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Chicago, IL

“Chicago plays a huge part in the music I play, from the architecture to the great musical history to the general social construct and everything in between — it all affects everything I do.” — Tortoise

Curated by: Absolutely Not, Andrew Bird, Anna Cerniglia, Autograf, Bonzie, Disappears, Flosstradamus, Jennifer Scher, Joan of Arc, Jon Michael Hill, Jude Shuma, Krewella, Lala Lala, Lindsey Liss, Meat Wave, Melkbelly, NE-HI, oddCouple, Ohmme, Robin Hellman, Ryley Walker, The Cool Kids, Tortoise, Twin Peaks, Vic Spencer

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Chicago, IL
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63rd St. Beach
The 63rd Street Beach features a non-motorized boat launch site. A natural area provides much-needed habitat for migrating birds in the spring and fall seasons.
63rd Street Beach, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
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The Covert Empire
Popular local streetwear boutique, Covert Empire, is known for its fitted hats, hoodies, T-shirts and other accessories.
Chicago, IL 60625, USA
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Hyde Park Records
Buy/sell/trade new & used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and books at this cool neighborhood record shop with a cool vibe. Spend some time sifting through Hyde Park Records giant collection of 99 cent records for bargain steals and hidden finds.
1377 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
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Subterranean
Two-floor venue with a variety of live entertainment from musicians to DJs to burlesque dancers.
2011 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Haunted Trails Family Amusement Park
Ghoulishly themed fun park offering an 18-hole mini-golf course, go-karts, rides, games & prizes.
7759 Harlem Ave, Burbank, IL 60459, USA
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South Shore Cultural Center
South Shore Cultural Center is a registered Chicago Landmark founded in 1905 and spans 64.50 acres. The center features a solarium, nature sanctuary, and butterfly garden as well as a formal dining hall, the Paul Robeson Theater, the Washburne Culinary Institute, the Parrot Cage Restaurant, a golf course, beach, and art classes.
7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649, USA
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Taurus Flavors
Veteran, cash-only find serving hoagies, cheesesteaks & handpacked ice cream for takeout since 1966.
8534 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617, USA
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Bar Louie
Upbeat grill chain with American grub, martinis & microbrews, plus happy-hour deals.
333-335 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
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Harold’s Chicken Shack
Outpost of the long-running fast-food chain serving fried chicken with signature sauces.
612 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Oak Street Beach
Located right on the shore of Lake Michigan, locals flock to Oak Street Beach for its laid-back atmosphere and unbeatable views of Chicago's skyline accented by palm trees (the city imports them every year). Play or watch a beach volleyball game and one of the many volleyball nets set up on the sand, or simply lay back and enjoy the people watching.
Oak Street Beach, Illinois, USA
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Family Thrift Store
Large well-organized secondhand shop with three locations in Chicago, offering clothing, housewares, shoes and more. Items are hand selected for quality, cleanliness, and variety. Stop by on a Monday for their 3 for $1 Monday specials.

2160 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Dock’s
Storefront counter-service known for its fried fish sandwiches, shrimp, sides & shakes.
112 W 87th St, Chicago, IL 60620, USA
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Emporium Arcade Bar
Decades of games, dozens of beers & 60-plus whiskeys in a classic tavern setting with a tin ceiling.
1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field is a baseball park located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is the home of the Chicago Cubs, one of the city's two Major League Baseball franchises.
Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Union Park
Union Park spans 13.46 acres and offers tennis courts, baseball fields, a swimming pool, a playground, an athletic field for football or soccer and basketball courts, as well as a field-house with a theater. The park hosts events throughout the year including Pitchfork Music Festival, concerts, movie screenings, and more.
N Union Ave, Chicago, IL, USA
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Jim’s Original
Old-school 24/7 hotdog stand (started in 1939) boasting the original Maxwell Street Polish sausage.
1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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Giordano’s
Giordano's has been serving its famous Chicago style deep dish pizza since 1974.
223 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
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The Tonic Room
Artist-friendly lounge hosting live bands, comedians & DJs.
2447 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Hoofprint Workshop
Hoofprint Workshop is a Chicago-based printmaking studio specializing in fine art editions. Processes include relief, intaglio, plate lithography, monotype, and screenprinting. They have a Dickerson combination press and a custom framing studio. They work with emerging artists and clients looking to commission a custom designs.
2433 S Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Hamlin Park Pool
Public swimming pool in Chicago, Illinois.
3035 N Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Chicago Public Library
Search the catalog, browse recommendations, place holds and renew titles. Check out eBooks and use online resources.
400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Shuga Records
Music store in loftlike digs selling over 500,000 titles of new & used vinyl, CDs & collectibles.
1272 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Cody’s Public House
Cody's is not your average dive bar. Enter to find not only cheap beer, a laid-back crowd, and real darts, but a regulation bocce ball court in one of the best backyard beer garden's in town. Order a beverage and enjoy complimentary snacks aplenty ranging from pretzel rods, cheese, crackers, or salsa and chips. If you need something heartier, patrons are welcome to have pizzas delivered.
1658 W Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Constellation
Jazz, classical music & dance events are showcased in an open performance space with a full bar.
3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Reggies Rock Club
Reggies is a multi-purpose venue featuring a rock club, record store, rooftop deck and bar and grill housed in a former auto-bumper repair shop. Reggie's has hosted bands like the Tragically Hip, Alkaline Trio, Gaslight Anthem, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and more.
2109 S State St, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
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Peterson Park
Baseball, basketball & soccer are offered at this local park with playgrounds & a game room.
Peterson Park, Chicago, IL 60659, USA
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Soho House Chicago
Located in the Fulton Market District, Soho House Chicago is a hotel and members only club featuring a rooftop pool, Cowshed Spa, Drawing Room, Club Bar, Music Room, a 17,000 square foot gymnasium, three dining options for hotel guests and members and three restaurants open to the public.
113 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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Dove’s Luncheonette
Tex-Mex diner eats plus cocktails & lots of tequila in retro digs with counter seats & a jukebox.
1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Comfort Station
A multi-disciplinary art space in the heart of Logan Square hosting weekly music and movie nights, as well as other events.
2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Rite Liquors
Longtime liquor store with wine, beer & spirits, tobacco, lottery & snacks, with an onsite bar.
1649 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Richard’s Bar
Tin-ceiling bar with budget beers, hard-boiled eggs & a jukebox filled with rat-pack classics.
491 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
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Joong Boo Market
Asian supermarket for produce, meat & dry goods plus a fast-food Korean restaurant.
3333 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Publican Quality Meat
An American cafe offering charcuterie, pastries & sandwiches along with an on-site butcher & market.
825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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31st Street Beach
Sandy swimming beach, open seasonally, featuring lifeguards, skyline views, concession stands, picnicking and a boat launch.
Chicago, IL 60616, USA
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Unique Thrift
 Unique Thrift Store in Chicago, IL is an impressive thrift store, a community champion and a revolutionary recycler.
3748 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Pilsen Community Books
Book store in Chicago, Illinois.
1102 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Yvolina’s Tamales
Yvolina's Tamales was founded in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago by mother and daughter Marcelina and Yvonney Hernandez in 2010.
814 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Graceland Cemetery
Established in 1860, Graceland Cemetery is a large Victorian era cemetery and one of Chicago’s finest hidden treasures, tucked on the North Side, amongst the everyday hustle and bustle. Here rests many prominent Chicago figures, including athletes, politicians, and architects from the last century.
4001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Promontory Point
Promontory Point is a man-made peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan. It is located in Chicago's Burnham Park. The Point was constructed from landfill and by the late 1930s was protected by a seawall or revetment.
5491 S Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60615, USA
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Lake Shore Drive
Lake Shore Drive is a 15-mile stretch of urban parkway bordered by green space, beaches and Lake Michigan on the east, and skyscrapers on the west. Encompassed within Lake Shore Drive is Lakefront Trail, Lincoln Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, Soldier Field, Navy Pier, Buckingham Fountain and more.
Chicago, IL, USA
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Ola’s Liquors
Modest convenience store with wine, beer & beverage staples, plus sundries & a down-to-earth bar.
947 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar
Maria's is an awesome dive bar with eclectic selections and friendly staff.
960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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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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Quimby’s
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.
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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Belmont Snack Shop
 This is one of the best country-style American/Southern breakfast joints in town!
3407 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Showmen’s Rest
Showmen's Rest in Forest Park is a 750 plot section of Woodlawn Cemetery mostly for circus performers owned by the Showmen's League of America. Statues of five elephants surround the Showmen's Rest section of the cemetery. The elephants each have a foot raised with a ball underneath, and the trunks lowered in mourning.
Forest Park, IL, USA
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Humboldt Park Lagoon
Park-goers come to Humboldt to enjoy baseball, soccer and tennis, as well as fishing by the lagoon
Humboldt Park Lagoon, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Buffalo Exchange
Hip chain that buys, sells, trades trendy vintage & used clothing & accessories for men & women.
1478 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Michigan Avenue
Michigan Avenue is a major north-south street in Chicago which runs at 100 east on the Chicago grid. The northern end of the street is at Lake Shore Drive on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Gold Coast Historic District. 
Chicago, IL, USA
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Skylark
Cash-only bar with craft beer, pub food & live music amid retro rec-room decor with a photo booth.
2149 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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The Chipp Inn
Well-worn, cash-only corner bar, dating to 1897, with vintage decor, neon beer signs & a pool table.
832 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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EZ Inn
Stylish, modern take on an old-school beer-&-a-shot bar featuring craft brews & a free jukebox.
921 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Congress Plaza Hotel
Directly across from Millennium Park and sitting on the iconic Michigan Avenue, Congress Plaza Hotel offers elegance, luxury, and history in the heart of Chicago.
520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Honky Tonk BBQ
Plates of apple-and-oak-smoked pork & beef brisket plus sides flavor the menu at this rustic eatery.
1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Chicago Theatre
The Chicago Theatre, originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, is a landmark theater located on North State Street in the Loop area of Chicago, Il.
175 N State St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Auditorium Theatre is a music and performance venue located inside the Auditorium Building at 50 Congress Parkway in Chicago, Illinois.
50 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Irazu
Cash-only cantina serving a vegetarian-friendly menu of traditional Costa Rican food & shakes.
1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Amitabul
Modest restaurant serving a vegan, organic Korean menu that includes noodle soups, tofu & bibimbop.
6207 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, USA
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Montrose Beach
This popular dog-friendly beach draws patrons for its numerous activities including kayaking and volleyball rentals, non-motorized boat launch, and distance swimming at Tower 4. After working up an appetite, visit one of the many food concessions to sate your hunger. Take some time to look around - a natural dune habitat shows thriving endangered plant life, and attracts many migratory birds during the fall and spring.  
Montrose Beach, Illinois, USA
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Cloud Gate (The Bean)
Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Gold Star Bar
Long-running joint serving up a variety of draft beers & cocktails, with a jukebox & a pool table.
1755 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Brando’s Speakeasy
Intimate lounge/club delivering drinks, karaoke & dancing in a vintage setting (the building is over 100 years old). Each night of the week offers something different from live bands and karaoke, to sports nights and burlesque shows. Karaoke is what draws crowds so be sure to partake - you may even be treated to some singers from the neighboring theatre district.
343 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
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Lincoln Park
Chicago's largest park, Lincoln Park sits beside Chicago's lakefront and is named after Abraham Lincoln. A statue of Lincoln (along with many others including General Ulysses S. Grant) can be found in the park. The park also contains the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, and North Avenue Beach.
The Lincoln Park neighborhood features nightlife, dining and entertainment including the revered Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and comedy clubs Up and Second City.
Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL, USA
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US #1 Vintage Clothing
Snug store stocking a variety of vintage apparel, shoes, denim & leather goods for men & women.
1460 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Dave’s Records
Cozy, vinyl-only record shop stocking thousands of domestic, imported, new & used titles.
2604 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Schubas Tavern
Housed in an old Schlitz brewery, this bar showcases a diverse lineup of bands, from indie to jazz.
3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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The Violet Hour
Creative cocktails & small bites define this sophisticated, stylish bar.
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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The Wiener’s Circle
Famously surly staffers serve char dogs & more at this tiny institution that's open late.
2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Seek Vintage
Cozy shop with retro flair featuring a large stock of 1930s to 1980s decor items & clothes.
1432 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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Myopic Books
Tri-level used-books store stocking 80,000 tomes & hosting periodic concerts & poetry nights.
1564 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Old Town Ale House
Laid-back, cash-only dive bar near Second City with a storied past, old-school jukebox & funky art.
219 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
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Sultan’s Market
Cash-only counter-serve Middle Eastern spot with falafel, gyros & more plus a large salad bar.
2521 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, 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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Smartbar

This lively, hip nightspot features DJs spinning techno dance music, beer & cocktails.

3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Enaz

An eclectic journey to fashion, urban awareness and organic chic paralleling with sensible style.

309 N Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 60093, USA
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Gramaphone Records

This funky record store with a clubby vibe stocks a selection of dance music & underground tunes.

2843 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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The Mid Chicago

Sleek nightlife hotspot where clubgoers dance to top DJs while enjoying 3 bars & a VIP room.

306 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661, 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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Moon Voyage

Wicker Park women's boutique showcasing clothing, accessories & jewelry by small designers.

2010 W Pierce Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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P.45

Trendy retailer with a hip vibe offering women's brand-name apparel, accessories, shoes & jewelry.

1643 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Thalia Hall

This landmark venue, designed as an opera house in 1892, hosts concerts by well-known musical acts.

1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Kingston Mines

Blues music club where live bands play until late on 2 stages & there's a full BBQ menu too.

2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park is a 20-acre public park in the Loop community area of Chicago. It is near the Lake Michigan shoreline in northeastern Grant Park.

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Parson’s Chicken & Fish

Low-key fried chicken & fish stop with hip tunes dishing up cocktails, salads, sandwiches & sushi.

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre living plant museum situated on nine islands in the Cook County Forest Preserves.

1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
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Vintage Charm Bucktown
Charming Chicago fashion & home boutique that offers a curated selection of clothing, gifts, jewelry, home & vintage.
1735 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, 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
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Danny’s Tavern

Dark, funky multiroom bar/club with DJs & dancing in an unassuming space on a residential strip.

1951 W Dickens Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Superdawg

Classic circa-1948 drive-in where car hops deliver Chicago-style dogs, fries & milkshakes.

6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, USA
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The WasteShed
The WasteShed is a nonprofit creative reuse center located in Chicago, we accept donations of reusable art supplies, school materials and office supplies.
914 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Township

Hipster spot for coffee, craft beer & eclectic fare plus popular brunch offerings & live music.

2200 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Music Box Theatre
The independently owned Music Box Theatre is Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films. The theatre first opened on August 22, 1929, just two months before The Great Depression and retains its original architecture and design. Seating 800 people, the theater features a dark blue ceiling made to look like the night sky, and Italian inspired design to make guests feel as if they are watching a film in an open-air Tuscan palazzo.  
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Hip, shabby-chic coffeehouse featuring a changing roster of house-roasted java plus tea & pastries.

2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Lincoln Hall

Midsize live music venue with an on-site restaurant & bar.

2424 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Logan Hardware Records

Record store with hundreds of vinyl albums plus a museum of free-to-play vintage arcade games.

2532 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli

Storied, no-frills institution serving classic deli fare in a cafeteria-style setting.

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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Experimental Sound Studio

Recording studio, audio preservation and performance space.

5925 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60660, USA
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Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States.

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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Riviera Theatre
Located in Chicago’s historic Uptown theater district, the Riviera Theatre is a concert venue located on the north side of Chicago and seats approximately 2,500 people. Completed in 1917, it was originally built as a movie theater and was transformed into a private nightclub in 1986. Today the Riviera Theatre hosts some of the most prominent entertainers.  
4746 N Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Aragon Ballroom

Aragon Ballroom is a ballroom located at West Lawrence Avenue in Chicago, Illinois, approximately 5 miles north of downtown, in the Uptown neighborhood.

1106 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor of Chicago has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders.

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Drake Hotel

Opened in 1920 in a landmark building on the Magnificent Mile, this upscale hotel is just off Chicago’s Gold Coast.

140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium is a public museum dedicated to the study of astronomy and astrophysics. It was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler.

1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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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
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Constellation Jazz Club

Constellation is a jazz club in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 2013 by Mike Reed, a Chicago-based drummer and composer.

3111 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Heaven Gallery
Heaven Gallery is a non-profit gallery and multi-disciplinary arts space in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood that encourages, mentors, and presents new and emerging artists, musicians, and filmmakers to audiences throughout Chicagoland and beyond.
1550 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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iO Theater

Warehouse-like hangout inside the comedy club with specialty cocktails & a diverse array of nibbles.

1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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The Hideout

Prohibition-era bar in a small space that hosts all kinds of live music & dancing on Saturday night.

1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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Fine Arts Building
The Fine Arts Building, also known as the Studebaker Building, houses Artists' studios in a historic ten-story 1885 building with Art Nouveau-era murals and and a "Venetian Court” courtyard in the middle of the building with a light well and sculpture garden.
410 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Penelope’s

Relaxed nook selling European & U.S. brands of casual apparel & accessories for men, women & kids.

1913 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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The Second City

Known for its many famous alums, this storied spot hosts popular sketch shows & improv classes.

1616 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Schubas Tavern

Housed in an old Schlitz brewery, this bar showcases a diverse lineup of bands, from indie to jazz.

3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Lottie’s Pub

Historic sports bar featuring a menu of pizza & pub grub, 20+ beers on tap & a vintage vibe.

1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lively taproom offering beer tastings, snacks, a retail store & regular live music.

2607 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Sportsman’s Club

Cash-only hangout featuring a taxidermy theme, table games & a rotating list of cocktails & beer.

948 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Dusty Groove

Spiffy storefront stop for rare, new & used LPs & CDs from a wide range of genres, plus DVDs.

1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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STITCH

High-end store showcasing stylish home furniture & accents, as well as fashion accessories & gifts.

1937 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Metro Chicago

A variety of indie & alternative bands play at this popular, intimate concert venue.

3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Village Discount Outlet

Chain of thrift stores in Chicago Illinois and surrounding areas.

6419 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60629, USA
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Jay Pritzker Pavilion

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this bandshell in Millennium Park hosts various musical events.

201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Carol’s Pub Inc

Honky-tonk bar featuring live country-western music, line dancing & karaoke since 1973.

4659 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney, Jeff Perry, and H.E. Baccus.

1650 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Chi Cafe

Tiny, modern eatery with late-night hours serving an extensive menu of classic Chinese dishes.

2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, USA
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Grant Park

Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of Chicago. Located in Chicago's central business district, the park's most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus.

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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Reckless Records

Reckless Records in Chicago sells new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and more.

26 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Double Door

Music club with a diverse lineup of up-and-coming acts & big-name bands in a somewhat small space.

1551 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Belmont Army

5-story apparel store with modern fashions, vintage items, military wear, footwear & skating gear.

855 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Scofflaw

Gin-centric cocktails, craft beers & pub grub served in a relaxed urban-rustic bar with cozy nooks.

3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Permanent Records

Cheerful storefront space stocking used LPs, CDs & DVDs, & hosting occasional events.

1914 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden

Neighborhood bar serving BBQ, bar food & craft beers inside or in the large beer garden.

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Lincoln Park Zoo

One of the nation's oldest zoos housing 1200 animals representing 230 species. Includes children's zoo, carousel and paddle boats.

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Bahá’í House of Worship
The Bahá'í House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, is one of eight dedicated temples of the Bahá'í Faith. It is the oldest surviving Bahá'í House of Worship in the world and the only one located in the United States.  
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA
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Market Supply Co. Vintage

Hip resource for vintage apparel & accessories, eco-friendly jewelry & an old-school barber shop.

1147 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Rainbo Club
This late-night institution located in Wicker Park, has been serving cold drinks and creating stories since it opened its doors in the 1930s. The venue draws locals, artists and musicians alike, and has also had its 15 minutes of fame. Liz Phair snapped the cover photo for Exile in Guyville in the photo booth. Nelson Algren, Vince Vaughn, and James Iha have also left their stamp. Plus at least one Hollywood movie was filmed here. Stop by for a drink, some pinball, music, and take your turn in the photo booth.
1150 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Chicago Athletic Association

An 8-minute walk from Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate, this boutique hotel in a restored Gothic-style building with Art Deco interiors, is also less than a mile from Willis Tower.

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
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Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

Swinging sounds are on tap nightly, from big-name artists to local late-night jam sessions.

4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Burlington

No-frills bar featuring a large whiskey & bourbon menu plus music from local & touring bands or DJs.

3425 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Knee Deep Vintage

Cozy spot to dig through the racks for used clothing & housewares plus modern & retro furniture.

1425 W 18th Pl, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Sector 2337
Sector 2337 is a storefront gallery and bookstore.
2337 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Cole’s Bar

Live music, comedy & open-mike nights are showcased at this laid-back neighborhood watering hole.

2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to discovering and celebrating poetry. Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. The Poetry Foundation hosts a robust schedule of free live events throughout the year. Ranging from poetry readings to staged plays to concerts, events have also included artist collaborations, exhibition openings, musical and other performances.
61 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
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The Empty Bottle

Indie music venue & bar hosting alternative bands in a somewhat small space with cheap drinks.

1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Zebra Lounge

Patrons sip martinis & other cocktails at this Zebra-themed speakeasy with nightly live piano music.

1220 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
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La Chaparrita

Basic Mexican grocery store on a corner with an eatery serving tacos, fresh juices & aguas frescas.

2500 S Whipple St, Chicago, IL 60623, USA
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Alice’s Lounge

Karaoke four nights a week!

3556 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Hungry Brain

Low-lit bar with retro rec-room furnishings plus arcade games, a jukebox & other entertainment.

2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Hala In Restaurant

Bright, cheerful Middle Eastern eatery specializing in homestyle Palestinian cooking.

4624 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
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Friar Tuck

Est. 1970, this local dive has been around for awhile, hosting Karaoke, trivia, game night, parties, and more. 

3010 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Big Star

Mexican street food, plus margaritas & other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Eskell

Funky boutique offering house-designed women's clothing & jewelry, plus fragrances & home goods.

1509 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located one block from the historic Water Tower in downtown Chicago. MCA features provocative and innovative contemporary art and culture exhibitions, performances, and programs. Founded in 1967, MCA is one of the world’s largest art museums.  
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
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Rosa’s Lounge

Longtime family-owned neighborhood club where both traditional & modern performers sing the blues.

3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest most stunning greenhouse conservatories in the US. The two acre indoor greenhouse is home to thousands of plant species, and 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens span the rest of the grounds.
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624, USA
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Blake

Minimalist store specializing in sophisticated women's apparel, plus shoes & accessories.

212 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
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Tangerine

Women's clothing, and accessories. 

1719 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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