


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APRIL 13-20 Visit www.chicagolatinofilmfestival.org for more information. With a rumored new album in the offing, veteran rockers Creed bring a couple of their past albums back with full track-by-track readings of My Own Prison on Friday and Human Clay on Saturday at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $32.50$75. 175 N. State. 312/462to Lake 6300.

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Comedian Chris Hardwick and friends bring the hilarity of the popular Nerdist Podcast from your earbuds to the stage of the Vic Theatre. 8pm. $29. 3145 N. Sheffield. 773/472-0449. Explore the unexplained with Supernatural Chicago at Excalibur. Price includes two beverages and entrance into Excalibur’s nightclub. 7:30pm (approx. 90–min utes). $25. 632 N. Dearborn. 312/266-1944. Details on page 52. Young saxophonist Miguel Zenon combines scorching jazz improvisation with the sounds of his native Puerto Rico for a brilliant cross-cultural mélange. Tonight through Sunday at the Jazz Showcase. 8pm and 10pm. $20-$25. 806 S. Plymouth 312/360-0234. to Harrison Enjoy an evening of mind-blowing magic and mind reading with legendary third-generation magician, Dennis Watkins in The Magic Parlour. Set in one of the intimate and sophisticated private dining rooms of The Palmer House Hilton, this up-close magic show is not to be missed. 10:30pm. $75. 17 E. Monroe. 773/769-3832. # 151

Integrating stand-up and sketch comedy into an innovative fun format that keeps audiences returning week after week, Your Funniest Friends features a group of the most likable and friendly idiots in the city of Chicago performing off-beat material. 8pm. $10. The Joynt, 650 N. Dearborn. 312/573-2233.

SUNDAY Beer enthusiasts will jump for joy while exploring the city’s booming scene of microbreweries on Chicago Neighborhood Tours’ Hops & Barley: Pubs and Micro-Breweries. Enjoy a cold brew as you swing by several pubs and learn the craft behind this beer craze! Must be 21+. 11am-3:30pm. $55. 77 E. Randolph. # 151 312/742-1190. Don’t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. Performing at 4pm, 7pm & 10pm, call for additional dates and times. $49-$69. 3133 N. Halsted. 773/3484000. More details on page 58. New York indie rockers Fun. bring the high-energy sounds of their sophomore album Some Nights to the Vic Theatre. 7:30pm. $24. 3145 N. Sheffield. 773/472-0449. Chicago Opera Theater kicks off its spring season with a satirical twist on Shostakovich in Moscow, Cheryomushki at the Harris Theatre, 7:30pm. $55-$125. 205 E. # 151 Randolph. 312/704-8414.

Come treasure hunting at Wolff’s Flea Market, Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market. Wolff’s returns to Allstate Arena with a diverse mix of merchandise, including new items, antiques, souvenirs, collectibles, sports cards, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Sun from 6am-12:30pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. to Rosemont 847/524-9590. House of Blues Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel and eat shrimp and jambalaya. 10am & 12:30pm. Adults $37.50, children (ages 6-12) $22. 329 N. Dearborn. # 36 312/923-2000. 


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TUESDAY The Museum of Contemporary Art’s newest exhibition, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, attempts to make sense of what happened to the visual arts in the United States during the tumultuous period from 1979 to 1992. Tue 10am-8pm, WedSun 10am-5pm. Free for IL residents on Tuesdays. $12. 220 E. # Chicago. 312/280-2660. 151

The Chicago Bulls face off against the Washington Wizards tonight at 7pm at the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800/4NBA-TIX. #20 The Chicago White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles today, Tue, and Wed at 7:10pm, and Thu at 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th. 866/SOX-GAME. to 35th

The one-hour, behind-the-scenes Chicago Theatre Marquee Walking Tour highlights the beautiful historical and architectural detailing of the legendary venue, including the grand lobby and majestic auditorium. Mon-Thu at noon, Sat at 11am & 12:30pm. $10-$12. 175 N. State. 800/745to Lake 3000.

Pacific Northwest indie darling Death Cab for Cutie continues to tour the globe behind its latest release Codes and Keys with a pair of shows tonight and tomorrow at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30pm. $29.50-$49.50. 175 N. State. 312/462-6300. to Lake To celebrate the 50th episode of his popular web series “Live From Daryl’s House,” veteran singer-songwriter Daryl Hall and his band take the show on the road with special guest Sharon Jones tonight at the Auditorium Theatre. 8pm. $27-$87. 50 E. Congress Pkwy. 312/922# 2110. 3

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Kick back mid-week at the Redhead Piano Bar’s monthly wine event Uncorked! Taste a delicious range of wines from Sterling Napa including a rich Chardonnay, Cabernet, and surprise from the owner’s cellar. 6:30pm. $15. 16 W. Ontario. 312/640-1000. Funnyman and Comedy Central superstar Daniel Tosh brings his tech-focused pop culture observations to the Chicago Theatre. 7pm and 10pm. $48-$65. 175 N. State. 312/462-6300. to Lake Weaving together excerpts and snippets from Shakespeare’s most intimate and critically acclaimed plays, Being Shakespeare explores the real man behind the unforgettable characters we’ve grown to know. This epic performance turns the literary world upside down. Opening tonight at 7:30pm. $48$63. Broadway Playhouse. 175 E. Chestnut. 312/977-1700. More # details on page 54. 151 English New Wave revivalists the Kaiser Chiefs hit town behind their just-released fifth album Start the Revolution Without Me tonight at the House of Blues. 7:30pm. $38. 329 N. Dearborn. # 312/923-2000. 36 Throwback 13-piece chamberpop/jazz collective Pink Martini brings its worldly retro swing to Symphony Center. 8pm. $25-$70. 220 S. Michigan. 312/294-3000.

With huge radio hits like “Over My Head” and “How to Save a Life” in their arsenal, piano rockers The Fray have enough ammunition to keep appreciative, lighter-waving crowds swaying for years to come. Tonight at the Riviera Theatre, 7:30pm. $34. 4746 N. Racine. 773/275-6800. to Lawrence

Catch some of the best comedy in Chicago at the Comedians You Should Know showcase every Wednesday at Timothy O’Toole’s. These guys are pros, and the show sells out almost every week. 9pm (doors at 8pm). Tickets for this show are also $10 at the door and $5 online at www.comediansyoushouldknow.com 622 N. Fairbanks Ct. 312/642# 151 0700.


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THURSDAY Gather up the girls for a fabulous night out filled with delectable cocktails and much deserved pampering. Discover unique designers and take home a glorious Goodie Bag at Shecky’s Girl’s Night Out. $30. Thu-Fri 5pm-10pm. The Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, 210 S. Canal. Purchase tickets at # www.sheckys.com. 157 Centered on legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud, Freud’s Last Session explores a battle of the minds between C.S. Lewis and the highly controversial doctor as they clash on the existence of God, love, sex, and life on the day England enters World War II. Performing at Mercury Theater. Wed 2pm & 7:30pm, Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm. $45-$55, $22 for students w/ID. 3745 N. Southport. 773/325-1700. Chicago native Willis Earl Beal brings the raw, heartfelt autobiographical tunes from his just released debut Acousmatic Sorcery back home tonight with a show at The Hideout. 9pm. $10-$12. 1354 W. Wabansia. 773/227-4433.

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WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Pan-Asian hotspot, TAMARIND, features a soup and salad lunch special for $9 weekdays between 11am2:30pm. Dine-in only. 614 S. Wabash. 312/379-0970.

SATURDAY FREE entrée with purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value at PATRON’S HACIENDA with coupon on page 53. Good for EVERYONE in your party! 316 W. Erie. 312/642-2400.

SUNDAY It’s a Sunday Funday at THE FIREPLACE INN with $3 Bud Light Drafts, $5 Mimosa’s and $5 Bloody Mary’s. 1448 N. Wells. 312/664-5264.

MONDAY Sample some of the best thin crust pizza in the city between 5pm-6pm at ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS! 71 W. Monroe. 312/332-7005.

TUESDAY The entire bar food menu at CATCH 35 is half the price today. This includes Fish and Chips, Crabcake Sandwiches, Salmon BLTs, and more. 35 W. Wacker. 312/346-3500.

FRIDAY Narrated by two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, IMAX’s To The Arctic takes you on a journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two sevenmonth old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Opening today exclusively to select theatres, including Navy Pier IMAX Theatre. Call for showtimes. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX.

WEDNESDAY Enjoy complimentary guided tours of GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM (1886) and CLARKE HOUSE (1836). Clark tour departs at noon & 2pm, Glessener tour departs at 1pm & 3pm. 1800 S. Prairie. 312/326-1480.

THURSDAY Every Mon-Fri, enjoy $3-$6 appetizers from 3pm-6pm at WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT. Selection includes Chipotle BBQ Wings, Pulled Pork Minis, and Grilled Pizzas. 539 N. State. 312/467-9696.


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CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Spend some quality time with the family at Second Saturdays for Families at the Chicago History Museum. Second Saturdays features singing, dancing, the Radio Disney Road Crew, and good old fun! April 14th from noon-2pm. $14/adults, $12/seniors & # students. 1601 N. Clark. 312/642-4600. 151

ADLER PLANTERARIUM In honor of Earth Month, the Adler Planetarium’s Space Junk 3D explores the problems and solutions currently surrounding the COMEDYSPORTZ Earth and its orbits. The newest Experience mindinstallment of The boggling collisions – ComedySportz both natural and Crew Adventures man-made – in will allow kids to stunning time lapse follow Alice into sequences captured Wonderland and with the magical take part in her imagery of 3D. exploits. With colShowing daily at orful costumes, puppetry and animation, young audi11:45am, 1:15pm, ences will be introduced to familiar characters like the 2:45pm & 4:30pm. Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, the $22-$28. 1300 S. Caterpillar, and the Red King and Red Queen. Lake Shore. Recommended for 10 and under. Saturdays at 11am. 312/922-7827. Adults $10, kids $7. 929 W. Belmont. 773/549-8080. # 146 CHICAGO TROLLEY Create 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 14 stops, then get back on whenever they please and as often as they wish. Adults $29, seniors $24, children 3-11 $17. Call 773/648-5000 or visit www.ChicagoTrolley.com for more info.

SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies at the Shedd Aquarium’s exhibit, Jellies. Come dive into the complicated and intriguing underwater world of these fascinating creatures and experience a hands-on exhibit that showcases more than 10 species of jellies and examines their unique lifecycle. Daily 8:30am-6pm. Adults $28.95, children 3-11 $19.95. Shedd Aquarium. 1200 S. Lake Shore. 312/939# 146 2438.

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NAVY PIER There’s never a dull moment at Navy Pier. Make your Chicago visit an active one with family-fun options like Chicago Children’s Museum (312/527-1000), Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze (888/893-7300), and the IMAX Theatre (312/595-5MAX), to name a few–you’ll find something for everyone. Keep the fun going and join the Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew for a delightful afternoon of music, dancing, and awesome prizes! Saturday, Apr. 14 from 2pm-3:30pm. FREE. Family Pavilion Stage at Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-5439.


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NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Celebrating the American bicycle and Chicago’s rich bike culture, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum welcomes Bikes! The Green Revolution. This new exhibition explores the roots of one of America’s most beloved forms of transportation. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. Sat & Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $9, seniors & students $7, children 3-12 $6. 2430 N. Cannon. 773/755-5100. #151

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night at Rainforest Café, when kids 10 & under eat for only $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pmclose. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Coupon below! #36

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MITCHELL’S SODA SHOP We all scream for ice cream! Indulge in one of Mitchell’s many unique ice cream flavors. Whether you favor the Jumbo Chocolate Marshmallow Sundae generously topped with Hot Fudge or stick to the standard vanilla, there’s something here for every taste. Ask about their flavor of the month! 629 N. Wells. 312/943-1124.

LINCOLN PARK ZOO An animal oasis right in the middle of the city, kids can learn about conservation or venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. 2001 N. # 151 Clark. 312/742-2000.

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SKYDECK CHICAGO The world-famous Skydeck Chicago gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the city and beyond. Get unobstructed views of Chicago –– 1,353 feet straight down –– when you step out onto The Ledge. The glass bottom ledge, which protrudes 4.3 feet from the building 103 stories up, literally bringing the city to your feet. Daily 9am-10pm. Adults $17.50, children age 3-11 $11, children under 3 are free. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. 312/875-9696. #157

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CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Be the star of the show! In the museum’s newest exhibit, Circus Zirkus, children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, dress in crazy costumes, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound! Open daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. Adult/children $12, seniors $11, and children under 1 are free. At Navy Pier, 700 E. # Grand. 312/527-1000. 124 AMERICAN GIRL PLACE Spend the afternoon with your favorite new and historical American Girl® dolls––plus Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins at the American Girl Place. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-6pm. 835 N. Michigan. 877/247-5223. # 151

AMAZING CHICAGO’S FUNHOUSE MAZE If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. 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. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm.1-Time Pass: $8.95. Admission includes one ticket to play the exciting new attraction, Time Freak! 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. 888/ 893-7300. #124

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP Start a new tradition at a Chicago institution! Every Saturday afternoon between 11:30am-2:30pm Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli hosts a real Live Magic Show. Your little ones will be entertained while you enjoy timeless mouth-watering classics. 1141 S. Jefferson. Call 312/939-2855. Receive a FREE order of potato pancakes with coupon on page 56.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Discover the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with Design Detectives Family Tour, an interactive tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio lead by junior interpreters. Saturdays at 1:30pm. Adults $15, youth ages 4-17 and seniors $12, children 3 and under are free. 951 Chicago in Oak Park. 708/848-1976. to Oak Park

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL Emerald City Theatre’s smash–hit Pinkalicious is once again extending its run at the Broadway Playhouse. When Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of “Pinkititis” and turns pink from head to toe!. Performance schedule varies. $16-$27. 175 E. # Chestnut. 800/775-2000. 151

HIGHLIGHTS WRIGLEY FIELD TOURS More than just a ballpark, Wrigley Field is a monument to the Chicago Cubs and baseball fans alike. Bring the family to celebrate the legendary park’s rich history, which began in 1914, almost 100 years ago! Each 75-minute Wrigley Field Tour includes stops at the Cubs Clubhouse, dugouts, bleachers, press box and more. Game Day Tours will NOT visit the clubhouses, but will instead visit our indoor batting cage. Tours are offered daily. Times vary. $25. 1060 W. Addison. 773/404-CUBS. 10

I.O. THEATRE i.O. Theatre wants to take you to … Storytown! This interactive arts experience combines improvisation, music, and storytelling into an unforgettable make-believe theater event. For ages 3-10.Saturdays at 10:30am. $5. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. to Belmont


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April showers might bring May flowers, but the month also brings much anticipated spring weather and the chance to get out and see the city. Jump aboard GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING’S HOP-ON-HOP-OFF TROLLEY TOUR (Call 800/621-4153 for pick up times and locations) and explore Chicago’s breathtaking lakefront and fascinating downtown area. Hop off at the Willis Tower stop and experience The Ledge, located on the 103rd floor of SKYDECK CHICAGO (233 S. Wacker; 312/875-9696). Hailing 1,353 feet in the air, see Chicago from its highest point with views spanning up to four states! Afterward, try your hand at busting or confirming myths in wildly entertaining experiments with the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY’S (57th and Lake Shore; 773/684-1414) newest exhibit MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibit.

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AT T R AC T I O N S AMAZING CHICAGO Navigate through 4,000-square feet of sensory experiences. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am10pm. Adult pass $7.95 and child pass $7.95. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5375. (P-30) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION Whether by foot, bus, bike or even Segway, CAF’s enthusiastic and highly–educated guides give the best architecture tours of the city. Sun-Thu 9am-6:30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-7pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, caf.architecture.org. (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300. (I-38)

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CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. (J-26)

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CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science & Industry. Good for nine days. Adults $84 and children ages 3-11 $69. All major cards. Call 888/3305008 or visit www.citypass.com. GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY ‘Spring awakening’ comes early in the form of the Spring Flower Show. Enjoy sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). $5 donation. Cash only. 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100. (West of D-33) JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features Espression by Lavazza café, and more. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15; youth 3-11 $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, jhochicago.com. (J-26) LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY ‘Spring awakening’ comes early to the conservatory in the form of the Spring Flower Show. Daily 9am5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312/742-7736. (G-15)

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MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steelribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168. (K-33)

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NAVY PIER This Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Born to be Wild: An IMAX 3D Experience now playing. Call for additional shows and show times. Adults $15-$17; seniors 62+ $14; and children 3-11 $13. All major cards. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 9am-10pm. Adults $17.50; children ages 3-11 $11; and 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 FOR IL RESIDENTS: Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Art Institute (for IL residents the 1st and 2nd Wed of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. On exhibit: Deep Space Adventure. Weekdays 10am-4pm, weekends 10am-4:30pm. Spring Break hours 9:30am-5pm (March 23-April 15). General admission: Adults $12; seniors $10; kids 3-11 $8. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. (N-43)

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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. On exhibit: Circus Zirkus Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $12; seniors $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31)

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CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN One of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for education and research. Daily 8am-sunset. FREE. 1000 Lake Cook Rd in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. (Suburban)

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THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Spencer Finch: Lunar. Fri-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wednesday of the month. Adults $18; children/seniors/students w/ID $12; and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35)

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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. On exhibit: Charles James: Genius Deconstructed (closing April 16). Mon-Sat 9:30am4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $14; seniors/students/children 13-22 $12; and children 12 & under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Dedicated to the c study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. On exhibit: Journey of Hope in America. Tue-Sat 10am5pm, Sun noon-5pm, closed Mon. Adults $10; seniors/students $7; and children ages 6-11 $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Opening the Vault: Mummies (closing April 22). Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: Adults $15; students/seniors $12; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 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 mins. Adults $15 and children 4-17/seniors 65+ $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000, www.gowright.org. (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours:

Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. Adults $10; students/seniors $9; and children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312/326-1480. (J-48) HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace, the museum provides an in-depth look at the life of the famous author. SunFri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Adults $10; youth 18 & under/seniors/students $8; and children under 5 are free. MC, V 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708/524-5383. (Suburban) ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $8; and children $6. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847/967-4800. (Suburban) INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE Providing education on the history and progress of surgery and medical sciences since 1954. Closed Mon, Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $15; students/seniors $10; and children 4-13 $7. Free on Tue. AE, MC, V. 1524 N. Lake Shore, 312/6426502. (I-20) JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312/413-5353. (D-40)

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KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. On exhibit: Sonic Sensation. Mon 9:30-noon, Tue-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults/children $9.50; seniors 55+ $8.50; and children under 1 are free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in suburban Glenview, 847/832-6600. (Suburban)

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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. On exhibit: Heaven+Hell. Adults $8 and seniors $6. Closed on Mon, Free on Tue (11am-8pm), Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600. (J-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. On exhibit: This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $7; and children under 12 free. IL residents are free on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312/663-5554. (J-39)

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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and the new temporary exhibit MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Daily 9:30am-4pm. General admission: Adults $15; seniors 65+ $14; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773/684-1414. (South of P-54)

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NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations – past, present and future – to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. On exhibit: Gods, Myths and Mortals. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Adults $10, seniors & students $8 children 3-12 $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312/655-1234. (D-38) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART The museum’s permanent collection of more than 1,700 objects features the finest of Mexican creativity. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. FREE. 1852 W. 19th St., 312/738-1503. (West of D-51)

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NEWBERRY LIBRARY 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)

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THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM On exhibit: Bikes! The Green Revolution. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $9; students/ seniors 60+ $7; children ages 3-12 $6; and children under 3 free. IL residents are free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. (G-14) ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue & Thu-Sat 10am-6pm, Wed 10am8:30pm, Sun noon-6pm. Suggested donation: Adults $7 and children under 12 $4. 1155 E. 58th St. at the University of Chicago, 773/702-9514. (South of N-54)


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CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco-style trolleys and London-style double deckers, narrated by expert tour guides, stop every 20-30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 14 stops, including Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier and Water Tower between 9am-4pm. Adults $29, seniors $24, children $17, Multi-day pass $35 (good for 3 consecutive days). 773/648-5000, www.ChicagoTrolley.com.

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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS Experience Chicago’s diverse communities and rich history and culture with guided motorcoach and walking excursions. The 2012 schedule features over a dozen exciting new tours, including Hops & Barley: Pubs & Microbreweries, and five unique food tours. Dates and times vary. Book today by calling 312/742-1190 or visit www.explorechicago.org/tours.

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SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore a world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies with Jellies. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults $28.95 and children ages 3-11 $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. (L-43)

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SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING Enjoy dramatic, one-hour Chicago River Architecture Cruises with professional guides daily from Navy Pier’s Ogden Slip dock and daily narrated Lake Michigan Skyline Tours from Navy Pier. Visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/222-9328.

WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s Original Architecture Tours. Wendella Boats offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Frequent departures starting at 9:30am. Prices start at $26 adults, $24 seniors, $13 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. Fireworks and Sunset Cruises also offered. 400 N. Michigan Avenue at The Wrigley Building and Trump Tower, 312/337-1446, www.wendellaboats.com. (J-31)

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CHICAGO LINE CRUISES Unforgettable 90-min lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise highlights landmark buildings along the river, while the Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history and gorgeous skyline views from the lake. Adults $40, seniors $32, youth 7-18 $22, under 7 free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/5272002, www.chicagoline.com (L-32)

door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com.

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 312/670-7777 or 888/709-5466. Visit us at www.AmericanCoachLimousine.com.

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CHICAGO WATER TAXI Your Fun, Fast and Friendly way to transit Chicago with convenient stops at Madison Street by Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark & LaSalle Streets, Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower and Chinatown. (One-way fares are $3 and $5 to Chinatown. All day tickets are $7.) Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com.

ZOOS BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Daily 10am-5pm. Adults $15; children ages 3-11/seniors $10.50, and under 2 are free. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708/485-0263. (Suburban) LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000. (H-17)

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ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5–acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location

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Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge: Striving to represent underlying patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Yvonne Domenge’s sculpture strikes a unity in what we perceive as opposites and finds harmony in apparent dissonances. Often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry. On display through Oct 1, 2012.

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Add a little rock n’ roll to your wardrobe with HARD ROCK CAFÉ’S (63 W. Ontario; 312/9432252) newest line of limited-edition Jim Hendrix Signature T-Shirts and Pins, honoring music legend and famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Available in store and online. A one-stop-shop for any cigar enthusiast, UP DOWN CIGAR (1550 N. Wells; 312/337-8025) is dedicated to the unique craft of fine tobacco and tobacco products. Stop in today and pick up a box of their signature Diana Silvius cigars. After you catch up on some spring-cleaning, treat yourself to a few new accessories for your home from ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO and ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING (159 W. Kinzie; 312/527-4848). This warehouse-sized antiquing Mecca is filled with an extensive collection of elegant Oriental and European home furnishings.

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WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET The Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 700 dealer spaces is back. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, souvenirs, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Admission: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open Sundays from 6am3pm. Closing early 4/15 & 4/29. 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, www.wolffs.com. (Suburban)

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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)

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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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ART ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/6490999 or 800/545-2929, www.atlasgalleries.com. (J-29)(J-26) CURLY TALE FINE ART This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664. (J-29)

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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, 312/664-6203, www.lottongallery.com. (J-26)

CLOTHING AEROPOSTALE Affordable, casual and sporty fashions for youth, specializing in ages 14-17. Call for hours. All major cards. 835 N. Michigan, 312/787-2466. (J-26)

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BROOKS BROTHERS Classically modern suits, shirts, ties, pants, and sweaters. Call for hours. All major cards. 713 N. Michigan, 312/915-0060. (J-28) DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. (H-29)

DIESEL Premium Italian denim, radical knits, footwear, and more for men, women, and children. Call for hours. All major cards. 923 N. Rush, 312/255-0157. (J-26)

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H&M Fashionable and affordable European chain offering men and women’s vibrant, modern clothing. Call for hours. All major cards. 22 N. State, 312/263-4436; 840 N. Michigan, 312/640-0060. (I-36)(J-26)


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BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. (J-26)

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PATAGONIA Shop high quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, footwear and children’s apparel. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312/640-5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/951-0518, www.patagonia.com. (J-26)(D-18)

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Eggs-quisite Glass Art Blowing some of the finest art glass in the world today, Charles Lotton and his family of distinguished artists, including sons David, Daniel, and John, have mastered this spectacular art form over the past several decades. Browse the display of visually stunning and vibrant decorative pieces, including these uniquely patterned glass-blown eggs by Charles, at LOTTON GALLERY, located on the 6th floor of the 900 North Michigan Shops on the north end of the Magnificent Mile. Ornament your home or office with a piece from the hands of the American Masters and start your collection today. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. 900 N. Michigan. 312/664-6203. Visit lottongallery.com for additional information.

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 10am6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/3357787. (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)

JEWELRY PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Their new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Extended holiday hours. Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, Level 7, 312/915-0647. (J-27) TIFFANY & CO. This Michigan Avenue location of the venerable jewelry company offers plenty of sparkle. Call for hours. All major cards. 730 N. Michigan, 312/944-7500. (J-27)

KIDS FURS CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER Celebrating nearly 30 years in the business! Find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary), Sun noon-4pm. All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. (North of E-11)

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AMERICAN GIRL PLACE Features contemporary clothing for young girls and their American Girl dolls, a café, dolly hair salon and more. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am7pm. All major cards. 835 N. Michigan, 877/AG-PLACE. (J-26) THE DISNEY STORE Character inspired clothes and toys, and limited edition serigraphs and other collectibles for Disney lovers. Call for hours. All major cards. 717 N Michigan, 312/654-9208. (J-27)


ALLEN-EDMONDS Shop the full Allen-Edmonds line – ranging in sizes from 5 to 16, widths AAA to EEE. Call for hours. All major cards. 541 N. Michigan, 312/755-9306; 122 S. LaSalle, 312/332-3210. (I-30)(H-36)

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JIMMY CHOO Featuring classic, elegant, and utterly sexy shoes and accessories. Call for hours. AE, MC, V. 63 E Oak, 312/255-1170. (I-25)

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. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 108 N. State, 312/261-4700. (I-34)

CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS Shop for the finest Chicago souvenirs, as well as NBC fan gear from the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Located steps from the Mag Mile within the architecturally stunning and award-winning NBC Tower––you may just see your favorite newscaster, celebrity, or dignitary! Open 7 days.  All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537. (K-31)

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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 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. (I-31)

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PENINSULA SPA Located inside the lavish, five-star Peninsula Hotel, this will be a day at the spa you won’t soon forget. Call for hours. All major cards. 108 E. Superior, 312/573-6860. (J-28)

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, 312/4403166. (J-27)

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LUXE SPA Looking for the best place for the perfect massage? Go to Luxe Spa, a boutique luxury spa, where licensed therapists focus on making guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated with signature services like Luxe Signature Massages and Facials. Enjoy 10% off when you mention KEY when booking your appointment.  Open daily 9am-8pm. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312/929-3531, luxespachicago.com (J-26)

THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and one shopping center anchored by Nordstrom. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. (J-30)

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BLISS SPA Located inside The W Hotel, this tension-fighting facility features treatment rooms and Bliss trademark touches. Call for hours. All major cards. 644 N. Lakeshore, 877/TO-BLISS (862-5477). (L-29)

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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, 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. (E-11)

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S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S CANDYALITY Find bulk candy items, sweet treats and more. All major cards. 835 N. Michigan, 7th Floor, 312/867-5500; 520 N. Michigan, 3rd Floor, 312/527-1010; 3425 N. Southport, 773/472-7800. (J-27)(J-30)(B-6)

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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THE FUDGE POT This Old Town institution has been making sugary concoctions since 1963 and is a popular place to drop in for a fudge-craving or if you’re looking for the perfect gift. Hours vary by location. AE, MC, V. 1532 N. Wells, 312/943-1777. (I-23)

HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, keychains, Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs, and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/9232000, www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)

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 11am10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29) ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29)

THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

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SPERTUS SHOP An impressive selection of merchandise from elegant fine art and Jewish ceremonial objects, to charming jewelry and accessories. Call for hours. All major cards. 610 S. Michigan, 312-322-1740. (I-39) SYMPHONY STORE Find the most complete selection of exclusive Chicago Symphony Orchestra CDs in the world. Call for hours. All major cards. 220 S. Michigan (located just north of Orchestra Hall), 312/294-3345. (I-37) WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-paint-


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Catering to deep-dish lovers, GINO’S EAST (633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-3337) has been serving up their famous pizza pie since 1966. Treat your tastebuds to a few mouthwatering slices loaded with your choice of fresh ingredients. Present ad on page 47 to receive a special gift. Take a tour through Chicago’s colorful past as you dine inside the gorgeously restored century-old Victorian brownstone that now houses CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE (60 W. Ontario; 312/787-7100). USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks are accompanied by an extensive international wine list featuring more than 650 options. Pan-Asian lovers will swoon over TAMARIND’S (614 S. Wabash; 312/379-0970) expansive and innovative menu. Giving traditional dishes a modern eclectic flair, this South Loop hotspot covers everything from Japanese to Indian.

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ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, Rattle, and Roll at this 1950’s style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends!   Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 640 N. Wells, 312/664-1707, www.eddebevics.com. (H-29)   HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served MonThu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 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)

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THE PUMP ROOM Pump Room classics reinvented and recreated by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten adding his special touch. Call for hours. $$$$ 1301 N. State Pkwy, 312/266-0360. (I-22)

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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 11am10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/7871501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)

RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning kettleburgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30ammidnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/4679696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29)

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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 Just steps off of Michigan Ave, Texas de Brazil features a 50-item seasonal gourmet salad area, decadent desserts, and flame-grilled cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically costumed Gauchos. Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 4:30pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. 51 E. Ohio, 312/670-1006, www.texasdebrazil.com (I-29)

B R E A K FA S T 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 8am10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)

WEST EGG CAFÉ Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, hearthealthy 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 Open in three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Egg-spect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, benedicts, French toast, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/7872277, www.eatyolk.com. (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)

BRITISH ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT Home to some of the world’s best fish & chips and single-malt scotches. $$ 111 W. Adams, 312/2366656; 185 N. Wabash, 312/345-1710; 160 E. Huron, 312/440-1180. (H-36)(J-32)(J-27) FADÓ IRISH PUB Traditional Irish favorites such as Shepherd’s pieand corned beef. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 100 W. Grand, 312/836-0066. (H-30)

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UNION SUSHI & BARBEQUE BAR Eclectic take on traditional Japanese cuisine mixed with urban culture. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 230 W. Erie, 312/662-4888. (G-28)


CHINESE LAO SZE CHUAN “One of the best”—Chicago Tribune. Private Rooms. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 2172 S. Archer in Chinatown Square, 312/326-5040. (H-50) P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO This stylish, high-energy bistro serves traditional Chinese dishes along with innovative offerings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 530 N. Wabash, 312/8289977. (I-30)

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THREE HAPPINESS RESTAURANT Recommended by Channel 7 food critic and CLTV News Good Eating as “the best authentic Chinese food in town.” Call for hours. AE, DC, V. $ 209 W. Cermak, 312/842-1964. (H-51)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Staples like jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches and HOB signature burgers join new exciting menu options like meatball sliders, chile braised short ribs and street tacos. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. www.houseofblues.com. (H-32) GRAHAM ELLIOT A laidback bistro where servers wear jeans and Converse and aged cheddar risotto gets garnished with Cheez-Its. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 217 W. Huron, 312/624-9975. (H-28) LOCKWOOD American cuisine with French and Italian influences. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 17 E. Monroe, 312/917-3404. (I-36) MK A contemporary eatery that features both Italian and French influences. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 868 N. Franklin, 312/482-9179. (H-26) NAHA This chic spot presents a twist on American fare by adding California influences. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 500 N. Clark, 312/321-6242. (H-30) SIGNATURE ROOM AT THE 95TH & THE 96TH Amazing views from atop the John Hancock Center, contemporary American cuisine and excellent wine list. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan, 312/787-9596. (J-26) SIXTEEN An eclectic menu and spectacular views combine to create an exceptional dining experience on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 401 N. Wabash, 312/588-8000. (I-32)

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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)

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

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TABLE FIFTY-TWO Southern-influenced American fare from Oprah’s personal chef, Art Smith. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 52 W. Elm, 312/573-4000. (H-24)


Publisher’s Pick

Holy Cow Baseball Fans With the ivy (almost) in full bloom and the skies painted a vivacious shade of Cubbie Blue over the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs 2012 season is officially in full swing. Round up the crew and grab some peanuts and cold beers because this is our year! If you can’t make it to the game, catch the action at the “Official Home Plate of the Chicago Cubs” HARRY CARAY’S RESTAURANT (33 W. Kinzie; 312/828-0966) or stop in HARRY Kerry Wood signature baseball photo by Chris Walker CARAY’S TAVERN at Navy Pier (700 E. Grand; 312/527-9700) where you’ll find an impressive display of museum-quality Cubs memorabilia, like Geovany Soto’s catcher gear and shoes worn in the 2008 MLB All-Star Game and this historic baseball Kerry Wood used in the 20 strike-out game against the Houston Astros in 1998.

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/9392855, www.mannysdeli.com. (E-43)

FONDUE 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 noon-midnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. (H-29)

FRENCH BISTROT MARGOT Features elegant décor, affordable prices and delicious cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1437-39 N. Wells, 312/587-3660. (H-20) CHEZ JOEL An intimate bistro in Little Italy serving French specialties. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1119 W. Taylor, 312/226-6479. (West of D-42)

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KIKI’S BISTRO French restaurant with a charming traditional dining area. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 900 N. Franklin, 312/335-5454. (G-26) PARIS CLUB Approachable French fare in a casual, urban setting. Nightclub by night. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Hubbard, 312/595-0800.

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)

GREEK ATHENA A traditional restaurant located in Greektown known for its fine dining. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 212 S. Halsted, 312/655-0000. (D-37) PARTHENON Located right in the heart of Greektown, this restaurant is one of the oldest in the neighborhood and boasts over 140 dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 314 S. Halsted, 312/726-2407. (D-37)


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MITCHELL’S SODA SHOP Featuring what seems like every flavor under the sun, Mitchell’s serves up everything from Green Tea flavored ice cream to English Toffee in giant waffle cones. Old-fashioned charm served with a smile. 629 N. Wells, 312/943-1124, www.mitchellssodashop.com. (H-29)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth, 312/362-9999, www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41) GAYLORD INDIA This popular Indian restaurant offers 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 11:30am2:30pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. (I-26)

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.

INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com/index.asp. (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes including marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am-3pm for $13.95pp. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. (H-29)

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room complete with 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend Brunch and Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)


CLUB LAGO Old-school neighborhood joint minutes from downtown and the United Center. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 331 W. Superior, 312/951-2849. (G-28) CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cock- tail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Private party room. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open late. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, online reservations at clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20) EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490, www.eduardosenoteca.com. (I-23)

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BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001; 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, www.bucadibeppo.com. (J-30)

LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Glutenfree options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillagechicago.com. (H-36)

THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)

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VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillagechicago.com. (H-36) VIVO Celebrating 20 years of vivacious service in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers honest-togoodness Italian food from Executive Chef, Vicente Duran, in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. MonWed11am-10pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, and Sat 5pm-midnight. 838 West Randolph. 312/7333379. www.vivo-chicago.com. (West of D-33)

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PATRON’S HACIENDA An authentic Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood serving authentic Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, tilapia, and some of the best fresh juice margaritas in town. Mon-Thu 5pm-10mp, Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight, Sun 3pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 316 W. Erie. 312/6422400, www.patronschicago.com. (G-29)

SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Experience a “fiesta” for your taste buds one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas and stained glass. Ask about catering. Sun-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. All major cards. $ 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. (I-29)

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CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth, 312/362-9999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)


EDWARDO’S Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza and natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1321 E. 57th, 773/241-7960, www.edwardos.com. (South of D-54) GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deepdish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-DEEP, www.ginoseast.com. (H-29)(K-28) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 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, 312/2361777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)

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Oenophile Acrobatics It’s a bird, it’s a plane... It’s an aerial wine artist! Although this churrascaria may be best known for its perfectly seasoned flamegrilled cuts and 50-item seasonal gourmet salad area, TEXAS DE BRAZIL also takes its wine list to creative new heights by featuring aerial wine artists. Clad in red body suits (think Cirque de Soleil!), the wine artists perform gymnastic aerial tumbles, all while gracefully retrieving bottles from the enormous collection on display. One of only three in the world, the ongoing performances take place in the restaurant’s full glass, two-story wine room, showcasing over 1,400 bottles with 500 varietals priced between $24 and $8,000. 51 E. Ohio. 312/670-1006.

PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 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)

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: Mon-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. (I-33)(Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/9533444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. (Suburban)

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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. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. (I-29) ERIE CAFE Serving prime aged steaks, chops and house specialties in an architecturally significant building featuring arched stoned windows. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 536 W. Erie, 312/266-2300. (F-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. MonThu 4:30pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. (G-21) FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR Fleming’s offers a variety of seafood, chicken, salads, desserts and a wine list featuring 100 of the world’s finest wines. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 25 E. Ohio, 312/329-9463. (I-30)


KEEFERS The Chicago River never looked better than from inside this famous steakhouse that infuses a taste of France into its menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31) LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB Steps from the Mag Mile and housed in the 1890s McCormick mansion, Lawry’s serves up your prime rib on a rolling silver cart. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 100 E. Ontario, 312/787-5000. (I-29) MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand– selected USDA Prime, dry–aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily 11am2am; Lunch: daily 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312/ 321-8823, www.michaeljordansteakhouse.com. (J-30)

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HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400, www.harrycarays.com. (I-31)(Suburban)


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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)

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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, 312/4679696, 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. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) JAPONAIS Chic interior and atmosphere characterize this contemporary restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 600 W. Chicago, 312/822-9600. (F-27)

“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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THAI DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. 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) SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 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)

TA PAS MERCAT A LA PLANXA Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue – here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 638 S. Michigan, 312/765-0524. (J-40)

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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. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)


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Get your blood pumping with the BLUE MAN GROUP’S (3133 N. Halsted; 773/348-4000) exhilarating multi-sensory experience at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. Fusing theater with comedy, art, and brand new material, this production is unlike any other. Offering live music seven nights a week, the Back Porch Stage at HOUSE OF BLUES (329 N. Dearborn; 312/9232000) is unique dining option for guests looking to enjoy live music while they dine. Take in the acoustic mojo set starting at 6:30pm Thu-Sat or the live music set starting at 9pm nightly. Bring coupon on page 43. Cap off the evening inside THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR (16 W. Ontario; 312/640-1000), Chicago’s favorite late-night musical destination. Patrons can sing and sway to the glorious lyrics of Billy Joel, The Beatles, and Elton John into the wee hours of the morning.

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CHI BAR Bringing the excitement and tradition of the Windy City into one deluxe lounge with sleek ambiance, innovative cocktails, and delicious appetizers. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower at 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. (K-31)

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BATON SHOW LOUNGE The nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences 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)

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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12-$15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. (E-13)

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CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “Supper Club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try their famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 3:30pm. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)

FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring Pan Seared Crab Cakes with wasabi aioli, Unagi Egg Rolls, Edamame, Grilled Calamari and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” from Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. (I-24) LUXBAR Combines the rustic atmosphere of a local tavern with the simple elegance of an upscale restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. 18 E. Bellevue, 312/642-3400. (I-25) ROOF Roof delivers unbeatable views (use their telescope), specialty cocktails, and Italian-inspired small plates. Call for hours. All major cards. 201 N. State, 312/2399501. (I-33)

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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for 30 years. iO has two theaters. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. (D-5)


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EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and late-night dining. Wed-Fri 7pm–4am, Sat 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944, www.excaliburchicago.com. (H-29)

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THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for hours. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312/337-3992. (H-19)

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Dinner, Theater Rick Bayless, the creator of and driving force behind three of the city’s most in-demand eateries – Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and Xoco – teams up with one of the city’s most imaginative theatrical troupes in the LOOKINGGLASS THEATER production Rick Bayless in Cascabel. Starring the celebrity chef as the singing, dancing and, yes, cooking main character with a love story, acrobats and on-stage food preparation, this unusual stew of sights, sounds and tastes is unlike anything ever attempted in a Chicago theater. Ticket prices include the full meal from the play. Through April 28 at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan. Call 312/337-0665 for ticket information and availability or check with your concierge.

SPY BAR Offers a state-of-the-art sound system, bottle service, specialty cocktails and unique champagnetruffle pairings. Call for hours. All major cards. 646 N. Franklin, 312/337-2191. (G-29) UNDERGROUND Drinks with names like Espionage are served at this chic spy-themed nightclub. Call for hours. All major cards. 56 W. Illinois, 312/644-7600. (I-30) VISION World-renowned Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amidst four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, www.visionnightclub.com. (H-29)

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout and Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

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THE KERRYMAN A warm and inviting pub bringing modern Ireland to Chicago. Call for hours. All major cards. 661 N. Clark, 312/335-8121. (H-28) LIZZIE MCNEIL’S IRISH PUB Escape the hustle and bustle of Navy Pier at this inviting Irish pub. Call for hours. All major cards. 400 N. McClurg, 312/467-1992. (K-31)

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ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB A historic establishment with casual dining and live jazz. Covers vary. Call for hours. All major cards. 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. (I-31) JAZZ SHOWCASE A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Call for hours. 806 S. Plymouth, 312/360-0234. (I-41)

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THE BACKROOM One of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & covers vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/7512433, www.backroomchicago.com. (I-25)


TIMOTHY O’TOOLE’S They’re the place to watch sports and munch on traditional bar food. Free wireless Internet. All major cards. 622 N. Fairbanks, 312/6420700. (K-30)

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BIN 36 Choose from over 50 wines while savoring their delicious contemporary American fare in either the tavern or cellar. Call for hours. All major cards. 339 N.Dearborn, 312/755-9463. (I-32)

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BULL AND BEAR Trade in your rollercoaster day of stocks for a luxury sports bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 413 N. Wells, 312/527-5973. (G-31)

ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate in an intimate setting inside the InterContinental Chicago. A gourmet cornucopia awaits - superb wines, an outstanding international menu of cheeses, and a tasty host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Mon-Thu 4pm-1am, Sat 1pm-1am, Sun 1pm-10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8738; 200 N. Columbus, 312/946-7000. (J-30)(K-33)

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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, 312/6401000, www.redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)

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ROCKIT BAR & GRILL Energetic restaurant and lounge designed by Nate Berkus featuring affordable, delicious cuisine. All major cards. Call for hours. 22 W. Hubbard, 312/645-6000. (J-31)

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TWELVEWEST Chicago’s sophisticated new spot for live entertainment and dancing. This Gold Coast club caters to adults looking for intimate, elegant surroundings where they can enjoy cocktails, conversation, and live music, before or after dinner. Open seven nights a week at 6pm. All major cards. 12 W. Elm, 312/337-3200. (I-25)

PJ CLARKE’S A Chicago tradition since 1986, PJ’s offers a relaxed yet classy atmosphere. Call for hours. All major cards. 302 E. Illinois, 312/670-7500; 1204 N. State Pkway, 312/664-1650. (K-30)(I-23)

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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty Late Night Dinner Menu is available until close. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/9232000, www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)

THE LODGE TAVERN This Gold Coast dive bar offers cheap drinks, free peanuts, and nostalgic tunes. Call for hours. All major cards. 21 W. Division, 312/6424406. (I-23)

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HARD ROCK CAFE In addition to live music (on Mons and Thurs), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue 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)

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GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Beer enthusiasts would be amiss to skip this local favorite. Call for hours. All major cards. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/915-0071 and 3535 N. Clark, 773/832-9040. (D-19)(D-4)

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as “the place” to party before and after the Cubs game. Call for hours. All major cards. 1059 W. Addison, 773/327-1662. (D-4)


On Stage I.O. I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.

BLUE MAN GROUP BRIAR STREET THEATRE 3133 N. Halsted, 773/348-4000. Blue Mane Group has added new material to its already wildly popular production. New cutting-edge technology and striking visual effects promise an innovative twist on an already unique form of entertainment. Currently in an open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, this unique and thrilling multisensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are $49-$69. www.blueman.com

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ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N. Halsted, 800/9822787. Don’t miss the hilarious and insightful new musical sensation, Motherhood the Musical® from author and songwriter Sue Fabisch following the humorous and loving journey of four-woman coping with the joys and trials of motherhood. The 20-song musical includes the hilarious Billboard Top 10 comedy hit, “The Kids Are Finally Asleep” and the rousing call-to-shoppers, “Costco Queen.” Performances are Wed-Thu at 7:30pm, Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, and Sun at 2pm & 5:30pm. Tickets are $48$65, and available at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 800/982-2787 or at the box office.

DOYLE & DEBBIE ROYAL GEORGE CABARET 1641 N. Halsted. 312/9889000. Doyle Mayfield, an old-guard country star with a handful of hits back in the 70s and 80s, is reviving his career 30–years, four wives, and three Debbies later. The new Debbie, a single mother with three children, sees this lovable lothario as her last chance to make it big in Nashville – but she also questions hitching her star to this loose cannon. Performance schedule (some Tues) and Wed-Thu at 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 6:30pm. Tickets are $43.50-$49.50, and are available at the Royal George box office, by phone 312/988-9000, through TicketMaster.com or doyleanddebbie.com.

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET APOLLO THEATER, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773/935-6100. Inspired by the famed, 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. The show features a treasure trove of music, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and more. For tickets: $25-$77.50, call 773/935-6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com, www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.

COMEDYSPORTZ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE 929 W. Belmont, 773/5498080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773/549-8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com

JERSEY BOYS BANK OF AMERICA THEATRE, 18 W. Monroe, 800/7752000. The Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys makes its much–anticipated return to Chicago to play the Bank of America Theatre for nine weeks, from April 5 through June 2. Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and  The Four Seasons, and how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Show schedule at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, 175 E. Chestnut. 800/7752000. “Can’t I have just one more?” When Pinkalicious eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a case of Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe! It’ll take the wisdom of her broccoli-eating little brother to help her get out of this predicament. Don’t miss Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre production of this smash hit musical based on the popular book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Best suited for cupcake lovers ages 3 and up. $16-$22. Visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com for schedule.

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Editor’s Choice Still undecided about what to do in Chicago? Here is one of our favorites:

Chicago’s Party Castle Take your Friday the 13th from normal to paranormal with Supernatural Chicago, an interactive theater featuring spirits, psychics and frightening surprises hosted at one of the city’s most haunted locations—Excalibur. The show depicts some of Chicago’s most well documented paranormal events through storytelling and demonstrations of mindreading and magic by resident Necromancer Neil Tobin. The $25 admission includes two beverages and entrance into Excalibur’s Nightclub. Performances every Friday at 7:30pm (approximately 90–minutes). For more info, call 800/979-3370. Afterwards, Excalibur and Vision Nightclubs offer multiple nightclubs and lounges each with its own style and atmosphere. Don’t let the gothic vibe fool you, this party castle features three different levels and 60,000 square feet of party space. Excalibur is open Wed-Fri 7pm-4am, and Sat 7pm-5am. Vision opens Fri and Sat at 10pm. 632 N. Dearborn. 312/266-1944. Comp admission for two with ad on page 61. Coupon is valid for Nightclub only, not valid on special events including Supernatural Chicago.


Editor’s Choice Still undecided about what to do in Chicago? Here are is one of our favorites:

Being Shakespeare by Kelley Mullarkey

Critically acclaimed British film and stage actor, Simon Callow (The Mystery of Charles Dickens, Shakespeare in Love), returns to Chicago for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s 25th Anniversary engagement of his acclaimed, Being Shakespeare. Callow’s riveting virtuosic solo performance masterfully weaves excerpts from Shakespeare’s unforgettable collection of plays and poems while unveiling the real man behind the legend. Don’t miss what The Times of London named the #1 Critic’s Choice and Daily Mail heralded as a “genuine tour de force.” Performing at the Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut) April 18-29. Tickets are $45-$75 and available at 800/775-2000. Visit www.Chicagoshakes.com for more information. Round out the night with a plate of the city’s best Fish & Chips at Chicago’s finest English-style pub Elephant & Castle (160 E. Huron; 312/440-1180), just blocks from the theater. Check listing for additional locations. 70

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April 13, 2012 Issue

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