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The holidays begin with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. See pages 6 and 68.

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November 16, 2012

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16 FRIDAY Get your sweet tooth ready because from Nov. 16 to 18, the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show takes over Navy Pier’s Festival Hall B. Adults, $25–$35; kids, $10. 600 E. Grand, # 786.558.5234. 124

ON THE COVER VIVE LA FRANCE! Just a month before the new movie is scheduled to be released, Les Misérables opens at the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph, 800.775.2000). Based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo, the musical has been touring for more than a quarter-century with shows all over the world. After a successful 25th-anniversary run in Chicago in Feb. 2011, Les Mis returns to Chicago for just three weeks. Set in 19th-century France, the musical follows Jean Valjean, recently liberated after two decades in prison. Choosing to break his parole, Valjean is chased through both acts by police inspector Javert, amid the rumblings of a revolution. Hear classic songs including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Do You Hear the People Sing,” and “Castle on a Cloud,” as part of the epic tale of the survival of the human spirit. Tickets are $18–$95. The show runs Tue., 7:30pm; Wed., 2 and 7:30pm; Thu., 7:30pm; Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 2 and 8pm; Sun., 2pm. See broadwayinchicago.com for additional performances and times.

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Season of Wonder opens in the Adler Planetarium’s Definiti Space Theater, where you can discover the reason for winter solstice, witness the beautiful Aurora Borealis, and explore winter sky celebrations around the world. $10 plus general admission (adults, $12; seniors, $10; children, 3–11, $8). 1300 S. Lake # 146 Shore, 312.922.7827.

Millennium Park comes to life for the holiday season with familiar carols ringing out beneath the famous “Bean” during the return of the annual tradition of Caroling at Cloud Gate. Fri., 6pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.1168. Before or after, bundle up, and hit the ice with the return of skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink,


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NOV 16–23 beginning today at Millennium Park. 12–10pm. FREE (skate rental available for $10). 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.1168.

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The hottest comedy mind in America comes to town with his world-weary and slightly askew takes on modern life as Louis CK plays Symphony Center. 8 and 11pm. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. Sold out, but check third-party ticketing # 3 sites such as Craigslist. Artistic director Frank Chaves celebrates his 20-year anniversary with River North Dance Chicago at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park. The Fall Engagement includes two world premieres of contemporary jazz dance. Nov. 16–17. 8pm. $30–$75. 205 E. Randolph, # 151 312.344.7777. They recently lost frontman Davy Jones, but the Monkees soldier on in tribute to their fallen leader, playing the hits fans have loved for years tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $63–$78. 175 N. to Lake State, 312.462.6300.

17 SATURDAY Get breathtaking views of the city and a free photo with Santa at the John Hancock Observatory’s Santa in the Sky. Sat.–Sun. starting today. 10am–2pm. Adults, $17.50; children (ages 3–11), $11.50. 875 N. # Michigan, 312.654.5019. 151

Every child who visits with Santa at the 900 North Michigan Shops receives a complimentary gift and a glimpse of a 40-foot tree. Through Dec. 24. 11am–6pm. Photo packages, $16.99 and up. 900 N. Michigan, # 151 312.915.3916. It’s all fun and games in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall A this weekend with the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Adults, $10; children, $5. 600 # E. Grand, 847.677.8277. 124 Get in the spirit early, and share the most important meal of the day at Breakfast with Santa at Texas de Brazil. 9am–12pm. Adults, $30; children (12 and under), $20. 51 E. Ohio, # 151 312.670.1006.

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra plays a program at Symphony Center centered on Stravinsky’s sweeping Rite of Spring. The show also features guest soloist Daniil Trifonov on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 8pm. $40–$265. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. Stand-up comedian and Daily Show veteran Lewis Black continues his politically infused Running on Empty tour with a stop at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $39.50–$65. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake

18 SUNDAY Shop antique and handmade gifts at the sixth annual Randolph Street Holiday Market at Plumbers Hall. Nov. 17–18. Hours today: 10am–5pm. $10. 1340 W. # Washington, 312.666.1200. 20

Chicago’s holiday season officially starts with the 21st annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, the country’s largest evening holiday celebration. Events start at 11am, with the tree-lighting parade running from 5:30 to 7pm. FREE. Michigan Ave. (For more, including specials, # 151 see pages 6 and 68.)

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DRAGONS, the latest creation from the legendary Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, plays under the “big top” of the United Center. 1 and 5pm. $13–$90. 1901 # 20 W. Madison, 312.455.4000. Enjoy a concert from the Avalon String Quartet under the exquisite stained glass Tiffany dome at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall. Free with admission. 2pm– 4pm. Adults, $18; children (under 14), free. 111 S. Michigan, # 312.443.3600. 3


Today is no time to say “Bah! Humbug!” to the 35th anniversary production of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre. 2 and 6:30pm. $12.50–$47. 170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800. to Lake

20 TUESDAY See how many inside jokes you catch about the Windy City at the Second City’s What the Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You: A Chicago Revue tonight at Up Comedy Club. 7pm. $28. 230 W. North, 3rd Fl., # 151 312.662.4562.

Singer-songwriter Charlie Mars opens for critically acclaimed alternative rocker Citizen Cope at the House of Blues. Doors open at 7:30pm. $30–$35. 329 N. # Dearborn, 312-923-2000. 36

19 MONDAY Nashville-based rockers and brothers JEFF the Brotherhood open for indie-rock band Delta Spirit tonight at the House of Blues. 17+. $23.50–$25. 329 N. Dearborn. 312-923-2000. #36

Massenet’s heartbreaking tale of the troubled German poet gets a tender reading in the  Lyric Opera of Chicago production of  Werther at the  Civic Opera House. 7:30pm. $44–$224. 20 N. Wacker. # 312.332.2244. 157

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Eat, drink, and shop at Daley Plaza’s Christkindlmarket, a winter festival inspired by the holiday markets of Germany. Families can visit Santa’s Workshop (and the man himself!). Through Dec. 24. 11am–8pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312.603.3054.

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This Chicago tradition is just one year shy of its centennial. The 99th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza features the cast of the Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. 4:30pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312.603.3054.

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See live music every night at Redhead Piano Bar. Tonight, watch Tom Linsk & Lisa McClowry. Business-casual attire requested. 8–11:30pm. FREE. 16 W. # 36 Ontario, 312.640.1000.

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Educate yourself on the Art Institute of Chicago’s masterpieces at today’s Express Talk: American Gothic by Grant Wood. Free with admission. 12–12:30pm. Adults, $18; children (under 14), free. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. #3

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THANKSGIVING Watch Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, and a host of giant balloons march down State Street today at the 79th McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 8am–11am. FREE. State St. from Congress to Randolph, 312.235.2217. to Lake

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Hard Rock Café is open today, with a special Thanksgiving menu. Also, enjoy a special Meet & Greet with Santa from 12:30 to 2pm. 63 # 36 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. Celebrate Thanksgiving on the water with Odyssey Cruise’s Thanksgiving Afternoon Lunch Cruise or Family Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise, departing from Navy Pier. 2:30–4:30pm and 6:30– 9:30. Adults, $49.90–$69.90; children (ages 3–12), $29.95–$41.95. 600 E. Grand, 866.305.2469. Skip the family favorites and revel in some adult holiday fun tonight at The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue at Up Comedy Club. Through Dec. 31. 8pm. $25. 230 W. North, 3rd Fl., 312.662.4562.

Here’$ the Deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY Below are all specials going on during the BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival weekend. (For more on the festival, see page 68.)

SHOPPING Enjoy 15 percent off your purchase of artisan jewelry at LOCAL CHARM with ad on page 18 of the Holiday Activity Guide. Offer valid any time. 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210.

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Stop by HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN on Navy Pier during Lights Festival and receive a complimentary peppermint ice-cream sundae with purchase of an entrée (one per table). 600 E. Grand, 312.527.9700.

FRIDAY Take the little ones to the royal ball at Broadway Playhouse’s production of the family classic Cinderella. Ages 3–10. 10am. $16– $22. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700. The always-free Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual ZooLights display opens today. Every Fri.–Sun. through Dec. 26. 5–9pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. Stop by the nearby Four Farthings Tavern & Grill for a drink. 2060 N Cleveland, # 773.935.2060. 151 Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen takes the stage at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. 8pm. $27.50–$250. 5400 N. River Rd. in Rosemont. 847.671.5100. Enjoy a craft beer at the nearby Park Tavern before or after. 5433 Park Pl., 847.349.5151. The iconic lions that guard the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago get dressed for winter at the annual Wreathing of the Lions, followed by activities inside. Starting at 10am. FREE. 111 S. Michi# 151 gan. 312.443.3600.

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DRINKS Stop by TIMOTHY O’TOOLE’S PUB during Lights Festival weekend and receive 20 percent off (up to $10) of food and drinks. Excludes specials. 622 N. Fairbanks, 312.642.0700.

SHOPPING On Lights Festival day only, enjoy 25 percent off everything in the store at H20. 600 N. Michigan, 312.347.1243.

DRINKS Warm up with a free espresso beverage at LAVAZZA CAFÉ during Lights Festival weekend with the purchase of a pound of whole-bean Lavazza coffee. 162 E. Ohio, 312.255.8850.

FOOD Families, on Nov. 17 only, receive one free kid’s meal at HARD ROCK CAFÉ CHICAGO with the purchase of two dinner entrees. Mention the Lights Festival to receive the offer. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252.


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CHARLIE BROWN AND THE GREAT EXHIBIT Every Thu. in Nov., build snow forts, throw Running through Dec. at the Museum of snowballs, dress up as a snowman and more Science and Industry, this exhibit featuring (from 5 to 8pm). If you love ice-skating but everybody’s favorite Peanuts characters hate putting on skates, you can skate in your socks honors the nearly five decades cartoonist on the Pretend You’re On Ice rink from 11am to Charles Schulz researched, wrote, 4pm daily (closed Thanksgiving). Navy Pier, designed, and drew his Peanuts strip. 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000. Children/adults, $12; # You’ll see original seniors, $11. 124 cartoons, Peanuts RAINFOREST AMAZING CHICAGO ephemera, and CAFÉ FUNHOUSE MAZE Schulz’s studio Part adventure, If a challenge is what recreated. Daily, part restaurant, you’re looking for, 9:30am–4pm Rainforest Café is search no further (closed a wild place to than Amazing Thanksgiving). shop and eat. Chicago’s Funhouse Adults, $20; seniors Bring your wild Maze. Part funhouse, (65+), $19; children bunch every part maze, Amazing (3–11), $13. 57th and Wednesday for Chicago brings the Lake Shore, Family Night, # sights and sounds of 3 773.684.1414. when kids 10 and Chicago to life. Dazzle all of your senses with the mirSNOW MUCH FUN! under eat for just ror maze and a spinning light tunnel. 600 E. Grand at At the Chicago $2.99 with the Navy Pier. Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm; Children’s purchase of an Sun., 10am–7pm. Tickets start at $9.95. 312.595.5375. Museum, winter adult entrée starts early with from 5pm–close. # Snow Much Fun (and it’s far less freezing inside)! 36 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. Coupon below.

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Chicago has a plethora of cultural offerings, both indoors and out. But come Nov., when the weather starts to get gloomy, the museums are your best bet. At the FIELD MUSEUM (1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410), Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts showcases the paintings, costumes, jewelry and weapons of India’s kings, spanning more than two centuries. The MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY’S Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit (57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414) stars the lovable Peanuts characters we all grew up with, with original cartoons and ephemera guiding you through the exhibit. For more of an adult experience, visit the Steve McQueen exhibit at the ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO (111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600), showcasing the visual artist’s two-decade career at the US museum with the largest collection of his work.

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AT T R AC T I O N S AMAZING CHICAGO’S FUN HOUSE MAZE Located on historic Navy Pier, the Maze is a selfpaced, sensory experience. You will navigate through 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes, and fun. Find your way out be listening to the informative narration and playing the interactive games. Mon.–Thu., 1-am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. Closed Thanksgiving. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.5375. amazingchicago.com (O-30) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people why design matters. Shop & Tour Center open Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. 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 1–5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. chipublib.org (I-38)

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CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun., 10am–6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO. (J-26) CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. CityPASS booklet holders can skip most ticket lines, but they may encounter a line when they first exchange a voucher for a booklet. Good for nine days. Adults, $84; children (3–11), $69. All major cards. 888.330.5008. citypass.com JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Lavazza Espression café and 360-degree views. “Santa in the Sky” starts Nov. 17. Daily 9am–11pm. Adults, $17.50; kids (3–11), 11.50; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. jhochicago.com (J-26)

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MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the reflective sculpture Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean,” as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge. Ice-skating starting Nov. 16. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. millenniumpark.org (K-33)

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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, Brookfield Zoo. Wed.: Art Institute (for IL residents the first and second Wed. of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Brookfield Zoo. Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, National Museum of Mexican Art, 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. Be sure to check out “The Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily, 10am–8pm. Adults, $17.50; children (3–11), $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. the-skydeck.com (G-36)

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

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NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier 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. Seasonal parking rates: Mon.–Thu. before 5pm, $14; Fri.–Sun., before 5pm, $19; after 5pm any day, $10. Open Sun., 10am–7pm; Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm. Accepted credit cards vary. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. navypier.com (N-30)

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LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY Find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round at this lush botanical garden. Daily, 9am–5pm. FREE. 2391 N. Stockton, 312.742.7736. chicagoparkdistrict.com (G-15)


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Architectural Pride We Chicagoans are proud of our architecture. No one more so than the CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432), which offers tours that celebrate the sights that Chicago has to offer. For fall, CAF offers new tours, including the Pedway: Warm Walk, Cool Architecture tour through Chicago’s Pedway system, which gives visitors a unique look at the “city below the city.” ($15, Fri., 10am). Also, the Skyscrapers and More Trolley Tour celebrates the wonderful skyline that excites all architecture lovers ($20; Mon., Fri., Sat., 11am and 1:15pm). Finally, on select Thu. and Sun. through Nov., the Devil in the White City tour explores the true story of two simultaneous events in Chicago history: the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the emergence of serial killer Dr. Henry H. Holmes ($55).

ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out the Grainger Sky Theater show, Welcome to the Universe, along with the special exhibition The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving. General admission: Adults $12; seniors, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. Free general admission in Nov. for IL residents with valid ID: Nov. 6–7, 13–14. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. adlerplanetarium.org (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Steve McQueen. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. Closed Thanksgiving. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wed. of the month. Adults, $18; children/seniors/students with ID, $12; children under 14 are free. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. artic.edu (J-35) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities, including Snow Much Fun. Daily, 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults/children, $12; seniors, $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sun. of every month

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for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. chicagochildrensmuseum.org (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri, 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; and Sun, 10am–6pm. Closed Veteran’s Day (Nov. 12) and Thanksgiving. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Magic. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., 12–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children 13–22, $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. chicagohs.org (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm; closed Mon. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages 6–11, $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773.9470600. dusablemuseum.org (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: Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts and Fashion and The Field Museum Collection: Maria Pinto. Daily, 9am–5pm. Open Thanksgiving. General admission: Adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; and children, 3–11, $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org (K-44)

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available daily from 11am–4pm. 45–60 min. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $15; children (4–17) and seniors (65+), $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. gowright.org (Suburban)

MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Devoted to historic and contemporary radio and television. Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 commercials. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children, 4–12, $6 360 N. State, 312.245.8200. museum.tv (I-31)

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

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: Martin Creed Plays Chicago. Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; and children under 12, free. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org (K-27)

HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace, the museum provides an in-depth look at the life of the famous author. Sun.–Fri., 1–5pm; Sat., 10am–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $10; kids (18 and under)/seniors/students, $8; and children under 5, free. MC, V. 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708.524.5383. ehfop.org (Suburban) ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the Holocaust. Mon.–Wed. and Fri., 10am–5pm, Thu. 10am–8pm, Sat.–Sun., 11am–4pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $8; and children (5–11), $6. 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847.967.4800. ilholocaustmuseum.org (Suburban)

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THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs, and plants from around the world. Daily, 7am–sunset. Open Thanksgiving. Adults, $12; seniors, $11; kids (2–17), $9; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in suburban Lisle, 630.968.0074. mortonarb.org (Suburban)

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography. Mon.–Wed and Fri.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm, Sun., 12–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312.663.5554. mocp.org (J-39) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit and Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light (starting Nov. 15). Daily, 9:30am–4pm. Closed Thanksgiving. General admission: adults, $15; seniors, 65-plus, $14; and children, 3–11, $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. msichicago.org (South of P-54)

JANE ADDAMS HULL-HOUSE MUSEUM This Chicago historic landmark was built in 1856. Social reformer Jane Addams—the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—cofounded Hull-House as a settlement house in 1889. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., 12–4pm. Closed Thanksgiving. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. hullhousemuseum.org (D-40)

NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. Opening Nov. 15: American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration. Mon., Wed., Fri., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–5pm. Closed Tue. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $8; children (3–12), $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312.655.1234. (D-38)

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults, $6, and seniors, $5. Closed on Mon.; Tue., 11am–8pm

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MEXICAN ART The museum’s permanent collection has grown to more than 1,700 objects featuring Mexican creativi-

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THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Monsters on Bikes. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Closed Thanksgiving. Adults, $9; students/seniors, 60-plus, $7; children, 3–12, $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100, chias.org (G-14)

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NEWBERRY LIBRARY A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, and map, offering an array of lectures, seminars, concerts, and other public programming. Tue.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat., 9am–1pm. FREE. 60 W. Walton, 312.943.9090. (H-25)

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NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Opening Nov. 11: Welcome Home. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Handicap accessible. Adults, $10, and students/seniors, $7. MC, V. 1801 S. Indiana, 312.326.0270. (J-48)

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ty from both sides of the border. On exhibit: Dia de Los Muertes. Tue.–Sun., 10am–5pm. FREE. 1852 W. 19th, 312.738.1503. (West of D-51)

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Trip to the Casino Chicago offers many activities throughout the day, but, for those of us who enjoy a night out on the town, what about the evening? In addition to its daily narrated coachbus city tours, AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING CHICAGO AND GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING (17 E. Monroe, 312.251.3100) now offers you a VIP experience in your choice of two Las Vegas in Chicago tours. Take a luxurious charter ride to Rivers Casino in Des Plaines, IL, departing from the Palmer House Hilton Hotel (17 E. Monroe), for just $30, or add on a decadent three-course meal at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House inside the Rivers Casino for just $72 total (including tax and tip). Both tours also include a return trip to all downtown hotels. Tours run Tue.–Fri., 4 and 7pm. Busses return to downtown hotels at 9pm or 12am.

ORIENTAL INSTITUTE A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue. and Thu.–Sat., 10am–6pm; Wed., 10am–8:30pm, Sun., 12–6pm. Suggested donation: adults, $7, and children under 12, $4. 1155 E. 58th St. at the University of Chicago, 773.702.9514. (South of N-54)

way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to four passengers ($5 each additional person). When it’s chilly, the company provides blankets for riders. Mon.–Fri., 6:30–11:30pm; Sat., 11am–12am; Sun., 11am–11:30pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. antiquecoach-carriage.com (K-29)

SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones and whales to dolphins and sharks. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm. Sat.–Sun., 9am–6pm. Open Thanksgiving. Shedd Pass: Adults, $28.95, and children, ages 3–11, $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438. sheddaquarium.org (L-43)

CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco–style trolleys and London-style double-deckers, each led by expert tour guides, stop every 20–30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 14 stops, including the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Water Tower between 9am and 5pm. Adults, $35; seniors, $25; children (3–12), $17; and children under 3, free. Good for three days. Holiday Lights tour starts Nov. 23. $26. 773.648.5000. chicagotrolley.com

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

CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD TOURS Experience Chicago’s diverse communities and rich history and culture with guided motor coach and walking excursions. The 2012 schedule features more than a dozen exciting tours, including Hops & Barley: Pubs & Microbreweries, and five unique food tours. Dates and times vary. 312.742.1190. explorechicago.org/tours

ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood, and experience the city’s sites in a new

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

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

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

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Concourse. Prices vary. 312.322.6900. metrarail.com (J-33) (J-38)

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

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 for a one-day pass, $14 for a three-day pass. 888.YOUR.CTA. transitchicago.com GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, and economical transportation to and from both airports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888.2THE.VAN or visit airportexpress.com METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just seven minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. to McCormick Place’s Grand

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CHICAGO WATER TAXI  A fun, fast, and friendly way to travel Chicago, with convenient stops at Madison St. by Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark and LaSalle St., Michigan Ave. at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower, and Chinatown. One-way fares are $3 ($5 to Chinatown, weekends only). All-day tickets are $7. 312.337.1446. chicagowatertaxi.com

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BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and more than 2,000 animals. At the Children’s Zoo, see farm favorites such as cows, pigs, and llamas, plus get up close and personal in the petting zoo area. Mon.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $15; children (3–11)/seniors, $10.50; and children under 2, free. General admission is free Tue. and Thu. from Oct. to Dec. $10 for parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708.688.8000. (Suburban)

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s lakefront. See the animals of Africa in the Regenstein African Journey or flying critters in the McCormick Bird House. There’s also the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. On Nov. 23–25 and Nov. 30, enjoy the luminous displays of ZooLights. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily, 10am–4:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. (H-17)


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M U S T S E E AT T R A C T I O N S BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear images of 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: This 2.5–acre collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto”. Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953.

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rental is $10) every day. Mon.–Thu., 12–8pm; Fri., 12–10pm; Sat., 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–9pm. Self-Guided Lurie Garden Tour: Open 6am–11pm year round, Lurie Garden is living art. Stroll at your own pace with a brochure from the Millennium Park Welcome Center. Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the

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It’s not too early to start shopping for the holidays, especially with all that Chicago has to offer. Get a head start at BLOCK THIRTY-SEVEN SHOPS ON STATE (108 N. State, 312.261.4700), where stores such as Akira Chicago, Anthropologie, Godiva Chocolatier, and Sephora populate this city-block-long, five-story mall. While you’re there, get a uniquely Chicago gift at LOCAL CHARM (Block 37, 108 N. State, 312.332.6203; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210), a jewelry studio featuring designs from national and local artisans, including Chicagoan Sue Rosengard (top left). For the cigar lovers in your life, find a wide range of cigars, lighters, and accessories, including sterling silver cutters and Lucite mouthpieces, from UP DOWN CIGAR (1550 N. Wells, 800.5.UPDOWN), celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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P.O.S.H. Browse an eclectic assortment of vintage hotel silver, restaurant china, and flea market finds, including unique souvenirs and newfangled treasures from antique markets and European auction houses. The items sold at P.O.S.H. are often one-of-a-kind or limited in quantity. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 613 N. State, 312.280.1602. poshchicago.com (K-30)

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

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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, and oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, art nouveau and art deco, Moderne, Continental silver, and Meissen. With more than two-dozen antiques dealers on five floors, it’s easy to get lost in here for hours. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. (H-31)

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House of Shopping The House of Blues is not just a livemusic venue: it’s a lifestyle. Chicago’s HOUSE OF BLUES (329 N. Dearborn, 32.923.2000) is one of 13 around the country and has seen such renowned musicians as the Who and Pearl Jam. But you don’t have to go to a concert to show your support for the House of Blues and its performing artists; you also can purchase their fun merchandise! You’ll find Chicago-themed merch, such as T-shirts with Blues Brothers Jake and Elwood on the front. But it’s not just clothes for you or your newborn—yes, they do sell rompers. You can also find shot glasses, guitar-pick-shaped earrings, cornbread mix, and the House of Blues Bayou Heat Hot Sauce, a custom blend of cayenne peppers, vinegar, and salt. Get a sneak peek at the offerings, plus purchase some early holiday gifts at hob.shop.livenation.com.

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ATLAS GALLERIES INC. For more than 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures, and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330 or 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.649.0999 or 800.545.2929. atlasgalleries.com (J-29) (J-26)

DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels including Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of the original cost. Also carries plus sizes. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. (H-29)

LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine-art glass vases, lamps, and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits paintings and fine prints from world-renowned artists. Mon.–Sat., 10am– 7pm; Sun. 12–6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203. lottongallery.com (J-26)

BEAUTY H20+ Wake up your beauty routine with H20+. The store offers unique beauty products that contain marine botanicals, nourishing sea minerals, plant extracts, and sea-sourced nutrients. For the holidays, consider buying a gift set of five Sea Salt Must-Haves. Call each store for hours. All major cards. 600 N. Michigan, 312.397.1243, 231 S. LaSalle, 312.606.0052. (J-29)

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PATAGONIA  Shop high-quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, footwear, and children’s apparel. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518. patagonia.com (J-26) (D-18)


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

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TIMBERLAND Just opened in Aug. after an eight-year hiatus, outdoor-lifestyle store Timberland sells its full line of footwear in addition to men’s and women’s apparel, plus exclusive Chicago-themed T-shirts and footwear. The 3,500-square-foot store’s interior features reclaimed wood and industrial machinery. 625 N. Michigan, 312.573.2234. timberland.com (J-29)

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TESSUTI Men’s collection including Pal Zileri suits made from the finest Italian fabrics, sports jackets, dress shirts, and outerwear, plus custom ties and suits. You’ll also find limited-edition ties in a rainbow of colors from Stefano Ricci, Brioni, and Zelli. Mon.–Fri., 10:30am–6:30pm, Sat., 10am–6pm, Sun. by appointment. All major cards. 50 E. Oak, 312.266.4949. tessutiformen.com (I-25)

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Art & Antique Notes THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

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

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Not quite as opulent as its Big Apple counterpart, Chicago’s Saks is still a refuge for shoppers seeking high-quality fashions. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm, Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. Chicago Place, 700 N. Michigan, 312.944.6500. (J-28)

FURS ELAN FURS This family-owned furrier features a wide selection of fur, leather, sherling, and accessories from the top American and European designers for men, women, and children. Shop for the whole family, and stop for other services such as dyeing and repair. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. Sun., 12–5pm. 675 N. Michigan, 312.640.0707. elanfur.com (K-29)

JEWELRY LEGEND OF TIME A family owned and operated fine watch shop since 1994, Legend of Time is located in Chicago’s landmark Jeweler’s Row. The shop’s collection includes an exclusive selection of pre-owned and vintage timepieces, including Breitling, Cartier, Rolex, and Ulysse Nardin. Mon.–Sat., 11am–5pm. All major cards. 3 S. Wabash, 800.492.8463. legendoftime.com (J-35) LOCAL CHARM Handcrafted artisan jewelry from more than 50 local, national, and international artisans. Unique, often oneof-a-kind styles range from sterling silver and semi-precious stones, copper and aluminum, cattle horn and leather, and more. Call each store for hours. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312.332.6203; 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210. localcharm.net (J-27) PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high-quality jewelry, and accessories at affordable prices. Its new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life.  Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7, 312.915.0647. memorablecharms.com (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 the  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit the website. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. loverslane.com (E-11) (Suburban)

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CENTRAL CAMERA CO. A camera superstore with good, old-fashioned service since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and

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

SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun, 12–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. (J-27)

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SPA AT DANA Relax and rejuvenate at the Spa at the Dana Hotel, with services from deep tissue massages to no-chip manicures and hot-stone pedicures to microdermabrasion facials, all within a tranquil environment. Guests are provided with private lockers, robes, and slippers. Mon.–Sat., 8am–9pm; Sun., 8am–6pm. 660 N. State, 312.202.6040. spaatdana.com (I-29)

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accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Leica, and Panasonic, in addition to film for your vintage Brownie and Busch camera. Expert film processing. Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–5:30pm; Sat., 8:30am–5pm. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash, 312.427.5580. centralcamera.com (I-37)

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Ride in Style There are motorcycles in the River North HARLEY-DAVIDSON store (66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666), but they aren’t for sale. “Please do not sit or drool on this motorcycle,” read the signs hanging from the bikes. If the shiny motorcycles make you drool, though, forget about the adorable bandana-ed stuffed teddy bears and Harley-themed chew toys (though your pup may drool on those too). To celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary in 2013, the store has already started selling T-shirts and sweatshirts announcing the company’s birthday. But if you are looking for a new bike, consider heading out to Harley-Davidson’s Glenview location (2929 Patriot Blvd., 866.440.6506) to see some of the newest models for sale.

BLOCK THIRTY SEVEN–SHOPS ON STATE The shops in this city-block-long, five-story-tall mall include Akira Chicago, Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, Sephora, and Zara. Located in the Loop, Block Thirty Seven has direct access to CTA Red and Blue Lines. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312.261.4700. blockthirtyseven.com (I-34) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE Fifty specialty shops and 17 restaurants, anchored by Nordstrom. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place, as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun, 11am–6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. (J-27)

S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION RETAIL SHOP Take Chicago’s fabulous and fascinating architecture home with you with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Purchase a 4D cityscape puzzles or a LEGO model of the Willis Tower to build at home, or buy a book about the history of individual Chicago landmarks. Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432, ext. 240. architecture.org/shop (J-36)

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GALT TOYS + GALT BABY Find an extensive collection of all-terrain strollers, baby basics, children’s books, toys and teething gear, DVDs, and more—plus a staff of experts to help you get exactly what you need. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312.440.9550. galtbaby.com (J-27) THE FUDGE POT This Old Town institution has been making sugary concoctions since 1963 and is a popular place to drop in for a fudge craving or if you’re looking for the perfect gift. Hours vary by location. AE, MC, V. 1532 N. Wells, 312.943.1777. (I-23) HARLEY-DAVIDSON For fans of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, this store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood doesn’t sell any actual bikes, but there are bikes on display for you to swoon over, plus plenty of Harley apparel. With sweatshirts, T-shirts, gloves, leather goods, hats, gifts, and collectives, you can announce your love of Harleys to the world through your wardrobe. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666. chicagoharley.com ( I-29) HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, key chains, and Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)


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Our city during the holidays is a magical place—from holiday shopping on the Magnificent Mile to horse-drawn carriage rides, from ice-skating in Millennium Park to afternoon teatime at the Drake. We are excited to share what our city has planned for you this upcoming holiday season. Check out page 6 for the biggest holiday events, page 36 for holiday plays taking the stage, and page 44 for a gift guide featuring items from some of our local shops. New this year: throughout the magazine, we’ve added QR codes, “smart” bar codes that you’ll see marked with a “Scan Me” message. Download a QR-code-reader app with your iPhone or Droid, scan the code, and you’ll be taken to an online video that brings the event to life.

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Winter W inter WonderFest WonderFest Holiday spirits soar at the 12th annual Winter WonderFest (pictured above) celebration at Navy Pier. Featuring stunning décor, awesome rides and attractions, and an indoor iceskating rink, Winter WonderFest is a family holiday favorite. Find Santa Claus and his toy-making elves at the Family Pavilion Stage. Nov. 30–Dec. 15: Sun.– Thu., 10am–5pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm. Dec. 16–Jan. 6: Sun.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.– Sat., 10am–10pm. FREE admiss sion; premium wristband (includes indoor ice-skating), $20; regular wristband (excludes indoor ice-skating), $16. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. See 6

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winterwonderfest.com for holiday hours and more information.

M Mag ag M Mile ile Shopping Shopping Christmas on Michigan Ave. means one thing: mega holiday shopping. (For more, see page 16.)

AC Carriage arriage R Ride ide Explore Chicago’s downtown, lakefront, and neighborhoods in all of their holiday splendor on an old-fashioned handsome cab ride with Antique Coach & Carriage, where you can see the Christmas tree in Daley Plaza and the Macy’s building

decorated for the holidays. Perfect for couples or the whole family. $80 per hour; $40 per half hour. Departs from the SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 773.735.9400.

Ice Ice Skate Skate at at Millennium Millennium P Park ark Lace up your skates and do figure eights at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. The ice rink is free and open to the public, and skate rental is available for $10. Nov. 16–Mar. 10. Mon.–Thu., 12pm–8pm; Fri., 12pm–10pm; Sat. (through Dec. 22), 10am–10pm; Sat. (starting Jan. 5), 10am–9pm; Sun., 10am–9pm. Michigan and Washington, 312.742.1168.


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Do more than holiday shopping at Macy’s on State Street (top left). Experience the wonder of the 45-foot Great Tree and see the 45th annual animated Christmas windows. 111 N.

Take in the elegant surroundings of the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel. Its Tea Lobby features live harp music and Palm Court blended teas and pastries. Reservations are recommended. 1–5pm. Adults, $36; children (4– 12), $18. 104 E. Walton, 312.787.2200. (For more on tea in the city, see page 28.)

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Celebrate the holidays by participating in a holiday singalong in Millennium Park. Caroling at Cloud Gate (bottom) features Chicago choral groups. Nov. 23–Dec. 21. Fri. at 6pm. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168.

State, 312.781.4483. (For more, see page 42.)


Z ZooLights ooLights The Lincoln Park Zoo becomes a winter wonderland, illuminated by more than 2 million lights, at the annual ZooLights extravaganza (above). Visit the polar bears and penguins while enjoying warm drinks, cool crafts, ice carvings, visits with Santa, and carousel rides. Open Nov 23–25; Nov. 30; Dec. 1–2, 7–9, 14–16, 21–23, 26–31; Jan. 1–6. 5–9pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000.

C Club lub LLucky ucky Rated on Yahoo’s list of Chicago’s Top 10 Restaurants for best decorations, Italian restaurant Club Lucky draws you in with its outdoor blinking electronic snowflakes. Once you step inside the Bucktown restaurant, see hundreds of dazzling handmade snowflakes dangling from the ceiling, garlands galore, thousands of Italian lights, oversized wreaths, and beautiful ornaments. Bask in the glow, and sip one of nsia, the special holiday martinis. 1824 W. Wabansi 773.227.2300. (See page 29.)

Winter Winter WonderLoop WonderLoop Experience holiday magic in the Loop with the 4th annual Winter WonderLoop, featuring opportunities to enjoy holiday treats and special 8

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promotions throughout the Loop. Nov. 19–Dec. 31. For a complete list of events, promotions, and discounts: winterwonderloop.com. (See page 21.)

SSanta anta H House ouse Have your picture taken with Santa and see th the city’s 64-foot Christmas tree at Daley Plaza. Nov. 20–Dec. 24. 50 W. Washington.

H Home ome ffor or the the H Holidays olidays The Art Institute of Chicago lions are decked out in wreaths (below), and the Thorne Miniature Rooms are adorned with tiny holiday decorations. Throughout Nov. and Dec., the Art Institute hosts holiday-themed events and lectures. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. artic.edu.


Pickle P ickle in in the the Pine Pine A distinct holiday custom for generations, the Pickle in the Pine has had a long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff restaurant. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170. (For more, see page 26.)

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daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). Free admission Thu. from 5 to 8pm. Children/adults, $12; seniors, $11. Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000.

Christmas C hristmas A Around round tthe he World World It’s a cultural holiday experience at the Museum of Science and Industry, as 50 Christmas trees, beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities, represent various cultures and holiday traditions for the annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit (above). The museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage with more than 30,000 lights and

1,000 ornaments. Every once in a while, you may experience an indoor snowfall. Nov. 15–Jan. 6. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. Adults, $15; seniors, $14; children, 3–11, $10. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414.

Santa Santa in in the the SSky ky The city’s highest Santa in the Sky returns for its fifth year (above right). Sitting 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile, the John Hancock Observatory is chock full of holiday fun, including the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train and Pictures with Santa. Each full-fare youth admission gets a FREE child Shedd Pass ticket to the Shedd Aquarium. Adults, $17.50; chil-


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best holiday events, returns for its 35th year. Nov. 17–Dec. 29. $25–$82. 170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800. (For more, scan below and see page 36.)

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clocks, beer steins, wooden and plush toys, and European chocolates. Enjoy imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served in a souvenir boot-mug, alongside other German delicacies, such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, and schnitzel. Nov. 20–Dec. 24. Sun.–Thu., 11am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–9pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175.

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dren (3–11), $11.50. Every Sat.–Sun. from Nov. 17 through Dec. Nov: 10am–2pm (plus Fri., Nov. 23); Dec.: 1–5pm (plus Mon., Dec. 24). Breakfast with Santa: Dec 1–2, 8–9, 15–16, 22–23, with 8:30 and 11am seatings. Adults, $45; children (3–11), $35; children (under 3), $15. 875 N. Michigan, 888.875.VIEW.


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Wonderland Express pulls into the Chicago Botanic Garden transforming the 385-acre oasis into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, and miniature Chicago landmarks. Nov. 23–Jan. 6. 10am–6pm. Adults, $12; children/seniors, $10. 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in Glencoe, 847.835.5440.

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See the Brookfield Zoo’s 30th annual Holiday Magic (right), featuring nearly 1 million twinkling lights, a dazzling light show, ice-carving demonstrations, live music, and more. Select Dec. dates from 4 to 9pm. Adults, $13.50; kids, $9.50. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708.688.8000.


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Covering the downtown Loop shopping corridor and Theater District at the Macy’s SantaLand (111 N. State; 312.781.4483).

Under the city’s official Christmas tree at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312.744.3315)

Greeting the kids at Winter WonderFest on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312.595.PIER).

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Truly Truly Magnificent Magnificent ’Tis the season to go shopping. With hundreds of retailers located on the Magnificent Mile, shoppers can find gifts for loved ones of all ages. Michigan Ave. is home to some well-known flagship stores, such as Nike Chicago, AT&T, Banana Republic, and the new Burberry store, as well as some local gems. Be sure not to miss the stores in all of Michigan Avenue’s multi-level shopping malls. The splendid shopping stretch famously gave birth to the concept of the vertical shopping mall, paving the way with the illustrious Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166) back in 1975. Across the street sits the glitzy, seven-story 900 Shops (900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3916), anchored by the Bloomingdales department store. Finally, a few blocks south, find the Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300), home to the high-fashion retailer Nordstrom. To help guide you through all of the holiday madness, KEY guides you to find the stores that best suit your gift-giving needs:

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For babies, tikes, and toddlers: Go with the classic brands that kids love, such as the Disney Store (717 N. Michigan, 312.654.9208), with everything from clothes to home décor emblazoned with Disney characters. Or you can try American Girl Place (835 N. Michigan, 312.943.9400) or the LEGO Store (835 N. Michigan, 312.494.0760), both located in Water Tower Place and stocked with toys for your little ones. The 312.440.9550) has wide off as a w ide sselection election o Chicago-based Galt Toys + Galt Baby (900 N. Michigan, 3 12.440.9550) h baby nursery urniture, a and nd ccribs. ribs. sstrollers, trollers, ttoys, oys, b aby gear, gear, n ursery ffurniture, For fashionistas: The vast, newly reopened global Burberry flagship (633 N. Michigan, 312.787.2500) carries both staples and trendy Just off the Mile items, and the gorgeous plaid façade is not one to be Just a short walk off the Mag Mile, missed. You can find big brands at the concept Ann enjoy these shopping destinations as well: Taylor store (600 N. Michigan, 312.587.8301) and Ta Mary Mary Forever 21, aka X XI (540 N. Michigan, A gift-giver’s haven decorated like a winter wonderland, inside a 133-year-old brownstone. 312.329.0485), or at hip overseas contemporary 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. stores such as British retailers Topshop (830 N. P.O.S.H. Michigan, 312.280.6834) and Allsaints (700 N. Antiques and vintage items, dinnerware and Michigan, 312.283.0400), Sweden’s H&M (800 N. glassware, flea-market finds and unique gift items, Michigan, n 855.466.7467), and Spanish clothing all in one store. 613 N. State, 312.280.1602. and accessories store Zara (700 N. Michigan, Tessuti 312.255.8123). For a totally Chicago shopping experiA men’s fine clothing retailer, where you can ence, try Akira Chicago (835 N. Michigan, buy a custom suit or a pair of jeans. 50 E. Oak, 312.266.4949. 312.280.4820), featuring trends from more than 150 local and national designers.

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holiday spirit. Or nosh on snacks from German American outdoor market Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175), starting Nov. 20. (for more, see page 36). Get some holiday shopping done at cap company New Era’s flagship store (207 S. State, 312.663.4495) or at Block Thirty Seven Shops on State (108 N. State, 312.261.4700), with shops including Akira Chicago, Local Charm, and Magnolia Bakery. Hop across the street and into Macy’s on State (111 N. State, 312.781.4483), where you can see the famous holiday windows (this year’s theme is “The Magic of Christmas”) and the Christmas tree, all lit up in the Walnut Room (f(for more, see page 42).

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If that’s not enough shopping for you, keep going—you’ll find holiday specials all season long through the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Winter WonderLoop, with dozens of participating shops and restau-


rants in the Loop, running from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. On Black Friday and on all Sat. from Dec. 1 to 22, experience Winter WonderLoop’s “Random Acts of Holidays”—free and spontaneous experiences around the Loop, ranging from strolling carolers to street performances from the Joffrey Ballet to free beverages and pastries from Corner Bakery.

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At night, there’s a lot of holiday theater to choose from. At the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph, 800.775.2000), you can see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Dec. 5–16), or see A Christmas Carol (Nov. 17–Dec. 29) at the Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800). You can also watch The Joffrey Ballet’s Sca n The Nutcracker (Dec. 7– 27) at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress, 800.982.2787). If you see the show Mon.–Fri., stop into Midtown Kitchen + Bar (203 N. LaSalle, 312.379.5086).

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who are lucky enough to find the pickle will be treated to a FREE root beer. It’s a Merry Christmas— German, by way of Chicago. After dinner, the Christkindlmarket at nearby Daley Plaza beckons those in search of even more European holiday tradition (50 W. Washington; 312.494.2175). Now in its 16th season, this open-air, German-style market features more re than 50 food and craft vendors, selling everything from bratwurst to blown-glass ornaments (Nov. 20–Dec. 24). Who knows? You might even find a pickle for your tree at home.


Warm Warm Sips Sips There are plenty of places for you to stay warm in Chicago, even when the weather’s chilly—malls on Michigan Ave. and museums, just to name a few. But there’s nothing like a hot chocolate, tea, or coffee to really warm you from the inside out. Here are some places to get some delicious hot drinks in Chicago’s downtown: FOR TEA Argo Tea (various locations, including 1 N. Dearborn, 16 W. Randolph, and 819 N. Rush), a chain started in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is dedicated to this delicious, soothing hot drink. Choose one of the special tea drinks, such as the pumpkin chai, or one of 30 varieties of loose-leaf teas. Stop into the Drake hotel (140 E. Walton, 312.787.2200) every afternoon from 1 to 5pm for its Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, and scones with fine, fresh teas such as Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong, a rich Chinese black tea, or a caffeine-free Chamomile Citrus. Add some extra warmth to those beverages with one of the Drake’s tea cocktails.

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You can also find de d licious tea service at the Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior, 312.337.2888), with custom black teas including the Peninsula Chai, plus finger sandwiches including smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, pastries, and salads, with vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options available. Add on some bubbly for an additional fee. The Lobby Bar at the Palmer House Hilton (17 E. Monroe, 312.726.7500) serves Afternoon Tea from 2 to 4pm in the historic Palmer House lobby. Enjoy teas from the rare tea cellar teas, such as Cloud Kissed Green and Field of France Rooibos, along with petit fours, pastries, and sandwiches. Add $10 for a glass of champagne or a mimosa.


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FOR HOT CHOCOLATE Near Millennium Park, try the Oaxacan Hot Chocolate from Mezcalina Restaurant and Black Coffee Gallery (333 E. Benton, 312.240.5000). It’s a little spicy and a little sweet. Stop in after some iceskating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and it’ll feel like you’re a kid again. Find rich, chocolatey hot cocoa at Hershey’s (822 N. Michigan, 312.337.771) or right across the street at Godiva Chocolatier (845 N. Michigan, 312.280.1133). Celebrity chef Rick Bayless’s XOCO (449 N. Clark 312.334.3688) serves frothy, thick hot chocolate—perfect for dunking churros in. FOR COFFEE

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in Chicago. Their coffee is always freshly roasted, and, if you’re a real coffee geek, you’ll enjoy that the store’s primary method of brewing is the pourover. While it’s a little slower to make, the coffee tastes fresher because it hasn’t been sitting in a pot all day. You can also get a good cup of freshly roasted Intelligentsia coffee at Local Root Café (601 N. McClurg, 312.643.1145). An adorable coffee shop lies on the bottom floor of Sunny Side Up and Coffee Shoppe (42 E. Candy Cane Coffee Superior, 312.930.4242), at Red Head Piano Bar which lives in a historic brownstone. Stop in to get a cup or two of Sparrow Coffee Roastery coffee, a local ecofriendly company.


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Holiday H oliday TTraditions raditions A Chrriistmas Carol celebrates its 35th anniversary this year at the Goodman Theatre, where it will continue to delight Chicago audiences as it always has. A portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah! Humbug!” to Chicago. Nov. 17– Dec. 29. $25–$82. 170 N. Dearborn. 312.443.3800. Kick up your holiday celebrations with one of Chicagoland’s most popular family events. Complete with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic sweets, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Auditorium Theatre. Dec. 7–27. $31– $132. 50 E. Congress, 800.982.2787.

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Wonderful Life with live sound effects, an original score, and a stellar cast that brings Bedford Falls to life in It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! playing at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. Nov. 23–Dec. 30. $19–$39. 2433 N. Lincoln, 773.871.3000.

Adults Adults Only—Shamefully Only—Shamefully Funny Funny For those looking for an alternative to the holiday classics, head to the Second City or UP Comedy Club for the Nutcracking Holiday Revue, featuring Second City’s trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief. Nov. 22–Dec. 30. $25. 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992 OR 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. See secondcity.com for schedule.

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Even though the skies get dark earlier, Chicago brightly shines throughout the holiday season. If you want to see all of the city’s beautiful lights displays throughout the holidays, try a trolley tour with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. or a Segway tour with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tour. You’lll hit all the favorite holiday attractions— Millennium Park and its brightly lit trees, plus the famous “Bean”; State St. and the Macy’s holiday windows; the huge Christmas tree in Daley Plaza; and Christkindlmarket, a traditional German holiday market, where you can hop off and explore (and perhaps grab a hot chocolate). Chicago Trolley tours runs Fri.–Sun., Nov. 23– Dec. 23, and daily, Dec. 26–31. Departures at 6, 6:30, and 7pm. Adults, $26; children, $19. Departs from the John Hancock Observatory, at the SE corner of Delaware and Michigan. Reservations required: chicagotrolley.com. Absolutely Chicago Segway tours depart from Millennium Park. Thu.–Sat. 6:15pm. $60. Call for reservations: 312.552.5100.


M Macy’s acy ’s H Holiday oliday M Magic agic For its 45th year, Macy’s on State Street whimsically decorates its windows with animated characters and stories. This year, the theme is “The Magic of Christmas,” which tells the story of Macy’s history at the State Street store—for instance, you’ll see the character Uncle Mistletoe, who debuted in the store’s holiday windows in 1946, when the store was Marshall Field’s. A combination of Field’s favorite uncle and a Dickens-type character, Uncle Mistletoe was an instant hit. Go inside to see the massive Great Tree rising through multiple stories of the building’s main atrium. At 45 feet tall, the Great Tree is adorned for the first time this year with 42 LED star ornaments and 15,000 LED twinkle lights. After a good thaw and hearty meal at the seventh-floor Walnut Room, customers with kids in tow will surely want to schedule time with the big guy and his jolly old elves on the 5th floor in Macy’s SantaLand. Since 1948, Santa has visited with millions of children in the State Street store. Visit macys.com/events for updates, or call 312.781.4483 for more information and special SantaLand hours.

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Something Something ffor or Steal a smooch under this Mistletoe Kissing Crystal ($18.50) from M ARY M ARY. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. 15% off with coupon on page 19.

Hand-blown glass perfume bottles and paperweights ($95–$155) from LOTTON GALLERY brighten any home. 900 N. Michigan, 312.664.6203.

Find bo b ld jewelry such as this necklace ($178) and bracelet ($98) at LOCAL CHARM. 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210; 108 N. State, 312.332.6203. 15% off with coupon on page 18.

Spruce up your coffee table with Chicago painter Michael Cheney’s new book ($150). ATL AS GALLERIES, 535 N. Michigan, 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan, 800.545.2929.

The NEW ER A Pigskin Knit Cap ($24.99) is way warmer than a football helmet. 207 S. State, 312.663.4495. 20% off with coupon on page 23.

HARLEY DAVIDSON fans, celebrate the store’s 110th anniversary with these Men’s Nylon Outerwear Jackets ($130–$150). 66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666.

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The PATA TAGONIA Women’s Better Sweater Coat ($179), lined with fleece, is perfect for a Midwestern winter. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518; 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934.

Get the morning person in your life this Good Morning Mug ($12) from P.O.S.H. 613 N. State, 312.280.1602.

Get your girl the newest doll from A MERICAN GIRL PLACE, Caroline Abbott ($105 with book). 835 N. Michigan, 877.247.5223.

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C Celebrating elebrating iin ele n SSpace pa Explore the connections between the sights and sounds of the holidays in Season of Wonder, a show opening Nov. 16 in the Definiti Space Theater in the Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827). Discover the reason for the winter solstice, witness the beauty of the Aurora Borealis, and explore the winter sky celebrations of cultures all around the world. After, step into the World’s Largest Snow Globe inside the Grainger Sky Theater, where you can see what it’s like to live inside a giant snow globe. Tickets are $10 plus general admission (adults, $12; seniors, $10; children, 3–11, $8). If space isn’t quite your thing (or if you also want an underwater adventure), hop next door to the Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438) for the aquatic show A Holiday Fantasea—you’ll see dolphins, beluga whales, and sea lions, oh my! Tickets ts are $4 plus general admission.

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Fondue: melty cheese, bubbling oil, or gooey chocolate, just waiting to have breads, meats, or fruits dipped in them. Celebrate National Fun With Fondue Month this Nov. with the many dippable options in Chicago. Enjoy a full meal of fondue at THE MELTING POT (609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011), complete with cheese fondue, entrées, and a chocolate fondue dessert. It’s not exactly fondue, but the BERGHOFF (17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170), offers a pretzel appetizer with a creamy stout cheddar-cheese dipping sauce. Finally, LA MADIA (59 W. Grand, 312.329.0400) may specialize in thin-crust, Neopolitan-inspired pizza, but the Italian restaurant has a pizza fondue appetizer made with a cheesy tomato sauce and pizza bread that is a local favorite.

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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Sun.–Mon., 7am–9pm; Tue.–Sat., 7am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855; 1150 S. Wabash, 312.583.9942. artists-cafe.com (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics such as burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. eddebevics.com (H-29) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including charcuterie, duck Reuben sandwiches, and its legendary Stilton burger. Sunday brunch also served. Also offering innovative, small-batch specialty ales only found at their pubs. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $. Free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line: 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. gooseisland.com (D-19) (D-4)

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THE GRILLROOM CHOPHOUSE & WINEBAR With a warm ambiance, this urban chophouse and wine bar is a great destination for power lunches, business meetings, or intimate dinners. Enjoy prime steaks, fresh seafood, pasta, salads, and more. Mon., 11am–9 pm; Tue.–Fri., 11am–10pm; Sat., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 33 W. Monroe, 312.960.0000. restaurants-america.com (I-36) HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine, including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and steaks in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)

NEW! LOCAL ROOT CAFÉ Right between Michigan Ave. and Navy Pier, this café serves delicious, organic, and sustainable salads and sandwiches for lunch; poutines, flatbreads, and mussels for dinner, and a full breakfast and brunch menu. Full bar, including local small-batch liquors. Tue.–Sun., 6am–11pm. $$. 601 N. McClurg, 312.643.1145. localrootchicago.com (L-29) LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s, just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre, specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails, and pre-theater dinners. Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–8:30pm. Sat. on opera nights, 5–7pm. All major cards. $$$. 1 S. Wacker, 312.407.6900. (G-35) MIDTOWN KITCHEN + BAR Right in the Loop, Midtown Kitchen + Bar specializes in contemporary American fare, serving an array of mouthwatering burgers and sandwiches surrounded by warm mahogany and oversized light fixtures. The bar offers a large selection of wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails. Mon.–Fri., 11am–10pm. All major cards. $$. 203 N. LaSalle, 312.379.5086. midtownbarchicago.com (H-33) ONE NORTH KITCHEN & BAR Ideal for business meetings, intimate dinners, and pre- or post-opera performance cocktails, One North Kitchen & Bar serves American cuisine with French and Italian influences. Mahogany and slate flooring and deep leather booths add to the urban atmosphere. Mon.–Fri., 11am–9pm. All major cards. $$ 1 N. Wacker, 312.750.9700. restaurants-america.com (G-35) PARK TAVERN A gastropub located in suburban Rosemont, Park Tavern serves delicious food and craft beer—poured from your own table tap. Park Tavern offers unique dishes such as Animal Tots (tater tots with pulled pork, cheese curds, mustard, fried egg, and gravy). Mon.–Wed., Sun., 11:30am–12am; Thu.–Sat., 11:30am–2am.

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PRIMEBAR Order contemporary American food, from garden fresh salads and two-handed sandwiches to signature specialties such as Three Floyds beer-battered fish and chips. Recycled wood and salvaged lighting create a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy a local microbrew. Mon.–Fri., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 155 N. Wacker, 312.884.0000. primebarchicago.com (G-34)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ Dine under a tropical jungle canopy featuring cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri., 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. rainforestcafe.com (H-29)

“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

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RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers. Open daily, 11am–2am. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. rudysbarandgrillechicago.com (J-35) TAVERN AT THE PARK Just across from Millennium Park, Tavern at the Park offers a French-infused American menu. Try Tavern classics such as the Millennium Burger, a steak burger topped with duck confit, fois gras, dijon aioli, and Emmental cheese on a pretzel bun. Mon.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri., 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 12pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070. tavernatthepark.com (J-33)

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TOWNHOUSE KITCHEN + BAR Featuring wood-paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, this restaurant and wine bar provides an elegant yet casual feel. Townhouse’s menu offers a large selection of small plates, sandwiches, salads, and entrees to suit any taste. Mon.–Fri., 11am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 111 S. Wacker, 312.948.8240. restaurants-america.com (G-36)

WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning KettleBurgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, and seafood, all grilled to perfection on authentic Weber kettles. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. 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. 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)

ASIAN NEW! BELLYQ BellyQ is the third restaurant from Chicago chef Bill Kim. It focuses on modern interpretations of Asian barbecue. 1400 W. Randolph, 312.563.1010. bellyqchicago.com (West of D-33) TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnish-

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

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

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

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ings at this pan-Asian café. The menu covers most of Asia, including 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, tamarindsushi.com (I-39)


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The Art of Dining If walls could talk, you’d want to hear the conversation at the ARTIST’S CAFÉ (412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855; 1150 S. Wabash 312.583.9942). With past guests including Baryshnikov, John Belushi, and the casts of Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, the Artist’s Café has quite an artistic history. In fact, its original location on Michigan Ave. is in the landmark Fine Arts Building, converted in 1898 into studios and theaters for the artists and craftsmen, and it still remains an artist’s haven after more than a century. Family-owned and operated since 1961, Artist’s Café, which has also just opened a new South Loop location, offers a cozy diner to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with wines, a full bar, and espressos.

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 omelets, giant salads, and, of course, a full bar. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. elevencitydiner.com (I-42)

NEW! SUNNY SIDE UP & COFFEE SHOPPE Just off the Mag Mile is one of the city’s newest breakfast and lunch restaurants. This historic brownstone from the 1890s is made up of multiple levels of dining. Sunny Side Up also has an organic Coffee Shoppe with an in-house pastry chef. Oscar Lump Crab Omelet, Sunny-Side Up Baguette, and Buttermilk or Buckwheat Pancakes are a few of the amazing breakfast items available. 8am–3pm; Coffee Shop, 7am–6pm. All major cards. $$. 42 E. Superior, 312.930.4242. (I-28) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, hearthealthy 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. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast

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favorites including frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 6am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277. eatyolk.com (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)

CHINESE TOPWOK Sushi Taiyo’s new sister restaurant, located on the second floor, offers Chinese cuisine and creative cocktails in a new, contemporary space. Sun., 11:30am–10pm; Mon.–Thu., 11:30am–10:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 58 E. Ontario. 312.440.1717. taiyochicago.com (I-29)

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


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

ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, serving breakfast all day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on  renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat., 9am–10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. 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. Specials change daily, from stuffed cabbage on Tue. to meatloaf with spaghetti on Sat. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon.–Sat., 5am–8pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. mannysdeli.com (E-43)

FONDUE GEJA’S CAFÉ Romantic fondue dining. Flamenco and classical guitarists help set the mood. Children under 10 not allowed. Call for hours. Sun., 4:30–9:30pm; Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri., 5–11pm; Sat., 5–11:30pm.

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

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

GERMAN THE BERGHOFF This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for more than 110 years, serving German specialties such as wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, and potato pierogies, plus house-made root beer. Mon.–Fri., 11am– 9pm; Sat., 11:30am–9pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $$. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170. theberghoff.com (I-36) CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am; closed Tue. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. chicagobrauhaus.com (Northwest of A-1)

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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 and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (more than 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11am–2:30pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–3pm. Dinner: Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. indiahousechicago.com (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch  buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun.–Thu., 5pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. indiangardenchicago.com (H-29)

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

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BAR TOMA This Italian neighborhood bar and pizzeria from Chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia is inspired by his favorite Italian bars. The 250-seat Bar Toma features 20 kinds of pizza, a mozzarella bar, small plates, and many flavors of gelato. Mon.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 110 E Pearson, 312.266.3110. bartomachicago.com (I-27) BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare, steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown in Lombard, 630.932.7673; 604 N. Milwaukee in Wheeling, 847.808.9898; 15350 South 94th in Orland Park, 708.349.6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$. 521 N. Rush, 312.396.0001. bucadibeppo.com (J-30)


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Serving Breakfast and Lunch EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates.  Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 1212 N. Dearborn, 312.337.4490. eduardosenoteca.com (I-23)

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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, with two huge patios. Enjoy beautiful holiday décor, starting Nov. 17. Now offering hotel delivery. Kitchen hours: Mon.–Thu. 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–11pm; Sat., 4:30–11pm; Sun., 3:30–10pm. Lounge open late. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com (Northwest of A-20)


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Get Sauced Mexican food is delicious on its own, but everybody knows that it only gets better with salsa. Luckily, PATRON’S HACIENDA (316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400) knows that. Salsa—a Mexican-food catch-all for basically any sauce—can add just the right amount of freshness or spice to any dish. In addition to the standard pico de gallo (tomatoes, onions, and cilantro, coarsely chopped) and a 16 oz. bowl of homemade salsa with roasted tomato, tomatillo and peppers, the restaurant also serves a super-hot habanero red sauce and a more mild, Spanish-inspired veracruzana salsa. Patron’s also has a selection of guacamoles—salsa’s richer sibling—including piña with fresh pineapple and pomegranate, all made fresh to order. Up the heat with Salsa Mondays at Patron’s, where, after a delicious meal and a margarita or two, you can learn the basics of salsa dancing. See page 53 for a coupon for a 2-for-1 entrée.

LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE (Italian Village Restaurants) Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Tue.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small Italian village. Gluten-free options available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors and has received accolades from Esquire and Wine Spectator. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: weekdays, 11am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36) VIVO Celebrating 20 years in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers Italian food in a chic setting. When it comes to true Italian cuisine, few rival this

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rustic and stylish veteran. Mon.–Wed., 11am–10pm; Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri., 11am–12am; Sat., 5pm–12am. 838 W. Randolph, 312.733.3379. vivo-chicago.com (West of D-33)

MEDITERRANEAN CITY WINERY The only functioning winery in Chicago, this 30,000square-foot venue serves Mediterranean-inspired food and features live music and comedy. Mon.–Sun., 5pm–12am. 1200 W Randolph, 312.733.9463. citywinery.com/chicago (West of D-33) THE PURPLE PIG Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses, and classic Mediterranean fare, plus an extensive yet accessible wine list. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–2am. All major cards. $$. 500 N. Michigan, 312.464.1744. thepurplepigchicago.com (J-30)

MEXICAN FRONTERA GRILL The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’s religiously authentic eateries. Lunch: Tue.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Sat. brunch: 10:30am–2pm. Dinner: Tue., 5:20–10pm; Wed.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 445 N. Clark, 312.661.1434. fronterafiesta.com/restaurants (H-31)


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

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PATRON’S HACIENDA A Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, serving Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, and some of the best fresh-juice margaritas in town. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun, 3–10pm. All major cards. $$. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. patronschicago.com (G-29)


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 and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com (I-41)

PIZZA GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is handmade with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 633 N. Wells, 312.943.1124; 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP; 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseast.com (H-29) (K-28) (I-38)

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GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR The traditional pizzeria spices things up with its new location in Chicago’s South Loop. With new deep-dish pies, such as the Hunter Rabbit (rabbit sausage, spinach, roasted carrots, and parmesan), as well as the old standards, it wouldn’t be a sports bar without a craft beer list featuring a dozen local brews. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseastsportsbar.com (H-39)

PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what Oprah calls the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Hours vary. AE, MC, V. $$. 864 N. State, 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847.486.1777. pizanoschicago.com (I-26) (I-35) (Suburban)

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

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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 pies. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 7am–1am. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, pizzeriaora.com (H-30)

SEAFOOD ARGENT RESTAURANT AND RAW BAR Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Argent also features an upstairs raw bar with oyster shooters and Alaska king crab legs. Find wine pairings for your meal with one of six iPad menus. Specials include $1 oysters in the bar Mon.–Fri. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–1am; Sat., 6:30am–2am; Sun., 6:30am–12am. All major cards. $$. 660 N. State, 312.202.6050. argentrestaurant.com (I-29)

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

CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city is just a short walk to Chicago’s Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bone-in ribeye, New York strip or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz Tue.–Fri., 6–9pm; Sat., 6:30–9:30pm. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. catch35.com (I-33) (suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood and fresh cocktails, as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun.–Thu., 6am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 6am–10pm. All major cards. $$$$. 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3444. 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. A comprehensive wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon.–Thu., 5–11pm; Fri., 5–11:30pm; Sat., 4–11:30pm; Sun., 4–11pm. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. chicagochophouse.com (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops, and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon.–Thu., 4:30pm–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am; Sun., 11:30am–12am. All major cards. $$$. 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264. fireplaceinn.com (G-21)

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SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE Enjoy fresh seafood and oysters shucked to order. Serving top-grade fish and shellfish and inventive sushi and sashimi combinations. Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm; Mon.–Thu., 5:30pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun., 10am–1:30 pm; Sun., 5–10pm. $$$. 21 E Hubbard, 312.527.2722. shawscrabhouse.com (J-31)


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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. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312.670.0788. www.donshula.com (J-31) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops—Italian favorites in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3400. harrycarays.com (I-31) (Suburban)

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

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

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

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SUSHI KEEFERS The Chicago River never looked better than from inside Keefer’s, the famed steakhouse that infuses a taste of France into their menu, producing unique steaks, seafood, and bistro options. In the Kaffe dining room, enjoy overstuffed sandwiches and salads. Mon.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–10:30pm; Sat., 5–10:30pm. All major cards. $$$$. 20 W. Kinzie, 312.467.9525. keefersrestaurant.com (H-31)

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


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DAO Enjoy Thai cuisine a half-block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including pad thai, cashew chicken, and beef curry. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $. 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000. daothai.com (J-29)

SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-rated Thai fare such as banana blossom salad, tom yum, pad thai, curry noodles, ginger chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout, and delivery. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. MC, V. $. 710 N. Rush, 312.944.7100. silverspoonchicago.com (I-28) THALIA SPICE Dine in a chic loft-style setting in River West. The menu features a selection of noodles and stir-fried dishes and curries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 833 W. Chicago, 312.226.6020. thaliaspice.com. (I-34) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam helped popularize Thai food not only in Chicago, but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $. 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100. starofsiamchicago.com (I-30)

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Sweet Delights

Sometimes, you just need to forgo the whiskey and go for something sweet. Chicago’s bars have just what the doctor ordered. At VIVO (838 W. Randolph, 312.733.3379), the Italian restaurant that kicked off the barrage of restaurants landing in the Randolph Street Market District, they serve a sinful Chocolate Martini, with vodka and chocolate liqueurs, plus drizzled chocolate syrup (right). With the Twinkle, DOWNTOWN BAR & LOUNGE (440 N. State, 312.464.1400) makes Prosecco even sweeter with St. Germain elderflower liqueur and vodka (top left). CLUB LUCKY (1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300) in the city’s Bucktown neighborhood won a local mixology contest with the Six Corner Fizz, made with dragonfruit vodka, cherry liqueur, egg white, and topped with prosecco.

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

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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu. and 7:30pm on Fri. and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ 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. kingstonmines.com (E-13)

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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 more than 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon. and Tue. Show times are Wed.–Sun. at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, and 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. thebatonshowlounge.com (H-38)

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Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

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

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CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try its famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bluecheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Enjoy beautiful holiday décor and special drinks, starting on Nov. 17. Opens Mon.–Fri. at 11:30am, Sat. at 4:30pm, and Sun. at 3:30pm. Lounge open until 2am.  All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com (NW of A-20) 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., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3pm–2am. 440 N. State, 312.464.1400, 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. friendssushi.com (I-28) VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE At 26 stories above the city, Vertigo Sky Lounge is the only year-round, indoor/outdoor lounge in Chicago. In the winter, the 1,000-square-foot patio turns into an ice bar, with a 10-foot bar made from solid ice, crystallized fire pits, and robes for guests to wear to stay warm. Sun.–Wed., 5pm–1am; Thu.–Fri., 5pm–2am; Sat., 5pm–3am (patio closes at 12am). 2 W. Erie, 312.202.6060. danahotelandspa.com/vertigo-lounge.aspx (I-29)

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COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages.


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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features  sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature long-form improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. chicago.ioimprov.com (D-5)

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

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At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. comedysportzchicago.com (NW of D-19)

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Publisher’s Pick

Magical Music Making Elvis Presley. Johnny Cash. Jerry Lee Lewis. Carl Perkins. These men were icons of their musical genres, inviting our nation to experience music in a new way: deep down in our bones. In December 1956, the four came together at Sun Records Studio in Memphis to make musical history, and their one-night-only performance made them forever known as the Million Dollar Quartet. Now, you can experience the same feel-good emotion at the Apollo Theater (2450 N. Lincoln, 773.935.6100) with MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET. The Tony-nominated musical has been in Chicago since 2008, with regular extensions. Performances are on Wed., 2 and 7:30pm; Thu.. 7:30pm; Fri., 8pm; Sat., 5pm and 8pm; and Sun., 3:30 and 6:30pm. Check apollochicago.com for the Thanksgiving week schedule (no performances on Thanksgiving).

EXCALIBUR Voted Chicago’s Best Nightclub by the Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and late-night dining. Wed.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944, excaliburchicago.com (H-29) VISION Global and local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amid four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri., 10pm–4am; Sat., 10pm–5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.2114. visionnightclub.com (H-29)

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D4 IRISH PUB & CAFE Modern favorites served with Irish flair. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 345 E. Ohio, 312.624.8385. d4pub.com (K-29) 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 darn good pint of Guinness. TVs throughout, daily specials, and great outdoor patio. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com (I-33)

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THE BACK ROOM More than 40 years of live music now at a new location. The secret alleyway entrance leads you to a sophisticated, sultry atmosphere filled with energy from the lively rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes timeless hits, jazz, blues, big band, and R&B. Showtimes nightly: 9:30 and 11pm. Thu.–Sat.: DJ starts at 1:30am. $20 cover and two-drink minimum. Sun.–Wed., 9pm–1am; Thu.–Fri., 9pm–4am; Sat., 9pm–5am.  937 N. Rush, 312.751.2433. backroomchicago.com (I-25) HARD ROCK CAFÉ In addition to live music (on Mon. and Thu.), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun. 11am–11pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29) HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. All major cards. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)


ROCKIT BAR & GRILL Energetic restaurant and lounge featuring affordable, delicious cuisine. All major cards. Call for hours. 22 W. Hubbard, 312.645.6000. (J-31)

TAV E R N S & SPORTS BARS

ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate inside the InterContinental Chicago. Taste superb wines, international cheeses, and a host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Mon.–Thu., 4pm–1am; Sat., 1pm–am; Sun., 1pm–10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8738; 200 N. Columbus, 312.946.7000. enowinerooms.com (J-30) (K-33)

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JOHN BARLEYCORN A neighborhood sports bar and restaurant, Barleycorn has a full-service bar and a stellar beer list. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$. 149 W. Kinzie, 773.348.8899; 658 W. Belden, 773.348.8899; 3524 N. Clark, 773.348.8899; 1100

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE With an unrivaled champagne list, Pops for Champagne is one of the country's top bubbly bars. In addition to serving some 200 selections, Pops also has a full bar, live music (the Dan Effland Trio plays jazz favorites every Sun.–Tue. at 9pm), and a seasonal menu of champagne-friendly small plates. Located in the River North entertainment district, Pops attracts local guests, visitors, and business clientele. Sun.–Fri., 3pm– 2am; Sat., 1pm–2am. 601 N. State, 312.266.7677. popsforchampagne.com (I-30)

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

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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. redheadpianobar.com (H-29)

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American Ln. in Schaumburg, 847.619.5540. johnbarleycorn.com (H-31) (E-15) (D-4) (Suburban)

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

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

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ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N. Halsted, 312.988.9000. Opening Nov. 13 and running through Nov. 25, this show is a must-see for a capella lovers, featuring the Chicago-based Gentleman’s Rule, produced by a capella masterminds Dan Ponce and Charlie Blum. The all-male group, which has just released its debut album, Act Accordingly, performs all-vocal versions of songs by Bob Marley, Nelly, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Peter Gabriel, and more. Tickets are $39–$69. See theroyalgeorgetheatre.com for the schedule.

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

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

Magnificent and Merry If the spirit of Christmas isn’t already in the air around Chicago, it certainly will be when the city’s most renowned retail stretch decks itself out in grand fashion during the 21st annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival on Sat., Nov. 17. A full day of interactive holiday activities, plus musical performances on Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan) culminate in the main event: an evening parade of floats, bands, and balloons down N. Michigan Ave. led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse that sets the more than 200 trees along the route ablaze with a million twinkling lights, followed by a fireworks show over the Chicago River. For more information on the day’s events, call 312.409.5560 and see themagnificentmile.com. Before, during, or after the big event, be sure to check out all the other great ways to celebrate the season during this wonderful Chicago holiday: 68

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Get in the spirit early, and share the most important meal of the day with the big guy at Texas de Brazil (top). 9am–12pm. Adults, $30; children (12 and under), $20. 51 E. Ohio, 312.670.1006.

Santa in the Sky Get a family photo taken with Santa 1,000 feet up in the air at the John Hancock Observatory (second from the top). Plus, kids can see a balloon artist, get their own free balloon animal, and get their faces painted. 10am–2pm. 875 N. Michigan, 888.875.VIEW.

Garrett Popcorn Stop in to the Michigan Ave. location of Garrett Popcorn for a sample of its Chicago mix, a delicious mix of cheese and caramel popcorn. 625 N. Michigan, 312.944.2630.

Shoreline Sightseeing In honor of the Lights Festival, Shoreline Sightseeing offers two “Mag Mile and Beyond” walking tours. Beginning with a ride on the Chicago River, guides then lead groups on a walking tour of Michigan Ave. with stops at world-famous Chicago landmarks, providing in-depth and lively commentary on Chicago’s history and architecture along the way. Tour guests will also receive a voucher for a free treat from the Hershey Store on Michigan Ave. Sat., Nov. 17. 10am and 1pm. $20. Departs from the southwest corner of Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312.222.9328.

InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Warm up in the InterContinental Chicago lobby, just steps from the parade action, and don’t miss a minute with a live big-screen video feed of all the fun outside. Plus, the hotel is on the east side of the street, which provides the best views of the action. 505 N. Michigan, 312.944.4100. And afterward, stop into Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse for a drink or a meal (second from bottom). The restaurant is also giving away a mini grilled cheese and demitasse of tomato soup to all diners. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823.

Wendella Cruises Get a water-level view of the fireworks show (plus caroling, cookies and hot chocolate) on Wendella Cruises’s (bottom) Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Fireworks Cruise. 5:45–7pm. $30. 400 N. Michigan, 312.337.1446.

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