Tag Archives: Chicago

Emporium Barcade

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Location: 1366 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
P: 773-697-7922
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 5PM-2AM, Fri: 3PM-2AM, Sat: Noon-3AM, Sun: Noon-2AM

In June 2012 Emporium opened it’s doors at the forefront of the then current “barcade” trend. Situated in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, just down the street from the bustling “6 corners,” Emporium established itself as one of CHI’s premier barcades. Location aside, they have an awesome beer menu, and if you’re into whiskey (we are), they have a separate menu dedicated entirely to the “Ruckus Juice.” When it comes to the games, these guys hit the nail on the head; you’ll find ALL of the classics: The Simpsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NBA JAM, and Street Fighter. If that wasn’t good enough, they have a separate room dedicated entirely to pinball and live music. Emporium is dope but beware, if you come here late on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll probably end up doing more waiting and watching than actual playing; so go early or on odd days if you’re there strictly for the games. This place is ideal for a pre-game before the night begins, I’d highly recommend a stop if you’re near “6 Corners”.

Energe – Henny Bold

The homie Energe has been on quite the tear as of late releasing a slew of new records via his Soundcloud. One of which titled, “Henny Bold,” is a slow simmering banger. Energe rides each transition like a veteran as the instrumental builds. Everyone’s had one of those “Henny Bold” type nights, all liquid courage aside, this track is sure to turn up any party. Check out “Henny Bold” above and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Energe.

Jugrnaut “J Dilla” Tee

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Jugrnaut just released a new tee shirt celebrating the life of the late great J Dilla. The legendary Detroit producer remains an inspiration to artists from around the world, the guys from Jugrnaut specifically giving a nod to his classic album Donuts. Unfortunately for those outside of the Chicago area, this drop is in-store only for now. These will be limited, so head down to Jugrnaut if you like what you see.

Harold’s Chicken Shack

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Location: Numerous (Best are 87th & Kedzie, 83rd & Ashland)
Hours: Vary by location

Growing up in Minnesota, KFC and Popeyes were the marquis chicken places aside from a few token spots like El-Amins, Shorty & Wags, and Pizza Gallery. When i came to the city of Chicago, it was clear that one name rang loudest in the conversation over chicken; Harold’s. A Southside institution, Harold’s Chicken Shack has reached national acclaim for having some of the best wings, not only in Chicago; but in the entire United States as well. When driving on the Southside you’ll see a Harold’s in just about every neighborhood stretching down into the city’s south suburbs, you can find them all across the city but they are most prevalent out south. The chicken itself is great, Juicy, Crispy and lathered in a sauce locals have named “Mild Sauce”; it’s like a blend of BBQ, Honey BBQ and ketchup. They provide a variety of sauces but Mild is really the only way to go, if you’re ever in Chicago you CAN NOT leave without eating at one of the many around town. Thank me later.

The Cool Kids – Connect Four

Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks recently announced that they are indeed reuniting as The Cool Kids. This is welcome news for hip hop fans who fell in love with their aesthetic and sound nearly 10 years ago. Their most recent release comes in the form of a loose track titled, “Connect Four,” it’s almost like they picked up right where they left off. Peep “Connect Four” above and stay tuned for more from The Cool Kids as 2017 gets into full swing.

Midwest Best Showcase

Location: 501 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, March 4th @ 9PM

This week marks another solid one for local hip hop in the Twin Cities. Of the many shows going on, Saturday’s “Midwest Best” Showcase is one of the better ones. Going down at the Nomad on the West Bank, this event will feature a strong lineup with performances from Why Khaliq, Slump Gang, CRASHprez, Free Lunch Crew and BOTH. This one is 21+ and the door is only $10 and PBR tallboys will go for $3 all night. Click the link below for more info.

Midwest Best Showcase via Facebook

Phil’s Last Stand

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Location: 2258 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Sun: 10:30AM-10PM, Mon-Tue: 10:30AM-Midnight, Wed: 10:30AM-2AM, Thur-Sat: 10:30AM-4AM

Chicago’s hot dog game is on another level; red hots, char-dogs, grilled or raw onions, Chicago style toppings or old school style, poppy seed bun or plain, NO KETCHUP; it is it’s own madness. Last weekend we were out late in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood and decided to stop by Phil’s Last Stand to finally find out what all the hype’s about. {2:00am, Saturday}: Upon entering, the place was full of all sorts of Chicago’s finest, everyone from drunken college kids, fed up locals; and yes the odd bum or two. Classic atmosphere at any Chicago stand around bar close, the interior was packed but the picnic table filled patio was pleasantly vacant. Both the burgers and the hot dogs were awesome, and like my friend Blanco said, “This place doesn’t give a fuck about fries”; they literally filled the entire basket around the hot dogs. Phil’s easily earned it’s spot within my top 5 hot dog stands in the city, good food, decent prices and they offer more space than the average stand. If you’re ever in West Town or the Ukraine Village on an empty stomach, i’d highly recommend a stop here; you wont leave hungry.

Energe – No Chances

The homie Energe dropped a new record a couple of weeks ago titled “No Chances.” Murky from the jump, “No Chances” is a record that could easily find play on any radio station in the nation. Energe shows a lot of poise in each deliberately placed line, the track really develops as it goes then ends leaving the listener wanting more. Check out “No Chances” above and be on the look out for more from Energe.

Sheffield’s Bar

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Location: 3258 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago
Hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-2AM, Sat: 11AM-3AM, Sun: 11AM-Midnight

The bar scene in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood is known for being rowdy, a little pretentious, and at times, feeling like the bro capital of the world. Most of the bars on the Clark Street strip will be packed to capacity on Friday and Saturday nights and if there’s a game, you can count on 2-3 times the crowd on the streets. Sheffield’s is like an oasis. In the midst of so much drunken debauchery, lies a cool, laid back bar with great food and an even better beer menu. They have what feels like 4 separate bars, each of which is fitted with multiple big screen TVs; and a huge outdoor area with it’s own bar. This place can get pretty wild from time to time, but the bros and yuppies tend to stay away; leaving an atmosphere filled with peace and girls that aren’t being harassed at every turn.

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With all of the amazing music coming out of Chicago, many of the other forms of art have began to be overlooked. One windy city artist who is making a name for himself is, Travon Greer (xTRVONx), who had a breakout year in 2016. His work is often inspired by ancient societies and is hard to miss with it’s vibrant, striking color ways. After garnering a few celebrity commissions and transitioning into apparel/accessories, Travon is getting set to have an even bigger year in 2017. Check out a few of his works above and click the link below for more information, as well as his online shop.

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