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Lotton Glass & Studio invite you to our Christmas Open House!
December 3rd & 4th 2010 45 minutes south of Chicago at 24760 S. Country Lane Crete, IL 60417 (800)661-0950 www.lottonglass.com
Lotton Glass and Charles Lotton invite you to their 2010 Christmas Open House at Lotton Glass & Studio (24760 S. Country Lane in suburban Crete; 708/672-1400) for a two day one-of-a-kind glassmaking experience. Spend the day watching fascinating glassblowing demos. Enjoy a smorgasbord of delicious food and baked goods. Admire and shop for beautiful decorative handblown glass art, including vases, lamps, and more. A great opportunity for Christmas shopping, and a sneak peek into how these unique pieces are made, this event is a rare behind-the-scenes opportunity not to be missed. Regarded as “The Tiffany of the 21st Century,” Charles Lotton celebrates his 40th year as a visionary in the art of handblown glass this year. 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. One of his trademarks is one-of-a-kind lamp designs that are made entirely in the studio, including the hand-carved metal bases. Sons David and Daniel Lotton, as well as grandsons Jeremy and Tim have also joined the family business. Studio artists also include Jerry Heer and Scott Bayless. Each artist creates their own unique pieces while maintaining the tradition of using breathtaking designs and colors. 2010 Christmas Open House - Lotton Glass & Studio, 24760 S. Country Lane, Crete, IL 60417 Friday, December 3rd 2010 from 10am-8pm and Saturday, December 4th 2010 from 10am-5pm (708) 672-1400, (800) 661-0950 or www.lottonglass.com. Can’t make it to Crete for the 2010 Christmas Open House, visit their Gallery space at 900 N. Michigan Avenue on Level 6 of The 900 Shops. Call 312/664-6203 or visit their website www.lottongallery.com for more information. Free Charles Lotton miniature with any $950–Lotton Glass purchase.
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Flying Back into Chicago for the Holidays! Celebrate the gift of exceptional theater this holiday season with the return of the longest running Broadway musical in Chicago history, WICKED. Oz’s Emerald City illuminates the stage of Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited eight-week engagement now through January 23rd. The two witches-to-be began as unlikely friends in the Land of Oz before reaching their destinies. Glinda, more commonly known as “the Good Witch” is popular, beautiful and ambitious. While the other, later labeled “the Wicked Witch of the West” is smart and misunderstood, but burdened with emerald green skin. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire and directed by two-time Tony Award-winner, Joe Mantello, the wickedly entertaining musical fills in the blanks from before Dorothy dropped in and followed the yellowbrick-road. WICKED has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post), breaking box office records in every city the musical has played. You won’t want to miss the performance that has won 35 major awards, including a Grammy® Award and three Tony® Awards.
The CTA provides convenient public transportation to many of the city's events and attractions. See the center map spread for 'L' train stops and color-coded lines. Icons on the calendar are for bus or 'L' train lines and include the bus number or the train line color, plus the closest stop. For more information, please consult with your hotel concierge or call the CTA at 836-7000.
The Chicago Blackhawks go head to head with the Vancouver Canucks tonight at 7:30pm, the Calgary Flames Sun at 6pm, and the Dallas Stars Wed at 7:30pm in the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 312/455-7000.
Handel’s Messiah Rocks: A Joyful Noise breathes new life into George Fredrick Handel’s most performed oratorio blending classical music with classic rock, stunning visuals, Broadway soloists and specially selected adult and children’s choirs from Chicago. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. Tonight at 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm. $40-$75. 800/775-2000. to Monroe www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
It’s back! The One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago returns to The Merchandise Mart for the 10th year showcasing special programming sure to keep shoppers on the cutting edge of the latest gift guides, fashions and trends. 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza. Adults $12, seniors & students $9. Thu noon-9pm, Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm. 800/677-6278. www.oneofakindshow.com. Find more one-
of-a-kind gifts in our Holiday Gift Guide to Merchandise Mart and on page 82! The holidays are nothing short of spectacular at The Peninsula Chicago. Every Friday (and select Saturdays), The Lobby features a traditional Afternoon Tea service paired with an informal fashion show showcasing some of Chicago’s finest boutiques and retailers, including Tory Burch, Escada and many more. 108 E. Superior. Today and tomorrow 2:30pm & 4:30pm. $40 #151 ($49 w/ champagne). 312/573-6695.
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The Cadillac Palace Theatre is located at 151 W. Randolph. Tickets are $30-$100 and are now for sale at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices, at the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at 800/775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations, at the BIC ticket kiosk at Water Tower Place, and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
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You may not have anticipated encountering a small German village complete with strolling musicians, holiday lights and ice sculptures while in Chicago, but Christkindl Market delivers this and more in the city’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Leland & Western. Fri noon-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. $3 suggested donation for adults.www.lincolnsquareck.com. to Western
Embrace your inner sorority sweetheart as Elle Woods finds herself at Harvard Law in Legally Blonde The Musical. The Broadway hit boasts many awards, so don’t miss your chance to see this blonde, bubbly, and brilliant production at Rosemont Theatre. 5400 N. River Rd. Shows are Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2pm & 8pm, and Sun at 2pm. Tickets are $24.50-$59.50, available for purchase at www.roseto Rosemont monttheatre.com and 800/745-3000.
saturday, 4th Take a break from holiday shopping in the lobby of the Burnham Hotel with Holiday Story Time. Adults and children alike will enjoy holiday favorites read by the fire, with complimentary hot cocoa and marshmallows. 1 W. Washington. Sat at 11am. FREE. 312/782-1111. Find more wonderful loop activities in the Winter WonderLoop section of our Holiday Activity Guide.
Celebrate the holidays and the spirit of gift-giving today at The Berghoff for the long-standing German tradition, Sankt Nikolaus Tag. Families will enjoy a special menu, face painting and a visit from the jolly guy himself. 17 W. Adams. 1pm-4pm. 312/427-3170.
MagiQuest and Radio Disney kick off the holidays with a day of magic and music. New magi get an hour of free play (with the purchase of any new wand or topper), while returning players receive a half hour of free play. 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard. 1pm-2pm 877/797-8855.
Come get cozy and warm with hot chocolate and cookies as Santa Claus tells believers of all ages a traditional holiday story at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. 20 E. Chestnut. Dec 4, 11, 18 from 2pm-4pm. $20 per child. Call 312/324-4063 for reservations.
Christmas is the time for familiarity and comfort, and nobody provides the soundtrack for that easy-going mindset better than saxophonist Dave Koz and his musical compatriots on the Smooth Jazz Christmas tour at the Chicago Theatre. 175 N. State. 8pm. $48-$88. 312/462-6300.
sunday, 5th Dress in your best tutu and hit the dance floor alongside professional dancers at the ninth annual Dance-Along Nutcracker, an interactive holiday event. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to transform into sugar-plum fairies and toy soldiers. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington. FREE. Workshops 11am & 2pm, performances noon & 3pm. 312/744-6630. #151
Vicki Quade’s Mother Superior’s Ho-HoHoly Night tells the story of nun Mother Superior’s attempt to create a holiday pageant like never before, after she is sent to a new parish. Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted. Fri & Sat at 8pm, and Sun at 3pm until Christmas. $30. 312/988-9000. Check out our
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monday, 6th The Chicago Bulls face off against the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7pm at the United Center. 1901 W. Madison. 800/4NBA-TIX.
There is, perhaps, no better time or place to experience the harmonious 12-voice ensemble work of Chanticleer than Christmastime amid the beautiful surroundings of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church. 126 E. Chestnut. Tonight and tomorrow at 7:30pm. $37-$54. 312/294-3000. #151
Enjoy FREE general admission today at Chicago’s largest science museum, the Museum of Science and Industry. Tour a World War II sub and Fast Forward with a multimedia exploration of how our futures are being shaped today. Temporary exhibits, like Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, require separate admission fee. 57th Street and Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. 773/684-1414. www.msichicago.org.
tuesday, 7th Make a decorative Gingerbread House at American Girl Place. Gingerbread pieces, frosting and lots of candy decorations will be on hand. The girls will also enjoy a delicious meal while the festive holiday activity takes place. 835 N. Michigan. Tue-Wed 4:30pm6:30pm. $45 per person. For ages 8+. Reservations required. 877/247-5223. #151
wednesday, 8th Loop visitors are invited to bring their hot cocoa and warm blanket to Pritzker Park as it is transformed into an outdoor movie theater. Screen your favorite holiday flicks and recite your favorite lines at tonight’s screening of Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas. State and Van Buren. 5:30pm. FREE. www.chicagoloopalliance.com.
Take a break from the crowds and frenzy of the Christmas rush and lose yourself in the light, stress-free melodies of the annual Holiday Pops concert at the Harris Theater. 205 E. Randolph. 7pm. $15-$40. 312/334-7777.
Clark. 6:45pm. $25. 312/642-4600.
friday, 10th Celebrate the holidays in Millennium Park with Caroling at Cloud Gate every Friday evening when Chicago’s top choral groups are joined by Chicagoans and visitors alike for a holiday sing-along. Complimentary beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee. Michigan & Washington. 6pm (approx. 50 min.). FREE. 312/742-1168.
The Chicago History Museum offers a fun twist on a holiday traditions with Deck the Pubs! Christmas Caroling. Guests stroll from tavern to tavern along Armitage Avenue while learning about the history of the songs sung and pubs visited. 1601 N.
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See the newest and cutest baby animals from zoos and aquariums around the world, including Chicago’s own Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium in ZooBorns! for young children ($12.99). Books are available on amazon.com.
Prepare for battle with the first fully automatic NERF Clip System blaster to date, the Nerf NStrike Stampede ECS Blaster, recommended for ages 8 & up ($49.99); the blaster allows for optimal defense with 60 darts. Available online at www.HasbroToyShop.com.
The merriest gifts are made with heart at BuildA-Bear Workshop®, Where Best Gifts Are Made®. Rudolph has never been so cuddly! Plush Rudolph ($23) and Clarice ($23) stuffed animals can be dressed up or down to your liking. Accessories are extra. Available at Build A Bear, 700 E. Grand, 312/832-0114.
Keep the gamer in your family happy with Kinect for Xbox 360, the sensor that will bring you Xbox to life as never before. System allows for a full-body experience and controller-free gaming. (250GB console with Kinect- $399.99, 4GB console-$299.99). Available at Best Buy, 875 N. Michigan, 312/397-2146.
SHOP AND EAT®® Puppets, dolls, puzzles, musical instruments, wood-carved animals and more are just some of the 600 toys on exhibit at Mexico: Festival of Toys. The exhibit’s unique display will delight your children and the child in you, now running through March 13 at Chicago’s Children Museum. Located at Navy Pier at 700 E. Grand Ave. Fri-Wed 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm. Adults & children $10, seniors $9. (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). 312/527-1000. #124
Get ready for more lights, more sites, more live entertainment, amazing animals, ice carvers, model and holiday trains, special Dolphin Show, hundreds of decorated community trees, Dancing Lights Show, and much more among one million twinkling lights at Brookfield Zoo’s 29th annual Holiday Magic, presented by ComEd. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield. Holiday Magic takes place Dec. 45, 11-12, 18-19, and 26-31 and Jan. 1 from 4pm-9pm. $13.50 adults, $9.50 children ages 3-11/seniors, children under 2 are free. 708/485-0263.
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Get a rare peek into the imagination of Jim Henson, brilliant innovator and creator of Kermit, Big Bird and other beloved characters at Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at Museum of Science and Industry. 57th St. and Lake Shore. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Adults $15, seniors $14, children 3-11 $10. Exhibit requires an extra fee. 773/684-1414.
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If a challenge is what you’re looking for, search no further than Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze. Part funhouse, part maze, Amazing Chicago brings the sights and sounds of Chicago to life. Get dazzled by Chicago’s first full-sensory maze featuring visual and audio special effects including a mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and much more. Fun for all ages! 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun10am-7pm. Adults $10.95, children 5-12 $9.95. 888/893-7300. Buy-1-get-
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One of the very best gifts Christmas can bring is extra time with family and friends. Lucky for you, Chicago offers an abundance of free and affordable activities to enjoy this holiday season. With over one million twinkling lights, ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N. Clark; 312/7422000) shines brighter than Rudolph’s nose. Visit with Santa, as well as polar bears and penguins while enjoying warm drinks, festive cocktails, and arts and crafts. • Glide over to Millennium Park for a traditional good time with ice–skating downtown at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (Michigan and Washington; 312/742-1168), open daily. • Experience the wonder of winter in the Windy City at Navy Pier’s (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) Winter WonderFest. This seasonal transformation features visits with Santa, indoor ice-skating, rides, attractions, and more. • Also on the Pier, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze (600 E. Grand; 888/893-7300) invites guests to navigate their way through 4,000-square-feet of tunnels, mazes and fun. Children will love the interactive games and informative narration while trying to find their way out. Bring discount coupon on page 27. Find holiday activities galore in our 2010 Holiday Activity Guide.
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AMAZING CHICAGO 600 E. Grand, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. Part Funhouse, Part Maze – 100% FUN at Navy Pier! Navigate your way through 4,000-square feet of exhilarating sensory experiences. Lose yourself in the Mirror Maze, stumble your way through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Find out for yourself why over 1 million guests have gotten lost here. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am7pm. (Child pass $9.95; adult pass $10.95; Amazing Value 4pack $39.95). Recommended for ages 7 and up. Group rates available. (P-30) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm5pm. (FREE)(I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877-CHI-CAGO. The Historic Water Tower across the street from the welcome center is one of only two structures that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Daily from 7:30am-7pm. Tourist information, maps, hotel reservations and sightseeing suggestions available inside. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am6pm, Sun 10am-6pm, Holidays 10am-4pm. (FREE)(J-26) CITYPASS Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. Visit five of Chicago’s most popular attractions for one low price. Save 49 percent and avoid ticket lines. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Ask for it at the first of the above attractions you visit. ($69 adults, $59 children ages 3-11.) All major cards. GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY 300 N. Central Park, 312/746-5100. Sensory gardens, children’s garden and outdoor Monet garden will provide you with enough oxygen to cover all the grounds. Daily 9am-5pm (Wed open till 8pm). ($5 suggested donation.) Cash only. (West of D-33)
view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Skywalk open-air viewing deck as well as a new multimedia Sky Tour narrated by David Schwimmer and Espression by Lavazza cafe. 9am-11pm daily. ($15 adults, $10 youth 3-11, children under 3 free.) (J-26) LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY 2391 N. Stockton, 312/742-7736. Always green and lush, find everything from tropical palms to ancient ferns year round. Daily 9am-5pm. (FREE)(G-15) MAGIQUEST 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/7978855,www.MagiQuest.com. A truly unique experience, MagiQuest lets you LIVE the game, not simply play it. Using
JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. Voted “the best
cutting edge technology and a Magic Wand that knows you by name and remembers everything you accomplish, guests can explore a world filled with amazing creatures, dragons and characters where they will gain skill and knowledge and rise to untold levels of bravery. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. ($7.95 for each 30minute block of time. Must purchase magic wand for $19.95.) (Suburban) MILLENNIUM PARK Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, www.millenniumpark.org. One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. (FREE)(K-33) NAVY PIER 600 E. Grand, 312/595PIER, www.navypier.com. This redeveloped Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foothigh Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Outside Chicagoland call 800/595-PIER. Mon-Thu 10am8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm. Credits cards accepted vary. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago. Call for current listings. (Adults $15-$17, seniors 62+ $14, children 3-12 $13). For discounted group tickets and private screenings, call 312/5955987. All major cards. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com. You haven’t seen Chicago until you’ve seen it from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Beat the crowds and visit during off-hours, after 5pm. And be sure to check out their newest attraction – “The Ledge” – which offers visitors views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 10am-8pm. ($15.95 adults, $11 children age 3-11, children under 3 free.) All major cards. (G-36)
m useum s FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm-8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922-STAR. The first planetarium in the Western hemisphere and the Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. MonFri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4:30pm. (General admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $6 kids 3-11, children under 3 free. FREE general admission Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Some exhibitions require an additional fee.) All major cards. (N43) THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO 111 S. Michigan, 312/4433600. Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Ballplayers, Gods, and Rainmaker Kings: Masterpieces from Ancient Mexico. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Sat-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu-Fri 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). ($18 adults, $12 children, seniors & students w/ID and children under 14 are free.) All major cards. (J-35) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION (CAF) 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432, caf.architecture.org.
More than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to the Chicago Model City exhibition. Exhibition is free and includes a great scale model of Chicago. Also lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Open daily from 9am6:30pm (7pm on Fri). All major cards. (J-36)
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. With its world-
renowned plant collections and displays, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the country’s most visited public gardens and a preeminent center for learning and scientific research. Daily 8am-sunset. (FREE) (Suburban) CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. Hands-on exhibits and activities make every visit special for kids of all ages. On exhibit: Mexico: Festival of Toys. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. ($10 adults/children, $9 seniors, children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under). All major cards. (N-31) CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. This
cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am6pm. (FREE)(I-34) CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. Get lost
in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Facing Freedom. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($14 adults, $12 seniors & students and children 12 and under free.) Free on Mon. AE, MC, V (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. Dedicated to the collection, preservation and study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, closed Mon. $10 adults, $7 seniors/students, $3 children ages 6-12, children under 5 are free. Free on Sun. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. This is your big chance to meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: GOLD. Daily 9am-5pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $12 students/seniors and $10 children 3-11. Free general admission Dec. 1, 7-8, 13, 15-16. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.) AE, DS, MC, V (K-44) FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO 951 Chicago Ave. in
Oak Park, 708/848-1976. The complex served as Wright’s pri-
vate residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Wright used his home as an architectural laboratory, experimenting with design concepts that contain the seeds of his architectural philosophy. Guided tours are available daily from 11am-4pm. 45-60 min. ($15 adults, $12 youth 4-17 and seniors 65+). (Suburban)
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GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM 1800 South Prairie, 312/3261480. Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s urban masterpiece.
Designed in 1886, the house is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District. Tours: Wed-Sun at 1pm & 3pm. Clarke House Tours: Wed-Sun noon & 2pm. ($10 adults, $9 students/seniors, children 5-12 $6. Free on Wed.) DS, MC, V (J-48) HELLENIC MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER 801 W. Adams, 4th Floor, 312/655-1234. Established in 1992, this museum celebrating the Hellenic culture has since become a symbol of the Greek community. Showcasing the artistic work of the Hellenic people in the visual, literary, and performing arts, the museum seeks to preserve the history of the Greek immigrant experience. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm. ($5, children under 12 are free) V, MC (D-36)
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ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM 9603 Woods Dr. in Skokie, 847/967-4800. Dedicated to preserving the memories of those lost in the holocaust. Mon- Wed & Fri 10am-5pm, Thu 5pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-4pm. ($12 adults, $8 students/seniors, $6 children). (Suburban) INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF SURGICAL SCIENCE 1524 N. Lake Shore, 312/642-6502. Providing education on the
history and progress of surgery and medical sciences since 1954. Its four floors are filled with artifacts, paintings, illustrations and sculptures that interpret the primitive and modern healing practices of Eastern and Western civilizations. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm. ($10 adults, $6 students/seniors. Free on Tue.) AE, MC, V (I-20)
KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview. 847/832-6600. Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon 9:30am-noon, TueSat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. ($8.50 adults/children, $7.50 seniors 55+, children under 1 are free.) All major cards. (Suburban) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART 820 N. Michigan Ave, 312/915-7600, www.luc.edu/luma/. LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures and societies. On exhibit: Art and Faith of the Créche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. Wed-Sun
JANE ADDAMS HULL HOUSE MUSEUM 800 S. Halsted 312/413-5353. This Chicago Historic Landmark built in 1856 and lived in by Jane Addams herself in 1889 is now located on the University of Illinois campus. Learn about how she and others reformed social service. The museum is open to individual visitors and prescheduled tours during the following hours: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sun noon-4pm. (FREE)(D-40)
11am-6pm, ($6 adults, $5 seniors) Closed on Mon, Free on Tue (11am-8pm). (J-27) THE MORTON ARBORETUM I-
88 and Rte. 53 in suburban Lisle, 630/968-0074. An internationally
recognized 1,700-acre outdoor museum with collections of more than 4,100 kinds of trees, shrubs and other plants from around the world, the Arboretum is easily explored along nine miles of roadways and 14 miles of hiking trails. Daily 7am-7pm or sunset, whichever is earlier. ($11 adults, $10 seniors, $8 youth 2-17, children under 2 are free. Discounted admission on Wednesdays). AE, DS, MC, V (Suburban) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. The most exciting and innovative art of our times. On exhibit: Luc Tuymans. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. ($12 adults, $7 students/seniors, children under 12 free. Free on Tue.) AE, DS, MC, V (K-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY 600 S. Michigan, 312/663-5554. Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. MonWed & Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Thu 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. (FREE)(J-39) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773/6841414, www.msichicago.org. Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including the U-505 Submarine, Smart Home: Green + Wired, YOU! The Experience, Science Storms, and new temporary exhibit Jim Henson’s Fantastic World. Mon-Sat 9:30am4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. (General admission: $15 adults, $14 seniors 65+, $10 children 3-11. Free general admission Dec. 6. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.) All major cards. (South of P-54) NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ART MUSEUM 1801 S. Indiana (across rail tracks from Museum Campus), 312/326-0270. The museum
collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans. Tue-Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Handicap accessible. ($10 adults, $7 students/seniors.) MC, V (J-48)
NEWBERRY LIBRARY 60 W. Walton, 312/943-9090. A free and independent research library focusing on history and the humanities. Home to an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts and maps. The library offers an array of lectures, seminars, concerts and other public programming. Tue-Fri 9am5pm, Sat 9am-1pm. (FREE)(H-25)
tory with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers. Mon-Fri 6:30pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. Perfect for special or all occasions. Call to arrange pick-up. www.antiquecoach-carriage.com. V, MC (K-28)
THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM 2430 N. Cannon, 773/7555100. Grab your field journal and sense of adventure and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon-Fri 9am–4:30pm, SatSun 10am–5pm. ($9 adults, $7 students/seniors 60+, $6 children ages 3-12, children under 3 free. Free on Thu.) All major cards. (G-14)
THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION 224 S. Michigan,
ORIENTAL INSTITUTE MUSEUM 1155 E. 58th St. at the University of Chicago, 773/702-9514. A renowned collection of ancient Middle Eastern art and artifacts. Tue & Thu-Sat 10am-6pm, Wed 10am-8:30pm, Sun noon-6pm. (Suggested donation: $7 adults, $4 children under 12.) (South of N-54) SHEDD AQUARIUM 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438. Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales, dolphins to sharks, in their natural aquatic habitats. Don’t miss the Shedd’s newly re-imagined Oceanarium with increased opportunities for interaction with the animals, including the Polar Play Zone. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. (Shedd Pass: $26.95 adults, $19.95 children ages 3-11. Free general admission Nov. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee.). All major cards. (L-43)
ren ta ls BIKE CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. Choose from
over 500 bikes and explore the city at your leisure. Bike rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. (K-34)
tours b y la n d ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE COMPANY Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349.
Absorb the atmosphere of days gone by and learn a bit of local his-
CAF presents a comprehensive program of tours, exhibitions, lectures, special events, and adult and youth education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. More than 85 tours year-round. Bus tours also available - call for tour schedules. All major cards. (J-36) CHICAGO CHOCOLATE TOURS 312/929-2939, www.chicagocholocatertours.com. Take a delightfully fun and
informative guided walking and tasting tour of select chocolate shops, from secret treasures to famous favorites. Savor the flavors and walk off the calories on the sweetest tour in town. $40 per person. Advance registration is required. V, MC, Discover. CHICAGO PIZZA TOURS Purchase tickets through Verve at 800/979-3370 or www.zerve.com/ ChicagoPizza. Showcasing one slice at a time, Chicago Pizza Tours offers year-round bus tours starting at Pizano’s and finishing at Gino’s East, with two surprise stops in between. Fri=Sun 11am2pm. Tours are a maximum of 15 people. $55 per person. Advance purchase required.
transportation CTA 888/YOUR-CTA, www.transitchicago.com. 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–one day pass, $14–three day pass.) GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Call 8882The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com. Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V METRA 312/322-6900, www.metrarail.com. The fastest and most
convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. (J-33)(J-38)
THE CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER 400 South State Street (312)747-4300
worsh ip FIRST ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN 1301 N. LaSalle, 312/642-7172.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 77 W. Washington, 312/236-4548.
FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN 126 E. Chestnut, 312/787-4570.
ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH 110 W. Madison, 312/372-5111.
zoos BROOKFIELD ZOO 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708/4850263. Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and home to 2,800-plus animals. Venture into the world of giraffes, monkeys, reptiles, elephants and more. Permanent exhibits: The Living Coast and Habitat Africa! Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. ($13.50 adults, $9.50 children ages 3-11/seniors, children under 2 are free. $9 parking.) All major cards. (Suburban) LINCOLN PARK ZOO 2001 N. Clark, 312/742-2000, www.lpzoo.com. More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles and birds
This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-the-art auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.
inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s beautiful lakefront. Don’t miss big cats, polar bears and sea lions. There’s also a new Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily 10am-4:30pm. (FREE)(H-17)
From beautiful landscapes to monumental architecture to iconic sculpture, Millennium Park is truly a 21st century creation. The concert season may have come to a close, but Chicago’s favorite outdoor ice rink, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink takes center stage all season long, so sharpen those skates and come out for a twirl. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons is a breathtaking design tand marquee performance venue. 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.
Millennium Park can be conveniently reached by taking the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses. Call 312/742-1168 or visit www.millenniumpark.org for more information.
Chicago’s reputation for great shopping brings many visitors to the Windy City during the holidays. Celebrate life’s Unforgettable Moments with high quality fashion-forward jewelry and accessories from Pandora at Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan; 312/315-0647). Find many affordable options, including these popular charm bracelets, which can be personalized to represent your own unique story. • For those looking for a sense of humor this holiday season, Curly Tale Fine Art (16 W. Erie; 312/202-1664) features original paintings, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and wearable art by an array of contemporary artists that explore playful humor. • Visit Harry & David Orchard (45 E. Oak; 312/280-4964) where you’ll find fresh fruit and chocolates, plus holiday boxes and baskets ready to give or customize with snacks and treats of your choosing. Bring ad in Holiday Guide for complimentary truffle! • Whether you’re looking for an extraordinary centerpiece or an unusual knickknack, look no further than P.O.S.H. (613 N. State; 312/2801602). Stocked with items found in old American china warehouses and antique markets, each piece is limited in quantity and one-of-a-kind. More one-of-a-kind gifts in our Holiday Gift Guide.
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* Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found in parentheses at the end of each listing.
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING 159 W. Kinzie, 312/5270533. This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31) ASIAN HOUSE 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. (H-31)
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art ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/423-7635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/5452929, www.atlasgalleries.com. For 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. 535 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm & Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm. 900 N. Michigan hours: Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-29)(J-26) CURLY TALE FINE ART 16 W. Erie, 1st Floor, 312/202-1664, www.curlytalefineart.com. This eclectic gallery offers inspiring art pieces from a growing “Lowbrow” art movement. Art with a sense of humor includes original paintings, one of a kind jewelry, wearable art, glassworks and sculpture. Assembling a worldwide array of contemporary artists exploring whimsical interpretations, impish humor and sarcastic comments all in fun. Tue–Sat 11am-6pm. and by appointment. Closed Sun & Mon. All major cards. (J-29) LOTTON GALLERY 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/664-6203, www.lottongallery.com. Specializing in hand-blown glasswork
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beauty services DAY SPA 664 312/267-1681, www.dayspa664.com. Pampering has never been easier. Escape the stresses of the day with healing in-room relaxation services, including a variety of massage therapies and skin care treatments. Waxing services, manicures and pedicures delivered right to your room. Available daily 9am-11pm. Cash only.
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by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass in vases, lamps and decorative objects. Though the focus is on showcasing the Lottons’ beautiful glass pieces, the gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. MonSat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (J-26)
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COUTURE 535 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Couture 535 makes staying fashionable affordable. Shop a huge selection of stylish winter coats and warm jackets from top designers like Dior, Dolce & Gabbana and others on Chicago’s Mag Mile for a fraction of the price. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. All major cards. (J-30) CUSTO BARCELONA Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, 312/981-3904, www.custo-barcelona-shop.com. Com-
bining the best quality screen-printing with textiles and designs, Custo Barcelona’s fashions feature bright colors and humorous graphics. Besides becoming hot ticket items among Hollywood’s elite, including fashionistas Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman, this award-winning and internationally coveted designer brand is reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy. Call for holiday hours. All major cards. (J-27) DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has
ALL IN ROOM SERVICES ($100 AND UP) IN ROOM MASSAGES, BODY WAXING & SPA FACIAL WITH STEAM Available daily 9am-11pm call (312)267-1681 www.dayspa664.com
designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (H-29) MENS SUITS NEW YORK 535 N. Michigan, 312/670-4430. Complete your winter look for less with a large selection of overcoats, topcoats, outerwear, and more from top designers like Armani, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole, Ralph Lauren. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun11am-8pm. All major cards. (J-30)
department stores BLOOMINGDALE’S 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. AE, MC, V (J-26) MACY’S 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. Top fashions for men, women and 19 South Wabash, 2 Floor Chicago, IL 60603 nd
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children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours—State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (I-34)(J-26) NORDSTROM 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-30)
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CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER 777 W. Diversey at Halsted, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. Chicago Fur Outlet is celebrating over 27 years in the business. You’ll find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. And now more than ever you can’t afford not to shop at and buy from the Chicago Fur Outlet. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary, please call). All major cards. (North of E-11)
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PANDORA Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, 312/915-0647, http://memorablecharms.com. Pandora is a new style of charm bracelet, unique and very fashion forward. Each Pandora charm represents a memorable, unforgettable moment in one’s life. The Pandora Collection is handcrafted in sterling silver and/or 14kt gold. Diamonds and precious gemstones adorn many Pandora charms, while other beads are made of hand-blown Murano glass. Wear Pandora and express your own signature fashion statement, and create your own unique personal story. Pandora has been featured in internationally recognized magazines such as The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and InStyle. Pandora was voted the “Most wanted brand of 2007”.Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am6pm. All major cards. (J-27)
ELAN FURS 675 N. Michigan; 312/640-0707. This Michigan Avenue store features a wide selection of fur, fur with leather, fur accessories and shearlings from Michael Kors, Zandra Rhodes, Pisani, Zuki, Louis Feraud and many other top American and European designers for men, women, and children. Other services include storage, cleaning, reconditioning, repairs, appraisals, and shearing and dyeing of older garments. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. (K-29)
TOUS Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 5th Floor, 312/6408860, www.tous.com. Discover chic European designs in-line with today’s current trends at the Barcelona-based jewelry and accessories shop. Defined by style and elegance, TOUS features a fashionable selection of jewelry, handbags and accessories that fit every budget. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. (J-27)
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LOVER’S LANE 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. Shop for sensuous lingerie, intimate bedroom toys and romantic gifts, including sexy menswear, lotions and oils, fetishwear, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into the newest location in Lincoln Park, downtown Chicago (955 W. Diversey Parkway) or any of their 30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am9pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. (Suburban) ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
photo services CENTRAL CAMERA CO. 230 S. Wabash, 312/427-5580, www.centralcamera.com. A camera superstore with good, old-fashioned service since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Panasonic and Samsung in addition to film for your vintage Brownie and Busch camera. You need it, they’ve got it! Expert film processing. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm. All major cards. (I-37)
THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.
JAZZ RECORD MART 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. The world’s largest jazz and blues store has been described as a “treasure trove” of merchandise and memorabilia. The store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame” and inclusion on many top ten lists as one of the best independent record stores in the US. Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. (I-31)
shopping malls THE 900 SHOPS 900 N. Michigan, 312/915-3900. Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall with 70 distinctive shops, restaurants and covered parking. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. (J-27) BLOCK 37 108 N. State, 312/261-4700, www.block37.com. Bordered by State, Randolph, Dearborn and Washington streets, this five-story atrium is a must-see located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Loop. Block 37 serves as a triple threat with all the necessities: shopping, dining and entertainment. Retail shops include Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, and Sephora, among others. Mon-Sat 10am8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. (I-34) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE 835-845 N. Michigan, 312/440-3166. At the pinnacle of Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile, Water Tower Place is Chicago’s premier shopping destination. Its stunning eight-level atrium features Macy’s, American Girl Place and the new Broadway In Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse as well as more than 100 specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. (J-27)
souvenirs CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS 454 N. Columbus, NBC Tower, Lobby Level, 312/467-9537. The only retail store authorized to
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John Hancock Center Cheesecake Factory Broadway Playhouse American H&M Girl Place The Columbia Store Water Tower Borders Place 75 Pearson
HERSHEY’S Chicago Historic Water Tower
Water Works Visitor Center
Walgreens Neiman Marcus
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Crate & Barrel Cartier Grand Lux Ann Taylor Levi's Store Eddie Bauer
Huron The Apple Store Nike Town The Garmin Store
tobacco & cigars
IWAN RIES & CO. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. Since 1857, Chicago’s oldest family business, celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Humidors, lighters and accessories available. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. (I-35)
Gap Mens Suits New York Couture 535 Atlas Galleries
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needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:45pm, closed Sun. All major cards. (I-25)
The Shops At North Bridge
WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540, www.institch.qpg.com. A unique knitting &
at Rainforest Café, pick up that special souvenir gift from their Retail Village to commemorate your visit. The Retail Village offers a WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts and jackets, stuffed animals of the wild, safari-themed place settings, and much more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. (H-29)
American meal, stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia at the restaurant’s legendary Rock Shop. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories for men, women and children as well as a wide selection of collectables including their famous pin series, guitar picks, flasks, board games, music, and more, there is something for every taste. Open at 10am daily. All major cards. (H-29)
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P.O.S.H. 613 N. State, 312/280-1602. Browse an eclectic assortment of vintage hotel silver, restaurant China and flea market finds, including unique souvenirs and newfangled treasures from antique markets and European auction houses. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm. (K-30)
ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. After enjoying a classic
RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. After your dining safari
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carry authentic NBC merchandise. Find fun, quirky and original souvenirs from hit shows like “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Head), “Heroes,” and “Biggest Loser.” Carrying everything from T-shirts and tote bags to baseball caps and bobble heads, Chicago “5” Souvenirs is a TV fans one-stop-shop. Plus, visitors will also find an impressive collection of dynamic Chicago souvenirs, including Wrigley Field merchandise. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am5pm, Sun 11am-5pm. All major cards. (K-31)
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UP DOWN CIGAR 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. Located in the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING. OPEN LATE EVERYDAY. Mon– Thu10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V (H-19)
Holidays! 2010Holiday ActivityGuide
WelcometotheHolidays! Whether you’re rocking around the Christmas tree, dreaming of a white Christmas, or anticipating Santa Claus coming to town, Chicago would certainly have a blue Christmas without you. We’ve decked the halls and the streets, making every inch of the city merry and bright because, let’s face it, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Our holiday guide is our gift to you. There is plenty to do and even more to see. Carolers, horse–drawn carriages, ice skaters, and shoppers are waiting for you to join them in the city streets, where there is an abundance of holiday cheer. We send you the warmest holiday wishes and hope that we can look forward to you and Santa coming back to town for many years to come.
WinterWonderFest Holiday spirits soar at the 10th annual Winter WonderFest celebration at Navy Pier. Featuring stunning décor, awesome rides and attractions, plus an indoor ice-skating rink, Winter WonderFest remains a holiday favorite for the entire family. Find Santa Claus and his toy-making elves at the Family Pavilion Stage and tell Old St. Nick your wish for Christmas! 600 E. Grand. Basic Activity Wristband for $15 includes all rides and activities. The Premium Wristband for $18 includes all rides and activities plus skate rental. 312/595-PIER
ACarriageRide See Chicago’s downtown, lakefront and neighborhoods in all its holiday splendor aboard an old-fashioned handsome cab ride. Perfect for couples or the whole family. Antique Coach & Carriage departs from the SE corner of Michigan & Huron. $80 per hour, $40 per half hour. 773/735-9400.
ADillyofa Tradition A distinct holiday custom for generations, the Pickle in the Pine has had a long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff Restaurant. Each year, children are invited to comb through the lighted branches of the decorated tree in the Century Room to find the pickle ornament. Children under 12 who are lucky enough to find the pickle will be treated to a FREE root beer float. 17 W. Adams. 312/427-3170.
ChristmasAround theWorld The halls are decked, and the sparkle of dozens of decorated trees greets you at the Museum of Science and Industry’s 69th annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light. The Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, and is surrounded by 50 smaller trees—beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent various cultures and holiday traditions. 57th and Lake Shore. Nov 18- Jan 9. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4pm, Sun 11am4pm. Adults $13, seniors $12, children 3-11 $9. 773/684-1414.
ADrive-thru Tradition The 15th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Light Show returns to the Cuneo Museum and Gardens to light up the night sky. This drive-thru tradition offers more than 250 holiday scenes and light-up displays. 1350 N. Milwaukee in suburban Vernon Hills. Daily 6pm-10pm $10 per car. 847/362-3042.
TheNutcracker Joffrey Ballet celebrates their 23rd anniversary of Chicagoland’s most popular family holiday event, The Nutcracker. The talented dancers will enchant the audience as they come to life as magical toys, dancing snowflakes, exotic sweets, and more at the Auditorium Theatre. 50 E. Congress Parkway. Dec. 10-26. Tickets are $30-$115, available by phone at 800/982-2787, and at Joffrey Ballet’s Box Office at 10 E. Randolph.
Christkindlmarket The largest traditional Christmas market outside of Germany is right here in Chicago’s Daley Plaza. Browse over 50 vendor booths at the 15th Annual Christkindlmarket for one-of-a-kind handmade treasures, including holiday ornaments, Nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, wooden and plush toys, and European chocolates. Enjoy refreshing imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served alongside many other German delicacies, such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, and schnitzel. 50 W. Washington. Sun-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. Nov.24 through Dec. 24. FREE. 312/494-2175.
WinterWonderland The city’s highest Winter Wonderland returns for its 3rd year. Sitting 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile, the John Hancock Observatory is chalk full of holiday fun for the whole family, including visits from Santa every Sat & Sun from noon-4pm. Kids Go FREE every day with adult admission, and families get a FREE photo with Santa every weekend. 875 N. Michigan. Nov 1- Dec 31. 9am-11pm. Adults (12+) $15, kids are FREE. 888/875-VIEW. Upon entering John Hancock Center, don’t forget to check out the complimentary Winter Wonderland Railroad display – Chicago’s largest model train exhibit.
IceSkateat MillenniumPark Lace up your skates for a day of figure-eights at Millennium Parkâ€™s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Now in its 10th season, the ice rink is free and open to the public, and skate rental is available for $10. Michigan and Washington. Mon-Thu noon-8pm, Fri noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm. 312/742-1168.
Carolingat CloudGate Celebrate the holidays by participating in a holiday sing-along in Millennium Park. Caroling at Cloud Gate features various Chicago choral groups such as the Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wicker Park Choral Singers. Join the fun and enjoy warm beverages courtesy of Caribou Coffee. Michigan and Washington. Nov. 26-Dec. 17. Fridays at 6pm. FREE. 312/742-1168.
WinterWonderLoop Experience holiday magic in the Loop with Winter WonderLoop. The second annual Winter WonderLoop, presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, features holiday movies in the park, stories by the fireplace, and opportunities to enjoy holiday treats and special promotions throughout the Loop now through December 31, 2010. Visit www.WinterWonderLoop.com for a complete list of events, promotions and discounts.
CTAHolidayTrain Travel in style with all your North Pole favorites on the CTA Holiday Train. The trusty crew will do their best to dash you to your holiday destination. The six-car train glows green and red, illuminated with thousands of twinkling holiday lights. Normal CTA fares apply. 1pm- 9pm on weekends, 3pm7pm on select weekdays (schedules vary). 312/836-7000. www.transitchicago.com.
VisitSanta Merrymakers visiting Chicago will find more rotund bearded men than they can shake a peppermint stick at. On the Magnificent Mile, find the big guy perched high above the city streets at the John Hancock Observatory (875 N. Michigan; 312/751-3681) Meanwhile, the jolly old elf also covers the State Street shopping corridor with a post at Macy’s Santaland (111 N. State; 312/781-1000), along with a prime spot under the beautifully decorated 70-foot tree at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312/744-3315). You’ll also find old Kris Kringle greeting the kids outside of Winter WonderFest on Navy Pier (600 E. Grand; 312/595-PIER) and bringing some joy to the animals during the ZooLights Festival at Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon; 312/742-2000).
AChristmasCarol Goodman Theatre’s perennial holiday classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, returns for its 33rd season. Consistently included among the Midwest’s top-tier holiday events, this timeless play follows Ebenezer Scrooge through Christmas past, present and future and will certainly put the magic in your holiday season. 170 N. Dearborn. Nov.19-Dec. 31. $16.50-$76. For tickets and show times, call 312/443-3800.
Macy’sonStateSt. Do a lot more than holiday shopping this season at Macy’s on State Street. Enjoy tea in the Walnut Room while experiencing the wonder of the historic 45-foot Great Tree decked with nearly 10,000 lights and 1,200 ornaments; walk State Street to see the 43rd Annual Animated Christmas Windows depicting the story of the 1897 New York Sun “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus editorial; and visit Santa through December 24 on the fifth floor. 111 N. State. 312/781-1000.
ZooLights One of Chicago’s brightest holiday traditions returns to Lincoln Park Zoo. Enter a winter wonderland illuminated by over two million lights at the zoo’s seasonal ZooLights extravaganza presented by ComEd and Charter One. Visit the polar bears and penguins while enjoying warm drinks, cool crafts, ice carvings, and visits with Santa. 2001 N. Clark. Open weekends only Nov. 26-Dec. 13, and nightly Dec. 17- Jan. 2 (closed Dec 24 & 25). 5pm-9pm. FREE. 312/742-2000.
WonderlandExpress A holiday favorite, Wonderland Express chugs into the Chicago Botanic Garden and transforms the 385-acre oasis into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, exquisite horticulture displays and indoor snowfall. Created by Paul Busse exclusively for the Garden’s holiday celebration. 1000 Lake Cook Road in suburban Glencoe. Nov. 26-Jan. 2. 10am-6pm. Adults $10, children/seniors $8. 847/835-5440.
AfternoonTea Relax in the elegant surroundings of the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel. Their traditional Tea Lobby features live harp music performed 365 days a year and a large selection of Palm Court blended teas and pastries. 104 E. Walton. Adults $33, children 4-12 $18. Reservations are recommended, 312/787-2200.
MagMileShopping Michigan Avenue is home to some of the world’s best shopping, and Christmas on the Magnificent Mile means one thing and that is mega holiday shopping! Find the latest and greatest offerings from local shopkeepers and corporate flagships. Michigan Avenue between Wacker and Oak.
ArtandFaith oftheCréche The story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus has great appeal throughout the world. See how artists from across the globe have depicted the Nativity through a cultural lens that incorporates native clothing, art and architecture at Loyola University Museum of Art’s annual holiday exhibit Art and Faith of the Créche: The Collection of James and Emilia Govan. 820 N. Michigan. Dec 4- Jan 16. Tue 11am-8pm (free admission), Wed-Sun 11am-6pm. Adults $6, seniors $5. 312/915-7600.
VisitOldTown Untangle yourself from the never ending to-do list and plan a getaway to Chicago’s own Old Town neighborhood, where cozy restaurants like The Fireplace Inn (1448 N. Wells; 312/664-5264) and one-of-a-kind shops like the Fudge Pot (1532 N. Wells; 312/943-1777) present the perfect opportunity to reconnect with friends and family.
Become a part of the “Legacy” and defy gravity with the all-new remote controlled cycle that can drive on walls or ceilings. Inspired by the latest Disney film, TRON ($39.50), opening Dec. 17th at Navy Pier IMAX. Disney Store, 717 N. Michigan, 312/654-9208 and 108 N. State, 312/269-4776.
Build, play and protect your favorite wizard with the latest set, LEGO Harry Potter: The Burrows ($59.99). Available at The LEGO® Store, 520 N. Michigan, 312/494-0760.
HolidaysOnStage! TheHolidayClassics AdultsOnly- ShamefullyFunny For those looking for an alternative to the holiday classics, head to The Second City for their annual Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, featuring their trademark improvisation and original humor. 1616 N. Wells. Nov. 15-Dec. 27. Mon 8pm, Sat 4pm, Sun 4pm, Tue & Wed 7:30pm. $16-$22. For tickets call 312/337-3992.
A Christmas Carol has delighted Chicago audiences for over 30 years, and will do the same this year with a brand-new Ebenezer Scrooge, Chicago’s own John Judd. Serving as a portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah Humbugs” back to the Goodman Theatre. 170 N. Dearborn. Nov. 19-Dec. 31. $16.50-$76. 312/443-3800.
A department store Santa Claus tries to bring the wonder of Christmas into the lives of a skeptical mother and her daughter as he claims to be the real Kris Kringle. This classic What do you do if you’re tired of tale of Miracle on 34th Street Charles Dickens and Dr. Seuss? celebrates the magic of Head to the iO Theater to see imagination, which is what Christmas Smackdown, the holiday season is all and listen to songs about about. Porchlight Music suicide, cannibalism and Theatre, 1225 W. more. The music and Belmont. Nov. 21-Jan. 2. lyrics are all original by Fri 8pm, Sat 2:30pm & Mark Nutter and 8pm, Sun 2:30pm. $38Cynthia Carle. 3541 N. $40. 773/327-5252. Clark. Nov. 30-Dec. 16. The Santaland Diaries returns to Chicago Tue, Wed & Thu at 8pm. this season, telling the funny, unconventional Travel back to a 1940s $14. 773/880-0199. story of David Sedaris, a struggling young writer radio broadcast of Frank who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy’s Capra’s holiday classic Catherine Sims’ addiction while trying to maintain his dignity. Theater “It’s a Wonderful Life” to pain medication and Wit, 1229 W. Belmont. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. with live sound effects, an her relationship with her Thu 7:30pm, Fri & Sat 7:30pm original score, and a stellar son Chris seem to be the & 9:30pm, Sun 3pm cast that brings Bedford Falls only things that keep her & 7pm. $18-$25. to life, in It’s a Wonderful going as she deals with her fear773/975-8150. Life: Live at the Biograph! filled daughter and alcoholic husplaying at the Richard Christiansen band. Will Catherine’s family have a Theater. 2433 N. Lincoln. Nov. 26-Dec. 31. better holiday than the last? Find out in The AnThu-Sat 8pm, Sat 5pm, Sun 3pm. $32-$40. noyance’s non-traditional holiday story, Fa La La 773/871-3000. La… F#@% It. 4830 N. Broadway. Nov. 20-Dec. 18. Sat at 10pm. $15. 773/561-4665. Chicagoland’s most popular family holiday event continues this year with the 23rd anniversary of How has Britney Spears managed to return to Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, complete the limelight once again? In another classic with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic homage at the ComedySportz Theatre, creator sweets. The classic features unforgettable Mel Evans wonders if her turnaround may be due characters along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s to a visit by three spirits. The classic Dickens tale musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic is retold in a modern way in the perfect holiday score. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt romp, OOPS! I Christmassed Again: A Britney University, 50 E. Congress. Dec. 10-26. $30Spears Christmas Carol. 929 W. Belmont. Nov. $115. 800/982-2787. 19-Dec. 17. Fri at midnight. $10. 773/549-8080.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a delightful new musical based on the 1954 smash hit Paramount movie. Exemplifying the spirit of the season, this big holiday musical is a romantic comedy that has it all… glorious Irving Berlin songs, spectacular dance numbers, and gorgeous sets and costumes. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. Dec. 15-Jan. 2. $25-$98. 312/977-1710.
Kid-Friendly Drury Lane Children’s Theatre presents the annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, directed by Scott Calcagno and features a cast of top Chicago actors. Special opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa on select performance dates. 100 Drury Lane in Oak Brook. Nov. 18-Dec. 18. $12. 630/530-0111. It’s almost Christmas, and Frosty’s Shakes -NDogs is rockin’ with holiday cheer but the hustle and bustle of happy customers has annoyed Jack Frost. Will Christmas be ruined as he concocts a plan to steal the holiday spirit? Find out in this original holiday musical about friendship and forgiveness. GreenHouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln. Nov. 27-Dec. 20. Sat 1pm, Sun 11am, Mon 7:30pm. $12$18. 773/404-7336.
JUST A THOUGHT The PANDORA Ring Upon Ring Collection features hand set precious and semi-precious stones in sterling silver and 14K gold. Rings range in price from $35-$105 each. Located in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312/915-0647.
Keep Jack Frost from nipping at your fingers with ECHO E-Touch Gloves ($32). These innovative gloves are touch screen-friendly, practical and fashionable. Available at Bloomingdales, 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. Put some fur under the fir tree this year in the form of scarves, gloves, earmuffs or a jacket ($75+). Bundle up with some soft luxury from Elan Furs. 675 N. Michigan, 312/640-0707.
Glamorous glass perfume bottles (Pink Dragonlily Perfume by Jerry Heer, $150, White Calla Lily Perfume by Scott Bayless, $195), vases (Opal Iris Vase by Charles Lotton, $800), and more unique items made by various artists can be found at Lotton Gallery. 900 N. Michigan, 312/664-6203.
Light your home with double the style and double the light with a Tiffany-style Double Lamp ($325). Available at Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan, 312/922-3432.
Customizable and shippable, the Bento Box has endless possibilities. Spend $25 or more and get the Bento Box for FREE! Available at Harry & David Orchard’s “POP UP SHOP” at 45 E. Oak, 312/280-4964.
Package Sony’s re-packaged Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew ($112.99) in celebration of the 40th anniversary of its release. Available at Jazz Record Mart, 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467.
ANOTHER THOUGHT Baseball batters, pitchers and lovers can swing a new look over their shoulder this holiday with a Drawstring Baseball Bag made of synthetic baseball leather ($29.95). Available at Harry Caray’s Tavern, 700 E. Grand, 312/527-9700.
Bring the casino home, on the road, and wherever else you might find yourself with the HR Roadie Poker Set ($55). Luck is not included, but all other poker necessities are. Available at Hard Rock Café, 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252.
Capture the rest of your holiday moments this season with Canon PowerShot S95 ($400). This camera is equipped with a bright f/2.0 lens for brilliant low light shots and portraits, 3.8x Optical Zoom, 28mm Wide-Angle lens, and much more. Available at Central Camera, 230 S. Wabash, 312/427-5580.
Spice up your coworker’s office space with Michael and Dwight Bobble Heads ($25) from NBC’s The Office. Just looking at them will make you laugh (that’s what she said). Available at Chicago “5” Souvenir, 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537.
Visit Chicagoâ€™s premier source for home furnishings. Find Amaryllis Balls, Topiaries and Wreaths starting at $18. Available at Vintage Pine, 904 W. Blackhawk, 312/943-9303.
Decorate your loved one with this classic 18Kt Yellow Gold Bracelet with black nylon cord from TOUS Christmas Collection ($249). Available at TOUS in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312/640-8860.
Don’t miss your chance to get authentic German Beer Steins ($25-$100+). Available at the largest traditional German market outside of Germany, Christkindlmarket, in Daley Plaza at 50 W. Washington, 312/494-2175, www.christkindlmarket.com.
Warm up without being weighed down in this Women’s Alpine Attitude™ Down Jacket ($175) with a combination of 550 fill-power down and Omni-Heat® thermal reflective technology. Available at Columbia Sportswear, 830 N. Michigan, 312/951-2679.
Christkindlmarket Chicago 2010 Open Daily November 24th through December 24th Sun-Thur: 11am to 8pm • Fri-Sat: 11am to 9pm
Located in the heart of Chicago on Daley Plaza (between Washington, Clark and Dearborn Street)
Beautiful white winter days, fog rolling into the city down the Chicago River engulfing the steel and concrete skyscrapers, and all that passes below inspires Robert Brasher’s newest collection of paintings. Growing up in Indiana the youngest of four, Brasher set his goals high studying premed at Purdue University. During his studies he signed up for one drawing class and that was all it took – he knew he had found his true calling. Many professors have guided Brasher through his journey of becoming an artist and developing his own style. As a professional, Brasher has developed a distinctive painting technique, which has evolved from a solid background in art history and literature. You can find Brasher memorizing Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” or playing Chopin on the piano to relax after a day in his studio. The current collection of 20 new painting titled “Where The Holidays Begin” is currently on display at Curly Tale Fine Art located at 16 West Erie Street.
A special thank you to Robert Brasher for creating the cover and decorative ornaments for our 2010 Holiday Activity Guide.
ADMISSION IS FREE! (312)494-2175 • www.christkindlmarket.com
UP DOWN CIGAR
Located in the heart of Chicago’s historic Old Town, Up Down Cigar is a neighborhood institution as well as one of the most famous tobacco stores in the world. Building on nearly 50 years dedicated to the passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down Cigar’s high-end architecture, art and sculpture showcase an extensive selection of rare, premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories.This sublime smoker’s experience is a must-stop in Chicago for any cigar enthusiast. FREE PARKING NEXT DOOR. OPEN LATE EVERY NIGHT. Please join us Mon thru Thurs 10am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 10am to midnight & Sun 11am to 11pm. AE, MC, V
1550 N. Wells St. • www.updowncigar.com (800)5UP-DOWN or (312)337-8505
With over 100 different programs, attractions, and merchant discounts, every block is another holiday happening during the season-long Winter WonderLoop celebration organized by the Chicago Loop Alliance. In Pritzker Park, for example, every Wednesday evening in December features another special free holiday movie screening at 5:30pm – check out “It’s a Wonderful Life” on December 1, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on December 8, and “A Christmas Story” on December 15. Prefer a classic holiday page-turner in front of the fire instead? Then gather the family and head over to the Hotel Burnham at 1 W. Washington Street on Saturday mornings at 11am for Holiday Story Time in front of the fireplace, complete with hot cocoa and marshmallows. Back out on the streets of the Loop, keep an eye out for the photo-taking elves of the Merry Kissmas promotion – a chance to get your smooch on the big Merry Mistletoe screen. Meanwhile, retailers will be getting in on the act with discounts and promotions throughout the season – enter for a chance to win a $100 gift card every day at Block 37 (108 N. State; 312/261-4700) or get in on the traditional German fun during the Sankt Nikolaus celebration at Berghoff’s Restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312/427-3170). Other giveaways include a complimentary dessert from The Italian Village (71 W. Monroe; 312/332-7005) with code words “Winter WonderLoop,” $5 off any purchase of $20 or more at Buca di Beppo (521 N. Rush; 312/396-0001), and complimentary house appetizer for the table when you spend $25 or more at Emerald Loop (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0220). Winter WonderLoop also presents visitors with a great opportunity to give back with a Toys for Tots toy drive at Walgreen’s stores throughout the month of December.
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A Christmastime visit to the flagship Chicago store of national retail giant Macy’s (111 N. State; 312/781-1000) is a generational tradition for many families. From the whimsically decorated holiday windows (this year’s theme is “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”) and the towering 45-foot Great Tree in the famed Walnut Room restaurant, to a visit with the Big Guy himself in Santaland, Macy’s offers a full day’s worth of activities. Elsewhere in and around the Loop, distinctly Chicago holiday experiences abound. For a personalized postcard, head over to the steps of the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan; 312/443-3600), where you can get a snapshot with the famous wreathed lions. Just up the street, a postcard view of the city skyline will be your backdrop as you glide across the pond with hundreds of fellow holiday skaters at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park (312/742-5222). Cap your Christmas adventure in the Loop with a stop at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312/744-3315) to check out the city’s official tree, pop in on Santa, and browse the quaint tents of more than 50 traditional ethnic gift, clothing, and food vendors at the 15th Annual Christkindlmarket (312/494-2175).
LOVE IT! Welded from recycled steel, these whimsical handmade wine caddies come in a variety of themes including Chef and Waiter ($92/each). Available at Chiaroscuro in Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312/988-9253.
Open your Chardonnay, Merlot or Cabernet with the reliable Laguiole Wine Key ($34) from Laguiole, France. Available at P.O.S.H., 613 N. State, 312/280-1602.
Tavern and Grill â€˘ Lincoln Park
Lunch and Dinner daily Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm 2060 N. Cleveland Ave. - 773.935.2060 (5 min.cab ride from N. Michigan Ave.) www.fourfarthings.com
Youâ€™ll have plenty of barbeques to look forward to with Signature Sauces, Spices and Rubs ($24.95) from Weber Grill Restaurant. Find your favorite flavor 539 N. State, 312/467-9696.
a bright restaurant in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, open 24 hours a day. We’re sure you’ll find dishes in the eggsperience selectionto please any appetite!
35 West Ontario • Chicago, IL 312.870.6773 • eggsperiencecafe.com Open 24 hours daily
Only 1 block from Millennium Park Ice Skating!
“Home of the Milkshake Martini” 69 East Madison Street
(between Michigan Avenue and Wabash)
(312) 332-8111 www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com
INDULGE! Bar and Restaurant
The perfect spot for late night snacks and dining this holiday season!
Gold Coast Streeterville 1204 N. State 302 E. Illinois www.pjclarkeschicago.com
BAR AND LOUNGE Downtown is the place to unwind after a day at the office or for visitors new to Chicago to relax and meet new friends.
440 NORTH STATE STREET (312)464-1400 WWW.DOWNTOWNBARANDLOUNGE.COM
Four generations of candy-makers making Chicago sweeter one bite at a time. These Large Solid Chocolate Toy Soldiers ($26.95) are available at The Fudge Pot. 1532 N. Wells. 312/943-1777.
Pour, taste and keep score with your very own Beer Sampler Kit. ($29.95). Beer not included. Available at The Berghoff Restaurant, 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170.
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alfresco dining Hope you’re hungry, because you’re in for the culinary ride of your life. New from Pizano’s Pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr., Rudy’s Bar & Grille (69 E. Madison; 312/332-8111) invites indulgence with 12 different 12 oz. prime burgers including the Turkey Burger smothered in turkey gravy, cranberry spread and served with a side of sweet potato fries. • Get breakfast any time of the day at Eggsperience Pancakes & Café (35 W. Ontario; 312/870-6773), located in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood. This 24/7 breakfast depot offers the freshest OJ in town along with hearty breakfast options like Corned Beef & Hash and Eggsquisite Benedict. • Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia; 773/227-2300) is big on holiday cheer, so come out and enjoy tasty Italian food and specialty martinis in a fun, festive, environment decked out for the holidays! • Eat, drink and be merry at P.J. Clarke’s (302 E. Illinois; 312/670-7500) in Streeterville where they serve up classic American comfort fare like Mom’s Meatloaf Dinner with mashed potatoes and P.J.’s Chicken Pot Pies, along with a large selection of imports. Find a Taste of the Holidays in our Holiday Activity Guide.
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HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine. This legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Seasonal patio now open! Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served Mon-Thu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
LLOYD’S CHICAGO 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. Mon-Fri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ (G-35) P.J. CLARKES 302 E. Illinois, 312/670-7500, www.pjclarkeschicago.com. Dine on great comfort food like P.J.’s Famous Minnieburgers® and Mom’s Meatloaf in a relaxing and comfortable environment, and experience why P.J. Clarkes has been a Chicago tradition since 1986. Stop in for Sunday’s brunch buffet from 10am-2pm. Mon-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 10am11pm (the bar remains open until 2am Sun-Thu, and until 4am on Fri & Sat). All major cards. $$ (K-30)
located in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood at the corner of Kinzie and Wells
400 N. Wells For Reservations Call: (312) 822-0191
RAINFOREST CAFÉ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenir items, including stuffed animals, kids plate sets, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. This brand new restaurant
WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. SunThu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-30) WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29)
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710 n rush • (312)787-8998 www.friendssushi.com
is owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s). Malnati’s new burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ (J-35)
asian TAMARIND 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. Contemporary décor accents traditional Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well an impressive selection of sushi. Special pre-fix dinner available for $31. Open daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (I-39)
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EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ 35 W. Ontario, 312/870-6773, www.eggsperiencecafe.com. Located right in the heart of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Eggsperience is open 24 hours daily and has something for any appetite. Enjoy a delicious selection of all-day breakfast items like savory omelettes, benedicts, crepes, pancakes and more. If lunch is what you crave, half pound Angus beef burgers, paninis, salads, and wraps are perfect palate pleasers. Suburban locations in Glenview (847/998-5111) and Bannockburn (847/940-8444) (I-29)
ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42) WEST EGG CAFE 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs Benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: Insulated coffee pitcher at every table! Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am3pm. All major cards. $ (K-29) YOLK 335 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com. Voted “Best Breakfast” by Citysearch, Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Guests can egg-spect new and creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, omelettes, benedicts, French toast, crepes, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include gourmet salads, wraps, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)
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ELEPHANT AND CASTLE PUB & RESTAURANT 111 W. Adams, 312/236-6656. Warm and welcoming, North America’s leading British pub and restaurant concept is the informal home to some of the world’s best fish & chips, single-malt scotches and jolly good times. Mon-Fri 6:30am-midnight, Sat-Sun 7am-midnight. All major cards. $$ (H-36)
chinese DRAGONFLY MANDARIN 832 W. Randolph, 312/455-1400, www.dragonflymandarin.com. Winner of Best Chinese Restaurants 5 years in a row, Dragonfly Mandarin presents a genuine Chinese dining experience amidst an elegant yet casual atmosphere. All-You-Can-Eat Alaskan King Crab Legs on Mondays. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (D-33)
LAO SHANGHAI 2163 S. China Pl., 312/808-0830. From the owner of the celebrated Lao Sze Chuan comes a Shanghaifocused menu in Chinatown Square. Mon-Thu 11am10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$$. (H-50)
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MARKETHOUSE 611 N. Fairbanks, 312/224-2200, www.markethousechicago.com. American contemporary cuisine from Executive Chef Scott Walton. The menu marries Heartland basics with influences from around the globe. Markethouse supports local farmers that practice sustainable agricultural techniques and offers a seasonably changing menu. Try a signature cocktail or an infused vodka from their one-of-a kind Martini Garden. Breakfast 6am-11am; Lunch 11am2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (L-29) VIAND 155 E. Ontario, 312/255-8505, www.viandchicago.com. With a focus on quality, freshness and flavor, Viand’s dishes captivate the senses and redefine American classic comfort food. Guests will find a provocative wine menu and refreshing handcrafted martinis. Breakfast Mon-Fri 6:30am-10:30am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11:30am; Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner 5pm-10pm; Bar Mon-Fri 11:30am-12:30am, Sat-Sun 4pm-midnight. All major card. $$$ (L-30)
THE BERGHOFF 17 W. Adams, 312/427-3170, www.theberghoff.com. This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for over 110 years. Featuring a diverse menu from classic German dishes to contemporary sensations, it’s sure to satisfy every generation of guest. Restaurant: MonFri 11am-9pm, Sat 11:30am-9pm, closed Sun. Lower Level Café: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm. All major cards. $$ (J-36)
Italian Cucina 1154 W. Taylor 312-243-2357
ELEVEN CITY DINER 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks, like phosphates and serious milk shakes, while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot! MonThu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am-10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ (I-42)J MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. Since 1942, this cafeteriastyle institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, and tasty, peppery pastrami. Get a side of Manny’s famous original crisp potato pancakes and check out the full menu for a variety of delicious steam table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and carry out. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm. All major cards. $ (E-43)
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THE MELTING POT 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. Stir things up at this stylish fondue eatery. Choose from 6 different cheese fondues, entrees with prime meats, lobster & seafood, 4 cooking styles and vegetarian options. Look for an amazing list of wines to pair with your meal. Don’t forget to save room for their famous chocolate fondue. Daily noon-2am (Sun noon-midnight). All major cards. $$$ (H-29)
german CHICAGO BRAUHAUS 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. Excellent German and American cuisine. Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck. Steaks, chops and fish specials also available daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu11ammidnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am, closed Tue. All major cards. $$ (Northwest of A-1)
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GAYLORD INDIA 100 E. Walton, 312/664-1700. This popular Indian restaurant offers a wide selection of authentic East Indian cuisine in the River North. The menu includes vindaloo, tandoori, and curries. Sample a little bit of everything at the lunch buffet: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun noon-3pm. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-26) INDIA HOUSE 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com. With an exhibition kitchen, this River North em-
porium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Don’t let the over 150 choices intimidate you; there is something for everyone, including an extensive selection of vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. Vegetarian & non-vegetarian options dot a
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menu heavy on Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites at this popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant. Sample the extensive menu at the daily lunch buffet featuring a variety of traditional dishes, from samosas (fried potato dumplings) and chana masala (a tangy chick pea stew) to a rotating selection of lamb, fish, and chicken specialty dishes. Lunch buffet daily from 11:30am-3pm for $11.95pp. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
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the Fireplace Inn VEERASWAY 844 W. Randolph, 312/491-0844, www.veerasway.com. Voted best new Indian restaurant by Chicago Magazine in 2009, Veerasway is a contemporary Indian fusion restaurant in Chicago’s popular West Loop neighborhood. Veerasway is popular amongst the locals for its clever fusion of Indian Food with modern American culture. A true gem! Open Tue-Sun for dinner from 5pm-9:30pm. All major cards. $$ (D-33)
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irish EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and comfort food favorites all day and night in a spacious, sophisticated dining room while also boasting a 40-foot wood bar, expansive drink list and numerous TVs throughout. Green with envy other bars? These over-achievers have it all, including daily specials, football specials and weekend brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ (I-33)
BUCA DI BEPPO 521 N. Rush, 312/396-0001, www.bucadibeppo.com. This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/808-9898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location.
All major cards. $$$ (J-30) CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. Online reservations. Feel like you’re in a 1940s traditional Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Generous portions of traditional Italian food are served. Chef’s daily specials and private parties available. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Kitchen hours: Mon-
Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm-11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm & Sun Dinner 3:30pm-10pm. Lounge open until: Mon-Thu 12:30am, Fri 2am, Sat 3am, Sun 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (Northwest of A-20) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Located on the
lower level of the mini-empire known as the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy in an intimate setting. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
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“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934 www.indiangardenchicago.com
let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.
ROSAL’S 1154 W. Taylor, 312/243-2357, www.rosals.com. Feel like family at this warm trattoria located in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood where a meal of homemade Sicilian specialties awaits. RoSal’s silver-screen tradition—the monthly “Big Night” dinner party—recreates a 10-course feast like in the movie. Good Food, Good Friends and Good Wine is more than their motto, it’s their promise. Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (West of E-43) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. Owned and operated by the Capitanini family since 1927, the Village features Northern Italian cuisine served in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Brian Schyuler Trio performs on Wednesdays. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants - “Three Great Restaurants Under One Roof”) 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. This Contemporary Italian restaurant featuring modern flavors as well as décor is a DiRoNa fine dining award winner and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator as one of the best new restaurants. Most celebrated wine list in the Midwest. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-36)
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DE CERO TAQUERIA 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114, www.decerotaqueria.com. Voted best new dish by Chicago Magazine, de cero’s taco platters are to die for! They feature 15 different types of tacos, such as the famous Grilled Skirt Steak Taco and the Battered Fish Taco with Mexican slaw and chipotle mayo. Wash them down with freshly squeezed lime Margaritas made with 100% Agave Tequila. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. All major cards. $$ (D-34)
SU CASA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 49 E. Ontario, 312/943-4041. Experience a “fiesta” for your taste buds one block off Michigan Avenue. Here, a smorgasbord of Mexican favorites like fajitas, burritos, tacos, combination platters and hacienda dinners using the freshest ingredients and juiciest meats are served in a decorative setting complete with piñatas, religious iconography, and stained glass. Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $ (1-29)
MOE’S CANTINA 155 W. Kinzie, 773/348-8899. Spanish and South American tapas are what’s on the menu at this ruckus Mexican cantina. Rock music, Spanish artwork, and plasma TVs set a spirited scene for Moe’s famous margaritas and sangria, and popular skewers and tacos. Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 5pm-3am. All major cards. (I-31)
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pizza EDWARDO’S 521 S. Dearborn, 312/939-3366; 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490; check website for additional locations, www.edwardos.com. Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza and all
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natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ (I38)(1-23) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/4861777. pizanoschicago.com. Frank Sinatra once said, “A day
without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” To that end, brighten up your day with a homemade order of gnocchi and pesto or baked mostaccioli, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Mon-Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. AE, MC, V $$ (I-26)(I-35)(Suburban) PIZZERIA ORA 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. Build your own traditional Chicago deep dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ (H-30)
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CATCH 35 35 W. Wacker, 312/346-3500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. The freshest seafood in the city can be found at Catch 35, just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District. Featuring Lake Superior Whitefish, grilled Scottish Salmon and Asian specialties like the Chilean Sea Bass and Szechwan Scallops. And for steaks lovers try the Bone-in Ribeye, a chef’s cut New York Strip or the Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ (I-33) (Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ (Suburban)
steaks, chops & ribs CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos lining the walls, this renowned steakhouse features huge USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections from around the globe. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ (I-29) THE FIREPLACE INN 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving
“The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune
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up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (G-21)
HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/9533400; www.harrycarays.com. Legendary Italian Steakhouse
vorite serves steaks and fresh seafood, along with pastas and nightly specials in an elegant setting complete with century old paneling and artwork. For the holidays, Farthings decks the halls with great X-mas decorations, making it a festive place to eat and drink! Catch the day’s game at the attached bar or stop by for live music Friday nights. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat 11:30am-3am, Sun 10am-2am (Sun brunch 10am-3pm). Kitchen is open Sun-Thu till 10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (F-20)
FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL 2060 N. Cleveland, 773/935-2060, www.fourfarthings.biz. This neighborhood fa-
serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. (Chicago) Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sat-Sun – bar only. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 4pm10pm. Bar: Daily 11:30pm-close. Call other locations for hours. All major cards. $$$$ (I-31)(Suburban) KINZIE CHOPHOUSE 400 N. Wells, 312/822-0191, www.kinziechophouse.com. A classic steakhouse with a comfortable neighborhood feel. Excellent dry-aged beef including New York strips, porterhouses, bone-in filets and veal chops. Seafood and pasta entrées available. Private party rooms. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 4pm11pm, Sun 4pm-9pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-31) O’BRIENS RESTAURANT AND BAR 1528 N. Wells, 312/787-3131, www.obriensrestaurant.com. This popular Old Town classic features continental cuisine specializing in prime steak and fresh seafood. Live piano music seven nights a week. Call for hours. (North of H-19) PETTERINO’S 150 N. Dearborn, 312/422-0150, www.petterinos.com. Located in Chicago’s exciting theater district, in the city’s “Loop” area, Petterino’s offers prime steaks, fresh seafood and classic specialties in a 1940s setting that celebrates the Golden Age of Glamour. Pre-theater and after work specials are available daily. Every night after 7pm, Petterino’s offers a three-course dinner for $19.95. Mon 11am10pm, Tue-Thu 11am-10:30pm., Fri-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (H-33)
“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine
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SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. Enjoy an undefeated dining experience at Shula’s Steak House, where they offer
only the best beef money can buy. One of the top five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from flash fried lobster tail to the infamous 48oz porterhouse. Mon-Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (J-31) WEBER GRILL 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. From the people who invented the Weber kettle
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grill, this downtown dining establishment cooks juicy steaks and burgers over an open flame indoors. Breakfast: Mon-Fri 6:30am-10am, Sat-Sun 6:30am-11am; Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am4pm; Dinner: Mon-Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat 11:30am-midnight, Sun 11:30am-11pm; Bar Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri 11am-1am, Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ (I-29)
sushi FRIENDS SUSHI 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. Conveniently located just steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot is ideal for both casual lunching and romantic dining. Featuring a delicious selection of traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrees, including steamed sea bass and grilled rib eye. Daily lunch specials and late night menu. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ (I-28) SUSHI TAIYO 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. The latest River North hotspot, Sushi Taiyo sushi bar and restaurant features contemporary sushi, sashimi, updated Asian fare and a cocktail menu that includes an array of high end and Regional Sake in addition to unique martinis, champagne, wine and a selection of Japanese beers. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ (I-29)
tapas 1492 TAPAS BAR 42 E. Superior, 312/867-1492, www.1492tapasbar.com. Housed in a1864 Victorian Mansion, 1492 invites you to travel across Spain, and its colonies, in every bite. Featuring an extensive menu ranging from new
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Spanish and Nuevo Latino cuisine to traditional and signature tapas, 1492 offers a state-of-the-art dining experience in a cozy ambiance that is quite lively. Some specialties are: paellas, fideua (the traditional shrimp and calamari with thin spaghetti from Spain), Sangria, and an award-winning wine list. Mon-Thu 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat noon-11:30pm, Sun noon-9:30pm. All major cards. $$$ (I-28)
DAO 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. This authentic Thai restaurant has a wide variety of traditional dishes, served in comfortable surroundings. Specialties include beef, chicken and an array of curry dishes. The action of the Magnificent Mile is only a half block away. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (J-29)
MERCAT A LA PLANXA 638 S. Michigan, 312/765-0524. Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue â€“ here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ (J-40)
SILVER SPOON 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100. Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Duck Curry, Soft-Shell Crab Thai-style. Vegetarian-friendly. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. MC, V $ (I-28) STAR OF SIAM 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics for several consecutive years. A major influence in creating the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, FriSat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ (I-30)
Chicago’s nightlife scene is cranking up the heat. Had enough of off-key Christmas carols? Dress your best and take it up a notch at live music venue, The Redhead Piano Bar (16 W. Ontario; 312/640-1000). Featuring some of Chicago’s best piano-vocalists pounding out old favorites like “Sweet Caroline,” your night is sure to be an instant hit. • A cozy pub is always warming during the chilly holiday season. Raise a toast at one of the city’s newest hot spots, Downtown Bar & Lounge (440 N State; 312/464-1400), located within walking distance of Chicago’s Theater District and Goodman Theatre. • Speaking of the Goodman, no holiday season in Chicago is complete without the beloved tale, A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn; 312/443-3800). Follow Scrooge as he journeys through the past, present, and future to find out the true meaning of Christmas. • Hard Rock Café (63 W. Ontario. 312/943-2252) will have you rockin’ around the Christmas tree this holiday season while you sip signature holiday drinks and ogle the impressive collection of rock n’ roll memorabilia. Find more holiday theater options in our Holiday Activity Guide!
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information * Please call to confirm hours and credit cards. * AE: American Express, MC: MasterCard, DC: DinersClub, DS: Discover, V: Visa * Refer to the Metro Map and North Metro Map for corresponding map codes, found at the end of listings.
BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS 700 S. Wabash, 312/427-1190, www.buddyguys.com. Owned by the legendary Buddy Guy, Chicago’s premier blues club, which recently moved, offers the best of local and national blues talent. This new locale features upgrades like a brand new state-of-the-art sound system and an incredible collection of rare blues memorabilia. Cover charges vary. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 5pm3am, Sun 6pm-2am. All major cards. (J-40)
B.L.U.E.S. 2519 N. Halsted, 773/528-1012, www.chicagobluesbar.com. A vintage Lincoln Park club that has hosted a virtual who’s who of blues stars over the years, from Magic Slim to Eddie Shaw. A truly intimate location that gets you up close and personal with the acts. Cover charge. Music starts at 9:30pm. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (E-13)
KINGSTON MINES 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this “Legendary Blues Mecca.” The best Chicago blues acts appear seven nights a week, with an early guitar set starting at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves barbecue, catfish, wings and more for late-night dining. Cover charge: Sun-Wed $12, Thu-Sat $15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (E-13)
bowling 10pin BOWLING LOUNGE 330 N. State, 312/644-0300, www.10pinchicago.com. Adjacent to the House of Blues, this hip upscale bowling lounge features 24 state-of-the-art lanes topped by HD video screens that are supported by nightclub quality audio system. Come knock down some pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics designed for sharing. Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am. All major cards. (I-31)
cocktail lounges CLUB LUCKY 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. Online reservations. The 1940s “Supper Club” and cocktail lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or enjoying an intimate cocktail. Try our famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am. All major cards. (Northwest of A-20)
BATON SHOW LOUNGE 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. This show has the nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for over 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon & Tue. Show times are Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. (H-38)
DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE 440 N State St, 312/4641400, www.downtownbarandlounge.com. Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. (I-31)
IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, www.taiyochicago.com. A restaurant lounge fea-
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turing a menu of Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in a upscale lounge setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ (I-29)
comedy clubs iO 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199, chicago.ioimprov.com. The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 30 years. iO. has two theaters, each with its own bar, that have different theatrical offerings. The Del Close Theater features sketch comedy as well as stylistic shows like Improvised Shakespeare and Whirled News Tonight, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Performances seven nights a week. All major cards. (D-5)
dance clubs VISION 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, www.visionnightclub.com. An elevated plateau of nightclub luxury that explores sight, sound and sensuality amidst four levels. World-renowned top Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday. Thu-Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Weekly schedule available online. All major cards. (I-29)
gentlemen’s clubs VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/6647400, www.vipschicago.com. Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover charge before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri
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irish pubs EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. In addition to offering a full restau-
THE BACKROOM 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. Follow the red-bricked corridor into one of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly also includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & cover charges vary. Twodrink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm-3am. All major cards. (I-25)
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HOUSE OF BLUES 329 N. Dearborn, 312/923-2000. A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. Call for current schedule. All major cards. (H-32)
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THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis or your favorite cocktail as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable; the smartly dressed, eclectic clientele is reminiscent of the classic Chicago nightclub. Proper attire required. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. (H-29)
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HARD ROCK CAFE 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. It’s always a rockin’ time at this legendary institution. Besides boasting the largest collection of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hard Rock serves up the best in American cuisine. Seasonal patio now open! Hard Rock merchandise available—store opens daily at 10am. Food served MonThu11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ (H-29)
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As the days and hours tick down until December 25, the search for the elusive “perfect gift” intensifies dramatically. Sure, traditional bailouts like gift cards and last-minute sales at the mall promise a safety net for desperate shoppers, but with a few weeks yet to go here, optimistic gift-givers can set their sights on something a little more distinctive and unique. That’s the idea behind the annual One of a Kind Show and Sale at the Merchandise Mart (222 Merchandise Mart Plaza). This is the antithesis of the big-box, offthe-rack, one-gift-fits-all mentality that is so prevalent at this time of year – a chance to find an artistic, hand-crafted gift that truly suits the taste and personality of the intended recipient. What a unique concept! The One of a Kind Show is open on December 3 from 11am to 9pm, December 4 from 10am to 7pm, and December 5 from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are $12 (kids 12 and under are free). For more information, call 312/527-7074. Of course, all of that treasure hunting is likely to inspire a healthy appetite, but fortunately there are plenty of great one-of-a-kind dining options within walking distance of the show. For a distinctive cut of meat and a true Chicago experience, head to the Kinzie Chophouse, just steps from the Mart (400 N. Wells; 312/822-0191). Long regarded as one of the city’s top beef emporiums, Kinzie continues to turn out the legendary chops, pastas, and wine pairings that have been the Chophouse’s claims to fame for decades in the River North area. Throughout December, Kinzie helps take the chill out of the air with their new seasonal menu and special 3-course Dinner Menu. Select from mouth-watering entrees like a 10–ounce New York Strip, Kinzie’s Famous Chicken Pot Pie, Pan Seared Salmon “Putenesca” Style, and Butternut Squash Ravioli for just $25 per person. But don’t end your day there, more potential wonders await at Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Avenue. While this vertical mall features all of the standard retail outlets, for some real knick-knack hunting and unusual discoveries, be sure to check out the odds and ends at Chiaroscuro (2nd floor; 312/9889253). This colorful gallery features vibrant works of
contemporary urban art from more than 200 artists and artisans, including handcrafted clocks, kitchenware, furniture, and decorative pieces, all with a big splash of color. The gallery offers customized and personalized gifts as well as gift-wrapping for everything from clocks and furniture to bar and tabletop designs. Find innovation, one-of-a-kind jewelry designs at TOUS (312/640-8860) this holiday season. Located on the 5th floor of Water Tower Place, TOUS newest Holiday Collection, titled IVY, features a collection of sparkling balls to remind us of the magic of Christmas all year long. Apart from their handcrafted core jewelry collection, TOUS carries a selection of accessories including fragrances, scarves, handbags, and more, all at affordable prices. For high-fashion with an attitude, head to Custo Barcelona (2nd Floor; 312/981-3904). Custo’s newest collection Hairy Metal invites wardrobe experimentation with a host of earthy textured wools, thick tricots, and volumetric, luscious fabrics. Pick up something from this top-rated, award-winning and internationally coveted designer brand this holiday season for something truly one-of-a-kind. From Spanish to Asian, the restaurant scene outside Water Tower Place offers much international flair. Best of all, several of the area’s most ambitious eateries set out to not just serve food, but to create a feast for the senses in both their surroundings and presentations. Housed in a Victorian mansion, the atmosphere at 1492 Tapas Bar (42 E. Superior; 312/867-1492) invites guests to indulge in the finer things in life. And here the finer things include grilled chorizo, a sausage imported from Spain, mozzarella cheese with tomatoes, basil and olive oil dressing. Tapas, also known as Spanish appetizers, come in hot and cold varieties and can be combined—or shared—to create an entire meal. Toast it with a tall glass of sangria. A similar opportunity to share can be found at Friends Sushi (710 N. Rush; 312/787-8998) where diners can sample a wide array of fresh sushi and sashimi creations artistically prepared by master chefs each day. Importing its design from Thailand, every furnishing including the fabric walls, bar, chairs, and even ceiling was custom designed specifically for this space. Mix and match with others at the table to create a meal that is truly a work of art.
BLUE MAN GROUP Briar Street Theatre is located at 3133 N. Halsted, 773/348-4000. Treat your-
self and family to the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon known as Blue Man Group – and experience an integral part of Chicago’s rich cultural fabric. Currently in an open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, this unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are $49-$69. Show schedules and additional information can be found at www.blueman.com.
I.O. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199. For more than 20 years, i.O. has been the
premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of longform improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln, www.milliondollarquartetlive.com.
Inspired by the famed, 1956 recording session that brought together legendary rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, Million Dollar Quartet captures a singular moment when four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, came together for one of the most memorable nights in music history. The show features a treasure trove of music, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and much more. For tickets: $25-$80, call 773/935-6100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
PETER PAN (A PLAY) Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan, 312/337-0665. Journey to a world of pirates, fairies and fantasy with the world-premiere of Lookingglass original, Peter Pan (A Play). Nationally-known Amanda Dehnert directs this adaptation of the classic tale from J.M. Barrie, of the boy who wouldn’t grow up, in a playful, and darkly comic fashion bringing innovative theatricality, aerial arts, and a soulful understanding of yearning and regret to the legendary childhood adventure. Preview tickets are $20-$34 and regular run tickets are $34-$62 and are available by phone at 312/337-0665 or online at www.lookingglasstheatre.org.
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