by Sarah J.F. Braley | April 01, 2012
Jazz Showcase in the citys South LoopAll that jazz. Since 1947, all the greats have been stopping by the Jazz Showcase in the city's South Loop. The spot is just as popular as ever, featuring local and international acts, and the cover charge (about $20) keeps out the riffraff. Last month's guests included guitarist Kurt Roesnwinkel, vocalist Rose Colella, saxophonist Pat LaBarbara and the Dave Gordon Quintet.

Photograph: Farrad Ali Photography

Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago



Film fun.
The cinema-centric legacy of Siskel and Ebert lives on in Chi-Town. Find independent films and more showing at the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and read Roger Ebert (still with the Chicago Sun Times) on movies -- and everything else -- on his blog at    


Wrigley Field


Opening day.
Stick around for the Chicago Cubs' first home game of the season on April 5. The team's stadium, Wrigley Field, is one of the oldest parks in Major League Baseball, having  opened back in 1914, and its old-fashioned intimacy glows.

Photograph: City of Chicago


Small-bites from AlineaInstitute of (Food) Art. For the second year in a row, Michelin has given its highest nod to Alinea. The small-bites tasting menu is described as cutting-edge and labor-intensive. A recent delight: a helium balloon made from dehydrated apples. The meal is a memorable splurge at $210 prix fixe.

Photograph: Lara Kastner, ALINEABOOK.COM


Take a stroll: Stretching more than 18 miles along the Lake Michigan shore, the Lakefront Trail runs right by Navy Pier and is an ideal place to walk, run, bike or skate. For details, visit