In Tall Buildings

In Tall Buildings is the sonic persona of Chicago-based musician Erik Hall. Working from his home studio in the Pilsen neighborhood, Hall creates experimental pop-rock sounds that are both soothing and provocative. The care and effort Hall puts into his work is obvious; his tracks glow with the meticulous precision of an expert craftsman. On his recent LP, titled Akinetic, Hall pairs his musical talents with the production skills of Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine). The resulting kaleidoscope of sound is easy to listen to, yet mentally stimulating.

Watch the video for In Tall Buildings’ “Beginning to Fade” below, and check out his Chicago selections in our city guide!

city guide:
Chicago, IL
"Despite all the places that come and go, I always end up wanting to eat at avec. The food is consistently perfect, the wine can't go wrong, and the room will never go out of style." -In Tall Buildings
avec Restaurant, West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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"My all-time favorite Chicago bar is probably The Hopleaf for their insane draft beers and the care you know goes into maintaining them. I tend towards whatever harder-to-find Belgian quadruple is on offer." -In Tall Buildings
Hopleaf, North Clark Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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Moody Tongue Brewing Company
"There are so many good breweries in Chicago now, and I'm honestly out of the loop. But my most recent find was when we realized Moody Tongue had discretely opened a very classy taproom one block away from us in our very industrial little pocket of Pilsen. At first I wasn't drawn to the extra ingredients involved, but I quickly realized the beers are all well in balance and excellent. And you can add oysters to your order." -In Tall Buildings
Moody Tongue Brewing Company, South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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Metric Coffee Co.
"Metric Coffee on Fulton. Of the new-ish crop of Chicago roasters I've gotten familiar with, they stand out as having a super delicious, consistent, and clean cup. I stick to a humble cup of drip coffee, black." -In Tall Buildings
Metric Coffee Co., West Fulton Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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Elston Avenue
"My wife and I have a strange affinity for Elston Ave. It's an industrial, fairly-desolate corridor that snakes between super dense neighborhoods, and it's a great way to skip traffic through the city. Highlights include The Hideout (legendary rock club, just off Elston on Wabansia), VIN, our go-to wine shop, and the ridiculously good Honey Butter Fried Chicken." -In Tall Buildings
North Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Lake Shore Drive
"There's truly no better place to be than cruising down Lake Shore Drive. This has been my feeling since I was a kid. You know I've certainly come to love the Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah song as well." -In Tall Buildings
Chicago, IL, USA
The Palmer House Hotel
Classic hotel with an ornately frescoed lobby. -Recommended by In Tall Buildings
The Palmer House Hilton, East Monroe Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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606 Records
"I love the fairly-new 606 Records in Pilsen" -In Tall Buildings
606 Records, South Allport Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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Jay Pritzker Pavilion
"My hands-down favorite place to take in (and certainly to perform) a show is Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion. The sound, architecture, and setting are world class and simply stunning." -In Tall Buildings
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Alice’s Lounge
Karaoke four nights a week! -Recommended by Post Animal
3556 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
Unique Thrift
Unique Thrift Store in Chicago, IL is an impressive thrift store, a community champion and a revolutionary recycler. -Recommended by Post Animal
3748 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA