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May 18, 2012

This Week

In Chicago

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Welcome from Mayor Rahm Emanuel Chicago has welcomed visitors from all over the world for two centuries. Many chose to stay, and together, they turned a town on the edge of the frontier into a global pioneer in the arts, ideas and industry. Our iconic skyline and incredible lakefront invite you to explore all Chicago has to offer. I hope you have a chance to sample our eclectic restaurants, tour our great universities, and visit our world-class museums during your stay. Few cities can match our array of cultural options but it is the openness of our communities that makes Chicago the most American of all America’s cities. We are not just President Barack Obama’s home town, we are a city that welcomes and inspires hope in all who visit. Chicagoans are optimistic. We know how to turn challenges into opportunities. I hope we can share that faith in the future with all who attend the NATO summit this week. On behalf of the people of Chicago, I am proud to welcome you to our great city. Sincerely,

Rahm Emanuel, Mayor

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18 Learn more about the design and native plants of Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden during a free guided walk through the lush paradise with master gardeners. Tours depart Sun 10am-1:30pm & Fri 11am-1:30pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph. # 312/742-1168. 151


The Chicago Cubs host the Chicago White Sox in the Crosstown Classic today at 1:20pm, Sat at 6:15pm, and Sun at 1:20pm at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison. 800/THE-CUBS. Pre- or post-game with food, fun and beer at nearby Goose Island (3535 N. Clark; 773/ 832-9040). to Addison Head to Chicago Brauhaus in Chicago’s Lincoln Square and celebrate Mayfest 2012. This traditional German festival, celebrating the arrival of spring, features live music from The Fellows starting at 7pm nightly with a special Sunday matinee, and plenty of delicious German food, beer and cheer! Thru May 20th. 4732 N. Lincoln. 773/784-4444. to Western






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A once in a lifetime theatrical event, Robert Falls’ major revival of The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill starring Tony Awardwinning stage and screen stars Nathan Lane as Thoedore “Hickey” Hickman and Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade, performs at Goodman Theatre through June 17th. Tonight & Sat at 7pm, Sun at 1:30pm. $61-$133 (subject to change). 170 N. Dearborn. 312/443-3800. to Lake Don’t miss LeapFest 9, Stage Left’s annual new-play festival featuring five new plays with socio-political themes, presented as workshop productions in rotating repertory at Theatre Wit. Running through June 3rd. ThuSat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm & 7:30pm. Single tickets $13. LeapPASS $25. 1229 W. Belmont. 773/975-8150. The veteran Las Vegas pianist Mike Jones takes a break from Penn & Teller to bring his amazingly fleet fingers to town for his annual appearance at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Fri at 9pm & Sat at 8pm. $12. 4802 N. Broadway. 773/878-5552. to Lawrence

Explore Pullman Historic District with Chicago Neighborhood Tours. This perfectly preserved neighborhood was a model community designed and engineered for employees of George Pullman’s railcar factory. Get a glimpse of this landmark community’s fascinating history. 10am-2:30pm. $35 adults, $30 seniors and students. Departs from Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph. # 151 312/742-1190. This year NATO is partnering with the City of Chicago to present the 14th Annual Kids & Kites Festival. NATO will be presenting 5,000 onsite kite kits for children and the festival will feature an educational workshop. Face painters and balloon artists will be onsite as well to continue all the fun! 10am-4pm. FREE. Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park at Lake Shore & Montrose. 312/744-3315. More kidfriendly options on page 10.


Come journey through the wacky world of bugs and experience their summer invasion at the Brookfield Zoo. Through state-of-the-art animatronics, Xtreme BUGS explores how bugs have remained a major influence within history and the role and effort they have on the environment, economics, food, and pop culture. Weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-6pm. $20 adults, $13.50 children 3-11 and seniors. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708/485-0263.


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Rated by USA Today as one of the nation’s top 10 farmers markets, Chicago’s Green City Market offers fresh produce from local certified organic farmers and weekly chef demos. This week’s featured chef Meg Colleran Sahs from Terzo Piano demos between 10:30am11:30am. 7am-1pm. FREE. In Lincoln Park between Clark & Stockton. 773/880-1266.


Experience the River North Gallery District with Saturday Gallery Tours hosted by Chicago Gallery News. This complimentary tour highlights the latest gallery news and offers insights into the latest gallery exhibits. Saturday 11am12:30pm. FREE. Meet at 750 N. Franklin inside the Starbucks.


Celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week at Mahoney’s Pub & Grille in style this year with Lager Jam. Sample a variety of craft beers paired with complimentary bitesized treats. Door and raffle prizes will be given away, too, including a Weber Grill, courtesy of Brugal Rum! Noon-3pm. $20-$25 per person. 551 N. Ogden. 312/733-2121. In celebration of Slipstream, her first new release in more than seven years, veteran guitarist Bonnie Raitt settles in for a pair of shows in a town that has always appreciated her blues sensibility. Tonight & Sun at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30pm. $39.50-$75. 175 N. State. 312/462-6300. to Lake

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MONDAY Gather the family for a remarkably fast tour of the United States with Model Railroad Garden’s Landmarks of America, showcasing 50 familiar American landmarks at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Now in its 13th season, new features this year include Cape Cod and the New Orleans French Quarter. Daily 10am-5pm. Adults $5, children 3-12 $3. 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe. 847/835-5440.

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, collectibles, sports cards, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. to Rosemont 847/524-9590. Head to House of Blues for their popular Gospel Brunch. As the rock-equivalent to a church service, this brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel and eat shrimp, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and jambalaya. 10am & 12:30pm. Adults $37.50, children (ages 6-12) $22. 329 N. # 36 Dearborn. 312/923-2000.  Learn about Chicago’s fascinating history and architecture while on a thrilling, scenic tour through downtown, along the lakefront, and more with Steve’s Segway Tours. Departs daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 6:30pm. $60-$85. Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & # 146 Columbus. 312/946-9467.


Send your taste buds on a rollercoaster of a ride while eating your way through the streets of Chicago on Tastebud Tours’ Flavors of Chicago Tour. Highlights can include Purple Pig, Heaven on Seven, Pizano’s Pizza and Pasta and much more! Locations vary. $44. Departs daily at 11am. Reserve tickets online at 219/929-6648. Receive $2 off with coupon on page 16. Put on those dancing shoes and head to Patron’s Hacienda for Salsa on Monday Nights. Learn hot Latin dance moves from skilled instructors as you enjoy signature margaritas or a glass of sangria for only $5. 316 W. Erie. 312/642-2400. BOGO coupon on page 57. Experience cabaret at its finest at Petterino’s Monday Night Live where you’ll hear established and emerging singers share their talent in an open mic format. 7:30pm. $15 minimum for a table. 150 N. Dearborn. to Lake 312/422-0150.

The Museum of Contemporary Art’s 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, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Free for IL residents on Tuesdays. $12. 220 E. Chicago. # 151 312/280-2660. Spend the afternoon learning about the fascinating work and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright on Chicago Savvy Tours’ Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop 90Minute Walking Tour. Tour highlights his contributions to the Fine Arts Building and the Rookery Building. Mon-Sat at noon. $25. 410 S. Michigan. Reservations # required, 312/731-8000. 3 To accommodate sail boats and other tall vessels traveling between the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, the Michigan Avenue Bridge is opened approximately 100 times a year. Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at the raising of Chicago’s bridges from inside the gear room at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. Tue & Thu at noon. $10. 376 N. Michigan. # 151 312/939-0490, ext. 23. The Chicago White Sox take on the Minnesota Twins today at 7:10pm, Wed at 7:10pm, and Thu at 7:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th. 866/SOX-GAME. to 35th Matthew Ward – the less-famous half of the Zooey Deschanel duo She & Him, and better known simply as M. Ward – brings the sounds of his latest effort A Wasteland Companion to the Vic Theatre. 7:30pm. $24. 3145 N. Sheffield. to Belmont 773/472-0449.


sody in Blue with jazzman Cyrus Chestnut. Tonight at Symphony Center. 7:30pm. $32-$165. 220 S. # 3 Michigan. 312/294-3000.


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Explore the home of the Chicago’s beloved Cubbies! The 75-minute Wrigley Field Tour includes stops at the indoor batting cages, dugouts, bleachers, press box and more. Tours today at 10am, noon, 1pm, 2pm & 4pm. $25. 1060 W. Addison. 773/404-CUBS. to Addison

The Art Institute of Chicago explodes with the energy of Roy Lichtenstein in the largest exhibition of the seminal Pop artist to date. More than 160 of Lichtenstein’s works, from the familiar to the completely unexpected, are on view in the first of only two American venues for Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Mon-Sun 10:30am-5pm (Thu till 8pm). Adults $18, seniors, students $12. 111 S. Michigan. 312/629# 3 6100. Celebrate National Burger Month with a stop at Rudy’s Bar & Grille. Home of the famous Martini Milkshake, Rudy’s serves up 12 different burgers, all served with your choice of fresh-cut fries, homemade chips, waffle fries, or sweet potato fries. Plus $2 Tall Boys on Wednesdays! 69 E. Madison. # 312/332-8111. 151 A number of guest pianists join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a multi-faceted, keyboard-focused program, featuring a performance of the Gershwin masterpiece Rhap-

Conductor Jane Glover leads the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in a program featuring works by Mozart, Haydn and other contemporaries tonight at the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance. 7:30pm. $30-$75. 205 E. # 151 Randolph. 312/334-7777.

24 THURSDAY Don’t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. Today at 2pm & 8pm, call for additional dates and times. $49-$69. 3133 N. Halsted. 773/348to Belmont 4000.


Travel a billion light-years and back through space at the Adler Planetarium with their newest space show, Welcome to the Universe, departing the Grainger Sky Theater. The live, guided tour takes audiences on a whirlwind space adventure soaring through the cosmos faster than the speed of light! 9:30am5pm. Adults $28, children 3-11 $22. 1300 S. Lake Shore. # 312/922-STAR. 146

Showcasing performers direct from China who have mastered the art of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more, Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon dazzles audiences with an unbelievable awe-inspiring production. Incorporating new acts with favorites like Hoop Diving and the Wheel of Death, this show is one not to miss. Opens today at 2pm & 8pm. Tickets $15.50-$29.50. Navy Pier Pepsi Skyline Stage. 600 E. # Grand. 800/745-3000. 124

Grab a rental from Bike and Roll Chicago (312/ 729-1000; coupon on page 23) and experience a fun-filled ride through the streets of Chicago with Critical Mass. The free ride takes place rain or shine with a unique and different route and theme each month. Meet at 5:30pm at Daley Plaza at the corner of Dearborn & Washington. 312/744to Washington 3315.

Putting a spotlight on the city’s headliners, tastemakers, sports stars, artists, and business leaders, CHICAGO LIVE! brings the Chicago Tribune to life, featuring news interviews, art performances and comedy by The Second City. Come see a live taping at UP Comedy Club. 7pm. $18. 230 W. North. # 151 312/662-4562.

Kick off Memorial Day weekend with a bang at Chicago’s hottest nightclub, Excalibur. Throwing things back in time, Old School Reunion Party will feature top DJ’s like Mickey Mix Oliver & Mike Hitman Wilscon mixing living all evening long. 21+. 8pm-4am. $29.99. 632 N. Dearborn. # 312/266-1944. 36

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WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO Chicago’s beloved Cubbies! The 75-minute Wrigley Field Tour A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO DAY at the indoor batincludes stopsEVERY ting cages, dugouts, bleachers, press box and more. Tours today at 10am, noon, 2pm, 2:3pm, and 3pm. $25. W. Addison. 773/404Enjoy free admission to1060 the NATIONAL MUSEUM CUBS. Stick around and catch the OF MEXICAN ART in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood Chicago Cubs take10am-5pm. on the Atlanta every Tuesday through Sunday from Come treasure hunting at Wolff’s Braves at 7:05pm. to Addison 312/738-1503. 1852 W. 19th Street. Flea Market, Chicagoland’s largest Spend the afternoon learning weekly flea market. Wolff’s returns about the fascinating work to Allstate Arena with a diverse and philosophy of Frank Lloyd mix of merchandise, including new on Chicago items, souvenirs, antiques, Get a colFREE entréeWright with every purchaseSavvy of an Tours’ entrée of Frank Lloyd Wright Chicago Loop lectibles, sports cards,equal electronics, or greater value at PATRON’S HACIENDA. 316 90-Minute WalkingonTour. jewelry, food and more. W.Sun Erie.from 312/642-2400. Find coupon pageTour 57. highlights his contributions to the 6am-11:30am. Adults $2, seniors Fine Arts Building and the Rookery 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Building. Mon-Sat at noon. $25. Mannheim in Rosemont. 410 S. Michigan. Reservations to Rosemont 847/524-9590. Sunday Funday at required, THE FIREPLACE INN means #$3 312/731-8000. 3 Learn about Chicago’s fasciBud Light drafts, $5 Mimosas, and $5 SKYY Bloody Thank mom for all that she does nating history and architecMarys. 1448 N. Wells. 312/664-5264. with Macy’s Thank-A-Mom-Moveture while on a thrilling, scenic tour ment. By visiting through downtown, along the lakemacys you can send mom a free front, and more with Steve’s Segpersonalized message and in return way Tours. Departs daily at 9:30am, will donate $3 in her honor 1:30pm, and 6:30pm. $60-$85. At MELTING POT,Macy’s every Monday is Lady’s Night. a “mom-approved” charity likeand Grant Park, at the NEBring corner of gal palstoand your indulge on a cheese, salad, Make-A-Wish Foundation! Visit Monroe & Columbus. 312/946chocolate special for just $18.99. 609 N. Dearborn. # 146 9467. 312/573-0011.





PICK OF THE WEEK TUESDAY Illinois residents are invited to explore the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART’S newest exhibition, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s free every Tuesday. 220 E. Chicago. 312/280-2660.

TUESDAY Send your taste buds on a extreme rollercoaster of a ride while coupons eating your way through the streets of Chicago on Tastebud Tour’s Flavors of Chicago Tour. Highlights can include Purple Pig, Heaven on Seven, Pizano’s Rainforest Café: Pizza and Pasta and FREE much chef’s more! appetizervary. of the day or kid’s Locations $44. Departs mealatwith on 864 pageN.11.State. daily 11amad from Call for reservations, 219/929# 6648. Coupon on page 16. 151

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Kids Korner TEXAS DE BRAZIL Featuring something for every taste and appetite, big or little, Texas de Brazil combines the cuisine of Brazil with the spirit of Texas. Grownups will dig the generous selection of perfectly-seasoned cuts while even your pickiest wee ones are sure to find something at the 50-60 item seasonal salad bar. Children ages 6-12 are half price, children 3-5 are $5, and 2 & under are free! 51 E. Ohio. # 312/670-1006. 36 LINCOLN PARK ZOO Dedicated to connecting people with nature since 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo provides a free, family-oriented wildlife experience right in the middle of the city. Learn about conservation or venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. # 151 2001 N. Clark. 312/742-2000.




SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air at the worldfamous 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 when you step out onto the glass bottom Ledge! Daily 9am-10pm. Adults $17.50, children age 3-11 $11, under 3 are free. Willis Tower, 233 S. # Wacker. 312/875-9696. 157 MITCHELL’S SODA SHOP Experience some of the best ice cream in the city at Mitchell’s Soda Shop. Mitchell’s many unique flavors including Dreamsicle, Banana Chip, Black Raspberry, English Toffee, and more. Whether you favor the Jumbo Chocolate Marshmallow Sundae generously topped with Hot Fudge or prefer to stick to the standard Vanilla Bean or Chocolate, there’s something here for every taste! 629 N. Wells. 312/943-1124.

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CHICAGO CHILDREN’S THEATRE MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects This hidden gem located near the historic and innovative puppetry, Mermaid Theatre’s allMaxwell Street neighborhood is the closest new triple bill brings to life three Eric Carle allthing you will find to a New York Jewish-style time family favorites – Brown Bear, Brown Deli in Chicago. Lunch on timeless mouth-watering Bear, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me favorites like their jam-packed corned beef sandand The Very Hungry Caterpillar. May 2wiches every Saturday from 11:30am-2:30pm while 27. Call for schedule. the kids enjoy a real $18-$41. Victory Live Magic Show. SEADOG Gardens Biograph 1141 S. Jefferson. Seadog’s Theater, 2433 N. Call 312/93930-minute Lincoln. 773/8712855. Receive a Lakefront to Fullerton Speedboat 3000. FREE order of potato pancakes Tour is an RAINFOREST CAFÉ with coupon on exciting way Bring your wild page 56. to view bunch every Chicago Wednesday for NAVY PIER from the lake, combining an exhilarating speedboat Family Night, when Make your Chicago ride, with an amusing and informative narration and kids 10 & under eat visit an active one astounding views of the famous Chicago skyline. for $2.99 with the with a day at Navy Lakefront Speedboat prices range from $21.95purchase of an adult Pier. Packed full of $26.95 for adults and $14.95-18.95 for children ages entrée from 5pmfamily-fun options. 4-12. Children 3 or under cruise for free. Frequent close. 605 N. Clark. 600 E. Grand. daily departures. 600 E. Grand. 800/330-8062. 312/787-1501. 312/595-PIER. 2-for-1 tickets with coupon on page 24. # Coupon below! 124

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May is National Bike Month––take a spin around town with a guided bike tour of Chicago’s scenic parks and neighborhoods with BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO. Or rent a two-wheeler and hit the lakefront path. Departure locations include Navy Pier and Millennium Park (312/729-1000). $5 off with coupon on page 23. One great place to take a bike this month is up to Fullerton Avenue for a stop at the NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM (2430 N. Cannon; 773/755-5100), where the new exhibit Bikes! The Green Revolution showcases one of the most sustainable forms of transportation known to man. Or tackle the open sea on one of TALL SHIP WINDY’S (Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand; 312/595-5555) daily lakefront cruises. Board the 148-ft sailboat for the Skyline Cruise or the Real Pirates of the Inland Seas, and get a true taste of a pirate’s life. 2-for-1 coupon on page 23.


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THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (CAF) 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, (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)


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


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 888/330-5008 or visit

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GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY 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, 312/7465100, (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, (J-26) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, (K-33)


NAVY PIER This Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Credit cards accepted vary. 600 E. Grand, 312/595PIER, (N-30)


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NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Narrated by two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, To The Arctic 3D takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Adults $11; seniors 62+ $10; and children 3-11 $9. 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, (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 Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Weekdays 9:30am-4pm, weekends 9:30am-4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors $10; kids 3-11 $8. Some exhibits require additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Roy Linctenstein: A Retrospective (opens May 16). Fri-Wed 10:30am5pm, 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. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. On exhibit: Circus

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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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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: Spread the Word! The Evolution of Gospel from Chicago to the World. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon5pm, 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)


CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Lincoln’s Chicago. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, 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)



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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 $6 and seniors $5. 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)

THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. 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) SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies with Jellies (closes May 28). Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults $28.95 and children ages 3-11 $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. (L-43)


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 additional fee. All major cards. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773/684-1414. (South of P-54)

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

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)

BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Choose from over 500 bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, and more–– and explore the city at your leisure. Rentals include free locks, riding maps and helmets. See Tours by Land listing for more details. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/729-1000, (K-34)(M-30)

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Looking for a dedicated Architectural Tour? Not called the ‘birthplace of the skyscraper’ for nothing, Chicago offers architectural tours galore! Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours by segway See page 22. American Sightseeing – by bus See page 19. Bike and Roll Chicago – by bike, by segway See page 19 & 22.

Chicago’s First Lady – by boat See page 23.

Chicago Neighborhood Tours – by foot See page 19. Chicago Savvy Tours – by bus, by foot See page 20.

Kayak Chicago – by kayak See page 23.

Wateriders – by kayak See page 24. Wendella Sightseeing – by boat See page 24.


Make time for some infotainment with one of our favorite touring companies. Check listings for more information.

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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

Tall Ship Adventures – by boat See page 24.


Steve’s Segway Tours by segway See page 20.


Shoreline Sightseeing – by boat See page 23.


Gray Line Sightseeing – by bus See page 20.

Seadog – by boat See page 23.

BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Explore Chicago by bicycle, segway, and electric bikes! Select from the Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour, the Friendly Neighborhoods Tour, Bikes at Night Fireworks Tour, or the Skyscraper Architectural Segway Tour, and more!  Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/729-1000, (K-34)(M-30)


Chicago Line Cruiseline – by boat See page 22.


Chicago Architecture Foundation – by boat, by bus, by foot, by el See page 14.


AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular daily lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules. $25 and up. Call for courtesy round-trip service from downtown hotels with 30–mins notice for all tours. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100, (I-36)

ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood and experience the city’s sights in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for special or all occasions. Mon-Fri 6:30pm-11:30pm, Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-11:30pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349, (K-29)

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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-5pm. Adults $35, seniors $25, children $17, and children under 3 ride for free. Good for three days! 773/648-5000, GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800/621-4153, TASTEBUD TOURS Entertaining tour guides share fun facts and historic anecdotes as you taste your way through a


city that is serious about its food. Select from the Sweet Chicago Tour, Flavor of Chicago Tour, Taste Chicago Tour, and the Savor Chicago Tour. Each 3hour tour makes five to six memorable stops. $44pp. 219/929-6648, Book tickets online using promo code: KEY for special savings.


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CHICAGO SAVVY TOURS – FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Learn about the work and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright as you view one of the greatest concentrations of his homes anywhere in the world. Select from the Wright Oak Park Tour, Wright Chicago Tour, Wright Loop Walking Tour. Each tour includes round trip transport from downtown Chicago. Prices vary by tour. Reservations required, 312/731-8000,

# 1 CHICAGO TOURS STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a 3–hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours available. Great photo ops! Frequent daily departures call for reservations. Prices: $60-$85 + tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (down the stairs), 312/9469467, (K-36)

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ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Take in Chicago’s top attractions on a scenic glide. See Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean,” the Museum Campus and more on the popular Lakefront/ Museum Campus Tour departing daily from Grant Park. Or head north and uncover Chicago’s glitzy be-andbe-seen Gold Coast with the Lincoln Park/ Beach Tour departing daily from Navy Pier. Additional tours include River Walk Tour, Chicago Haunted Tour, and more. North Grant Park (337 E. Randolph) and Navy Pier (600 E. Grand), 877/866-0966,

BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS Safe, fun and easy to ride! Glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about Chicago’s fascinating history with an Early Bird Tour, Amazing Lakefront Tour, Segways at Sunset Tour, and the Skyscraper Architectural SegwayTour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 316 N. Wabash in River North, 312/729-1000, (K-34)

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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, 312/527-2002, (L-32)

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SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING Enjoy a dramatic, one-hour Chicago River Architecture Cruise with professional, entertaining guides from 10am-dusk Sun–Fri and 10am-dusk on Sat from Gateway Park (SW corner) Navy Pier. Adults: $29.50-$33, seniors $26.50-$30, children $15.50-$16. Or take their famous, narrated Lake Michigan Skyline Tour from Navy Pier from 1pmdusk Sun-Fri and from 11am-dusk on Sat. Adults $16-$17, seniors $14-$15, children $7-$8. Frequent daily departures. Visit or call: 312/222-9328. (N-30)

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SEADOG Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy an entertaining 75minute River and Lake Architectural Tour, an amusing 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour, an exhilarating 30minute Extreme Thrill Ride or a 60-minute Summer Lakefront Fireworks Cruise (Memorial Day – Labor Day)! Adults $21.95-$36.95, kids (ages 3-12) $14.95-$21.95. Kids under 2 cruise free. Departing from the Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 600 E. Grand, 800/330-8062, (M-30)

60-75 minute Skyline Cruises and Charters

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MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE The Urban Adventure Cruise is a family friendly 90minute complete city tour of the lake and river showcasing Chicago’s world-famous structures complete with lively commentary. Adults $28, kids under 12 $10, kids 3 & under are free! Advance reservations are not necessary. Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 312/332-1353,  (J-32)

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KAYAK CHICAGO View the skyline from the waterline with an exciting paddle. Soak in the golden hour with a Sunset Paddle, enjoy the city lights with a Fireworks Tour or unwind while enjoying the outdoors on a Lake Paddle or Architectural Tour. Tours range from $55-$65 or explore on your own with a rental for $20/hr. Locations at the Chicago River (1501 N. Magnolia), Montrose Beach, and North Ave. Beach. Times & locations vary. (312) 8-kayak-8,

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CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)  river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climate-controlled seating with spectacular views and commentary on over 50 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35-$38. Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge & Wacker, 800/ 982-2787, or ask your Concierge (J-32)

TALL SHIP ADVENTURES The 148-foot Tall Ship Windy departs daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan. Cruises start most days at 11am, tickets range: Adults $24-$45; seniors $15-$45; and children 3-12 $10-$25. The luxury sloop Pianissimo completes the fleet and offers semi-private sailing and private charters from DuSable Harbor. Please call 312/451-2700, or visit for our most up-to-date schedule of events and pricing. (N-30)

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WATERIDERS Take in the city’s spectacular sights and history while kayaking down the Chicago River with the Classic Chicago Kayak Tour, Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters Tour and Fireworks Paddle. $65pp, or $60pp (groups of 4+)  Rentals ($20-$25/per hour) and evening workouts ($50pp). 950 N. Kingsbury (N. end of Riverwalk), 312/953-WATR (9287), (E-25)

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, (J-31) 

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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

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GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit


Did you know? In 1942, pilot training orientation commenced at Navy Pier. Eventually, 15,000 pilots were qualified for military service, including a young airman named George H.W. Bush, the future President of the United States.

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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.)Â Call 312/337-1446 or visit

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From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. Chicago’s civic gem is a 24.5-acre oasis in the heart of downtown. Don’t miss the Park’s exciting exhibition, Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge, which is comprised of three large spheres that defy gravity and space, conveying a rhythmic beauty and the sense of a larger universal order. BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear digital images of actual Chicagoans year-round. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5–acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953.


Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses.

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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. Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the

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world’s most spectacular new public space – architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor beneath the park floor.

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Don’t go home empty-handed.

Chicago may be known for a lot of things, but shopping is certainly one of the main attractions. Just steps from the Magnificent Mile inside the award-winning NBC Tower, CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS (454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537) is a great place to stock up on Chicago souvenirs like this Hobo Bag, which comes in multiple colors, as well as NBC fan gear. Springtime is all about getting fit and staying active so take on the surf and waves with these Wavefarer Board Shorts from PATAGONIA (48 E. Walton, 312/640-5934; 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/951-0518), which offer maximum comfort. And with the Chicago Blues Fest right around the corner (June 8-10), now is the perfect time to brush up on blues classics like this early Junior Wells’ collaboration with Buddy Guy, Hoodoo Man Blues, available at JAZZ RECORD MART (27 E. Illinois; 312/222-1467).


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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 much, much, more. Admission: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open Sundays from 6am-3pm. Closing early 5/6 & 6/3. 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, (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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Spring Bling Show mom just how much you love her this Mother’s Day with a timeless, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry from PANDORA. Elegant and modern, Pandora’s exquisite Forever Bloom collection adorned with delicate flower detailing, 14k gold and black spinel, features a selection of charms, rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings to pick from, guaranteeing you’ll find that perfect piece just for her. Pandora embraces all of life’s special moments so give mom a gift this year that celebrates how extraordinary she really is! Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Located inside Water Tower Place at 835 N. Michigan, Level 7. 312/915-0647.


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, 312/649-0999 or 800/5452929, (J-29)(J-26)

DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept shopping secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and many 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, 312/5873312. (H-29)

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-ofa-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) 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, (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. (J-26)(D-18)

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)


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NORDSTROM Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. (J-30)

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MACY’S Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours—State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. (I-34)(J-26)

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



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CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER Celebrating nearly 30 years in the business! Find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary), Sun noon-4pm. All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), (North of E-11)


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

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. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 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)



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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, (E-11)

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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)



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)


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

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.


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


BLOCK 37 Shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 108 N. State, 312/261-4700. (I-34) PREMIUM OUTLETS Save 25-65 percent on name brands at over 120 outlet stores. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 1650 Premium Outlets in Aurora, 630/585-2200. (Suburban)


JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame.” Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, (I-31)

ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.


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.  64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312/929-3531. Open daily 9am-8pm. (J-26)




Home of the Furry Godmother!



✩ 777 W. Diversey • 773.348.3877 @ HALSTED IN LINCOLN PARK

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Chicago Fur Outlet

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)

S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S CANDYALITY Find thousands of 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) 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)

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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, 312/923-2000, (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, (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. Shop online and receive free shipping on all orders over $50. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, (H-29)


UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. Free Parking. Open Late. Mon–Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, (H-19)


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




WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, this unique knitting & needlepoint shop offers a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/6422540.(I-25)

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May is National BBQ and Burger Month, which is a lot to celebrate, so let’s get started. Nothing evokes the carefree days of summer quite like the smells of a fired-up grill so head to WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT (539 N. State; 312/467-9696) where charcoal-seared Black Angus Beef KettleBurgers are grilled to perfection on giant Weber kettles. Some of the best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the city can be found at THE FIREPLACE INN (1448 N. Wells; 312/664-5264). Smothered in their signature sauce, which is available for purchase– this Old Town favorite is a true Chicago rib joint! $10 off with coupon on page 50. And no trip to Chicago is complete without a stop at RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE (69 E. Madison; 312/332-8111) where 12 uniquely crafted burgers served on pretzel buns take center stage in a fun, Chicago-centric environment.


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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in The Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Sun-Mon 7am-9pm, Tue-Sat 7am-11pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan. 312/939-7855. www.artists-café.com. (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, Rattle, and Roll at this 1950’s style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends! Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 640 N. Wells, 312/664-1707, (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 Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/9432252, (H-29)

“but there’s way more than just eggs here.” Serving Breakfast and Lunch Mon - Fri 6am to 3pm Sat - Sun 7am to 3pm

River North

747 N. Wells 312.787.2277

South Loop

1120 S. Michigan 312.789.YOLK


355 E. Ohio 312.822.YOLK

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LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. MonFri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. (G-35) RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, (H-29)

Family owned and operated!

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

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

ASIAN 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, (I-39)


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

710 n rush • (312)787-8998


TEXAS DE BRAZIL Just steps off of Michigan Ave, Texas de Brazil features a 60-item seasonal gourmet salad area, decadent desserts, and flame-grilled cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage carved tableside by the restaurant’s authentically costumed Gauchos. Mon-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 4:30pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ 51 E. Ohio, 312/670-1006, (I-29)

EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ Eggsperience a delicious selection of all-day breakfast and lunch items like savory omelettes, crepes, burgers, paninis and more. Open daily 6am-4pm, and Late Night downtown Thu-Sat 10pm6am. All major cards. $$. 35 W. Ontario, 312/8706773; Glenview 847/998-5111; Naperville 630/548-1000; Park Ridge 847/939-3976; and Bannockburn 847/940-8444, (H-29) 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, (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 7am3pm. $ 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/7872277, (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)

CHINESE TOPWOK Sushi Taiyo’s new sister restaurant, located on the 2nd floor, offers Chinese cuisine and creative cocktails in a new, contemporary space. Sun 11:30am10pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am11pm. All major cards. $$. 58 E. Ontario. 312/4401717. (I-29)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Staples like jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches and HOB signature burgers join new exciting menu options like meatball sliders, chile braised short ribs and street tacos. All major cards. $$ 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. (H-32)

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58 east ontario | 312.440.1717

japanese-style lounge 312.202.0808

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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 hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon-Thu 8am9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/ 212-1112, (I-42)

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, (E-43)



MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the fresh and contemporary Mystic Blue where a three-course bountiful buffet, DJ music, cash bar for delicious summer cocktails, an upscale outdoor lounge and amazing skyline views await you. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/333-9150, (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the award winning elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, distinctive plated dining and stunning skyline views. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/9572320, (M-30) SPIRIT OF CHICAGO Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for an afternoon or evening of unparalleled cruising fun on the lakefront. This festive cruise ship offers delicious buffet dining, live performances, a DJ for dancing and incredible skyline views. Call or book your cruise online today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/957-2324, (M-30)


THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices like filet mignon, lobster tail and seafood trio, and the perfect ending – their famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes and brownies for dipping. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, (H-29)

FRENCH BISTROT MARGOT An Old Town staple featuring elegant décor, affordable prices and delicious cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1437 N. Wells, 312/587-3660. (H-20)

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, (Northwest of A-1)

A bright restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We’re sure you’ll find dishes in the eggsperience selection to please any appetite!

35 West Ontario • Chicago, IL 312.870.6773 • Open Daily 6am - 4pm Late Nite Thu - Sat 10pm - 6am

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¡Buen Apetito! PATRON’S HACIENDA brings a taste of Mexico’s rich culture to the Windy City with a selection of long-running family recipes. Traditional dishes such as the Carne Asada and Mar Y Tierra celebrate the mouthwatering flavors from Mexico’s most vibrant areas. Be sure to try their fresh guacamole, mixed with Mexican spices and topped with a special pico de gallo alongside freshly baked chips. This charming River North hotspot also happens to be known for their extensive tequila list and for serving up the best margaritas in town. Bottoms up! Get a FREE entrée with purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value with coupon on page 57. Good for EVERYONE in your party! 316 W. Erie. 312/642-2400.



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, (H-29)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from, 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 and delivery is available. Located 5-minutes from McCormick Place. $$ 899 S. Plymouth, 312/362-9999. (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, (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, (H-29)

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

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

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Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” – Frank Sinatra

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“A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” - Frank Sinatra

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GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777

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CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! 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. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, online reservations at (Northwest of A-20) EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490, (I-23)

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LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: TueFri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noonmidnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/3327005, (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, (H-36) VIVO Celebrating 20 years of vivacious service in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers honest-togoodness Italian food from Executive Chef, Vicente Duran, in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. MonWed 11am-10pm, Thu11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, and Sat 5pm-midnight. 838 West Randolph. 312/7333379. (West of D-33)

JAPANESE AI JAPANESE RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Dishes like Wasabi Filet Mignon and Seabass Cartoccio pepper the menu of this River North spot. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 358 W. Ontario, 312/3359888. (F-29) RON OF JAPAN Cuisine is prepared as you watch. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 230 E. Ontario, 312/644-6500. (J-29)


THE PURPLE PIG Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list. All major cards. $$ 500 N. Michigan, 312/464-1744. (J-30)


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ALHAMBRA PALACE RESTAURANT This restaurant slash lounge serves upscale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1240 W. Randolph, 312/666-9555. (West of D-34)

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)

FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. (H-31)


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. 312/642-2400, (G-29)

CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from, 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. (I-41)

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CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN These local outlets of the national chain feature affordable pizzas with unusual toppings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 52 E. Ohio, 312/787-6075; 835 N. Michigan, 312/787-7300. (I-29) EDWARDO’S Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza and all natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1321 E. 57th, 773/241-7960, (Southwest of D-54) GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish 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, (H-29)(K-28)

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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)

PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$ 800 N. Dearborn, 855/749-2667, (I-27) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, (H-30) PIZZERIA UNO & DUE Chicago-style pizza’s birthplace. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 29 E. Ohio, 312/321-1000; 619 N. Wabash, 312/943-2400. (I-29)


BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Quality seafood, delicious drinks and unique appetizers served up in a family-friendly environment. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 700 E. Grand, 312/2524867. (N-30) CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, (I-33)(Suburban) GT FISH AND OYSTER Oyster bar and seafood eatery specializing in baby octopus and craft cocktails. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 531 N. Wells, 312/929-3501. (H-29) 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, 630/953-3444, (Suburban)

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Bringing the rich flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop Daily lunch buffet - corporate catering only 5 minutes from McCormick Pl.

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

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, (I-29)

ERIE CAFE Serving prime aged steaks, chops and house specialties. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 536 W. Erie, 312/266-2300. (F-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30ammidnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, (G-21) GIBSONS This Gold Coast steakhouse features a wide selection of steaks, chops, ribs and chicken. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1028 N. Rush, 312/266-8999. (I-24) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; (I-31)(Suburban)

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MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand– selected USDA Prime, dry–aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily 11am-2am; Lunch: daily 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8823, (J-30)

WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, (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. SunThu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, (I-28) KAMEHACHI Award-winning sushi and sashimi. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1531 N. Wells, 312/664-3663; 320 N. Dearborn, 312/744-1900. (G-22)(I-31)

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O’BRIENS RESTAURANT AND BAR This popular Old Town classic specializes in prime steak and fresh seafood. Live piano music. Call for hours. 1528 N. Wells, 312/787-3131. (North of H-19)

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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 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, (I-29) TRIAD SUSHI LOUNGE Start with appetizers like Tuna Tartare and stay for the grilled Sapporo Salmon. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1933 S. Indiana, 312/225-8833. (J-48)

TA PA S CAFÉ BA BA REEBA Specializing in tapas, this Spanish restaurant has a warm and colorful atmosphere that goes along with their made to order paella. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 2024 N. Halsted, 773/935-5000. (E-16) CAFÉ IBERICO A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Café Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 737 N. LaSalle, 312/573-1510. (H-31)

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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)

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, (J-29)

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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, (I-30)

V EG E TA R I A N GREEN ZEBRA A short trek west of River North, Green Zebra is artistic and upscale in both décor and cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1460 W. Chicago, 312/243-7100. (West of D-27) KARYN’S ON GREEN With delicious food and a vibrant bar scene, Karyn’s on Green makes vegan sexy in the midst of Chicago’s traditional Greektown neighborhood. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 130 S. Green. 312/226-6155. (D-36)

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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, (I-28)


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The brilliant minds behind the international hit Menopause The Musical® have done it again – this time with the hilarious and insightful new musical sensation, MOTHERHOOD THE MUSICAL®, performing at the Royal George Theatre (1641 N. Halstead; 800/982-2787). Come for dinner, and stay for drinks – MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE’S (505 N. Michigan; 312/321-8823) new springtime sippers, including Spring Training, pictured here, (Lillet Blanc, Pernod, lemon, honey, Lost Coast Wheat Beer and Creole bitters) are a slam dunk for springtime imbibing. Top your evening off with an unforgettable night of live jazz at THE BACKROOM (1007 N. Rush; 312/751-2433). Relax and relish hours of your favorite music performed in an intimate setting complete with candlelit tables. 2-for-1 coupon on page 64.


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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)




BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show is 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, 312/6445269, (H-38)


KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12-$15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, (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, (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. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/7878998, (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. 7 W. Division, 312/3372583, (I-24)



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, (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, (H-29)

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, (H-29)




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)


HARD ROCK CAFE In addition to live music, 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 11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, (H-29)

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, (H-29)


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, 312/751-2433, (I-25)



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, (I-33)

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, (H-32)



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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.

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


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, by calling 800/9822787 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. Performing (some Tues) and Wed-Thu at 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 6:30pm through May 27th. Tickets are $43.50-$49.50, and are available at the Royal George box office, by phone 312/988-9000, through or

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Ethnic Eats by Mark Loehrke

With the NATO Summit in town this week, the belief is that people around the world will see Chicago as a truly “global” city. But as anyone who’s been paying attention to the local restaurant scene well knows, our international prowess has long been proudly represented in our vast array of neighborhood ethnic eateries. Here, then, is a small taste of the dining summit that visitors can sample around town: Germany As the unofficial centerpiece of the Lincoln Square neighborhood for more than four decades, Chicago Brauhaus has been a bastion of beer hall tradition – from the authentic food and drink to the lively music and dancing. 4732 N. Lincoln; 773/784-4444.

India The city’s restaurant scene certainly doesn’t lack for Indian options, but it’s hard to find those great flavors in a more neighborhood-y setting than at the tucked-away Chicago Curry House. 899 S. Plymouth; 312/362-9999.


France French cuisine can come off as stuffy or pretentious, but that stereotype couldn’t be further from the delicious truth at the warm, inviting Cyrano’s, from acclaimed chef and restaurateur Didier Durand. 546 N. Wells, 312/467-0546.

Greece The city’s bustling Greektown is almost too much of a good thing, which can make choosing just one place a challenge; when in doubt, know that they’ve been inspiring “opaahs!” for years at The Parthenon. 314 S. Halsted; 312/726-2407.

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900 North Michigan Ave. Level 6 Chicago, IL Clark, 773/880-0199. •For 30 years, i.O. I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. (312)664-6203 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.




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

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