Meat Wave
Formed in 2011, Meat Wave is comprised of punk scene stalwarts, Chris Sutter (vocals/guitar), Joe Gac (bass), and Ryan Wizniak (drums). Earlier this year, Meat Wave released their most emotionally charged record-to-date, The Incessant. The album is a reflection of frontman Chris Sutter’s brutal confrontation with reality after the end of a 12-year relationship. Meat Wave teamed up with legendary Chicago producer Steve Albini (Pixies, The Breeders, Mogwai) to record the project.
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Chicago, IL
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
Hollywood Beach
Hollywood Beach (recently renamed Osterman Beach for the late Kathy Osterman, the former Special Events Director for the city) is a smaller beach that attracts the local gay community and neighboring residents and features a fishing pier and a gay volleyball league.
Chicago, IL, USA
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Thrift & Thrive
This large outpost for used & vintage home goods & apparel also performs clean-outs & estate sales.
6025 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634, USA
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Indie bookstore offering offbeat titles, graphic novels & magazines, plus readings & special events.
1854 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Peanut Gallery
Peanut Gallery is a no-brow studio/exhibition space for creative collaboration & experimentation.
902 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Redhot Ranch
No-frills spot offering hot dogs, burgers & fries in a counter-serve space with outdoor seating. "Greasy dive joint, perfect hangover spot." - ROOKIE Recommended in the Chicago edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
3057 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Fat Rice
Comfort food from around the world is served in a rustic space with communal tables & open kitchen.
2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Continental Lounge
A two-story tavern open until 4AM, attracting Chicago's scenesters and hipster who are in the mood to drink and dance. Locals affectionately refer to the bar as "Mistakes."
2801 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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The Brown Elephant

Thrift store selling clothing, furniture & books in support of the Howard Brown Health Center.

5404 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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The Owl

A jukebox, an indoor waterfall & craft beers are the hallmarks of this quirky late-night bar.

2521 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Millennium Park
Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago and originally intended to celebrate the third millennium. The park officially opened in 2004, four years behind schedule. Within the park is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Cloud Gate, the Crown Fountain, the Lurie Garden, and various other attractions including Grant Park which hosts Lollapalooza. Because the park sits atop a parking garage and the commuter rail Millennium Station, it is considered the world's largest rooftop garden.
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Cole’s Bar
Live music, comedy & open-mike nights are showcased at this laid-back neighborhood watering hole. "...because Abraham Lincoln drank his first beer at Cole's, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation in one of their booths. Coleman is a great guy." - Engine Summer Recommended in the Chicago edition of the Waterloo Sparkling Sessions, presented by Waterloo Sparkling Water.
2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
The Empty Bottle
"I love seeing bands at The Empty Bottle. Good folks run it. Good people go there. Good bands go there. The bartenders are nice. The sound and sightlines are mostly good, too. And the tamale guy comes through about 1am." -The Life And Times
1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA