42. Channel your digital apostate at Electrical Audio
“The future belongs to the analog loyalists,” according to fabled engineer Steve Albini, and he’s been putting that infamous credo to work for years at his near-mythical home-base studio. (Famous clients include Pixies, Nirvana, and PJ Harvey, plus local heroes like Urge Overkill, Veruca Salt, and The Ponys.) You can’t just waltz in, of course, but belying Albini’s surly rep, the staff is known to accommodate visits.
43. Switch to the hard stuff at Delilah’s
Famed for a preposterously large whiskey selection (roughly 300), this Lincoln Park fixture is no less liberal with the volume. DJs spin what you might expect from a whiskey joint: lots of punk, metal, outlaw country, and The Replacements.
44. Think global, act local at The Mid’s Trap vs. Juke
One of Chicago’s most prominent recent musical exports, juke has graduated from West Side DIY origins to international ubiquity. This semi-regular sampler gets closer to the root with a roster of Chicago mainstays, plus the occasional cameo from local legends like DJ Spinn or DJ Funk.