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Exploring Chicago, Entertainment, Dining, Etceteras 

Exploring Chicago ~ Maintained by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism, Exploring Chicago is the ultimate blowout guide to Chicago. The comprehensive index runs from Architecture, Art, Attractions, Museums and Music to Restaurants, Shopping, Sports, Theaters, Tours and Zoo. Within major categories, information is nicely organized, comment is thoughtful, and links to other compendiums, such as Zagat's Chicago restaurant guide, and primary sources, such as the Lyric Opera and sports teams' home pages, abound.

Chicago Reader ~ The Chicago Reader is a free weekly newspaper with the best entertainment guide in town. The Reader comes out every Thursday night and is available by Friday morning at local stores within 2 blocks. Chicago Reader reviews and recommendations are informative and tend to be on target.

MetroMix ~ The Chicago Tribune guide to music, movies, restaurants, bars, clubs, events, museums, and more throughout Chicago.

The Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (GNMAA) ~ The Magnificent Mile And Beyond ~ the best comprehensive shopping directory for the numerous GNMAA members lists addresses and telephone numbers and holds many home page links to North Michigan Avenue stores, Chicago museums, theaters and other attractions, including:
- Chicago Architecture Foundation; Chicago Historical Society; Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier; Spirit of Chicago Harbor Cruises; Museum of Contemporary Art; Second City; The Art Institute of Chicago.
Shopping - American Girl Place; Bloomingdale’s; Borders Books & Music; Crate & Barrel; Ermenegildo Zegna; Louis Vuitton; Mark Shale; Neiman Marcus; Nordstrom; Room & Board; Tiffany & Company; The Polo Store - Ralph Lauren; Paul Stuart; The Pottery Barn; Williams-Sonoma.
Oak Street Council ~ Oak Street, at the northern reach of North Michigan Avenue, is magnificent in its own right. See a street map and links to Oak and Rush Street shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

Palmer's Guide Website Gateway to Fantastic Places, including Tom's Walking Guide to Chicago. Great photography, great travelogues.

Chicago Theater Guide ~ League of Chicago Theaters. NB: Extended runs are not always timely posted in "This Week's Closings" in the right margin. Contact theater for information.

Frank Lloyd Wright Sites - Preservation Trust; Oak Park Tourist.
 Neighborhood Restaurants ~ A Short Walk

Kamehachi of Tokyo ~ 1400 N. Wells Street 312-664-3663. Our favorite Japanese restaurant and sushi bar ~ The first Japanese restaurant in town, Kamehachi established itself as a Chicagoland regional favorite on Wells Street in 1967 ~ down the street and around the corner. Late night dining.

Dinotto ~ Ristorante & Trattoria: Dinotto. A local and our sentimental Italian favorite, Dinotto opened a second location in the neighborhood in November 2001. Ristorante, 215 W. North Avenue, 312-202-0302. Trattoria, 163 W. North Avenue, 312-787-3345. Up the street and right around the corner. Our European guests rave about the wine list, reporting wines not found outside of Italy, and, of course, the food. Intimate and romantic, while family friendly, especially at the newer Ristorante.

Orso's Restaurant ~ 1401 N. Wells Street 312-787-6604, across the street from Kamehachi. Good atmosphere, good food, piano bar.

Trattoria Roma ~ 1535 N. Wells Street 312-664-7907.

Topo Gigio Ristorante ~ 1516 N. Wells Street 312-266-9355.

Bistro Margot ~ 1437 N. Wells Street 312-587-3660. French, atmosphere, good bistro fare. Two blocks east.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda ~ 855 W. North Avenue (at Halsted Street) 312-266-4222. Great food, capacious dining rooms, if you have car, there's free parking, it's a short cab ride, and a longish walk (6 blocks). Reservations recommended. This place is usually jammed.

Las Pinatas ~ 1552 N. Wells Street 312-664-8277. Chow down time. Two blocks east, a neighborhood favorite.

Adobo Grill ~ 1610 N. Wells Street 312-266-7999. Two blocks to the north in Piper's Alley, next door to Second City. Mexican haute cuisine. Guacamole mixed at your table to your specifications. Very good reviews.

Salpicon ~ 1252 N. Wells Street 312-988-7715. Two blocks to the south. Mexican haute cuisine. Very good reviews.

The Fireplace Inn ~ 1448 N. Wells Street 312-664-5264. A Wells Street institution. Ribs, fried chicken, BLTs and other sandwiches, fries, slaw, and on and on. Two blocks east.

Twin Anchors ~ 1655 N. Sedgwick Street 312-266-1616. Another Old Town Chicago institution. Great ribs for over 40 years. Two blocks west and a block north.

Flat Top Grill ~ 319 W. North Avenue 312-787-7676. Mix your own grill, all you can eat. We always get confused and make a mess of it, but most folks love it. Two blocks west.

Nookie's on Wells ~ 1746 N. Wells Street 312-337-2454. A breakfast favorite. Expect to wait.

Original Mitchell's Restaurant ~ 101 W. North Avenue (at Clark Street) 312-642-5246. Early to late breakfast specials. Wonderful omelets and other deli / diner standards.

Old Jerusalem ~ 1411 N. Wells Street 312-944-3304.

Big Shoulders Café ~ 1601 N. Clark Street (at North Avenue) in the Chicago Historical Society 312-587-7766.

Boston Market ~ 1562 N. Wells Street (at North Avenue) 312-751-0100.


Fabrile Gallery ~ 224 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL (312) 427-1510. The largest selection of American studio art glass in the world. Across the street and down the block from the Art Institute and steps away from Symphony Center.

If you didn't find it here, ask.

Chicago Visitors Centers
Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center *
77 E. Randolph St.
Mon - Fri: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Chicago Water Works Visitor Center
163 E. Pearson St. at Michigan Ave.
Daily: 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sears on State
2 N. State St., at the corner of State and Madison
Mon - Fri: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

* The Chicago Cultural Center at Michigan Avenue between Washington and Randolph Streets, completed in 1898 as a monument to the Grand Army of the Republic, is worth a visit in itself. According to scholars, this is the best Beaux Arts building in the world. The edifice is a living monument to Louis Comfort Tiffany who recruited the workmen, provided and supervised fabrication of the materials and supervised installation.

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