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7 FRIDAY Shop the handmade, one-of-akind creations of more than 600 artists and artisans at the 12th annual One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart. Fri., 11am– 8pm; Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 10am– 5pm. Adults, $12; seniors, $9. 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, 312.527.4141. to Merch. Mart

ON THE COVER MODERN-DAY MYTHS Based on ancient Greek myths, Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses is brought to life for the second time by the Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works building (821 N. Michigan, 312.337.0665); its original run has been extended through Jan. 6. A celebration of the play’s triumphant 1998 debut, the anniversary production, directed by Lookingglass ensemble member Zimmerman, is a series of vignettes that retell the myths of Ovid for a contemporary audience. Occupying most of the stage is a pool of water, a central element that runs through each scene. Metamorphoses, which went to Broadway in 2002 and for which Zimmerman won a Tony Award for best director, helped the Lookingglass find its way into the national consciousness. Tickets are $36–$70. For 3pm Sat. matinees, the theater sells a limited number of buy one, get one free tickets. Tues., Wed., Fri.: 7:30pm; Thu., Sat., Sun.: 3 and 7:30pm. Tues. evening and Thu. matinee vary; for full schedule, see


In addition to holiday arts & crafts vendors, the Lakeview Christmas Market (Dec. 7–9) also offers live music and a craft beer corner. Fri., 2:30–10:30pm; Sat., 12– 10:30pm; Sun., 12–8pm. FREE. Ashland & Belmont.


Millennium Park comes to life for the holiday season with familiar carols ringing out beneath the famous “Bean” during the return of the annual tradition of Caroling at Cloud Gate. 6pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph, 312.742.1168.







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8 See the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Company premiere of Casi-Casa, by Swedish master choreographer Mats Ek, at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park. 7:30pm. $25–$94. 205 E. Randolph, 312.334.7777. Before or after, stop in for dinner at Tavern at the Park. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070. #151 British blues guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor plays tonight at the House of Blues. 9:30pm. $10–$12. 329 N. Dearborn, # 312.923.2000. 36

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The Chicago Bulls take on the New York Knicks tonight at 7pm at the United Center. 1901 W. # 20 Madison, 312.455.4000.


The Auditorium Theatre is transformed into a winter wonderland for the Joffrey Ballet’s annual production of Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, opening tonight. 7pm. $31–$132. 50 E. Congress, # 3 800.982.2787.


The Shedd Holiday Breakfast at the Shedd Aquarium includes a breakfast buffet, The Polar Express 4-D Experience, a visit with Santa (complete with picture!), and reserved seats for A Holiday Fantasea live aquatic show. 8am. Adults, $44.95; children $34.95. 1200 S. Lake # 146 Shore, 312.939.2438. Bring the entire family to the seventh annual Polar Adventure Days at Chicago’s lakefront peninsula Northerly Island. Live animals, themed crafts, hot cocoa, music, and more. 12–4pm. FREE. 1401 S. Lynn White, # 146 312.742.4600.


Families can enjoy the city skyline while visiting with Santa during the Spirit of Chicago Santa Lunch Cruise. Lunch buffet included. Cruise departs Navy Pier at 1:15pm. From $39.90. 600 E. Grand, # 866.273.2469. 124 Witness the onstage premiere of the heartwarming rock opera The Lost Christmas Eve, starring the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Allstate Arena. 3 and 8pm. $31– $70. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont, 847.635.6601. to Rosemont

Saxophonist and Grammy-nominated Dave Koz headlines the 15th annual Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2012 at the Chicago Theatre. Performers include Javier Colon, inaugural winner of The Voice. 8pm. $43–$88. 175 N. State, 800.745.3000. to Lake For one night only, the Johnny Mathis Christmas Show calls the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont home. Don’t miss the famed singer of I’ll Be Home For Christmas and other holiday favorites. 8pm. $65– $95. 5400 N. River in Rosemont, 847.671.5100. to Rosemont

9 SUNDAY For a dose of holiday food and fashion, head to this month’s Dose Market at River East Art Center, and shop unique holiday gifts for friends and family. 10am–5pm. $10. # 124 435 E. Illinois. Put on your tutus and pirouette among the pros during this interactive show at the Chicago Cultural Center. The two performances of the Dance-Along Nutcracker are preceded by dance lessons on the fifth floor at 11am and 2pm. 12pm and 3pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630.


Kick off the holidays with a Hanukkah Concert at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Alsdorf Auditorium. Price includes admission to the Wonderland Express exhibit. 1 and 3pm. $15–$20. 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in Glencoe, 847.835.5440.

The men of Straight No Chaser take the stage at the Chicago Theatre sans instruments for two shows Sun. 3 and 8pm. $29.50– $49.50. 175 N. State, 800.745.3000.

312.332.2244. Before the show, stop into Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar for a beverage. 111 S. # Wacker, 312.948.8240. 157 See Lance Lipinsky (starring as Jerry Lee Lewis in the Chicago production of Million Dollar Quartet) play two rockabilly sets at Hard Rock Café as he raises money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 8 and 9pm. $5 donation or 5 canned goods. 63 W. # 36 Ontario, 312.943.2252.


10 MONDAY Pop-punk rockers the Starting Line perform a tenth anniversary show at House of Blues. 7pm. $27. 329 N. # Dearborn, 312.923.2000. 36 Opera is not just serious: see the comedy Don Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in its original Italian with English subtitles. 7:30pm. $34–$244. 20 N. Wacker,



TUESDAY The Broadway phenomenon The Book of Mormon makes its Windy City debut at the Bank of America Theatre. The show from the creators of South Park won nine 2011 Tony Awards. 7:30pm. $45–$115. 18 W. Monroe, 312.977.1710. (For more, see page 50.) to Monroe Chicago native and star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm Jeff Garlin returns to the Steppenwolf for a night of stand-up comedy called Closer Than I Appear. 8pm. $25. 1650 N. Halsted, 312.335.1650. The Chicago Bulls take on the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at

8:30pm at the United Center. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4000. After the game, stop into the newly opened Park Tavern for a drink. 1645 W. Jackson, 312.243.4276. # 20

12 WEDNESDAY The Brothers Grimm version of this story is dark, and this production of Hansel and Gretel at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, opening tonight, is just that, but with a lush, romantic score. The opera might be in German with English subtitles, but the visual elements are both scary and funny enough to appeal to kids. 7:30pm. Adults, $20–$239; children, $20–$50. 20 N. Wacker, # 157 312.332.2244. See Carrie Underwood belt it out live during the Blown Away Tour at the United Center. Country artist Hunter Hayes opens for the American Idol superstar and five-time Grammy award winner. 7:30pm. $43–$65. 1901 W. Madison, 312.455.4500. # 20


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THURSDAY In celebration of the new Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art galleries, dancers and readers interpret literary classics during Word Outleaps the World at the Art Institute of Chicago. 6–7pm. FREE with museum admission. 111 S. # Michigan, 312.443.6300. 151


Performing as part of the second annual Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival, Henry Cole & the Afro-Beat Collective jam at Rogers Park’s historic Mayne Stage. 8pm. $15–$25. 1328 W. Morse, 773.381.4551.

14 FRIDAY The 29th Annual Music Box Christmas Show at Music Box Theatre kicks off tonight with a sing-along double feature of It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. 6:40 and 9:45pm. $10–$20. 3733 N. Southport, to Addison 773.871.6604. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus brings holiday cheer during Welcome Yule! at the Symphony Center. 7pm. $35–$98. # 220 S. Michigan, 312.294.3000. 3 See Train, Karmin, Tristan Prettyman, and more perform at the 101.9 The Mix Presents Miracle on State Street at the Chicago Theatre. 7:30pm. $55–$75. 175 N. State, 312.462.6300. to Lake Don’t miss the Rockettes high-kicking to five new numbers when the Radio City Christmas Spectacular comes to Chicago’s Akoo Theatre at Rosemont. 8pm. $47.70–$102.55. 5400 N. River in Rosemont, to Rosemont 847.671.5100.

WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY Enjoy a special three-course value menu at CATCH 35, full of delicious seafood, for just $29.95 a person. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500.

SATURDAY Loosen up with karaoke at FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL, plus $5 Sam Winter drafts and $5 Stoli vodka drinks. 2060 N. Cleveland, 773.935.2060.

SUNDAY Enjoy 15 percent off your purchase of artisan jewelry at LOCAL CHARM with ad on page 18 of our Holiday Activity Guide. Offer valid any time. 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210.

MONDAY Enjoy a Mexican lunch at MOE’S CANTINA, with a $9.95 lunch deal offered all day, including chips and salsa, an entrée, and Spanish rice and beans. 155 W. Kinzie, 312.245.2000.

TUESDAY Half-price Tuesdays at CLUB LAGO! Enjoy the full wine list, with each bottle at half-price. 331 W. Superior, 312.951.2849.

WEDNESDAY Shop the day away at MARY MARY, with 15 percent off. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. Ad on page 19 of our Holiday Activity Guide.. Offer valid any time.

THURSDAY At TOWNHOUSE RESTAURANT & WINE BAR, enjoy half-off select apps during happy hour (Mon.–Fri., 3– 6pm). 203 N. LaSalle, 312.379.5086.

Kids Korner group build of a giant snowman; and taking a photo with Santa and snowman LEGO models. Doors open at 9am on Fri.–Sat. and 10am on Sun. Call for holiday hours. Tickets start at $12. Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Rd. in Schaumburg, 847.592.9700.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: POLAR PARTY On Fri., Dec. 7, the Lincoln Park Zoo teaches you how polar bears, grey seals, puffins, and penguins survive in frigid polar habitats, plus helps you POTTED POTTER imagine what life is like in their north- and southHarry Potter fans, this show is for you. Running pole habitats. Afterward, venture into the cold to through Dec. 23 at the Broadway Playhouse, Potexplore the lumited Potter: The nous creations of Unauthorized Harry DR. SEUSS’ ZooLights with Experience—A ParHOW THE your family. Perfect ody condenses (or GRINCH STOLE for 4–5-year-olds. “pots”) all seven CHRISTMAS! 5:30–6:30pm or magical books into THE MUSICAL 7–8pm. $16. 70 minutes of crazy Dr. Seuss’s classic 2001 N. Clark, fun, performed by holiday tale, play# 151 312.742.2000. just two men: foring at the Cadillac mer BBC Television HOT CHOCOLATE Palace Theatre, hosts Daniel ClarkWITH MRS. CLAUS follows the mean and conniving Grinch, who schemes son and Jefferson On Dec. 8, enjoy to steal Christmas away from the cheerful Whos. Turner. Tickets are hot chocolate and Hint: there’s a happy ending. Running through Dec. 16. $39.75–$69.75. 175 cookies with the $18–$85. 151 W. Randolph, 312.384.1502. E. Chestnut, one and only Mrs. # 151 800.775.2000. Claus at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Ticket price includes IMPROV EXTRAVAGANZA EXPLOSION! access to the Wonderland Express exhibit. 11am The Second City’s performers reach deep into and 1pm. $17–$20. 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in Glencoe, their imaginations to present Improv Extrava847.835.5440. ganza Explosion!, an hour of interactive, familyHOLLY JOLLY HOLIDAYS AT LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER On Fri.–Sun. through the month of Dec., have a jolly good time playing seasonal games, such as winterthemed speed build challenges; participating in a

friendly improvisation and sketch comedy, where they pull ideas straight from the audience, and make up scenes on the spot. Perfect for ages 5 and up. Lunch available during and after the show. Sat. at 12pm. $11. Up Comedy Club, 230 W. North, # 312.337.3992. 151



CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD Get an early peek at Christmas at the Museum of Science and Industry’s 70th annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit, running through Jan. 6. The Museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree boasts some 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments. More than 50 smaller trees, decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions, surround it. Stroll through the trees and enjoy intermittent falling “snow.” Adults, $15; seniors (65+), $14; children (3–11), $10. 57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414.

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SNOW MUCH FUN! strip. You’ll see original cartoons, Peanuts ephemera, and Schulz’s studio recreated. At the Chicago Children’s Museum, winter Daily, 9:30am–4pm (closed Christmas). Adults, starts early with Snow Much Fun (and it’s far $20; seniors (65+), $19; children (3–11), $13. 57th less freezing inside)! Every day in Dec., build # 3 and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. snow forts, throw snowballs, dress up as a snowman and more. If you love ice-skatCOMEDYSPORTZ ing, you can skate CREW MEETS THE in your socks on AMAZING CHICAGO SNOW QUEEN the Pretend You’re FUNHOUSE MAZE Every Sat. at 11am, On Ice rink from If a challenge is what go on an adventure 11am to 4pm (closed you’re looking for, to visit the Snow Christmas). Navy search no further Queen with the Pier, 700 E. Grand, than Amazing hilarious 312.527.1000. Chicago’s Funhouse ComedySportz Children/adults, $12; Maze. Part funhouse, team, in their verseniors, $11. #124 part maze, Amazing sion of Hans Chicago dazzles all of Christian Andersen’s CHARLIE BROWN your senses with the classic tale. You’ll AND THE GREAT mirror maze and a spinning light tunnel. 600 E. meet some pretty EXHIBIT Grand at Navy Pier. Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., crazy characters, This exhibit at the 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. Tickets start at $9.95. including the Museum of 312.595.5375.. 2-for-1 coupon on page 14 of our Summer Sorceress, Science and Holiday Activity Guide! who keeps her Industry featuring favorite season (summer) around her at all times, everybody’s favorite Peanuts characters honors the nearly five decades cartoonist Charles Schulz and a Helpful Reindeer. Adults, $10; kids (under 12), to Belmont researched, wrote, designed, and drew his Peanuts $7. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080.

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December in Chicago may be chilly, but there’s plenty of fun to be had indoors in Chicago. At the MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY (5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414), snow occasionally falls indoors during the Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit (right), as you walk between 50 Christmas trees whose decorations represent holiday traditions from around the globe. WINTER WONDERFEST at Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER), features holiday decorations (top left), indoor rides, and an indoor skating rink at one of the city’s top attractions. It’s not exactly indoors, but taking a cup of coffee and a warm blanket on a covered horse-drawn carriage with ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE (700 N. Michigan, 773.735.9400) will keep you nice and toasty. For more on these events, see our Holiday Activity Guide on page 25.


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AT T R AC T I O N S AMAZING CHICAGO’S FUN HOUSE MAZE Located on historic Navy Pier, the Maze is a selfpaced, sensory experience. You will navigate through 4,000 square feet of tunnels, mazes, and fun. Find your way out be listening to the informative narration and playing the interactive games. Mon.–Thu., 1-am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm; Sun., 10am–7pm. Closed Christmas Day. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.5375. (N-30) THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, “L” train, trolley, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to The Unseen City: Designs for a Future Chicago exhibition. Also lectures, special events, and education activities, created to inspire people 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., 9am–9pm; Fri.–Sat., 9am–5pm; Sun., 1–5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312.747.4300. (I-38) CHICAGO WATER WORKS VISITOR WELCOME CENTER Tourist information and maps available inside. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun., 10am–6pm. FREE. 163 E. Pearson at Michigan, 877.CHI.CAGO. (J-26) CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPASS ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Observatory or Museum of Science and Industry. 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, $84; children (3–11), $69. 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. “Santa in the Sky” runs through Dec. 24. Daily, 9am–11pm. Adults, $17.50; kids (3–11), 11.50; 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 through Mar. 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 gardens, shops, restaurants, rides, and attractions, including Winter WonderFest, Chicago Children’s Museum, Amazing Chicago’s Funhouse Maze, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Open Sun., 10am–7pm; Mon.–Thu., 10am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–10pm. Christmas Eve hours: 10am–5pm. Closed Christmas Day. New Year’s Eve hours: 10am–12am. New Year’s Day hours: 10am–10pm. Accepted credit cards vary. 600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER. (N-30) NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Movies come to life on a six-story screen. Playing on select dates throughout Dec.: The Hobbit 3D. 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, $17.50; children (3–11), $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312.875.9696. (G-36)

MUSEUMS FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS FOR IL RESIDENTS: Tue.: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science, Brookfield Zoo. Wed.: Art Institute (first and second Wed. of every month), Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu.: Chicago Children’s Museum (5–8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Brookfield Zoo. 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, Museum of Contemporary Photography. ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy and space imagination. Check out the Definiti Space Theater show, Season of Wonder, along with the special exhibition The Universe: A Walk through Space and Time. Weekdays, 9:30am–4pm; weekends, 9:30am–4:30pm. Closed Christmas Day. General admission: Adults $12; seniors, $10; kids, 3–11, $8. Some exhibits require an additional fee. 1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.STAR. (N-43)

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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: Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Mon.–Thu., 8am–7pm; Fri, 8am–6pm; Sat., 9am–6pm; Sun, 10am–6pm. Closed Christmas Day. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312.744.6630. (I-34)


CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities, including Snow Much Fun (through Jan. 6). Daily, 10am–5pm; Thu., 10am–8pm. Call for special holiday hours. Closed Christmas Day. Adults/children, $12; seniors, $11; 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)


THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. On exhibit: Steve McQueen and the Holiday Thorne Rooms. Fri.–Wed., 10:30am–5pm, Thu., 10:30am–8pm. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. IL residents get free admission the first and second Wed. of the month. Adults, $18; children/seniors/students with ID, $12; children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600. (J-35)

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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. Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day. Adults, $10; seniors/students, $7; and children ages 6–11, $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th, 773.947.0600. (South of M-54) THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete, and best preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: Maharaja: The Splendor of India’s Royal Courts and Titans of the Ice Age 3D. Daily, 9am–5pm. Closed Christmas Day. 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) LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history, and artistic expressions from various cultures. Adults, $6, and seniors, $5. Closed on Mon.; Tue., 11am–8pm (FREE); Wed.–Sun., 11am–6pm. Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. 820 N. Michigan, 312.915.7600, (J-27) MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART Exciting and innovative art created since 1945. On exhibit: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac. Closed Mon.; Tue., 10am–8pm; Wed.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Adults, $12; students/seniors, $7; and children under 12, free. IL residents have free admission on Tue. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312.280.2660. (K-27) MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY See 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit and Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light (starting Nov. 15). Daily, 9:30am–4pm. Closed Christmas Day. General admission: adults, $15; seniors, 65-plus, $14; and children, 3–11, $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th and Lake Shore, 773.684.1414. (South of P-54) THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Grab your field journal and sense of adventure, and go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. On exhibit: Backyard Monsters. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Adults, $9; students/seniors, 60-plus, $7; children, 3–12, $6;


and children under 3, free. IL residents have free admission on Thu. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773.755.5100, (G-14) SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones and whales to dolphins and sharks. A Holiday Fantasea aquatic show runs through Jan. 5. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5pm. Sat.–Sun., 9am–6pm. Extended holiday hours: Dec. 16–23, 9am–9pm; Dec. 26–30, 9am–8pm. Closed Christmas Day. Shedd Pass: Adults, $28.95, and children, ages 3–11, $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438. (L-43)




ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE CO. Take a covered horse-drawn carriage ride down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile or through the Gold Coast neighborhood, and experience the city’s sites in a new way. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to four passengers ($5 each additional person). Mon.–Fri., 6:30–11:30pm; Sat., 11am–12am; Sun., 11am–11:30pm. Departing from SE corner of Michigan and Huron, 312.787.1349. (K-29) CHICAGO TROLLEY & DOUBLE DECKER CO. Red and green San Francisco–style trolleys and London-style double-deckers, each led by expert tour guides, stop every 20–30 minutes at top attractions. Board at any of the 14 stops, including the Willis Tower, Museum Campus, Navy Pier, and Water Tower between 9am and 5pm. Adults, $35; seniors, $25; children (3–12), $17; and children under 3, free. Good for three days. Holiday Lights tour on Fri.–Sun. through Dec. 23 and daily Dec. 26–31. $26. 773.648.5000.


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CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. On exhibit: Magic. Mon.–Sat., 9:30am–4:30pm; Sun., 12–5pm. Closed Christmas Day. Adults, $14; seniors/students/children 13–22, $12; and children 12 and under are free. 1601 N. Clark, 312.642.4600. (H-19)

AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable service to and from O’Hare and Midway Airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups big and small. Mini buses, vans, and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and sightseeing tours. 312.670.7777 or 888.709.5466.

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LINCOLN PARK ZOO More than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and birds inhabit 35 acres of zoological gardens on Chicago’s lakefront. See the animals of Africa in the Regenstein African Journey or flying critters in the McCormick Bird House. On all weekends in Dec., plus Dec. 26–31 and Jan. 1–6, enjoy the luminous displays of ZooLights. Minutes from downtown hotels. Daily, 10am–4:30pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000. (H-17)


BROOKFIELD ZOO Known for its naturalistic, multi-species exhibits and more than 2,000 animals. At the Children’s Zoo, see farm favorites such as cows, pigs, and llamas, plus get up close and personal in the petting zoo area. Daily, 10am–5pm. Adults, $15; children (3–11)/seniors, $10.50; and children under 2, free. General admission is free Tue. and Thu. through Dec. $10 for parking. All major cards. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Brookfield, 708.688.8000. (Suburban)




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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. 10, 2013; and more.

M U S T S E E AT T R A C T I O N S 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. 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: This 2.5–acre collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto”. Wrigley Square and Millennium Monument: The Square is anchored by the Monument, a nearly full-sized replica of the original that stood in the same location between 1917 and 1953.


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There’s lots of wonderful holiday shopping to be done in Chicago. Here are some gifts you can squeeze into your suitcases and into your family members’ stockings. HUBBARD STATE CIGAR (6 W. Hubbard, 312.670.0687) is full of gourmet cigars and accessories, including the $119.95 SIGLO cigar case (right). At MARY MARY (706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100), a gift and home furnishings boutique, find creative gifts, from wallets (top left) to ornaments to Cubs-themed nutcrackers. (See page 19 of the Holiday Activity Guide for a 15% off coupon!) JAZZ RECORD MART (27 E. Illinois, 312.222.1467) sells hundreds of Christmas-themed jazz and blues albums, including a special green-vinyl edition of the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s A Charlie Brown Christmas (bottom left) for $17.99. For more gift ideas, see page 44 of our Holiday Activity Guide.


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P.O.S.H. Browse an eclectic assortment of vintage hotel silver, restaurant china, and flea market finds, including unique souvenirs and newfangled treasures from antique markets and European auction houses. The items sold at P.O.S.H. are often one-of-a-kind or limited in quantity. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 613 N. State, 312.280.1602. (K-30)


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


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



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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) LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine-art glass vases, lamps, and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits paintings and fine prints from worldrenowned artists. Call for hours. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312.664.6203. (J-26)

CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s best-kept secret. Find high-end luxury labels including Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton at a fraction of the original cost. Also carries plus sizes. Mon.–Sat., 10am–6pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 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, footwear, 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) TESSUTI Men’s collection including Pal Zileri suits made from the finest Italian fabrics, sports jackets, dress shirts, and outerwear, plus custom ties and suits. You’ll also find limited-edition ties in a rainbow of colors from Stefano Ricci, Brioni, and Zelli. Mon.–Fri., 10:30am–6:30pm, Sat., 10am–6pm, Sun. by appointment. All major cards. 50 E. Oak, 312.266.4949. (I-25)

JEWELRY LOCAL CHARM Handcrafted artisan jewelry from more than 50 local, national, and international artisans. The often one-of-akind styles range from sterling silver and semi-precious stones, cattle horn and leather, and more. Hours vary by store. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312.332.6203; 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210. (J-27)

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PHOTO SERVICES CENTRAL CAMERA CO. A camera superstore with good, old-fashioned service since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon, Leica, and Panasonic, in addition to film for your vintage Brownie and Busch camera. Call for hours. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash, 312.427.5580. (I-37)


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 $70, but through Dec., the price is discounted to $36 (see ad on page 19). Mon.–Sat., 10:30am–10pm; Sun., 11am–10pm. 910 S. Michigan, Ste. 120, 312.986.8096. (J-41)

JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s, and 78s; DVDs; and videos, as well as posters, T-shirts, magazines, and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors. 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)





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. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 12–6pm. All major cards. 955 W. Diversey, 888.744.LOVE. (E-11)



SPA AT DANA Relax and rejuvenate at the Spa at the Dana Hotel, with services from deep tissue massages to no-chip manicures and hot-stone pedicures to microdermabrasion facials, all within a tranquil environment. Mon.–Sat., 8am–9pm; Sun., 8am–6pm. 660 N. State, 312.202.6040. (I-29)


bracelet is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Mon.–Sat., 10am–9pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan, Level 7, 312.915.0647. (J-27)

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.0533. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

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 River North store. 159 W. Kinzie, 312.527.4848. Mon.-Sat., 10am-6pm.

BLOCK THIRTY SEVEN–SHOPS ON STATE The shops in this city-block-long, five-story-tall mall include Akira Chicago, Anthropologie, Disney Store, PUMA, Steve Madden, Sephora, and Zara. Block Thirty Seven has direct access to CTA Red and Blue Lines. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 108 N. State, 312.261.4700. (I-34) THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE Fifty specialty shops and 17 restaurants, 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 holiday hours. Cards accepted vary by store. 835-845 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166. (J-27)

S P E C I A LT Y S H O P S 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, ext. 240. (J-36) THE FUDGE POT This Old Town institution has been making sugary concoctions since 1963. You can even watch them make candy through the front window (just try not to stop in after that). Sun.–Thu., 12pm–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 12pm–12am. All major cards. 1532 N. Wells, 312.943.1777. (I-23)

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON Shop the selection of Harley apparel, with sweatshirts, T-shirts, gloves, leather goods, hats, gifts, and collectables. Mon.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am–6pm. All major cards. 66 E. Ohio, 312.274.9666. (I-29) HOUSE OF BLUES STORE Get your official House of Blues Chicago gear here, including Jake and Elwood T-shirts, HOB mugs, and shot glasses. 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. Mon.–Sat., 11am–6pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. (I-28)

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P.O.S.H. Browse an eclectic assortment of vintage hotel silver, restaurant china, and flea market finds. The items sold at P.O.S.H. are often one-of-a-kind or limited in quantity. Mon.–Sat., 10am–7pm; Sun., 11am–5pm. 613 N. State, 312.280.1602. (K-30) RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A wild variety of items for the entire family, including Tshirts and stuffed animals. Set in a rainforest with plants hanging from the ceilings and walls and animatronic animals. Mon.–Thu., 11am–9:30pm; Fri, 11am–10:30pm; Sat., 11am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. (H-29) ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats, and accessories, as well as a wide selection of collectables. Opens at 10am daily. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29) WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A knitting and needlepoint shop with a 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; closed Sun. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312.642.2540. (I-25)


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NEW ERA CAP COMPANY With hundreds of styles to choose from, including the iconic 59FIFTY® fitted cap, the New Era Chicago® flagship is the store’s biggest location to date. Mon.–Thu., 11am–7pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–8pm; Sun., 11am– 6pm. 207 N. State, 312.663.4495. (J-33)

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TOBACCO & CIGARS HUBBARD STATE CIGAR Find the best cigars in the world. Special order any brand and have them shipped anywhere in the US. Mon.–Tue., 11am–10pm; Wed.–Thu., 10am–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 10am–11pm; Sun., 11am–9pm. All major cards. 6 W. Hubbard, 312.670.0687. (I-31) IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates more than 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. Mon.–Fri., 9am–5:30pm; Sat., 9am–5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312.372.1306. (I-35) UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors, and accessories. Free parking. Open late. Mon.–Thu., 10am–11pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–12am; Sun., 11am–11pm. AE, MC, V. 1550 N. Wells, 800.5UP.DOWN or 312.337.8505. (H-19)

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Our city during the holidays is a magical place—from holiday shopping on the Magnificent Mile to horse-drawn carriage rides, from ice-skating in Millennium Park to afternoon teatime at the Drake. We are excited to share what our city has planned for you this upcoming holiday season. Check out page 6 for the biggest holiday events, page 36 for holiday plays taking the stage, and page 44 for a gift guide featuring items from some of our local shops. New this year: thro oughout the magazine, we’ve added QR codes, “smart” bar codes that yo ou’ll see marked with a “Scan Me” message. Download a QR-code-reader app with your iPhone or Droid, scan the code, and you’ll be taken to an online video that brings the event to life.

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M Mag ag M Mile ile Shopping Shopping Christmas on Michigan Ave. means one thing: mega holiday shopping. (For more, see page 16.)

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decorated for the holidays. Perfect for couples or the whole family.. $80 per hour; $40 per half hour. Departs fro om the SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 773.735.9400.

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Do more than holiday shopping at Macy’s on State Street (top left). Experience the wonder of the 45-foot Great Tree and see the 45th annual animated Christmas windows. 111 N.

Take in the elegant surroundings of the Palm Court at the Drake Hotel. Its Tea Lobby features live harp music and Palm Court blended teas and pastries. Reservations aree recommended. 1–5pm. Adults, $36; childreen (4– 12), $18. 104 E. Walton, 312.787.2200. (For more on tea in the city, see page 28.)

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Celebrate the holidays by participating in a holiday singalong in Millennium Park. Caroling at Cloud Gate (bottom) features Chicago choral groups. Nov. 23–Dec. 21. Fri. at 6pm. FREE. Michigan and Randolph, 312.742.1168.

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Z ZooLights ooLights The Lincoln Park Zoo becomes a winter wonderland, illuminated by more than 2 million lights, at the annual ZooLights extravaganza (above). Visit the polar bears and penguins while enjoying warm drinks, cool crafts, ice carvings, visits with Santa, and carousel rides. Open Nov 23–25; Nov. 30; Dec. 1–2, 7–9, 14–16, 21–23, 26–31; Jan. 1–6. 5–9pm. FREE. 2001 N. Clark, 312.742.2000.

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promotions throughout the Loop. Nov. 19–Dec. 31. For a complete list of events, promotions, and discounts: (See page 21.)

SSanta anta H House ouse Have your picture taken with Santa and see th the city’s 64-foot Christmas tree at Daley Plaza. Nov. 20–Dec. 24. 50 W. Washington.

H Home ome ffor or the the H Holidays olidays The Art Institute off Chicago lions are decked out in wreaths (below), and the Thorne Miniature Rooms are adorned with tiny holiday decorations. Throughout Nov. and Dec., the Art Institute hosts holiday-themed events and lectures. 111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600.

Pickle P ickle in in the the Pine Pine A distinct holiday custom for generations, the Pickle in the Pine has had a long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff restaurant. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170. (For more, see page 26.)

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daily (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas). Freee admission Thu. fro om 5 to 8pm. Children/adults, $12; seniors, $11. Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand, 312.527.1000.

Christmas C hristmas A Around round tthe he World World It’s a cultural holiday experience at the Museum of Science and Industry, as 50 Christmas trees, beautifully decorated by volunteers fro om Chicago’s ethnic communities, represent various cultures and holiday traditions for the annual Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibit (above). The museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage with more than 30,000 lights and

1,000 ornaments. Every once in a while, you may experience an indoor snowfall. Nov. 15–Jan. 6. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Daily, 9:30am–4pm. Adults, $15; seniors, $14; children, 3–11, $10. 5700 S. Lake Shore, 773.684.1414.

Santa Santa in in the the SSky ky The city’s highest Santa in the Sky returns for its fifth year (above right). Sitting 1,000 feet above the Mag Mile, the John Hancock Observatory is chock full of holiday fun, including the Winter Wonderland Holiday Train and Picturees with Santa. Each full-fare youth admission gets a FREE child Shedd Pass ticket to the Shedd Aquarium. Adults, $17.50; chil-

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clocks, beer steins, wooden and plush toys, and European chocolates. Enjoy imported German beer or warm up with a cup of Glühwein (hot spiced wine) served in a souvenir boot-mug, alongside other German delicacies, such as bratwursst, potato pancakes, and schnitzel. Nov. 20–Dec. 24. Sun.–Thu., 11am–8pm; Fri.–Sat., 11am–9pm. FREE. 50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175.


dren (3–11), $11.50. Every Sat.–Sun. from Nov. 17 through Dec. Nov: 10am–2pm (plus Fri., Nov. 23); Dec.: 1–5pm (plus Mon., Dec. 24). Breakfast with Santa: Dec 1–2, 8–9, 15–16, 22–23, with 8:30 and 11am seatings. Adults, $45; children (3–11), $35; childreen (under 3), $15. 875 N. Michigan, 888.875.VIEW.

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Wonderland Express pulls into the Chicago Botanic Garden transforming the 385-acre oasis into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, and miniature Chicago landmarks. Nov. 23–JJan. 6. 10am–6pm. Adults, $12; children/seniorss, $10. 1000 Lake Cook Rd. in Glencoe, 847.835.5440.

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See the Brookfield Zoo’s 30th annual Holiday Magic (right), featuring nearly 1 million twinkling lights, a dazzling light show, ice-carving demonstrations, live music, and more. Select Dec. dates fro om 4 to 9pm. Adults, $13.50; kids, $9.50. 1st Ave. & 31st St. in Bro ookfield, 708.688.8000.

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Under the city’s official Christmas tree at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington; 312.744.3315)

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Truly Truly Magnificent Magnificent ’Tis the season to go shopping. With hundreds of retailers located on the Magnificent Mile, shopperss can find gifts for loved ones of all ages. Michigan Ave. is home to some well-known flagship stores, such as Nike Chicago, AT&T, Banana Republic, and the new Burberry store, as well as some local gems. Be sure not to miss the stores in all of Michigan Avenue’s multi-level shopping malls. The splendid shopping stretch famously gave birth to the concept of the vertical shopping mall, paving the way with the illustrious Water Tower Place (835 N. Michigan, 312.440.3166) back in 1975. Acro oss the streeet sits the glitzy, seven-story 900 Shops (9 900 N. Michigan, 312.915.3916), anchored by the Bloomingdales department store. Finally, a few blocks south, find the Shops at North Bridge (520 N. Michigan, 312.327.2300), home to the high-fashion reetailer Nordstrom. To help guide you through all of the holiday madness, KEY guides you to find the stores that best suit your gift-giving needs:

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For babies, tikes, and toddlers: Go with the classic brands that kids love, such as the Disney Store (717 N. Michigan, 312.654.9208), with everything from clothes to home décor emblazoned with Disney characters. Or you can try American Girl Place (8 835 N. Michigan, 312.943.9400) or the LEGO Store (8 835 N. Michigan, 312.494.0760), both located in Water Tower Place and stocked with toys for your little ones. The 312.440.9550) has wide off as a w ide sselection election o Chicago-based Galt Toys + Galt Baby (900 N. Michigan, 3 12.440.9550) h baby nursery urniture, a and nd ccribs. ribs. sstrollers, trollerss, ttoys, oys, b aby gear, gear, n ursery ffurniture, For fashionistas: The vast, newly reopened global Burberry flagship (633 N. Michigan, 312.787.2500) carries both staples and trendy Just off the Mile items, and the gorgeous plaid façade is not one to be Just a short walk off the Mag Mile, missed. You can find big brands at the concept Ann enjoy these shopping destinations as well: Taylor store (600 N. Michigan, 312.587.8301) and Ta Mary Mary Forever 21, aka X XI (540 N. Michigan, A gift-giver’s haven decorated like a winter wonderland, inside a 133-year-old brownstone. 312.329.0485), or at hip overseas contemporary 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. stores such as British retailers Topshop (830 N. P.O.S.H. Michigan, 312.280.6834) and Allsaints (70 00 N. Antiques and vintage items, dinnerware and Michigan, 312.283.0400), Sweden’s H&M (800 N. glassware, flea-market finds and unique gift items, Michigan, n 855.466.7467), and Spanish clothing all in one store. 613 N. State, 312.280.1602. and accessories store Zara (700 N. Michigan, Tessuti 312.255.8123). For a totally Chicago shopping experiA men’s fine clothing retailer, where you can ence, try Akira Chicago (835 N. Michigan, buy a custom suit or a pair of jeans. 50 E. Oak, 312.266.4949. 312.280.4820), featuring trends from moree than 150 local and national designerss.


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For sports fanatics: The Nike Chicago flagship (669 N. Michigan, 312.642.6363) reopened this fall, with four stories and more than 50,000-square-foot of pure Nike heaven. In honor of Michael Jordan’s 13 seasons with the Bulls, the concept storee is home to the world’s largest selection of Jordan Brand footwear, apparel and equipment. For fine art: Find paintings and prints from the Old Masters to contemporary works at Atlas Galleries (535 N. Michigan, 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan Ave., 800.545.2929). If glass art is more your thing, find one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass vases, bottles, 900 N. and home décor at Lotton Gallery ((9 Michigan, 312.664.6203). 312.664.6203). For unique jewelry: Gorgeous bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more fro om dozens of local and national designers await you at Local Charm (835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210). You can also stop into Pandora Jewelry (8 835 N. Michigan, 312.915.0647) for its fine pieces in sterling silver, 14k solid gold, and two-tone.

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Holidays H olidays iin n tthe he LLoop oop Chicago’s Loop neighborhood is always buzzing with activity, but no more so than around the holidayss. Here’s a holidaytheme itinerary for how to spend a funfilled afternoon in the Loop: Start your day off right at Yolk (1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.9655) with one of its specialty omelets or pancakes. If it’s not too cold, stroll down Michigan Ave., or take the #3 or #4 bus, past the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan, 312.443.3600) and the wreathed lions out fro ont, to Millennium Park. Burn off your brunch with an ice-skate at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (Michigan and Washington), starting at 12pm. Yo ou may be hungry again, so grab a brat and one of its famous root beers at the Berghoff (17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170), a German restaurant with lots of

holiday spirit. Or nosh on snacks from German American outdoor market Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington, 312.494.2175), starting Nov. 20. (for more re, see page 36). Get some holiday shopping done at cap company New Era’s flagship store (207 S. State, 312.663.4495) or at Block Thirty Seven Shops on State (108 N. State, 312.261.4700), with shops including Akira Chicago, Local Charm, and Magnolia Bakery. Hop across the street and into Macy’s on State (111 N. State, 312.781.4483), wheree you can see the famous holiday windows (this year’s theme is “The Magic of Christmas”) and the Christmas tree, all lit up in the Walnut Room (f(for more, see page 42).

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If that’s not enough shopping for you, keep going—you’ll find holiday specials all seaough the Chicago Loop Alson long thro liance’s Winter WonderLoop, with dozens of participating shops and reestau-

rants in the Loop, running from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. om Dec. 1 to 22, On Black Friday and on all Sat. fro experience Winter WonderLoop’s “Random Acts of Holidays”—free and spontaneous experiences around the Loop, ranging from strolling carolers to street performances from the Joffrey Ballet to free beverages and pastries from Corner Bakery.


At night, there’s a lot of holiday theater to choose fro om. At the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W. Randolph, 800.775.2000), you can see Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch h Sttole Christmas! The Musical (Dec. 5–16), or see A Christmas Carol (Nov. 17–Dec. 29) at the Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800). You can also watch The Joffrey Ballet’s Sca n The Nutcr crackker (Dec. 7– 27) at the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress, 800.982.2787). If you see the show Mon.–Fri., stop into Midtown Kitchen + Bar (203 N. LaSalle, 312.379.5086).



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AD Dilly illy of of a Tradition Tradition Stockings hanging from the fireplace. A plate of cookies for Santa. Eggnog. Some holiday phenomena can only be explained by tradition. And yet, even at their strangest, many of these quirky traditions eventually come to define the Christmas season for many folks. Little eccentricities that would make little sense at any other foregone time of year are somehow fo conclusions in Dec. Take the Pickle in the Pi Pine, for instance. A distinct holiday custom for generations of Chicagoans, the pickle ornament continues a long and storied run at the venerable Berghoff restaurant (17 W. Adams; 312.427.3170). Each year, families will come downtown to enjoy a classic meal and a few authentic German brews, and children are invited to comb through the lighted branches of the decorated tree in the Century Room to find the pickle ornament. This year, children under 12

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Warm Warm Sips Sips There are plenty of places for you to stay warm in Chicago, even when the weather’s chilly—malls on Michigan Ave. and museums, just to name a few. But theree’s nothing like a hot chocolate, tea, or coffee to really warm yo ou from the inside out. Here are some places to get some delicious hot drinks in Chicago’s downtown: FOR TEA Argo Tea (various locations, including 1 N. Dearborn, 16 W. Randolph, and 819 N. Rush), a chain started in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood, is dedicated to this delicious, soothing hot drink. Choose one of the special tea drinks, such as the pumpkin chai, or one of 30 varieties of loose-leaf teas. Stop into the Drake hotel (140 E. Walton, 312.787.2200) every afternoon from 1 to 5pm for its Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, and scones with fine, fresh teas such as Darjeeling and Lapsang Souchong, a rich Chinese black tea, or a caffeine-free Chamomile Citrus. Add some exttra warmth to those beverages with one of the Drake’s tea cocktails.

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FOR HOT CHOCOLATE Near Millennium Park, try the Oaxacan Hot Chocolate from Mezcalina Restaurant and Black Coffee Gallery (333 E. Benton, 312.240.5000). It’s a little spicy and a little sweet. Stop in after some iceskating at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, and it’ll feel like you’re a kid again. Find rich, chocolatey hot cocoa at Hershey’s (822 N. Michigan, 312.337.771) or right across the street at Godiva Chocolatier (845 N. Michigan, 312.280.1133). Celebrity chef Rick Bayless’s XOCO (449 N. Clark 312.334.3688) serves frothy, thick hot chocolate—perfect for dunking churros in. FOR COFFEE

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in Chicago. Their coffee is always freeshly roasted, and, if you’re a real coffee geek, you’ll enjoy that the store’s primary method of brewing is the pourover. While it’s a little slower to make, the coffee tastes fresher because it hasn’t been sitting in a pot all day. You can also get a good cup of freshly roasted Intelligentsia coffee at Local Root Café (601 N. McClurg, 312.643.1145). An adora able coffee shop lies on the bottom floor of Sunny Side Up and Coffee Shoppe (42 E. Candy Cane Coffee Superior, 312.930.4242), at Red Head Piano Bar which lives in a historic brownstone. Stop in to get a cup or two of Sparrow Coffee Roastery coffee, a local ecofriendly company.

SSanta’s anta’s LLittle ittle Helpers Helpers One of the best parts of the holidays aree all the fun specials on restaurant and bar menus—especially the delicious drinks and cocktails that warm you right up. See below for some of our holiday favorites this year: CLUB LUCK Y This Bucktown Italian spot serves the Sleigh Ride (far right), a “secreet concoction” of rums, Amarula, and cinnamon sugar, garnished with a white chocolate cigarette. It’s “reminiscent of the old-fashioned Christmas cookies,” says GM Thomas Kleiner. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Served only in Nov. and Dec., Goose Island Brewpub’s Christmas Ale (left) is a complex bro own ale whose recipe changes just slightly from year to year. Enjoy it with ham, turkey, or lamb. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071; 3535 N. Clark, 773.832.9040. MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE This one will knock your socks right off (and nicely accompany a good steak): the Holiday Flip includes Pig’s Nose Scotch, Falernum, Boston Bual Madeira, whiskey barrel bitters, and a wholee egg, with hints of maple, cinnamon, and allspice. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823.

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Holiday H oliday TTraditions raditions A Chrriistmas Carol celebrates its 35th anniverssary this year at the Goodman Theatre, where it will continue to delight Chicago audiences as it alwayss has. A portrayal of the discovery of life and love, this classic Charles Dickens’ story brings the “Bah! Humbug!” to Chicago. Nov. 17– Dec. 29. $25–$82. 170 N. Dearborn. 312.443.3800. our holiday celebrations with one Kick up yo of Chicagoland’s most popular family events. Complete with magical toys, dancing snowflakes and exotic sweets, Robert Joffrey’s The Nutccracker features unforgettable characterss along with the Chicago Sinfonietta’s musical accompaniment of Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Auditorium Theatre. Dec. 7–27. $31– $132. 50 E. Congress, 800.982.2787.

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Travel back to a 1940s radio broadcast of Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s a

Wonderful Life with live sound effects, an original score, and a stellar cast that brings Bedford Falls to life in It’s a Wonderful Life: Live at the Biograph! playing at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. Nov. 23–Dec. 30. $19–$39. 2433 N. Lincoln, 773.871.3000.

Adults Adults Only—Shamefully Only—Shamefully Funny Funny For those looking for an alternative to the holiday classics, head to the Second City or UP Comedy Club for the Nutccracking Holiday Revue, featuring Second City’s trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief. Nov. 22–Dec. 30. $25. 1616 N. Wells, 312.337.3992 OR 230 W. North, 3rd Floor, 312.662.4562. See for schedule.

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What if Justin Bieber had never been born? It’s a Bieberful Life at the ComedySportz Theatre asks this burning question every Fri. through Dec. 29.. The tween pop sensation has been having a bad time, with declining sales and lots of scandals. Luckily, he is visited by an angel (who may or may not look like Robert Pattinson). $10. 929 W. Belmont, 773.549.8080.

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Even though the skies get dark earlier, Chicago brightly shines throughout the holiday season. If you want to see all of the city’s beautiful lights displays throughout the holidays, try a trolley tour with Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co. or a Segway tour with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tour. You’lll hit all the favorite holiday attractions— Millennium Park and its brightly lit trees, plus the famous “Bean”; State St. and the Macy’s holiday windows; the huge Christmas tree in Daley Plaza; and Christkindlmarket, a traditional German holiday market, where you can hop off and explore (and perhaps grab a hot chocolate). Chicago Trolley tours runs Fri.–Sun., Nov. 23– Dec. 23, and daily, Dec. 26–31. Departurees at 6, 6:30, and 7pm. Adults, $26; children, $19. Departs fro om the John Hancock Observatory, at the SE corner of Delaware and Michigan. Reservations required: Absolutely Chicago Segway tours depart from Millennium Park. Thu.–Sat. 6:15pm. $60. Call for reservations: 312.552.5100.

M Macy’s acy ’s H Holiday oliday M Magic agic For its 45th year, Macy’s on State Street whimsically decorates its windows with animated characters and stories. This year, the theme is “The Magic of Christmas,” which tells the story of Macy’s history at the State Street store—for instance, you’ll see the character Uncle Mistletoe, who debuted in the store’s holiday windows in 1946, when the store was Marshall Field’s. A combination of Field’s favorite uncle and a Dickens-type character, Uncle Mistletoe was an instant hit. Go inside to see the massive Great Tree rising thro ough multiple stories of the building’s main atrium. At 45 feet tall, the Great Tree is adorned for the firsst time this year with 42 LED star ornaments and 15,000 LED twinkle lights. After a good thaw and hearty meal at the seventh-floor Walnut Room, customers with kids in tow will sureely want to schedule time with the big guy and his jolly old elves on the 5th floor in Macy’s SantaLand. Since 1948, Santa has visited with millions of childreen in the State Street store. Visit for updates, or call 312.781.4483 for more information and special SantaLand hourss.

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Something Something ffor or Steal a smooch under this Mistletoe Kissing Crystal ($18.50) from M ARY M ARY. 706 N. Dearborn, 312.654.8100. 15% off with coupon on page 19.

Hand-blown glass perfume bottles and paperweights ($95–$155) from LOTTON GALLERY brighten any home. 900 N. Michigan, 312.664.6203.

Find bo b ld jewelry such as this necklace ($178) and bracelet ($98) at LOCAL CHARM. 835 N. Michigan, 312.202.1210; 108 N. State, 312.332.6203. 15% off with coupon on page 18.

Spruce up your coffee table with Chicago painter Michael Cheney’s new book ($150). ATL AS GALLERIES, 535 N. Michigan, 800.423.7635; 900 N. Michigan, 800.545.2929.

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The PATA TAGONIA Women’s Better Sweater Coat ($179), lined with fleece, is perfect for a Midwestern winter. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.951.0518; 48 E. Walton, 312.640.5934.

Get the morning person in your life this Good Morning Mug ($12) from P.O.S.H. 61 13 N. State, 312.280.1602.

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C Celebrating elebrating iin ele n SSpace pa Explore the connections between the sights and sounds of the holidayss in Season of Wonder, a show opening Nov. 16 in the Definiti Space Theater in the Adler Planetarium (1300 S. Lake Shore, 312.922.7827). Discover the reason for the winter solstice, witness the beauty of the Aurora Borealis, and explore the winter sky celebrations of cultures all around the world. After, step into the World’s Largest Snow Globe inside the Grainger Sky Theater, where you can see what it’s like to live inside a giant snow globe. Tickets are $10 plus general admission (adults, $12; seniors, $10; children, 3–11, $8). If space isn’t quite your thing (or if you also want an underwater adventure), hop next door to the Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore, 312.939.2438) for the aquatic show A Holiday Fantasea—you’ll see dolphins, beluga ta whales, and sea lions, oh my! Tickets ts are $4 plus general admission.


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In the Midwest, we’re not necessarily known for our seafood. But Chicago restaurants serve up plenty of delicious and fresh scallops, fish, and oysters. The fall menu at MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE (505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823) includes Caramelized Sea Scallops, served over beef and barley risotto and drizzled with a pinot noir sauce (right). At BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP COMPANY on Navy Pier (700 E. Grand, 312.252.GUMP), there’s a spread on the menu dedicated to (of course) shrimp, with dishes including Shrimp New Orleans, broiled with butter, garlic, and spices, and Shrimp & Veggie Skewers (top left). You may not think of seafood for breakfast, but on SUNNY SIDE UP & COFFEE SHOP’s (42 E. Superior, 312.930.4242) list of benedicts, you can find the Nova, made with smoked salmon, topped with hollandaise sauce and fresh dill.


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ARTIST’S CAFÉ Located in the Fine Arts building, the Artist’s Café serves up a mix of American and ethnic cuisine, guestsalso will find a great selection of spirits. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 412 S. Michigan, 312.939.7855. New location in the South Loop: 1150 S. Wabash, 312.583.9942. (J-38) ED DEBEVIC’S This 1950s-style diner serves American classics such as burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 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. $$. 2060 N. Cleveland, 773.935.2060. (F-16) GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items, including its legendary Stilton burger. Also offering innovative, small-batch specialty ales. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. $$. 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location: 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. (D-19) (D-4)

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THE GRILLROOM CHOPHOUSE & WINEBAR With a warm ambiance, this urban chophouse and wine bar is a great destination for power lunches, business meetings, or intimate dinners. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 33 W. Monroe, 312.960.0000. (I-36) HARD ROCK CAFE This legendary institution serves up the best in American cuisine, including juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, and steaks in a friendly, highenergy atmosphere. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29) JOHN BARLEYCORN A classic Chicago sports bar and restaurant, Barleycorn serves specialty, half-pound burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$. 149 W. Kinzie, 773.348.8899; 658 W. Belden, 773.348.8899; 3524 N. Clark, 773.348.8899; 1100 American Ln. in Schaumburg, 847.619.5540. (H-31) (E-15) (D-4) (Suburban) LLOYD’S CHICAGO Served in a Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s (just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre) specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails, and pre-theater dinners. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$. 1 S. Wacker, 312.407.6900. (G-35)




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MIDTOWN KITCHEN + BAR Midtown Kitchen + Bar specializes in contemporary American fare, serving an array of mouthwatering burgers and sandwiches surrounded by warm mahogany and oversized lights. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 203 N. LaSalle, 312.379.5086. (H-33) ONE NORTH KITCHEN & BAR Ideal for business meetings, intimate dinners, and preor post-opera performance cocktails, One North Kitchen & Bar serves American cuisine with French and Italian influences. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 1 N. Wacker, 312.750.9700. (G-35)

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

PARK TAVERN Serving delicious food, including dishes such as Animal Tots (tater tots with pulled pork, cheese curds, fried egg, and gravy), and craft beer, poured from your own table tap. Near the United Center. All major cards. $$. 1645 W. Jackson, 312.243.4276; Second location at 5433 Park Place in Rosemont, 847.349.5151. (West of D-37) (Suburban) PRIMEBAR Order contemporary American food, from garden-fresh salads to two-handed sandwiches to Three Floyds beerbattered fish and chips. Recycled wood and salvaged lighting create a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy a

RAINFOREST CAFÉ Dine under a tropical jungle canopy featuring cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 605 N. Clark, 312.787.1501. (H-29) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE Owned by pizza mastermind Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s), this burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering chargrilled burgers. Call for hours. All major cards. $. 69 E. Madison, 312.332.8111. (J-35) TAVERN AT THE PARK Just across from Millennium Park, Tavern at the Park offers a French-infused American menu. Try Tavern classics such as the Millennium Burger, a steak burger with duck confit, fois gras, and Emmental cheese. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 130 E. Randolph, 312.552.0070. (J-33) TOWNHOUSE KITCHEN + BAR This restaurant and wine bar has an elegant yet casual feel. Townhouse's menu offers a large selection of small plates, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 111 S. Wacker, 312.948.8240. (G-36)

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WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT Dine on award-winning KettleBurgers, grill-fired pizzas, wood-smoked barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, and seafood, all grilled on authentic Weber kettles. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. (I-30) 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. Call for hours. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29)

ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings. The menu covers most of Asia, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese entrees, as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 614 S. Wabash, 312.379.0970, (I-39)

BRAZILIAN BRAZZAZ Enjoy the churrascaria experience with the finest handselected USDA prime beef, lamb, poultry, pork and jumbo shrimp all prepared in the delicious, artful culinary style of the gaucho. Also indulge in our gourmet salad bar, an array of side dishes, and an extensive wine list. Call for hours. All major credit cards. $$$. 539 N. Dearborn, 312.595.9000. (J-30)

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B R E A K FA S T EGGSPERIENCE PANCAKES & CAFÉ Eggsperience a delicious selection of all-day breakfast and lunch items, such as savory omelets, crepes, and panini. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 35 W. Ontario, 312.870.6773; Glenview (847.998.5111); Naperville (630.548.1000); Park Ridge (847.939.3976); and Bannockburn (847.940.8444). (H-29) ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy soda fountain drinks with delicatessen sandwiches, giant salads, and a full bar.  Call for hours. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. (I-42)

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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. Call for hours. All major cards. $. 620 N. Fairbanks, 312.280.8366. (K-29) YOLK Expect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites including Benedicts, French toast, and skillets. Lunchtime options as well. Call for hours. $. 355 E. Ohio, 312.822.9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312.789.YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312.787.2277. (L-30) (I-42) (G-27)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CROSSROADS AT HOUSE OF BLUES Dine on American, Southern, and Mexican-inspired dishes from celebrity chef Aarón Sanchez. Jambalaya and pulled pork sandwiches 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 located 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. Call for hours. All major cards. $. 1112 S. Wabash, 312.212.1112. (I-42)

MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. Signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, and famous original crisp potato pancakes. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Call for hours. All major cards. $. 1141 S. Jefferson, 312.939.2855. (E-43)

FONDUE THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices such as filet mignon and lobster tail, and its famous chocolate fondue. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$. 609 N. Dearborn, 312.573.0011. (H-29)

GERMAN THE BERGHOFF This Chicago icon has been part of Chicago’s dining scene for more than 110 years, serving wiener schnitzel, sauerbraten, and potato pierogies, plus house-made root beer. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 17 W. Adams, 312.427.3170. (I-36)

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CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks, and roast duck. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 4732 N. Lincoln, 773.784.4444. (Northwest of A-1)

INDIAN CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating, Chicago Curry House shares the flavors of India and Nepal. Mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, and attentive service. Lunch

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. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 59 W. Grand, 312.645.9500. (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample traditional dishes, including marinated lamb and curried chicken at the daily lunch buffet from 11:30am to 3pm for $13.95 per person. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 247 E. Ontario, 312.280.4910. (H-29)

I TA L I A N CLUB LAGO Club Lago is just minutes from downtown and the United Center. Serving pasta, salads, panini, and more, it’s a family-owned spot devoted to simple food and good service. Call for hours. 331 W. Superior, 312.951.2849. (G-28)

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CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Enjoy their award-winning holiday decorations. Now offering hotel delivery. Call for hours. $$$. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773.227.2300. (Northwest of A-20)

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EDUARDO’S ENOTECA Fresh light Italian and small plates. Delivery and catering available. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 1212 N. Dearborn, 312.337.4490. (I-23) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE (Italian Village Restaurants) Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon.–Fri., 11:30am–2:30pm. Dinner: Tue.–Fri., 5–10pm; Sat., 5–11pm. All major cards. $$$. 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)

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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, 11am–2:30pm. Dinner: Mon.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–11pm; closed Sun. All major cards. $$$. 71 W. Monroe, 312.332.7005. (H-36) VIVO Celebrating 20 years in the Randolph Street Market District, Vivo offers Italian food in a chic setting. Call for hours. 838 W. Randolph, 312.733.3379. (West of D-33)

MEXICAN MOE’S CANTINA Tapas are on the menu at this raucous Mexican cantina. Try Moe’s famous margaritas and popular mesquitegrilled skewers and tacos. Call for hours. All major cards. 155 W. Kinzie, 312.245.2000. Also at 3518 N. Clark. (I-31) PATRON’S HACIENDA A Mexican restaurant and sports cantina located in River North, serving Mexican cuisine including fresh ceviche, fajitas, and some of the best freshjuice margaritas in town. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 316 W. Erie, 312.642.2400. (G-29)


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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 pi単atas and stained glass. Ask about catering. Call for hours. All major cards. $. 49 E. Ontario, 312.943.4041. (I-29)

PIZZA GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is handmade with golden crust, fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, and your choice of toppings. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 633 N. Wells, 312.943.1124; 162 E. Superior, 312.266.DEEP; 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-29) (K-28) (I-38) GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR The traditional pizzeria spices things up with its new location. New deep-dish pies, such as the Hunter Rabbit, as well as the old standards. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what Oprah calls the best thin-crust pizza in Chicago. Hours vary. All major cards. $$. 864 N. State, 312.751.1766; 61 E. Madison, 312.236.1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847.486.1777. (I-26) (I-35) (Suburban) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA EXPRESS Pizano’s newest branch focuses exclusively on delivery and carryout. All major cards. $$. 800 N. Dearborn, 855.749.2667. (I-27) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own Chicago deep-dish or thin-crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one the specialty pies. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 545 N. LaSalle, 312.464.1872, (H-30)

SEAFOOD ARGENT RESTAURANT AND RAW BAR Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Argent also features an upstairs raw bar with oyster shooters and Alaska king crab legs. Find wine pairings with one of six iPad menus. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 660 N. State, 312.202.6050. (I-29)


BUBBA GUMP SHRIMP CO. Run, Forrest, Run to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., located on Navy Pier. Come for the family-oriented atmosphere, friendly service, and out-of-thisworld seafood. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 700 E. Grand, Ste. 131, 312.252.GUMP. (N-31) CATCH 35 Fresh seafood, just a short walk to the Theater District. For meat lovers, try the bone-in ribeye or filet mignon medallions. Featuring live jazz. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 35 W. Wacker, 312.346.3500; 35 S. Washington in Naperville, 630.717.3500. (I-33) (Suburban) HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood and fresh cocktails, as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630.953.3444. (Suburban)

STEAK, CHOPS AND RIBS CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old brownstone, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. Comprehensive wine list and piano bar. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$$. 60 W. Ontario, 312.787.7100. (I-29) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops in a truly warm Chicago atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$. 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) KEEFER’S The Chicago River never looked better than from inside Keefer’s, the famed steakhouse that infuses a taste of France into their menu, producing unique steaks, seafood, and bistro options. In the Kaffe din-

MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAK HOUSE Basketball legend Michael Jordan brings his restaurant concept to the InterContinental Chicago. Dine on handselected USDA prime, dry-aged steaks, upscale comfort food, and fresh seafood. Call for hours. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8823. (J-30) WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT This downtown establishment serves juicy burgers, slow-smoked barbecue, Black Angus steaks, seafood, and more, all grilled over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$. 539 N. State, 312.467.9696. (I-30)

SUSHI FRIENDS SUSHI A sleek Gold Coast sushi spot. Enjoy maki, sushi, and sashimi, as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Call for hours. All major cards. $$. 710 N. Rush, 312.787.8998. (I-28)

THAI DAO Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including pad thai, cashew chicken, and beef curry. Call for hours. Delivery available. All major cards. $. 230 E. Ohio, 312.337.0000. (J-29) SILVER SPOON Find Zagat-rated fare such as banana blossom salad, tom yum, pad thai, and more. Vegetarian-friendly. Call for hours. 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. 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)

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Chicago offers a range of ways to celebrate this holiday season. Pop open a bottle of bubbly at POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE (601 N. State, 312.321.8823), recently rated one of the top ten wine bars in the US by The champagne lounge (right) also celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. At Chicago sports bar JOHN BARLEYCORN’s newest location (149 W. Kinzie, 773.348.8899), enjoy a beer and watch a football game on one of the dozens of TVs across the expansive, 14,000-square-foot space (top left). Theater-lovers, say “Bah Humbug” with Scrooge in the GOODMAN THEATRE’s rendition of A Christmas Carol (170 N. Dearborn, 312.443.3800). The beloved holiday classic is back at the Goodman for its 35th year (for a QR code to a video of the play, see page 11 of our Holiday Activity Guide).


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GOOSE ISLAND BREWPUB Chicago’s original craft brewer for more than 20 years offers some 20 varieties of handcrafted beer. Specialties include Honkers Ale, 312, Green Line, and Matilda. Stop by every Thursday at 6pm for a toast as they introduce a new beer. Also offers locally sourced lunch and dinner items such as duck reuben sandwiches and their legendary Stilton burger. Open daily at 11am and serving late. All major cards. Plenty of free parking at 1800 N. Clybourn, 312.915.0071. Second location near the Addison Red Line stop at 3535 N. Clark in Wrigleyville, 773.832.9040. (D-19) (D-4)



BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show is the nation’s longest running female impersonation, Las Vegas–style revue and has been delighting audiences from around the world for more than 40 years. Call for special shows on Mon. and Tue. Show times are Wed.–Sun. at 8:30pm, 10:30pm, and 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312.644.5269. (H-38)

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CLUB LUCKY This true Chicago 1940s “supper club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Enjoy their award-winning holiday decorations and special drinks starting Nov. 17. Try something from their famous “Killer Martini” list or a handcrafted cocktail. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon.–Fri. at 11:30am, Sat. at 4:30pm, and Sun. at 3:30pm. Lounge open until 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 post-theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon.–Fri., 3pm–2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3pm–2am. 440 N. State, 312.464.1400, (I-31)

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EXCALIBUR Voted Chicago’s Best Nightclub by the Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret, and late-night dining. Wed.–Fri., 7pm–4am; Sat., 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312.266.1944, (H-29)




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)


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)




VERTIGO SKY LOUNGE At 26 stories above the city, Vertigo Sky Lounge is the only year-round, indoor/outdoor lounge in Chicago. In the winter, the 1,000square-foot patio turns into an ice bar, with a 10-foot bar made from solid ice, crystallized fire pits, and robes for guests to wear to stay warm. Sun.–Wed., 5pm–1am; Thu.–Fri., 5pm–2am; Sat., 5pm–3am (patio closes at 12am). 2 W. Erie, 312.202.6060. (I-29)


MOE’S CANTINA Exposed brick walls and state-of-the-art sound systems provide the ambiance while you enjoy a cocktail list featuring housemade sangria, handmade margaritas, premium tequilas, and more. Mon.–Fri., 11am–2am; Sat., 11am–3am; Sun., 11am–2am. All major cards. 155 W. Kinzie, 312.245.2000. Also at 3518 N. Clark. (I-31)

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The Book Opens Nothing jazzes up Chicago’s downtown Theater District quite like a sit-down smash. The energy in the Loop is palpable, from the crowded sidewalks to the packed restaurants. What appears to be next great long-running musical to put down roots is finally here. Opening on Tue., Dec. 11 (and already extended several times into late 2013) is the Broadway darling THE BOOK OF MORMON, the uproarious comedy from the twisted minds behind the animated anarchy of TV’s South Park (at right). Playing at the Bank of America Theatre (18 W. Monroe, 800.775.2000). This decidedly edgy but ultimately uplifting musical raked in the Tony awards and continues to play to sold-out houses in New York—a trend that figures to continue here. Tickets are $45–$115.



THE BACK ROOM More than 40 years of live music now at a new location. The secret alleyway entrance leads you to a sophisticated, sultry atmosphere filled with energy from the lively rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes timeless hits, jazz, blues, big band, and R&B. Showtimes nightly: 9:30 and 11pm. Thu.–Sat.: DJ starts at 1:30am. $20 cover and two-drink minimum. Sun.–Wed., 9pm–1am; Thu.–Fri., 9pm–4am; Sat., 9pm–5am. 937 N. Rush, 312.751.2433. (I-25)

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)

HARD ROCK CAFÉ In addition to live music (on Mon. and Thu.), this legendary institution boasts the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serves up the best in American cuisine including juicy burgers and tasty barbecue in a friendly, high-energy atmosphere. Food served Mon.–Thu., 11am–12am; Fri.–Sat., 11am– 1am; Sun. 11am–11pm. All major cards. 63 W. Ontario, 312.943.2252. (H-29) 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)


TAV E R N S A N D SPORTS BARS FOUR FARTHINGS TAVERN & GRILL The bar area offers a place to watch sporting events and enjoy a selection of beers or one of 100 bottles of wines. Regular live music and events. Mon.–Sat., 11:30am–2am; Sun., 10am–2am (including Sun. brunch). Delivery available. All major cards. $$. 2060 N. Cleveland, 773.935.2060. (F-16) GINO’S EAST SPORTS BAR Enjoy craft beers, with 12 Chicagoland beers on tap. Guests can also choose three for a $9.50 flight. The beer menu also includes 50 craft bottle selections, from various regions of the United States. Stop in during football games for great deals, including $6 Bloody Marys. Sun.–Wed., 11am–12am; Thu.–Sat., 11am–2am. All major cards. $$. 521 S. Dearborn, 312.939.1818. (H-39)


Dining Highlight

BAR UMBRIAGO The wine list at this small-plates Italian spot is extensive but won’t break the bank. Mon.–Fri.,

RM CHAMPAGNE SALON A hot new wine and champagne bar, RM is located in a quiet cobblestone alley in the West Loop. Make a reservation—this intimate spot gets busy. 116 N. Green, 312.243.1199. (West of D-33)




ROCKIT BAR & GRILL Energetic restaurant and lounge featuring affordable, delicious cuisine. All major cards. Call for hours. 22 W. Hubbard, 312.645.6000. (J-31)

POPS FOR CHAMPAGNE With an unrivaled champagne list, Pops for Champagne is one of the country’s top bubbly bars. In addition to serving some 200 selections, Pops also has a full bar, live music (the Dan Effland Trio plays jazz favorites every Sun.–Tue. at 9pm), and a seasonal menu of champagne-friendly small plates and shareable items. Located in the River North entertainment district, Pops attracts local guests, visitors, and business clientele. Sun.–Fri., 3pm–2am; Sat., 1pm–2am. 601 N. State, 312.266.7677. (I-30)


JOHN BARLEYCORN A neighborhood sports bar and restaurant, Barleycorn has a full-service bar and a stellar beer list. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$. 149 W. Kinzie, 773.348.8899; 658 W. Belden, 773.348.8899; 3524 N. Clark, 773.348.8899; 1100 American Ln. in Schaumburg, 847.619.5540. (H-31) (E-15) (D-4) (Suburban)

ENO Indulge your passion for wine, cheese, and chocolate inside the InterContinental Chicago. Taste superb wines, international cheeses, and a host of handmade chocolate truffles and bars. Mon.–Thu., 4pm–1am; Sat., 1pm–am; Sun., 1pm–10pm. All major cards. 505 N. Michigan, 312.321.8738; 200 N. Columbus, 312.946.7000. (J-30) (K-33)


4pm–2am; Sat., 3pm–3am; Sun., 3–10pm. All major cards. 6 W. Hubbard, 312.494.1200. (I-31)

Nightlife Nightlife Nightlife Nightlife

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

METAMORPHOSES LOOKINGGLASS THEATRE, 821 N. Michigan, 312.337.0665.. From the simple beauty of a rippling pool of water, ensemble member Mary Zimmerman conjures the force of Ovid’s myths into gorgeous imagery, provocative moments, and breathtaking storytelling. Experience the Tony-winning smash hit, in which gods and mortals plunge into tales of love, loss, and redemption. This special anniversary production features many original and Broadway cast members. Tickets are $26–$66. See for schedule.


ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE, 1641 N. Halsted, 312.988.9000.. SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious new musical that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life in a parody that captures the escapist fun and absurdity of the novel in one laugh-filled, high-energy show. A bit SNL and a bit Chippendales, SPANK! delivers nonstop laughs, sexy fun, and lots of surprises. Don't miss the show that has Chicago all abuzz.

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, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773.549.8080 or visit

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