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12 FRIDAY Don’t miss your chance to meet and greet famed pop artist Romero Britto at Atlas Galleries’ Artist Reception while enjoying complimentary wine. 6pm-8pm. 535 N. Michigan. 800/4237635. More info on page 42. #151
ON THE COVER NOW IN ITS THIRD YEAR! Don’t miss the Tony-nominated musical Million Dollar Quartet, now in its third year at the Apollo Theater. Experience the recording session that changed it all as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley portray the fateful December 4, 1956 impromptu recording that has come to be known as the greatest rock and roll session of all time. Million Dollar Quartet takes audiences on a historically captivating journey of the music that shaped an industry and defined an era. Feet will be tapping and hands clapping as the four legends-to-be perform a treasure trove of hits straight out of America’s songbook including “Blue Suede Shoes,”” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Hound Dog.” Performing at the Apollo Theater at 2540 N. Lincoln. Tickets are $25-$77.50. Call (773) 935-6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.
One of the year’s biggest events for everyone from nautical nerds to curious landlubbers returns this weekend as six majestically masted vessels drop anchor for Tall Ships Chicago 2011 thru Aug. 14th at Navy Pier. Visitors can observe the ships, including the handsome 148-foot Tall Ship Windy (312/595-5555), from the dock for free, or purchase tickets to board or sail upon them. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-7437. See page 70. #124 Feast on Italian specialties from Little Italy’s neighborhood favorites while enjoying a stream of live entertainment at Taylor Street Italian Festival. Bring the kids–there is plenty of children’s activities. Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat noon11pm, Sun noon-10pm. Suggested donation: $5-$7. On Taylor at # Ashland. 630/443-8400. 157
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Donald Fagen and Walter Becker team up once again as Steely Dan to play their cool, sardonic jazz-rock hits at the Ravinia Festival. Tonight and Sunday at 7:30pm. $33-$85. 418 N. Sheridan Road in Highland Park. to Ravinia 847/566-5100. Open your third eye at the 56th Annual Ginza Festival, paying tribute to Japanese culture with live music, dancers, taiko drummers, and traditional Japanese food and beverages. Fri 5:30pm-9pm, Sat 11:30am-9:30pm, Sun 11:30am-6pm. Adults $6, students and seniors $5, children 12 & under free with an adult. Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 W. Menomonee. 312/9437801. #151 Cirque Shanghai Extreme electrifies the stage at Navy Pier with an incredible performance featuring tumbling, juggling, and a motorcyclist traveling on a wire above the audience. Don’t miss the chance to see these deathdefying acts live! Tickets $15-$32.50. Today at 2pm, 4pm and 8pm. Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand. 800/7453000. www.ticket# master.com/shanghai. 124
Wrigleyville Summerfest is back again this year, featuring a kid zone with interactive games, family-friendly activities, and live music. Only the best food vendors locals have come to know and love will be on hand. Sat noon–10pm and Sun 10am-9pm. 3300 N. Seminary. www.starevents.com. to Addison Celebrate summer with Shoreline Sightseeing’s popular Chicago River Combination Architecture and Fireworks Cruise. The 75minute tour includes a dramatic nighttime architecture tour led by an experienced, entertaining Shoreline guide, followed by fireworks viewing from Shoreline’s Ogden Slip dock. Sat at 9:15pm and Wed at 8:30pm. Adults $29-$32, seniors 65+ $25$29, and children 12 & under $14-$16. # 312/222-9328. 124 Just weeks after Chicago survived the blockbuster tag-team of New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, another blast-fromthe-past double bill threatens to throw the city into 80s overload as former rivals and bighair pop princesses Tiffany and Debbie Gibson call a truce at the House of Blues. 6:30pm. $35-$40. 329 N. Dearborn. 312/923-2000. # 36
One of the hottest shows in Las Vegas, Thunder From Down Under comes to LaSalle Power Co. Fri 7pm & 10pm and Sat 7pm & 9pm. General admission $39.95, VIP $59.95 (includes comp drinks during the show - plus 2 drink tickets for after). 500 N. LaSalle. 312/661-1122. www.thunderinchicago.com. Details on page 62. Join in the celebration of African American unity, togetherness and just plain fun at the 82nd Annual Bud Billiken Parade. 10am-6pm. FREE. King Dr. and 39th St. 708/536-3710.
From frolicking in the Hawaiian surf with heartthrob Justin Bieber to making her big-screen debut, it’s been quite a summer for tween TV sensation Selena Gomez. Tonight she shows off her song-and-dance routine at the Rosemont Theatre. 7pm. $27.50-$123. 5400 N. River Road in suburban Rosemont. 847/671-5100. to Rosemont
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Come treasure hunting at Wolff’s Flea Market, Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market. Wolff’s returns to Allstate Arena with a diverse mix of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, sports cards, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. to Rosemont 847/524-9590.
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MONDAY Round up your family and friends for this easy 3-hour tour of Chicago’s lakefront. It’s a biking paradise on Bike and Roll Chicago’s (kid-friendly) Amazing Lakefront Tour, which includes top sights like Millennium Park, Navy Pier, and more! Adults $39, seniors/students $35, kids (12-18) $25, kids under 5 free. Departs Millennium Park (239 E. Randolph) at 10am and Navy Pier (600 E. Grand) at 10:30am. 312/729-1000. Discount coupon on pages 29 and 31. It should feel just like old times for fans of the recently revived Phish, as the group settles in for one of its trademark multi-night stands at the UIC Pavilion. Tonight, Tue and Wed at 7:30pm. $58. 525 S. Racine. to Racine 800/745-3000.
threesixty° entertainment presents Free Movie Tuesdays. Catch Molly Ringwald in John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles on a full size movie screen in the Peter Pan Tent. Screenings are free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Theatre site opens at 6:30pm and movie at 7pm. Located at the Tribune Freedom Center, located at 650 W. Chicago Ave.
View Chicago’s breathtaking skyline against the evening sky just as the sun is setting abroad Mercury Skyline’s Chicago By Night Cruise. This magical 90-minute river and lake cruise features memorable photo ops and a brief stop near Buckingham Fountain. Tickets $25/adults, $10/children under 12. Departs at 7:30pm. 112 # 151 E. Wacker. 312/332-1353. As the urban gateway to nature and science, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum invites guests to connect with the natural Chicago environment with their newest exhibit, Nature Trails. Located on the grounds of the Nature Museum, this more than one-third of a mile trail is an immersive look at lush vegetation, urban farming, beautiful birds and a butterfly garden. FREE. 2430 N. Cannon. 773/755-5100.
18 THURSDAY Put on your dancing shoes and head to the open-air dance floor in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. Chicago SummerDance offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two–hours of live music and dancing. Thu-Sat from 6pm-9:30pm, Sun 4pm-7pm. FREE. 601 S. Michigan. 312/742-4007. www.ChicagoSummerDance.org
Hit the pavement with the NIKETOWN Running Club at 6:15pm, rain or shine. Meet at the store, stretch, and run or walk 3, 5, or 7 miles—your choice, your pace. It’s fun, free, and guaranteed to give you a great workout. Just show up and lace up! FREE. 669 N. Michigan.312/642-6363.
WEDNESDAY Experience Wendella Boat’s popular Wine & Waves Tour on the Chicago River. The 2-hour wine tasting architectural cruise features a variety of wines by Kafka Wine Company, a sampling of Italian favorites from Buca di Beppo, and an entertaining architectural lesson from trained docent. Departs 5:45pm. Adults $59. 400 N Michigan. 312/337-1446. #151 The Grant Park Music Festival celebrates the Soviet Arts Experience with a program centered on Shostakovich’s cathartic Symphony No. 10 tonight at Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 6:30pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph. 312/742-1168.
Glessner House Museum offers complimentary guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark, and Clarke House (1836), the City’s oldest surviving building, every Wednesday. Groups are limited to 12 visitors per tour and are on a first-come, first-serve walkin basis. Clark tour departs at noon & 2pm, Glessener tour departs at 1pm & 3pm. FREE. 1800 S. # Prairie. 312/326-1480. 3
Enjoy a unique night at the drive-in theater as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strikes up the live score to accompany “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” on the big screens on the lawn at the Ravinia Festival. 7:30pm. $25$50. 418 N. Sheridan Road in Highland Park. 847/566-5100. The Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series celebrates one of the city’s true musical treasures tonight with Latin Inspiration, featuring several groups led by the amazing harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 6:30pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph. 312/742-1168. #151
19 FRIDAY The Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals today at 1:20pm, Sat 3:10pm, and Sun at TBD at Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison. 800/THE-CUBS. to Addison Sip your favorite cocktail while taking in the sunlit majesty of Chicago’s world-famous skyline with Chicago From the Lake’s Evening Architectural Cocktail Cruise. Mon-Sat 6pm, Sun at 8pm. Adults $55, seniors $49, children ages 7-18 $21. 465 N. McClurg. # 312/527-1977. 124 The Chicago White Sox take on the Texas Rangers today at 7:10pm, Sat at 6:10pm, and Sun at 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th. 866/SOX-GAME. to 35th Excalibur & Vision Nightclubs and Danny Z Productions present The Rat Pack Summit Review Meets the Legendary Drifters. The story follows Ottavio Rogatsi, a personal valet to The Rat Pack in 1963, as he recounts anecdotes and memories of his most famous clients along with an exciting guest appearance by The Legendary Drifters. Doors at 8pm, show at 8:30pm. $15. 632 N. Dearborn. 312/266-1944. Discount coupon on page 65.
here’$ the deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Taste some of the best thin crust pizza in the city at ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS weekdays between 5pm-6pm. 71 W. Monroe. 312/332-7005.
SATURDAY Happy Hour Sushi at SIMPLY THALIA means 1/2 price nigri sushi and some $5 maki from 4pm to 6pm daily, and all day Saturday. 108 N. State. 312/750-9098.
SUNDAY Sunday Funday at DOWNTOWN BAR & LOUNGE means $4 Stella Artois Drafts. 440 N. State. 312/464-1400.
MONDAY Stretch your dollar every Sunday and Monday at SUSHI TAIYO with half priced bottles wine. And that goes for any bottle! 58 E. Ontario. 312/440-1717.
Kids Korner Rainforest Café: FREE chef’s appetizer of the day or kid’s meal with ad on page 11.
Sights Amazing Chicago: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 26. Seadog Cruises: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 28. Tall Ship Windy: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 28.
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TUESDAY Enjoy a FREE Mango Lassi or FREE dessert every Monday through Friday at downtown’s CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE. Yum! 899 S. Plymouth Ct. 312/362-9999.
WEDNESDAY Go on a food safari at RAINFOREST CAFE where kids 10 & under eat for $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501.
Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen: FREE potato pancakes with purchase of sandwich or entrée with ad on page 61.
Nightlife The BackRoom: 2-for-1 admission with ad on page 64. Excalibur: Free admission for 2 with ad on page 65.
THURSDAY Thirsty Thursday just got a lot cheaper with $5 10oz. Martinis at PIZZANO’S PIZZA AND PASTA. Limit 2 per person. 61 E. Madison. 312/236-1777.
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catches a serious case of “Pinkititis” and turns pink from head to toe! Find out if her broccoli-eating brother will be able to help cure her before it’s too late. Performances at 10am, days vary. $16$22. 175 E. Chestnut. 800/775-2000. #151 I.O. THEATRE THE ADLER PLANETARIUM i.O. Theatre wants to take you to … Storytown! The Adler Planetarium reveals a new, immersive This interactive arts experience combines improvispace experience like no other in the world. Deep sation, music, and storytelling into an unforgetSpace Adventure takes you aboard the observation table make-believe theater event. The audience deck of a futuristic joins in by helping starship where you pick costumes, draw MAGIQUEST will be surrounded set pieces, and In MagiQuest, a by the larger-thanthrow curves into new interactive life phenomena of the plot. Fun for the live-action gamour dynamic whole family! For ing arena, kids Universe. The cenages 3-10. use wands, wits terpiece of Deep Saturdays at and imagination Space Adventure is 10:30am. $5. 3541 to create their the Grainger Sky N. Clark. 773/880own storyline. Theater, which 0199. to Addison Battle Charlock offers audiences the the Dragon, duel the Goblin King & help the Pixie CIRQUE most immersive, regain her ability to fly. Keep the wand, experience SHANGHAI technologically the Magic and remember the adventure forever! EXTREME enhanced theater Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Initial wand Electrifing the stage experience ever purchase required. Wands start at 19.95. 106 at Navy Pier with developed. 1300 N. Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855, an incredible perLake Shore Dr. www.MagiQuest.com. formance featuring 312/922-STAR. # tumbling, juggling, 146 and a motorcyclist travelPINKALICIOUS ing on a wire above the audience. Don’t miss the Emerald City Theatre’s 2010 hit Pinkalicious chance to see these death-defying acts live! comes to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tickets $15-$32.50. Call for schedule. Navy Pier Tower Place for a limited engagement. When Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand. 800/745-3000. # Pinkerton eats one to many pink cupcakes, she 124
AMERICAN GIRL PLACE Spend the afternoon with your favorite new and historical American Girl® dolls––plus Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins at the American Girl Place. Stock up on the latest accessories, browse the bookstore, and design matching doll and girl T-shirts before enjoying a lovely afternoon tea or dinner. America Girl Place invites you to open up your imagination! Personal shoppers available. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm, and Sun 9am7pm. 835 N. Michigan. 877/247-5223.
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MITCHELL’S ICE CREAM SHOP We all scream for ice cream! Beat the scorching Chicago heat and indulge in one of Mitchell’s tastefully unique ice cream flavors. Whether you order the chocolate Root Beer Float or stick to vanilla, these colorful flavors come packed in giant waffle cones. Challenge your taste buds with their famous homemade hot fudge topping! 629 N. Wells. 312/255-0340.
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WRIGLEY FIELD TOURS Wrigley Field is more than just a ballpark; it’s a monument to the Chicago Cubs and baseball fans alike. Bring the family to celebrate the legendary park’s rich history, which began in 1914, almost 100 years ago! Each 75minute Wrigley Field Tour includes stops at the Cubs Clubhouse, mezzanine suites, press box and more. Purchase tickets in advance. Tours are offered August 5-11, 15-20, and 22-31. Times vary. $25. 1060 W. Addison. 773/404-CUBS. to Addison
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Kids Korner SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies at the newest exhibit, Jellies. Come dive into the complicated and intriguing underwater world of these fascinating creatures and experience a hands-on exhibit that showcases more than 10 species of jellies and examines their unique lifecycle. Daily 8:30am6pm. Adults $28.95, children 3-11 $19.95 (exhibits may require additional fee). 1200 S. Lake Shore. 312/939-2438. #146 TALL SHIP WINDY Enjoy true stories of piracy and seafaring mortality on the Great Lakes aboard the Tall Ship Windy’s 75-minute Real Pirates of the Inland Seas sail. Tours depart daily at 11:45am and 5:30pm. Adults $30, seniors 61+ $25, students $20, and children 11 and under $10. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. 312/595-5555, #1. Get 2-for-1 tickets with coupon on page 28. #124
NAVY PIER With more than 50 acres of shops, restaurants, events, entertainment, and attractions, Navy Pier is Chicago’s flagship site for amusement and good fun. Gather along the lakefront to catch the Pier’s spectacular pyrotechnic display every Wednesday at 9:30pm and Saturday at 10:15pm. And take a spin around the iconic towering 150-foot Ferris wheel. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-PIER. #124
MILLENNIUM PARK Take part in hands-on craft projects, reading circles, garden and science activities and more with Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park. Each day brings a different kind of music and children are invited to join the Wiggleworms instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music in sing-alongs, dances, games and more. The fun runs daily from 10am-3pm. FREE. Michigan & Randolph. 312/742-1168.
RAINFOREST CAFÉ Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night, when kids 10 & under eat for only $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Bring coupon on page 11 for a complimentary chef’s appetizer!
Chicago’s sights by bus, bike & boat!
one of the great things about visiting Chicago is the wide range of ways to explore. GRAY LINE TROLLEYS (800/621-4153; www.grayline.com) will take you on a thrilling and informative tour of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown aboard their fleet of radio dispatched Trolleys and upper deckers. get geared up for a scenic tour de Chicago BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE-style (465 N. McClurg; 312/915-0995). The new Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour travels 13-miles through Chicago’s neighborhoods and features four Chicago staples – pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and beer! 10% off if you book online using KEY2011. learn about Chicago’s fascinating architectural legacy via Chicago’s waterways with CHICAGE FROM THE LAKE’S 90-minute architectural Cruise (465 e. McClurg; 312/527-2002). Complete with professional narration, the new 8pm tour (offered Thu-sat) showcases the city’s stunning skyscrapers in a whole new light. 14
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AT T R AC T I O N S AMAZING CHICAGO Navigate through 4,000-square feet of sensory experiences. Stumble through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Adult pass $10.95 and child pass $9.95. Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. (P-30) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. (I-38)
This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-the-art auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.
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CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Adults $76 and children ages 3-11 $59. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the multimedia Sky Tour, Espression by Lavazza café, and more. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15; youth 3-11 $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. (J-26) MAGIQUEST Families love Chicagoland’s most magical adventure set in a 19,000 sq foot kingdom where kids use Magic Wands to enchant magical objects, battle Charlock the Dragon, and help the Pixie regain her ability to fly. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Initial wand purchase required. Wands start at 19.95. 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855, www.MagiQuest.com (Suburban) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/7421168, www.millenniumpark.org. (K-33)
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NAVY PIER This Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Credits cards accepted vary. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. (N-30)
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The newly expanded and improved CHICAGO RIVERWALK takes walkers, joggers and bikers right to the edge of our famously backward-flowing manmade waterway, with plenty to see and do. Learn about Chicago’s rich history while viewing some of its architectural wonders with CHICAGO’S FINEST RIVER WALK TOUR (312/202-0745; chicagowalktour.com).
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A popular summertime oasis, O’BRIEN’S RIVERWALK CAFÉ offers breathtaking views of the city and river. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy the warm air as you sip summery cocktails and feast on American grill favorites like O’Brien’s Black Angus Burgers, and sweet corn. Be sure to stop in for weekday specials and live music on Thursday evenings. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 312/346-3131. www.obriensrestaurant.com.
Chicago’s Waterways Offering cool connections to top attractions, SHORELINE WATER TAXIS have docks along the Chicago River at Willis (Sears) Tower/Union Station, the Michigan Avenue Bridge with direct access to the to the Riverwalk, and Navy Pier. From the Pier, connections are available to the Museum Campus. Complete schedules (including morning and afternoon commuter taxis) are available at www.shorelinesightseeing.com or 312/222-9328. Buy tickets dockside and enjoy your ride!
Times: Mon - fri 11 & 3 Thurs 7:30 (Night lights Tour) fri 5 (Cafe Crawl) sat - sun 10 & 12 noon (brunch Tour)
Tour begins and ends at the du sable statue at the Ne corner of the Michigan ave. bridge. 312-202-0745 • www.chicagowalktour.com
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FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art (for Illinois residents), Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.
Cost: adult - $15 under 12 - $8 seniors - $10 families - $40
The city’s most fun and dynamic history walking tour!
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; children ages 3-11 $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com. (G-36)
NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Born to be Wild: An IMAX 3D Experience now playing. Call for complete listings. Adults $15-$17; seniors 62+ $14; and children 3-11 $13. All major cards. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago. (O-30)
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ADLER PLANETARIUM The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Daily 9:30am-6pm. General admission: Adults $10; seniors $8; kids 3-11 $6; and children under 3 free. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. (N-43)
CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $12; seniors $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31)
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Fri-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm. Free admission the 1st and 2nd Wed of the month. Adults $18; children/ seniors/students w/ID $12; and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35)
CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. (I-34)
THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to the Chicago Model City exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Sun-Thu 9:30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am6:30pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/9223432, caf.architecture.org. (J-36) CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN One of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for education and research. Daily 8am-sunset. FREE. 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. (Suburban)
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to history. Mon-Sat 9:30am4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $14; seniors/students/children 13-22 $12; children 12 & under are free. AE, MC, V 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $10; seniors/students $7; and children ages 6-11 $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Whales. Daily
S p e c i a l t y Tours
Departs Thu-Sun 10:30am, 12:30pm from the 600 block of N. Clark St. 3 1 2 . 5 9 3 . 4 4 5 5 • chicagofilmtour.com
The Frank Lloyd Wright Tour
Take in the city’s spectacular sights and history while kayaking down the Chicago River.
Tours • Rentals • Workouts Check schedule for daily activities and pricing.
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Oak Park Tour
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MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $7; and children under 12 free. IL residents are free on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27)
SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies with Jellies. 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, 312/9392438. (L-43)
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. Wed-Sun 11am6pm. Adults $6 and seniors $5. Free on Tue (11am8pm). 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600. (J-27)
THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $9; students/seniors 60+ $7; children ages 3-12 $6; and children under 3 free. Free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. (G-14)
KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon5pm. Adults/children $8.50; seniors 55+ $7.50; 1 free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview, 847/832-6600. (Suburban)
THE NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM Located at the corner of Halsted and Van Buren in the heart of Chicago’s famed Greektown, the Museum opens to the public November 2011. For more information, visitwww.nationalhellenicmuseum.org. (D-36)
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available daily from 10:30am-4pm. 60-80 min. Adults $15 and children 4-17/seniors 65+ $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000. (Suburban)
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and new temporary exhibit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. Daily 9:30am-5:30pm. General admission: Adults $15; seniors 65+ $14; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773/684-1414. (South of P-54)
9am-6pm. 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)
Sights Sights Sights Sights Sights
Cruising with Wendella Serving Chicagoans and visitors alike for over 75 years, Wendella Boats knows a thing or two about Chicago’s architectural heritage. So take to the waterways and let Wendella’s expert docents give you an in-depth look at Chicago’s bridges and landmarks while you sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Choose from the 75–minute Chicago River Architecture Tour and the 90–minute Lake & River Tour, their signature tour since 1935. Departs from 400 E. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Avenue Bridge, NW corner. Prices: $26 (adults). $25 (seniors age 65 & over), $13 (children age 11 & under) and infants under age 3 are free. If you’re looking for a fun, fast, friendly transportation, let Chicago Water Taxi give you a lift. 312/337-1446.
BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Choose from over 500 bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, and more–– and explore the city at your leisure. Rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. See Tours by Land listing for more details. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)(M-30)
AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular daily lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules. $25 and up. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100, www.grayline.com. (I-36)
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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Great tours by bicycle, segway, and electric bikes! Amazing Lakefront Tour by Bike or Segway, Friendly Neighborhoods Tour to Lincoln Park & Wrigleyville by Electric Bike, Presidential Tour of Hyde Park by bike. Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)(M-30)
BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE – CHICAGO TOURS & RENTALS Guided bicycle tours for a variety of ages, skills, and interest levels. Choose from 5 different daily/nightly tours. Bobby’s experienced tour guides are knowledgeable, entertaining, and fun – keeping you in the know. Bikes Provided. Rentals available with lock, map, helmet. 465 N. McClurg Court (SE corner of McClurg/Illinois intersection, River East Docks). 312/915-0995, www.BobbysBikeHike.com (L-30)
CHICAGO DETOURS Guided tours that bring people to interact with multimedia and explore stories and places even locals don’t know about. Walking tours range from interior architecture to exploring forgotten entertainment history, and our active tour by bus delves into the history of Chicago jazz and blues. 312/350-1131. www.chicagodetours.com.
CHICAGO FILM TOUR Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where over 70 movies were shot. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” to Chicago favorites like “The Blues Brothers.” Great for groups! Thu–Sun 10:30am and 12:30pm. $30. Please book in advance. Pick up on Clark between Ontario & Ohio, 312/593-4455, chicagofilmtour.com. (H-30)
CHICAGO’S FINEST RIVER WALK TOUR City’s most fun and dynamic history walking tour! Discover the city’s triumphs and tragedies while viewing its architectural wonders on a 2-hour tour of Chicago’s River Walk. Departs from Du Sable statue located at the NE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge. Adults $15, seniors $10, under 12 $8, 3 & under free. Reservations required, 312/202-0745. For tour schedule, visit chicagowalktour.com. (K-32)
Really see Chicago!
CHICAGO SAVVY TOURS – FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Chicago Savvy Tours explores the fascinating and influential architecture of America architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours are offered throughout Oak Park, Chicago, and the North Shore by bus and each tour highlights the work and philosophy behind this architectural genius. Reservations required. 312/731-8000. www.chicagosavvytours.com.
GRAY LINE TROLLEY
2 - 8 Hour Daily Tours
Departures every 30 min.
(Courtesy Service for Downtown and Near North Hotels)
(312)251-3100 • WWW.AMERICANSIGHTSEEINGCHICAGO.COM
See Chicago’s architectural, cultural and historical sights highlighting Chicago’s Downtown & Lakefront!
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ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Enjoy Chicago on this scenic 8-mile glide along the lakefront and gardens of Grant and Millennium Parks. View famous attractions, Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean”, Soldier Field, and the Museum Campus with the skyline as your backdrop. Select from the Lakefront Museum Campus Tour, Art and Architecture Tour, Evening Fireworks tour, and the Haunted Tour. 337 E. Randolph. 312/552-5100. www.chicagosegway.com.
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, Segway @ Sunset Tour, and the Foster Beach and Montrose Harbor Tour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 888/BIKE.WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)
GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800/621-4153, www.grayline.com.
STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS The most fun tour in Chicago! Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a 3–hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours available. Great photos! Daily departures at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Call for reservations. Prices: $60-$85 + tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (down the stairs), 312/946-9467, StevesSegwayTours.com. (K-36)
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ARCHITECTURE CRUISES FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline Sightseeing one-hour cruises led by professional, entertaining guides showcase more that 40 landmark buildings along the Chicago River. Up to 20 cruises daily from Ogden Slip/ Navy Pier from 10am. Adults $26-$33; seniors $23-$30; and children 12 & under $13-$16. Wed. and Sat. night Architecture/Fireworks Cruises. Purchase tickets in advance and save at www.shorelinesightseeing.com. 312/222-9328.
CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climate-controlled seating with spectacular views and commentary on over 53 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35. Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge & Wacker, 800/9822787, www.ticketmaster.com/rivercruise or ask your Concierge. (J-32)
CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE Unforgettable 90-min lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. The Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history with a gorgeous skyline view. Adults $38; seniors $32; children 7-18 $22; and children under 7 are free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-2002, www.chicagoline.com. (L-32)
MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE The Urban Adventure Cruise is a family friendly 90-minute complete city tour of the lake and river showcasing Chicago’s world-famous structures complete with a lively commentary. Adults $25;
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TALL SHIP ADVENTURES The 148-foot Tall Ship Windy departs daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan. Adults $24$45; seniors $15-$35; and children 2-11 $10-$20. Red Witch and Pianissimo complete the fleet and offer a variety of sailing events and private charters from Burnham Harbor. Navy Pier and Burnham Harbor, 312/4512700, www.ChicagoTallShips.com. (O-31)
Chicago’s Oldest Irish Store
SKYLINE LAKE TOURS FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline Sightseeing’s Lake Tours depart Navy Pier daily from 10:30am for panoramic, narrated tours of Chicago’s spectacular lakefront. Adults $16-$18; seniors $13-$15; and children 12 & under $7-$8. Fireworks Cruises. For more info, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance with special savings, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com. 312/222-9328.
SEADOG Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy an amusing 75minute River & Lake Architectural Tour, an exciting 30minute Lakefront Speedboat Ride or a wet n’ wild 30minute Extreme Thrill Ride! Adults $19.95-$31.95, kids (ages 3-12) $14.95-$19.95. Departing from the Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 600 E. Grand, 888/920-2600, www.SeadogCruises.com. (M-30)
Irish Imports Teahans
children under 12 $10; kids 3 & under are free! Advance reservations are not necessary. Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 312/332-1353, www.mercuryskylinecruiseline.com. (J-32)
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60-75 minute Skyline Cruises and Charters
Sail Chicago’s Tall Ship...
WATERIDERS Take in the city’s spectacular sights and history while kayaking down the Chicago River with the Classic Kayak Tour, Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters Tour (PG13), Evening Paddle and Fireworks Paddle. $60 pp, or $55 pp (groups of 4+) Rentals and workouts. Check schedule for daily activities and pricing. 950 N. Kingsbury (N. end of Riverwalk), 312/953-WATR (9287), www.wateriders.com
2-For-1 Tickets! Adult tickets. Limit six adults. Not valid for fireworks, or special events. Must be redeemed at ticket booth.
WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s original narrated boat tour, Wendella offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $26 adults, $25 seniors, $13 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/337-1446, www.wendellaboats.com. (J-31)
Valid for 2011 season only, not valid Saturdays.
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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable and quality service to and from the airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups. Mini busses, vans and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and tours. For the “best rates you won’t find anywhere else” call 630/6290001 or 888/709-5466 or visit www.AmericanCoach.net.
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–one day pass, $14–three day pass. 888/YOUR-CTA, www.transitchicago.com. GO – AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com.
ZOOS 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. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000. (H-17)
CHICAGO WATER TAXI Your Fun, Fast and Friendly way to transit Chicago with convenient stops at Madison Street by Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark & LaSalle Streets, Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower and Chinatown. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day tickets are $6.) Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com.
SHORELINE WATER TAXIS Hop on Shoreline’s water taxis for fun connections around Chicago! Docks: Willis (Sears) Tower/Union Station, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Navy Pier and Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium). Frequent departures daily 10am–7pm, plus Navy Pier to Buckingham Fountain select weeks. Fares $2-$7 one way. All tickets sold dockside. Complete schedule: www.shorelinesightseeing.com or 312/222-9328.
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METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312/322-6900, www.metrarail.com. (J-33) (J-38)
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entertainment abounds at Millennium Park throughout the month of august, so come on out and catch a free concert at the spectacle of the frank gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion; cool off with the multimediadriven Crown Fountain; breathe in the wonderful fragrances of the beautiful Lurie Garden; find your reflection in the bean-shaped Anish Kapoor sculpture; and walk across the whimsical, steel-plated BP Pedestrian Bridge.
Millennium Park Photo Contest sponsored by Central Camera Free photo contest! snap a shot of your favorite vista and submit it to email@example.com. Winner will receive $50 to Chicagoâ€™s hard Rock CafĂŠ!
Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information.
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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
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Bissell Fremont Dayton Halsted (800 W.) Burling Orchard
Kenmore Sheffield (1000 W.)
Magnolia Racine (1200 W.) Clifton Seminary
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Greyhound Metra Northwest St. Peter’s Church 110 W. Madison Southwest United Yellow Cab
800/231-2222 312/836-7000 800/225-2525 312/372-5111 800/435-9792 800/241-6522 312/TAXI-CAB
Treasure hunting in the Windy City!
a fixture on Michigan avenue since 1967, ATLAS GALLERIES (535 N. Michigan; 312/329-9330) is a celebration of classic and contemporary art. This month, atlas presents the whimsical works of famed brazilian pop artist Romero britto known for his stunning use of color, modern themes and celebrities. Purchase a truly original piece of Irish craftsmanship at IRISH IMPORTS TEAHAN’S (600 e. grand; 312/595-5504) at Navy Pier. In addition to galway Crystal and Irish souvenirs, Teahan’s showcases a selection of very rare antique belleek China, for which every brush stroke is lovingly applied by hand. Complete your Chicago shopping experience with a trip to CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS (454 N. Columbus; 312/467-9537). stylish mementos like this chic Chicago T–shirt share space with licensed NbC merchandise from hit shows like “The office” and “biggest loser.” 42
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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, http://www.atlasgalleries.com (J-29)(J-26)
ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. (H-31)
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. (H-31)
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Art & Antique Notes ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
CURLY TALE FINE ART This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one of a kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664, www.curlytalefineart.com. (J-29) LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass vases, lamps and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/6646203, www.lottongallery.com. (J-26)
CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s bestkept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. (H-29)
D E PA R T M E N T S T O R E S BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. (J-26) MACY’S Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours— State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. (I-34)(J-26) NORDSTROM Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. (J-30)
FURS CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER Celebrating nearly 30 years in the business! Find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary). All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. (North of E-11)
NBC Tower 454 N. Columbus Dr. Lobby Level
New fashions and accessories arriving daily!
658 N. Dearborn St. 312-587-3312
JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame.” Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. (I-31)
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CENTRAL CAMERA CO. A camera superstore with good, old-fashioned service since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Leica and Panasonic in addition to film for your vintage Brownie and Busch camera. Expert film processing. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash, 312/427-5580, www.centralcamera.com. (I-37)
Designer resale of ChiCago
DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with in-room relaxation services, including Massages and Facials delivered right to your room. Daily 9am-11pm. Cash only. Downtown, Gold Coast, River North, The Loop & Suburbs Add $25. 312/473-0580, www.dayspa664.com.
Chicago Souvenirs, NBC Memorabilia & more!
LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into any of their 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey Pkwy, 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. (D-10)(Suburban)
PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Their new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, 312/915-0647, http://memorablecharms.com/locations.html. (J-27)
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900 North Michigan Shops Lotton Gallery
John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory
Pearson HERSHEY’S Chicago Historic Water Tower
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Tiffany Chicago Place
Crate & Barrel Cartier Grand Lux Ann Taylor Levi's Store Eddie Bauer
THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and one shopping center anchored by Nordstrom. Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. (J-27)
The Disney Store
CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS This NBC Tower Gift Shop is steps from the Mag Mile, and the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Find fun and original souvenirs from hit shows “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Herd),” “Biggest Loser,” as well as Chicago souvenirs. Open 7 days. All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537. (K-31)
Huron The Apple Store Nike Town The Garmin Store
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Gap Allen Edmonds Atlas Galleries
BLOCK 37 Shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 108 N. State, 312/261-4700, www.block37.com. (I-34)
The Shops At North Bridge
THE 900 SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. (J-27)
Lookingglass MCA Theatre
Water Works Visitor Center
Broadway Playhouse American Girl Place Water Tower 73 Place
H&M The Columbia Store
Mies van der Rohe
Wrigley Building Wendella
Tribune Tower Pioneer Court Shoreline
S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S IRISH IMPORTS TEAHAN’S Shop a wide variety of Irish imports and specialty items right here at Chicago’s Navy Pier. From Belleek China, Galway Crystal and Mullingar Pewter to Aran sweaters, Guinness items, and many other authentic gift items from the old sod – if it’s Irish, you’ll find it here! Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-5504. RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, safari-themed place settings, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29) ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29)
Chicago Fur Outlet
Home of the Furry Godmother!
SPECIALIZING IN NEW FURS, LEATHERS, AND “PRE-FURRED” RESALE
TOBACCO & CIGARS
IN ROOM MASSAGES OR FACIALS ($100 & UP) Available daily 9am-11pm Call (312)473-0580 www.dayspa664.com
UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. Free Parking. Open Late. Mon–Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. (H-19)
IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. (I-35)
777 W. DIVERSEY • 773.348.3877 @ HALSTED IN LINCOLN PARK
WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of handpainted 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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famous Chicago deep-dish and delicious thin-crust varieties share space on the menu and in diners’ hearts at GINO’S EAST, while a selection of pastas and sandwiches round out the offerings. locations at 633 N. Wells, 312/988-4200 and 162 e. superior, 312/266-3337. bring coupon on page 51. a cool take on the old-school deli concept, ELEVEN CITY DINER (1112 s. Wabash; 312/212-1112) is a Chicago classic serving some of the best corned beef & pastrami west of the lower east side along with ‘serious’ bloody Marys, Mimosas, and other libations. In addition to popular sushi options like Kama sutra and fat boss, SIMPLY THALIA (108 N. state, Pedway level; 312/750-9098) offers a delicious selection of vietnamese sandwiches (bunh Mi). Whether you’re craving bbq Pork, sesame beef, or Crab & shrimp, all varieties come dressed with mayonnaise, sweet pickle, jalapenos, onions and more. 48
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ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, Rattle, and Roll at this 1950’s style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends! Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 640 N. Wells, 312/664-1707. Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, 630/495-1700, www.eddebevics.com. (H-29) HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu 11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29) HOP HAUS This River North burger joint features more than 20 varieties of gourmet burgers including ostrich, lamb, duck and plain old beef, all garnished with fresh, inventive toppings. Wash them down with a frothy craft beer or glass of wine. Mon-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am2am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 10am-5am, Sun 10am-midnight. All major cards. $$ 646 N. Franklin, 312/280-8832, www.thehophaus.com. (H-29)
GOURMET BURGERS! All-Night Kitchen • Brunch Fri - Sun Craft Beers • Sports on Multiple TV Screens
646 N Franklin 312|280|8832 www.thehophaus.com Sun - Wed 11am - 12am, Thurs 11am - 2am, Fri 11am - 4am, Sat 10am - 4am
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LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. MonFri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. (G-35) O’BRIENS RIVERWALK CAFÉ The flow of the river and fragrant flowers provide guests with a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city. Feast on summer favorites like, O’Briens Black Angus Burger, grilled chicken, assorted appetizers and salads. Full bar is available, live music on Thursday evenings. Sun-Thu 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312/346-3131, www.obriensrestaurant.com. (K-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)
japanese-style lounge 312.202.0808
RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this new burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/3328111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29)
ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. (I-39) THALIA SPICE Dine on Asian fusion fare in a chic loft-style setting in River West. The extensive menu features a selection of
B R E A K FA S T ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot!Â Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville cafĂŠ offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: Insulated coffee pitchers at every table! Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29) YOLK Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Egg-spect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, benedicts, French toast, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers
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noodles and stir-fried dishes, curries, chef specialties, as well as fresh sushi and maki. Ask about daily specials. All major cards. $$ 833 W. Chicago. 312/226-6020, www.thaliaspice.com.
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, www.yolk-online.com. (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)
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let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.
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 8am10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)
MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. (E-43)
MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the fresh and contemporary Mystic Blue where a three-course bountiful buffet, DJ music, summer cocktails, a lounge atmosphere and amazing skyline views await you. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/333-9150, www.MysticBlueCruises.com. (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, distinctive three–course plated dining and stunning skyline views. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/9572320, www.Odyssey.com. (M-30)
open daily 11am-11pm 614 South Wabash 312-379-0970 www.tamarindsushi.com
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 sky-
FONDUE THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices like filet mignon, lobster tail and seafood trio, and the perfect ending – their famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes and brownies for dipping. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. (H-29)
FRENCH CYRANO’S CAFÉ & WINE BAR Enjoy awe-inspiring cityscape while dining on a seasonal patio reminiscent of Monet Gardens with fragrant plants and flowers along the Chicago River. Besides exquisite views, this French Bistrot features the modern cuisine of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Didier Durand. 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312/616-1400, www.cyranoscafeontheriver.com. Second location at 546 N. Wells. 312/467-0546. (J-32)
Voted #1 Burger in Chicago “Home of the Milkshake Martini” 69 East Madison Street (between Michigan & Wabash)
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Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show
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pizanoschicago.com “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” - Frank Sinatra
GOLD COAST 864 N. STATE ST. 312-751-1766
GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777
LOOP 61 E. MADISON 312-236-1777
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line views. Call or book your cruise online today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/957-2324, www.SpiritofChicago.com. (M-30)
Rise and Shine! Take a bite out of Chicago’s hottest breakfast concept, YOLK, where breakfast is more than your average eggs and toast. Yolk serves up creative breakfasts like Pot Roast Benedict and Banana Nut Bread French Toast, specialty juices, and their own private label premium coffee. Voted “#1 Breakfast in Chicago” by FOX News viewers and “Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, YOLK’s unique menu, egg-ceptional service, and sunny interior are an award-wining combination. Dine on the sidewalk patio at their 355 E. Ohio (312/822-9655) location for a breath of fresh air. Other locations include 1120 S. Michigan, (312/789-YOLK) and 747 N. Wells (312/787-2277).
899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/362-9999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)
CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck as well as steaks, chops and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. (Northwest of A-1)
GAYLORD INDIA This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm. Dinner: SunThu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. (I-26)
MITCHELL’S ICE CREAM SHOP Featuring what seems like every flavor under the sun, Mitchell’s serves up everything from Green Tea flavored ice cream to English Toffee in giant waffle cones. Old-fashioned charm served with a smile. 629 N. Wells. 312/255-0340, www.mitchellssodashop.com. (H-29)
INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available.
INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com/index.asp. (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes including marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am-3pm for $13.95pp. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. (H-29)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room complete with 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Outdoor Patio and Weekend Brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)
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BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. (J-30)
Bringing the rich flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop Daily lunch buffet - corporate catering only 5 minutes from McCormick Pl.
899 S. Plymouth (312) 362-9999 www.curryhouseonline.com
CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Online reservations. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm. Lounge open late. All major cards. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)
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LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)
dine in - carry-out - delivery - catering sun.-thur.(11:30am-10pm) fri.-sat.(11:30am-1am) special menu
710 n rush • (312)787-8998 www.friendssushi.com
THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. MonThu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/3327005, www.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 both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Glutenfree options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)
MEXICAN FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. (H-31) ZOCALO Offering 30 small plates and ten entrees, enjoy eclectic offerings along with their signature margaritas in a warm and rustic setting. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 358 W. Ontario, 312/302-9977. (F-29)
NEPALESE CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering &
PIZZA CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN These local outlets of the national chain feature affordable pizzas with unusual toppings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 52 E. Ohio, 312/787-6075; 835 N. Michigan, 312/787-7300. Also located: 10 N. LaSalle, 312/920-9662; 939 W. North, 312/337-1281. (I-29) EDWARDO’S Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza and all natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 521 S. Dearborn, 312/939-3366; 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490, www.edwardos.com. (I-38)(I-23) GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-DEEP. www.ginoseast.com. (H-29)(K-28) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day
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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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delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/3629999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)
with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777. pizanoschicago.com. (I-26) (I-35)(Suburban) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. (H-30)
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Open Daily 11a.m. - 10p.m. 710 North Rush Street (312)944-7100 • (312)944-7694
Simply Bistro & Sake Lounge
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Block 37 Pedway Level (312)656-0553 simplythalia.com
833 W. Chicago Ave. Just West of Halsted (312)226-6020 thaliaspice.com
asian fusion bistro & bar
“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”
any $25 food purchase w/ad excludes breakfast
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S E A FO O D CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/3463500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. (I-33)(Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, FriSat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. (Suburban)
STEAK, CHOPS & RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. (I-31)(Suburban)
It’s A Lobster Fest Looking for a magnificent ending to your day? Head to Buca di Beppo, just one block off the Mag Mile, for authentic immigrant Southern Italian dishes in a boisterous environment that recalls Italian-American supper clubs of the ’40s and ’50s. This month, the focus is on lobster! Enjoy summer specials like Lobster Ravioli in Rosa Sauce (homestyle ravioli with sweet Northern Atlantic lobster tossed in a rosa sauce) and Lobster Fra Diavolo Pizza – there’s always enough to be shared with family and friends. Buca’s downtown location is at 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001. Other locations include 90 Yorktown Rd, Lombard, 630/932-7673 and 604 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, 847/808-9898. Get $5 off with coupon on page 55.
KEEFERS One of the most celebrated steakhouses in the country – Keefer’s features a sophisticated stylish décor, and chef-driven menu from the legendary John Hogan. The menu features an outstanding selection of Prime steaks, seafood, chicken, chops, pastas and desserts. Outdoor patio, weather-permitting. All major cards. $$$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31) MIKE DITKA’S RESTAURANT Landmark owned by the 1985 Chicago Bear’s Super Bowl coach, aka “Da’ Coach”. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 100 E. Chestnut, 312/587-8989. (I-26) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Enjoy an undefeated dining experience. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails to the infamous 48oz Porterhouse. MonFri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. (J-31) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30)
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SUSHI FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) SIMPLY THALIA At Simply Thalia, the philosophy is simple: “Simply healthy, simply fresh, simply delicious!” The menu features the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea and China, as well as a highly-acclaimed sushi selection. All major cards. $$ 108 N. State, Pedway Level. 312/750-9098. www.simplythalia.com. SUSHI TAIYO This bi-level River North restaurant and lounge features contemporary sushi, sashimi, Asian fusion fare as well as a innovative cocktail menu with high end and regional sake, signature martinis, champagne, wine and Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)
TA PA S CAFÉ BA BA REEBA Specializing in tapas, this Spanish restaurant has a warm and colorful atmosphere that goes along with their made to order paella. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 2024 N. Halsted, 773/935-5000. (E-16) CAFÉ IBERICO A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Café Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 737 N. LaSalle, 312/573-1510. (H-31)
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“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
MERCAT A LA PLANXA Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue – here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 638 S. Michigan, 312/765-0524. (J-40)
DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Magnificent Mile in traditional trappings. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. (J-29)
SILVER SPOON Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, guests enjoy Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment. Vegetarianfriendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. MC, V $ 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100, www.silverspoonchicago.com. (I-28)
STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam played a major role in the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $ 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. (I-30)
V EG E TA R I A N GREEN ZEBRA A short trek west of River North, Green Zebra is artistic and upscale in both décor and cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1460 W. Chicago, 312/243-7100. (West of D-27)
“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
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one of the hottest shows in las vegas comes to Chicago for the first time. get “Thunderized!” by sexy australian imports THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER as they bring their buffed bods to adoring audiences at the newly reinvented LASALLE POWER CO. This hot male revue is the perfect girls night out. The fun continues at the new dueling piano/party bar, HEART & SOUL. sing along, clap along, and drink along to your favorite songs until 2am. Close out the night on the high-energy dance floor at LASALLE POWER CO where resident dJs spin Top 40’s to 80’s throwbacks into the wee hours of the morning. admission is free to all facets, except Thunder from down under, which is $39.95 for regular admission and $59.95 for vIP. vIP includes comp drinks during the show - plus 2 drink tickets for after the show. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.lasallepowerco.com. 62
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CHI BAR Created by worldâ€“renowned designer, Jeffrey Beers, Chi Bar brings the excitement and tradition of the Windy City into one deluxe lounge with sleek ambiance, innovative cocktails, and delicious appetizers. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. Located in the Sheraton Hotel at 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. (K-31)
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BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show is the nationâ€™s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences for over 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon & Tue. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. (H-38)
KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12-$15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. (E-13)
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CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “Supper Club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try their famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)
BAR AND LOUNGE 440 NORTH STATE STREET (312)464-1400 WWW.DOWNTOWNBARANDLOUNGE.COM
Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!
2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.
$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad
773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted
For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774
DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. 440 N State St, 312/464-1400, www.downtownbarandlounge.com. (I-31) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” from Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and latenight lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. (I-24)
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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for 30 years. iO has two theaters. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. (D-5)
EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and late-night dining. Tue-Fri 7pm–4am, Sat 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944, www.excaliburchicago.com. (H-29) LASALLE POWER CO. Located in Chicago’s vibrant River North area, LaSalle Power Co. is a three-in-one party enclave featuring the city’s hottest bar and nightclub, a rocking dueling piano bar, and the world’s top male revue, Thunder from Down Under. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.lasallepowerco.com. (I-30) VISION World-renowned Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amidst four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri
VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/664-7400, www.vipschicago.com. (West of E-20)
THE BACKROOM One of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & covers vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. (I-25)
HEART AND SOUL CHICAGO A new dueling piano/party bar located inside the newly renovated LaSalle Power Co. in Chicago’s vibrant River North area. Open Thursday through Saturday, come sing along to your favorite pop and rock songs. Full menu and specialty drinks are offered. Open until 2am. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/6611122, www.heartandsoulchicago.com. (I-30)
FINN MCCOOL’S and THE LOFT Irish warmth and hospitality with a dash of Gold Coast energy. Plenty of large-screen TVs, Top 40s and classic
HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing all music genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. (H-32)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout. Sidewalk Cafe. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (1-33)
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rock tunes, and dancing upstairs in The Loft. Daily drink and dinner specials. 15 W. Division, 312/3374349, www.finnmccoolschicago.com. (I-24)
10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, www.visionnightclub.com. (H-29)
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I.O. THEATRE I.O. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.
COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773/549-8080 or visit www.comedysportzchicago.com
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HOP HAUS Snack on more than 20 varieties of gourmet burgers, 32 different frothy craft beers, and artisan wines available by the glass and bottle. Mon-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am-2am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 10am-5am, Sun 10am-midnight. All major cards. $$ 646 N. Franklin, 312/280-8832, www.thehophaus.com. (H-29)
THE LAST ACT OF LILKA KADISON 821 N. Michigan, 312/337-0665. Wryly humorous, poignant, and ultimately triumphant, this unforgettable new play traces a love story that transcends war, decades, and distance, from 1939 Poland to current-day Los Angeles. Tickets are $38-$62. This limited engagement runs through August 21st. Performance schedule is as follows: Wed–Fri at 7:30pm, Sat–Sun at 3pm & 7:30pm. For tickets, call 312/337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org
THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Australia’s hottest export direct from Las Vegas! The world’s #1 male revue performs five shows weekly in the newly renovated LaSalle Power Co. Fri 7pm & 10pm and Sat 7pm & 9pm. General admission $39.95, VIP $59.95 (includes comp drinks during the show plus 2 drink tickets for after). 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.thunderinchicago.com. (I-30)
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. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)
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Editor’s Choice still undecided about what to do in Chicago? here is one of our favorites:
A Side of Vroom! Most of the reasons why the legendary Italian Village has been such a civic treasure for the past nearly 85 years are contained within its historic walls, where three different and delectable dining concepts share space under one roof. but for at least one day every summer (august 14 this year), the biggest attraction is outside, where more than 60 vintage automobiles line Monroe street for the restaurant’s big Ferrari Festival. In addition to these magniﬁcent machines, this annual fundraiser features a great Italian buﬀet and wine, great family fun including live music and children’s games, and, best of all, two great causes – Children’s Memorial Hospital and Inspiration Corporation. It’s also just about the only time when folks would actually rather be outside the restaurant rather than in. 71 W. Monroe street. 11am to 2pm. $30 (children 6 and under are free). 312/332-7005. 68
Editorâ€™s Choice still undecided about what to do in Chicago? here is one of our favorites:
by Mark Loehrke
one of the yearâ€™s biggest events for everyone from nautical nerds to curious landlubbers returns this weekend as six majestically masted vessels drop anchor for Tall Ships Chicago 2011, august 11-14 at Navy Pier. visitors can observe the ships from the dock for free, or purchase tickets to board or sail upon them. of course, residents of and frequent visitors to our fair city know that the phenomenon of the tall ship on Navy Pier is a season-long concern for the operators of the Tall Ship Windy. True to its moniker, this handsome 148-foot schooner takes advantage of the plentiful breeze just off the shoreline to give riders a unique sailing and sightseeing experience. best of all, this tall ship plies the waters of lake Michigan all summer long. Navy Pier is located at 600 e. grand avenue. for more information on Tall ships Chicago 2011, call 312/595-7437; for cruise times and reservations aboard the Tall ship Windy, call 312/595-5555.
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