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ON THE COVER AN ARTISTIC SUMMER TRADITION Bold and vibrant paintings, contemporary and whimsical art, life-size sculptures, photography and jewelry are among the original artwork that will be on display and for sale during Chicago’s premier summer art affair July 6 – 8. The 21st Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival, produced by the nation’s leading festival promoter Howard Alan Events, is consistently voted one of the top 100 outdoor-juried art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine. This wildly popular three-day event features over 200 of the country’s leading artists who will occupy Pioneer Court on North Michigan Avenue (across the street from the historic Wrigley Building). For additional information on the 21st Annual Chicago Tribune North Michigan Avenue Art Festival and other Howard Alan Events art and craft shows across the country, visit or 561/746-6615.


The Grant Park Music Festival marshals the combined forces of its orchestra and chorus for a world premiere of Sebastian Currier’s Sleepers and Dreamers tonight at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 201 E. Randolph Street. 6:30pm. FREE. 312/742-7638. Before, during or after the show, head over to the Goose Island Beer Garden on the east side of the stage for gourmet nibbles and a # 146 refreshing craft brew.

Celebrating the woman in all of us, Girls Night: The Musical is a hilarious, touching tale that follows five friends on an outrageous girls’ night out. Come and let loose, laugh, dance and sing as the stage at Primary Nightclub is transformed into a two hour long party. Thu-Fri 7pm, Sat 3pm & 7pm, Sun at 3pm. $45-$65. 5 W. Division. # 151 877/386-6968.






JULY 6-13 Get the inside scoop on Chicago’s vibrant music scene with the three-hour Chicago Music Treasures pub crawl that will show you unknown treasures, golden oldies, unsuspected dives and cutting-edge hideouts. 7pm. $30. 773/216-3866. The Chicago White Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at 7:10pm, Sat at 3:10pm, and Sun at 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th. 866/SOX-GAME. to 35th Get ready for a dance party on the lakefront as the B-52s and Squeeze share a retro double bill tonight at the Charter One Pavilion. 1300 S. Lynn White Drive. 7:30pm. $45-$125. # 146 312/540-2668. Trends may come and go in pop music, but it seems the one thing that endures throughout the decades is the appeal of Neil Diamond. United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 8:00pm. $55-$120. # 20 312/455-4500. Grab a blanket and head outdoors for Movies in the Park from the Chicago Park District, Tonight’s 8:30 feature is the Chicago-set action blockbuster Transformers: Dark of the Moon at Roosevelt Park. 62 W. Roosevelt. FREE. 312/742-7649. Want to learn more about Chicago centric movies? Take a tour with Chicago Film Tours 312/593-4455


This week’s top events.

7 SATURDAY The fourth annual Lincoln Park Arts and Music Festival celebrates one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods with restaurants and artisans from the area and a full entertainment schedule that includes Sister Hazel tonight at 8:15pm. On Racine between Fullerton and Webster. Sat and Sun from noon to 10pm. $5. # 151 773/868-3010. The Black Lips, Man or Astroman and Mates of State highlight the strong music lineup for this year’s West Fest celebration on Chicago between Damen and Wood. Sat and Sun from noon to 10pm. $5. to Damen 312/850-9390. Summer in Chicago means street festivals aplenty. This weekend, join tens of thousands of revelers for food, music and fun at Rock Around the Block in the Lakeview neighborhood. On Belmont at Lincoln. Sat and Sun from noon to 10:30pm. $5. 773/665-4682. to Belmont From the best seat in the house to the secrets of backstage, get an up-close-and-personal look at a pair of classic Chicago theaters – the Oriental and the Bank of America – with the Broadway in Chicago Historical Theatre Tour. 24 W. Randolph. $10. 312/977to Lake 1700.

An enormous country show requires an enormous venue, which is why tonight’s pairing of arena superstars and Monsters of Middle America Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw could only take place at Soldier Field. 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive. 4:30pm. $29.50$259.50. 312/235-7000. Pregame at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on Navy Pier. 312/496-3842 Experience the colorful sights and sounds of 5,000 years of Chinese history in the music and dance extravaganza known as Shen Yun at the Civic Opera House. 20 N. Wacker. Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 2pm. $60-$200. 800/515-3468. Celebrate summer at Chicago’s Navy Pier with their spectacular Fireworks Shows every Saturday at 10:15pm and Wednesday at 9:30pm. Watch these gorgeous bursts of color radiate in the night sky synced with the latest summer tunes. 600 E. Grand. # 124 800/745-3000.





Hop aboard one of the trendiest new conveyances around – a motorized or fitness Trikke – and see the city with Trikke Chicago, part of the Steve’s Segway Tours organization. Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus. # $60-$80. 312/946-9467. 146

From fresh fruits and vegetables to baked goods and jam, experience a little bit of the country right in the heart of the city with the weekly Farmer’s Market at Daley Plaza. 50 W. Washington. 7am to 3pm. to Monroe 312/744-3315.

8 SUNDAY Wolff’s Flea Market is Chicagoland’s largest weekly Flea Market. Located In the parking lot of the Allstate Arena, Wolff’s offers a diverse mix of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, jewelry, food and more. Sun from 6am1:30pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. 847/524-9590. See pg 56 for more. to Rosemont The popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel-and-eat shrimp, bread pudding with whiskey sauce and jambalaya. 10am & 12:30pm. Adults $37.50, children (ages 6-12) $22. 329 N. Dearborn. # 36 312/923-2000.



Start the week off right with a little live music and an inviting atmosphere at the Redhead Piano Bar. 16 W. Ontario. 312/640-1000. The violins and cellos of the resident Chicago Symphony Orchestra give way to guitar heroics tonight as six-string superstar Santana heats up the Ravinia Festival. 418 N. Sheridan Road in Highland Park. 7:00pm. $38-$100. 847/566-5100. to Ravinia The Last Summer on Earth tour brings together the Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and Cracker for a mid-90s radio blowout at the Charter One Pavilion. 1300 S. Lynn White Drive. 7:00pm. $45.50$200.50. 312/540-2668.

Get the inside story of Chicago’s magnificent architecture as you enjoy an evening on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River with the friendly crew of Wendella Boats. 400 N Michigan. 312/337-1446. It’s just like a laid-back summer soiree on your patio – only with better music. The transcontinental Miyumi Project performs during this installment of Tuesdays on the Terrace. Museum of Contemporary Art. 220 E. Chicago. 5:30pm. FREE. 312/280-2660.


Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant hits the Ravinia Festival. 418 N. Sheridan Road in suburban Highland Park. 8:00pm. $22-$50. 847/566-5100.


Blues Brothers tonight at the Ravinia Festival. 418 N. Sheridan Road in Highland Park. 8:00pm. $27-$70. 847/566-5100. Celebrate summer at Chicago’s Navy Pier with their spectacular Fireworks Shows every Wednesday at 9:30pm and Saturday at 10:15pm. Watch gorgeous bursts of color radiate in the night sky synced with the latest summer tunes. 600 E. Grand. 800/745-3000.


12 It’s a real treat at the Taste of Chicago tonight, as hometown favorite Jennifer Hudson commands the stage in Grant Park. Jackson and Columbus. 5:30pm. $25 reserved seating or free on the lawn. # 312/744-3316. 146 If a trip to the lakeshore and a night of classic Chicago improv comedy are on your to-do list, kill two birds with one hilarious stone in the form of the awesome twosome TJ and Dave at Theater on the Lake. 2401 N. Lake Shore Drive. 7:30pm. # $17.50. 312/742-7994. 151 Regina Taylor’s gospel musical sensation, Crowns, returns to the Goodman Theatre fusing rich storytelling and abundant “hattitude” into a stirring coming-of-age tale. 8pm. $30-$88. 170 N. Dearborn. to Lake 312/443-3800. The Grant Park Music Festival provides the classical soundtrack for the amazing arctic images from the BBC/Discovery Channel series “Frozen Planet” tonight at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 201 E. Randolph. 8:30pm. FREE. 312/742-7638. Before, during or after the show, head over to the new Goose Island Beer tent on the east side of the lawn for a gourmet nosh and a refreshing # craft brew. 146 Jim Belushi and Dan Ackroyd don the black suits and sunglasses for another soul-drenched turn as the

THURSDAY Looking for a boat tour with a little more bite? Hop aboard one of the sleek speedboats from Seadog Cruises for a lesson on Chicago architecture, history AND fun. Excursions depart from Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand. Architectural, river & lake cruises every one to two hours beginning at 12:15pm. 877/902-6216. See pg 32 for 2 # for 1 discount coupon. 124 Indie favorites Death Cab for Cutie figure to be as much of a draw as the barbecued turkey legs when they take the main stage at Taste of Chicago tonight in Grant Park. Jackson and Columbus. 5:30pm. $25 reserved seating or free on the lawn. 312/744-3316.

He writes the songs that make the whole world sing, and this weekend veteran pop crooner Barry Manilow shows Chicago why as he kicks off a big three-night stand at the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. 8:00pm. $24.99-$224.99. to Lake 312/462-6300.

13 FRIDAY The Chicago Cubs take on the Arizona Diamondbacks today at 1:20pm, Sat at 12:05pm, and Sun at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison. 800/THE-CUBS. Pre-or post-game with food, fun and beer at nearby Goose Island (3535 N. Clark; 773/832-9040). Feist, A$AP Rocky, Sleigh Bells and Vampire Weekend highlight a three-day slate of dozens of cutting-edge performers at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. 1501 W. Randolph. Today from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 10:00pm. # $45/day. 866/468-3401. 20 Grab your bib and your antacids and head to the Uptown neighborhood to sample the best in barbecue during this weekend’s Windy City RibFest. Lawrence and Broadway. Fri from 5pm to 10pm, Sat from noon to 10pm and Sun noon to 9pm. $5 entry. 773/584-6683. to Lawrence The entertainment slate at Taste of Chicago heats up with the highenergy double bill of Michael Franti and Spearhead and Fitz and the Tantrums in Grant Park. Jackson and Columbus. 5:30pm. $25 reserved seating or free on # the lawn. 312/744-3316. 146 The Grant Park Music Festival goes Broadway this weekend, spotlighting the hummable show tunes of composer Frank Loesser at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 201 E. Randolph. Tonight and Saturday at 8:00pm. FREE. 312/742-7638. Before, during or after the show, head over to the new Goose Island Beer Garden on the east side of the stage for gourmet nibbles and a refreshing craft # brew. 146

Here’$ the Deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Learn about the design & native plants of Millennium Park’s LURIE GARDEN during a FREE guided walk. Tours depart Sun 10am-1:30pm & Fri 11am-1:30pm. 201 E. Randolph. 312/742-1168.


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Tall Ship Windy: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 35.


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Start your Sunday right at RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE with $3 Bloody Mary’s. 69 E. Madison. 312/332-8111.

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Set sail aboard the TALL SHIP WINDY for a 60-75 minute skyline cruise. 2 for 1 tickets with ad on pg 35 Depart Navy Pier 600 E. Grand Ave. 312/451-2700.


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Illinois residents are invited to explore the newest exhibit at the ART INSTITUTE, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective for FREE 10:30 am-5:00pm. 111 S. Michigan. 312/443-3600.

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while even your pickiest wee ones are sure to find something at the 50–item seasonal salad bar. Children ages 6-12 eat half price, children 3-5 eat for $5, and 2 & under are free! 51 E. Ohio. # 312/670-1006. 36

ED DEBEVIC’S PINKALICIOUS: Saturdays at Ed THE MUSICAL Debevic’s are full of Emerald City zany surprises! Get an MANNY’S Theatre’s amusing self-portrait COFFEE SHOP smash–hit drawn of yourself from This hidden gem is the Pinkalicious is an onsite caricature closest thing you will once again artist between noon find to a New York extending its run and 7pm while you Jewish-style Deli in at the Broadway chow down on kid Chicago. Lunch on Playhouse. When menu options like Hot timeless classics like Pinkerton eats Dogs, Chicken Fingers, the overstuffed corned one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a and Pizza all available beef sandwiches while serious case of “Pinkititis” and turns pink from for just $5.99! Soft the kids enjoy a real head to toe! Performances are Thur-Sun at 10am. drink included. 640 N. Live Magic Show $16-$22. 175 E. Chestnut. 800/775-2000. Wells. 312/664-1707. every Saturday from Receive a free 11:30am-2:30pm. 1141 collectible souvenir with ad on page 13. S. Jefferson. Call 312/939-2855. Receive a

TEXAS DE BRAZIL Texas de Brazil features something for every taste and appetite, big or little. Grownups will dig the endless selection of perfectly-seasoned cuts


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MITCHELL’S SODA SHOP Experience some of the best ice cream in the city at Mitchell’s Soda Shop. Mitchell’s many unique flavors include Dreamsicle, Banana Chip, Black Raspberry and more. Whether you favor the Jumbo Chocolate Marshmallow Sundae generously topped with Hot Fudge or prefer to stick to the standard Vanilla Bean, there’s something here for every taste. 629 N. Wells. 312/943-1124.

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SEADOG Seadog’s 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour is an exciting way to view Chicago from the lake, combining an exhilarating speedboat ride, with an amusing and informative narration and astounding views of the famous Chicago skyline. Lakefront Speedboat prices

LINCOLN PARK ZOO Dedicated to connecting people with nature since 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo provides a free, family-oriented wildlife experience right in the middle of the city. Learn about conservation or venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. 2001 N. # Clark. 312/742-2000. 151

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SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air at the worldfamous Skydeck Chicago. Located on the 103rd floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Skydeck offers breathtaking views spanning up to four states. Alert your senses and put your daredevil skills to use and step out onto the glass bottom Ledge! Daily 9am-10pm. Adults $17.50, children age 3-11 $11, children under 3 are free. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. # 157 312/875-9696.

range from $21.95-$26.95 for adults and $14.95-18.95 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 or under cruise for free. Frequent daily departures. 600 E. Grand. 800/330-8062. 2# for-1 tickets with coupon on page 32. 124

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO The entire family can spend the day navigating the lakefront on a Quadcycle, City Cruiser, Road or Mountain Bike as well as Kids Bikes from Bike and Roll. Helmets and locks provided with every rental. Please call specific rental rates. Departs from Navy Pier, Millennium Park and the Riverwalk (Wacker & Wabash) 312/729-1000. Bring discount coupon on page 32.

COMEDYSPORTZ The newest installment of The ComedySportz Crew Adventures allows kids to visits The Jungle Book where young audiences are introduced to characters like Mowgli, Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the black panther. Recommended for 10 and under. Saturdays at 11am. Adults $10, kids $7. 929 W. Belmont. 773/549-8080. to Belmont


NAVY PIER Make your Chicago visit an active one with a day at Navy Pier. Packed full of family-fun options including the Chicago Children’s Museum, Cirque Shanghai and the IMAX Theatre, s creening in July The Amazing Spider Man & The Dark Knight Rises. 600 E. Grand. # 124 312/595-PIER.

CIRQUE SHANGHAI Showcasing performers direct from China who have mastered the art of tumbling, juggling, balancing and more, Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon dazzles audiences with an unbelievable awe-inspiring production. Incorporating new acts with favorites like Hoop Diving and the Wheel of Death, this show is one not to miss. Show times - Wed. 2pm, 6 pm & 8pm, Thur. 2pm & 8 pm, Fri. 2 pm, 7 pm & 9pm, Sat. 2pm, 6pm & 8pm. Sun. 2pm & 4pm. Tickets $15.50-$29.50. Navy Pier Pepsi Skyline Stage. 600 E. Grand. 800/745-3000.

CHICAGO TROLLEY Explore the city from north to south aboard the open-air Chicago Trolleys and Double Decker sightseeing buses. With their Hop On, Hop Off feature, riders can debark at any one of the 14 stops, then get back on whenever they please and as often as they wish. Adults $29, seniors $24, children 3-11 $17. 773/648-5000.

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RAGING WAVES Fun for the whole family with over a dozen exhilarating rides and attractions. New for 2012, the Cowabunga Zip-line Full day admission: Adults & kids over 48 inches tall $28.99, seniors 62 & up and kids under 48 inches tall $18.99. Zipline $25. 4000 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville. 630/882-6575. See ad on page 10 for 15% discount coupon.

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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Just like Discovery Channel’s Emmy®-nominated series MythBusters, the Museum of Science and Industry’s exhibition, MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition, uncovers the truth behind popular myths by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and old fashioned ingenuity to create fun, hands-on, interactive experiences and live demonstrations for guests of all ages. Open daily 9:30am-4pm. Adults $25, seniors $24, children 3-11 $18. 57th Street and Lake # Shore. 773/684-1414. 3

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TALL SHIP WINDY Come sail away, travel back in time and explore the exciting tales of true piracy that happened right here in Chicago on Tall Ship Windy’s Real Pirates of The Inland Seas Sail. Learn all about the Golden Age of Piracy with tales dating back to the 1600’s! Adults $30, students/seniors $25, children $10. Daily 12:30pm & 5:45pm. 600 E. Grand. 312/451-2700. Bring discount # coupon on page 35. 124

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For some people July is the middle of summer, but for Chicagoan’s things are just starting to heat up! Begin your adventure aboard SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING’S (600 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, 312/222-9328) architecture cruise or skyline tour. And speaking of skylines, get a bird’s eye view of the entire city with an exciting helicopter or airplane tour with CHICAGO AERIAL TOURS (tours depart at Midway Airport, 773/800-2703) Even 1500 feet up you can’t miss the colorful intersection of State and Adams where Jessica Stockholder’s COLOR JAM, the city’s newest and certainly most vibrant art installation from the CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE (312/782-9160) takes center stage.


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ARCHITECTURE TOURS Looking for a dedicated Architectural Tour? Not called the ‘birthplace of the skyscraper’ for nothing, Chicago offers architectural tours galore! Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours by segway See page 30. American Sightseeing – by bus See page 26. Bike and Roll Chicago – by bike, by segway Pages 24, 26 & 30. Chicago Architecture Foundation – by boat, by bus, by foot, by el See page 16. Chicago’s First Lady – by boat See page 30. Chicago Line Cruiseline – by boat See page 30. Chicago Neighborhood Tours – by foot See page 28. Chicago Savvy Tours – by bus, by foot See page 28. Gray Line Sightseeing – by bus See page 29. Kayak Chicago – by kayak See page 30.

AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (CAF) 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, (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, (I-38)


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


CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science & Industry. Good for nine days. Adults $84 and children ages 3-11 $69. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit

Seadog – by boat See page 30.

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Shoreline Sightseeing – by boat See page 30. Steve’s Segway Tours by segway See page 29. Tall Ship Adventures – by boat See page 32. Wateriders – by kayak See page 32. Wendella Sightseeing – by boat See page 32.

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

COLOR JAM Step into color. Color Jam, a new installation by renowned artist Jessica Stockholder – saturates buildings, sidewalks and crosswalks at the intersection of State and Adams in a bold and resonant palette. Commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance, Color Jam will be on display through September. For information about the artwork, public programs and special offers, visit (J-36)


GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY Enjoy sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). $5 cash donation. 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100, (West of D-33)


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

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)


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


NAVY PIER This Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, Landshark Lager Beer Garden and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Features throughout July include: Cirque Shanghai at the Skyline Stage and the outdoor art exhibit BIG. Fireworks every Wed at 9:30 and Sat at 10:15 . Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Credit cards accepted vary. 600 E. Grand, 312/595PIER, (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen!. Playing on selected dates throughout July, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. Also playing To The Arctic 3D, which takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her two seven-month old cubs. Adults $10-$15; seniors 62+ $9-$14; and children 3-11 $9-$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX, (O-30) RAGING WAVES Beat the heat this summer at Illinois’ largest waterpark. Fun for the whole family with over a dozen exhilarating rides and attractions. New for 2012, the Cowabunga Zip-line where you will fly 2,000 feet through raging waves 6 stories high! Full day admission: Adults & kids over 48 inches tall $28.99, seniors 62 & up and kids under 48 inches tall $18.99. Zipline $25. See ad for 15% discount coupon. 4000 N. Bridge St. in Yorkville. 630/882-6575. (Suburban)


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 9am10pm. Adults $17.50; children ages 3-11 $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, (G-36)


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JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features Espression by Lavazza café, and more. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15; youth 3-11 $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, (J-26)

FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR IL RESIDENTS: Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Art Institute (for IL residents the 1st and 2nd Wed of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.

ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out their newest Sky Theatre show Welcome to the Universe. Weekdays 9:30am-4pm, weekends 9:30am-4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors $10; kids 3-11 $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO On exhibit: Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. FriWed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wednesday of the month. Adults $18; children/seniors/students w/ID $12; and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35) CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN One of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for education and research. Daily 8am-sunset. FREE. 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. (Suburban)


CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. On exhibit: Circus Zirkus Sun-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $12; seniors $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31)

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Hop on Hop off One ticket – five tours, ALL the best destinations! Visitors can explore the city at their own pace with CHICAGO TROLLEY’s hop on – hop off three-day pass. Whether on-board an iconic red and green old-fashioned styled trolley or a fun-filled Double Decker bus, friendly and knowledgeable tour guides will entertain AND educate you on Chicago’s famous points-of-interest and history. Every ticket includes a FREE “made in Chicago” candy bag, sample of Garrett’s Popcorn, T-Shirt and much more! Tours depart every 20-25 minutes from trolley stops marked on KEY’s center spread map. 773/648-5000

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)


CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Magic. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $14; seniors/students/children 13-22 $12; and children 12 & under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. On exhibit: Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Services. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, closed Mon. Adults $10; seniors/students $7; and children ages 6-11 $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Genghis Khan. Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: Adults $15; students/seniors $12; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. (K-44)


FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Guided tours available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 mins. Adults $15 and children 4-17/seniors 65+ $12. 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, 312/994-4000, (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours: Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. Adults $10; students/seniors $9; and children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 S. Prairie, 312/326-1480. (J-48) HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace, the museum provides an in-depth look at the life of the famous author. SunFri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Adults $10; youth 18 & under/seniors/students $8; and children under 5 are free. MC, V 200 N. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park, 708/524-5383. (Suburban) ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon-Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $8; and children $6. 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie, 847/967-4800. (Suburban)

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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE Providing education on the history and progress of surgery and medical sciences since 1954. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $15; students/ seniors $10; and children 4-13 $7. Free on Tue. AE, MC, V. 1524 N. Lake Shore, 312/642-6502. (I-20) JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312/413-5353. (D-40)


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312/663-5554. (J-39)


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

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. On exhibit: Preserving the Saints Adults $6 and seniors $5. Closed on Mon, Free on Tue (11am-8pm), Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600, (J-27)

NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations – past, present and future – to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. Tue 10am8pm, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Adults $10, seniors & students $8 children 3-12 $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312/655-1234. (D-38)

THE MORTON ARBORETUM Internationally recognized 1,700-acre museum. 7amsunset. Adults $12; seniors $11; youth 2-17 $9; and children under 2 are free. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, 630/968-0074. (Suburban)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART The museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 1,700 objects featuring the finest of Mexican creativity from both sides of the border. On exhibit: El alma de la Fiesta. Tue-Sun 10am5pm. FREE. 1852 W. 19th St., 312/738-1503. (West of D-51)

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

NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. On exhibit: Overlooked/ Looked Over. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm. Handicap accessible. Adults $10 and $7 students/seniors. MC, V. 1801 S. Indiana, 312/326-0270. (J-48) MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Chicago’s newest cultural institution devoted to historic and contemporary radio and television. Collection highlights include over 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs and over 12,000 commercials. On exhibit: We’ll be Right Back 60 years of television commercials. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm Wed 10am-8pm. Adults $12; seniors $10; children 4-12 $6 360 N. State, 312/245-8200 (I-31)

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. On exhibit: Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm. Adults $12;


students/seniors $7; and children under 12 free. IL residents are free on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27)

NEWBERRY LIBRARY A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and maps. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. FREE. 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. (H-25)


THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Bikes! The Green Revolution. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $9; students/seniors 60+ $7; children ages 3-12 $6; and children under 3 free. IL residents are free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100, (G-14)

ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue & Thu-Sat 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8:30pm, Sun noon-6pm. Suggested donation: Adults $7 and children under 12 $4. 1155 E. 58th St. at the University of Chicago, 773/702-9514. (South of N-54) SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones & whales to dolphins & sharks. Explore the mysterious world of jellyfish with the current exhibit: Jellies. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults $28.95 and children ages 3-11 $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, (L-43)

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

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VANTAGE YACHT CLUB Be your own captain and enjoy an afternoon or evening cruise aboard a Duffy electric river boat with friends and family on the Chicago River! Experience breathtaking cityscape, with up to 10 people. Catering, personal tour guides and captains are available for a fee. Rentals are $150/hour 7–days a week. Departs from 600 W. Chicago. Make reservations by calling 855/777-1855 or visit


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TRIKKE CHICAGO Whether you choose from a Fitness Trikke (body-powered) or an Electric Trikke, you’re in for an awesome ride. Test out the 3-wheeled carving vehicles with a group tour or rental. Trikke Tours are  $55. Trikke rentals start at $25. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (downstairs), 312/946-9467, See Tours by Segway for Steve’s Segway Tours. (K-36)

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Maritime Mastery Family owned and operated for over 75 years, WENDELLA BOATS knows a thing or two about Chicago’s lakefront and architectural heritage. Wendella’s expert docents will give you an in-depth look at historical landmarks while you sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Choose from the 75–minute Chicago River Architecture Tour or the 90–minute Lake & River Tour. Look for the newest addition to the family fleet, the Lila. Departs from 400 E. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Avenue Bridge, NW corner. Prices: $26 (adults). $24 (seniors age 65 & over), $13 (children age 11 & under) and infants under age 3 are free. 312/337-1446



CHICAGO AERIAL TOURS Take an exhilarating aerial tour of the Chicago skyline via airplane or helicopter. Both day and evening tours are available, each offering entirely different but equally exciting experiences of the best Chicago has to offer. Taking off from the world class Chicago Midway Airport, you will see Soldier Field, along with the lakefront and Museum Campus, and awesome close-ups of our famous skyline. 6150 S. Laramie. 773/800-2703,

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AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular 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 schedules. $25 and up. Call for courtesy round-trip service from downtown hotels with 30–mins notice for tours. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100, (I-36)

ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood and experience the city’s sights in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for special or all occasions. Mon-Fri 6:30pm-11:30pm, Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am11:30pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349, (K-29)

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

BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE – CHICAGO TOURS & RENTALS Guided bicycle tours for all ages, skills, and interest levels. Choose from 5 different day/evening tours. Bobby’s experienced tour guides are knowledgeable, entertaining, and fun – keeping you in the know. Half and full day bike rentals are also available and come with free lock, helmet & map.  465 N. McClurg Court (SE corner of McClurg/Illinois at the River East Docks) 312/915-0995, (L-30) CHICAGO FILM TOUR Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where over 80 movies were shot. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” to Chicago favorites like “The Blues Brothers.” Great for groups! Thu–Sun 10:30am and 12:30pm. New Blues Brothers tour every Sat and Sun at 3:30pm. $30. Please book in advance. Pick up on Clark between Ontario & Ohio, 312/593-4455, (H-30) CHICAGO MUSIC TOURS Groupies unite! Rock aficionados will love to learn about Chicago’s music scene with weekly walking, bus tours or mini pub crawls. Highlights include “inside” information on some of the city’s most famous rockers such as the Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy, Wlico, Liz Phair and more. July tours include 4-hour mini pub crawl, 2+ hour bus tour, 2 hour walking tour. Tickets $30-$45. Tours depart from multi-


ple locations and must be booked in advance, 773/216-3866, CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS Experience Chicago’s diverse communities and rich history & culture with guided motorcoach and walking excursions. The 2012 schedule features over a dozen exciting new tours, including Hops & Barley: Pubs & Microbreweries, and five unique food tours. Dates and times vary. 312/742-1190 or visit CHICAGO PHOTO SAFARIS Whether you are a novice shutterbug or a seasoned pro, Let Chicago Photo Safari’s stable of professional photographers help you take stunning photo’s of iconic destinations such as Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo & Navy Pier to name just a few. Individual and group pricing plans available. Safaris fill up fast so call or book online. Tours leave from various locations throughout the city. 312/470-6704, CHICAGO SAVVY TOURS –  FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Learn about the work and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright as you view one of the greatest concentrations of his homes anywhere in the world. Select from the Wright Oak Park Tour, Wright Chicago Tour, Wright Loop Walking Tour. Each tour includes round trip transport from downtown Chicago. Prices vary by tour. Reservations required, 312/731-8000,

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# 1 CHICAGO TOURS – Steve’s Segway Tours Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a 3–hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours available. Great photo ops! Frequent daily departures. Prices: $60-$85 + tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (downstairs), 312/946-9467, See Rentals for Trikke Tour and Rentals. (K-36)


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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,


CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco-style trolleys and London- style double deckers, narrated by expert tour guides, stop every 20-30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 14 stops, including Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier and Water Tower between 9am-5pm. Adults $35, seniors $25, children $17, and children under 3 ride for free. Good for three days! 773/648-5000,

TASTEBUD TOURS Entertaining tour guides share fun facts and historic anecdotes as you taste your way through a city that is serious about its food. Select from the Sweet Chicago Tour, Flavor of Chicago Tour, Taste Chicago Tour, and the Savor Chicago Tour. Each 3-hour tour makes five to six memorable stops. $44pp. 219/9296648, Book tickets online using promo code: KEY for special savings.


CHICAGO SPORTS TOURS See the sights, feel the history & experience the excitement of Chicago’s legendary sports teams as you cruise in comfort and style through some of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. 2 hour tour include stops include Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, Solider Field, and the United Center Adults $35, children 12 & under $25. Tour space is limited so please book in advance. Tours depart in front of the world-famous Billy Goat Tavern, 430 N. Michigan (lower level) 312/255-0710, (J-30)

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

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CHICAGO LINE CRUISES Unforgettable 90-min lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise highlights landmark buildings along the river, while the Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history and gorgeous skyline views from the lake. Adults $40, seniors $32, youth 7-18 $22, under 7 free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-2002, (L-32)

KAYAK CHICAGO View the skyline from the waterline with an exciting paddle. Soak in the golden hour with a Sunset Paddle, enjoy the city lights with a Fireworks Tour or unwind while enjoying the outdoors on a Lake Paddle or Architectural Tour. Tours range from $55-$65 or explore on your own with a rental for $20/hr. Locations at the Chicago River (1501 N. Magnolia), Montrose Beach, and North Ave. Beach. Times & locations vary. 312/8-kayak-8, MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE The Urban Adventure Cruise is a family friendly 90minute complete city tour of the lake and river showcasing Chicago’s world-famous structures complete with lively commentary. Adults $28, kids under 12 $10, kids 3 & under are free! Advance reservations are not necessary. Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 312/332-1353,  (J-32) SEADOG Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy an entertaining 75-minute River and Lake Architectural Tour, an amusing 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour, an exhilarating 30-minute Extreme Thrill Ride or a 60minute Summer Lakefront Fireworks Cruise (thru Labor Day)! Adults $21.95-$36.95, kids (ages 3-12) $14.95-$21.95. Kids under 2 cruise free. Departing from the Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 600 E. Grand, 800/330-8062, (M-30)

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ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Take in Chicago’s top attractions on a scenic glide. See Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean,” the Museum Campus and more on the popular Lakefront/Museum Campus Tour departing daily from Grant Park. Or head north and uncover Chicago’s glitzy be-and-be-seen Gold Coast with the Lincoln Park/Beach Tour departing daily from Gateway Park. Additional tours include River Walk Tour, Chicago Haunted Tour, and more. North Grant Park (238 E. Monroe) and Gateway Park (600 E. Grand), 877/866-0966,

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

SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING Architecture cruises led by entertaining guides showcase more that 40 landmark buildings on the Chicago River. Up to 20 cruises daily from Gateway Park at Navy Pier from 10am. Fares: $15.50-$33. Skyline Lake Tours daily from Navy Pier Fares: $7-$17. Fireworks Cruises Wed. and Sat. nights Fares: $12-$33. 312/222-9328, (N-30)

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

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WATERIDERS Take in the city’s spectacular sights and history while kayaking down the Chicago River with the Classic Chicago Kayak Tour, Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters Tour and Fireworks Paddle. $65pp, or $60pp (groups of 4+)  Rentals ($20-$25/per hour) and evening workouts ($50pp). Check schedule for daily activities and pricing. 950 N. Kingsbury/600W. Chicago (N. end of Riverwalk), 312/953-WATR (9287), (E-25)

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

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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable and quality service to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups big and small. Mini busses, vans and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and sightseeing tours. For the “best rates you’ll find” call 312/670-7777 or 888/709-5466. Visit us at

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YELLOW CAB Besides being the oldest and largest cab company in the US, Yellow Cab is the leading innovator in the cab industry. With an impressive fleet, this premier cab company is able to cater to a multitude of different needs—wheel chair accessible vans and child restraint seats are available. Average fares depending upon traffic: O’Hare Airport to Downtown ($30-$35) and Midway Airport to Downtown ($25-$30). 312/TAXI-CAB.

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The Need for Speed! The fastest tour around! SEADOG’S Lakefront Speedboat Tour combines an exciting speedboat ride with a tour of Chicago’s lakefront along with stunning skyline. The 30-minute trip departs from Navy Pier and includes fascinating facts about the pier and lakefront. Race to Chicago’s Museum Campus, music blaring, to learn about lakefront landmarks, architecture and history and then zip back around for a unique view of the Willis Tower, Buckingham Fountain and Grant Park. Hourly tours begin at Noon. Tours depart from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. (800/330-8062). See ad on pg 32 for 2 for 1 discount coupon


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

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BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-6pm. Adults $15; children ages 311/seniors $10.50, and children under 2 are free. $10 parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708/485-0263. (Suburban)

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SHORELINE WATER TAXI Hop on Shoreline’s water taxis for fun connections around Chicago! Docks: Willis Tower/Union Station, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Navy Pier and Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium). Frequent departures daily 10am–7pm. Fares $2$7 one way. All tickets sold dockside. Complete schedule: or 312/222-9328.

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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. There’s also a new Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-6:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000, (H-17)

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You’ll find entertainment abounds at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. This week, Millennium Park will be hosting the Grant Park Music Festival’s 78th season, an exciting exhibition titled, Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge, comprised of three large spheres that defy gravity and space, guided garden tours, multiple concert series, weekend workouts, a family fun festival and much, much more. BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear images of Chicagoans year-round. Goose Island Beer Garden: Located just East of the Pritzker Pavillion stage and offering locally sourced menu items and the finest hand crafted beers during all music performances. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design. Lurie Gardens: This 2.5–acre collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto”. Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953


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



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Downtown Sound (Mondays) & Loops and Variations (Thursdays): Grab a picnic and head live bands and everything in between – there’s always something on stage. Family Fun Festival: Join fellow travelers in the Family Fun Tent (on the Chase Promenade North) all summer long with interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids of all ages. 10am – Wiggleworms: Old Town School of Folk Music • 11 am – Reading Circle • 1 pm – Family performances

Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge: Striving to represent underlying

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to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30pm and experience a variety of cutting edge music from DJs to

patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Yvonne Domenge’s sculpture strikes a unity in the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry. On display through Oct 1, 2012. Lurie Garden Guided Walks: Learn more about the Park’s beautiful and fascinating gardens from volunteer master gardeners with free 20-minute guided tours. Every Friday 11am to 1:30pm and Sunday from 10am-1:30pm through September 14.

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Millennium Park Workouts: Get a free energizing Saturday morning workout on the Great 7am – Tai Chi: Tai Chi Calm Chicago with Hillary Johnson • 8am – Yoga: Lani Granum 9am – Pilates: Core Chicago Pilates • 10am – Zumba: Diane Garvey & Regina Mundt

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Lawn between 7am and 11am. Sessions begin June 7, with the following schedule:

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

Grant Park Music Festival: Conceived by Mayor A. J. Cermak during the Great Depression in 1931 as a way to lift peoples spirits, this annual music festival features more than 30 free concerts featuring the Grammy® Award-nominated Grant Park Music Orchestra. All performances are at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. SLEEPERS AND DREAMERS Friday July 6 at 6:30 pm Saturday July 7 at 7:30 pm 

ROSSINI: STABAT MATER Friday, July 20 at 6:30 pm  Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 pm 

FROZEN PLANET IN CONCERT Wednesday, July 11 at 8:30 pm

FROZEN IN TIME Wednesday, July 25 at 6:30 pm 

PERFECTLY FRANK: FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD Friday, July 13 at 8:00 pm   Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 pm  

BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH SYMPHONY Friday, July 27 at 6:30 pm  Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 pm

RACHMANINOV’S SYMPHONIC DANCES Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 pm

Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular new public space – architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa – recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor.

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Alfresco at its Finest A popular summertime oasis, O’BRIEN’S RIVERWALK CAFÉ offers breathtaking views of the city and river. Grab a seat on the patio and watch the tour boats go by while you enjoy the warm air and sip summery cocktails and feast on American grill favorites like O’Brien’s Black Angus Burgers, and sweet corn. Be sure to stop in for weekday specials and live music on Thursday evenings. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 312/346-3131.

Chicago’s Waterways Offering cool connections to top attractions, Shoreline Water Taxis have docks along the Chicago River at Willis (Sears) Tower/Union Station and the Michigan Avenue Bridge with direct access to the Riverwalk, and  Navy Pier. From the Pier, connections are available to the Museum Campus. Complete schedules (including morning and afternoon commuter taxis) are available at or 312/222-9328. Buy tickets dockside and enjoy your ride!

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Why not extend the memories of your trip to Chicago with a piece of original art from ATLAS GALLERIES (535 N. Michigan; 312/329-9330, 900 N. Michigan-level 6; 312/649-0999) where famed local artist Michael Cheney brings cityscapes such as Cloud Gate in Summer to life. At your next summer BBQ or dinner party, your guests will certainly say Holy-Cow as they slice through their N.Y. Strip’s, Ribeye’s or Filet’s with this souvenir steak knife set from HARRY CARAY’S (33 W. Kinzie; 312/828-0966) “Eat & Get Out”! That’s the motto at the legendary ED DEBEVIC’S (640 N. Wells; 312/664-1707) This 100% cotton T-shirt will serve as proof to everyone at home that you were there.


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ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. (H-31) WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET The Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 700 dealer spaces is back. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, souvenirs, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Admission: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open Sundays from 6am3pm. 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, (Suburban)


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

ART ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, (J-29)(J-26) CURLY TALE FINE ART This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664. (J-29) LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass vases, lamps and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, (J-26)


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


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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)

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

NEIMAN MARCUS The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff within this luxurious department store. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards 737 N. Michigan, 312/642-5900. (J-27)

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NORDSTROM Customer service comes first at this shopping mecca including a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics along with women’s, men’s and kids fashions. Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. (J-30)

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

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

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The Find of a Lifetime You know the saying “ One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” Well I say many men do not know the treasure they have - or are getting rid of. With the recent popularity of shows like Auction Hunters, Storage Wars & Flea Market Finds, pursuing the “find of a lifetime” has become a sport for people of all ages and demographics. WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET is Chicagolands largest weekly market with over 700 dealers of antiques, furniture, electronics, clothing, toys jewelry and everything else under the sun! Dozens of food vendors are also on-site to keep you fueled throughout the day. Adult admission is $2, seniors and children 6-12 are $1, children under 6 are FREE. Wolff’s Flea Market is located in the parking lot of the Allstate Arena at 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. 847/524-9590.

JEWELRY PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Their new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. MonSat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7, 312/915-0647, (J-27)

LINGERIE LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into any of their  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888/744-LOVE, (E-11)


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

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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 10am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 700 N. Michigan, Chicago Place, 312/944-6500. (J-28)

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



A Dazzling Collection of Needlepoint and Knitting 67 East Oak Street, Fourth Floor (312)642-2540

900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. (J-27)

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Ever ything that says “CHICAGO” is here... Shirts, Shot Glasses, Pictures, Postcards as well as Chicago Sports Teams Hats and Shirts!


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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, (I-31)

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CENTRAL CAMERA CO. Third generation, family-owned business since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Leica and Panasonic, and many others. In addition, find film for your vintage Brownie and Busch cameras. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am5pm. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash (near Jackson), 312/427-5580, (I-37) 






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

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WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. (J-27)


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THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 50 specialty shops, 17 restaurants, 5 hotels and anchored by Nordstrom. 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. (J-30)


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BLOCK 37 Shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. 108 N. State, 312/261-4700, (I-34)

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SOUVENIR CITY CHICAGO If it says Chicago, you will find it here! Best prices on shirts and sweatshirts, mugs and glasses, Chicago pictures and postcards pictures and Chicago team hats and apparel. Bring home a piece of Chicago and save 10% with discount coupon in our ad. Open Mon, Tue and Thur 10am-8pm, Wed and Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 9am9pm, Sun 10am-7pm. All Major credit cards. Conveniently located 2 blocks West of Navy Pier at 393 E. Illinois, 312/321-9842, (M-30)

S P E C I A T LY S H O P S HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, keychains, Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs, and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000, (H-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, safari-themed place settings, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, (H-29)



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, (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. Open Late. Mon–Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, (H-19)


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


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

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Dining A-B-C’s Alfesco, Brunch & Cocktails

A great dining experience in the Windy City is as easy as knowing you’re A-B-C’s. Throughout July, “A” stands for Alfresco and one of the best spots in town is THALIA SPICE’s (833 W. Chicago; 312/997-1900) outdoor patio. Guests will enjoy Asian influenced dishes such as Clay Pot Lobster and hand rolled sushi at this urban oasis. Chicagoan’s know a thing or two about Brunch, and one of the best and certainly most unique experiences in town can be enjoyed every Sunday from 10:00am-12:30 pm at the world famous Gospel Brunch inside the HOUSE OF BLUES (329 N. Dearborn;312/923-2000) Cocktails are taken almost as seriously as the Italian food at the Bucktown supper club CLUB LUCKY (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300) Try the “Always Lucky” Martini with Ketel One vodka with blue cheese, pimento or anchovy stuffed olives.


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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in The Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Sun-Mon 7am-9pm, Tue-Sat 7am-11pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan. 312/939-7855, www.artists-café.com (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, Rattle, and Roll at this 1950’s style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes to meatloaf and 5-way chili from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends! Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 640 N. Wells, 312/664-1707, (H-29) HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu 11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, (H-29)

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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, 312/407-6900. (G-35)

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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 summer favorites like, O’Briens Black Angus Burger, grilled chicken, assorted appetizers and salads. Full bar is available, live music on Thursday evenings. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312/346-3131, (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 11am10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, (H-29)

RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning kettleburgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30ammidnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29)


TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, (I-39) THALIA SPICE Dine on Asian fusion fare in a chic loft-style setting in River West. The extensive menu features a selection of noodles and stir-fried dishes, curries, chef specialties, as well as fresh sushi and maki. Daily specials. All major cards. $$ 833 W. Chicago. 312/226-6020. (D-27)

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

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

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747 N. Wells 312.787.2277

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1120 S. Michigan 312.789.YOLK


355 E. Ohio 312.822.YOLK

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B R E A K FA S T EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ Eggsperience a delicious selection of all-day breakfast and lunch items like savory omelettes, crepes, burgers, paninis and more. Open daily 6am-4pm, and Late Night downtown Thu-Sat 10pm-6am. All major cards. $$. 35 W. Ontario, 312/870-6773; Glenview, 847/998-5111; Naperville, 630/548-1000; Park Ridge, 847/939-3976; and Bannockburn, 847/940-8444, (H-29)

Family owned and operated!

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

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

BREWPUBS GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for over 20 years offers hand crafted & locally sourced lunch and dinner items such as Charcuterie, Duck Rueben sandwiches and their legendary Stilton Burger. Sunday Brunch also served. No trip to Chicago is complete without trying their innovative small batch specialty ales only found at their Pubs. Open daily at 11:00 am and serving late. All major cards. $ Plenty of free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/915-0071; Also near the Addison red-line stop at 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773/832-9040 (D-19)(D-4)

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)


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

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TOPWOK Sushi Taiyo’s new sister restaurant, offers Chinese cuisine and creative cocktails in a new, contemporary space. Sun 11:30am-10pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. $$. 58 E. Ontario. 312/440-1717. (I-29)

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Interactive Dining You are in for a unique experience at THE MELTING POT, a fondue restaurant located in Chicago’s trendy River North neighborhood. Guests will dip vegetables and bread in the traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue (a blend of Gruyère and Emmenthaler Swiss) or cook filet mignon or wild-caught mahi-mahi in oil or a flavorful broth. Save room for dessert: try the Flaming Turtle, a mix of milk chocolate, caramel and candied pecans flambéed tableside. For a full four-course meal, enjoy the Big Night Out menu, which showcases American flavors including a Boston Lager Cheese fondue and a take on PB&J for dessert, plus American craft beer or wine pairings for a small additional price. 609 N. Dearborn (312/573-0011). See ad on pg 61 for 20% off discount coupon.

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ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned handsliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, (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. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, (E-43)


DINNER CRUISES MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the fresh and contemporary Mystic Blue where a three-course bountiful buffet, DJ music, cash bar for delicious summer cocktails, an upscale outdoor lounge and amazing skyline views await you. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/333-9150, (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the award winning elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, distinctive plated dining and stunning skyline views. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/957-2320, (M-30) SPIRIT OF CHICAGO Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for an afternoon or evening of unparalleled cruising fun on the lakefront. This festive cruise ship offers delicious buffet dining, live performances, a DJ for dancing and incredible skyline views. Call or book your cruise online today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/957-2324, (M-30)

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

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Beer. Music. Food. Fun.

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

Millennium Park Beer Garden


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located on the East side of Pritzker Pavillion

CYRANO’S CAFÉ & WINE BAR Imagine yourself on the Left Bank of the Seine River in Paris, sipping a glass of wine and noshing on modern French cuisine at a charming outdoor café while surrounded by inspiring cityscape, fragrant plants and colorful flowers along the Chicago River. Located just east of Michigan Avenue at 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312/616-1400; 546 N. Wells. 312/467-0546, (J-32)



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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. Mon, Wed & Thu 11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. All major cards. $$ 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, (Northwest of A-1)

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


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

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

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

I TA L I A N BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$ 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262, (J-30) CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cock- tail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Two huge patios! Private party room. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open late. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, online reservations at (Northwest of A-20)

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Deep-Dish Confessions

EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490, (I-23) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, (H-36)


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It’s common knowledge that, if looking for a good restaurant, visitors should eat where the cabbies eat—bonus points for a restaurant founded by cab drivers. In 1966, legend has it, two taxi drivers tired of rush-hour traffic decided to open a pizzeria, which grew into GINO’S EAST, one of Chicago’s most well known deep-dish spots. With good reason: each pie is loaded with gooey mozzarella and a chunky, sweet tomato sauce. Gino’s also offers a thin-crust pie (including a gluten-free version) and salads with farm-fresh ingredients. Two downtown locations, 633 N. Wells (312/988-4200) and 162 E. Superior (312/266-3337) Leave your mark by signing the wood and stucco walls before you leave. See pg 69 for special coupon offer.

VIVO Celebrating 20 years of vivacious service in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers honest-to-goodness Italian food from Executive Chef, Vicente Duran, in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. Mon-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu 11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, and Sat 5pm-midnight. 838 West Randolph. 312/733-3379. (West of D-33)

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, (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. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, (H-36)

PATRON’S HACIENDA An authentic Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood serving authentic Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, tilapia, and some of the best fresh juice margaritas in town. Mon-Thu 5pm-10mp, FriSat 5pm-midnight, Sun 3pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 316 W. Erie. 312/642-2400, (G-29)

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

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

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

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PIZZA GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-DEEP; 521 S. Dearborn, 312/939-1818, (H-29)(K-28)(I-38)

838 West Randolph (312) 733-3379

LOU MALNATI’S PIZZERIA One of the city’s cathedrals for deep-dish pizza lovers. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 439 N. Wells, 312/661-1434; 805 S. State, 312/786-1000; 3859 W. Ogden, 773/762-0800; 1520 N. Damen, 773/395-2400; 958 W. Wrightwood, 773/832-4030. 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 “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/2361777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777. (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$ 800 N. Dearborn, 855/749-2667, (I-27)

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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, (H-30)

SEAFOOD CAPE COD ROOM Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, this seafood gem is one of Chicago’s old school fine dining classics. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. Located in The Drake Hotel at 140 E. Walton, 312/440-8414. (J-26) CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun 4pm9pm. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/3463500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, (I-33)(Suburban)


McCORMICK & SCHMICK’S This seafood eatery boasts over 30 varieties of fresh seafood. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ One East Wacker (located in the Loop), 312/923-7226; 41 E. Chestnut (Gold Coast), 312/397-9500. (I-33)(I-26)

STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS CARSON’S: THE PLACE FOR RIBS Famous for its barbecue baby back ribs. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 612 N. Wells, 312/280-9200. (G-29) CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, (I-29)

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

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

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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, (Suburban)

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. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/9533400; (I-31)(Suburban) LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB Steps away from the Mag Mile and housed in the 1890s McCormick mansion, Lawry’s serves up your prime rib on a rolling silver cart. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 100 E. Ontario, 312/787-5000. (I-29)

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MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand–selected USDA Prime, dry–aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily 11am-2am; Lunch: daily 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8823, (J-30) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, (I-30)

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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. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, (I-28) RA SUSHI Dine on an assortment of fresh sushi and creative seafood dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1139 N. State, 312/274-0011. (I-24) SIMPLY THALIA At Simply Thalia, the philosophy is simple: “Simply healthy, simply fresh, simply delicious!” The menu features the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea and China, as well as a highly-acclaimed sushi selection. All major cards. $$ 108 N. State, pedway level. 312/750-9098. (I-34)

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner After Theatre • Food • Wine Spirits • Espresso • Desserts Open daily at 7am The Fine Arts Building 412 S. Michigan Ave. (312)939-7855 |

SUSHI SAMBA RIO A fusion of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian flavors in River North. Call for hours. AE, MC, V. $$$ 504 N. Wells, 312/595-2300. (H-30) SUSHI TAIYO This bi-level River North restaurant and lounge features contemporary sushi, sashimi, Asian fusion fare as well as a innovative cocktail menu with high end and regional sake. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, (I-29) TRIAD SUSHI LOUNGE Start with appetizers like Tuna Tartare and stay for an entrée of grilled Sapporo Salmon. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1933 S. Indiana, 312/225-8833. (J-48)

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Buon Appetito About a block off the Magnificent Mile, you can find a kitchen just like an Italian grandmother’s— well, a tad bigger. Serving family-style Italian food, from fresh-baked Mozzarella Garlic Bread to overflowing plates of Chicken Parmigiana, BUCA DI BEPPO is a great spot for hungry groupsr. Throughout July, enjoy Mediterranean-style salad and pasta specials, including the Chicken Caprese Pasta, with sautéed chicken breast, fresh mozzarella, roasted garlic, penne pasta and balsamic infused grape tomatoes. For an added perk, ask to sit at the “kitchen table,” for a front-row view of all of the cooking action. Even if you can’t nab the table, ask your server for a kitchen tour. Located at 521 N. Rush (312/396-0001). See pg 75 for $10 off discount coupon.



CAFÉ BA BA REEBA Specializing in tapas, this Spanish restaurant has a warm and colorful atmosphere that goes along with their made to order paella. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 2024 N. Halsted, 773/935-5000. (E-16)

DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. Sun-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, (J-29)

CAFÉ IBERICO A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Café Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 737 N. LaSalle, 312/573-1510. (H-31)

“The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

312/337-0000 1 1/ 2 Blocks From the Mag Mile at 230 East Ohio Street


STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam played a major role in the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $ 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, (I-30)

V EG E TA R I A N THE CHICAGO DINER Meat free since 1983. Award-winning Veggie Brunch from $5.99. Dine in, Carry out, Vegan Bakery. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 3411 N. Halsted. 773/935-6696. (E-6) CHICAGO RAW Find detox products, champion green juices, energy soups, coconut water and more. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 131 N. Clinton, 312/831-2729. (F-34) GREEN ZEBRA A short trek west of River North, Green Zebra is artistic and upscale in both décor and cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1460 W. Chicago, 312/243-7100. (West of D-27) KARYN’S ON GREEN Karyn’smakes vegan sexy in the midst of Chicago’s traditional Greektown neighborhood. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 130 S. Green. 312/226-6155. (D-36)

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SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. MC, V $ 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100, (I-28)


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Summer fun is steps away at NAVY PIER (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) Chicago’s lakefront playground! Visitors will witness breathtaking artistry and gravity defying balancing acts at CIRQUE SHANGHAI: YEAR OF THE DRAGON. Not to be missed and new for 2012, the Group Chair Stack. Presented rain or shine in the canopied, open-air Skyline Stage. ( for show times and pricing). The illusion is the attraction at the BATON SHOW LOUNGE (436 N. Clark; 312/644-5269) where for over 40 years crowds have been wowed with a Las Vegas-style revue starring female impersonators lip synching and shaking their groove things. Nothing beats the heat like a cold pint or hand crafted cocktail at EMERALD LOOP (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0200) The sidewalk patio is the perfect place to unwind and re-live your day’s adventures.


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BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS Check out the state-of-the-art sound system and incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Call for hours. All major cards. 700 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190. (J-40)

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GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for over 20 years offers over 20 varieties of hand crafted beer. Specialties include Honkers Ale, 312, Green Line and Matilda. Stop by every Thursday at 6pm for a toast as they introduce a new beer. Also offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items such as Duck Rueben sandwiches and their legendary Stilton Burger. Open daily at 11:00 and serving late. All major cards. Plenty of free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/915-0071; Also near the Addison red-line stop at 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773/832-9040 (D-19)(D-4)




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



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

C O C K TA I L L O U N G E S CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “Supper Club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try their famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 3:30pm. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” from Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, (I-24)



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

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DETENTION This Gold Coast nightclub is the newest addition to the happening Division Street Corridor. Unlike any detention you’ve ever experienced – the pulsating music from some of the best DJ’s in the city and premium service from their sexy staff that dance on top of the bars – is the type of punishment you crave. Bottle service available. Thu-Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm5am. 9 W. Division. 312/335-1400. (I-24)


UNDERGROUND Drinks with names like Espionage are served at this chic spy-themed nightclub. Call for hours. All major cards. 56 W. Illinois, 312/644-7600. (I-30)


VISION World-renowned Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amidst four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, (H-29)


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

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)



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A 90-minute slumber party One of the fastest growing tourism segments is the “girls getaway” market. If you are lucky enough to be in town with your best friends or female family members then head to GIRLS NIGHT: THE MUSICAL Louise Roche’s Off-Broadway sensation follows five lifelong friends as they reminisce about their heartaches, tragedies, joys and successes while belting out classic anthems such as “I Will Survive” and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and beg for more! Tickets are $45-$65 and are available at Show schedule Thu-Sat at 7:00pm, Sat-Sun matinee at 3:00pm. Primary Nightclub, 5 W. Division St. (877/386-6968).

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, daily specials, and great outdoor patio. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, (I-33)

HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty Late Night Dinner Menu is available until close. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000, (H-32)



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, (I-25)

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, (H-29)

HARD ROCK CAFE In addition to live music (on Mons and Thurs), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, (H-29)


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)


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




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Downtown is the place to unwind after a day at the office or for visitors new to Chicago to relax and meet new friends.


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


TIMOTHY O’TOOLE’S They’re the place to watch sports and munch on traditional bar food. All major cards. 622 N. Fairbanks, 312/642-0700. (K-30)

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

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


RIVERFRONT THEATER, 650 W. CHICAGO, 888/5569484. A theatrical phenomenon and 2012 London Cabaret Awards winner for best one-off show, La Soiree is a dynamic collective of some of the most outrageous, hilarious, beautiful and downright bizarre acts you will ever see all staged within a 70-foot tall temperature controlled Big-Top tent situated along the scenic Chicago River. This limited engagement runs through August 5 with Showtime’s Tue-Thur at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8:00pm, Sat matinee at 5:00pm, Sun at 2:00pm & 6:00pm.

IMMEDIATE FAMILY GOODMAN THEATRE 170 N. Dearborn, 312/443-3800. Modern Family meets Soul Food in this brand new American play  by Paul Oakley Stovall and directed by Phylicia Rashad. Immediate Family follows the Bryant family as they come together for the first time in more than five years. As family secrets are exposed in  a funny, heartwarming family reunion, these siblings try to bridge their differences with a little help from God, cards games and their Immediate Family. Performances are Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri at 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm Sun 2pm. Select Sun eve performances and Wed matinees. No performances July 2-4. Tickets are $20-$54, and available through box office, phone 312/443-3800, or

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GIRLS NIGHT THE MUSICAL PRIMARY NIGHTCLUB, 5 W. Division, 877/386-6968. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll beg for more. Louise Roche’s Off-Broadway sensation, Girls Night: The Musical, is a hilarious musical comedy celebrating the true woman in all of us. Gather up the girls and sing, clap and dance along as you follow five lifelong friends as they reminisce about their heartaches, tragedies, joys and successes all while belting out an array of classic anthems like “I Will Survive” and “Girls Just Want To Have Fun.” Performance schedule is Thu-Sat at 7pm and Sat-Sun at 3pm. Tickets are $45-$65. Tickets are available at or by calling 877/386-6968.

EASTLAND A NEW MUSICAL LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N. Michigan at Pearson, 312/337-0665. July 24, 1915: the S.S. Eastland sits on the Chicago River between Clark St. and LaSalle, overflowing with passengers. Slowly the boat leans to port – and doesn’t lean back. By day’s end, hundreds will perish and unexpected heroes will emerge. Unforgettable melodies and soaring harmonies weave a musical tapestry of colorful characters, giving voice to the victims and heroes of that fateful day. This limited engagement runs through July 29. Performance schedule Wed & Fri at 7:30pm, select Thu matinees at 3pm, Sat & Sun 3pm & 7:30pm. For tickets call 312/337-0665 or visit


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