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Weekend picks: Ventriloquist Terry Fator brings his puppets to Paramount

...263-6300 or geneseetheatre.com; then on Sunday at Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago. $25-$85. (312) 334-7777 or harristheaterchicago.org. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan...

• Tedeschi Trucks Band with JJ Grey & Mofro: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago. $19-$60. (312) 462-6300 or msg.com.

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...indie artists, national performers and up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark...

...up-and-coming comedians at five Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730...

...Chicago venues: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. The fest runs...

...N. Lincoln Ave.; Schubas, 3159 N. Southport Ave.; The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia Ave.; Metro, 3730 N. Clark St.; and Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark St. The fest runs through Sunday, Jan. 21. Five...

...Rock 'n' Roll Saturday. 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Evanston Rocks Music Hall, 1012 Church St., Evanston. $15. (630) 962-7000 or evanstonrocks.com...

• latenightsinmycar., High Wire, A Better Hand, Almost, Maine, Aiming For Average: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• Arbor Creek, Starship Pilgrims, The Brass Kicks, IDK: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. $6-$8. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

• 2018 Blizzard Bash, featuring Burned, Stars Aligned, Bullet to the Heart, Threatening the Order, Vent To Atmosphere: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at LiveWire Lounge, 3394 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. $10-$15. (773) 756-5363 or livewire.do312.com.

• V Is for Villains, Colonel Gunn's Wild West Music Show, Bloodman: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., Chicago. $10. (312) 666-6775 or bottomlounge.com.

• Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Luther Dickinson: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago. $39.50-$65. (773) 472-0449 or victheatre.com.

• Ajúa Presenta LatIndie, featuring Karma Wears White Ties, You Are Here, Gaby Luna, Elia and more: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. Free with RSVP. (773) 697-7922 or emporiumchicago.com.

• Gin & Jokes comedy and hip-hop open mic hosted by Mikey to the P: 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Rhyme or Reason, 1938 W. Division St., Chicago. Free; drink package is available. (773) 687-8240 or rhymeorreasonchicago.com.

    Weekend picks: Ventriloquist Terry Fator brings his puppets to Paramount
    Famed comedian and ventriloquist Terry Fator tours with his menagerie of oddball puppets this weekend at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. $79-$99. (630) 896-6666 or paramountaurora.com. 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 Love French food?
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Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

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Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

    Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets
    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.
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Around Town learns about speed skating with Olympian, John K. Coyle

201 E. Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60601

    Around Town learns about speed skating with Olympian, John K. Coyle
    John K. Coyle is an Olympic silver medalist who won in the 5000-meter relay competition in speed skating in 1994 and was a former NBC sports analyst. He will be observing many competitions on his own as he goes to PyeongChang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics from Feb.
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The Loop’s Getting a Mussels and Beer Bar Run by an Acclaimed DC Chef

...and more near the Chicago Riverwalk. Fisk & Co., the reconcept of South Water Kitchen at 225 N. Wabash Avenue, will serve a variety of the shellfish in multiple preparations, a large craft beer menu...

    The Loop's Getting a Mussels and Beer Bar Run by an Acclaimed DC Chef
    Eaters and drinkers in the Loop will have an intriguing new spot this spring for mussels, beer, and more near the Chicago Riverwalk. Fisk & Co. , the reconcept of South Water Kitchen at 225 N.
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    SELF-CERT. PROJECT - INTERIOR BUILD OUT IN EXISTING OFFICE BUILDING ON THE 33RD FL., SUITE 3300, FOR FULL FLOOR OFFICE TENANT, NEW PARTITIONS, PLUMBING, VENTILATION AND ELECTRICAL AS PER PLANS. (NO CHANGE IN USE)

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36 hours ago

3 New Spots To Savor Poke In Chicago

79 E Madison St. (between Michigan Ave & Garland Ct.), Loop

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Poke Burrito 4301 N Lincoln Ave. (between Cullom Ave & Pensacola Ave.), North Center

5221 S Harper Ct. (between 13th St & 14th St.), Hyde Park

    3 New Spots To Savor Poke In Chicago
    Looking for the best new poke in Chicago? These four new spots will satisfy all your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for some poke. 4301 N Lincoln Ave.
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Boston investor sells stake in CPS HQ

Beacon Capital Partners sold a 50 percent stake in the Chicago Public Schools headquarters at 1 N. Dearborn St. to a joint venture of New York-based MetLife and the New York State Common Retirement Fund, a source familiar with the deal confirmed.

...from Beacon's building, the owner of an 830,000-square-foot office tower at 1 S. Dearborn Street is in advanced talks to sell the property to private-equity giant Starwood Capital Group...

...suit with other Beacon properties downtown. It did a similar deal in River North at 515 N. State St. in 2015, buying the 29-story office tower for $138 million before selling a 40...

Beacon is also a part-owner of the AMA Plaza building at 330 N. Wabash Ave. and 231 S. LaSalle St., according to a spokesman.

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Beacon is also a part-owner of the AMA Plaza building at 330 N. Wabash Ave. and 231 S. LaSalle St., according to a spokesman.

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    Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
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New 'Stan's Donuts & Coffee' Debuts In The Loop

...doors in the neighborhood. Called Stan's Donuts & Coffee, the fresh addition is located at 181 N. Michigan Ave. (between Lake St.) in the Loop.This new spot--which has eight other Chicago area...

    New 'Stan's Donuts & Coffee' Debuts In The Loop
    Craving donuts? You're in luck: a new business has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Called Stan's Donuts & Coffee, the fresh addition is located at 181 N. Michigan Ave. (between Lake St.) in the Loop. This new spot--which has eight other Chicago area outposts--specializes in California-style donuts, bagels, ice cream, specialty espresso drinks and more.
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10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill

405 N. Wabash Ave. 312-955-4226

11 W. Illinois St. 312-955-0439

12 S. Michigan Ave. 312-792-3502

505 N. State St. 312-755-9704

521 N. Rush St. 312-645-1500

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353 W. Hubbard St. 312-386-5778

730 W. Grand Ave. 312-243-8955

1747 N. Damen Ave. 773-489-1747

644 W. Lake St. 312-600-0600

2018 W. North Ave. 872-315-3082

    10 Chicago spots mixing up hot cocktails to fight the winter chill
    A strong drink can warm you from the inside out, but when the city turns into Chiberia, it's nice to sip something that can also heat up your numb fingers. These 10 spots will help you get through the worst of winter by offering hot cocktails that take you from chilled to cozy.
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