Opening first in 1978, today Zanies celebrates 35 years of laughter. The comedy night club originated by Rick Uchwat in Old Town and has since grown to open counterparts in Rosemont, IL, St. Charles, IL, and Nashville, TN. The original still stands at 1548 N. Wells St. and is home to unforgettable stand-up acts that will keep you laughing long after heading home. Zanies showcases a variety of comedians such as up-and-coming locals and well-known celebrities. Star appearances include Chelsea Handler, Jay Pharoah, and Richard Lewis. Come visit Chicago’s original standup comedy club for an evening of side-splitters and gut-busters guaranteed to get you just a little closer to those six-pack abs you’ve always wanted. Located just north of the Loop, off the Sedgewick stop on the CTA Brownline. Admittance to the shows requires a valid 21+ photo I.D. and is $25 per ticket, though prices vary for special events. Each attendee is also required to purchase two items minimum from the food and beverage menu. Shows happen every night, Sun.-Thurs. at 8:30pm, Fri. at 8:30 and 10:30pm, and Sat. at 7:00, 9:00, and 11:15pm. To purchase tickets call 312.337.4027 or see the box office at 1548 N. Wells St.
“What is this feeling, so sudden and new?” It’s euphoria! Because the world-famous musical Wicked is back, flying into Chicago for a two month stint at the Oriental Theatre. The three-time Tony award winning musical returns to the windy city on Oct. 30, the tenth anniversary of the show’s opening night on Broadway. After completing a three and a half year run in Chicago from 2005-2009, Wicked is back by “Popular” demand! This iconic musical reveals the untold story of the witches of Oz, and what happened before Dorothy dropped in on them. Elphaba and Glinda’s infamous friendship stood the test of time, public scrutiny, and love triangles. The show follows the two witches as they make their way through college and into the dark realities of what lies beyond it. Full of chart-topping tunes and outstanding choreography, Wicked will have you “Dancing Through Life” until the very last note. The New York Times confirmed it as “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” and USA Today called it “the most complete – and completely satisfying – new musical in a long time.” Fun for the entire family, “Thank Goodness”! Wicked is an absolute cultural phenomenon that you just can’t pass up. Wicked will run at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) through December 21. Tickets range from $37-$107. Call 800.775.2000 or click here to purchase tickets.
As Halloween and cooler temperatures arrive, Navy Pier (600 E. Grand, 312.595.PIER) still offers up something for everyone. The 50-acre playground provides visitors with a day of entertainment
including shops, rides, and restaurants – in a location unlike any other!
You’ll start to get in a holiday mood when costumed characters and the Zombie Zydeco Band comes to Dock Street. This five member undead band playing some traditional Zydeco music as well as favorite Halloween tunes. You won’t want to miss master pumpkin carver Steve Dahlke create masterpieces out of 500-lb. pumpkins, or live Glow and Fire Spinning from the Pyro and Penumbra of Imaginez Ensemblez. And, let’s not forget about The FEAR, the pier’s award-winning haunted house (not suggested for those under 15).
Starting to feel like a zombie? Grab a bite at Billy Goat Tavern, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Harry Caray’s Tavern or any of the other mix of restaurants to satisfy your cravings.
As one of Chicago’s greatest treasures, Lincoln Park Zoo beckons in the fall. This 35-acre animal wonderland is FREE to all visitors for 365 days a year. In addition to being home to over 1,250 creatures, Lincoln Park Zoo also hosts a variety of fun events. This fall, celebrate Halloween in style with the Spooky Zoo Spectacular on Oct. 26 from 11am-2pm. Learn fun facts about the animals, make crafts, collect treats, and enjoy entertainment throughout the zoo. You can also visit the Edible Garden which lets kids experience hands-on lessons on the origins of food. Family visits offer the opportunity to plant, weed, compost and harvest every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 10am-1pm. Year round, Lincoln Park Zoo is guaranteed fun for the whole family.
Plan your trip to Lincoln Park Zoo today at 2001 N. Clark Street. Open daily 10am-5pm. Call 312.742.2000 or visit www.lpzoo.org for more information.
After completing a spectacular run at the off-Loop TimeLine Theatre Company in 2010, To Master the Art returns to the stage at the Broadway Playhouse. It has received dozens of rave reviews and five Jeff Award nominations, including New Work and Production. The show tells the tale of Julia and Paul Child and their decade abroad in Paris, where Julia’s famous love of cooking began. To Master the Art takes you on a trip through time to show the audience a vulnerable and inexperienced side of Julia Child most people never knew. It is filled with touching, dramatic moments of self-discovery as Julia learns her craft and writes her first best-selling cookbook in France. The show also delves deep into the history of the 1950s, displaying the burdens of Paul’s government job and communist accusations. The Chicago Tribune said it is one of the “toughest tickets in Chicago” and Talkin’ Broadway called it “a total delight.” The outstanding cast performs a beautiful comedy that will keep you laughing at Julia’s classic idiosyncrasies from beginning to end.
To Master the Art is playing through October 20 at the Broadway Playhouse (175 E. Chestnut, 312.977.1700). Tickets range from $25-$75. For tickets and more information visit BroadwayinChicago.com
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.