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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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