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Posted on Jun 10, 2011 | 0 comments

Chicago itineraries — summer 2011: Let us show you how to spend a day

Feel like a local

There’s nothing like hitting up one of Chicago’s neighborhood festivals for some good grub, local bands and people-watching.There’s usually at least one every weekend in the summer, so ask your concierge or visit for a glimpse at the full schedule. … Try the newly renovated favorite Perennial Virant (1800 N. Lincoln Ave.), on the south end of Lincoln Park, especially if you’re in the mood for a solid brunch or if the $35 three-course dinner includes their whitefish or pork shoulder. … For a pint in a true local’s beer garden, the comfortable and tree-filled kind,try Sheffield’s (3258 N. Sheffield) or Justin’s (3358 N. Southport),both walking distance from Wrigley Field if you want to getaway from the crowds after a game. … A fun and casual nightlife area on the rise is Ukrainian Village. Head to The Fifty/50(2047 W. Division), Small Bar(2049) or Gold Star Bar (1755).

Are you hip enough?

If you have a daughter under the age of 10, you surely know what American Girl Place is all about. Now you can look even better in the eyes of your little one by taking her and her doll on the American Girl Dinner & Chicago’s First Lady River Cruise. … For dinner, make your way to the new Union Sushi & Barbecue Bar (230 W. Erie), a spacious two-level sushi hotspot with graffiti-covered walls. We’re told the prosciutto-wrapped scallops are worth the trip alone. … Or put your name down for the patio at Bistronomic (840 N. Wabash) and order up the caviar of the day or a cheese-tasting flight. … Open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays is the sparkling new Board Room (343 W. Erie), a boutique nightclub that is sure to make you feel special, complete with a thin fog of dry ice, flashing lasers and what feels like your own personal staff of security and waitresses.

Entertainment value

Kick off your weekend the healthy way on Saturdays from June 4-Sept. 10 with an energizing workout on the Great Lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Join a free yoga class at 8 a.m., Pilates at 9 a.m. or Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance class, at 10 a.m. with live music to boot. … Looking to relax and take in a little live jazz outside? We know just the place: Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art (220 E. Chicago). Every Tuesday from 5:30-8 p.m., soak in the sounds and grab a bite to eat or cold beverage on the sun-soaked terrace and in the sculpture garden. … If you’re a fan of TV’s Top Chef, the winner three seasons ago, Stephanie Izard, opened her own spot in the West Loop in 2010 called Girl & the Goat (809 W. Randolph). With its innovative small plates and vibrant atmosphere, it remains a sought-after reservation, so if you can’t get in, know that it’s first-come, first-served at the bar.

Learning curve

Did you know a blue whale is the same size as a 737 airplane, or that gray whales migrate more than12,000 miles a year? You would if you made your way over to the Field Museum’s new “Whales”exhibit to learn all about the giants of the deep. … Join Chicago Detours( for their“Good times around Michigan Ave”walking tour that explores the present and former sites of grand balls,jazz clubs, elite soirees and theater performances, investigating both debaucherous and wholesome forms of entertainment from Chicago’s legendary past to now. … For some perspective of life on the seas, checkout the cruise “Sailor’s Paradise —The Life of a Tall Ship Sailor”aboard the Tall Ship Windy ( … On Thursdays from June 9-July 21 in the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, discover music from cultures spanning five continents. Free concerts in the“Music without Borders” program begin at 6:30 p.m.