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”.
The bar scene in Minneapolis is currently undergoing a huge transformation. Chic rooftops and trendy lounges have began popping up everywhere leaving a stark contrast in many of the city’s neighborhoods. Take Mortimer’s for example, a sleepy, game filled “Dive” with 3 separate bars and TV’s everywhere vs. Moto I; a swanky Japanese style sake brewery and lounge (yes it has a rooftop). Both of these places are awesome in their own way and for separate occasions, but if I’m just trying to knock back a couple of brews, I’m taking Mortimer’s all day. Serving up some damn good burgers, cheese curds and 2 for 1 drinks just about all day; Mortimer’s is a great place to kick back and watch the Vikes or simply get wasted for the low (Pregame!!). All in all this place is a cool bar with crazy drink specials and awesome games, if you’re looking for a chill place to have a brew in Uptown; look no further.
(P.S: This place attracts patrons of all types, beware some are less than cordial)
Artist Clemens Habicht recently up’d the ante on his immensely popular 1,000 Colors Puzzle, by releasing his new 5,000 Colors Puzzle. At 6. x 2.5 feet, each piece of the puzzle is a different color and it is said that they are incredibly difficult to complete. These retail for $149 and are currently sold out, but Colossal plans to re-stock them in late August. Click the link below for more information.
Earlier this year Prof took fellow Minnesotans Finding Novyon, Metasota, and Willie Wonka along for his “Time Bomb Tour.” The tour had a slew of dates bringing the artists all the way up the west coast, before hitting British Columbia and swinging back to Minneapolis. Minor set backs aside, the tour looks like it was a ton of fun, check out the recap for yourself above.
The homie GainesFM recently opened for the Migos when they stopped by MYTH. The budding Twin Cities artist is scoring opening slots for some of the hottest artists out, as well as some truly legendary MCs. Peep the recap video from the Migos show above and keep an eye out for more from GainesFM.
Nazeem & Spencer Joles are heating up right now coming off their recent Soundset 2017 announcement. That’s right, the south side kids made the cut this year and also appear to be working on a new EP. Dubbed Years of Obscurity, the first offering from the project comes in the form of a new video titled “Lake St.”. The fight club-esque visual completes the songs gritty aesthetic, we could definitely get used to the kid Liban starring in videos. Chill with a splash of tension underneath the surface, “Lake St.” actually does a good job capturing the feeling of the real street. Check out the video above and be on the look out for more from Nazeem & Spencer Joles.
If you aren’t familiar with The Klituation, let me star t by saying it is one of the best dance parties in town. The all female lineup features mainstays such as DJ Keezy, Shannon Blowtorch, Sophia Eris, and more while a rotating cast of artists make guest appearances. The recap for round 2 was recently posted to YouTube, check it out above and be on the look out for the next one.
The homies from SPVCE held their first full on event at Icehouse last weekend. The anticipation leading up to the show was palpable and by all accounts it appears they delivered a great night. When the SPVCE crew falls through you can expect thick clouds of smoke to follow. Check out the short recap video above by Alan de Leon Taverna and stay tuned for more from SPVCE.