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Come celebrate one of the best and brightest holiday traditions, The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival (presented by Harris) on Saturday, November 20. Started right here in 1959 on North Michigan Avenue, this holiday tradition signals the kick-off of the holiday season. With past attractions ranging from a 4,000 lb. ice sculpture to a 500 lb. Eli’s cheesecake, the tradition never fails to display something worth talking about. Your little ones’ eyes will light up when they see the all-new holiday train chugging along and giving rides on Lights Festival Lane. Visit for more information. 11am–3:45pm: Live Concerts on the Harris Stage at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue. Gather at the Harris Stage for exciting musical performances! 11am–5pm: Lights Festival Lane at Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Avenue. Enjoy family friendly experiences at a thoroughfare of holiday booths. Decorate (and devour!) an Eli’s Cheesecake, take a photo with Santa and more!

5:30pm–7pm: Lighting Procession on Michigan Avenue, on N. Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Wacker Drive. Mickey Mouse, joined for the first time by Minnie Mouse, leads the illumination of more than one million lights on The Magnificent Mile® to officially start the nation’s holiday season!

6:55pm: Experience the Allstate Fireworks Spectacular over the Chicago River at N. Michigan Avenue as the grand finalé to this holiday event!

f r i d a y, 1 9 t h The Museum of Science and Industry’s time-honored celebration, Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light returns for its 69th year. 57th and Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. Adults $15, seniors 65+ $14 and kids 3-11 $10. 773/684-1414. #124

Three leading men of blue-collar comedy join forces again as Bill Engvall, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy team up to bring stadium-sized laughs to the Allstate Arena. 6920 N. Mannheim Road in suburban Rosemont. 8pm. $25-$59.50. to Rosemont 847/635-6601.

A few weeks late for Halloween, perhaps, but no less bone-chilling, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra scares up a good time with its latest presentation of Friday Night at the Movies, performing the live score to accompany the creepy images of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 thriller Psycho. Tonight at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan. 8pm. $34-$99. 312/294-3000.

Firework lovers seeking a one-of-a-kind view may want to grab a seat in the heated cabin of the decked out Wendella Boat for the Magnificent Mile Lights Firework Show (5:30pm-7pm). The view is unbeatable and attendees will enjoy complimentary holiday cookies and hot chocolate for the duration of the cruise. Beer, wine, soda and coffee will also be available for purchase. Reservations are suggested; tickets are $32 per person. Visit or call 312/337-1446 for more information.



The talent and creativity of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s students is on display this weekend for their 22nd annual Holiday Art Sale, which features exquisite one-of-a-kind gifts. MacLean Center Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan. Today 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm. 312/629-6880.

While Chicago boasts an impressive sax legacy of its own, we’re always open to the contributions of an out-of-towner as well, especially when he or she comes with the pedigree of Philly tenorman Benny Golson. Fri-Sat 8pm and 10pm, Sun 4pm, (continued on pg. 6)

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8pm and 10pm at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. $20-$25. 312/360-0234. to Harrison

No holiday season is complete without catching Dicken’ famed tale A Christmas Carol at Goodman Theatre. 170 N. Dearborn. Opens tonight at 8pm, call for additional show times. Thru Dec. 31. $12.50-$76. 312/443-3800. to Lake

saturday, 20th The Modern Vintage Holiday Market returns for its fourth year with timeless treasures including vintage and indie fashion, jewelry, art, house wares and more. Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington. Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $10, students (w/ID) $5, children under 12 are free. 312/666-1200.

Jazz lovers have a great reason to offer up some early thanks this month – a two-night stand by thundering pianist Willie Pickens at one of the most distinctive rooms in Chicago. Tonight at 8pm at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, 4802 N. Broadway. $12. 773/878-5552.

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Catherine Sims struggles to keep her family together while hoping for a merry Christmas. Her addiction to pain medication and her relationship with her son Chris seem to be the only things that keep her going as she deals with her fear-filled daughter and alcoholic husband. Will Catherine’s family have a better holiday than the last? Find out in The Annoyance’s non-traditional holiday story, Fa La La La… F#@% It. 4830 N. Broadway. Opens today at 10pm. $15. 773/561-4665. Visit our Holiday Activity Guide for additional holiday shows! to Lawrence

sunday, 21st As the rock-equivalent to a church service, Gospel Brunch incorporates spiritual live music with great food, including peel and eat shrimp, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, and jambalaya. House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn. 10am & 12:30pm. $37.50 adults, $22 children 6-12. 312/923-2000.


It’s part costume drama, part reality television as the Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a new production of Verdi’s Italian love triangle A Masked Ball at the Civic Opera House. 20 N. Wacker. Today at 2pm and Wed at 7:30pm. $38-$227. 312/332-2224.


With her two 2005 mega-singles “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See,” Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall announced herself as a pop music force to be reckoned with. Tonight, she returns to highlight material from her new album Tiger Suit at the Vic Theater. 3145 N. Sheffield. 7:30pm. $29. 773/4720449.

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monday, 22nd Experience cabaret at its finest as Petterino’s Monday Night Live returns for its third season. Come hear established and emerging singers share their talent in an open mic format punctuated with special guest stars from the professional musical community. 150 N. Dearborn. 7:30pm. $15 minimum required for a table. 312/422-0150. to Lake


tuesday, 23rd Lace up those skates and head to The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park for a Windy City winter! Michigan & Washington. Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm (weather permitting). Skate rentals $10. FREE admission. 312/742-1168. Refuel nearby on what was voted

Chicago’s #1 thin-crust by the Oprah Show at Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta (61 E. Madison; 312/236-1777). #151

wednesday, 24th Experience a traditional German Christmas at the 15th Annual Christkindlmarket featuring exquisite handmade gifts, unique ornaments, rare European fabrics and textiles and the opportunity to devour German delicacies. Opens today! At Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. 312/744-3315.

Come celebrate the official start of the holidays in Chicago with the 97th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza. Musical performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5pm, when the switch is flipped. 50 W. Washington. 4:30pm. FREE. 312/744-3317. Details on page 51. to Monroe


thursday, 25th Hit Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouses for a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, sage stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, autumn vegetables, homemade gravy and orange cranberry sauce. 33 W. Kinzie. Noon-9pm. 312/828-0966. Menus and times vary at suburban locations: Rosemont, 10233 W. Higgins (847/699-1200) and Lombard, 70 Yorktown Center (630/953-3400).

With colossal helium balloons, local and national celebrities, galloping horses and award-winning marching bands, the McDonald’s State Street Thanksgiving Parade is a must-see event for locals and visitors alike. The parade steps off on State Street from Congress to Randolph, starting at 8am. 312/7815681. 312/494-2175. to Lake

Celebrate an American feast with an Italian twist at Buca di Beppo. In addition to their regular menu items, Buca is featuring turkey, sausage stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. Perfect for groups of any size! 561 N. Rush. 312/396-0001.


Another sign that the yuletide season is here is The Art Institute of Chicago’s holiday tradition, the Wreathing of the Lions. Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to watch as giant evergreen wreaths are placed on each of the famous bronze lion sculptures to herald the start of the holidays. 111 S. Michigan. FREE. 10am. 312/443-3600. #151


Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park with Caroling at Cloud Gate every Friday evening when Chicago’s top choral groups are joined by Chicagoans and visitors alike for a holiday sing-along. Complimentary warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee. Michigan & Washington. 6pm (approx. 50 min.). FREE. 312/742-1168.



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Voldemort’s now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore’s work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Experience it in 3D at Navy Pier’s IMAX Theatre. 700 E. Grand. Opens Nov. 19th. 312/5955MAX. Gift idea: Find LEGO

Harry Potter: The Burrows, and more in our Holiday Gift Guide! Get a rare peek into the imagination of Jim Henson, brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird and other beloved characters at Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at Museum of Science and Industry. 57th St. and Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. Adults $15, seniors $14, children 3-11 $10. Exhibit requires an extra fee. 773/684-1414.

A WILD PLACE TO  TO SHOP AND EAT®® Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun for all ages!

Take the family on a food safari this Thanksgiving at Rainforest Café where you can relax as the sights and sounds of the rainforest come to life. Kids go wild every Wednesday on Family Night, when kids 10 & under eat for $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Bring ad below for free chef’s appetizer! The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s® presents Barnum’s FUNundrum! Thru Nov. 28. United Center, 1901 W. Madison. $13-$60. 800/745-3000.


600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun10am-7pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. 888/893-7300. Buy-1-get-

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Welcome to the Holidays! Whether you’re rocking around the Christmas tree, dreaming of a white Christmas, or anticipating Santa Claus coming to town, Chicago would certainly have a blue Christmas without you. We’ve decked the halls and the streets, making every inch of the city merry and bright because, let’s face it, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Our holiday guide is our gift to you. There is plenty to do and even more to see. Carolers, horse–drawn carriages, ice skaters, and shoppers are waiting for you to join them in the city streets, where there is an abundance of holiday cheer. We send you the warmest holiday wishes and hope that we can look forward to you and Santa coming back to town for many years to come.

Winter WonderFest Holiday spirits soar at the 10th annual Winter WonderFest celebration at Navy Pier. Featuring stunning décor, awesome rides and attractions, plus an indoor ice-skating rink, Winter WonderFest remains a holiday favorite for the entire family. Find Santa Claus and his toy-making elves at the Family Pavilion Stage and tell Old St. Nick your wish for Christmas! 600 E. Grand. Basic Activity Wristband for $15 includes all rides and activities. The Premium Wristband for $18 includes all rides and activities plus skate rental. 312/595-PIER

A Carriage Ride See Chicago’s downtown, lakefront and neighborhoods in all its holiday splendor aboard an old-fashioned handsome cab ride. Perfect for couples or the whole family. Antique Coach & Carriage departs from the SE corner of Michigan & Huron. $80 per hour, $40 per half hour. 773/735-9400.

A Dilly of a Tradition A distinct holiday custom for generations, the Pickle in the Pine has had a long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff Restaurant. Each year, children are invited to comb through the lighted branches of the decorated tree in the Century Room to find the pickle ornament. Children under 12 who are lucky enough to find the pickle will be treated to a FREE root beer float. 17 W. Adams. 312/427-3170.

Christmas Around the World The halls are decked, and the sparkle of dozens of decorated trees greets you at the Museum of Science and Industry’s 69th annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. The Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, and is surrounded by 50 smaller trees— beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent various cultures and holiday traditions. 57th and Lake Shore. Nov 18- Jan 9. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. Adults $13, seniors $12, children 3-11 $9. 773/684-1414.

A Drive-thru Tradition The 15th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show returns to the Cuneo Museum and Gardens to light up the night sky. This drive-thru tradition offers more than 250 holiday scenes and light-up displays. 1350 N. Milwaukee in suburban Vernon Hills. Daily 6pm-10pm $10 per car. 847/362-3042.

The Nutcracker Joffrey Ballet celebrates their 23rd anniversary of Chicagoland’s most popular family holiday event, The Nutcracker. The talented dancers will enchant the audience as they come to life as magical toys, dancing snowflakes, exotic sweets, and more at the Auditorium Theatre. 50 E. Congress Parkway. Dec. 10-26. Tickets are $30-$115, available by phone at 800/982-2787, and at Joffrey Ballet’s Box Office at 10 E. Randolph.

Christkindlmarket The largest traditional Christmas market outside of Germany is right here in Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Browse over 50 vendor booths at the 15th Annual Christkindlmarket for one-of-a-kind handmade treasures, including holiday ornaments, Nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, wooden and plush toys, and European chocolates. Enjoy refreshing imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served alongside many other German delicacies, such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, and schnitzel. 50 W. Washington. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. Nov.24 through Dec. 24. FREE. 312/494-2175.

Winter Wonderland The city’s highest Winter Wonderland returns for its 3rd year. Sitting 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile, the John Hancock Observatory is chalk full of holiday fun for the whole family, including visits from Santa every Sat & Sun from noon-4pm. Kids Go FREE every day with adult admission, and families get a FREE photo with Santa every weekend. 875 N. Michigan. Nov 1- Dec 31. 9am-11pm. Adults (12+) $15, kids are FREE. 888/875-VIEW. Upon entering John Hancock Center, don’t forget to check out the complimentary Winter Wonderland Railroad display – Chicago’s largest model train exhibit.

Ice Skate at Millennium Park Lace up your skates for a day of figure-eights at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Now in its 10th season, the ice rink is free and open to the public, and skate rental is available for $10. Michigan and Washington. Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. 312/742-1168.

Caroling at Cloud Gate Celebrate the holidays by participating in a holiday sing-along in Millennium Park. Caroling at Cloud Gate features various Chicago choral groups such as the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Join the fun and enjoy warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee. Michigan and Washington. Nov. 26-Dec. 17. Fridays at 6pm. FREE. 312/742-1168.

Winter WonderLoop Experience holiday magic in the Loop with Winter WonderLoop. The second annual Winter WonderLoop, presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, features holiday movies in the park, stories by the fireplace, and opportunities to enjoy holiday treats and special promotions throughout the Loop now through December 31, 2010. Visit for a complete list of events, promotions and discounts.

CTA Holiday Train Travel in style with all your North Pole favorites on the CTA Holiday Train. The trusty crew will do their best to dash you to your holiday destination. The six-car train glows green and red, illuminated with thousands of twinkling holiday lights. Normal CTA fares apply. 1pm- 9pm on weekends, 3pm7pm on select weekdays (schedules vary). 312/836-7000.

Visit Santa Merrymakers visiting Chicago will find more rotund bearded men than they can shake a peppermint stick at. On the Magnificent Mile, find the big guy perched high above the city streets at the John Hancock Observatory (875 N. Michigan; 312/751-3681) Meanwhile, the jolly old elf also covers the State Street shopping corridor with a post at Macy’s Santaland (111 N. State; 312/781-1000), along with a prime spot under the beautifully decorated 70-foot tree at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312/744-3315). You’ll also find old Kris Kringle greeting the kids outside of Winter WonderFest on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) and bringing some joy to the animals during the ZooLights Festival at Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon; 312/742-2000).

A Christmas Carol Goodman Theatre’s perennial holiday classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, returns for its 33rd season. Consistently included among the Midwest’s top-tier holiday events, this timeless play follows Ebenezer Scrooge through Christmas past, present and future and will certainly put the magic in your holiday season. 170 N. Dearborn. Nov.19-Dec. 31. $16.50-$76. For tickets and show times, call 312/443-3800.

Macy’s on State St. Do a lot more than holiday shopping this season at Macy’s on State Street. Enjoy tea in the Walnut Room while experiencing the wonder of the historic 45-foot Great Tree decked with nearly 10,000 lights and 1,200 ornaments; walk State Street to see the 43rd Annual Animated Christmas Windows depicting the story of the 1897 New York Sun “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus editorial; and visit Santa through December 24 on the fifth floor. 111 N. State. 312/781-1000.

ZooLights One of Chicago’s brightest holiday traditions returns to Lincoln Park Zoo. Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by over two million lights at the zoo’s seasonal ZooLights extravaganza presented by ComEd and Charter One. Visit the polar bears and penguins while enjoying warm drinks, cool crafts, ice carvings, and visits with Santa. 2001 N. Clark. Open weekends only Nov. 26-Dec. 13, and nightly Dec. 17- Jan. 2 (closed Dec 24 & 25). 5pm-9pm. FREE. 312/742-2000.

Wonderland Express A holiday favorite, Wonderland Express chugs into the Chicago Botanic Garden and transforms the 385-acre oasis into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, exquisite horticulture displays and indoor snowfall. Created by Paul Busse exclusively for the Garden’s holiday celebration. 1000 Lake Cook Road in suburban Glencoe. Nov. 26Jan. 2. 10am-6pm. Adults $10, children/seniors $8. 847/835-5440.

Afternoon Tea Relax in the elegant surroundings of the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel. Their traditional Tea Lobby features live harp music performed 365 days a year and a large selection of Palm Court blended teas and pastries. 104 E. Walton. Adults $33, children 4-12 $18. Reservations are recommended, 312/787-2200.

Mag Mile Shopping Michigan Avenue is home to some of the world’s best shopping, and Christmas on the Magnificent Mile means one thing and that is mega holiday shopping! Find the latest and greatest offerings from local shopkeepers and corporate flagships. Michigan Avenue between Wacker and Oak.

Art and Faith of the Créche The story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus has great appeal throughout the world. See how artists from across the globe have depicted the Nativity through a cultural lens that incorporates native clothing, art and architecture at Loyola University Museum of Art’s annual holiday exhibit Art and Faith of the Créche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. 820 N. Michigan. Dec 4- Jan 16. Tue 11am8pm (free admission), Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. Adults $6, seniors $5. 312/915-7600.

Visit Old Town Untangle yourself from the never ending to-do list and plan a getaway to Chicago’s own Old Town neighborhood, where cozy restaurants like The Fireplace Inn (1448 N. Wells; 312/664-5264) and one-of-a-kind shops like the Fudge Pot (1532 N. Wells; 312/943-1777) present the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family.

Become a part of the “Legacy” and defy gravity with the all-new remote controlled cycle that can drive on walls or ceilings. Inspired by the latest Disney film, TRON ($39.50), opening Dec. 17th at Navy Pier IMAX. Disney Store, 717 N. Michigan, 312/654-9208 and 108 N. State, 312/269-4776.

Build, play and protect your favorite wizard with the latest set, LEGO Harry Potter: The Burrows ($59.99). Available at The LEGO® Store, 520 N. Michigan, 312/494-0760.


Holidays On Stage! The Holiday Classics Adults Only Shamefully Funny For those looking for an alternative to the holiday classics, head to The Second City for their annual Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, featuring their trademark improvisation and original humor. 1616 N. Wells. Nov. 15-Dec. 27. Mon 8pm, Sat 4pm, Sun 4pm, Tue & Wed 7:30pm. $16-$22. For tickets call 312/337-3992.

A Christmas Carol has delighted Chicago audiences for over 30 years, and will do the same this year with a brand-new Ebenezer Scrooge, Chicago’s own John Judd. Serving as a portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah Humbugs” back to the Goodman Theatre. 170 N. Dearborn. Nov. 19-Dec. 31. $16.50-$76. 312/443-3800.

A department store Santa Claus tries to bring the wonder of Christmas into the lives of a skeptical mother and her daughter as he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. This classic tale What do you do if you’re tired of of Miracle on 34th Street Charles Dickens and Dr. Seuss? celebrates the magic of Head to the iO Theater to see imagination, which is what Christmas Smackdown, and the holiday season is all listen to songs about suicide, about. Porchlight Music cannibalism and more. The Theatre, 1225 W. music and lyrics are all Belmont. Nov. 21-Jan. 2. original by Mark Nutter Fri 8pm, Sat 2:30pm & and Cynthia Carle. 8pm, Sun 2:30pm. $383541 N. Clark. Nov. $40. 773/327-5252. 30-Dec. 16. Tue, Wed The Santaland Diaries returns to Chicago & Thu at 8pm. $14. this season, telling the funny, unconventional Travel back to a 1940s 773/880-0199. story of David Sedaris, a struggling young writer radio broadcast of Frank who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy’s Capra’s holiday classic Catherine Sims’ addiction while trying to maintain his dignity. Theater “It’s a Wonderful Life” to pain medication and Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. with live sound effects, an her relationship with her Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 7:30pm original score, and a stellar son Chris seem to be the & 9:30pm, Sun 3pm cast that brings Bedford Falls only things that keep her going & 7pm. $18-$25. to life, in It’s a Wonderful as she deals with her fear-filled 773/975-8150. Life: Live at the Biograph! playdaughter and alcoholic husband. Will ing at the Richard Christiansen Catherine’s family have a better holiday Theater. 2433 N. Lincoln. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. than the last? Find out in The Annoyance’s nonThu-Sat 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 3pm. $32-$40. traditional holiday story, Fa La La La… F#@% 773/871-3000. It. 4830 N. Broadway. Nov. 20-Dec. 18. Sat at 10pm. $15. 773/561-4665. Chicagoland’s most popular family holiday event continues this year with the 23rd anniversary of How has Britney Spears managed to return to Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, complete the limelight once again? In another classic with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic homage at the ComedySportz Theatre, creator sweets. The classic features unforgettable Mel Evans wonders if her turnaround may be due characters along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s to a visit by three spirits. The classic Dickens tale musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic is retold in a modern way in the perfect holiday score. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt romp, OOPS! I Christmassed Again: A Britney University, 50 E. Congress. Dec. 10-26. $30Spears Christmas Carol. 929 W. Belmont. Nov. $115. 800/982-2787. 19-Dec. 17. Fri at midnight. $10. 773/549-8080.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a delightful new musical based on the 1954 smash hit Paramount movie. Exemplifying the spirit of the season, this big holiday musical is a romantic comedy that has it all… glorious Irving Berlin songs, spectacular dance numbers, and gorgeous sets and costumes. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. Dec. 15-Jan. 2. $25-$98. 312/977-1710.

Kid-Friendly Drury Lane Children’s Theatre presents the annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, directed by Scott Calcagno and features a cast of top Chicago actors. Special opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa on select performance dates. 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook. Nov. 18-Dec. 18. $12. 630/530-0111. It’s almost Christmas, and Frosty’s Shakes -NDogs is rockin’ with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost. Will Christmas be ruined as he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness. GreenHouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Sat 1pm, Sun 11am, Mon 7:30pm. $12-$18. 773/404-7336.

presented by From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. The concert season may have come to a close, but Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is scheduled to open November 17th (weather permitting), so sharpen those skates and come out for a twirl. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design that also happens to be a marquee performance venue. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bearing digital images of actual Chicagoans have proven to be a popular barefoot playground for splashing children during the warmer months. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5-acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation.


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McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: The cold weather is no excuse to stay inside. Don your warmest hats and mittens and head on over to the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for a day of figure eights downtown at Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink. Scheduled to open November 17th, weather permitting. Ice time is FREE and rental skates are available for $10. Regular Hours: Mon–Thu: Noon–8pm Fri: Noon–10pm Sat: 10am–10pm Sun: 10am–9pm Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular new public space – architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa – recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath the park floor.


Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit for more information.

With must-see sights, world-class cultural attractions and tours offered year round, Chicago is definitely a sight for sore eyes. The John Hancock Observatory (875 N. Michigan; 888/875-VIEW) invites guests to celebrate the 2010 holiday season 1,000–feet above Chicago with the return of Winter Wonderland. Now through December 31st, one child between the ages of 4-11 gets FREE admission with the purchase of every full-paying adult ticket. • One of the rarest and most highly prized minerals in the world is on display in a dazzling, comprehensive exhibition at The Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore; 312/922-9410). Gold, the exhibit, explores the historical fascination with this enduring symbol of wealth, beauty, and power. • Learn why Chicago’s architectural heritage is considered to be among the finest in the world aboard Wendella Boats (400 N. Michigan; 312/337-1446). Complete with heated cabins, the 75–Minute Chicago River Architecture Tour, journeys through the heart of the city with expert docents providing captivating insight. • Take a trip back to the days of Old on a horse-drawn carriage ride. Antique Coach and Carriage (SE corner of Michigan & Huron; 312/787-1349) offers custom and personalized tours of Chicago’s Mag Mile, lakefront and more.

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AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300, Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. (Child pass $9.95; adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (P-30) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm5pm. (FREE)(I-38) CITYPASS Call 888/330-5008 or visit Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 49 percent and avoid ticket lines. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 311.) All major cards. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Espression by Lavazza cafe. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free.) (J-26) MAGIQUEST 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855, A truly unique experience, MagiQuest lets you LIVE the game, not simply play it. Using cutting edge technology and a Magic Wand that knows you by name and remembers everything you accomplish. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. ($7.95 for each 30-minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $19.95.) (Suburban) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER. This redeveloped Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions. Mon-Thu 10am8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. Call for current listings. (Adults $15-$17, seniors 62+ $14, children 3-12 $13). For discounted group tickets and private screenings, call 312/5955987. All major cards. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during off-hours, after 5pm. And be sure to check out


their newest attraction – “The Ledge” – which offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. ($15.95 adults, $11 children age 3-11, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-36)


ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922STAR. The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Call for hours and fees. (N-43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Sat-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu-Fri 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) All major cards. (J-35)

See Where Your Favorite Movies Were Filmed! Watch classic scenes from the films while passing the location UPTOWN to CHINATOWN WRIGLEY FIELD to UNION STATION Departs Thu–Sun 10:30am, 12:30pm from the 600 block of N. Clark St. Adults: $30 Children: $20


FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.

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THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (CAF) 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, A nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public interest and education in architecture and design. CAF offers more than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Tour Center open daily from 9am-6:30pm (7pm on Fri). All major cards. (J-36) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/7446630. This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Call for hours. (FREE)(I-34) THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur,

This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-the-art auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.

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See Chicago’s architectural, cultural and historical sights highlighting Chicago’s Downtown & Lakefront! (Courtesy Service for Downtown and Near North Hotels)



Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Gold. Daily 9am5pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11. Free general admission Nov. 2, 3, 8, 10, 16, 17 and 30. Some exhibits may require an additional fee.) AE, DS, MC, V (K-44)




LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART 820 N. Michigan Ave, LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures and societies. Visit the museum before Nov. 14 to see Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, an exhibit that demonstrates the cultural significance of the religious tradition of pilgrimage. Wed-Sun 11am-6pm, ($6 adults, $5 seniors) Free on Tue (11am-8pm). (J-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/684-1414,

Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including the U-505 Submarine, Smart Home: Green + Wired, YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and new temporary exhibit Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11. Free general admission Nov. 11. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.) All major cards. (South of P-54) SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural habitats. Call for hours and fees. (L-43)

rentals BIKE CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park, 888/BIKE-WAY, Choose from

over 500 bikes and explore the city at your leisure. Bike rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. (K-34)

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

Choose from a Grand Tour of Chicago, A Grand Taste of Chicago

and Pizza, Chinatown Dinner Tour, the Land and Lake Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, After Dark Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules or visit (Daily scheduled lectured tours from $25 and up.) MC, V (I-36) ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE COMPANY Departing from SE corner

as they’d like for up to 8 hours for $30 (adults) and $15 (children ages 5-14). Or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour for just $25. Call for pick up times and locations. MC, V

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of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349.

Absorb the atmosphere of days gone by and learn a bit of local history with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers. Mon-Fri 6:30pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. Perfect for special or all occasions. Call to arrange pick-up. V, MC (K-28) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432,

CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. More than 85 tours year-round. Bus tours also available - call for tour schedules. All major cards. (J-36) CHICAGO FILM TOUR Pick up on

CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-1977, Unforgettable ninety-minute lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. The Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history with a gorgeous skyline view. Cruise prices: $37 adults, $31 seniors, $21 children 7-18, under 7 free. Group discounts are available. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies included. Reservations recommended. Call for hours. (L-31)

Clark between Ontario and Ohio (next to the Rock N Roll McDonald’s), 312/593-4455,

Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where over 50 movies were shot over the course of 2–hours. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” to Chicago favorites like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ” and “The Blues Brothers,” and movie classics like “North by Northwest.” Watch scenes come to life on multiple video screens while getting up close and personal with the film locations. Thu–Sun 10:30am and 12:30pm. Adults $30, 12 & under $20. (H-30) GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING 800/621-4153, Hop

aboard the newest fleet of radio dispatched Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers for a scenic tour of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour which allows passengers to hop on and hop off as many times


WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Celebrating 75 Years! 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/337-1446, Chicago’s

original narrated boat tour, founded in 1935, offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Select from their 75-minute Chicago River Architecture Tour and 90-minute Combined Lake and River Tour. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $25 adults, $23 seniors, $12 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. (J-31)


CHICAGO WATER TAXI Call 312/337-1446 or visit Operating on a closed loop route on the Chicago River shuttling passengers between Madison Street on the south branch and LaSalle Street and Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building on the main branch, this is a great alternative to your traditional cab ride. Frequent departures, call for schedule. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown. All day explore Chicago tickets are $6.) Convenient ticketing Kiosks available at most of our stops.


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worship ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 W. Madison, 312/372-5111.

zoos LINCOLN PARK ZOO 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000, More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Daily 10am-4:30pm. (FREE)(H-17)


Looking for one-stop-shopping this holiday season? Stroll into Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan; 312/440-3166), located at the northern end of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. A premier shopping destination for locals and visitors alike, this stunning eight-level atrium features more than 100 shopping favorites. • For highfashion with an attitude, head to Custo Barcelona (835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor; 312/981-3904). Custo’s newest collection “Hairy Metal” invites wardrobe experimentation with a host of earthy textured wools, thick tricots, and volumetric, luscious fabrics. • Meanwhile, Barcelona-based TOUS (835 N Michigan, 5th floor; 312/640-8860) takes luxury to the next level with their extensive collection of chic jewelry designs and trend-setting designer handbags, watches and glasses.• Celebrate the season of giving with your little girl with a trip to American Girl Place (835 N. Michigan; 888/AG-PLACE). After admiring the elaborate holiday window displays, pop in and create the doll that’s just right for you. With your “My American Girl” doll, you can choose her look, interests, and even her personality.

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


THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31) ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)

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art ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, For 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. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-29)(J-26) CURLY TALE FINE ART 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664, This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one of a kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Assembling a worldwide array of contemporary artists exploring whimsical interpretations, impish humor and sarcastic comments all in fun. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. and by appointment. All major cards. (J-29) LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, Specializing in hand-blown glasswork

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beauty H20 600 N. Michigan, 312/397-1243. Wake up your routine with H2O’s unique beauty products that contain marine botanicals, nourishing sea minerals, plant extracts, and seasourced nutrients. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-29)

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by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass in vases, lamps and decorative objects. Though the focus is on showcasing the Lottons’ beautiful glass pieces, the gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (J-26)

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COUTURE 535 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Offering deep discounts on high-end designer duds, Couture 535 makes staying fashionable affordable. Shop Dana Buchman, Gucci, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and others on Chicago’s Mag Mile for a fraction of the price. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am8pm. All major cards. (J-30)

CUSTO BARCELONA Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312/981-3904, Combining the best quality screen-printing with textiles and designs, Custo Barcelona’s fashions feature bright colors and humorous graphics. Besides becoming hot ticket items among Hollywood’s elite, including fashionistas Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman, this award-winning and internationally coveted designer brand is reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy. Call for holiday hours. All major cards. (J-27) DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (H-29)

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MENS SUITS NEW YORK 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Top designer menswear at discounted prices. Find a large selection of high-end suits, tuxedoes, blazers, and sports coats by Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren and more. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun11am8pm. All major cards. (J-30)


department stores BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. AE, MC, V (J-26) MACY’S 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. Top fashions for men, women and 19 South Wabash, 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60603

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children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours—State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34)(J-26) NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-30) SEARS 2 N. State, 312/373-6040. Rely on the no-nonsense Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-35)

furs CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER 777 W. Diversey at Halsted, 773/348-FURS (3877), Chicago Fur Outlet is celebrating over 27 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more


than ever you can’t afford not to shop at and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary, please call). All major cards. (North of E-11)

PANDORA Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, 312/915-0647, Pandora is a new style of charm bracelet, unique and very fashion forward. Each Pandora charm represents a memorable, unforgettable moment in one’s life. The Pandora Collection is handcrafted in sterling silver and/or 14kt gold. Diamonds and precious gemstones adorn many Pandora charms, while other beads are made of hand-blown Murano glass. Wear Pandora and express your own signature fashion statement, and create your own unique personal story. Pandora has been featured in internationally recognized magazines such as The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and InStyle. Pandora was voted the “Most wanted brand of 2007”. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)

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The Office, Al Capone & much more!

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ELAN FURS 675 N. Michigan; 312/640-0707. This Michigan Avenue store features a wide selection of fur, fur with leather, fur accessories and shearlings from Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Pisani, Zuki, Louis Feraud and many other top American and European designers for men, women, and children. Other services include storage, cleaning, reconditioning, repairs, appraisals, and shearing and dyeing of older garments. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. (K-29)

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TOUS Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/6408860, Discover chic European designs in-line with today’s current trends at the Barcelona-based jewelry



and accessories shop. Defined by style and elegance, TOUS features a fashionable selection of jewelry, handbags and accessories that fit every budget. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)






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fashioned service since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and Samsung in addition to film for your vintage Brownie and Busch camera. You need it, they’ve got it! Expert film processing. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm. All major cards. (I-37)

has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. MonSat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. (I-31)


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

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LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, Shop for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts, including sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into the newest location in Lincoln Park, downtown Chicago (955 W. Diversey Parkway) or any of their 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (Suburban)

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CENTRAL CAMERA CO. 230 S. Wabash, 312/427-5580, A camera superstore with good, old-

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shopping malls BLOCK 37 108 N. State, 312/261-4700. Bordered by State, Randolph, Dearborn and Washington streets, this five-story atrium is a must-see located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Loop. Block 37 serves as a triple threat with all the necessities: shopping, dining and entertainment. Retail shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. See for complete store and restaurant listings. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34) THE 900 SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops, restaurants and covered parking. Mon-Sat 10am7pm, Sun noon-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27) WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. At the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features Macy’s, American Girl Place and the new Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse as well as more than 100 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-27) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312/3272300. 50 specialty shops, 20 restaurants, five hotels and one


shopping center anchored by Nordstrom. Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Cards accepted vary by store. (J-30)



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specialty shops RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, After your dining safari at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from their Retail Village to commemorate your visit. The Retail Village offers a WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts and jackets, stuffed animals of the wild, safari-themed place settings, and much more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. (H-29) ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, After enjoying a classic American meal, stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at the restaurant’s legendary Rock Shop. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories for men, women and children as well as a wide selection of collectables including their famous pin series, guitar picks, flasks, board games, music, and more, there is something for every taste. Open at 10am daily. All major cards. (H-29) WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540, A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. MonSat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. (I-25)

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


carry authentic NBC merchandise. Find fun, quirky and original souvenirs from hit shows like “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Head), “Heroes,” and “Biggest Loser.” Carrying everything from T-shirts and tote bags to baseball caps and bobble heads, Chicago “5” Souvenirs is a TV fans one-stop-shop. Plus, visitors will also find an impressive collection of dynamic Chicago souvenirs, including Wrigley Field merchandise. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (K-31)


CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS 454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level, 312/467-9537. The only retail store authorized to

312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

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UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, Located in the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon–Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)


IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, Since 1857, Chicago’s oldest family business, celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. (I-35)

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alfresco dining Get your appetite geared up for the holidays with a taste of these city favorites. Coined the place “Where the City That Works Eats,” at Chicago Chop House (60 W. Ontario; 312/7877100), huge USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks, along with an award-winning wine list and nightly entertainment combine for a truly remarkable Chicago experience. • Looking for a great Italian meal? Head to Buca di Beppo (521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001), just one block off the Mag Mile, for authentic immigrant Southern Italian dishes in a boisterous, vibrant environment that recalls Italian-American supper clubs of the ’40s and ’50s. Bring discount coupon on page 45. • From the people that invented the Weber Grill comes Weber Grill Restaurant (539 N. State; 312/467-9696). With over 50-years of grilling experience, this American kitchen has perfected barbecue and grilled favorites like salmon, meatloaf, ribs and more. Chicago has made the pizza pie famous. If you like a nice flaky crust, high-grade canned tomatoes and fresh slices of mozzarella cheese, venture over to Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta (61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 864 N. State; 312/751-1766).

Chicago Chop House

Buca di Beppo

Weber Grill Restaurant

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta


information * Please call to confirm hours, credit cards and seating. * Price symbols indicate average price for dinner entrée. $: under $10, $$: $10-$15, $$$: $15-$25, $$$$: $25 up * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found at the end of listings. J : Child-friendly


HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine. This legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Seasonal patio now open! Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)J


favorite serves steaks and fresh seafood, along with pastas and nightly specials in an elegant setting complete with century old paneling and artwork. For the holidays, Farthings decks the halls with great X-mas decorations, making it a festive place to eat and drink! Catch the day’s game at the attached bar or stop by for live music Friday nights. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 11:30am-3am, Sun 10am-2am (Sun brunch 10am-3pm). Kitchen hours Mon-Sun open till 10:30pm, Sat 11pm. All major cards. $$$ (F-20)


FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL 2060 N. Cleveland, 773/935-2060, This neighborhood

dine in - carry-out - delivery - catering sun.-wed.(11:30am-10pm) thur.-sat.(11:30am-2am) special menu

710 n rush • (312)787-8998

LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35) P.J. CLARKES 302 E. Illinois, 312/670-7500, Dine on great comfort food like P.J.’s Famous Minnieburgers® and Mom’s Meatloaf in a relaxing and comfortable environment, and experience why P.J. Clarkes has been a Chicago tradition since 1986. Stop in for Sunday’s brunch buffet from 10am-2pm. Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 10am-11pm (the bar remains open until 2am Sun-Thu, and until 4am on Fri & Sat). All major cards. $$ (K-30) RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, An adventurous dining experience under a

RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, This brand new restaurant is owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s). Malnati’s new burger joint features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ (J-35) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, From the people who invented


A Contemporary American Restaurant in Chicago! Present this ad and receive 25% off your entire bill!* *excludes tax and gratuity

155 E. Ontario St.


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

the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-30)




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

TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, Contemporary décor accents tradi-

Serving Fine Indian Cuisine for 36 Years “It’s curry and rice dishes pass every taste test with flying colors.” – Chicago Sun-Times

100 E. Walton Chicago 312-664-1700

555 Mall Drive Schaumburg 847-619-3300

tional Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)

breakfast EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ 35 W. Ontario, 312/870-6773, Located right in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Eggsperience is open 24 hours daily and has something for any appetite. Enjoy a delicious selection of all-day breakfast items like savory omelettes, benedicts, crepes, pancakes and more. If lunch is what you crave, half pound Angus beef burgers, paninis, salads, and wraps are perfect palate pleasers. (I-29)J

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


ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)J

YOLK 335 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, Voted “Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ (L30)(I-42)(G-27)J

brit/scot ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656, Warm and welcoming, North America’s leading British pub and restaurant concept is the informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips, single-malt scotches and jolly good times. Banquet and meeting space is available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-midnight, Sat-Sun 7am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (H-36)

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WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Dine outside on the sunny sidewalk patio. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)J

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ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, An old-school diner serving breakfast


Italian Cucina 1154 W. Taylor 312-243-2357


chinese DRAGONFLY MANDARIN 832 W. Randolph, 312/455-1400, Winner of Best Chinese Restaurants 5 years in a row, Dragonfly Mandarin presents a genuine Chinese dining experience amidst an elegant yet casual atmosphere. All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan King Crab Legs on Mondays. Open daily from 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (D-33) LAO SHANGHAI 2163 S. China Pl., 312/808-0830. From the owner of the celebrated Lao Sze Chuan comes a Shanghaifocused menu in Chinatown Square. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$. (H-50)



contemporary american THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170, This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Featuring a diverse menu from classic German dishes to contemporary sensations, it’s sure to satisfy every generation of guest. Restaurant: MonFri 11am-9pm, Sat 11:30am-9pm, closed Sun. Lower Level Café: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm. All major cards. $$ (J-36) MARKETHOUSE 611 N. Fairbanks, 312/224-2200, American contemporary cuisine from Executive Chef Scott Walton. The menu marries Heartland basics with influences from around the globe. Markethouse supports local farmers that practice sustainable agricultural techniques and offers a seasonably changing menu. Try a signature cocktail or an infused vodka from their one-of-a kind Martini Garden. Breakfast 6am-11am; Lunch 11am-2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (L-29)



contemporary asian

58 east ontario | 312.440.1717

VIAND 155 E. Ontario, 312/255-8505, With a focus on quality, freshness and flavor, Viand’s dishes captivate the senses and redefine American classic comfort food. Guests will find a provocative wine menu and refreshing handcrafted martinis. Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11:30am; Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm; Bar Mon-Fri 11:30am-12:30am, Sat-Sun 4pm-midnight. All major card. $$$ (L-30)


ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, An old-school diner located in

japanese-style lounge

the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks, like phosphates and serious milk shakes, while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)J



MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/9392855, Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ (E-43)

fondue THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, Stir things up at this stylish fondue

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



eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noon-midnight). All major cards. $$$ (H-29)

“Home of the Milkshake Martini” Are you up to The Challenger? 69 East Madison Street (between Michigan & Wabash)

(312) 332-8111

voted #1 P I Z A N O ’ S P I Z Z A & P A S TA

Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show

original deep dish pizza

GOLD COAST 864 N. STATE ST. 312-751-1766

GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777 39

LOOP 61 E. MADISON 312-236-1777

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

indian GAYLORD INDIA 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine in the River North. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26)



INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30) Family owned and operated!

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

INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, Vegetarian & non-vegetarian options dot a menu heavy on Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch buffet daily from 11:30am-3pm for $11.95pp. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)

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

VEERASWAY 844 W. Randolph, 312/491-0844, Voted best new Indian restaurant by Chicago Magazine in 2009, Veerasway is a contemporary Indian fusion restaurant in Chicago’s popular West Loop neighborhood. Veerasway is popular amongst the locals for its clever fusion of Indian Food with modern American culture. A true gem! Open Tue-Sun for dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. All major cards. $$ (D-33)

irish EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and comfort food favorites all day and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including daily specials, football specials and weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33) open daily 11am-11pm 614 South Wabash  312-379-0970

FADÓ IRISH PUB 100 W. Grand, 312/836-0066. Traditional Irish favorites such as Shepherd’s pie, potato pancakes and corned beef. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (H-30)


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

CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, Online reservations. Feel like you’re in a 1940s traditional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served. Chef’s daily specials and private parties available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: MonThu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm & Sun Dinner 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Thu 12:30am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, Located on the lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)







CLUB LAGO 331 W. Superior, 312/951-2849. Old-school neighborhood joint just minutes from downtown and the United Center. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (G-28)


CARMINE’S 1043 N. Rush, 312/988-7676. Signature martinis and a rotating menu of seafood, chops and signature pasta dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (I-24)




the Fireplace Inn 1448 N. Wells St. 312.664.5264 Carryout/Delivery 312.943.7427

ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of homemade Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a 10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43)J

VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, This Contemporary Italian restaurant featuring modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)

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

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


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




DE CERO TAQUERIA 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114, Voted best new dish by Chicago Magazine, de cero’s taco platters are to die for! They feature 15 different types of tacos, such as the famous Grilled Skirt Steak Taco and the Battered Fish Taco with Mexican slaw and chipotle mayo. Wash them down with freshly squeezed lime Margaritas made with 100% Agave Tequila. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. All major cards. $$ (D-34)


SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. Experience a “fiesta” for your taste buds


Italian FOOD

Family Style Service ◆

one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, combination platters and hacienda dinners using the freshest ingredients and juiciest meats are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30ammidnight. All major cards. $ (1-29)

pizza Open for Lunch

EDWARDO’S 521 S. Dearborn, 312/939-3366; 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490; check website for additional locations, Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza and all natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I-38)(1-23)J

1824 WEST WABANSIA ◆ BUCKTOWN ◆ 773.227.2300 ◆ OPEN SEVEN DAYS “The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

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


PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/4861777, Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35) (Suburban)J

seafood CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, The freshest seafood


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


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

in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33)(Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban)

steaks, chops & ribs CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos lining the walls, this renowned steakhouse features huge USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections from around the globe. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (G-21)

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

11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100


HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the

5 Off!




“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”

any $25 food purchase w/ad

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

finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. (Chicago) Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun – bar only. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-10pm. Bar: Daily 11:30pm-close. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban) KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm-11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) O’BRIENS RESTAURANT AND BAR 1528 N. Wells, 312/7873131, This popular Old Town classic features continental cuisine specializing in prime steak and fresh seafood. Live piano music seven nights a week. Call for hours. (South of H-19) PETTERINO’S 150 N. Dearborn, 312/422-0150, Located in Chicago’s exciting theater district, in the city’s “Loop” area, Petterino’s offers prime steaks, fresh seafood and classic specialties in a 1940s setting that celebrates the Golden Age of Glamour. Pre-theater and after work specials are available daily. Every night after 7pm, Petterino’s offers a three-course dinner for $19.95. Mon 11am-10pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10:30pm., Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-33) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (J-31)


Thai Cuisine

WEBER GRILL 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, From the people who invented the Weber kettle grill, this downtown dining establishment cooks juicy steaks and burgers over an open flame indoors. Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11am; Lunch: MonFri 11am-4pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 11:30am-11pm; Bar MonThu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-29)

sushi FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Thu-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-28) *All dishes can be adapted for vegetarians.

Open Daily 11a.m. - 10p.m. 710 North Rush Street (312)944-7100 • (312)944-7694

SUSHI TAIYO 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, The latest River North hotspot, Sushi Taiyo sushi bar and restaurant features contemporary sushi, sashimi, updated Asian fare and a cocktail menu that includes an array of high end and Regional Sake in addition


to unique martinis, champagne, wine and a selection of Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-29)

CAFÉ BA BA REEBA 2024 N. Halsted, 773/935-5000. Specializing in tapas, this Spanish restaurant has a warm and colorful atmosphere that goes along with their made to order paella. Call for hours. All major cards. $ (E-16)


1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, Housed in a1864 Victorian Mansion, 1492 invites you to travel across Spain, and its colonies, in every bite. Featuring an extensive menu ranging from new Spanish and Nuevo Latino cuisine to traditional and signature tapas, 1492 offers a state-of-the-art dining experience in a cozy ambiance that is quite lively. Some specialties are: paellas, fideua (the traditional shrimp and calamari with thin spaghetti from Spain), Sangria, and an award-winning wine list. Mon-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-28)



thai DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29) SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28) STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)

620 n. Fairbanks 312-280-8366


November is a time to be grateful – and this November theater fans, in particular, have a lot to be thankful for. The cast of Traces will have audiences at Broadway Playhouse Theater (175 E. Chestnut; 800/775-2000) on the edge of their seats as they challenge gravity with their astonishing acrobatic abilities. • The fun continues at The Lookingglass Theatre (821 N. Michigan; 312/337-0665) as the stage transforms into the far, far away Neverland with the cast of Peter Pan. Stop in for a show that will let your imagination run wild. • Circus-fans don’t have to look far to find what they desire as the Ringling Bros. takes over the Allstate Arena (6290 Mannheim in suburban Rosemont; 800/745-3000) and United Center (1901 W. Madison; 800/745-3000) with their all-new “FUNundrum” show. The show celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of P.T. Barnum with a cast full of pirates, mermaids, cowboys and animals. • Finally, Blue Man Group continues to prove why they have become a Chicago favorite as they fuse innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy on stage at Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted; 773/348-4000).


Peter Pan (A Play)

Blue Man Group

Ringling Bros.


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

tual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13) BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 700 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190, Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, Chicago’s premier blues club, which recently moved, offers the best of local and national blues talent. This new locale features upgrades like a brand new state-of-the-art sound system and an incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Cover charges vary. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40)


B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a vir-


blues clubs

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

bowling 10pin BOWLING LOUNGE 330 N. State, 312/644-0300, Adjacent to the House of Blues, this hip upscale bowling lounge features 24 state-of-the-art lanes topped by HD video screens that are supported by nightclub quality audio system. Come knock down some pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics designed for sharing. Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am. All major cards. (I-31)

cabaret clubs

cocktail lounges DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE 440 N State St, 312/4641400, Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. (I-31)


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

IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, A restaurant lounge featuring a menu of Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in a upscale lounge setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-29)

eat • drink • bowl

comedy clubs ate for all ages and events. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for your applause, and you decide who wins. Thu at 8pm, Fri at 8pm & 10pm and Sat 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $21. All major cards. (D-7)



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

cocktails and bowling can work up an appetite present this ad to enjoy a free



*with purchase of $20 or more

iO 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 30 years. iO. has two theaters, each with its own bar, that have different theatrical offerings. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy as well as stylistic shows like Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Performances seven nights a week. All major cards. (D-5)

dance clubs 330 n. state | 312.644.0300

EXCALIBUR 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944. Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by the Chicago Tribune in its latest “Best of ” Reader’s Poll, this Chicago landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Tue-Fri 7pm – 4am, Sat 7pm–5am. (I-29)

gentlemen’s clubs VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/664-7400, Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover charge before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. (West of E-20)


irish pubs EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, In addition to offering a full


JUST A THOUGHT The PANDORA Ring Upon Ring Collection features hand set precious and semi-precious stones in sterling silver and 14K gold. Rings range in price from $35-$105 each. Located in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312/915-0647.

Keep Jack Frost from nipping at your fingers with ECHO E-Touch Gloves ($32). These innovative gloves are touch screen-friendly, practical and fashionable. Available at Bloomingdales, 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Put some fur under the fir tree this year in the form of scarves, gloves, earmuffs or a jacket ($75+). Bundle up with some soft luxury from Elan Furs. 675 N. Michigan, 312/640-0707.

Glamorous glass perfume bottles (Pink Dragonlily Perfume by Jerry Heer, $150, White Calla Lily Perfume by Scott Bayless, $195), vases (Opal Iris Vase by Charles Lotton, $800), and more unique items made by various artists can be found at Lotton Gallery. 900 N. Michigan, 312/664-6203.

Light your home with double the style and double the light with a Tiffany-style Double Lamp ($325). Available at Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432.

Customizable and shippable, the Bento Box has endless possibilities. Spend $25 or more and get the Bento Box for FREE! Available at Harry & David Orchard’s “POP UP SHOP” at 45 E. Oak, 312/280-4964.

Package Sony’s re-packaged Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew ($112.99) in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release. Available at Jazz Record Mart, 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467.

ANOTHER THOUGHT Baseball batters, pitchers and lovers can swing a new look over their shoulder this holiday with a Drawstring Baseball Bag made of synthetic baseball leather ($29.95). Available at Harry Caray’s Tavern, 700 E. Grand, 312/527-9700.

Bring the casino home, on the road, and wherever else you might find yourself with the HR Roadie Poker Set ($55). Luck is not included, but all other poker necessities are. Available at Hard Rock Café, 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252.

Capture the rest of your holiday moments this season with Canon PowerShot S95 ($400). This camera is equipped with a bright f/2.0 lens for brilliant low light shots and portraits, 3.8x Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle lens, and much more. Available at Central Camera, 230 S. Wabash, 312/427-5580.

Spice up your coworker’s office space with Michael and Dwight Bobble Heads ($25) from NBC’s The Office. Just looking at them will make you laugh (that’s what she said). Available at Chicago “5” Souvenir, 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537.

Visit Chicago’s premier source for home furnishings. Find Amaryllis Balls, Topiaries and Wreaths starting at $18. Available at Vintage Pine, 904 W. Blackhawk, 312/943-9303.

Decorate your loved one with this classic 18Kt Yellow Gold Bracelet with black nylon cord from TOUS Christmas Collection ($249). Available at TOUS in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312/640-8860.

Don’t miss your chance to get authentic German Beer Steins ($25-$100+). Available at the largest traditional German market outside of Germany, Christkindlmarket, in Daley Plaza at 50 W. Washington, 312/494-2175,

Warm up without being weighed down in this Women’s Alpine Attitude™ Down Jacket ($175) with a combination of 550 fill-power down and Omni-Heat® thermal reflective technology. Available at Columbia Sportswear, 830 N. Michigan, 312/951-2679.

Robert Brasher

Christkindlmarket Chicago 2010 Open Daily November 24th through December 24th Sun-Thur: 11am to 8pm • Fri-Sat: 11am to 9pm

Located in the heart of Chicago on Daley Plaza (between Washington, Clark and Dearborn Street)

Beautiful white winter days, fog rolling into the city down the Chicago River engulfing the steel and concrete skyscrapers, and all that passes below inspires Robert Brasher’s newest collection of paintings. Growing up in Indiana the youngest of four, Brasher set his goals high studying premed at Purdue University. During his studies he signed up for one drawing class and that was all it took – he knew he had found his true calling. Many professors have guided Brasher through his journey of becoming an artist and developing his own style. As a professional, Brasher has developed a distinctive painting technique, which has evolved from a solid background in art history and literature. You can find Brasher memorizing Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” or playing Chopin on the piano to relax after a day in his studio. The current collection of 20 new painting titled “Where The Holidays Begin” is currently on display at Curly Tale Fine Art located at 16 West Erie Street.

A special thank you to Robert Brasher for creating the cover and decorative ornaments for our 2010 Holiday Activity Guide.

ADMISSION IS FREE! (312)494-2175 •


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

1550 N. Wells St. • (800)5UP-DOWN or (312)337-8505


With over 100 different programs, attractions, and merchant discounts, every block is another holiday happening during the season-long Winter WonderLoop celebration organized by the Chicago Loop Alliance. In Pritzker Park, for example, every Wednesday evening in December features another special free holiday movie screening at 5:30pm – check out “It’s a Wonderful Life” on December 1, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on December 8, and “A Christmas Story” on December 15. Prefer a classic holiday page-turner in front of the fire instead? Then gather the family and head over to the Hotel Burnham at 1 W. Washington Street on Saturday mornings at 11am for Holiday Story Time in front of the fireplace, complete with hot cocoa and marshmallows. Back out on the streets of the Loop, keep an eye out for the photo-taking elves of the Merry Kissmas promotion – a chance to get your smooch on the big Merry Mistletoe screen. Meanwhile, retailers will be getting in on the act with discounts and promotions throughout the season – enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card every day at Block 37 (108 N. State; 312/261-4700) or get in on the traditional German fun during the Sankt Nikolaus celebration at Berghoff’s Restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312/427-3170). Other giveaways include a complimentary dessert from The Italian Village (71 W. Monroe; 312/332-7005) with code words “Winter WonderLoop,” $5 off any purchase of $20 or more at Buca di Beppo (521 N. Rush; 312/396-0001), and complimentary house appetizer for the table when you spend $25 or more at Emerald Loop (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0220). Winter WonderLoop also presents visitors with a great opportunity to give back with a Toys for Tots toy drive at Walgreen’s stores throughout the month of December.

ONLY IN CHICAGO A Christmastime visit to the flagship Chicago store of national retail giant Macy’s (111 N. State; 312/781-1000) is a generational tradition for many families. From the whimsically decorated holiday windows (this year’s theme is “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”) and the towering 45-foot Great Tree in the famed Walnut Room restaurant, to a visit with the Big Guy himself in Santaland, Macy’s offers a full day’s worth of activities. Elsewhere in and around the Loop, distinctly Chicago holiday experiences abound. For a personalized postcard, head over to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan; 312/443-3600), where you can get a snapshot with the famous wreathed lions. Just up the street, a postcard view of the city skyline will be your backdrop as you glide across the pond with hundreds of fellow holiday skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park (312/742-5222). Cap your Christmas adventure in the Loop with a stop at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312/744-3315) to check out the city’s official tree, pop in on Santa, and browse the quaint tents of more than 50 traditional ethnic gift, clothing, and food vendors at the 15th Annual Christkindlmarket (312/494-2175).

A Taste of the


- The Berghoff

LOVE IT! Welded from recycled steel, these whimsical handmade wine caddies come in a variety of themes including Chef and Waiter ($92/each). Available at Chiaroscuro in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312/988-9253.

Open your Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet with the reliable Laguiole Wine Key ($34) from Laguiole, France. Available at P.O.S.H., 613 N. State, 312/280-1602.

Tavern and Grill • Lincoln Park

Happy Holidays

Lunch and Dinner daily Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm 2060 N. Cleveland Ave. - 773.935.2060 (5 ride from N. Michigan Ave.)

You’ll have plenty of barbeques to look forward to with Signature Sauces, Spices and Rubs ($24.95) from Weber Grill Restaurant. Find your favorite flavor 539 N. State, 312/467-9696.

a bright restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, open 24 hours a day. We’re sure you’ll find dishes in the eggsperience selectionto please any appetite!

35 West Ontario • Chicago, IL 312.870.6773 • Open 24 hours daily

Only 1 block from Millennium Park Ice Skating!

“Home of the Milkshake Martini ” 69 East Madison Street

(between Michigan Avenue and Wabash)

(312) 332-8111

INDULGE! Bar and Restaurant

The perfect spot for late night snacks and dining this holiday season!

Gold Coast Streeterville 1204 N. State 302 E. Illinois

BAR AND LOUNGE Downtown is the place to unwind after a day at the office or for visitors new to Chicago to relax and meet new friends.


Four generations of candy-makers making Chicago sweeter one bite at a time. These Large Solid Chocolate Toy Soldiers ($26.95) are available at The Fudge Pot. 1532 N. Wells. 312/943-1777.

Pour, taste and keep score with your very own Beer Sampler Kit. ($29.95). Beer not included. Available at The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170.

restaurant menu until close, this modern Irish Mega Pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. Numerous TVs throughout tuned to the sporting event of the day. Kitchen open late night. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. (1-33)

(773) 528-1012

piano bars

$300 Off Cover Charge

THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable; the smartly dressed, eclectic clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)

Valid Sun-Thur • Excluding Holidays


THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (I-25)


live music

Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

2 Stages • 2 Bands

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

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

$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad

773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted

For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774 JAZZ • BLUES • MOTOWN • R&B Live 7 Nights a Week!

The BaCKrooM

1007 north rush st. • 751-2433

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santa claus is coming to town by Chantel Howell

Come celebrate the official start of the holidays in Chicago with the 97th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Daley Plaza on November 24, 2010. This year, for the first time, Chicagoans participated in the selection process – helping to decide whether the City’s towering tree was a spruce or a fir. “The Holiday Season is about families coming together,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. “It’s a wonderful thing to see Chicagoland collectively choosing the City’s Official Christmas Tree, much like we all do with our own families.” The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a highlyanticipated event drawing people of all ages to the heart of Chicago’s downtown “Loop.” Musical performances and festive holiday music begin at 4:30pm and the holiday season officially commences at 5pm, when the switch is flipped and the lights begin to dazzle in Daley Plaza. Following the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa Claus will be settling into his new Midwest headquarters. Provided courtesy of Underwriters Laboratories, the NEW Santa House, provides children and families a tour of the North Pole without ever leaving the city. Children can visit with Santa and share all of their holiday wishes, as well as learn about the history of Christmas lights and tree safety on their journey through the house. Round out the day’s holiday festivities with a look around a traditional outdoor German Christmas market. The 15th Annual Christkindlmarket, inspired by the famous Nuremberg Christmas market dating back to 1545, offers exquisite handmade European gifts, unique ornaments, rare fabrics and textiles and German delicacies like brats, goulash, potato pancakes, cookies and Gluhwein (a warm spiced wine). Opens November 24 at Daley Plaza, for hours call 312/494-2175 or visit The Richard J. Daley Center is located at 50 W. Washington. For more information on the Santa House and all other holiday activities on Daley Plaza, call 312/744-3317 or visit


BLUE MAN GROUP Briar Street Theatre is located at 3133 N. Halsted, 773/348-4000. Treat

yourself and family to the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon known as Blue Man Group – and experience an integral part of Chicago’s rich cultural fabric. Currently in an open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, this unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are $49-$69. Show schedules and additional information can be found at

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

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


PETER PAN (A PLAY) Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, 312/337-0665. Journey to a world of pirates, fairies and fantasy with the world-premiere of Lookingglass original, Peter Pan (A Play). Nationally-known Amanda Dehnert directs this adaptation of the classic tale from J.M. Barrie, of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, in a playful, and darkly comic fashion bringing innovative theatricality, aerial arts, and a soulful understanding of yearning and regret to the legendary childhood adventure. Preview tickets are $20-$34 and regular run tickets are $34-$62 and are available by phone at 312/337-0665 or online at

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln,

Inspired by the famed, 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. The show features a treasure trove of music, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and much more. For tickets: $25-$80, call 773/935-6100 or visit


See the best views in Chicago “Our family has been scouring the world for over 40 years. We’re proud to say that if you want to see the best views in Chicago, we’ll show you the best art in the world” – Diane Petr Hasenstab, President

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Memories of My Mind’s Eye

Diane Playing the Flute


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900 N. Michigan Ave.

(312) 329-9330 (800) 423-7635

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November 19, 2010 Issue

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