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ON THE COVER A GREEK RETELLING Based on ancient Greek myths, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses is brought to life for the second time by the Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan, 312.337.0665), running through Oct. 28. A celebration of the play’s triumphant 1998 debut, the anniversary production, directed by Lookingglass ensemble member Zimmerman, is a series of vignettes that retell the myths of Ovid and remind viewers that the tales are still relevant. Occupying most of the stage is a pool of water, a central element that runs through each scene and changes from a swimming pool to the River Styx to the ocean. The play, which went to Broadway in 2002 and for which Zimmerman won a Tony Award for best director, helped the Lookingglass find its way into the national consciousness. Tickets are $26–$66. Tue.–Fri., 7:30pm (Oct. 18 also has a 3pm matinee); Sat.–Sun., 3pm and 7:30pm.


For a one-of-a-kind show, see the Deco-Sonic: Handcrafted Cigar Box Guitars exhibit at Packer Schopf Gallery. Artist Jeremiah Lee has created cigar box guitars that are both visual works and finely tuned acoustic instruments. FREE. 11am–5:30pm. 942 W. Lake, 312.226.8984. If the exhibit inspires you, get a cigar of your own from Iwan Ries & Company, the oldest family-owned tobacconists in the country. 9am–5:30pm. 19 S. Wabash, 312.372.1306.

Taste the fall with the last Shoreline Sightseeing Brews Cruise of the season. This cruise offers craft beer (featuring Blue Moon Brewing Company’s Harvest Pumpkin Ale and Belgian White), tasty food, and a 90-minute Skyline Tour on Lake Michigan. $39. Departs from Gateway Park at Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand, # 124 312.222.9328. Coffee lovers, this tour is for you: the Red Line Coffee Crawl takes you to three local coffee shops (the Intelligentsia Coffee flagship, Ch ava Café, and Metropolis Café), where you ll drink three flights of three coffees each. You






OCT 12 - 19 explores the theme of identity by participating in interactive exercises. Artists Seana Higgins and Anne McNamee lead the collagemaking and storytelling at South Chicago Art Center. FREE. 1– 5pm. 3217 E. 91st, 773.731.9287.

See I Love Lucy: Live On Stage at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. This musical stage show, adapted from the longest-running television program in history, stars Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel. Show is at 7:30pm. Tickets are $23–65. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700. A few blocks away, grab dinner before or after the show at Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse. 505 N. Michigan, # 312.321.8823. 151

For a very special view of Chicago buildings in Chicago, enjoy the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. Various locations, 312.922.3432. [For more, see page 70.]

13 SATURDAY Watch Chicago’s toughest guys compete at the Men’s Health URBANATHLON, comprised of 9.5–11 mile endurance races and urban obstacle courses. The event is followed by the Men’s Health Urbanathlon Festival at Soldier Field, South lot. Race start: 7:15am. 1410 S. Museum # 146 Campus. 855.466.2290. Part of Chicago Artists Month, I Am From: Identity Through Exploration of Place is a workshop that

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and tours. Tonight, see the Hubbard Street Loft Open Studios at Spudnik Press Cooperative and Platform Studios, where and artists share their creative practices. FREE. 7–10pm. 1821 W. Hubbard, Ste. 302, 312.563.0302.




See the Cigar Box Concert in conjunction with Deco-Sonic: Handcrafted Cigar Box Guitars exhibit at Packer Schopf Gallery. Artist Jeremiah Lee created cigar box guitars that are both visual works and acoustic instruments. FREE. 3pm. 942 W. Lake, 312.226.8984.


Singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette, whose career took off in the ’90s with the hit record Jagged Little Pill, plays the Riviera Theatre. $48. 7:30pm. 4746 N. Racine, 773.275.6800.

Come treasure hunting at Wolff’s Flea Market, Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market. Wolff’s returns to Allstate Arena with a diverse mix of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, sports cards, electronics, jewelry, food, and more. Sun. from 6am–3pm. Adults, $2; seniors (62+) and kids (6–12), $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont, to Rosemont 847.524.9590. Exploring the effect of Impressionism on art and music, the Debussy and Impressionism concert at the Art Institute of Chicago is part of the Chicago Chamber Musician’s Debussy festival. Adult, $18; student/senior, $12; children under 14, free. 2–4pm. 111 S. Michigan, # 312.443.3674. 151 It’s the last night of The Strange Undoing Of Prudencia Hart at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. This production mixes supernatural storytelling with Scottish ballads, with some wild karaoke thrown in for good measure. $45. 7:30pm. 800 E. Grand, # 312.595.5600. 124

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See I Love Lucy: Live On Stage at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. This musical stage show, adapted from the longest-running television program in history, stars Lucy, Ricky, Fred, and Ethel. Shows at 2 and 7:30pm. $23–$65. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700. If you’re feeling inspired, grab a ’50s-style TV dinner from the special menu at Markethouse. 611 N. Fairbanks, # 312.224.2200. 151


Illinois residents can enjoy free days (Oct. 15–16) at the Shedd Aquarium. The free general admission includes the Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, and the Caribbean Reef. 9am–5pm. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438.


Fashion Focus Chicago 2012, a weeklong celebration of Chicago’s thriving fashion industry, opens with a free fashion show, Dress Code, at the Chicago Cultural Center, featuring rising stars from Columbia College Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Art–Chicago, the International Academy of Design and Technology–Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute. FREE. 7pm. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. [For # more, see page 68.] 151


Verdi’s tragic Italian opera Simon Boccanegra opens at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. $44–$244. 7:30pm. 20 N. Wacker, # 157 312.332.2244. Indie-rock band Calexico, with jazz and Spanish roots, headlines at Lincoln Hall. Lincoln Hall also features a full dinner menu and a bar with local beers and craft cocktails. $25. 2424 N. Lincoln, to Fullerton 773.525.2501.


Children of all ages can get into the Halloween spirit at Spooky Science at the Museum of Science and Industry. Interactive exhibits feature vampires, mummies, and pumpkin pyrotechnics. Adults, $15; seniors (65+), $14; children (3– 11), $10. 9:30am–4pm. 57th and # Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. 3 Take a 45-minute tour with a Millennium Park Greeter, and learn more about the art and architecture of the park. Space is limited to 10 people on a firstcome,-first-served basis. FREE. 11:30am and 1pm. 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.2963.


A show you may want to see just for the name: Kinky Boots, a new musical from Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein. Playing at the Bank of America Theatre, the show tells the story of a drag queen and a shoemaker—plus some knockout dancing. $33–100. 7:30pm. 18 W. Monroe, 312.977.1710. The 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival continues through Oct. 25, featuring 150 films over two weeks. Adults, $14; students/seniors, $11. Multiple locations, 312.332.FILM.

The Grand Slams of the year may be over but there’s still time to see tennis legends Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, and Jim Courier competing in the PowerShares QQQ Challenge at the United Center. $45–$250. 7:30pm. 1901 W. Madison, # 20 800.745.3000. The Joffrey Ballet launches its 2012–13 season with Human Landscapes, featuring three choreographers exploring principles of the human spirit through dance at the Auditorium Theatre. $31–$152. 7:30pm. 50 E. Congress, # 312.922.2110. 3

18 THURSDAY For a special view of Chicago, adults 21 and older can come to Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium, with a cash bar, appetizers for sale, and guest DJs. $17. 1300 S. Lake Shore, # 312.922.7827. 146 Dance to the oom-pah music at the Chicago Brauhaus Oktoberfest, running through Oct. 28.

Here’$ the Deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Live music, food, and beer turn the streets of Lincoln Square into one big party. FREE. Wed.–Sun., starting at 7pm nightly. [For more, see page 54.]


See a very special Chicago tribute when Hubbard Street Dance Chicago launches its 35th anniversary season with One Thousand Pieces, inspired by Marc Chagall’s famed America Windows, permanently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. This world premiere debuts at Millennium Park’s Harris Theater. $25–$99. 7:30pm. 205 E.Randolph St. 312.334.7777.


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

SATURDAY In honor of the dropping temps, enjoy a half-sandwich and soup—matzo ball, anyone?—from ASHKENAZ DELI for just $9.95. 12 E. Cedar, 312.944.5006.

SUNDAY On Football Sunday at the FIREPLACE INN, enjoy Bud Light drafts for $3.50 (2-for-1 when Bears score), $5 Mimosas and Bloody Marys, and an endless chili bowl bar. 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264.

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

FRIDAY Head up to the North Shore for the Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show at Winnetka Community House. The exhibition and sale offers furniture, silver, ceramics, rugs, textiles, fine, and folk art all weekend long. $15. Fri., 11am–8pm, Sat., 10am–6pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 620 Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka, 847.446.0537. presents the headlining fashion show of Fashion Focus Chicago 2012, The Art of Fashion, at Millennium Park. The show features a line-up of ten designers debuting looks from their Spring 2013 collections. $35–$95. 7:30pm. 201 E. Randolph, 800.838.3006. [For more, see # page 68.] 151

TUESDAY Enjoy a $7 martini or two at RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111.

WEDNESDAY Illinois residents can enjoy free general admission to the ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600.

THURSDAY Set sail aboard the TALL SHIP WINDY for a 60–75 minute skyline cruise. 2 for 1 tickets with ad on page 17. Tours depart from Navy Pier. 600 E. Grand, 312.451.2700.

Kids Korner FAMILY DAY AT CLARKE HOUSE MUSEUM On Sat., Oct. 13, learn about domestic and family life in 1850s Chicago from the Clarke House Museum, as part of the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago (for more, see page 70). Living historians present aspects of life during Chicago’s early years, with interactive stations such as dance instruction, laundry, and butter-making. 9am–3pm. FREE. 1827 S. Indiana, 312.744.3316.

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON To celebrate the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new permanent home at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, the theater opens its season with Harold and the Purple Crayon (running Oct. 11– GREEN HALLOWEEN Nov., about a curiOn Sat., Oct. 13, follow ous four-year-old the Green Pumpkin Trail boy who creates his in downtown Oak Park own world by drawto earn treats. ing it with his trusty SCREAMS IN Ecofriendly kids’ activipurple crayon. PreTHE PARK ties (suggested: ages 3– show pizza parties Recommended for 8) make up the rest of on Thu. at 5:30pm, children age 13 and the event, including and post-show Fri. older, this haunted story time, face-paintnight pajama parhouse, held in the ing, and a free screenties with milk and basement of the ing of Gumby The Movie. Costumes are optional. cookies at 7:30pm. MB Financial Park 11am–3pm. FREE. 923 Lake St. in Oak Park. Showtimes: Tue., at Rosemont 10am; Wed., 10am & garage, is seriously 12pm; Thu., 10am & 6:30pm; Fri., 10am & 6:30pm; scary, telling the gory story of H. H. Holmes, Sat., 11am & 6pm; Sun., 11am. $20–$36. 1016 N. America’s first serial killer. Fri.–Sat., 7–11pm; Sun., # 36 Dearborn, 872.222.9555. 5–9pm. $20. 9703 Bryn Mawr Ave. in Rosemont,



BRICK-OR-TREAT At LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Streets of Woodfield shopping center, kids can participate in all sorts of Halloween-themed LEGO events throughout the month, from creating their own LEGO monster to trying their hands at speed building challenges. 12–7pm. $12.60 for online tickets. 601 N. Martingale Rd. in Schaumburg, 847.592.9700.


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

HIGHLIGHTS TALL SHIP WINDY Come sail away, travel back in time, and explore the exciting tales of true piracy that happened right here in Chicago on the Tall Ship Windy’s Real Pirates of the Inland Seas Sail. Tales date back to the 1600s. Adults, $30; students/seniors, $25; children, $10. Check online for times; season ends Oct. 14. 600 E. Grand, 312.451.2700. 8

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THE ROMANCE OF ANTS The Field Museum holds more than 1,000,000 ant specimens. Explore just a few of those FALL FESTIVAL social insects at the AT GOEBBERT’S Field in its tempoAt Goebbert’s rary exhibit, The Pumpkin Farm, Romance of Ants, pumpkin and apple running through picking are not the Oct. 28. Entry with only activities. This the Discovery Pass: fall festival, running Adults, $22; seniors through Oct. 31, (65+)/students, $18; also features an children (3–11), $15. animal display, a corn stalk maze, and a wagon ride. 1400 S. Lake Shore, Sep.: M–F, 9am–7pm; weekends 9am–7pm. Oct.: # 312.922.9410. 146 9am–6pm FREE. 42W813 Reinking Rd. in suburban Hampshire, 847.464.5952.

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

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

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

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The leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler, which could only mean one thing: Halloween’s a’coming! Chicago celebrates the holiday all month long, with spooky tours and costume parties galore. Try a SEADOG Haunted Tour (600 E. Grand, 877.902.6216), and discover the city’s ghostly secrets along the Chicago River (Fri. and Sat. from Oct. 12–27, and Oct. 31). For the little ones, stop by the CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM (700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000) all through Oct. for costume making, Halloween face painting, and Monster Mash Dance Parties. Get inspiration for your next Halloween costume with CHICAGO FILM TOURS (600 N. Clark, 312.593.4455), which shuttles you around the city to iconic locations featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Blues Brothers, and more. Grab some sunglasses, a fedora, and a friend, and boom: Jake and Elwood.


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AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people why design matters. Shop & Tour Center open Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world, featuring a $1.4 million public-art collection and special exhibits. Mon.–Thu., 9am–9pm; Fri–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 1–5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun., 10am–6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO. (J-26) CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John


Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. CityPASS booklet holders can skip most ticket lines, but they may encounter a line when they first exchange a voucher for a booklet. Good for nine days. Adults, $84; children (3–11), $69. Call 888.330.5008, or visit All major cards. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Lavazza Espression café and 360-degree views. Daily 9am–11pm. Adults, $17.50; kids (3–11), 11.50; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. (J-26) LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY Find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round at this lush botanical garden. Daily, 9am–5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312.742.7736. (G-15) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the reflective sculpture Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean,” and the Crown Fountain, as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steelribbon bridge. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. (K-33)

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SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily, 10am–8pm. Adults, $17.50; children (3–11), $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. (G-36)


NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. Playing on select dates throughout Oct.: Titanic: An IMAX 3D Experience. Adults, $11–$15; seniors (62+), $10–$14; and children (3–11), $9–$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.595.5MAX. (O-30)


NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including Chicago Children’s Museum, IMAX Theatre, and a 150-foot-high Ferris wheels. Features throughout Oct. include the outdoor art exhibit BIGart. Open Sun.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri–Sat 10am–10pm. Accepted credit cards vary. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. (N-30)


ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out the Grainger Sky Theater show, Welcome to the Universe, and the special exhibit The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. Free general admission in Oct. for IL residents with valid ID: Oct. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. (N-43)

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THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Allen Ruppersberg: No Time Left to Start Again/The B and D of R ‘n’ R. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wed. of the month. Adults, $18; children/seniors/students with ID, $12; children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. (J-35)


FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR IL RESIDENTS: Tue.: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art. Wed.: Art Institute (for IL residents the first and second Wed. of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum.

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On the Line Aboard a CHICAGO LINE CRUISES ship, you know you’re going to be getting a good Chicago history lesson. The two-level boat—there’s a covered section on top and a lower level in case of inclement weather— sails through the different branches of the backwards-running Chicago River, as the guide tells the story of Chicago through its famous (or infamous) buildings—for example, tourgoers see the brick building that was once the O’Learys’ farmhouse, the starting point of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that destroyed the early city but paved the way for the great architectural center that Chicago is today. Throughout Oct., Chicago Line offers Architectural Cruises all week ($40 for adults, $32 for seniors, and $22 for children, 7–18) at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm; and Fri.–Sun. at 11am and 1pm. Board at the 465 N. McClurg, at the historic River East Art Center building. 312.527.2002.

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Daily, 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm. Adults/children, $12; seniors, $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sun. of every month for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri, 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; and Sun, 10am–6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34)


$12; and children, 3–11, $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available daily from 11am–4pm. A small additional fee allows you to take still photographs on the tour. 45–60 min. Adults, $15; children (4–17) and seniors (65+), $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. (Suburban)

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Magic. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., 12–5pm. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children 13–22, $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. (H-19)

GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District and served as an inspiration to the young Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours: Wed.–Sun. at 1pm and 3pm. Tours of Clarke House, the city’s oldest surviving building: Wed.–Sun., 12 and 2pm. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $9; and children (5–12), $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312.326.1480. (J-48)

THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto, Images of the Afterlife, and Extreme Mammals. Daily, 9am–5pm. General admission: Adults, $15; students/seniors,

ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust. Mon.–Wed. and Fri., 10am–5pm, Thu. 10am–8pm, Sat.–Sun., 11am–4pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $8; and children (5–11), $6. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847.967.4800. (Suburban)

JANE ADDAMS HULL-HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago historic landmark was built in 1856. Social reformer Jane Addams (the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize) cofounded HullHouse as a settlement house in 1889. The museum is on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., 12–4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. (D-40) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults, $6, and seniors, $5. Closed on Mon.; Tue., 11am–8pm (FREE); Wed.–Sun., 11am–6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600, (J-27) THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs, and plants from around the world. Daily, 7am–sunset. Adults, $12; seniors, $11; kids (2–17), $9; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, 630.968.0074. (Suburban) MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Devoted to historic and contemporary radio and television. Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 commercials. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children, 4–12, $6 360 N. State, 312.245.8200. (I-31)


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: Martin Creed Plays Chicago. Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; and children under 12, free. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Science Storms and the U-505 Submarine, a German submarine captured during WW II. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. General admission: adults, $15; seniors, 65-plus, $14; and children, 3–11, $10. Free general admission every weekday throughout Sep. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. (South of P-54) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Monsters on Bikes. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $9; students/seniors, 60-plus, $7; children, 3–12, $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100, (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones and whales to dolphins and sharks.


Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm. Sat.–Sun., 9am–6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults, $28.95, and children, ages 3–11, $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438. (L-43)





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


BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Explore Chicago by bicycle, Segway, or electric bike. Select from the Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour, the Friendly Neighborhoods Bike Tour, Bikes at Night Tour, the Skyscraper Segway Tour, the Presidential Tour and more. Rentals available. Call or check their website for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.729.1000. (K-34) (M-30)




AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular daily lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Las Vegas in Chicago Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules. $25 and up. Call for courtesy round-trip service from downtown hotels with 30 min. notice for all tours. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312.251.3100. (I-36)


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

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Riding Scary Chicago’s got a lot of stories to tell, but none more tantalizing than those tales of haunted buildings and creepy alleyways. During the month of Oct., ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS offers Halloween Haunted Tours every Tue.–Sat. at 6:15 and 9pm. From the safety of your two-wheeled vehicle, hear from your costumed guide about Al Capone’s haunted yacht, the most haunted hotel in the city (which also has a self-playing piano in the grand ballroom), and the Eastland Disaster on the Chicago River, the 1915 tragedy that claimed the lives of 800 people. “The tour just the right amount of creepy with the stories, and fun with the gliding,” says owner Timmie Cortina. Meet at North Grant Park, 238 E. Monroe, 877.866.0966. See page 21 for a $5 off coupon.

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

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

ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Take in Chicago’s top attractions on a scenic glide. See Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean,” Museum Campus, and more on the popular Lakefront/Museum Campus Tour, departing daily from Grant Park. Or head north and uncover Chicago’s glitzy see-and-be-seen Gold Coast with the Lincoln Park/Beach Tour departing daily from Gateway Park. Additional tours include the Chicago Haunted Tour and more. North Grant Park (238 E. Monroe) and Gateway Park (600 E. Grand), 877.866.0966. (K-36) BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS Safe, fun, and easy to ride. Glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about Chicago’s fascinating history with an Amazing Lakefront Tour (10:30am, 2:30pm), the Skyscraper Segway Tour (9:30am, 1:30pm, 6pm), and the Original Hyde Park Segway Tour (10:30am, 2:30pm). Prices from $49–$69. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 316 N. Wabash in River North; 312.729.1000. (K-34)

T O U R S B Y WAT E R CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climatecontrolled seating with spectacular views and

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


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commentary on more than 50 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35–$38. Board at Riverside Gardens, SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 800.982.2787, or ask your concierge. (J-32)

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

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


TALL SHIP ADVENTURES The 148-foot Tall Ship Windy departs daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan. Cruises start most days at 11am. Adults, $24–$45; seniors, $15–$45; and children, 3–12, $10–$25. The luxury sloop Pianissimo completes the fleet and offers semi-private sailing and private charters from DuSable Harbor. 312.451.2700. (N-30)

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KAYAK CHICAGO View the skyline from the waterline while paddling. Soak in the golden hour with a Sunset Paddle or unwind while enjoying the outdoors on a Lake Paddle or Architectural Tour. Tours range from $55 to $65, or explore on your own with a rental for $20 per hour. Locations at the Chicago River (1220 W. LeMoyne), Montrose Beach, and North Avenue Beach. Times and locations vary. 312.8.KAYAK.8.

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

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


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You’ll find entertainment aplenty at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. The park, for example, hosts the exhibition Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge, running through Oct. 21, comprised of three large spheres that defy gravity and space; self-guided garden tours; and more. BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design.


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at your own pace with a brochure from the Millennium Park Welcome Center. Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge: Striving to represent underlying patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Yvonne Domenge’s sculpture consists of bright, organic shapes, such as Tree of Life, a 16-foot tall bronze sculpture painted bright red. Often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascination with form and geometry.

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Jaume Plensa—recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath.

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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

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If there’s one thing that can be said about Chicago weather, it’s that it can be unpredictable. One minute, it’s beautiful and warm, and the next, it’s pouring, and all you want is a sweater. Here are some tips to make sure you’re ready for all kinds of weather. Layering is important when you’re dealing with uncertain temperatures. At DESIGNER RESALE (658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312), find a beautiful cashmere or fleece wrap to keep you warm. A good pair of rain boots is a Chicagoan’s best friend. Stop into HANIG’S FOOTWEAR (875 N. Michigan, 312.787.6800, and other locations) for a pair of the trendy Hunter wellies in at least a dozen colors or some Sorel boots that will last you through winter. If you can’t fit all your new gear in your suitcase, stop into PATAGONIA (48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934; 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518) to pick up a new messenger or tote bag.


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WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET The Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 700 dealer spaces. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including antiques, collectibles, souvenirs, electronics, jewelry, and food. Admission: adults, $2; seniors (62-plus)/kids (6–12), $1; and kids under 6, free. Open Sundays from 6am to 3pm. 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847.524.9590. (Suburban)


ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of antique oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and Coromandel. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. (H-31)


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




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Playing Dress Up FANTASY COSTUMES (4065 N. Milwaukee, 773.777.0222) is one city block of pure costume heaven. With the best costume selection in the city, the store gets some 1,000 new items in every year. And it knows how to celebrate Halloween right: each week in Oct., the store is open later, ultimately staying open for 24 hours from Oct. 24 to 31. This year owner George Garcia expects “anything that’s in the movies” to be popular, with a lot of Batman and Spiderman costumes. If you’re going all out—maybe dressing up as posthaircut Miley Cyrus or as the ever-popular zombie—the store has hundreds of new wigs, 10 make-up cases, and prosthetics, and there are even make-up artists in house to show people how to best apply their faces. For the kiddies, the shop has about 900 styles, ranging from Harry Potter to an adorable gangster (hey, when in Rome).

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

CLOTHING BHLDN This two-level boutique—only the second in the country—has bridal gowns and accessories for the unconventional bride and chic dresses for guests. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12pm–6pm. All major cards. 8 E. Walton, 312.573.2573. (I-26)


DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels including Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of the original cost. Also carries plus sizes. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. (H-29) PATAGONIA Shop high-quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, footwear, and children’s apparel. New fall styles include felted coats and quilted vests in a variety of colors. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518. (J-26) (D-18) PENGUIN A wide selection of men’s and women’s clothing, with lots of warm sweaters for fall. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 12pm–6pm. All major cards. 901 N. Rush, 312.475.0792.

NEW SOFIA A new boutique in Chicago’s Gold Coast that showcases new and vintage designs, plus home goods. Mon.–Sat., 11am–7pm. 100 E. Walton, Ste. 106, 312.640.0878.

NEW! CITYTARGET Smaller than a suburban Target store, this urban concept store sells home goods, apparel, beauty supplies, and groceries. CityTarget occupies the landmark former Carson Pirie Scott building. 1 S. State, 312.279.2133. (I-35)

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NEIMAN MARCUS The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff within this luxurious department store. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm, Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 737 N. Michigan, 312.642.5900. (J-27)

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MACY’S Top fashions for men, women, and children, as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. State St. location: Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 10am–6pm. Water Tower location: Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312.781.1000; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7787. (I-34) (J-26)

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BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip, and classic fashion coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the Bloomies Midwest flagship. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12–7pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312.440.4460. (J-26)



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Art & Antique Notes 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 River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

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

NORDSTROM Customer service comes first at this shopping mecca, which includes a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics, and women’s, men’s and kids’ fashions. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm, Sun, 11am–6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312.464.1515. (J-30) SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Not quite as opulent as its Big Apple counterpart, Chicago’s Saks is still a refuge for shoppers seeking high-quality fashions. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm, Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. Chicago Place, 700 N. Michigan, 312.944.6500. (J-28)

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



COACH The luxury handbag and leather-goods store has reopened and doubled in size, with a new section devoted to men. Mon.–Sat., 9am–9pm; Sun., 10am–8pm. 625 N. Michigan, 312.587.3167. (J-30)

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

MASSAGE/BEAUTY SERVICES DQ LUXURY REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE & RELAXATION RETREAT Opened in early June in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood, DQ uses ancient methods of Chinese acupressure combined with therapeutic massage to release stress and fatigue. The regular price for a foot massage is $70, but through Oct., the price is discounted to $36. Mon.–Sat., 10:30am–10pm; Sun., 11am–10pm. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096. (J-41)








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




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


RECKLESS RECORDS Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless buys and sells an eclectic selection of CDs, records, and DVDs. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. 26 E. Madison, 312.795.0878. Other locations: 3126 N. Broadway, 773.404.5080; 1532 N. Milwaukee, 773.235.3727.

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A Sweet October There are two major holidays in the month of Oct. celebrated in Chicago: Sweetest Day (Oct. 20) and Halloween (Oct. 31). What’s Sweetest Day, you ask? It’s a holiday primarily celebrated in the Midwest to show your significant others, friends, and family how much you love and appreciate them by buying them gifts and chocolate. But at LOVER’S LANE (955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE), the holiday is pretty much completely geared toward that special man or woman in your life, with goodies such as satin and lace sleep masks, babydolls, and bustiers (or, if the person in your life is a reader, Lover’s Lane even has the Fifty Shades trilogy in stock). But if you’re here for that other Oct. holiday, the store also has costumes galore for men and women, ranging from pirates to superheroes.

SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun, 12–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. (J-27) BLOCK 37 Shops include Akira Chicago, Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312.261.4700. (I-34) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE Fifty specialty shops, 17 restaurants, five hotels— anchored by Nordstrom. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place, as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. (J-27)

S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S CANDYALITY Find thousands of bulk candy items, sweet treats, and more. All major cards. 835 N. Michigan, 7th


Floor, 312.867.5500; 520 N. Michigan, 3rd Floor, 312.527.1010; 3425 N. Southport, 773.472.7800. (J-27)(J-30)(B-6) FANTASY COSTUMES The largest costume shop in Chicago covers an entire city block. With more than 1,000 new items this year, the store has everything from kids’ costumes to make-up and wigs to prosthetics. Every week in Oct., the store stays open later, ultimately staying open for 24 hours from Oct. 24–31. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–8pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 4065 N. Milwaukee, 773.777.0222. (Northwest of D-19) THE FUDGE POT This Old Town institution has been making sugary concoctions since 1963 and is a popular place to drop in for a fudge craving or if you’re looking for the perfect gift. Hours vary by location. AE, MC, V. 1532 N. Wells, 312.943.1777. (I-23) HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, keychains, and Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (H-32) NIKE CHICAGO Reopened after a six-month hiatus, the 50,000square-foot store sells an assortment of sporting

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UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors, and accessories. Free parking. Open late. Mon.–Thu., 10am–11pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–12am; Sun., 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V. 1550 N. Wells, 800.5UP.DOWN or 312.337.8505. (H-19)



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

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HUBBARD STATE CIGAR Find a large selection of the best cigars in the world including Ashton, Padron, and Alec Bradley. Call for hours. All major cards. 6 W. Hubbard, 312.670.0687. (I-31)

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats, and accessories, as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29) WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A knitting and needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:45pm; closed Sun. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312.642.2540. (I-25)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A wild variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, and safari-themed place settings. Set in a rainforest with plants hanging from the ceilings and walls and animatronic animals. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri, 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. (H-29)

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In Chicago


Not for the Faint of Tongue

The weather may be beginning to cool down, but that doesn’t mean your food should. Chicago’s restaurants have a range of spice levels that can satisfy even the most heat seeking in your party. Start your day off with a spicy Bloody Mary from ELEVEN CITY DINER (1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112)—if you like it, you can even take home a bottle of their special Serious Mary Mix ($7.95). If you’re craving Mexican, order some veggie fajitas with spicy sauce or a steak burrito with salsa verde from SU CASA RESTAURANT (49 E. Ontario, 312.943-4041). Thai food can be notoriously spicy, with hot chili peppers often incorporated into dishes from papaya salad to curries. DAO THAI RESTAURANT AND NOODLE PALACE (230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000) is a good place to get your heat fix, with dishes such as Chicken Pad Ped, a spicy chicken curry.


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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Sun.–Mon., 7am–9pm; Tue.–Sat., 7am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855. New location in the South Loop: 1150 S. Wabash, 312.583.9942. (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. (H-29) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years also offers handcrafted and locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including charcuterie, duck reuben sandwiches, and its legendary stilton burger. Sunday brunch also served. No trip to Chicago is complete without trying Goose Island’s innovative, small-batch specialty ales, only found at their pubs. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $. Free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line: 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. (D-19) (D-4)

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

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

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

Party Fondue Style Chicago’s most unique & interactive dining experience.

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

Family owned and operated!

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


WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon.–Fri. 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)

ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian café. The menu covers most of Asia, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese,

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

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

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and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily, 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970. (I-39)

ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelets, giant salads, and a full bar. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. (I-42)

NEW SUNNY SIDE UP & COFFEE SHOP Just off the Mag Mile is one of the city’s newest breakfast and lunch restaurants. This historic brownstone is made up of multiple levels of dining, with an organic Coffee Shoppe and an in-house pastry chef. Oscar Lump Crab Omelet and a Sunny-Side Up Baguette are a few of the items available. 8am–3pm; Coffee Shop, 7am–6pm. All major cards. $$. 42 E. Superior, 312.930.4242. (I-28) WEST EGG CAFE Walking distance from downtown hotels, this Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes available. Insulated coffee pitchers at every table. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am– 3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29) YOLK Open in three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 6am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277. (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)

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

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

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open daily 11am-11pm 614 South Wabash 312-379-0970


ASHKENAZ DELI Serving Chicago for more than 30 years, this traditional Jewish deli serves overstuffed corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, knishes and matzo-ball soup, and Nova lox platters. Enjoy a half-sandwich and soup daily special for just $9.95. Ashkenaz has got Dr. Brown’s cream soda in the fridge. 7am– 7:30pm. All major cards. $. 12 E. Cedar, 312.944.5006. (I-24)

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

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

Publisher’s Pick

Curry-ous Asian fusion might be trendy in the restaurant scene, but CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE (899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999) veers more toward the traditional with its South Asian fusion cuisine, combining elements of culinary traditions from India and Nepal. If you’re unfamiliar with Nepalese specialties, start with traditional stewed dishes such as jhane ko dal (seasoned lentils) or aloo tama bido (spiced potatoes, bamboo shoots, and black-eyed peas). If you want to sample a little bit of everything, stop in for the daily lunch buffet (11am to 3pm) for just $10.95, offering more than 20 popular menu items, including samosas, naan, and chicken tikka masala. Enjoy the meal surrounded by romantic décor featuring treasures from Asia and soft Indian and Nepali music in the background. If you’re hungry but don’t want to leave your hotel room, Chicago Curry House offers hotel delivery for guests.

STEVE’S DELI A kosher-style delicatessen featuring noodle kugel and overstuffed sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 9am–8pm; Sat.–Sun., 9am–7pm. All major cards. $$. 354 W. Hubbard, 312.467.6868.

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

GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Enjoy the Oktoberfest celebration throughout the month, starting at 7pm nightly (except Mon. and Tue.). Parking available. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am; closed Tue. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. (Northwest of A-1)


INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (more than 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11am–2:30pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–3pm. Dinner: Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun.–Thu., 5pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. (H-29)

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

I TA L I A N CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun, with two huge patios. Private party room. Now offering hotel delivery. Kitchen hours: Mon.–Thu. 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–11pm; Sat., 4:30–11pm; Sun., 3:30–10pm. Lounge open late. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (NW of A-20) EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 1212 N. Dearborn, 312.337.4490. (I-23) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE (Italian Village Restaurants) Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Tue.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36)

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

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THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small Italian village. Gluten-free options available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors and has received accolades from Esquire and Wine Spectator. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: weekdays, 11am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) VIVO Celebrating 20 years in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers Italian food in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic and stylish veteran. Mon.–Wed., 11am–10pm; Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri., 11am–12am; Sat., 5pm–12am. 838 W. Randolph, 312.733.3379. (West of D-33)

CITY WINERY The only functioning winery in Chicago, this 30,000square-foot venue serves Mediterranean-inspired food and features live music and comedy. Mon.–Sun., 5pm–12am. 1200 W Randolph, 312.733.9463. (West of D-33) THE PURPLE PIG Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list. All major cards. $$ 500 N. Michigan, 312/464-1744. (J-30)

MEXICAN FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. (H-31) PATRON’S HACIENDA A Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, serving Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, and some of the best fresh-juice margaritas in town. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun, 3–10pm. All major cards. $$. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. (G-29)

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“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”

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

545 N. LaSalle St. (312) 464-1872

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

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


PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thincrust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pies, such as the Marina with scallops, shrimp, squid, or El Blanco, pesto, feta, garlic, mozzarella, and sliced tomato. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 7am–1am. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, (H-30)

SEAFOOD BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., located on the fabulous Navy Pier, just a short walk from Ohio Street Beach and Michigan Ave. shopping. Come for our family-oriented atmosphere, friendly service, and out-of-this-world seafood. With Bubba Gump, you're guaranteed to get the greatest seafood experience in Chicago. Sun.-Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. All major cards. $$. 700 E. Grand, Ste. 131, 312.252.GUMP. (N-31)

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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$. 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667. (I-27)

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Ich Bin Ein Chicagoan When it comes to life at the legendary CHICAGO BRAUHAUS (4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444), every day is Oktoberfest. From the steaming plates of sausages to the roaring oompah band and massive steins of beer, a traditional German party is pretty much what the place is all about. Even so, there’s still something extra special about fall, when the slight chill in the air, the colorful tent out front, and the more boisterous crowds help propel the annual “official” celebration of Oktoberfest to a whole new level—in part thanks to the copious amounts of Spaten Oktoberfest beer. Chicago Brauhaus Oktoberfest runs through Oct. 28, starting at 7pm nightly (except Mon. and Tues.).

CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city is just a short walk to Chicago’s Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bone-in ribeye, New York strip or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz Tue.–Fri., 6–9pm; Sat., 6:30–9:30pm. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. (I-33) (suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, such as the 1.5-pound live Maine lobster, and fresh cocktails, as well as a fresh

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

11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100


take on a vintage design, including large-scale, retro murals of downtown Chicago lake scenes. Sun.–Thu., 6am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 6am–10pm. All major cards. $$$$. 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3444. (Suburban) SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE Enjoy fresh seafood and oysters shucked to order. Serving top-grade fish and shellfish and inventive sushi and sashimi combinations. Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm; Mon.–Thu., 5:30pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun., 10am–1:30 pm; Sun., 5–10pm. $$$. 21 E Hubbard, 312.527.2722. (J-31)

CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. A comprehensive wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon.–Thu., 5–11pm; Fri., 5–11:30pm; Sat., 4–11:30pm; Sun., 4–11pm. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops, and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon.–Thu., 4:30pm–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am; Sun., 11:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264. (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops—Italian favorites in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3400. (I-31) (Suburban)

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

WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves juicy burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick Black Angus steaks, seafood, and more, all grilled over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. (I-30)


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

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


FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi, and sashimi, as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am. All major cards. $$. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. (I-28)

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

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JAPONAIS Chic interior and atmosphere characterize this contemporary restaurant. All major cards. $$$. 600 W. Chicago, 312.822.9600. (F-27)


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The nights are longer now, and Chicago’s clubs celebrate that fact with some exciting evening shows. Throughout Oct., Supernatural Chicago, a popular one-man show by necromancer Neil Tobin at EXCALIBUR (632 N. Dearborn, 800.979.3370), runs Fri. and Sat. nights at 7:30pm. Combining local paranormal history and interactive magical and psychic demonstrations, Tobin is sure to keep you on your toes. For a less spooky experience, stop by the BATON SHOW LOUNGE (436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269) for some of the city’s best female impersonators—go for a Sun. show, and get two-for-one tickets. Be under no illusions: the PALMER HOUSE HILTON (17 E. Monroe, 773.769.3832) hosts an intimate magic show, The Magic Parlour with third-generation magician Dennis Watkins, on Fri. nights at 8:00 and 10:30pm for guests 10 and up.


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


BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS Blues nightly. Mon.–Tue., 5pm–2am; Wed.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 12pm–3am; Sun., 12pm–2am. All major cards. 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190. (J-40)


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



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

a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. (NW of D-19) iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature long-form improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. (D-5)


CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try its famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed blue-cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon.–Fri. at 11:30am, Sat. at 4:30pm, and Sun. at 3:30pm. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (NW of A-20)

FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted one of the Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago by Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312.337.2583. (I-24)



COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times



DETENTION This Gold Coast nightclub is the newest addition to the happening Division St. Corridor. It’s unlike any detention you’ve ever experienced—the pulsating music from some of the best DJs in the city and premium service from their sexy staff that dance on top of the bars is the type of punishment you crave. Bottle service available. Thu.–Fri., 10pm–4am; Sat., 10pm–5am. 9 W. Division, 312.335.1400. (I-24)

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

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



EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with

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

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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres, House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. In Oct., expect acts such as Blue October, Yonder Mountain String Band, and The Hush Sound. All major cards. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (H-32)

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expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a darn good pint of Guinness. TVs throughout, daily specials, and great outdoor patio. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (1-33)

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Wine and Spirit Some nights, you just want some live music and a glass of red. There are few places cozier than REDHEAD PIANO BAR (16 W. Ontario St., 312.640.1000). With entertainment every night of the week, playing upbeat standards, pop, and rock hits, the lounge. One night, you might see Marshall Nelson, who formerly played piano with Kool and the Gang, and the next, Thomas Linsk and Lisa McClowry—a singer with a 3.5octave range. But it’s not just music that Redhead specializes in: on any given night, the bar offers various half-priced wines and special cocktails. Redhead also hosts wine classes on the third Wed. of every month. A Sep. class, for example, taught visitors about champagne and champagne cocktails. But don’t try to stop into the lounge in your ripped jeans: the dress code is business casual.



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

CLARK STREET ALE HOUSE Try one of the many beers on tap, or pick from the extensive whiskey list. Mon.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 11am–5am; Sun., 11am–4am. 742 N. Clark, (312)642.9253. (H-28) THE GAGE This tavern across the street from Millennium Park serves fine wines, boutique beers, and craft cocktails. Its fall menu includes the Orange Line, a take on the classic Sidecar. Sun., 10am–12am; Mon., 11am–12am; Tue.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 10am–3am. All major cards. 24 S. Michigan, 312.372.4243. (J-37)

NEW! J. PARKER The hot new rooftop at the Hotel Lincoln seats more than 150, but it’s often full. Mon.–Fri., 5pm–1am; Sat.–Sun., 11:30am–1am. 1816 N. Clark, 13th Floor, 312.254.4747. (North of H-19)

GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Stop in during football games for great deals, including $6 Bloody Marys. Sun.–Wed., 11am–12am; Thu.–Sat., 11am–2am. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39)

NEW! SKY TERRACE AT THE IVY HOTEL The rooftop of this boutique hotel features $14 specialty martinis such as the Jolli Rancher (Vodka and Watermelon Schnapps), plus small plates. 233 E. Ontario, 312.335.5444. (L-30)

OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE With huge TVs and 90 beers on tap, stop in to watch the game. Mon.–Tue. 4pm–2am; Wed.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 10:30am–3am; Sun., 10:30am–2am. All major cards. 1419 N. Wells, 312.477.2800. (G-22)







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


POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE Enjoy a world-class champagne selection with live jazz. Sun.–Fri., 3pm–2am; Sat., 1pm–2am. All major cards. 601 N. State, 312.266.7677. (I-30)


ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate in an intimate setting inside the InterContinental Chicago. Superb wines, an international cheese menu, and handmade chocolate truffles await. Mon.–Thu., 4pm–1am; Sat., 1pm–am; Sun., 1pm–10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8738; 200 N. Columbus, 312.946.7000. (J-30) (K-33)


BAR UMBRIAGO The wine list at this small-plates Italian spot is extensive but won’t break the bank. Mon.–Fri., 4pm–2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3–10pm. All major cards. 6 W. Hubbard, 312.494.1200. (I-31)



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

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


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

METAMORPHOSES LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N. Michigan, 312.337.0665.. From the simple beauty of a rippling pool of water, ensemble member Mary Zimmerman conjures the force of Ovid’s myths into gorgeous imagery, provocative moments, and breathtaking storytelling. Experience the Tony-winning smash hit, in which gods and mortals plunge into tales of love, loss, and redemption. This special anniversary production features many original and Broadway cast members. Tickets are $26–$66. See for schedule.

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

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

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




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Hyde and Seek by Mark Loehrke

While Chicago already stands as a world-class center for arts and culture, arts lovers are nevertheless particularly excited this week, as the city welcomes yet another impressive addition to the roster with the public debut of the towering Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th, 773.702.2787) on the University of Chicago campus. At 11 stories high and 184,000 square feet, the Logan Center is certainly an imposing physical presence in the Hyde Park neighborhood, but from an arts perspective the effect could be even greater—the building features an art gallery, a state-of-the-art movie theater, and a host of performance spaces. The public gets its first glimpse of the Logan Center in all its ambitious glory this weekend during the Logan Launch Festival, a three-day celebration featuring performances and installations designed to highlight every nook and cranny of this new artistic playground. In addition to ongoing exhibits, weekend highlights include a chamber concert by the Spektral Quartet on Oct. 12 and student performances of the Hyde Park–set play Proof on Oct. 12–13. The Logan Launch Festival runs Oct. 12–14. Fri., 12–11pm; Sat., 10am–11pm; Sun., 12–5pm. Most events are free. For a full schedule, see

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So Hot Right Now by Mina Fakouhi

You probably already know that Chicago is an international hub for shopping, with major retail department stores, chic boutiques, and independent retailers all lining our streets. But during Fashion Focus Chicago 2012 (Oct. 15–21), our designers prove it. Here are just a few of our picks for Fashion Focus Chicago’s shopping events that are free and fun for the family: Monday, October 15 Stock Mfg. Co. Shop emerging designers at the Stock Mfg. Co. pop-up shop. 11am–9pm. Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room, 78 E. Washington. Wednesday, Octob er 17 Champagne Chic Accessorizes Join local designers at Le Bar at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower to shop their hot new accessories. $10 for bubbles and bites. 5–8pm. 20 E. Chestnut.


Thursd ay, October 18 RE.STOCK Presents Style in Motion: Designer Sale Event Shop a designer sample sale with local designers and and stylists available to give you advice. 5–10pm. FIAT Showroom Chicago, 645 W. Randolph St. Friday, October 19 SOiree CHICago Chicago designers Thierry Roger and Ellie Thompson officially launch their new fashion and jewelry collections. 5–8pm. Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room, 78 E. Washington.

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Open Season by Mark Loehrke

One of the common questions associated with traditional sightseeing is “What’s going on in there?” After all, it’s one thing to marvel at an architectural treasure from the outside, but there’s a whole other perspective that most people who don’t live or work in those buildings will never get a chance to experience. The tables are turned this weekend, however, thanks to the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago, a two-day, behind-the-scenes pass to some of the city’s most interesting structures. From downtown skyscrapers to neighborhood landmarks, Open House Chicago gives visitors unprecedented access to more than 150 significant structures throughout the city, including gems like the iconic Tribune Tower, the resplendent Auditorium Theatre, and the exclusive Lake Point Tower, as well as churches, mansions, and cultural sites in Chinatown, the Gold Coast, and the South Side. Best of all, this tour of Chicago from the inside out is completely free. For more information and a complete listing of communities and sites to help plan your self-guided itinerary, call the Chicago Architecture Foundation at 312.922.3432 or visit 70

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