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August 10, 2012
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DAY BY DAY HIGHLIGHTS..............4 ON THE COVER...................................4 HERE’S THE DEAL...............................8
BEST BETS FOR FAMILIES............10
Sights CHICAGO’S DINING SCENE.........60 CHICAGO’S ATTRACTIONS..........14 MUSEUM GUIDE............................18 NAVY PIER GUIDE.............................31
Maps MILLENNIUM PARK.........................39 CHICAGO RIVERWALK...................40 METRO CHICAGO............................44 SUBURBAN........................................49 NORTH METRO.................................50 MAG MILE...........................................54
CHICAGO’S HOT SPOTS................76
On Stage LIVE PERFORMANCES....................81
Editor’s Choice LAUGHS, UNREHEARSED...............84 Publisher Walter L. West III Office Manager Nancy Vargas Sr. Account Manager Donna Dugo Legal Counsel Allen Gerrard Editor Ruthie Kott Chairman & CEO Wally West Production Director Kameron West
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ON THE COVER COOL DOWN AT MILLENNIUM PARK The Crown Fountain: an interactive public art piece that projects video images of Chicagoans’ faces on an LED screen. Between the two 50-foot glass towers lies a shallow reflecting pool, and as visitors splash around in the pool, refreshing streams of water sporadically squirt from a hole in each tower, as if the huge faces were spouting water out of their mouths. To transition between faces, a cascading waterfall pours down each tower. On a hot day from mid-spring to mid-fall, you'll often see children (and sometimes adults) running around in the pool between the towers. The fountain is just one way for you to keep cool this summer at Millennium Park. If you can squeeze through the throngs of people, claim a spot in the shade of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, aka “The Bean.” Order an orange sherbet cone or a mint chocolate chip shake from Park Café. While lounging on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion’s Great Lawn waiting for the Grant Park Orchestra to play, stop at the Goose Island Beer Garden on the east side of the lawn for a craft beer. 201 E. Randolph. millenniumpark.org.
At the Ginza Festival, starting tonight at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and running through Aug. 12, learn about Japanese culture through art, music, and food. The festival features flower arranging exhibits, calligraphy, aikido demonstrations, and traditional Japanese cuisine, including udon (Japanese cold noodles), sushi, and edamame. Fri., 5:30–9pm; Sat., 11:30am–9:30pm; Sun., 11:30am– # 151 6pm. 435 W. Menominee. Since recording their first album in 1989, the rock band the Mighty Mighty Bosstones have toured regularly. Tonight they play with We Are the Union at Metro, two blocks north of Wrigley Field. $30. 6:30pm. 3730 N. Clark. The Chicago White Sox take on the Oakland Athletics today at 7:10pm, Sat. at 6:10pm, and Sun. at 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th, 866.SOX.GAME.
AUG 10 - 17 If you feel “The Power of Love,” pack a picnic and head up to the Ravinia Festival Pavilion. Tonight, catch Huey Lewis and the News, plus Joe Cocker. 200 Ravinia Park to Ravinia Rd. in Highland Park. Join the Tall Ship Windy for its 2012 Performance Series with The Jungle Book, a late-night improvcomedy talk show—on a boat. The two-hour cruise sets sail from Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand at 7:30pm. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased # online at tallshipwindy.com. 124 You must be 21 to attend the Shoreline Sightseeing Brew Cruise, where Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat and Belgian White beers take center stage—along with a 90-minute skyline tour on Lake Michigan. $39. 8:15pm. Departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, # 124 312.222.9328. You’d probably recognize comedian Kevin Nealon from his nine years as a Saturday Night Live cast member (Franz—of Hans and Franz—anyone?), or from his role in the Showtime series Weeds. See him live tonight at the Laugh Factory Chicago. $30– $45 with a two-drink minimum. 8pm. 3175 N. Broadway, 773.327.3175. to Belmont
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11 SATURDAY Rated by USA Today as one of nation’s top ten farmers markets, Chicago’s Green City Market offers fresh produce from local certified organic farmers. Today chef Leonard Hollander of Marion Street Cheese Market in suburban Oak Park does a cooking demonstration between 10:30 and 11:30am. Market opens every Sat. and Wed. from 7am–1pm. In Lincoln Park between Clark and Stockton. Stop by early (8:30am) for a free yoga class in the park from Moksha Yoga Center. Northalsted Market Days fills the Boystown neighborhood with more than 400 food and art vendors and blaring music from more than 40 performers, including the Pointer Sisters, Olivia Newton-John, Karmin, and Sheena Easton. 10am–11pm. $8 suggested donation. to Belmont 3500 N. Halsted.
See the Art Institute of Chicago’s newest addition, the Modern Wing, with a guided tour of the museum’s modern masterpieces. 12–1pm. Free with museum admission. While there, check out a father of American pop art with the exhibit Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. 111 # S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. 151
The quiet neighborhood of Roscoe Village goes wild with the weekend-long festival Retro on Roscoe. Music blasts from three main stages, and a bar hosts an antique car show. For six tree-lined blocks, artisans and antique vendors sell their wares, and guests can sample food from local restaurants. 12– 10pm. $5 suggested donation. 2000-2300 W. Roscoe. to Belmont Pull out the poodle skirts and style your finest pompadour for Ed’s Fest at Ed Debevic’s. Guests can enjoy root beer floats made with Mitchell’s Ice Cream and burgers, while a DJ plays hits from the 1950s. Games for kids include hulahoops and dunk tanks. 1–5pm. Free to attend (food and drinks not included). 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. Celebrate summer at Chicago’s Navy Pier with their spectacular fireworks shows every Saturday at 10:15pm and Wednesday at 9:30pm. Beforehand, check out Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon, a heart-stopping production playing at Navy Pier’s Pepsi Skyline Stage. Today at 2pm, 6pm, and 8pm. Tickets $15.50–$29.50. 600 E. Grand. 800/745-3000. Pop rock band Train—whose songs include the Grammy-winning hits “”Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and “Hey, Soul Sister”—plays the Ravinia Festival Pavilion for two nights with special guest Mat Kearney. 7pm. 200 Ravinia Park to Ravinia Rd. in Highland Park.
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Relax and watch a movie outside for the Chicago Park Districtâ€™s Movies in the Parks series. Tonight, Gene Kelly classic Singinâ€™ in the Rain plays at Belmont Harborr. Begins at dusk. Free. Belmont & Lake Shore.
Uncover the amazing story of one of the worldâ€™s most misunderstood conquerors in the exhibit Genghis Khan at the Field Museum of Natural History. The Discovery Pass provides access to the permanent exhibitions and this exhibit for $22 for adults, $15 for kids ages 3â€“11, $18 for students and seniors (65-plus). 1400 S. Lake # 146 Shore, 312.922.9410.
SUNDAY Wolffâ€™s Flea Market is Chicagolandâ€™s largest weekly flea market. Located in the parking lot of the Allstate Arena, Wolffâ€™s offers a mix of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, jewelry, electronics, food, and more. Sun. from 6amâ€“1:30pm. Adults, $2; seniors and kids (6â€“12), $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. 847.524.9590. See page to Rosemont 53 for more info. The popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel-and-eat shrimp, jambalaya, and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. 10am and 12:30pm. Adults, $37.50; children (ages 6â€“12) $22. 329 N. Dearborn. # 312.923.2000. 36
The Chicago Cubs take on the Houston Astros today at 7:05pm, Tue. at 7:05pm, and Wed. at 1:20pm at the â€œFriendly Confinesâ€? (aka Wrigley Field). 1060 W. Addison, 800.THE.CUBS. Exerience cabaret at itâ€™s finest at Petterinoâ€™s Monday Night Live, where you will hear established and emerging singers share their talent in an open mic format. 7:30pm. $15 minimum for a table. 150 N. Dearborn. 312.422.0150. Donâ€™t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group at Chicagoâ€™s Briar Street Theatre. Tonight at 8pm; call for additional dates and times. $49â€“$69. 3133 N. Halsted. to Belmont 773.348.4000.
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A funny look at dating in the digital age, Sex, Love & the Second City: A Romantic Dot Comedy, playing at UP Comedy Club, explores how social media has affected our love lives. $25. 8pm. 230 W. North, 3rd floor, # 151 312.662.4562. While enjoying Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm at the Museum of Contemporary Artâ€™s Tuesdays on the Terrace summer series (5:30â€“8pm), adults and kids can also explore their own artistic sides during Summer Studios. Hands-on art activities interact with MCA exhibitions Rashid Johnson: A Message to Our Folks and Skyscraper: Art
and Architecture Against Gravity. 220 E. Chicago. 312.280.2660. Free for Illinois residents or with # museum admission. 151
15 WEDNESDAY Enjoy jazz vocalist Petra Van Nuis along with stunning views of the city skyline during the Shedd Aquarium’s summer concert series Jazzin’ at the Shedd. 5–10pm. Adults, $18; children (3–11), $16. 1200 S. Lake Shore. 312.939.2438. The Grant Park Music Festival features the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center performing Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (excerpts from Act I) and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (final scene). Sit on the Great Lawn of Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and listen for free. 6:30 p.m. 201 E. Randolph. While there, head over to the new Goose Island Beer Garden on the east side of the lawn for a gourmet nosh and a refreshing craft brew. Relax and watch a movie outside for the Chicago Park District’s Movies in the Parks series. Tonight, cult classic comedy The Princess Bride plays at the Chicago History Museum Park. Begins at dusk. Free. 1601 N. Clark. Beforehand, enjoy some barbecue ribs at the Fireplace Inn, 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264. Fireworks boom over Navy Pier, with a spectacular pyrotechnic display at 9:30pm. 600 E. Grand. 312.595.PIER. Want a unique view of the show? Call Seadog, and book a dedicated extended speedboat cruise, with a narrated tour, in which they guide you to a spot on the lake for the best possible view. Departing from Navy Pier. 8:45pm. Adult, $29.95; children, 3–12, $19.95. 888.636.7737. See page 32 # for discount offer with ad. 124
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Explore the city’s historic hotels with Chicago Neighborhood Tours on its Historic Hotels of Chicago tour. Visit three luxurious and architecturally significant hotels, and learn the history of each property from the hotel staff on this halfday motorcoach and walking tour. Adults, $35; seniors/students/children, $30. Check in at 9:30am in the main Randolph Street lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. # Washington, 312.742.1190. 151 Listen to an Lurie Garden Free Adult Lecture about having a healthy garden at home by ecologist Doug Tallamy at the Chicago Cultural Center. Free. 12:30pm. # 78 E. Washington. 151
Explore Adler Planetarium’s many exhibitions (including the newest, The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time) or peek through the Doane Observatory telescope—the largest telescope available to the public in the Midwest—at Adler After Dark. Enjoy drink specials and a full cafe menu. Guests must be 21 and up. $12 in advance; $17 at the door. 6:30–10:30pm. 1300 # 146 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827. Get your pelvis moving on the Elvis is Alive 5K run as part of Goose Island’s Run 312 series. You can even run in your own Elvis costume—because the race starts in the evening, the weather may be a bit cooler. After the run, enjoy beer and Elvis tunes. $30. 6:45pm. Grant Park, near Randolph and Lake Shore. British folk-rock band Mumford and Sons play the Chicago Theatre as a part of radio station WXRT’s celebration of “40 Years of XRT.” $49.50. 8pm. 175 N. State, 800.745.3000. to Lake
Sip your favorite cocktail while taking in the architectural majesty along Chicago’s world-famous Chicago River with Chicago From the Lake’s Evening Architectural Cocktail Cruise. Tonight at 6pm. Adults, $60; seniors, $52–both include a premium bar package. Tours depart 465 N. McClurg, # 312.527.1977. 124 The Grant Park Music Festival features the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus performing Dvorák’s haunting cantata The Spectre’s Bride. Sit on the Great Lawn of Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and listen for free. 6:30 p.m. 201 E. Randolph. While there, head over to the new Goose Island Beer Garden on the east side of the lawn for a gourmet nosh and a re# 151 freshing craft brew. American rock bands 311 and Slightly Stoopid play the Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island. $46. 6:30pm. 1300 S. Lynn White, # 146 800.745.3000. See Chicago’s WNBA team, the Chicago Sky, play the Atlanta Dream at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. $15–$225. 7:30pm. 6920 N. Mannheim, 866.SKY.WNBA. If you’ve never seen The Wizard of Oz synchronized to Pink Floyd’s 1973 album The Dark Side of the Moon, you can see it in the Pink Floyd LaserSpectacular, tonight at Mayne Stage. The second half of the show features The Best of Pink Floyd, including “The Wall,” plus special-effects lighting and laser technology. $30. 7:30 and 10:30pm. 1328 W. Morse, 773.381.4554.
Here’$ the Deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Enjoy free admission to the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood every Tue. through Sun. from 10am to 5pm. 1852 W. 19th, 312.738.1503.
Kids Korner Rainforest Café: FREE chef’s appetizer of the day or kid’s meal with ad on page 11. Ed Debevic’s: Receive a FREE gift with ad on page 13.
Get your weekend on at RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE, where a selected craft draft beer is just $3 all day. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111.
Chicago Sports Tour: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 27.
Seadog Cruises: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 32.
Learn about the design and native plants of Millennium Park’s LURIE GARDEN during a free guided walking tour. 10am-1:30pm. 201 E. Randolph. 312.742.1168.
Tall Ship Windy: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 35.
Shopping MONDAY At the MELTING POT, every Monday is Ladies’ Night Out. Bring your gal pals, and indulge on a cheese, salad, and chocolate special for $18.99. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011.
TUESDAY Sample some of the best thin crust pizza in the city between 5–6pm at ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS every weekday. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005.
WEDNESDAY Enjoy complimentary guided tours of GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM and CLARKE HOUSE. Clarke tour departs at 12 and 2pm; Glessner tour departs at 1 and 3pm. 1800 S. Prairie, 312.326.1480.
THURSDAY Snack on free select appetizers in the bar with a drink purchase every weekday from 4 to 6pm at KINZIE CHOPHOUSE. 400 N. Wells, 312.822.0191.
DQ Luxury: $34 off foot massage with ad on page 53.
Dining Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen: FREE potato pancakes, with sandwich or entrée purchase, ad on page 68. Gino’s East: Receive a special gift with ad on page 69. Buca di Beppo: Receive $10 OFF with ad on page 71. Patron’s Hacienda: Buy one entree get one FREE with ad on page 73 for details.
Nightlife The BackRoom: 2-for-1 admission with ad on page 78. Excalibur: FREE admission for 2 with ad on page 79.
Kids Korner ED DEBEVIC’S Saturdays at Ed Debevic’s are full of zany surprises! Get an amusing self-portrait drawn of yourself from an onsite caricature artist between 12 and 7pm while you chow down on kid menu options—hot dogs, chicken fingers, and pizza, all available for just $5.99. Soft drink included. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. Receive a free collectible souvenir with ad on page 13.
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 ages 3–5 eat for $5, and children 2 and under eat free. 51 E. Ohio, 312.670.1006.
SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air at the world-famous Skydeck Chicago. Located on the 103rd floor of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, Skydeck offers breathtaking views spanning up to four states. Alert your senses and put those daredevil skills when you step out onto the glass bottom Ledge. Daily, 9am–10pm. Adults, $17.50; children ages 3–11, $11; children under 3, free. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker, 312.875.9696.
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, while
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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI This hidden gem is the closest thing you will find to a New York Jewish-style deli in Chicago. Lunch on classics such as overstuffed corned beef sandwiches while the kids enjoy a live magic show every Saturday from 11:30am–2:30pm. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. Receive a FREE order of potato pancakes with coupon on page 68.
RAINFOREST CAFÉ Part adventure, part restaurant, Rainforest Café is a
MITCHELL’S SODA SHOP Experience some of the best ice cream in the city at Mitchell’s Soda Shop. The shop’s many flavors include dreamsicle, banana chip, and black raspberry. 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.
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
LINCOLN PARK ZOO Dedicated to connecting people with nature since 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo provides a free, familyoriented wildlife experience in the middle of the city. Learn about conservation or venture through the Regenstein African Journey, where you’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles, and more. Daily, 10am–5pm. FREE. # 151 2001 N. Clark. 312/742-2000.
CIRQUE SHANGHAI Showcasing performers from China who have mastered the art of tumbling, juggling, balancing, and more, Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon dazzles audiences with an awe-inspiring production. Incorporating new acts with favorites such as Hoop Diving and the Wheel of Death, this show is one not to miss. Showtimes: Wed., 2pm, 6 pm, and 8pm; Thu., 2pm and 8 pm; Fri., 2 pm, 7 pm, and 9pm; Sat., 2pm; 6pm; and 8pm. Sun., 2pm and 4pm. Tickets $15.50– $29.50. Navy Pier Pepsi Skyline Stage, # 600 E. Grand, 800.745.3000. 124
skyline. Lakefront speedboat prices 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 tick# ets with coupon on page 32. 124
wild place to shop and eat. Bring your wild bunch every Wednesday for Family Night, when kids 10 and under eat for just $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm–close. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. Coupon on this spread.
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COMEDYSPORTZ The newest installment of the ComedySportz Crew Adventures allows kids to visits The Jungle Book, where young audiences are introduced to characters including Mowgli, Baloo the Bear, and Bagheera the black panther. Recommended for 10 and under. Saturdays at 11am. Adults, $10; kids, $7. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. to Belmont
PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL Emerald City Theatre’s smash hit Pinkalicious has once again extended its run at the Broadway Playhouse. When Pinkerton eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of “Pinkititis” and flushes from head to toe. Performances are Thur-Sun at 10am. $16-$22. 175 # E. Chestnut. 800/775-2000. 151
IMPROV NAVY PIER EXTRAVAGANZA Make your Chicago BIKE AND ROLL EXPLOSION! visit an active one CHICAGO The world-famous with a day at Navy Spend the day Second City Pier. Packed full of navigating through performers family-fun options, Chicago like a present an hour including the local on one of of interactive, Chicago Children’s Bike and Roll family-friendly Museum Chicago’s Friendly improve and sketch (312.527.1000), Neighborhood Bike comedy at UP Amazing Chicago’s Tours! Escape the Comedy Club. Funhouse Maze tourist district and Good for ages 5 (888.893.7300), get in touch with and up, and lunch and the IMAX Chicago’s historic neighborhoods like Lincoln Park is available during Theatre and Old Town. Adults $35, students/seniors $30. Daily and after the show (312.595.5MAX), departures at 1pm from Wacker and Wabash. 312/729for hungry audience screening in July 1000. Bring discount coupon on page 32. The Dark Knight members. Sat., Rises and To the 12pm. 230 W. # # 151 124 Arctic. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-PIER. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562.
For the ones who aren’t yet conscious of trends: Psycho Baby, 1630 N. Damen, 773.772-2815 Little Threads, 2033 W. Roscoe, 773.327.9310. For the ones who will one day be more fashionable than you: H&M, 840 N. Michigan, 312.640.0060; 22 N. State, 855.466.7467. J.Crew’s crewcuts, 929 W. North, 312.951.0784.
Nordstrom, 55 E. Grand, 312.464.1515.
COLOR JAM Let your senses and imagination run wild with Color Jam, the Chicago Loop Alliance’s third installment of explosive colors, mesmerizing three-dimensions, and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets. State and Adams. to Lake colorjamchicago.com.
From bright-colored jeans to striped sweaters, Chicago shops have stocked the trends your kids are looking for.
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 the Tall Ship Windy’s Real Pirates of the Inland Seas Sail. Learn all about piracy on the Great Lakes with tales dating back to the 1600s. Adults, $30; students/seniors, $25; children, $10. Daily, 12:30pm and 5:45pm. 600 E. Grand, 312.451.2700. Bring discount # 124 coupon on page 35.
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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 and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414.
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Touring the city on wheels has its perks: mainly, you can cover more ground in less time. Whether you like an active excursion or a more relaxed one, Chicago’s got it all. See the city via Segway on BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS (239 E. Randolph, 312.729.1000). Try out the Skyscraper Segway Tour to see what made Chicago a leader in urban architecture. Work up a sweat and then cancel out the calorie burning on the Bikes, Bites, & Brews Tour with BOBBY’S BIKE HIKES (465 N. McClurg). Chicago loves its pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes, and beer, and you’ll see why on this four-hour tour. On a CHICAGO SPORTS TOURS bus excursion (430 N. Michigan, 312.842.TOUR), visit the Cubs’ Wrigley Field and the Harry Caray statue to the north, the White Sox’s US Cellular Field to the south, and the Bulls’ United Center, just west of the Loop.
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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 Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, 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 credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. caf.architecture.org. (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world, featuring a $1.4 million public-art collection and special exhibits. Mon.–Thu., 9am–9pm; Fri–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. chipublib.org. (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun., 10am–6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO. (J-26) 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 and Industry. Good for nine days. Adults, $84; children, 3–11, $69. Call 888.330.5008, or visit citypass.com. All major cards.
Seadog – by boat See page 30. 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, an installation by multimedia 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 is on display through September. For more information about the artwork, public programs, and special offers, visit colorjamchicago.com.
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY Enjoy sensory gardens, a children’s garden, and an outdoor Monet-inspired garden. Daily, 9am–5pm (Wed. open until 8pm). $5 donation, cash only. 300 N. Central Park, 312.746.5100, garfield-conservatory.org. (West of D-33)
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LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY Find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round at this lush botanical garden. Daily, 9am–5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312.742.7736. chicagoparkdistrict.com. (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, as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steelribbon bridge. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. millenniumpark.org. (K-33) NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150foot-high Ferris wheel, Landshark Lager Beer Garden, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Features throughout August include Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon at the Skyline Stage and the outdoor art exhibit BIGart. Fireworks every Wed. at 9:30pm and Sat. at 10:15pm. Open Sun.–Thu., 10am–10pm; Fri–Sat 10am–12am. Accepted credit cards vary. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. navypier.com. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. Playing on select dates throughout August: 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-plus, $9–$14; and children, 3–11, $9–$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.595.5MAX. imax.com/chicago. (O-30) RAGING WAVES Beat the heat this summer at Illinois’s largest waterpark. Fun for the whole family with more than a dozen rides and attractions. New for 2012: the Cowabunga Zip Line, where riders fly 2,000 feet through waves six stories high. Full-day admission: adults and kids over 48 inches tall, $28.99; seniors, 62 and up, and kids under 48 inches tall, $18.99. Zip line: $25. See ad for 15 percent discount coupon. 4000 N. Bridge St. in suburban Yorkville, 630.882.6575. ragingwaves.com. (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, 9am–10pm. Adults, $17.50; children ages 3–11, $11; children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. the-skydeck.com. (G-36)
JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Espression by Lavazza café and 360-degree views. Daily 9am–11pm. Adults, $15; kids, 3–11, $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888.875.VIEW. jhochicago.com. (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 first and second Wed. of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows.
ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space. Check out the Sky Theater show Welcome to the Universe, along with the special exhibition The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time. Daily, 9:30am–6pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wed. of the month. Adults, $18; children/seniors/students with ID, $12; 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 in Glencoe, 847.835.5440. (Suburban) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Sun.–Wed., 10am–6pm; Thu.–Sat., 10am–8pm. Adults/children, $12; seniors, $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sunday of every month for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. (N-31)
Cruising Altitude More than just a riverboat ride, MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE shows the city from a unique angle. Through early September, Mercury offers the Urban Adventure Package, a 90-minute tour of the city’s lakefront and riverfront skyscrapers and bridges, plus free admission to the John Hancock Observatory, 1,000 feet above downtown Chicago (adults, $35; kids under 12, $15). On the 90minute Lakefront Fireworks Cruise (adults, $28; kids under 12, $10; kids under 3, free), get a front-row seat of the Navy Pier fireworks; the tour also highlights Buckingham Fountain and the Chicago River Lock. For dinner on the boat, feel free to pack a picnic basket. Board at the Chicago River, at the southeast corner of Michigan and Wacker. 312.332.1353.
CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Igor Kozlovsky & Marina Sharapova: The Walkers. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri, 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; and Sun, 10am–6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34)
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available daily from 11am–4pm. 45–60 min. Adults, $15, and children ages 4–17 and seniors ages 65-plus, $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. gowright.org. (Suburban)
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., 12–5pm. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children 13–22, $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. (H-19)
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 and 3pm. Tours of Clarke House, the city’s oldest surviving building: Wed.–Sun., 12 and 2pm. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $9; and children, 5–12, $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312.326.1480. (J-48)
DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. On exhibit: Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm; closed Mon. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages 6–11, $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 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)
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. Sun.–Fri., 1–5pm; Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $10; kids ages 18 and under/seniors/students, $8; and children under 5, free. MC, V. 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708.524.5383. (Suburban) ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust. Mon.–Wed. and Fri., 10am–5pm, Thu. 10am–8pm, Sat.–Sun., 11am–4pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $8; and children, $6. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847.967.4800. (Suburban)
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE Showcasing 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 was built in 1856. Social reformer Jane Addams—the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—cofounded Hull-House as a settlement house in 1889. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., 12–4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. (D-40) KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. On exhibit: Watch Us Grow: Monarch Butterflies. Mon., 9:30am–12pm; Tue.–Sat., 9:30am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm. Adults/children, $9.50; seniors, 55-plus, $8.50; and children under 1, free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Blvd. in suburban Glenview, 847.832.6600. (suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. On exhibit: art by students from the Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. Adults, $6, and seniors, $5. Closed on Mon.; Tue., 11am–8pm (FREE); Wed.–Sun., 11am–6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600, luc.edu/luma. (J-27)
THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs, and plants from around the world. Daily, 7am–sunset. Adults, $12; seniors, $11; kids, 2–17, $9; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in suburban Lisle, 630.968.0074. (suburban)
MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Devoted to historic and contemporary radio and television. Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 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 Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On
exhibit: Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity. Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; and children under 12, free. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography. Mon.–Wed and Fri.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm, Sun., 12–5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312.663.5554. (J-39) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and the temporary exhibit MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. General admission: adults, $15; seniors, 65-plus, $14; and children, 3–11, $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. (South of P-54) NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. On exhibit: Gods, Myths and Mortals. Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Fri., 10am–5pm; Sat–Sun, 11am–5pm. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $8; children 3–12, $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312.655.1234. (D-38) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART The museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 1,700 objects featuring Mexican creativity from both sides of the border. On exhibit: Mardonio Magaña: Circa 1938. Tue.–Sun., 10am–5pm. FREE. 1852 W. 19th, 312.738.1503. (West of D-51) 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 students/seniors, $7. MC, V. 1801 S. Indiana, 312.326.0270. (J-48) NEWBERRY LIBRARY A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, and map, offering 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-plus, $7; children, 3–12, $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100, chias.org. (G-14)
ORIENTAL INSTITUTE A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue. and Thu.–Sat., 10am–6pm; Wed., 10am–8:30pm, Sun., 12–6pm. 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 and whales to dolphins and 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. sheddaquarium.org. (L-43)
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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 different but equally exciting experiences of the best Chicago has to offer. Taking off from the Chicago Midway Airport, you will see Soldier Field, along with the lakefront and Museum Campus, plus close-ups of our famous skyline. 6150 S. Laramie, 773.800.2703. chicagoaerialtours.com. (Suburban)
VANTAGE YACHT CLUB Be your own captain, and enjoy an afternoon or evening cruise aboard a Duffy electric riverboat on the Chicago River. Experience the breath-taking cityscape with up to ten people. Catering, personal tour guides, and captains are available for a fee. Rentals are $150/hour, seven days a week. Departs from 600 W. Chicago. Make reservations by calling 855.777.1855 or visit vantageyachtclub.com.
TRIKKE CHICAGO Whether you choose a Fitness Trikke (body-powered) or an Electric Trikke, you’re in for an awesome ride. Test out the three-wheeled carving vehicles with a group tour or rental. Trikke tours are $55, and rentals start at $25. In Grant Park at the NE corner of Monroe and Columbus (downstairs), 312.946.9467. trikkechicago.com. See Tours by Segway for Steve’s Segway Tours. (K-36)
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AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular daily lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules. $25 and up. Call for courtesy round-trip service from downtown hotels with 30 min. notice for all tours. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312.251.3100. grayline.com. (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 four passengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for any occasion. Mon.–Fri., 6:30pm–11:30pm; Sat., 11am–12am, Sun., 11am11:30pm. Departs SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. antiquecoach-carriage.com (K-29)
BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Explore Chicago by bicycle, Segway, or electric bike. Select from the Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour, the Friendly Neighborhoods Tour, Bikes at Night Fireworks Tour, the Skyscraper Architectural Segway Tour, and more. Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.729.1000. bikechicago.com. (K-34) (M-30)
BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE: CHICAGO TOURS & RENTALS Guided bicycle tours for all ages, skills, and interest levels. Choose from five 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, and map. 465 N. McClurg (SE corner of McClurg/Illinois at the River East Docks), 312.915.0995. bobbysbikehike.com. (L-30)
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CHICAGO FILM TOUR Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where more than 80 movies were shot. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters such as The Dark Knight to Chicago favorites including The Blues Brothers. Thu.–Sun., 10:30am and 12:30pm. Blues Brothers tour every Sat. and Sun. at 3:30pm. $30. Please book in advance. Pick up on Clark between Ontario and Ohio, 312.593.4455. chicagofilmtour.com. (H-30) CHICAGO MUSIC TOURS Groupies unite! Rock aficionados can 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, Wilco, Liz Phair, and more. Tickets are $30–$45. Tours depart from multiple locations and must be booked in advance. 773.216.3866. chicagorockstour.com. CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS Experience Chicago’s diverse communities and rich history and culture with guided motor coach and walking excursions. The 2012 schedule features more than a dozen exciting tours, including Hops & Barley: Pubs & Microbreweries, and five unique food tours. Dates and times vary. 312.742.1190. explorechicago.org/tours.
CHICAGO PHOTO SAFARIS Whether you are a novice shutterbug or a seasoned pro, let Chicago Photo Safari’s crew of professional photographers help you take stunning photos of iconic destinations, such as Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Navy Pier. 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. chicagophotosafaris.com. CHICAGO SAVVY TOURS: FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Learn about the work and philosophy of early 20thcentury architect 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, or Wright Loop Walking Tour. Each tour includes round-trip transport from downtown Chicago. Prices vary by tour. Reservations required. 312.731.8000. thefranklloydwrighttour.com. CHICAGO SPORTS TOUR See the sights, feel the history, and experience the excitement of Chicago’s legendary sports teams as you cruise through some of Chicago’s historic neighborhoods. The two-hour tour stops include Wrigley Field, US Cellular Field, Soldier Field, and United Center. Adults, $35; children, 12 and under, $25. Space is limited—book in advance. Departs in front of the world-famous Billy Goat Tavern, 430 N. Michigan (lower level). 312.255.0710. chicagosportstour.com.
# 1 CHICAGO TOURS – Steve’s Segway Tours Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a three-hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago. Northside, architecture and private tours available, with great photo ops. Frequent daily departures. Prices: $60–$85 plus tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (downstairs). 312.946.9467. stevessegwaytours.com. See Rentals for Trikke Tour and Rentals. (K-36)
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 three-hour tour makes five to six memorable stops. $44 per person. 219.929.6648. tastebudtours.com. Book tickets online using promo code KEY for special savings.
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 two-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations: 800.621.4153. grayline.com.
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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 Segway Tour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 316 N. Wabash in River North; 312.729.1000. chicagobysegway.com. (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 and river cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history and gorgeous skyline views from the lake. Adults, $40; seniors, $32; kids, 7–18, $22; under 7, free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins, and cookies. 465 N. McClurg, 312.527.2002. chicagoline.com. (L-32)
KAYAK CHICAGO View the skyline from the waterline while paddling. 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 to $65, or explore on your own with a rental for $20 per hr. Locations at the Chicago River (1501 N. Magnolia), Montrose Beach, and North Avenue Beach. Times and locations vary. 312.8.KAYAK.8. kayakchicago.com. 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 with lively commentary. Adults, $28; kids under 12, $10; kids, 3 and under, free. Advance reservations not necessary. Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. and Wacker, 312.332.1353. mercuryskylinecruiseline.com. (J-32) SEADOG Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy a 75-minute River and Lake Architectural Tour, a 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour, a 30-minute Extreme Thrill Ride, or a 60-minute Summer Lakefront Fireworks Cruise (Memorial Day–Labor Day). Adults, $21.95–$36.95; kids, 3–12, $14.95–$21.95; kids under 2, free. Departing from the Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 600 E. Grand, 800.330.8062. seadogcruises.com. (M-30)
ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Take in Chicago’s top attractions on a scenic glide. See Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean,” Museum Campus, and more on the popular Lakefront/Museum Campus Tour, departing daily from Grant Park. Or head north and uncover Chicago’s glitzy see-and-be-seen Gold Coast with the Lincoln Park/Beach Tour departing daily from Gateway Park. Additional tours include the River Walk Tour, Chicago Haunted Tour, and more. North Grant Park (238 E. Monroe) and Gateway Park (600 E. Grand), 877.866.0966. chicagosegways.com.
CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climate-controlled seating with spectacular views and commentary on more than 50 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35–$38. Board at Riverside Gardens, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 800.982.2787, ticketmaster.com/rivercruise or ask your concierge. (J-32)
SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING Architecture cruises led by entertaining guides showcase more than 40 landmark buildings on the Chicago River. Up to 20 cruises daily from Gateway Park at Navy Pier, starting at 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. shorelinesightseeing.com. (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. Adults, $24–$45; seniors, $15–$45; and children, 3–12, $10–$25. The luxury sloop Pianissimo completes the fleet and offers semiprivate sailing and private charters from DuSable Harbor. 312.451.2700. tallshipwindy.com. (N-30)
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. $65 per person or $60 per person for groups of 4 or more. Rentals are $20–$25 per hour and evening workouts are $50 per person. Check schedule for daily activities and pricing. 950 N. Kingsbury (north end of Riverwalk), 312.953.WATR. wateriders.com. (E-25)
WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s original architecture tours. Wendella Boats offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historic sites. Frequent departures, starting at 9:30am. Prices start at $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $13 for kids ages 3–11, and free for kids ages 2 and under. Fireworks and Sunset Cruises also offered. 400 N. Michigan at the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower, 312.337.1446. wendellaboats.com. (J-31)
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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable service to and from O’Hare and Midway Airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups big and small. Mini buses, vans, and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and sightseeing tours. 312.670.7777 or 888.709.5466. americancoachlimousine.com.
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GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, and economical transportation to and from both airports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888.2THE.VAN or visit airportexpress.com.
METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just seven minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312.322.6900. metrarail.com. (J-33) (J-38)
FOR ADVANCE TICKETS & TO RESERVE YOUR SEATS:
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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.
CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for ‘L’ train course. $2.25 per ride. Visitor passes: $5.75 for a one-day pass, $14 for a three-day pass. 888.YOUR.CTA. transitchicago.com.
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Self-Balanced If you’ve jealously watched crowds of Segway-riding tour goers cruising across intersections, now’s your chance to try it. Even though it’s nearly impossible to tip over a properly operated Segway, ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS’ guides first train guests (ages 14 and up) how to use the two-wheeled machines and then lead them around to Chicago’s great architecture and public art on the Art and Architecture Tour ($65) or along the lake trail for the Lakefront Museum Campus Tour ($60). On Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the summer, Absolutely Chicago leads an Evening Fireworks Tour ($60), a two-hour tour starting with Buckingham Fountain’s hourly light show and ending with the Navy Pier fireworks show. Tours leave from the company’s office at 238 E. Monroe. To make a reservation, call 312.552.5100. Discount coupon on opposite page.
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CHICAGO WATER TAXI A fun, fast, and friendly way to travel Chicago, with convenient stops at Madison St. by Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark and LaSalle St., Michigan Ave. at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, and Chinatown. One-way fares are $3 and $5 to Chinatown. All day tickets are $7. 312.337.1446. chicagowatertaxi.com.
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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Don’t miss big cats, polar bears, and sea lions. There’s also a Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Minutes from downtown hotels. Weekdays, 10am–5pm; weekends, 10am–6:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. lpzoo.com. (H-17)
BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Check out the exhibit Xtreme Bugs. Weekdays, 10am–5pm; weekends, 10am–6pm. Adults, $15; children ages 3–11/seniors, $10.50; and children under 2, free. $10 for parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in suburban Brookfield, 708.485.0263. brookfieldzoo.org. (suburban)
SHORELINE WATER TAXI Hop on Shoreline’s water taxis for fun connections around Chicago. Docks: Willis Tower/Union Station, Michigan Ave. Bridge, Navy Pier, and Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium). Frequent departures daily, 10am–7pm. One-way fares are $2–$7, and all tickets are sold dockside. 312.222.9328. shorelinesightseeing.com.
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You’ll find entertainment aplenty at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. The park, for example, hosts the Grant Park Music Festival’s 78th season; the exhibition 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 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”.
Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses.
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. Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge: Striving to represent underlying patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Yvonne Domenge’s sculpture consists of bright, organic shapes, such as Tree of Life, a 16-foot tall bronze sculpture painted bright red. Often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry. On display through Oct. 1. Lurie Garden Guided Walks: Learn more about the Park’s beautiful and fascinating gardens
10am – Wiggleworms: Old Town School of Folk Music • 11am – Reading Circle • 1pm – Family performances
from volunteer master gardeners with free 20-minute guided tours. Fridays 11am-1:30pm and
Millennium Park Workouts: Get a free energizing Saturday morning workout on the Great Lawn between 7am and 11am. Sessions begin August 4, with the following schedule: 7am – Tai Chi: Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA • 8am – Yoga: Yoga 312 with Amy Cronk and Joshua Wentz • 9am – Pilates: Chicago Park District • 10am – Zumba: Leslye Jones-Beatty
Sunday 10am-1:30pm through September 14.
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Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org 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. BRAHMS’ DOUBLE CONCERTO
RYAN OPERA CENTER: MOZART & STRAUSS
Wed., Aug. 8, at 6:30 pm
Wed., Aug.15, at 6:30pm
HAYDN: THE SEASONS
DVORÁK: THE SPECTRE’S BRIDE
Fri., Aug. 10, at 6:30pm
Fri., Aug. 17, 6:30pm
Sat., Aug. 11, at 7:30pm
Sat., Aug. 18, 7:30pm
Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz (Thursdays): Grab a picnic and head to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at 6:30pm and experience leading jazz artists from around the world. 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.
Millennium Park Photo Contest sponsored by Central Camera Free photo contest! Snap a shot of your favorite vista and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winner will receive $50 to Chicago’s Hard Rock Café! Get 20% OFF all camera bags and memory chips with this ad!
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Growing busier and prettier with each passing year, the CHICAGO RIVERWALK is an ideal place for pedestrians to take in the splendor of the Windy City’s shoreline, magnificent architecture, and rich history. Situated on the South Bank of the Chicago River, the Riverwalk offers an assortment of lively cafés, boat cruises, and activities geared toward the entire family. This corridor takes walkers, joggers, and bikers right to the edge of our famously backward-flowing manmade waterway.
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For alfresco dining, 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 as you sip summery cocktails, and feast on American grill favorites such as O’Brien’s Black Angus burgers and sweet corn. Stop in for weekday specials and live music on Thursday evenings. Sun.–Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10pm. 45 E Riverwalk South, 312.346.3131. obriensrestaurant.com.
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See the Riverwalk from the middle of the Chicago River with WENDELLA BOAT TOURS, which offers a 75-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour, telling Chicago’s history as it relates to the buildings built along the river. Starting at the Wendella Dock at Trump Tower, an architectural guide will lead you through the river’s three branches, where you will see new and rehabbed residential buildings on the north branch, the Willis Tower on the south branch, and the architecture of the main branch, which rose after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Buy tickets dockside and enjoy your ride. Adults, $26; seniors age 65 and over, $24; children age 11 and under, $13; infants under age 3, free. Dock at 400 N. Michigan, 312.337.1446.
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Al Fresco Dining Along the Chicago River The Perfect Party Location Open Daily at 11am Riverwalk Café - 45 E. Riverwalk South at Wacker & Wabash • 312.346.3131 Restaurant & Bar - 1528 N. Wells • 312.787.3131
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Greyhound Metra Northwest St. Peter’s Church 110 W. Madison Southwest United Yellow Cab
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Take a look at Lake Michigan in the summer, and youâ€™ll see sailboats dotting the landscape for miles. Even if you donâ€™t have a boat of your own, you can still feel like a sailor with these marine-themed items. Go bold with brightly striped Wavefarer board shorts from PATAGONIA (48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934; 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518). At PANDORA in Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan, level 7; 312.915.0647), sea-inspired charms and sterling silver and gold rope rings provide small nautical accents. Home accessories have also been hit with the maritime bug. On the fifth floor of the 900 North Michigan Shops, SPACE519 (900 N. Michigan, 312.751.1519) has several ocean-themed items, including a set of four small plates from Homeart with whale, anchor, and sailboat silhouettes and coffee-table books about the sea.
Please call to confirm hours and credit cards accepted.
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, and oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, art nouveau and art deco, Moderne, Continental silver, and Meissen. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. (H-31)
Chicago Keychain with $15 minimum purchase
454 N. Columbus Dr. Lobby Level
Chicago Souvenirs, NBC Memorabilia, Al Capone & much much more!
ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as 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. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, souvenirs, electronics, jewelry, and food. Admission: adults, $2; seniors ages 62-plus/kids ages 6–12, $1; and kids under 6, free. Open Sundays from 6am to 3pm. 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847.524.9590. wolffs.com. (Suburban)
Full Hour Foot Massage Regular price $70 * Includes shoulders, head, neck and back massage *
910 S Michigan Ave Suite #120 (312)986-8091 | (312)986-8096 | www.michiganavespa.com Refer to Metro Map for location codes at the end of each listing.
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Tod's Patagonia Walton
900 North Michigan Shops Lotton Gallery
John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory
H&M The Columbia Store TOPSHOP
HERSHEY’S Chicago Historic Water Tower
Superior The Disney Store
Crate & Barrel Cartier Grand Lux Levi's Store Ann Taylor Eddie Bauer
58 Texas de Brazil
Grand The Shops At North Bridge
Elan 63 Furs
Huron The Garmin Store
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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 including Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of the original cost. Also carries plus sizes. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. (H-29)
D E PA R T M E N T S T O R E S CITYTARGET Smaller than a suburban Target store, this urban concept store sells home goods, apparel, beauty supplies, and groceries—as well as Cubs and Chicago-themed Tshirts and notebooks. 33 S. State, 312.279.2133. NORDSTROM Notable sections include a sizable shoe department, cosmetics, and men’s fashions. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. Al major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312.464.1515.
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 paintings and fine prints from world-renowned artists. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun. 12–6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203. lottongallery.com. (J-26)
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. patagonia.com. (J-26)(D-18)
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ATLAS GALLERIES INC. For more than 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. atlasgalleries.com. (J-29)(J-26)
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Lookingglass MCA Theatre
Water Works Visitor Center
Broadway Playhouse American Girl Place Water Tower 74 Place
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Tribune Tower Pioneer Court Shoreline
PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high-quality jewelry, and accessories at affordable prices. Its new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm;
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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 River North store. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.
DQ LUXURY REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE & RELAXATION RETREAT It’s more than a foot massage. Opened in early June in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, DQ uses ancient methods of Chinese acupuncture combined with therapeutic massage to release stress and fatigue. Foot reflexology works to heal more than just the body—it also improves concentration and restores mental and emotional health. The regular price for a foot massage is $70, but through Aug., the price is discounted to $36. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096. michiganavespa.com. (J-42)
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 the 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit the website. Open Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. loverslane.com. (E-11)
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 River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.
Sun., 11am–6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7, 312.915.0647. memorablecharms.com. (J-27)
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Art that Holds Water Bodies of water are a recurring symbol in art—from serene sailing moments to darker, more ominous, stormy scenes. Whether you’re looking for an etching of a peaceful scene along the Thames River by 19th-century master James McNeill Whistler or an abstract sailboat painting to hang in your home, ATLAS GALLERIES has options. Atlas, which has recently celebrated its 45th anniversary, sells waterscapes from contemporary artists including Chicagoan Michael Cheney (whose painting Presidio Impression is pictured at right), Rob Gonsalves, and Wendy Norton, as well as prints from masters such as Chagall, Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, and Rockwell. Downtown locations include 900 N. Michigan, level 6 (312.649.0999), and 535 N. Michigan (312.329.9330).
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 such as Luxe Signature Massages and Facials. Enjoy 10 percent off when you mention KEY when booking your appointment. Daily, 9am–8pm. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312.929.3531. luxespachicago.com (J-26)
PHOTO SERVICES CENTRAL CAMERA CO. Third generation, family-owned business since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands such as Nikon, Canon, Leica, and Panasonic. In addition, find film for your vintage Brownie and Busch cameras. Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–5:30pm; Sat, 8:30am–5pm. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash (near Jackson), 312.427.5580. centralcamera.com. (I-37)
JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s; DVDs; and videos, as well as posters, T-shirts, magazines, and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12–5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467. jazzmart.com. (I-31)
SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun, 12–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. (J-27) BLOCK 37 Shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 108 N. State, 312.261.4700. block37.com. (I-34) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE Fifty specialty shops, 17 restaurants, five hotels— anchored by Nordstrom. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300. (J-30)
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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 seven days. All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312.467.9537. (K-31)
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WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place, as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. (J-27)
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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, and Chicago team hats and apparel. Bring home a piece of Chicago and save 10 percent with discount coupon in the ad on page 58. Open Mon., Tue., and Thu., 10am–8pm; Wed. and Fri., 10am–9pm; Sat, 9am–9pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. All major credit cards. Located two blocks west of Navy Pier at 393 E. Illinois, 312.321.9842, (M-30)
S P E C I A LT Y 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, and Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com. (H-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A wild variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, and safari-themed place settings. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri, 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)
Ever ything that says “CHICAGO” is here... Shirts, Shot Glasses, Pictures, Postcards as well as Chicago Sports Teams Hats and Shirts! OPEN Mon, Tue & Thu 10am-8pm Wed & Fri 10am-9pm Sat 9am-9pm Sun 10am-7pm Call 312-321-9842
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UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors, and accessories. Free parking. Mon.–Thu., 10am–11pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–12am; Sun., 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V. 1550 N. Wells, 800.5UP.DOWN or 312.337-8505. updowncigar.com. (H-19)
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IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates more than 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. 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. iwanries.com. (I-35)
WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A knitting and needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of 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)
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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats, and accessories, as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com. (H-29)
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Dilemma: you’re dining at a restaurant where everything looks good. Solution: order lots of little dishes and share. Small plates are huge in Chicago, for all kinds of cuisines. Try wine bar EDUARDO’S ENOTECA (1212 N. Dearborn, 312.337.4490) for light Italian fare, including the Pollo al Diavolo Pizze with spicy grilled chicken, crema, and scallions (above, right). For seafood, CATCH 35 (35 W Wacker, 312.346.3500) offers mussels in a Thai lemongrass broth, spicy buffalo shrimp, and yellow fin tuna sashimi (above, top left). One of the city’s hottest spots is the PURPLE PIG (500 N. Michigan, 312.464.1744), located on the Magnificent Mile. The restaurant’s eclectic summer menu includes fresh ingredients perfect for sharing: a fried deviled egg with arugula and caper berries (above, top bottom), for example, as well as lamb loin and Greek quinoa salad.
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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, 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. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855. artists-cafe.com. (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Breakfast on weekends. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. eddebevics.com. (H-29) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years also offers handcrafted and locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including charcuterie, duck reuben sandwiches, and its legendary stilton burger. Sunday brunch also served. No trip to Chicago is complete without trying Goose Island’s innovative, small-batch specialty ales, only found at their pubs. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $. Free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line: 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. gooseisland.com. (D-19) (D-4)
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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, and steaks in a friendly, highenergy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com. (H-29) LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s, just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre, specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails, and pre-theater dinners. Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–8:30pm. Sat. on opera nights, 5–7pm. All major cards. $$$. 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 including the Black Angus burger, grilled chicken, buffalo shrimp, and salads. A full bar is available, with live music on Thursday evenings. Sun.–Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10pm. $$. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312.346.3131. obriensrestaurant.com. (K-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri., 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. rainforestcafe.com. (H-29) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers cooked just the way you like them. Open daily, 11am–2am. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning KettleBurgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood, and more, all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon.–Fri. 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)
ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian café to create a classic, yet eclectic
BRAZILIAN TEXAS DE BRAZIL Just steps off of Michigan Ave., Texas de Brazil features a 50-item seasonal gourmet salad area, decadent desserts, and flame-grilled cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, all carved tableside. Mon.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 4:30–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$. 51 E. Ohio, 312.670.1006. texasdebrazil.com. (I-29)
B R E A K FA S T EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ Eggsperience a delicious selection of all-day breakfast and lunch items, such as savory omelets, crepes, burgers, and paninis. Open daily, 6am–4pm, and late night downtown, Thu.–Sat., 10pm–6am. All major cards. $$. 35 W. Ontario, (312.870.6773), Glenview (847.998.5111), Naperville (630.548.1000), Park Ridge (847.939.3976), and Bannockburn (847.940.8444), eggsperiencecafe.com. (H-29)
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“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934 www.indiangardenchicago.com
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dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily, 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970, tamarindsushi.com. (I-39)
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 omelets, giant salads, and, of course, a full bar. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. elevencitydiner.com. (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: insulated coffee pitchers at every table. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)
Bringing the rich flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop Daily lunch buffet - corporate catering only 5 minutes from McCormick Pl.
899 S. Plymouth (312) 362-9999 www.curryhouseonline.com
YOLK Open in three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. 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. eatyolk.com. (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern, and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez. Staples— jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches, HOB signature burgers—join new exciting menu options such as meatball sliders, chile-braised short ribs, and street tacos. All major cards. $$. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com. (H-32)
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710 n rush • (312)787-8998 www.friendssushi.com
ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, serving breakfast all day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat., 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)
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. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.333.9150. mysticbluecruises.com. (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary, and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, plated dining, and stunning skyline views. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.957.2320. odyssey.com. (M-30)
“but there’s way more than just eggs here.” Serving Breakfast and Lunch Mon - Fri 6am to 3pm Sat - Sun 7am to 3pm
747 N. Wells 312.787.2277
1120 S. Michigan 312.789.YOLK
355 E. Ohio 312.822.YOLK
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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon.–Sat., 5am–8pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. mannysdeli.com. (E-43)
Mediterranean Diet Walking up to Ohio Street Beach through Olive Park on a hot day, an oasis emerges: CAFFÈ OLIVA, a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant and bar just steps from the sand. If you’re looking for a quick lunch or a post-dinner snack, Caffè Oliva offers small plates such as grilled marinated asparagus with extra virgin olive oil and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano, as well as grilled flatbreads and panini with side salads. Seating about 150 people, the restaurant has tables exposed to the sun, as well as partially covered cabanas seating six to eight people. Sipping your mojito—served from one of four liquor taps and muddled with fresh mint—you’ll feel like Lake Michigan is the Mediterranean Sea. 550 E. Grand, 773.828.9841.
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. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.957.2324. spiritofchicago.com. (M-30)
FONDUE THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices such as filet mignon and lobster tail, and the perfect ending—its famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes, and brownies for dipping. Mon.–Sat., 12pm– 2am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011. meltingpot.com. (H-29)
FRENCH 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. Just east of Michigan Ave. at 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312.616.1400. cyranoscafeontheriver.com. Second location at 546 N. Wells, 312.467.0546. (J-32)
GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am; closed Tue. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. chicagobrauhaus.com. (Northwest of A-1)
MITCHELL’S SODA SHOP Featuring what seems like every flavor under the sun, Mitchell’s serves up everything from green-tea-flavored ice cream to English toffee in giant waffle cones. Old-fashioned charm served with a smile. 629 N. Wells, 312.943.1124. mitchellssodashop.com. (H-29)
INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com. (I-41)
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(between Michigan & Wabash)
Sun, Mon, Tue 11 am - 1 am Thu, Fri, Sat 11 am - 5 am
800 N. Dearborn | (855)749-2667 www.pizanoschicago.com
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LOOP 61 E.LOOP MADISON 312-236-1777 61 E. MADISON BETWEEN MICHIGAN & WABASH 312-236-1777
GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777
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INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (more than 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., 5–11pm; Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. indiahousechicago.com. (I-30)
838 West Randolph (312) 733-3379 www.vivo-chicago.com
INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun.–Thu., 5pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. indiangardenchicago.com. (H-29)
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 a 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend brunch and football specials. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; and Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. $$. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com. (I-33)
I TA L I A N BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare, steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown in Lombard, 630.932.7673; 604 N. Milwaukee in Wheeling, 847.808;9898; 15350 South 94th in Orland Park, 708.349.6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$. 521 N. Rush, 312.396.0001. bucadibeppo.com. (J-30) CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun, with two huge patios. Private party room. Kitchen hours: Mon.–Thu. 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–11pm; Sat., 4:30–11pm; Sun., 3:30–10pm. Lounge open late. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)
LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Gluten-free available. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Tue.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)
let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.
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. Gluten-free available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from Esquire and Wine Spectator. Gluten-free available. Lunch: weekdays, 11am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)
open daily 11am-11pm 614 South Wabash 312-379-0970 www.tamarindsushi.com
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EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 1212 N. Dearborn, 312.337.4490. eduardosenoteca.com (I-23)
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VIVO Celebrating 20 years of service in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers honest-to-goodness Italian food from executive chef Vicente Duran in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. Mon.–Wed., 11am–10pm; Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri., 11am–12am; Sat., 5pm–12am. 838 W. Randolph, 312.733.3379. vivo-chicago.com. (West of D-33)
MEDITERRANEAN CAFFÈ OLIVA Sit on the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant’s patio overlooking Lake Michigan, order a mojito from the bar, and enjoy a caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella or a grilled chicken panini with prosciutto and a roasted pepper aioli. Mon.–Fri., 11am–10pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–10pm. 550 E. Grand (at Ohio Street Beach), 773.828.9841. caffeoliva.com.
MEXICAN PATRON’S HACIENDA An authentic Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood serving Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, tilapia, and some of the best fresh juice margaritas in town. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun, 3–10pm. All major cards. $$. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. patronschicago.com. (G-29)
The Chicago River sets the scene for CYRANO’S CAFÉ & WINE BAR on the Riverwalk (233 E. Lower Wacker, 312.616.1400), and the lush garden surrounding diners makes the spot feel like a secluded, romantic hideaway. Chef Didier Durand’s menu filled with French fare features a variety of rillettes (similar to paté) including pork rillette with roasted garlic, Pekin duck rillette with Kalamata olives and rosemary, and French goose rillette with foie gras. For hungry guests, there is also traditional coq au vin, a French comfort food, as well as caramelized onion and leek quiche with pomme frites. In January Durand reopened his other location in the former Cyrano’s Bistrot and Wine Bar as Cyrano’s Farm Kitchen (546 N. Wells, 312.467.0546), where he features farm-to-table French food.
SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Experience a fiesta for your taste buds one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served among vibrant décor, complete with piñatas and stained glass. Ask about catering. Sun.–Thu., 11am–12am; 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 award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com. (I-41)
11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100
“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
full bar • salads • grilled flat bread pizzas • panini sandwiches Mon-Fri 11am-10pm • Sat-Sun 10am-10pm • (773)828-9841 • www.caffeoliva.com
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“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
OUTDOOR DINING CAFFÈ OLIVA Sit on the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant’s patio overlooking Lake Michigan, order a mojito from the bar, and enjoy a caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella or a grilled chicken panini with prosciutto and a roasted pepper aioli. Mon.–Fri., 11am–10pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–10pm. 550 E. Grand (at Ohio Street Beach), 773.828.9841. caffeoliva.com. 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. Just east of Michigan Ave. at 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312.616.1400. cyranoscafeontheriver.com. Second location at 546 N. Wells, 312.467.0546. (J-32) 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 including the Black Angus burger, grilled chicken, buffalo shrimp, and salads. A full bar is available, with live music on Thursday evenings. Sun.–Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10pm. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312.346.3131. obriensrestaurant.com. (K-32)
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 | www.artists-cafe.com
PIZZA GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is handmade 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. ginoseast.com. (H-29) (K-28) (I-38) GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR The traditional pizzeria spices things up with its new location in Chicago’s South Loop. With new deep-dish pies, such as the Hunter Rabbit (rabbit sausage, spinach, roasted carrots, and parmesan), as well as the old standards, it wouldn’t be a sports bar without a craft beer list featuring a dozen local brews. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseastsportsbar.com.
“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”
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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what Oprah calls the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Hours vary. AE, MC, V. $$. 864 N. State, 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847.486.1777. pizanoschicago.com. (I-26)(I-35)(suburban) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery
PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thincrust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pies. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 7am–1am. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, pizzeriaora.com. (H-30)
SEAFOOD CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city is just a short walk to Chicago’s Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bonein ribeye, New York strip or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz Tue.–Fri., 6–9pm; Sat., 6:30–9:30pm. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5– 9:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. catch35.com. (I-33) (suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood and fresh cocktails, as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun.–Thu., 6am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 6am–10pm. All major cards. $$$$. 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3444. holymackerelseafood.com. (suburban)
A bright restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. We’re sure you’ll find dishes in the eggsperience selection to please any appetite!
35 West Ontario • Chicago, IL 312.870.6773 • eggsperiencecafe.com Open Daily 6am - 4pm Late Nite Thu - Sat 10pm - 6am
River North’ s Newest Addition serving Fine Mexican Food & signature Margaritas! HAPPY HOUR
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Keep up with your favorite teams on our 18 - Giant 55" TV's • Patio seating available.
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and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$. 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667. pizanoschicago.com. (I-27)
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STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. A comprehensive wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon.–Thu., 5–11pm; Fri., 5–11:30pm; Sat., 4–11:30pm; Sun., 4–11pm. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. chicagochophouse.com. (I-29)
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THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops, and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon.–Thu., 4:30pm–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am; Sun., 11:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264. fireplaceinn.com. (G-21)
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HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops—Italian favorites in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3400. harrycarays.com. (I-31) (suburban)
MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to the InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand-selected USDA prime, dry-aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews, and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily, 11am–2am. Lunch: daily, 11am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; Sun., 5–9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823. michaeljordansteakhouse.com. (J-30)
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WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves juicy burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick Black Angus steaks, seafood, and more, all grilled over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30)
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. $$. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. friendssushi.com. (I-28)
SIMPLY THALIA At Simply Thalia, the philosophy is simple: "Simply healthy, simply fresh, simply delicious!" The menu features the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea, and China, as well as a large sushi selection. All major cards. $$. 108 N. State, pedway level, 312.750.9098. simplythalia.com.
THAI DAO Enjoy Thai cuisine a half-block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including pad thai, cashew chicken, and beef curry. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $. 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000. daothai.com. (J-29) SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-rated Thai fare such as 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. silverspoonchicago.com. (I-28)
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STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam helped popularize 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. starofsiamchicago.com. (I-30)
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Chicago has had some warm weather this summer (read: understatement). But August is where it really kicks into high gear, and it’s easy to find an outdoor spot to cool down with a drink. See some of the city’s best views from the middle of Lake Michigan aboard the MYSTIC BLUE (600 E. Grand, 888.957.2320). On its Lake-Breeze Dinner Lounge Cruise, sip champagne and listen to live guitar on the observation deck. Rated Chicago Magazine’s 2012 Best Rooftop Bar, don’t miss the Raffaello Hotel’s DRUMBAR (201 E. Delaware, 312.943.5000) on the hotel’s 18th floor. Drumbar offers craft cocktails as well as local beers. For a refreshing summer sip, try the Water Cooler at BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN (321 N. Clark, 312.644.0283). Made with Hendrick’s gin, watermelon puree, and cucumber simple syrup, the refreshing drink suits the vibe of the open-air patio.
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GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years offers some 20 varieties of handcrafted 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 reuben sandwiches and their legendary Stilton burger. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. Plenty of free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line stop at 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. gooseisland.com. (D-19)(D-4)
KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop 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. kingstonmines.com. (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 more than 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon. and Tue. Show times are Wed.–Sun. at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, and 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. thebatonshowlounge.com. (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 its famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bluecheese 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. clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. friendssushi.com. (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted one of the Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago by Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and latenight lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312.337.2583. legroomchicago.com. (I-24)
iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature longform improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. chicago.ioimprov.com. (D-5)
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DETENTION This Gold Coast nightclub is the newest addition to the happening Division St. Corridor. It’s unlike any detention you’ve ever experienced—the pulsating music from some of the best DJs 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., 10pm–5am. 9 W. Division, 312.335-1400. detentionchicago.com.
VISION Blobal and local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amid 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. visionnightclub.com. (H-29)
EXCALIBUR Voted Chicago’s Best Nightclub by the 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, excaliburchicago.com. (H-29)
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Good Music, Good Beer If you’re going to be in Millennium Park for a summer show, whether it’s a jazz concert or a classical show, make sure you stop by the GOOSE ISLAND BEER GARDEN on the east side of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion’s Great Lawn for a craft beer and a gourmet snack. With benches and a cornhole toss, the beer garden is open to the public whenever Millennium Park events are happening. Chicagoans are especially proud of this local brewery—Goose Island has won almost a dozen Great American Beer Festival Gold medals, including a 2010 Gold medal in the English Summer Ale category for its 312 Urban Wheat Ale, as well as two Gold medals in the 2012 World Beer Championships. You can also try one of the local Goose Island Brewpubs: 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071; 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040.
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 darn good pint of Guinness. TVs throughout, daily specials, and great outdoor patio. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com. (I-33)
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 and 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. backroomchicago.com. (I-25) HARD ROCK CAFE In addition to live music (on Mon. and Thu.), 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–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun. 11am–11pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com. (H-29)
HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. 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. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com. (H-32)
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. redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)
ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate in an intimate setting inside the InterContinental Chicago. A gourmet cornucopia awaits—superb wines, an outstanding international menu of cheeses, and a tasty host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Mon.–Thu., 4pm–1am; Sat., 1pm–am; Sun., 1pm–10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8738; 200 N. Columbus, 312.946.7000. (J-30) (K-33)
I.O. I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.
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-barred battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com
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PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, 175 E. Chestnut. 800.775.2000. “Can’t I have just one more?” When Pinkalicious eats one too many pink cupcakes, she catches a case of Pinkititis and turns pink from head to toe! It’ll take the wisdom of her broccoli-eating little brother to help her get out of this predicament. Don’t miss Chicago’s Emerald City Theatre production of this smash hit musical based on the popular book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Best suited for cupcake lovers ages 3 and up. $16-$22. Visit BroadwayInChicago.com for schedule.
BLUE MAN GROUP BRIAR STREET THEATRE 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000. Blue Mane Group has added new material to its already wildly popular production. New cutting-edge technology and striking visual effects promise an innovative twist on an already unique form of entertainment. Currently in an open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, this unique and thrilling multisensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are $49-$69. blueman.com
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET APOLLO THEATER, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773/935-6100. Inspired by the famed, 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. The show features a treasure trove of music, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and more. For tickets: $25-$77.50, call 773.935.6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com, milliondollarquartetlive.com.
CIRQUE SHANGHAI NAVY PIER’S PEPSI SKYLINE STAGE, 600 E. Grand, 800/745-3000. Showcasing skilled performers direct from China, who have spent years mastering the craft of tumbling, juggling and balancing, Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon is an unforgettable performance is not to be missed. This year’s production features a line-up of awe-inspiring acts including China’s finest daredevil troupe, “Imperial Thunder,” as well as an all-new Group Chair Stack, Teeterboard act AND the Wheel of Death! Performing rain or shine! Ticket prices are $15.50-$29.50, and can be purchased by calling 800.745.3000 or visiting ticketmaster.com/shanghai.
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 lookingglasstheatre.org
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 girlsnightthemusical.com or by calling 877.386.6968.
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 goodmantheatre.org.
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Editor’s Choice Still undecided about what to do in Chicago? Here are a few of our favorites:
Laughs, Unrehearsed Chicago’s storied improv scene wasn’t planned that way—no surprise. Starting in the 1950s, when several University of Chicago students started an ensemble called the Compass Players, improv has been a mainstay of the Chicago theater scene. Several of the Compass Players ultimately went on to found the Second City Theater, which has graduated stars including Chris Farley, Tina Fey, and Stephen Colbert. Since then, dozens of other improv theaters, shows, and troupes have sprung up around the city, including ComedySportz, io Chicago, and the Annoyance Theatre. And each theater breeds new talent: ask any Chicagoan if they’ve taken an improv class, and probably half of them will say, “Yes, and.” If you’re looking for it, it’s easy to find an improv show or two to see every night of the week. Note: most of these improv shows are not family-friendly. 84
The Improvised Shakespeare Co., whose cast performs using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. iO Chicago, 3541 N. Clark , 773.880.0199. 8 and 10:30pm. $16. Baby Wants Candy, a musical improvisation theater company who asks the audience for a suggestion of a musical that has never been performed before, and then performs that musical for 60 minutes. Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773.935.6100. 10:30pm. $15.
Saturday Improv Extravaganza Explosion!, an interactive, kid-friendly improv show featuring short scenes and games. UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. 12pm. $11 Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play, a sketch and improv show about drinking, with interactive games. Pub Theater, 3220 N. Lincoln, 773.904.8777. 8 and 10pm. $20. The Hot Karl, completely on the opposite end of the spectrum: a very naughty long-form improv show. ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. 12am. $10.
Sunday Royal Jelly, an evening of long-form improv in which a veteran troupe, International Stinger, rotates in members of teen troupe Mocktail. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, 773.327.5252. 6pm. $8. Octavarius, a troupe who combines improv games and scenes, sketch comedy, and music. ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. 7pm. $10.
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Monday Second City Improv All-Stars, a selection of improvised sketches, games, and songs performed by a hilarious ensemble cast and directed by Annoyance Theatre founder Mick Napier. UP Comedy Club, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. 8pm. $16. The Harold, iO's signature show. iO Chicago, 3541 N. Clark , 773.880.0199. 10:30pm. FREE.
Tuesday Chicagoland and Fish Nuts, two veteran improv ensembles. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773.561.4665. 8pm. $8. Uncaged, a show performed by the GTT Improv Zoo and inspired by audience suggestions. Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee, 773.598.4549. 9pm. $2.
Wednesday Felt, very much an adults-only puppet show, with members of the nine-person troupe serving as puppet masters behind a curtain in the middle of the stage. iO Chicago, 3541 N. Clark , 773.880.0199. 8pm. $5. TJ & Dave, Second City alumni TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi who create a 45-minute, long-form improv show featuring quirky, funny characters. If you’ve never seen long-form improv before, this is an excellent place to start. iO Chicago, 3541 N. Clark , 773.880.0199. 11pm. $5.
Thursday Messing With a Friend, comedian Susan Messing’s improv playtime with fellow comedians including Greg Hollimon of Comedy Central’s Strangers with Candy. Annoyance Theatre, 4830 N. Broadway, 773.561.4665. 10:30pm. $5. 86
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