An obscurantist’s playground, this West Town shop reaches for the outer limits of Tropicalia, Afrobeat, European vocal, vintage soundtracks, and more. And with the recent closure of Jazz Record Mart, it’s now Chicago’s premiere shop in that market, full stop.
16. Get Bloodshot with Robbie Fulks at The Hideout
Chicago has deep, ahem, roots in the alt-country scene, and the aptly named, off-the-beaten-path Hideout dutifully caters, particularly when it comes to Fulks’ much-loved Monday night residency.
17. Go native with a Chic-a-Go-Go taping
In the grand tradition of Chicago cable-access badassery (see also Svengoolie, Soul Train, Bozo), Chic-a-Go-Go plays like a bizzaro-world American Bandstand. Co-hosted by puppet emcee Ratso and overrun with nutty, bespoke costumes -- not to mention awesome local and national bands -- the show’s free live tapings are a trip unlike any other.