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Art Loop Open is presented by the Chicago Loop Alliance and Chicago Artists’ Coalition. For more information, please call 312/782-9160 or visit www.artloopopen.com. The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge or call the CTA at 836-7000.
f r i d a y, 2 2 n d Learn about the exciting history of, Gold, one of the rarest and most prized minerals in the world, in a new exhibit at The Field Museum. See more than 550 objects including gold bars, coins from shipwrecks, exquisite jewelry and more. 1400 S. Lake Shore. Open daily 9am-5pm. All-Access Pass: Adults $28, seniors/students $23, children $19. 312/922-9410. #146
Fashion Focus Chicago is bringing the hottest trends to venues throughout the city, including Chicago’s Millennium Park. Stay ahead of the latest designs with seven days of runway shows, shopping events and free industry seminars. Various locations. Through Oct. 24. www.chicagofash#151 ionresource.com.
Don’t miss Joffrey Ballet’s 2010-2011 season opener. All Stars, a mixed repertory program of four works, performs at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University through Oct. 24. 50 E. Congress Pkwy. Tonight at 7:30pm, call for additional show times. $25-$145. 800/982-2787. Round
out the night at nearby pan-Asian hot spot Tamarind (614 S. Wabash; 312/379#3 0970). Every genre has its beloved “bad girl,” and in the opera world she just happens to be surrounded by some of the most memorable melodies ever written for the musical stage. Sing along to the scandal with the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s grand production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Civic Opera House. 20 N. Wacker. Tonight and Mon at 7:30pm. $51-$207. 312/332#157 2224.
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Do you have an interest in art? And an opinion? Come flex your creative muscle and cast your vote for the Top Ten artists at Chicago’s inaugural Art Loop Open, a major new art competition judged by, well you, the public! The ten finalists chosen from the first round of voting will be announced on October 22nd, at which point the public is invited to vote once again for their favorite piece in a week-long final round. The works of art are on display at the official Art Loop Open venues listed below. You be the judge. “Art Loop Open is a truly groundbreaking event that mobilizes the general public to engage with art, artists and each other,” said Carolina O. Jayaram, Chicago Artists’ Coalition Executive Director. Originally part of 200 local artists selected by an esteemed jury, these ten finalists are vying for over $60,000 in prizes. The three winners with the most public votes will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 29th, and the winning artwork will be on exhibit and for sale from October 30th through November 12th. Official Art Loop Open venues are: Block 37 (108 N. State); Hard Rock Hotel (230 N. Michigan); Hotel Burnham (1 W. Washington); Macy’s (111 N. State); Merchandise Mart (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza); French Market/Metra Mart (131 N. Clinton); Palmer House (17 E. Monroe); Hotel Allegro (171 W. Randolph); theWit Hotel (201 N. State); W Chicago-City Center (172 W. Adams).
Come out for the inaugural Antiques + Modernism Winnetka Show featuring 60 of the country’s most esteemed dealers at the Winnetka Community House. 620 Lincoln in suburban Winnetka. Fri noon-8pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. $15. 847/446-0537.
The dynamic duo of seventies stoner comedy returns, as aging bad boys Cheech and Chong set out to prove they can still bring the slacker funny tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. 7:30pm. $39.50-$55. 312/462-6300.
saturday, 23rd As sailing season comes to a close, and the boats return to their winter docks, visitors are invited to get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the raising of the Chicago’s bridges from inside the bridge gear room. McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum, 376 N. Michigan, Riverwalk Level. 8:45am. $10. 312/939-0490, ext. 23.
For those looking for a good scare, The Fear Haunted House at Navy Pier is ready and able to oblige. For the faint of heart, meanwhile, there will be a Lights-On, family-friendly experience Sat and Sun from 11am-5pm. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-PIER. More scare-free Halloween events in Kids Korner on page 8. #124 Like many other neighbors around town at this time of year, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago dresses up its house, puts a few pumpkins on the porch and invites kids of all ages inside for a few good-natured scares with its annual Hallowed Haunts classical program this afternoon at Symphony Center. 220 S. Michigan. 3pm. $10-$37. 312/294-3000.
The Chicago Blackhawks go head to head with the Los Angeles Kings tonight at 7:30pm in the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000.
Catch Navy Pier Fall and Halloween themed fireworks show from the murky waters of Lake Michigan with Shoreline Sightseeing. The 75-minute tour includes a dramatic nighttime architecture tour led by an experienced, entertaining Shoreline docent. 600 E. Grand. 8pm. $15-$28. 312/222-9328. #124
sunday, 24th Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market, Wolff ’s Flea Market, winds down its 2010 season with a few last weekends. Shop a diverse mix of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, sports cards, jewelry, food and more. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1, and kids under 6 are free. 847/524-9590. to Rosemont
The Chicago Bears battle it out against the Washington Redskins at noon in Soldier Field. 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr. 847/615BEAR. Tackle your appetite at Emerald Loop Bar & Grill where you’ll find Weekend Football Specials, like $1.50 Mini Cheeseburgers, $5 (10) Jumbo Wings, $4 Lite Aluminum Pints, and more. See page 66. He’s manned the drum kit for everyone from the Boss to Coco, now veteran drummer Max Weinberg brings his hard-hitting
big band to the compact stage at the Old Town School of Folk Music. 4544 N. Lincoln. 7pm. $38. 773/728-6000.
monday, 25th October means National Seafood Month, so head on over to Catch 35 and enjoy a limited-time annual appearance of Nantucket Cape scallops. Or dive into the special threecourse value menu which features a rotating selection of Parmesan Crusted Lake Superior Whitefish, Honduran Tilapia, Atlantic Salmon, Mahi Mahi and more. 35 W. Wacker. $29.95 per person. 312/346-3500.
tuesday, 26th Don’t miss the Chicago premiere of TRACES at the new Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Created by the Montreal-based performance group 7 Fingers, Traces is a fantastical blend of circus, physical theater and music creating an experience that will surprise and delight all ages. 175 E. Chestnut. Opening tonight at 7:30pm, call for additional show times. $50-$71.50. For tickets, #151 call 800/775-2000 or visit ticket kiosk located at Water Tower Place.
wednesday, 27th Slick and ubiquitous – but also catchy as hell – the four-minute pop-rock bonbons from LA’s Maroon 5 can be heard at the UIC Pavilion. 1150 W. Harrison. 7:30pm. $28-$64. 312/413-5740. to Racine There’s no better place to celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest than at the legendary Chicago Brauhaus restaurant. In addition, to the traditional Oktoberfest Band, Brauhaus is featuring a very special performance with Peter Hoffman on his alphorn today and tomorrow. 4732 N. Lincoln. 773/784-4444. Find full details on page 58.
thursday, 28th Don’t miss your last chance to view the eye-conic installation, EYE, by internationally-renowned, contemporary artist Tony Tasset. The incredibly lifelike three-story (30-foot-tall) eyeball sculpture is on display in Pritzker Park, on the corner of State and Van Buren, through October 30th. www.chicagoloopalliance.com.
daily at 1pm. Adults $15, seniors/students $12. www.cafarchitecture.org. 312/922-3432. #151
friday, 29th From pumpkin decorating and hayrides to ghost stories and trickor-treating, there’s something for everyone at the city’s annual Chicagoween celebration at Franken Plaza. Daily events also include acrobatic performances by the Midnight Circus aerial troupe and fire tricks from Pyrotechniq. Washington and Dearborn. Fri-Sun from 11am to 8pm. FREE. 312/744-3315. More scare-free Halloween events in Kids Korner on page 8. to Monroe
Examine how Chicago established itself as a world capital of Modern architecture on Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Modern Skyscrapers walking tour. Tours depart from 224 S. Michigan
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Get a rare peek into the imagination of Jim Henson, brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird and other beloved characters at Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at Museum of Science and Industry.
A WILD PLACE TO for all ages! 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. 888/893-7300. Buy-1-get1-free coupon below!
in Oak Park. Saturdays at 1:30pm. Adults $15, youth ages 417 and seniors $12, children 3 and under are free. 708/848-1976.
A family sport with an urban twist, 10pin Bowling Lounge is 20,000-square-feet of highenergy fun! Adjacent to House of Blues in landmark Marina City, this cutting edge bowling lounge features 24-state-ofthe-art lanes, a nightclub quality audio system, plush sofas, and innovative American cuisine. 330 N. State.
57th St. and Lake Shore. MonSat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. Adults $15, seniors $14, children 3-11 $10. Exhibit requires an extra fee. 773/6841414.
If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun
lead by junior interpreters. These trained students, grades 5-10, will guide you along in your exploration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio as well as share stories of his family’s life. 951 Chicago
Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am. 312/644-0300. Bring
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Discover the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright with Design Detectives Family Tour, an interactive tour
Looking for the perfect ending to a fun-filled day? Take the family on a food safari at Rainforest Café where you can relax as the sights and sounds of the
SPOOKTACULAR FAMILY FUN! Experience the amazing and strange at Navy Pier’s Carnival of Curiosities where a world of ghostly characters travel during Halloween to transform Pier Park into a carnival atmosphere of laughs, entertainment and great Halloween memories. Don’t miss the Pier’s dazzling Fall Fireworks Display every Saturday at 9pm. 600 E. Grand. Sat noon-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. Oct 9-31. 312/595-PIER.
Ghoulish fun awaits at Brookfield Zoo’s Creatures of the Night. Walk along a winding pathway through the haunted woods where a ghastly tale unfolds with The Trail of Terror. Or ride along a darkened trail where you will encounter suspenseful and scary tales of not-too-gory scenes aboard The Haunted Tram. For the younger crowd, the zoo’s Pavilions features a Halloweenthemed jumpee house, pumpkin carving, stilt walkers, and much more! 1st Ave & 31st St. in suburban
Brookfield. Fri-Sun, Oct. 15-17, 22-24, and 29-31, from 6pm-10pm. Adults $13.50, children 3-11/seniors $9.50. Creatures of the Night is an additional $12 for adults and $8 for children. Visit www.CZS.org/events or call 708/6888000.
Tall Ship Windy and area historian, playwright, and storyteller Orion Couling invite you on a rousing sail through the misty curtains of time to peer into the dark waters of the Great Lake ghost ships and souls that sailed its shoreline with Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors. Departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. Sails daily at 6:30pm. Adults $30, seniors/youth $25, children $20.
312/595-5555. 2-for-1 coupon on page 15. Bring the kids to play in Harry’s Pumpkin Patch on Navy Pier. Every weekend in October, Harry Caray’s Tavern will transform its lakefront patio into a pumpkin
patch complete with pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, scarecrows and more. While decorating, kids can enjoy hot apple cider and hot chocolate while the adults sip Irish coffee and spiked cider. 700 E. Grand. 11am-5pm. Pumpkins cost $3$5. 312/527-9700.
Goblins, ghouls and werewolves – oh my! Six Flags Great America transforms from theme park to scream park for the 20th annual Fright Fest. There are plenty of spooky activities for the whole family including thrilling haunted houses, spooktacular shows and parades, and scare-friendly kids play areas. 1 Great America Parkway in suburban Gurnee. Open weekends, times vary. Call 847/249-INFO or visit www.sixflags.com.
SHOP AND EAT®® rainforest come to life. Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night, when kids 10 & under eat for only $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Bring the ad on this spread for a complimentary chef’s appetizer! #36 Kick off your Windy City adventure with a trip to Lincoln Park Zoo! An animal oasis right in the middle of the city, kids can learn about conservation or venture through the Regenstein African Journey where they’ll see giraffes, rhinos, crocodiles and more. 2001 N. Clark. Daily10am-5pm. FREE. 312/742-2000.
Experience spectacular views of Chicago 94-stories up at John Hancock Observatory. Guests can embark on an open-air Skywalk, listen to a multimedia Sky Tour, and enjoy “coffee in the clouds” at Espression by Lavazza café. 875 N.
In MagiQuest, guests use wands, wits and imagination to create their own storyline. Gain the skill to battle Charlock, the red dragon, duel the Goblin King, or help the pixie regain her ability to fly. This new, interactive live-action game bridges the gap between physical play and computer play. MagiQuest lets you live the game! 106 Yorktown Center in Start a new tradition at a Chicago institution! Every Saturday afternoon between 11:30am-2:30pm Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli hosts a real Live Magic Show. Your little ones will be entertained while you enjoy timeless mouthwatering classics like their jampacked corned beef sandwiches and crisp potato pancakes. 1141 S. Jefferson. Call 312/939-2855 or visit www.mannysdeli.com. Receive a
FREE order of potato pancakes with purchase of sandwich or entrée with coupon on page 55.
Michigan. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15, youth 3-11 $10, children under 3 are free. 888/875-VIEW. Find dis-
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suburban Lombard. Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. $4.95 for each 30minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $16.95. 877/797-8855. www.MagiQuest.com
Although Denmark is the official home of LEGO toys, in Chicago, The Shops at North Bridge is LEGO central as evidenced by the giant LEGO creations spotted throughout the mall and massive 5,000-square-foot LEGO Store. See if you can spot the towering giraffe, the enormous spider and the larger than life lady on your way to the LEGO building block fantasyland. 520 N. Michigan. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 312/494-0760. #151
From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. Come explore Chicago’s civic gem located in the heart of downtown. 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 that also happens to be a marquee performance venue. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of actual Chicagoans have proven to be a popular barefoot playground for splashing children. 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. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5-acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation.
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Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular public space – architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa – recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor. Greeter Tours: Take a tour with a Millennium Park Greeter and learn more about the art and architecture of the Park. Space is limited to 10 people only. Meet at the Millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 E. Randolph daily at 11:30am and 1pm. Closes October 11.
Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information.
With world-class cultural attractions and tours offered year round, Chicago is second to none. Discover Chicago’s movie history from Hollywood blockbusters to Chicago favorites with the Chicago Film Tour (pick up on Clark between Ontario & Ohio; 312/593-4455). The 2-hour bus tour features more than 30 sites, including Marina City (pictured) where director Buzz Kulik filmed the memorable car chase scene for the movie The Hunter (1980) starring Steve McQueen. • Tall Ship Windy (600 E. Grand; 312/595-5555) and Orion Couling–a local historian, playwright and storyteller–takes guests on a journey through the dark waters of Lake Michigan and tells rousing tales of ghost ships and the souls of the sailors with Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors. 2-for-1 coupon on page 15. • Come see Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and many more at Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore; 773/684-1414). Jim Henson’s Fantastic World offers a rare peek into the imagination of Jim Henson—the creator of these innovative characters who have entertained generations. • Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) transforms into the Carnival of Curiosities every weekend throughout October offering families “scare-free” Halloween fun.
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AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. SunThu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. (Child pass $9.95; adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (P-30) ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE COMPANY Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349. Absorb the atmosphere of days gone by and learn a bit of local history with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers. Mon-Fri 6:30pmmidnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. Perfect for special or all occasions. Call to arrange pick-up. www.antiquecoach-carriage.com. V, MC (K-28) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm5pm. (FREE)(I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. The Historic Water Tower across the street from the welcome center is one of only two structures that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Daily from 7:30am-7pm. Tourist information, maps, hotel reservations and sightseeing suggestions available inside. (FREE)(J-26) CITYPASS Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 50 percent and avoid ticket lines. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 311.) All major cards. GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100. Sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden will provide you with enough oxygen to cover all the grounds. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). ($5 suggested donation.) Cash only. (West of D-33) JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Espression by Lavazza cafe. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free.) (J-26)
MAGIQUEST 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/7978855,www.MagiQuest.com A truly unique experience,
MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, www.millenniumpark.org. One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. (FREE)(K-33) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. This redeveloped Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Outside Chicagoland call 800/595-PIER. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Credits cards accepted vary. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago. Now playing: Legend of
MagiQuest lets you LIVE the game, not simply play it. Using cutting edge technology and a Magic Wand that knows you by name and remembers everything you accomplish, guests can explore a world filled with amazing creatures, dragons and characters where they will gain skill and knowledge and rise to untold levels of bravery. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. ($4.95 for each 30-minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $16.95.) (Suburban)
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LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY 2391 N. Stockton, 312/742-7736. Always green and lush, find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round. Daily 9am-5pm. (FREE)(G-15)
60-75 minute Skyline Cruises and Charters
2-For-1 Tickets! Adult tickets. Limit six adults. Not valid for fireworks, or special events. Must be redeemed at ticket booth.
www.tallshipwindy.com | (312) 595-5555
the Guardians: the Owls of Ga’Hoole tells the story of Soren, a
young barn owl, who is kidnapped into an orphanage where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. Come see Soren and his new friends at Navy Pier IMAX Theatre and experience it in Digital 3D and IMAX® 3D as they fight the evil army being created. (Adults $15$17, seniors $14, children 12 & under $13). For discounted group tickets and private screenings, call 312/595-5987. All major cards. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com. You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during offhours, after 5pm. And be sure to check out their newest attraction – “The Ledge” – which offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 9am-8pm. ($15.95 adults, $11 children age 311, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-36)
museums FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable
Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.
designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Tour Center open daily from 9am-6:30pm (7pm on Fri). All major cards. (J-36)
ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. MonFri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am4:30pm. (General admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $6 kids 3-11, children under 3 free. FREE general admission October 5, 12, 19 & 26. Some exhibitions require an additional fee.) All major cards. (N-43)
1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. With its world-
THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and postImpressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Ballplayers, Gods, and Rainmaker Kings: Masterpieces from Ancient Mexico. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Sat-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu-Fri 10:30am8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) All major cards. (J-35) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (CAF) 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, caf.architecture.org. A nonprofit organization
dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. CAF offers more than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN renowned plant collections and displays, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. Daily 8am-sunset. (FREE) (Suburban) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/5271000. Hands-on exhibits and activities make every visit special for kids of all ages. On exhibit: Mexico: Festival of Toys. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. ($10 adults/children, $9 seniors, children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under). All major cards. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. This
cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am6pm. (FREE)(I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. Get lost
in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Facing Freedom. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm.
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($14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free.) Free on Mon. AE, MC, V (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Mon-Sat 10am5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $3 adults, $2 seniors/students, $1 children ages 612, children under 6 are free. Free on Sun. (South of M-54)
740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600.
THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Climate Change. Daily 9am-5pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. Free general admission October 5, 6, 13, 14, 19, and 20) AE, DS, MC, V (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 708/848-1976. The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Guided tours are available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 min. ($15 adults, $12 youth 4-17 and seniors 65+). (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM 1800 South Prairie, 312/326-1480. Visit
Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece. Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours: Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. ($10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed.) DS, MC, V (J-48) HELLENIC MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER 801 W. Adams, 4th Floor, 312/655-1234. This museum celebrating the Hellenic culture has since become a symbol of the Greek community. Showcasing the artistic work of the Hellenic people in the visual, literary, and performing arts, the museum seeks to preserve the history of the Greek immigrant experience. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm. ($5, children under 12 are free) V, MC (D-36)
HEMINGWAY MUSEUM 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708/5245383. As part of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, this building is dedicated to the life and times of the famous writer. Located within walking distance from the author’s birthplace, the museum provides an in-depth look at the life of the Chicago native. Sun-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm. ($10 adults, $8 youth 18 & under/seniors, children under 5 are free) MC, V (CTA Green Line to Oak Park stop) ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847/9674800. Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon- Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 5pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. ($10 adults, $6 students/seniors, $5 children). (Suburban) INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE 1524 N. Lake Shore, 312/642-6502. Providing education on the history and progress of surgery and medical sciences since 1954. Its four floors are filled with artifacts, paintings, illustrations and sculptures that interpret the primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. ($10 adults, $6 students/seniors. Free on Tue.) AE, MC, V (I-20) JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM 800 S. Halsted 312/4135353. This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889 is now located on the University of Illinois campus. Learn about how she and others reformed social service. The museum is open to individual visitors and prescheduled tours during the following hours: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. (FREE)(D-40) KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. 847/832-6600. Hands-on exhibits
focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($8.50 adults/children, $7.50 seniors 55+, children under 1 are free.) All major cards. (Suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART 820 N. Michigan, 312/9157600. Chicago’s newest cultural institution dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression. On exhibit: Contemporary Arabic Calligraphy. Open Tue 11am-8pm and Wed-Sun
11am-6pm. $6 adults, $5 seniors, and students and children 14 and under free. Free on Tue. (J-27) MITCHELL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN 3001 Central in suburban Evanston, 847/475-1030.
This museum offers a vast collection of Native American artifacts along with a library of over 5000 books and periodicals. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun noon-4pm. ($5 adults, $2.50 children/seniors/students.) MC, V (Suburban) THE MORTON ARBORETUM I-88 and Rte. 53 in suburban Lisle, 630/9680074. An internationally recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world, the Arboretum is easily explored along nine miles of roadways and 14 miles of hiking trails. Daily 7am-7pm or sunset, whichever is earlier. ($11 adults, $10 seniors, $8 youth 2-17, children under 2 are free. Discounted admission on Wednesdays). AE, DS, MC, V (Suburban) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. The most exciting and innovative art of our times. On exhibit: Luc Tuymans. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. ($12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Free on Tue.) AE, DS, MC, V (K-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY 600 S. Michigan, 312/663-5554. Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. Mon-Wed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. (FREE)(J-39) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/684-1414, www.msichicago.org.
Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including the U-505 Submarine, Smart Home: Green + Wired, YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and new temporary exhibit Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. MonSat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. Free general admission October 4-6.) All major cards. (South of P-54)
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART 1852 W. 19th St., 312/738-1503. The museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 1,700 objects featuring the finest of Mexican creativity from both sides of the border. Tue-Sun 10am-5pm. (FREE)(West of D-51) NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM 1801 S. Indiana (across rail tracks from Museum Campus), 312/326-0270. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Exhibit gallery: Thu-Sat 10am-5pm, group tours for 20+ on Tue & Wed. Handicap accessible. ($10 adults, $7 students/seniors.) MC, V (J-48)
NEWBERRY LIBRARY 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and maps. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. (FREE)(H-25) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. MonFri 9am–4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. ($9 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 children ages 3-12, children under 3 free. Free on Thu.) All major cards. (G-14) ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM 1155 E. 58th St. at the University of Chicago, 773/702-9520. A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue & Thu-Sat 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8:30pm, Sun noon-6pm. (Suggested donation: $7 adults, $4 children under 12.) (South of N-54)
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world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural aquatic habitats. Don’t miss the Shedd’s newly re-imagined Oceanarium with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals, including the Polar Play Zone. Weekdays 9am5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. (Shedd Pass: $26.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 3-11. Free general admission October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26). All major cards. (L-43)
SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. Explore an exotic
BIKE CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 316 N. Wabash at Chicago’s Riverwalk, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. Choose from
over 500 bikes and explore the city at your leisure. Bike rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. Mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, skate rentals and more are available for a half day, full day or week. Times vary per location. See Tours by Land and Tours by Segway listings for more details. (K-33)(N-30)
tours by land AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Pick up tickets by the arcade office in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100, www.grayline.com. Choose from a Grand Tour of Chicago, A Grand Taste of Chicago and Pizza, Chinatown Dinner Tour, the Land and Lake Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, After Dark Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules or visit www.grayline.com. (Daily scheduled lectured tours from $25 and up.) MC, V (I-36)
come to life on multiple video screens while getting up close and personal with the film locations. Thu–Sun 10:30am and 12:30pm. Adults $30, 12 & under $20. (H-30)
BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS AND TOURS Millennium Park – 239 E. Randolph; Navy Pier – 600 E. Grand, Chicago’s Riverwalk – 316 N. Wabash, 312/7291000. www.bikechicago.com. Largest
Rental fleet in Chicago with over 700 bikes to choose from at 9 convenient locations. Great tours by bicycle, segway, or new for 2010 Electric Bikes! Amazing Lakefront Tour by Bike or Segway, Friendly Neighborhoods Tour to Lincoln Park & Wrigleyville by Electric Bike, Presidential Tour of Hyde Park by bike. Rentals available daily. All major cards. (K-33)(N30)(J-19) BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE – CHICAGO TOURS & RENTALS 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/915-0995. From city parks and North Side beaches, to Gold Coast Mansions and the Old Town Historic District, enjoy Chicago on one of Bobby’s guided bicycle tours. Tours are designed for all ages and fitness levels, and include bikes, helmets and a guide. Ask about bike rentals. All major cards. (L-30)
GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING 800/621-4153, www.grayline.com. Hop aboard the newest fleet of radio dispatched Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers for a scenic tour of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour which allows passengers to hop on and hop off as many times as they’d like for up to 8 hours for $30 (adults) and $15 (children ages 5-14). Or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour for just $25. Call for pick up times and locations. MC, V
tours by segway
THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, www.architecture.org.
CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. More than 85 tours year-round. Bus tours also available - call for tour schedules. All major cards. (J-36) CHICAGO FILM TOUR Pick up on Clark between Ontario and Ohio (next to the Rock N Roll McDonald’s), 312/5934455, chicagofilmtour.com. Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where over 70 movies were shot over the course of 2-hours. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” to Chicago favorites like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “The Blues Brothers,” and movie classics like “North by Northwest.” Watch scenes
BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 600 E. Grand in Navy Pier, 316 N. Wabash at Chicago’s Riverwalk, 888/BIKE.WAY, www.bikechicago.com. Safe and easy
to ride, glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about some of Chicago’s fascinating history with their Amazing Lakefront Segway Tour and Segway @ Sunset Tour. Call for additional details. (K34)(N-30)
in Grant Park - at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (then down the stairs), 312/946-9467, StevesSegwayTours.com. Explore
STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS The most fun tour in Chicago! Located
Chicago’s lakefront, museums, Grant and Millennium Park on a 3 hour Segway tour. Fun, informative and led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours also available. Great photos! (Tours depart daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Must call for reservations. Prices range from $60-$85 + tax) (K-36)
tours by water
ARCHITECTURE CRUISES FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline’s famous Chicago River Architecture Cruises depart Ogden Slip at Navy Pier every 90-minutes Mon-Fri and every 45 minutes Sat-Sun from 10:45am to dusk. One-hour cruises are led by Shoreline’s experienced and entertaining docents and highlight more than 40 architectural landmarks along the historic Chicago River. Fares: adults: $24$30, seniors $21-$27, children $12-$15. For updated information, including Fall Architecture/ Fireworks Cruises, Skyline Lake Tours, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance with special savings, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/222-9328. (M-30)
CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-1977, www.chicagoline.com. Unforgettable ninety-minute lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. The Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history with a gorgeous skyline view. Cruise prices: $37 adults, $31 seniors, $21 children 7-18, under 7 free. Group discounts are available. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies included. Reservations recommended. Call for hours. (L-31) SKYLINE LAKE TOURS FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline’s Skyline Lake Tours offer frequent departures from Navy Pier weekends through October. Tours encompass the entire panorama of Chicago’s famous skyline and include a narration on the city’s history and landmarks. Fares: adults $14-$17, seniors $13-$15, children $6-$8. Also offering Fall Fireworks Cruises Saturdays through October. For updated information, including Architecture Cruises, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance with special savings, visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/222-9328. (M-30) TALL SHIP ADVENTURES Navy Pier and Burnham Harbor, 312/4045800, www.ChicagoTallShips.com. Departing daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan, the 148-foot Tall Ship Windy is perfect for an afternoon adventure or evening romance. Fares: $24-$30 adults, $20-$25 seniors and students, $10-$20 children 3-12, under 3 are free. Times vary, buy online or at Pier. Red Witch and Crescendo complete the sailing fleet from Burnham Harbor and offer a variety of sailing events and private charters. Call or visit online for rates and details. Call 312/731-9689 for group rates. MC, V (AE, DS online only). (O-31)
WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Celebrating 75 Years! 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/337-1446, www.wendellaboats.com. Chicago’s
original narrated boat tour, founded in 1935, offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Select from their 75-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour and 90-minute Combined Lake and River Tour. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $25 adults, $23 seniors, $12 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. (J-31)
transportation CTA 888/YOUR-CTA, www.transitchicago.com. CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for “L” train course. ($2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass.) GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Call 8882The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com. Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V METRA 312/322-6900, www.metrarail.com. The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. (J-33)(J-38) YELLOW CAB Call 312/TAXI-CAB. Besides being the oldest and largest cab company in the US, Yellow Cab is the leading innovator in the cab industry. With an impressive fleet of over 1,800 medallions, this premier cab company is able to cater to a multitude of different needs – wheel chair accessible vans and child restraint seats are available. Average
fares depending upon traffic: Oâ€™Hare Airport to Downtown ($30-$35) and Midway Airport to Downtown ($20-$25). AE, DS, MC, V
water taxis See Where Your Favorite Movies Were Filmed!
transportation? Avoid street congestion and hop on board a Chicago Water Taxi (CWT). Operating on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Madison Street on the south branch and LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building on the main branch, this is a great alternative to your traditional cab ride. Frequent departures, call for schedule. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day explore Chicago tickets are $6.) Convenient ticketing Kiosks available at most of our stops.
CHICAGO WATER TAXI Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com. Looking for fun, fast and friendly
Departs Thuâ€“Sun 10:30am, 12:30pm from the 600 block of N. Clark St. Adults: $30 Children: $20
Watch classic scenes from the films while passing the location UPTOWN to CHINATOWN WRIGLEY FIELD to UNION STATION
*Reservations strongly suggested
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THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 South State Street (312)747-4300
SHORELINE WATER TAXIS Hop on Shoreline’s water taxis to make scenic connections between top touring attractions! Docks at Willis (Sears) Tower/Union Station, Michigan Ave. Bridge, Navy Pier and the Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium.) Weekends in October plus special Water Taxi service for all Bears games from Navy Pier to Shedd Aquarium just a short walk to Soldier Field. (all taxi service weather-permitting.) All tickets sold dockside. For complete schedule visit www.shorelinesightseeing.com or call 312/222-9328.
worship This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-the-art auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.
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FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN 126 E. Chestnut, 312/787-4570.
ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 W. Madison, 312/372-5111.
zoos BROOKFIELD ZOO 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708/4850263. Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. ($13.50 adults, $9.50 children ages 3-11/seniors, children under 2 are free. $9 parking.) All major cards. (Suburban) LINCOLN PARK ZOO 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000. More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily 10am-5pm. (FREE)(H-17)
No matter where you go this Halloween, it’s all about your costume. Pick up your get-up at Lover’s Lane’s newest shop at 955 W. Diversey (888/744-LOVE). Whether you choose a Beer Stein Babe in honor of Oktoberfest or the classic French Maid, you’re sure to scare away the competition at any costume contest. • Continue the Oktoberfest theme when you purchase The Berghoff Café Cookbook: Berghoff Family Recipes for Simple, Satisfying Food by Carlyn Berghoff, which features a collection of classic German dishes from the café founded by her great-grandfather more than 110 years ago. Purchase at The Berghoff restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312/427-3170). • This month, join Hard Rock Café (63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252) in celebrating Pinktober! All month long, Hard Rock will feature Pinktober merchandise— with a portion of the proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. • For those of us who can’t get enough “Must See TV,” Chicago “5” Souvenirs (454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level; 312/467-9537) carries a fun collection of T-shirts, bobble heads and more from favorite shows like “The Office” and “Chuck (Nerd Head),” as well as a collection of Chicago souvenirs. Discount coupon on page 29!
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ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)
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WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, www.wolffs.com. Located near O’Hare International Airport, this is the Midwest’s largest alloutdoor flea market with more than 500 dealer spaces. Wolff’s attracts hundreds of thousands of shoppers each spring and summer from around the world. You never know what incredible bargains you might find! Admission prices: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open every Sunday from 6am-3pm. (Suburban)
art ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/5452929, www.atlasgalleries.com http://www.atlasgalleries.com/. For 40
years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limitededition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-29)(J-26) CURLY TALE FINE ART 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664, www.curlytalefineart.com. This eclectic gallery offers inspiring
50 to 80% off retail!
LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, www.lottongallery.com. Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass in vases, lamps and decorative objects. Though the focus is on showcasing the Lottons’ beautiful glass pieces, the gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (J-26)
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art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one of a kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Assembling a worldwide array of contemporary artists exploring whimsical interpretations, impish humor and sarcastic comments all in fun. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. and by appointment. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. (J-29)
cd stores JAZZ RECORD MART 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. The world’s largest jazz and blues store has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-31)
children’s AMERICAN GIRL PLACE 835 N. Michigan, 877/AG-PLACE. Features contemporary clothing for young girls and their American Girl dolls, a café, dolly hair salon and more. Mon-Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-7pm. All major cards. (J-26)
Chicago Fur Outlet
Home of the Furry Godmother!
SPECIALIZING IN NEW FURS, LEATHERS, AND “PRE-FURRED” RESALE
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THE DISNEY STORE 717 N Michigan, 312/654-9208. In addition to the character inspired clothes and toys, an assortment of limited edition serigraphs and other collectibles are available for Disney lovers. Call for hours. All major cards. (J-27)
clothing COUTURE 535 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Offering deep discounts on high-end designer duds, Couture 535 makes staying fashionable affordable. Shop Dana Buchman, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and other woman’s fashions on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Mile for a fraction of the price. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. All major cards. (J-30) CUSTO BARCELONA Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312/981-3904. Combining the best quality screenprinting with textiles and designs, Custo Barcelona’s fashions feature bright colors and humorous graphics. Call for hours. All major cards. (J-27)
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DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (H-29) MENS SUITS NEW YORK 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Top designer menswear at discounted prices. Find a large selection of high-end suits, tuxedoes, blazers, and sports coats by Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and more as well as designer shoes, ties, belts and dress shirts galore. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun11am-8pm. All major cards. (J-30)
department stores BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. AE, MC, V (J-26)
MACY’S 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. Top fashions for men, women and
children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours—State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34)(J-26)
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 700 N. Michigan, Chicago Place, 312/944-6500. Not quite as opulent as its Big Apple counterpart, Chicago’s Saks is still a refuge for shoppers seeking traditional, high-quality fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-28)
454 N. Columbus Dr. Lobby Level
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The Office, Al Capone & much more!
NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-30)
NEIMAN MARCUS 737 N. Michigan, 312/642-5900. The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff within this luxurious department store. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. AE (J-27)
SEARS 2 N. State, 312/373-6040. Rely on the no-nonsense Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-35)
furs CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER 777 W. Diversey at Halsted, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. Chicago Fur Outlet is celebrating over 27 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of
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with today’s current trends at the Barcelona-based jewelry and accessories shop. Defined by style and elegance, TOUS features a fashionable selection of jewelry, handbags and accessories that fit every budget. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)
lingerie LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. Shop for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts, including sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into the newest location in Lincoln Park, downtown Chicago (955 W. Diversey Parkway) or any of their 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (Suburban)
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THE 900 SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops, restaurants and covered parking. Mon-Sat 10am7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27)
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PREMIUM OUTLETS 1650 Premium Outlets in suburban Aurora, 630/585-2200. Save 25-65 percent on name brands at
over 120 outlet stores. Includes Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Kate Spade and many others. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. (Suburban)
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TOUS Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/6408860, www.tous.com. Discover chic European designs in-line
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new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more than ever you can’t afford not to shop at and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary, please call). All major cards. (North of E-11)
THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312/3272300. 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and one shopping center anchored by Nordstrom. Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. At the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium is anchored by Macy’s and houses American Girl Place as well as more than 100 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27)
souvenirs CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS 454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level, 312/467-9537. The only retail store authorized to
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carry authentic NBC merchandise. Find fun, quirky and original souvenirs from hit shows like “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Head), “Heroes,” and “Biggest Loser.” Carrying everything from T-shirts and tote bags to baseball caps and bobble heads, Chicago “5” Souvenirs is a TV fans one-stop-shop. Plus, visitors will also find an impressive collection of dynamic Chicago souvenirs, including Wrigley Field merchandise. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (K-31)
ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. After enjoying a classic American meal, stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at the restaurant’s legendary Rock Shop. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories for men, women and children as well as a wide selection of collectables including their famous pin series, guitar picks, flasks, board games, music, and more, there is something for every taste. Open at 10am daily. All major cards. (H-29)
ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie,
RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. After your dining safari at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from their Retail Village to commemorate your visit. The Retail Village offers a WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts and jackets, stuffed animals of the wild, safari-themed place settings, and much more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. (H-29)
THE BOEING STORE 410 W. Washington, 312/544-3100. Stock up on authentic Boeing merchandise and collectibles such as custom-designed apparel, travel accessories, models, toys and more. Call for hours. AE, MC, V (G-34)
312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540, www.institch.qpg.com. A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. MonSat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. (I-25)
tobacco and cigars IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. Since 1857, Chicago’s oldest family business, celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. (I-35)
WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET Located near O’Hare International Airport, the Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 600 dealer spaces is back for its 20th season. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, clothing, sports cards, tools, electronics, jewelry, garage sale items, food and more. You never know what incredible bargains you might find! 6920 N. Mannheim at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, www.wolffs.com. Admission: $2 (adults), $1 (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open every Sunday from 6am-3pm.
UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/3378505, www.updowncigar.com. Located in the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10ammidnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533.
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alfresco dining For most locals, the arrival of National Pizza Month warrants little more than a shrug. Because in Chicago, the birthplace of the deepdish pie, every month is pizza month. Still, if the national celebration of this culinary phenomenon provides an opportunity to appreciate anew our local contribution to the art, all the better! The perfect place to start any Pizza Month mini-tour is Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta (61 E. Madison; 312/236-1777). Here it’s the Malnati family manning the ovens, continuing to perfect the authentic deep-dish pizza that Rudy Malnati, Sr. helped invent back in 1943. Additional location at 864 N. State, 312/7511766. • Meanwhile, at Pizzeria Ora (545 N. LaSalle; 312/464-1872) – in the heart of the bustling River North neighborhood – both the famous Chicago stuffed and delicious thin-crust varieties share space on the menu and in diners’ hearts. Get $5 off with coupon on page 53. • Perfect your pizza palette with Chicago Pizza Tours, which offers year-round bus tours starting at Pizano’s and finishing at Gino’s East, with two surprise stops in between. Purchase tickets through Verve at 800/979-3370 or www.zerve.com/ChicagoPizza.
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information * Please call to confirm hours, credit cards and seating. * Price symbols indicate average price for dinner entrée. $: under $10, $$: $10-$15, $$$: $15-$25, $$$$: $25 up * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing. J : Child-friendly
american ATWOOD CAFÉ 1 W. Washington, 312/368-1900. A sophisticated take on classic American cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (I-35) BIN 36 339 N. Dearborn, 312/755-9463. Wine bar, restaurant and market. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (I-31) BOSTON BLACKIES 164 E. Grand, 312/938-8700. Offering American cuisine and a half-pound burger that contends with the best in the city. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (J-30) HÄAGEN-DAZS CAFE Navy Pier, 800 E. Grand, 312/467-9200, www.haagen-dazs.com. Need to satisfy your sweet tooth? The Häagen-Dazs Cafe at Navy Pier features world-famous ice cream, baked goods, gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, and a full bar. This dockside café is modeled after the Häagen-Dazs concepts on the Champs Elysées in Paris and in Leicester Square in London, two of the company’s international flagship locations. Patrons can choose to sit in the ample seating indoors or outside on the patio. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. All major cards. (O-30)J HARD ROCK CAFÉ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine, this legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. All month long, Hard Rock will feature Pinktober merchandise—with a portion of the proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35) RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-30)
WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy cafĂŠ. Tasty, hearthealthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J
asian BIG BOWL 60 E. Ohio, 312/951-1888. Also located: 6 E. Cedar, 312/640-8888. This pan-Asian chain features a menu of favorites, as well as a stir-fry bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-29)
TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. Contemporary dĂŠcor accents traditional Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)
RED LIGHT 820 W. Randolph, 312/733-8880. Seasonal American, French, Thai and other Asian ingredients create dishes like Peking duck with orange ginger cranberry sauce. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (D-34)
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ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches,
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fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)J WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Dine outside on the sunny sidewalk patio. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J YOLK 335 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com. Voted
“Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am3pm. $ (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)J
brit/irish/scot ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656; 160 E. Huron, 312/440-1180; 185 N. Wabash, 312/345-1710. The informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips and single-malt scotches. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (H-36)(J-28)(1-33) FADÓ IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand, 312/836-0066. Traditional Irish favorites such as Shepherd’s pie, potato pancakes and corned beef. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (H-30) EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and comfort food favorites all day and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including daily specials, football specials and weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33) POAG MAHONE’S 333 S. Wells, 312/566-9100. Travel back to a time when Chicago was known for its tanneries and freewheeling lifestyles. Poag Mahone’s offers all of that and fantastic burgers. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (H-37)
chinese DRAGONFLY MANDARIN 832 W. Randolph, 312/455-1400, www.dragonflymandarin.com. Winner of Best Chinese
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Restaurants 5 years in a row, Dragonfly Mandarin presents a genuine Chinese dining experience amidst an elegant yet casual atmosphere. All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan King Crab Legs on Mondays. Open daily from 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (D-33) LAO SHANGHAI 2163 S. China Pl., 312/808-0830. From the owner of the celebrated Lao Sze Chuan comes a Shanghaifocused menu in Chinatown Square. Mon-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$. (H-50) P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 530 N. Wabash, 312/8289977. This stylish, high-energy bistro serves traditional Chinese dishes along with innovative offerings that illustrate the emerging influence of Southeast Asia on modern Chinese cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-30)
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THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170, www.theberghoff.com. This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Featuring a diverse menu from classic German dishes to contemporary sensations, it’s sure to satisfy every generation of guest. Restaurant: MonFri 11am-9pm, Sat 11:30am-9pm, closed Sun. Lower Level Café: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm. All major cards. $$ (J-36)
SIXTEEN 401 N. Wabash, 312/588-8000. An eclectic menu and spectacular views combine to create an exceptional dining experience on the 16th floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-32) VIAND 155 E. Ontario, 312/255-8505, www.viandchicago.com. With a focus on quality, freshness and flavor, Viand’s dishes captivate the senses and redefine American classic comfort food. Guests will find a provocative wine menu and refreshing handcrafted martinis. Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11:30am; Lunch MonFri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm; Bar Mon-Fri
MARKETHOUSE 611 N. Fairbanks, 312/224-2200, www.markethousechicago.com. American contemporary cuisine from Executive Chef Scott Walton. The menu marries Heartland basics with influences from around the globe. Markethouse supports local farmers that practice sustainable agricultural techniques and offers a seasonably changing menu. Try a signature cocktail or an infused vodka from their one-of-a kind Martini Garden. Breakfast 6am-11am; Lunch 11am2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (L-29)
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meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noon-midnight). All major cards. $$$ (H-29)
french BISTROT MARGOT 1437-39 N. Wells, 312/587-3660. A favorite fea-
turing elegant décor, affordable prices and delicious cuisine including staples like Steak Fritas, Roasted Lamb and Pates. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (H-20) KIKI’S BISTRO 900 N. Franklin, 312/335-5454. One of Chicago’s
Still Undefeated Legendary coach Don Shula––of Miami Dolphins 1972 “perfect season” fame––brings the same winning tradition, integrity, quality and expectation to his signature steakhouses. Ranked one of the Top Five Steakhouses in America year after year, Shula’s Steak House features custom center cuts of certified Premium Black Angus Beef aged to perfection, including the mouthwatering 22oz. Cowboy Steak. The restaurant itself is a virtual sports museum in tribute to the 1972 Miami Dolphins, including the menus, which are hand-painted on official NFL game footballs and signed by the Coach himself. Located in the Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water. 312/670-0788. 11:30am-12:30am, Sat-Sun 4pm-midnight. All major card. $$$ (L-30)
MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm. All major cards. $ (E-43)
finest French restaurants has a charming traditional dining area along with its authentic bistro menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (G-26) NOMI 800 N. Michigan, 7th floor, 312/239-4030. Contemporary French cuisine, sophisticated decor and stunning views combine at this stylish Mag Mile restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. (J-27)
german CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. Excellent German and American cuisine. Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck. Steaks, chops and fish specials also available daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ (Northwest of A-1)
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ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. An old-school diner
located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks, like phosphates and serious milk shakes, while noshing on renowned handsliced delicatessen sandwiches. Fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)J
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GEJA’S CAFÉ 340 W. Armitage, 773/281-9101. Romantic fondue dining. Flamenco and classical guitarists help set the mood. Children under 10 not allowed. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (G-17)
fy your sweet tooth? The HäagenDazs Cafe at Navy Pier features world-famous ice cream, baked goods, gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, and a full bar. This dockside café is modeled after the Häagen-Dazs concepts on the Champs Elysées in Paris and in Leicester Square in London, two of the company’s international flagship locations. Patrons can choose to sit in the ample seating indoors or outside on the patio. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. All major cards. (O-30)J
THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. Stir things up at this stylish fondue eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your
INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. Vegetarian & non-vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch buffet daily from 11:30am-3pm for $11.95pp. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
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INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com/index.asp. With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Donâ€™t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30)
GAYLORD INDIA 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine in the River North. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, SatSun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26)
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VEERASWAY 844 W. Randolph, 312/491-0844, www.veerasway.com. Voted best new Indian restaurant by Chicago Magazine in 2009, Veerasway is a contemporary Indian fusion restaurant in Chicago’s popular West Loop neighborhood. Veerasway is popular amongst the locals for its clever fusion of Indian Food with modern American culture. A true gem! Open Tue-Sun for dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. All major cards. $$ (D-33)
italian BUCA DI BEPPO 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. This family-style restaurant offers whopping serv-
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ings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ (J-30)J
CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. Online reservations. Feel like you’re in a 1940s traditional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served. Chef ’s daily specials and private parties available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm & Sun Dinner 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Thu 12:30am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36) ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, www.rosals.com. Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of home-
VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. This Contemporary Italian restaurant featuring modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Owned and operated by the Capitanini family since 1927, the Village features Northern Italian cuisine served in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Brian Schyuler Trio performs on Wednesdays. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
made Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a 10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43)J
DE CERO TAQUERIA 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114, www.decerotaqueria.com. Voted best new dish by Chicago
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“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934
Magazine, de cero’s taco platters are to die for! They feature 15 different types of tacos, such as the famous Grilled Skirt Steak Taco and the Battered Fish Taco with Mexican slaw and chipotle mayo. Wash them down with freshly squeezed lime Margaritas made with 100% Agave Tequila. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. All major cards. $$ (D-34) FRONTERA GRILL/ TOPOLOBAMPO 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (H-31)
let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.
SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. Experience a “fiesta” for your taste buds one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, combination platters and hacienda dinners using the freshest ingredients and juiciest meats are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $ (1-29)
pizza EDWARDO’S 521 S. Dearborn, 312/939-3366; 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490; check website for additional locations, www.edwardos.com. Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza
and all natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-38)(1-23)J PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, pizanoschicago.com. Frank Sinatra once said, “A
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day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)J
PIZZERIA ORA 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ (H-30)J
TRADER VICS 1030 N. State, 312/642-6500. This legendary island-inspired restaurant and lounge serves up Polynesian cuisine as well as a selection of pan-Asian fusion dishes and sushi. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (J-25)
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CAPE COD ROOM 140 E. Walton, 312/440-8414. Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, this seafood gem is one of Chicago’s old school fine dining classics. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (J-26) CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. The freshest seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties ike the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef ’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33) (Suburban)
545 N. LaSalle St. (312) 464-1872
“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”
HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban)
steaks, chops and ribs CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1400 historical photos lining the walls, this renowned steakhouse features huge USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning
*All dishes can be adapted for vegetarians.
Open Daily 11a.m. - 10p.m. 710 North Rush Street (312)944-7100 • (312)944-7694
wine list boasts more than 650 selections from around the globe. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving
up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (G-21)
Serving Fine Indian Cuisine for 36 Years “It’s curry and rice dishes pass every taste test with flying colors.” – Chicago Sun-Times
100 E. Walton Chicago 312-664-1700
555 Mall Drive Schaumburg 847-619-3300
HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/9533400; www.harrycarays.com. Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. (Chicago) Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun – bar only. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Bar: Daily 11:30pm-close. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban) KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, www.kinziechophouse.com. A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) O’BRIENS RESTAURANT AND BAR 1528 N. Wells, 312/787-3131, www.obriensrestaurant.com. This popular Old Town classic features continental cuisine specializing in prime steak and fresh seafood. Live piano music seven nights a week. Call for hours. (North of H-19) PETTERINO’S 150 N. Dearborn, 312/422-0150, www.petterinos.com. Located in Chicago’s exciting theater district, in the city’s “Loop” area, Petterino’s offers prime steaks, fresh seafood and classic specialties in a 1940s setting that celebrates the Golden Age of Glamour. Pre-theater and after work specials are available daily. Every night after 7pm, Petterino’s offers a three-course dinner for $19.95. Mon 11am-10pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10:30pm., Fri-Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-33) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (J-31)
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Weber kettle grill, this downtown dining establishment cooks juicy steaks and burgers over an open flame indoors. Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11am; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat 11:30ammidnight, Sun 11:30am-11pm; Bar Mon-Thu 11ammidnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-29)
WEBER GRILL 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. From the people who invented the
FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28)
JAPONAIS 600 W. Chicago, 312/822-9600. Chic interior and atmosphere characterize this contemporary Japanese and sushi restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (F-27)
“The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune
312/337-0000 1 1/ 2 Blocks From the Mag Mile at 230 East Ohio Street
SUSHI TAIYO 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. The latest River North hotspot, Sushi Taiyo sushi bar and restaurant features contemporary sushi, sashimi, updated Asian fare and a cocktail menu that includes an array of high end and Regional Sake in addition to unique martinis, champagne, wine and a selection of Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-29) TRIAD SUSHI LOUNGE 1933 S. Indiana, 312/225-8833. Start with appetizers like tuna tartare or oyster shooters and stay for an entrée of grilled Sapporo salmon or fivespice pork chops. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (J-48) located in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood at the corner of Kinzie and Wells
400 N. Wells For Reservations Call: (312) 822-0191
1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. Housed in a1864 Victorian Mansion, 1492 invites you to travel across Spain, and its colonies, in every bite. Featuring an extensive menu ranging from new Spanish and Nuevo Latino cuisine to traditional and signature tapas, 1492 offers a state-ofthe-art dining experience in a cozy ambiance that is quite lively. Some specialties are: paellas, fideua (the traditional shrimp and calamari with thin spaghetti from Spain), Sangria, and an award-winning wine list. Mon-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-28) CAFÉ IBERICO 737 N. LaSalle, 312/573-1510. A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Café Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (H-31) MERCAT A LA PLANXA 638 S. Michigan, 312/765-0524. Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue – here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (J-40)
thai DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional
dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29)
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SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28)
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STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)
vegetarian THE CHICAGO DINER 4311 N. Halsted, 773/935-6696. Meat–free since 1983, this award-winning vegetarian restaurant features vegan shakes, Ruebens, enchiladas, and much more, including organic beer and wine. Vegan options are available for all dishes. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 10am-10:30pm, Sun 10am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (North D-19) DODO AT DINO’S 954 W. Fulton, 312/226-5300. A popular vegetarian-friendly neighborhood brunch spot serving tamales and eggs along with baked goods, soups and salads, bloodys and mimosas. All major cards. $ (West of D-32)
620 n. Fairbanks 312-280-8366
GREEN ZEBRA 1460 W. Chicago, 312/243-7100 A short trek west of River North, Green Zebra is artistic and upscale in both décor and cuisine. Contemporary vegetarian/vegan dishes meant for an adventurous appetite. Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 10:30am-2pm & 5pm-9pm. All major cards. $ (West of D-27)
“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100
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Don your lederhosen and wave the white and blue Bavarian flag high because it is time for the much-anticipated Chicago Brauhaus’ annual Oktoberfest celebration. Marked by oompah music, feasting, and of course, beer drinking, this traditional German festival is in full-swing now through the end of the month. The Oktoberfest Band, comprised of Max, Gody and Guenter, with Wolfgang at the keyboards, take the stage nightly at 7pm to provide guests with non-stop entertainment. On Sundays, come early to enjoy special matinee shows starting at 5pm. As always, beer is the cornerstone of any good Oktoberfest and you can be sure servers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes will be on hand serving hefty steins of Original Spaten Oktoberfest Beer alongside a menu of house specialties like kassler rippchen (smoked pork loin) and traditional favorites like sauerbraten, goulash soup, and wiener schnitzel. There will also be a special Oktoberfest menu available. Call ahead for group reservations, 773/784-4444. Located at 4732 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, Chicago Brauhaus is closed on Tuesdays. Take the CTA (888/YOUR-CTA) Brown Line, exit Western.
information * Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. * AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.
tual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13) BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 700 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190, www.buddyguys.com. Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, Chicago’s premier blues club, which recently moved, offers the best of local and national blues talent. This new locale features upgrades like a brand new state-of-the-art sound system and an incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Cover charges vary. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40)
B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a vir-
KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this “Legendary Blues Mecca.” The best Chicago blues acts appear seven nights a week, with an early guitar set starting at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves barbecue, catfish, wings and more for late-night dining. Cover charge: Sun-Wed $12, Thu-Sat $15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm5am. All major cards. (E-13)
bowling 10pin BOWLING LOUNGE 330 N. State, 312/644-0300, www.10pinchicago.com. Adjacent to the House of Blues, this hip upscale bowling lounge features 24 state-of-the-art lanes topped by HD video screens that are supported by nightclub quality audio system. Come knock down some pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics designed for sharing. Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am. All major cards. (I-31)
cocktail lounges CAVA LOUNGE 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. The newest addition to the popular 1492 Tapas Bar, Cava keeps the lower level grooving with Latin beats, a full spirit bar and Spanish cuisine. Thu-Sun 7pm-2am. All major cards. (I-28)
BATON SHOW LOUNGE 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. This show has the nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for over 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon & Tue. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. (H-38)
CHI BAR 301 E. North Water, 312/464-1000. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower, this swanky lounge delivers sparkling views of the Chicago River while serving up specialty cocktails. Call for hours. All major cards. (K-32)
CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. Online reservations. The 1940s “Supper Club”
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and cocktail lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or enjoying an intimate cocktail. Try our famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari and more. ThuSat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. (I-28) IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, www.taiyochicago.com. A restaurant lounge fea-
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turing a menu of Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in a upscale lounge setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-29) THE LEG ROOM 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” by Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Leg Room also features Chicago’s best Industry Night on Sunday with half-priced drinks as well as half-priced drinks on Wild Wednesdays. DJs spin seven days a week. Valet parking on weekends. Mon-Wed 9pm-4am, Thu-Fri 7pm4am, Sat 7pm-5am, Sun 7pm-4am. All major cards. (I-24)
comedy clubs COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080, www.comedysportzchicago.com. An audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages and events. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times each week, so it’s never the same twice. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. All major cards. (D-7) iO 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 30 years. iO. has two theaters, each with its own bar, that have different theatrical offerings. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy as well as stylistic shows like Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Performances seven nights a week. All major cards. (D-5) THE SECOND CITY 1616 N. Wells, 312/337-3992. Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for hours. All major cards. (H-19)
dance clubs EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944. Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by the Chicago Tribune in its latest “Best of ” Reader’s Poll, this Chicago landmark fea-
tures multiple club environments under one roof: fresh beats plus incredible effects in Vision nightclub; retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret; plus late-night dining. TueFri 7pm – 4am, Sat 7pm–5am. (I-29)
VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/664-7400, www.vipschicago.com. Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover charge before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. (West of E-20)
VISION 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114. An elevated plateau of nightclub luxury that explores sight, sound and sensuality amidst four levels. World-renowned top Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday. Thu-Fri 10pm4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major cards. (I-29)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. In addition to offering a full restaurant menu until close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Kitchen open late. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (1-33)
THE KERRYMAN 661 N. Clark, 312/335-8121. Bringing modern Ireland to Chicago, this warm and inviting pub offers standard Irish fare as well as steak and seafood. Call for hours. All major cards. (H-28)
jazz clubs ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. This historic establishment features casually sophisticated dining with a musical menu of Chicago’s top musicians that cover a range of styles including Fusion, Latin, Bop, Swing and more. Doors open nightly at 4pm, dining available from
FINN MCCOOL’S and THE LOFT 15 W. Division, 312/3374349, www.finnmccoolschicago.com. Irish warmth and hospitality with a dash of Gold Coast energy. Plenty of large-screen TVs provide full coverage of all your favorite sports, Top 40s and classic rock tunes playing throughout make for a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere, and you can dance into the AM upstairs in The Loft. Daily drink and dinner specials. Sun–Wed 11am–2am, Thu–Fri 11am–4am, Sat 11am–5am. All major cards. (I-24)
JAZZ • BLUES • MOTOWN • R&B Live 7 Nights a Week!
4:30pm-midnight. Admission: Sun-Thu: $5 before 8:30pm & $10 after 8:30pm, Fri-Sat $10 before 8:30pm & $15 after 8:30pm. Cash only. (J-31) JAZZ SHOWCASE 806 S. Plymouth, 312/360-0234. A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Call for hours. Cash only. (I-41)
live music THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of
the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (I-25) HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. (H-32)
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THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable; the smartly dressed, eclectic clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)
taverns and sports bars BULL AND BEAR 413 N. Wells, 312/527-5973. Even in this economy, the Financial District can still be quite enticing. Trade in your rollercoaster day of stocks for a luxury sports bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (G-31) EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. In addition to offering a full restaurant menu until close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Kitchen open late. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (1-33)
HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. It’s always a rockin’ time at this legendary
eat • drink • bowl
institution. Besides boasting the largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hard Rock serves up the best in American cuisine. Seasonal patio now open! Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. (H-29)
blend of a lively sports bar and classic tavern, Harry Caray’s Tavern is located across the street from Wrigley Field and was voted Best Sports Bar in Chicago by Best of Citysearch. Check out their new Navy Pier location at 700 E. Grand (773-HOLY-COW)! All major cards. (North of H-15)
HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN WRIGLEYVILLE 3551 N. Sheffield, 773/327-7800, www.harrycaraystavern.com. The perfect
cocktails and bowling can work up an appetite
ROCKIT BAR & GRILL 22 W. Hubbard, 312/645-6000; 3700 N. Clark, 773/645-4400. Energetic restaurant and lounge fea-
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*with purchase of $20 or more
turing affordable, delicious cuisine like the Rockit Burger (kobe beef, melted brie and a side of truffle fries). All major cards. Call for hours. (J-31) (North of G-15)
wine bars 3RD COAST CAFÉ AND WINE BAR 1260 N. Dearborn St. 312/649-0730. 3rd Coast starts with breakfast service as early as 7am and continues until midnight with wine and occasional jazz sets. Call for hours. All major cards. (I-22)
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ENO 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8738. This intimate bar on the Michigan Avenue side of the Hotel Intercontinental specializes in gourmet chocolate and cheese flights. Call for hours. All major cards. (J-30)
adventure abounds Chicago is chock-full of activities designed to keep a spring in your step in spite of the Windy City’s chilling temps. The king of the jungle and the stage, Disney’s The Lion King, returns to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement now through November 27th, 2010. Don’t miss the Tony Award®-winning spectacle that has been dazzling audiences with its stunning visual and technical effects for 13-years. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap... an entire savannah is brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor. Tickets are $25-$97 and are available at 800/775-2000; all Ticketmaster retail locations; online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com; and the ticket kiosk located at Water Tower Place. Make a day of it with a trip to the Shedd Aquarium, where guests are invited to strap on a mask and flippers and explore the world of the aquatic with Free General Admission Days October 25th and 26th. Receive free general admission to the original galleries Waters of the World, Amazon Rising, and the Caribbean Reef, and discounts on admission passes to Wild Reef and the Shedd’s mesmerizing aquatic show, Fantasea. The Shedd is located on the Museum Campus at 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 9am–6pm. 312/939-2438. Keep the animal theme alive with a trip to a magical jungle right here in the city. A feast for the senses, Rainforest Café (605 N. Clark; 312/787-1501) features the sights and sounds of a real rainforest with mechanical elephants and gorillas and simulated storms. Your wild bunch will enjoy the kid’s special menu featuring items like Python Pasta and Gorilla Grilled Cheese Delight, while you dine on mouth-watering selection of burgers, pastas, seafood and chicken. But the adventure’s not over until you’ve tried the mouth-watering Sparkling Volcano dessert. Every Wednesday on Family Night, kids 12 & under eat for only $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. Receive a FREE chef ’s appetizer with discount coupon in our Kids Korner section!
bears game day by Mark Loehrke
With all due respect to the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks and the summer-long party that accompanied, autumn really still belongs to just one team in this town – the Chicago Bears. While the past few seasons have produced more losses than wins on the gridiron, Chicago remains a Bears town through and through, ever optimistic that the team’s first Super Bowl triumph since 1985 is just around the corner. Combine that deep civic passion for the team with the scarcity of actual home dates in a season (8), and you begin to understand why game days on the lakefront are such a big deal. On football Sundays at Soldier Field – like this week when Chicago native Donovan McNabb and the Washington Redskins come to town for a noon kickoff – the game itself is but a three-hour portion of what will certainly be a full day of pre-game parties and post-game analysis and (hopefully) celebration. But the parking lots around the stadium are hardly the only places in town to find terrific tailgating and amped-up atmosphere. At Emerald Loop Bar & Grill (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0200), everything Irish is transformed into everything Bears on game days. In addition to the regular menu of Irish favorites, classic bar bites and great drink options, football fans will find an array of Sunday specials like a pre-kickoff $9.95 breakfast buffet from 9am to 1pm and $1.50 Mini Cheeseburgers all day long. Meanwhile out on Navy Pier, the latest outpost of the Harry Caray’s Tavern empire (700 E. Grand; 312/527-9700) shifts its focus from Harry’s beloved Cubs to their gridiron brethren when fall rolls around. The Park, Tailgate and Cruise party starts at 9:30am every home Sunday with discounted parking on the Pier, a delicious brunch buffet at the restaurant, and a discounted 15-minute ride across the lake to Soldier Field for the game via the Shoreline Water Taxi. After the game, it’s back to the Pier for post-game festivities.
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COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont. This smart, fast and funny interactive improv show has
moved to a new location just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop for a whole new season of high-end comedy and laughs. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. Call 773/5498080 or www.comedysportzchicago.com.
I.O. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. For more than 20 years, i.O. has been the
premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.
CANDIDE Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312/443-3800. Goodman
Theatre celebrates its 10th season with a fresh take on an enduring masterpiece–Candide, Voltaire’s effervescent, picaresque adventure, newly adapted and directed by Tony Award–winning Mary Zimmerman. Extended by popular demand, Candide chronicles, in lightening-fast progression, the story of a young man banished from home and then drafted into the Bulgarian army where he endured relentless disaster. Voltaire’s satiric genius is found in Candide’s earnest attempts to trivialize the tragedy and uphold the contention of his mentor, Dr. Pangloss; that all things happen for the best in this ‘best of all possible worlds’. Running through October 31st. Tickets range from $25-$85. More info at www.GoodmanTheatre.org.
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL The Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph. Powered by the music of legendary musician Sir
Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical tells a funny, heartwarming tale of a young boy’s triumph against the odds. Set against the historic British miners’ strike of the 1980s, the story follows Billy’s journey as a boy in a small mining town who, after stumbling across a ballet class while on his way to a boxing lesson, realizes that his future lay not in the boxing ring, but on stage as a dancer. For tickets: $28-$100, call 800/775-2000 or visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
DISNEY’S THE LION KING The Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph, 800/775-2000. The
king of the jungle and the stage, Disney’s The Lion King, returns to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement now through November 27th, 2010. Don’t miss the Tony Award®-winning spectacle that has been dazzling audiences with its stunning visual and technical effects for 13years. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap... an entire savannah is brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor. Tickets are $25-$97, and are available at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
PETER PAN (A PLAY) Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, 312/337-0665. Journey to a world of pirates, fairies and fantasy with the world-premiere of Lookingglass original, Peter Pan (A Play). Nationally-known Amanda Dehnert directs this adaptation of the classic tale from J.M. Barrie, of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, in a playful, and darkly comic fashion bringing innovative theatricality, aerial arts, and a soulful understanding of yearning and regret to the legendary childhood adventure. Preview tickets are $20-$34 and regular run tickets are $34-$62 and are available by phone at 312/337-0665 or online at www.lookingglasstheatre.org.
meat me in chicago Though the once-bustling South Side stockyards may today be little more than a historical footnote in the city’s colorful history, Chicago’s vital meatpacking past continues to be well represented in the present by the many fine steakhouses that dot the culinary landscape. Indeed, while the city is home to several of the most innovative, cutting-edge restaurants in the country, it is still the back-to-basics lure of a great steak that truly defines Chicago’s dining scene. A neighborhood spot with real character—the Kinzie Chophouse (400 N. Wells; 312/822-0191) is celebrated for its outstanding entrees, seafood, pasta, and extensive wine list. But a no-nonsense focus on great beef is the daily M.O. here. Throughout the month of October and November, Kinzie Chophouse helps take the chill out of the air with their new Seasonal Menu and 3-course Dinner Menu ($25 per person). Whet your appetite with a hearty bowl of homemade Potato, Leek and Bacon Soup before selecting from mouth-watering entrees like a 10–ounce New York Strip served with their famous Four Cheese “Mac and Cheese,” Kinzie’s Famous Chicken Pot Pie, Pan Seared Salmon “Putenesca” Style, and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Save room for dessert. The Pumpkin Cheesecake, Country Apple Tart, and Decadent Chocolate Cake are well worth the wait. Despite well-earned accolades for its Chicken Vesuvio and a menu full of other Italian favorites, one look at the impressive tray of raw cuts at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse (33 W. Kinzie; 312/828-0966) will quickly remind you why everything comes second to the beef in this River North mainstay – everything, that is, except perhaps the Cubs. A two-fisted meat-and-potato restaurant, Chicago Chop House (60 W. Ontario; 312/787-7100) features huge USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks, along with an award-winning wine list boasting more than 650 selections from around the globe. Housed in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos lining the walls, this Chop House is the place “Where the City That Works Eats.” There’s more steak to be had – along with plenty of sports memorabilia – at Shula’s Steak House (301 E. Water; 312/670-0788), where the thick porterhouses and juicy T-bones could make even a lifelong Bears fan raise a toast to the former Miami Dolphins coach.
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