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Broadway In Chicago Opens New Playhouse Theater. See page 68.

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Events Sights Shopping Maps Dining Nightlife Theater

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18 sights Savor the start of Chicago’s unbeatable Indian summer while taking in the city’s world-class sights!

42 shopping No trip to Chicago is complete without a stroll down our famous Magnificent Mile.

Tall Ship Windy, 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier

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There’s something for every taste in Chicago’s world-class dining scene.

60 nightlife Here in Chicago, we believe the night is always young, so what are you waiting for?

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Lotton Gallery, 900 N. Michigan

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Don’t miss the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES as it heats up the stage of Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre in an exclusive two week engagement from September 21 through October 3, 2010. A hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers like Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, Whitesnake, and many more, ROCK OF AGES tells the tale a small-town girl who meets a big-city dreamer on Sunset Strip in L.A.’s most legendary rock club. Direct from Broadway, Tony Award® Nominee and “American Idol” finalist, Constantine Maroulis, reprises his acclaimed performance as Drew. As on Broadway, the touring production is directed by Tony Award Nominee Kristin Hanggi (Bare, Pussycat Dolls on the Sunset Strip) and choreographed by Kelly Devine (Jersey Boys –Associate Choreographer). Come experience what The New York Times described as “Impossible to resist! As guilty as pleasures get” and Time Out New York called “Rock and comedy in perfect proportion!“

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Bank of America Theatre is located at 18 W. Monroe. Tickets are $18-$85 and are available at all Broadway In Chicago (BIC) Box Offices; the BIC Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations; and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Please note: Some of the show’s content may not be appropriate for children under the age of 14.

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f r i d a y, 1 7 t h Prost! The 25th Annual Berghoff Oktoberfest closes out today with some of the best beer, food and entertainment in the city. This celebration features the best Bavarian-style carousing Chicago has to offer with German fare, Berghoff ’s beer & root beer, and live entertainment. Federal Plaza at Adams and Dearborn Streets. 11am–9pm. Admission is FREE. 312/427-3170. to Monroe

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It’s “denim days” at Bloomindale’s this weekend! Shop the newest brands of contemporary denim. Buy 1 pair of premium denim and get 15% off. Buy 2 or more pairs and get 25% off. Receive free alterations with your denim purchase. Alterations are one per customer, while supplies last. 900 N. Michigan (Y.E.S. on 5). Fri-Sun. 312/440-4460.

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The vibrant and culturally rich 22nd annual ¡Viva! Chicago! Latin Music Festival showcases the best in local, national and international Latin music with salsa, reggaeton, mariachi, norteña, Spanish pop and more in Chicago’s Millennium Park. Michigan and Randolph. Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. FREE. 312/744-3315.

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Experience the blues of original REO Speedwagon member, Duke Tumatoe at Kingston Mines on the city’s Northside. 2548 N. Halsted. Fri-Sat music starts at 7:30pm, mainstage show at 10:30pm. $15. 773/477-4646. Bring coupon on page 62 for $3 off. Visit page 70 for full story. to Fullerton

In what has been an otherwise forgettable year for Cubs fans, the Dave Matthews Band will at least try to give them something to cheer for in September, as the group settles in for two big shows on the infield tonight and tomorrow at Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison. 7pm. $49.50-$85. 800/843-2827.

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Experience “La Dolce Vita” this weekend at the 4th annual Italian Expo at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall A. Taste delicious Italian cuisine from top restaurants like Italian Village’s Vivere, view fashion runway shows, and discover luxury cars, motorbikes, and travel and tourism information from various regions in Italy. 600 E. Grand. Fri 2:30pm-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. $10. #124 312/553-9137.

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only $5. For more info 773/868-3010 or www.chicagoevents.com.

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Dog lovers and their four-legged friends are invited for a 1.5 mile walk plus block party today from 11am–1pm. The 7th The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge, call the CTA at 836-7000, or visit transitchicago.com.

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Celebrate the start of the upcoming hockey season with Chicago’s red-hot team – The Blackhawks! The 3rd Annual Mad Dash to Madison features a 5K run, 5K walk, 10K roller race, music, a player meet-and-greet as well as an opportunity to watch the teams’ training camp practice at 11am. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 8am-2pm. Race participation $35, festival


Annual Mutt Strut is an all ages event that benefits Chicago Canine Rescue. In the past nine years, CCR has rescued over 2,500 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies. Registration begins at 10am. $30. 773/697-8848. www.chicagocanineresue.org.

LA-based singer-songwriter Aimee Mann brings her incisive, laser-sharp pop music tales of heartbreak and disillusionment to the Old Town School of Folk Music. 4544 N. Lincoln. Tonight at 7:30pm and 10pm and tomorrow at 7pm. $38. 773/728-6000.

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Fresh oysters, LandShark Lager beer and live music are just a few things to be found at the one-day only Guinness Oyster Fest, which features performances from the Neon Trees and Sugarcult. Roscoe and Damen. 11am-10pm. $5. 773/868-3010.

sunday, 19th Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market is back! Wolff ’s Flea Market returns to Allstate Arena with a diverse mix of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, sports cards, tools, electronics, jewelry, food and more. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1, and kids under 6 are free. to Rosemont 847/524-9590.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra kicks off its new season and introduces Music Director Ricardo Muti to his new home audience with a free performance tonight at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. 205 E. Randolph. 5:30pm. FREE. 312/294-3000. #151

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Rock duos need to make up for their lack of size with an overabundance of energy and volume, two things that Matt & Kim will likely bring in droves tonight at Metro. 3730 N. Clark. 7pm. $19. 773/549-4140.

monday, 20th Anyone curious about the cultural staying power of Pink Floyd’s landmark 1979 concept album The Wall should mosey down Madison Street this week to see the crowds lining up to hear Roger Waters settle in for four (!) big arena performances of The Wall Live. Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri at United Center, 1901 W. Madison. 8pm. $55-$250. 312/455-4500.

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tuesday, 21st Chicago gained a new eye-con over the summer with the installation of EYE, the incredibly lifelike three-story (30-foot-tall) eye-

The Chicago Cubs take on the San Francisco Giants Tue, Sept. 21 at 7:05pm, Wed, Sept. 22 at 7:05pm and Thu, Sept. 23 at 6:05pm at Wrigley Field.

The Chicago White Sox take on the Detroit Tigers Fri, Sept. 17 at 7:10pm, Sat, Sept. 18 at 3:10pm and Sun, Sept. 19 at 1:05pm at U.S. Cellular Field.

1060 W. Addison. 800/THE-CUBS.

333 W. 35th. 866/SOX-GAME.

Catch the game: Pay tribute to a Cub patron saint with a trip to Harry Caray’s Tavern (3551 N. Sheffield; 773/327-7800), just steps from the stadium.

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ball sculpture by internationally-renowned, contemporary artist Tony Tasset on display in Pritzker Park, on the corner of State and Van Buren. On display through October. www.chicagoloopalliance.com.

wednesday, 22nd Dubbed “the most popular shopping event in the nation,” Shecky’s Girls Night Out is the perfect way to spend an evening with your girlfriends. Up-and-coming designer fashions are available for up to 75% off, and the season’s latest cocktails are available for tasting. 210 S. Canal (entrance on Jackson). Wed-Thu 5pm-10pm. $20 (includes goodie bag). 212/242-2566.

Swedish folk artist Kristian Mattson, a/k/a The Tallest Man on Earth, plays selections from his recent album The Wild Hunt tonight at the Park West. 322 W. Armitage. 8pm. $17. 773/929-1322.

thursday, 23rd Veteran singer-songwriter Jackson Browne brings a keen musical sensibility and a long career’s worth of solid tunes to the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. 8pm. $45-$85. 312/462-6300. Round out the evening with traditional Irish fare and comfort food favorites at Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N. Wabash; 312/263to Lake 0200).

friday, 24th Get a rare peek into the imagination of Jim Henson at Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. Brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird and other beloved characters, view the iconic puppets, television and movie props as well as original video productions. Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. and Lake Shore Dr. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Adults $15, seniors $14, children 3-11 $10. Exhibit requires an extra fee. 773/684-1414. #10

The City of Chicago celebrates the best of today’s international music at the 12th annual World Music Festival through September 30th. The city-wide, multi-venue, week-long festival includes nearly twice as many artists as previous editions. Call 312/742-1938 or visit www.WorldMusicFestivalChicago.org for the full schedule.

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Even those who don’t see eye-to-eye with his recent conservative political leanings have to agree that comedian Dennis Miller certainly has a witty and intelligent way of expressing them. Tonight at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State. 8pm. $35-$45. 312/4626300. Dine on the catch of the day at nearby Catch 35 (35 W. Wacker; 312/346-3500). to Lake

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Meet and greet renowned Chicago area post-modern artist, Michael Cheney at the Atlas Galleries Artist Reception today from 6pm-8pm. View Chicago in a whole new way with Michael Cheney’s breathtaking paintings, many inspired by famous Chicago landmarks. 535 N. Michigan. FREE. 312/329-9330.


Chicago’s Lakefront Playground Make your trip to the Windy City a memorable one when you bring your family to Navy Pier. Let the excitement begin at Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze (600 E. Grand; 888/893-7300) as you navigate your way through over 4000-square-feet of tunnels, mazes, and fun. Find 2-for-1 coupon on page 13. Of course, no visit to the Pier is complete with taking a spin around the iconic towering 150-foot Ferris wheel. Looking for a visual experience? The ultra hip 440-reclining seat, surround-sound, and panoramic screens of the IMAX Theatre (312/595-5MAX), currently showing, Avatar Special Edition: An IMAX 3D Experience, will surely excite your senses. Don’t forget about the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, a free and enchanting feature at Navy Pier where guests can browse a display of 150 stainedglass windows along the lower level of Festival Hall. Visit navypier.com for more information.

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Free Fireworks! Navy Pier’s award-winning fireworks light up the night sky every Saturday at 9pm throughout the months of September and October. Enjoy the stunning spectacle, presented by Melrose Pyrotechnics with accompanying soundtracks by Jack FM and B96, over Lake Michigan while enjoying fall’s cooler temps.

Enjoy the Pier! Navy Pier is located between Grand Avenue and Illinois Street and can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA bus #124. Call 800/595-PIER or visit navypier.com for more information.

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Take in spectacular panoramic views of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, Navy Pier, and Lake Michigan from a rare vantage point – floating 350 feet above the Pier – with its new state-of-theart, helium-filled AeroBalloon. Or take a trip around the Pier’s towering 150-foot Ferris wheel.

More than your average ice cream shop, Häagen-Dazs Café (312/467-9200), features Häagen-Dazs world-famous ice cream, baked goods, gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, as well as a full bar. Enjoy it indoors or dockside on their seasonal patio. Häagen-Dazs uses only finest ingredients to produce the best ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt available.

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On Chicago’s waterways since 1939, Shoreline is famous for its Chicago River Architecture Cruises and Lake Michigan Skyline Tours. Architecture Cruises depart from Ogden Slip at the Navy Pier daily beginning at 10:45am with experienced, entertaining guides highlighting more than 40 of the city’s architectural masterpieces. Skyline Lake Tours depart from “Dock Street” at Navy Pier daily beginning at 10:30am for 30-minute, narrated cruises. Visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call: 312/222-9328.

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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 Fall Firework Display every Friday and Saturday through Halloween. And take a spin around the iconic towering 150foot Ferris wheel. 600 E. Grand. SunThu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. 312/595-PIER. Visit our Navy Pier section for more details! #124

Discover the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with Design Detectives Family Tour, an interactive tour lead by junior interpreters. These trained students, grades 5-10, will guide you along in your exploration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio as well as share stories of his family’s life. 951 Chicago in Oak Park. Saturdays at 1:30pm. Adults $15, youth ages 4-17 and seniors $12, children 3 and under are free. 708/848-1976.

A family sport with an urban twist, 10pin Bowling Lounge is 20,000square-feet of high-energy fun! Adjacent to House of Blues in landmark Marina City, this cutting edge bowling lounge features 24-state-of-

N. State. Sun-Thu noon-midnight, FriSat noon-2am. 312/644-0300. Bring coupon on page 61! #36

David Schwimmer, and enjoy “coffee in the clouds” at Espression by Lavazza café. 875 N. Michigan. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15, youth 3-11 $10, children under 3 are free. 888/875VIEW. Find discount coupon in center spread! #151

Perfect for families with kids 9 and under, Bobby’s Tike Hike: Kid’s Edition is a Chicago adventure on wheels. Kids win prizes for finding the hidden key, petting the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo, rubbing the foot of a GIANT Abe Lincoln statue, all while biking along the city’s magnificent lakefront trail. 465 N. Looking for the perfect ending to a fun-packed day? Take the family on a food safari at Rainforest Café where you can relax as the sights and sounds of the rainforest come to life. 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. 312/7871501. Bring the ad on this spread for a complimentary chef ’s appetizer! Experience spectacular views of Chicago 94-stories up at John Hancock Observatory. Voted “the best view in Chicago,” guests can embark on an open-air Skywalk, listen to a multimedia Sky Tour narrated by

McClurg, enter at SE corner of McClurg & Illinois at River East Dock. Saturdays at 10am. Adults $27, student/military $18, kids under 12 $14, kids under 4 $5. 312/915-0995. Save 10% online, by phone, or with concierge! #124

Start a new tradition at a Chicago institution! Every Saturday afternoon between 11:30am-2:30pm Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli hosts a real Live Magic Show. Your little ones will be entertained while you enjoy timeless mouth-watering classics like their jam-packed corned beef sandwiches and crisp potato pancakes. 1141 S. Jefferson. Call 312/939-2855 or visit www.mannysdeli.com. Receive a FREE order of

potato pancakes with purchase of sandwich or entrée with coupon on page 58!

In MagiQuest, guests use wands, wits and imagination to create their own storyline. Gain the skill to battle Charlock, the red dragon, duel the Goblin King, or help the pixie regain her ability to fly. This new, interactive live-action game bridges the gap between physical play and computer play. MagiQuest lets you live the game! 106 Yorktown Center in suburban Lombard. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. $4.95 for each 30-minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $16.95. 877/797-8855. www.MagiQuest.com

If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun for all ages! 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. 888/893-7300. Buy-1-get-

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SHOP AND EAT®® Decade.” BILLY ELLIOT the Musical is the heartwarming celebration of one young boy’s triumph against the odds. Ford

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Round up the family for a trip to Brookfield Zoo to explore the new state-of-the-art naturalistic habitat, Great Bear Wilderness. Learn about iconic North American animals like polar bears, brown bears, wolves, bald eagles, bison, and ravens, and what we can do to conserve the habitats of these endangered species. 1st Ave & 31st St. in suburban Brookfield. MonSat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 9:30am-7:30pm. Free with general admission, $13.50 adults, $9.50 seniors & children under 11. 708/688-8000.

Although Denmark is the official home of LEGO toys, in Chicago, The Shops at North Bridge is LEGO central as evidenced by the giant LEGO creations spotted throughout the mall and massive 5,000-square-foot LEGO Store. See if you can spot the towering giraffe, the enormous spider and the larger than life lady on your way to the LEGO building block fantasyland. 520 N. Michigan. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 312/494-0760. #151

Center for the Performing Arts,

Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Recommended for ages 8+. Call for show times. $30-$100. 800/7752000. to Lake

Have you ever wanted to step inside a 40-foot tornado or see giant bolts of lightning crackle above you? You can (unharmed!) at the Museum of Science and Industry’s permanent exhibit Science Storms, which places you in the middle of nature’s most powerful phenomena. Be sure to play a round of Mindball at MSI’s other thrilling exhibit YOU! The Experience. 5700 S.

Kick off your Windy City adventure with a trip to Lincoln Park Zoo! An animal oasis right in the middle of the city, kids can learn about conservation or venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. 2001 N. Clark. Daily10am-5pm. FREE. 312/742-2000.

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Lake Shore. Daily 9:30am-5:30pm. General admission: Adults $15, seniors 65+ $14, children 3-11 $10. 773/684-1414.

Chart a course to Shedd Aquarium, where families will experience dolphins, whales, penguins and more at their newly reimagined Oceanarium and new multimedia marine mammal show, Fantasea. 1200 S. Lake Shore.

Don’t miss what Time Magazine has named the “Best Musical of the

Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am6pm. Adults $26.95, children 311/seniors $19.95. 312/939-2438. #146

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presented by You’ll find entertainment abounds at Millennium Park throughout the month of September, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. Don’t miss your last chance to view a remarkable exhibition entitled A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculptures from China, comprised of four large-scale sculptures by four leading Chinese sculptors and installation artists. This month Millennium Park also hosts guided garden tours, multiple concert series, and much, much more. Catch a free concert at the spectacle of the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion; cool off with the multimedia-driven 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.

Free Park Happenings… A Conversation with Chicago: Contemporary Sculpture from China: Representing the current stage of contemporary Chinese art, four new large-scale sculptures, never before seen in the United States, bring the global conversation into one of Chicago’s most popular public spaces. Closing October 3.

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. Lurie Garden Guided Walks: Learn more about the Park’s beautiful and fascinating gardens from volunteer master gardeners with free 20minute guided tours. Every Sunday from 10am-1:30pm through September 19.

Everyday On Stage at Noon: Grab a picnic lunch and head to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at noon – from DJs to live bands and everything in between – there’s always something on stage through September 21.

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Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information.

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riverwalk Savor the start of Chicago’s unbeatable Indian summer while taking in the city’s world-class sights! Take a spin around town with Bike and Roll Chicago (239 E. Randolph, 600 E. Grand, 1603 N. Lakeshore; 888/BIKE-WAY). Offering a variety of rentals and tours, Bike and Roll is a fun and active alternative to touring the city’s top sights. Bring coupon on page 12. • The Tall Ship Windy (600 E. Grand; 312/595-5555) invites you to sail through the misty curtains of time to hear stories that uncover mystery, history, legend and lore on their Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors. Bring 2-for-1 coupon on page 12. • Discover and learn about the structures that shaped the city of Chicago with the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s (224 S. Michigan; 312/922-3432) more than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and segway tours. For a full list of tours, programs and lectures visit caf.architecture.org. • Catch a glimpse of Chicago’s newest eye-cons, EYE and Cardinal, (corner of State Street and Van Buren; chicagoloopalliance.com) displayed in Pritzker Park now through October. Created by artist Tony Tasset, the three-story lifelike eyeball sculpture and 156 street banners revealing a red cardinal “flip book” are simply eye-catching.

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attractions AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. (Child pass $9.95; adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (P-30) ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE COMPANY Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349. Absorb the atmosphere of days gone by and learn a bit of local history with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers. Mon-Fri 6:30pmmidnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. Perfect for special or all occasions. Call to arrange pick-up. www.antiquecoach-carriage.com. V, MC (K-28) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. 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 1pm5pm. (FREE)(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.

CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. The Historic Water Tower across the street from the welcome center is one of only two structures that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Daily from 7:30am-7pm. Tourist information, maps, hotel reservations and sightseeing suggestions available inside. (FREE)(J-26) CITYPASS Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 50 percent and avoid ticket lines. 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. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 3-11.) All major cards. GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100. Sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden will provide you with enough oxygen to cover all the grounds. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). ($5 suggested donation.) Cash only. (West of D-33) JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Espression by Lavazza cafe. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free.) (J-26)

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LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY 2391 N. Stockton, 312/742-7736. Always green and lush, find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round. Daily 9am-5pm. (FREE)(G-15) MAGIQUEST 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/7978855,www.MagiQuest.com. A truly unique experience,

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MagiQuest lets you LIVE the game, not simply play it. Using cutting edge technology and a Magic Wand that knows you by name and remembers everything you accomplish, guests can explore a world filled with amazing creatures, dragons and characters where they will gain skill and knowledge and rise to untold levels of bravery. Open MonSat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. ($4.95 for each 30-minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $16.95.) (Suburban) MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, www.millenniumpark.org. 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)(K-33) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. This redeveloped 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. Outside Chicagoland call 800/595-PIER. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Credits cards accepted vary. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago. Return to Pandora and re-experience James Cameron's Oscar® and Golden Globe® winning epic film with Avatar Special Edition: An IMAX 3D Experience. Moviegoers will view more than 8-minutes of never before seen footage- exclusively in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D. Also playing: Journey To Mecca is an IMAX dramatic and documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World. (Adults $15-$17, children 12 & under $13). For discounted group tickets and private screenings, call 312/595-5987. All major cards. (O-30)

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You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the worldfamous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during off-hours, after 5pm. And be sure to check out their newest attraction – “The Ledge” – which offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 9am10pm. ($15.95 adults, $11 children age 3-11, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-36)

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SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com.

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FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. MonFri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am4:30pm. (General admission: $10 adults, $6 kids 3-14, children under 3 free. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.) All major cards. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/4433600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Mon-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu-Fri 10:30am8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu), SatSun 10am-5pm. ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) All major cards. (J-35) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, caf.architecture.org. A

nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. CAF offers more than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Tour Center open daily from 9am6:30pm (7pm on Fri). All major cards. (J-36) CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. With its world-

renowned plant collections and displays, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. Daily 8am-sunset. (FREE) (Suburban) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/5271000. Hands-on exhibits and activities make every visit special for kids of all ages. On exhibit: Block Party. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. ($10 adults/children, $9 seniors, children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under). All major cards. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am6pm. (FREE)(I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. Get lost

in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Facing Freedom. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free.) Free on Mon. AE, MC, V (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600.

Dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Mon-Sat 10am5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, $1 children ages 6-12, children under 6 are free. Free on Sun. (South of M-54)

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THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. 9am-5pm daily. (General admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.) AE, DS, MC, V (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 708/848-1976. The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Guided tours are available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 min. ($15 adults, $12 youth 4-17 and seniors 65+). (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM 1800 South Prairie, 312/326-1480. Visit

Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours: Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. ($10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed.) DS, MC, V (J-48) HELLENIC MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER 801 W. Adams, 4th Floor, 312/655-1234. Established in 1992, this museum celebrating the Hellenic culture has since become a symbol of the Greek community. Showcasing the artistic work of the Hellenic people in the visual, literary, and performing arts, the museum seeks to preserve the history of the Greek immigrant experience. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm. ($5, children under 12 are free) V, MC (D-36) HEMINGWAY MUSEUM 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708/5245383. As part of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, this building is dedicated to the life and times of the famous writer. Located within walking distance from the author’s birthplace, the museum provides an in-depth look at the life of the Chicago native. Sun-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. ($10 adults, $8 youth 18 & under/seniors, children under 5 are free) MC, V (CTA Green Line to Oak Park stop) (Suburban)


INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE 1524 N. Lake Shore, 312/642-6502. Providing education on the history and progress of surgery and medical sciences since 1954. Its four floors are filled with artifacts, paintings, illustrations and sculptures that interpret the primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. ($10 adults, $6 students/seniors. Free on Tue.) AE, MC, V (I-20)

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ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847/967-4800. Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon- Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 5pm-8pm, SatSun 11am-4pm. ($10 adults, $6 students/seniors, $5 children). (Suburban)

JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM 800 S. Halsted 312/4135353. This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889 is now located on the University of Illinois campus. Learn about how she and others reformed social service. The museum is open to individual visitors and prescheduled tours during the following hours: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. (FREE)(D-40) KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. 847/832-6600. Hands-on exhibits

focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon-Sat 9:30am5pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($8.50 adults/children, $7.50 seniors 55+, children under 1 are free.) All major cards. (Suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART 820 N. Michigan, 312/9157600. Chicago’s newest cultural institution dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression. Open Tue 11am-8pm and Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors, and students and children 14 and under free. Free on Tue. (J-27) MITCHELL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN 3001 Central in suburban Evanston, 847/475-1030.

This museum offers a vast collection of Native American artifacts along with a library of over 5000 books and periodicals. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am8pm, Sun noon-4pm. ($5 adults, $2.50 children/seniors/students.) MC, V (Suburban)

THE MORTON ARBORETUM I-88 and Rte. 53 in suburban Lisle, 630/968-0074. An internationally

recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world, the Arboretum is easily explored along nine miles of roadways and 14 miles of hiking trails. Daily 7am-7pm or sunset, whichever is earlier. ($11 adults, $10 seniors, $8 youth 2-17, children under 2 are free. Discounted admission on Wednesdays). AE, DS, MC, V (Suburban) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. The most exciting and innovative art of our times. On exhibit: Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. ($12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Free on Tue.) AE, DS, MC, V (K-27)

Tue & Wed. Handicap accessible. ($10 adults, $7 students/seniors.) MC, V (J-48) NEWBERRY LIBRARY 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and maps. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. (FREE)(H-25) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 2430 N. Cannon, 773/7555100. Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Sanctuary: Flight of the Majestic Monarch. Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. ($9 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 children ages 3-12, children under 3 free. Free on Thu.) All major cards. (G-14)

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

ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM 1155 E. 58th St. at the University of Chicago, 773/702-9520. A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue & Thu-Sat 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8:30pm, Sun noon-6pm. (Suggested donation: $7 adults, $4 children under 12.) (South of N-54)

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore,

SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. Explore an

773/684-1414, www.msichicago.org.

Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including the U-505 Submarine, Smart Home: Green + Wired, YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and much more. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5:30pm, Sun 11am-5:30pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.) All major cards. (South of P-54) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART 1852 W. 19th St., 312/7381503. The museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 1,700 objects featuring the finest of Mexican creativity from both sides of the border. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. (FREE)(West of D-51) NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM 1801 S. Indiana (across rail tracks from Museum Campus), 312/326-0270. The museum

collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Exhibit gallery: Thu-Sat 10am-5pm, group tours for 20+ on

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exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural aquatic habitats. Don’t miss the Shedd’s newly re-imagined Oceanarium with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals, including the Polar Play Zone. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. (Shedd Pass: $26.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 3-11). All major cards. (L-43) WRIGHT’S ROBIE HOUSE 5757 S. Woodlawn in Chicago, 708/848-1976. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his client Frederick C. Robie, the Robie House is considered one of the most important buildings in the history of American architecture. Designed in Wright’s Oak Park studio in 1908 and completed in 1910, the building is both a masterpiece of the Prairie style and renowned as a forerunner of modernism. Tours are available Thursday – Monday 11am – 5pm. 45-60 min. ($15 adults, $12 youth 4-17 and seniors 65+).


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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS AND TOURS

over 500 bikes and explore the city at your leisure. Bike rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. Mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, skate rentals and more are available for a half day, full day or week. Times vary per location. (K-33)(N-30)(J-19)

AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Pick up tickets by the arcade office in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100, www.grayline.com. Choose from a Grand Tour of Chicago, A Grand Taste of Chicago and Pizza, Chinatown Dinner Tour, the Land and Lake Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, After Dark Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules or visit www.grayline.com. (Daily scheduled lectured tours from $25 and up.) MC, V (I-36)

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Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier; 1603 N. Lakeshore at North Avenue Beach, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. Choose from

Millennium Park – 239 E. Randolph; Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand; North Avenue Beach – 1603 N. Lakeshore Drive + 6 other great locations. 312/729-1000. www.bikechicago.com.

Largest Rental fleet in Chicago with over 700 bikes to choose from at 9 convenient locations. Great tours by bicycle, segway, or new for 2010 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 daily. All major cards. (K33)(N-30)(J-19)

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BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE – CHICAGO TOURS & RENTALS 465 N.

parks and North Side beaches, to Gold Coast Mansions and the Old Town Historic District, enjoy Chicago on one of Bobby’s guided bicycle tours. Tours are designed for all ages and fitness levels, and include bikes, helmets and a guide. Discover President Obama’s neighborhood with their new Obama’s Chicago Tour. Ask about bike rentals. All major cards. (L-30)

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McClurg Court (Entrance at SE corner of McClurg/Illinois intersection, River East Dock); 312/915-0995, www.BobbysBikeHike.com. From city

THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, www.architecture.org.

Presenting a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. More than 85 tours year-round. Bus tours also available - call for tour schedules. All major cards. (J-36) CHICAGO FILM TOUR Pick up on Clark between Ontario and Ohio (next to the Rock N Roll McDonald’s), 312/593-4455, chicagofilmtour.com.

Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where over 70 movies were shot over the course of 2–hours. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” to Chicago favorites like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” and “The Blues Brothers,” and movie classics like “North by Northwest.” Watch scenes come to life on multiple video screens while getting up close and personal with the film locations. Thu–Sun 10:30am and 12:30pm. Adults $30, 12 & under $20. (H-30) GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING 800/621-4153, www.grayline.com. Hop

aboard the newest fleet of radio dispatched Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers for a scenic tour 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 which allows passengers to hop on and hop off as many times as they’d like for up to 8 hours for $30 (adults) and $15 (children ages 5-14). Or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour for just $25. Call for pick up times and locations. MC, V

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to ride, glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about some of Chicago’s fascinating history with their Early Bird Segway Tour – departing daily at 7am, Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour – departing daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm, and Segway @ Sunset Tour – departing daily at 7pm. Double your lakefront fun with the Glide and Ride Package which includes both a Segway Tour and one day Bike Rental. (K-34)

ARCHITECTURE CRUISES FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline’s famous Chicago River Architecture Cruises depart Ogden Slip at Navy Pier every 45 minutes daily from 10:45am to dusk. One-hour cruises are led by Shoreline’s experienced and entertaining docents and highlight more than 40 architectural landmarks along the historic Chicago River. Fares: adults: $24-$30, seniors $21-$27, children $12-$15. For updated information, including Skyline Tours, Fall Fireworks Cruises, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance with special savings, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/2229328. (M-30)

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 888/BIKE.WAY, www.bikechicago.com. Safe and easy

most fun tour in Chicago! Located in Grant Park - at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (then down the stairs), 312/946-9467, StevesSegwayTours.com. Explore

Chicago’s lakefront, museums, Grant and Millennium Park on a 3 hour Segway tour. Fun, informative and led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours also available. Great photos! (Tours depart daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Must call for reservations. Prices range from $60-$85 + tax) (K-36)

465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-1977, www.chicagoline.com. Unforgettable

ninety-minute 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. Cruise prices: $37 adults, $31 seniors, $21 children 7-18, under 7 free. Group discounts are available. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies included. Reservations recommended. Call for hours. (L-31) CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES Board at Riverside Gardens SE cor-

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TALL SHIP ADVENTURES Navy Pier and Burnham Harbor, 312/4045800, www.ChicagoTallShips.com.

The official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) river cruise. Comfortable, open-air, or climatecontrolled seating affords spectacular views of 53 architecturally significant sites with commentary presented by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Purchase tickets at www.Ticketmaster.com/rivercruise, the CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave or dockside. (J-32)

Departing daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan, the 148-foot Tall Ship Windy is perfect for an afternoon adventure or evening romance. Fares: $24-$30 adults, $20-$25 seniors and students, $10-$20 children 3-12, under 3 are free. Times vary, buy online or at Pier. Red Witch and Crescendo complete the sailing fleet from Burnham Harbor and offer a variety of sailing events and private charters. Call or visit online for rates and details. Call 312/7319689 for group rates. MC, V (AE, DS online only). (O-31)

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ner (look for the blue awning) of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 312/902-1500, www.cruisechicago.com.

MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker Dr. (look for the blue awning), 312/332-1353, www.mercuryskylinecruiseline.com. The Urban

Adventure Cruise is a 90-minute complete City Tour of the lake and river tour showcasing Chicago’s world-famous skyscrapers, bridges, with a lively commentary highlighting the downtown harbor. Everyday 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 4pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm. Tickets on sale all day. Reservations are not necessary. Cruise prices: $24 adults, $10 children under 12, kids age 3 and under are free! (J-32) SEADOG 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/636-7737, www.SeadogCruises.com.

Seadog Cruises offers the most exciting boat tours on Lake Michigan for all ages. Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy an amusing 75-minute River Architectural Tour, an exciting 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Ride or a wet n’ wild 30minute Extreme Thrill Ride! Departing continuously each day from the Pier’s Dock Street, weather permitting. 60-minute Fireworks Cruises also available. Adults $19.95-$31.95, kids (ages 3-12) $14.95-$19.95. Call or book your cruise online today. (N-30) SKYLINE LAKE TOURS FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline Skyline Lake Tours from Navy Pier depart daily from approximately 10:30am to sunset. Tours encompass the entire panorama of Chicago’s famous skyline and include a narration on the city’s history and landmarks. Fares: adults $14-$17, seniors $13-$15, children $6 -$8. For updated information, including Architecture Cruises, Fall Fireworks Cruises, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance with special savings, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/2229328. (M-30)

ports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book doorto-door transportation. AE, MC, V

water taxis SHORELINE WATER TAXIS Hop on Shoreline’s fast, fun water taxis to make scenic connections between top touring attractions! Docks at Willis Tower/Union Station, Michigan Ave. Bridge, Navy Pier and the Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium) Frequent departures daily 10am–7pm, plus shuttle service from Navy Pier to Buckingham Fountain or to Wells & Wacker opposite the Merchandise Mart during select weeks. Fares $2$7 one way. One and Two Day Taxi Passes available. All tickets sold dockside. For complete schedule visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/222-9328.

WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Celebrating 75 Years! 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/3371446, www.wendellaboats.com.

Chicago’s original narrated boat tour, founded in 1935, offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Select from their 75-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour, 90-minute Combined Lake and River Tour, Chicago At Sunset Tour, fireworks tours or specialty Wine Tasting Cruises. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $25 adults, $23 seniors, $12 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. (J-31)

transportation CTA 888/YOUR-CTA, www.transitchicago.com. 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.) GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Call 8882The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com. Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both air-

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CHICAGO WATER TAXI Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com. Looking for fun, fast and friendly transportation? Avoid street congestion and hop on board a Chicago Water Taxi (CWT). Operating on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Madison Street on the south branch and LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building on the main branch, this is a great alternative to your traditional cab ride. Frequent departures, call for schedule. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day explore Chicago tickets are $6.) Convenient ticketing Kiosks available at most of our stops.

worship FIRST ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 1301 N. LaSalle, 312/642-7172.

FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN 126 E. Chestnut, 312/787-4570.

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Complete with breathtaking views of the Chicago’s celebrated skyline, the Chicago Riverwalk offers visitors a dynamic mix of activities along the south bank of the Chicago River. For more information visit www.cityofchicago.org/riverwalk.

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Chicago’s Finest Riverwalk Tour (312)315-2539 Chicago’s First Lady (800)982-2787 Cyrano’s Café & Wine Bar (312)616-1400 McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum (312)977-0227 Mercury Chicago’s Skyline Cruiseline (312)332-1353 O’Briens Riverwalk Cafe (312)346-3131 Shoreline Water Taxi (312)222-9328 Wendella Boats (312)337-1446 Wheelchair Access

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Enjoy American Grill favorites and specialty cocktails along the scenic Chicago River. Located at the promenade plaza at Wacker and Wabash, O’Brien’s Riverwalk Café creates a truly unique atmosphere complete with fragrant flowers and wafting seasonal fare. Come watch boats drift by while dining on sweet corn, steak sandwiches, paninis, onion coated green beans and more. Weekday specials and live music on Thursday evenings. 45 E. Riverwalk South. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 312/346-3131. www.obriensrestaurant.com.

Cruising Chicago’s Waterways Chicago Water Taxi makes getting around town fast, fun and friendly! Hop aboard one of the black and yellow vessels and enjoy breathtaking views of Chicago’s renowned architecture and skyline while on your way to some of the city’s top tourist destinations. Operating on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Madison Street on the south branch and LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building on the main branch, this is a great alternative to your traditional cab ride. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day explore Chicago tickets are $6). Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com.


The Glass of Charles Lotton Lotton Gallery 900 N. Michigan Ave. Level 6 Chicago, IL (312)664-6203

Visit our studio 45 minutes south of Chicago 24760 Country Lane Crete, IL 60417 (800)661-0950 www.lottonglass.com â&#x20AC;˘ www.lottongallery.com


No trip to Chicago is complete without a stroll down our famous Magnificent Mile. For the ultimate urban shopping experience, stop in the Mag Mile’s premiere shopping destination, Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan; 312/4403166). Shop the eight-level atrium, which houses over 100 of your favorite stores, and refuel at one of the tower’s unique dining destinations. • Find one-of a-kind gifts at TOUS (835 N. Michigan; 312/640-8860). Located on the 5th floor of the mall, this family-owned company offers fine jewelry for men and women, as well as the season’s hottest handbags, fragrances, wallets and scarves. 20% off select items. • Across the way at The 900 Shops, Lotton Gallery (6th Floor; 312/664-6203) will keep you in the height of artistic fashion. Although they feature paintings and prints from around the globe, the real focus of the gallery is their glass, which is hand-blown by three generations of Lottons led by patriarch, Charles Lotton. • Atlas Galleries (535 N. Michigan; 312/329-9330 or 900 N. Michigan, 6th Level, 312/649-0999) celebrates over 40 years of bringing the finest collections of paintings, sculptures and prints from yesterday and today’s leading artists to your home.

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information * Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.

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. (H-31) ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. 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. (H-31)

shopping

THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features

shopping

antiques

WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, www.wolffs.com. Located near O’Hare International Airport, this is the Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 500 dealer spaces. Wolff ’s attracts hundreds of thousands of shoppers each spring and summer from around the world. You never know what incredible bargains you might find! Admission prices: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open every Sunday from 6am-3pm. (Suburban)

art ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, www.atlasgalleries.com. For 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. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-29)(J-26)

NBC Tower 454 N. Columbus Dr. Lobby Level

LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, www.lottongallery.com. Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass in vases, lamps and decorative objects. Though the focus is on showcasing the Lottons’ beautiful glass pieces, the gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (J-26)

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The Office, Al Capone & much more!

(312) 467-9537

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CURLY TALE FINE ART16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664, www.curlytalefineart.com. 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. Assembling a worldwide array of contemporary artists exploring whimsical interpretations, impish humor and sarcastic comments all in fun. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. and by appointment. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. (J-29)


cd stores

Designer resale

JAZZ RECORD MART 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. The world’s largest jazz and blues store

of ChiCago

New fashions and accessories arriving daily!

has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The 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” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. MonFri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-31)

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658 N. Dearborn St. 312-587-3312

Chicago Fur Outlet

Home of the Furry Godmother!

SPECIALIZING IN NEW FURS, LEATHERS, AND “PRE-FURRED” RESALE

777 W. DIVERSEY • 773.348.3877 @ HALSTED IN LINCOLN PARK

COUTURE 535 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Offering deep discounts on high-end designer duds, Couture 535 makes staying fashionable affordable. Shop Dana Buchman, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and other woman’s fashions on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile for a fraction of the price. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. All major cards. (J-30) CUSTO BARCELONA Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312/981-3904, www.custo-barcelona-shop.com.

Combining the best quality screen-printing with textiles and designs, Custo Barcelona’s fashions feature bright colors and humorous graphics. Besides becoming hot ticket items among Hollywood’s elite, including fashionistas Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman, this award-winning and internationally coveted designer brand is reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy. All major cards. (J-27) DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (H-29)

19 South Wabash, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60603

153 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE 151 largest selection of cigars, pipes, tobaccos and accessories in the country Worldwide Mail order service Free Downtown hotel Delivery

800/621-1457 312/372-1306 Fax 312/372-1416 http:www.iwanries.com

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MENS SUITS NEW YORK 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Top designer menswear at discounted prices. Find a large selection of high-end suits, tuxedoes, blazers, and sports coats by Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and more as well as designer shoes, ties, belts and dress shirts galore. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun11am8pm. All major cards. (J-30)

department stores BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. 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. AE, MC, V (J-26) MACY’S 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours—State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34)(J-26) NEIMAN MARCUS 737 N. Michigan, 312/642-5900. The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff with-

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SEARS 2 N. State, 312/373-6040. Rely on the no-nonsense Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-35)

furs CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER 777 W. Diversey at Halsted, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. Chicago Fur Outlet is celebrating over 27 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more than ever you can’t afford not to shop at and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary, please call). All major cards. (North of E-11)

Water Tower Pl ace 835 N. Michigan Ave. 5th Floor 312.640.8860 | touschicago@tous.com

shopping

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

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NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-30)

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lingerie LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. Shop for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts, including sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into the newest location in Lincoln Park, downtown Chicago (955 W. Diversey Parkway) or any of their 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (Suburban)

THE 900 SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops, restaurants and covered parking. Mon-Sat 10am7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27)

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THE DISNEY STORE 717 N Michigan, 312/654-9208. In addition to the character inspired clothes and toys, an assortment of limited edition serigraphs and other collectibles are available for Disney lovers. Call for hours. All major cards. (J-27)

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with today’s current trends at the Barcelona-based jewelry and accessories shop. Defined by style and elegance, TOUS features a fashionable selection of jewelry, handbags and accessories that fit every budget. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)

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THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312/3272300. 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. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. At the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium is anchored by Macy’s and houses American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27)

souvenirs CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS 454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level, 312/467-9537. The only retail store authorized to

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Tribune Tower Pioneer Court

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carry authentic NBC merchandise. Find fun, quirky and original souvenirs from hit shows like “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Head), “Heroes,” and “Biggest Loser.” Carrying everything from T-shirts and tote bags to baseball caps and bobble heads, Chicago “5” Souvenirs is a TV fans one-stop-shop. Plus, visitors will also find an impressive collection of dynamic Chicago souvenirs, including Wrigley Field merchandise. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (K-31)

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

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,

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. After enjoying a classic American meal, stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at the restaurant’s legendary Rock Shop. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories for men, women and children as well as a wide selection of collectables including their famous pin series, guitar picks, flasks, board games, music, and more, there is something for every taste. Open at 10am daily. All major cards. (H-29)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. After your dining safari at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from their Retail Village to commemorate your visit. The Retail Village offers a WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts and jackets, stuffed animals of the wild, safari-themed place settings, and much more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. (H-29)

312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

tobacco and cigars IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. Since 1857, 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. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. (I-35) UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. Located in the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)

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.

Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, www.wolffs.com. Admission: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open every Sunday from 6am-3pm.

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WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET Located near O’Hare International Airport, the Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 600 dealer spaces is back for its 20th season. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, clothing, sports cards, tools, electronics, jewelry, garage sale items, food and more. You never know what incredible bargains you might find! 6920 N. Mannheim at


alfresco dining Take a bite out of one of Chicago’s hottest breakfast concepts, Yolk (1120 S. Michigan, 312/789YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277; 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-YOLK), where breakfast is more than your average eggs and toast. Yolk serves up creative breakfasts like gourmet fritattas and skillets along with specialty juices and their own private label coffee. • Traditional comfort food is reinvented at Viand (155 E. Ontario. 312/255-8505). Sinfully delicious, their Hell Burger is topped off with a mouth-watering mix of pickled jalapenos, chipotle salsa, fried ancho chilis and Monterey cheese, and served alongside a pile of handcut fries. • Supporting local farmers and serving fresh, seasonal ingredients is the secret behind Markethouse’s (611 N. Fairbanks; 312/224-2200) delightful American contemporary cuisine. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, there’s always a new entrée or specialty cocktail to excite your tastebuds. • At Tamarind (614 S. Wabash; 312/379-0970) in Chicago’s South Loop, sleekly minimalist décor belies a wide-ranging menu that includes everything from fresh sushi options to a diverse collection of authentic entrées like Peking duck and Thai red curry.

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information * Please call to confirm hours, credit cards and seating. * Price symbols indicate average price for dinner entrée. $: under $10, $$: $10-$15, $$$: $15-$25, $$$$: $25 up * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing. J : Child-friendly

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american HÄAGEN-DAZS CAFE Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand, 312/467-9200, www.haagen-dazs.com. Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? The

Family owned and operated!

“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner Buffet: 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

Häagen-Dazs Cafe at Navy Pier features world-famous ice cream, baked goods, gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, and a full bar. This dockside café is modeled after the Häagen-Dazs concepts on the Champs Elysées in Paris and in Leicester Square in London, two of the company’s international flagship locations. Patrons can choose to sit in the ample seating indoors or outside on the patio. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. All major cards. (O-30)J HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine. This legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Seasonal patio now open! Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Specializing in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pretheater dinner. Just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35) O’BRIENS RIVERWALK CAFÉ 45 E. Riverwalk South at the promenade plaza at Wacker and Wabash, 312/346-3131, www.obriensrestaurant.com. The flow of the river and fragrant flowers provide guests with a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city. Feast on sweet corn and seasonal fare served alongside signature sandwiches like the popular Steak Sandwich and Black Angus burger, which is grilled to perfection. Summer cocktails, lighter fare, weekday specials and Kayak Kids menu are available. Sun-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. All major cards. (J-32) RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. 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 souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-30)

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

asian TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. Contemporary décor accents traditional Asian

WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. 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. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J YOLK 335 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com. Voted “Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am3pm. $ (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)J

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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 an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)

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chinese DRAGONFLY MANDARIN 832 W. Randolph, 312/455-1400, www.dragonflymandarin.com. Winner of Best Chinese Restaurants 5 years in a row, Dragonfly Mandarin presents a genuine Chinese dining experience amidst an elegant yet casual atmosphere. All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan King Crab Legs on Mondays. Open daily from 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (D-33)

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THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170, www.theberghoff.com. This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Featuring a diverse menu from classic German dishes to contemporary sensations, it’s sure to satisfy every generation of guest. Restaurant: MonFri 11am-9pm, Sat 11:30am-9pm, closed Sun. Lower Level Café: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm. All major cards. $$ (J-36) MARKETHOUSE 611 N. Fairbanks, 312/224-2200, www.markethousechicago.com. American contemporary cuisine from Executive Chef Scott Walton. The menu marries Heartland basics with influences from around the globe. Markethouse supports local farmers that practice sustainable agricultural techniques and offers a seasonably changing menu. Try a signature cocktail or an infused vodka from their one-of-a kind Martini Garden. Breakfast 6am-11am; Lunch 11am2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (L-29) VIAND 155 E. Ontario, 312/255-8505, www.viandchicago.com. With a focus on quality, freshness and flavor, Viand’s dishes captivate the senses and redefine American classic comfort food. Guests will find a provocative wine menu and refreshing handcrafted martinis. Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30am10:30am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11:30am; Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm; Bar Mon-Fri 11:30am12:30am, Sat-Sun 4pm-midnight. All major card. $$$ (L-30)

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ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. Slurp down an authentic soda

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fountain drink or serious Milk Shakes while enjoying aged Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese fries, Fluffy Omettes, Giant Salads or the renowned hand-sliced Deli Meat Sandwiches at this old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. Breakfast served ALL day. Mon-Thu 8am-9pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42) MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/9392855, www.mannysdeli.com. Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pan-

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cakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. MonSat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ (E-43)

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german CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. Excellent German and American cuisine. Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck. Steaks, chops and fish specials also available daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11ammidnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ (Northwest of A-1)

ice cream HÄAGEN-DAZS CAFE Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand, 312/467-9200, www.haagen-dazs.com. Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? The Häagen-Dazs Cafe at Navy Pier features world-famous ice cream, baked goods, gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, and a full bar. This dockside café is modeled after the Häagen-Dazs concepts on the Champs Elysées in Paris and

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eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). All major cards. $$$ (H-29)

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THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. Stir things up at this stylish fondue

RoSal’s

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in Leicester Square in London, two of the company’s international flagship locations. Patrons can choose to sit in the ample seating indoors or outside on the patio. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. All major cards. (O-30)J

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GAYLORD INDIA 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine in the River North. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, SatSun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26) INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com. With an exhibition kitchen, this River North

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

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emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. Vegetarian & non-vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch buffet daily from 11:30am-3pm for $11.95pp. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)

VEERASWAY 844 W. Randolph, 312/491-0844, www.veerasway.com. Voted best new Indian restaurant by Chicago Magazine in 2009, Veerasway is a contemporary Indian fusion restaurant in Chicago’s popular West Loop neighborhood. Veerasway is popular amongst the locals for its clever fusion of Indian Food with modern American culture. A true gem! Open Tue-Sun for dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. All major cards. $$ (D-33)

irish EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. This modern Irish Mega Pub

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serves up traditional Irish fare and comfort food favorites all day and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33)

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italian BUCA DI BEPPO 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. 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. $$$ (J-30)J

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in a 1940s traditional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served. Chef ’s specials daily and private parties, & outdoor patios available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am2:30pm & Sun Dinner 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Thu 12:30am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20)

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CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. Online reservations. Feel like you’re

LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36) ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, www.rosals.com. Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of homemade Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a

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10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43)

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THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Owned and operated by the Capitanini family since 1927, the Village features Northern Italian cuisine served in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. This Contemporary Italian restaurant featuring modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)

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DE CERO TAQUERIA 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114, www.decerotaqueria.com. Voted best new dish by Chicago Magazine, de cero’s taco platters are to die for! They feature 15 different types of tacos, such as the famous Grilled Skirt Steak Taco and the Battered Fish Taco with Mexican slaw and chipotle mayo. Wash them down with freshly squeezed lime Margaritas made with 100% Agave Tequila. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. All major cards. $$ (D-34)

Party Fondue Style Chicago’s most unique & interactive dining experience. Private rooms hold up to 105 Several banquet package options No room fees • A/V available Live Music • Cocktail Parties River North | 312.573.0011 Call today to book your group event! www.meltingpot.com

SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. Experience a “fiesta” for your taste buds one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, combination platters and hacienda dinners using the freshest ingredients and juiciest meats are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30ammidnight. All major cards. $ (1-29)

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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. Frank Sinatra once said, “A

day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)J PIZZERIA ORA 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or

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thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ (H-30)J

CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. The freshest seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef ’s cut New York Strip or the 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. $$$$ (I-33) (Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban)

steaks, chops & ribs THE FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. 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. $$$ (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 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. Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest

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11:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun – bar only. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Bar: Daily 11:30pm-close. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban) KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, www.kinziechophouse.com. A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31)

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O’BRIENS RESTAURANT AND BAR 1528 N. Wells, 312/787-3131, www.obriensrestaurant.com. This popular Old Town classic boasts a large lush garden café with gazebo bar and features continental cuisine specializing in prime steak and fresh seafood. Enjoy dinner on the patio or step inside and listen to live piano music seven nights a week. Call for hours. (North of H-19) PETTERINO’S 150 N. Dearborn, 312/422-0150, www.petterinos.com. Located in Chicago’s exciting theater district, in the city’s “Loop” area, Petterino’s offers prime steaks, fresh seafood and classic specialties in a 1940s setting that celebrates the Golden Age of Glamour. Pre-theatre and after work specials are available daily. Every night after 7 pm, Petterino’s offers a three-course dinner for $19.95. Mon 11am-10pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10:30pm., Fri-Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-33) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$ (J-31)

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WEBER GRILL 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. From the people who invented the Weber kettle grill, this downtown dining establishment cooks juicy steaks and burgers over an open flame indoors. Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11am; Lunch: MonFri 11am-4pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 11:30am-11pm; Bar MonThu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-29)

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FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28) SUSHI TAIYO 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. The latest River North hotspot, Sushi Taiyo sushi bar and restaurant features contemporary sushi, sashimi, updated Asian fare and a cocktail menu that includes an array of high end and Regional Sake in addition to unique martinis, champagne, wine and a selection of Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-

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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.

Mansion, 1492 invites you to travel across Spain, and its colonies, in every bite. Featuring an extensive menu ranging from new Spanish and Nuevo Latino cuisine to traditional and signature tapas, 1492 offers a state-ofthe-art dining experience in a cozy ambiance that is quite lively. Some specialties are: paellas, fideua (the traditional shrimp and calamari with thin spaghetti from Spain), Sangria, and an award-winning wine list. Mon-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-28)

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1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. Housed in a1864 Victorian

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DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29) SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28) STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)

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Here in Chicago, we believe the night is always young, so what are you waiting for? Feast like an Irishman or just relax with a pint of Guinness at Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0200). Named after the Emerald Isle in Ireland, this Loop favorite serves an AmericanIrish menu, complete with beer battered fish and chips, corned beef sandwiches, and draft favorites like Strongbow cider. • Sail down Big River at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont; 773/975-8150). Based on Mark Twain’s timeless classic, Huck Finn, this hilarious and heartwarming musical chronicles the irrepressible Huck Finn as he helps his friend, Jim, escape to freedom. • Excalibur and Vision Nightclubs (632 N. Dearborn; 312/266-1944) offer multiple nightclubs and lounges each with its own style and atmosphere. Known as Chicago’s first “mega club” Vision Nightclub offers spinning DJs and the largest, energetic dance club in the city. • If slow, moody blues is more your thing, head over to Kingston Mines (2548 N. Halsted; 773/477-4646), the “oldest and largest real blues club” in Chicago. Eat finger-licking New Orleans Style Ribs or a Catfish Fish Dinner and enjoy live blues performances seven nights a week. Bring discount coupon on page 62.

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information * Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. * AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.

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BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 700 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190, www.buddyguys.com. Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, Chicago’s premier blues club, which recently moved, offers the best of local and national blues talent. This new locale features upgrades like a brand new state-of-the-art sound system and an incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Cover charges vary. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40) KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this “Legendary Blues Mecca.” The best Chicago blues acts appear seven nights a week, with an early guitar set starting at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves barbecue, catfish, wings and more for late-night dining. Cover charge: Sun-Wed $12, Thu-Sat $15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm5am. All major cards. (E-13)

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tual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13)

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B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a vir-

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bowling 10pin BOWLING LOUNGE 330 N. State, 312/644-0300, www.10pinchicago.com. Adjacent to the House of Blues, this hip upscale bowling lounge features 24 state-of-the-art lanes topped by HD video screens that are supported by nightclub quality audio system. Come knock down some pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics designed for sharing. Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am. All major cards. (I-31)

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cocktail lounges CAVA LOUNGE 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. The newest addition to the popular 1492 Tapas Bar, Cava keeps the lower level grooving with Latin beats, a full spirit bar and Spanish cuisine. Thu-Sun 7pm-2am. All major cards. (I-28)

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

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CHI BAR 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower, this swanky lounge delivers sparkling views of the Chicago River while serving up specialty cocktails and above-par bar food. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. (K-31)

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CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. Online reservations. The 1940s “Supper Club”

(773) 528-1012

$300 Off Cover Charge Valid Sun-Thur • Excluding Holidays

Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.

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and cocktail lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or enjoying an intimate cocktail. Try our 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. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. 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. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. (I-28) IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, www.taiyochicago.com. A restaurant lounge featuring a menu of Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in a upscale lounge setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-29) THE LEG ROOM 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. Voted “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. The Leg Room also features Chicago’s best Industry Night on Sunday with half-priced drinks as well as half-priced drinks on Wild Wednesdays. DJs spin seven days a week. Valet parking on weekends. Mon-Wed 9pm-4am, Thu-Fri 7pm4am, Sat 7pm-5am, Sun 7pm-4am. All major cards. (I-24)

comedy clubs COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080, www.comedysportzchicago.com. An audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages and events. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for your applause, and you decide

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dance clubs EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944. Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by the Chicago Tribune in its latest “Best of ” Reader’s Poll, this Chicago landmark features multiple club environments under one roof: fresh beats plus incredible effects in Vision nightclub; retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret; plus late-night dining. TueFri 7pm – 4am, Sat 7pm–5am. (I-29)

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iO 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 30 years. iO. has two theaters, each with its own bar, that have different theatrical offerings. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy as well as stylistic shows like Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Performances seven nights a week. All major cards. (D-5)

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who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times each week, so it’s never the same twice. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. All major cards. (D-7)

VISION 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114. An elevated plateau of nightclub luxury that explores sight, sound and sensuality amidst four levels. World-renowned top Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday. Thu-Fri 10pm4am, Sat 10pm-5am. All major cards. (I-29)

gentlemen’s clubs VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/664-7400, www.vipschicago.com. 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 charge before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. (West of E-20)

irish pubs EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. In addition to offering a full restaurant menu until close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Kitchen open late night. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (1-33)

ity with a dash of Gold Coast energy. Plenty of large-screen TVs provide full coverage of all your favorite sports, Top 40s and classic rock tunes playing throughout make for a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere, and you can dance into the AM upstairs in The Loft. Daily drink and dinner specials. Sun–Wed 11am–2am, Thu–Fri 11am–4am, Sat 11am–5am. All major cards. (I-24)

jazz clubs ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. This historic establishment features casually sophisticated dining with a musical menu of Chicago’s top musicians that cover

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FINN MCCOOL’S and THE LOFT 15 W. Division, 312/3374349, www.finnmccoolschicago.com. Irish warmth and hospital-


a range of styles. Doors open nightly at 4pm, dining available from 4:30pm-midnight. Admission: Sun-Thu: $5 before 8:30pm & $10 after 8:30pm, Fri-Sat $10 before 8:30pm & $15 after 8:30pm. Cash only. (J-31)

live music THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of

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the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (I-25) HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. (H-32)

piano bars THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail 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; the smartly dressed, eclectic clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)

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HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. It’s always a rockin’ time at this legendary institution. Besides boasting the largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hard Rock serves up the best in American cuisine. Seasonal patio now open! Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29) HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN WRIGLEYVILLE 3551 N. Sheffield, 773/327-7800, www.harrycaraystavern.com. The perfect blend of a lively sports bar and classic tavern, Harry Caray’s Tavern is located across the street from Wrigley Field and was voted Best Sports Bar in Chicago by Best of Citysearch. Check out their new Navy Pier location at 700 E. Grand (773-HOLY-COW)! All major cards. $$ (North of H-15)

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LUXBAR 18 E. Bellevue, 312/6423400. Combines the rustic atmosphere of a local tavern with the simple elegance of an upscale restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-25)

ROCKIT BAR & GRILL 22 W. Hubbard, 312/645-6000; 3700 N. Clark, 773/645-4400. Energetic

restaurant and lounge featuring affordable, delicious cuisine like the Rockit Burger (kobe beef, melted brie and a side of truffle fries). All major cards. Call for hours. (J-31)(North of G-15)

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PJ CLARKE’S 302 E. Illinois, 312/670-7500. A Chicago tradition since 1986, PJ Clarke’s offers a relaxing, comfortable yet classy atmosphere with a large selection of great American classics. Call for hours. All major cards. (K-30)

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THE LODGE TAVERN 21 W. Division, 312/642-4406. This Gold Coast dive bar offers cheap drinks, free peanuts, and nostalgic tunes on the jukebox. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-23)

There’s an old Chinese proverb that states, “The Journey is the reward.” Well the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) is doing better than that with their Happy Hour Tours where each journey (architectural walking tour) is rewarded with a refreshing cocktail. Guests meet every Monday through Friday at 5:30pm at the CAF Shop and Tour Center for an in-depth look at some of the CAF’s most significant tour destinations. Each tour is cheerfully led by trained volunteer guides and concludes with a complimentary cocktail at a popular nearby restaurant. Departs from 224 S. Michigan. Runs through the end of September. Adults $16, students/seniors $13. Call 312/922-3432 or visit caf.architecture.org for additional details.

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COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont. This smart, fast and funny interactive improv show has

moved to a new location just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop for a whole new season of high-end comedy and laughs. 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. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. Call 773/5498080 or www.comedysportzchicago.com.

I.O. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. For more than 20 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.

ROCK OF AGES Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe, 800/775-2000. Don’t miss

the five-time Tony Award® nominated smash-hit musical ROCK OF AGES in an exclusive two week engagement from September 21 through October 3, 2010. A hilarious, feel-good love story told through the hit songs of iconic rockers like Journey, Styx, Foreigner, Pat Benatar, and many more, ROCK OF AGES tells the tale a small-town girl who meets a big-city dreamer on Sunset Strip in L.A.’s most legendary rock club. Tickets are $18-$85 and are available at all Broadway In Chicago (BIC) Box Offices, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

BLUE MAN GROUP Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halstead, 773/348-4000, www.blueman.com/chicago. Blue Man Group continues to amaze and

exhilarate audiences with its open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. This production provides a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, and science to create a show unlike any other. For ticket: $49-$64, call 773/348-4000, 800/982-2787 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Powered by the music of legendary musician Sir

Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical tells a funny, heartwarming tale of a young boy’s triumph against the odds. Set against the historic British miners’ strike of the 1980s, the story follows Billy’s journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, realizes that his future lay not in the boxing ring, but on stage as a dancer. For tickets: $28-$100, call 800/775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.

BIG RIVER Bohemian Theatre Ensemble at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont, 773/975-8150. Based on Mark Twain’s timeless classic, the irre-

pressible Huck Finn helps his friend, Jim, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. As the two raft down the Big River, Twain uses the reflections of an uneducated 12-year-old boy in 1876 as a pointed shaft at American racism. Their adventures are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming as the always unique BoHo Theatre spins this American classic, bringing your favorite Twain characters to life. With an awardwinning score by Roger Miller, this musical tells a tale that is both familiar and, in many ways, brand new. Preview shows $18, regular run $25. More info at www.bohotheatre.org.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.

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

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312/443-3800. Goodman Theatre celebrates its 10th season with a fresh take on an enduring masterpiece–Candide, Voltaire’s effervescent, picaresque adventure, newly adapted and directed by Tony Award–winning Mary Zimmerman. Extended by popular demand, Candide chronicles, in lightening-fast progression, the story of a young man banished from home and then drafted into the Bulgarian army where he endured relentless disaster. Voltaire’s satiric genius is found in Candide’s earnest attempts to trivialize the tragedy and uphold the contention of his mentor, Dr. Pangloss; that all things happen for the best in this ‘best of all possible worlds’. Running through October 31st. Tickets range from $25-$85. More info at www.GoodmanTheatre.org.

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more broadway in chicago by Mark Loehrke

When the city of Chicago decided to invest millions of dollars to refurbish a handful of deteriorating downtown movie houses to create a six-block “theatre district” in the central business area, this ambitious cultural experiment was seen as a remarkable gamble. This was the Loop, after all, a bustling business district during bank hours, but a virtual ghost town after six when all of the office workers headed home for the night. Ten years later, the gloriously restored palaces of the Theatre District are among the best live venues in the city, the Loop is alive with activity well after dark, and thanks to the shrewd programming of the group Broadway in Chicago, theater lovers are treated to a steady stream of the best touring plays and musicals the Great White Way has to offer all throughout the year. Now the action in the Loop is set to move north, to an area certainly not hurting for nocturnal activity, but until now a little light on live entertainment options – North Michigan Avenue, aka the Magnificent Mile. This week, Broadway in Chicago unveils the latest addition to its stable of first-rate performance spaces with the grand opening of the new Broadway Playhouse, an intimate room situated just off of Michigan at the base of the Water Tower Place building. Now the thousands of shoppers and diners frequenting this high-traffic area will be able to cap their evening with a great theatrical performance as well. First up on the new stage this week is An Evening with Sutton Foster, a musical revue featuring the multi-talented Tony Award-winning actress and singer. The show runs September 23 through 26, and tickets are available for $55 and $60. The Broadway Playhouse is located at 175 E. Chestnut Street. Call 800/775-2000 for tickets and more information.

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chicago’s tasting authority... The Windy City’s restaurant scene is as vibrant as ever, and there’s no better way than to explore it than by journeying to various neighborhoods with the help of the Chicago Transit Authority (1-888-YOUR-CTA) for a real “taste of Chicago.” Just jump on the ‘L’ and go to where the locals sup. From the hip Bucktown area to the dynamic River North, we’ll take you on an unforgettable culinary journey. Speaking of River North, hop off the ‘L’ at the Chicago red line stop and walk a few blocks southeast to get to the lovely Silver Spoon (710 N. Rush; 312/944-7100). Step through the doors and the cozy décor will whisk you away from the whirlwind of the Magnificent Mile, which is only a block east of Silver Spoon. Silver Spoon serves up Thai favorites like Pad Thai and Curry Chicken (yellow curry in coconut milk potato and green peas). Just one ‘L’ stop south at the Grand red line stop boldly sits Chicago’s grilling authority, Weber Grill Restaurant (539 N. State; 312/467-9696). This American kitchen features BBQ and grilled favorites like salmon, meatloaf, and more in a casual setting. Dine on favorites like MidwesternStyle BBQ Pork Ribs (St. Louis style ribs slow-smoked for maximum flavor) and Grill-fired BBQ Chicken Pizza (smothered in smoked Gouda cheese, BBQ chicken, cilantro and caramelized onions). Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300) is one of those hidden gems that are a joy to find. This popular neighborhood restaurant is just a pleasant stroll from the blue line Damen stop in Bucktown. A cocktail lounge at the entrance sets the tone with its intimate corner-bar feel. But the pride here is the traditional Italian food served family style, with big portions of piping-hot pastas perfect for sharing. Handmade pastas are a hit, and the menu also boasts a variety of house specialties. Chicago’s Little Italy might be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to well-executed, traditional Italian dishes. To that end, RoSal’s (1154 W. Taylor; 312/243-2357) satisfies any cravings for real Old World authenticity, from its charming, feel-at-home service to its abundant Sicilian offerings lovingly prepared from family recipes passed down through generations. Take the 54th/Cermak blue line train to the Racine stop for an unparalleled Italian feast. Slow down at RoSal’s and savor the great dishes, like the Famous Fried Ravioli.

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the kings of the blues... by Lauren Warner


If you’re in the mood for the sound of sultry blues and the sweet tanginess of finger-licking BBQ, head over to Kingston Mines, Chicago’s oldest and largest Chicagostyle blues club. Owned and founded by retired physician, “Doc” Lenin Pellegrino, this booming blues club began as a small coffee house that briefly featured folk music. Less than a year later, Kingston Mines swapped the melody of folk for the slow swing of blues and the club has continued to grow ever since. Holding rank as one of the city’s pioneer blues hot-spots makes it effortless for Kingston Mines to attract business big-wigs such as Eddy Clearwater and Eddie C. Campbell to kick out blues jams on two separate stages seven nights a week. Kingston Mines lines up daily entertainment and features Chicago-based Delta Blues legend Jimmy Burns every Wednesday. Thursday-Saturday night showcases an early acoustic performance at 8pm, followed by the Joanna Connor Blues Band at 9:30pm and special main stage guest at 10:30pm. Each Friday and Saturday night also features an acoustic set from 7:30pm-8:30pm on their North Stage and a special guest performance at 10:30pm. This weekend, enjoy the blues of original REO Speedwagon member, Duke Tumatoe. Gracing the stage both Friday, September 17th and Saturday, September 18th at 10:30pm, Duke Tumatoe has opened for legendary blues musicians such as Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and B.B. King. While the music feeds you soul, let Doc’s Rib Joint feed your stomach with its down-home southern eats, which include blackened catfish, honey BBQ wild wings, and a fried-shrimp basket. Now in its 42nd year, Kingston Mines is the largest blues club of its kind yet still manages to exude the welcoming feel of a family-owned and operated business as the owner’s son, Frank Pellegrino MC’s all shows Tuesday through Saturday. Kingston Mines is located at 2548 N. Halsted Street. Cover charge: Sunday-Wednesday noon-midnight $12, and Thursday-Saturday $15. For more information call 773/491-4774 or visit www.kingstonmines.com for a complete schedule. Bring discount coupon on page 62 for $3 off cover charge.

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