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10 Features

12 ALSO INSIDE

06 Seasonal Cocktails 10 Old Is New Again

e04 EDITOR’S LETTER

Chicago's bartenders are using seasonal ingredients to create new and exciting drinks. BY JEANETTE HURT

Chicago's innovative chefs are putting new twists on traditional desserts.

e28 ASK THE EXPERT

BY JANE BOKUN

08 Hidden Gems

12 Halls You Can Eat

ON THE COVER A TOWER OF CHOCOLATE MACARONS FROM NAHA AND BRINDILLE RESTAURANTS ©CRAIG HARZEWSKI

Eat like a local at these restaurants that remain under the radar but are worth seeking out.

Curated food halls offer foodies a great dining experience. BY LISETTE MEDINA

BY DAVID HAMMOND

the guide e15 DINING The city’s best places to eat, from happening new restaurants to old favorites.

e20 ENTERTAINMENT/NIGHTLIFE Your guide to bars, comedy clubs, lounges and more.

e26 MAPS Navigate Chicago From north to south and A to Z.

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In Chicago, we like new food. We savor world-class cuisine from as far as the heart can yearn. It was with this sentiment that I began a quest for the best desserts in the city. Imagine my surprise when I found out from the French Pastry School (the Chicago-based, only French pastry school in the United States) that everything old is new again. Headed by Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, who is the co-founder of the school, the French Pastry School has become world-renowned for all things pastry. Trends here include beignets, donuts and dessert carts. Chefs also are introducing and combining traditions and elements from other countries (fusion pastry desserts), particularly Japanese and Asian flavors. I understand about food fusion, but peanut butter and jelly pastries and s’mores? It sounds like all my favorite dessert loves may be coming back again. But that’s not all. Here in the city, we have a propensity for great cocktails that are both drinkable and unique. If Chicagoans discover a great cocktail, they’ll tell their friends about it, setting up a chain reaction. A fun place that's getting a great buzz is North Pond in Lincoln Park. Seasonality is the driving force behind the great cocktails in Chicago. At North Pond, you'll find delightful drinks that are mixed with rhubarb or maple, cranberries and nut bitters. At the Broken Shaker there is a summer Cracker Jack Old-Fashioned, using popcorn-infused whiskey and salt. Sometimes you have to go off the beaten path to get the real Chicago flavor and at Birrieria Zaragoza, you'll find a hidden gem of a restaurant that features all manner of goat. In our Hidden Gems feature there are places that only locals would know. Try the savory Italian at La Storia Ristorante or a new pizza at Freddy’s. Food Halls in Chicago are somewhat new and becoming very popular. If you like to share food and opinions, places like the Chicago French Market, Latinicity and Eataly offer communal tables. Order up some of your favorite drinks or try new foods and start a conversation. The atmosphere here is casual. You can grab a glass of wine or craft beer, or walk around and try new things inside these open-air venues.

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Seasonal Cocktails

JUST AS CHEFS CELEBRATE THE SEASONS, SO, TOO, DO CHICAGO’S BARTENDERS

Where to go BROKEN SHAKER

19 E. Ohio St., 312.940.3699, www.thefreehand.com/ chicago/venues/thebroken-shaker GREENRIVER

259 E. Erie St., 312.337.0101, www.greenriverchi.com NORTH POND

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2610 N. Cannon Dr., 773.477.5845,www. northpondrestaurant.com

Cocktail recipes SIX BIT

Winter cocktail, Julia Momose, GreenRiver 0.25 OZ. NOCINO AND CACAO BLEND

(Mix equal parts, a oneto-one ratio of Nocino della Cristina and crème de cacao blanc) 0.25 OZ. COMBIER KUMMEL 0.75 OZ. COCCHI DI TORINO VERMOUTH

0.5 OZ. BUSHMILLS BLACK BUSH 0.75 OZ. CELEBRATION AQUAVIT

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cott Lobianco, bar manager at the Broken Shaker, tries to experience the seasons up close. “We’re encouraged to walk around and get ideas, to see everything that’s there,” he says. “In summer, our produce is pretty amazing, but in winter, it’s more of a cozy feeling we try to embrace.” That’s how he came up with the idea for a summer Cracker Jack Old-Fashioned, using popcorn-infused whiskey and salt. “It’s everything you’d have at a baseball game,” Lobianco explains. But in spring, he makes a trail mix version “because as soon as it thaws, it’s time to go hiking.”

Lobianco says he makes oldfashioneds, margaritas and gin and tonics to match the season. In summer, he makes a Peddler’s Fruit Stand margarita with chilies, mango, tequila and chili liqueur that’s adorned with fresh fruit; but in winter, he uses fresh blood oranges in a margarita. “Seasonality is the driving force behind everything we do,” says Natalie Labun, general manager of North Pond. Spring calls for rhubarb or celery and lovage; summer brings basil and mint with citrus accents; and fall brings apples, pears and grapes, while winter brings maple, cranberries and nut bitters. “One of my

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favorite winter cocktails is called the Bourbon Brown Butter, which is made with caramelized butter, with bourbon and a little bit of Cocchi Vermouth de Torino,” she says. “It’s similar to a Manhattan, with just enough warming notes to make it delicious.” Fresh ingredients become scarce in winter. “That’s a chance for bartenders to really show their knowledge of these beautiful spirits,” says Julia Momose, head bartender at GreenRiver. “Cocktails have the power to create seasons within the bar. The great thing about spirits is they’re always in season.” —Jeanette Hurt

ORANGE TWIST

Place all ingredients in an ice-filled glass, stir until chilled. Strain into a Nick & Nora glass. Garnish with orange twist. BING CHERRY SMASH

Summer Cocktail, Charlotte Voisey

4 TO 5 FRESH CHERRIES ¾ OZ. FRESH LIME JUICE ¾ OZ. SIMPLE SYRUP 2 OZ. REYKA VODKA FRESH, PITTED CHERRY CUT IN HALF

Muddle cherries in a shaker bottom. Add remaining ingredients and ice, then shake well. Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with cherry.

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HIDDEN GEMS Eat like a local at these under-the-radar spots. By David Hammond

In a city like Chicago, hundreds of little gem restaurants have been around for years, some hidden in plain sight. These somewhat off-radar places may not get as much media attention as they deserve, but they should certainly get your attention. Most but not all of these restaurants are in the city proper, but all are definitely worth seeking out for an unforgettable culinary experience.

GEORGE TROIS A throwback to the days when French cuisine was synonymous with fine dining, this relatively new restaurant by Michael Lachowicz offers six- or nine-course tasting menus and shows us just how marvelous classic French food can be. No corkage fee, and jackets are required, befitting the elegantly appointed dining room attached to the somewhat older, only slightly less formal though equally exceptional Restaurant Michael. 64 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka; 877.441.3100; www.restaurant michael.com/george-trois

Miso Ramen, Kizuki

Goat is the world’s most popular meat, and it’s the star on Birrieria Zaragoza’s menu. Here, goat meat is slow-cooked until tender; it’s tremendously flavorful. Have your goat in a taco or a bowl—fantastic. This humble place has been praised by Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods,” Rachel Ray and Chicago food reporter Steve Dolinsky. 4852 S. Pulaski Rd., 773.523.3700; www.birrieria zaragoza.com

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With a beautiful dining room paneled in dark wood and dominated by a huge Edward Sorrel mural of Chicago notables, La Storia offers one of the Gold Coast’s most thoughtful Italian menus. Many ingredients are sourced from Midwestern farms, and dishes tend toward the classic (carpaccio, calamari, many excellent pastas). The wine list—with dozens by the glass—is smartly curated by General Manager Bill Terranova. (Ask him about Lambrusco!) 1154 N. Dearborn St., 312.915.5950; www.lastoriachicago.com

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KIZUKI

FORNO ROSSO

On the fifth floor of The Gwen, a luxury boutique hotel, Circa offers mostly American cuisine (think Wisconsin cheese curds, Cobb salad and prime rib eye) in an Art Deco atmosphere that allows diners to go formal or casual. In the lounge, have your drinks mixed tableside by a bartender who rolls around his Prohibition Porter, a fully stocked booze-cart. In warmer months, there’s an expansive terrace with panoramic views of the city. 521 N. Rush St., 312.645.1500; www.thegwenchicago.com

With the popularity of sushi, you might think Japanese cuisine was all about nigiri and rolls, but Kizuki proves otherwise, with spectacular ramen and other warm Japanese izakaya dishes— such as prawn cutlet and octopus dumplings—supported by one of the city’s best sake menus (some available in flights and highly recommended). 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.270.1450; www.kizuki.com

It’s not deep dish and it’s not cracker-crisp Chicago-style; rather, the Neapolitan pizza pie served at Forno Rosso is crafted of Italian flour and baked in a wood-burning oven that puffs and slightly chars the crust. Gluten-free pizza is available, and check out the spiedini, prosciutto wrapped around arugula, a kind of hand-held salad. For lunch, you can get the relatively rare panuozzo, a sandwich made of pizza dough and filled with meat, cheese and vegetables. 3719 N. Harlem Ave., 773.295.5697; www.fornorossopizzeria.com

THE WINCHESTER In Ukrainian Village, The Winchester offers internationally influenced American cuisine, imaginatively conceived and locally sourced by Chef Duncan Biddulph. The menu covers the delicate (chickpea Panisse, blistered English peas) as well as the hearty (whole trout, 35-day dry-aged steak). Outstanding brunch on weekends. 1001 N. Winchester Ave., 773.698.8703; www.winchesterchicago.com

RUB'S BACKCOUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE Birrieria Zaragoza

Jared Leonard is the pitmaster, and his post oak wood-smoked Q is a

thing of beauty, lush and toothy. Coleslaw and smoked kettle chips come on the side, and there’s even a market where you can buy highquality raw meat to smoke at home. (Leonard also sells smoking gear.) 6954 N. Western Ave., 773.675.1410; www.backcountryq.com

HALF SHELL It’s a pub; it’s an oyster bar; it’s an institution, around since 1968. The dining area seems situated in an old garden apartment, giving Half Shell a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it aura that makes eating there feel like you’re part of a select crew of food-savvy adventurers. Value-priced, a halfdozen oysters will run you under $9. Much cooked seafood as well, and if you must, a steak burger. 676 W. Diversey Pkwy., 773.549.1773; www.halfshellchicago.com

FREDDY'S PIZZA Don’t let the name fool you. There’s a lot more here than just pizza, including an old-school hot table where you line up alongside local cops and construction workers for such housemade Italian specialties as insalata de mare, rapini and beans, and many pastas. After eating at Freddy’s glassed-in dining annex, you’ll want to take a worldclass gelato to go (and some fresh baked bread while you’re at it). 1600 S. 61St., Cicero, 708.863.9289; www.freddyspizza.com w w w.w he re t r ave l e r. com 9

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Chicago offers new dessert trends By Jane Bokun

In fact, the Windy City boasts the only pastry school in the country: the French Pastry School, located in the City Colleges of Chicago. Headed by Chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, who is the co-founder of the school, the French Pastry school has become world-renowned for all things pastry. According to Pfeiffer, if you want to eat like a local in Chicago, beignets (puffs of dough and powdered sugar) and doughnuts are among the latest trends. Also, according to Pfeiffer, dessert carts are back. “At The French Pastry School, we teach a sold-out, three-day, handson course that is solely dedicated to these fried breakfast delicacies— doughnuts, beignets, fritters, Mexican churros and the like,” Pfeiffer says. He also says the most sophisticated plated desserts at the top hotels and restaurants throughout the city offer twists on traditions such as s’mores and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Chefs also are Introducing and combining traditions and elements from other countries (fusion pastry desserts), particularly Japanese and other Asian flavors.

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OLD IS NEW AGAIN

Chicago is known for its culinary delights, and delicious desserts are definitely a part of that reputation.

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Pfeiffer knows his subject. In 1995, he and Sébastien Canonne founded The French Pastry School, an institution devoted to superior education and imparting excellence. By mentoring and inspiring students, the school shapes those who are passionate about their pastry. Sophie Evanoff is a graduate of the French Pastry School and an award-winning pastry chef in her own right Since 2002, Vanille Patisserie has specialized in authentic French pastries such as delicate macaroons, whimsical Cubs cupcakes, elaborate wedding cakes and tasty tea cakes. Owned and operated by Evanoff, Vanille is one of the places to be in Chicago for sheer artistry and taste in pastries. “Chicagoans like high-quality ingredients, an array of different flavors and textures and, of course,

beauty, since we all eat with our eyes first,” Evanoff says. Staffed by a team of classically trained pastry chefs, Vanille Patisserie offers its entire line of artisanal desserts and pastries, including delicious entremets (mousse cakes), luscious tarts, handmade chocolates and candies, the ever-popular French macarons and freshly baked croissants in its patisseries (French pastry) shops and through retailers. Although the patisseries could have been located anywhere, Evanoff says she always chooses Chicago. “Chicago is by far the best city in the States,” she says. “We have the Midwestern values, and it is such a melting pot of cultures that everyone appreciates quality pastries! It is one of the top foodie towns!” Vanille also offers its highly

acclaimed French-style macarons, as well as carefully crafted handmade chocolates and French candies, through the online boutique, and designs custom wedding cakes, favors and other cakes and dessert creations in its three Chicago stores. Other Chicago bakers are creating wondrous things to satisfy any sweet tooth. Molly’s Cupcakes started out with a bang in Chicago, even garnering a win on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” in its first season. “We like to think we create more trends than we follow,” says manager Gina Kirberg. Indeed, Molly’s offers a crème brûlée cupcake with a cracked sugar topping and a center-filled cupcake with chocolate and peanut butter in the center. The

company bakes its cupcakes from scratch in small batches every day and throughout the day. You can create your own cupcakes or visit the Sprinkle Station to decorate your own. Molly’s has two locations in Chicago as well as franchises. Also joining the band of restaurants creating unique desserts is Bar Toma, which features a menu by James Beard Awardwinner Tony Mantuano. Known for its award-winning pizzas, the restaurant offers visitors a delightful dessert to finish off their meal. The desserts are set beautifully inside 14- to 16-ounce mason jars packed with delicacies like the banana crème nutter butter crunch. “It’s a fun vehicle and part of the casualness of our concept,” says Tony Bisciglia, operating partner. How sweet it is! w w w.w he re t r ave l e r. com 11

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Latinicity

Curated food halls offer cuisines for all. By Lisette Medina

As proud as we are of our “signature” foods, Chicago is so much more than hot dogs and deep dish. It’s a palate-pleasing mix of local and foreign flavors from award winners, upand-comers, trendsetters and old favorites. The explosion in recent years of carefully curated food halls has given Loop lunchers myriad reasons to step away from their desks and enter noshing nirvana. Join in!

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HALLS YOU CAN EAT

Chicago is a munching mecca. People from all over the globe make the pilgrimage here to savor the requisite Vienna beef hot dog “dragged through the garden” (covered in many toppings) and to pick up a fork and knife to eat pizza.

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Since 2009, Metra users and other West Loopers have been enjoying visits to Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St.), a hybrid market where visitors can grab a seat surrounded by an international array of très tasty lunch options—including Belgian frites, crepes and pho—at the newly renovated space, which features Parisian facades you don’t need a passport to see. “We want the French Market to be a unique destination,” says Sebastien Bensidoun. a fourth-generation manager of dozens of indoor and outdoor markets in France. “We made it as much as we could like a real French market, with communal tables where small groups can sit together.” Further east stands Latinicity, from Chef Richard Sandoval, a colorful combo of 10 inventive Latin street food kitchens on the third floor of multi-use Block 37 (108 N. State St.), that is shaking up Taco Tuesday for loungers who want to eat and shop in the

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area. Top it all off with a beverage from the Cerveceria. Another overseas import, Eataly (43 E. Ohio St.) promotes eating, shopping and learning. The bright, two-story market/restaurant/retail shop created by Oscar Farinetti in 2007 landed here in 2013 with the help of U.S. partners and worldrenowned chefs Mario Batali and Lidia and Joe Bastianich. “Part of the Eataly experience is

being able to see your food being made right in front of you, from our restaurants to our bakery to our pastry kitchen,” says general manager Jason Goldsmith. Watch masters in the Mozzarella Lab create fresh and creamy cheese used in dishes throughout the space’s five permanent restaurant areas, including La Roticceria, which features a best-selling prime rib sandwich daily, along with a sandwich

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of the day. Or grab a glass of wine from La Piazza before strolling over to Rosso Pomodoro, where pros straight from Italy bake authentic pizza napoletana in 90 seconds. Don’t forget dessert downstairs— gelato or Nutella? Get both. We won’t tell. From 16" on Center, the recently opened Revival Food Hall (125 S. Clark St.) satisfies everyone’s culinary cravings from some of the most popular neighborhood vendors in the city, plus a few outof-town newcomers. It is located on the spacious ground floor of the historic and restored National, an architecturally relevant building designed by Daniel Burnham in 1907. Though many vendors expressed interest in occupying the space, Bruce Finkleman, managing partner for 16", and crew wanted all participants to have similar goals, as well as specific and different offerings. Fifteen vendors made the cut including real sandwich artists, The Fat Shallot (the stall a first for the food truck fave), a non-vending machine version of veggie pushers Farmer’s Fridge, the Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded Smoque BBQ, and Aloha Poke Co., which is known for its fiery Volcano Bowl and its worth-it long lines. Revival’s long curved tables and bar seating, hanging bubbled light fixtures and neon signage beg guests to make friends while Instagramming their surroundings and their food hashtag wishyouwerehere. So gather ’round and enjoy! w w w.w he re t r ave l e r. com 13

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Harry Caray’s Italian Steak House

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Famous for its pizza and hot dogs, Chicago has attracted worldwide attention for its restaurants that introduce diners to new tastes, and top chefs who look locally for ingredients, with some who have started growing their own organic produce. Then again, there’s sometimes nothing better than a big, juicy steak, and Chicago has plenty of places to enjoy just that.

BUCKTOWN/WICKER PARK Animale ITALIAN. The team behind Osteria Langhe has another hit on their hands: Animale, a fast-casual concept in Bucktown. Now you can get Chef Cameron Grant’s famous plin pasta on the go, along with other delectable dishes like caprese, paninis, fegato pizza and panna cotta. B (M-F); L (Sa, Su); D (daily). www.animalechicago.com. 1904 N. Western Ave., 872.315.3912. El: Blue to Western. $

Big Star MEXICAN. This buzzing dive bar and taqueria boasts

a serious pedigree, with a menu by James Beard Award winner Paul Kahan (Blackbird, avec, The Publican). Expect a country vibe, plenty of American whiskeys and a see-and-be-seen crowd overflowing onto the massive seasonal beer garden. Late-night dining. L, D (daily). www.bigstarchicago.com. 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773.235.4039. El: Blue to Damen. $

Fat Rice ASIAN. This Logan Square spot looks to Macau for inspiration for its flavorful fare. Diners line up for hours for signatures such as flamin’ fish curry served with okra, mint and shallot, plus handmade noodles and wood-grilled meats plated family-style. L (WSa); D (Tu-Sa); and brunch (Su). www.eatfatrice.com.

2957 W. Diversey Ave., 773.661.9170. El: Blue to Logan Square. $$

HotChocolate AMERICAN. Known for her dessert savvy, chef Mindy Segal shows she can handle it all with dishes like lamb and crema casa sandwiches. Signature desserts include warm brioche doughnuts, chocolate soufflé tarts and rhubarbs. L (W-F), D (Tu-Su), brunch (Sa, Su). www.hotchocolatechicago.com. 1747 N. Damen Ave., 773.489.1747. El: Blue to Damen. $$

Trenchermen ECLECTIC. Named for hearty eaters and drinkers, this

restaurant buzzes on its old-is-new-again aesthetic and inventive menu in the heart of Wicker Park. It takes unexpected liberties with the familiar, from ramps and bulgur wheat in the braised pork shoulder dish to popcorn grits paired with fried chicken thighs. While the plates suggest fine dining, the space—lit just so with Art Deco fixtures and built with leather booths —maintains comfort and intimacy. D (daily), brunch (Sa,Su). www.trenchermen.com. 2039 W. North Ave., 773.661.1540. El: Blue to Damen. $$-$$$

GOLD COAST

classy Oak Street. Housed in three floors of the former Esquire Theater, the chophouse fires up tempting cuts, plus timeless appetizers such as oysters on the half shell and ahi tuna tartare. L (M-F) and D (daily). www.delfriscos.com/chicago. 58 E. Oak St., 312.888.2499. El: Red to Clark/Division. $$$

Downtown Dogs HAMBURGERS & HOT DOGS. For the true Chicago hot dog experience, head to Downtown Dogs in the Gold Coast. Known for its char dogs, you’ll also find Polish sausages, Italian beef sandwiches, and other fried goodness like pizza puffs and cheddar fries. Open Su-Th 11 am-10 pm; F-Sa 11 am-11 pm. www.downtowndogschicago.com. 804 N. Rush St., 312.951.5141. El: Red to Chicago

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap PUB FARE. This dressed-down neighborhood pub does everything from burgers to tuna, and does it well. A worldwide beer (bottle and tap) selection provides the perfect liquid enhancement at this pocket of Americana. L, D (daily); brunch (Su). www.jakemelnicks.com. 41 E. Superior St., 312.266.0400. El: Red to Chicago. $$

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DINING GREEKTOWN Athena GREEK. Home-cooking Greek bistro from restaura-

teur Pete Tsoukalas features traditional Greek dishes and grilled fresh seafood and vegetables. Free valet parking. L, D (daily). www.athenarestaurantchicago. com. 212 S. Halsted St., 312.655.0000. El: Blue to UICHalsted. $$

Greek Islands GREEK. The bustling rooms of this award-winning restaurant fill daily for lunch and dinner with local folks and businessmen craving Greek specialties like gyros, roast leg of lamb and grilled octopus. A family-style dinner is offered for $19.95 per person. Free valet parking. L, D (daily). www.greekislands.net. 200 S. Halsted St., 312.782.9855. El: Blue to UIC-Halsted. 300 E. 22nd St., Lombard, 630.932.4545. $$-$$$$

LAKEVIEW DMK Burger Bar HAMBURGERS & HOT DOGS. This gourmet hang features 14 burgers made with everything from grassfed beef and lamb to naturally raised turkey and bison; toppings range from chili-rubbed onion strings and Great Hill blue cheese to sheep’s milk feta and olive tapenade. Veggie options, too, plus mac and cheese, deep-fried pickles and a selection of beer and wine. www.dmkburgerbar.com. L, D (daily). 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., 773.360.8686. El: Brown, Purple to Wellington; 2370 Fountain Square Dr., Lombard, 630.705.9020. $

Old Crow Smokehouse BARBECUE. An upscale casual barbecue joint, where “MasterChef” alum Tony Scruggs mans the smokers. Feast on massive combo platters stacked with brisket, ribs, brined chicken and baked peach turnovers. Crowds also love the retractable roof, LED TVs and live country music . L (F-Su); D (daily). www.oldcrowsmokehouse.com. 3506 N. Clark St., 773.537.4452. El: Red to Addison; 149 W. Kinzie St., 773.348.8899. El: Brown, Purple to Merchandise Mart. $$

Yoshi’s Cafe ECLECTIC. Yoshi’s offers French/Asian cuisine in a charming storefront setting. Entrées include fresh fish, seafood, game, lamb, veal and beef. The menu changes daily. Weekly specials include half-priced martinis (Tu); half-priced wine (W); and $24.99 prix fixe dinner (Th). Valet parking. D (Tu-Su), brunch (Su). www. yoshiscafe.com. 3257 N. Halsted St., 773.248.6160. El: Red, Brown, Purple to Belmont. $$-$$$

LINCOLN PARK Alinea ECLECTIC. Eclectic was named “best restaurant in America” in 2006 by Gourmet magazine and is one of Chicago’s two Michelin three-star restaurants. Expect some wild stuff on Achatz’s frequently changing tasting menus, like a Miro-inspired squab followed by a “balloon” of helium and green apple. Twenty-one course tasting menu only. Reservations required; jacket requested for gentlemen. D (W-Su). www.alinea-restaurant.com. 1723 N. Halsted St., 312.867.0110. El: Red to North/Clybourn. $$$$

Balena ITALIAN. From delectable bruschetta with beans and oil-poached tuna to whole roasted fish and ricotta ravioli with Swiss chard and brown butter, this new-

comer from the folks behind Girl & The Goat and The Bristol scores with foodies and pre-Steppenwolf Theatre diners alike. D (daily). www.balenachicago.com. 1633 N. Halsted St., 312.867.3888. El: Red to North/Clybourn. $$$

Hakka Bakka INDIAN. The main attraction at this Lincoln Park fastcasual eatery is the Kati Roll, the everyday burrito-like wraps found in India. . Hakka Bakka (which means “being awestruck”) offers a choose-your-own setup with the rolls, salad or rice bowl as base, plus a choice of sauces, toppings and housemade chutneys. L, D (daily). www.hakkabakkarolls.com. 1251 W. Fullerton Ave., 872.802.3968 or 773.697.3810. El: Red, Brown, Purple to Fullerton.

Mon Ami Gabi FRENCH. This convivial French bistro serves classic dishes such as escargots, steak frites and steamed mussels in white wine. Valet parking. D (daily); brunch (Su). www.monamigabi.com. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773.348.8886. Bus: 22, 36 to Fullerton. $$-$$$

Yard House AMERICAN. Yard House is known for a vast beer selection of top brews. Located in Lincoln Park, the friendly restaurant offers more than 100 brews in family-friendly tavern settings with sports showing on multiple TVs. It is an American restaurant with global accents (including a gluten-free menu) and happy hours both early and late offer a variety of drink specials. The menu reads like a road trip across America and guests can select from an array of items including grilled burgers, gourmet salads, street tacos, steaks, seafood and house favorites. L, D (daily). www. yardhouse.com. 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., 312.951.7317. El: Red to North/Clybourn. $$

LINCOLN SQUARE Band of Bohemia ECLECTIC. Created with a gypsy spirit, Band of Bohe-

mia speaks to our inner artist with a pairings-based experience that focuses on creativity. Even the walls are decked in original paintings. The restaurant doubles as a brewery and also has a coffee bar, with everything on the menu enhanced by the in-house drinks. B (M-Sa); L (Sa, Su); D (Tu-Sa). www.bandofbohemia.com. 4710 N. Ravenswood Ave., 773.271.4710. El: Brown to Damen. $$-$$$$

Elizabeth AMERICAN. This eco-conscious and new-gatherer cuisine restaurant’s goal is to remain as local, organic and sustainable as possible. Believing the gathering of people to be as important as the gathering of food, expect to sit at one of three communal tables, each dedicated to a specific tasting menu: the Owl (rustic), the Deer (woodland-influenced) or the Diamond (gastronomic). Ticket reservations required. D (Tu-Sa). www.elizabeth-restaurant.com. 4835 N Western Ave., Unit D, 773.681.0651. El: Brown to Western. $$$$

Miku Sushi JAPANESE. Enjoy upscale Japanese fare in a mod-

ernly minimalist setting at Miku Sushi. Snuggle into a booth or pull up a seat at the sushi bar to delight in pan-seared foie gras, an alligator skewer, or a Lincoln Square classic maki like the Ika with fried calamari. Lunch specials are featured daily. L, D (daily). www. mikuchicago.com. 4514 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.654.1277. El: Brown to Western. $$

LITTLE ITALY Davanti Enoteca ITALIAN. This rustic wine bar and restaurant from Scott Harris (Mia Francesca) offers a variety of small and large Italian plates (think spreads, polenta and a ragu of the day) plus pastas, pizza and other entrees. L (M-F); D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.davantienoteca. com. 1359 W. Taylor St., 312.226.5550. El: Blue to Racine. $$

Francesca’s on Taylor ITALIAN. With an interior that recalls an Italian neighborhood restaurant, casual Francesca’s specializes in the cuisine of Rome and the surrounding areas of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio. A full bar and wine list are available. Valet parking. L (M-Sa), D (daily). www.miafrancesca.com. 1400 W. Taylor St., 312.829.2828. El: Pink to Polk. $$

Three Aces ECLECTIC. Don’t let the rock-bar dive fool you—this place is serious about cuisine. Get your fill of contemporary American farmhouse fare with Italian influences and seasonal ingredients, such as the chicken thigh ragu with Italian sausage, root vegetables, spoon polenta and a poached farm egg. L (Sa, Su); D (daily). www.threeaceschicago.com. 1321 W. Taylor St., 312.243.1577. El: Pink to Polk. $$

THE LOOP The Atrium ECLECTIC. The Atrium is a shopping, dining and business center offering many local and national eateries, including Ronnie’s Original Chicago Steak House, Marcello’s Market & Deli, New Orleans Kitchen, Pinkys and more. Open M-F 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. www.theatriumchicago.com. 100 W. Randolph St., 312.346.0777. El: Green, Blue, Orange, Red to Clark/Lake. $

Catch 35 SEAFOOD. An ideal spot for corporate dining or a special-occasion meal, this restaurant boasts a grand piano lounge with soaring ceilings, an oyster bar and a buzzing display kitchen. The menu features Asian-inspired seafood preparations like lemongrass shrimp and scallops or a ginger-chili seasoned Florida red grouper. Live entertainment at city location only (Tu-Sa). L (Chicago: M-F; Naperville: M-Sa), D (daily). www.catch35.com. 35 W. Wacker Dr., 312.346.3500. El: Loop to State/Lake; 35 S. Washington St., Naperville, 630.717.3500. $$-$$$

Do-Rite Donuts BAKERY. In the heart of the Loop, this grab-and-go

bakery creates no more than 36 doughnuts at a time to keep its products as fresh as possible. From-scratch gluten-free and vegan versions, along wth Dark Matter coffee, are also on the menu. Open daily. www. doritedonuts.com. 50 W. Randolph St., 312.488.2483. El: Green to Lake; 233 E. Erie St., 312.344.1374. El: Red to Grand. $

The Gage AMERICAN. Steps from Millennium Park, this classy,

spacious restaurant and bar is decked out with loads of handsome touches: exposed brick, sage green subway tile, and a lovely tin ceiling. The seasonal menu offers plates like New Bedford sea scallops with roasted Illinois corn, crispy chicken skina nd charrged green onion, and ribeye with roasted organic potatoes. L, D (daily). www.thegagechicago.com. 24 S. Michigan Ave., 312.372.4243. El: Red to Monroe. $$$

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DINING Good Stuff Eatery Mendelsohn fires up the grill for farmhouse burgers and handcut fries at this upscale casual restaurant in the Loop. Wedge salads, handspun shakes round out the all-American menu. L, D (daily). www.goodstuffeatery.com. 22 S. Wabash Ave., 312.854.3027. El: Brown to Madison/Wabash. $

Most locations L, D (daily). www.pizanoschicago.com. 67 E. Madison St., 312.236.1777. El: Red to Monroe; 864 N. State St., 312.751.1766. El: Red to Chicago; 800 N. Dearborn St., 312.335.8833. El: Red to Chicago; 2056 W. Division St., 773.252.1777. El: Blue to Damen or Division; 2429 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.472.1777. El: Red, Brown, Purple to Fullerton; 1808 N. Waukegan Rd., Glenview, 847.486.1777. $$

Italian Village

Prime & Provisions

AMERICAN. Former “Top Chef” contestant Spike

ITALIAN. The Capitanini family has operated this legendary complex of three restaurants known as the Italian Village since 1927. On the second floor, The Village is an old-school joint decked out with colorful murals and intimate booths with a traditional redsauce menu. La Cantina focuses on steak and seafood, and the upscale Vivere is a slick, modern space with a contemporary menu. With 35,000 bottles, the Italian-focused wine cellar is one of the largest in the Midwest. Close to Millennium Park and the Loop Theater District. Reservations recommended. Valet parking after 5 pm. The Village L, D (daily); La Cantina D (Tu-Sa); Vivere L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.italianvillagechicago.com. 71 W. Monroe St., 312.332.7005. El: Red, Blue to Monroe. $$-$$$

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta

COURTESY KIZUKI

PIZZA. Deep-dish pie with a flaky crust is a favorite at this cozy, classic pizzeria, where owner Rudy Malnati Jr.’s mother Donna Marie still prepares all the dough. Other favorite menu items include cheesy garlic bread, chicken Parmesan and four-cheese tortellini.

STEAK. Known as being the first steakhouse in Chica-

go to source only U.S.D.A. All Natural Prime Heritage Black Angus Beef, you can tell Prime & Privisions is a cut above the standard chop house. With decor that has a little flair to it (like the zebra print booths), the two-story restaurant also features a wine bottle tower and an intimate upstairs are. The menu is all about the meat, but don’t overlook the veggies. L (M-F), D (MSa). www.primeandprovisions.com. 222 N. LaSalle St., 312.726.7777. El: Loop to Clark/Lake. $$$

Rudy’s Bar and Grille HAMBURGERS & HOT DOGS. From Pizano’s Pizza &

Pasta owner Rudy Malnati Jr., this comfortable tavern offers an all-day menu of prime burgers, dressed-up chicken sandwiches, Vienna Beef hot dogs, Polish sausages and more, plus a full-bar featuring signature milkshake martinis, all in a nostalgic space decorated with Chicago memorabilia. Late-night dining. L, D (daily). www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. 69 E. Madison St., 312.332.8111. El: Loop to Adams/Wabash. $-$$

Terzo Piano ITALIAN. Four-star chef Tony Mantuano is the top

toque at this stylish Italian-Mediterranean spot in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. Specials each Th. L (M-F); D (Th); brunch (Sa, Su). www.terzopianochicago.com. 159 E. Monroe St., 312.443.8650. El: Red to Monroe. $$

MAGNIFICENT MILE/ MICHIGAN AVENUE Bar Toma ITALIAN. Celeb chef Tony Mantuano of four-star Spiaggia goes casual with this neighborhood hangout, which serves up 20 kinds of pizza, Italian small plates and daily varieties of house-made gelato in a primo location just off the Mag Mile. L, D (daily). www. bartomachicago.com. 110 E. Pearson St., 312.266.3110. El: Red to Chicago. $$-$$$

Cafe Spiaggia ITALIAN. With a décor inspired by 15th-century Italian murals and a menu of accomplished Italian fare that’s just a step below the four-star stuff served next door at Spiaggia, this upscale casual Italian spot is a hidden gem on the Mag Mile. The seasonal menu from chef/partner Tony Mantuano features tempting dishes like beef carpaccio with shaved Parmesan; and handmade gnocchi with wild boar ragu. L, D (daily). www.spiaggiarestaurant.com. 980 N. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor, 312.280.2750. El: Red to Chicago, Clark/ Division. $$-$$$

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DINING Eataly ITALIAN. With culinary superstars as owners (Mario

Batali, Joe and Lidia Bastianich) and enough wine, produce, cheese, fish and meat to feed a small Italian village, Eataly brings a museum-like experience to downtown Chicago. Choose from 20-plus dining options (oven-fired pizza, housemade pasta, gelato and more), pick up wine, parma and specialty items, or have a splurge-worthy meal at Baffo, the retail concept’s fine dining component that is a sister to Babbo in New York. www.eataly.com/eataly-chicago. 43 E. Ohio St., 312.521.8700. El: Red to Grand. $-$$$

Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch AMERICAN. With photos from the iconic Cubs an-

nouncer’s private collection and sports memorabilia, this Mag Mile restaurant celebrates two American traditions: comfort food and sports. Diners sip on craft beers and hand-dipped milkshakes before diving into juicy burgers, farm-fresh salads and oven-fired pizzas. L, D (daily). www.harrycarays.com. 835 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 7, 312.202.0500. El: Red to Chicago. $$-$$$

OLD TOWN Adobo Grill MEXICAN. Upscale contemporary Mexican cuisine is on the menu at this energetic spot, whose comfortable setting features warm earth tones and Diego Rivera-inspired paintings. Popular plates include guacamole prepared tableside and chipotle-marinated grilled shrimp. D (daily), brunch (Su). www.adobogrill. com. 215 W. North Ave., 312.266.7999. El: Brown to Sedgwick. $$

Benchmark PUB FARE. Boasting 46 plasma TVs and a fully retractable 2nd-floor roof, this sleek sports bar and restaurant buzzes with a neighborhood crowd watching the game and noshing on turkey burgers, Cuban sandwiches and Korean steak tacos. L (Sa, Su), D (daily). www.benchmarkchicago.com. 1510 N. Wells St., 312.649.9640. El: Brown, Purple to Sedgwick. $$

Kamehachi

ITALIAN. A three-in-one dining space, Labriola, just off the Mag Mile, includes La Stanza, a white-tablecloth, old-school Italian restaurant and private event space; The Bar at Labriola, a cocktail lounge that offers the La Stanza menu; and the Cafe and Bakery at Labriola, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and sells baked goods (including Stan’s Donuts) and Intelligentsia coffee. B, L, D (daily). www.labriolacafe. com. 535 N. Michigan Ave., 312.955.3100. El: Red to Grand. $-$$$

JAPANESE. Chicago’s “first sushi restaurant”has been beloved for more than 40 years. Start off with breaded oysters dressed in Japanese BBQ sauce, then dig into one of the signature makis like the “Crouching TunaHidden Crab” or “Blazing Red Dragon” with tempura shrimp. Wash it all down with a specialty sake from the extensive menu. Open L, D (daily). www.kamehachi. com/. 1531 N. Wells St., 312.664.3663. El: Brown, Purple to Sedgwick; 320 N. Dearborn St., 312.744.1900. El: Loop to State/Lake; 1320 Shermer Rd., Northbrook, 847.562.0064.; Sushi Cafe: 311 S. Wacker Dr., 312.765.8700. El: Loop to Quincy/Wells. $$

The Purple Pig

Old Town Social

MEDITERRANEAN. “Cheese, swine and wine” is the

AMERICAN. From tender, delicious duck wings and goat cheese beignets to top-notch house-made charcuterie and a BLT with crispy pork belly and heirloom tomato, chef Jared Van Camp works wonders in the kitchen of this neighborhood tavern. The turn-of-the-century design features a wood-burning fireplace, shoeshine stand and 23 HDTVs. L (Sa, Su), D (daily). www.oldtownsocial.com. 455 W. North Ave., 312.266.2277. El: Brown, Purple to Sedgwick. $-$$

Labriola Chicago

motto at this buzzing Mag Mile hideaway, which offers award-winning cuisine from chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. The menu includes a variety of antipasti, “smears” like eggplant capontata and pork liver pâté, plus salads, artisanal cheeses, paninis and cured meats. L, D (daily). www.thepurplepigchicago.com. 500 N. Michigan Ave., 312.464.1744. El: Red to Grand. $$

Rosebud Steakhouse STEAK. Located in the heart of Chicago just east of Michigan Avenue, Rosebud Steakhouse offers an intimate fine-dining experience. Entrées include Rosebud’s signature bone-in filet with wild mushrooms, fresh seafood and a variety of a la carte items. L, D (daily). www.rosebudrestaurants.com. 192 E. Walton Pl., 312.397.1000. El: Red to Chicago. $$$

Spiaggia ITALIAN. An Italian culinary treasure since 1984, Spiaggia features a spectacular view of Lake Michigan and four-star cuisine by chef/partner Tony Mantuano and executive chef (and “Top Chef” runner-up) Sarah Grueneberg. Signature dishes include diver scallops and bone-in veal chops with seasonal vegetables. D (daily). www.spiaggiarestaurant.com. 980 N. Michigan Ave., 312.280.2750. El: Red to Chicago. $$$$

RIVER NORTH 25 Degrees HAMBURGERS & HOT DOGS. Oxblood leather

booths, black crystal chandeliers and polished mahogany wood beckon to this upscale burger joint; favorite plates include a tempting number two burger with roasted tomato, crispy prosciutto, burrata cheese and pesto. L, D (daily), brunch (Sa, Su). www.25degreesrestaurant.com. 736 N. Clark St., 312.943.9700. El: Red to Chicago; 2015 W. Division St., 312.763.9600. El: Blue to Division. $$

The Boarding House ECLECTIC. From Master Sommelier and host Alpana Singh comes this tri-level bar and restaurant built for off-the-clock cocktailing and fine dining. Each level brings a different vibe, with the piece de resistance a chandelier assembled of 9,063 wine glasses in the main dining room. The menu favors lighter, seasonal and Mediterranean fare. Singh’s handpicked vinos complement every dish. D (M-Sa). www.theboardinghousechicago.com. 720 N. Wells St., 312.280.0720. El: Brown to Chicago. $$$-$$$$

Bohemian House ECLECTIC. Comfort food takes on Czech flavors at this River North restaurant, which nails the grandmother’s cooking vibe right down to the dainty dishware. Lighter dishes such as potato pancakes, slow-roasted beets and grilled asparagus open up the palate to heavier plates, including Czech-roasted duck and pork schnitzle. Off-the-clock locals get cozy in a dining room filled with warm woods, mismatched throw pillows, heavy chandeliers and tufted couches. L (MF); D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.bohochicago.com. 11 W. Illinois St., 312.955.0439. El: Red to Grand. $$

Bub City BARBECUE. Country music fans will feel right at home at this honkytonk bar and barbecue joint in River North. Owned by restaurant heavyweights R.J. and Jerrod Melman, the spot reopened in 2012 after a long hiatus with a slicker interior, live music acts, whiskey- and bourbon-fueled cocktail menu, and downhome favorites such as a whole pork picnic and seafood bar. L, D (daily) www.bubcitychicago. com. 435 N. Clark St., 312.610.4200. El: Red to Grand. $$

Chicago Chop House STEAK. Known for its mammoth, USDA prime steaks, chops and prime rib, this classy, masculine restaurant has been a Chicago legend since 1986. The menu is complemented by an award-winning wine list, with more than 650 selections from around the globe and more than 30 wines by the glass. Reservations recommended. Valet parking. D (daily). www.chicagochophouse.com. 60 W. Ontario St., 312.787.7100. El: Red to Grand. $$$

Dolce Italian ITALIAN. In the Godfrey Hotel, this third outpost of

the South Beach hot spot is a bright, upbeat space, fitting for its faith in “la vida dolce.” The modern Italian menu includes a generous antipasti section, Neopolitan pizzas and fettuccine bolognese with a blended beef, veal and pork ragu. B, L, D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). B L, D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.dolceitalianrestaurant.com. Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., 312.754.0700. El: Red to Chicago

Davanti Enoteca River North ITALIAN. Old World Italy comes to life inside this River North enoteca, which oozes warmth and rustic appeal with its wood-burning oven, cozy booths and brick finishes. An all-day menu starts with breakfast favorites like lemon-ricotta pancakes and Glazed & Infused doughnuts, while lunch and dinner boast sharable plates such as oven-fired pizza, pasta and boards plated with foccacia and polenta. B, L, D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.davantienoteca.com/rivernorth. 30 E. Hubbard St., 312.605.5900. El: Red to Grand. $$

Fogo de Chão STEAK. This all-you-can-eat Brazilian churrascaria, features an enormous salad bar and 16 different cuts of meat—from beef ancho and top sirloin to leg of lamb and pork sausage—and tableside dishes served family-style (cheese bread, seasoned mashed potatoes, polenta and fried bananas). Valet parking. L (M-F); D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.fogodechao. com. 5460 Park Pl., Rosemont, 847.678.7200. $$$; 661 N. LaSalle St., 312.932.9330. El: Brown, Purple to Chicago. $$$

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DINING Frontera Grill/Topolobampo MEXICAN. Cookbook author and TV cooking show

host Rick Bayless teams with wife Deann at one of the nation’s most lauded Mexican restaurants, featuring made-from-scratch regional fare in a colorful, buzzing space. Next to the more casual Frontera is Topolobampo, a slightly more refined, elegant space with an upscale menu to match. Valet parking. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa) and brunch (Su). www.fronterakitchens.com. 445 N. Clark St., 312.661.1434. El: Red to Grand. $$$

Gene and Georgetti STEAK. A Chicago tradition in River North since 1941, this old-school steak joint is filled with a regular crowd of old-timers and corporate types. Known for its prime-aged, charbroiled steaks, the menu also features chops, pasta, seafood and Italian specialties such as chicken Vesuvio. Free valet and lot parking. Chicago L, D (M-Sa); Rosemont L (M-F), D (M-Sa). www.geneandgeorgetti.com. 500 N. Franklin St., 312.527.3718. El: Brown, Purple to Merchandise Mart; 9421 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont, 847.653.3300. $$$

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse STEAK. One of the city’s top steakhouses, this classic Italian joint pays tribute to beloved Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray with walls of sports paraphernalia and a well-executed menu of prime steaks, chops, pastas and more. Grab a drink at Harry’s 60-foot-6-inch bar (the length from the pitcher’s mound to home plate), which also features a more casual menu of sandwiches and salads. L, D (daily). www.harrycarays.com. 33 W. Kinzie St., 312.828.0966. El: Red to Grand; 10233 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont, 847.699.1200; 70 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, 630.953.3400. $$-$$$

Havana LATIN. This neighborhood Latin spot serves up traditional fare like carne asada and chicken chimichangas—and shakes up a mean mojito to boot. L, D (M-Sa). www.havanachicago.com. 412 N. Clark St., 312.644.1900. El: Red to Grand, Brown/Purple to Merchandise Mart. $$

India House

rib ragu. L, D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.publichousechicago.com. 400 N. State St., 312.265.1240. El: Red to Grand

River Roast AMERICAN. This riverside restaurant celebrates

the food (and drink) that warms the soul, from roast beef carved tableside to smoked trout. The restaurant curates Midwestern beer, craft cocktails and gluten-free options. Space is on its side; the massive restaurant offers plenty of private event space and a waterfront patio overlooking downtown Chicago. L (M-F); D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.riverroastchicago.com. 315 N. LaSalle St., 312.822.0100. El: Loop to Clark/Lake. $$-$$$

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery AMERICAN. This lively River North neighborhood brewery offers a wide variety of brews handcrafted on site. The menu features traditional American fare and innovative recipes, and the chef creates special entrées for lunch and dinner. L, D (daily). Private party rooms accommodate up to 300 guests. www.rockbottom.com. 1 W. Grand Ave., 312.755.9339. El: Red to Grand; $$

Roka Akor JAPANESE. Chicago’s latest izakaya restaurant features a stunning open kitchen that produces a tasty mix of steak and seafood, including dishes like yuzu miso-marinated black cod, wild jumbo tiger prawns, glazed pork ribs and prime rib eye with soy dressing. L (M-F), D (daily). www.rokaakor.com. 465 N. Clark St., 312.477.7652. El: Red to Grand; 4999 Old Orchard Center, 847.329.7650. $$-$$$$

Shula’s Steak House STEAK. Find your favorite cut of beef here—porterhouse, filet mignon, prime rib, Kansas City or cowboy steak—all in generous portions of 8-48 ounces. Reservations recommended. Valet parking. D (daily). www.donshula.com. Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., 312.670.0788. Bus: 65 to Columbus. $$$

Siena Tavern

India at this well-appointed, comfortable restaurant, featuring dishes like murg pudina masala (chicken with mint) and dal makhani (lentils with onions, ginger, garlic and tomatoes). L, D (daily). www.indiahousechicago.com. 59 W. Grand Ave., 312.645.9500. El: Red to Grand. $-$$

ITALIAN. Inspired by “Top Chef” competitor Fabio Viviani’s trip to Siena, Italy, this dining spot blends the feel of Old World hospitality with the style of a modern, industrial tavern. Dishes include a wide selection of homemade pastas, braised ossobucco and an aged porterhouse. L, D (daily); brunch (Sa, Su). www.sienatavern.com. 51 W. Kinzie St., 312.595.1322. El: Brown to Merchandise Mart. $$-$$$

Pizzeria Uno

Sumi Robata Bar

INDIAN. Sample fare from across the many regions of

PIZZA. This is the restaurant where the famous Chi-

cago-style pizza was born back in 1943. Generous quantities of meats, spices, cheeses and tomatoes are heaped atop a dense, flavorful crust, then baked in a deep-dish pan. Sister restaurant Pizzeria Due serves the same. L, D (daily). www.pizzeriauno.com. 29 E. Ohio St., 312.321.1000. El: Red to Grand; Pizzeria Due: 619 N. Wabash Ave., 312.943.2400. El: Red to Grand. $$; 1160 Plaza Dr., Schaumburg, 847.413.0200. $$

Public House AMERICAN. Part sports bar, part restaurant, this

10,000-square-foot hangout draws celebs and locals alike with a buzzing vibe, an extensive beer list and a creative menu that features hand-cut fries, three types of mussels and hearty plates like lobster pot pie and sheep’s ricotta dumplings in braised short

JAPANESE. Chefs fire up the robata—an ancient form of cooking meat—at this intimate restaurant in River North. Seasoned with just Japanese flake sea salt, tare and pepper, vegetables and meats sizzle on the open-exhibition grill filled with specialized Japanese charcoal. Wash the simple dishes down with specialty cocktails from the sister, underground bar Charcoal. L (M-F); D (daily). www.sumirobatabar.com. 702 N. Wells St., 312.988.7864. El: Brown to Chicago. $$

for VIPs. Live music and servers wearing suspenders lend to the speakeasy vibe. D (M-Sa). www.untitledchicago.com. 111 W. Kinzie St., 312.880.1511. El: Brown to Merchandise Mart. $$

SOUTH LOOP Chicago Curry House INDIAN. Traditional Indian and Nepalese dishes are the specialty at this reasonably priced South Loop spot, from samosas and pakoras to chicken tikka, shrimp madras and a variety of specialty breads. Popular 22-item lunch buffet ($11.95; weekends and holidays $12.95; kids half price). Corporate and hotel delivery, too. L, D (daily); Curry Hut: L, D (T-Su). www.curryhouseonline.com. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312.362.9999. El: Red to Harrison; Curry Hut: 410 Sheridan Rd., Highwood, 847.432.2889. $-$$

Eleven City Diner DELIS/SANDWICHES. Classier than your average diner, this Jewish deli and weekend late-night spot caters to Chicago’s corned beef-, latke- and loxloving crowd with hand-cut meats, fresh soups and a variety of salads and sandwiches. An in-house soda jerk whips up served-with-the-tin classic egg creams, phosphates and malts. South Loop B, L, D (daily). Lincoln Park B (Sa, Su); L, D (daily). www.elevencitydiner.com. 1112 S. Wabash Ave., 312.212.1112. El: Red, Green, Orange to Roosevelt; 2301 N. Clark St., 773.244.1112. Bus: 22 to Belden. $-$$

Mercat a la Planxa SPANISH. At this South Loop Spanish hot spot in the historic Blackstone Hotel, signature plates include paella and roasted suckling pig. The dining room boasts an open kitchen, winding central staircase and views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. B, L, D (daily). www.mercatchicago.com. 638 S. Michigan Ave., 312.765.0524. El: Red to Harrison. $$

STREETERVILLE Cite FRENCH. Enjoy panoramic views of Chicago’s skyline from the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower. Menu items include steaks and chops, seafood, pasta, lamb, poultry and escargot, with specialty flambé desserts as a finale. Reservations recommended. Valet parking. D (daily). www.citechicago.com. 505 N. Lake Shore Dr. , 312.644.4050. Bus: 65 to Navy Pier. $$$-$$$$

Harry Caray’s Tavern AMERICAN. The beloved downtown Italian steakhouse dedicated to preserving the Cubs announcer’s memory also runs this classy tavern decked with memorabilia-covered walls, dozens of HDTVs and a tempting bar menu of chopped salads, margherita pizzas and burgers (choose meat or turkey, toppings, buns, cheeses and sauces). In warm weather, grab a table on the patio for lake views. L, D (daily). www.harrycarays.com. Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave., 312.527.9700. Bus: 29, 65, 66 to Navy Pier. $-$$

Untitled AMERICAN. Slink past two unmarked doors to find a whole world of nightlife awaiting in this cavernous space that pays homage to the Prohibition era. Craft cocktails, beer and wine complement supper club fare reimagined for today’s palette. Although it’s underground, the eatery is as wide as it is long with soaring ceilings, oversized mirrors and booths built w w w.w he re t r ave l e r. com 19

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Yard House

Out on the Town The nightlife scene in Chicago varies widely and includes quiet wine lounges, raucous sports bars and live music venues. Known as a hotbed of theater, Chicago also offers Broadway shows, intimate dramas and laugh-out-loud comedy. Beverage programs have come into their own, so whether you’re looking for a glass of suds or a multi-ingredient cocktail, this city satisfies.

The Hangge-Uppe WIth modern beats playing on the main floor and classic hits spinning down the stairs, a maze of different rooms and five uniquely themed bars throughout, The Hangge-Uppe (pronounced The Hang-Up) is one all-night dance party. Open M-Th 9 pm-4 am; F 8 pm-4 am; Sa 8 pm-5 am; Su 9 pm-4 am. www.rushanddivision.com/the-hangge-uppe/. 14 W. Elm St., 312.337.0561. El: Red to Clark/Division

Mahoney’s Pub & Grille With the United Center about a mile away, Mahoney’s is the perfect sports bar to watch all your favorite teams. Even better? Play some games while watching the game, including giant Jenga, pong, shuffleboard and bags. Open Sa 11 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www.mahoneyspubchicago.com. 551 N. Ogden Ave., 312.733.2121. El: Blue to Chicago

The Original Mother’s The Original Mother’s truly is an original: established in 1968, this Chicago favorite has stayed a classic late night bar with plenty to keep you entertained. From live music to DJs, dancing, an arcade room, LED pong, a martini lounge and karaoke, there’s no need to go anywhere else to party. Open M-F, Su 8 pm-4 am; Sa 8 pm-5 am. www.originalmo-

thers.com. 26 W. Division St., 312 .642.7251. El: Red to Clark/Division

Streeter’s Tavern You may be in the Gold Coast, but at Streeter’s Tavern, it’s perfectly acceptable to chill out and let your hair down. With games like foosball and ping pong, it’s hard not to have a good time here. Open M-F, Su 11 am-4 am; Sa 11 am-5 am. www.streeterstavern.com. 50 E. Chicago Ave., 312.944.5206. El: Red to Chicago

BILLIARDS & BOWLING For The Win (FTW) Just because you’re a grown-up doesn’t mean you need to leave your game days behind you. At FTW Chicago, you get to embrace your younger days, while enjoying adult beverages. Feel the speed of an Indy 500 driver in a one-of-a-kind four-car demolition derby race, or juggle a hot dog in one hand while putting a hole-in-one on the Chicago-themed mini golf course. Open Su-Th 11 am-midnight; F, Sa 11 am-2 am. www.ftwchicago.com. 322 Illinois St., 312.881.5000. El: Red to Grand

Southport Lanes and Billiards The revelry in this Lakeview neighborhood mainstay consists of bowling, complete with hand-set pins. Menu and expansive beer selection. Open

M-Th 4 pm-2 am; F noon-2 am; Sa noon-3 am; Su noon-1 am. sparetimechicago.com. 3325 N. Southport Ave., 773.472.6600. El: Brown to Southport

BLUES & JAZZ Buddy Guy’s Legends Owned by five-time Grammy Award-winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy, this blues mainstay recently moved into a new location and features performances by contemporary blues legends as well as top local talent. A menu of Louisiana-style soul food is available. Enjoy free live music at lunch (M-F), plus free acoustic sets (F 5:30-8 pm, Sa-Su 6-8:30 pm). Open M-F 11 am-2 am; Sa 5 pm-3 am; Su 6 pm-2 am. Cover charge Su-Th $10. Call for showtimes or go to www.buddyguy.com. 700 S. Wabash Ave., 312.427.1190. El: Red to Harrison

Pops for Champagne This champagne bar in River North’s Tree Studios boasts a world-class selection of 140 champagnes plus an extensive list of fine wines, spirits, cognacs and beer. The small plates menu includes regional cheeses and sliced meats, oysters, crispy pork, ricotta gnocchi and more. Live music with no cover Su-Tu at 9 pm. Open Su-F 3 pm-2 am;Sa 1 pm-2 am. www.popsforchampagne.com. 601 N. State St., 312.266.7677. El: Red to Grand

COURTESY YARD HOUSE

BARS & CLUBS

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ENTERTAINMENT+NIGHTLIFE Rosa’s Lounge

The Owl

Rosa’s is a homey bar (named after owner Tony Mangiullo’s mother), and the music is excellent, making it worth the drive. Shows Tu-Sa. Doors open 8 pm. Cover charge weekdays $5-$7, weekends $10-$15. www.rosaslounge.com. 3420 W. Armitage Ave., 773.342.0452

Unusual drafts and a hipster vibe are the hallmarks of this Logan Square late-night bar. Among the tap options are Kostritzer Red Marzen, Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine and Mendocino White Hawk Ale; you can also choose from three dozen cans and bottles. Open Su-F 6 pm-4 am; Sa 6 pm-5 am. www.owlbarchicago.com. 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.235.5300. El: Blue to Logan Square

BOUTIQUE BARS The Map Room

Revolution Brewing

COMEDY/IMPROV The Second City The theater that brought you John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers and Tina Fey presents “The Second City’s 105th Revue: Mainstage” shows Tu-Th 8 pm; F, Sa 8, 11 pm; Su 7 pm. Tickets $23-$28. The e.t.c. stage showcases “The Second City e.t.c.’s 41st Revue.” Shows M-Th 8 pm; F 8, 11 pm; Sa 4, 8, 11 pm; Su 4, 7, 10 pm. Free improv after last show every night but F. Dinner/show packages available; no drink minimum. www.secondcity.com. Mainstage at 1616 N. Wells St.; e.t.c. theatre, Donny’s Skybox Theater and The deMaat Studio Theatre at 1608 N. Wells St., 312.337.3992. El: Brown, Purple to Sedgwick

With 26 beers on tap and more than 200 in all, this laid-back Bucktown spot is a beer lover’s dream come true. Coffee and espresso drinks served M-Sa till 11 am. Free Wi-Fi, too. Open M-F 6:30 am-2 am; Sa 7:30 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www. maproom.com. 1949 N. Hoyne St., 773.252.7636. Bus: 73 to Hoyne

This smart Logan Square hangout pulls pints of six house-made beers and serves up a playful bar food menu that ranges from bacon fat popcorn to smoked pulled pork with honey-jalapeno slaw and a tempeh Reuben. Open M-F 11 am-1 am; Sa, Su 10 am-1am. www.revbrew.com. 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., 773.227.BREW(2739). El: Blue to California

Old Town Pour House

Sheffield’s

Berlin

One of the city’s top beer bars, this casual Lakeview hangout boasts an extensive list of draft and bottled beers and an accomplished menu of barbecue ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket. Sweet seasonal outdoor patio, too. Open M-F 11 am-2 am; Sa 10 am-3 am; Su 10 am-midnight. www.sheffieldschicago.com. 3258 N. Sheffield Ave., 773.281.4989. El: Red, Brown, Purple to Belmont; 3131 N. Thatcher Ave., River Grove, 708.452.3131

Mohawked punks pogo side by side with preppies and drag queens in go-go boots at this fabulous freak show of a nightclub in the heart of Lakeview. Hot nights include Saturdays with DJ Larissa; Fridays with fave local DJ Greg Haus; the massively popular “Madonna-Rama” on the first Sunday of the month and “New Wave 80s” on the secondSunday of the month. Open Su-W 10 pm-4 am; Th 5 pm-4 am; F 5 pm-4 am; Su 5 pm-5 am. Cover charge varies. www.berlinchicago.com. 954 W. Belmont Ave., 773.348.4975. El: Red, Brown, Purple to Belmont

This beer bar boasts the city’s largest selection of drafts–a staggering 90 in all. Whether you’re craving a British ale, Belgian lambic or American IPA, you’ll find a wide variety of brews that fit the bill. The food offerings come with recommended beer pairings and include filet mignon sliders, pickled oysters and crab fondue. Open M, Th 4 pm-2 am; Tu, W 4 pm-1 am; F 11:30 am-2 am; Sa 10:30 am-3 am; Su 10:30 am-midnight. www.oldtownpourhouse.com. 1419 N. Wells St., 312.477.2800. El: Brown/Purple to Sedgwick

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ENTERTAINMENT+NIGHTLIFE Sound-Bar A 20,000-square-foot behemoth, this club represents one of the biggest nightlife ventures in Chicago. The multi-level, high-tech environment is state-of-the-art on a technical level, and the modern décor boasts stainless steel, smoked glass and fine European-made furniture in a minimalist setting. The club encompasses nine separate bars, two boutique salons and two lounges on two levels. Open F, Su 10 pm-4 am; Sa 10 pm-5 am. www. sound-bar.com. 226 W. Ontario St., 312.787.4480. El: Brown, Purple to Chicago

Transit Transit’s stylish, multi-roomed interior features the tangerine-colored Oval Bar, the plush, posh VIP Marquee Room, and an oak-stained dance floor. Also available for private parties. Open F 10 pm-4 am; Sa 10 pm-5 am. www.transitnightclubchicago. com. 1431 W. Lake St., 312.491.8600. El: Green, Pink to Ashland

LOUNGES The Berkshire Room Tucked inside the chic ACME Hotel, this River North Lounge seduces with its craft cocktails, wine and beer menu. And talk about personalization: A Dealer’s Choice allows guests to choose a base spirit, flavor profile and type of glassware. Open Sa 4 pm-3 am; Su- F 4 pm-2 am. www.theberkshireroom. com. 15 E. Ohio St., 312.894.0945. El: Red to Grand

Roof On the 27th floor of theWit Hotel, this 7,000-squarefoot rooftop lounge scores with gorgeous city views, live music and DJs, and a creative small plates menu. Thrill-seekers can request the glassenclosed table for eight hanging over the city. Open M-F 4 pm-2 am; Sa 2 pm-3 am. www.thewithotel.com. 201 N. State St., 312.239.9501. El: Loop to State/Lake

Scofflaw This “gin-focused” cocktail bar in Logan Square serves up inspired libations like the Rocket Frost and Saint Charles, as well as a weekly martini/martinez special. The selection of craft gins includes Death’s Door, Corsair and the locally-sourced North Shore No. 11. Night owls won’t want to miss the free homemade chocolate cookies served at midnight. Open M-F 5 pm-2 am; Sa 11 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www.scofflawchicago.blogspot.com. 3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773.252.9700. Bus: 73 to Kedzie

The Underground

his creative concoctions with everything from fresh ginger syrup to grapefruit bitters, rose water and egg whites. The space itself boasts a bit of mystery, hidden behind an unmarked blue facade that opens up to reveal a swank, low-lit room with highbacked chairs and heavy periwinkle blue curtains. Open Su-F 6 pm-2 am; Sa 6 pm-3 am. www.theviolethour.com. 1520 N. Damen Ave., 773.252.1500. El: Blue to Damen

PIANO BARS Howl at the Moon Count on the action at this River North piano bar, where dueling pianists take requests and encourage audience members to sing along and join in the fun. Considering the potent drink offerings—bombs, hurricanes and 86-ounce “buckets of booze”—that’s typically not a problem. www. howlatthemoon.com/chicago/. Open M-F 5 pm-2 am; Sa 5 pm-3 am; Su 7 pm-2 am. 26 W. Hubbard St., 312.863.7427. El: Red to Grand

The Redhead Piano Bar Sip a signature martini, a single-malt scotch, wine or champagne while being entertained by piano playervocalists singing favorite standards, pop and rock tunes at this classic Chicago nightclub. The atmosphere is lively yet comfortable, the room low-lit and intimate. Business casual attire required. Live music seven nights a week; no cover. Covered smoking area. www.theredheadpianobar.com. Open Su-Th 7 pm-4 am; Sa 7 pm-5 am. 16 W. Ontario St., 312.640.1000. El: Red to Grand

PUBS Chicago Distilling Company Channeling the early Prohibition days of the city, Chicago Distilling Company uses family recipes and techniques to source local, organic grains to make the best spirits. Take a tour of the distillery or grab a seat in the tasting room to learn about the craft vodka, gin and whiskey made onsite. Tours $10. Open Th 5 pm-11 pm; F, Sa 5 pm-1 am. www. chicagodistilling.com. 2359 N. Milwaukee Ave., 872.206.2774. El: Blue to California

Fadó Irish Pub Fadó—Gaelic for “long ago”—is one of Chicago’s largest Irish pubs, spanning three stories. Designed and built in Ireland, the pub was shipped piece by piece to Chicago and assembled by a team of Irish craftsmen. On tap you’ll find Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and other imported brews; the casual food menu offers fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and the like. Live music W, F, Sa evenings. Open M-Th 11:30 am-2 am; F 11:30 am-3 am; Sa 10 am-3 am; Su 10 am-2 am; brunch Sa, Su 10 am-3 pm. www.fadoirishpub.com. 100 W. Grand Ave., 312.836.0066. El: Red to Grand

If celeb-spotting is your thing, this espionagethemed River North club from nightlife impresario Billy Dec is the place to do it. Notables like Kanye West and Duran Duran have been known to rub elbows with Chicago’s beautiful people in this slick space. Hint: There’s no signage at this “top secret” hang, so head down the alley west of Ben Pao restaurant. Cover $20. Open W-F, Su 10 pm-4 am; Sa 10 pm-5 am. www.theundergroundchicago.com. 56 W. Illinois St., 312.644.7600. El: Red to Grand, Brown to Merchandise Mart

Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, each piece of this authentic Irish pub, from the mahogany beams to the circular oak bar, was shipped from Ireland. Traditional Irish favorites are served, including shepherd’s pie and Irish stew. Open Tu-F 5 pm-2 am; Sa 11 am-3 am. www.irishoak.com. 3511 N. Clark St., 773.935.6669. El: Red to Addison

The Violet Hour

The Kerryman

Mixologist Toby Maloney is wowing the Wicker Park cocktail crowd at this über-civilized lounge, spiking

Irish Oak

This Irish bar in River North boasts an upscale interior—stone walls, mahogany accents, leather

booths—and a full menu of hearty classics like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, mac and cheese made with smoked gouda, and more. Open M-Th 11:30 am-2 am; F 11 am-2 am; Sa 11 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www.thekerrymanchicago.com. 661 N. Clark St., 312.335.8121. El: Brown, Purple to Chicago

The Red Lion Pub Rebuilt from the ground up in 2014 after the original was demolished in 2008, this cozy pub brims with British pride. Locals huddle around fireplaces on two levels, taking in the other Anglo-esque touches, from nooks filled with books to vaulted ceilings to the familiar Union Jack. Hearty pub grub and pints round out the neigborhood-y feel. Open M-Th 4 pm-10 pm; F, Sa noon -11 pm; Su 10:30 am10 pm. www.redlionchicago.com. 773.883.2422. El: Red to Fullerton

Yard House Calling all beer lovers: Yard House is here to cater to any taste, with over 100 drafts on tap. Why the name Yard House? For the half yard glasses, of course. Y, the super tall 32 ounce ones. The food menu is just as extensive, with favorites like the mac and cheese made with truffle oil and the lobster, crab and artichoke dip perfect for sharing. Tu-Th 11 am-midnight; F, Sa 11 am-1:20 am. www.yardhouse. com. 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., 312.951.7317. El: Red to North/Clybourn

SPORTS BARS/TAVERNS Bull & Bear This financial market-themed “luxury sports bar” in the heart of River North boasts 42-inch plasma TVs, comfy leather booths and—how’s this for self-service—personal table taps that let you refill your own beer. Open M-F 11:30 am-2 am; Sa 10 am-3 am; Su 10 am-2 am. www.bullbearbar.com. 431 N. Wells St., 312.527.5973. El: Brown, Purple to Merchandise Mart

Fatpour Tap Works Watch through a two-story glass box in the center of the restaurant as your beer streams through the tap lines to a 22-ounce frosted mug. A handy “beer key” makes it easy to choose from pale ales, stouts, ciders and more. On the menu: signature “infused” burgers (teriyaki, balsamic, bacon), tacos, handtossed pizzas. Tables with personal taps can be requested. Open M-Th 5 pm-2 am; F 2 pm-2 am; Sa 11 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www.fatpourchicago. com. 2005 W. Division St., 773.698.8940. El: Blue to Damen

THEATER Apollo Theater Chicago At this Lincoln Park theater, a mainstage and 50-seat studio space showcase musicals, children’s shows by the Emerald City Theatre Company, comedy and other productions. www.apollochicago.com. 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.935.6100. El: Red, Brown, Purple to Fullerton

Private Bank Theatre This downtown theater first opened in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre, Chicago’s first million dollar-plus venue and the city’s tallest building at the time, hosting various vaudeville shows and luminaries like Harry Houdini. Now the Broadway In Chicago venue is one of the country’s major touring houses. In addition to performances, the ornate theater also hosts behind-the-scenes tours on Saturdays.

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www.broadwayinchicago.com. 18 W. Monroe St., 800.775.2000. El: Red, Blue to Monroe

Broadway in Chicago This theatrical production company brings some of Broadway’s top shows to four stages around Chicago: Bank of America Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, Oriental Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. www.broadwayinchicago.com. 800.775.2000. Bank of America Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. El: Red, Blue to Monroe; Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St. El: Blue, Brown, Purple to Clark/ Lake; Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. El: Red to Lake; Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St. El: Red to Chicago

Goodman Theatre Located within the Loop Theater District, this theater company was founded in 1925 and features topnotch productions that range from full-scale musicals to searing dramas to one-woman shows. www.goodmantheatre.org. 170 N. Dearborn St., 312.443.3800 312.443.3820 (group sales). El: Loop to State/Lake; Red to Lake

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Royal George Theatre Three stages—a large mainstage, a cabaret space and a black-box studio—allow for a variety of shows at this Lincoln Park theater. Open-run performances of Late Nite Catechism (Sa 5 pm). Tickets $30. Check website for limited engagements. www. theroyalgeorgetheatre.com. 1641 N Halsted St., 312.988.9000. El: Red to North/Clybourn

Steppenwolf Theatre Founded in 1976 by nine actors including Gary Sinise, Jeff Perry and Terry Kinney, this ensemble company has grown into a world-renowned theater that focuses on artistically challenging works. Box office open M-Sa 11 am-5 pm; Su 1-5 pm (until 7 pm on performance days). www.steppenwolf.org. 1640 N. Halsted St., 312.335.1650. El: Red to North/ Clybourn

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Bolingbroke Golf Club .......................Inside back cover

Bottled Blonde .......................................... 23

Element Collective.................................... 21

Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group....................Back cover

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap ....................05

River Roast ..................................................01

Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery ................ Inside front cover

Uptown Underground ............................07

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Concierge Intercontinental

Concierge The Virgin Hotels Chicago

What do you do when you’re not sure what to say?

A:

I start out with the most obscure things in the area. It’s a good read for guests and it’s just fun. Personally, I like the Latin Indian fusion restaurant Vermillion – the food is so good. It brings people into the restaurant. Sometimes people say, ‘we just wanted Italian.’ I like to find out what they have a taste for and get them to the right place. Vermillion features a global melding of Indian-Latin flavors & regional Indian fare in a contemporary ambience with global wines, Latin & "herb & spice" cocktails. 10 N. Hubbard Chicago, 312.527.4060.

How do you make travelers feel at ease with their questions?

A:

My initial response is to try to get whatever information I can to answer their questions,. Are they wearing sports gear? I like visual cues, and lot’s of times I’ll say, ‘what brings you here?’ If the traveler is looking for something fun, I’ll recommend something with a lively and energetic atmosphere. A lot of times, just asking people what they don’t like is more effective in finding out what they need. Many times I’ll recommend crowd pleasers such as Chicago-style pizza. I like to offer up what’s popular like Giordano’s versus Lou Malnati’s pizza.

Local Flavor

ASK THE EXPERT

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CHICAGO HAS THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE concierge community and so we thought we might ask a few questions. We wondered what they say to travelers who are finding their way in Chicago. Just as we thought, their answers were right on point. BY JANE BOKUN

Ruben Caraballo

Shannon Boland London House

Concierge Radisson Blu

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Q:

What’s your favorite go-to?

A:

“I love the food at the Purple Pig. It’s a classic foodie spot and my first go-to spot.” At the Purple Pig guests are treated to the award winning cuisine of James Beard, Rising Star Chef 2014 – Jimmy Bannos Jr. As a fourth generation restaurateur, he was mentored by his father, Jimmy Bannos (Chef/Owner of Heaven on Seven) and took his training to the next level through training by nationally renowned chefs. Inside the menu, guests will find cured meats and cheeses as well as smears such as liver pate.

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What do you do when someone says, ‘what’s good around here?’

A:

I normally try to find out more about them. What kind of food and ambience do they want? Lots of times they say, ‘I just came from New York.’ So, I know and I’ll send them to the correct area. Caraballo says his own personal favorite might be Le Colonial, a FrenchVietnamese restaurant on Rush Street. “The second floor is like a terrace,” Caraballo says. “It brings you somewhere else.”

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