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November 22, 2013
Inside This Week In Chicago DAY BY DAY HIGHLIGHTS..............4 HERE’S THE DEAL...............................7
Celebrating the Holidays 2013 HOLIDAY ACTIVITY GUIDE...33
BEST BETS FOR FAMILIES...............8
SCAN QR CODE FOR YOUR KEY TO UNLOCK THE HOLIDAYS! SEE THE CITY.....................................10
Maps MAG MILE...........................................30 METRO CHICAGO............................35
Dining TASTY TREATS...................................42
Nightlife SWINGIN’ HOT SPOTS....................58
On Stage LIVE PERFORMANCES....................66
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.......24
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22 FRIDAY Starlet-on-the-rise Selena Gomez brings the pop confections of her latest album Stars Dance to the stage at Allstate Arena. 7pm. $25-$69.50. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, to Rosemont 847.635.6601.
ON THE COVER THE MAGNIFICENT MILE LIGHT FESTIVAL If the spirit of Christmas isn’t already in the air around Chicago, it certainly will be when the city’s most renowned retail stretch decks itself out in grand fashion during the 22nd annual BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! A full day of interactive holiday activities, including rockin’ concerts by top musical artists on the BMO Harris Bank Stage at Pioneer Court (401 N. Michigan) which culminate in the main event: an evening parade (begining at 5:30pm and heading South from Oak) of floats, bands, and balloons down North Michigan Avenue led by none other than Mickey and Minnie Mouse followed by a fireworks spectacular show over the Chicago River. The day is nothing short of magical! For more information on the day’s events, call 312.409.5560 or visit themagnificentmile.com. Firework lovers seeking a one-of-a-kind experience might want to grab a seat in the heated cabin of Wendella Boats for the Magnificent Mile Lights Firework Show. For more information call 312.337.1446.
One of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world performs to the traditional folk songs and tunes that inspired such classical composers as Bartók, Liszt, and Kodály as the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble takes the stage at the Auditorium Theatre. 7:30pm. $25-$68. 50 E. # Congress, 312.341.2310. 3 Based on one of the most popular video game series of all time, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest tour features a live orchestral performance of music from the franchise at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $34.50–$150. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake
NOV 22-29 The talented Festive Singers will be dressed in Dickensian period attire and singing a capella holiday favorites for passersby to enjoy during Sounds of the Season on the front porch of the Driehaus Museum. 2pm-4pm. FREE. 40 # E. Erie, 312.482.8933. 151
This Week’s KEY Events.
Detroit-born comedian and TV host Loni Love continues a five-show stand tonight at UP Comedy Club. 8pm and 10:30pm. $20. 230 W. # North, 312.662.4562. 151 Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins brings his spare melodies and richly drawn characters to City Winery. 8pm. $20-$30. 1200 W. # Randolph, 312.733.9463. 20 Funnyman Chris Tucker returns to his comedy roots with a standup show tonight at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. 8pm. $49-$84. 777 Casino Center Dr. in Hammond, Indiana, 219.473.7000.
The nuns are back for the summer with another revival of the enormously popular comedy Late Night Catechism at the Royal George Theatre. 5pm. $30. 1641 N. to North Halsted, 312.988.9000. Chicago native Deon Cole headlines tonight’s Black Code Comedy Show standup showcase at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. 7pm. $40-$80. 4701 S. King, 773.373.1900. Enjoy fast-paced AHL hockey in a family-friendly setting as the Chicago Wolves face off against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Allstate Arena. 7pm. $12-$53. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, to Rosemont 847.635.6601.
The Bears may be out of town this weekend, but their loyal fans can still cheer them to victory against the Minnesota Vikings today as they bear down with great Irish specialties and the brunch spread at Emerald Loop Bar & Grill. 12pm. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. #151
23 SATURDAY Discover the top trends in toys and games and preview, play and purchase the hottest games on the market just in time for the holiday shopping season at the 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair this weekend at Navy Pier. Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Adults, $10; children, $5. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.7437. See ad on # 124 page 6 for discount offer!
A signature event is now even better, as the popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch features a great Southern buffet and rousing live gospel music hand-selected by Kirk Franklin. 10am and 12:30pm. Adults, $40; children, $25. 329 N. # 36 Dearborn, 312.923.2000.
Nine-time Emmy winner and writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Rory Albanese takes the stage for three standup sets tonight at Zanies Comedy Club. 7pm, 9pm and 11:15pm. $25. 1548 N. Wells, # 151 312.337.4027.
That laughter you’re hearing in Old Town is probably coming from down the street at The Second City, presenting its hilarious 101st mainstage revue Let Them Eat Chaos. 7pm. $30.50. 1616 N. Wells, # 151 312.337.3992. The “Self-Titled Tour” from Tennessee pop-rock trio Paramore makes a stop at the UIC Pavilion. 7:30pm. $31.50-$48.50. 525 S. to Racine Racine, 312.413.5700.
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There’s nothing better to be grateful for this Thanksgiving than the sight of a man painted cobalt stuffing marshmallows in his mouth at Blue Man Group, the long-running and uproarious party at the Briar Street Theatre. 5pm and 8pm. $57.75-$97.75. 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000. to Belmont
Where does a chipmunk sleep? What does an eagle feed its young? Learn the answers to these questions and more as you explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of animals in the Animal Secrets exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. 9am–5pm. Adults, $9; children (3-12), $6. 2430 N. # 151 Cannon, 773.755.5100. Get into the holiday season with a few laps around the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in the shadow of the city’s magnificent skyline at Millennium Park. 12pm-8pm. FREE (skate rental $10). Michigan and Madison, 312.742.1168. # 151
The holiday season in Chicago gets a little more official tonight with the 100th anniversary celebration of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, featuring music from Darlene Love and the cast of Elf: The Musical, at Daley Plaza. Begins at 5pm, with the tree lighting at 6pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312.744.5000.
Kick off the holiday season with a Chicago tradition – Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre. 7:30pm. $21-$50. 170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800. to Lake Homegrown rap superstar Lupe Fiasco takes the stage at the House of Blues. 8pm. $40. 329 N. # Dearborn, 312.923.2000. 36
Chicago native John Camponera brings his wry observations back to his hometown for tonight’s show at Zanies Comedy Club. 8:30pm. $25. 1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027. # 151
28 THANKSGIVING Celebrate today’s holiday and the upcoming season with a great Chicago tradition as dozens of marching bands, floats and giant balloon characters step off for the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 8am. FREE. On State, from Congress to Randolph, 312.235.2217. to Lake
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FRIDAY Start the holidays with a roar with a Chicago holiday tradition as the iconic statues don their Christmas best with the Wreathing of the Lions at the Art Institute of Chicago. 10am. FREE. 111 S. # Michigan, 312.443.3600. 3
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SATURDAY Stop by HARRY CARAY’S during Lights Festival and receive a complimentary Italian Hot Chocolate. One per person. Offer valid 11:30am–5:00pm. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966 & 600 E. Grand, 312.527.9700.
EVERYDAY See a great family attraction in a whole different light, as thousands of twinkling bulbs illuminate the animal habitats and surrounding grounds during the annual Zoolights festival at Lincoln Park Zoo. 5pm-9pm. FREE. 2001 N. # Clark, 312.742.2000. 151
The eighth holiday season of Caroling at Cloud Gate kicks off tonight with a performance by the Apollo Chorus of Chicago under the iconic “Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park. 6pm. FREE. Michigan and Washington, # 312.742.1168. 151
Enjoy fast-paced AHL hockey in a family-friendly setting as the Chicago Wolves face off against the Rockford Ice Hogs at the Allstate Arena. 7:30pm. $12-$53. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont Cult classic act Street Carols performs its holiday musical Street Carols on State for one night only at the downstairs theater of the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $46. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake
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THURSDAY Receive $5 off ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS’ Holiday Lights Tour when you mention The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival at the time of reservation. 238 E. Monroe, 877.866.0966.
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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Explore nine decades of Disney history and artifacts in Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, a new exhibition celebrating this milestone of imagination, innovation and entertainment with nearly 300 artifacts, many which have not been widely seen by the public at the Museum of Science and Industry. 9:30am-4:00pm. Adults, $27; kids (3-11), $18 (includes general museum admission). 57th and Lake Shore. 773.684.1414.
PLAY, PRETEND, AND DREAM: CALDECOTT MEDAL AND HONOR BOOKS, 2010–2013 This Art Institute of Chicago exhibit, which celebrates the 75th anniverscan to download sary of the Caldecott award, is located in the Picture Book Gallery at the Ryan Education Center. Adults, $23; Seniors/Students, $17; Kids (under 14), free. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm; Thurs., 10:30am–8pm. 36 S. Wabash, 312.629.6100.
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HIGHLIGHTS 11th ANNUAL CHICAGO TOY & GAME FAIR Discover the top trends in toys and games and preview, play and purchase the hottest games on the market just in time for the holiday shopping season at the 11th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair this weekend at Navy Pier. Saturday 10am6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm. Adults, $10; children, $5. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.7437. See ad on page 6 for discount offer!
BUILT TO AMAZE Come one, come all... to the latest edition of the world-famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Built to Amaze! The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes. Through December 1 at United Center. $17-$92. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4500.
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Explore nine decades of Disney history and artifacts in Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414). In this new exhibit you’ll see drawings, props, costumes and artwork from classic and contemporary Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action ﬁlms. At the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO (220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660) MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol presents a focused selection of works inspired by the multifaceted relationship of Marisol Escobar and Andy Warhol. The ADLER PLANETARIUM (1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR) showcases many of man’s greatest achievements and looks into those yet to come, from the days of looking at the stars in wonderment to actually traveling among them.
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AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to Take Me to the River: Building Chicago’s New Waterfront exhibition through Nov. 17. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people to discover why design matters. Shop & Tour Center open Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. architecture.org (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world, featuring a $1.4 million public-art collection and special exhibits. Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–4pm; Sun., 2–4pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. chipublib.org (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Sun., 10am–5pm, Sat., 9:30—6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO (J-26) CHRISTKINDLMARKET An open-air event during the holiday season, set up as a little European village. Open Nov. 26-Dec. 24; Sun.-Thu., 11am-8pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-9pm. 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175. christkindlmarket.com CITYPASS Visit five attractions and save 49%. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Field Museum, John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry and Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago. CityPASS booklet holders can skip most ticket lines, but they may encounter a line when they first exchange a voucher for a booklet. Good for nine days. Adults, $89; children (3–11), $79. All major cards. 888.330.5008. citypass.com JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Lavazza Espression café and 360-degree views. Daily, 9am–11pm. Adults, $18; kids (3–11), $12; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. jhochicago.com (J-26) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the reflective sculpture Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean,” as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge. Ice-skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is scheduled to start Nov. 15. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. millenniumpark.org (K-33)
NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including the Chicago Children’s Museum, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Mon. –Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. navypier.com (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. Gravity and Ender’s Game are currently playing, with Catching Fire coming Nov. 22. Adults, $11–$15; seniors (62+), $10–$14; and children (3–11), $9–$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.595.5MAX. imax.com/chicago (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily, 10am–8pm. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $18; children (3–11), $12; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. the-skydeck.com (G-36) VISIT OAK PARK Explore the historical Oak Park area and take in a concert or special gallery showing, or an outdoor theatre performance. Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Museum and Birth Home of Ernest Hemingway. See an exhibit or take a class at one of the galleries in the Arts District. Browse the shopping district in Downtown Oak Park and at night, check out a band at the beautiful art-deco Lake Theatre. Daily, 10am-5pm. Off of 290-W, 708.848.1500. visitoakpark.com (Suburban)
MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: Tue.: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science Wed.: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Art Institute (5pm–8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sun. every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out special exhibition Cosmic Wonder. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors/students, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. adlerplanetarium.org (N-43)
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THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. IL residents get free admission Thursday nights from 5pm–8pm. Adults, $18–$23; children/seniors/students with ID, $12–$17; children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. artic.edu (J-35) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Kids and families enjoy hands-on exhibits and learning activities. Daily, 10am–5pm. Adults/children, $14; seniors, $13; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sun. of every month for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. chicagochildrensmuseum.org (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Matthew Groves: Universal Statuary. Mon.– Thu., 9am–7pm; Fri.–Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun, 10am– 6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair and Siam the Queen and the White City. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., Noon–5pm. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children (13–22), $12; and children 12
and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. chicagohs.org (H-19) THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM Get a glimpse of the architecture and design in Chicago during the 19th century. On exhibit: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection. Tue.-Sun., 10am-5pm. Adults, $20; seniors, $12.50, student/ youth (6-12), $10; 5 and under free. 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933. (J–29) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm; closed Mon. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages (6–11), $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773.947.0600. dusablemuseum.org (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. Daily, 9am–5pm. General admission: Adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; and children (3–11), $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. fieldmuseum.org (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available weekdays from 10:30am– 4pm, tours every 30 minutes and weekends from
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology. Closed Mon.; Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; free for children under 12. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. mcachicago.org (K-27)
JANE ADDAMS HULL-HOUSE MUSEUM Social reformer Jane Addams—the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—cofounded Hull-House as a settlement house in 1889. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., noon–4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. hullhousemuseum.org (D-40)
MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 commercials. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children (4–12), $6. 360 N. State, 312.245.8200. museum.tv (I-31)
HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and provides an in-depth look at the author. Photography encouraged. Sun.–Fri., 1– 5pm; Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $10; kids (18 & under)/ seniors/students, $8; and children under 5, free. AAA/veteran discounts available. 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708.524.5383. ehfop.org (Suburban)
THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with over 4,100 kinds of plants from around the world. On display Nov. 22-Jan. 4, 2014: Illumination: Tree Lights At The Morton Arboretum. Daily, 4:30-8:30pm. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $15; seniors, $11; kids (2–17), $10; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, 630.968.0074. mortonarb.org (Suburban)
GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s masterpiece is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District and served as an inspiration to Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours: Wed.–Sun. at 1pm and 3pm. Tours of Clarke House, the city’s oldest surviving building (start at Glessner House): Wed.–Sun., noon and 2pm. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $9; and children (5–12), $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312.326.1480. glessnerhouse.org (J-48)
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults, $8; seniors, $6; students, $2. Tue., 11am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 11am– 6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600. luc.edu (J-27)
10:40am-4pm, tours every 20 minutes. 45–60 min. Adults, $15; children (4–17) and seniors (65+), $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. gowright.org (Suburban)
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MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, The Last Reef, and Science Storms. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. General admission: adults, $18; seniors, $17; and children (3–11), $11. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. msichicago.org (South of P-54) NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. On exhibit: American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration. Mon., Wed., Fri., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–5pm. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $8; children (3–12), $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312.655.1234. nationalhellenicmuseum.org (D-38) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $9; students/seniors 60-plus, $7; children (3–12), $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thurs. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100. naturemuseum.org (G-14)
PRITZKER MILITARY LIBRARY Explore the artifacts in the library and the exhibit American Icons of the Great War. $5; All Active Military Members, Free. Certain programs may require extra admission. Tues.–Thurs., 10am–6pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–4pm. 401 S. Michigan, 312.374.9333. pritzkermilitarylibrary.org (J–36)
SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to dolphins and sharks. See creatures from the Amazon, The Great Coral Reef and other areas. Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm and Sat. and Sun., 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults, $28.95, and children, ages 3–11, $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438. sheddaquarium.org (L-43)
SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSUEM This museum promotes an appreciation of contemporary Swedish-American culture through its arts, educational programs and its permanent collection interpreting the immigrant experience for children and adults. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat. & Sun. 11am-4pm. 5211 N Clark, 773.728.8111. swedishamericanmuseum.org
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography. Mon.–Wed and Fri.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sun., Noon–5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312.663.5554. mocp.org (J-39)
AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular daily lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Las Vegas In Chicago Casino Tour, among many others. $28 and up. Call for tours and courtesy service from downtown hotels with 30–mins notice for all tours. Pick up tickets in Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312.251.310. grayline.com (I-36)
ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood, and experience the city’s sights in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to four passengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for any occasion. Mon.–Fri., 6:30pm–12am; Sat., 11am–12am, Sun., 11am–11pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. antiquecoach-carriage.com (K-29) CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco–style trolleys and London-style double-deckers, each led by expert tour guides, stop every 20–30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 13 stops, including the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Water Tower between 9am and 5pm. Be sure to ride along on the “Holiday Lights” tour this winter season. Adults, $45; seniors, $40; children (3–12), $17; children under 3, free. 773.648.5000. ChicagoTrolley.com GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800.621.4153. grayline.com
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CHICAGO LINE CRUISES Unforgettable 90 minute lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise highlights landmark buildings along the river, while the Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history and gorgeous skyline views from the lake. Adults, $40; Seniors, $33; Kids (ages 7-18), $23; under 7 free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312.527.2002. chicagoline.com (L-32)
WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s Original Architecture Tour. Wendella Boats offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historic sites. Prices start at $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for kids ages 3–11, and free for kids ages 2 and under. Offered just for winter is the Magnificent Mile Holiday Fireworks Cruise on Nov. 23. 400 N. Michigan at the Wrigley Building and Trump Tower, 312.337.1446. wendellaboats.com (J-31)
T R A N S P O R TAT I O N MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the Mystic Blue where a three-course tasty buffet, DJ music, delicious cocktails, and amazing skyline views await you. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 877.330.8062. MysticBlueCruises.com (M-30) SPIRIT OF CHICAGO Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for an afternoon or evening of unparalleled cruising fun on the lakefront. Enjoy the Winter Light or Enchanted Holiday cruises offered throughout the season. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888.441.9283. SpiritofChicago.com (M-30)
CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for ‘L’ train course. $2.25 per ride. Visitor passes: $5.75 for a one-day pass, $14 for a three-day pass. 888.YOUR.CTA. transitchicago.com GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, and economical transportation to and from both airports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888.2THE.VAN. airportexpress.com
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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s lakefront. See the animals of Africa in the Regenstein African Journey or flying critters in the McCormick Bird House. There’s also the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. The Lincoln Park ZooLights are back this November 29th through January for your holiday season entertainment, every night 5-9pm. Minutes from downtown hotels. Mon.–Fri, 10am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–6:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. lpzoo.com (H-17)
BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and more than 2,000 animals. Bundle up and enjoy the annual Holiday Magic fun in December and Zoo Year’s Eve this winter season. Mon.–Fri., 10am–5pm; Sat. and Sun., 10am–6pm. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $15; children (3–11)/seniors, $10.50; and children under 2, free. $10 for parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in suburban Brookfield, 708.688.8000. czs.org (Suburban)
YELLOW CAB Besides being the oldest and largest cab company in the US, Yellow Cab is the leading innovator in the cab industry. This premier cab company is able to cater to a multitude of different needs—wheel chair accessible vans and child restraint seats are available. Average fares depending upon traffic: O’Hare Airport to Downtown ($40–$60) and Midway Airport to Downtown ($30-$40). 312.829.4222.
METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just seven minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312.322.6900. metrarail.com (J-33) (J-38)
From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. Chicago’s civic gem is a 24.5-acre oasis in the heart of downtown. You’ll find entertainment aplenty at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings.
M U ST-S E E AT T RACT I O N S BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined three-block-long walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear digital images of actual Chicagoans. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn,is a breathtaking design. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5–acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden). Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953.
Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses.
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Friday, November 15 and will remain open through March 9, 2014, weather permitting. For the last 12 years, the rink has drawn more than 100,000 skaters annually and is free and open to the public. The rink, located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets, will still offer skate rental for only $10.
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At a loss for holiday gift ideas? Let Chicago’s one-of-a-kind shops be the answer to all of your shopping needs. DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO (658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312) allows you to give her that high fashion look from names like Celine, Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and more all at a fraction of the original cost. If you’re looking to add some style to your home ATLAS GALLERIES (535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330; 900 N. Michigan, 312.649.0999) features works from artists like Ruth Bloch and Doug Bloodworth. When it comes to keeping warm, dry and comfortable, PATAGONIA (48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518) is the only name you need to know. Both the men’s Untracked jacket and women’s Untracked anorak are designed to be amazingly warm, offer ease of movement and have a great look.
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DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with relaxing in-room massages, facials, body waxing and pedicures starting at only $85. Plus receive our winter special, a FREE body polish! By appointment only, please leave name; phone number; hotel and time available. Concierges preferred. Downtown and suburbs. All major cards. Daily 9am-11pm. 312.678.9297.
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LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by the Lotton family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine-art glass, vases, lamps, and chandeliers. The gallery also features original paintings by world–renowned artists, such as Tang Wei Min and Gyula Siska. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun. Noon–6pm. All major credit cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203. lottongallery.com (J-26)
ATLAS GALLERIES INC. For more than 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures, and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312.329.9330 or 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.649.0999 or 800.545.2929. atlasgalleries.com (J-29) (J-26)
ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as art. Asian House features a solid selection of unique rugs, silk screens, wall art, vases and statues. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. (H-31)
ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant oriental home furnishings and furniture, as well as art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of antique oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and Coromandel. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. (H-31)
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, and oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, art nouveau and art deco, Moderne, Continental silver, and Meissen. With more than two-dozen antiques dealers on five floors, it’s easy to get lost in here for hours. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. (H-31)
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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated 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. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. 59 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533.
DQ LUXURY REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE & RELAXATION RETREAT DQ uses ancient methods of Chinese acupressure combined with therapeutic massage to release stress and fatigue. The regular price for a foot massage is $80, the price is discounted to $45 (see ad on page 28). Mon.–Sat., 10:30am–10pm; Sun., 11am–10pm. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096. michiganavespa.com (J-41)
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. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848.
NUOVO AESTHETICS Founder, Dr. Dominic Tolitano and his staff bring good health and beauty together under one roof offering massage, hydration, vein therapy and aesthetic procedures. Call for appointment. 2037 S. Indiana, 312.496.3069. nuovoaesthetics.com (K–50)
BOOKS PAULINE BOOKS AND MEDIA Just half a block north of Millennium Park, between Randolph and Lake St. on Chicago's famous North Michigan Avenue lies this treasure trove of Catholic books, movie music and gifts. Mon-Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am-5:30pm. 172 N. Michigan Ave, 312.346.4228. pauline.org
CLOTHING LUXE SPA Looking for the best place for the perfect massage? Go to Luxe Spa, a boutique luxury spa, where licensed therapists focus on making guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated with signature services like Luxe Signature Massages and Facials. Enjoy a Free Upgrade when you mention KEY when booking your appointment. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312.929.3531. Daily 9am-8pm. luxespachicago.com (J-26)
DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s most exclusive women’s consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret for over 18 years. Find high-end luxury labels including Chanel, Christain Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès at a fraction of the original price. Also carries plus sizes. Accepts all major credit cards. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun. 11am-6pm. 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. designerresalechicago.com (H-29)
CITYTARGET Smaller than a suburban Target store, this urban concept store sells home goods, apparel, beauty
NORDSTROM Customer service comes first at this shopping mecca, which includes a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics, and women’s, men’s, and kids’ fashions. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm, Sun, 11am–6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312.464.1515. nordstrom.com (J-30) NORDSTROM RACK The more economical version of Nordstrom’s department stores, this smart and stylish department store carries designer brands at a discounted price. 24 N. State, 312.337.5500; 101 E. Chicago, 312.254.3660. shop.nordstrom.com (I–35) (J–27)
BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip, and classic fashion coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the Bloomies Midwest flagship. Call for hours. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312.440.4460. bloomingdales.com (J-26)
NEIMAN MARCUS The grandiose entrance is an indication of the haute stuff within this luxurious department store. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 737 N. Michigan, 312.642.5900. neimanmarcus.com (J-27)
MACY’S Top fashions for men, women, and children, as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Call for hours. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312.781.1000; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7787. macys.com (I-34) (J-26)
TESSUTI Men’s collection including Pal Zileri suits made from the finest Italian fabrics, sports jackets, dress shirts, and outerwear, plus custom ties and suits. You’ll also find limited-edition ties in a rainbow of colors from Stefano Ricci, Brioni, and Zelli. Mon.–Fri., 10:30am–6:30pm, Sat., 10am–6pm, Sun. by appointment. All major cards. 50 E. Oak, 312.266.4949. tessutiformen.com (I-25)
supplies, and groceries. CityTarget occupies the landmark former Carson Pirie Scott building. Call for hours. 1 S. State, 312.279.2133. target.com (I-35)
PATAGONIA Shop high-quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, and children’s apparel. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518. patagonia.com (J-26) (D-18)
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SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Chicago’s Saks is a refuge for shoppers seeking highquality fashions. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm, Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 700 N. Michigan, 312.944.6500. saksfifthavenue.com (J-28)
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LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into any of the 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit the website. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. loverslane.com (E-11) (Suburban)
JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s; DVDs; and videos, as well as posters, T-shirts, magazines, and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. The store also sells all in-print LPs by jazz and blues label Delmark Records. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12–5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467. jazzmart.com (I-31)
SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops and restaurants. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. shop900.com (J-27) BLOCK THIRTY SEVEN, SHOPS ON STATE This four–story mall includes Disney Store, Magnolia Bakery, Sephora, Anthropologie, Eileen Fisher, Steve Madden and Zara among others. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. 108 N. State, 312.261.4700. blockthirtyseven.com (I-34) FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO Barney’s New York Warehouse, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and more! Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 5220 Fashion Outlets Way in Rosemont, 847.928.7500. fashionoutletsofchicago.com (Suburban) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE Fifty specialty shops, 17 restaurants, five hotels— anchored by Nordstrom. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300. theshopsatnorthbridge.com (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place, as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. shopwatertower.com (J-27)
BELMONT ARMY VINTAGE Go treasure hunting on the top of four floors of fashion that encompass many styles of men’s and women’s vintage clothing from multiple decades. Mon.–Sat., 11am–8pm; Sun., Noon–6pm. 855 W. Belmont, 773.549.1038. belmontarmy.com (E-8)
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BELMONT ARMY SURPLUS The third of four floors that includes military surplus, bagpacks, footwear, workwear, and much much more. Mon.-Sat., 11am-8pm; Sun., Noon-6pm. 855 W. Belmont, 773.549.1038. belmontarmy.com (E-8)
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CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION RETAIL SHOP Take Chicago’s fabulous and fascinating architecture home with you. Purchase a 4D cityscape puzzles or a LEGO model of the Willis Tower to build at home. Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. architecture.org (J-36)
CROSELL & CO. A fresh approach to your home and lifestyle where you find truly unique, artisan driven products for your home. Crosell & Co. provides the perfect backdrop for inspiration, learning and exploration in modern day gracious living. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 12pm–6pm. 900 N Michigan level 5, 312.266.4500. crosellandco.com (I-28)
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CURLY TALE FINE ART This eclectic gallery offers inspiring pieces from a Chicago s Largestgrowing lowbrow art movement. Call for hours. All major cards. 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312.202.1664. Independent Fashion Boutique curlytalefineart.com (J-29)
THE FUDGE POT This Old Town institution has been making sweetness since 1963. Mon-Sun 12pm to 10pm. All major cards. 1532 N. Wells, 312.943.1777. fudgepotchicago.net (I-23)
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON Find clothing, helmets and all of your other riding needs at the Harley-Davidson Motorclothes & Accessories downtown location. Fine motor clothes are available and there is a great selection of tees, pins, coffee cups and all of your souvenir needs. All apparel is Harley Licensed and the friendly, knowledgeable staff will be able to help you fulfill your needs. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am6pm. 66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666. chicagoharley.com (J–30)
HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, shot glasses, hats, key chains, and Blues Brothers DVDs and CDs. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)
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MARY MARY Accessories, frames, home goods—find it all at Mary Mary, a creative boutique inside a 133-year-old brownstone building. For the little ones, there’s a corner of the store dedicated to toys, puppets, and dolls. Offers complimentary gift wrapping. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. marymarygifts.com (I-28)
RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A wild variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, and safari-themed place settings. Set in a rainforest with plants hanging from the ceilings and walls and animatronic animals. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri, 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. rainforestcafe.com (H-29) ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats, and accessories, as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)
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The Art of Glass... Regarded as “The Tiffany of the 21st Century,” Charles Lotton celebrates over 40-years as a visionary in the art of handblown glass. Self-taught, Charles honed his talent in his own backyard, and continued his passion part-time until January of 1973, when his pieces impressed a Tiffany dealer in New York. Since then, Lotton has been creating distinctive glass pieces full-time. Charles unique colors begin with sand to create beautiful handblown glass art. In addition to the private collections of many serious collectors of art glass, the artistry of Charles Lotton can be found gracing the shelves of the Smithsonian Institute, the High Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. Visit Lotton Gallery at 900 N. Michigan, Level 6 of the 900 North Michigan Shops, 312.664.6203 or lottongallery.com.
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Chicago is a very special place any day of the year, but throughout the holidays, the Windy City becomes a truly magical destination. Whether your interests include shopping on the Magnificent Mile or State Street, ice-skating at Millennium Park, experiencing the beauty of The Nutcracker or just relaxing with family and friends over a cup of hot chocolate or Irish coffee, we are certain you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Happy holidays, and stay warm!
Christmas Around the World
With humble beginnings in 1942 that included a single tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II, the Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry
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has evolved into a rich cultural experience incorporating nations from across the globe. The museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree, with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, is surrounded by 50 smaller trees, beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities. Enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and
ethnic song and dance performances as you take in the sights. Through January 5, 2014. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adults, $18; Seniors, $17; Children (3 – 11), $11. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414
Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour Dazzling lights and holiday sights are on the docket for the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour, offered by Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Co. This lightly narrated 2.5 hour tour shows the best of Chicago’s holiday sights, including The Magnificent Mile, Macy’s Holiday Windows, John Hancock Christmas Tree, Daley Plaza Christmas Tree, Millennium Park and much more. Additionally, two 30 minute stops at the authentic German holiday Christkindlmarket and ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo give passengers a chance to stretch and explore. Fridays and Saturdays, November 29 – December 22. Daily, December 26 – December 31. Departs at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Adults, $29; Children, $19. Departs from the John Hancock Observatory, Southeast corner of Delaware and Michigan, 773.648.5000. Order online at ChicagoTrolley.com
The Peninsula Hotel Sky Rink
Hit the ice at the city’s only hotel skating rink. The Peninsula Sky
Rink is located four stories above Michigan Avenue, with breathtaking views of The Magnificent Mile, and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting. The rink is open to hotel, restaurant and spa guests. Not staying at the hotel but still want to skate? (As featured on the Welcome to Chicago Introduction page) dine at The Lobby where the breathtaking decorations are just as incredible as the cuisine. 100 percent of the rink proceeds will benefit two Chicago children’s charities. Indulge in organic local cider, German spiced wine, beignets and warm pretzels. November 23 – March 3, 2014. Monday—Friday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Adults, $10; Children (12 and under), $5. 108 E. Superior, 312.337.2888.
Holiday Tea at the Drake Hotel
Experience the elegance and history of Holiday Tea in the Palm Court at The Drake Hotel. Sip on an assortment of imported teas while you enjoy festive pastries, music from a live harpist, The 12 Days of Christmas carolers and a magnificent winter wonderland décor. Reservations are highly recommended. November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Adults, $38; Children (4 – 12), $20. 104 E. Walton, 312.787.2200.
Santa in the Sky Sitting 1,000 feet above the Magniﬁcent Mile, the John Hancock Observatory hosts another installment of Santa in the Sky this holiday season. Get a family picture with Santa with a 3x5 photo keepsake, and enjoy sips and snacks from Lavazza Espression Café (not included in price of admission). Be sure to also stop in at the lower level to see the free Winter Wonderland Holiday Train display. A MUST for any train lover! Saturdays and Sundays, November 30 – December 24. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults (12+), $18; Youth (3-11), $12; Infant (under 3), free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. Use 15% oﬀ coupon on page 3 of Holiday Activity Guide.
Magnificent Mile Shopping
Garrett Popcorn Pick up the perfect holiday present or snack at Garrett Popcorn’s flagship Shop on The Magnificent Mile at 625 N. Michigan. 1 – 6.5 gallon sized Holiday Tins are available for $33-$141.
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Michigan Avenue, home of Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile,” makes holiday shopping a breeze with hundreds of retailers ranging from local shops to flagship stores to international brands. Michigan between Wacker and Oak.
Hot Cocoa at Hershey’s
The iconic brand’s Chicago location satisfies even the biggest sweet tooth with baked goods, flavored fudge, a chocolate machine dispensing Hershey’s candies and, of course, fresh
hot cocoa whipped up at the store’s Bake Shoppe. Browse through retail products for the chocolate lovers on your gift list. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711.
A Carriage Ride
Is there a more charming way to see Chicago in all of its holiday glory than with an old fashioned carriage ride? We think not. Specializing in Lakefront and Gold Coast carriage rides, Antique Coach & Carriage is perfect for couples or the whole family. $80 per hour; $40 per half hour. Departs from the Southeast corner of Michigan & Huron, 773.735.9400.
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Snowshoeing at Northerly Island
Give your boots a break, and strap on snowshoes or cross country skis for a “stomp” or "glide" through Northerly Island, a 91-acre peninsula located in the heart of Museum Campus.Look high and low for wildlife as you take in views of the city’s skyline. While admission is free, snowshoes can be rented for $5 (for two hours). Weather permitting December, 14 and 15; 1521 S. Linn White, 312.745.2910.
Soldier Field Sled Hill & Breakfast with Santa
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Chicago’s 33-foot high sledding hill is back for the 2013 winter season. With a 220-foot slope and snow machines to pick up the slack for Mother Nature, this is one “Bear” of a hill to conquer. December – March, weather pending. 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily. FREE. Southeast of the Stadium, 425 E. McFetridge, 312.235.7000. Soldier Field is also home to Breakfast with Santa, a fun-filled annual holiday event for the whole family. After a merry meal with Mr. Claus, guests can take part in activities, including a handmade ornament contest and cookie decorating. Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. Adults, $55; Children (4 – 12), $25; 3 and under, free. United Club, First Floor. 1410 S. Museum Campus, 312.235.7063.
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Whether you have been power shopping on Michigan Avenue or doing figure eights on the ice there’s nothing better than warming up with a favorite libation. Whatever your preference – hot chocolate, afternoon tea or a comforting cocktail you’re covered.
The Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000 continues to be a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Order the Holiday Cookie, made with cake flavored vodka and Godiva white chocolate liqueur. You will be singing Sweat Caroline in no time!
From the street corner to the shopping mall, the beginning of the Christmas season means we’ll soon be seeing the big guy himself – Santa Claus – popping up in all sorts of shapes and settings. But like most things, Chicago tends to put its own unique spin on this tradition, featuring the jolly old elf in some of the most fascinating and festive places one could ever imagine. Here’s a detailed list of where to find the “Big Man.”
Santa takes the 5th
From snow-capped mountains and twinkling lights to cuddly bears and candy canes, take a journey through Santaland on the 5th floor of the iconic Macy’s department store on State Street (pictured above) to meet the big guy who has been a holiday tradition for generations of families. FREE; Most days 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (call for changing hours during the season); 111 N. State; 312.781.4483.
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with during the holidays. At Lincoln Park Zoo, the old man is hearing wishes and spreading the cheer amid the lions, penguins and bears at the annual Zoolights festival. FREE; Friday through Sunday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 2200 N. Cannon; 312.742.2000.
The annual indoor Winter Wonderfest is a major draw during the holiday season out on Navy Pier, but be sure not to leave this popular tourist destination without taking some time out to pay a visit to Santa. FREE; Call for specific dates and hours. 600 E. Grand; 312.595.7437.
Santa in the Sky
At almost 1,000 feet over the city the John Hancock Observatory has one of the most spectacular views in the city. During the holiday season, however, there’s even more to see up on the 94th floor – Santa and Mrs. Claus welcoming children amid a magical village in the clouds.Adults, $18; children (3-11), $1; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; 875 N. Michigan, 94th Floor; 888.875.VIEW.
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Looking for a guaranteed real beard on your Santa this season? The 900 North Michigan Shops have got the big guy for you, sitting on a throne amongst custom holiday décor and a one-of-a-kind 40-foot tree glowing in the background. All this plus a free gift! FREE; Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m..; 900 N. Michigan; 312.915.3916.
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Chicago’s unofficial “official” Santa resides, not surprisingly, beneath the city’s grand Christmas tree in the Santa House in Daley Plaza. Before or after a visit with St. Nick, stroll through the authentic Christkindlmarket, a month long open air traditional German holiday market. FREE; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 50 W. Washington; 312.744.3315.
Letters to Santa Give Santa a hand and fulﬁll a needy child’s wishes with a gift. A person wishing to adopt a letter to Santa can go to a participating Post Oﬃce, select a letter and provide a gift for the writer!
Season of Wonder
An out-of-this-world holiday tradition, Season of Wonder at The Adler Planetarium offers spectacular shows, seasonal programming and special events for visitors of all ages. The Winter Sky Live exhibit examines seasonal constellations, visible solar system objects and the majestic beauty of the Aurora Borealis. Step inside the World’s Largest Snow Globe, immersing guests in a virtual 70-foot snow globe featuring scenes of iconic Chicago locations. Grab the kids on December 7 for Snowflakes and Stories, when children can make their own six-pointed snowflake and listen to stories of The Snowflake Man, or attend Adler After Dark – Season of Wonder on December 19, open to guests 21+, exploring what makes winter the best time of year to go stargazing. Through January 5, 2014. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR.
A Holiday Fantasea
A “must-sea” holiday show at the beloved Shedd Aquarium, A Holiday Fantasea delights with leaping dolphins, singing beluga whales and dancing sea lions. November 29 – December 28. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,
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November 29 – December 22; Daily, December 23 – December 28. Closed on Christmas Day. SheddAquarium.Org. Adults, $36.95; Children (3 – 11), $27.95; price includes admission to all museum exhibits. 1200 S. Lake Shore, Chicago, 312.939.2438.
Rated on Yahoo’s list of Chicago’s Top 10 Restaurants for “Best Holiday Decorations,” Bucktown’s Club Lucky is the perfect destination for a classic Italian meal or holiday cocktail. Dazzling passers-by with blinking electric snowflakes on its exterior, and glowing with hundreds of handmade snowflakes, thousands of Italian lights, oversized wreaths, garland and ornaments galore on its interior, Club Lucky never ceases to impress. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300.
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Located a little north of the Magnificent Mile and Chicago’s Gold Coast, the Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a night time winter wonderland with luminous and colorful displays of more than 2 million lights. Fun for the entire family with festivities that include photos with Santa (through December 23), free holiday crafts, animal encounters, live ice carving and carousel and train rides. Sip on warm spiced wine and frosty lagers, and shop for holiday gifts. Lions, tigers and bears – oh my! November 29 – December 1; December 6 – 8; 13 – 23; December 26 – January 5, 2014. 5 p.m.—9 p.m. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000.
Snowflakes and Stories
Treat the kiddies to a special Saturday at the Adler Planetarium with Snowflakes and Stories, where children can make their own sixpointed snowflake while experiencing The World’s Largest Snow Globe. Listen to the story of The Snowflake Man, have your face painted with a glittery snowflake, get your photo taken in a festive photo booth and enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. December 7, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Adults, $22; Children, $18. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827.
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Experience Old Town
Home to Victorian-era buildings, boutique shopping, fine dining, neighborhood pubs, legendary performing arts establishments and more, historic Old Town is a go-to destination any time of year, and the holidays are no exception. Take a winter walk down Wells Street, filled with dozens of retailers, bars and restaurants. Stop in Corcoran’s lively pub for a cold one, or enjoy a steak dinner at O’Briens, an Old Town mainstay for over 30 years. For a date night, grab your sweetie, and head to Dinotto Ristorante for an authentic Italian meal. After dinner, catch a show at one of three nearby comedy clubs: The Second City, world-renowned improv comedy theatre, Zanies, celebrating its 35th anniversary, or Old Town’s newest spot for laughs, UP Comedy Club. For a magnificent sight, stop in picturesque St. Michael’s Church, one of a handful of buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A neighborhood full of excitement and entertainment, Old Town has something for everyone. OldTownChicago.Org.
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Cloudgate Martini at Tavern at the Park
A two-in-one treat, Tavern at the Park’s Cloudgate Martini, named for the famous Cloud Gate “bean” sculpture housed steps away at nearby Millennium Park, features house infused pear vodka and champagne in a silverrimmed glass. The garnish? A sterling silver bean necklace from Tiffany’s, nestled in a little blue box. $212. Tavern at the Park is open Monday—Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070.
Listening to All of Your Favorite Holiday Music
Sometimes all it takes is to hear a few bars of Bing Crosby to get you in the Chrismas spirit. If you’re in the mood for some holiday tunes, all you have to do is scan the qr code below to start streaming Chicago’s Christmas Station 93.9MYfm. And, if you’re looking for that classic Christmas album you always listened to growing up... Check out Jazz Record Mart (27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467). They sell hundreds of Christmas-themed jazz and blues albums, including a special green-vinyl edition of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas!
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Jam-packed with holiday fun, Winter WonderFest returns to Navy Pier with stunning décor, thrilling rides and new attractions this season, including: the Ice Line Express Zip Line, a 28-foot tall zip line; Snowman Bouncer, a 38-foot bounce house; and Artic Plunge, a dual lane inflatable slide topped off with polar bears and penguins. Additional activities include an indoor ice-skating rink, a 50-foot high indoor Ferris Wheel and more. December 6, 2013 – January 12, 2014. December 6 – 15: Monday—Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. December 16 – January 5: Sunday— Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. January 6 – 12: Monday—Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. FREE Admission; premium wristband (includes ice skating), $20; regular wristband (excludes ice skating), $16. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER.
Snow Much Fun
Head to the Chicago Children’s Museum for the ultimate snow day – no mittens required! Snow Much Fun is back and better than ever with an array of winter activities for youngsters (without the cold). Engage in a friendly snowball fight complete with towering “ice” fortresses, create a snow family or devise your own game using a variety of winter-themed props. Lose your shoes, and visit the Pretend You’re On Ice rink, designed for sock-footed skaters of all ages. Through January 5, 2014. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Children / Adults, $14; Seniors, $13. Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000. With all of the festive holiday activities going on at the Pier, you are sure to work up an appetite. Luckily for you, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (312.252.4867), Harry Caray’s Tavern (312.527.9700) and The Billy Goat Tavern (312.670.8789) will satisfy everyone in your group.
New to the Morton Arboretum this season is Illumination, an outdoor, one-mile experience that engages your senses with surprises around every turn. Including dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout, this one-of-a-kind nature walk is not to be missed. Give the gift of style and Through – January 4, 2014, beginning warmth this holiday season at 4:30 p.m. with last entry at 8:30 p.m. with the Patagonia Ear Flap Illumination is closed November 28, Hat. Two hip pattern choices December 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25. $15, feature a stripe print Nordic Adult; $10, Child (2 – 17) The Enchanted Railroad, a favorite of design. $49. 48 E. Walton, train enthusiasts of all ages, returns to 312.640.5934. Morton Arboretum for its 12th season.
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Watch as the recently redesigned model train makes its way through a winter wonderland. 9 a.m.— 4 p.m. daily, through January 5, 2014. Re-opens at 4:30 p.m. for guests of Illumination. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. FREE with Arboretum Admission and FREE to guests of Illumination. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 630.725.2066.
The Chicago Botanic Gardens welcomes visitors to its whimsical Wonderland Express, with garden scale trains winding through a village of miniature Chicago landmarks cre-
ated from natural materials, enhanced by an impressive 750,000 LED light display. (Hockey fans: watch for a replica of the Stanley Cup). Additional Wonderland Express events include Breakfast with Santa, Hot Cocoa with Mrs. Claus, a Hanukkah concert, ice carving and drop-in family activities. November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014. Closed on Christmas Day. Adults, $12; Children / Seniors, $10. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847.835.5440.
Brookfield Zoo celebrates the holidays with its 31st annual Holiday Magic event. A truly incredible sight, nearly 1,000,000 twinkling lights illuminate the zoo’s walkways. Features include caroling to the animals, ice carving demonstrations, live music and entertainment, a model railroad display and a new 38-foot LED Talking Tree. Saturdays and Sundays, November 30 – December 22. Thursday—Tuesday, December 26 – 31. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adults, $13.50; Children (3 – 11) / Seniors, $9.50; Children under 2, free. 1st Avenue & 31st St., Brookfield, 708.688.8000.
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A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’ timeless tale comes to life. Macy’s Holiday Windows State Street’s famous holiday windows showcase “The Magic of Christmas.” Caroling at Cloud Gate Chicago choral groups perform Friday nights beneath the iconic “Bean.” The Berghoff Restaurant Holidays at the Berghoff: where generations meet. The Art Institute of Chicago The beloved Art Institute of Chicago lions don their traditional evergreen wreaths. Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker America’s #1 Nutcracker, Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition. Christkindlmarket A traditional German American holiday market, complete with food, drink and entertainment. CTA Holiday Train Santa and his elves land at CTA stations throughout the Loop, sharing season’s greetings. Lightscape A multisensory experience on State Street, with light displays choreographed to holiday music. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink A free ice rink in Millennium Park, with $10 skate rentals. Holiday Hub A cozy, family-friendly destination with holiday information and free activities.
Pickle in the Pine
A German tradition for generations, Pickle in the Pine is a holiday mainstay at The Berghoff. Each year, children are invited to comb through the branches of the revered restaurant’s brightly lit tree to find a pickle ornament. Children under 12 who are lucky enough to locate it will be treated to a FREE root beer. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170.
A temporary winter cottage complete with festive décor and free family-friendly activities, the Holiday Hub draws shoppers and visitors in with fun-filled activities to warm the hands and heart, including a #LoopHolidays information center, story corner, arts and crafts and complimentary hot beverages. The Holiday Hub also offers exciting pop-up programming, such as appearances by Ebenezer Scrooge; holiday stories read by Christkind (the German Christmas Fairy); and choir performances. Through – December 24. Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pedway Level of Block 37. 108 N. State Street, 312.782.9160.
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Ice Skating at Millennium Park
Set against the picturesque backdrop of Chicago’s breathtaking skyline, Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is a perfect holiday destination for the whole family. Free and open to the public, the outdoor rink offers skate rentals for $10. New this year, free ice skating lessons will be available Fridays and Saturdays one hour before the rink opens. Through March 9, 2014, weather permitting. Monday - Thursday, noon - 8 p.m.; Friday, Noon - 10 p.m.; Saturday (through Jan. 4), 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday (beginning January 11), 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.1168.
Home for the Holidays With its beloved Lions donned in evergreen wreaths, Thorne Miniature Rooms adorned in tiny decorations and holiday-themed lectures and events throughout the months of November and December, including the 32nd annual Treasure Hunt on December 8 and Build Your Own Gingerbread House on December 14, The Art Institute of Chicago offers an abundance of holiday cheer. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600..
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Located in Daley Plaza, this German market offers a shopping experience like none other. Featuring vendors with one-of-a-kind treasures, including cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest, Bavarian Christmas ornaments, authentic German beer steins and hand-carved nativity scenes, the market has something special for everyone on your gift list. While browsing, sip on German beer or Glühwein (hot spiced wine), and splurge on treats like artisan cheeses, baked apples, potato pancakes and German burgers. Need more convincing? For the first time ever, Chistkindl will introduce Chicago’s very own Christkind, the beloved German Christmas fairy, donned in white and golden robes with a crown atop her flowing locks. She will arrive at the Grand Opening Ceremony to welcome guests and remain through the duration of the market to share holiday traditions and stories with the young and young at heart. November 26 – December 24, Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175
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The Magic of Christmas at Macy’s State Street
For a truly magical experience, check out Macy’s Magic of Christmas holiday window displays showcasing the storied history of the flagship location, dating back to its Marshall Fields days. For the 46th year, the windows exhibit the rich traditions of this iconic store. New displays include Frango Factory, paying homage to the famous chocolate brand; Parade, in honor of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®; and Believe, inspired by the store’s Believe campaign, donating $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter to Santa received from believers. Inside, warm up with tea at the Walnut Room, recently restored with its original wood paneling from over 100 years ago, while gazing at the 45-foot Great Tree, a spectacular sight filled with thousands of LED lights and dozens of LED star ornaments. After shopping, treat the kids to a visit with Santa in SantaLand® on the 5th floor. 111 N. State, 312.781.4483.
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A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol celebrates 36 years at the Goodman Theatre, where it will continue to delight Chicago audiences as it always has. Enjoy the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who despises Christmas. Join his journey of self-reflection as he navigates visits from the ghosts of Christmas’ past, present, and future. A portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah! Humbug!” to Chicago. Through Dec. 28 170 N. Dearborn. For tickets $25-$82 call 312.443.3800. Chicago Shakespeare Theater and hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers are turning up the volume with a fresh
take on a beloved classic. They have come together and developed A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol—a hip-hop reinterpretation of holiday favorite by Charles Dickens. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E Grand Ave. For tickets $20-$35 call 312.595.5600.
Jacob Marley, the business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, tells his story in a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at the Box Theater 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Through Dec. 15. For tickets $10-$25 call 773.327.5252.
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A Christmas Carol‚ a dazzling annual holiday tradition‚ returns to Drury Lane Theatre, which also offers families the opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa on select performance dates. Through Dec. 21. 100 Drury Lane. in Oakbrook Terrace. $12. For tickets call 630.530.0111.
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The beloved stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition
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that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. Through Dec. 29 at the Broadway Playhouse 175 E. Chestnut St. For tickets call 800.775.2000.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, adapted for the stage by Barbara Robinson, follows the delinquent Herdman children during Christmas time. A song-filled celebration of the holiday season’s transformative power, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is delightful time for the whole family. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at Provision Theater Company 1001 W. Roosevelt. For tickets call 866.811.4111.
THE NUTCRACKER THE HOUSE THEATRE, 1543 W. Division, 773.769.3832. The House’s fresh take on this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl fights the Rat King to save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacles to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope — a fun outing fit for the whole family. Everyone knows The Nutcracker story, but no one knows it quite like this. Tickets are $15-$45. www.thehousetheatre.com
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE GREENHOUSE THEATRE CENTER, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773.404.7336. Join the American Blues family as they take you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a stellar cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. "It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!" transports you back to the Golden Age of Radio to experience the story of George Bailey like never before! Tickets are $19 - $49. americanbluestheater.com
The Christmas Schooner
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The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians. Nov. 27-Dec. 29 at the Mercury Theater 3745 N. Southport Ave. For tickets call 773.325.1700.
The House Theatre’s fantastical adaptation of The Nutcracker centers on Young Clara journeys to save Christmas, playing at the Chopin Theatre. She fights the Rat King and saves her family, all with a little help from a magical Nutcracker. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope. Through Dec. 29 at the Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division. For tickets $25–$45 call 773.769.3832.
CHRISTMAS BINGO: IT’S A HO-HO-HOLY NIGHT! ROYAL GEORGE THEATER, 1641 N. Halsted, 312.988.9000. From the author of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism comes a new holiday show that brings together two of the best things about being Catholic: Christmas and Bingo. In this interactive comedy, audience members actually play bingo, win prizes, AND learn funny stories about Jesus and Santa, and why we love this holiday season. You don’t have to be Catholic to love this show. But it pays to love bingo! November 29 through January 5. Fri and Sat, 8pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets $30. Group discount available.
MIRACLE ON WELLS ST. UP COMEDY CLUB, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. The Second City’s newest venue, UP Comedy Club offers a diverse array of stand-up comedians, improv and sketch shows. This weekend see the hilarious sketch comedy show Miracle On Wells St., November 28 - December 1. With comedy shows seven days a week, UP also features a full-service kitchen and a full bar with no drink minimum.
Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker
Kick up your holiday celebrations with one of Chicagoland’s most popular family events. Complete with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic sweets, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Dec. 6–28 at the Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Congress. For Tickets $31–$132 call 800.982.2787.
The Santaland Diaries
Whether naughty or nice, The Santaland Diaries should be on everybody’s holiday list! Don’t miss David 42
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Sedaris’ funny, unconventional story of his life as a struggling young writer who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy’s while trying to maintain his dignity. Nov. 22–Dec. 29 at Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont. $24. For tickets call 773.975.8150.
Elf The Musical
Elf is the uproarious tale of Buddy, an orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. As an adult, Buddy embarks on a wild journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. See it Nov. 26 – Dec. 15 at the Cadillac Palace 151 W. Randolph St. For tickets call 800.775.2000.
Five talented playwrights explore the holiday season and the experiences of love, happiness, craziness, sadness, magic, anger, loss and disappointment. Join characters from every walk of life for this festive lineup that truly reveals the difficulties and joys of relationships during the holiday season. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at the Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport. For tickets $15-$30 call 312.902.1500.
Burning Bluebeard is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for
all. It’s a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart and sharp wit that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history. Through – Jan. 5 at Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont. $25 For tickets call 773.975.8150.
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The ever-surprising mix of seasonal music at Holiday A Capella is the most popular event at the Fourth Presbyterian Church each season. Bask in familiar melodies and enjoy lush, inspiring holiday music that you won’t hear anywhere else. Dec. 1, 4pm Michigan at Delaware. $30. For tickets call 773.281.7820.
The 93XRT Bud Light Big Holiday Concert returns to Chicago this Christmas season with The Head and The Heart, Dawes, and special guest Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Dec. 15 at the Chicago Theatre 175 N. State. $45. For tickets call 800.653.8000.
In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite you to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person. One night only in Chicago! Dec. 20 at Allstate Arena 6920 Mannheim Rd. in Rosemont. For tickets call 800.745.3000.
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Gift Guide Keep warm this winter with Patagonia's Retro-X Jacket for women, $229. Start at the top with the unisex Ear Flap Hat, $49 if your serious about staying warm. At the PATAGOniA store, 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 or 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518
High style doesn't have to come with a high price tag at DESiGnER RESAlE, 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. Gift yourself this louis Vuitton Vernis purse $600.
Pamper yourself or a loved one with luxurious bath and skin products such as this Ultimate Skincare and Spa Beauty Bag, $26.50, from H20+. 600 N. Michigan, 312.397.1243, 835 N. Michigan level 3 kiosk or 231 S. LaSalle, 312.606.0052. Use coupon on page 10 for an extra 30% oďŹ€!
These handmade Swedish Dala horses $18 - $150 are the perfect gift for kids of all ages. Available at the SwEDiSH AMERicAn MUSEUM, 5211 N. Clark, 773.728.8111, and their booth at Chrsitkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington.
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Steal a smooch under this Mistletoe Kissing crystal ($15) from MARY MARY. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. 15% oďŹ€ with coupon on page 15!
Even the person who has "everything" probably does not have this original italian poster from 1905 by Marcello Dudovich. 80" x 56.5". $29,000. At cOllETTi GAllERY, 49 E. Oak, 312.664.6767
Artistic home products such as these boxes of artisanal salt from The French Farm, $24 each are the perfect gift for any aspiring chef. Available at cROSEll AnD cO., 900 N. Michigan level 5, 312.266.4500
Get the little girl in your life the 2013 "Girl of the Year doll" Saige. Each doll comes with an accompanying book that tells her story. $110 at AMERicAn GiRl PlAcE, 835 N. Michigan, 877.247.5223
Record your Chicago Adventures in hi deďŹ nition with GoPro's Hero3 - Black Edition $399.99. Available at cAlUMET PHOTO, 750 N. Rush, 312.943.5531 and BEST BUY, 875 N. Michigan, 312.397.2146
Sweet dreams are a guarantee with these candy pillows, $19.95, from THE HERSHEY STORE, 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711
Happy New Year!
Home to world class dining, breathtaking views, an amazing fireworks display and, not to mention, a steady supply of confetti, Chicago knows how to celebrate New Year’s Eve. With plenty of parties around the city and suburbs, we are breaking down your options. Whether you are looking to celebrate with your little ones or attend an adults-only affair, we’ve compiled our favorite ways to ring in 2014.
Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier New Year’s Eve at Castle Overlooking Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most popular New Year’s Eve destinations. This massive party boasts 5 hours of premium open bar, over 20 bars (so no long lines), a champagne toast at midnight, a private terrace to watch the City’s magnificent fireworks display and a countdown on Navy Pier’s famous Ferris wheel. 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. with official after-party. 21+. General Admission, $115; VIP, $150 (subject to change). 700 E. Grand, 312.595.5436.
Rock Around the Clock at the Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café, one of Chicago’s most sought-after NYE destinations each year, presents Rock Around the Clock, with 4.5 hours of top shelf cocktails, a dinner buffet, table service and two DJs. 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. $90 and up. 21+. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. 46
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Experience six parties under one roof at Castle, Chicago’s newest multi-concept entertainment complex. Ranging from a casual outing at CRAFT Pub & Eatery to an all-out dance party complete with LED lights and 3-D video projection at Palladium nightclub, Castle’s variety of unique environments will please even the pickiest of partygoers. 7 p.m. – 4 a.m. $49 - $159. 21+. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944.
Housed in a legendary landmark building, the JW Marriott, hosts it’s very first New Year’s Eve soiree, featuring a top shelf cocktail reception, multiple ballrooms of entertainment, a pasta bar, custom martinis and bubbly. Ticket sales benefitting Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 21+. General Admission, $125; VIP, $155 (subject to change). 151 W. Adams, 312.697.9107.
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Eating is about more than sustenance, it’s about enjoyment... And, this time of year it’s about indulgence too! CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES® is a lively restaurant and bar located inside the world-famous House of Blues (329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000), serving up a tantalizing new menu created by celebrity chef and Food Network star, Aarón Sanchez. While offering up a taste of Éire, EMERALD LOOP (216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200) is the perfect spot to grab a pint and a bite after a long workday. You’re sure to enjoy their specialties like the shepards pie, fish & chips and corned beef sandwiches. CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE (899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999) is not just another Indian restaurant, their simple, authentic recipes are prepared from the freshest chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetables. Chicago always offers something exciting and delicious!
Please call to confirm hours, prices and credit cards accepted.
ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Open daily 8am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855; 1150 S. Wabash, 312.583.9940. artists-cafe.com (J-38) BILLY GOAT TAVERN Learn about the curse a goat put on the Cubs back in 1945 while chowing down on legendary cheezborgers and cheeps (not fries!). Hours vary by location. All major cards. $. 430 N. Michigan, 312.222.1525; 700 E. Grand, 312.670.8789; 1535 W. Madison, 312.733.9132; 330 S. Wells, 312.554.0297; 222 Merchandise Mart #Fc-2, 312.464.1045. billygoattavern.com (J-31) (O-31) (W of D-31) (H-38) (G-31)
NEW! BLACKFINN AMERIPUB A lively restaurant and bar that offers affordable, craveable American food. Mon.-Thur., 11am–2am, Fri.-Sat., 10:30am–3am and Sun. 10:30am–2:30am. All major cards. $$. 65 W Kinzie, 312.836.0290. blackfinnameripub.com (I-31) CASTLE CRAFT PUB & EATERY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This pub serves a wide variety of high-quality shareable dishes, small plates and microbrews. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29) DAVE & BUSTERS There is tons of big kid fun to be had at this Gold Coast arcade. Besides boasting a large selection of simulators, video games, billiards and shuffleboards, Dave and Busters scores high with a full-service kitchen serving tasty American fare with a twist. Sun., Wed.–Thur., 11:30am–11pm; Mon–Tue., 4pm–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–2am. 1030 N. Clark, 312.943.5151. daveandbusters.com (I-26) ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics such as burgers and milkshakes from a sassy cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends. Mon.Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri., 11am–11pm; Sat., 9am–11pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. eddebevics.com (H-29) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including charcuterie, duck reuben sandwiches, and its legendary Stilton burger. Sunday brunch also served. Also offering innovative, small-batch specialty ales only found at their pubs. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071; 3535 N. Clark, 773.832.9040. gooseisland.com (D-19) (D-4)
Restrictions apply see restaurant for details. Must present ad prior to order. Free entree must be of equal or lesser value. No substitutions and not valid with any other offer. Expires September 30, 2013. Valid only at The River North Melting Pot.
Reservations Recommended | 609 N Dearborn St (312)573-0011 | meltingpot.com
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HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine, including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and steaks in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun., 11am–10pm. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)
“but there’s way more than just eggs here.” Serving Breakfast and Lunch Mon - Fri 6am to 3pm Sat - Sun 7am to 3pm
747 N. Wells 312.787.2277
1120 S. Michigan 312.789.YOLK
355 E. Ohio 312.822.YOLK
HOULIHAN’S Sports fans can’t go wrong in this traditional bar and grill that serves up the best of American fare like burgers, steaks and more. Menu is also sensitive to vegetarians and offers gluten-free favorites. Mon.–Tue., 7am-11pm; Wed.–Fri., 7am–12am; Sat., 8am–12am; Sun., 8am-11pm. All major cards. $$. 111 E. Wacker, 312.616.3663. houlihans.com (J-32)
RAINFOREST CAFÉ Dine under a tropical jungle canopy featuring cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri., 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. rainforestcafe.com (H-29)
RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers. Open daily, 11am–2am. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. rudysbarandgrillechicago.com (J-35) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon.–Fri. 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29) 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
ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian café. The menu covers most of Asia, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily, 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970, tamarindsushi.com (I-39)
BRAZILIAN BRAZZAZ Enjoy the churrascaria experience with the finest handselected USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp all prepared in the delicious, artful culinary style of the gaucho. Also indulge in our gourmet salad bar, an array of side dishes, an extensive wine list. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri., 11am–2pm, 5–10:30pm; Sat., 4–10:30pm; Sun., 1–9:30pm. All major credit cards. $$$. 539 N. Dearborn, 312.595.9000. brazzaz.com (J-30)
B R E A K FA S T EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ Eggsperience a delicious selection of all-day breakfast and lunch items, such as savory omelets, crepes, burgers, and paninis. Daily, 6am–4pm, and late night Thu.–Sat., 10pm–6am. All major cards. $$. 35 W. Ontario, 312.870.6773. eggsperiencecafe.com (H-29)
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VORA This chic Asian fusion Gold Coast hot spot boasts a sushi bar with chefs creating only the freshest rolls served along side other Japanese and Taiwanese dishes. It offers many sakes and whiskeys and provides a contemporary feel. Tue.–Fri., 11am–11pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–2am. $$. 1028 N. Clark. 312.929.2035. vorachicago.com (I-25)
An Old Town Classic! Since 1989, the Family-owned Dinotto Ristorante (215 W. North Ave., 312.202.0302), has been a favorite with both locals and out-of-towners, even drawing the occasional celebrity (keep your eyes out). The Ristorante’s ambiance has a New World feel that projects European warmth and intimacy. While each classically prepared meal is cooked to order and special requests including vegetarian, low-carb and low-fat are welcomed. Dinotto also features a small bar with a spectacular Italian wine selection, feel free ask your server for pairing suggestions. And don’t forget, it’s close proximity to Piper’s Alley and the legendary Second City and Zanie’s comedy clubs makes it the perfect spot before or after a show.
ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelets, giant salads, and, of course, a full bar. Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 8:30–10:30pm; Sun., 8:30–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. elevencitydiner.com (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, hearthealthy dishes also available. Bonus: insulated coffee pitchers at every table. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29) “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
YOLK Yolk is the talk of the town. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including frittatas, Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 6am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.9655; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277. eatyolk.com (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern, and Mexicaninspired dishes from celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez. Staples—jambalaya, pulled pork sandwiches,
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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Specials change daily, from stuffed cabbage on Tue. to meatloaf with spaghetti on Sat. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon.–Sat., 6am–8pm. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. mannysdeli.com (E-43)
ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, serving breakfast all day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon.–Thu., 8am– 9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat., 9am– 10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112; 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112. elevencitydiner.com. (I-42) (G-14)
THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices such as filet mignon and lobster tail, and the perfect ending—its famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes, and brownies for dipping. Sun.–Fri., 12pm–11pm; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011. meltingpot.com (H-29)
FRENCH LES NOMADES Classic French fare served in one of the most intimate rooms in the city. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 222 E. Ontario, 312.649.9010. (K-29)
Enjoy the Churrascaria experience with the finest USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp, prepared in the delicious, culinary style of the Gaucho. Also indulge in our gourmet salad bar and traditional array of side dishes and an extensive wine list.
539 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago • 312-595-9000 • www.brazzaz.com
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HOB signature burgers—join new exciting menu options such as meatball sliders, chile-braised short ribs, and street tacos. All major cards. $$. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)
“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”
any $25 food purchase w/ad excludes breakfast
545 N. LaSalle St. (312) 464-1872
CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. chicagobrauhaus.com (NW of A-1)
GREEK ATHENA A traditional restaurant located in Greektown known for its fine dining. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 212 S. Halsted, 312.655.0000. athenarestaurantchicago.com (D-37) PARTHENON Located right in the heart of Greektown, this restaurant is one of the oldest in the neighborhood and boasts over 140 dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 314 S. Halsted, 312.726.2407. theparthenon.com (D-37)
CLARK STREET DOG This joint stays open late every night to bring you the best Chicago style food. Their hot dogs, Italian beef, and fries are guaranteed to make your mouth water. Call for hours. $. 3040 N. Clark, 773.281.6690. (E–7) FRANK ‘N’ DOGS This restaurant features gourmet sausage sandwiches served on a freshly baked bun. Their original hot dog creations change on a monthly basis to keep flavors fresh and customers satisfied. Call for hours. $. 1863 N. Clybourn, 312.281.5187. franksndawgs.com (D–18)
INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (more than 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11am–2:30pm; Sat.–Sun., 11:30am–3pm. Dinner: Fri.–Sat., 5:30–11pm; Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. indiahousechicago.com (I-30)
INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun.–Thu., 5pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. indiangardenchicago.com (H-29)
IRISH EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish pub serves up traditional Irish fare such as Guinness New York Strip, Fish & Chips and Corned Beef Sandwiches as well as classic favorites like Build Your Own Mac and Cheese in
THE KERRYMAN BAR & RESTAURANT Serving up traditional Irish dishes served alongside more upscale items in a warm environment. Sun-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. All major cards. $$ 661 N. Clark, 312.335.8121. thekerrymanchicago.com (I-28)
I TA L I A N CAPI’S ITALIAN KITCHEN The star of the show is the hand-tossed pizza. Call for hours. All major cards. $ 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.276.0641. eatatcapis.com (M-30) CLUB LUCKY Enjoy their "Must See" award winning holiday decorations, starting Nov. 16 through January 12th. Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Now offering hotel delivery. Kitchen hours: Mon.–Thu. 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–11pm; Sat., 4:30–11pm; Sun., 3:30–10pm. Lounge open late. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com (NW of A-20)
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a spacious, sophisticated dining room, complete with a 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend breakfast and daily specials. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; and Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. $$. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com (I-33)
Let’s Get Fresh! With a rotating selection of 35 fresh choices available every day – from grouper and sea bass to mussels and lobster – Catch 35 (35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500) is impressive enough. But beyond the staggering daily array, what really sets Catch 35 apart is the originality and attention to detail to be found in its preparations of that multitude of varieties, with well-chosen Asian accents often enlivening the plates. The atmosphere of the room here is another big draw, with subtle live jazz music and fanciful décor combining to project the feel of the hippest lounge in Atlantis. Featuring Live Jazz every Tuesday through Saturday from 6pm until 9pm.
LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE (Italian Village Restaurants) Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Fri., 5–9pm; Sat., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36) DINOTTO RESTAURANTE This intimate spot features old Italian favorites served in European warmth and intimacy. Mon., Fri., Sat., 12-11pm; Tue.-Thu. 12-10pm and Sun., 5-10pm. All major cards. $$ 215 W. North, 312.202.0302. dinotto.com (D-30)
“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100
THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small Italian village. Gluten-free options available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors and has received accolades from Esquire and Wine Spectator. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: weekdays, 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. italianvillage-chicago.com (H-36)
JAPONAIS Chic interior and atmosphere characterize this contemporary Japanese and Sushi restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 600 W. Chicago, 312.822.9600. japonaischicago.com (F-27)
THE PURPLE PIG Featuring housemade charcuterie, cheeses and classic Mediterranean fare plus an extensive yet accessible wine list. All major cards. $$ 500 N. Michigan, 312.464.1744. thepurplepigchicago.com (J-30)
MEXICAN L AT I N CARNIVALE A Latin-inspired paradise combining flavors from Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 702 W. Fulton, 312.850.5005. carnivalechicago.com (E-32) NACIONAL 27 Latin cuisine inspired by each one of the 27 Latin countries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 325 W. Huron, 312.664.2727. n27chicago.com (F-28)
MEDITERRANEAN CITY WINERY The only functioning winery in Chicago, this 30,000-square-foot venue serves Mediterraneaninspired food and features live music and comedy. Mon.–Sun., 5pm–12am. 1200 W Randolph, 312.733.9463. citywinery.com/Chicago (W of D-33)
FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO The crown jewels of Chicago’s Mexican scene are Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 445 N. Clark, 312.661.1434. rickbayless.com (H-31) LALO’S Known for their famous margaritas, this Chicago favorite has many locations throughout the city and suburbs. Call for hours and additional locations. All major cards. $$ 733 W. Maxwell, 312.455.9380. lalos.com (H-31) PATRON’S HACIENDA A Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, serving Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, and some of the best fresh-juice margaritas in town. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–12am; Sun, 3–10pm. All major cards. $$. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. patronschicago.com (G-29)
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“A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” - Frank Sinatra GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777 (NORTH SUBURBAN)
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Dining Highlight Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.
SALPICON Find the ultimate fiesta in Old Town at this spot that features authentic Mexican fare with a modern twist. Daily 5-10pm and Sun., 11:30am-2pm for brunch. All major cards. $$$ 1252 N. Wells, 312.988.7811. salpicon.com (H-22)
NEPALESE CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. curryhouseonline.com (I-41)
614 S. Wabash | (312)379-0970 www.tamarindsushi.com
This Asian fusion hot spot boasts a sushi bar with chefs creating the freshest rolls served along side Japanese and Taiwanese dishes.
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SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT Experience a fiesta for your taste buds one block off Michigan Ave. A smorgasbord of Mexican favorites such as fajitas, burritos, tacos, and hacienda dinners are served among piñatas and stained glass. Ask about catering. Sun.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am. All major cards. $. 49 E. Ontario, 312.943.4041. sucasamexican.com (I-29)
NEPAL HOUSE The owner of Chicago Curry House presents his newest establishment. The eatery serves Nepalese and both northern and southern Indian food including classics such as “momo” (dumplings with sauce) and “Thalis” (meal combinations). Sun.–Thurs. 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10:30pm. $$. 1301 S. Michigan, 312.922.0601. nepalhouseonline.com (J-44)
PIZZA CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN These local outlets of the national chain feature affordable pizzas with unusual toppings. Call for hours. All
GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is handmade with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 633 N. Wells, 312.988.4200; 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP; 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseast.com (H-29) (K-28) (I-38) GINO’S EAST SOUTH LOOP The traditional pizzeria spices things up with its location in Chicago’s South Loop. With new deep-dish pies, such as the Hunter Rabbit (rabbit sausage, spinach, roasted carrots, and parmesan), as well as the old standards, it wouldn’t be a sports bar without a craft beer list featuring a dozen local brews. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseastsportsbar.com (H-39) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what Oprah calls the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Hours vary. AE, MC, V. $$. 864 N. State, 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847.486.1777. pizanoschicago.com (I-26) (I-35) (Suburban)
dine in - carry-out - delivery - catering sun.-thur.(11:30am-10pm) fri.-sat.(11:30am-1am) special menu
710 n rush • (312)787-8998 www.friendssushi.com
Voted #1 Burger in Chicago! “Home of the Milkshake Martini”
Mon-Fri: 11a.m. to 2a.m. Sat: 11a.m. to 3a.m. Sun: 11a.m. to 2a.m.
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Meat Me In Chicago Though the once-bustling South Side stockyards may today be little more than a historical footnote in the city’s colorful history, Chicago’s vital meatpacking past continues to be well represented in the present by the many fine steakhouses that dot the culinary landscape. Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse (33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966), named for the late Hall of Fame baseball announcer, opened on October 23, 1987 and has become one of the country’s most nationally recognized restaurants. This legendary Italian Steakhouse serves the finest prime, aged steaks and chops in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. The combination of mahogany paneling, white tablecloths and a veritable museum of baseball history creates a warm and casual elegance.
PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$. 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667. pizanoschicago.com (I-27) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin-crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pies. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 7am–1am. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, pizzeriaora.com (H-30)
SEAFOOD BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Come for our family-oriented atmosphere, friendly service, and out-of-this-world seafood. With Bubba Gump, you're guaranteed to get the greatest seafood experience in Chicago. Sun.-Thu., 11am– 10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. All major cards. $$. Located on Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand, Ste. 131, 312.252.GUMP. bubbagump.com (N-31) CAPE COD ROOM This seafood gem is one of Chicago’s old school fine dining classics. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 140 E. Walton, 312.440.8414. thedrakehotel.com (J-26)
CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city is just a short walk to Chicago’s Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bone-in ribeye, New York strip or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz Tue.–Fri., 6–9pm; Sat., 6:30–9:30pm. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. catch35.com (I-33) (Suburban) JOE’S SEAFOOD, PRIME RIB & STONE CRAB This Miami-based legend is famous for its cracked stone crab claws, among other succulent fish dishes. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 60 E. Grand, 312.379.JOES. (I-30) SHAW’S CRAB HOUSE Enjoy fresh seafood and oysters shucked to order. Serving top-grade fish and shellfish and inventive sushi and sashimi combinations. Call for hours. $$$. 21 E Hubbard, 312.527.2722. shawscrabhouse.com. (J-31)
STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS CARSON’S: THE PLACE FOR RIBS Famous for its barbecue baby back ribs. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 612 N. Wells, 312.280.9200. (G-29)
DAVID BURKE’S PRIMEHOUSE Long-time restaurateur Burke opened this River North steakhouse featuring prime steaks dry-aged on location. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$ 616 N. Rush, 312.660.6000. davidburkesprimehouse.com (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops, and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon.–Thu., 4:30pm–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11:30–1am; Sun., 11:30–12am. All major cards. $$$. 1448 N. Wells, 312.664.5264. fireplaceinn.com (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime aged steaks and chops—Italian favorites
in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3400. harrycarays.com (I-31) (Suburban) MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to the InterContinental Chicago. Dine on hand-selected USDA prime, dry-aged steaks, upscale comfort food, fresh seafood, and a variety of artisanal wines, local craft brews, and specialty cocktails. Bar: daily, 11am–2am. Lunch: daily, 11am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; Sun., 5–9pm. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823. michaeljordansteakhouse.com. (J-30) SULLIVAN'S STEAKHOUSE Sullivan's Steakhouse offers an experience unlike any other American steakhouse. From the moment you walk through the door, you will get a feeling that this will be an evening to forget your cares and rekindle romance. Slip into an intimate booth and treat yourself to hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, signature cocktails and swinging live music. Mon.-Sat., 5-11pm, Sun., 4:30-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 415 N. Dearborn, 312.527.3510. sullivanssteakhouse.com (I-29)
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CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. A comprehensive wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon.–Thu., 5–11pm; Fri., 5–11:30pm; Sat., 4:30–11:30pm; Sun., 4:30–11pm. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. chicagochophouse.com (I-29)
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner After Theatre • Food • Wine Spirits • Espresso • Desserts Open daily at 7am The Fine Arts Building 412 S. Michigan • (312)939-7855 and now open at
1150 S. Wabash (312)583-9942 www.artists-cafe.com
FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi, and sashimi, as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–1am. All major cards. $$. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. friendssushi.com (I-28) KAMEHACHI Award-winning sushi and sashimi. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1531 N. Wells, 312.664.3663; 320 N. Dearborn, 312.744.1900. (G-22) (J-30) OYSY Sushi joint that literally means delicious. Their menu consists of a wide selection of original maki and cooked entrees. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 888 S. Michigan, 312.922.1127; 50 E. Grand, 312.670.6750. (J-41)
TA PAS CAFÉ BA BA REEBA 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. $ 2024 N. Halsted, 773.935.5000. (E-16) CAFÉ IBERICO A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 737 N. LaSalle, 312.573.1510. (H-31)
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MERCAT A LA PLANXA Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue – here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 638 S. Michigan, 312.765.0524. (J-40)
DAO Enjoy Thai cuisine a half-block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including pad thai, cashew chicken, and beef curry. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $. 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000. daothai.com (J-29)
STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam helped popularize Thai food not only in Chicago, but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $. 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100. starofsiamchicago.com (I-30)
V EG E TA R I A N THE CHICAGO DINER Meat free since 1983. All vegetarian, mostly vegan menu. Dine in, Carry out, Vegan Bakery. Call for hours. 3411 N. Halsted. 773.935-6696. veggiediner.com (E-6) GREEN ZEBRA A short trek west of River North, Green Zebra is artistic and upscale in both décor and cuisine. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 1460 W. Chicago, 312.243.7100. greenzebrachicago.com (W of D-27) KARYN’S ON GREEN Karyn’s makes vegan sexy in the midst of Chicago’s traditional Greektown neighborhood. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 130 S. Green, 312.226.6155. karynsongreen (D-36)
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SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-rated Thai fare such as banana blossom salad, tom yum, pad thai, curry noodles, ginger chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout, and delivery. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. MC, V. $. 710 N. Rush, 312.944.7100. silverspoonchicago.com (I-28)
Never a Dull Moment!
If you’re convinced that theater is not for you, we’ve got a few shows that are sure to prove you wrong... Not a traditional choreographed and orchestrated musical by any means, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at Lincoln Park’s Apollo Theater (2540 N. Lincoln, 773.935.6100) breaks the show tune mold and crosses over from chorus numbers to classic rock hits. WICKED is back by popular demand for a limited two-month engagement at the Oriental Theater (24 W. Randolph, 800.775.2000)! This iconic musical reveals the untold story of the witches of Oz, and what happened before Dorothy “dropped” in on them. If you and your family are looking for a fun, unique, and indescribable show in Chicago, then look no further than the BLUE MAN GROUP at the Briar Street Theater (3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000)!
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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu. and 7:30pm on Fri. and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12–$15. Sun., 6pm-4am; Mon.–Thu., 8pm–4am; Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646. kingstonmines.com (E-13)
BOWLING 10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE Knock down pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics. Call for hours. All major cards. 330 N. State, 312.644.0300. 10pinchicago.com (I-32)
Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!
2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.
$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad
773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted
BREWPUBS GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years offers some 20 varieties of handcrafted beer. Specialties include Honkers Ale, 312 and Green Line. Stop by every Thursday at 6pm for a toast as they introduce a new beer. Offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. Free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line stop at 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. gooseisland.com (D-19) (D-4)
For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774
BAR AND LOUNGE 440 NORTH STATE STREET (312)464-1400 WWW.DOWNTOWNBARANDLOUNGE.COM 60
BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show is the nation’s longest running female impersonation, Las Vegas–style revue and has been delighting audiences from around the world for more than 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon. and Tue. Show times are Wed.–Sun. at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, and 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. thebatonshowlounge.com (H-38)
CABARET (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a celebration of unabashed humor, dancing and entertainment on a live stage. All major cards. Sun.–Fri.,
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COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. comedysportzchicago.com (NW of D-19)
FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter
SANCTUARY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a place open to all lifestyles, exploring and encouraging different types of friendship. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)
DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre- or post-theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon.–Fri., 3pm– 2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3pm–2am. 440 N. State, 312.464.1400. downtownbarandlounge.com (I-31)
LUXBAR Combines the rustic atmosphere of a local tavern with the simple elegance of an upscale restaurant. Call for hours. All major cards. 18 E. Bellevue, 312.642.3400. luxbar.com (I-25)
CLUB LUCKY Enjoy their "Must See" award winning holiday decorations, starting Nov. 16 through January 12th. This True Chicago 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try something from their famous "Killer Martini" list or a Handcrafted Cocktail. Open Mon.– Fri., 11:30am-2am; Sat., 4:30pm-2am, and Sun. 3:30pm-2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. clubluckychicago.com (NW of A-20)
menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. friendssushi.com (I-28)
4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29)
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Celebrating 35 Years! Turning 35 is a big deal, and when you were the first stand-up comedy club in Chicago it’s an even bigger deal! That’s right, Zanies Comedy Club (1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027) is proud to be celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary throughout the month of November with a calendar filled with all your favorite comedians... From Jimmy Pardo on the 1st; to Mark Normand the 2nd & 3rd; to the “Pitbull of Comedy” Bobby Slayton on November 8th, the month starts off strong. And how about Richard Lewis the 14th, Jake Johannsen the 15th and Emo Phillips on the 16th & 17th! Sounds like a great month for comedy, and they’re only half done... We wouldn’t want to forget about Gilbert Gottfried on the 21st, Rory Albanese the 22nd & 23rd and a three-night sting by John Caponera November 27-30.
iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature long-form improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. chicago.ioimprov.com (D-5) THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for showtimes. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992. secondcity.com (H-19) UP COMEDY CLUB A cabaret-style club, UP features stand-up, improvisation and sketch comedy shows seven nights a week. While you’re busy laughing, arrive early and enjoy food from their full-service kitchen or drinks from the bar. UP also features a no-drink minimum. Sat & Sun matinees available. 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. upcomedyclub.com (G-20) ZANIES COMEDY CLUB Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been nuturing both local talent and the biggest names in comedy since 1978. In celebration of it’s 35 anniversary Zanies is bringing Chicago the funniest professional comedians throughout November. 1548 N Wells, 312.337.4027. chicago.zanies.com (G-20)
THE JOYNT A River North club featuring multiple rooms with decidedly different vibes. All major cards. 650 N. Dearborn, 312.573.2233. thejoyntchicago.com (I-29) PALLADIUM (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This five-story nightclub has DJ’s spinning both new and retro beats while special lighting effects are mixed in with the background. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. castlechicago.com (H-29) SPY BAR Offers a state-of-the-art sound system, bottle service, specialty cocktails and unique champagne-truffle pairings. Call for hours. All major cards. 646 N. Franklin, 312.337.2191. spybarchicago.com (G-29)
E N T E R TA I N M E N T DAVE & BUSTERS There is tons of big kid fun to be had at this Gold Coast arcade/bar. Besides boasting a large selection of simulators, video games, billiards, and shuffleboards, Dave and Busters scores high with two fullservice island bars and one full-service kitchent. Sun., Wed.–Thurs., 11:30am–11pm; Mon–Tues., 4pm–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–2am. 1030 N. Clark, 312.943.5151. daveandbusters.com (I-26)
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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. All major cards. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. houseofblues.com (H-32)
HARD ROCK CAFÉ In addition to live music (on Mon. and Thu.), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun. 11am–10pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. hardrock.com (H-29)
THE BACK ROOM More than 40 years of live music now at a new location. The secret alleyway entrance leads you to a sophisticated, sultry atmosphere filled with energy from the lively rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes timeless hits, jazz, blues, big band, and R&B. Showtimes nightly: 9:30 and 11pm. Thu.–Sat.: DJ starts at 1:30am. $20 cover and two-drink minimum. Sun.–Wed., 9pm–1am; Thu.–Fri., 9pm–4am; Sat., 9pm–5am. 937 N. Rush, 312.751.2433. backroomchicago.com (I-25)
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with an expansive drink list including 16 tap beers, over 35 bottles, signature cocktails & more. Catch all of your favorite basketball games on the TV’s throughout while enjoying the perfect pint of Guinness. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. emeraldloop.com (I-33)
CORCORAN’S BAR & GRILL An Old Town favorite Chicago Irish bar and grill located directly across from Second City on Wells. Mon.-Fri., 112am; Sat., 9-3am and Sun., 10-2am. All major cards. 1615 N. Wells, 312.440.0885. (G-20)
JAZZ SHOWCASE A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Call for hours. Cash only. 806 S. Plymouth, 312.360.0234. jazzshowcase.com (I-41)
THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of the Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop, and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000. redheadpianobar.com (H-29)
TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL The bar area offers a place to watch sporting events and enjoy a selection of beers or one of 100 bottles of wines. Regular live music and events. Mon.–Sat., 11:30am–2am; Sun., 10am–2am (including Sun. brunch). Delivery available. All major cards. $$. 2060 N. Cleveland, 773.935.2060. fourfarthings.com (F-16)
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GINO’S EAST SOUTH LOOP Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Stop in during football games for great deals, including $6 Bloody Marys. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fr.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. ginoseastsportsbar.com (H-39) TIMOTHY O’TOOLE’S They’re the place to watch sports and munch on traditional bar food. Free wireless. All major cards. 622 N. Fairbanks, 312.642.0700. timothyotooles.com (K-30)
W I N E /C H A M PAG N E BARS BIN 36 Choose from over 50 wines while savoring their delicious contemporary American fare in either the tavern or cellar. Call for hours. All major cards. 339 N.Dearborn, 312.755.9463. bin36.com (I-32)
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POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE With an unrivaled champagne list, Pops for Champagne is one of the country’s top bubbly bars. In addition to serving some 200 selections, Pops also has a full bar, live music, and a seasonal menu of champagne-friendly small plates and shareable items. Located in the River North entertainment district. Call for hours 601 N. State, 312.266.7677. popsforchampagne.com (I-30)
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On Stage I.O. I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com
LONI LOVE UP COMEDY CLUB, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. The Second City’s newest venue, UP Comedy Club offers a diverse array of stand-up comedians, improv and sketch shows. This weekend see stand-up comic Loni Love (Chelsea Lately), November 21-23. With comedy shows seven days a week, UP also features a full-service kitchen and a full bar with no drink minimum.
OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES proves humor remains multigenerational and funny bones are nondenominational. Like rye bread, kosher pickles and bagels, these jokes are for everyone. They are classic examples of American humor—the funny, farcical and exasperating sides of American life. Tickets available online at ticketmaster.com
COMEDYSPORTZ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE, 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-barred battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm. $22. Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $24. Located steps from the Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit comedysportzchicago.com
ZANIES COMEDY CLUB, 1548 N Wells, 312.337.4027. Zanies has locations in the city, 1548 N. Wells, and in Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport. Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been presenting the funniest professional comedians since 1978. Zanies/Chicago is open 7 nights a week. Selected in 2013 by The Reader as Chicago’s “Best Comedy Club.” A Concierge Preferred “Nightlife Destination.” Information and showtimes are available by calling the box offices, Chicago: 312.337.4027; Rosemont: 847.813.0484 and online at zanies.com
AUDITORIUM THEATRE, 50 E. Congress, 312.341.2310. Working with the traditional folk songs and tunes that inspired such classical composers as Bartók, Liszt, and Kodály, the ensemble performs dances from throughout Hungary, choreographed for theatrical presentation. Established in 1951, the ensemble has dedicated its time to revitalizing the culture of the Hungarian people through dance tours of 44 different countries and an overall audience of seven and a half million people worldwide. Don’t miss this one night only event on Nov. 22 on the landmark stage of the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Tickets are $25-$68. AuditoriumTheatre.org
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Happy Holidays It’s easy to say that this week “officially” starts the holiday season in Chicago... with Mickey Mouse and over one million lights coming to Michigan Avenue for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival® on Saturday, November 23rd and the 100th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony bringing fireworks and the opening of Christkindlmarket to Daley Plaza on Tuesday, November 26th. But what would the holidays be without the McDonald’s® Thanksgiving Parade and a great Thanksgiving dinner? So, why not treat your family to one of the most popular restaurants in the city for Thanksgiving. Here are a few of our favorites... Celebrate with Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse (33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966) and enjoy traditional hand-carved turkey or herb-roasted prime rib. You can also choose your favorite dishes from the daily menu.
Start a new tradition at the Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton, 312.787.2200). This year Chef Franco Diaz will be featuring homestyle Midwestern classics including Braised Beef Short Ribs and Pecan Molasses Tarts.
Take to the Water and climb aboard as the Odyssey (600 E. Grand, 866.305.2469) celebrates Thanksgiving. Enjoy a delectable buffet of traditional fares while you enjoy DJ entertainment and a breath-taking view of the city.
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