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27 FRIDAY The Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:20pm, Sat at 12:05pm, and Sun at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison. 800/THE-CUBS. Catch the game day action at Moe’s Cantina in Wrigleyville while enjoying housemade sangria and Mexican fare. 3518 N. Clark. 773/248-2002. to Addison

ON THE COVER A JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) hosts BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life through September 5, 2011. This exhibit, premiering in the United States at MSI, features more than 200 real human specimens (and a few animal specimens, too!) preserved through a special process called plastination. You’ll get an amazing look into human anatomy and physiology and how our bodies change over time through specimens that demonstrate the effects of the aging process. Museum of Science and Industry is located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Some evening exhibit hours available during peak summer periods. Admission fees for the exhibit are as follows: adults $27, seniors (65+) $26, and children 3-11 are $18. Advance tickets recommended. Visit msichicago.org or call 773/684-1414 for more information.

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Experience the spectacular new threesixty° stage production of J M Barrie’s classic story Peter Pan, performing tonight at 7pm in a state-of-the-art theater tent at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center. $20-$75. 650 W. Chicago. 800/775-2000. Set the stage with a 3-course pre-theatre dinner package at nearby Japonais. Available Wed-Sat from 5pm-7pm for $35/pp. 600 W. Chicago. 312/822-9600. Two of the hottest names in pop and R&B team up as suave singer Bruno Mars and cutting-edge experimenter Janelle Monae share a highly-anticipated double bill tonight at the Aragon Ballroom. 7:30pm. $32.25. 1106 W. Lawrence. 773/561-9500.

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Porcupine Tree leader Steve Wilson and Israeli singer Aviv Geffen team up once again as Blackfield to debut songs from their third collaboration Welcome to My DNA tonight at Park West. 7:30pm. $25. 322 W. Armitage. # 773/929-5959. 151 After the world is thrown into chaos, and only a percentage of survivors remain, major cities have become cesspools of crime and disease. For protection, or to gain power, the people have learned karate and created Planet Karate. Check out this new off-beat production at The Annoyance Theatre at 10pm on Fridays. $15. 4830 N. Broadway. 773/561HONK.

Don’t miss the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival this weekend! This famous Chicago intersection is home to some of Chicago’s most “happening” nightclubs and bars. The festival reflects the laidback lifestyle of this area and features plenty of live entertainment, art, fashion, food and drinks! Sat & Sun noon-10pm. $5 donation suggested. N. Sheffield from Belmont to School. www.chicagoevents.com. to Belmont

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Stemming from a love of great beer, the Half Acre Beer Company has grown into a Chicago favorite. Take a tour of this unique brewery and enjoy samplings, a free Half Acre glass, and plenty of brewing knowledge. Must be at least 21 years of age with ID. Tours depart at 1pm. $10. 4257 N. Lincoln. 773/2484038. to Western

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, tools, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. 847/524-9590. to Rosemont

Celebrate National Brisket Day and the start of summer with a stop at Weber Grill Restaurant for an order of their famous slow-smoked BBQ Beef Brisket flanked with choice of two sides including Cornbread, Coleslaw or Bourbon Baked Beans. 539 N. State. # 151 312/467-9696.

Learn more about Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden during a free guided walk through the lush paradise with Master Gardeners. Tours depart Sundays between 10am1:30pm, and Fridays between 11am1:30pm. FREE. Michigan & Monroe, meet in the garden located at SE corner. 312/742-1168.

For one night only “Weird Al” Yankovic performs at the Genesee Theatre. The king of pop culture parody is back in the limelight with his Lady Gaga parody, Perform This Way. The show kicks-off at 8pm. $29-59. 203 N. Genesee, in Waukegan. 847/782-2366.

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Want to go for a glide? Take in Chicago’s top sites, famous parks and beautiful lakefront with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours! The popular Lakefront/Museum Campus Tour covers eight scenic miles from Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain to Museum Campus and Soldier Field with knowledgeable guides leading the way. Daily tours offered 9am, 11:30am, 2:40pm, 6pm/6:15pm. $60$65. Departs from 337 E. Randolph. 312/552-5100. $5 off # with ad on page 13. 151 Wake up and smell the flowers with the blooming of the Tulips on the Magnificent Mile. Take a stroll along the hundreds of thousands of Tulips and enjoy the exclusive offers from restaurants, hotels and shops through May 31st. FREE. www.tulipsonthemagnificentmile.com. Details on page 24.

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Mondays are free at Chicago History Museum! Come explore the museum’s newest exhibition, Out in Chicago, which explores Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities against the backdrop of the dynamic forces that shaped Chicago’s development. 9:30am4:30pm. FREE today! 1601 N. Clark. 312/642-4600. #151

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Alt-country and Americana specialist Justin Townes Earle heads up the latest installment of the Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays series tonight at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 6:30pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph. 312/742-1168

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Close out 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. 69 E. Madison. 312/332-8111. Enjoy the complimentary sounds of Mississippi Heat (led by Pierre Lacocque, Carl Weathersby) at today’s LunchBreak: Jazz, Blues, & Beyond concert series in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Café. 12:15pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington. 312/744-6630.

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company showcases Chicago’s next generation of artists in a rotating repertory of three productions titled NEXT Up. First up, Animals Out of Paper, is a funny, poignant play about the collision of mismatched people and the complicated ways we hurt, heal and love those around us. Opens tonight at 8pm. $20. The Steppenwolf Garage, 1624 N. to North Halsted. 312/335-1650.

Learn about Chicago’s fascinating history and famous architecture from knowledgeable guides with Steve’s Segway Tours all while on a thrilling, scenic tour through downtown, Museum Campus, along the lakefront, and more. Departs daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 6:30pm. $60-$70. Departs from Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus. 312/946# 146 9467. Experience Wendella Boats signature tour of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The 90-minute Combined Lake and River Tour includes a trip through the Chicago Lock, and is perfect for anyone interested in Chicago’s rich culture and history. Frequent departures start at 10am. Adults $26, seniors $25, children (11-3) $13. 400 N # Michigan. 312/337-1446. 151 Glessner House Museum offers complimentary guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark, and Clarke House (1836), the City’s oldest surviving building, every Wednesday. Clark tour departs at noon & 2pm, Glessener tour departs at 1pm & 3pm. FREE. 1800 S. Prairie. 312/326-1480. #3

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Irish indie rock trio The Script continues its tour of the States in support of 2010’s Science & Faith with a stop tonight at the Aragon Ballroom. 7:30pm. $30. 1106 W. Lawrence. 773/5619500.


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THURSDAY Spend the weekend in Chicago’s Lincoln Square and celebrate with Chicago’s German Community as they kick off the season with Maifest. This weekend long festival offers plenty of live music, German beer and food! Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10pm. FREE. Located at Lincoln & Leland. www.mayfestchicago.com

WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS is dishing it out free pizza between 5pm-6pm at La Cantina, Vivere and Village Bars. Yes, that’s right free pizza and daily drink specials! 71 W. Monroe. 312/332-7005.

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Chicago Loop Alliance invites the public to attend its popular First Thursdays Pop-Up Gallery Walks. The walks are free, self-guided tours of the many new exhibits throughout the Loop that include complimentary wine, live art-making and music. 5pm-8pm. FREE. Visit PopUpArtLoop.com for gallery list, and to learn about CLA’s new Go Do Good initiative.

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CHICAGO LIVE! returns for a third season packed with more wit, sass, and comedy! Showcasing who and what is making news in Chicago, this show comes prepared with plenty of musical performances and commentary. The show will also feature comedy sketches by The Second City. 6:30pm. $20. Chicago Theatre Downstairs, 175 N. State. 800/745-3000. to Lake

3 FRIDAY Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Relax with a cash bar featuring specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Must be 21 or older. 6pm-10pm. $18. 220 E. Chicago. 312/397-4010. #151

SATURDAY Get your weekend on with $5 SKYY Bombs (includes all SKYY flavors) at THE FIREPLACE INN. 1448 N. Wells. 312/664-5264.

SUNDAY Sail away with TALL SHIP WINDY. The 148-foot schooner departs from Navy Pier, and offers a variety of daily seafaring adventures on Lake Michigan. 2-for-1 tickets with coupon on page 17. 312/451-2700.

MONDAY It’s Ladies Night at MELTING POT (5pm-9:30pm) where ladies indulge on cheese fondue, salad, and chocolate for just $16.99. 609 N. Dearborn. 312/573-0011.

TUESDAY FREE Mango Lassi or FREE Dessert every Monday and Tuesday at downtown’s CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE. Yum! 899 S. Plymouth Ct. 312/362-9999.

WEDNESDAY Go on a food safari at RAINFOREST CAFE where kids 10 & under eat for $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. Bring discount coupon in Kids Korner. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501.

THURSDAY Thirsty Thursday at JOHN BARLEYCORN means $4 Half-Pound Cheeseburger & French Fries. Wash it down with $4 select American beers, cocktails, and wine by the glass. 658 W. Belden. 773/348-1570.


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THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Do you know how many termites it takes to build a skyscraper? Find out at The Notebaert Nature Museum’s newest exhibition, Nature’s Architects. This exciting new exhibit investigates the creative, industrious and skillful craftsmanship of animal builders. Mon-Fri 9am4:30pm ,Sat-Sun 10am5pm. Adults $9, seniors $7, children ages 3-12 $6. 2430 N. Cannon. THE FIELD MUSEUM Explore the fascinating world of whales at The Field Museum with their new exhibit Whales: Giants of the Deep. Showcasing a variety of whale skeletons, innovative hands-on activities, and gorgeous artifacts, this exhibit captures emotions and imaginations. Daily 9am-5pm. $2229/adults, $18-24/students and seniors, $20/children. 1400 S. Lake Shore. 312/665-7683. LINCOLN PARK ZOO An animal oasis where kids can venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. Daily 10am4:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark. 312/742-2000.

HIGHLIGHTS SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies at the Shedd Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Jellies. Come dive into the complicated and intriguing underwater world of these fascinating creatures and experience a hands-on exhibit that showcases more than 10 species of jellies and examines their unique lifecycle. On exhibit through May 28, 2012. Daily 8:30am-6pm. Adults $28.95, children 3-11 $19.95 (exhibits may require additional fee). Shedd Aquarium. 1200 S. Lake Shore. 312/939-2438.

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

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May is National Bike Month––celebrate with a leisurely, guided bike tour of Chicago’s scenic parks, neighborhoods and lakefront with BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO. Departure locations include Navy Pier and Millennium Park (312/729-1000). $5 off with coupon on pg. 12. Celebrate Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy with Chicago Architecture Foundation’s popular 90-minute river cruise aboard CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY, which spotlights over 50 historic and architecturally significant sights. (Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr; 800/982-2787). For spectacular views spanning up to four states, head to the famous SKYDECK CHICAGO (233 S. Wacker; 312/875-9696) at Willis Tower. And don’t miss Skydeck’s newest attraction, the Ledge, which provides unobstructed views – 1,353 feet down to Wacker Drive.

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AT T R AC T I O N S AMAZING CHICAGO Navigate through 4,000-square feet of sensory experiences. Stumble through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Sun-Thu 10am8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Child pass $9.95, adult pass $10.95. Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/893-7300. www.amazingchicago.com (P-30) 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. www.chipublib.org (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Information and maps available inside. Mon-Thu 8am7pm, 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, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. $76 adults, $59 children ages 3-11. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY Sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden will provide you with enough oxygen to cover all the grounds. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). $5 suggested donation. Cash only. 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100. (West of D-33) JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the multimedia Sky Tour, Espression by Lavazza café, and more. 9am-11pm. $15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW. www.hancockobservatory.com (J-26) LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY Always green and lush, find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round. Daily 9am-5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312/742-7736. (G-15) MAGIQUEST Explore a world filled with amazing creatures, dragons and characters where they will gain skill and knowledge and rise to untold levels of bravery. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. $7.95 for each 30-minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $19.95. 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855. www.MagiQuest.com (Suburban)

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MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168. www.millenniumpark.org (K-33)

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

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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. $15.95 adults, $11 ages 3-11, children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696. www.the-skydeck.com (G-36)

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NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Fast Five: The IMAX Experience now playing. $15-$17 adults, $14 seniors 62+, $13 children 3-11. All major cards. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago (O-30)

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Sight-Seaing Chicago One of the most welcome aspects of spring’s return to Chicago every year is the opportunity it affords to once again interact with one of our greatest natural resources – Lake Michigan. After months of foreboding hues and angry waves, the spring warmth ushers in a season of renewed pedestrian activity along its shoreline and revived boat traffic on its glistening blue waters. Take full advantage of this annual rebirth by getting a unique take on the city’s stunning skyline aboard one of the four architectural cruises from CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE departing daily from River East. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies provided. 465 N. McClurg Court. 312/527-2002.

MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday of every month for ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Open daily 9:30am-5pm. General admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $6 kids 3-11, children under 3 free. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Kings, Queens, and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France (closes May 30th). Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Fri-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). $18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35)

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THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to the Chicago Model City exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Sun-Thu 9:30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6:30pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. caf.architecture.org (J-36) CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN With 24 gardens on 385 acres, this is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for education and research. Offering lectures, guided walks and events all month long. Daily 8am-sunset. FREE. 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. (Suburban) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. $12 adults/children, $11 seniors, children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. (I-34)


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CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Abraham Lincoln. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. $14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free. Free on Mon. AE, MC, V 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the c study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, closed Mon. $10 adults, $7 seniors/students, $3 children ages 6-11. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54)

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

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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: The Horse. Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/9229410. (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Guided tours available daily from 10:30am-4pm. 60-80 min. $15 adults, $12 youth 4-17 and seniors 65+. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000. http://www.gowright.org (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours: Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. $10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312/3261480. (J-48) HELLENIC MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER Showcasing the artistic work of the Hellenic people in the visual, literary, and performing arts, the museum seeks to preserve the history of the Greek immigrant experience. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm. $5, children under 12 are free. V, MC. 801 W. Adams, 4th Floor, 312/655-1234. (D-36)

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ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon- Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. $12 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847/967-4800. (Suburban) JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889 is now located on the University of Illinois campus. Learn about how she and others reformed social service. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312/413-5353. (D-40)


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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. $12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Free on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27)

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

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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors. Closed on Mon, Free on Tue (11am-8pm). 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600. www.luc.edu/luma (J-27)

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KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon 9:30am-noon, Tue-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $8.50 adults/children, $7.50 seniors 55+, children under 1 are free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview, 847/832-6600. (Suburban)

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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 safety gear. See Tours by Land listing for more details. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY. www.bikechicago.com (K-34)(M-30)

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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. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100. www.grayline.com (I-36)

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SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. On exhibit: Jellies. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: $28.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 3-11. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. www.sheddaquarium.org (L-43)

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

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THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. $9 adults, $7 students/seniors 60+, $6 children ages 3-12, children under 3 free. Free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. www.chias.org (G-14)

BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Great tours by bicycle, segway, and electric bikes! Amazing Lakefront Tour by Bike or Segway, Friendly Neighborhoods Tour to Lincoln Park & Wrigleyville by Electric Bike, Presidential Tour of Hyde Park by bike. Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY. www.bikechicago.com (K-34)(M-30)

CHICAGO DETOURS Smart guided walking tours for curious people. Experience history and culture through engaging commentary and multimedia on iPads while exploring stories and places even locals don’t know about. Topics span from architecture to entertainment, and tour stops range from the underground pedway system to the site of a former jazz club. 312/350-1131. www.chicagodetours.com

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. www.grayline.com


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ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Enjoy Chicago on this scenic 8-mile glide along the lakefront and gardens of Grant and Millennium Parks. View famous attractions, Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean”, Soldier Field, and the Museum Campus with the skyline as your backdrop. Select from the Lakefront Museum Campus Tour, Art and Architecture Tour, Evening Fireworks tour, and the Haunted Tour. 337 E. Randolph. 312/552-5100. www.chicagosegway.com

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STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS The most fun tour in Chicago! Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a 3–hour Segway tour. Fun, informative and led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours available. Great photos! Daily departures at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Call for reservations. Prices: $60-$85 + tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (down the stairs), 312/946-9467. StevesSegwayTours.com (K-36)

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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 53 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35. Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge & Wacker, 800/982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com/rivercruise or ask your Concierge. (J-32)

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CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE Unforgettable 90-min lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. The Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history with a gorgeous skyline view. Adults $38, seniors $32, children 7-18 $22, under 7 free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-2002. www.chicagoline.com (L-32)

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MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE The Urban Adventure Cruise is a family friendly 90-minute complete city tour of the lake and river showcasing Chicago’s world-famous structures complete with lively commentary. Frequent daily departures starting May 13th. Adults $25, 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. www.mercuryskylinecruiseline.com (J-32)    SEADOG Hop onboard and enjoy an amusing 75-minute River & Lake Architectural Tour, an exciting 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Ride or a wet n’ wild 30-minute Extreme Thrill Ride! Adults $19.95-$31.95, kids (3-12) $14.95-$19.95. Departs Navy Pier’s Dock Street. 600 E. Grand, 888/920-2600. www.SeadogCruises.com

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Early Bird Tour, Amazing Lakefront Tour, Segway @ Sunset Tour, and the Foster Beach and Montrose Harbor Tour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 888/BIKE.WAY. www.bikechicago.com (K-34)

SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING Enjoy Shoreline Sightseeing’s dramatic, Chicago River Architecture Cruises with professional guides daily from 10am to dusk from Navy Pier’s Ogden Slip. Fares: adults $24-$30, seniors $21-$27, children $12-$15. Also offering daily narrated Lake Michigan Skyline tours from Navy Pier. Fares: adults $14-$17, seniors $13-$15, children $6-$8.  For updated info, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/222-9328.

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, www.SpiritofChicago.com (M-30) TALL SHIP ADVENTURES The 148-foot Tall Ship Windy departs daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan. Fares: adults $24-$45, seniors $15-$35, children 2-11 $10-$20. Red Witch and Pianissimo complete the fleet and offer a variety of sailing events and private charters from Burnham Harbor. Navy Pier and Burnham Harbor, 312/451-2700. www.ChicagoTallShips.com (O-31)


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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Don’t miss big cats, polar bears and sea lions. There’s also a new Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000, www.lpzoo.com. (H-17)

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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 $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day tickets are $6.) Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com.

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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable and quality service to and from the airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups. Mini busses, vans and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and tours. For the “best rates you won’t find anywhere else” call 630/629-0001 or 888/709-5466 or visit www.AmericanCoach.net.

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WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s original narrated boat tour, Wendella offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $26 adults, $25 seniors, $13 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/ 337-1446. www.wendellaboats.com (J-31)

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

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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 newest 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. Boeing Galleries: Add formal space for public exhibitions to the park's mid-level terraces. The Galleries are lined on either side by a row of graceful sycamore trees - a rarity in Chicago. BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine 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. 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. Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater for Music and Dance: The theater seats 1,525 and offers programs ranging from classical ballet and contemporary dance to classical, chamber, opera and folk music.

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


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.

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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).

Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the Jaume Plensa – recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor.

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Spring has sprung on the Magnificent Mile.

Throughout May, the symbol of spring, the tulip, will be spilling out of the planters lining Michigan Avenue in celebration of Tulips on the Magnificent Mile (details at www.themagnificentmile.com). However, tulips aren’t the only things in bloom on the Mag Mile as it is well-known for its bountiful shopping as well. Make your way to ATLAS GALLERIES (900 N. Michigan, 800/545-2929; 535 N. Michigan, 800/423-7635) where you’ll find a celebration of both classic and contemporary artists like postmodern impressionist painter, Michael Cheney, whose painting titled Halcyon Afternoon on the Avenue is pictured here. Celebrate life’s Unforgettable Moments with high quality fashion-forward jewelry and accessories from PANDORA at Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan; 312/915-0647).

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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, CloisonnĂŠ vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. (H-31)

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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/4237635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929. www.atlasgalleries.com (J-29)(J-26)

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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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CURLY TALE FINE ART This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one of a kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664. www.curlytalefineart.com (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. www.lottongallery.com (J-26)

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.

CLOTHING BROOKS BROTHERS Make a statement with legendary quality and style. Classically modern suits, shirts, ties, pants, and sweaters. Call for hours. All major cards. 713 N. Michigan, 312/915-0060. (J-28) DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. (H-29) H&M Fashionable and affordable European chain offering men and women’s vibrant, modern clothing. Call for hours. All major cards. 22 N. State, 312/263-4436; 840 N. Michigan, 312/640-0060. (I-36)(J-26)

DEPARTMENT STORES THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am6pm.

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BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. (J-26) MACY’S Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours—State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. (I-34)(J-26)


SEARS Rely on the no-nonsense Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 2 N. State, 312/373-6040. (I-35)

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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 Pkwy, 888/744-LOVE www.loverslane.com (D-11)(Suburban)

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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, 312/915-0647. http://memorablecharms.com/locations.html (J-27)

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

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

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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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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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It’s in the Bag There may be plenty of places throughout the city to find your run of the mill Chicago souvenirs like Navy Pier postcards, but when it comes to finding a stylish memento to commemorate your trip, like this chic Chicago Hobo Tote Bag, CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS, is where it’s at. They also happen to be the only place in the city to carry officially licensed merchandise from the entire lineup of NBC television shows. So, if you need a Dwight Schrute bobblehead for your desk, or a “Biggest Loser” T-shirt for the gym, this is the place – the only place, in fact. Just steps from the Magnificent Mile, this is a great place to complete your Chicago shopping experience. Located inside the NBC Tower at 454 N. Columbus Drive. 312/467-9537.

IN ROOM MASSAGES OR FACIALS ($100 & UP) Available daily 9am-11pm Call (312)473-0580 www.dayspa664.com

MASSAGE/BEAUTY SERVICES DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with in-room relaxation services, including Massages and Facials delivered right to your room. Daily 9am-11pm. Cash only. Downtown, Gold Coast, River North, The Loop & Suburbs Add $25. 312/473-0580. www.dayspa664.com PENINSULA SPA Located inside the five-star Peninsula Hotel, this will be a day at the spa you won’t soon forget. Call for hours. All major cards. 108 E. Superior, 312/573-6860. (J-28)

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

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SHOPPING MALLS THE 900 SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. (J-27)


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BLOCK 37 Shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312/261-4700. www.block37.com (I-34)

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CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS This NBC Tower Gift Shop is steps from the Mag Mile, and is the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Find fun and original souvenirs from hit shows “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Herd),” “Biggest Loser,” as well as Chicago souvenirs. Open 7 days.  All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537. (K-31)

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

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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. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. (J-30)

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

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, safari-themed place settings, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501. www.rainforestcafe.com (H-29)

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THE OPRAH STORE O baby! Located steps away from Harpo Studios, shoppers will find a vast collection of Oprah’s “favorite things.” Call for hours. All major cards. 37 N. Carpenter, 312/633-2100. (West of D-35)

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

TOBACCO & CIGARS IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306. www.iwanries.com (I-35) UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. Free Parking. Open Late. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505. www.updowncigar.com (H-19)


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Let’s get the BBQ season started!

Get an early taste of summer throughout May with National BBQ Month. You’ll find some of the best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the city at THE FIREPLACE INN (1448 N Wells; 312/664-5264). Enjoy a full or half slab in a comfortable indoor setting or out on the three-season patio. $10 off with coupon on page 47. From the people who invented the Weber Grill comes WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT (539 N. State; 312/467-9696). This classic American kitchen serves BBQ favorites like Beef Brisket, Angus Meatloaf, and Weber’s Signature Ribs, cooked to perfection on authentic giant Weber kettles. Looking for a fun and interactive dining experience? We’ve got you covered. Head to GYU-KAKU (210 E. Ohio; 312/266-8929) for a Japanese-style BBQ where guests enjoy fresh Yahiniku (grilled meat) right off the grill.

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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.

AMERICAN CHEESECAKE FACTORY The focus is on mouth-watering dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 875 N. Michigan (in the John Hancock Building), 312/337-1101. (J-26) HARD ROCK CAFE Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine, this legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com (H-29) JAKE MELNICK’S This neighborhood pub features a menu of tried and trusted bar cuisine and numerous TVs. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 41 E. Superior, 312/266-0400. (I-28)

open daily 11am-11pm 614 South Wabash 312-379-0970 www.tamarindsushi.com

LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wrightinspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ 1 S. Wacker, 312/4076900. (G-35) O’BRIENS RIVERWALK CAFÉ The flow of the river and fragrant flowers provide guests with a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city. Feast on sweet corn and seasonal fare served alongside signature sandwiches like the popular Steak Sandwich and Black Angus burger. Opening early to mid-May, weather permitting. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312/3463131, www.obriensrestaurant.com (K-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com (H-29) ROCKIT BAR & GRILL Redefines the traditional bar and grill with culinary twists and a stylish atmosphere. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 22 W. Hubbard, 312/645-6000 and 3700 N. Clark, 773/645-4400. (I-30) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE This new restaurant is owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s). Malnati’s new burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com (J-35)

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

ASIAN AJA Executive Chef Ariel Bagadiong combines seasonal flavors and greenmarket sensibility to create a pleasing experience at this modern urban Asian cafĂŠ. 660 N. State. 312/202-6000. (I-28) BIG BOWL This pan-Asian chain features a menu of favorites, as well as a stir-fry bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 60 E. Ohio, 312/951-1888. (I-29)

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WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com (I-30)


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A Taste of France As the head man at well-chosen spots like one sixtyblue and Café des Architects, chef Martial Noguier built a reputation over the past decade as one of the leading lights of French cuisine in this town. Still, many average diners could be forgiven for missing out on his previous stops, which were both pricey, fine dining establishments. But now Noguier is bringing his innovative creations to the masses with his own new restaurant BISTRONOMIC, offering his trademark spirit of innovation and attention to detail in a casual and more affordable setting. C’est si bon! 840 N. Wabash Avenue. 312/944-8400.

MOTO Expect a rotating menu of upscale Asian fare in minimalist surroundings. All major cards. $$$$ 945 W. Fulton Market, 312/491-0058. (West of D-33) SHANGHAI TERRACE The chic décor and upscale menu befit this small dining room’s location in the swanky Peninsula Hotel. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 108 E. Superior, 312/573-6744. (I-28) TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com (I-39)

BRAZILIAN FOGO DE CHAO Patrons can get their fill at this “churrascaria.” Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 661 N. LaSalle, 312/932-9330. (H-31) TEXAS de BRAZIL Sword-wielding Gauchos circulate the dining room serving guests various cuts and types of meat. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 51 E. Ohio, 312/670-1006. (I-29)(Suburban)

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B R E A K FA S T ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot!  Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: Insulated coffee pitchers at every table! Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29) YOLK Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Egg-spect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, benedicts, French toast, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)


ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT The informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips and single-malt scotches. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656; 160 E. Huron, 312/440-1180; 185 N. Wabash, 312/3451710. (H-36)(J-28)(I-33)

CHINESE LAO SZE CHUAN “One of the best”—Chicago Tribune. Private Rooms. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 2172 S. Archer in Chinatown Square, 312/326-5040. (H-50) P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO This stylish, high-energy bistro serves traditional Chinese dishes along with innovative offerings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 530 N. Wabash, 312/8289977. (I-30) THREE HAPPINESS RESTAURANT Recommended by Channel 7 food critic and CLTV News Good Eating as “the best authentic Chinese food in town.” Call for hours. AE, DC, V. $ 209 W. Cermak, 312/842-1964. (H-51)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN 676 RESTAURANT & BAR Great views of the Magnificent Mile complement the American brasserie menu in this well-appointed room in the Omni Hotel. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 676 N. Michigan, 312/944-7676. (J-28) ARIA Asian-influenced American fare in a sleek, hip room at the Fairmont Hotel. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 200 N. Columbus, 312/565-7997. (I-33) THE BERGHOFF This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170. (I-36) GRAHAM ELLIOT A laidback bistro where servers wear jeans and Converse. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 217 W. Huron, 312/624-9975. (H-28) LOCKWOOD American cuisine with French and Italian influences. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 17 E. Monroe, 312/917-3404. (I-36) SIXTEEN An eclectic menu and spectacular views combine to create an exceptional dining experience on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 401 N. Wabash, 312/588-8000. (I-32)

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.

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

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a modern day bistro with personality 840 N Wabash | Chicago, Il 60611 312/944/8400 | www.bistronomic.net

ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned handsliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com (I-42)

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

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MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the fresh and contemporary Mystic Blue where a three-course bountiful buffet, DJ music, summer cocktails, a lounge atmosphere 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, www.MysticBlueCruises.com (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, distinctive three–course 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, www.Odyssey.com (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, www.SpiritofChicago.com (M-30)

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

FRENCH BISTRONOMIC An elegant bistro-style menu, a dark Earthy ambiance, and a chef with over ten years of fine Chicago dining experience. Bistronomic has been the dream of chef Martial Noguier for years. Finally coming to fruition, this modern bistro serves uncomplicated dishes at a reasonable price. 840 N. Wabash. 312/944-8400. (J-27)

Voted #1 Burger in Chicago “Home of the Milkshake Martini” 69 East Madison Street

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

GOLD COAST 864 N. STATE ST. 312-751-1766

GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777

LOOP 61 E. MADISON 312-236-1777

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CYRANO’S CAFÉ AND WINE BAR Enjoy awe-inspiring cityscape while dining on a seasonal patio budding with fragrant plants and flowers along the Chicago River. Besides exquisite views, this French Bistrot features the modern cuisine of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Didier Durand. Opening early to midMay, weather permitting. 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312/616-1400. www.cyranosbistrot.com (J-32) LES NOMADES Classic French fare served in one of the most intimate, romantic rooms in the city. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 222 E. Ontario, 312/649-9010. (K-29)

*All dishes can be adapted for vegetarians.

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

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 & Thu 11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444. www.chicagobrauhaus.com (Northwest of A-1)

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

620 N. Fairbanks 312-280-8366

PARTHENON Located right in the heart of Greektown, this restaurant is one of the oldest in the neighborhood. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 314 S. Halsted, 312/726-2407. (D-37) PEGASUS Lively Greek atmosphere highlights a menu of traditional Mediterranean staples. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 130 S. Halsted, 312/226-3377. (D-3)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/3629999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41) GAYLORD INDIA This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. (I-26)

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INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional and specialty dishes including Samosas, marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am-3pm for $11.95pp. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$ 247 E. Ontario, 312/2804910. www.indiangardenchicago.com (H-29)

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

100 E. Walton Chicago 312-664-1700

555 Mall Drive Schaumburg 847-619-3300

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

IRISH EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room complete with 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Football Specials and Weekend Brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200. www.emeraldloop.com (I-33) THE KERRYMAN BAR & RESTAURANT Traditional Irish dishes served alongside more upscale items in a warm environment. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 661 N. Clark, 312/335-8121. (I-28) POAG MAHONE’S Travel back to a time when Chicago was known for its tanneries and freewheeling lifestyles. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 333 S. Wells, 312/566-9100. (H-37)

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

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INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand, 312/645-9500. www.indiahousechicago.com (I-30)


Publisher’s Pick

Rock Your Taste Buds HARD ROCK CAFE is celebrating its 40th anniversary – and skin-baring season – by debuting 12 lighter-fare menu options that are sure to keep your taste buds rockin’. They’ve dialed down the calorie count without skimping on flavor on new American made-from-scratch dishes like BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich and the Legendary Turkey Burger. Raise a glass and toast this milestone with a drink from their new tropical fruit cocktail menu, featuring taste-tantalizing thirst-quenchers like Blackberry Smash and Fountain of Youthcreated by their very own MixMasters. HERE FOR A CONVENTION? Don’t miss out on the “Show Your Badge and Save” program which gets you 20% off all food and non-alcoholic beverages with your registration badge. 63 W. Ontario. 312/943-2252.

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. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001. www.bucadibeppo.com (J-30) CLUB LAGO Old-school neighborhood joint just minutes from downtown. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 331 W. Superior, 312/951-2849. (G-28) CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Online reservations. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm. Lounge open late. All major cards. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300. www.clubluckchicago.com (Northwest of A-20) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005. www.italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36)

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LA SCAROLA This cozy and intimate spot features Old Italian favorites at reasonable prices for both lunch and dinner. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 721 W. Grand, 312/243-1740. (D-30) QUARTINO Lively River North restaurant serving spectacular small plates. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 626 N. State, 312/698-5000. (I-29) SCOOZI! Italian selections and pizza creations are featured at this River North veteran. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 410 W. Huron, 312/943-5900. (G-28) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005. www.italianvillagechicago.com (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005. www.italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36)


JAPONAIS Chic interior and atmosphere characterize this contemporary Japanese and Sushi restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 600 W. Chicago, 312/822-9600. (F-27) MEIJI An extensive array of fresh sushi selections are served in this sleek West Loop room. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 623 W. Randolph, 312/887-9999. (E-34) RON OF JAPAN This Japanese cuisine is prepared as you watch. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 230 E. Ontario, 312/644-6500. (J-29)

L AT I N CARNIVALE A Latin-inspired paradise combining flavors from Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 702 W. Fulton, 312/850-5005. (E-32) NACIONAL 27 Latin cuisine inspired by each one of the 27 Latin countries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 325 W. Huron, 312/664-2727. (F-28)

Family owned and operated!

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

RUMBA Cuban, Spanish, and Puerto Rican flavors come together in this Latin-fusion eatery. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 351 W. Hubbard, 312/222-1226. (G-31)

MEDITERRANEAN ALHAMBRA PALACE RESTAURANT This restaurant slash lounge serves upscale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1240 W. Randolph, 312/666-9555. (West of D-34) THE PURPLE PIG Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list. All major cards. $$ 500 N. Michigan, 312/464-1744. (J-30) SAYAT NOVA Find standard Mediterranean fare served in a cozy, intimate setting. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 157 E. Ohio, 312/644-9159. (J-30)

MEXICAN ADOBO GRILL Featuring authentic regional Mexican cuisine, awardwinning hand-shaken margaritas and famous guacamole prepared tableside. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1610 N. Wells, 312/266-7999; 2005 W. Division, 773/252-9990. (G-19)

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SALPICON Find the ultimate fiesta in Old Town at this spot that features authentic Mexican fare with a modern twist. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1252 N. Wells, 312/988-7811. (H-22)

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

SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT A “fiesta” for your taste buds, just one block off Michigan Avenue. A smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $ 49 E. Ontario, 312/9434041. (I-29) ZOCALO Offering small plates and entrees along with their signature margaritas. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 358 W. Ontario, 312/302-9977. (F-29)

LALO’S Known for their famous margaritas, this Chicago favorite has many locations throughout the city and suburbs. Call for hours and additional locations. All major cards. $$ 1960 N. Clybourn, 312/329-0030. (H-31) MOE’S CANTINA Spanish and South American tapas are on the menu at this ruckus Mexican cantina. Rock music, wrought iron chandeliers, and plasma TVs set a spirited scene for Moe’s famous margaritas, and popular mesquite-grilled skewers and tacos. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-2am. All major cards. 155 W. Kinzie, 312/245-2000. Also at 3518 N. Clark. www.moescantina.com (I-31)

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NEPALESE 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)

CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/3629999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)


PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777. pizanoschicago.com (I-26) (I-35)(Suburban) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872. www.pizzeriaora.com (H-30)

SEAFOOD CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/3463500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500. www.catch35.com (I-33)(Suburban)

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HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, FriSat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444. www.holymackerelseafood.com (Suburban)

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CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100. www.chicagochophouse.com (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264. www.fireplaceinn.com (G-21)

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HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400. www.harrycarays.com (I-31)(Suburban) KEEFERS One of the most celebrated steakhouses in the country – Keefer’s features a sophisticated stylish décor, and chef-driven menu from the legendary John Hogan. The menu features an outstanding selection of Prime steaks, seafood, chicken, chops, pastas and desserts. Outdoor patio, weatherpermitting. All major cards. $$$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Enjoy an undefeated dining experience. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails to the infamous 48oz Porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788. www.donshula.com (J-31) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696. www.webergrillrestaurant.com (I-30)

SUSHI FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998. www.friendssushi.com (I-28) “The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

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

THAI DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Magnificent Mile in traditional trappings. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000. www.daothai.com (J-29) SILVER SPOON Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, guests enjoy Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment. Vegetarianfriendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. MC, V $ 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. www.silverspoonchicago.com (I-28) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam played a major role in the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Delivery available to downtown hotels. Sun-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $ 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100. www.starofsiamchicago.com (I-30) “The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine

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SUSHI TAIYO This bi-level River North restaurant and lounge features contemporary sushi, sashimi, Asian fusion fare as well as a innovative cocktail menu with high end and regional sake, signature martinis, champagne, wine and Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717. www.taiyochicago.com (I-29)


Nightlife

Take flight with Chicago nightlife.

Don’t miss the spectacular new gravity-defying threesixty° stage production of J M Barrie’s classic story PETER PAN, now performing in a state-of-the-art theater tent at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center (650 W. Chicago; 800/775-2000) for a limited eight-week engagement. Warmer temps makes for easier cocktailing – and you’d be hard-pressed to find a cocktail lounge with more swagger than the one at CLUB LUCKY (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300), where the night consists of killer martinis, great food, and a cool “supper club” vibe. THE BACKROOM (1007 N. Rush; 312/751-2433) is front of mind when it comes to looking for that sultry underground lounge atmosphere. Catch live music acts from blues to Motown, seven nights a week at this intimate Gold Coast nightclub. Get 2-for-1 admission with coupon on page 60.

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BRANDO’S SPEAKEASY A South Loop lounge featuring nightly specials. Call for hours. All major cards. 343 S. Dearborn, 312/2651823. (I-38)

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BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show has the nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for over 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon & Tue. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269. www.thebatonshowlounge.com (H-38)

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

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

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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 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300. www.clubluckychicago.com (Northwest of A-20)

DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. 440 N State St, 312/464-1400. www.downtownbarandlounge.com (I-31)

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FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring Pan Seared Crab Cakes with wasabi aioli, Unagi Egg Rolls, Edamame, Grilled Calamari and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998. www.friendssushi.com (I-28) IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE A restaurant/lounge featuring Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in an upscale setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808. www.taiyochicago.com (I-29) LUXBAR Combines the rustic atmosphere of a local tavern with the elegance of an upscale restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. 18 E. Bellevue, 312/642-3400. (I-25)


Publisher’s Pick

30 Years, Off The Cuff Chicago has long been regarded as the birthplace of improvisational comedy, thanks in large part to the string of famous alumni to have emerged from the famous Second City troupe. But Second City is actually just one piece of the hilarious patchwork of North Side clubs that have made the city’s reputation. This month, another shining star in Chicago’s improv constellation celebrates three decades of unscripted laughter as the reliably uproarious iO THEATER takes a 30th anniversary bow with a typically packed schedule of shows – from Improvised Shakespeare to Cupid Has a Heart On. 3541 N. Clark Street. 773/880-0199.

POTTER’S Prime location inside Palmer House Hilton makes this swank lounge a perfect spot for theatergoers. Call for hours. All major cards. 17 E. Monroe, 312/917-4933. (I-36) REBAR Since this is Trump’s Tower, impress your guests and order from a wide selection of champagnes, sakes, and premium spirits. Call for hours. All major cards. 401 N. Wabash, 312/588-8100. (I-31) ROOF Roof delivers unbeatable views (use their telescope), specialty cocktails, and Italian-inspired small plates. Call for hours. All major cards. 201 N. State, 312/239-9501. (I-33)

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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 30 years. iO has two theaters. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199. chicago.ioimprov.com (D-5) THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for hours. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312/337-3992. (H-19)

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EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by the Chicago Tribune. Wed-Fri 7pm – 4am, Sat 7pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944. (I-29) SPY BAR Offers a state-of-the-art sound system, bottle service, specialty cocktails and unique champagne-truffle pairings. Call for hours. All major cards. 646 N. Franklin, 312/337-2191. (G-29)

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

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BUTCH MCGUIRE’S Hit up the jukebox, chow down on Reuben sliders, and shoot some pool at this legendary Gold Coast Irish pub. Call for hours. All major cards. 20 W. Division, 312/337-9080. (I-23)


FADO IRISH PUB Soccer on the flat-screens, homemade Shephard’s pie and Guinness on the table, and plenty of “craic.” Call for hours. All major cards. 100 W. Grand, 312/836-0066. (I-30) LIZZIE MCNEIL’S IRISH PUB Escape the hustle and bustle at this inviting Irish pub. Call for hours. All major cards. 400 N. McClurg, 312/467-1992. (K-31)

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ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB Casual dining and live jazz. Call for cover and hours. All major cards. 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. (I-31) JAZZ SHOWCASE Legendary all-ages jazz club. Call for hours. Cash only. 806 S. Plymouth, 312/360-0234. (I-41)

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


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

THE BACKROOM One of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & covers vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433. www.backroomchicago.com (I-25)

HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. (H-32)

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TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS BULL AND BEAR Trade in your rollercoaster day of stocks for a luxury sports bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 413 N. Wells, 312/527-5973. (G-31) THE CUBBY BEAR This 30,000-square-foot multipurpose venue serves as “the place” to party after the Cubs game. Call for hours. All major cards. 1059 W. Addison, 773/327-1662. (D-4) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Beer enthusiasts would be amiss to skip this local favorite. Call for hours. All major cards. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/915-0071 and 3535 N. Clark, 773/832-9040. (D-19)


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

APOLLO THEATRE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, 2540 N. Lincoln. Inspired by the famed, 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. The show features a treasure trove of music, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and much more. For tickets: $25-$80, call 773/935-6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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

THE BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE WORKING, 175 E. Chestnut at Water Tower Place, 800/775-2000. Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chicago’s own Studs Terkel, Working is a vital new musical, adapted by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin and Godspell). The perfect musical for anyone who has ever worked a day in their life, Working examines the realities of everyday life in the working world, and is a celebration of everyday people, hard work, and the human spirit. Tickets: $67.50–$77.50. www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

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Extended by Popular Demand Thru June 12 DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY, 1641 N. Halsted, 312/9889000. Dixie’s Tupperware Party stars Dixie Longate, as the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, who has packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to journey across America. Critics and audiences have howled with laughter as Dixie throws a good ol’ fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage! TueThu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm and Sun 3pm. Tickets $44-$49. www.dixiestupperwareparty.com.

THE ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE WHITE NOISE, 1641 N. Halsted, 312/988-9000. Presented by Whoopi Goldberg, and directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Sergio Trujillo (The Jersey Boys), White Noise is a provocative new rock musical that follows a pair of sisters who are discovered by a powerful record producer, and groomed into a well-packaged rock/pop band, which mixes irresistible harmonies with coded rhetoric into chart-blazing hits. Call or check online for ticket prices. Performance schedule: Tue-Thu 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 5pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 5pm. www.whitenoisebroadway.com.

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

Welcome to Summer Everyone loves a parade – especially one that jump-starts the busiest season in the city. The Chicago Memorial Day Parade steps off at high noon on Saturday, May 28 from the corner of State and Lake Streets downtown with plenty of marching bands, floats and tributes to the men and women serving in our armed forces. Call 312/744-3315 for more information. Meanwhile, summer means big crowds and lots of activity out on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER), as folks turn out to hit the high seas on a Seadog sightseeing speedboat cruise (bring discount coupon on page 19; 877/902-6216), navigate the twists and turns of the Amazing Chicago funhouse maze (bring discount coupon on page 8; 888/893-7300), take in a great al fresco meal on the patio at Harry Caray’s Tavern (312/527-9700), and check out the first bursts of summer as fireworks season kicks off at 10:15pm on May 28. 68

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Cyrano’s Café & Wine Bar (312)616-1400 McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (312)977-0227 Mercury Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline (312)332-1353 O’Briens Riverwalk Cafe (312)346-3131 Shoreline Water Taxi (312)222-9328 Wendella Boats (312)337-1446 Wheelchair Access

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coupon on page 12. Or just sit back with a sandwich and a glass of wine under an umbrella and watch

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the world float on by at Cyrano’s Café (233 E. Lower Wacker; 312/616-1400).

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Water Tower Impression II

Diane Playing the Flute

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Un rayon d’or sur les champs

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May 27, 2011 Issue

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