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Taste more than 270 wines from around the world at this weekend’s Windy City Wine Festival in Grant Park, plus enjoy cooking demonstrations and seminars. $25 tickets in advance, $35 at the gate. Fri., 4–10pm; Sat., 3– 9pm. Ticket price includes souvenir wine glass and 10 tastings. Congress and Columbus, 888.695.0888. [For more see # page 70.] 151

GERMAN PRIDE There are few things Chicagoans love more than good food and beer. Enter the Berghoff (17 W. Adams), Chicago’s oldest German restaurant, and its 27th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Running Sep. 12–14, the Berghoff’s is the longest-running Oktoberfest in Chicago. The outside portion, from 11am to 9pm at John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza (Adams and Dearborn), offers classic German food, Berghoff’s Oktoberfest beer, and traditionally German music, plus evening performances by some of Chicago’s favorite bands. There’s also a bit of romance involved in this year’s fest. Not many may know that Oktoberfest started to celebrate Prince Ludwig’s 1810 marriage to Princess Therese of Bavaria. This year, the public can vote for the restaurant’s Prince and Princess ( and watch the crowning during the festival. But that’s not all—through Oct. 6, Berghoff hosts in-restaurant Oktoberfest specials and celebrations. BYO lederhosen and dirndl: you might receive a free brat in return.


Everybody’s favorite food is front and center at the suburban Park Ridge Pizza Fest. Local pies from Caponie’s Trattoria and Beggars Pizza taste even better with live music by British rockers Foghat and former Genesis guitarist Daryl Stuermer. 5–11pm. S. Prospect Ave & Summit Ave. in Park Ridge. Celebrate Mexico’s independence this weekend with the 23rd Annual Festival de La Villita. This year’s theme: the Mayan culture and indigenous peoples in Mexico and Central America. Food and art vendors sell their wares, and,






SEPT 7-14 for the kids, there are carnival rides and entertainment. FREE. Fri., 6–11pm; Sat.–Sun., 2–11pm. 2600 S. Kostner.


The Chicago White Sox take on the Kansas City Royals today at 7:10pm, Sat. at 3:05pm, Sun. at 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th, 866.SOX.GAME. Before or after the game, stop by Gino’s East Sports Bar for a gourmet pizza and a cold craft beer. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. You must be 21 to attend the Shoreline Sightseeing Brew Cruise, where Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest, Honey Weiss, and Fall Shandy take center stage—along with a 90-minute skyline tour on Lake Michigan. $39. 8:15pm. Departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, # 312.222.9328. 124


Experience the culture of the South Side of Chicago at the 7th Annual 79th Street Renaissance Festival. Conveniently located between the intersections of 79th & Racine and 79th & Loomis, the festival offers fun, festivities, food, and entertainment for the whole family. 10am–6pm. FREE. 1159 W. 79th, 773.483.3696.

Roam free in the heart of the Chicago Loop, and have fun for five hours at the family-friendly Open Streets. The giant “recess” features skate parks, yoga instruction, “imagination centers” for the kids, climbing walls and slacklines, and relay races. 10am–3pm. FREE. State between Lake and Van Buren; Monroe between State and Lake # 151 Shore, 312.427.3325.


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The 8th Annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts showcases world-class original paintings, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, and more. The festival also features food, live demonstrations, entertainment stages, and family activities. Sat., 10am–6pm; Sun., 10am–5pm. Find one-of-kind items at the 10th Annual Renegade Craft Fair. This juried fair features a unique line-up of artists from all around the world, selling handmade goods and original artworks. Also discover local food, drinks, music, and interactive workshops. 11am–7pm. FREE. Division between Damen and Paulina.




Be on the lookout for all sorts of objects flying over North Ave. Beach at the Red Bull Flugtag, where amateurs launch their flying machines off a 30-foot ramp into the lake. 12–5pm. FREE. 1600 N. Lake Shore.


The Tall Ship Windy presents The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert & Sullivan’s slapstick operetta—performed on an actual ship! Performances Sep. 8–9. 5:45–7:15pm. Adult tickets are $45. Sails from Navy # Pier. 312.451.2700. 124

Come treasure hunting at Wolff’s Flea Market, Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market including new items, antiques, collectibles, electronics, and more. Sun. from 6am– 3pm. Adults, $2; seniors (62+) and kids (6–12), $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.524.9590. Bear down! The Chicago Bears 2012–13 season starts today, versus the Indianapolis Colts at 12pm at Soldier Field. Parking lots open for tailgating at 10am. 1410 Museum Campus Dr., 847.615.BEAR. Before the game, stop by Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier for its Park, Tailgate and Cruise Party. Enjoy a tailgate brunch, and then board the Shoreline Water Taxi (round trip for adults, $11, and for children, $6), which drops you steps from Soldier Field. 700 E. Grand, 312.527.9700. Fun for the whole family at the Ferrari Festival at Italian Village Restaurants. More than 60 vintage Ferraris will be on display, along with music, food, wine, and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit Lurie Children’s Memorial. 11am– 2pm. Adults, $30; under 6; free. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. [For more, see page 68.] to Monroe

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10 MONDAY Broaden your cultural horizon at the Chicago Turkish Festival at the Daley Plaza. In addition to a Turkish film series, the fest features Turkish cuisine, a fashion show, festive performances, activities and more. 10am–6pm. FREE ($11 film series tickets). 50 W. Washington, 312.846.2800. to Lake

7:10pm, and Thu. at 7:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th, 866.SOX.GAME. to 35th

11 TUESDAY The Museum of Contemporary Art blends art, jazz, and fine food at Tuesdays on the Terrace. Listen to Renee Baker while dining on international dishes at the dinner buffet ($24, reservations required) or nosh on snacks from the grill on the lower terrace. 5:30–8pm. FREE. 220 E Chicago, 312.397.4034.


Discover even more at the Field Museum’s DNA Discover Center at Talk to a Scientist Hour. Go behind the scenes by asking the museum’s scientists questions about DNA, genetics, and evolution. 11am. Free with museum admission (adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; and children, 3–11, $10). 1400 S. # Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. 146 See a special Aquatic Show featuring dolphins and belugas at the Shedd Aquarium. The animals’ natural talents and learned skills are showcased in the Abbott Oceanarium’s amphitheater. 10:30am, 12:30, & 2:30pm. Adults, $32.95; children $23.95. 1200 S. Lake # 146 Shore, 312.939.2438. The Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers today at 7:10pm, Tue. at 7:10pm, Wed. at


On its 13th anniversary, reflect and commemorate Sep. 11 at the Annual Concert of Peace. Presented by Fulcrum Point New Music Project, this year’s concert, subtitled Harmony–East Meets West, features globally inspired music and song from Native American, Chinese, Pakistani, and Israeli artists. 7pm. Adults, $20; child/student, $10. 10 S. Dearborn. Catch the WNBA action at Allstate Arena, when the Chicago Sky take on the Minnesota Lynx at Allstate Arena. 7pm. Tickets from $15– $225. 6920 N. Mannheim Rd. in Rosemont, 866.SKY.WNBA. to Rosemont

Bring your appetite and reusable bags to the Green City Market. Jam-packed with fresh produce in the spectacular setting of the south end of Lincoln Park, this week’s market features a chef demonstration by Bruce Sherman of North Pond Restaurant from 10:30 to 11:30am. Market runs from 7am to 1pm. FREE. Lincoln Park between Stockton and Clark, 773.880.1266. Get up close and personal with the final 12 contenders for the Sprint Cup at Nascar Contenders Live at House of Blues. On stage, the final 12 will interact with their fans, sharing strategy and insight on how they plan to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy. 1:30pm. Tickets $10. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000.

I Love Lucy: Live On Stage opens tonight at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. This brand new musical stage show, adapted from the longest-running television program in history, stars Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel. Shows at 2pm and 7:30pm.Tickets are $23–65. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700. A few blocks away, grab dinner before or after the show at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823. Come to the Federal Plaza in the Loop to raise a stein and celebrate German culture with the annual Berghoff Oktoberfest. The festival, modeling the original in Munich, of-

fers live music, German food, and plenty of beer. Sept. 12–14, 11am– 9pm. FREE. Adams and Dearborn, 312.427.3170.


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THURSDAY See some of Chicago’s best bronze monuments on the Art Institute Bus Tour: Forging Culture: Bronze Sculpture in Chicago. After the tour, take a private lesson in bronze casting with Lloyd Mandelbaum at Chicago Crucible. After lunch, take a tour of the Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio. 9am3:30pm. Tickets are $90. 230 S. Columbus, 312.443-3115. Feel the groove at the Chicago SummerDance series in Grant Park. The 16th annual series presents free Greek folk-dance lessons by Tina Mango and live music and dancing, featuring Chris Sarlas Orchestra performing Greek American music. Lessons, 4–5pm. Live music and dancing, 5–7pm. FREE. 601 S. Michigan, 312.742.4007.



FRIDAY Learn about the design and native plants of Millennium Park’s LURIE GARDEN during a FREE guided walking tour. 11am–1:30pm. 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.1168.

SATURDAY Get a FREE entrée with every purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value at PATRON’S HACIENDA. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. Find coupon on page 57.

SUNDAY For the Chicago Bears’ opening day, enjoy $6 Bloody Marys and $2 16 oz. Old Style cans at GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818.

MONDAY Sample some of the best thin crust pizza in the city between 5–6pm at ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS every Mon.–Fri. 71 W. Monroe. 312/332-7005


FRIDAY Meet Chicago artist Michael Cheney at his first book release at Atlas Galleries, celebrating Atlas’s 45th anniversary. Also view a stunning new collection of 20 new original paintings and eight new limited-edition prints. For the past 20 years, Cheney has exhibited paintings, drawings, and graphics at Atlas. FREE. 6–8pm. 535 N. # Michigan, 800.423.7635. 151


The Chicago Cubs take on the Pittsburg Pirates today at 1:20pm, Sat. at 12:05pm, Sun. at 1:20pm, and Mon. at 7:05pm at Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison, 800.THE.CUBS. to Addison

Set sail aboard the TALL SHIP WINDY for a 60-75 minute skyline cruise. 2 for 1 tickets with ad on page 24. Tours depart from Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand, 312.451.2700.

WEDNESDAY Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Indian buffet at CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE for $10.95, every day from 11am–3pm. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999.

THURSDAY Thursdays just got a lot cheaper with $5 10oz. topshelf martinis at PIZANO’S PIZZA AND PASTA. Limit 2 per person. 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777.

Kids Korner DISNEY ON ICE Your favorite Disney characters take to the ice from Sep. 13 to 16 for Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove. At the Allstate Arena, watch Disney princesses including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, and Snow White and see Africa with Simba and Nala. See for showtimes. $12–$70. 6920 N. Mannheim Rd. in suburban Rosemont.

LINCOLN PARK ZOO The Lincoln Park Zoo offers a free, familyoriented wildlife experience in the midROBIE HOUSE dle of the city. The Wright 3 Venture through the Mystery Tour, Regenstein African based on Blue Journey, where Balliett’s novel you’ll see giraffes, The Wright 3, rhinos, crocodiles, draws kids of all and more. Daily, ages into the 10am–5pm. FREE. space and myster2001 N. Clark. ies of the Frank 312.742.2000. Lloyd Wright’s # 151 Robie House in Hyde Park. Children under 8 must be

MORTON ARBORETUM Enjoy daily activities in the Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden. Every weekday accompanied by an adult. Every Sat., 1:30pm. Adults, ALICE IN through Sep., learn $15; youth, $12. 5757 S. Woodlawn, 312.994.4000. WONDERLAND how to tell fruits See the classic tale and vegetables of Alice in Wonderland, based on the books by apart in fun guessing games (1–4pm). Adults, $12; Lewis Carroll, adapted by the Emerald City Theseniors (65+), $11; youth (2–17), $9. Discounted adatre. Best suited for ages 5–10. 2540 N. Lincoln, mission on Wednesdays. 4100 Illinois Route 53 in 773.935.6100. to Fullerton suburban Lisle, 630.968.0074.




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COLOR JAM Let your senses and imagination run wild with Color Jam, the Chicago Loop Alliance’s third installment of explosive colors, mesmerizing three-dimensions, and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets. State and Adams. # 151


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DAVE & BUSTER’S Every Wed. at Dave & Buster’s enjoy half-price games from 11:30am–11pm. Play billiards and shuffleboard, and when you’re feeling famished, order some mac & cheese, chicken fingers, or a Ginormous Brownie Sundae from the kids’ menu. # 1030 N Clark, 312.943.5151. 36

TALL SHIP WINDY Come sail away, travel back in time, and explore the exciting tales of true piracy that happened right here in Chicago on the Tall Ship Windy’s Real Pirates of the Inland Seas Sail. Tales date back to the 1600s. Adults, $30; students/seniors, $25; children, $10. Daily, 12:30pm and 5:45pm. 600 E. Grand, 312.451.2700. Bring discount # coupon on page 24. 124

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SEADOG Seadog’s 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour is an exciting way to view Chicago from the lake, combining an exhilarating speedboat ride with an amusing and informative narration. Lakefront speedboat prices range from $21.95–$26.95 for adults and $14.95–18.95 for children ages 4–12; children 3 or under cruise for free. 600 E. Grand, 800.330.8062. # 124 2-for-1 tickets with coupon on page 23.

RAINFOREST CAFÉ Part adventure, part restaurant, Rainforest Café is a wild place to shop and eat. Bring your wild bunch every Wednesday for Family Night, when kids 10 and under eat for just $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm–close. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. Coupon on this # 36 spread.

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ALL SEASONS APPLE ORCHARD Enjoy all of the fall colors and foods at the All Seasons Apple Orchard–Pumpkin Patch–Corn Maze, about an hour’s drive from the Chicago metropolitan area. Explore the 12-acre corn maze or nibble on apple cider donuts. Daily, 10am–5pm; weekends until 6pm. Orchard access, $10. 14510 Illinois 176 in Woodstock, 815.338.5637.

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Kick off the academic year by going back to class with Chicago’s museums and sights. Do the math and count the floors you pass in Chicago’s skyscrapers. Take the elevator up 94 stories in 39 seconds to the JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY (875 N. Michigan, 888.875.8439) or walk on a glass ledge 103 floors above the ground (above right) at the Willis Tower’s SKYDECK CHICAGO (233 S. Wacker, 312.875.9447). Study space at the ADLER PLANETARIUM (1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7287). Watch Deep Space Adventure: The Searcher in the Grainger Sky Theater to watch two galaxies collide and a supernova explode. For your physical education requirement, paddle around with KAYAK CHICAGO (1220 W. LeMoyne, 312.852.9258). Learn about Al Capone’s hideout and towering skyscrapers while kayaking the Chicago River on the Architectural Tour.


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AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people why design matters. Shop & Tour Center open Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world, featuring a $1.4 million public-art collection and special exhibits. Mon.–Thu., 9am–9pm; Fri–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. (I-38)


John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. CityPASS booklet holders can skip most ticket lines, but they may encounter a line when they first exchange a voucher for a booklet. Good for nine days. Adults, $84; children (3–11), $69. Call 888.330.5008, or visit All major cards. COLOR JAM Step into color. Color Jam, an installation by multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder saturates buildings, sidewalks, and crosswalks at the intersection of State and Adams in a bold and resonant palette. Commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance, Color Jam is on display through September. For more information about the artwork, public programs, and special offers, visit (J-36)

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

JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Lavazza Espression café and 360-degree views. Daily 9am–11pm. Adults, $17.50; kids (3–11), 11.50; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. (J-26)

CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and

LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY Find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round at this lush botanical garden. Daily, 9am–5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312.742.7736. (G-15)

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MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the reflective sculpture Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean,” and the Crown Fountain, as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. (K-33) NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150foot-high Ferris wheel, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Features throughout Sept. include the outdoor art exhibit BIGart. Open Sun.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri–Sat 10am–10pm. Accepted credit cards vary. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. Playing on select dates throughout Sept.: The Dark Knight Rises. Also playing Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World 3D, which takes audiences back 200 million years ago for an adventure from the dinosaur age. Adults, $11–$15; seniors (62+), $10–$14; and children (3–11), $9–$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.595.5MAX. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily, 9am–10pm. Adults, $17.50; children (3–11), $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. (G-36)

MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR IL RESIDENTS: All weekdays: Museum of Science & Industry. Tue.: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed.: Art Institute (for IL residents the first and second Wed. of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out the Grainger Sky


Theater show, Welcome to the Universe, along with the special exhibition The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. Free general admission in Sep. for IL residents with valid ID: Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Japanese Art. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wed. of the month. Adults, $18; children/seniors/students with ID, $12; children under 14 are free. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. (J-35) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Daily, 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm. Adults/children, $12; seniors, $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sun. of every month for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Patty Carroll: Anonymous Women. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri, 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; and Sun, 10am–6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Vivian Maier’s Chicago. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., 12–5pm. Adults, $14; seniors/ students/children 13–22, $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. On exhibit: Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm; closed Mon. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages 6–11, $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773.9470600. (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 starting Sep. 14: Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto. Daily, 9am–5pm. General admission: Adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; and children, 3–11, $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. (K-44)

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The CHICAGO RIVERWALK is an ideal place for pedestrians to take in the splendor of the Windy City’s shoreline and rich history. Situated on the South Bank of the Chicago River, the Riverwalk offers an assortment of lively cafés, boat cruises, and activities geared toward the entire family. This corridor takes walkers, joggers, and bikers right to the edge of our famously backward-flowing manmade waterway.

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For fine dining along the Chicago River, CHICAGO CUT STEAKHOUSE offers breathtaking views of the city. Named one of USA Today’s 2012 Top 10 Steakhouses in the nation, Chicago Cut has a beautiful outdoor patio to watch the tour boats go by in the late summer sun. In honor of the upcoming truffle season, Chef Russell Kook’s Sep. menu features highly aromatic French black Périgord truffles from Australia, with recipes including a lobster risotto with shaved black truffles ($50) or truffles freshly shaved tableside on any dish for $30. Mon.–Fri., 7am–2am; Sat.–Sun., 10am–2am. 300 N. LaSalle, 312.329.1800.


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Board a CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION RIVER CRUISE. Named the Chicago Reader’s 2012 Best Tour, the 90-minute River Cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady takes you through the river’s three branches, where you will see new and rehabbed residential buildings on the north branch, the Willis Tower on the south branch, and the architecture of the main branch, which rose after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Buy tickets dockside or at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (224 S. Michigan). Advance tickets, $35; same-day tickets, $38. Dock at the Michigan Ave. Bridge at Wacker Dr. (look for the blue awning). 312.922.8687.

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available daily from 11am–4pm. 45–60 min. Adults, $15; children (4–17) and seniors (65+), $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed.–Sun. at 1pm and 3pm. Tours of Clarke House, the city’s oldest surviving building: Wed.–Sun., 12 and 2pm. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $9; and children (5–12), $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312.326.1480. (J-48) HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace, the museum provides an indepth look at the life of the famous author. Sun.–Fri., 1–5pm; Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $10; kids (18 and under)/seniors/students, $8; and children under 5, free. MC, V. 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708.524.5383. (Suburban) ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust. Mon.–Wed. and Fri., 10am–5pm, Thu. 10am–8pm, Sat.–Sun., 11am–4pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $8; and children (5–11), $6. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847.967.4800. (Suburban) JANE ADDAMS HULL-HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago historic landmark was built in 1856. Social reformer Jane Addams—the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—cofounded Hull-House as a settlement house in 1889. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., 12–4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. (D-40) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. On exhibit: Sacred Geometry and Secular Science. Adults, $6, and seniors, $5. Closed on Mon.; Tue., 11am–8pm (FREE); Wed.–Sun., 11am–6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600, (J-27) THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs, and plants from around the world. Daily, 7am–sunset. Adults, $12; seniors, $11; kids (2–17), $9; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in suburban Lisle, 630.968.0074. (suburban) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today. Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; and children under 12, free. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. (K-27)



SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones and whales to dolphins and sharks. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm. Sat.–Sun., 9am–6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults, $28.95, and children, ages 3–11, $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438. (L-43)


NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history

THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Monsters on Bikes. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $9; students/seniors, 60-plus, $7; children, 3–12, $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100, (G-14)


MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and the U505 Submarine, a German submarine captured during WW II. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. General admission: adults, $15; seniors, 65-plus, $14; and children, 3–11, $10. Free general admission every weekday throughout Sep. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. (South of P-54)

NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. On exhibit: Overlooked/Looked Over. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Handicap accessible. Adults, $10, and students/seniors, $7. MC, V. 1801 S. Indiana, 312.326.0270. (J-48)


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography. Mon.–Wed and Fri.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm, Sun., 12–5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312.663.5554. (J-39)

and the Greek American experience. Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Fri., 10am–5pm; Sat–Sun, 11am–5pm. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $8; children 3–12, $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312.655.1234. (D-38)


MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Devoted to historic and contemporary radio and television. Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 commercials. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Wed., 10am–8pm. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children, 4–12, $6 360 N. State, 312.245.8200. (I-31)

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R E N TA L S BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Choose from more than 500 bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, and more–– and explore the city at your leisure. Rentals include free locks, riding maps, and helmets. See Tours by Land listing for more details. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.729.1000. (K-34) (M-30)

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sengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for any occasion. Mon.–Fri., 6:30pm–11:30pm; Sat., 11am–12am, Sun., 11am–11:30pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. (K-29) BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Explore Chicago by bicycle, Segway, or electric bike. Select from the Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour, the Friendly Neighborhoods Bike Tour, Bikes at Night Tour, the Skyscraper Segway Tour, and more. Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.729.1000. (K-34) (M-30) CHICAGO PHOTO SAFARIS Whether you are a novice shutterbug or a seasoned pro, let Chicago Photo Safari’s crew of professional photographers help you take stunning photos of iconic destinations, such as Millennium Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Navy Pier. Individual and group pricing plans available. Safaris fill up fast, so call or book online. Tours leave from various locations throughout the city. 312.470.6704.

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), Historic Chicago South Shore Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules. $25 and up. Call for courtesy round-trip service from downtown hotels with 30 min. notice for all tours. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312.251.3100. (I-36)

CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco–style trolleys and London-style double-deckers, each led by expert tour guides, stop every 20–30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 14 stops, including the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Water Tower between 9am and 5pm. Adults, $35; seniors, $25; children (3–12), $17; and children under 3, free. Good for three days. 773.648.5000.

ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood, and experience the city’s sights in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to four pas-

GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and new upper-deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour, or stay on board for the complete two-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations: 800.621.4153.

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS Safe, fun, and easy to ride. Glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about Chicago’s fascinating history with an Early Bird Tour, Amazing Lakefront Tour, Segways at Sunset Tour, and the Skyscraper Segway Tour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 316 N. Wabash in River North; 312.729.1000. (K-34)

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# 1 CHICAGO TOURS: STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a three-hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago. Northside, architecture and private tours available, with great photo ops. Frequent daily departures. Prices: $60–$85 plus tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (downstairs). 312.946.9467. (K-36)


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TASTEBUD TOURS Entertaining tour guides share fun facts and historic anecdotes, as you taste your way through a city that is serious about its food. Select from the Sweet Chicago Tour, Flavors of Chicago Tour, Taste Chicago Tour, and the Savor Chicago Tour. Each three-hour tour makes five to six memorable stops. $44 per person. 219.929.6648. Book tickets online using promo code KEY for special savings.




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CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climate-controlled seating with spectacular views and commentary on more than 50 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35–$38. Board at Riverside Gardens, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 800.982.2787, or ask your concierge. (J-32)

CHICAGO LINE CRUISES Unforgettable 90-min. lectured boat cruises depart daily. The architectural river cruise highlights landmark buildings along the river, while the historical lake and river cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history and gorgeous skyline views from the lake. Adults, $40; seniors, $32; kids, 7–18, $22; under 7, free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins, and cookies. 465 N. McClurg, 312.527.2002. (L-32)

KAYAK CHICAGO View the skyline from the waterline while paddling. Soak in the golden hour with a Sunset Paddle or unwind while enjoying the outdoors on a Lake Paddle or Architectural Tour. Tours range from $55 to $65, or explore on your own with a rental for $20 per hr. Locations at the Chicago River (1220 W. LeMoyne), Montrose Beach, and North Avenue Beach. Times and locations vary. 312.8.KAYAK.8. MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE The Urban Adventure Cruise is a family-friendly 90minute complete city tour of the lake and river, showcasing Chicago’s world-famous skyline with lively commentary. Adults, $28; kids under 12, $10; kids, 3 and under, free. Advance reservations are not necessary. Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 312.332.1353.  (J-32) SEADOG Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy a 75-minute River and Lake Architectural Tour, a 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Tour or a 30-minute Extreme Thrill Ride (48-inch height requirement). Adults, $21.95–$36.95; kids (3–12), $14.95–$21.95; kids under 2, $1. Departing from the Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 600 E. Grand, 800.330.8062. (M-30)

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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. Cruises start most days at 11am. Adults, $24–$45; seniors, $15–$45; and children, 3–12, $10–$25. The luxury sloop Pianissimo completes the fleet and offers semiprivate sailing and private charters from DuSable Harbor. 312.451.2700. (N-30)

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WATERIDERS Take in the city’s sights and history while kayaking down the Chicago River with the Classic Chicago Kayak Tour or Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters Tour. $65 per person or $60 per person for groups of 4 or more. Rentals are $20–$25 per hour. 950 N. Kingsbury (north end of 600 W. Chicago Ave. Riverwalk), 312.953.WATR. (E-25)

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SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING One-hour architecture cruises led by professional, entertaining guides showcase more than 40 landmarks along the Chicago River. Day and evening departures from Gateway Park/Navy Pier from 10:45am. Adults, $26–$33; seniors, $23–$30; children (12 and under), $13–$16. Also running: Skyline Tours on Lake Michigan daily from 11am. or call 312.222.9328, ext. 1. (N-30)

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WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s original architecture tours. Wendella Boats offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historic sites. Frequent departures, starting at 9:30am. Prices start at $25 for adults, $23 for seniors, $12 for kids ages 4–11, and free for kids ages 3 and under. Sunset Cruises also offered. 400 N. Michigan at the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower, 312.337.1446. (J-31)

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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable service to and from O’Hare and Midway Airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups big and small. Mini buses, vans, and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and sightseeing tours. 312.670.7777 or 888.709.5466.

CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for ‘L’ train course. $2.25 per ride. Visitor passes: $5.75 for a one-day pass, $14 for a three-day pass. 888.YOUR.CTA.

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GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, and economical transportation to and from both airports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. 888.2THE.VAN. METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just seven minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312.322.6900. (J-33) (J-38)


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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s lakefront. There’s also the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily, 10am–5pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. (H-17)

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CHICAGO WATER TAXI A fun, fast, and friendly way to travel Chicago, with convenient stops at Madison St. by Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark and LaSalle St., Michigan Ave. at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, and Chinatown. One-way fares are $3 and $5 to Chinatown. All-day tickets are $7. 312.337.1446.

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You’ll find entertainment aplenty at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. The park, for example, hosts the exhibition Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge, comprised of three large spheres that defy gravity and space; guided garden tours; multiple concert series; and more.



Lurie Garden Guided Walks: Learn more about the park’s beautiful and fascinating gardens from volunteer master gardeners with free 20-minute guided tours. Fridays, 11am–1:30pm; Sundays, 10am–1:30pm, through September 15.

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

Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge Striving to represent underlying patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Yvonne Domenge’s sculpture consists of bright, organic shapes, such as Tree of Life, a 16-foot tall bronze sculpture painted bright red. Often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry. On display through Oct. 1.


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Galleries and antique shops are around every corner in Chicago, and it’s not hard to find beautiful pieces to transform your house into your own personal museum. Next to the Merchandise Mart lives the ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING (159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533), which features five floors of Asian and European antiques, including vases, antique furniture, and home décor. ATLAS GALLERIES (535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.649.0999), which celebrates its 45th anniversary in Sep., showcases new paintings from Chicago artist Michael Cheney, such as the Michigan Ave. scene Misty Chicago Autumn Impression (top left). Find one-of-akind vintage furniture—such as solid walnut armchairs from 1940s Budapest (bottom left)—at the GOLDEN TRIANGLE (330 N. Clark, 312.755.1266), an antiques and rare furnishings shop.


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ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of antique oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and Coromandel. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. (H-31) WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET The Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 700 dealer spaces. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, souvenirs, electronics, jewelry, and food. Admission: adults, $2; seniors ages 62-plus/kids ages 6–12, $1; and kids under 6, free. Open Sundays from 6am to 3pm. 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847.524.9590. (Suburban)


THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, and oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, art nouveau and art deco, Moderne, Continental silver, and Meissen. With more than two-dozen antiques dealers on five floors, it’s easy to get lost in here for hours. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. (H-31)



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Chinese Secret A simple massage is definitely relaxing, but a little oomph is needed after a hectic, stressful day. DQ LUXURY REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE RELAXATION RETREAT offers a 60-minute massage steps above the standard. Using millennia-old Chinese foot reflexology, DQ masseuses focus on holistic care. A form of acupressure, foot reflexology uses heightened pressure on regions of the foot in order to realign one’s qi (pronounced “chee”)—each point on the foot corresponds to a part of the body. After a 15-minute head and neck massage, the feet are massaged to release stress and promote better physical health. To celebrate its grand opening, DQ is offering its foot massage at a discounted price of $36 through the end of Sep. Mon.–Sat., 10:30am–10pm; Sun., 11am–10pm. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096

ART ATLAS GALLERIES INC. For more than 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures, and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330 or 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.649.0999 or 800.545.2929. (J-29) (J-26) LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine-art glass vases, lamps, and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits paintings and fine prints from world-renowned artists. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun. 12–6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203. (J-26)

CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels including Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of the original cost. Also carries plus sizes. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. (H-29)


PATAGONIA Shop high-quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, footwear, and children’s apparel. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518. (J-26) (D-18)

DEPARTMENT STORES BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip, and classic fashion coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the Bloomies Midwest flagship. Call for hours. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312.440.4460. (J-26)

NEW! CITYTARGET Smaller than a suburban Target store, this urban concept store sells home goods, apparel, beauty supplies, and groceries. CityTarget occupies the landmark former Carson Pirie Scott building. Call for hours. 1 S. State, 312.279.2133. (I-35) MACY’S Top fashions for men, women, and children, as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. State St. location: Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 10am–6pm. Water Tower location: Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312.781.1000; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7787. (I-34) (J-26)


Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this River North store. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.


LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into any of the  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit the website. Open Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. (E-11)




This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.


PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high-quality jewelry, and accessories at affordable prices. Its new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7, 312.915.0647. (J-27)



NORDSTROM Customer service comes first at this shopping mecca, which includes a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics, and women’s, men’s and kids’ fashions. Call for hours. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312.464.1515. (J-30)

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John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory


H&M The Columbia Store TOPSHOP


HERSHEY’S Chicago Historic Water Tower


Walgreens Neiman Marcus Gino’s East 9


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LUXE SPA Looking for the best place for the perfect massage? Go to Luxe Spa, a boutique luxury spa, where licensed therapists focus on making guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated with signature services such as Luxe Signature Massages and Facials. Enjoy 10 percent off when you mention KEY when booking your appointment.  Daily, 9am–8pm. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312.929.3531. (J-26)

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DQ LUXURY REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE & RELAXATION RETREAT Opened in early June in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, DQ uses ancient methods of Chinese acupuncture combined with therapeutic massage to release stress and fatigue. Foot reflexology also improves concentration and restores mental and emotional health. The regular price for a foot massage is $70, but through Sep., the price is discounted to $36. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096. (J-41)

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PHOTO SERVICES CENTRAL CAMERA CO. Central Camera is a third-generation, family-owned business since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands such as Nikon, Canon, Leica, and Panasonic, plus dark room chemicals and accessories. In addition, find film for your vintage Brownie and Busch cameras. Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–5:30pm; Sat, 8:30am–5pm. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash (near Jackson), 312.427.5580. (I-37) 

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JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s; DVDs; and videos, as well as posters, T-shirts, magazines, and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. The store also sells all in-print LPs by jazz and blues label Delmark Records. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12–5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467. (I-31)

900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Call for hours. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. (J-27)

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CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS Shop for the finest Chicago souvenirs, as well as NBC fan gear from the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Located steps from the Mag Mile within the architecturally stunning and award-winning NBC Tower––you may just see your favorite newscaster, celebrity, or dignitary. Open seven days.  All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312.467.9537. (K-31)


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SOUVENIR CITY CHICAGO If it says Chicago, you will find it here. Best prices on shirts and sweatshirts, mugs and glasses, Chicago pictures and postcards, and Chicago team hats and apparel. Bring home a piece of Chicago and save 10 percent with discount coupon in the ad on page XX. Open Mon., Tue., and Thu., 10am–8pm; Wed. and Fri., 10am–9pm; Sat, 9am–9pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. All major credit cards. Located two blocks west of Navy Pier at 393 E. Illinois, 312.321.9842. (M-30)

S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, keychains, and Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (H-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A wild variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, and safari-themed place settings. Set in a rainforest with plants hanging from the ceilings and walls and animatronic animals. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri, 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. (H-29)



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UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors, and accessories. Free parking. Open late. Mon.–Thu.,10am–11pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–12am; Sun., 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V. 1550 N. Wells, 800.5UP.DOWN or 312/337-8505. (H-19)


IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates more than 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5:30pm; Sat., 9am–5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312.372.1306. (I-35)

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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A knitting and needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:45pm. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312.642.2540. (I-25)

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats, and accessories, as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29)


Buon Anniversario!

When Alfredo Capitanini opened the Italian Village 85 years ago, the martinis cost just 43 cents (today, a martini at ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS costs $8.50). The oldest Italian spot in Chicago, Italian Village has become three restaurants: LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE, featuring steak and seafood; THE VILLAGE, with traditional Northern Italian cuisine; and VIVERE, which features more contemporary Italian flavors. In its 85 years, Italian Village has been owned and operated by three generations of the Capitanini family and served 13 Chicago mayors. To celebrate its Sep. 20 anniversary, from Sep. 17 to 21, enjoy a special lunchtime menu at the Village featuring some of “Alfredo’s favorites,” which were on the original 1927 menu—including Chicken Breast Pizzaiola, grilled chicken in tomato sauce, served with mostaccioli pasta, and Sausage Parmagiana.


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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Sun.–Mon., 7am–9pm; Tue.–Sat., 7am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855. (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. (H-29) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years also offers handcrafted and locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including charcuterie, duck reuben sandwiches, and its legendary stilton burger. Sunday brunch also served. No trip to Chicago is complete without trying Goose Island’s innovative, small-batch specialty ales, only found at their pubs. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $. Free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line: 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. (D-19) (D-4)

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HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine, including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and steaks in a friendly, highenergy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29) LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s, just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre, specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails, and pre-theater dinners. Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–8:30pm. Sat. on opera nights, 5–7pm. All major cards. $$$. 1 S. Wacker, 312.407.6900. (G-35)

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O’BRIENS RIVERWALK CAFÉ The flow of the river provide guests with a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city. Feast on summer favorites including the Black Angus burger, grilled chicken, and salads. A full bar is available. Sun.–Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10pm. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312.346.3131. (K-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ Dine under a tropical jungle canopy featuring cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri., 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. (H-29) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers. Open daily, 11am–2am. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning KettleBurgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, and seafood, all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. (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 NEW! BELLYQ Just opened in Aug., BellyQ is the third restaurant from Chicago chef Bill Kim. It focuses on modern interpretations of Asian barbecue with some spicy, smoky barbeque sauces. 1400 W. Randolph, 312.563.1010. (West of D-33)


BRAZILIAN TEXAS DE BRAZIL Just steps off of Michigan Ave., Texas de Brazil features a 50-item seasonal salad area and flame-grilled cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and sausage, all carved tableside. Mon.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 4:30–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$. 51 E. Ohio, 312.670.1006. (I-29) Family owned and operated!

B R E A K FA S T EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ Eggsperience a delicious selection of all-day breakfast and lunch items, such as savory omelets, crepes, burgers, and paninis. Open daily, 6am–4pm, and late night downtown, Thu.–Sat., 10pm–6am. All major cards. $$. 35 W. Ontario, (312.870.6773), Glenview (847.998.5111), Naperville (630.548.1000), Park Ridge (847.939.3976), Bannockburn (847.940.8444), (H-29)

“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

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TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian café. The menu covers most of Asia, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily, 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970, (I-39)

ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelets, giant salads, and, of course, a full bar.  Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: insulated coffee pitchers at every table. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29) YOLK Open in three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 6am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277. (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern, and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez. Staples— jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches, HOB signature burgers—join new exciting menu options such as meatball sliders, chile-braised short ribs, and street tacos. All major cards. $$. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (H-32)

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ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, serving breakfast all day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat., 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. (I-42)



MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the fresh and contemporary Mystic Blue, where a three-course bountiful buffet, DJ music, cash bar for delicious summer cocktails, an upscale outdoor lounge, and amazing skyline views await you. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.333.9150. (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary, and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, plated dining, and stunning skyline views. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.957.2320. (M-30)

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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Specials change daily, from stuffed cabbage on Tue. to meatloaf with spaghetti on Sat. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon.–Sat., 5am–8pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. (E-43)

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for an afternoon or evening of unparalleled cruising fun on the lakefront. This festive cruise ship offers delicious buffet dining, live performances, a DJ for dancing, and incredible skyline views. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.957.2324. (M-30)

FONDUE THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices such as filet mignon and lobster tail, and the perfect ending—its famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes, and brownies for dipping. Mon.–Sat., 12pm– 2am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011. (H-29)

GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am; closed Tue. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. (Northwest of A-1)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their

menu selections (more than 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11am–2:30pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–3pm. Dinner: Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun.–Thu., 5pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. (H-29)

IRISH EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish mega pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room, complete with a 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend brunch and football specials. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; and Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. $$. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (I-33)

I TA L I A N CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun, with two huge patios. Private party room. Now offering hotel delivery. Kitchen hours: Mon.–Thu. 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–11pm; Sat., 4:30–11pm; Sun., 3:30–10pm. Lounge open late. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (Northwest of A-20) EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 1212 N. Dearborn, 312.337.4490. (I-23)

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LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE (Italian Village Restaurants) Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Tue.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small Italian village. Gluten-free options available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors and has received accolades from Esquire and Wine Spectator. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: weekdays, 11am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36)

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

VIVO Celebrating 20 years in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers Italian food in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. Mon.–Wed., 11am–10pm; Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri., 11am–12am; Sat., 5pm–12am. 838 W. Randolph, 312.733.3379. (West of D-33)

MEDITERRANEAN CAFFÈ OLIVA Sit on the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant’s patio overlooking Lake Michigan, order a mojito from the bar, and enjoy a grilled chicken panini with prosciutto and a roasted pepper aioli. Mon.–Fri., 11am–10pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–10pm. 550 E. Grand (at Ohio Street Beach), 773.828.9841. (N-29)

NEW! CITY WINERY The only functioning winery in Chicago, this 30,000square-foot venue also serves Mediterranean-inspired food and features live music and comedy. Mon.–Sun., 5pm–12am. 1200 W Randolph, 312.733.9463. (West of D-33)

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PATRON’S HACIENDA An authentic Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood serving Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, tilapia, and some of the best fresh juice margaritas in town. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun, 3–10pm. All major cards. $$. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. (G-29)

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

SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Experience a fiesta for your taste buds one block off Michigan Ave. A smorgasbord of Mexican favorites such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served among piñatas and stained glass. Ask about catering. Sun.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am. All major cards. $. 49 E. Ontario, 312.943.4041. (I-29)

NEPALESE CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. (I-41)

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CAFFÈ OLIVA Sit on the Mediterranean-inspired restaurant’s patio overlooking Lake Michigan, order a mojito from the bar, and enjoy a caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella or a grilled chicken panini with prosciutto and a roasted pepper aioli. Mon.–Fri., 11am–10pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–10pm. 550 E. Grand (at Ohio Street Beach), 773.828.9841. (N-29)

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O’BRIENS RIVERWALK CAFÉ The flow of the river and fragrant flowers provide guests with a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city. Feast on summer favorites including the Black Angus burger, grilled chicken, buffalo shrimp, and salads. A full bar is available, with live music on Thursday evenings. Sun.–Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10pm. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312.346.3131. (K-32)

PIZZA GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is handmade with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 633 N. Wells, 312.943.1124; 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP; 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-29) (K-28) (I-38) GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR The traditional pizzeria spices things up with its new location in Chicago’s South Loop. With new deep-dish pies, such as the Hunter Rabbit (rabbit sausage, spinach, roasted carrots, and parmesan), as well as the old standards, it wouldn’t be a sports bar without a craft beer list featuring a dozen local brews. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what Oprah calls the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Hours vary. AE, MC, V. $$. 864 N. State, 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847.486.1777. (I-26) (I-35) (Suburban) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$. 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667. (I-27) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thincrust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one


SEAFOOD CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city is just a short walk to Chicago’s Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bone-in ribeye, New York strip or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz Tue.–Fri., 6–9pm; Sat., 6:30–9:30pm. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. (I-33) (Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood and fresh cocktails, as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun.–Thu., 6am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 6am–10pm. All major cards. $$$$. 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3444. (Suburban)

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

SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE Serving top-grade fish and shellfish and inventive sushi and sashimi combinations. Call for hours. $$$. 21 E Hubbard, 312.527.2722. (J-31)

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of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pies. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 7am–1am. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, (H-30)

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STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. A comprehensive wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon.–Thu., 5–11pm; Fri., 5–11:30pm; Sat., 4–11:30pm; Sun., 4–11pm. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. (I-29)

Millennium Park Beer Garden located on the East side of Pritzker Pavillion

THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops, and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon.–Thu., 4:30pm–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am; Sun., 11:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264. (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops—Italian favorites in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3400. (I-31) (Suburban)

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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


MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to the InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand-selected USDA prime, dry-aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews, and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily, 11am–2am. Lunch: daily, 11am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; Sun., 5–9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823. (J-30) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves juicy burgers,

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. (I-28)

THAI DAO Enjoy Thai cuisine a half-block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including pad thai, cashew chicken, and beef curry. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $. 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000. (J-29) SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-rated Thai fare such as banana blossom salad, tom yum, pad thai, curry noodles, ginger chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout, and delivery. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. MC, V. $. 710 N. Rush, 312.944.7100. (I-28) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam helped popularize Thai food not only in Chicago, but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $. 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100. (I-30)

“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine

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slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick Black Angus steaks, seafood, and more, all grilled over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. (I-30)


Pigskin and Beers

It’s football season, and everybody knows it’s more fun to watch with a bunch of other fans, surrounded by giant flat-screen TVs and beer taps. Watch your team play at FIREPLACE INN (right), which boasts more than 40 HD TVs, while drinking a Bud Light or one of Goose Island’s seasonal beers. At GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR (521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818), sit at one of the high leather booths and drink some of the 12 Illinois beers on tap, or try a flight of three for $9.50. During Sat., Sun., and Mon. games, get $2 old Style cans, $4 pints of Revolution Brewery craft beer, $6 Bloody Marys, and $6 wings. Get competitive at JAKE MELNICK’S CORNER TAP (41 E. Superior, 312.266.0400). During Monday Night Football, each table can flip Jake’s special coin for a chance to win prizes including discounts or a free appetizer (see their famous wings, pictured bottom left).


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BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS Great blues tunes every night in the South Loop. Call for hours. 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190. (J-40)

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GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years offers some 20 varieties of handcrafted beer. Specialties include Honkers Ale, 312, Green Line, and Matilda. Stop by every Thursday at 6pm for a toast as they introduce a new beer. Also offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items such as duck reuben sandwiches and their legendary Stilton burger. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. Plenty of free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line stop at 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. (D-19) (D-4)




KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu. and 7:30pm on Fri. and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12–$15. Sun.–Thu., 8pm–4am; Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646. (E-13)



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BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show is the nation’s longest running female impersonation, Las Vegas–style revue and has been delighting audiences from around the world for more than 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon. and Tue. Show times are Wed.–Sun. at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, and 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. (H-38)

C O C K TA I L L O U N G E S CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try its famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bluecheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon.–Fri. at 11:30am, Sat. at 4:30pm, and Sun. at 3:30pm. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. (I-28)

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THE LEG ROOM Voted one of the Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago by Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312.337.2583. (I-24)


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COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. (Northwest of D-19) iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature longform improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. (D-5)




HARD ROCK CAFÉ In addition to live music (on Mon. and Thu.), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun. 11am–11pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29)


HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. All major cards. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (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 darn good pint of Guinness. TVs throughout, daily specials, and great outdoor patio. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (I-33)

THE BACKROOM One of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes blues, pop, and R & B. Show times and covers vary. Twodrink minimum. Private party room available. Sun.–Fri., 8pm–2am; Sat., 8pm–3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312.751.2433. (I-25)


VISION Global and local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amid four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri., 10pm–4am; Sat., 10pm–5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.2114. (H-29)



EXCALIBUR Voted Chicago’s Best Nightclub by the Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and late-night dining. Wed.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944, (H-29)




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Living Rock History Classic rock mixes with contemporary at Chicago’s HARD ROCK CAFÉ (63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252). The Sep. schedule is chock full of solid acts, from a Bruce Springsteen tribute band on Sep. 8 to the conclusion of the free Summer Patio Series with singer-songwriter Matt Burke (pictured) on Sep. 26. Music is built into the venue’s walls, with one of Eric Clapton’s guitars, a jacket worn by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump (a native of Wilmette, IL), and notes from Charlie “Bird” Parker to his wife, all on display. It’s part of a network of 163 Hard Rock Cafés, Hotels, and Casinos around the world, with more than 70,000 items of rock memorabilia on their walls. While in Chicago, be a part of the legacy and drink in the music history that surrounds you.



HOWL AT THE MOON Enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll dueling piano show, as musicians perform tunes from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and today. Mon.–Fri., 5pm–2am; Sat., 5pm–3am; Sun., 7pm–2am. 26 W. Hubbard, 312.863.7427. (I-31) THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of the Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop, and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000. (H-29)




NEW! J. PARKER The hot new rooftop at the Hotel Lincoln seats more than 150, but it’s often full. Mon.–Fri., 5pm–1am; Sat.–Sun., 11:30am–1am. 1816 N. Clark, 13th Floor, 312.254.4747. (North of H-19) NEW! SKY TERRACE AT THE IVY HOTEL The rooftop of this boutique hotel features $14 specialty martinis such as the Jolli Rancher (Vodka and Watermelon Schnapps), plus small plates. 233 E. Ontario, 312.335.5444. (L-30)


TAV E R N S & SPORTS BARS GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Stop in during football games for great deals, including $6 Bloody Marys. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39)



ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate in an intimate setting inside the InterContinental Chicago. A gourmet cornucopia awaits—superb wines, an outstanding international menu of cheeses, and a tasty host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Mon.–Thu., 4pm–1am; Sat., 1pm–am; Sun., 1pm–10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8738; 200 N. Columbus, 312.946.7000. (J-30) (K-33)

NEW! RM Champagne Salon A hot new wine and champagne bar, RM is located in a quiet cobblestone alley in the West Loop. Make a reservation—this intimate spot gets busy. 116 N. Green, 312.243.1199. (West of D-33)

I.O. I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule.

COMEDYSPORTZ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-barred battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET APOLLO THEATER, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773/935-6100. Inspired by the famed, 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. The show features a treasure trove of music, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and more. For tickets: $25-$77.50, call 773.935.6100 or visit,

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE BROADWAY PLAYHOUSE, 175 E. Chestnut, 800.775.2000. It's 1952, and you are a member of the I Love Lucy studio audience, awaiting the filming of two wellknown, hilarious episodes. A charming host enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process and this brand new thing called “television.” When the episodes begin, you witness the sidesplitting antics of that crazy redhead Lucy and thrill to the Cuban sounds of the Ricky Ricardo Orchestra at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. Tickets are $23–$65. See for schedule.

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH GOODMAN THEATRE, 170 N Dearborn, 312.443.3800. Into a tiny Gulf coast hamlet drifts an improbable couple: the Princess Kosmonopolis, a Hollywood legend fleeing the disastrous premiere of her latest epic, and Chance Wayne, a young actor-turned-gigolo who has brought his new benefactress to his hometown in hopes of reclaiming his former glory. But when a youthful mistake surfaces that threatens Chance’s plan, the pair are forced to confront their crumbling dreams. Tickets are $16.50–$89. See for schedule.




BRIAR STREET THEATRE 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000. Blue Man Group has added new material to its already wildly popular production. New cutting-edge technology and striking visual effects promise an innovative twist on an already unique form of entertainment. Currently in an open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, this unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are $49-$69.

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Editor’s Choice Still undecided about what to do in Chicago? Here is one of our favorites:

Ferrari & Meatballs by Mark Loehrke

Classic car rallies are certainly no rarity on the summer calendar. But the 15th annual Ferraris in the Loop festival, staged by the venerable Italian Village (71 W. Monroe) and held this year on Sep. 9, nevertheless manages to stand out as something truly special. First and foremost, there are the cars—up to 60 of them, from a variety of eras—that embody genuine Italian craftsmanship and allure. Then there is the setting. These vintage beauties will line the downtown stretch of Monroe St., right in front of the restaurant’s home for the past 85 years. Finally, and perhaps inevitably, there is the food, since no Italian festival would be complete without plenty of pizza, pasta, and, of course, wine. The whole day, which includes live music and children’s activities, is more than just a great party. It’s also a chance to help out a great cause, with proceeds benefitting Inspiration Corporation and the Lurie Children’s Hospital. The festival runs from 11am to 2pm, and tickets are $30. [For more on Italian Village and its 85th anniversary celebration this year, see page 46.] 68

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Toast of Chicago by Mark Loehrke

Impressive plumes of water won’t be the only things flowing this weekend around Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (Columbus and Congress). One of Chicago’s most beloved landmarks will be the site of the two-day Windy City Wine Festival, where oenophiles can sip and sample some 250 vino varieties against the magnificent backdrops of the city skyline to the west and Lake Michigan to the east. In addition to the outstanding wine selections from all over the world— De Bortoli Wines from Australia, for example, or Lynfred Winery in Roselle, IL—the festival also features live music and food, and cooking demonstrations from local chefs, all within misting distance of the most iconic of civic centerpieces. Fri., 4–10pm; Sat., 3–9pm. Tickets are $28 in advance and $35 at the door; designated driver passes are available for $10. 888.695.0888. Still thirsty? Extend your wine adventure with a post-fest nightcap at the nearby ENO wine bar in the InterContinental Hotel (505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8738). 70

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