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”.
When I first arrived in Chicago at the back end of 2008 i had absolutely no clue who Hebru Brantley was. I remember cruising along Milwaukee Avenue and seeing huge graffiti style murals of futuristic looking children wearing goggles, and wondering to myself “who the hell makes these?”. One day a friend of mine put me on to an art show and boom the connection was made, i now knew his name but the research had just began. A few years later and the man, the myth continues to be an internationally acclaimed artist with backing from some very prestigious people/companies: Jay Z, Nike, Lollapalooza and Life+Times to name a few. The South side native most recently was involved with a Nike sponsored pop up shop featuring his clothing line in conjunction with Lollapalooza weekend. One of the coolest things about Hebru is that he’s so in tune with the streets of Chicago and what’s going on in his city, i still have no idea how many of his pieces are sprinkled around the city; but it’s still amazing every time i stumble upon one. If you’ve never heard of Hebru Brantley click the link below and check out his website and stay tuned for his next event.
Director Paul McGuigan‘s Victor Frankenstein is opening in theaters nationwide this Friday. Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Woman in Black) as Igor, the movie is a new take on the classic Mary Shelley story, told from the perspective of Igor and how he met Victor Frankenstein in medical school at a time of technological innovation, and how Frankenstein nearly drove himself to madness with his ambition to challenge science and test the bounds of life and death. Although the story looks like it might be pretty drawn out and exaggerated, it does look like it will be a pretty fun watch. James McAvoy (Wanted, X-Men: First Class) co-stars as Victor Von Frankenstein, with Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Winter’s Tale) and Andrew Scott (Locke, Spectre) included in the supporting cast. McGuigan (Wicker Park, Lucky Number Sleven) directed from a script by screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra). The trailer is available here on MADE; you can decide for yourself how you think it will turn out. Let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Sadly, Rodan in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood has closed it’s doors for good. Not many details regarding the reasons why, but the owners did release a statement saying that rent had increased by $2,000 and they “no longer had the fire” to run the place. Hopefully it’s not replaced by something like Urban Outfitters.