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December 6, 2013

This Week

In Chicago

Through December 24th on Daley Plaza

Inside This Week In Chicago DAY BY DAY HIGHLIGHTS..............4 HERE’S THE DEAL...............................7

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Celebrating the Holidays 2013 HOLIDAY ACTIVITY GUIDE...33

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This Week In Chicago


ON THE COVER A MUCH BELOVED HOLIDAY TRADITION Daley Plaza is aglow this holiday season with twinkling lights and filled with red and white striped huts as Christkindlmarket returns to the heart of the Windy City for its 18th season. Vendor tables shine with an abundance of one-of-a-kind treasures that are destined to become gifts for your friends and family. Holiday ornaments of all shapes and sizes, Nutcrackers, cuckoo-clocks, beer steins and European chocolates are just a few of the items for sale from more than 50+ vendors. While admiring gifts and goodies, the smell of sweets and savories wafts through the air. German delicacies, such as bratwurst, potato pancakes, and schnitzel are sizzling at all corners as the aroma of stollen, strudel, and pretzels seize your senses. Adults can warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine), which is served in an anniversary souvenir boot-mug. Located in Daley Plaza at 50 W. Washington. Sun-Thu from 11am-8pm, and Fri-Sat from 11am-9pm. For additional details, call 312.494.2175 or visit


The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks continue their title defense with a game against the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.7000. Before or after the game, be sure to enjoy a “cheezborger” at the nearby outpost of the legendary Billy Goat Tavern. 1535 W. Madison, # 312.733.9132. 20 The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago presents its annual grand production of The Nutcracker with Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live by a full orchestra tonight at Auditorium Theatre. 7pm. $31-$117. 50 E. Congress, # 3 312.341.2310. Enjoy great French fare alongside the classics of the Great American Songbook with the Sam Fazio Trio tonight at






DEC 6 - 13 LM Bistro. Call for reservations. 111 # 36 W. Huron, 312.202.9900.

SATURDAY Work off those Christmas cookies with a brisk jog in a beard and festive hat at the 5th Annual Santa Hustle 5K this morning at Soldier Field. 9am. $50. 1410 S. Museum Campus, 847.829.4536. After the run, enjoy the post-race party with the rest of the jolly old elves at Navy Pier. 10am. 600 E. Grand, # 124 312.595.7437. Enjoy traditional Scandinavian and modern handicrafts from a variety of vendors, along with Swedish treats, folk dancing, Santa Claus and more during Julkmarnad, the annual Christmas bazaar at the Swedish American Museum. 10am-5pm. $2. 5211 N. Clark, 773.728.8111. to Foster Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls hit the hardwood tonight for a divisional matchup against Josh Smith and the new-look Detroit Pistons at the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, # 20 312.455.7000.

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against the Florida Panthers at United Center. 6pm. 1901 W. Madi# 20 son, 312.455.7000.

Local rock station 101.9 The Mix presents its annual Miracle on State Street holiday benefit concert, this year featuring the Plain White T’s, Backstreet Boys and Colbie Caillat at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30pm. $49.50–$75. 175 N. State, to Lake 312.462.6300.



Enjoy fast-paced AHL hockey in a fan-friendly setting as the Chicago Wolves face off against the Oklahoma City Barons this afternoon at the Allstate Arena. 3pm. $12$53. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, to Rosemont 847.635.6601.

Get in the holiday spirit with the smooth jazz carols of saxophonist Dave Koz and Friends tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $43.50-$88.50. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake The Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli unleashes one of her lovably vicious standup sets tonight at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. 8pm. $29-$59. 777 Casino Center Drive in Hammond, Indiana, 219.473.7000.

8 SUNDAY A signature event is now even better, as the popular House of Blues Gospel Brunch features a great Southern buffet and rousing live gospel music that’s now handselected by the legendary Kirk Franklin. 10am and 12:30pm. Adults, $40; children (ages 6–12), $25. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. #36 The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks hit the ice

Legendary Chicago entertainer Ron Hawking delivers an old-fashioned variety show of songs, impressions and stories in Home for the Holidays this afternoon at Zanies Comedy Club. 3pm. $35. 5437 Park Place in suburban Rosemont, 847.813.0484. to Rosemont




TUESDAY The Chicago Bulls host local and divisional rivals the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.7000. #20 Oprah favorite and leader of the Lipstick Moms, comedian Patti Vasquez brings her funny tales of domestic life to the stage at Zanies Comedy Club. 8:30pm. $25. 1548 N. Wells, 312.337.4027. # 151

Monday Night Football comes to the Chicago lakefront tonight as Devin Hester and the Chicago Bears welcome Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys to Soldier Field. 7:30pm. 1410 S. Museum Campus # Drive, 312.235.7000. 146 Local pop radio powerhouse 103.5 KISS FM presents its annual Jingle Ball concert, this year featuring Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Flo Rida, Icona Pop and Avril Lavigne tonight at the United Center. 7:30pm. $32.95-$134.13. 1901 W. # Madison, 312.455.4500. 20



11 WEDNESDAY It’s a Stanley Cup rematch from a few years back as the Chicago Blackhawks welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to the United Center. 7pm. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.7000. Before the game, grab a drink, a great meal and a free ride to the stadium from CrossRoads Bar & Grill. 1120 W. # 20 Madison, 312.243.1113.

The Night We Stole Christmas concert from local alternative station Q87.7 FM features 30 Seconds to Mars, Queens of the Stone Age and more tonight at Allstate Arena. 6:30pm. $10-$59.50. 6920 Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont

12 THURSDAY If your taste in Christmas entertainment runs toward the R-rated and irreverent, the folks at The Second City have just what you need in the hilarious holiday revue Miracle on Wells Street tonight at UP Comedy Club. 2pm and 8pm. $30. 230 W. North, 312.662.4562. Hot on the heels of his latest blockbuster release Nothing Was the Same, rap superstar Drake brings his hip-hop anthems to United Center. 7pm. $59.75-$109.75. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4500. #20 They’re back! The two witches of Oz, the dozens of flying monkeys and one killer showstopper all return in Wicked for another run at the same address where they sold out night after night for more than three years at the Oriental Theatre. 7:30pm. $82-$142. 24 W. Randolph, 312.977.1700.


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FRIDAY WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY EVERYDAY Enjoy a juicy Filet paired with your choice of succulent Lobster Tail or Tender Crabcake for only $44.50 at SULLIVAN”S STEAKHOUSE. 415 N. Dearborn, 312.527.3510.

The annual St. Lucia Day procession and celebration of holiday lights and songs begins this afternoon at the Swedish American Museum. 4:45pm. FREE. 5211 N. Clark, 773.728.8111.



His eponymous sitcom may be nothing more than reruns these days, but comedian Jerry Seinfeld still brings the fresh funny as he returns to his standup roots tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 7pm. $49-$83. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake R&B diva Beyonce returns to Chicago with her elaborate Mrs. Carter Show World Tour for another stop tonight at the United Center. 8pm. $45-$250. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4500. #20

Take advantage of H2O+’s exclusive “KEY Discount” and receive 30% OFF your entire purchase through December 24th with ad in Holiday Activity Guide! 600 N. Michigan, 312.397.1243.

EVERYDAY This holiday season receive 15 % OFF and FREE gift wrapping at MARY MARY with ad in Holiday Activity Guide! 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100.

EVERYDAY Stop by any Chicago MACY’s location throught the holiday season to receive your MACY’S VISITOR’S SAVING PASS good for 10% OFF!

EVERYDAY Win 2 FREE front-row tickets to WICKED... Stop in the BLOCK THIRTY SEVEN SHOPS AT 108 N. STATE daily for your chance!

WEDNESDAY Enjoy a special $23 Prix Fixe menu today at LOCAL ROOT or receive 10% OFF with ad in Holiday Activity Guide. 601 N. McClurg, 312.643.1145.

EVERYDAY Take holiday cheer to new heights at the JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY. Receive 15 % OFF admission and complimentary 3”X5” family photo with ad in Holiday Activity Guide. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681.

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for your favorite American Girl doll at American Girl Place. December 7th at 8:15am. $28. 835 N. # Michigan, 877.247.5223. 151 SING CHRISTMAS CAROLS The eighth holiday season of Caroling at Cloud Gate continues every Friday night with a performance by the likes of the Chicago Children’s Choir and more under the iconic “Bean” sculpture in Millennium Park. 6pm. FREE. Michigan and Washington, 312.742.1168.

RUDOLPH Bring the whole family to see a classic stop-motion Christmas tale come to musical life on stage with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Broadway scan to download Playhouse. Call for showtimes. $30. 175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700. #151

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AMERICAN GIRL DOS Just in time for the holidays, Everyday Fun Doll Dos features hands-on tips for creating fun styles like a braided headband ’do, casual bun and side braids

BUDDY THE ELF A beloved, hilarious holiday film comes to new life on the stage in the family-friendly Elf the Musical at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Call for showtimes. # $15-$77. 151 W. Randolph, 312.384.1502. 157

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HIGHLIGHTS WINTER WONDERFEST AT NAVY PIER Play inside a 170,000 square foot winter playground that includes a Chicago Blackhawks indoor ice skating rink, huge inflatable slides, rides, holiday décor, entertainment and more at the 13th annual Winter Wonderfest celebration opening today at Navy Pier. 10am. $16-$20. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.7437.

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It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO.’S Holiday Lights Tour (773.648.5000). The narrated 2 1/2-hour tour shows the best of the city’s holiday lights and sights while stopping at two brilliant holiday attractions (Christkindlmarket and ZooLights)! At the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY (5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414) The Museum’s Main Floor displays more than 50, 12-foot trees beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities in celebration of their 72nd annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit. While the SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM (5211 N Clark, 773.728.8111) showcases the holidays this month with their own celebration of Julmarknad and Julmiddag. Chicago truly is a winter wonderland.


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AT T R AC T I O N S THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to Take Me to the River: Building Chicago’s New Waterfront exhibition through Nov. 17. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people to discover why design matters. Shop & Tour Center open Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major credit cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. (J-36) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world, featuring a $1.4 million public-art collection and special exhibits. Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–4pm; Sun., 2–4pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Sun., 10am–5pm, Sat., 9:30—6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO (J-26) CHRISTKINDLMARKET An open-air event during the holiday season, set up as a little European village. Open Nov. 26-Dec. 24; Sun.-Thu., 11am-8pm; Fri. & Sat., 11am-9pm. 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175. CITYPASS Visit five attractions and save 49%. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Field Museum, John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry and  Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago. CityPASS booklet holders can skip most ticket lines, but they may encounter a line when they first exchange a voucher for a booklet. Good for nine days. Adults, $89; children (3–11), $79. All major cards. 888.330.5008. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Rated the best view in the city by the Chicago Tribune. The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the Lavazza Espression café and 360-degree views. Daily, 9am–11pm. Adults, $18; kids (3–11), $12; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. (J-26) MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the reflective sculpture Cloud Gate, better known as “The Bean,” as well as the Frank Gehry–designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge. Ice-skating at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is scheduled to start Nov. 15. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168. (K-33)


NAVY PIER A Chicago landmark, Navy Pier houses more than 50 acres of shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including the Chicago Children’s Museum, IMAX Theatre and a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel. Mon. –Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. Catching Fire is currently playing, with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug An IMAX 3D Experience coming Dec. 13. Adults, $11–$15; seniors (62+), $10–$14; and children (3–11), $9–$13. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312.595.5MAX. (O-30) SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck, located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge,” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily, 10am–8pm. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $18; children (3–11), $12; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. (G-36) VISIT OAK PARK Explore the historical Oak Park area and take in a concert or special gallery showing, or an outdoor theatre performance. Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Museum and Birth Home of Ernest Hemingway. See an exhibit or take a class at one of the galleries in the Arts District. Browse the shopping district in Downtown Oak Park and at night, check out a band at the beautiful art-deco Lake Theatre. Daily, 10am-5pm. Off of 290-W, 708.848.1500. (Suburban)

MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: Tue.: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science Wed.: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Art Institute (5pm–8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Sun.: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sun. every month for children ages 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, National Museum of Mexican Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Oriental Institute Museum, Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out special exhibition Cosmic Wonder. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. General admission: Adults $12; seniors/students, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. (N-43)

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THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. Daily, 9am–5pm. General admission: Adults, $15; students/seniors, $12; and children (3–11), $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.9410. (K-44)


CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair

DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm; closed Mon. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages (6–11), $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773.947.0600. (South of M-54)


CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER Housed in a Chicago landmark building, this cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. On exhibit: Matthew Groves: Universal Statuary. Mon.– Thu., 9am–7pm; Fri.–Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun, 10am– 6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34)

THE DRIEHAUS MUSEUM Get a glimpse of the architecture and design in Chicago during the 19th century. On exhibit: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection. Tue.-Sun., 10am-5pm. Adults, $20; seniors, $12.50, student/ youth (6-12), $10; 5 and under free. 40 E. Erie, 312.482.8933. (J–29)


CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Kids and families enjoy hands-on exhibits and learning activities. Daily, 10am–5pm. Adults/children, $14; seniors, $13; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu., 5–8pm, and the first Sun. of every month for kids ages 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312.527.1000. (N-31)

and Siam the Queen and the White City. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., Noon–5pm. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children (13–22), $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. (H-19)


THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. IL residents get free admission Thursday nights from 5pm–8pm. Adults, $18–$23; children/seniors/students with ID, $12–$17; children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. (J-35)

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as early 20th-century architect Wright’s private residence, studio, and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career. Guided tours available weekdays from 10:30am– 4pm, tours every 30 minutes and weekends from 10:40am-4pm, tours every 20 minutes. 45–60 min. Adults, $15; children (4–17) and seniors (65+), $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312.994.4000. (Suburban) GLESSNER HOUSE MUSEUM Visit Henry Hobson Richardson’s masterpiece is the cultural anchor of the Prairie Avenue Historic District and served as an inspiration to Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours: Wed.–Sun. at 1pm and 3pm. Tours of Clarke House, the city’s oldest surviving building (start at Glessner House): Wed.–Sun., noon and 2pm. Adults, $10; students/seniors, $9; and children (5–12), $6. Free on Wed. DS, MC, V. 1800 South Prairie, 312.326.1480. (J-48) HEMINGWAY MUSEUM Located within walking distance from the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway and provides an in-depth look at the author. Photography encouraged. Sun.–Fri., 1– 5pm; Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $10; kids (18 & under)/ seniors/students, $8; and children under 5, free. AAA/veteran discounts available. 200 N. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park, 708.524.5383. (Suburban) JANE ADDAMS HULL-HOUSE MUSEUM Social reformer Jane Addams—the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize—cofounded Hull-House as a settlement house in 1889. Tue.–Fri., 10am–4pm and Sun., noon–4pm. FREE. 800 S. Halsted, 312.413.5353. (D-40) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults, $8; seniors, $6; students, $2. Tue., 11am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 11am– 6pm. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600. (J-27) THE MORTON ARBORETUM A 1,700-acre outdoor museum with over 4,100 kinds of plants from around the world. On display Through Jan. 4, 2014: Illumination: Tree Lights At The Morton Arboretum. Daily, 4:30-8:30pm. Open 365 days a year. Adults, $15; seniors, $11; kids (2–17), $10; and children under 2, free. Discounts on Wed. All major cards. I-88 and Rte. 53 in Lisle, 630.968.0074. (Suburban) MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Collection highlights include more than 25,000 television programs, 5,000 radio programs, and 12,000 commercials. Tue.–Sat., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; children (4–12), $6. 360 N. State, 312.245.8200. (I-31) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology.


Closed Mon.; Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; free for children under 12. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY Located on the Columbia College Chicago downtown campus, this is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to photography. Mon.–Wed and Fri.–Sat., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sun., Noon–5pm. FREE. 600 S. Michigan, 312.663.5554. (J-39) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Christmas Around the World and The Hoidays of LIght and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. General admission: adults, $18; seniors, $17; and children (3–11), $11. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. (S of P-54) NATIONAL HELLENIC MUSEUM This museum connects all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history and the Greek American experience. On exhibit: American Moments: The Legacy of Greek Immigration. Mon., Wed., Fri., 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–5pm. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $8; children (3–12), $7. 333 S. Halsted, 312.655.1234. (D-38) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Adults, $9; students/seniors 60-plus, $7; children (3–12), $6; and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thurs. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100. (G-14) PRITZKER MILITARY LIBRARY Explore the artifacts in the library and the exhibit American Icons of the Great War. $5; All Active Military Members, Free. Certain programs may require extra admission. Tues.–Thur., 10am–6pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–4pm. 104 S. Michigan, 312.374.9333. (J–36) SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSUEM This museum promotes an appreciation of contemporary Swedish-American culture through its arts, educational programs and its permanent collection interpreting the immigrant experience for children and adults. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat. & Sun. 11am-4pm. 5211 N Clark, 773.728.8111.




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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens. See the animals of Africa in the Regenstein African Journey or flying critters in the McCormick Bird House. The Lincoln Park ZooLights are back this December and January for your holiday season entertainment, every night 5-9pm. Minutes from downtown hotels. Mon.–Fri, 10am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–6:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. (H-17)


GO AIRPORT EXPRESS Comfortable, safe, and economical transportation to and from both airports, 24 hours a day, seven

BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and more than 2,000 animals. Bundle up and enjoy the annual Holiday Magic fun in December and Zoo Year’s Eve this winter season. Mon.–Fri., 10am–5pm; Sat. and Sun., 10am–6pm. Adults, $15; children (3–11)/seniors, $10.50; and children under 2, free. $10 for parking. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708.688.8000. (Suburban)


CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for ‘L’ train course. $2.25 per ride. Visitor passes: $5.75 for a one-day pass, $14 for a three-day pass. 888.YOUR.CTA.




YELLOW CAB This premier cab company is able to cater to a multitude of different needs. Average fares depending upon traffic: O’Hare Airport to Downtown ($40–$60) and Midway Airport to Downtown ($30$40). 312.829.4222.


GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800.621.4153.

METRA The most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just seven minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Ave. to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312.322.6900. (J-33) (J-38)


CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco–style trolleys and London-style double-deckers, each led by expert tour guides, stop every 20–30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 13 stops, including the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Water Tower between 9am and 5pm. Be sure to ride along on the “Holiday Lights” tour this winter season. Adults, $45; seniors, $40; children (3–12), $17; children under 3, free. 773.648.5000.

days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888.2THE.VAN.


Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood, and experience the city’s sights in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to four passengers ($5 each additional person). Perfect for any occasion. Mon.–Fri., 6:30pm–12am; Sat., 11am–12am, Sun., 11am–11pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. (K-29)

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You’ll find entertainment aplenty at Millennium Park, so come on out and enjoy the free park happenings. The park, for example, hosts free ice-skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, running through Mar. 9, 2014; and more.

M U S T S E E AT T R A C T I O N S BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation. Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear images of Chicagoans. Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn,is a breathtaking design. Lurie Gardens: A 2.5–acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden).


Millennium Park is accesible via the CTA #3, #4, #151 and #157 buses.

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Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Millennium Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original peristyle that stood in the same location

FREE HAPPENINGS Free Wi-Fi: Bring your laptop to the park, and enjoy free, ultra-high-speed wireless service. Ice-Skating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink: Kicking off Chicago’s winter season, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park is scheduled to open on Friday, November 15 and will remain open through March 9, 2014, weather permitting. For the last 12 years, the rink has

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drawn more than 100,000 skaters annually and is free and open to the public. The rink, located on

Self-Guided Audio Tour: Travel at your own pace and listen as the masterminds behind the world’s most spectacular new public space—architect Frank Gehry and artists Anish Kapoor and Jaume Plensa—recount how and why Millennium Park was built and the secrets that lie beneath.

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A Very Merry Christmas

Still haven’t checked everyone off your Christmas shopping list? Don’t worry, there’s lots of wonderful holiday shopping to be done in Chicago. CROSELL & CO. (900 N Michigan, level 5; 312.266.4500) is a perfect store to find a truly unique, artisan gift for the home, whether you’re looking for an extraordinary centerpiece or an unusual knickknack! Any guy is sure to love something from HARLEY-DAVIDSON’s (66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666) selection of motorcycle gear including clothes, tees and souvenirs. And, don’t forget to pick up a gift set for the man or woman in your life that loves to pamper themself at H20+ (600 N. Michigan, 312.397.1243, 835 N. Michigan, level 3 kiosk or 231 S. LaSalle, 312.606.0052). Be sure to use the coupon on page 30 of our Holiday Gift Guide to receive 30% off your entire H20+ purchase!


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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, and oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, art nouveau and art deco, Moderne, Continental silver, and Meissen. With more than two-dozen antiques dealers on five floors, it’s easy to get lost in here for hours. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. (H-31)


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

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DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with relaxing in-room massages, facials, body waxing and pedicures starting at only $85. Plus receive our winter special, a FREE body polish! By appointment only, please leave name; phone number; hotel and time available. Concierges preferred. Downtown and suburbs. All major cards. Daily 9am-11pm. 312.678.9297.


LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by the Lotton family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine-art glass, vases, lamps, and chandeliers.   The gallery also features original paintings by world–renowned artists, such as Tang Wei Min and Gyula Siska. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun. Noon–6pm. All major credit cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203. (J-26)


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


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



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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm. 59 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533.

DQ LUXURY REFLEXOLOGY MASSAGE & RELAXATION RETREAT DQ uses ancient methods of Chinese acupressure combined with therapeutic massage to release stress and fatigue. The regular price for a foot massage is $80, the price is discounted to $45 (see ad on page 28). Mon.–Sat., 10:30am–10pm; Sun., 11am–10pm. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096. (J-41)

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

BOOKS PAULINE BOOKS AND MEDIA Just half a block north of Millennium Park, between Randolph and Lake St. on Chicago's famous North Michigan Avenue lies this treasure trove of Catholic books, movie music and gifts. Mon-Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am-5:30pm. 172 N. Michigan Ave, 312.346.4228.

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LUXE SPA Looking for the best place for the perfect massage? Go to Luxe Spa, a boutique luxury spa, where licensed therapists focus on making guests feel relaxed and rejuvenated with signature services like Luxe Signature Massages and Facials. Enjoy a Free Upgrade when you mention KEY when booking your appointment. 64 E. Walton, 3rd Floor, 312.929.3531. Daily 9am-8pm. (J-26)

DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s most exclusive women’s consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable  bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret for over 18 years. Find high-end luxury labels including Chanel, Christain Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès  at a fraction of the original price. Also carries plus sizes. Accepts all major credit cards. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun. 11am-6pm. 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. (H-29) PATAGONIA Shop high-quality outdoor clothing, gear, and apparel for the active lifestyle, in addition to a wide selection of their own line of technical garments, casual wear, and children’s apparel. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 and 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518. (J-26) (D-18)




MACY’S Top fashions for men, women, and children, as well as home furnishings. Call for hours. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312.781.1000; Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, 312.335.7787. (I-34) (J-26)




LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop into any of the  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit the website. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. (E-11) (Suburban)

STORE DAY SPA 664 Relaxing In-Room Massages, Facials, Body Waxing & Pedicures call (312)678-9297


JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s; DVDs; and videos, as well as posters, T-shirts, magazines, and books. The store also sells all in-print LPs by jazz and blues label Delmark Records. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 12–5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467. (I-31)

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SHOPPING MALLS 900 NORTH MICHIGAN SHOPS Bloomingdale’s anchors this fashionable mall. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3900. (J-27) BLOCK THIRTY SEVEN, SHOPS ON STATE This four–story mall includes Magnolia Bakery, Sephora, Eileen Fisher, Steve Madden and Zara among others. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. 108 N. State, 312.261.4700. (I-34)

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THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE Fifty specialty shops anchored by Nordstrom. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300. (J-30) WATER TOWER PLACE Find Macy’s and American Girl Place, as well as more than 100 specialty shops and restaurants. Call for hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. (J-27)

S P E C I A LT Y SHOPS CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION RETAIL SHOP Take Chicago’s fabulous and fascinating architecture home with you. Purchase a 4D cityscape puzzles or a LEGO model of the Willis Tower to build at home. Sat.–Thu., 9am–6:30pm; Fri., 9am–7pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312.922.3432. (J-36) COLLETTI GALLERY With one of the world's finest collections of antique posters and decorative arts, the Colletti Gallery showcases masterworks from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Mon.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 12-5pm. 49 E Oak, 312.664.6767. CROSELL & CO. A fresh approach to your home and lifestyle where you find truly unique, artisan driven products for your home. Crosell & Co. provides the perfect backdrop for inspiration, learning and exploration in modern day gracious living. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 12pm–6pm. 900 N Michigan level 5, 312.266.4500. (I-28) H20+ Wake up your beauty routine with H20+. The store offers unique beauty products that contain marine botanicals, nourishing sea minerals, plant extracts, and sea-sourced nutrients. For the holidays, consider buying a gift set of five Sea Salt Must-Haves. Call each store for hours. All major cards. 600 N. Michigan, 312.397.1243; 835 N. Michigan, level 3 kiosk; 231 S. LaSalle, 312.606.0052. (J-29)

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Chicago is a very special place any day of the year, but throughout the holidays, the Windy City becomes a truly magical destination. Whether your interests include shopping on the Magnificent Mile or State Street, ice-skating at Millennium Park, experiencing the beauty of The Nutcracker or just relaxing with family and friends over a cup of hot chocolate or Irish coffee, we are certain you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Happy holidays, and stay warm!

Christmas Around the World

With humble beginnings in 1942 that included a single tree dedicated to the Allies of World War II, the Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry


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has evolved into a rich cultural experience incorporating nations from across the globe. The museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree, with more than 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments, is surrounded by 50 smaller trees, beautifully decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities. Enjoy intermittent falling “snow” and

ethnic song and dance performances as you take in the sights. Through January 5, 2014. 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Adults, $18; Seniors, $17; Children (3 – 11), $11. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414

Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour Dazzling lights and holiday sights are on the docket for the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour, offered by Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Bus Co. This lightly narrated 2.5 hour tour shows the best of Chicago’s holiday sights, including The Magnificent Mile, Macy’s Holiday Windows, John Hancock Christmas Tree, Daley Plaza Christmas Tree, Millennium Park and much more. Additionally, two 30 minute stops at the authentic German holiday Christkindlmarket and ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo give passengers a chance to stretch and explore. Fridays and Saturdays, November 29 – December 22. Daily, December 26 – December 31. Departs at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Adults, $29; Children, $19. Departs from the John Hancock Observatory, Southeast corner of Delaware and Michigan, 773.648.5000. Order online at

The Peninsula Hotel Sky Rink

Hit the ice at the city’s only hotel skating rink. The Peninsula Sky

Rink is located four stories above Michigan Avenue, with breathtaking views of The Magnificent Mile, and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting. The rink is open to hotel, restaurant and spa guests. Not staying at the hotel but still want to skate? (As featured on the Welcome to Chicago Introduction page) dine at The Lobby where the breathtaking decorations are just as incredible as the cuisine. 100 percent of the rink proceeds will benefit two Chicago children’s charities. Indulge in organic local cider, German spiced wine, beignets and warm pretzels. November 23 – March 3, 2014. Monday—Friday, 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Adults, $10; Children (12 and under), $5. 108 E. Superior, 312.337.2888.

Holiday Tea at the Drake Hotel

Experience the elegance and history of Holiday Tea in the Palm Court at The Drake Hotel. Sip on an assortment of imported teas while you enjoy festive pastries, music from a live harpist, The 12 Days of Christmas carolers and a magnificent winter wonderland décor. Reservations are highly recommended. November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Adults, $38; Children (4 – 12), $20. 104 E. Walton, 312.787.2200.

Santa in the Sky Sitting 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, the John Hancock Observatory hosts another installment of Santa in the Sky this holiday season. Get a family picture with Santa with a 3x5 photo keepsake, and enjoy sips and snacks from Lavazza Espression Café (not included in price of admission). Be sure to also stop in at the lower level to see the free Winter Wonderland Holiday Train display. A MUST for any train lover! Saturdays and Sundays, November 30 – December 24. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults (12+), $18; Youth (3-11), $12; Infant (under 3), free. 875 N. Michigan, 312.751.3681. Use 15% off coupon on page 3 of Holiday Activity Guide.

Magnificent Mile Shopping

Garrett Popcorn Pick up the perfect holiday present or snack at Garrett Popcorn’s flagship Shop on The Magnificent Mile at 625 N. Michigan. 1 – 6.5 gallon sized Holiday Tins are available for $33-$141.


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Michigan Avenue, home of Chicago’s famed “Magnificent Mile,” makes holiday shopping a breeze with hundreds of retailers ranging from local shops to flagship stores to international brands. Michigan between Wacker and Oak.

Hot Cocoa at Hershey’s

The iconic brand’s Chicago location satisfies even the biggest sweet tooth with baked goods, flavored fudge, a chocolate machine dispensing Hershey’s candies and, of course, fresh

hot cocoa whipped up at the store’s Bake Shoppe. Browse through retail products for the chocolate lovers on your gift list. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711.

A Carriage Ride

Is there a more charming way to see Chicago in all of its holiday glory than with an old fashioned carriage ride? We think not. Specializing in Lakefront and Gold Coast carriage rides, Antique Coach & Carriage is perfect for couples or the whole family. $80 per hour; $40 per half hour. Departs from the Southeast corner of Michigan & Huron, 773.735.9400.

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Snowshoeing at Northerly Island

Give your boots a break, and strap on snowshoes or cross country skis for a “stomp” or "glide" through Northerly Island, a 91-acre peninsula located in the heart of Museum Campus.Look high and low for wildlife as you take in views of the city’s skyline. While admission is free, snowshoes can be rented for $5 (for two hours). Weather permitting December, 14 and 15; 1521 S. Linn White, 312.745.2910.

Soldier Field Sled Hill & Breakfast with Santa

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Chicago’s 33-foot high sledding hill is back for the 2013 winter season. With a 220-foot slope and snow machines to pick up the slack for Mother Nature, this is one “Bear” of a hill to conquer. December – March, weather pending. 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily. FREE. Southeast of the Stadium, 425 E. McFetridge, 312.235.7000. Soldier Field is also home to Breakfast with Santa, a fun-filled annual holiday event for the whole family. After a merry meal with Mr. Claus, guests can take part in activities, including a handmade ornament contest and cookie decorating. Saturday, December 7, at 10 a.m. Adults, $55; Children (4 – 12), $25; 3 and under, free. United Club, First Floor. 1410 S. Museum Campus, 312.235.7063.

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Whether you have been power shopping on Michigan Avenue or doing figure eights on the ice there’s nothing better than warming up with a favorite libation. Whatever your preference – hot chocolate, afternoon tea or a comforting cocktail you’re covered.

The Redhead Piano Bar, 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000 continues to be a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Order the Holiday Cookie, made with cake flavored vodka and Godiva white chocolate liqueur. You will be singing Sweat Caroline in no time!

From the street corner to the shopping mall, the beginning of the Christmas season means we’ll soon be seeing the big guy himself – Santa Claus – popping up in all sorts of shapes and settings. But like most things, Chicago tends to put its own unique spin on this tradition, featuring the jolly old elf in some of the most fascinating and festive places one could ever imagine. Here’s a detailed list of where to find the “Big Man.”

Santa takes the 5th

From snow-capped mountains and twinkling lights to cuddly bears and candy canes, take a journey through Santaland on the 5th floor of the iconic Macy’s department store on State Street (pictured above) to meet the big guy who has been a holiday tradition for generations of families. FREE; Most days 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (call for changing hours during the season); 111 N. State; 312.781.4483.

Santa Paws

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with during the holidays. At Lincoln Park Zoo, the old man is hearing wishes and spreading the cheer amid the lions, penguins and bears at the annual Zoolights festival. FREE; Friday through Sunday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.; 2200 N. Cannon; 312.742.2000.

Admiral Santa

The annual indoor Winter Wonderfest is a major draw during the holiday season out on Navy Pier, but be sure not to leave this popular tourist destination without taking some time out to pay a visit to Santa. FREE; Call for specific dates and hours. 600 E. Grand; 312.595.7437.

Santa in the Sky

At almost 1,000 feet over the city the John Hancock Observatory has one of the most spectacular views in the city. During the holiday season, however, there’s even more to see up on the 94th floor – Santa and Mrs. Claus welcoming children amid a magical village in the clouds.Adults, $18; children (3-11), $1; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; 875 N. Michigan, 94th Floor; 888.875.VIEW.

Mag Mile Santa

Looking for a guaranteed real beard on your Santa this season? The 900 North Michigan Shops have got the big guy for you, sitting on a throne amongst custom holiday décor and a one-of-a-kind 40-foot tree glowing in the background. All this plus a free gift! FREE; Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 5 p.m..; 900 N. Michigan; 312.915.3916.

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Civic Santa

Chicago’s unofficial “official” Santa resides, not surprisingly, beneath the city’s grand Christmas tree in the Santa House in Daley Plaza. Before or after a visit with St. Nick, stroll through the authentic Christkindlmarket, a month long open air traditional German holiday market. FREE; Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 50 W. Washington; 312.744.3315.

Letters to Santa Give Santa a hand and fulfill a needy child’s wishes with a gift. A person wishing to adopt a letter to Santa can go to a participating Post Office, select a letter and provide a gift for the writer!

Season of Wonder

An out-of-this-world holiday tradition, Season of Wonder at The Adler Planetarium offers spectacular shows, seasonal programming and special events for visitors of all ages. The Winter Sky Live exhibit examines seasonal constellations, visible solar system objects and the majestic beauty of the Aurora Borealis. Step inside the World’s Largest Snow Globe, immersing guests in a virtual 70-foot snow globe featuring scenes of iconic Chicago locations. Grab the kids on December 7 for Snowflakes and Stories, when children can make their own six-pointed snowflake and listen to stories of The Snowflake Man, or attend Adler After Dark – Season of Wonder on December 19, open to guests 21+, exploring what makes winter the best time of year to go stargazing. Through January 5, 2014. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR.

A Holiday Fantasea

A “must-sea” holiday show at the beloved Shedd Aquarium, A Holiday Fantasea delights with leaping dolphins, singing beluga whales and dancing sea lions. November 29 – December 28. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,


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November 29 – December 22; Daily, December 23 – December 28. Closed on Christmas Day. SheddAquarium.Org. Adults, $36.95; Children (3 – 11), $27.95; price includes admission to all museum exhibits. 1200 S. Lake Shore, Chicago, 312.939.2438.

Club Lucky

Rated on Yahoo’s list of Chicago’s Top 10 Restaurants for “Best Holiday Decorations,” Bucktown’s Club Lucky is the perfect destination for a classic Italian meal or holiday cocktail. Dazzling passers-by with blinking electric snowflakes on its exterior, and glowing with hundreds of handmade snowflakes, thousands of Italian lights, oversized wreaths, garland and ornaments galore on its interior, Club Lucky never ceases to impress. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300.

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Located a little north of the Magnificent Mile and Chicago’s Gold Coast, the Lincoln Park Zoo transforms into a night time winter wonderland with luminous and colorful displays of more than 2 million lights. Fun for the entire family with festivities that include photos with Santa (through December 23), free holiday crafts, animal encounters, live ice carving and carousel and train rides. Sip on warm spiced wine and frosty lagers, and shop for holiday gifts. Lions, tigers and bears – oh my! November 29 – December 1; December 6 – 8; 13 – 23; December 26 – January 5, 2014. 5 p.m.—9 p.m. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000.

Snowflakes and Stories

Treat the kiddies to a special Saturday at the Adler Planetarium with Snowflakes and Stories, where children can make their own sixpointed snowflake while experiencing The World’s Largest Snow Globe. Listen to the story of The Snowflake Man, have your face painted with a glittery snowflake, get your photo taken in a festive photo booth and enjoy hot cocoa and holiday treats. December 7, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Adults, $22; Children, $18. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827.

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Experience Old Town

Home to Victorian-era buildings, boutique shopping, fine dining, neighborhood pubs, legendary performing arts establishments and more, historic Old Town is a go-to destination any time of year, and the holidays are no exception. Take a winter walk down Wells Street, filled with dozens of retailers, bars and restaurants. Stop in Corcoran’s lively pub for a cold one, or enjoy a steak dinner at O’Briens, an Old Town mainstay for over 30 years. For a date night, grab your sweetie, and head to Dinotto Ristorante for an authentic Italian meal. After dinner, catch a show at one of three nearby comedy clubs: The Second City, world-renowned improv comedy theatre, Zanies, celebrating its 35th anniversary, or Old Town’s newest spot for laughs, UP Comedy Club. For a magnificent sight, stop in picturesque St. Michael’s Church, one of a handful of buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. A neighborhood full of excitement and entertainment, Old Town has something for everyone. OldTownChicago.Org.

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Cloudgate Martini at Tavern at the Park

A two-in-one treat, Tavern at the Park’s Cloudgate Martini, named for the famous Cloud Gate “bean” sculpture housed steps away at nearby Millennium Park, features house infused pear vodka and champagne in a silverrimmed glass. The garnish? A sterling silver bean necklace from Tiffany’s, nestled in a little blue box. $212. Tavern at the Park is open Monday—Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070.

Listening to All of Your Favorite Holiday Music

Sometimes all it takes is to hear a few bars of Bing Crosby to get you in the Chrismas spirit. If you’re in the mood for some holiday tunes, all you have to do is scan the qr code below to start streaming Chicago’s Christmas Station 93.9MYfm. And, if you’re looking for that classic Christmas album you always listened to growing up... Check out Jazz Record Mart (27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467). They sell hundreds of Christmas-themed jazz and blues albums, including a special green-vinyl edition of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas!

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Winter WonderFest

Jam-packed with holiday fun, Winter WonderFest returns to Navy Pier with stunning décor, thrilling rides and new attractions this season, including: the Ice Line Express Zip Line, a 28-foot tall zip line; Snowman Bouncer, a 38-foot bounce house; and Artic Plunge, a dual lane inflatable slide topped off with polar bears and penguins. Additional activities include an indoor ice-skating rink, a 50-foot high indoor Ferris Wheel and more. December 6, 2013 – January 12, 2014. December 6 – 15: Monday—Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. December 16 – January 5: Sunday— Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. January 6 – 12: Monday—Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. FREE Admission; premium wristband (includes ice skating), $20; regular wristband (excludes ice skating), $16. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER.

Snow Much Fun

Head to the Chicago Children’s Museum for the ultimate snow day – no mittens required! Snow Much Fun is back and better than ever with an array of winter activities for youngsters (without the cold). Engage in a friendly snowball fight complete with towering “ice” fortresses, create a snow family or devise your own game using a variety of winter-themed props. Lose your shoes, and visit the Pretend You’re On Ice rink, designed for sock-footed skaters of all ages. Through January 5, 2014. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Children / Adults, $14; Seniors, $13. Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000. With all of the festive holiday activities going on at the Pier, you are sure to work up an appetite. Luckily for you, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (312.252.4867), Harry Caray’s Tavern (312.527.9700) and The Billy Goat Tavern (312.670.8789) will satisfy everyone in your group.

Morton Arboretum

New to the Morton Arboretum this season is Illumination, an outdoor, one-mile experience that engages your senses with surprises around every turn. Including dazzling projections, trees that respond to your touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout, this one-of-a-kind nature walk is not to be missed. Give the gift of style and Through – January 4, 2014, beginning warmth this holiday season at 4:30 p.m. with last entry at 8:30 p.m. with the Patagonia Ear Flap Illumination is closed November 28, Hat. Two hip pattern choices December 2, 9, 16, 24 and 25. $15, feature a stripe print Nordic Adult; $10, Child (2 – 17) The Enchanted Railroad, a favorite of design. $49. 48 E. Walton, train enthusiasts of all ages, returns to 312.640.5934. Morton Arboretum for its 12th season.



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Watch as the recently redesigned model train makes its way through a winter wonderland. 9 a.m.— 4 p.m. daily, through January 5, 2014. Re-opens at 4:30 p.m. for guests of Illumination. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. FREE with Arboretum Admission and FREE to guests of Illumination. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, 630.725.2066.

Wonderland Express

The Chicago Botanic Gardens welcomes visitors to its whimsical Wonderland Express, with garden scale trains winding through a village of miniature Chicago landmarks cre-

ated from natural materials, enhanced by an impressive 750,000 LED light display. (Hockey fans: watch for a replica of the Stanley Cup). Additional Wonderland Express events include Breakfast with Santa, Hot Cocoa with Mrs. Claus, a Hanukkah concert, ice carving and drop-in family activities. November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014. Closed on Christmas Day. Adults, $12; Children / Seniors, $10. 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe, 847.835.5440.

Holiday Magic

Brookfield Zoo celebrates the holidays with its 31st annual Holiday Magic event. A truly incredible sight, nearly 1,000,000 twinkling lights illuminate the zoo’s walkways. Features include caroling to the animals, ice carving demonstrations, live music and entertainment, a model railroad display and a new 38-foot LED Talking Tree. Saturdays and Sundays, November 30 – December 22. Thursday—Tuesday, December 26 – 31. 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Adults, $13.50; Children (3 – 11) / Seniors, $9.50; Children under 2, free. 1st Avenue & 31st St., Brookfield, 708.688.8000.

12 Wonders of the Loop Daley Plaza Christmas Tree The 100th anniversary of Chicago’s Christmas tree.

A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’ timeless tale comes to life. Macy’s Holiday Windows State Street’s famous holiday windows showcase “The Magic of Christmas.” Caroling at Cloud Gate Chicago choral groups perform Friday nights beneath the iconic “Bean.” The Berghoff Restaurant Holidays at the Berghoff: where generations meet. The Art Institute of Chicago The beloved Art Institute of Chicago lions don their traditional evergreen wreaths. Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker America’s #1 Nutcracker, Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition. Christkindlmarket A traditional German American holiday market, complete with food, drink and entertainment. CTA Holiday Train Santa and his elves land at CTA stations throughout the Loop, sharing season’s greetings. Lightscape A multisensory experience on State Street, with light displays choreographed to holiday music. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink A free ice rink in Millennium Park, with $10 skate rentals. Holiday Hub A cozy, family-friendly destination with holiday information and free activities.

Pickle in the Pine

A German tradition for generations, Pickle in the Pine is a holiday mainstay at The Berghoff. Each year, children are invited to comb through the branches of the revered restaurant’s brightly lit tree to find a pickle ornament. Children under 12 who are lucky enough to locate it will be treated to a FREE root beer. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170.

Holiday Hub

A temporary winter cottage complete with festive décor and free family-friendly activities, the Holiday Hub draws shoppers and visitors in with fun-filled activities to warm the hands and heart, including a #LoopHolidays information center, story corner, arts and crafts and complimentary hot beverages. The Holiday Hub also offers exciting pop-up programming, such as appearances by Ebenezer Scrooge; holiday stories read by Christkind (the German Christmas Fairy); and choir performances. Through – December 24. Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pedway Level of Block 37. 108 N. State Street, 312.782.9160.


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Ice Skating at Millennium Park

Set against the picturesque backdrop of Chicago’s breathtaking skyline, Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is a perfect holiday destination for the whole family. Free and open to the public, the outdoor rink offers skate rentals for $10. New this year, free ice skating lessons will be available Fridays and Saturdays one hour before the rink opens. Through March 9, 2014, weather permitting. Monday - Thursday, noon - 8 p.m.; Friday, Noon - 10 p.m.; Saturday (through Jan. 4), 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday (beginning January 11), 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.1168.

Home for the Holidays With its beloved Lions donned in evergreen wreaths, Thorne Miniature Rooms adorned in tiny decorations and holiday-themed lectures and events throughout the months of November and December, including the 32nd annual Treasure Hunt on December 8 and Build Your Own Gingerbread House on December 14, The Art Institute of Chicago offers an abundance of holiday cheer. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600..

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The Magic of Christmas at Macy’s State Street

For a truly magical experience, check out Macy’s Magic of Christmas holiday window displays showcasing the storied history of the flagship location, dating back to its Marshall Fields days. For the 46th year, the windows exhibit the rich traditions of this iconic store. New displays include Frango Factory, paying homage to the famous chocolate brand; Parade, in honor of the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®; and Believe, inspired by the store’s Believe campaign, donating $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every letter to Santa received from believers. Inside, warm up with tea at the Walnut Room, recently restored with its original wood paneling from over 100 years ago, while gazing at the 45-foot Great Tree, a spectacular sight filled with thousands of LED lights and dozens of LED star ornaments. After shopping, treat the kids to a visit with Santa in SantaLand® on the 5th floor. 111 N. State, 312.781.4483.

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Holidays On Stage

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol celebrates 36 years at the Goodman Theatre, where it will continue to delight Chicago audiences as it always has. Enjoy the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who despises Christmas. Join his journey of self-reflection as he navigates visits from the ghosts of Christmas’ past, present, and future. A portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah! Humbug!” to Chicago. Through Dec. 28 170 N. Dearborn. For tickets $25-$82 call 312.443.3800. Chicago Shakespeare Theater and hip-hop sensations the Q Brothers are turning up the volume with a fresh

take on a beloved classic. They have come together and developed A Q Brothers’ Christmas Carol—a hip-hop reinterpretation of holiday favorite by Charles Dickens. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater 800 E Grand Ave. For tickets $20-$35 call 312.595.5600.

Jacob Marley, the business partner of Ebenezer Scrooge, tells his story in a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart, indeed, is opened. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol at the Box Theater 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Through Dec. 15. For tickets $10-$25 call 773.327.5252.

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A Christmas Carol‚ a dazzling annual holiday tradition‚ returns to Drury Lane Theatre, which also offers families the opportunity to have breakfast or dinner with Santa on select performance dates. Through Dec. 21. 100 Drury Lane. in Oakbrook Terrace. $12. For tickets call 630.530.0111.

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The beloved stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster to saving Christmas, don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition


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that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. Through Dec. 29 at the Broadway Playhouse 175 E. Chestnut St. For tickets call 800.775.2000.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

This hilarious and heartwarming comedy, adapted for the stage by Barbara Robinson, follows the delinquent Herdman children during Christmas time. A song-filled celebration of the holiday season’s transformative power, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is delightful time for the whole family. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at Provision Theater Company 1001 W. Roosevelt. For tickets call 866.811.4111.

THE NUTCRACKER THE HOUSE THEATRE, 1543 W. Division, 773.769.3832. The House’s fresh take on this holiday classic centers on young Clara’s journey to save Christmas. With the help of a magical nutcracker, this brave little girl fights the Rat King to save her family! This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacles to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope — a fun outing fit for the whole family. Everyone knows The Nutcracker story, but no one knows it quite like this. Tickets are $15-$45.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE GREENHOUSE THEATRE CENTER, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773.404.7336. Join the American Blues family as they take you back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra's holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life" with live Foley sound effects, an original score and a stellar cast of eight that bring the entire town of Bedford Falls to life. "It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago!" transports you back to the Golden Age of Radio to experience the story of George Bailey like never before! Tickets are $19 - $49.

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The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit. This critically acclaimed production features a powerful, moving story, an exquisite score of original music and traditional holiday favorites, and a company of 25 actors and musicians. Nov. 27-Dec. 29 at the Mercury Theater 3745 N. Southport Ave. For tickets call 773.325.1700.

The Nutcracker

The House Theatre’s fantastical adaptation of The Nutcracker centers on Young Clara journeys to save Christmas, playing at the Chopin Theatre. She fights the Rat King and saves her family, all with a little help from a magical Nutcracker. This modern holiday production weaves together riveting dialogue, astonishing puppetry, original song, and spellbinding spectacle to tell a heartwarming, darkly moving story of magic and hope. Through Dec. 29 at the Chopin Theatre 1543 W. Division. For tickets $25–$45 call 773.769.3832.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: IT’S A HO-HO-HOLY NIGHT! ROYAL GEORGE THEATER, 1641 N. Halsted, 312.988.9000. From the author of the smash hit Late Nite Catechism comes a new holiday show that brings together two of the best things about being Catholic: Christmas and Bingo. In this interactive comedy, audience members actually play bingo, win prizes, AND learn funny stories about Jesus and Santa, and why we love this holiday season. You don’t have to be Catholic to love this show. But it pays to love bingo! November 29 through January 5. Fri and Sat, 8pm; Sun 3pm. Tickets $30. Group discount available.

MIRACLE ON WELLS ST. UP COMEDY CLUB, 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. The Second City’s newest venue, UP Comedy Club offers a diverse array of stand-up comedians, improv and sketch shows. This weekend see the hilarious sketch comedy show Miracle On Wells St., November 28 - December 1. With comedy shows seven days a week, UP also features a full-service kitchen and a full bar with no drink minimum.

Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker

Kick up your holiday celebrations with one of Chicagoland’s most popular family events. Complete with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic sweets, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker features unforgettable characters along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Dec. 6–28 at the Auditorium Theatre 50 E. Congress. For Tickets $31–$132 call 800.982.2787.

The Santaland Diaries

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Sedaris’ funny, unconventional story of his life as a struggling young writer who reluctantly takes a job as an elf at Macy’s while trying to maintain his dignity. Nov. 22–Dec. 29 at Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont. $24. For tickets call 773.975.8150.

Elf The Musical

Elf is the uproarious tale of Buddy, an orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. As an adult, Buddy embarks on a wild journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. See it Nov. 26 – Dec. 15 at the Cadillac Palace 151 W. Randolph St. For tickets call 800.775.2000.


Five talented playwrights explore the holiday season and the experiences of love, happiness, craziness, sadness, magic, anger, loss and disappointment. Join characters from every walk of life for this festive lineup that truly reveals the difficulties and joys of relationships during the holiday season. Nov. 30 – Dec. 22 at the Athenaeum Theatre 2936 N. Southport. For tickets $15-$30 call 312.902.1500.

Burning Bluebeard

Burning Bluebeard is the story of six singed clown performers who emerge from the burnt remains of 1903 Iroquois Theatre Fire attempting to perform their spectacular Christmas Pantomime once and for

all. It’s a whimsical romp with a sensitive heart and sharp wit that excavates the poetic and poignant remains of a piece of Chicago’s rich history. Through – Jan. 5 at Theater Wit 1229 W. Belmont. $25 For tickets call 773.975.8150.

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The ever-surprising mix of seasonal music at Holiday A Capella is the most popular event at the Fourth Presbyterian Church each season. Bask in familiar melodies and enjoy lush, inspiring holiday music that you won’t hear anywhere else. Dec. 1, 4pm Michigan at Delaware. $30. For tickets call 773.281.7820.

The 93XRT Bud Light Big Holiday Concert returns to Chicago this Christmas season with The Head and The Heart, Dawes, and special guest Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Dec. 15 at the Chicago Theatre 175 N. State. $45. For tickets call 800.653.8000.

In the holiday tradition of the “Osmond Family Christmas” television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite you to celebrate the joy of the season in true Osmond fashion, in person. One night only in Chicago! Dec. 20 at Allstate Arena 6920 Mannheim Rd. in Rosemont. For tickets call 800.745.3000.

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Gift Guide Keep warm this winter with Patagonia's Retro-X Jacket for women, $229. Start at the top with the unisex Ear Flap Hat, $49 if your serious about staying warm. At the PATAGOniA store, 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934 or 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518

High style doesn't have to come with a high price tag at DESiGnER RESAlE, 658 N. Dearborn, 312.587.3312. Gift yourself this louis Vuitton Vernis purse $600.

Pamper yourself or a loved one with luxurious bath and skin products such as this Ultimate Skincare and Spa Beauty Bag, $26.50, from H20+. 600 N. Michigan, 312.397.1243, 835 N. Michigan level 3 kiosk or 231 S. LaSalle, 312.606.0052. Use coupon on page 10 for an extra 30% o!

These handmade Swedish Dala horses $18 - $150 are the perfect gift for kids of all ages. Available at the SwEDiSH AMERicAn MUSEUM, 5211 N. Clark, 773.728.8111, and their booth at Chrsitkindlmarket at Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington.


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Steal a smooch under this Mistletoe Kissing crystal ($15) from MARY MARY. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. 15% o with coupon on page 15!

Even the person who has "everything" probably does not have this original italian poster from 1905 by Marcello Dudovich. 80" x 56.5". $29,000. At cOllETTi GAllERY, 49 E. Oak, 312.664.6767

Artistic home products such as these boxes of artisanal salt from The French Farm, $24 each are the perfect gift for any aspiring chef. Available at cROSEll AnD cO., 900 N. Michigan level 5, 312.266.4500

Get the little girl in your life the 2013 "Girl of the Year doll" Saige. Each doll comes with an accompanying book that tells her story. $110 at AMERicAn GiRl PlAcE, 835 N. Michigan, 877.247.5223

Record your Chicago Adventures in hi deďŹ nition with GoPro's Hero3 - Black Edition $399.99. Available at cAlUMET PHOTO, 750 N. Rush, 312.943.5531 and BEST BUY, 875 N. Michigan, 312.397.2146

Sweet dreams are a guarantee with these candy pillows, $19.95, from THE HERSHEY STORE, 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711

Happy New Year!

Home to world class dining, breathtaking views, an amazing fireworks display and, not to mention, a steady supply of confetti, Chicago knows how to celebrate New Year’s Eve. With plenty of parties around the city and suburbs, we are breaking down your options. Whether you are looking to celebrate with your little ones or attend an adults-only affair, we’ve compiled our favorite ways to ring in 2014.

Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier New Year’s Eve at Castle Overlooking Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, Crystal Gardens at Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s most popular New Year’s Eve destinations. This massive party boasts 5 hours of premium open bar, over 20 bars (so no long lines), a champagne toast at midnight, a private terrace to watch the City’s magnificent fireworks display and a countdown on Navy Pier’s famous Ferris wheel. 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. with official after-party. 21+. General Admission, $115; VIP, $150 (subject to change). 700 E. Grand, 312.595.5436.

Rock Around the Clock at the Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Café, one of Chicago’s most sought-after NYE destinations each year, presents Rock Around the Clock, with 4.5 hours of top shelf cocktails, a dinner buffet, table service and two DJs. 9 p.m. – 4 a.m. $90 and up. 21+. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. 46

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Experience six parties under one roof at Castle, Chicago’s newest multi-concept entertainment complex. Ranging from a casual outing at CRAFT Pub & Eatery to an all-out dance party complete with LED lights and 3-D video projection at Palladium nightclub, Castle’s variety of unique environments will please even the pickiest of partygoers. 7 p.m. – 4 a.m. $49 - $159. 21+. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944.

JW Marriott

Housed in a legendary landmark building, the JW Marriott, hosts it’s very first New Year’s Eve soiree, featuring a top shelf cocktail reception, multiple ballrooms of entertainment, a pasta bar, custom martinis and bubbly. Ticket sales benefitting Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. 21+. General Admission, $125; VIP, $155 (subject to change). 151 W. Adams, 312.697.9107.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON Find clothing, helmets and all of your other riding needs at the Harley-Davidson Motorclothes & Accessories downtown location. Fine motor clothes are available and there is a great selection of tees, pins, coffee cups and all of your souvenir needs. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. 66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666. (J–30)

HERSHEY’S CHICAGO The retail store supplies chocolate-lovers with their favorite Hershey’s products and a sweet opportunity to create their own personalized giant Hershey’s Kiss or Chocolate Bar. Daily 10am-10pm. 822 N. Michigan, 312.337.7711. (J-28) HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here!. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (H-32) MARY MARY Accessories, frames, home goods—find it all at Mary Mary, a creative boutique inside a 133-year-old brownstone building. For the little ones, there’s a corner of the store dedicated to toys, puppets, and dolls. Offers complimentary gift wrapping. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. (I-28)




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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A knitting and needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:45pm. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312.642.2540. (I-25)


A Taste of the Holidays

TAVERN AT THE PARK (130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070) is a great place to warm-up and get a taste of the holidays with amazing comfort food while enjoying views of Millennium Park. This perennial favorite is sure to leave you satisfied whether you’re enjoying lunch or dinner. If you’re looking to be transported to the North Pole, don’t miss CLUB LUCKY’s (1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300) award–winning Holiday Decorations. Delight in dazzling snowflakes and lights, and over-sized wreaths and ornaments as you dine on classic Italian cuisine. If you’re in the mood for a Hickory-Smoked Pulled-Pork sandwich after holiday shopping on the “Mag Mile” or a Rockarita after the theater, you'll find it at HARD ROCK CAFE (63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252). Celebrating over 25 years in the heart of Chicago's River North neighborhood.


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Chicago’s Original Deep Dish Pizza

ing Deliverhot piping to pizza tel your hoam! until 5

voted #1 Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show

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

– Frank Sinatra

Open Daily 11am-5am

Mon-Thu 4pm-5am; Fri-Sat 11am-5am

800 N. Dearborn (312)335-8833 | 2429 N. Lincoln (773)472-1777

AMERICAN ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café has been a favorite among artists around the globe since 1961. Serving up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, including Greek, Sicilian, and French dishes, guests will find a cool, diner vibe with a great selection of spirits. Open daily 8am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855; 1150 S. Wabash, 312.583.9940. (J-38) BILLY GOAT TAVERN Learn about the curse a goat put on the Cubs back in 1945 while chowing down on legendary cheezborgers and cheeps (not fries!). Hours vary by location. All major cards. $. 430 N. Michigan, 312.222.1525; 700 E. Grand, 312.670.8789; 1535 W. Madison, 312.733.9132; 330 S. Wells, 312.554.0297; 222 Merchandise Mart #Fc-2, 312.464.1045. (J-31) (O-31) (W of D-31) (H-38) (G-31)

“but there’s way more than just eggs here.” Serving Breakfast and Lunch Mon - Fri 6am to 3pm Sat - Sun 7am to 3pm

BLACKFINN AMERIPUB A lively restaurant and bar that offers affordable, craveable American food. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 65 W Kinzie, 312.836.0290. (I-31)

River North

747 N. Wells 312.787.2277

South Loop

1120 S. Michigan 312.789.YOLK


355 E. Ohio 312.822.YOLK

CASTLE CRAFT PUB & EATERY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This pub serves a wide variety of high-quality shareable dishes, small plates and microbrews. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. (H-29)

ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, rattle, and roll at this 1950s-style diner that serves American classics such as burgers and milkshakes from a sassy cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends. Mon.Thu., 11am–9pm; Fri., 11am–11pm; Sat., 9am–11pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $$. 640 N. Wells, 312.664.1707. (H-29) FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL Dining set in an elegant décor. Menu includes steaks and fresh seafood. Call for hours. Delivery available. All major cards. $$. 2060 N. Cleveland, 773.935.2060. (F-16)

Family owned and operated!

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


HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine, including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and steaks in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun., 11am–10pm. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29) LOCAL ROOT CAFÉ Right between Michigan Ave. and Navy Pier, this café serves organic and sustainable salads and sandwiches, poutines, flatbreads, and mussels, plus a full breakfast Refer to Metro Map for location codes at the end of each listing.

MILLER’S PUB Whether it’s a business lunch, an after-work cocktail, or dinner on your way to the theater Miller’s Pub is your Loop destination for hospitality since 1935. Mon.-Sat., 11am-2am; Sun., 11am-12am. All major cards. $$. 134 S. Wabash, 312.263.4988. RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers. Open daily, 11am–2am. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. (J-35) TAVERN AT THE PARK Just across from Millennium Park, Tavern at the Park offers a French-infused American menu. Try Tavern classics such as the Millennium Burger, a steak burger with duck confit, fois gras, and Emmental cheese. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070. (J-33) WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon.–Fri. 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)

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and brunch menu. Full bar. Call for hours. $$. 601 N. McClurg, 312.643.1145. (L-29)

ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian café. The menu covers most of Asia, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily, 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970, (I-39) VORA This chic Asian fusion Gold Coast hot spot boasts a sushi bar with chefs creating only the freshest rolls served along side other Japanese and Taiwanese dishes. It offers many sakes and whiskeys and provides a contemporary feel. Tue.–Fri., 11am–11pm; Sat.–Sun., 11am–2am. $$. 1028 N. Clark. 312.929.2035. (I-25)

BRAZILIAN BRAZZAZ Enjoy the churrascaria experience with the finest handselected USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp all prepared in the delicious, artful culinary style of the gaucho. Also indulge in our gourmet salad bar, an array of side dishes, an extensive wine list. Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri., 11am–2pm, 5–10:30pm; Sat., 4–10:30pm; Sun., 1–9:30pm. All major credit cards. $$$. 539 N. Dearborn, 312.595.9000. (J-30)

B R E A K FA S T ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshin on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelets, giant salads, and, of course, a full bar.  Mon.–Thu., 8am–9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat. 8:30–10:30pm; Sun., 8:30–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. (I-42) SUNNY SIDE UP & COFFEE SHOPPE Just off the Mag Mile is one of the city's newest breakfast and lunch restaurants. Sunny Side Up also has an organic Coffee Shoppe. Oscar Lump Crab Omelet and Buttermilk or Buckwheat Pancakes are a few of the amazing breakfast items available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 42 E. Superior, 312.930.4242. (I-28)

Restrictions apply see restaurant for details. Must present ad prior to order. Free entree must be of equal or lesser value. No substitutions and not valid with any other offer. Expires December 30, 2013. Valid only at The River North Melting Pot.

Reservations Recommended | 609 N Dearborn St (312)573-0011 |


WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: insulated coffee pitchers at every table. Mon.–Fri., 6:30am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29) YOLK Yolk is the talk of the town. Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including frittatas,

LAO18 Chef Tony Hu has earned worldwide acclaim for his home-style, regional Chinese cuisine. At Lao 18, he continues to celebrate China’s finest culinary traditions with shareable appetizers, salads, entrees and dim sum. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$. 18 W. Hubbard, 312.955.8018. (I–31)

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

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ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop, serving breakfast all day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon.–Thu., 8am– 9:30pm; Fri., 8am–10:30pm; Sat., 9am– 10:30pm; Sun., 9am–9pm. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112; 2301 N. Clark, 773.244.1112. (I-42) (G-14)

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon.–Sat., 6am–8pm. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. (E-43)

Enjoy the Churrascaria experience with the finest USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp, prepared in the delicious, culinary style of the Gaucho. Also indulge in our gourmet salad bar and traditional array of side dishes and an extensive wine list.

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Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers, and sandwiches. Mon.–Fri., 6am–3pm; Sat.–Sun., 7am–3pm. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.9655; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277. (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)


“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”

5 Off!


any $25 food purchase w/ad excludes breakfast

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

THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices such as filet mignon and lobster tail, and the perfect ending—its famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes, and brownies for dipping. Sun.–Fri., 12pm–11pm; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011. (H-29)

GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck, as well as steaks, chops, and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon., Wed., and Thu., 11am–12am; Fri. and Sun., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. (NW of A-1)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. (I-41) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun.–Thu., 5pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5pm–10:30pm. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. (H-29) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (more than 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11am–2:30pm; Sat.–Sun., 11:30am–3pm. Dinner: Fri.–Sat., 5:30–11pm; Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. (I-30)

IRISH EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish pub serves up traditional Irish fare such as Guinness New York Strip, Fish & Chips and Corned Beef Sandwiches as well as classic favorites like Build Your Own Mac and Cheese in a spacious, sophisti-


I TA L I A N CLUB LUCKY Enjoy their "Must See" award winning holiday decorations, starting Nov. 16 through January 12th. Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Now offering hotel delivery. Kitchen hours: Mon.–Thu. 11:30am–10pm; Fri., 11:30am–11pm; Sat., 4:30–11pm; Sun., 3:30–10pm. Lounge open late. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (NW of A-20) DINOTTO RISTORANTE This intimate spot features old Italian favorites served in European warmth and intimacy. Mon., Fri., Sat., 12-11pm; Tue.-Thu. 12-10pm and Sun., 5-10pm. All major cards. $$ 215 W. North, 312.202.0302. (D-30) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE (Italian Village Restaurants) Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction

include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Fri., 5–9pm; Sat., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting, complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small Italian village. Gluten-free options available. Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am-1am; Sun., 12pm–12am. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors and has received accolades from Esquire and Wine Spectator. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: weekdays, 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36)

MEXICAN FRONTERA GRILL/TOPOLOBAMPO Chef Rick Bayless’ religiously authentic eateries. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 445 N. Clark, 312.661.1434. (H-31)

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cated dining room, complete with a 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Weekend breakfast and daily specials. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; and Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. $$. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (I-33)

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

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

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614 S. Wabash | (312)379-0970

CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and Best Of Chicago award from, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering and delivery available. $$. 899 S. Plymouth, 312.362.9999. (I-41)

NEPAL HOUSE The owner of Chicago Curry House presents his newest establishment. The eatery serves Nepalese and both northern and southern Indian food including classics such as “momo” (dumplings with sauce) and “Thalis” (meal combinations). Sun.–Thurs. 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–10:30pm. $$. 1301 S. Michigan, 312.922.0601. (J-44)

PIZZA This Asian fusion hot spot boasts a sushi bar with chefs creating the freshest rolls served along side Japanese and Taiwanese dishes.

1028 N Clark St | (312)929-2035 44

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN These local outlets of the national chain feature affordable pizzas with unusual toppings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 52 E. Ohio, 312.787.6075. (I-29) GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is handmade with golden crust,

GINO’S EAST SOUTH LOOP The traditional pizzeria spices things up with its location in Chicago’s South Loop. With new deep-dish pies, such as the Hunter Rabbit (rabbit sausage, spinach, roasted carrots, and parmesan), as well as the old standards, it wouldn’t be a sports bar without a craft beer list featuring a dozen local brews. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what Oprah calls the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Hours vary. AE, MC, V. $$. 864 N. State, 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847.486.1777. (I-26) (I-35) (Suburban) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. Looking to dine-in? See listing above. All major cards. $$. 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667. (I-27)

dine in - carry-out - delivery - catering sun.-thur.(11:30am-10pm) fri.-sat.(11:30am-1am) special menu

710 n rush • (312)787-8998

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

Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show

“A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” - Frank Sinatra GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777 (NORTH SUBURBAN)

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

LOOP 61 E. MADISON 312-236-1777

WICKER PARK 2056 W. DIVISION 773-252-1777




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fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP; Coming soon to 500 N. LaSalle; 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-29) (K-28) (I-38)

PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thincrust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pies. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun.–Thu., 6:30am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 7am–1am. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, (H-30)

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner After Theatre • Food • Wine Spirits • Espresso • Desserts Open daily at 7am The Fine Arts Building 412 S. Michigan • (312)939-7855 and now open at

1150 S. Wabash (312)583-9942

SEAFOOD BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Come for our family-oriented atmosphere, friendly service, and out-of-this-world seafood. With Bubba Gump, you're guaranteed to get the greatest seafood experience in Chicago. Sun.-Thu., 11am– 10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. All major cards. $$. Located on Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand, Ste. 131, 312.252.GUMP. (N-31) CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city is just a short walk to Chicago’s Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bone-in ribeye, New York strip or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz Tue.–Fri., 6–9pm; Sat., 6:30–9:30pm. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–9:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–10pm; Sun., 4–9pm. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. (I-33) (Suburban)

STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS 620 N. Fairbanks 312-280-8366

CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. A comprehensive wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon.–Thu., 5–11pm; Fri., 5– 11:30pm; Sat., 4:30–11:30pm; Sun., 4:30–11pm. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. (I-29) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime

“The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

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


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

THAI DAO Enjoy Thai cuisine a half-block off the Mag Mile. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including pad thai, cashew chicken, and beef curry. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $. 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000. (J-29) SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-rated Thai fare such as banana blossom salad, tom yum, pad thai, curry noodles, ginger chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment steps from the Mag Mile. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout, and delivery. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. MC, V. $. 710 N. Rush, 312.944.7100. (I-28) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam helped popularize Thai food not only in Chicago, but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $. 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100. (I-30)

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

11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100

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aged steaks and chops—Italian favorites in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 33 W. Kinzie, 312.828.0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3400. (I-31) (Suburban)


A Dose of Holiday Cheer

CHRISTKINDLMARKET CHICAGO (Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington; 312.494.2175) is no longer just a German tradition, it has become a Chicago institution. The unique shopping experience features typical German food and drinks, as well as diverse holiday entertainment make the Christkindlmarket Chicago a popular destination. The REDHEAD PIANO BAR (16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000) continues to be a favorite gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Sit back and relax with your favorite libation and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be singing Christmas carols in no time! If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not feeling too festive... don't miss this beloved antidote to Christmas cheer. A celebration of the desperation of unemployment, the insanity of Christmas shopping and the ineffable "cheer" of the holiday spirit with the SANTALAND DIARIES at Theatre Wit (1229 W Belmont, 773.975.8150).


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CABARET (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a celebration of unabashed humor, dancing and entertainment on a live stage. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. (H-29)




10PIN BOWLING LOUNGE Knock down pins in style, and enjoy signature martinis served alongside upscale American classics. Call for hours. All major cards. 330 N. State, 312.644.0300. (I-32)


KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide nonstop music seven nights a week at this legendary blues club, with early sets at 8pm on Thu. and 7:30pm on Fri. and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12–$15. Sun., 6pm-4am; Mon.–Thu., 8pm–4am; Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773.477.4646. (E-13)



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C O C K TA I L L O U N G E S CLUB LUCKY Enjoy their "Must See" award winning holiday decorations, starting Nov. 16 through January 12th. This True Chicago 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try something from their famous "Killer Martini" list or a Handcrafted Cocktail. Open Mon.– Fri., 11:30am-2am; Sat., 4:30pm-2am, and Sun. 3:30pm-2am. All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (NW of A-20) DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre- or posttheater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB– friendly. All major cards. Mon.–Fri., 3pm– 2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3pm–2am. 440 N. State, 312.464.1400. (I-31)

Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

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

$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad

773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted

For Private Parties Call Dave at 773-491-4774

FRIENDS SUSHI The modern, sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring pan-seared crab cakes with wasabi aioli, unagi egg rolls, edamame, grilled calamari, and more. Sun.–Thu., 11:30am–10pm, Fri.–Sat., 11:30am–11pm. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. (I-28) SANCTUARY (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This is a place open to all lifestyles, exploring and encouraging different types of friendship. All major cards. Sun.–Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. (H-29)

COMEDY CLUBS COMEDYSPORTZ Celebrating 25 years, ComedySportz presents an audience-interactive show appropriate for all ages. At this laugh arena, two teams of improvisors compete for the your applause, and you decide who wins. The all-ages show is improvised six times a weekend, so it’s never the same twice. $22. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. (NW of D-19)


iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating comedy for 30 years. iO has two theaters: the Del Close Theater features sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features iO’s signature longform improvisation, which has made the theater famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. (D-5) THE SECOND CITY Making people laugh since 1959, countless stars got their start here. Call for showtimes. All major cards. 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992. (H-19)



HARD ROCK CAFÉ This legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–1am; Sun. 11am–10pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29)


PALLADIUM (CASTLE ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX) This five-story nightclub has DJ’s spinning both new and retro beats while special lighting effects are mixed in with the background. All major cards. Sun.– Fri., 4pm–4am; Sat., 4pm–5am. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944. (H-29)

EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with an expansive drink list including 16 tap beers, over 35 bottles, signature cocktails & more. Catch all of your favorite games on the TV’s throughout while enjoying the perfect pint of Guinness. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 9am–3am; Sun., 9am–2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312.263.0200. (I-33)



CORCORAN’S BAR & GRILL An Old Town favorite Chicago Irish bar and grill located directly across from Second City on Wells. Mon.-Fri., 11-2am; Sat., 9-3am and Sun., 10-2am. All major cards. 1615 N. Wells, 312.440.0885. (G-20)


ZANIES COMEDY CLUB Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been nuturing both local talent and the biggest names in comedy since 1978. In celebration of it’s 35 anniversary Zanies is bringing Chicago the funniest professional comedians throughout December. 1548 N Wells, 312.337.4027. (G-20)



UP COMEDY CLUB A cabaret-style club, UP features stand-up, improvisation and sketch comedy shows seven nights a week. While you’re busy laughing, arrive early and enjoy food from their full-service kitchen or drinks from the bar. UP also features a no-drink minimum. Sat & Sun matinees available. 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562.  (G-20)

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HOUSE OF BLUES A restaurant and concert venue known for embracing music of all genres. House of Blues also offers a unique experience for dinner guests to enjoy live music while they dine. A specialty late-night dinner menu is available until close. All major cards. Call for current schedule. 329 N. Dearborn, 312.923.2000. (H-32) JAZZ SHOWCASE A legendary all-ages, non-smoking jazz club. Call for hours. Cash only. 806 S. Plymouth, 312.360.0234. (I-41)

PIANO BARS THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of the Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop, and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire required. Sun.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312.640.1000. (H-29)

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FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL The bar area offers a place to watch sporting events and enjoy a selection of beers or one of 100 bottles of wines. Regular live music and events. Mon.–Sat., 11:30am–2am; Sun., 10am–2am (including Sun. brunch). Delivery available. All major cards. $$. 2060 N. Cleveland, 773.935.2060. (F-16)

GINO’S EAST SOUTH LOOP Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Sun.–Thu., 11am–10pm; Fr.–Sat., 11am–11pm. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39) TIMOTHY O’TOOLE’S They’re the place to watch sports and munch on traditional bar food. Free wireless. All major cards. 622 N. Fairbanks, 312.642.0700. (K-30)



On Stage

LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N Michigan 312.337.0665. A pilot stranded in the Sahara Desert meets an enigmatic, charismatic young prince fallen from the sky who regales him with tales of life among the stars: tales with earthly importance. In this visually arresting, fully immersive theatrical interpretation of the beloved French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, director David Catlin (creator of the acclaimed Lookingglass Alice) illustrates the story with fantastic characters and gravitydefying, awe-inspiring physical feats. Recommended for audiences age 5 and older.

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I.O. THEATRE 3541 N. Clark, 773.880.0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. Call for schedule.

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ZANIES ZANIES COMEDY CLUB, 1548 N Wells, 312.337.4027. Zanies has locations in the city, 1548 N. Wells, and in Rosemont, near O’Hare Airport. Chicago’s Original Standup Comedy Club, Zanies has been presenting the funniest professional comedians since 1978. Zanies/Chicago is open 7 nights a week. Selected in 2013 by The Reader as Chicago’s “Best Comedy Club.” A Concierge Preferred “Nightlife Destination.” Information and showtimes are available by calling the box offices, Chicago: 312.337.4027; Rosemont: 847.813.0484 and online at

OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N Halsted, 312.988.9000. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show. OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES proves humor remains multigenerational and funny bones are nondenominational. Like rye bread, kosher pickles and bagels, these jokes are for everyone. They are classic examples of American humor—the funny, farcical and exasperating sides of American life. Tickets available online at

COMEDYSPORTZ COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE, 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-barred battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm. $22. Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $24. Located steps from the Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit

WICKED ORIENTAL THEATRE, 24 W. Randolph, 800.775.2000. Back by "Popular" demand in celebration of its 10th anniversary on Broadway. Variety calls WICKED "a cultural phenomenon." Winner of 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED is "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Now through Dec. 21. Tickets range from $37-$107. Call 800.775.2000 to purchase tickets or visit


KEY This Week In Chicago December 6, 2013 Issue  
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