Chicago is our kind of town. It has lots of restaurants and attractions
to indulge in when not on the show floor. We here at Auto Laundry
News have compiled a crème de la crème entertainment
guide for The Windy City:
Any fan of comedy knows where the legends got their start -
at the Second City Theater in Chicago. "Saturday Night Live"
alumni Bill Murray, John Belushi and Dan Akroyd as well as "SCTV"
veterans John Candy, Eugene Levy and Harold Ramis have all graced
this stage. Their 88th Revue (unnamed as of press time) on the Main
Stage plays at 8:30 PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 and 11PM
on Friday and Saturday. Call toll free at (877) 778-04707, or check
ty.com for more details.
Chicago (at Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre)
The musical, set in the vaudevillian era of show business, follows
corrupted lives of some entertainers in Chicago. Artistic director
Diana Martinez ensures a high level of competence for the Broadway
musicals regularly revived in this air-conditioned theater, situated
in a sprawling resort complex in tourist-frequented St. Charles.
The sight lines and acoustics are excellent and the food isn't bad.
Sunday at 12:30 PM and 5:45 PM, Friday at 7 PM, and Saturday at
4 PM and 8:30 PM. 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6342.
House of Blues
Outsider Art. Down-home Southern cooking. An eclectic offering
of live music. You get it all at the House of Blues! You might just
see the Blues Brothers there at the bar! 329 N. Dearborn, call (312)
923-2000 or (312) 559-1212.
Cats (Shubert Theatre)
The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical revival is playing at this vintage
theater (built in 1906), which is a showplace from an earlier era
that still sets the standards for today. The lobby is small, but
the auditorium, with its excellent sight lines and fair acoustics,
is an ornate palace of the arts, just as the Shubert brothers intended
it to be almost a century ago. Sunday at 2 PM, Tuesday at 7:30 PM,
Wednesday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8
PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM. 22 W. Monroe Street, (312) 977-1700
or (312) 559-1212.
Blue Man Group
If you missed them the last ICA show in Las Vegas, do not miss
them in Chicago. They are bald, blue, and hilarious! If you like
music, love to laugh, and want to be visually astounded, see them
at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted Street. Sunday 3 PM
and 6 PM, Wednesday 8 PM, Thursday 8 PM, Friday 7 PM and 10 PM,
and Saturday 4 PM, 7 PM, and 10 PM. For tickets, call (773) 348-4000,
or visit them on the web at www.blueman.com.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (United Center)
Their "Tour of America" showcases the musical talents
of this newly-reunited quartet. Thursday, April 25th at 8 PM. Price:
$40.50 to $86. Limited seating at $226.
1901 W. Madison Street, (312) 455-4500 or (312) 559-1212.
Donny Osmond (Chicago Theatre)
Donny plays the 3,500-seat Chicago Theatre, which began life
as a Balaban and Katz movie temple. After years of neglect, it was
restored to its former glory as a sumptuous performance palace and
it's now a vital and pioneering part of the North Loop renaissance.
Acoustics vary greatly with the production's miking, but seats are
comfortable, if often distant from the huge stage. Saturday, April
27th at 8 PM.175 N. State Street, (312) 902-1500 or (312) 559-1212.
Baseball is in full swing at Wrigley Field, with home games
throughout the Car Care World Expo 2002. Watch the Cubs play the
San Francisco Giants at 7:05 PM Tuesday and Wednesday, and 1:20
PM on Thursday. On Friday catch the Cubs against the Los Angeles
Dodgers at 2:20 PM, and at 1:20 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Call
(773) 404-CUBS, or click on www.cubs.com. If you're more of an American
League baseball fan, you're out of luck - the White Sox are on the
road during the show.
It has inspired many sequels, but partisans pronounce the Wrigleyville
original "still the best of the group" for "fabulous",
"innovative" Northern Italian fare that's even more "terrific
after the terrifically long wait" ("wish they took reservations");
it "sets the standard" as a "great date place"
that "can't be beat for the price." 3311 N. Clark St.
(School St.), (773) 281-3310.
At this Italian "storefront" in Lincoln Park, "the
single room is so crowded that lines form" daily for "abundant
portions of sumptuous food"; the menu "overflows with
tempting options" and the owners "make you feel right
at home" - this is "what a neighborhood restaurant should
be." 1419 W. Fullerton Ave. (Southport Ave.), (773) 665-1981.
Founder Ike Sewell, now deceased, introduced Chicago to deep-dish
pizza when he opened Pizzeria Uno in 1943, and it has become the
city's signature dish. Pizzeria Due opened a short hop away (at
619 N. Wabash) in 1955 and offers the same menu in a larger space.
Many tourists are surprised when they hear their pizza will take
a minimum of 45 minutes to prepare, though a sign outside warns
them of this fact. An "Express Lunch" is available between
11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The room's not much, a total of 18 small tables
and five booths, plus an eight-seat bar. (Pizzeria Due is more lavish,
and can handle parties of 30-40 people.) The pizza, not the atmosphere,
brings 'em in. 29 E. Ohio St., (312) 321-1000.
Shula's Steak House
Shula's Steak House, the national chain from the celebrated
NFL coach turned restaurateur Don Shula, arrives inside the Sheraton
Chicago Hotel and Towers. The menu boasts the "biggest and
the best" steaks including a signature 48-ounce porterhouse.
With locations in Florida, Michigan and Maryland, the restaurant's
theme honors the 1972 Miami Dolphins' 17-0 perfect season. The décor
includes NFL sports memorabilia and the menus are hand-painted on
NFL footballs. 301 E. North Water St., (312) 670-0788.
Gene & Georgetti
Founders Gene Michelotti and Alfredo Frederighi opened what
manager Tony Durpetti says was Chicago's first steak house in June
1941, a full 40 years prior to this neighborhood's being named "River
North." It endures as something of a throwback to a meatier,
more macho era. Autographed pictures of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope
hang on the wall of the first-floor bar/dining room. Recent visitors
include auto magnate Lee Iacocca, comedian Jackie Mason, 56 members
of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, the mayor of Milan, Italy,
and the Italian consul general. They all experienced the creations
of chef Mario Navarro, who has been cooking at G & G since 1975.
Dress is mainly business, or "nice casual." 500 N. Franklin
St., (312) 527-3718.
A down-home, Southern breakfast joint, Mr. Biscuit is modest
in appearance and inexpensive in price. With just seven tables,
the restaurant isn't prepared for a big rush, which is just fine
for area customers who would like to keep this secret place to themselves.
While you are eating, you can have your car washed next door at
Mr. Biscuit's hand car wash. 6765 S. King Drive.
Museum of Science and Industry
The museum has fascinated children and adults for generations
with such exhibits as the Race Car Gallery, which displays cars
that raced at the Indy 500 and shows video highlights of past race
performances. Other popular attractions include a U-505 German submarine
from World War II and the Omnimax Theatre, with its curved, five-story
screen and booming sound system. 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, (773)
The Field's mission is to examine and explain the world's living
environment. Galleries are designed to engage kids and adults with
colorful displays featuring some of the world's most notable scientific
collections. Visit "Chocolate -The Exhibition," an indulgent
interactive exhibit exploring the history, culture, botany and ecology
of chocolate. Displays engage all of the senses and visitors can
take home a sweet treat. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, (312) 922-9410.