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"Sex and the City 2" comes out this week! To honor such a wonderful holiday sure to be religiously celebrated by women everywhere, here are two dates meant for you and your best girlfriends.

RICH WOMAN: Enjoy one of several "Sex and the City 2" movie premier events throughout the city and suburbs. My top pick: the VIP movie party and screening hosted by Noir Woman Magazine on Thursday night. It includes a "Sexiest Shoe" contest, movie trivia, pink Cosmos, prizes and fun. The fun starts with a 7 p.m. reception followed by a 9 p.m. movie showing at the ICE Theater, 210 W. 87th. Tickets are $50 at the door or $35 in advance.

POOR WOMAN: Sure, there is some irony to catching a cheap matinee viewing of one of the most glamorous movies (the wardrobe budget was a reported $10 million) of the year, but times are tough and a movie under $10 sounds like a dream, right? Go to an early Saturday showing for the biggest bang for your buck. Cosmos not optional.


We have to give you credit, CTA. After all the ways you’ve screwed us over in 2009 (full buses passing us by, trains running express when we least expect it, the persistent odor of bodily fluids), you think you can make us forget all of it by offering penny rides on New Year’s Eve. And you know what? It just might work. Because instead of writing up a list of grievances, we’ve been busy brainstorming how to spend those cents between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday. Here’s what we’ve come up with (not including all the New Year’s Eve events on the slate):

  • Hop on the Red Line and spend some time at the Jackson stop, where you’ll surely find a music performance in progress, whether it’s classical violin or jazz on electric guitar. Increase your enjoyment by stopping by Ceres Café for a drink with the traders first.
  • Take a ride over to the Chicago Blue Line stop to view the new installation from local artist Peter N. Gray. While you’re there, head above ground for a cocktail at the Matchbox and maybe a heart attack (the Three Little Piggies Sandwich) at the nearby Silver Palm.
  • Plan a Pink Line journey to 18th St, where the decorated station will have you in awe. Not only that, but perennial favorite Nuevo Leon is just a short walk away (and if you’re taking a ride on the tail end of the deal, Panaderia Nuevo Leon opens at 5:30 a.m.)
  • Pre-party with the Wildcat faithful at Tommy Nevin’s Pub in Evanston, off the Purple Line’s Dempster stop – the diehards have plenty to prepare for, as Northwestern plays its biggest football game in several years on New Year’s Day, against Auburn in the Outback Bowl at 11 a.m. (if you can’t bear to leave the city, try Lion Head Pub – by the Fullerton stop – or the brand-new Purple Haze, steps away from Belmont).
  • Ride the Brown Line out to Francisco, just so you can confirm it exists (seriously, it’s gotta be the least referenced stop on the North Side). The welcoming Montrose Saloon is a short jaunt south.
  • Go for a late, late dinner (or an early breakfast) at the 24-hour Huck Finn Donuts near the Pulaski stop on the Orange Line. We recommend the Donut Delight (topped with whipped cream and ice cream).
  • Brave the cold and take a walk to Promontory Point, near the Garfield Green Line stop in Hyde Park. It’s the perfect place to toast to 2010 (with non-alcoholic beverages, of course).

Got better ideas for how to take advantage of cheap public transit on New Year’s Eve? Let everyone know in the comments. And remember to check out Centerstage’s Virtual L to find the best spots near train stops year-round.

3 Things We Love About ... Chatham

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1. Fried gulf shrimp at Haire's Gulf Shrimp. Were you expecting something else?


2. Ordering the Big Dat from Dat Old Fashioned Donut.

3. Monday nights featuring Tre' and the BlueKnights Blues Band at City Life Cocktail Lounge.

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