dren 3-11 $29.95. 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312.939.2438. Bus: 146 to museum www. sheddaquarium.org FIG & OLIVE— DINING MUSEUM Bucktown/Wicker Park BIG STAR— LAPIDARY ART The gemstones, jades, rocks, fossils and minerals here span many cultures and eras. The permanent collection features the 18-karat gold Castle Lizzadro sculpture with diamond windows. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. Admission $5; seniors $4; students and American. 25 plete T. rex ever found. Open daily. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, 312.922.9410. Bus: 146 to museum www.fieldmuseum.org ILLINOIS HOLOCAUST teens $3; children 7-12 $2; children under 7 free. Free for all F. 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, 630.833.1616. www. lizzadromuseum.org MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART One of the nation’s largest contemporary art museums, the MCA presents exhibits of painting, sculpture, photography, video and f ilm, and performance created since 1945. Tu, F 10 am-9 pm, W-Th, Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. Suggested admission $15; seniors and students $8; children 18 and under and members of the military free. 220 E. Chicago Ave., 312.280.2660. www.mcachicago.org SHEDD AQUARIUM The Shedd has an array of fascinating aquatic animals from around the world. Highlights include the Wild Reef shark habitat and the Caribbean Reef exhibit, where divers hand-feed f ish and sharks in a 90,000-gallon aquarium. M-F 9 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-6 pm. General admission $39.95; chil- This sleek, 65,000-square-foot facility just north of Chicago honors survivors and victims of the Holocaust through world-class exhibitions. Experience the f irst interactive 3D exhibit of its kind at Illinois Holocaust Museum, where visitors ask questions and hear answers from holograms of real Holocaust Survivors. 9603 Woods Dr., Skokie, 847.967.4800. www. ilholocaustmuseum.org LIZZADRO MUSEUM OF This elegant, 10,000-square-foot space with open kitchen is meant to feel a bit like the French Riviera. Along with the south of France, f lavors hail from Italy and Spain in dishes—where olive oils replace butter. L (M-F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 104 E. Oak St., 312.445.0060. www. figandolive.com Mediterranean. GIBSONS BAR & STEAKHOUSE— The steaks and chops are prime, and so is the people-watching at this top-rated restaurant. L, D (daily). 1028 N. Rush St., 312.266.8999. El: Red to Chicago; .gibsonss 5464 N. River Road, Rosemont, 847.928.9900. 2105 Spring Road, Oakbrook, 630.954.0000. www.gibsonssteakhouse.com Hyde Park Steak. THE PROMONTORY— American. Equal parts upscale eatery, cocktail bar and music venue, The Promontory covers every base for a sophisticated night out. They even offer weekend brunch for those looking to get a delicious start to the day. Open daily. 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West, 312.801.2100. www. promontorychicago.com VIRTUE— Southern. Get a taste of the South in Hyde Park. Virtue serves up some classic f lavors based on family recipes while putting a modern spin on others. D (W-Su). 1462 E. 53rd St., 773.947.8831. www. virtuerestaurant.com Lakeview CERES’ TABLE— It’s all Italian here from the traditional fare to a carefully curated Italian wine list, with more than 200 bottle selections. D (daily). 3124 N. Broadway Ave., 773.922.4020. Bus: 36 to Briar. www.cerestable.com FOLKLORE— Argentinian. Calling Chicago home for more than two decades, this Argentine steak house offers a wide variety of meats, pastas, salads and wines in a dim, intimate setting. D (daily), Mexican. This buzzing dive bar and taqueria boasts James Beard Award-winner Paul Kahan’s menu plus American whiskeys. Late-night dining. L, D (daily). 1531 N. Damen Ave., 773.235.4039. El: Blue to Damen. www.bigstarchicago.com HOTCHOCOLATE— American. Discover dishes like seasonal quiche or charred octopus. Desserts include banana brioche bread pudding and cake of the moment. L (WF), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 1747 N. Damen Ave., 773.489.1747. El: Blue to Damen. www. hotchocolatechicago.com Gold Coast
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