Whether you’ve spent your days sightseeing or on your feet at a convention, like PRINT® 13, you deserve to treat yourself to a little relaxation therapy. Nuovo Aesthetics & Smartlipo® (2037 S. Indiana, 312.496.3069) is a full service medical spa bringing good health and beauty together in a one stop shop, offering it’s clientele everything from facials and microdermabrasion to Smartlipo® and vein treatments. If you’re looking to transform your body’s physical condition, and your state of mind, through an ancient Chinese healing system of acupressure, DQ Luxury Reflexology Massage (910 S. Michigan, 312.986.8096) is the perfect retreat for you. At LUXE SPA (64 E. Walton, 312.929.3531) you’ll find a luxury boutique spa that offers services like the Luxe Signature massage and hot stone massages.
Get ready, get set, get shopping! Give your wardrobe a fashion facelift at Topshop (830 N. Michigan, 312.280.6834) for their Back-To-School shopping event hosted by Teen Vogue. Stop in on Aug. 10, and enjoy some of the best deals and prizes at one of the hottest stores of the summer. Offers include an exclusive student 20 percent discount, as well as hidden prizes and giveaways throughout the day. There will also be a DJ performing in the store and the chance to win a $500 shopping spree.
The 30,000 square foot store offers shoppers anything from dresses, to pants, to shoes. They also have a large collection of accessories to spice up any outfit. Prices ranges anywhere from $40 to a couple hundred dollars so don’t worry if you’re on a tight budget. Topshop provides plenty of options to create the most stylish look. You’ll be shopping all day with their wide selection of clothing.
Looking for that trendy outfit for the first day of class? Try one of their bright colored tank tops tucked into a pair of patterned high-waist shorts. Throw on a long or short necklace and you’re ready to go! With all of the trendy clothes, you’ll be sure to find a new outfit perfect for the new school year.
Hours are Mon.-Wed., 10am-8pm, Thurs.-Sat., 10am-9pm, and Sun., 11am-8pm.
Sail away with TALL SHIPS® CHICAGO 2013, August 7–11 when the show returns to Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 312.595.7437). Fifteen majestic ships are docked over the five–day festival at Illinois’ number one tourism destination. Guests are welcome to board a vessel for a dockside tour or get a taste of life at sea on a Sail Away Cruise. Witness the excitement of match racing when 12 teams compete in the Chicago Match Cup. Guests may also view fireworks at 9:30pm Wednesday and Thursday, and 10:15pm Friday and Saturday. Free entrance on Wed. for the Parade of Sail, 2pm–5pm. General Admission is $5, Thurs.–Sun., 10am–9pm. Dockside boarding: Adults, $25; Kids, $12. Visit NavyPier.com/TallShipsChicago for more information.
For a map of Navy Pier, see page 34 and for more activities, see page 86.
Don’t miss Navy Pier’s very own schooner, TALL SHIP WINDY (700 E. Grand, 312.451.2700) offering pirate and architecture cruises among others.
If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the Loop this weekend, you may find it nearly impossible to avoid the crowds and the sound bleed of one of the summer's biggest happenings.
It's the annual visit of Lollapalooza, original founder Perry Farrell's sprawling musical buffet from the 90s that has been reincarnated and repackaged from its origin as a smaller multi-city tour into a massive three-day Grant Park party. The audiences are bigger, the band roster is bigger, and the cultural impact on the city is bigger than ever before.
What hasn't changed is Farrell's dedication to eclecticism, with a lineup that features performances from big names like Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, New Order, The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix and many more, plus dozens of on-the-cusp artists and a full schedule of electronic dance music (EDM) acts in the wild outdoor nightclub known as Perry's Place. In addition to the music, there are a variety of art and music vendors throughout the park, as well as a full array of food and drink.
Lollapalooza runs Friday through Sunday, noon-10pm. One-day ($95) and three-day ($235) passes are sold out. Jackson and Columbus, 888.512.7469.
Whether it’s an intimate table for two, or a family celebration, make it a night to remember at Wildfire (159 W. Erie, 312.787.9000). Located in the heart of the city, this upscale restaurant takes guests back to the 1940s with their elegant décor and impeccable food. They serve everything from steaks, to chops, to seafood, making it easy for everyone at the table to find something that is sure to overwhelm their taste buds. They even offer an extensive list of gluten free options, which still features many of their specialties.
After enjoying countless dinners at Wildfire, I recommend their famous chopped salad. The salad includes several of the freshest ingredients tossed in their citrus lime vinaigrette dressing. They also have two types of complimentary bread, always served right out of the oven. But be careful not to fill up on these delicious items! Make sure to save room for one of their amazing main courses. A personal favorite is the filet mignon with one of their signature crusts, including mushroom, Parmesan, horseradish, and more. Other popular dishes are their skirt steak and roasted prime rib. If you are more of a seafood fan, try their whole-roasted sea bass stuffed with fresh herbs, garlic, and lemon.
Looking to have a drink with dinner? Try their signature martini flight. This drinks offers samples of their cosmopolitan, green apple, wild raspberry cosmo, and stormy night. It’s sure to turn heads as your server delivers four colorful martini glasses to your table. Finally, if you’re not too full, order one of their mouthwatering desserts. For a fruity option, try their seasonal berries crisp. However, all chocolate lovers should order the Wildfire ice cream sandwich. This creation puts fudge brownie, snickers ice cream, caramel sauce, and hot fudge into one sweet dessert!
Hours are Mon.-Fri., 5pm-10pm, Sat., 4pm-10pm, and Sun., 4pm-9pm.
The Lincoln Park Zoo (Cannon Dr. and Fullerton Pkwy, 312.742.2000) is ready for a summer full of new animals and activities for guests of all ages. Check out their latest arrivals, six trumpeter swan cygnets. While these birds were on the brink of extinction, the Lincoln Park Zoo has worked to reintroduce them throughout the region. Other babies at the zoo are two Sichuan takin calves. Born in February, these baby boys are full of energy and love to play! The zoo’s eight-month-old gorilla, Nayembi, is also on her way back to recovery. While currently under 24-hour care, the staff hopes she will be reunited with her troop soon.
Try yoga with your own toddler on Tuesday at 10am for some fun animal yoga poses. Or Wednesday, head to Café Brauer from 5:30pm–7:30pm for Locally Sourced, the zoo’s new event filled with local music, art, beer, and food. Visit lpzoo.org for more information.
Nothing captures Chicago's magnificent skyline and world-famous landmarks like a Shoreline Architecture River Tour. Entertaining Shoreline guides reveal the history and drama of the city's great architecture on this one-hour Chicago River cruise.
Another option is Shoreline’s Skyline Lake Tour. Visitors may also take in the famous Navy Pier fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights via their Lake Fireworks Cruises or combo Architecture/Fireworks Cruises on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Shoreline's Walking Tours offer the unique combination of a brief boat ride followed by a group guided tour through Chicago’s historic neighborhoods. Visitors also love to hop on Shoreline’s Water Taxis for fast, fun connections to top attractions.
Shoreline Tours and Cruises depart daily from Gateway Park at Navy Pier beginning at 10am, and from the northeast corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge beginning at 9:10am. Taxi docks are at Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Willis Tours/Union Station and the Museum Campus. For daily schedule, special events, group rates or tickets, visit ShorelineSightseeing.com or call 312.222.9328.
This weekend has had a number of musical acts lined up. Some of our favorites are below
Experience all that Chicago has to offer at STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS. With top-notch guides, groups can tour throughout the day. Start with the fascinating Lakefront/Museum Campus Tour. Or try the informative Architecture, the scenic River/North, the charming North, or the entertaining Fireworks and Haunted Tours. Whichever you choose, you’ll be talking about the awesome experience for the next year to come!
Looking for a bit of a workout as you tour the Windy City? Rent one of TRIKKE CHICAGO’s electric or body-powered Trikkes. Trikkes are super fun carving vehicles (for ages 5 on up), that give an enjoyable, no impact workout. Electric Trikkes (available on tours or to rent) are as easy as “get up and go”.
Steve’s Segway Tours is located at the far east end of Upper Randolph (down the ramp) on the business concourse of Harbor Point Tower. Prices vary from $30-$100 depending on what you choose. Standard tours operate daily at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 6:30pm.
The 33nd Annual Taste of Chicago keeps on cooking up delicious samples in Grant Park this weekend. Admission to the FEASTival is free, and food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8. Smaller portions are priced at $2.50 or less. Open Fri., 11am–9pm; Sat.–Sun., 10am–9pm. Look for the Humana Healthier Choices green apple icon to select good-tasting and good-for-you options. Bring the kids and enjoy arts and crafts from local museums at the Family Village on Saturday and Sunday after 10am. In the Dominick’s Cooking Corner, local celebrity chefs will
be sharing their recipes for those looking to re-create some of the scrumptious samples in their own kitchens. On Friday, Giuseppe Tentori of BOKA Restaurant is performing a demo. Gale Gand, pastry chef and Food Network host of “Sweet Dreams” is sharing her secrets at 2:30pm on Saturday. Paul Kahan of famed restaurant, The Publican, will be teaching audience members his tricks. There are so many restaurant choices, we recommend that everyone enjoy just a taste in the park, and then visit those eateries later for the full experience. We complied a list of a few you won’t want to miss.
Robinson’s No.1 Ribs: Barbeque and summer mesh perfectly together. Sample some of Chicago’s juiciest rib tips and pulled pork sandwiches while in Grant Park. Later, head over to their storefront location for the main event. 440 Madison, in suburban Oak Park, 708.383.8452.
Billy Goat Inn: Get your cheezborger with a side of cheeps and Chicago legends. For the full experience, visit their location at 1535 W. Madison, 312.733.9132; or one of their taverns, 430 N. Michigan, 312.222.1525; 700 E. Grand, 312.670.8789.
Star of Siam: Chicago is an ethnically diverse city, so go out on a limb and try some authentic Thai food. The pot stickers are winners and vegetarians will like the pad Thai noodles. For a more chic experience, visit 11 E. Illinois, 312.670.0100. See page 74 for more information.
Bacino’s of Lincoln Park: Nothing says “Chicago” more than a pizza. Stop by this tent for some mouthwatering stuffed or thin crust. Want more of the gooey good stuff? Visit their restaurant at 2204 N. Lincoln, 773.472.7400.
Eli’s Cheesecake Co.: End your trip to Taste with some smooth, creamy cheesecake. They’re serving up an a la mode concoction and a number of traditional slices. Feeling full already? Visit their location another time at 6701 Forest Preserve Dr., 773.736.3417.
Don’t miss these live performances at the Petrillo Music Shell! Paid pavilion seating is available as well as FREE lawn seating.
Friday, 5:30pm: Robin Plant presents the Sensational Space Shifters and The Lone Bellow
Saturday, 11am: IM5 and Chloe And Halle
Saturday, 5:30pm: Jill Scott and Maxi Priest
Sunday, 4pm: Neon Trees and The Mowgli’s