The Windy City bags major screen time in "The Dilemma," the new Vince Vaughn dramedy bowing today.
Directed by Ron Howard, this PG-13 bromance stars Vaughn as Ron Valentine, a Chicago bachelor shaken by his best friend's wife's infidelity. The cast and crew shot the film on location last year.
Can this marriage be saved? Tune in to find out -- and enjoy an insider's tour of Chicago, to wit:
* Ron, best pal Nick (Kevin James) and company toast their future at Smith & Wollensky, the swanky steakhouse at Marina City.
* Ronny and Nick bust their dance moves at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway.
* The lads cheer on the Blackhawks at United Center. The scenes were shot live at actual games.
* Ron catches Nick's wife (Winona Ryder) with lover Zip (Channing Tatum) in the Fern Room at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave.
* The old Red Rooster Tavern makes a cameo as the Chi Tao Massage Parlor (Chi Town -- get it?), 1124 W. Argyle St.
* Ron confronts the unrepentant Geneva (Ryder) at the Golden House Restaurant & Pancake House in Uptown, 4744 N. Broadway.
* Ron delivers his "How should I tell him?" monologue on the Kinzie Street Bridge.
* Ron accosts Zip at his condo at Noble and Chestnut streets in West Town.
Other scenes were shot on Lake Shore Drive, near Grant Park, at McCormick Place and at the Weiner's Circle hot dog stand in Lincoln Park. The Loop, West Loop, Wicker Park, Logan Square and the Ukranian Village make cameos as well.
Local boy Vaughn divides his time between Chicago and the West Coast. The actor ("Swingers," "Wedding Crashers") owns a luxury condo in the Palmolive Building, 919 N. Michigan Ave.
Master maestro mended
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's new director is back. Maestro Riccardo Muti will preside over a three-week series of winter concerts Feb. 3-19 at Symphony Center. The Italian conductor withdrew from scheduled performances last fall after suffering "extreme gastric distress" and exhaustion. His doctors in Milan ordered a month's rest, which reportedly did the trick.
Another rival for 'Idol'
NBC wants to give Fox's "American Idol" a run for its money and TV audience share. Local auditions start at 8 a.m. today for "The Voice," a new reality series where singers compete for judges and call-in votes. Applicants must be 18 and older. Report to Superior St. rehearsal hall, 2744 W. Superior St., Chicago. For details, visit www.nbcthevoice.com.
Freebie of the week
Pack up the kids. Brookfield Zoo is offering free admission on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sunday all January and February. Admission also is free on Martin Luther King Day on Monday.
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