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September 17, 2014

rainy Day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago (more by James Richards IV)
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Due to a rainy day 1 of Riot Fest Chicago, Humboldt Park isn't in the best shape after the three-day festival. Much like other Chicago festivals do, Riot Fest made an agreement with the Chicago Park District to restore the park following the fest. They've now issued a statement regarding the restoration.

Riot Fest founder Michael Petryshyn said:

"Riot Fest is grateful to the City of Chicago and specifically the residents and businesses of Humboldt Park. The Park is really the star of Riot Fest, and we know it is the key reason why it makes the community one of the best in the City. And, I speak from experience, I live just steps away from the Park, and enjoy it almost daily.

Because the Park is as important to me as it is to the City, we will make certain that the Park be restored as soon as possible. Indeed, not only do we want the park restored, we want it improved. I have directed our staff to initiate meetings with the Park District on how we can partner with them to make permanent infrastructure improvements over the coming months. We want to improve the Park, because we want to make it the permanent home of Riot Fest. We don't take our commitment to the community and the park for granted.

If Riot Fest, alongside the Chicago Park District, can rehabilitate the park to the needed standards (beyond reseeding and aeration), the entirety of the 26th and surrounding wards -- it's residents and businesses -- only stand to benefit. And, that's what we want. Make no doubt about it: as a resident of Humboldt Park, I want to be the leader in making Humboldt Park Chicago's best and most modern natural resource. And, I know I can."
We're also lucky enough to call Humboldt Park home, and are looking forward to seeing the park restored. Day 1 pics and review are HERE and HERE. Day 2 pics and review are HERE and HERE. And Day 3 pics and review are HERE and HERE.

September 16, 2014

Shuga Records' in-the-works Wicker Park location

North Lawndale-based record store Shuga Records are slated to open a Wicker Park location this fall at 1272 N. Milwaukee Ave. (near the intersection of Milwaukee & Ashland). The shop currently sees many of its online sales from the Wicker Park area, and they've been trying to move to the neighborhood for a few years now. Their Wicker Park location plans to open in October by appointment only, and should be open to the general public by the holidays. Keep an eye out.

Just after Shuga makes its soft opening, Wicker Park record institution Reckless Records plans to move into their new space at 1379 N. Milwaukee Ave. (0.2 miles apart) in November.

February 11, 2014

crowd at Logan Hardware for The Evens, 2013 (more by Zach Pollack)

Logan Hardware moved 0.2 miles down the road this past July, and their longtime space has been vacant ever since. Well, it turns out it wasn't actually vacant, they retained the space and have been working on what will now be called Logan Arcade--a full-fledged arcade and bar. It'll house a larger collection of vintage pinball machines, video games, and etc. than ever before, but also a 20+ tap bar. Logan Arcade will be 21+, but the record store // vintage arcade museum remains an all-ages affair. Logan Arcade will be opening its doors on Monday, February 17. We won't soon forget that closing Evens show...

October 7, 2013

Blake Judd's mugshot

Nachtmystium leader Blake Judd was arrested this past Saturday (10/5) on charges of theft, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Department Of Corrections. The charges (720 ILCS 5/16-1) boil down to theft by unauthorized control of property not exceeding $500. The Illinois General Assembly describes this as being a Class A misdemeanor. Blake's bail is set at $25,000 with a court date set for this Friday (10/11).

Nachtmystium have shows scheduled for October and November, including an appearance at CMJ and a hometown show at Metro on November 30 with support from Weekend Nachos, Krieg, Harms Way, and Wilt (tickets). It's unclear if Blake will be able to appear at any of these dates.

Nachtmystium's current tour schedule can be found below...

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September 1, 2013

North Coast Music Festival 2012 (more by James Richards IV)

As is the case with most musical festivals, North Coast 2013 has brought out some interesting individuals to Union Park. One gentleman in particular went a bit too hard on Saturday night (8/31)...

Chicago police Tasered a naked man who jumped atop a Mercedes Benz and planted his buttocks through its windshield outside the North Coast Music Festival on Saturday night.

The 22-year-old from Massachusetts was intoxicated or high on a hallucinogenic drug at the time, police said.

Two people called 911 from Ogden Avenue near Randolph Street about 8:10 p.m. - one to report a naked man who broke a windshield, and the other to report a naked man jumping on top of cars. [Chicago Tribune]

Speaking of hallucinogenic drugs, the final day of NYC's Electric Zoo Festival has been canceled after two attendees died from apparent overdoses of MDMA.

NCMF 2013 continues today (Sunday, 9/1) with performances by Wu-Tang Clan, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, and more.

July 9, 2013


Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing's annual bicycle/beer/community fundraiser/music festival, takes place in multiple cities throughout the summer. TDF comes to Chicago this weekend, and will take over Palmer Square on Saturday, July 13. What exactly is Tour de Fat? Well, it's a fair amount of things...

If dressing freaky, riding bikes, listening to bands and drinking beer are things you like, then don't miss the most FUN fundraiser around...Tour de Fat is coming back to town! Gather up your friends, family and neighbors and come enjoy eclectic entertainment and stellar beer, all while helping local bicycle nonprofits raise funds. The event is free, yet all proceeds from beer and merchandise sales and donations from parade participants will help make 12 US cities better places to ride a bike.

Each day begins with a giant bicycle parade that weaves through city streets, designed for people of all skill levels; all are welcome and colorful costumes are encouraged. For the rest of the afternoon, the stages heat up with world-class acts and the park becomes a celebration unlike any other! [Tour de Fat]

As far as a music lineup goes, Mucca Pazza play at 1:30PM and musical/comedy genius Reggie Watts will perform at 4PM.

Check out the full schedule for Tour de Fat - Chicago below...

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April 4, 2013


Roger Ebert loved movies.

Except for those he hated.

For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film while deflating the awful, the derivative, or the merely mediocre with an observant eye, a sharp wit and a depth of knowledge that delighted his millions of readers and viewers.

"No good film is too long," he once wrote, a sentiment he felt strongly enough about to have engraved on pens. "No bad movie is short enough." [Chicago Sun-Times]

Legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away today (Thursday, April 4) at 70-years-old after a long battle with cancer.

RIP, Roger.

March 25, 2013

Jeff Tweedy @ Fifth Third Bank Ballpark with Wilco, July 2012 (more by Matt Ziegler)

Wilco frontman, Chicago resident, and all-around good guy Jeff Tweedy has written a letter in support of same-sex marriage to the editor of The Belleville News-Democrat. Tweedy, who was raised in Belleville, is calling for folks to join him in support of SB 10 which if passed by the Illinois General Assembly would give same-sex couples the freedom to marry. "By excluding same-sex couples from marriage, our state saddles them, their children and itself with second-class status. That is wrong, and it hurts Illinois families and businesses," said Tweedy.

Read Jeff Tweedy's letter to the editor in full, below...

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March 3, 2013

Jeff Tweedy @ A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party, September 2012 (more by Sara Pieper)

Chicago high school Northside College Prep are currently holding an online auction to help raise money for school programs. They've got over 200-items up for grabs, including an eight-hour recording session with Northside parent Jeff Tweedy at the Wilco Loft. It'll be tracked by a staff engineer and supervised by Tweedy himself, who will help you produce, arrange, and may even play on your tune if you need him to. Bidding is up to $20,250.00(!) as of this post.

As discussed, Jeff Tweedy will participate in a Q&A session with Low at Saki Records on Thursday night (3/7). They'll be talking about the group's forthcoming album, The Invisible Way, which was produced and tracked by Tweedy at the Wilco Loft. Low will also be performing stripped down selections from the LP. The event kicks off at 7PM and is open to the public.

February 6, 2013

Kuma's Too (via)

As discussed, Kuma's Corner are opening a second Chicago location, in Lincoln Park called Kuma's Too. When it was announced that the heavy metal eatery would be taking over the extremely appropriate address of 666 W. Diversey Pkwy. back in December, it was said that they'd be opening up within the next few months. Today, Eater Chicago reports that opening day will be on February 13.

Stay tuned for more information on the new restaurant.