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For more than two decades, Chicagoans have had the pleasure of experiencing a global holiday celebration without ever leaving the city, thanks to the arrival of the annual Christkindlmarket. Inspired by a 16th century tradition in Nuremburg, Germany, this open-air holiday village has become a popular gathering place to shop for unique handmade gifts from a variety of international vendors while enjoying a warm mug of hot chocolate or traditional gluhwein and a bratwurst. Most of all, it has come to represent the heart of Christmas in Chicago â€“ a tradition that families and friends look forward to each and every year. The Christkindlmarket runs from 11am to 8pm Sunday through Thursday and 11am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington. Call 312.494.2175 for more information.
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free). 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 7th ﬂoor, 312.527.4141. to Merchandise Mart Enjoy a nighttime telescope viewing and get your questions about the cosmos answered by an actual astronomer during this evening’s Doane at Dusk event in the Doane Observatory at the Adler Planetarium. 5:30pm-8:30pm. FREE. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827. #124
Enjoy food, fun and live glassblowing demonstrations during the annual Christmas Open House at Lotton Art Glass and Studios. Today from 10am-7pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm. FREE. 24760 S. Country Lane in Crete. 708.672.1400.
Find the perfect holiday gift for that special someone from among the amazing handcrafted creations of more than 600 artists at the 16th annual One of a Kind Show and Sale this weekend at the Merchandise Mart. Today from 11am-8pm, Saturday from 10am-7pm and Sunday from 10am5pm. $12 (kids under 12,
Sing along with the Chicago Children’s Choir under the iconic “Bean” sculpture during tonight’s Caroling at Cloud Gate event in Millennium Park. 6pm. FREE. Michigan and Washington, 312.744.3316. Be sure to see our 2016 Holiday Activity Guide on page 25 for more great holiday events!
Local pop-rock outlet 101.9FM The Mix presents Charlie Puth, James Bay and JoJo in its annual Miracle on State Street charity concert tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30pm. $39.50-$75. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake It’s story hour for adults tonight, as burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz and comedic actor Mat Fraser expose the social undercurrents (among other things) of Beauty and the Beast using song, dance, puppetry and more at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 7:30pm. $30 (18+). 220 E. Chicago, # 151 312.397.4010. Conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads
the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a full evening of Handel at Symphony Center. Tonight and Saturday at 8pm. $39$220. 220 S. Michigan, # 3 312.294.3000.
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Expect a playoﬀ atmosphere on the West Side tonight as the Chicago Bulls face a major early-season challenge against superstar LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers at United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4000. # 20 keymagazinechicago.com
THIS WEEK tonight at the Oriental Theatre. 8pm. $46.50$76.50. 24 W. Randolph, to Lake 312.977.1700.
tonight at the Hard Rock Café. 9pm. $20. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. #36
Enjoy some of the best late-night entertainment in the city with some of the most amazing female impersonators in the world at the Baton Show Lounge. 8:30pm, 10:30pm and 12:30am. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. Be sure to take advantage of 2-for-1 admission for the 8:30pm and 10:30pm shows with the ad on page 52! Start your weekend rocking, with live music from Elvis tribute artist Patrick Johnson
Treat the whole family to a holiday gem as the Peanuts gang searches for the true meaning of the season in a live version of A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Broadway Playhouse. Today and Sunday at 10am. $15$24. 175 E. Chestnut, # 151 312.977.1700.
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra use words and music to tell the tale of The Three Little Pigs during today’s Once Upon a Symphony program at Symphony Center. 10am and 11:45am. $17. 220 S. Michigan, # 3 312.294.3000.
Discover a variety of unique handmade goods to wrap up your holiday shopping list at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend at the Bridgeport Art Center. Today and Sunday, 11am-6pm. FREE. 1200 W. 35th Street, 773.247.3000.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago brings the majesty of Berlioz’s Trojan War masterpiece Les Troyens to life in an epic new 5-hour production today at the Civic Opera House. 1pm. $17-$299. 20 N. Wacker, 312.827.5600. # 157 More than a million twinkling lights bring one of the area’s most beloved attractions to new life for the season during Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo. Today and Sunday, 4pm-9pm. Adults, $17.85; kids (3-11), $12.50. 8400 W. 31st in suburban Brookﬁeld, 708.688.8000. See our 2016 Holiday Activity Guide on page 25 for
more family-friendly holiday activities! Enjoy AHL hockey in a family-friendly setting as the Chicago Wolves take on the Iowa Wild tonight at the Allstate Arena. 7pm. $11-$37. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont The reigning queen of rock n’ roll brings decades worth of Fleetwood Mac and solo hits to town, as Stevie Nicks takes the stage tonight at United Center. 7pm. $49.50$150. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4500. # 20
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SUNDAY Break out your ﬁnest tutu and hit the dance ﬂoor alongside professional dancers from Ballet Chicago during today’s DanceAlong Nutcracker sessions at the Chicago Cultural Center. 12pm and 3pm (dance lessons at 11am and 2pm). FREE. 78 E. Washington, # 3 312.744.3315.
the composer’s atmospheric music with a remarkably theatrical ﬂair to conjure a Spanish tale overﬂowing with energy, beauty and hope at the Civic Opera House. Today at 2pm and Wednesday at 7:30pm. $17-$299. 20 N. Wacker, # 157 312.827.5600.
The Chicago Bears host the San Francisco 49ers on the lakefront this afternoon at Soldier Field. 12pm. 1410 Museum Campus, 312.235.7000. Before the game, enjoy tailgate specials and catch a free bus ride to the stadium from Harry Caray’s Tavern on Navy Pier (with $30 minimum restaurant purchase). 700 E. Grand, 312.527.9700. Marvel at the largerthan-life props, amazing costumes and spectacular dancing of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker today at the Rosemont Theatre. 1pm and 5pm. $28-$122. 5400 N. River in Rosemont, 847.671.5100. See our 2016 Holiday Activity Guide on page 25 for more great holiday performances on stage! The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Massanet’s Don Quichotte combines
Don’t miss your last chance to watch the magic of J.M. Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan spring spectacularly to life as the heartwarming Broadway musical adventure Finding Neverland plays its ﬁnal performances today at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. 2pm and 7:30pm. $24-$87. 151 W. Randolph, # 157 312.384.1502. The singers, dancers and symphony of the Lira Ensemble celebrate their 50th anniversary with new numbers, old favorites, Polish and American carols, exciting folk songs and dances in colorful costumes today at Symphony Center. 3pm. $30-$80. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. #3 Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with
the Holiday Lights Tour, a narrated guide to some of the city’s most spectacular winter sights from Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company. 5pm, 5:30pm and 6pm. Adults, $29; kids (ages 5-15), $18. 875 N. Michigan, 773.648.5000. The Chicago Blackhawks drop the puck against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at the United Center. 6pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.7000. Gear up for the game with a new hat or jersey from The Sports Store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.877.5455. Latin pop superstar Marc Anthony takes the stage tonight at the Allstate Arena. 7pm. $59-$179. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont
the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park. 12pm-8pm. Skating is free, skate rental is $12. 55 N. Michigan, # 312.744.3316. 151 Dwyane Wade and the new-look Chicago Bulls take on Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers tonight at the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4000. Before the game, grab a bite at nearby Billy Goat Tavern. 1535 W. Madison, # 312.733.9132. 20
Enjoy a performance from hip hop/ballet artist Lil Buck and cellist Mihai Marica, along with signature cocktails and delicious bites from some of Chicago’s best food trucks during tonight’s MIX at SIX event at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. 6pm. $10. 205 E. Randolph, 312.334.7777. #151
Enjoy public ice skating against the backdrop of the city’s magniﬁcent skyline on
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THIS WEEK $39.50-$49.50. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake
run in the Loop, as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens tonight at the Oriental Theatre. 7:30pm. $22-$87. 24 W. Randolph, 312.977.1700. to Lake Jonathan Toews leads the Chicago Blackhawks against the Arizona Coyotes tonight at the United Center. 7:30pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.7000. # 20 Chanticleer presents its annual holiday concerts amid the iconic surroundings of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church. Tonight and Wednesday at 7:30pm. $39-$61. 126 E. Chestnut, # 151 312.294.3000.
more family-friendly holiday activities! Leave the kids at home and enjoy animal chats, delicious food, cash bars, a live band and, of course, the magnificent ZooLights display at tonight’s Adults Night Out at Lincoln Park Zoo. 6:30pm-10pm. $15 (18+). 2200 N. Cannon, # 151 312.742.2056.
WEDNESDAY Enjoy tastings of local spirits, wine and winter brews amid the surroundings of the amazing Wonderland Express, featuring model trains and more than 80 Chicago landmarks, during tonight’s Holiday Cheers event at the Chicago Botanic Garden. 6pm-8pm. $33 (21+). 1000 Lake Cook in suburban Glencoe, 847.835.5440. See our 2016 Holiday Activity Guide on page 25 for 8
Tis’ the season for radio station-sponsored charity concerts, including tonight’s Big Holiday Concert featuring Nathaniel Rateliﬀ & the Night Sweats from modern rock mainstay 93XRT at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30pm.
Top Christian artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Crowder and Unspoken provide the spiritual sounds for tonight’s K-LOVE Christmas at the Rosemont Theatre. 7pm. $29-$65. 5400 N. River in Rosemont, 847.671.5100. to Rosemont Catch a true master of his domain in his natural element as comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs four big standup sets at the Chicago Theatre. Tonight and Friday at 7pm and 9:30pm. $63.25-$175. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake Neeme Jarvi leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of Sibelius, Glazunov and Prokoﬁev at Symphony Center. Tonight at 8pm and Friday at 1:30pm. $39-$220. 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. #3 Jimmy Butler leads the Chicago Bulls against Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs tonight at the United Center. 8:30pm. 1901 W. Madison, # 20 312.455.4000.
FRIDAY Trumpeter Marquis Hill and singer Dee Alexander deck the halls with swinging sounds during tonight’s A Jazzy Home for the Holidays performances at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. 6:30pm and 8:30pm. $55. 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933. #151
See a holiday classic in a whole new light as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus provide the live accompaniment for a bigscreen showing of the Frank Capra chestnut It’s a Wonderful Life tonight at Symphony Center. 7pm. $50-$145. 220 S. Michigan, # 3 312.294.3000. Tchaikovsky gets turned on his head as a familiar holiday tale gets transported to modernday New York in the high-energy Hip Hop Nutcracker tonight at the Rosemont Theatre. 7:30pm. $24.50-$75. 5400 N. River in Rosemont, 847.671.5100.
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korner CHICAGO IS A PLAYGROUND FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. WHATEVER YOUR ADVENTURE, BUDGET OR LOCATION, A FUN HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IS BOUND TO BE JUST AROUND THE KORNER. There are plenty of skating rinks throughout Chicago, but there’s only one winding and wonderful Ice Ribbon, a unique skating experience against the backdrop of the city skyline in Maggie Daley Park. Monday through Thursday, 12pm-8pm, Friday, 12pm-10pm, Saturday, 10am10pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. Skating is FREE (skate rentals available for $12). 337 E. Randolph, 312.552.3000. Treat the whole family to a holiday gem as the Peanuts gang searches for the true meaning of the season in a live version of A Charlie Brown Christmas
at the Broadway Playhouse. Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, as well as December 26-31. $15-$24. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700. Rides, slides, games, ice skating and, of course, Santa Claus are all under one roof during the massive month-long From new dolls and accessories to a day at the doll salon, there are plenty of ways to make your little girl’s holiday dreams come true at American Girl Place.
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Monday through Thursday, 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am-9pm, and Sunday, 9am-6pm. 835 N. Michigan, 877.247.5223.
celebration known as Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier. Friday and Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm (Dec. 5-8 and 24, 10am-5pm) . $10-$25. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.5282. Head outside for caroling, ice skating, hockey games and more at the annual Frozemont extravaganza at MB Financial Park. Monday through Thursday, 4pm-9pm, Friday, 4pm-11pm, Saturday, 11am-11pm and Sunday 11am-9pm. Skating is FREE (skate rentals available for $8). 5500 Park in Rosemont. 847.430.4338.
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Choose a perfect stocking stuďŹ€er from a wide array of one-of-a-kind gifts, souvenirs, baked goods, personalized photo bar wrappers and all things chocolate at Hersheyâ€™s Chocolate World. Sunday through Thursday, 10am-8pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-10pm. 822 N. Michigan; 312.337.7711.
Christmas Around the World
THE WINDY CITY IS A VERY SPECIAL PLACE ANY DAY OF THE YEAR... BUT, THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON CHICAGOLAND BECOMES A MAGICAL DESTINATION FILLED WITH HOLIDAY SPIRIT!
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD AND THE HOLIDAYS OF LIGHT
For the past 74 years, Chicagoans have had the opportunity to see what a holiday celebration looks like in more than ﬁfty diﬀerent countries thanks to this collection of trees decorated in distinctive ethnic styles by some of the many global communities that call our city home. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414.
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wonderland into a holiday wonderland, complete with ice-carving demonstrations, craft stations, a decorated carousel, ice skating and even appearances by Santa Claus himself. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000.
For the past 100 years, visitors have been ﬁnding plenty of reasons to visit Navy Pier in all seasons, but when the winter winds start to blow this indoor extravaganza is deﬁnitely at the top of the list, thanks to the climate-controlled array
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The Driehaus Museum Clockwise from top left: Christmas Around the World, ZooLights, Winter Wonderfest, Visit Oak Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink and The Driehaus Museum.
of rides, games, activities and even ice skating. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.7437.
VISIT OAK PARK
From classic holiday ďŹ lm screenings and live performances to horse-drawn sleigh rides and visits from Santa, there are plenty of great ways to celebrate the season in this nearby western suburb, where the community spirit of a small-town holiday experience awaits just outside the city. 1010 Lake, visitoakpark.com
McCORMICK TRIBUNE ICE RINK
where skaters can take a few laps in the heart of the holiday bustle against the postcard-worthy backdrop of the cityâ€™s amazing winter skyline. 55 N. Michigan, 312.744.3316.
THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM
The wonderful late-19th and early-20th century pieces in this historic mansion are worth a look at any time of the year, but the old place really comes to festive life during the holiday season. Throughout December visitors are treated to a variety of musical performances and special events; even visits from Santa, himself. 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933.
Christmas in the city means seeking out iconic holiday places and spaces, and few spots in downtown Chicago live up to that yuletide billing quite as well as the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, keymagazinechicago.com
ATTRACTIONS 360 CHICAGO 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681 (J-26) Mag Mile Get a bird’s eye view of the Windy City from more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. The interactive TILT feature is the city’s latest rage. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432 (J-36) Loop This Chicago cultural ambassador oﬀers upwards of 85 unique tours and programs from iconic skyscrapers, to the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright. CHRISTKINDLMARKET 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175 (J-33) Loop Set up as a quaint little European village, you’ll find Holiday
ornaments, Nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins and European chocolates are just a few of the items for sale from more than 50+ vendors at this open-air event during. Runs through Dec. 24. CITYPASS
Five attractions, one low price. The CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312.747.4300 (I-38) Loop The world’s largest municipal library boasts a $1.4 million public-art collection and a wide array of special exhibits and events.
MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312.742.1168 (K-33) Millennium Park Experience one of Chicago’s most popular attractions, complete with the iconic Cloud Gate sculpture, Lurie Garden, and Jay Pritzker Pavilion. McComick Tribune Ice Rink is now open for the season. NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER (N-30) Streeterville This landmark is open for business and celebrating 100 years! Housing the Chicago Children’s Museum, IMAX Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Smith Museum of Stained Glass and more... Be sure to stop by and experience Winter Wonderfest! SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker, 312.875.9696 (G-36) Loop Step onto “The Ledge,” a glass-bottom balcony
on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. You’ll see the most expansive view of the city... and 1,353 feet down below.
MUSEUMS ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR (N-43) Museum Campus Observe galaxies far, far away at the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space and the first modern planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600 (J-35) Loop The downtown gem lays claim to one of the greatest collections of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings in the world. The perennially popular Modern Wing promises
SIGHTS contemporary surprises around every corner. CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000 (N-31) Streeterville Dig for dinosaur bones or partake in free family art workshops every day of the week. The Skyline exhibit explores the monumental feats of Chicago’s famed architecture. CHICAGO SPORTS MUSEUM 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.0500 (K-27) Mag Mile Interactive exhibits and simulated experiences help you fly like Mike, crush homers like Frank “Big Hurt” Thomas and test your reflexes against Hall of Famer and Blackhawk tender Tony Esposito. THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933 (J-27) Gold Coast
Glimpse into a storied past in one of the grandest residential buildings of Chicago’s 19th Century, a meticulously preserved home that serves as a jewel of architectural splendor. THE DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY 740 E. 56th, 773.947.0600 (S. of M-54) Hyde Park Special exhibits and cultural art programs cover centuries of African and African American history, in one of the most notable museums dedicated to its preservation. THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410 (K-44) Museum Campus Founded in 1893 this museum is home to Chicago’s favorite dinosaur, Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex fossil ever found. Be sure to experience their newest exhibit: Tattoo.
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660 (K-27) Streeterville Championing the provocative side of contemporary art and culture, the MCA is one of the largest museums dedicated to art since 1945. MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414 (S of P-54) Hyde Park The museum once played headquarters to Chicago’s Columbian Exposition. Feast your attention on 14 acres of exquisitely preserved ruins and exhibits including, Christmas Around the World and The Holidays of Light. SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438 (L-43) Museum Campus Chicago’s exotic water world features more than 20,000 animals
and marine life, including whales, dolphins and sharks.
TOURS BY LAND BIG BUS CHICAGO 877.285.4796 State-of-the art, open-top, doubledecker bus tours, providing live-narrated, hop-on/hop-oﬀ service throughout the downtown area. A perfect introduction to Chicago! Tours depart every 10-15 minutes. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432 (J-36) Loop This Chicago cultural ambassador oﬀers upwards of 85 unique tours and programs that run the gamut from iconic skyscrapers, to the legendary houses of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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SIGHTS CHICAGO CRIME TOURS 163 E. Pearson, 312.888.6224. (K-27) Streeterville Sit back and relax on a climate controlled bus and enjoy seeing famous crime scenes from the 19th century through modern times.
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Step inside stunning lobbies, Chicago’s underground pedway, and historic bars on our fun and educational walking tours, like the 1893 World's Fair Tour. Started by a former Rick Steves tour guide, come see why we have five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. 773.648.5000 Red and green San Francisco-style trolley’s and London doubledeckers cruise the city streets with tour guide in tow. Stop every half hour to scope out the big attractions: Willis Tower, Navy Pier to name but a few. Don’t miss their annual Holiday Lights Tour!
GRAY LINE TOURS 17 E. Monroe, 312.251.3100 (I-36) Loop Choose from a range of popular lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Historic Southside Tour among many others. SLICE OF CHICAGO PIZZA TOURS 29 E. Ohio, 312.623.9292 (I-29) River North Chicago is famous for it’s pizza and you’ll get to taste the best on the original pizza walking tour. Compare the pizza crusts, cheese and sauce, all while learning their history.
ZOOS BROOKFIELD ZOO 1st Ave. & 31st St., 708.485.0263 (Suburban) Brookfield Known for its multiple naturalistic, multispecies exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. LINCOLN PARK ZOO 2200 N. Cannon, 312.742.2000. (H-17) Lincoln Park More than 1,000 mammals, birds and reptiles inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens. The annual Lincoln Park ZooLights are back for your family-friendly holiday entertainment 4:30-9pm through January 1!
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
FROM INCREDIBLE DEALS AND ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECES TO HIGH-END FASHIONS, SHOPPERS OF EVERY PERSUASION WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH CHICAGO’S RETAIL LANDSCAPE.
Not only are you likely to ﬁnd just the kind of unique handmade gift you’re looking for at this annual open-air European village in the heart of the Loop, you’ll also discover a one-of-a-kind holiday shopping experience – not to mention a great excuse to treat yourself to a warm mug of hot chocolate. 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175.
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can’t satisfy your desire for the open road at this emporium of clothing and accessories bearing the imprint of that most American of iconic American brands. 668 N. Michigan, 312.335.8000.
WATER TOWER PLACE
You can crisscross the entire city seeking just the right gift for every member of the family, or you can simply do what so many Chicagoans do at this time of year – ﬁnd everything you’re looking for, from high-end clothing to great toys
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Clockwise from top left: Christkindlmarket, Chicago Harley Davidson, Water Tower Place, Accessorize, Marshall Pierce & Company and Monique Boutique.
for the kids, at this legendary one-stop vertical retail paradise. 839 N. Michigan, 312.440.3580.
Be sure your own name is included on your holiday shopping list when you browse the wide array of costume jewelry and handbags at this cozy boutique, where the amazing accessories are just as likely to ﬁnish oﬀ your holiday outﬁt as they are your gift-giving needs. 5 E. Superior, 312.482.9780.
Bicego, Ivanka Trump, Mikimoto and more – in this distinctive Magniﬁcent Mile showroom. 960 N. Michigan, 312.642.4299.
Looking for something that you probably won’t ﬁnd anywhere else in the city? From men’s and women’s fashions to signature styles (and toys!) for the kids, this unique shop brings together the cool, easy, cozy and chic looks of more than twenty top Lithuanian designers. 520 N. Michigan – 3rd floor, 773.816.3613.
MARSHALL PIERCE & COMPANY
Find a gift for that someone extra special amid 5,000 square feet of luxury timepieces from worldclass brands in seven dedicated salons – along with bridal and ﬁne jewelry from the likes of Marco keymagazinechicago.com
ART & ANTIQUES
LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, level 6 312.664.6203 (J-26) Gold Coast Peruse hand-blown glasswork made in-house by the Lotton family experts. Elegant selections of fine art, vases, lamps, bowls, chandeliers and original paintings from around the world provide another shopping dimension.
BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312.440.4460 (J-26) Mag Mile The nationwide department store keeps its standards high with exceptional fashion choices and hundreds of upscale brands for men, women and children.
CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312 (H-29) River North Chicago’s best-kept secret/women’s consignment boutique carries high-end designer labels including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Louboutin and more, all at bargain prices. MY SISTER’S CIRCUS 900 N. Michigan, Level 4 312.664.7140 (J-26) Gold Coast From the specialty clothing of brands like Sympli, Transparente, Planet and Textures to Big Buddha handbags, Asian Eye scarves and jewelry from Chicago designer Elaine Fish, you’re sure to ﬁnd that special something to create or complete your unique look at this great boutique.
MACY’S 111 N. State, 312.781.1000 (I-34) Loop 835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7787 (J-26) Mag Mile Top fashions and accessories for men, women and children, as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings for your shopping pleasure. NEIMAN MARCUS 737 N. Michigan, 312.642.5900 (J-27) Mag Mile The grandiose entrance is an indication of the “haute” stuff you’ll find at one the country’s most luxurious department stores. Personal shoppers come in handy, should you need the assistance. NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312.464.1515 (J-30) Mag Mile Their customer service and selection is legendary, but this department store’s highlights include a professional grade cosmetics section and
the seemingly endless shoe department. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE 700 N. Michigan, 312.944.6500 (J-28) Mag Mile Get a taste of the Big Apple right here in the Windy City at this refuge for shoppers seeking latest designer women's apparel, men's apparel, shoes, handbags and more.
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B. YOUNG & CO. 834 N. Rush, 312.888.0027 (I-27) Gold Coast Where else would one expect to ﬁnd the most exquisite timepieces and ﬁne jewelry than a high-end boutique tucked inside the local Bentley dealership? From timeless classics to modern creations, this is luxury all the way. HOUSE OF KAHN ESTATE JEWELERS 900 N. Michigan, level 5 312.943.9937 (J-27) Mag Mile Where luxury and elegance reign; buyers and sellers of the ﬁnest
estate jewels for over a half-century in Chicago’s premiere shopping destination as well as pristine Palm Beach, Florida. They represent the Art-Deco, Retro, and Modern periods of jewelry and ﬁne art. LES NÉRÉIDES 108 N. State, 312.255.7042 (I-36) Loop You’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip to Paris (without the jet lag) as you browse the quintessentially French and impeccably designed costume baubles at this high-end jewelry house. MARSHALL PIERCE & COMPANY 960 N. Michigan, 312.642.4299 (J-25) Mag Mile Enjoy 5,000 square feet of luxury timepieces from world-class brands in seven dedicated salons, along with bridal and ﬁne jewelry from the likes of Marco Bicego, Mikimoto and more, in this distinctive Magniﬁcent Mile showroom.
KIDS RETAIL AMERICAN GIRL PLACE 835 N. Michigan, 877.AG.PLACE (J-26) Mag Mile Daddies and mommies beware: The epicenter of the American Girl movement features contemporary clothing for young girls and their dolls.
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THE DISNEY STORE 717 N Michigan, 312.654.9208 (J-27) Mag Mile The Magic Kingdom’s official retail outlet sells Disney-inspired clothes, toys and other M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E collectibles.
This local boutique carries a range of products for kids from infants to teens! A focal point of the store includes the locally made items.
THE LEGO STORE 835 N. Michigan, 3rd floor, 312.202.0946 (J-26) Mag Mile An interactive heaven for kids and kids at heart. No matter what you’re looking for this store will keep even Lego masters busy with the bricks!
YAMATO FOOT MASSAGE & BAR 152 W. Superior, 312.643.8588 (G-29) River North Refreshment and relaxation? That’s the winning combination at this parlor, where your reﬂexology or hot stone treatment is complemented by a full range of wine and cocktail choices to enjoy while you’re pampered.
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SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900 (J-27) Mag Mile Bloomingdale’s serves as the cornerstone of more than 70 shops, including House of Kahn, Lotton Gallery, My Sister’s Circus and The Sports Store, to name but a few.
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BLOCK 37 108 N. State, 312.261.4700 (I-34) Loop Shop four stories of retail heaven: Sephora and Zara are just two big names, dining abounds with a Latin flair at Latinicity and entertainment at AMC’s Dine-In Theatre.
FASHION OUTLETS OF CHICAGO 5220 Fashion Outlets Way, 847.928.7500 (Suburban) Rosemont The area’s only two-level indoor shopping experience comes complete with more than 130 outlets. Designer names have never looked so good with up to 75 percent savings at places like Barney’s New York Warehouse, Burberry, Tory Burch, Prada and Last Call, every day. THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300 (J-30) Mag Mile Do the math: 5 hotels, 50 specialty shops and 20 restaurants. Friendly neighbors, Nordstrom and Eataly, sit just around the corner. WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166 (J-27) Mag Mile From American Girl Place and Macy’s to Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum, the stalwart lays claim to
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SPECIALTY SHOPS ACCESSORIZE CHICAGO 5 E. Superior, 312.482.9780 (H-29) River North Looking for that oneof-a-kind item that you just won’t ﬁnd anywhere else? Whether it’s a perfect hat to round out your look, a scarf to add ﬂair to your ensemble or a great piece of costume jewelry to get you noticed, chances are you’ll ﬁnd it here. CENTRAL CAMERA 230 S. Wabash, 312.427.5580 (I-37) Loop
Serving Chicago since 1899. You’ll find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Leica, and more.
GARRETT POPCORN 625 N. Michigan, 888.476.7267 (J-29) Streeterville The smell will entice you but the taste will keep you coming back again and again. Check Garrett’s off your Bucket List by ordering the Garret Mix, which combines Caramel Crisp
with their savory Cheese Corn. HARLEY-DAVIDSON 668 N. Michigan, level 2 312.274.9666 (J-29) Mag Mile Whether you’re a biker or just someone who appreciates the lifestyle you can go hog wild here, with everything from T-shirts to jackets to coffee mugs sporting the iconic HD shield. HERSHEY’S CHICAGO 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711 (J-27) Mag Mile Chocolate-lovers indulge favorite Hershey’s products and sweet opportunities to create giant, personalized Hershey’s Kisses. The café serves gourmet desserts and rich hot
chocolate for the ultimate sweet tooth experience. THE HOUSE OF GLUNZ 1206 N. Wells, 312.642.3000 (H-23) Old Town The wine-and-spirits shop for people who truly appreciate vintage things, this fifth-generation Old Town institution has been helping Chicago drink smarter since 1888. LOVER’S LANE 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE (E-11) Lincoln Park 4453 Harlem Ave., 708.457.1620 (Suburban) O’Hare continued on page 24...
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Marshall Pierce & Company
Gucci Van Cleef & Arpels George Jensen
Lotton Gallery 900 Shops The Sports Store The House of Kahn Estate Jewelry My Sister’s Circus
St. John Bulgari Omega
The North Face
John Hancock Center H&M Columbia
B. Young & Co.
Top Shop Ghirardelli Top Man
American Girl Water Broadway Tower Playhouse Place Macy’s
Hershey’s Lookingglass Theatre
Chicago Polo/Ralph Lauren Banana Republc Victoria’s Secret
Walgreens Neiman Marcus
Tiﬀany Saks Fifth Avenue Allsaints
Gino’s East The Disney Store Brooks Brothers Stuart Weitzman
Crate & Barrel
Cartier AT&T Ann Taylor
The Apple Store Elan Cole Haan Niketown Garmin
Salvatore Ferragamo Swiss Fine Timing Stan’s Donuts Zegna
Burberry Coach Garrett’s Popcorn Timberland
Swarovski Hugo Boss Stuart Weitzman Kiehls Shops at Northbridge The Purple Pig Starbucks
Gap Allen Edmonds
Labriola Ristorante & Cafe
Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse
Dylan’s Candy Bar Argo Tea
Kinzie Ghirardelli Wrigley Building Wendella Boats
Levis Under Armour
10420 S. Cicero Ave., 708.229.2585 (Suburban) Midway More than 30 outlets (over 16 in Chicagoland alone) keeps the passion burning. Lingerie, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, and lotions overwhelm the senses, turning up the heat for all the lovers out there. MONIQUE BOUTIQUE 520 N. Michigan, Level 3 773.816.3613 (J-30) Mag Mile This Mag Mile Boutique features unique fashions for women, men & children from over 20 Lithuanian designers. NIKETOWN 669 N. Michigan, 312.642.6363 (J-29) Mag Mile Considering this is Michael Jordan’s town, it’s probably worth your while to stop by and check it out. RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501 (H-29) River North This safari store is wild with variety. Animatronic animals peak between leaves, as you browse a hearty selection of toys and stuffed animals. ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFÉ 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252 (H-29) River North Stock up on vintage tees, jackets, hats and collectables just like the rock star you’ve always wanted to be.
THE SPORTS STORE 900 N. Michigan Shops, level 5, 312.877.5455 (J-26) Gold Coast From the Bulls and Bears to the Cubs, Sox and Hawks, show your loyalty to Chicago’s home teams in every season with a variety of gear for men, women and kids, including apparel, accessories, collectibles and more. VOSGES HAUT CHOCOLAT 520 N. Michigan, Level 3 312.644.9450 (J-30) Mag Mile This Chocolatier creates decadent truffles and chocolate bars that for the true afficianado whuch include exotic ingredients such as wasabi, absinthe and curry.
TOBACCO & CIGARS IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312.372.1306 (I-35) Loop Chicago’s oldest familyowned tobacconists business—more than 150 years strong—is well known for more than its fair share of cigars and quality pipes!
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For the past twenty years, the heart of downtown Chicago has been transformed into a quaint German village for the holiday season – and the more than one million Chicagoans and visitors who experience it every year couldn’t be happier about the cultural exchange. That’s because the annual Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175) is more than just a great place to browse the tents of the more than 60 independent vendors selling handmade holiday ornaments, sweaters, toys and cuckoo clocks, or to warm up on a chilly December evening with a cup of hot chocolate or an authentic German bratwurst. It’s also a gathering spot – a place to come together for conversation, conviviality and a reminder of what the season is really all about. 6
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Enjoying traditional German Glühwein in a souvenir mug!
Christmas with the Animals
During most of the year, Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon, 312.742.2000) is strictly a daytime activity. But during the holiday season, it becomes something much more – after dark. Because during the annual ZooLights festival, this oasis of amazing animal life right in the heart of the city flips the switch on millions of twinkling lights to bring new life and a touch of magic to the season. Add in photo opportunities with Santa, live ice sculpture carving demonstrations, holiday shopping, craft-making for the kids and delicious seasonal snacks and drinks, and you have a family-friendly night to remember. Call for holiday hours.
A ride on the decorated carousel or miniature train!
A cozy blanket. The familiar clip-clop of a horse’s feet on the city street. The brilliant twinkling lights of North Michigan Avenue. For many visitors and Chicagoans alike, no holiday season in the city would be complete without a classic hansom cab ride through the shopping corridor and lovingly decorated neighborhoods of the Magnificent Mile area from Antique Coach & Carriage (806 N. Michigan, 773.735.9400).
One of the best ways to experience the full spectacle of the holiday season is to take in the fabulous lights and decorations that festoon so many city neighborhoods. And the best way to see as many of those displays as possible is with the help of an expert guide.
The Holiday Express Tour from Big Bus (departs from 806 N. Michigan, 877.285.4796) takes guests on a one and a half hour tours of the best displays and events throughout the city. Adults $29, kids $19. Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company (departs from 875 N. Michigan, 312/648.5000) also offers a seat to see some of the city’s most spectacular holiday spots and it’s decorated trolley is itself a rolling celebration of the season.
don’t miss... .
Enjoy FREE Ghirardelli hot cocoa with Big Bus! & Enjoy a FREE holiday cupcake from Sprinkles bake shop with Chicago Trolley!
Global Celebration It may not qualify as either “science” or “industry,” but few visitors to the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414) over the past 74 years have complained about this minor technicality when it comes to the South Side institution’s annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light display. Featuring 50 decorated trees representing the diverse cultures and holiday traditions of Chicago’s many ethnic communities, this beautiful celebration of the season continues to be a cherished way to travel the world at Christmastime without ever leaving the city.
Customized LEGO versions of each country’s flag!
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Sing your Song!
The Great Indoors
Holidays on Ice
Chicago’s winter chill is part of the fun of celebrating the holidays in the city. But when the cold finally gets to you and you’ve had enough of that kind of fun, head over to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 312.595.5282) for an indoor celebration at Winter WonderFest – 170,000 square feet of rides, giant slides and holiday décor! Opens daily at 10am – call for closing times. Prices range from $10-$25.
Nothing epitomizes the holiday season in Chicago quite like a few laps around the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (55 N. Michigan, 312.742.1168) against the backdrop of the city’s magnificent skyline. Call for holiday hours.Skating is FREE, skate rentalis $12. For more skating options see page 22.
The chance to skate a few laps on the Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice skating rink (no checking, please).
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A delicious après skate Milkshake Martini at Rudy’s Bar & Grille.
Why go door to door to get your holiday singing fix when you can join your voice with hundreds of fellow amateurs – as well as some of the city’s finest choral groups – beneath the iconic “bean” sculpture in Millennium Park for the annual tradition of Caroling at Cloud Gate (Michigan at Washington, 312.742.1168). Fridays at 6pm!
Oh Yes, We Need a “Little” Christmas
Macy’s Holiday Windows “Reasons to believe” is this year’s theme for Macy’s (111 N. State, 312.781.1000) Holiday windows, which combine traditional old school artistry with gorgeous new visual elements. This favorite Chiago holiday tradition dates
all the way back to 1897 when Marshall Field's pioneered window design with Christmas toy windows. Later a new plan for the holiday season was revealed... theme designed windows that span the length of State Street, as you walked from one end to the other, the windows told a story.
Mrs. Hering’s Pot Pie served under the Great Tree in the Walnut Room.
A popular year-round exhibit for visitors to the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600), the Thorne Miniature Rooms tend to draw even bigger crowds during the holiday season, as several of these amazingly detailed and perfectly scaled recreations get decked out in period-appropriate trim with trees, wreaths, menorahs and more. Open 10:30am-5pm daily. Adults, $23; under 14, free. keymagazinechicago.com 11
on stage holidays
Chicago is known by visitors the world over for a lot of wonderful things – our world-class architecture, the World Champion (!) Chicago Cubs and, of course, a truly remarkable live theater scene. From downtown palaces to neighborhood storefronts, family-friendly matinees to naughty late-night fare, this is a town that thrives on theatre, and things only get better during the holidays. Whether you’re treating the kids to a heart-warming tale like The Christmas Schooner (on stage at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, 773.325.1700) or A Charlie Brown Christmas (playing at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700), taking in a yuletide classic like Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (pictured left - on stage at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800) or the Joffrey Ballet’s all-new
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world premiere production of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker (playing at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, 312.386.8905), or even enjoying some R-rated chuckles compliments of The Second City’s Holidazed & Confused (on stage at The Second City, 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992), the Chicago theater scene truly has something for everyone this holiday season. For a complete list of Holiday productions, download the KEY CHICAGO app from iTunes or Google Play.
TWIST YOUR DICKENS
Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800 This holiday season, unwrap Goodman Theatre and The Second City’s holiday hit Twist Your Dickens! This twisted take on Charles Dickens’ classic skewers Scrooge, Tiny Tim and pop culture’s most beloved holiday specials with yuletide yuks to keep you laughing through the past, present and well into the future. Performances Dec. 2-30. Tickets ($20-$45) are available online at GoodmanTheatre.org/Twist.
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Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division, 773.769.3832 The House Theatre of Chicago’s fresh take on this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry and original song, and spellbinding spectacles to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope — a fun outing fit for the whole family. Tickets ($15-$45) are available online at TheHouseTheatre.com.
Royal George Theatre 1641 N. Halsted, 312.988.9000 Vicki Quade returns as our favorite former nun in the holiday comedy, Christmas Bingo: It’s a Ho-Ho-Holy Night! In this interactive comedy, audience members play bingo while also answering questions about Christmas traditions, the origin of St. Nick, where do candy canes come from, miracles in the Bible... and a clever re-creation of the Annunciation. Tickets ($30) available at 312.988.9000 or Nuns4Fun.com.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
2257 N. Lincoln, 773.404.7336 For 15 years, the American Blues Ensemble has treated Chicago audiences to a live 1940s radio broadcast of the cherished holiday tale It’s a Wonderful Life. The incredible cast recreates the entire town of Bedford Falls with Foley sound eﬀects, an original score, and holiday carols. After each performance, milk and cookies are served by the cast. Tickets ($19-$49) available online at AmericanBluesTheater.com. Use code “BELL” for $5 off!
Get Your Wishlist Ready! From the malls and department stores to parks and zoos, Santa Claus is a hard guy to miss this time of year in Chicago. So whether you’re popping into his temporary quarters near the Christkindlmarket, paying him a visit between shopping stops or taking a seat on his lap in the middle of the lion house, be sure to have your wish list (and camera) ready and your good behavior record intact! Macy’s SantaLand Call for hours 111 N. State – 5th Floor, 312.781.1000 Santa House at Daley Plaza Fri-Sun, 11am-8pm 50 W. Washington, 312.744.3315 ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo Fri-Sun, 4:30pm-9pm 2200 N. Cannon, 312.742.2000 900 North Michigan Shops Call for hours 900 N. Michigan – Level 3, 312.915.3916
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Magnificent Shopping When it comes to shopping, Michigan Avenue is much more than just another city street – there’s a reason it’s called the Magnificent Mile after all. So it should come as no surprise that the biggest shopping season of the year is always just a little bit bigger in this part of town. Lined with horse-drawn carriages, magnificently decorated storefronts and talented performers, visitors will be awestruck all through the season. Scenery aside, the Mag-Mile is a shopper’s paradise. From large flagships and world famous European couture fashion houses to the newest and trendiest imports, the street stands as Chicago’s ultimate shop-till-you-drop holiday destination. If luxury is what keeps you warm, start your excursion on the North end of Michigan Avenue at Marshall Pierce & Company (960 N. Michigan, 312.642.4299). This family owned boutique has been selling exquisite jewelry and luxurious timepieces from leading brands such as Cartier, IWC and Vacheron Constantin for over 88 years. Check out the Holiday Gift Guide on page 26.
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High-end goes even higher at House of Kahn Estate Jewelers (900 N. Michigan 5th floor, 312.943-9937) that specializes in hand-crafted jewelry currated famous and prominent families from around the world! This prestigious shop has over a half century of expertise and can also advise customers on selling individual pieces or an entire collection.
My Sister’s Circus
900 N. Michigan, Level 4 | (312)664-7140
While Michigan Avenue certainly does have it’s fair share of high-end retailers, visitors can also find hundreds of options that are a little easier on the pocketbook. Macy’s (835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7700) located inside the Water Tower Place shopping complex is a one-stop holiday shopping destination. Make sure to bring a box of Frango Mints home, your friends and relatives will love you for it. All throughout the holiday season you can’t help but run into a gaggle of little girls proudly carrying their big American Girl (835 N. Michigan, 877.247.5223) shopping bag, possibly with this year’s Girl of the year doll Lea Clark inside. This fall the entire country fell in love with our World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and you play the gift-giving hero by making sure there are plenty of hats and jerseys under the tree. The Sports Store (900 N. Michigan 5th floor, 312.877.5455) carries not only officially licensed Chicago Cubs merchandise and souvenirs but also clothing from the Bulls, Bears and Blackhawks. Don’t miss one of America’s most iconic companies, Harley Davidson (668 N. Michigan 2nd floor, 312.335.8000) Who ever is on your shopping list, they will appreciate a gift with a hint of rebellion. Use the coupon on the previous page and get a free gift for yourself!
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm & Sun 12pm-5pm
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About mid-mile you might notice a sweet scent wafting through the crowds. Savvy locals know that smell can only mean one thing, Garrett Popcorn (625 N. Michigan, 888.4POPCORN) Make sure to order two tins since you are sure to finish one off by yourself!
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From the So Sweet Collection, inspired by pastry from France. Impeccably designed, hand-enameled resin with gold plated kernels. $62 Les Néréides Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 3 & Block 37, 108 N. State; 312.255.7042.
Drive De Cartier
Lithuanian Handmade Water Snake Cuff
This Mag Mile Boutique features unique fashions for women, men & children from 20 Lithuanian designers. $98. Monique Boutique Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan, Level 3; 773.816.3613.
It’s beautiful, it’s refined, it’s masculine. Sold at one of the finest family-owned jewelers in the city. $6,250. Marshall Pierce & Company 960 N. Michigan, 312.642.4299.
Bose Quiet Comfort25 Headphones
For the man who loves to travel. Featuring excellent noise cancellation and a sculpted audio performance. $299. Best Buy 875 N. Michigan, 312.397.2146.
Mallet Bomber Jacket
Quilted patterning, rib-knit collar, and classic bomber vibe come together to define this stylish and functional piece. $134.95. Burton 56 E. Walton, 312.202.7900.
Highly technical, innovative and timeless. Find the world's top watchmakers - shop rare, new and pre-owned timepieces. B. Young & Co. 834 N. Rush, 312.888.0027.
Piano Wire Necklace with Pearl Cluster
Simple design with tasteful embellishments for the Modest & mature woman. $138. My Sister’s Circus 900 N. Michigan Shops, Level 4; 312.664.7140.
Exquisite Natural Ruby Ring
21.32 carats of natural ruby and approx. 1.00 carats of diamond. Set in platinum. House of Kahn Estate Jewelers 900 N. Michigan Shops, Level 5; 312.943.9937.
Vintage Inspired Bracelet
with sapphire blue, pewter, and clear stones. For the woman who loves glamour and bling. $49. Accessorize 5 E. Superior, 312.482.9780. keymagazinechicago.com 23
Holiday Cheer Truffle Collection
An enchanted chocolate experience, featuring six new truffle parfums including nuts, herbs, and fruits from Europe. $40. Vosges Haut-Chocolat Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan, Level 2; 312.644.9450.
Pilots of every skill level will be ready for lift-off with this fun and rugged drone. $119. AT&T Flagship store 600 N. Michigan, 312.280.4696.
Kidâ€™s Cubs Jerseys
Holiday Classic Candle
Add a fragrant finishing touch to your home this holiday season with this candle by NEST. $40. Nordstrom Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan, Level 1; 312.464.1515.
Start your little one rooting for the World Champion Chicago Cubs! Jersery $50. The Sports Store 900 N. Michigan Shops, Level 5; 312.877.5455.
Wrap yourself in warmth with this decadently soft blanket. Offered in a palette of neutral hues $98. UGG 909 N. Rush, 312.255.1280.
Leonardo Da Vinci Catapult
Stovetop Popcorn Maker
For the future architect, build-it-yourself, working re-creation of Da Vinciâ€™s 15th century catapult. $24.99. Da Vinci Museum Exhibit Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 3; 312.877.5982.
If family movie nights are a regular occurrence in your home - a popcorn maker is the way to go. $29.95 Crate and Barrel 646 N. Michigan, 312.787.5900.
IMAGINE Piggy Bank
It's never too early to start saving for their first ride. Do it authentically with the Harley Davidson Hog Bank $5.Chicago Harley Davidson 668 N. Michigan, 312.335.8000.
Storytellng party game perfect for family game night! $14.99. Marbles: The Brain Store Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 4; 312.255.1201.
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Looking for ice skating fun in this holiday season? Don’t stop at just Millennium Park... A few blocks to the east, the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park (337 E. Randolph, 312.552.3000) features equally stunning views on a uniquely meandering and rolling journey through the landscape. Or, sneak away above it all to the Sky Rink at the Peninsula Hotel (108 E. Superior, 312.337.2888) for a tucked-away experience and magnificent city views. Finally, at Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon, 312.742.2000), you can skate just steps away from the magnificent ZooLights displays.
Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park
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Peninsula Hotel Sky Rink
Skating is $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under (includes skate rental). Mon-Thurs, 4pm-8pm; Fri, 3pm-9pm; Sat, 12pm-9pm; Sun, 10am-3pm
Lincoln Park Zoo
Skating is $5, skate rental is $5. Mon-Fri, 4pm-9pm; Sat and Sun, 12pm-9pm (12pm-9pm all week beginning December 17)
After an afternoon or evening performing your best figureeights and spins (or just trying to stay upright), nothing beats a winter warm-up. We highly recommend any of these establishments for a warm, tasty treat just a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most popular rinks. Discerning Millennium Park and Ice Ribbon skaters will rejoice at first sip from The Milk Room (pictured above -12 S. Michigan, 884.312.2221). Located just steps from both rinks inside the trendy Chicago Athletic Association hotel, this intimate lounge serves hand-crafted cocktails featuring vintage spirits and exceptional ingredients, all curated by legendary mixologist Paul McGee. Try their classic Highball made with 12-year old Yamazaki whiskey.
With the skating taking place indoors at Winter WonderFest, it’s very possible that a cool down will be in order. And there’s no better way to cool down, relax AND celebrate the centennial of Navy Pier than with a bottle of Domaine Chandon Brut or Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut at Riva (700 E. Grand, 312.644.7482) while looking out over Chicago’s incomparable skyline. Before gliding across the ice at the “secret” skating rink located above Michigan Avenue on the terrace of the Peninsula Hotel, head to The Lobby (108 E. Superior, 312.337.2888) for traditional afternoon tea. Regardless of your skating skills, your day will be memorable simply for having tried the herbal Infusions blend with Marrakesh mint, China chamomile and a citron ginger twist.
Of course, not every winter warm-up need be a liquid elixir. After a day gliding past the goats and pigs at the Lincoln Park Zoo’s rink, head over to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder (2121 N. Clark, 773.248.2570) for a unique take on the traditional Windy City deep-dish. Known for their Pizza Pot Pie and “grinders” overflowing with Italian meats, cheese and peppers, this cozy spot has been a favorite of locals and knowledgeable visitors for over 45 years!
Grab that Gherkin!
Think kissing under the mistletoe is an odd holiday tradition? Try searching through the pine boughs of a Christmas tree to try and find the hidden Pickle in the Pine (also known as Die Weihnachtsgurke for those sticking to German) A distinct holiday custom for generations of Chicagoans, the pickle ornament continues it’s long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff Restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312.427.3170). Each year, families will come downtown to enjoy a classic German meal or one of the Berghoff’s new specialties such as the Cedar Plank Salmon along with a few craft beers. The children are invited to comb through the lighted branches of the decorated Christmas tree in the Century Room to find the elusive pickle ornament.
Starting your meal with one of the Berghoff's famous Bavarian Pretzels served with a Stout and Cheddar dipping sauce, or if you are more of a traditionalists, order the Dusseldorf mustard on the side. For the main course, try their delicious Jäger Schnitzelpork cutlet sautéed with mushrooms and served with a bacon and Jägermeister infused sauce!
This year, children under 12 who are lucky enough to find the pickle will be treated to a FREE mug of Berghoff hand-crafted root beer. It’s a Merry Christmas-or Frohliche Weihnachten, to be more precise. Germany, by way of Chicago.
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EVERY CUISINE, EVERY BUDGET, EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD, CHICAGO’S RESTAURANT SCENE HAS YOU COVERED. FROM FINE DINING TO CLASSIC COMFORT FOOD, YOUR VISIT TO CHICAGO IS SURE TO BE IN GOOD TASTE.
The year-round retro vibe of Italian favorites, supper club hospitality and classic martinis at this hip and happening Wicker Park nightspot is abetted during the holiday season by truly endearing seasonal décor and some of the tastiest holiday cocktails in the city. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300.
“There’s no place like home for the holidays.” Become part of the Chicago family and make it home for a meal at Miller’s Pub. Part of the Loop neighborhood since 1935, this late-night, historic pub has been offering it’s patrons world34
famous steaks, ribs and sandwiches with a smile. 134 S. Wabash, 312.263.4988.
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Clockwise from top left: Club Lucky, Hutch Amerian Cafe, The Berghoff, Miller’s Pub, Gino’s East and The Walnut Room.
Classic holiday dining in Chicago doesn’t get much more classic than this fourth generation standardbearer, where traditional German and American dishes are served up amid a warm, inviting holiday tableau, including a Christmas tree that holds a hidden pickle ornament for lucky kids to seek out. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170.
Forget the turkey and the ham. It may not be a traditional holiday dish, but in Chicago there’s never a bad time for pizza, and there are few that can stand up to the venerable deep-dish version served up at this River North giant alongside freshly poured craft beers from the on-site Gino’s Brewing Company! 500 N. LaSalle, 312.988.4200.
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Start your day of holiday fun in Chicago on the right foot – whether it’s eight in the morning or two in the afternoon – at this brunch-only River North spot, which serves up a big selection of classic and modern brunch favorites and boozy mid-morning drinks all day long in a warm and comfortable environment. 416 W. Ontario, 312.300.4195.
A Chicago dining tradition since 1907 becomes even more meaningful during the holiday season, as patrons dig into the famous French onion soup and chicken pot pie at tables that surround the elegantly decorated 45-foot Great Tree. 111 N. State – 7th floor, 312.781.3139.
AMERICAN THE GLUNZ TAVERN 1202 N. Wells, 312.642.3000 (H-23) Old Town Once shuttered in the wake of prohibition, this historic restaurant is a true throwback that is as appealing for its authentic charm and old-world character as it is for its Europeanstyle menu and extensive wine list. HARD ROCK CAFÉ 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252 (H-29) River North Marvel at the fabled memorabilia of the music gods. Salads, burgers and fries on the menu, but prime billing includes the smokehouse sammies, courtesy of the café’s in-house smokers. HARRY CARAY’S 7TH INNING STRETCH 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.0500 (K-27) Mag Mile Cubbie pride runs aplenty in this sports-themed bar/restaurant that pays homage to Chicago’s favorite bespectacled North Sider. Overstuffed burgers and handdipped milkshakes match Caray’s larger-than-life persona. HUTCH AMERICAN CAFÉ 416 W. Ontario, 312.300.4195 (F-29) River North When the weekend-only 36
strictures of a traditional brunch are too conﬁning, be thankful for this cozy River North spot, where they dish up sandwiches, omelets, salads, waﬄes and more of your brunch favorites all week long. LLOYDS 1 S. Wacker, 312.407.6900 (H-35) Loop A hop skip and a jump away from the Lyric Opera. The menu offers classy American comfort cuisine in its main dining room. Favorite include the half pound hamburger and the succulent steak sandwich. MILLER’S PUB 134 S. Wabash, 312.263.4988 (J-36) Loop Whether it’s a business lunch, an after-work cocktail, or dinner on your way to the theater, Miller’s Pub has been your Loop destination for hospitality since 1935. RUDY’S BAR & GRILL 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111 (J-35) Loop Located a stone’s throw from Millennium Park Rudy’s is home of the famous milkshake martini made with Smirnoff Vodkas and several varieties of Homers ice Cream flavors. Need we say more? TIP TOP INN 1204 N. State, 312.877.5900 (I-23) Gold Coast
DINING Local ﬂavors and local ingredients are the focus on this classic American menu, with everything from the vegetables to the meats sourced from right here in the Midwest.
ASIAN TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash 312.379.0970 (I-39) South Loop 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.
VORA 1028 N. Clark 312.929.2035 (I-25) Gold Coast This chic Asian fusion 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.
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“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
1560 N. Damen, 773.360.7386 (A-20) Wicker Park 3300 N. Broadway, 773.883.4764 (A-7) Lake View 2800 N. Clark, 773.868.0173 (F-10) East Lake View 26 E. Roosevelt 312.834.0700 (I-43) South Loop From the freshly baked peanut butter pockets to the lemon pistachio old fashioneds and Intelligentsia coﬀee drinks, Stan’s has your morning ﬁx covered.
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BELLY Q 1400 W. Randolph, 312.563.1010 (C-33) West Loop The finest seasonal and locally sourced ingredients make their way into the plates of award-winning chef Bill Kim. Built-in hibachi table grills bring out the best of Asian barbeque. BUB CITY 435 N. Clark, 312.610.4200 (I-30) River North Lettuce Entertain You brings a little bit of the south to the Windy City. Classic BBQ fare, a bourbon focused cocktail menu and live country music, what’s not to love. JERK GRILL 811 W. Chicago, 312.763.2870 (D-27) River West Enjoy the best of Jamaican street food and summer backyard barbecues all under one
roof, with spicy and delicious takes on traditional jerk chicken, beef brisket and pork, plus a wide array of fantastic sides.
BRAZILIAN TEXAS DE BRAZIL 210 E. Illinois, 312.595.0913 (K-27) Mag Mile Authentic Brazilian “Churrascaria” combines the best ingredients of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. Pair award-winning wine with a carnivore’s delight of succulent meats and you’ve got yourself a meal to remember.
BREAKFAST ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112 (I-42) South Loop 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112 (G-14) Lincoln Park Old school diner-meetsJewish deli. Savor theflavor of mile high pastrami sandwiches, complete with kosher pickles, or pancakes from scratch. As a rule, breakfast is served all day, every day. WEST EGG CAFÉ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366 (K-29) Streeterville Dubbed “the quintessential American diner,” this institution, cookin’ since 1988, prides itself on the art of casual dining. Traditional breakfast food comes laced
DINING Italian, Greek and TexMex influence. YOLK 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655 (L-30) Streeterville 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.9655 (I-42) South Loop 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277 (G-27) River North 500 W. Madison, 312.454.9655 (E-35) West Loop This brainchild of restauranteur Taki Kastanis is becoming a brand all its own. The popular brunch spot is expanding, but lines aren’t getting any shorter. So, if you find yourself standing in line... You’ve probably come to the right spot.
CHINESE P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO 530 N. Wabash, 312.828.9977 (H-29) River North This stylish fusion of Americana cuisine tests classic Asian recipes with modern twists.
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ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112 (I-42) South Loop 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112 (G-14) Lincoln Park Old school dinermeets-Jewish deli. Savor the flavor of mile highpastrami sandwiches, complete with kosher
pickles, or pancakes from scratch. As a rule, breakfast is served all day, every day. MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855 (E-43) University Village A favorite of Chicago politicos since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served sandwiches piled high with juicy corned beef to some of the most influential leaders.
GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444 (A-1) Lincoln Square For more than 40 years
this lively familyfriendly restaurant has served sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, veal shanks, chops and fish specials. THE GLUNZ TAVERN 1202 N. Wells, 312.642.3000 (H-23) Old Town Once shuttered in the wake of prohibition, this historic restaurant is a true throwback that is as appealing for its authentic charm and old-world character as it is for its Europeanstyle menu and extensive wine list.
GREEK ATHENA 212 S. Halsted, 312.655.0000
(D-37) Greektown The restaurant dedicates itself to Greece’s capitol city in all the right ways: Mediterranean décor and authentic Greek recipes. Outdoor dining is best, according to Zagat.
PORTILLO’S 100 W. Ontario, 312.587.8910 (H-29) River North Portillo’s perfects the Chicago style hot dog with a Vienna dog, poppy seed bun,
DINING mustard, onion, relish, pickle spear, tomatoes, sport peppers and a dash of celery salt. Hold the ketchup! Don’t forget to try one of Chicago’s favorite Italian Beefs too!
enclosed tandoor oven does the heavy lifting, turning out 150 delicious Indian dishes every day. Can’t make up your mind? Try the popular (and economical) daily lunch buffet.
CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999 (I-41) South Loop Bringing out the flavors of India and Nepal. Delight in mouthwatering cuisine and an extensive wine list.
EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200 (I-33) Loop This Irish pub serves up traditional fare: Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, New York strip in Guinness mushroom gravy and corned beef sandwiches, to name but a few.
INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500 (I-30) River North The centerpiece glass-
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BELLA LUNA 731 N. Dearborn, 312.751.2552 (I-27) River North This corner classic has been a neighborhood favorite for over 25 years. Serving handmade pastas and pizza as well as specialities like Pollo Alla Marsala and Bistecca Alla Grigli. CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300 (A-19) Bucktown You’ll feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge at this spot, which has been serving generous portions for 25 years. House specialties pair nicely with the club’s famous martinis. Enjoy their "Must See" award winning holiday decorations, November 19th through January 10th. LABRIOLA RISTORANTE & CAFÉ 535 N. Michigan, 312.955.3100
(J-30) Mag Mile Choose from a wide variety of pastas, steaks, chops, seafood and antipasto – along with plenty of their famous bread – at this charming addition to the Mag Mile scene. LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005 (H-36) Loop Feeding the massessince 1927, the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants serves steak and seafood from all regions of Italy. The company wine cellar boasts a whopping 35,000-bottle-plus wine collection. PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312.751.1766 (I-26) Gold Coast 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777 (I-35) Loop In the words of Frank Sinatra, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.”
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DINING Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for thin-crust pizza. THE VILLAGE 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005 (H-36) Loop Northern Italian cuisine figures prominently in this intimate setting, complete with cozy nooks and murals. The veteran servers keep you feeling at home. VIVERE 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005 (H-36) Loop Esquire and Wine Spectator have both raved of the housemade pasta, seafood and tender meats.
LATIN LATINICITY 108 N. State, level 3 312.6795.4444 (I-34) Loop This truly unique dining experience inside of Block 37 brings the ﬂavors of Latin America, Spain and Portugal to the heart of Chicago.
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DINING fajitas, burritos and hacienda dinners. Live Mariachi music makes perfect ambiance. VELVET TACO 1110 N. State, 312.763.2654 (I-25) Gold Coast Fresh, house-made tortillas, slow-roasted corn and chicken and more than a dozen adventurous variations like shrimp and grits, spicy tikka chicken and Nashville hot tofu highlight the handheld goodness at this Gold Coast taco emporium.
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312.362.9999 (I-41) South Loop The stalwart preserves the authentic flavors of India and Nepal. Guests will enjoy classics like “momo” (dumplings with sauce) and “dalbhaat” (rice and lentils).
NEPAL HOUSE 1301 S. Michigan, 312.922.0601 (J-44) South Loop The owner of Chicago
DINING Curry House presents his newest fine dining establishment. The eatery serves a delicious spread of Nepalese and Indian food. Take advantage of the all-you-can eat buffet Tuesday through Sunday.
PIZZA BELLA LUNA 731 N. Dearborn, 312.751.2552 (I-27) River North This corner classic has been a neighborhood favorite for over 25 years. Serving hand-made pastas and pizza as well as specialities like Pollo Alla Marsala and Bistecca Alla Grigli.
GINO’S EAST 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP (H-29) Streeterville 500 N. LaSalle, 312.988.4200 (K-28) River North 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818 (I-38) South Loop A Chicago tradition since 1966, worldfamous deep-dish features a golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and choice of delicious toppings LABRIOLA RISTORANTE & CAFÉ 535 N. Michigan, 312.955.3100 (J-30) Mag Mile “The Best Deep-Dish” in the city is emerging from the ovens here, featuring great varieties continued on page 46...
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ranging simple to s pectacular they oﬀer something for for every taste. PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312.751.1766 (I-26) Gold Coast 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777 (I-35) Loop In the words of Frank Sinatra, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for thin-crust pizza. PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667 (I-27) River North Express focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout, serving pizza, salads and burgers until 5 a.m. nightly.
SEAFOOD CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500 (I-33) Loop 35 S. Washington St., 630.717.3500 (Suburban) Naperville Chilean Sea Bass and Alaskan King Crab Legs make for big culinary hits. For meat lovers: bone-in ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon satisfy.
STEAKS AND CHOPS HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966 (I-31) River North 10233 W. Higgins, 847.699.1200 (Suburban) Rosemont 70 Yorktown, 630.953.3400 (Suburban) Lombard Serving prime steaks and chops, along with Italian favorites in a warm atmosphere,
DINING decorated with a sports memorabilia.
Thai and spicy beef curry. A good, quick pick for anyone in a rush.
SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312.944.7100 (I-28) Gold Coast Zagat-rated fare centers on banana blossom salad and tom yum. Feeling adventurous? A dedicated menu of Thai curry is full of exotic spice.
FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998 (I-28) Gold Coast This Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for casual dining. Hungry? Partake in the Delux Sashimi tray, a collection of 15 pieces of assorted fish, rice and miso soup.
THAI DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000 (J-29) Streeterville Traditional Thai dĂŠcor sets the mood for a family feast of pad
STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100 (I-30) River North The Star earned distinction as the No. 1 Thai restaurant in the city. Its claim to fame: popularizing Thai food around the country.
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WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN, CHICAGO REALLY ROCKS. FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE STAGE TO THE LOW LIGHTS OF A PIANO BAR, THE CITY IS ALIVE WITH EXCITEMENT ALL NIGHT LONG.
From State Street to the Magniﬁcent Mile and everything in between, the popular Holiday Lights Tour aboard a nicely decorated trolley oﬀers a scenic ride through the city to catch all of Chicago’s best holiday displays and attractions. 875 N. Michigan, 773.648.5000.
Looking for a non-traditional instrumental gift for the music lover on your list this holiday season? In addition to simply being an outrageously entertaining evening of theater, this longtime hit show at the Broadway Playhouse also demonstrates the 48
ways in which a variety of regular household items can be transformed into awesome percussion implements. Done. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700.
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What’s better than getting a group together for some door-to-door holiday caroling? How about singing those yuletide favorites every Friday night in the shadow of the iconic
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“Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park with the accompaniment of some of the city’s best youth choirs? Michigan and Washington, 312.744.3316.
While ballerinas dance and Scrooges grumble, the hottest theater ticket in town this holiday season continues to be Lin Manuel-Miranda’s non-seasonal but completely addictive and unquestionably groundbreaking rap-infused account of the life of our nation’s ﬁrst Treasury Secretary at the PrivateBank Theatre. 18 W. Monroe, 312.384.1500.
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How do you cap oﬀ a perfect evening in Chicago? First, ﬁnd a cozy hideaway right in the heart of all the action. Next, snag a romantic table for two and be sure to order up one of the classic winter cocktails from the bar to complete your holiday evening. 1204 N. State, 312.877.5900.
If you think you know what a holiday lights display at a zoo or park should look like, prepare to be newly illuminated by the amazing interaction between trees and creative lighting elements at this revolutionary one-mile walk through the Morton Arboretum. 4100 IL-53 in suburban Lisle, 630.968.0074.
BLUES CLUBS KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646 (E-13) Lincoln Park Doc Pelligrino’s multi award-winning establishment has hosted Blues greats B.B. King and Magic Slim. Mines is twice as nice: Two stages keep the variety fresh all night long.
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CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300 (A-20) Wicker Park Harkening back to the Chicago supper clubs of the ’40s, this “lucky” lounge embodies the intimate cocktail hour of generations past. Select from a “Killer Martini” list or go classic with a handcrafted cocktail. FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998 (I-28) Gold Coast The modern, sleek trappings of this sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients.
COMEDY CLUBS COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080 (E-7) Lakeview Comedy referees keep score for audience-led teams. Red and Blue groups go head-to-head
to determine the theme of this improv-inspired show for all ages. IO 1501 N. Kingsbury 312.929.2401 (D-19) Lincoln Park One of the originators of long-form improvisation has been creating comedy for 30 years, and showing no signs of slowing down.
GENTLEMEN’S CLUBS ADMIRAL THEATRE 3940 W. Lawrence, 773.478.8263 (N. of A-1) Albany Park Chicago’s original adult entertainment playground features over 100 all-nude dancers nightliy. Conventioneers can present badge for $5 off admission.
IRISH BARS EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (I-33) Loop Pull up stool and grab a pint at the 40-foot wood bar packed with 12 beers on tap, including Ireland’s beloved Guinness.
LIVE MUSIC HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252 (H-29) River North In addition to hosting live music (on Mon. and Thu.), this legendary
NIGHTLIFE 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.
PIANO BARS THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000 (H-29) River North Sing along to Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” or Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds,” just two of the Redhead’s regular jams. Top piano players and vocalists keep you happy seven nights a week.
TAVERNS & SPORTS BARS HARRY CARAY’S TAVERN 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.9700 (L-30) Streeterville The waterfront location, family friendly menu and world class collection of sports memorabilia combine to create the ultimate Chicago sports bar experience. TIP TOP INN 1204 N. State, 312.877.5900 (I-23)Gold Coast Enjoy a cocktail or craft beer while catching the game on one of the massive screens at this new American standard.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Briar Street Theatre 3133 N. Halsted, 773.348.4000 New cutting-edge technology and striking visual effects promise an innovative twist on an already unique form of entertainment. This unique and thrilling multisensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets ($49-$69). BlueMan.com
TOPS OF THE NATION REVIEW
The Baton Show Lounge 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269 For over 47 years America’s premiere drag showcase has been pleasing audiences from across the globe, featuring the best of the best in female impersonation complemented by the top male entertainers in the country. Shows are Wednesday through Sunday. For more info visit, TheBatonShowLounge.com. 2-for-1 admission with this ad for Friday 8:30pm & 10:30pm shows!
END OF THE RAINBOW
Porchlight Music Theatre 1225 W. Belmont, 773.327.5252 Porchlight Music Theatre continues its 22nd season with the Broadway and London hit, End of The Rainbow. Featuring the songs of Judy Garland, the award-winning End of the Rainbow delves into the ﬁnal days and inner conﬂicts of one of the 20th century’s brightest stars. Tickets available online at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org.
PrivateBankTheatre 18 W. Monroe, 312.384.1500 Few shows in the history of Broadway have come to Chicago with quite the anticipation, bravado and boatload of awards as this hip hop-fueled biography of America’s ﬁrst Treasury Secretary. Bristling with amazing choreography and intensely brilliant wordplay – not to mention some truly memorable melodies – this is a night of theater not soon to be forgotten. Tickets available at broadwayinchicago.com.
i.O Theatre 1501 N. Kingsbury, 312.929.2401 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.” Call for schedule. Chicago.iOImprov.com
Civic Opera House 20 N. Wacker, 312.827.5600 An inspiring story of love and adventure, Don Quichotte is on stage November 19 - December 7. Cervantes’ enchanting tale of hope and nobility features beautiful melodies, and a gorgeous production that will transport you to sun-drenched Spain. Don’t miss Don Quichotte as he dares to dream and becomes a legend. Use code KEYMAG to save 20% on your purchase, visit lyricopera.org.
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. Located steps from the Belmont El stop. ComedySportzChicago.com
THE COMEDY BAR
Gino’s East River North 500 N. LaSalle, 312.836.0499 This new arrival on the scene features Chicago’s funniest standup comics under the same roof as some of the city’s best pizza, making for one unbeatable dinner-date night out! Enjoy performances by Sam Tripoli on Friday, December 2 at 8:30 and 10pm; Saturday December 3 at 7:30 and 9:30pm and The Big Sexy Show Saturday, December 3 at 11pm. Tickets ($20) are available at ComedyBarChicago.com
Broadway Playhouse 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700 In an evening unlike anything you’ve likely seen in any other theater, the eight-member cast of this global smash hit (pun intended) uses everything BUT traditional percussion instruments – think push brooms and garbage cans and hubcaps – to create magniﬁcent rhythms and a glorious noise. Tickets ($36-$66) are available online at BroadwayInChicago.com
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