Chill Times Pop-Up Shop

Location: 726 Central Avenue SE, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, August 12th // 3PM-7PM

This Saturday, the homies from No Flashy Shit will be joining forces with AK Collective, Shepherd Goods & Lamb Chops, and Marena for a pop-up shop. The event will showcase clothing, jewelry and artwork, and we’re sure you’ll see a few exclusive items available. The pop-up is free and is kid friendly, click the link below to check out No Flashy Shit’s official website and a few recaps of previous pop-ups.

Lockdown Bar & Grill

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Location: 1024 N Western Avenue, Chicago
P: 773-451-5625
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-2AM, Sat: 11AM-3AM, Sun: 11AM-Midnight

Best burgers in the city…hands down…the end…Seriously though, the burgers at this place could speak for themselves. Located on Western Ave in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Lockdown is far from your average bar. For starters they strictly play heavy metal and the theme is half jail cell half dungeon; their beer menu is chalk full of craft brews, and they have down right awesome food. Take “The Death Sentence” for instance, 20 oz of beef, double stacked with bacon and yellow cheddar; topped with carmalized onions on a pretzel roll. They offer a wide variety of cheeses as well including Brie, Chevre, Gorgonzola and Merkts Cheddar to name a few. Top 5 burger spots dead or alive, that means EVER in Chicago, if you don’t believe go check out Lockdown yourself.

Pizza Lucé Block Party 2017

Location: 119 N 4th Street, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, August 12th // Noon-10AM

Pizza Luce’s annual block party is right around the corner and this year’s is looking like one to remember. Sure there will be plenty of pizza and Surly beer on deck, but the real draw is this year’s lineup. The event features a full day of music including performances from Craig Finn, Allan Kingdom, Sophia Eris, HALEY, and Fury Things among others. This one is all ages and FREE to the public, if you’re looking for something to do this Saturday, look no further. Click the link below for the full lineup and set times.

Pizza Luce Block Party via Facebook

GainesFM – Smile (Video)


Earlier this year, GainesFM broke through in a major way with the release of his EP, Smile. Since then he has opened up for some of the hottest acts in hip hop and will play Summerset’s main stage this year, not a bad 2017. A couple of days ago he dropped the video for his EP’s title track and it is a visual stunner. Directed by Robert Henry, the video utilizes a variety of special effects and cool locations. Topper Atwood’s heavy hitting production provides a solid platform for Gaines to switch things up a little with an autotune draped flow. One of those songs that always gets the crowd moving, “Smile” now has a visual that does it’s high energy justice. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from GainesFM.

Summerset Send Off Dance Party

Location: 205 E Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
When: Thursday, August 10th @ 10PM

As we enter the back end of the summer, August is looking like the month with the most things to do. Among major staples like the Minnesota State Fair, Summerset Music Festival and Pizza Luce Block Party, there are also a lot of events tucked in the weeks between. The homie DJ Low will take over Honey on the Thursday leading up to Summerset, the night will include performances from UJU, GainesFM, DJ Low, Rich Garvey & Blamsiss, as well as a few special guests. This one is 21+ and the door is only $5, mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info.

Uncle Franky’s (Original Location)


Location: Minneapolis Nordeast Minneapolis 728 Broadway St. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 455-2181

This little establishment is a must stop for Chicago dog lovers and cheeseburger fiends. Uncle Franky’s, the original establishment, offers a legit Chicago style menu at a reasonable price. The food itself is absolutely on point. Whether it’s a Chicago dog, a Juicy Lucy, Italian Beef, Philly Cheese Steak, or some freshly cut fries; Uncle Franky’s does it right. The tiny building is located smack dab in the neighborhoods of NE, and can easily be missed. Next time you are cruising down Broadway, keep yours eyes peeled,  you might want to make the stop.

A&J’s Fish & Chicken

Location: 500 E Lake Street, Minneapolis
Hours: Sun-Thurs: 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-Midnight

Located in Minneapolis’ Phillips West neighborhood, A&Js is far from new to any southsider with a craving for fried chicken. As a loyal customer I may be biased, but I’ve grown to appreciate this place for it’s consistency. They offer the gamut of “southern cooking” including fried chicken, tilapia, catfish, collard greens, mac & cheese, perch, and even fried okra. This isn’t your crowd funded, yuppie hangout where “world class” chefs find their roots, it’s simply good ass street food that fills a much needed greasy void in our new, ritzy surroundings. You wont be paying $9 for 4 wings here, and you wont have 8 sauce selections, but you can rest assured that your wings will be good! Their menu is expansive and they have a surprisingly large delivery range, your best bet is the wings or the catfish, but there are definitely a few hidden gems. Phillips West & East are often overlooked, but A&J’s is worth a visit for anyone in the area looking for a quick bite. Click the link below for a peek at their menu.

A&J’s Fish & Chicken

Vic Mensa on The Breakfast Club (7.31.17)


Chicago’s own Vic Mensa appeared on the Breakfast Club today to talk about the release of his new album, The Autobiography. The budding artist has definitely had some trials and tribulations along his journey to becoming a certified star, he opens up about some of the things that he’s gone through since his move to L.A. Check out the interview for yourself above and keep an eye out for more.

The Network w/ Lyric Marid & Rich Garvey

Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, July 29th @ 9PM

This weekend is looking like yet another one filled with a bunch of good live music. Lyric Marid & Rich Garvey will bring “The Network” to the Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood. The event features a solid lineup of heavy hitters including GainesFM, Rich Garvey, Lyric Marid, Solostar, Piloto Williams, and comedian John X. DJ Cam Jones and DJ Low will hold down the 1s & 2s for the evening, while Devon Reason takes care of the hosting duties. This is just the 1st of more to come, The Network will strive to be an event dictated by the artists and the people of the Twin Cities. This one is 21+ and the door is only $10, but if you repost this with the hashtag #TheNetwork the door is half off. Click the link below for more information.

The Network via Facebook

Philly’s Best

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Location: 907 W Belmont Ave, Chicago
P: 773-525-7900
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-Midnight, Sat-Sun: 11AM-2AM

Philly’s Best is hands down one of the best restaurants that offer the Philly style cheese steak in the Chicago area. There are 3 locations, but our go to is the one on Belmont avenue; situated between Sheffield avenue & Clark street in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Once inside, any true philly steak enthusiast will quickly notice the authenticity of this place’s attitude; in comparison to OG steak places in Philly (Pat’s & Geno’s). The sandwiches themselves stack right up to the originals and they serve some pretty good pizza as well, if you’re on a budget don’t worry; you’ll leave full for about $10. If you’re ever near Wrigleyville or the Lincoln Park area i’d highly recommend a visit, you definitely wont be disappointed.