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Take a dramatic journey through your body, mind and spirit with the Museum of Science and Industry’s groundbreaking new permanent exhibit ––You! The Experience. You are invited to explore 15,000-square-feet of provocative exhibition space filled with more than 50 interactive stations including Face Your Future, which will age your face 20-50 years based upon lifestyle choices and habits; take a spin on the human-sized Hamster Wheel, which provides real-time feedback on your body’s responses to aerobic activity; or test out the authentic prosthetic hand and arm. “This exhibit is unique because it is real and personal,” said David Mosena, president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry. “It doesn’t just delve into human anatomy and stop there; it speaks to the total human experience –– who we are as human beings, why we think and behave the way we do and how we can empower ourselves to take better care of our minds and bodies.” Whether trying out a few moves in virtual basketball, playing Mindball, a game in which the more relaxed player wins or having your heart beat in unison with the iconic 13-foot tall giant heart, YOU! The Experience brings together exciting, cutting-edge technologies never before seen in a museum setting.

From pumpkin decorating and hayrides to ghost stories and scary movie nights, there’s something for everyone at the city’s annual Chicagoween celebration at Franken Plaza. Daily events also include acrobatic performances by the Midnight Circus aerial troupe and fire tricks from the groups SPUNN and Pyrotechniq. Daley Plaza, Washington & Dearborn. Fri-Sat 11am-8pm. FREE. 312/744-3315.

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Navy Pier is full of spooky and not-toospooky happenings this weekend. For those looking for a good scare, The Fear Haunted House is ready and able to oblige. For the little ones and faint of heart, meanwhile, the Carnival of Curiosities is both free and scare-free, with sideshow-themed costumed characters supplying the stunts and laughs. And tonight and tomorrow, the evenings are capped off with FREE fireworks displays at 9pm. 600 E. Grand. For more info, 312/595-PIER. #124

The celebration of the Day of the Dead has a long history rooted in Mexico’s indigenous past and steeped in culture. See altars, paintings, “sugar skull” demonstrations and other forms of artistic expressions from Mexican communities at the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exhibit Día de los Muertos. 1852 W. 19th St. FREE. 312/738-1503.


The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge or call the CTA at 836-7000.

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Museum of Science and Industry is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. $13 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $9 children 3-11. For additional information call 773/684-1414 or visit #6

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Dylan spikes his typically unpredictable set lists with a few yuletide cuts from his justreleased holiday CD (!) Christmas in the Heart. Tonight and Saturday at the Aragon Ballroom. 1106 W. Lawrence. Today and Sat 7:30pm. $50. 773/561-9500.

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The Chicago Blackhawks battle it out against the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30pm in the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000. Pre-game on a delicious Italian meal at nearby Bucktown favorite, Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300). Indie-rock troubadours M. Ward, Conor Oberst, Jim James and Mike Mogis team up to bring the mellow in a next-generation Traveling Wilburys collective known as Monsters of Folk. Tonight at the Auditorium

Theatre, 50 E. Congress. 7:30pm. $33-$48. 312/922-2110.

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Don’t miss your last chance to see Goodman Theatre’s original take on the rarely-produced Marx Brothers classic musical Animal Crackers. 170 N. Dearborn. Tonight at 8pm, Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm. Closes Nov. 1. $48-$66. 312/443-3800.

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saturday, 31st Celebrate Halloween with theater ensemble Barrel of Monkeys in Hallowed Halls: ON STAGE! Enjoy a full day of interactive family workshops including ‘how to be your very best costumed character’ and ‘mask and costume accessory-making’ as well as a special Halloween performance of their critically acclaimed play, That’s Weird, Grandma. GAR Hall and Claudia Cassidy Theatre of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. 10am-1:30pm. FREE. 312/744-6630. to Harrison


Don’t miss Enda Walsh’s The Walworth Farce performed by Druid, one of Ireland’s premier theater companies at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. 800 E. Grand. Today at 2pm & 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm. $46-$56. 312/595-5600. #124

Get your spook on during the special Halloween Wine and Waves tour with Wendella Boats. Enjoy a two-hour wine tasting with a variety of wines accompanied by samplings of Italian dishes. 400 N. Michigan. 3pm-5pm. $59. 312/337-1446.


With a classic story by Victor Hugo, a magnificent score by Giuseppe Verdi, and a production featuring a grand set and more than 250 costumes, the Lyric Opera of Chicago has pulled out all the stops for the dramatic upheaval of Ernani. Tonight at 7:30pm and Thu at 2pm at the Civic Opera House. 20 N. Wacker. 7:30pm. $46-$207. 312/332-2244.


Celebrate Halloween in style at the Drake Hotels’ 4th annual Masquerade Ball. Bask in sophistication with masks, specialty drinks, live music, and appetizers. And for a taste of Halloween creepiness, be on the lookout for the “Lady in Red.” Legend has it that back in the 1920’s a woman flung herself off the rooftop after finding her lover with another woman. To this day, guests and staff claim to see her roaming the halls as she still haunts the 10th floor. 140 E. Walton. 9pm-12:30am. $45. 312/932-4619. #151 Excalibur and Vision come together to form the biggest and best Halloween bash in Chicagoland! Chicago’s landmark haunted castle hosts the Ninth Pimp ‘n’ Ho Halloween Party with over $5,000 in cash & prizes. 632 N. Dearborn. $10 before 11pm and


$15 after, based on space availability. 312/266-1944. Lover’s Lane (888/744-LOVE) is your Halloween Headquarters, stop by any loca-

tion to pick up your costume today!

sunday, 1st Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market is back! Wolff ’s Flea Market features a diverse mix of merchandise including new items, antiques, sports cards, tools, electronics, jewelry, food and more at the Allstate Arena. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. Sat & Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $1, seniors and kids 6-12 50-cents, and kids under 6 are free. 847/524-9590 or to Rosemont

Attend services this Sunday at the House of Blues. As the rockequivalent to a church service, Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food. With menu items that include peel and eat shrimp, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and jambalaya. 329 N. Dearborn. 10am and 12:30pm. $37.50 adults, $22 children 6-12. 312/923-2000.


Join the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the final day of their 10th Anniversary Celebration with a day of games and special events, and best of all free admission. Learn about critters with Bug-a-Palooza, adopt your own butterfly, and much more. 2430 N. Cannon. 10am-5pm. FREE. 773/755-5100. #151


The Melting Pot’s 3-course Sunday Brunch Buffet gives you good reason to get out of bed. Enjoy delectable dishes like filet mignon and chicken teriyaki, a savory selection of cheese fondues, and chocolate fondue fountain sure to conquer any stubborn sweet tooth. 609 N. Dearborn. Noon-3pm. $29/person. 312/573-0011.


The Chicago Bears battle it out against the Cleveland Browns at noon in Soldier Field. 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr. 847/615-BEAR. Tackle your appetite after the big game at nearby Eleven City Diner (1112 S. Wabash; 312/212-1112) where you’ll find some of the best Reubens in town. Classical fare gives way to southwestern-inspired rock and blues in Orchestra Hall tonight as veterans Los Lobos take the stage at Symphony Center. 220 S. Michigan. 7pm. $25-$70. 312/294-3000.

monday, 2nd Bay-area trio Train plays its radio hits from the past decade and debuts material from its brand new album Save Me San Francisco tonight at the Vic Theatre. Uncle Kracker opens. 3145 N. Sheffield. 7:30pm. $36. 773/472-0366.

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329 N. Dearborn. 7:30pm. $73. 312/923-2000.


Mousetraps and Water Torture is what happens when you combine “Jackass” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?” – The most dangerous improv show The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge, call the CTA at 836-7000, or visit


Until The Who decide to head back out on the arena circuit, fans will have to tide themselves over with one-offs like tonight’s appearance by frontman Roger Daltrey at the House of Blues.

in the world. At ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont. 8pm. $8. 773/549-8080,,, or 800/745-3000. to Belmont

tuesday, 3rd It’s alive! Young Frankenstein, reprised from Mel Brooks’ classic movie, hits the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement. Follow a young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to create a monster in this wickedly comedic story. 151 W. Randolph. Today at 7:30pm, call for additional show times. $30-$95. 800/775-2000. to Lake

World-renowned authors, scholars, poets, policymakers, artists and performers gather each fall at various cultural institutions to speak on and celebrate the power of ideas in human culture for the Chicago Humanities Festival. Various locations throughout the city. $5 (unless otherwise noted). Thru Nov. 15. Call 312/661-1028 or visit for more information.

wednesday, 4th Every Wednesday night The Village transforms into the Copa Room as the Montana Tribute Band plays the Rat Pack songbook setting the stage for a night of dancing at Chicago’s oldest and most respected Italian restaurant. Italian Village Restaurants, 71 W. Monroe. 8pm-close. 312/332-7005. to Monroe

thursday, 5th The annual improvisational jazz extravaganza known as the Umbrella Festival kicks off tonight as the best and brightest of the city’s avant garde scene welcome their counterparts from across the pond for European Jazz Meets Chicago night at the Chicago Cultural Center. 78 E. Washington. 6pm. FREE. 312/744-2392. #151


Watch as magical Zingmaster Alex Ramon leads audiences through a kaleidoscope of color, imagery and fantasy that celebrates the uplifting spirit of the circus and also wards off a cynical Mr. Gravity and his team of Heavies in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s ZING, ZANG, ZOOM®. Allstate Arena, 6920 Mannheim in suburban Rosemont. Tonight at 7pm, call for additional show times. $13-$60. 847/635-6601. to Rosemont

Don’t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre. 3133 N. Halsted. Tonight at 8pm, call for additional dates and times. $49-$64. 773/348-4000. to Belmont

friday, 6th Peruse innovative and unique creations from the world’s leading artists as Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair returns to Navy Pier for its 17th anniversary. Over 100 top international galleries and dealers will be featured in special exhibits, along with an extensive lecture series. 600 E. Grand. Fri-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun noon-6pm. $12-$25. 800/563-7632.



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A WILD PLACE TO The evil spirits of Halloween are rising from the depths around the world, and surfacing at Navy Pier. Come experience The Fear Haunted House. WARNING!! This is a hardcore haunted house for teens and adults only. Kids can enjoy “scare-free” fun at the Carnival of Curiosities every Fri-Sun, as well as the Pier’s spectacular Fall Fireworks Display every Fri and Sat at 9pm. 600 E. Grand. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. 312/595-PIER. #124

The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents a world premiere musical by G. Riley Mills and Disney recording artist Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World), The Hundred Dresses. This is a timeless tale about the power of words and finding the courage to stand up to others, even when you stand alone. For ages 6 and up. The Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Tue, Thu and Fri 10:30am, Sat & Sun noon & 3pm. Adults $38, children $28. 312/988-9000. to North Ave.

The world-famous Skydeck Chicago gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the city and beyond. Get unobstructed views of Chicago –– 1,353 feet straight down –– when you step out on The Ledge. The Skydeck’s newest addition, this glass bottom ledge brings visitors 4.3 feet from the building 103 stories up, literally bringing the city to your feet. Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker. Daily 10am-8pm. Adults $14.95, children age 3-11 $10.50, children under 3 are free. 312/875-9696. #157

Whether trying out a few moves in virtual basketball or having your heart beat in unison with their iconic 13-foot tall giant heart, the Museum of Science and Industry’s groundbreaking new exhibit, YOU! The Experience brings together cutting-edge technologies never before seen in a museum setting. 5700 S. Lake Shore. $13 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $9 children 3-11. FREE general admission Oct 8-9 & weekdays Oct. 12-30. 773/684-1414.


Take the family on a food safari at Rainforest Café. Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night, when children 12 & under eat for only $1.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. Mon-Thu 11am9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. 312/787-1501. Bring the

ad on this spread for a complimentary appetizer! #36 Discover the untold story of the Whydah slave ship turned pirate ship at Real Pirates. This exhibit at The Field Museum hosts 200 artifacts directly from the ocean floor, where the first authentic pirate ship wreckage in U.S. waters resided for nearly 300 years. 1400 S. Lake Shore. Closes Oct. 25. Daily 9am-5pm. Adults $23, seniors/students $20, children 4-11 $13. 312/922-9410. #146

Are you ready for an afternoon of belly laughs? Then, come check out comedysportz4kidz. Featuring a kid-sized version of their critically acclaimed mainstage show – ComedySportz – this interactive 50-minute improv show will take your kids from the audience to the stage (if they choose). Perfect for kids ages 9 and under. 929 W. Belmont. Sat at 2pm. $8. 773/549-8080. to Belmont 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 3-10. 3541 N. Clark. Sat at 10:30am. $5. 773/880-0199. to Addison


SHOP AND EAT®® Roam back millions of years and experience 18 prehistoric creatures in Dinosaurs Alive! at Brookfield Zoo. This Jurassic multi-sensory, interactive experience displays amazing lifelike creatures in an outdoor setting. 3300 Golf Rd in

Adults $24.95, children 3-11/seniors $17.95. 312/939-2438. #146

If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun for all ages!

suburban Brookfield. Mon-Sat 9:30am-6pm, Sun 9:30am7:30pm. Adults $12, children $8 (exhibit is extra). 708/6888000. #331

Become reacquainted with The Shedd Aquarium’s dolphins, whales, sea otters, sea lions and penguins at their newly re-imagined Oceanarium. The highly anticipated new space features new exhibits with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals. Experience a world of aquatic wonders at the premiere of Shedd’s newest, multimedia marine mammal show, opening Oct. 16. 1200 S. Lake Shore. MonFri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-6pm.

activities for the whole family. 1 Great America Parkway in suburban Gurnee. Open weekends. Call 847/249-INFO.

Six Flags Great America transforms from theme park to scream park for the 19th Annual Fright Fest. There are plenty of spooky

600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. Call 888/893-7300 or visit for more information. Buy-1-get-1-free

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From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA bus #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark,org for more information.

Park Attractions… Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design that also happens to be a marquee performance venue. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of actual Chicagoans have proven to be a popular barefoot playground for splashing children. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5-acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation.

Free Park Happenings… Burnham Pavilions at Chase Promenade: Experience the inspiration of temporary pavilions by two of the world’s most innovative architects – Zaha Hadid of London and Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, Amsterdam. Both are designed to reflect Chicago’s ongoing commitment to bold plans, big dreams and a sustainable future. Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular public space – architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa – recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor.


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Take in spectacular panoramic views of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront from a rare vantage point – floating 350 feet above Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) with the Pier’s new state-of-the-art, helium-filled AeroBalloon™. The fun continues with the Pier’s dazzling Fall Fireworks display every Friday and Saturday at 9pm as well as their annual Halloween happenings, which are now in full-scream. • Other Pier attractions not to be missed include Shoreline Sightseeing’s Architectural Cruises and Skyline Boat Tours (600 E. Grand; 312/222-9328, Celebrating their 70th season on Chicago’s waterways, Shoreline offers a daily schedule of tours showcasing the city’s famous skyline and dramatic history. • Explore lakefront trails and top attractions while meeting the day’s exercise quote with Bike Chicago’s (600 E. Grand; 888/BIKE-WAY) daily, guided tours and rentals. Or plant your feet firmly on the ground as you try to navigate your way through over 4000square-feet of mazes and fun at Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze (600 E. Grand; 888/8937300). Get two-for-one admission with discount coupon in our kids korner section.


information * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing. * Please call to confirm hours.

attractions AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300, Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100%


FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. (Child pass $9.95; Adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (M-30) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/7446630. This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm. (FREE)(I-35) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. Tourist information, maps, hotel reservations and sightseeing suggestions available inside. Daily 7:30am-7pm. (FREE)(J-27) CITYPASS Call 707/256-0490 or visit Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 50 percent and avoid ticket lines. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and sky-


scraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 3-11.) All major cards. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY


875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, Voted

“the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Café Espression by Lavazza. 8am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $14 seniors, $10 youth 4-11, children under 4 free.) (J-26) MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168.

Architecturally significant mustsees include the Frank Gehrydesigned Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. (FREE)(J-35) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595PIER. This redeveloped Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Outside Chicagoland call 800/595-PIER. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. Credits cards accepted vary. (M-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the worldfamous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during

off-hours, after 5pm. Now open, “The Ledge” offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. ($14.95 adults, $10.50 children age 3-11, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-37)

museums FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-9pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. The

5pm, Thu 10:30am-58pm (free 5pm-8pm), Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) AE, DC, MC, V (J-36) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432. Chicago’s “front door” is dedicated to the city’s world-famous architecture. Tour Center open daily from 9am6:30pm. To purchase tour tickets, call 312/902-1500. AE, DC, MC, V (J-36)


first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. MonFri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am4:30pm. (Galaxy Package: $15-$19, includes admission, audio tour & one sky show. Children 3 and under free.) Free general admission Sept. 8, 14-18, 22 & 29. AE, DC, MC, V (N-43)

This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-the-art auditorium to the impressive main lobby. 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)(I-38)

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/4433600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and strolleraccessible. Mon-Wed & Fri 10:30am-

DUSABLE MUSEUM 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. $3 adults, $2 seniors/stu-

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dents, $1 children ages 6-12, children under 6 are free. Free on Sun. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship and Water (closing Oct. 25). 9am-5pm daily. ($15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11.) Free general admission Oct. 12. Exhibitions may require an additional fee. AE, DS, MC, V (K-43)

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/684-1414, Peruse 14-plus acres


MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. ($12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children 12 and under are free. Free on Tue.) AE, DS, MC, V (J-27)

of interactive exhibits, including You! The Experience, the U-505 Submarine and much more. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. ($13 adults, $12 seniors 65+, $9 children 3-11.) Free general admission Oct. 8-9 & weekdays 12-30. All major cards. (South of P-54) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 2430 N. Cannon, 773/755-5100. Discover the secrets of the natural world. MonFri 9am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. ($9 adults, $7 students/seniors, $6 children ages 3-12, children under 3 free. Free on Thu.) AE, DS, MC, V (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural aquatic habitats. Don’t miss the Shedd’s newly re-imagined Oceanarium with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals, including the Polar Play Zone.


Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am6pm. Shedd Pass: $24.95 adults, $17.95 children ages 3-11). Free general admission Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 1622, 26-27. All major cards. (L-43)

tours by land BIKE CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Depart from 239 E.


Randolph at Millennium Park and 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, Join any one of the scenic

AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Pick up tickets by the arcade office in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/251-3100,

Choose from a Grand Tour of Chicago, A Grand Taste of Chicago and Pizza, Chinatown Dinner Tour, the Land and Lake Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, After Dark Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules or visit (Daily scheduled lectured tours from $25 and up.) MC, V (I-36)

daily, guided tours. Explore lakefront trails and beaches, Millennium Park, and more on the Chicago River and Parks Tour. Discover the communities where Chicagoans live, work and play with the Friendly Neighborhoods Tour. Enjoy breathtaking views of an illuminated skyline and Buckingham Fountains with the Bikes @ Nite Tour. Or ride in the footsteps of Barack Obama with the new Presidential Bike Tour. (K-34)(M-30) GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING 800/621-4153, Hop aboard the newest fleet of radio


dispatched Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers for a scenic tour of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour which allows passengers to hop on and hop off as many times as they’d like for up to 8 hours for $30 (adults) and $15 (children ages 5-14). Or stay on for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour for just $25. Call for pick up times and locations. MC, V

tours by water CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY CRUISES Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner (look for the blue awning) of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 800/982-2787,

The Official River Cruise for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Grand open-air or climate controlled seating affords spectacular views of more than 50 sites with commentary presented by CAF-certified volunteer docents for comfortable cruising. Frequent daily departures. Tickets $28-$32. Advance tickets recommended. (J-32)

CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-2002, Unforgettable ninety-


minute lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. The Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history with a gorgeous skyline view. Cruise prices: $36 adults, $31 seniors, $21 children 7-18, under 7 free. Group discounts are available. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies included. Reservations recommended. Call for hours. (K-32) TALL SHIP WINDY Navy Pier, 312/595-5555, ext. 1, Departing daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan, the 148-foot Tall Ship is perfect for an afternoon adventure or evening romance. Tickets are sold day-of cruise at the Pier ticket booth, or online. Times vary, with departures for 60 and 75-minute cruises between noon and 11pm. Call or consult website for schedule details. Prepaid groups of 20+ enjoy discounted rates. Fares: $24-$30 adults, $20-$25 seniors and students, $10-$20 children 3-12, under 3 are free. Private charters for up to 150 guests. Call 312/731-9689 for group rates. MC, V (AE, DS online only). (N-31)

Glass balconies put you 1,353 feet & 103 floors over The Windy City! Open daily at 10a.m. • (312)875-9696 Willis Tower, 233 South Wacker Dr.



SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, One-hour Chicago River Architecture Cruise with professional and entertaining guide – multiple departures daily from Ogden Slip at Navy Pier beginning at 11:30am Mon-Fri and beginning at 10am Sat/Sun. Fares: $12$28. Narrated Lake Michigan boat tours from Navy Pier, daily, weather permitting. Fall Fireworks Cruises Fridays and Saturdays from Navy Pier at 8:30pm. Fares: $6-$15. Discount of 5% for tickets purchased in advance. Weather-permitting. (N-30)

WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/3371446, Chicago’s original narrated boat tour, founded in 1935, offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Select from their Chicago River Architecture Tour, Combined Lake and River Tour, Chicago At Sunset Tour or specialty Wine Tasting Cruises. Frequent departures starting at 9:45am. Prices starting at $22 adults, $20 seniors, $11 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. (I-32)

water taxi

CHICAGO WATER TAXI Call 312/337-1446 or visit Looking for fun, fast and friendly transportation? Operating on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Madison Street on the south branch and LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building on the main branch, this is a great alternative to your traditional cab ride. Call for schedule. (Oneway fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day explore Chicago tickets are $4 Mon-Fri and $6 on weekends which includes rides to Chinatown.) AE, MC, V


Get a head start on your holiday shopping and find something truly unique at Chicago’s unbeatable shops. (Pictured counter-clockwise from top:) Featuring games, books, puzzles and software programs designed to give you a mental workout, Marbles: The Brain Store (55 E. Grand, 877/527-2460; 4745 N. Lincoln, 773/7847991; Westfield Old Orchard Mall in Skokie) has something in store for the whole family. Outsmart your age with memory, coordination, critical thinking, visual and word games right there at the store. • Shop hundreds of new and “pre-furred” resale furs and shearlings for men and women at enchanting prices at Chicago Fur Outlet (777 W. Diversey; 773/348-3877). Now more than ever you can’t afford not to! • Hot on the heels of her highly successful first cookbook, Carlyn Berghoff shares a new collection of classic dishes from the café founded by her great-grandfather more than 110 years ago: The Berghoff Café Cookbook: Berghoff Family Recipes for Simple, Satisfying Food (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $24.99), on sale in bookstores nationwide and The Berghoff restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312/427-3170). • In honor of his 10-year anniversary with the company, Atlas Galleries (535 N. Michigan; 312/329-9330) is proud to present a major exhibition of postmodern impressionist Michael Cheney’s newest collection of works. Additional location at 900 N. Michigan, 312/649-0999.



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

THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. AE, DS, MC, V (H-31) ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. AE, DS, MC, V (H-31) WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET 6920 N. Mannheim at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 847/524-9590, Located near O’Hare International Airport, this is the Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 500 dealer spaces. Wolff ’s attracts hundreds of thousands of shoppers each spring and summer from around the world. You never know what incredible bargains you might find! Admission prices: $1 (adults), 50-cents (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. Open every Saturday and Sunday from 6am-3pm. (Suburban)

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has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. Now in its 55th year, the Mart has an international reputation for its huge selection (over 25,000 different CD titles in stock) and also features extensive offerings of world music, R & B and soul. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-7pm. AE, DS, MC, V (I-31)


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

furs CHICAGO FUR OUTLET 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS, “Home of the Furry Godmother” is celebrating over 25 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of new, used and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more than ever you can’t afford not to shop and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway and financing available. Hours vary, please call. AE, DS, MC, V (North of E-11)


437 Rush

Wrigley Building

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




offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Phillips. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am5pm. AE, DS, MC, V (J-26)(J-29)

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

The Disney Store 20

0999 or 800/545-2929; 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635, For 40 years, Atlas has

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Lookingglass MCA Theatre

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H&M Victoria's Secret Borders


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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-

Tribune Tower Pioneer Court


ANGELIQUE ART GIFT GALLERY 6 W. Maple, 312/7873671, Located a few steps off the Magnificent Mile, Angelique Art Gift Gallery features an ever-changing collection of jewelry, pottery, handbags, artwork and handmade treasures. Many of these unique collections are one-of-a-kind pieces from artists, designers and family workshops from around the world, as well as handselected items from the leading international art museums’ collections. Thu-Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. (I-24)


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kids retail MADISON AND FRIENDS 43 E. Oak, 2nd Floor, 312/6426403, A favorite among celebrity parents, Madison and Friends offers a unique selection of apparel for the world’s most fashionable kids. Find denim, casual wear, shoes, special occasion pieces, and accessories. The Denim Lounge, located upstairs, carries a huge selection of jeans and apparel for the whole family. Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. AE, MC, V (I-25)

LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, “The ultimate store for couples” invites you to experience the fun and excitement of shopping for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts. Intimate apparel is available from petite to full-figure sizes. Provocative gifts include sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop in any of their 29 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For stores located in the Chicagoland area, please reference our suburban map or visit Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. AE, DS, MC, V (Suburban)

Featuring products designed to stimulate and strengthen the brain...

Play your way to a healthier brain! 55 E Grand Ave | (312)494-7769

See our listing under specialty shops for additional locations.



shoes & boots FLORSHEIM Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/335-9884, Carrying men’s shoes for all walks of life since 1892, Florsheim continues to deliver style and comfort with high-quality workmanship. You’ll find a variety of labels, including, Florsheim, FLS, Comfortech and Imperial, crafted for a variety of lifestyles. Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. AE, DS, MC, V (J-27)

souvenirs CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS 454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level, 312/467-9537. The only retail store authorized to carry authentic NBC merchandise. Find fun, quirky and original souvenirs from hit shows like “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Heroes, “ “The Jerry Springer Show,” and “The Steve Wilkos Show.” Carrying everything from T-shirts and tote bags to baseball caps and bobble heads, Chicago “5” Souvenirs is a TV fans one-stop-shop. Plus, visitors will also find an impressive collection of dynamic Chicago souvenirs, including Al Capone and Barack Obama merchandise as well as official Chicago 2016 Candidate City gear.

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Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. AE, DS, MC, V (K-31)

specialty shops



ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, Shop, dine and play, all at ESPN Zone. This multifaceted entertainment venue has it all. Looking for a gift for that sports fan in your life? Pick up the latest in ESPN & ESPN Zone apparel and souvenirs. Afterward, watch sports on more than 100 brilliant high definition screens, dine on a classic American grill food the whole family will enjoy or test your skills on the interactive, sports-themed games and attractions. Sun-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. AE, DS, MC, V (I-30) MARBLES: THE BRAIN STORE 55 E. Grand, 312/494-7769; 4745 N. Lincoln, 773/784-7991; 4999 Westfield Old Orchard Mall in suburban Skokie, 847/673-9000,

Chicago Fur Outlet

Home of the Furry Godmother!



This one-of-a-kind retail store, unique to Chicago, offers products designed to stimulate and strengthen your brain. Products range from books and puzzles to family board games and scientifically-acclaimed software, and are reviewed by a team of medical professionals. Test the products in store so you can find the product that’s right for you. Find unique gifts for the whole family! Hours vary by location. All major cards. (I-30)(Northwest of A-1) (Suburban) RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, After your dining safari at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from their Retail Village to commemorate your visit. The Retail Village offers a WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts and jackets, stuffed animals of the wild, safari-themed place settings, and much more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. AE, DS, MC, V. (H-29)


ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, After enjoying a classic American meal, stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at the restaurant’s legendary Rock Shop. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories for men, women and children as well as a wide selection of collectables including their famous pin series, guitar picks, flasks, board games, music, and more, there is something for every taste. Open at 10am daily. V, MC, AE, DC. (H-29) WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540, A unique

knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:45pm. V, MC, AE, DS (I-25)

tobacco & cigars IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, Since 1857, Chicago’s oldest family business, celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. AE, DS, MC, V (I-35) UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, Located in Hours: Wed-Sun noon-7pm

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 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffanystyle 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 Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

WOLFF’S FLEA MARKET Located near O’Hare International Airport, the Midwest’s largest all-outdoor flea market with more than 500 dealer spaces is back for its 19th season. Shop a diverse selection of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, clothing, sports cards, tools, electronics, jewelry, garage sale items, food and more. You never know what incredible bargains you might find! Admission prices: $1 (adults), 50-cents (seniors 62+ and kids 6-12) and kids under 6 are free. 6920 N. Mannheim at Allstate Arena in Rosemont — 847/524-9590, Open every Saturday and Sunday from 6am-3pm.


the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon-Thu 10am11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)

ANGELIQUE ART GIFT GALLERY Located just steps from the Magnificent Mile, this Gold Coast favorite features an ever-changing collection of unique jewelry, pottery, artwork and handmade treasures from international artists, designers, and family workshops. Many of the collections are one-of-a-kind pieces. Find She Beads (pictured here) from local artist Sandy Rueve, Italian Pow Wow – Milano handbags, collection gift items from leading international art museums, Partners in Fair Trade items and much more. 6 W. Maple — 312/787-3671.


Take a journey through the centrally located River North neighborhood to fashion your own miniature Taste of Chicago. (Pictured counterclockwise from top:) Follow Columbus’ lead and do a little discovering of your own at 1492 Tapas Bar (42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492). With plates of hot and cold tapas like Setas en Tostadas (grilled portabella served over roasted garlic bread and Manchego cheese), paella and ensaladas – plus pitchers of sangria, it’s not hard to order enough for the entire table to share. • Next, head south to take advantage of the exceptional variety of offerings at India House (59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500). The wide-ranging menu here includes delicious lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetarian selections prepared in the clay tandoor oven within the glass-enclosed kitchen, providing some great theater between courses. • A few city blocks and several countries on the Asian sub-continent over, you’ll find plenty of great Thai selections at Silver Spoon (710 N. Rush; 312/944-7100). In addition to Thai favorites like Spicy Basil Leaves (chicken stir-fry with basil, chili peppers and green onion), the menu includes a wide array of sushi and sashimi options. • If a juicy steak is what you’re hankering for, Kinzie Chophouse (400 N. Wells; 312/8220191) is the place to be. This steakhouse is one of the city’s best with a 24-ounce porterhouse, 16-ounce bone-in filet and a 12-ounce dry-aged NY strip on the menu.

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american CHICAGO CARRY OUT 63 E. Harrison, 312/341-1270. Located in close proximity to Grant Park, McCormick Place and Michigan Avenue, this classic corner diner serves up mainly American and some Greek fare. Traditional breakfast items like Denver omelet, French toast, pancakes and grill favorites including burgers, Philly steaks, gyros and more are all available at reasonable prices. Mon-Thu 6:30am-7pm, Fri 6:30am-6pm, Sat 6:30am-2:30pm, Sun 7am-2:30pm. DS, MC, V $ (I-39)


J : Child-friendly


* Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.

ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, Find American grill favorites such as baby back ribs, burgers, salads and pasta, as well as popular kids items like mac and cheese and chicken tenders. Sun-Thu 11am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (I-30)J HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine. This legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35) RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, An adventurous dining experience under a

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

asian TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, Contemporary décor accents traditional Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu


tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J

covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)



breakfast CHICAGO CARRY OUT 63 E. Harrison, 312/341-1270. Located in close proximity to Grant Park, McCormick Place and Michigan Avenue, this classic corner diner serves up mainly American and some Greek fare. Find traditional breakfast items and grill favorites including burgers, patty melts, Philly steaks, gyros and more as well as freshly prepared salads. Mon-Thu 6:30am-7pm, Fri 6:30am-6pm, Sat 6:30am-2:30pm, Sun 7am-2:30pm. DS, MC, V. $ (I-39) WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Dine outside on the sunny sidewalk patio. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J YOLK 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/7872277, Voted “Best Breakfast” by

located in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood at the corner of Kinzie and Wells

400 N. Wells For Reservations Call: (312) 822-0191

Citysearch, Yolk is the talk of the town. Located in the city’s trendy South Loop neighborhood, guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, SatSun 7am-3pm. $ (I-42)(G-27)J

contemporary american THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170, This dining institution now features an expanded contemporary menu, enhanced décor and larger seating areas. Don’t worry: You can still get classic Berghoff dishes like weiner schnitzel and sauerbraten. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 11:30am-4pm (Lunch counter in bar open Mon-Fri 10:30am-1:30pm). Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm. AE, MC, V. $$ (I-36)


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

dine in - carry-out - delivery - catering sun.-thur.(11:30-10pm) fri.-sat.(11:30-11pm)

710 n rush • (312)787-8998

fountain drink while munching on sliders, a Reuben or one of the renowned hand-sliced deli meat sandwiches at this old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop. Breakfast served ALL day. Mon-Thu 7:30am-10pm, Fri 7:30am-11pm, Sat 9am11pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42) MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, Since 1942, this cafeteria-


style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm. All major cards. $ (E-43)

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



THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, Stir things up at this stylish fondue eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noonmidnight). Live Music Fri & Sat 8:30pm–midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-29)




Italian Cucina 1154 W. Taylor 312-243-2357

INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, With an exhibition kitchen, this River North


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.

emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30)

INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, Vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch: Daily 11:30am-3pm Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)

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

irish EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and grill favorites morning, noon and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33)


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BELLA BACINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacino’s is great from start to finish. A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years in a row. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am-10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 8am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32) CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, Feel like you’re in a 1940s tradi-


ITALIASIA Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 W. Mart Center, 15th Floor, 312-529-1157, Offering a kaleidoscope of flavors from Italy and Asia, menu highlights include Chicken Milanese with Indonesian Curried Udon Noodles, Szechwan Pepper Crusted New York Strip, and more, which are served in dramatic, contemporary setting. Enjoy sake wines, specialty cocktails and wines, offered by the bottle and glass. Open Daily. Lunch: 11am-2pm. Dinner: 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$ (G-31) ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of homemade Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a 10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43)


LA CANTINA 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)


tional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served up familystyle. Chef ’s specials daily and private parties available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: Mon-Tue 11:30am-10pm, Wed-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 10:30am-2:30pm & 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Tue 12:30am, Wed-Thu 1am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20)

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THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof ”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, Owned and operated by the Capitanini family since 1927, the Village features Northern Italian cuisine served in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)



VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, This Contemporary Italian restaurant featuring modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)

latin CARNIVALE 702 W. Fulton, 312/850-5005. A Latin-inspired paradise combining flavors from Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. Lounge: Mon-Tue 11:30am11pm, Wed-Thu 11:30am-midnight, Fri 11:30am-1am, Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (E-32) NACIONAL 27 325 W. Huron, 312/664-2727. Latin cuisine inspired by each one of the 27 Latin countries. Mon-Wed 5pm-9:30pm, Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm3am, closed Sundays. All major cards. $$$ (F-28)

pizza BELLA BACINO’S ITALIAN BISTRO & PIZZERIA 75 E. Wacker, 312/263-2350, Priding themselves on authentic homemade preservative-free dishes like Penna al Bolognese and Veal Saltimboca and an award-wining wine cellar with more than 300 selections, Bella Bacino’s is great from start to finish. A recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six years in a row. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mon-Thu 7am10pm, Fri-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 8am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-32)J









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PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/7511766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777, Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” MonFri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban)J

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PIZZERIA ORA 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or


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

seafood BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. 700 E. Grand, 312/252-4867. Quality seafood, delicious drinks and unique appetizers. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major credit cards. $$$ (N-30) CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, The freshest seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef ’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33)(Suburban)

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TRADER VICS 1030 N. State, 312/642-6500. Home of the original Mai Tai, this legendary island-inspired restaurant and lounge serves up Polynesian cuisine as well as a selection of pan-Asian fusion dishes and sushi alongside dozens of tropical cocktails. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. Bar and lounge: Sun-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am. All major cards. $$$ (J-25)



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

HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, Combining fresh


seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban)

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THE FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (G-21)

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HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin, 630/953-3400; Legendary Italian Steakhouse that serves the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian specialties and fresh seafood in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Chicago: Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, Sun 11:30am-4pm; dinner Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm, FriSat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban) “Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”

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KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB 100 E. Ontario, 312/787-5000. This third generation steakhouse located steps away from the Mag Mile and housed in the 1890s McCormick mansion, serves up your prime rib on a rolling silver cart. Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$$ (I-29)

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MIKE DITKA’S RESTAURANT 100 E. Chestnut, 312/5878989. This Chicago landmark owned by the 1985 Chicago Bear’s Super Bowl coach, aka “Da’ Coach”, offers a casual yet elegant dining experience complete with a football motif. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm (brunch between 10am-2pm). Bar close: varies. All major cards. $$$ (I-26)


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SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$ (J-31)

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RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 431 N. Dearborn, 312/3212725. With succulent cuts of meat and fresh main lobster, this River North sizzler is more than an average steakhouse. Mon 11:30am-10pm, Tue-Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm11:30pm, Sun 4pm-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$$ (H-31)


MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE 1050 N. State, 312/2664820; 65 E. Wacker Place, 312/201-0410. A top-rated restaurant known for its tableside menu presentation and famous for its mouthwatering steak and lobster. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ (I-24)

SMITH AND WOLLENSKY 318 N. State, 312/670-9900. Enjoy intimate views of the Chicago River as you savor the finest cuts of meat. Mon-Thu 11:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1:30am, Sun 11am-midnight. Dinner menu served all day. Lunch menu served until 3pm. All major cards. $$$$ (I-32)

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FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials. SunThu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28) JAPONAIS 600 W. Chicago, 312/822-9600. Chic interior and atmosphere characterize this contemporary Japanese and sushi restaurant. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm (last seating at 2pm). Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm. Lounge and Bar hours: Mon-Wed 5pm-1am, Thu-Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 5pm-midnight. AE, DC, MC, V. $$$ (F-27)

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KAMEHACHI 1400 N. Wells, 312/664-3663; 240 E. Ontario, 312/587-0600; 320 N. Dearborn, 312/744-1900. Award-winning sushi and sashimi, as well as tempura, teriyaki and noodles. Also in Northbrook, 847/562-0064. Hours vary for by location. All major cards. $$$ (G-22)(J-30)(I-31) SUSHI SAMBA RIO 504 N. Wells, 312/595-2300. A fusion of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian flavors in River North. Sun-Mon 11:45am-11pm, Tue 11:45am-midnight, Wed-Fri 11:45am-1am, Sat 11:45am-2am. Brunch: Sun 11:45am3:30pm. AE, MC, V $$$ (H-30)

tapas 1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, Spain takes charge in this River North spot featuring

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authentic tapas, paellas and a Spanish-only wine list. Bar Specials – Sun: Sangria $13.92 a pitcher, Mon and Tue: Half price on select wines, Wed: $5.92 Cuervo Margaritas, Effen and Ketel One Martinis, Thu: $5.92 Bacardi Mojitos,

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Fri: Cono Sur wines are half price. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-28)

MERCAT A LA PLANXA 638 S. Michigan, 312/765-0524. Take a culinary tour of Barcelona on Michigan Avenue – here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Breakfast: 6:30-11am daily. Lunch: 11am-3pm daily. Brunch: Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Light menu: 3pm-5pm daily. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-midnight, Sun 5pm-10pm. Bar: 11am-2am daily. All major cards. $$$ (J-40)


CAFÉ IBERICO 739 N. LaSalle, 312/573-1510. A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Café Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Mon-Thu 11am-11:30pm, Fri 11am-1:30am, Sat noon-1:30am, Sun noon-11:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-31)


CAFÉ BA BA REEBA 2024 N. Halsted, 773/935-5000. Specializing in tapas, this Spanish restaurant has a warm and colorful atmosphere that goes along with their made to order paella. Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-10pm. Bar: Mon-Thu 4pm10pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, full hours Sat-Sun. All major cards. $ (E-16)

thai DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29) SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28) SINGHA 340 N. Clark, 312/467-0300, This affordable and excellent restaurant is known for its variety. Dishes include spring rolls, chicken satay, papaya salad and seafood entrees. The excellent selection of soups includes tomka (chicken and coconut milk). Sun-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-32) STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)

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Nightlife in October means one thing: Chicago Brauhaus’ annual Oktoberfest celebration. Marked by oompah music, feasting, and of course, beer drinking, this traditional German festival is in full-swing now through the end of the month. The Chicago Brauhaus Oktoberfest Band, comprised of Max, Gody, Mexi, and Wolfgang, take the stage night stage nightly at 7pm to provide guests with non-stop entertainment. On Sundays, come early to enjoy special matinee shows starting at 5pm. As always, beer is the cornerstone of any good Oktoberfest and you can be sure servers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes will be on hand serving hefty steins of Spaten, Kostritzer, and many more German beers alongside a menu of house specialties like kassler rippchen (smoked pork loin) and goulash soup, and traditional favorites like sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel. There will also be a special Oktoberfest menu available. Call ahead for group reservations, 773/784-4444. Located at 4732 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, Chicago Brauhaus is closed on Tuesdays. Take the CTA (888/YOUR-CTA) Brown Line, exit Western.


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

BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 754 S. Wabash, 312/427-0333, Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, this is one of Chicago’s premier blues clubs, offering the best of local and national blues talent. Take a walk around the club and check out the incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Excellent Cajun menu. Cover charges vary. Live music during lunch on weekdays from noon2pm. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40)


B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a virtual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13)


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KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this “Legendary Blues Mecca.” The best Chicago blues acts appear seven nights a week, with an early guitar set starting at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves barbecue, catfish, wings and more for late-night dining. Cover charge: Sun-Wed $12, Thu-Sat $15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm5am. All major cards. (E-13)

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

cocktail lounges

CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, The 1940s “Supper Club” and cocktail lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or enjoying an intimate cocktail. Try the killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Great jukebox selections. Opens MonSat at 11:30am and Sun at 10am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. (Northwest of A-20) FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, 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 11:30am10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. All major cards. (I-28)


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

comedy clubs COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080, An audience-interactive show appropri-



ate for all ages and events. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times each week, so it’s never the same twice. Performances: Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. All major cards. (D-7)

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I.O. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for over 25 years. I.O. has two theaters, two bars and six shows a night. Guests often stick around for a second show after discovering how fun performances can be. Performances seven nights a week, show times vary. All major cards. (D-5)

irish pubs EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, Get your Irish on into the wee hours of the morning in Chicago’s Loop! In addition to offering a full restaurant menu until they close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Late night menu. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (I-33)

live music THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. 8:30pm-2am nightly. All major cards. (I-25)

piano bars THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail as you listen to

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Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable; the smartly dressed, eclectic clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)

HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, It’s always a rockin’ good time at this legendary institution. Besides boasting the largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hard Rock serves up the best in American cuisine. Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-mid, FriSat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)


ESPN ZONE 43 E. Ohio, 312/644-3776, If you’re looking for the ultimate place to dine and watch your favorite games with friends and family, you’ve found it! ESPN Zone Chicago is for sports enthusiasts of all types and ages. Enjoy delicious American grill food while watching your favorite team on a 16-foot big screen and more than 100 other HD televisions. Then, make sure to visit the action-packed Sports Arena featuring 10,000-square-feet of interactive games and attractions. The ultimate in sports viewing, this dining and entertainment mecca awaits you at ESPN Zone! Sun-Thu 11am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-mid. All major cards. $$ (I-30)


taverns & sports bars

HARRY CARAY’S 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin in Lombard, 630/953-3400, Harry created a hit with this nostalgic restaurant/bar lined with sports memorabilia. A favorite with locals and visitors, it was voted “Best Sports Bar in the Country” by a poll of America’s sportscasters. Bars open everyday 11:30am-close. All major cards. (I-31)(Suburban)


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NUNS, NUNS, NUNS Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Check out four of the funniest

interactive shows in the city. The always-funny “Sister” deals with saints, sinners, and movie reviews in three distinct comedies. Late Nite Catechism, by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 8pm. Put the Nuns in Charge! by Vicki Quade, runs Friday at 8pm. And Saints & Sinners, Vicki Quade’s newest comedy, runs Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $30. Call 312/988-9000.

I.O. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. For more than 20 years, i.O. has been the

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

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

improv show has moved to a new location just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop for a whole new season of high-end comedy and laughs. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. Call 773/549-8080 or


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