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Welcomes Process Expo 2011!

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October 28, 2011

This Week

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Inside PROCESS EXPO, THE GLOBAL FOOD EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY SHOWTM

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On behalf of the Food Processing Suppliers Association and more than 450 exhibiting companies, I wish to welcome you to the food and beverage industry’s fastest growing trade show, PROCESS EXPO®. At this single powerhouse event, you will find a wide range of manufacturing solutions for every link in the supply chain, across the entire spectrum of the food industry in one place at one time. This year’s show features by far the most ambitious educational program we have ever developed, with sessions going on throughout the day. This is complemented by the practical expertise you’ll find on the PROCESS EXPO show floor. Take your time exploring the aisles, or use the on-site product locators to identify the exhibitors who supply what you are looking for. If there is anything we can do to help you get even more out of PROCESS EXPO, please let us know. Thank you for your attendance at this important event. We appreciate your time. We are confident that this year’s show reinforces our commitment to the success of the food and beverage industry, and we look forward to a highly successful PROCESS EXPO 2011.

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On Stage Presented by lIve PerformanCes....................66 Publisher Walter L. West III Sr. Account Manager Donna Dugo Contributing Writer Mark Loehrke Office Manager Nancy Vargas Production Director Kameron West

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ON THE COVER A COMIC HOTBED FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Looking for some good, clean fun this Halloween? Don’t miss the spook-tacularly funny interactive comedy competition, ComedySportz. Making people laugh for over 24 years, these funny improvisers offer a unique blend of fast, funny and smart improvisational comedy that is appropriate for all ages. Bring your friends, bring your family, heck, bring your costumes, just come get in on the action, and gawk as two teams of nimble performers “compete” to present the funniest scenarios based on audience suggestions. Have kids in tow? Don’t miss ComedySportz Adventure Series for Kids’ current show Little Red Riding Hood Saturday, October 29th at 11am. Adults $10 and children $7. Perfect for children 7 and under. ComedySportz is located just steps away from the red, brown and purple line Belmont ‘El’ stop at 929 W. Belmont. Performance schedule is Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm & 10pm and Saturday at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. Main stage show tickets are $22. For more information, call 773/549-8080 or visit www.comedysportzchicago.com.

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Halloween starts early at Harry Caray’s on Navy Pier. Every weekend, Haunted Harry’s will be decorated from top to bottom with ghouls, goblins, spider webs and tombstones and will offer fun activities for the kids. Kids will love decorating giant Pumpkin Cookies with colored frosting and candy ($3/cookie) while adults can indulge in a treat of their own with one of Harry’s spooktacular cocktails. 700 E. Grand. # 124 312/527-9700.

Explore a different world of cinema at the 28th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. View noteworthy films from all around the globe geared toward our future young leaders of the world. Adults $9, children (2-16) $6. The Festival takes place at Facets Cinema (1517 W. Fullerton), and other Chicago venues through Oct. 30th. For complete schedule, visit www.cicff.org. Round out the day with a food safari at downtown’s Rainforest Café (605 N. Clark; 312/787-1501).


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From pumpkin decorating and hayrides to ghost stories and trick-or-treating, there’s something for everyone at the city’s annual Chicagoween celebration at Franken Plaza. Entertainment from Midnight Circus, Magic Matt and Dave Herzog’s Marionettes Plus Arts & Crafts. Fri-Sat 11am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington. 312/7443315. to Monroe

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Heart & Soul Dueling Piano (Party) Bar invites guests to sing along, dance along, and drink along as dueling pianists rock out your favorite hits. No party would be complete without Gallon Sized Cocktails, Jello Shots, and a Walk-up Lemonade Stand (the adult version of course). Thu-Sat 8pm-2am. No cover. 500 N. LaSalle. 312/661-1122.

As sailing season comes to a close, visitors are invited to get a mini walking tour and rare behind-thescenes look at the raising of the Chicago’s bridges from inside the gear room at McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum. 9am. $10. Departs east of Lake Shore Drive on the Riverwalk Level. 312/939-0490, ext. 23. Afterward, continue your quest for knowledge with Chicago’s Finest River Walk (departs at 10am & 12:30pm on Saturdays from DuSable statue located at the NE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge; # 312/202-0745). 151 Ghosts and goblins of all ages are sure to have a good time at Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration at Brookfield Zoo. The not-so-scary and fun-filled event has something for the entire family to enjoy. SatSun from 11am-4pm each day. Adults $13.50, children ages 3-11/seniors 65+ $9.50. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield. 708/688-8000. Giving a whole new meaning to the idea of getting “dressed up” to go to the symphony, audience members are encouraged to don their Halloween best while members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra provide the spooky sounds during the annual family-friendly Hallowed Haunts performance at Symphony Center. 3pm. (Come early from 1:302:30 for fun activities in the “Haunted Ballroom”). Recommended for ages 5+. $10-$60. 220 S. # 3 Michigan. 312/294-3000.

Celebrate the changing of the season with Wendella’s special 2–hour Fall Fireworks tour departing every Saturday night at 7:45pm. Full Cash Bar onboard along with a heated main salon. Adults $28, seniors $26, children $14. 400 N Michigan. 312/337-1446. Find details on page 12. #151 The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30pm in United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000. Round out the night with an authentic Italian meal at nearby, VIVO (838 W. Randolph; 312/733-3379). #20 These guys aren’t just dressing up like a marching band for Halloween – they can really play. Forget the game and get into the spirit of halftime with the sights and sounds of Drumline Live! at the Auditorium Theatre. Sat at 8pm and Sun at 3pm. $30-$72. 50 # E. Congress. 312/922-2110. 3


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Experience a Chicago tradition every Sunday at Maxwell Street Market where hundreds of vendors gather year-round offering bargain-basement prices on everything from household goods, clothing and CDs to jewelry, power tools produce and more. 7am-3pm. FREE. Located in the South Loop at Des Plaines and Roosevelt. 312/744-3315. #157

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As the rock-equivalent to a church service, House of Blues Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel and eat shrimp, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and jambalaya. 10am & 12:30pm. $37.50 adults, $22 children 6-12. 329 N. Dearborn. 312/923-2000.  #36 Don’t miss your last chance to celebrate this year’s Oktoberfest at the legendary Chicago Brauhaus restaurant. 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. 4732 N. Lincoln. 773/784-4444. Find to Western details on page 58.

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Chicago’s largest science museum, the Museum of Science and Industry invites Illinois residents out for FREE general admission today. Tour a World War II sub and Fast Forward with a multimedia exploration of how our futures are being shaped today. Temporary exhibits, like Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention, require separate admission fee. Open daily 9:30am4pm. 57th Street and Lake # Shore Dr. 773/684-1414. 3 It just wouldn’t be Halloween without the garish and extremely profane metal of veteran good-taste offenders GWAR. 6pm. House of Blues. $27. 329 N. Dearborn. 312/923-2000. More Halloween events on page 68. #36 The Chicago Blackhawks face-off against the Nashville Predators at 7:30pm in United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000. Continuing its decadeslong tradition of a “classical exchange program,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra opens its hall to the visiting Budapest Festival Orchestra tonight at Symphony Center. 8pm. $25-$65. 220 S. Michigan. 312/ 2943000. # 3

Chicago Children’s Theatre brings everyone’s favorite bedtime book, Goodnight Moon The Musical, to the stage in a new full-length musical. Watch as Bunny’s room magically comes alive as he dances and sings his way to sweet dreams through nursery rhyme scenes at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. Tue-Thu 10:15am, Sat 11am & 3pm, Sun 11am. Adults $35, children $25. 2433 N. Lincoln. to Fullerton 773/871-3000. John Hancock Observatory’s much-anticipated Winter Wonderland is back with a full schedule of jam-packed weekends including visits from Santa 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile. This year, Kids Go Free with each full-fare adult  admission. 9am-11pm. Adults (12+) $15, kids ages 3-11 are $10. Don’t forget to register for Breakfast with Santa – spots are booking fast. 875 N. Michigan. 888/875-VIEW. Join Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics at Harvard University, today at Harold Washington Library Center, as she discusses and signs her new book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World. 6pm. FREE. 400 S. State (Cindy Pritzker Auditorium). Registration required, 312/747-4050.

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On two separate afternoons, 50 years apart, a modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side becomes a contested site in the politics of race in Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park, now playing at Steppenwolf Theatre Company through Nov. 6th. Tue-Fri 7:30pm, Sat-Sun 3pm & 7:30pm. $20-$75. 1650 N. Halsted. 312/335-1650. to North


2 WEDNESDAY Discover the exciting diversity of Chicago architecture on the Highlights by Bus: Robie House tour, which covers 30 miles of Chicago design from the Loop and Hyde Park to the Gold Coast, Lakefront, and beyond. Wed, Fri-Sun at 9:30am through Nov. Adults $42, students/seniors $39. Tours depart from 224 S. Michigan. 312/922-3432. #3 Glessner House Museum offers complimentary guided tours of Glessner House (1886), a National Historic Landmark, and Clarke House (1836), the City’s oldest surviving building, every Wednesday. Groups are limited to 12 visitors per tour and are on a first-come, first-serve walk-in basis. Clark tour departs at noon & 2pm, Glessener tour departs at 1pm & 3pm. FREE. 1800 S. Prairie. 312/326-1480. #3

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The annual Umbrella Music Festival kicks off with two nights of transcontinental collaboration and improvisation during European Jazz Meets Chicago tonight and Thursday at the Chicago Cultural Center. 6pm. FREE. 77 E. Randolph. 312/744# 6630. 151

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Free night of improv continues at The ComedySportz Theatre every Wednesday. Catch any one of three 1-hour shows between 8pm and 10pm, including REC League (8pm), Battle-Prov (9pm), and The Improv Open Mike (10pm). 929 W. Belmont. 773/549-8080.

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Learn about Chicago’s fascinating history and famous architecture from knowledgeable guides with Steve’s Segway Tours all while on a thrilling, scenic tour through downtown, Museum Campus, along the lakefront, and more. Departs daily, make your reservation today! $60$70. Departs from Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & # Columbus. 312/946-9467. 151

Chicago Film Tour puts you in the director’s chair with an up close look at Chicago’s most beloved films like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Fugitive. Journey from Uptown to Chinatown in a luxury motor coach and explore more than 30 sites where these remarkable Hollywood hits were born. Thu-Sun at 10:30am & 12:30pm. $30. Pick up on Clark between Ontario & Ohio. Book your tour today at 312/593-4455.

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey® invites families to plug into a circus experience like no other at Ringling Bros.® Fully Charged, where megawatts of excitement explode off of the arena floor. Thu 7pm, Fri 10:30am & 7:30pm, Sat 11:30am, 3:30pm & 7:30pm, Sun 1pm & 5pm. $11-$50. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Manheim in Rosemont. 847-635-6601. to Rosemont Can you Handel it? The Chicago Symphony Orchestra rolls out an all-Handel program, featuring guest soloist Richard Pare on two of the composer’s organ concertos, followed by a complete performance of Water Music. 8pm. $42-$125. Symphony Center. 220 S. # 3 Michigan. 312/294-3000. Blue Man Group, a longtime favorite, has recently added new material to its production. New cutting-edge technology and striking visual aspects promise an innovative twist on an already unique form of entertainment. Performances at Briar Street Theatre tonight at 8pm. $49-$69. 3133 N. Halsted. to Belmont 800/982-2787.

For the second year in a row, The Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art will share center stage in Festival Hall with Chicago’s muchanticipated art fair mainstay, the 18th Annual International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair. Joint lecture series and special exhibits are free with paid admission. All artwork is for sale. Fri-Sat 11am-7pm. $15. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 800/563-7632. #124 Don’t miss your last chance to catch Chicago’s most eagerly awaited return production, Mary Poppins, performing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre thru Nov 6th. The entire original creative team has reunited to bring audiences this story of the world’s most famous nanny. Tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets $25-$90. 151 W. Randolph. 800/775-2000. #124 Hershey Felder returns to Chicago’s Royal George Theatre with Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein.  Tickets are $55. Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 5pm. 1641 N. Halsted. 312/988-9000. to North


here’$ the Deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Stretch your dollar at KEEFERS RESTAURANT where guests enjoy FREE flatbread pizza every Friday from 5pm-6:30pm. 20 W. Kinzie. 312/467-9525.

SATURDAY SIMPLY THALIA simply offers a good deal with $5 beer, sake and house wine, and free dumplings (with any entrée purchase). 108 N. State. 312/750-9098.

SUNDAY Have a Sunday Funday at RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE where Bloody Marys are just $3 all day long. 69 E. Madison. 312/332-8111.

MONDAY Stretch your dollar every Monday at SUSHI TAIYO with half priced bottles of wine. And that goes for any bottle! 58 E. Ontario. 312/440-1717.

TUESDAY In celebration of 20 years in the biz, VIVO is offering a three-course menu for $20, available for lunch and dinner now through Nov. 15th. 838 W. Randolph. 312/733-3379. Details on page 70.

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Kids Korner Rainforest Café: FREE chef’s appetizer of the day or kid’s meal with ad on page 11.

Sights Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours: $5 off with ad on page 19. Bike and Roll Chicago: $5 off with ad on page 23. Tall Ship Windy: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 22.

Shopping Iwan Ries & Co. (tobacconists since 1857): Mention KEY for a FREE gift.

Dining Buca di Beppo: $10 off of any $20 or more purchase with ad on page 52. Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen: FREE potato pancakes with purchase of sandwich or entrée with ad on page 55.

WEDNESDAY Take a mid-week break at FINN MCCOOL’S where you can dine on Three-Buck Burger $3 and $3 Bud/Bud Light Drafts. 15 W. Division. 312/337-4349.

THURSDAY Get a FREE MEAL at HEART AND SOUL DEULING PIANO/PARTY BAR from 5pm-7pm with the purchase of any beverage. Menu includes Burgers, Italian Beefs and more. 500 N. LaSalle. 312/661-1122.

Nightlife The BackRoom: 2-for-1 admission with ad on page 60. Excalibur: Free admission for 2 with ad on page 63. * Additional coupons and savings can be found throughout this week’s issue!


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ago! Each 75-minute Wrigley Field Tour includes stops at the Cubs Clubhouse, mezzanine suites, press box and more. Purchase tickets in advance. Tours offered Oct 7-14, 17-28 & 31. Times vary. $25. to Addison 1060 W. Addison. 773/404-CUBS. PINKALICIOUS: THE MUSICAL MUSUEM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Emerald City Theatre’s 2010 hit Pinkalicious comes Let your imagination run wild at The Museum to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place of Science and Industry’s newest exhibit, for a limited engagement. When Pinkerton eats one There’s Fun to be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art to many pink cupcakes, she catches a serious case of Invention. This temporary exhibit, opening of “Pinkititis” and turns pink from head to toe! Find Oct. 13th, chronicles the common artistic out if her broccolilinks that existed eating brother will throughout Dr. MANNY’S be able to help cure Seuss’s career, his COFFEE SHOP her before it’s too unique way of lookStart a new late. Saturdays (and ing at the world, as tradition at a some Sundays) at well as the amazing Chicago institu10am. $16-$22. 175 imagination and tion! Every E. Chestnut. creativity that Saturday after800/775-2000. made his 44 chil# noon between 151 dren’s books come 11:30am-2:30pm to life. Adults $20, JOHN HANCOCK Manny’s Coffee seniors 65+ $19, OBSERVATORY Shop & Deli hosts a real Live Magic Show. Your little and children 3-11 Experience ones will be entertained while you enjoy timeless $12. 57th Street spectacular mouth-watering classics. 1141 S. Jefferson. Call and Lake Shore Dr. views of Chicago 312/939-2855. Receive a FREE order of potato 773/684-1414. 94-stories up at pancakes with coupon on page 55. msichicago.org.  #3 John Hancock Observatory. WRIGLEY Voted “the best view in Chicago,” guests can FIELD TOURS embark on an open-air Skywalk, listen to a Wrigley Field is more than just a ballpark; it’s a monmultimedia Sky Tour narrated by David ument to the Chicago Cubs and baseball fans alike. Schwimmer, and enjoy ice cream in the clouds Bring the family to celebrate the legendary park’s at Espression by Lavazza café. Daily 9am-11pm. rich history, which began in 1914, almost 100 years

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NAVY PIER Welcome to a fantastically fun-filled Halloween on Navy Pier. Enjoy a special Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Trick-or-Treat Mobile handing out treats every day from 1pm–4 pm, fortune telling, award-winning Magician Dennis Watkins performing Houdini’s Dreaded Upside-Down Water Chamber Escape, and much more, including fantastic fireworks each Saturday at 9pm! Oct 14-31, Fri-Sat noon-9pm and Sun noon8pm. 600 E. Grand. 312/595-PIER.


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Adults $15, youth 3-11 $10, children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan. 888/875-VIEW. Bring # 151 discount coupon in center spread.

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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. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark. 312/ # 151 742-2000.

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SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies at the Shedd Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Jellies. Come dive into the complicated and intriguing underwater world of these fascinating creatures and experience a hands-on exhibit that showcases more than 10 species of jellies and examines their unique lifecycle. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am8:30am-6pm. Adults $28.95, children 3-11 $19.95 (exhibits may require additional fee). 1200 S. # 146 Lake Shore. 312/939-2438.

AMAZING CHICAGO’S FUNHOUSE MAZE If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. 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. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. 600 E. Grand # 124 at Navy Pier. 888/893-7300.

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I.O. THEATRE i.O. Theatre wants to take you to… Storytown! This interactive arts experience combines improvisation, music, and storytelling into an unforgettable make-believe theater event. The audience joins in by helping pick costumes, draw set pieces, and throw curves into the plot. Fun for the whole family! For ages 310. Saturdays at 10:30am. $5. 3541 N. Clark. to Addison 773/880-0199.

RAINFOREST CAFÉ Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night at Rainforest Café, when kids 10 & under eat for only $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/7871501. Bring coupon below for a complimentary # chef’s appetizer or kid’s meal! 36

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Explore more than ever before!

Discover the life, art and creative genius of Theodor seuss geisel (Dr. seuss) with THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY’S (5700 s. lake shore Dr.; 773/684-1414) newest temporary exhibit There’s Fun to be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention, opening october 13th. Celebrate the season Chicago-style at NAVY PIER’S (600 e. grand; 312/595-PIer) reallY BIg halloWeen ParTY! enjoy chills and thrills all along the Dock… music and dancing in the family Pavilion… and amazing animal characters in Pier Park. meanwhile, for a fascinating look at Chicago’s famous architecture, WENDELLA’S (400 n. michigan; 312/337-1446) special 2–hour fall fireworks tour (saturday at 7:45pm) takes guests on a mini river tour and then out to the lake to view the city’s spectacular skyline and fireworks show. full cash bar and heated main saloon onboard.  

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AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (CAF) Whether by boat, foot, bus, bike or even Segway, CAF’s enthusiastic and highly–educated guides give the best architecture tours of the city.  Don’t miss the FREE Chicago Model City exhibition, a 320-square-foot model that shows Chicago as you’ve never seen it before. Sun-Thu 9:30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6:30pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, caf.architecture.org. (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. (J-26) CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Adults $76 and children ages 3-11 $59. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the multimedia Sky Tour, Espression by Lavazza café, and more. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15; youth 3-11 $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. (J-26) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/7421168, www.millenniumpark.org. (K-33) NAVY PIER Celebrate the season Chicago-style with Navy Pier’s Really Big Halloween Party! Enjoy chills and thrills all along the Dock… music and dancing in the Family Pavilion… and amazing animal characters in Pier Park every Friday through Sunday from October 14th through 31st. Come in costume to receive special discounts from Navy Pier vendors, and compete for fabulous prizes. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. (N-30)

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FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR IL RESIDENTS: Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Art Institute (for IL residents the 1st and 2nd Wed of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.

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SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere with the “Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Lots of photo ops, bring your camera! Daily 10am-8pm. Adults $17; children ages 3-11 $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com. (G-36)

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Don’t Lose Your Head Nothing to do this Chicagoween? Don’t lose your head. ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS invites guests, young and old alike, to uncover Chicago’s dark side with a 2-hour HAUNTED TOUR. Learn the stories behind the city’s famously haunted hotels and most shocking murders and tragedies. As you ‘hunt’ for ghosts alongside your tour guide, be sure to keep an eye out for Al Capone’s haunted yacht. Tickets range from $60-$65. Must be 14 years or older. Tours depart Wednesday-Saturday from 337 E. Randolph. For more info, call 312/552-5100 or toll free 877/866-0966. Receive $5 off with ad on page 19.

ADLER PLANETARIUM The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Weekdays 10am-4pm, weekends 10am-4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors $10; kids 3-11 $8. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922STAR. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. FriWed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm. Free admission the first and second Wednesday of the month. Adults $18; children/seniors/students w/ID $12; and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $12; seniors $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. (I-34)

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CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $14; seniors/students/children 13-22 $12; and children 12 & under are free. AE, MC, V 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $10; seniors/students $7; and children ages 6-11 $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: The Horse. Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: Adults $15; students/ seniors $12; and children 3-11 $10. Free days for IL residents Oct. 2, 4, 11, 26, and 31. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Guided tours available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 mins. Adults $15 and children 4-17/seniors 65+ $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000. (Suburban)


JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312/413-5353. (D-40) KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon 9:30-noon, Tue-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults/children $9.50; seniors 55+ $8.50; and children under 1 are free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview, 847/832-6600. (Suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults $8 and seniors $6. Free on Tue (11am-8pm), Wed-Sun 11am6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600. (J-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $12; students/ seniors $7; and children under 12 free. IL residents are free on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including new temporary exhibit There’s Fun to be Done! Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention (opening Oct. 13). Daily 9:30am-4pm. General admission: Adults $15; seniors 65+ $14; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773/684-1414. (South of P-54) NEWBERRY LIBRARY A free and independent research library offering an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other programming. Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. FREE. 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. (H-25)

THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Nature’s Architects. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $9; students/seniors 60+ $7; children ages 3-12 $6; and children under 3 free. IL residents are free on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies with Jellies. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults $28.95 and children ages 3-11 $19.95. Free days for IL residents Oct. 3-4 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & 31. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. (L-43)

R E N TA L S BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Choose from over 500 bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, and more–– and explore the city at your leisure. Rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)(M-30)

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CHICAGO’S FINEST RIVER WALK TOUR City’s most fun and dynamic history walking tour!    Discover the city’s triumphs and tragedies while viewing its architectural wonders on a 2-hour tour of Chicago’s River Walk. Departs from Du Sable statue located at the NE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge. Adults $15, seniors $10, under 12 $8, 3 & under free. Reservations required, 312/202-0745. For tour schedule, visit chicagowalktour.com. (K-32)   

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS  Great tours by bicycle, segway, and electric bikes! Amazing Lakefront Tour by Bike or Segway, Friendly Neighborhoods Tour to Lincoln Park & Wrigleyville by Electric Bike, Presidential Tour of Hyde Park by bike. Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)(M-30)

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Chocolate Around the World A gift for the gods. A symbol of wealth and luxury. An economic livelihood. Bonbons. Hot fudge. Candy bars. For thousands of years humans have been fascinated with the delicious phenomenon that we call “chocolate.” Journey through history to get the complete story behind the tasty treat that we crave in CHOCOLATE, an exciting new exhibition developed by THE FIELD MUSUEM. You’ll begin in the rainforest with the unique cacao tree whose seeds started it all. Visit the ancient Maya civilization of Central America and discover what chocolate meant nearly 1,500 years ago. Open daily 9am-5pm. $22/adults, $18/seniors & students, $15/children (3-11). 1400 S. Lake Shore. 312/922-9410.

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ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Enjoy Chicago on this scenic 8-mile glide along the lakefront and gardens of Grant and Millennium Parks. View famous attractions, Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean”, Soldier Field, and the Museum Campus with the skyline as your backdrop. Select from the Lakefront Museum Campus Tour, Art and Architecture Tour, Evening Fireworks tour, and the Haunted Tour. 337 E. Randolph. 312/552-5100. www.chicagosegway.com.

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS Safe, fun and easy to ride! Glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about Chicago’s fascinating history with an Early Bird Tour, Amazing Lakefront Tour, Segway @ Sunset Tour, and the Foster Beach and Montrose Harbor Tour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 888/BIKE.WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)

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GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800/621-4153, www.grayline.com.

STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS The most fun tour in Chicago! Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a 3–hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours available. Great photos! Daily departures at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Call for reservations. Prices: $60-$85 + tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (down the stairs), 312/9469467, StevesSegwayTours.com. (K-36)


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CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE Unforgettable 90-min lectured boat cruise departing daily at 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm (additional cruises at 11am & 1pm Fri-Sun). The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. Adults $38; seniors $32; children 7-18 $22; and children under 7 are free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-2002, www.chicagoline.com. (L-32)

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CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY  CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)  river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climate-

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ARCHITECTURE CRUISES FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline Sightseeing one-hour  cruises led by professional, entertaining guides showcase more than 40 landmarks along the Chicago River. Daily from Ogden Slip/ Navy Pier from 10:45am. Adults $26-$33; seniors $23-$30; children 12 & under $13$16. Also this fall: Skyline Lake Tours and Sat. night Fireworks Cruises! Purchase tickets in advance and save at www.shorelinesightseeing.com. 312/222-9328. (O-31)

controlled seating with spectacular views and commentary on over 53 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35. Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge & Wacker, 800/982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com/rivercruise or ask your Concierge. (J-32)

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HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER

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.

TALL SHIP ADVENTURES The 148-foot Tall Ship Windy departs daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan. Adults $24-$45; seniors $15-$35; and children 2-11 $10$20. Red Witch and Pianissimo complete the fleet and offer a variety of sailing events and private charters from Burnham Harbor. Navy Pier and Burnham Harbor, 312/451-2700, www.ChicagoTallShips.com. (O-31)

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WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s original narrated boat tour, Wendella offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $26 adults, $25 seniors, $13 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/337-1446, www.wendellaboats.com. (J-31)

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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable and quality service to and from O’Hare and Midway airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups big and small. Mini busses, vans and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and sightseeing tours.  For the “best rates you won’t find anywhere else” call 630/629-0001 or 888/709-5466. Visit us on the web @  www.AmericanCoach.net.

CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for “L” train course. $2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass. 888/YOUR-CTA. GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7


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METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312/322-6900. (J-33)(J-38)

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Don’t miss big cats, polar bears and sea lions. There’s also a new Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily 10am-5pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000, www.lpzoo.com. (H-17)

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BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Venture into the world of giraffes, monkeys, reptiles, elephants and more. Weekdays 10am-5pm, weekends 10am-6pm. 10am-5pm. Adults $13.50; children ages 3-11/seniors $9.50, and children under 2 are free. $9 parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in suburban Brookfield, 708/485-0263. www.brookfieldzoo.org. (Suburban)

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CHICAGO WATER TAXI Your Fun, Fast and Friendly way to transit Chicago with convenient stops at Madison Street by Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark & LaSalle Streets, Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower and Chinatown. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day tickets are $6.)  Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com.

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YELLOW CAB 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. AE, DS, MC, V. Call 312/TAXI-CAB.


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explore beautiful landscapes, monumental architecture, and iconic sculpture at Chicago’s civic gem located in the heart of downtown, Millennium Park. BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via frank gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. 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. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear digital images of actual Chicagoans year-round. 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. 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).

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architecture of the Park. space is limited to 10 people only. meet at the millennium Park Welcome Center, 201 e. randolph. Tours depart daily at 11:30am and 1pm. Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge striving to represent underlying patterns in what may outwardly seem chaotic, Yvonne Domenge’s sculpture strikes a unity in what we perceive as opposites and finds harmony in apparent dissonances. often referencing the natural world, Domenge’s work reveals a fascina-

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tion with form and geometry. on display through oct 1, 2012.

world’s most spectacular new public space – architect frank gehry and artists anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa – recount how and why millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor.

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Chicago’s reputation for great shopping brings many visitors to the Windy City. This includes Charles lotton of LOTTON GALLERY (900 n. michigan, level 6; 312/664-6203), who has been a visionary in the art of hand blown glass since 1970. stop by the family-owned gallery at The 900 shops and see why he is regarded as “The Tiffany of the 21st Century.” It’s no secret that Chicago weather can be unpredictable. fortunately, the CHICAGO FUR OUTLET (777 W. Diversey Pkwy; 773/348-3877) has been keeping customers warm and stylish for more than 25 years. enter into a world of elegance and style with PANDORA’S fall/Winter collection, available at Water Tower Place (835 n. michigan; 312/915-0647). This new selection of bracelets and rings, titled “stellar,” is inspired by nostalgia with a dash of rock.

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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/4237635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, www.atlasgalleries.com. (J-29)(J-26)

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ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, CloisonnĂŠ vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. (H-31)

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. (H-31)

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

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

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BROOKS BROTHERS Make a statement with legendary quality and style. Classically modern suits, shirts, ties, pants, and sweaters. Call for hours. All major cards. 713 N. Michigan, 312/915-0060. (J-28)

DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. (H-29)

H&M Fashionable and affordable European chain offering men and women’s vibrant, modern clothing. Call for hours. All major cards. 22 N. State, 312/263-4436; 840 N. Michigan, 312/640-0060. (I-36)(J-26)

DEPARTMENT STORES BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. (J-26)

DAY SPA 664 IN ROOM MASSAGES OR FACIALS ($100 & UP) Available daily 9am-11pm Call (312)473-0580 www.dayspa664.com

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MACY’S Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours— State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. (I-34)(J-26)


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CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER Celebrating nearly 30 years in the business! Find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary). All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. (North of E-11)

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JEWELRY HOWARD FRUM JEWELERS Specializing in pre-owned Rolex watches, vintage and high-grade wristwatches. Buy, sell, service, restoration and appraisals. Call for hours. MC, V. 5 S. Wabash, Suite 814, 312/332-5999. (I-36)

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AMERICAN GIRL 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. 835 N. Michigan, 877/AG-PLACE. (J-26)

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TIFFANY & CO. This Michigan Avenue location of the venerable jewelry company offers plenty of sparkle. Call for hours. All major cards. 730 N. Michigan, 312/944-7500. (J-27)

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PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Their new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, 312/915-0647, http://memorablecharms.com/locations.html. (J-27)

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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 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. 700 N. Michigan, Chicago Place, 312/944-6500. (J-28)

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

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NEIMAN MARCUS The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff within this luxurious department store. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. AE 737 N. Michigan, 312/642-5900. (J-27)


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Hauntingly Boo-tiful Candy and costumes may sound like kid’s stuff, but Chicago never passes up an opportunity to party. This Halloween frightfully fabulous events around town will have adults everywhere donning their best costumes and lining up to score some tricks and treats at the city’s hottest clubs. Pick up your get-up at LOVER’S LANE’S Chicago shop, located at 955 W. Diversey. Whether you choose to party into eternity with this three-piece Immortal Queen, featuring lace bell sleeved velvet corset dress with lace up front, or opt for the classic French Maid, you’re sure to scare away the competition. Find additional locations listed on page 41. 888/744-LOVE.

THE DISNEY STORE Character inspired clothes and toys, and limited edition serigraphs and other collectibles for Disney lovers. Call for hours. All major cards. 717 N Michigan, 312/654-9208. (J-27)

LINGERIE LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop  into any of their  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey Pkwy, 888/744LOVE, www.loverslane.com. (Suburban)

MASSAGE/BEAUTY SERVICES BLISS SPA Located inside The W Hotel, this tension-fighting facility features treatment rooms, movie-while-youmanicure nail stations, and Bliss trademark touches. Call for hours. All major cards. 644 N. Lakeshore, 877/TO-BLISS (862-5477). (L-29) DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with in-room relaxation services, including Massages and Facials deliv-

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ered right to your room. Daily 9am-11pm. Cash only. Downtown, Gold Coast, River North, The Loop & Suburbs Add $25. 312/473-0580, www.dayspa664.com. PENINSULA SPA Located inside the lavish, five-star Peninsula Hotel, this will be a day at the spa you won’t soon forget. Call for hours. All major cards. 108 E. Superior, 312/573-6860. (J-28)

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JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame.” Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. (I-31)

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


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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, safari-themed place settings, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)

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CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS This NBC Tower Gift Shop is steps from the Mag Mile, and is the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Find fun and original souvenirs from hit shows “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Herd),” “Biggest Loser,” as well as  Chicago souvenirs. Open 7 days.  All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537. (K-31)

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ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29) WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 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. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540. (I-25)

TOBACCO & CIGARS IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. (I-35)

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ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. Free Parking. Open Late. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. (H-19)

TOYS THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am6pm.

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BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP Kids and adults alike will love “building” their own customized teddy. Call for hours. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, 312/832-0114. (N-30) SANRIO Hello Kitty and her friends are featured on everything from purses to beauty kits. Call for hours. All major cards. The Shops at North Bridge, 520 N. Michigan, 312/644-9783. (J-30)


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Rock out your fall wardrobe with the season’s hottest color this October while celebrating a great cause. HARD ROCK’S campaign for breast cancer awareness, PINKTOBER®, now in its 12th year, features a limited-edition 2011 Pinktober® pin, a wearable replica of “Artist Ambassador” and breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge’s custom Ovation PINK guitar. Additional offerings include the 2011 Pinktober® T-shirt, robe, PINK sheets and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation. Show your support today at HARD ROCK CAFÉ CHICAGO, 63 W. Ontario. 312/943-2252.

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Prepare your palate for a culinary adventure.

Treat your taste buds to a bold new menu by celebrity chef aaron sanchez at CROSSROADS at HOUSE OF BLUES (329 n. Dearborn, 312/923-2000). sanchez incorporates flavors from around the world offering signature dishes like the Juicy lucy burger (pictured) alongside hoB staples like jambalaya. Basketball legend michael Jordan upholds his winning streak with the recent opening of MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE (505 n. michigan; 312/321-8823). located on michigan avenue within the Intercontinental hotel, Jordan’s features hand–selected usDa Prime, dry–aged steaks, upscale comfort food, and fresh seafood. In Chicago, every month is Pizza month, but if a celebration is in order come october, the perfect place to celebrate is PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA (61 e. madison; 312/236-1777). additional locations at 864 n. state & 800 n. Dearborn.

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HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served MonThu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29) LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wrightinspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ 1 S. Wacker, 312/4076900. (G-35) RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kidfriendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29)

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RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE   Owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this new burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/3328111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning kettleburgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30ammidnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/4679696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29)

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

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TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. (I-39)

THALIA SPICE Dine on Asian fusion fare in a chic loft-style setting in River West. The extensive menu features a selection of noodles and stir-fried dishes, curries, chef specialties, as well as fresh sushi and maki. Ask about daily specials. All major cards. $$ 833 W. Chicago. 312/2266020. www.thaliaspice.com. (D-27)

BRAZILIAN TEXAS de BRAZIL Sword-wielding Gauchos circulate the dining room serving guests various cuts of meat. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 51 E. Ohio, 312/670-1006. (I-29)


ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot!  Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville cafÊ offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: Insulated coffee pitchers at every table! Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29) YOLK Open in three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Egg-spect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, benedicts, French toast, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com. (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)

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Delicacies From the Deep Treat your taste buds to something special this October during National Seafood Month. SIMPLY THALIA has diners venturing from all over the world to experience their exquisitely prepared Malaysian dish, “Laksa,” a traditional noodle dish served in rich coconut flavored curry mixed with shrimp, calamari, mussels and fish cakes. Whether you’re craving an exciting dish of Pad Thai, layered with cilantro and a marinated peanut sauce or in the mood for a few freshly made sushi options, Simply Thalia is simply delicious. Saturday special: All Beer, Sake and House Wine is $5 and guests get “free” dumplings with any purchase of entrée. 108 N. State, Pedway Level. 312/750-9098.

CHINESE P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO This stylish, high-energy bistro serves traditional Chinese dishes along with innovative offerings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 530 N. Wabash, 312/828-9977. (I-30) THREE HAPPINESS RESTAURANT Recommended by Channel 7 food critic and CLTV News Good Eating as “the best authentic Chinese food in town.” Call for hours. AE, DC, V. $ 209 W. Cermak, 312/842-1964. (H-51)

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

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WON KOW RESTAURANT Authentic Cantonese and Mandarin dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 2237 S. Wentworth, 312/842-7500. (H-51)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARIA Asian-influenced American fare in a sleek, hip room at the Fairmont Hotel. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 200 N. Columbus, 312/565-7997. (I-33)


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838 West Randolph (312) 733-3379 www.vivo-chicago.com ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on  renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/ 212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. (E-43)

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CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez. Staples like jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches and HOB signature burgers join new exciting menu options like meatball sliders, chile braised short ribs and street tacos. All major cards. $$ 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)


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FONDUE

Family owned and operated!

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

THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices like filet mignon, lobster tail and seafood trio, and the perfect ending – their famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes and brownies for dipping. Daily noon-2am (Sun noon-midnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. (H-29)

GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck as well as steaks, chops and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu 11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. (Northwest of A-1)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/3629999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com/index.asp. (I-30)

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INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes including marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more


IRISH EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room complete with 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend Brunch and Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

I TA L I A N BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. (J-30)

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CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Online reservations. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm. Lounge open late. All major cards. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)

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LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. MonThu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/3327005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)

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VIVO Celebrating 20 years of vivacious service in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers honest-togoodness Italian food from Executive Chef, Vicente Duran, served in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this rustic, yet stylish, veteran. Mon-Wed11am-10pm, Thu11am-11pm, Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 5pm-midnight, and Sun 5pm-10pm. 838 West Randolph. 312/733-3379. www.vivo-chicago.com. (West of D-33)


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FRONTERA GRILL/ TOPOLOBAMPO The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 445 N. Clark, 312/661-1434. (H-31)

SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 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 are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. All major cards. $ 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. (I-29)

Voted #1 Burger in Chicago “Home of the Milkshake Martini” 69 East Madison Street (between Michigan & Wabash)

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pizanoschicago.com “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” - Frank Sinatra

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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. On the bank of the Chicago River, for instance, a former Dolphin is doing the cooking at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Even die-hard Bears fans can put aside the hostilities of the gridiron for a couple of hours to settle in at SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE, where the thick porterhouses and juicy T-bones make it easy to forget about trivial matters like team loyalty. 301 E. North Water. 312/670-0788.

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CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. Open 7 days a week 11am-10pm. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/362-9999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)

PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 800 N. Dearborn, 855/749-2667; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777. pizanoschicago.com. (I-26)(I-35)(I-27)(Suburban)

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

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SEAFOOD CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/3463500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. (I-33)(Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. (Suburban) 

STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. (I-29)

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PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. (H-30)


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.

THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. (I-31)(Suburban) KEEFERS Located in River North, “Keefer’s is an independent Chicago local favorite, fit for foodies and steak lovers” –Zagat, “Best of Chicago for Steak” –The Food Network, Michelin Guide–recommended, “One of the Top Ten Steakhouses in the U.S.” –Playboy. Mon-Thu 11:30-10pm, Fri 11:30am-10:30pm, Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31)

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

MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand–selected USDA Prime, dry–aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a wide variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily 11am-2am; Lunch: daily 11am-2pm; Dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5pm-9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8823, www.michaeljordansteakhouse.com. (J-30)

SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Enjoy an undefeated dining experience. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails to the infamous 48oz Porterhouse. MonFri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. (J-31) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy

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SUSHI FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun-Thu 11:30am10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) SIMPLY THALIA At Simply Thalia, the philosophy is simple: “Simply healthy, simply fresh, simply delicious!” The menu features the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea and China, as well as a highly-acclaimed sushi selection. Now serving beer, wine and liquor! All major cards. $$ 108 N. State, Pedway Level. 312/750-9098. www.simplythalia.com. (I-34) SUSHI TAIYO This bi-level River North restaurant and lounge features contemporary sushi, sashimi, Asian fusion fare as well as a innovative cocktail menu with high end and regional sake.  Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)

THAI DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. (J-29) SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. MC, V $ 710 N. Rush, 312/9447100, www.silverspoonchicago.com. (I-28) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam played a major role in the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $ 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. (I-30)

Bringing the rich flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop Daily lunch buffet - corporate catering only 5 minutes from McCormick Pl.

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Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30)


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Don your lederhosen for a Bavarian Blowout!

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. as always, beer is the cornerstone of any good oktoberfest and you can be sure they will be serving hefty steins alongside mouthwatering spaetzle and sauerbraten. The oktoberfest Band takes the stage at 7pm nightly (5pm on sundays) to provide guests with non-stop entertainment. located at 4732 n. lincoln avenue in Chicago’s lincoln square neighborhood, Chicago Brauhaus is closed on Tuesdays. Call ahead for group reservations, 773/784-4444. Take the CTa (888/Your-CTa) Brown line, exit Western.

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BRANDO’S SPEAKEASY A South Loop lounge featuring nightly specials, live acts ranging from jazz to DJs, karaoke, and pub grub. Call for hours. All major cards. 343 S. Dearborn, 312/265-1823. (I-38)

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

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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12-$15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. (E-13)

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BAR AND LOUNGE 440 NORTH STATE STREET (312)464-1400 WWW.DOWNTOWNBARANDLOUNGE.COM

Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

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CHI BAR Created by world–renowned designer, Jeffrey Beers, Chi Bar brings the excitement and tradition of the Windy City into one deluxe lounge with sleek ambiance, innovative cocktails, and delicious appetizers. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower at 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. (K-31)

CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “Supper Club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try their famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am.  All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)

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

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DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. 440 N State St, 312/4641400, www.downtownbarandlounge.com. (I-31) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring Pan Seared Crab Cakes with wasabi aioli, Unagi Egg Rolls, Edamame, Grilled Calamari and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) THE LEG ROOM Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” from Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. (I-24)

COMEDY The BaCKrooM

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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for 30 years. iO has two theaters. The Del Close Theater features  sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features their signature long


THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959. Call for hours. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312/337-3992. (H-19)

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout and Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

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VISION World-renowned Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amidst four levels of nightclub

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LASALLE POWER CO. Located in Chicago’s vibrant River North area, LaSalle Power Co. is a three-in-one party enclave featuring the city’s hottest bar and nightclub, a rocking dueling piano bar, and the world’s top male revue, Thunder from Down Under. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.lasallepowerco.com. (I-30)

VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/6647400, www.vipschicago.com. (West of E-20)

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EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and latenight dining. Tue-Fri 7pm–4am, Sat 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944, www.excaliburchicago.com. (H-29)

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luxury. Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, www.visionnightclub.com. (H-29)

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form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. (D-5)

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A Hauntingly Good Time Explore the unexplained with SUPERNATURAL CHICAGO, an interactive theater featuring spirits, psychics and frightening surprises hosted at one of the city’s most haunted locations— Excalibur. The show depicts some of Chicago’s most well documented paranormal events through storytelling and demonstrations of mind reading and magic by resident Necromancer Neil Tobin. Price of show admission includes two beverages and the entrance fee to Excalibur’s nightclub for a hauntingly good time. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm (approximately 90–minutes) $25. 632 N. Dearborn. For more info, call 800/979-3370.

FINN MCCOOL’S and THE LOFT Irish warmth and hospitality with a dash of Gold Coast energy. Plenty of large-screen TVs, Top 40s and classic rock tunes, and dancing upstairs in The Loft. Daily specials. 15 W. Division, 312/337-4349, www.finnmccoolschicago.com. (I-24)

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ANDY’S JAZZ CLUB A historic establishment with casual dining and live jazz. Covers vary. Call for hours. All major cards. 11 E. Hubbard, 312/642-6805. (I-31) JAZZ SHOWCASE A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Call for hours. Cash only. 806 S. Plymouth, 312/3600234. (I-41)

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THE BACKROOM One of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & covers vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/7512433, www.backroomchicago.com. (I-25)

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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty Late Night Dinner Menu is available until close. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000, www.houseofblues.com. (H-32)

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HEART AND SOUL CHICAGO A new dueling piano/party bar located inside the newly renovated LaSalle Power Co. in Chicago’s vibrant River North area. Open Thursday through Saturday, come sing along to your favorite pop and rock songs. Full menu and specialty drinks are offered. Open until 2am. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/6611122, www.heartandsoulchicago.com. (I-30) THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)


TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS

DISTRICT BAR Sports fans and happy hour frequenters alike unite. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 170 W. Ontario, 312/337-3477. (H-29)

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THE CUBBY BEAR This 30,000-square-foot multipurpose venue serves as “the place” to party. Call for hours. All major cards. 1059 W. Addison, 773/327-1662. (D-4)

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BULL AND BEAR Trade in your rollercoaster day of stocks for a luxury sports bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 413 N. Wells, 312/527-5973. (G-31)

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THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER Australia’s hottest export direct from Las Vegas! The world’s #1 male revue performs five shows weekly in the newly renovated LaSalle Power Co. Show times vary – call for current schedule. General admission $39.95, VIP $59.95 (includes comp drinks during the show - plus 2 drink tickets for after). 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.thunderinchicago.com. (I-30)

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TIMOTHY O’TOOLE’S They’re the place to watch sports and munch on traditional bar food. Free wireless Internet. All major cards. 622 N. Fairbanks, 312/6420700. (K-30)

WINE EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout and Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Beer enthusiasts would be amiss to skip this local favorite. Call for hours. All major cards. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312/915-0071 and 3535 N. Clark, 773/832-9040. (D-19) ROCKIT BAR & GRILL Energetic restaurant and lounge featuring affordable, delicious cuisine. All major cards. Call for hours. 22 W. Hubbard, 312/645-6000; 3700 N. Clark, 773/645-4400. (J-31)(North of G-15)

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3RD COAST CAFÉ AND WINE BAR 3rd Coast starts with breakfast as early as 7am and continues until midnight with wine. Call for hours. All major cards. 1260 N. Dearborn St. 312/6490730. (I-22) BIN 36 Choose from over 50 wines while savoring their delicious contemporary American fare in either the tavern or cellar. Call for hours. All major cards. 339 N.Dearborn, 312/755-9463. (I-32) ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate in an intimate setting inside the InterContinental Chicago. A gourmet cornucopia awaits - superb wines, an outstanding international menu of cheeses, and a tasty host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Mon-Thu 4pm-1am, Sat 1pm-1am, Sun 1pm-10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312/321-8738. Additional location in the Fairmont Hotel at 200 N. Columbus, 312/946-7000. (J-30)(K-33)


On Stage

Presented by

THE GREAT FIRE LOOKINGGLASS THEATER, 821 N. Michigan Ave at Pearson, 312/337-0665. The  Chicago Fire of 1871 sets the stage ablaze in this acclaimed collision of history and drama. Drawing from historical texts and eyewitness accounts, The Great Fire is an unparalleled theatrical experience full of grand spectacle, intense physicality and searing emotion. Ticket prices are $30-$68. This limited engagement runs through November 20th. Performance schedule is as follows Wed & Fri at 7:30pm, Thur, Sat, & Sun 3pm & 7:30pm. For tickets, call 312-337-0665 or visit lookingglasstheatre.org

COMEDYSPORTZ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE 929 W. Belmont, 773/5498080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773/549-8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com

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ROYAL GEORGE CABARET 1641 N. Halsted. 312/9889000. Doyle Mayfield, an old-guard country star with a handful of hits back in the 70s and 80s, is reviving his career 30–years, four wives, and three Debbies later. The new Debbie, a single mother with three children, sees this lovable lothario as her last chance to make it big in Nashville – but she also questions hitching her star to this loose cannon. Performance schedule (some Tues) and Wed-Thu at 7:30pm, Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 2pm & 8pm. Tickets are $43.50-$49.50, and are available at the Royal George box office, by phone 312/9889000, through TicketMaster.com or doyleanddebbie.com.

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I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of longform 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.

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APOLLO THEATER 2540 N. Lincoln, 773/935-6100. Experience the recording session that changed it all as Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley portray the fateful December 4, 1956 impromptu recording that has come to be known as the greatest rock and roll session of all time. Million Dollar Quartet takes audiences on a historically captivating journey of the music that shaped an industry and defined an era. Feet will be tapping and hands clapping to “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog,” and many more. Tickets are $25-$77.50. For more information, visit www.milliondollarquartetlive.com

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Editor’s Choice still undecided about what to do in Chicago? here are a few of our favorites:

So Many Choices it’s Scary! To find evidence of a time when Halloween was still just a sleepy little diversion at the end of october that appealed primarily to young children in pursuit of a sugar buzz or a floating apple, one would have to go back to the days of a few rubber masks at the checkout of the local five-and-dime constituting the extent of the costume selection for the season. These days, october has become a full-blown multi-billion dollar holiday season unto itself, and kids of all ages are on the lookout for entertainment options. fortunately, Chicago does not skimp on the treats.

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aboard Seadog Haunted Tours, eerie-costumed tour guides highlight the infamous massacres and supernatural occurrences from Chicago’s history. suitable for all ages. fri-sun at 7pm. 600 e. grand; 888/636-7737.

Dance shake whatever your thing happens to be on this night with witches and goblins of all kinds at the annual halloween dance party on october 29 at Excalibur nightclub. 632 n. Dearborn; 312/266-1944. Bring coupon on page 63.

Glide Think riding a segway looks scary (it’s not, by the way)? for real thrills and chills, try a tour of Haunted Chicago with the folks at Absolutely Segway. 337 e. randolph; 312/552-5100. Complete details on page 16. Bring coupon on page 19.

Party The giant cobwebs and eerie lighting outside may look forbidding, but inside it’s one of the biggest family-friendly halloween parties in the area at Navy Pier. 600 e. grand; 312/595-7437.

Trick let the “ladies” of the world-famous Baton Show Lounge show you just how fabulous and fun dressing up can be with electrifying performances to tunes by Britney, Beyoncé and others. Wed-sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, and 12:30am. 436 n. Clark; 312/644-5269.

Treat There’s always a crowd in Daley Plaza, but it’s never quite as interesting (think stilt-walkers, acrobats and ghouls) as the one that gathers each autumn for the annual Franken Plaza celebration, october 28-30. 50 W. Washington; 312/744-3315.

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

Viva VIVO! In the topsy-turvy restaurant industry, two decades may as well be an eternity – great eateries fall victim to difficult locations, tough economic times and challenging circumstances all the time. so it’s no wonder a place that reaches its 20-year anniversary would want to mark the milestone in a big way, especially when it pulls into that rarified territory not only surviving, but thriving. That’s the happy situation on the city’s now-bustling restaurant row of randolph street, as VIVO toasts its 20th year as one of the pioneers and major success stories on this formerly forlorn stretch of the West loop the best way it knows how – with a great lunch and dinner special. from november 1st through the 15th, diners can enjoy a hearty three-course Italian feast – including antipasto, soup or appetizer, a choice of several pastas and entrees, and a delectable dessert – all for just $20 (with a portion of each check going to the national holocaust memorial museum, a cause close to the heart of vIvo owner Dan Krasny). 838 W. Randolph. 312/733-3379. a birthday party where the guests get the present? now that’s worth celebrating! speaking of parties, don’t forget to book your holiday party today. Call and ask for ryan lessam. 70

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