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MIDDLETOWN
By: WILL ENO
Directed By: LES WATERS
Mary Swanson just moved to Middletown, eager to start a family and enjoy the
neighborly bonds a small town promises. But when Mary befriends resident John
Dodge, she is quick to discover that below Middletown’s flinchingly honest exterior
lies something much more complex. Middletown is a wry, human portrait of a town
with two lives, one ordinary and visible, the other epic and mysterious.


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                                                                                                                             1. Aaron’s Apothecary Sure, you
                                                                                                                             can find pharmacy basics at this Clark
                                                                                                                             Street apothecary, but that’s not the
                                                                                                                             shop’s bread and butter. Instead, the
                                                                                                                             2,000-square-foot storefront, opened by
                                                                                                                             a former Parkway Drugs pharmacist,
                                                                                                                             features everything from herbals and
                                                                                                                             homeopathic supplements to MALIN +
                                                                                                                             GOETZ cosmetics and Jonathan Adler
                                                                                                                             homewares, along with a fully
                                                                                                                             functioning pharmacy and hand-
                                                                                                                             knitted dog sweaters. 2338 N Clark St
                                                                                                                             (773-360-8595, aaronsapothecary.
                                                                                                                             com). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red
                                                                                                                             to Fullerton. Bus: 22, 36, 74. Mon–Fri
                                                                                                                             8am–7pm; Sat 8am–6pm.

                                                                                                                             2. Crossroads Trading Co. This is
                                                                                                                             one of those resale chains where you can
                                                                                                                             get cash for your gently used clothing, or
                                                                                                                             trade up for a better rate. Expect racks of                                                                  Aaron’s Apothecary
                                                                                                                             dress shirts for men and sprinklings of
                                                                                                                             that ever-popular bohemian style. The
                                                                                                                             selection also includes many items from       prices. The selection includes everything     not from IKEA or (b) scored off
                                                                                                                             the trendy chains, such as H&M, Urban         from classics to trendy brands such as        Craigslist is a near-impossible task.
                                                                                                                             Outfitters and Zara. 2711 N Clark St          Jeffrey Campbell and Boutique 9, not to       Which is why folks who shop at this
                                                                                                                             (773-296-1000, crossroadstrading.com).        mention dozens of Italian exclusives.         locale tend to become Roy’s evangelists.
                                                                                                                             El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey.     824 W Armitage Ave (773-281-5655,             The nearly three-decade-old furniture
                                                                                                                             Bus: 22, 36, 76. Mon–Thu 11am–7pm;            lorisshoes.com). El: Brown, Purple (rush      showroom features furnishings from
                                                                                                                             Fri, Sat 11am–8pm; Sun noon–7pm.              hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 8, 73. Mon–Thu         more than 40 vendors at deeply
                                  MODEL: SHAWNTAE/TEAM INC.; PHOTOS THIS PAGE: TOP, ASHLEY ESPOSITO; BOTTOM, TRISTAN ZEIER




                                                                                                                                                                           11am–7pm; Fri 11am–6pm; Sat 10am–             discounted rates. Dining tables start at
                                                                                                                             3. Elliott Consignment We love our            6pm; Sun noon–5pm.                            $169 and sofas begin at $499—not to
                                                                                                                             designer looks but can’t always                                                             mention, the second-floor clearance area
                                                                                                                             stomach the prices. Luckily this              5. Lush Next time you need a quick            always offers additional deals. 2455 N
                                                                                                                             Lincoln Park staple offers a curated          gift, head to this British-born bath and      Sheffield Ave (773-248-7878,
                                                                                                                             selection of designer duds by brands          body confectionery. All of the delicious      roysfurniturecompany.com). El: Brown,
                                                                                                                             including Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs,         candy-colored products are made by            Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus:
                                                                                                                             Prada and Diane Von Furstenberg. The          hand from all-natural ingredients in          8, 11, 74. Mon 10:30am–8pm; Tue,
                                                                                                                             shop accepts only consignment looks           small batches, making them as effective       Wed 10:30am–7:30pm; Thu 10:30am–
                                                                                                                             for men and women that were produced          as they are attractive. The superscented      8pm; Fri 10:30am–7:30pm; Sat
                                                                                                                             within the last two years, so you can be      bath bombs are a cult favorite, and at        10:30am–6pm; Sun 11am–5pm .
                                                                                                                             sure you’re still keeping up with the         around $5 each, you can afford a little
Cover photograph by Martha Williams




                                                                                                                             styles. 2465 N Lincoln Ave (773-404-          indulgence for yourself as well. 859 W        9. 1730 Outlet This shop is such a
                                                                                                                             6080, elliottconsign.com). El: Brown,         Armitage Ave (773-281-5874, lush.             hidden gem most customers don’t even
                                                                                                                             Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus:     com). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to         want their friends to know about it.
                                                                                                                             8, 11, 74. Mon–Sat 11am–6pm; Sun              Armitage. Bus: 8, 73. Mon–Sat 10am–           With housewares, designer furniture,
                                                                                                                             noon–5pm.                                     8pm; Sun 11am–6pm.                            garden decor and other cutesy stuff at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         half off wholesale prices, this West
                                                                                                                             4. Lori’s Shoes Shoppers with a               6. Nine West Outlet Find a selection          Lincoln Park warehouse is the perfect
                                                                                                                             weakness for footwear find Lori’s either      of the current season’s styles (similar to,   spot to pick up a wedding or
                                                                                                                             a blessing or a curse—depending on the        if not the same as, those at your regular     housewarming gift that looks as if you
                                                                                                                             status of their bank accounts. The            Nine West) along with last season’s           really went all out…even if you didn’t.
                                                                                                                             Lincoln Park store stuffs a sizable space     favorites now discounted. Even better,        1730 W Wrightwood Ave (773-871-
                                                                                                                             with American and European designer           you can always count on a buy one, get a      4331). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to
                                                                                                                             shoes, all marked 10 percent to 30            second pair half off promo. 2739 N Clark      Diversey. Bus: 9, 74, 76. Mon–Fri
                                                                                                                             percent less than department-store            St (773-281-9132, ninewest.com). El:          10am–6pm; Sat 10am–5pm.
                                                                                                                                                                           Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey.
                                                                                                                                                                           Bus: 22, 36, 76. Mon–Fri 10am–9pm;            10. Thread Lounge Formerly a roving
                                                                                                                                                                           Sat 10am–7pm; Sun 11am–6pm.                   sample sale, the Chicago outpost of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Thread Lounge (there’s one in San Fran,
                                                                                                                                                                           7. Rotofugi Grown-up kids rush to             too) showcases 4,400 square feet filled
                                                                                                                                                                           this Japanese-inspired toy shop to pick       with sample, overstock and regular
                                                                                                                                                                           up limited-edition vinyl dolls, plush toys    production pieces marked 25–75 percent
                                                                                                                                                                           and poseable figures. You’ll usually find     off the retail price. Shipments of men’s,
                                                                                                                                                                           a cool art exhibition on show here. 2780      women’s and children’s clothing and
                                                                                                                                                                           N Lincoln Ave (773-868-3308, rotofugi.        accessories by coveted brands such as
                                                                                                                                                                           com). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to         Joe’s Jeans and Rag and Bone arrive
                                                                                                                                                                           Diversey. Bus: 11, 76. 11am–7pm daily.        daily. 918 W Armitage Ave (773-281-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         0011, threadlounge.com). El: Brown,
                                                                                                                             1730 Outlet                                   8. Roy’s Furniture Finding a new,             Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 8, 73.
                                                                                                                                                                           reasonably priced sofa that’s either (a)      Sun–Fri noon–8pm; Sat 11am – 8pm.


                                                                                                                             TIMEOUTCHICAGO.COM                                                                             Lincoln Park 2011 Time Out Chicago 1
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                    Food for 
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        2           any craving
   Vegetarian-friendly
  a                                         is business as usual here. Burger
  i  Cheap eats                             patties are pressed down on the
  m	Serving after 10pm                      griddle to earn crisp, lacey edges;
  e	 Food served                            smoothies are fruity and refreshing
		b	Bring your own beer/wine                (the Four Berry) or creamy and tangy
  B Brunch served                           (the Lemon Squeeze). 1000 W North
  l Outdoor seating                         Ave (312-440-9700, epicburger.com).                                      Burger Bar
   	
  [ Fireplace                               El: Red to North/Clybourn. Bus: 8, 9,
                                            72. Lunch, dinner. Average main
                                            course: $9.                                   15. l Sprout At this cozy Lincoln
NEW RESTAURANTS                                                                          Park spot, Dale Levitski is challenging
                                            13. a B l Gemini Bistro Chef Jason           diners with inventive flavor
11. m i Burger Bar Chef John McLean         Paskewitz is giving the people what          combinations. A green salad comes with
opened this burger joint after many         they want at this neighborhood bistro:       shaved licorice root; a cheese course
years at Levy Restaurants. With a           comforting, familiar food, mostly            arrives as a grilled cheese sandwich;
background in corporate eating and a        impeccably prepared. Steak frites            short ribs come with decadent truffle
penchant for calling his eateries           arrive with a pool of marrow-rich            dumplings. For his new brunch, he
“concepts,” we wonder: Will there one       bordelaise, the house burger is tucked       offers items like his Thai take on shrimp
day be a Burger Bar on every corner?        into a hearty pretzel bun, and the crème     and grits, but parents, take note: Brunch
Possibly. And Chicago wouldn’t              brûlée is so exemplary it reminds us         is adults-only. 1417 W Fullerton Ave
necessarily be worse off if there were:     that the tried-and-true dessert can          (773-348-0706, sproutrestaurant.com).
The fried pickles are appropriately         actually stand out. 2075 N Lincoln Ave       El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to
crunchy, and burgers—whether                (773-525-2522, geminibistrochicago.          Fullerton. Bus: 9, 11, 74. Dinner (closed
decadently stacked with short ribs and      com). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to        Sun, Mon). Average tasting menu: $60.
caramelized fennel or refreshingly          Armitage. Bus: 11, 73, 74. Brunch
made up of sushi-grade tuna—are, if         (Sun), dinner (closed Mon). Average          16. a m Taco Joint Duck carnitas
not incredible, at least incredibly         main course: $20.                            tacos and tall margaritas. Do humans
decent. 1578 N Clybourn Ave (312-                                                        need anything more? Actually, yes: We
255-0055, burgerbarchicago.com). El:        14. a B l Perennial Virant Chef              need the birria taco, too. And come to
Red to North/Clybourn. Bus: 8, 9, 33,       Paul Virant (of Vie in Western Springs)      think of it, the cochinita (pork paired
72, 132. Lunch, dinner. Average main        makes his return to the city when he         with pickled onions) and barbacoa
course: $10.                                takes over the Perennial space (which        (savory braised beef) tacos are pretty
                                            at press time was slated to happen at        necessary, too. The owners of Zocalo
12. b Epic Burger One difference            the end of May). His farm-to-table           pared down their ambitions for this
between the South Loop Epic Burger          philosophy will travel with him, but         relatively small restaurant. In doing so,
and this new location, which is located     here things will be a little more casual.    they greatly enhanced the experience
in what might now be called the mall        Perhaps best of all: The restaurant soon     of eating there. 1969 N Halsted St (312-
district: This place is BYOB. Aside         plans to offer an ambitious brunch.          951-2457, tacojoint.com). El: Brown,
from that—and a few pretty awesome          1800 N Lincoln Ave(312-981-7070).            Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage; Red to
paintings of Epic’s burgers, and some       Bus: 11, 22, 36, 72, 73. Brunch (Sun),       North/Clybourn. Bus: 8, 72, 73. Lunch,
handsome natural-wood furniture—it          dinner. Average main course: $22.            dinner. Average taco: $3.



CLASSIC FAVORITES                           many hailing from the family’s
                                            hometown of Bologna. Tender, chilled
17. a l i Athenian Room The                 rabbit meat on crostini and yellowfin
theory goes like this: The first time you   house-cured in EVOO are a good start,
eat at this unassuming Greek spot, you      and housemade pastas are simple yet
may try the gyro salad—well-spiced          tasty, but the real accolades belong to
slices of meat sitting atop simple          the braised chicken legs in a forest’s
greens—and you’ll think: “Not bad.”         worth of ’shrooms and the tremendous           R.J. Grunts
Next time, you’ll try the creamy            desserts. 1967 N Halsted St (312-951-
taramasalata on warm rounds of pita,        8200, merlochicago.com). El: Brown,
and say: “Pretty good.” But according to    Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 8,       20. a B i R.J. Grunts The James
the cultish customer base that swears by    73. Dinner. Average main course: $13.        Beard Foundation’s latest Outstanding
this place, it’s on your third visit—when                                                Restaurateur of the Year, Rich Melman,
you order the juicy chicken kebabs, the     19. a l Red Rooster Candles provide          started his Lettuce Entertain You
                                                                                                                                       PHOTOS: TOP, SALLY RYAN; BOTTOM, DONNA RICKLES




vinegary Greek fries or the flaky           nearly all the light in this sister          empire with this hamburger and salad-
spanakopita—that the spell is cast. 807     restaurant to Café Bernard. Luckily you      bar joint 40 years ago with much of the
W Webster Ave (773-348-5155). El:           don’t need to see the meaty snails in        same look it has today. It’s still the only
Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to            garlic butter, or the tender beef            place in town to get the thick, juicy
Fullerton. Bus: 8, 11, 22, 74. Lunch,       bourguignonne on a bed of egg noodles,       “Gruntburger,” topped with addictive
dinner. Average main course: $8.            to know it tastes incredible. However,       fried onions and blue-cheese dressing
                                            you will wish you had a flashlight for the   (which we recommend with a side of
18. a Merlo La Trattoria The team           shockingly inexpensive wine list—            wings and a spoonable milkshake).
behind the Merlo mini empire has added      many bottles are $29 or less. 2100 N         2056 N Lincoln Park West (773-929-
a third to the family, this one decidedly   Halsted St (773-929-7660, cafebernard.       5363, rjgruntschicago.com). El: Brown,
downscale with mismatched plates,           com/Redrooster). El: Brown, Purple           Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 11,
wooden tables topped with rustic            (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 8, 73, 74.      22, 36, 73. Brunch (Sat, Sun), lunch,
runners and a menu of trattoria staples,    Dinner. Average main course: $16.            dinner. Average main course: $10.

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                                                                          Bars worth visiting over
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                                                                                                   23. e Goose Island Clybourn                 36, 74. Sun–Fri 10pm–4am; Sat
                                                                                                   Watching beer ferment in tanks is about     10pm–5am. Average cocktail: $4.
                                                                                                   as exciting as C-SPAN, so we’re pretty
                                                                                                   sure it’s outgoing brewmaster Greg          26. e [ Racine Plumbing Any
                                                                                                   Hall’s concoctions like Matilda and Sofie   cringing at the name will cease after
                                                                                                   that bring in the crowds. Recently,         entering this pale wood–toned pub,
                                                                                                   Goose flipped its reputation from a great   where neighborhood couples dig into
                                                                                                   bar that serves food to a gastropub with    burgers, and the younger crowd steels
                                                                                                   excellent beer, and with a line of beers    itself for the night with gin and tonics
                                                                                                   brewed in conjunction with local chefs,     served in mason jars—a twee legacy
                                                                                                   Goose seems to have bridged the gap         from the owner’s great-grandfather, a
                                                                                                   entirely. 1800 N Clybourn Ave (312-         turn-of-the-20th-century plumber.
                                                                                                   915-0071, www.gooseisland.com). El:         2642 N Lincoln Ave (773-871-1600,
                                                                                                   Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage;       racineplumbingchicago.com). El:
                                                                                                   Red to North/Clybourn. Bus: 8, 72, 73.      Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to
                                                                                     Racine        Sun–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat             Fullerton. Bus: 8, 11, 76. Mon–Fri
                                                                                                   11am–2am. Average beer: $5.                 5pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun
                                                                                  Plumbing                                                     11am–2am. Average beer: $5.
                                                                                                   24. e Local Option Nestled on a tree-
                                                     21. e l [ D.O.C. Wine Bar This cozy           lined street in Lincoln Park, this          27. Rose’s Lounge Just above the
                                                     wine bar is a sibling of next door’s          watering hole is the epitome of             far end of the bar peeks the white-
                                                     Dunlays on Clark, a casual bar/               neighborly drinking. (It is named for       haired head of Rose. As the tiny,
                                                     restaurant, but the high ceilings here give   the laws that allow neighbors to decide     friendly Macedonia native slowly rises
                                                     it some kind of urban barnyard feel. The      how communities sell alcohol.) A            to pour drafts of Old Style, she explains
                                                     bottle selection is excellent, and you        friendly bartender will chat you up and     how crime-ridden her now-posh
                                                     won’t find even the slightest whiff of        introduce you to the locals as he mixes     Lincoln Park environs were when she
                                                     pretension, despite the mostly yuppie         your Hendrick’s and tonic. But he           opened her bar 35 years ago. On a
                                                     clientele. 2602 N Clark St (773-883-          knows when to shut up and let you           Friday night, the bar hosts an old
                                                     5101, docwinebarchicago.com). El:             listen to Ryan Adams’s cover of             regular, a smattering of hipsters and a
                                                     Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to              “Wonderwall.” 1102 W Webster Ave            few pool-playing men who are clearly
                                                     Fullerton. Bus: 11, 22, 36. 5pm–2am.          (773-348-2008, localoptionchicago.          quite protective of their tavern and its
                                                     Average glass of wine: $9.                    com). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red     matriarch. 2656 N Lincoln Ave (773-
                                                                                                   to Fullerton. Bus: 73, 74. Sun–Fri          327-4000). El: Brown, Purple (rush
                                                     22. Delilah’s One of the city’s best          noon–2am; Sat noon–3am. Average             hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 11, 74, 76.
                                                     spots for rock & roll doesn’t even have       beer: $6.                                   4pm–2am. Average beer: $2.
                                                     a stage. Instead, this Lincoln Park
                                                     favorite has one of the best jukeboxes        25. m Neo Break out the ten-hole Doc        28. e l Small Bar Fullerton
                                                     in town for the main room and hires DJs       Martens and the hair products for this      Famous for its past life as a pool hall
                                                     who know their Buzzcocks from their           goth-punk outpost that hasn’t changed       once given screen time in The Color of
                                                     Bullocks. Add an insane whiskey               much since, well, before you were born.     Money, the space, which has a lofted
                                                     selection, more than 200 beers and            Neo has a small dance floor and a           mezzanine level, is now outfitted with a
                                                     frequent free movie nights, and you           calendar crammed with DJs                   gorgeous bar and a couple of flat-screens
                                                     have a bar to call home. 2771 N Lincoln       specializing in everything from metal       devoted to soccer. And at least as far as
                                                     Ave (773-472-2771, delilahschicago.           and industrial to new wave and electro.     the extensive and well-curated selection
                                                     com). El: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to         2350 N Clark St (773-528-2622,              of 22 drafts and 180 bottles of beer is
                                                     Diversey. Bus: 11, 76. Sun–Fri 4pm–           neonightclub.com). El: Brown, Purple        concerned, the Small Bar guys have
                                                     2am; Sat 4pm–3am. Average beer: $5.           (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 22,      always been known to go big. 1415 W
                                                                                                                                               Fullerton Ave (773-525-2727,
                                                                                                                                               thesmallbar.com). El: Brown, Purple
                                                                                                                          Tom and Chris        (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 9, 74.
                                                                                                                             Barkulis of       Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 10am–3am;
                                                                                                                            Vintage 338        Sunday 10am–2am. Average beer: $5.

                                                                                                                                               29. e l [ Vintage 338 On
                                                                                                                                               weekends it can get pretty noisy in this
                                                                                                                                               compact wine bar. And what’s not to be
                                                                                                                                               excited about? Father-and-son team
PHOTOS: TOP, MICHAEL JARECKI; BOTTOM, JEREMY BOLEN




                                                                                                                                               Tom and Chris Barkulis have
                                                                                                                                               developed a menu of casual European
                                                                                                                                               fare much heartier than your average
                                                                                                                                               finicky wine-bar small plates. Of
                                                                                                                                               course, more food calls for more wine,
                                                                                                                                               an easy task thanks to a small, inviting
                                                                                                                                               and affordable wine list, where a mix of
                                                                                                                                               familiar and unusual wines—all from
                                                                                                                                               Spain, France and Italy—average $8–
                                                                                                                                               $10 a glass. 338 W Armitage Ave (773-
                                                                                                                                               525-0521, vintage338.com). Bus: 11,
                                                                                                                                               22, 36, 73. Mon–Thu 5pm–1am; Fri,
                                                                                                                                               Sat 5pm–2am (closed Sun). Average
                                                                                                                                               glass of wine: $10.


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        4           drama!
                                                                                          commercial shows such as Million Dollar
                                                                      Steppenwolf         Quartet dominate, the bare-bones
                                                                          Theatre         storefront plays host to small productions
                                                                                          by itinerant theater companies such as
                                                                                          InFusion and Theatre Momentum; it’s
                                                                                          also a popular late-night venue for sketch
                                                                                          comedy and improv troupes.

                                                                                          One of the city’s most reliably
                                                                                          adventurous young companies,
                                                                                          32. New Leaf Theatre, makes its
                                                                                          home in the Lincoln Park Cultural
                                                                                          Center (2045 N Lincoln Park West, 773-
                                                                                          980-6391, newleaftheatre.org). The
                                                                                          group’s penchant for searing, precise
                                                                                          stagings of interesting script choices
                                                                                          would be attractive in any venue, but the
                                                                                          magic worked by New Leaf’s resident
                                                                                          designers between these oak-paneled
                                                                                          walls is truly impressive.

                                                                                          Since 1996, the Chicago Park District
                                                                                          has invited theater companies (and the
                                                                                          occasional sketch or improv group) to
                                                                                          remount worthy recent productions in
                                                                                          the open-air environs of 33. Theater
                                                                                          on the Lake (2401 N Lake Shore Dr,
                                                                                          312-742-7994, chicagoparkdistrict.
                                                                                          com). Over eight consecutive weeks,
                                                                                          eight companies perform just five nights
                                                                                          each before clearing out for the next
                                                                                          show; at just $17.50 a seat or $110 for all
See the next BIG                                                                          eight, there’s no excuse not to catch up.
thing…                                      venue whose history as a theater
                                            stretches back four decades. The former       Big daddy Steppenwolf itself has even
                                            home of Victory Gardens Theater and the       gotten in on the young-talent game,
Lincoln Park is home to some of             Body Politic before it, the Greenhouse        down the street in the black-box
Chicago’s top theatrical institutions—the   serves as home to a rotating slate of small   34. Steppenwolf Garage (1624 N
storied Goodman School of Drama is now      and mid-sized theaters. Companies             Halsted St, 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.
the Theatre School at DePaul University,    currently in residence include Remy           org). In recent seasons, the Garage has
and Steppenwolf moved into its current      Bumppo, MPAACT, Eclipse Theatre               played host to the First Look series of
Halsted Street digs two decades ago. But    Company and Theatre Seven.                    new plays in development and Garage
the neighborhood is also fertile ground                                                   Rep, a spring program of productions by
for up-and-coming theater talent.           Farther up Lincoln Avenue, the onetime        small companies handpicked by
                                            home of the theatrically inclined Act One     Steppenwolf brass. New in 2011 is Next
One longtime incubator is the               Books is the 31. Apollo Theater               Up, a grant-driven partnership with
30. Greenhouse Theater Center               Studio(2540 N Lincoln Ave, 773-935-           Northwestern University to showcase
(2257 N Lincoln Ave, 773-404-7336,          6100, apollochicago.com). Downstairs          the school’s newly minted M.F.A.
greenhousetheater.org), a four-space        from its older sibling where big              directors and designers.—Kris Vire



                                            enjoying a spate of successes. Besides        Noise, the Whoopi Goldberg–produced
…or get THISCLOSE                           the every-award-winning August:               musical about white supremacists, have
to a major star.                            Osage County, such recent productions
                                            as Detroit (a 2011 Pulitzer finalist) and
                                                                                          all been recent tenants.

                                            Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? make          John Dillinger met an untimely end at
                                                                                                                                        PHOTO: COURTESY OF STEPPENWOLF THEATRE COMPANY




It’s been a while since you could find      Stepp’s stage the perfect place to catch      the Biograph Theater in 1934. Today it
David Mamet shooting pool at Clark          Broadway’s next big drama.                    plays host to 37. Victory Gardens
and Diversey, and Brian Dennehy’s                                                         Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave, 773-
visits are pretty much restricted to the    Across the street from Steppenwolf, the       871-3000, victorygardens.org).
Loop. But there’s still plenty of star      36. Royal George Theatre (1641 N              Longtime home to a Playwrights’
power in Lincoln Park. Some outlets         Halsted St, 312-988-9000,                     Ensemble including Claudia Allen and
that keep turning up the wattage:           theroyalgeorgetheatre.com) continues          John Logan, VG’s pushed the envelope
                                            Chicago’s tradition of Off Loop               recently with such programming series
In its 20th year at its current Halsted     commercial theater. Productions there         as the experimental Fresh Squeezed and
Street home (you know, the one with         range from the eternal runs of Vicki          multicultural Ignition, which debuted
that gigantic photo of a raging Amy         Quade’s nun-based interactive comedies        Pulitzer finalist The Elaborate Entrance
Morton outside), 35. Steppenwolf            (Late Nite Catechism, Put the Nuns in         of Chad Deity. New artistic director
Theatre Company (1650 N Halsted             Charge) to edgy new entertainment;            Chay Yew is sure to keep Victory
St, 312-335-1650, steppenwolf.org) is       Ricky Jay, John Leguizamo and White           Gardens growing.—John Beer

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                                              #            Cookies where you 
                                                  5        least expect them
                                          By David Tamarkin




  6 Time Out Chicago  Lincoln Park 2011
                                          Photograph by Martha Williams
                                          We’re not complaining or anything, but for years now
                                          it’s been impossible to walk three blocks in Lincoln
                                          Park without tripping on a cupcake. But here’s a little-
                                          known secret: That homeliest of desserts—the simple,
                                          satisfying cookie—is all over this ’hood as well.
                                          They’ve just been hiding in unexpected places              38. Floriole Bakery
                                                                                                     1220 W Webster Ave, 773-883-1313
                                          (even—get ready—cupcake shops!).                           Known for Croissants
                                                                                                     Unexpected cookie Cornmeal lime
                                                                                                     sables (50 cents)
                                                                                                     These small, coinlike cookies, kept in a
                                                                                                     big glass jar near the cash register, are
                                                                                                     made to be eaten by the handful.

                                                                                                     39. Sultan’s Market
                                                                                                     2521 N Clark St, 312-638-9151
                                                                                                     Known for Falafel
                                                                                                     Unexpected cookie baklava ($1)
                                                                                                     With crisp layers of phyllo layered with
                                                                                                     copious amounts of sugar syrup and
                                                                                                     nuts, this cookie delivers a
                                                                                                     flabbergasting dollar-to-sugar ratio.

                                                                                                     40. Vosges
                                                                                                     951 W Armitage Ave, 773-296-9866
                                                                                                     Known for Truffles
                                                                                                     Unexpected cookie Costa Rican
                                                                                                     chocolate ($5.50)
                                                                                                     These hefty chocolate-chip cookies are
                                                                                                     made in conjunction with Carol’s
                                                                                                     Cookies and weigh in at approximately




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                                                                                                     a half-pound each.
                                                                                         41. Meatloaf Bakery
                                                                                         2464 N Clark St, 773-698-6667
                                                                                         Known for Meatloaf
                                                                                         Unexpected cookie “Signature”
                                                                                         cookie ($4)
                                                                                         They call it “signature,” but you could
                                                                                         also call it “kitchen sink”—the thing is
                                                                                         packed with pretzels, M&Ms, dulce de
                                                                                         leche, oats and chocolate chips.




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                                                                                         42. Molly’s Cupcakes
                                                                                         2536 N Clark St, 773-883-7220
                                                                                         Known for Cupcakes
                                                                                         Unexpected cookie Ginger
                                                                                         molasses ($1.50)
                                                                                         Sweet and spicy cookies like the kind
                                                                                         you’d find at a bake sale. Which is
                                                                                         fitting, since a portion of Molly’s profits
                                                                                         is donated to schools.

                                                                                         43. Sweet Mandy B’s
                                                                                         1208 W Webster Ave, 773-244-1174
                                                                                         Known for Cupcakes
                                                                                         Unexpected cookie Peanut butter
                                                                                         ($1.75)
                                                                                         Like everything else at this shop, these
                                                                                         look and taste like June Cleaver made
                                                                                         them: classically soft, rich and sweet.




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                                         LOCATION: FLORIOLE BAKERY, 1220 W WEBSTER AVE
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                   An animal house for
    #
        6          grown-ups
                                                                                      straight for the animals that are really
                                                                                      worth it: namely, baby animals. Right
                                                                                      now, the zoo’s rolling in them. Visit Sai
                                                                                      the white-cheeked gibbon, born January
                                                                                      6; a yet-unnamed Hoffman’s two-toed
                                                                                      sloth, born February 15; and Enzi the
                                                                                      Grevy’s zebra, who just celebrated his
                                                                                      first birthday.

                                                                                      For sporadic series Wine & Wildlife,
                                                                                      the zoo invites you to imbibe some
                                                                                      vino in the Kovler Lion House while
                                                                                      hearing from scientists and animal
                                                                                      experts about a timely topic. If you
                                                                                      don’t catch the one on June 2 (6pm,
                                                                                      $40) about coyotes, and possibly their
                                                                                      bold habits of hopping into Quiznos
  Lincoln Park Zoo’s                                                                  beverage coolers in the Loop, hold out
  baby gibbon                                                                         until the November 17 session
                                                                                      tackling the near extinction and
                                                                                      recovery of the black-footed ferret.
Think of the 44. Lincoln Park Zoo         a peaceful, car- and crosswalk-free         lpzoo.org.—Marissa Conrad
like Rachael Leigh Cook’s geek-to-        jogging or walking trail.
gorgeous character in She’s All
That—hiding behind those strollers        Salute the sun under the People’s Gas
and screaming kids are welcome            Pavilion, an arched sculpture designed
surprises like wine nights and outdoor    by Aqua architects Studio Gang, during
yoga. Here’s how to enjoy the zoo as a    zoo-sponsored outdoor yoga
grown-up.                                 classes (pictured, cover). Yogis from
                                          newbie to intermediate spread their
The zoo’s Nature Boardwalk, a half        mats out for the 60-minute session of
mile of wooden paths elevated over a      yoga basics. Sat 9am, Thu 6:30pm;
serene pond housing bluegill, painted     prices start at $56 for four classes.
turtles and more, opened late last
summer just south of the main grounds.    Dodge the swarms making their rounds
Though congested during zoo hours,        past lethargic hippos and that polar bear     Nature Boardwalk
before 10am and after 5pm it doubles as   who never seems to emerge and head




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                   Grilling, boozing, brunching and 
    #
        7          dancing at 1,208-acre Lincoln Park
                                                                                                                                  PHOTOS: TOP LEFT, MARTHA WILLIAMS; TOP RIGHT, JOHN KORTAS; BOTTOM, TRISTAN ZEIER




45. Chicago Summerfest Luau               go to ever-expanding programming.
meets pig roast meets live sets by        Toast to that at the bash with beer,                           Green City Market
bands like ’80s cover heroes Sixteen      wine and spirits sourced, of course,
Candles at this street festival, which    from the Midwest. July 21, 5:30–8pm.
will see more than 25,000 guests—         $100. 1790 N Clark St (773-880-1266,
many drinking piña coladas served in      brownpapertickets.com).
hollowed-out pineapples. The event, a
benefit for the Mid North Association,    Brunch at 47. North Pond A 2011
also features booths of local artists     James Beard finalist, chef/owner Bruce
selling their wares. June 25, 26. Sat     Sherman is as fresh as his porcini
11am–10pm; Sun noon–9pm. $5               mushrooms at this Lincoln Park staple,
suggested donation. 2045 N Lincoln        which overlooks a duck-filled pond.
Park West (773-665-4682, starevents.      Brunch, served Sundays from
com/events/summerfest).                   10:30am–1:30pm ($32,) is the best time
                                          to enjoy the scenery; the standout of
46. Green City Market Chef’s              Sherman’s latest menu is an upscale riff
BBQ Benefit Snag tickets now for          on bagels and lox, subbing in smoked
undoubtedly the most anticipated of       rainbow trout filet for the salmon and
park parties: roughly 100 chefs           teaming it with a zesty preserved-
whipping up their best BBQ recipes        lemon cream cheese, red onion jam,
with food sourced from the iconic         pumpernickel and capers. 2610 N
Green City farmers’ market. You’re        Cannon Dr (773-477-5845).
also aiding the market, since proceeds    —Marissa Conrad

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                                               Eye-opening
                              #
                                   8           cafés
                          48. Bourgeois Pig We (and DePaul                                                           superfans. Those fans are no doubt
                          students) come here for the Hobbit, a                                     DarkCloud        thrilled with this permanent bakery
                          triple-decker BLT on sourdough with                                                        space, as is anybody else who wanders in,
                          sun-dried–tomato pesto, mayo, bacon,                                                       since these are, hands down, the best
                          avocado and alfalfa sprouts, but end up                                                    croissants in the city. Superb cakes,
                          staying for the homemade apple                                                             dreamy cream puffs, sophisticated (yet
                          dumplings and fine selection of teas.                                                      also rustic) sandwiches and insane
                          There’s plenty of people-watching at this                                                  brownies make this bakery a crucial
                          quirky Lincoln Park standby, too, though                                                   player in Chicago’s culinary scene.
                          if you’re feeling antisocial, order that Old                                               Evening hours bring opportunity to enjoy
                          Man and the Sea tuna sandwich bike-                                                        Holl’s creations while sipping on wine and
                          delivered. 738 W Fullerton Ave (773-                                                       beer. 1220 W Webster Ave (773-883-
                          883-5282, bpigcafe.com). El: Brown,                                                        1313, floriole.com). El: Brown, Purple
                          Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus:                                                  (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton; Brown,
                          8, 11, 74. Mon–Sat 7am–10pm; Sun                                                           Purple (rush hrs) to Armitage. Bus: 73,
                          8am–10pm. Average main course: $7.                                                         74. Tue–Fri 7am–5:30pm; Sat 8am–
                                                                                                                     5:30pm; Sun 8am–4pm (closed Mon).
                          49. DarkCloud: Urban Coffee Lab                on the other hand, can feast on the         Average baked good: $4.
                          More like watching a science                   interior, which is not much more than a
                          experiment than stopping into your             few modern chairs and yellow tables.        50. Nada Tea & Coffee House Free
                          neighborhood café, the process of              2122 N Halsted St (773-857-2449,            Wi-Fi and friendly service only add to the
                          getting a cup of coffee at Andy                darkcloudcoffee.com). El: Brown, Purple     zen atmosphere patrons of this Japanese
                          Atkinson’s new shop is a marathon of           (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton. Bus: 8, 11,   teahouse can expect. A steaming pot of
                          measuring, weighing, pouring, stirring         74. Mon–Thu 7am–8pm; Fri 7am–               pine needle tea and a surprisingly
                          and timing. Coffee fiends will want to         9pm; Sat 8am–10pm; Sun 8am–7pm.             affordable selection of sweets and
                          drop in to taste the supremely subtle,         Average cup of coffee: $3.                  sandwiches make up for somewhat
                          nuanced results of the Siphon—a two-                                                       uncomfortable benches and an often-
                          chamber glass implement that brews             38. Floriole Cafe & Bakery During           empty seating area. 1552 W Fullerton
                          coffee via heat-powered vacuum—or to           her years hawking French pastries at the    Ave (773-529-2239, nadateahouse.com).
                          shoot back an espresso from the city’s         farmers’ markets, chef Sandra Holl          Bus: 9; 74. Mon–Fri 7:30am–5pm; Sat
                          first Slayer machine. Minimalist fiends,       developed a passionate following of         9am–5pm. Average sandwich: $5.




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                               #
                                   9           completely free day of fun
                          10am YogaN Halsted51.every Sunday, instructors from a rotation of local
                                          2104
                                                class at      lululemon athletica
                                                          St (773-883-8860)
                          We start our free day here, where,
                          studios push aside racks of those ubiquitous Wunder Under pants and teach poses—
                          no charge, mats provided—to yogis of all levels. Core Power hosts in June.


                          11:22am Makeover at 52.Ave (773-880-9192)SanBoutique
                                                   852 W Armitage
                                                                    Benefit Cosmetics

                          We get glam gratis at this bubble-gum-pink shop stocking the Fran–founded
                          Benefit line, deflecting pressure to spend by requesting a list of products used. Then
                          come back Monday to buy the semi-magical Eye Bright concealer.


                          12:34pm Picnic atAve and Cannon DrandLily Poolat turtles, tropical lilies
                                                 Fullerton
                                                           53. Alfred Caldwell

                          Serenity now! We unwrap a sandwich (packed pre-yoga)
                                                                               (312-742-7529)
                                                                                  marvel
                          and a 1.5-acre pond in this 122-year-old oasis, rehabbed by the Park District in 2001. Catch a free
                          tour, given every half hour (Fridays 1–4pm; Saturdays 9am–noon and 1–4pm; Sundays 1–4pm, May–October
                          only) by volunteer docents, to learn about 20th-century architect Caldwell’s stonework and more.


                          1:32pm to sinkwith poochesred lovePocket Puppies$1,195-and-up teacup pups—a store-coined term meaning
                          Clerks encourage us
                                              Play               at 54.
                                              2479 N Clark St (773-857-1519)
                                                   into a cherry        seat and hold the
PHOTOS: MARTHA WILLIAMS




                          no dog grows to exceed five pounds—at this posh pet store, which works with humane breeders. We fall for a feisty Yorkie
                          and a puffball of a Pomeranian, but can’t get attached: Most puppies are sold within a week of arriving, an employee tells us.


                          2:30pm Bike ride starting(773-281-0444)
                                              2468½ N Clark St
                                                                    at 55. Cycle Smithy

                          We relinquish our ID to road test the bikes in this serious-about-cycling store. The downside is that we now have our eye on a
                          sleek black Cinelli Vigorelli priced at $2,295—proof that there’s no such thing as a truly free ride.—Marissa Conrad


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                    Cool
  #
    10              culture
                                                                                      pm), Saturdays (9am to noon; 1–4 pm),
                                                                    Lincoln Hall      and Sundays (1–4 pm). 2391 N
                                                                                      Stockton Dr (312-742-7736,
                                                                                      chicagoparkdistrict.com). Bus: 151,
                                                                                      156. Daily 9am–5pm. Free.

                                                                                      59. Lincoln Park Cultural Center
                                                                                      Word has it that once inside, you can
                                                                                      actually hear the nearby Lincoln Park
                                                                                      Zoo hyenas howling. Set on 1,208
                                                                                      acres, the Chicago Park District’s
                                                                                      multiuse cultural and recreational
                                                                                      facility is home to the annual Lincoln
                                                                                      Park Art Faire, New Life residential
                                                                                      production company and the Arts at
                                                                                      Large Wednesday night concert
                                                                                      series. The 1926 Victorian-style
                                                                                      lakefront landmark also houses a
                                                                                      wood shop, ceramics studio, stained
                                                                                      glass store and children’s activities
                                                                                      including dance and karate lessons.
                                                                                      2045 N Lincoln Park West (312-742-
                                                                                      7726, chicagoparkdistrict.org). Bus:
                                                                                      151, 156. Mon–Thu 9am–9pm; Fri
                                                                                      9am–7pm; Sat 9am–4pm. Free.
56. Chicago History Museum The             and booking finesse to transform the
institution once known as the Chicago      old 3penny’s budget cinema into an         60. Peggy Notebaert Nature
Historical Society stepped up its game     upscale bar/restaurant/music venue.        Museum Finding a place to park
with a makeover back in 2006. Today,       Since 2009, concertgoers have been         might bug you, but it’s worth it,
in addition to viewing archived library    flocking to this hall to catch live        especially if you’re bringing the kids.
photographs, visitors can marvel at an     performances from about-to-blow-up         These ecofriendly quarters offer
assortment of temporary and                bands in a cool, clubby setting. Bonus:    interactive lessons in the kind of birds
permanent displays ranging from a          Some shows are open to the 18 and up       and bees that won’t make parents
colossal hot dog exhibit geared toward     crowd. 2424 N Lincoln Ave (773-525-        squirm. But, the green space’s
kids (“Sensing Chicago”), to a tricked-    2508, lincolnhallchicago.com). El:         cockroach exhibit might. Adults will
out lowrider (“Treasures”), to the         Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to           love the educational demos,
Abraham Lincoln gallery. Other             Fullerton. Bus: 8, 11, 74. Sun–Fri         workshops, lectures, film screenings
highlights include informative pub         11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am. During             and fitness classes. For guaranteed
crawls, tours and museum-sponsored         shows, the bar may be available only to    ooohs and aaahs, be sure to check out
discussions. See sidebar for more          ticket holders.                            family-favorite Judy Istock Butterfly
highlights. 1601 N Clark St (312-642-                                                 Haven. The 2,700-square-foot
4600, chicagohistory.org). El: Brown,      58. Lincoln Park Conservatory              greenhouse is filled with more than 75
Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick. Bus: 22,    This Victorian greenhouse is a go-to       colorful species from across the globe.
36, 72. Mon–Sat 9:30am–4:30pm;             venue for a tropical vibe, boasting        2430 N Cannon Dr (773-755-5100,
Sun noon–5pm. $14, seniors and             ferns, hibiscus and palms. If you’re       naturemuseum.org). El: Red to
students $12; members, kids under 12       interested in learning more about the      Fullerton. Bus: 74, 151. Mon–Fri
and Mondays free.                          seasonal flower showcases, orchids         9am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm. $9,
                                           and banana plants, complimentary           seniors and students $7, kids ages 3–12
57. Lincoln Hall Lakeview’s Schubas        docent-led tours are available on the      $6, kids under 3 free. Thursdays are
club owners used their Midas touch         hour and half-hour on Fridays (1–4         free. Discounts for Chicago residents.



                                           museum’s batch. Not only are they          made almost entirely from cow horn,
5 quirky Chicago                           nearly 150 years old, but they were        may not look comfy, but it was all the
History Museum finds                        colloquially referred to as “worm
                                           castles” because of the crawly creatures
                                                                                      rage back in the day. Side note: You
                                                                                      can’t see it, but even the glue that
                                           that would nestle inside them.             holds the chair together is made from

1. cottait’sthatcirca 1912It’s ait’s a 3. Everyonethe floortoofbe seen and
      What’s      in the sky?
      bird, a plane…actually                               wants
                                                                                      animal remnants.

terra       owl                that
was once perched on top of the North
American 1. Building at 125 South
                                                heard on             the Chicago
                                       Board of Trade. One such trader tried to
                                       get a literal leg up on the competition by
                                                                                  5. President Obama’sPark, but2008
                                                                                                           historic
                                                                                        acceptance speech might
                                                                                  portray a peaceful Grant          it
State Street and now sits relatively out   adding rubber to the bottom of his         was anything but in 1968 when the first
of sight in between the museum’s first     footwear and creating a pair of platform   Mayor Daley famously ordered police
                                                                                                                                 PHOTO: RORY O’CONNOR




and second floors.                         shoes for a more competitive edge.         officers to break up demonstrations
                                                                                      happening at the Democratic National

2. Hungry? Both Unionate flour 4. During Chicago’s meatpacking
     Confederate soldiers
                          and

hardtack, biscuits made from
                                    heyday, not a single piece of an
                               animal’s body went to waste. The
                                                                                      Convention. Check out the original
                                                                                      police officer’s riot helmet, a chilling
                                                                                      reminder of a less hospitable
and water. But don’t munch on the          museum’s Union Stock Yard chair,           Chicago.—Jason A. Heidemann

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