CHICAGO EVENTS FOR MONDAY: A DAY OF ART, FOOD AND FILM FOR UNDER $25.

Learn about the legacy of the Historic Marshall Field’s Building at a Lunchtime Architectural Tour.
Sure, you probably shop at Macy’s, you run in and run out.  But have you ever paid attention to

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its architecture?  Every third Monday, the Chicago Architectural Foundation offers a tour of Macy’s State Street Store.  Originally built for Marshall Field & Company, the famous Chicago landmark has an interesting history.  Meet inside the store entrance at 28 E. Washington (near Wabash) at 12:15p.m. today for an eye-opening tour. $5 adults, CAF members, free. tour, 45 minutes.

LUNCH.

Since you are already in the building, why not head up to SEVEN ON STATE for a bite to eat.  If you choose carefully, you can probably get by spending somewhere between $5 and $9 for lunch at the upscale food court.  Some suggestions, order the tortilla soup from Rick Bayless’s Frontera Fresco for $6. It comes with crackers and water and should satisfy without filling you up–after all it’s just lunch. Or you could split Frontera Fresco’s tamale combo platter with a friend.  Another option is the $7.95 Natural Burger from Marc Samuelson’s Burger Bar.  The sandwich comes with fries and a small side of coleslaw and pickles.  Or, if your friend agrees, head to Takashi Yagihashi’s Noodles for some Japanese treats–the portions are large and easy to split, just ask for an extra plate. Other options in the building include: Marketplace Foods or Infield’s on the lower level and Sarah’s Pastries and Candles on the 1st floor.

DINNER AND A MOVIE.

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How about an inexpensive dinner followed by a screening of the award-winning film, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Inexpensive dining choices near the film center include Monks Pub that offers Monday specials including $2 tacos, $1.50 sliders and $4 glasses of wine. 205 W. Lake. 

Or order the B.L.T.A., with house-made prosciutto bacon, mayonnaise, tomatoes, avocado and fresh greens for $6.12 at Pastoral at 53 E. Lake. Seating is limited but is usually available after 6p.m.  (open until 8p.m.)

Tonight’s 8p.m. Chicago premiere of Women Without Men at the Gene Siskel Film Center will be introduced by James Rondeau of The Art of Institute.  The 100 minute film weaves the chronicle of the intertwined fates of four women.  It is adapted from the novella by Shahrnush Paripur.  The story is set in Iran in 1953, following the CIA-aided overthrow of the democratically elected government.  It is the winner of the Silver Lion award at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.   (Persian with English subtitles).  $9, general, $7, student, $5, member. 164 N. State St. 312  846 2076.

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