October 12, 2012 |
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave. 773-525-2508 The beautiful wood-accented back room of this hundred-year-old building is one of the city's best places to catch touring and local acts before they get big, while the front bar area serves up a mean mac 'n' cheese. The Gingerman Tavern 3740 N. Clark St. 773-549-2050 Refreshingly unpretentious, this beat-up bar is the perfect place to escape from - or mentally prepare for - the insanity of Wrigleyville with a game of a pool.
August 29, 2012
Double Door 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-3160 It's not the prettiest space in the city, and some of the rock acts can creep toward the “generic” label. Still, DD has been home to early shows from acts such as Kid Rock and The Killers; In '97, the Rolling Stones played a secret show - marquee: “Rolling Stones: One Night Only - $7.” Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave. 773-278-6600 At this Wicker Park bar smack in the hopping intersection of North/Damen/Milwaukee, DJs spin on the first floor and rock/hip-hop acts - both local and up-and-coming touring artists -...
May 23, 2012 |
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St. 773-477-4646 This blues club has earned its reputation not just for its size (two stages in adjoining rooms), but also its endurance (open since in 1968) and late-night hours (listen until 4 a.m. most nights, 5 a.m. Saturdays). Lincoln Hall 2424 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-525-2501 Although slightly larger than its sister club Schubas, this music venue shares the intimacy, sound and musical reputation of its Lakeview sibling. Past indie and rock acts include Wilco, Mumford & Sons and Chicago's own Smith Westerns.
May 18, 2012 |
R.J. Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West 773-929-5363 Craving a bite of history? This is where Rich Melman's restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You, started back in 1971. Fill up on milkshakes, half-pound burgers and platefuls from the massive salad bar. Half Shell 676 W. Diversey Parkway 773-549-1773 This divey basement seafood house started shucking oysters more than 40 years ago, way before trendy hangouts such as The Publican and GT Fish & Oyster made it cool again.
May 1, 2012
Chicago rapper N.O.R.M. answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? It features laser lights, video animation, and (unfortunately) ME! I'm kidding...we DON'T have laser lights. Describe your sound in five words or less. 8-bit hip-hop amazingly cookie. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant. Random? Well, I am part of a bigger entity, AGENDA PRODUCTIONS, and have met with top A&Rs, had our music featured on BET and almost did the theme...
April 23, 2012
Chicago jazz crew Ben Scholz's Elec-Tet answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? We play jazz in a style that was popular in the 70s and 80s. Most jazz groups in Chicago lionize the roaring 20s, but people also like to groove to a good jam. Describe your sound in five words or less. Hard-hitting jazz fusion. Tell us something random about the band, and why that's significant.