2002.11.29 (week 283)
Too nice.
Too nice.

Ongoing: Christkindlmarket at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Vagina Monologues at Apollo Theater.
..-Su: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus at United Center.
Ongoing: Stomp at Shubert Theatre.
Ongoing: "8 Crazy Nights" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: "Solaris" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: "Treasure Planet" now playing at Theaters Everywhere.
Ongoing: Under The Picasso at Daley Plaza.
Ongoing: Different culturally diverse performances nightly at Hot House.
Ongoing: Different rock, jazz and experimental bands every night at Empty Bottle.
Ongoing: Different rock shows several nights a week at Double Door.
Ongoing: WNUR ROCKS MY WORLD! at 89.3FM.
Fr: Buy Nothing Day.
Ongoing: Holiday Bazaar at Woman Made Gallery.
Fr: Vegetarian Thanksgiving at Chicago Diner.
Fr: City Holiday Tree Lighting at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Critical Mass at Daley Plaza.
Fr: Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Vic Theatre.
Fr: KORN at Aragon Ballroom.
Fr: Tori Amos at Chicago Theatre.
Fr: College of Complexes - South Side campus at Future World Cafe.
Fr: Jaguares at House of Blues.
Fr: C.U.R.V.E at Star Bar.
Fr: P.E.R.V. with LOCAL H at Penny Road Pub.
Fr: Bang at Crobar.
Fr: Cosmix at Berlin.

Christkindlmarket (since 1997). Festive German style holiday market. -2002.12.23 Yearly. All ages. Free Su-Th -8p, Fr/Sa -9p 11a.
50 Timber cabins, ethnic foods, fine crafted gifts, music, sweets. Changes to a broader ethnic market after 12.20.
Daley Plaza, 312/744-3370, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

HOLIDAY CLASSICS. -2002.12.29 Yearly. All ages.
A Christmas Carol 11.16-12.28 Goodman Theatre, 312/443-3800, 200 S Columbus,
Free photo with Santa for 94th floor visitors 11.23-12.22 Sa-Su 11a-5:30p. John Hancock Center Observatory, 312/751-3681, 875 N Michigan,
Radio City Rockettes 11.29-12.29 Rosemont Theatre, 847/692-2220, 5400 N River Rd,

Vagina Monologues. Rotating cast. $24.75-55 Tu-Fr 8p, Sa 6+9p, Su 3:30+7p.
Maribeth Monroe, Miriam Plotkin, Jacqueline Williams.
Apollo Theater, 773/935-6100, 2540 N Lincoln.

Network sweeps. -2002.11.29 Yearly.
Extra special new TV programming this month on major networks.

Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus (since 1871!). -2002.12.01 All ages. $10-50 Various times.
Goes great with bread.
United Center, 1901 W Madison.

Stomp. -2002.12.29 All ages. $30-50 Various showtimes.
An explosive production returns for a limited engagement. The eight-member troupe displays show-stopping physical movement while creating rhythms with everything but conventional percussion instruments.
Shubert Theatre, 312/902-1500 tickets, 22 W Monroe. Downtown.

"8 Crazy Nights" now playing.
Adam Sandler stars in a no-holds barred holiday animated musical comedy, also with Jackie Titone, Austin Stout, Tyra Banks, James Barbour, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Rob Schneider, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

"Solaris" now playing.
Steven Soderbergh directs a Stanislaw Lem (editor fave!) novel. George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Jeremy Davies, Viola Davis, Ulrich Tukur, Morgan Rusler. Romance sci-fi drama of strange happenings in a space station orbiting an ocean world.
Theaters Everywhere.

"Treasure Planet" now playing.
A Disney animated sci-fi comedy.
Theaters Everywhere.

Now playing.
Treasure Planet, Solaris, Friday After Next, Die Another Day, 8 Mile, Harry Potter, Bowling for Columbine, I Spy, The Santa Clause 2, Frida, Punch Drunk Love, Red Dragon, The Tuxedo, Banger Sisters, S1m0ne, Big Fat Greek Wedding, Goldmember, ...
Theaters Everywhere.

WAY too much GREAT dance and theater and comedy and poetry to cover.
Get yourself a Reader or NewCity magazine.
Hundreds of city locations.

Under The Picasso. All ages. Free 12p.
Interesting free performances almost every week day at noon. Go to the spectacular Thompson Center nearby (100 W Randolph) for more good art.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Different culturally diverse performances nightly. 21+ to drink (18+ w/ parent) $5-10.
Generally: Mo: Swing/Yoko Noge; Tu: Hip-Hop; We-Su: various. Cabaret / gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown train stops.

Different rock, jazz and experimental bands every night. 21+ $? 8p.
Dive-ish, with pool and an old video game or two.
Empty Bottle, 773/276-3600, 1035 N Western.

Different rock shows several nights a week. 21+ $? 9p.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

WNUR ROCKS MY WORLD! NorthWestern University Radio. All ages. Free.
Best intelligent dance music on the free airwaves, with excellent cutting edge ambient and drum&bass shows.
89.3FM, 847-866-WNUR. AIM: WNURdj.

Movies and Beer. Smoking, heckling, FUN! -Thursday 18+ (ID reqd) $5.
8p (Sa,Su,Tu,We): XXX - Vin Diesel, ...
10p (Sa,Su,Tu,We): Spiderman - Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, ...
Brew & View, 312/618-VIEW, 3145 N Sheffield. Around the corner from the Red line Belmont stop.

Friday 2002.11.29:
* Buy Nothing Day (since 1992). International celebration of consumer awareness and simple living. Yearly. Day after Thanksgiving.
Very real global day of protest against the corporate brainwashing which leads to the un-sustainable Western hyper-consumerist culture. Includes anti-commercials and events at the world's largest malls. Intentionally occurs on the biggest shopping day of the year. See the website for more info.

Holiday Bazaar. -2002.12.22 We-Fr noon-7p, Sa/Su noon-4p.
Unique hand made crafts, jewelry, and small-scale artwork.
Woman Made Gallery, 312/328-0038, 1900 S Prairie.

* Vegetarian Thanksgiving (since 1983). Practically an institution. Yearly. All ages. RESERVE NOW! 12p.
Serving a special multi-course menu all day. Also doing pickup, order before Thursday at 312/400-1016.
Chicago Diner, 773/935-6696, 3411 N Halsted.

* City Holiday Tree Lighting (since 1914). The mayor does his thing! Music, etc. Last Friday in November Yearly. All ages. Free 4p.
Uses 40 Wisconsin Balsam Firs, 80 foot tall, 10000 lights, 1000 bows, 1000 ornaments.
Daley Plaza, 312/346-3278, 50 W Washington. Washington and Dearborn.

Critical Mass. Last Fridays 5:30p.
THE monthly gathering of bicyclists making their presence known downtown. Now joined by some bladers.
Daley Plaza, 773/486-4861, 50 W Washington.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones. All ages. $17.50 6:30p.
W/ Big Wig, Simple Plan & Slick Shoes.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

** KORN. Heavy metal, an editor fave! All ages. $37.50 7:30p.
Aragon Ballroom, 773/561-9500, 1106 W Lawrence. Near Red line Lawrence stop.

Tori Amos. $30-40 8p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

College of Complexes - South Side campus. "The Playground for People Who Think" Fridays All ages. $2 byob 2.5hrs 8p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers.
Future World Cafe, 773/256-1570, 1744 E 55th. Hyde Park.

Iron Chef - Sea Ray Battle. Fiercely competitive cooking translated from Japan. Fridays All ages. Free. Also midnt. 9-10p.
Drinking game: sip a Saki each time Ota says "Fukui-san!"
FOOD, On cable.

Jaguares. Rock Pesado. 18+ $50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

C.U.R.V.E. Chic - Uncommon - Revolutionary - Voyeuristic - Elite. Fridays 21+ 9p.
Email for comp admission.
"Experience as a new era begins in Chicagoland, Nightlife Evolved." Live Energy 92.75FM broadcast, DJ Billy The Kid.
Star Bar, 630/236-0900, 2150 Ogden, Aurora. Corner at Montgomery, west of Fox Valley Mall.

P.E.R.V. with LOCAL H. Great Live Rock Show. 21+ $10 10p.
PERV will be the special guest for National Act Local H.
Penny Road Pub, 815/428-0562, 28 W 705 Penny Rd, Barrington Hills. I-90 to Route 59 north to Penny Road West to Sutton RD.

Bang. "The Quality Of Sound" Fridays 21+ $15+ 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
Well produced hotspot, Lots of house, crowded late. Nice change of scene in the mezz. Dress well, no tennis shoes.
Crobar, 312/413-7000, 1543 N Kingsbury. No public transit.

Cosmix. Fridays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Greg Haus spins his signature mix of progressive, hardhouse, trance, & breakbeat along with some of his favorite classic club hits.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Sweet & LowDown. Fridays 21+ $0-15 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
BIG NAME weekly guest DJs join residents Justin Long, Sativa. Mostly House and Techno.
Zentra, 312/787-0400, 923 W Weed. Between North and Division by Joe's behind Crobar.

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Fr/Sa All ages? $6-11 (also Su 7:30p) 11:30p.
30 plays in 60 minutes, lots of improv, very welcoming, often topical.
Neo-Futurarium, 773/275-5255, 5153 N Ashland.

Saturday 2002.11.30:
Christmas Festival. Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. Last Saturday in November Yearly.
Free carriage rides, folk dancing, caroling. Entertainment, food, refreshments. Tree lighting ceremony at 4:30p.
Lincoln Square, Giffings Plaza, 773/561-5535, 4700 N Lincoln. Western stop on brown line.

Hanukkah. A Jewish holiday, lasts eight days. -2002.12.07 Yearly. Observance begins at sunset prior to first day.
Marks the reconsecration of the temple of Jerusalem and the miracle of the lamp.

Riddlin' Kids. Alterna-punk. All ages. $8-10 6:45p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Steve Earle. 21+ $25 8p.
Riviera Theatre, 312/275-6800, 4647 N Racine.

* College of Complexes (since 1951). "The Playground for People Who Think" Saturdays All ages. $3 food/drink purchase 2.5hrs 8-11p.
Structured weekly free speech forum with quality lecturers and good American food and bar.
11.30: Nikola Tesla: Fantastic Inventor, Poor Businessman.
Lincoln Restaurant, 773/248-1820, 4008 N Lincoln. Near Lincoln/Irving/Damen.

Michael McDermott. 21+ $15 Doors 8p. 9p.
W/ Brian Fitzpatrick, late set by Anne Harris.
Double Door, 773/489-3160, 1572 N Milwaukee. Wicker Park, near Blue line Damen stop.

Rock Fusion - Battle Of The Bands. DESCARGA performing live at Rock Fusion! All ages. $8 9p.
Cafe Revolucion, 1134 W 18th. Near Halsted.

Spundae. Saturdays 21+ $10-15 9p-4a.
Email for discount.
Acclaimed promoter, visiting big name guests, mostly house, dress well.
11.30: Mauro Picotto, John Patterson, Laura B and guests.
Vision Nightclub, 312/266-2144, 640 N Dearborn. At Ontario, near Erie. Great venue (formerly Aura). Parking hard and valet fills.

"Autobahn" How fast can you go? Saturdays 21+ $5 after 10p 9:30p-5a.
Experience the driving, Trans-Euro groove as DJs Christopher Robin and Greg Haus and John Jackson spin a signature mix of progressive music and video. Meet and mingle with a truly diverse crowd. Dress up or dress down... this is the place to be what you are! An editor fave, sometimes too wild.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Sonic Boom. Saturdays All ages. Free 10p-2a.
Considered by many to be Chicago's BEST dance music weekly radio show. Electronic, Industrial, Techno, Big Beat, Drum & Bass, often with Danny the Wildchild.

Nappy Roots. Hip-Hop / Rap. 18+ $23.50 11:45p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

CLUBLAND UNDERGROUND. UK Progressive House mix-show with Andre Solaris. Saturdays All ages. 2-6a.
Currently with a special two hour edition starting at 12am. On the air since March 2001, ANDRE SOLARIS delivers the coolest in Prog, Tech, Tribal House, Breaks, and Techno.
'Energy' 92.7&5 FM.

Sunday 2002.12.01:
* AIDS awareness day. Yearly.
Internationally recognized day for increasing public awareness about AIDS. The best defense is education.

Day Without Art. Commemorates Artists lost to AIDS. Yearly.
Usually observed in some way at the MCA and Cultural Center.

* Toys For Tots motorcycle parade (since 1978). World's largest, drawing over 20000 participants! Many biker Santas. 1st Sunday in December Yearly. All ages. Bring a toy. 9:30a.
Now in its 25th year!
Dan Ryan Woods, 83rd and Western. Travels all the way North to Foster.

Chicago Neighborhood Tour: Uptown. Bring a snack. 1st Saturday in December Yearly. $20-25 4hr 10a.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/742-1190, 77 E Randolph.

* Caroling to the Animals (since 1977). Yearly. All ages. Free 2-4p.
"Caroling to the Animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo is a family holiday celebration of song and good cheer. For 25 years friends and families have gathered on zoo grounds to 'sing in' the holiday season with local choral groups. Enjoy complimentary cider and cookies and the chance to have a photo taken with Santa Claus."
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Bobby McFerrin. With the Chicago Childrens Choir. All ages. $25-45 3p.
Chicago Theatre, 773/561-9500, 175 N State. Downtown.

NEW EPISODES: Simpsons, King of the Hill, Malcolm. Sundays All ages. Free 6p.

* Adult Skate w/ Bar! Sundays 21+ $7 (rentals $2-3) 8p-1a.
Large smooth wood rink, goes through a series of sessions for mixed, backwards, couples, etc. Hip/Hop, urban, R&B DJ. Many regulars have awesome moves. Bladers welcome. Hours: Fr 4:30-7p teen $4, 7-10:30p family $5; Sa 1-3:30p 4-7p all $5, 7:30-11p teen $7, mid-4a 18+ $7; Su noon-1p inline lessons, 1-3:30p 4-7p all $5, 8p-1a 21+ $6.
Rainbo Roller Rink, 773/271-6200, 4836 N Clark.

Dio. W/ Kings X and HammerFall. Heavy metal / classic rock. 21+ $27.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

* "Adult Swim" NEW EPISODES! Sundays All ages. Free 9p-12a.
Extraordinarily good block of toonage, includes free form thought jazz like animated Ken Nordine. Includes Home Movies, The Oblongs, Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, SeaLab 2021, The Brak Show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and more.
TOON. On cable.

Weekly Coffeehouse (since 1999). Sundays All ages. $5 Donation. (doors 7p) 9p-1a.
Open mic, poets, musicians, interesting alternative community art and photos always on display. Includes coffee, tea, soda, snax, raffle.
The Burkhart Underground, 773/348-8536, 2845 N Halsted.

Whiplash. Sundays 21+ $6-8 (up to $15 if not in costume) 10p-4a.
Scary Lady Sarah produced. DJ Chilli Winters spinning hard & dark alternative dance. Dress code: Fetish, latex, leather, pvc, drag, ultra glam, uber goth, fantasy character, period costume. Special performances last Sunday of each month. SERIOUS scene, rave reviews, not for the meek!
Spy Bar, 312/587-8779, 646 N Franklin. Free parking in South lot.

Monday 2002.12.02:
* Britney Spears Birthday (since 1981). CAN NOW LEGALLY DRINK! Yearly.

Nickel Creek. All ages. $23.50 7:30p.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Tales of terror. Mondays 18+ $4 7:30p.
Various readings by local Chicago horror authors, open mike, and different entertainment weekly.
The Red Lion Pub, 773/348-2695, 2446 North Lincoln Avenue. On Lincoln one block north of Fullerton. Across from the Biograph.

Blue Groove Lounge (since 1994). "Chicago's longest running hip-hop night." Mondays 21+ $10, Ladies free -11p. 8p-2a.
Residents 33.3, Supacuts, Non Stop, De La Pena, plus special guests.
Wild Hare, 773/327-4273, 3530 N Clark.

Reactv8. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Boa spins synthpop, hardwave, retro, & more... DJ Kamar from 88.7FM joins him 2nd/4th Mondays. Caters to people who enjoy conversation, good drinks, and NO "boom boom thump thump" music. With good lights and vids, and Mr. Hate dispensing poison.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. Near Red line Belmont stop.

Your Brain on Mondays. Tree House Collective presents House, Techno, Drum&Bass DJs. Mondays 21+ Free 10p-2a UNCONFIRMED
Come enjoy deep soundz, $2 beer, free pool, and of course great people.
Seanchai Public House, 773/549-4444, 2345 W Belmont.

Tuesday 2002.12.03:
Chic-a-Go-Go (since 1996). Tu/We All ages. Free Tu 8:30p, We 3:30p.
RESPOND AT to get on the show!
Miss Mia (of Kim) and puppet Ratso host a fun loving local show where bands and performers lip-sync for an entertainingly diverse dancing audience.
CAN-TV. Public Access channel 19.

Nocturna (since 1988). Goth w/ Scary Lady Sarah, THE weekly gathering of darker souls. Tuesdays 21+ $5-10 10p-4a.
Nicely decorated, often a special guest and giveaways. A tight but welcoming community of several hundred intriguing individuals. Some weeks 18+ held upstairs at Metro.
SmartBar, 773/549-0203, 3730 N Clark. Near Red Line Addison stop.

Testosterone Tuesday. Hard dance music, ultra buff male strippers. Tuesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
DJ Ralph Rosario.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At the Belmont red line stop.

Wednesday 2002.12.04:
Enterprise NEW EPISODE. Newest Star Trek series, now commencing second season. Wednesdays All ages. Free 7p.
Starring Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating, Anthony Montgomery, Linda Park, Connor Trinneer, shown in letterbox. Sometimes great, sometimes lame.

* "Hard Candy" Chris Gin new residency. Wednesdays 21+ Free -10p, $5 after. 8p-2a.
Email names to for guestlisting.
Promises "a weekly orgy of debauchery ... five hours of hard beats, classics and general insanity." $3 Buds.
Big Wig, 773/235-9100, 1551 W Division. Near Blue line Division stop.

* Tributosaurus. 1st Wednesdays 21+ Free 8p.
"The Jurassic beast with multiple musical faces. A different band every month, featuring local music celebrities."
12.04: John Lennon & George Harrison solo works.
Martyrs', 773/404-9494, 3855 N Lincoln.

* DJ Phantom 45 spin drum&bass. "Seminar" - THE weekly drum&bass party (since 1998). Wednesdays 21+ $5 9p-4a.
With resident DJs Gylde, Flipside, etc. Great tunes, good lights, $2 Buds and shot specials, big sound and dance floor, usually packed. Also listen to 89.3FM WNUR 9:30-11p. Parking fairly easy (lot next door), dress code unknown.
Red Dog, 773/278-1009, 1958 W North. Wicker Park.

The Roots. Rap. -Thursday 18+ $28.50 9p.
House of Blues, 312/527-2583, 329 N Dearborn.

Justify Your Existence. 1st Wednesdays 21+ $7 9p.
Local bands prove themselves. Presented by The Onion, WXRT, Reckless Records and DCN.
Schubas, 773/525-2508, 3159 N Southport.

* South Park NEW EPISODE. Wednesdays 9p.
COM. On cable.

"Can Can" party. Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
RESPOND AT for guestlisting.
Spectrum of Sound presents "The hottest mid-week party in Chicago. Musical format is House and Hip-Hop. Resident DJs Cedric, FlipSide, Vince Lawrence and Wayne Williams." Visit site below for photos and more.
Glow, 312/587-8469, 1615 N Clybourn.

"In One Ear" (since 1985). Open Mic. Wednesdays All ages. $2 10p-?a.
"eclectic mix of people" who groove on "laid-back" vibes, folk music and poetry readings.
Heartland Cafe, 773/465-8005, 7000 N Glenwood. Near Red Line Morse stop.

Women Obsession (since 1990). Intended as a ladies night for ladies. 1st/2nd/3rd Wednesdays 21+ Free 10p-4a.
Berlin, 773/348-4975, 954 W Belmont. At Red line Belmont stop.

Thursday 2002.12.05:
** Al and Tipper Gore book signing! All ages. $28-35 Come early. 6:30-?p.
Celebrating the publication of "Joined at the Heart" combining personal insights with expert opinion to explore the myriad ways in which today's idea of the family is being redefined, and "The Spirit of Family" an astonishing collection of photographs by the country's most acclaimed photographers documenting the contemporary family in all its configurations. Tickets with book purchase (next door at Women and Children First), certain limits apply.
Swedish American Museum, 312/728-8111, 5211 N Clark.

Jammin For The Kids. 18+ $50-101 7p.
Lawrence Hall Youth Services fund raiser with Bo Diddley & Buddy Guy, Edgar Winters, Mavis Staples, Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Sugar Blue.
Vic Theatre, 773/472-0449, 3145 N Sheffield.

Downtown Thursday. Special evening events and later hours at several museums and clubs. Thursdays 7-?p.
Good night to catch Blues downtown, cocktails at the MCA, Jazz at the Shedd or Randolph Cafe. See the site for MUCH MORE!

Bondage A Go-Go. Thursdays 21+ $? 8p-4a.
Hostesses Janelle, Donna, Veronica, DJ Pascal and guests. Bring or buy toys for adult play.
Exit, 312/395-2700, 1315 W North.

* Marvin Tate's D-Settlement. 21+ to drink (18+ w/ parent) $10 9p.
"Hip-hop, funk, jazzy riffs, rock bass, and frenetic spoken word riffs on a groove ... engaged in social commentary and positive energy." Cabaret / gallery atmosphere.
Hot House, 312/362-9707, 31 East Balbo. Discounted parking available. Near downtown train stops.

* "Rotation" drum&bass night! Thursdays 21+ $5-10 9p-2a.
"Futureroots & Rotation Kru present Chicago's official Thursday night session.". With resident DJs: MF, Regge, N-DEE, Lamebrane, Radiata. Good Polish lounge with adequate dance room, chill couches, and attached restaurant. RedBull/Vodka, Zywiec beer deals.
12.05: DJs Deelishus & Abel.
Cafe Lura, 773/736-3033, 3184 N Milwaukee. Just south of Belmont, not close to train, easy parking.

Planet Earth (since 1979). Thursdays 21+ $? 10p-4a.
Join DJ Dave Roberts for music, makeup, memories and videos. A long running Goth-lite night of new wave club classics.
Neo, 773/528-2622, 2350 N Clark.

Many great exhibits of local works and curated collections. All ages. Free Mo-We 10a-7p, Th 10a-9p, Fr 10a-6p, Sa 10a-5p, Su 11a-5p.
With various special events, music and performances almost every day.
Also: good music daily at 12:15p, open late Thursdays.
Chicago Cultural Center, 312/346-3278 (FINE-ART), 78 E Washington.

Various good modern art shows. $0-8 Free Tuesdays. We-Su 10a-5p, Tu 10a-8p, closed Mo, xgiving, xmas, nyd.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 312/280-2660, 220 E Chicago.

LIKE A DOWNTOWN AMUSEMENT PARK. All ages. Mostly free. Mo-Th 10a-9p, Fr+Sa 10a-11p, Su 10a-7p.
With Giant Ferris Wheel, IMAX theatre, historic carousel, a*mazing Chicago ride, classic spinning swing ride, new mini-golf course, major VR games, food court, quality restaurants and bars, stained glass window museum, enclosed garden, wonderful specialty shops, children's museum, water taxis, several cruise lines and the Shakespeare Theatre.
Navy Pier, 312/222-9328, 600 E Grand. On-site parking, or Grand Red line stop then take free trolley.

See how the universe works. All ages. $5-15 Mo-Fr 9:30a-4:30p (-10p 1st Fridays), Sa/Su 9a-4:30p, closed xmas, open -6p 12.26-1.5.
Much high tech exhibitry.
Adler Planetarium, 312/922-7827 (STAR), 1300 S Lake Shore.

Masterpieces. All ages. $5-8, Free Tuesdays. Mo/We/Th/Fr 10:30a-4:30p, Tu 10:30a-8p, Sa/Su 10a-5p, closed xgiving+xmas.
And other interesting permanent and visiting exhibits.
Art Institute of Chicago, 312/443-3500, 210 S Michigan.

World class gardens. Easy to get to. All ages. $7.75 parking. 8a-sunset, closed xmas.
385 acres, 23 gardens, 9 islands, prarie simulation, oriental features, miniature railway, produce, shows, restaurant, more...
Chicago Botanic Gardens, 847/835-5440, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

Quality exhibits and activities for young minds. All ages. $0-6.50, Free Thursdays 5-8p. Su-Tu 10a-5p, We-Sa 10a-8p.
Chicago Children's Museum, 312/527-1000, Navy Pier.

Natural History done right. All ages. $4-8, Free Mo/Tu 9.23-12.24. Last entry 4p, closed xmas+ny. 9a-5p.
New PEARLS and CHOCOLATE exhibits, also butterfly garden, animated robot kinetosaurs, giant magnified soil ecosystem, "Sue" permanent dinosaur exhibit, insects, anthropology, much more.
Field Museum, 312/922-9410, Roosevelt at Lake Shore Drive.

Exhibits covering 4000 years of surgical history. Not for the squeamish. All ages. $3-5 Free Tuesdays. Tu-Sa 10a-4p.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 312/642-6502, 1524 N Lake Shore.

World class zoo. Now with web cams. All ages. Free (Building hours vary) 8a-6p.
Lincoln Park Zoo, 773/742-2000, 2200 N Cannon.

Consistent world class wonderland, set aside a whole day. All ages. $4-9 +parking/movies, Free rarely. Mo-Sa 9:30a-4p, Su 11a-4p; Jun-Sep/12.26-1.1 9:30a-5:30p.
New TIME exhibit, possibly the best collection in existence of clocks through history. Also new Circus backstage, Howdy Doody, Sports and Cyberspace exhibits.
Museum of Science and Industry, 773/684-1414, 57th at Lake Shore.

Truly stunning world class aquarium. $11-18, some deal days. Sa/Su 9a-6p, Mo-Fr 9a-5p (-6p in summer), some later days.
Rear outside deck has the city's best skyline view. Now with web cams.
Shedd Aquarium, 312/939-2438, 1200 S Lake Shore.

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