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Off the Radar: Alternative Things to do in Chicago

30 Jan

Have a cup at the Pick Me Up

Pick Me Up Cafe

Pick Me Up Cafe

This is a local favorite.  They’re  open 24 hours on weekends and boast excellent coffee with free refills and amazing cheese fries.  However, as the owner would love to defend, they do not want to be strictly categorized as a “coffee-house.”  In fact, this place mostly resembles a creatively decorated diner that serves up favorites like: Vegan French Toast, Kalhua Pancakes, The Garlicious Breast Sandwich, and of course their signature Cheez Fries.

Catch a Flick at The Music Box

The Music Box Theater

The Music Box Theater

This movie venue is a real northside relic that proudly projects indie films, foreign hits,  and old favorites.  They have a cool special event section that annually includes The Music Box Massacre, a 24 hour horror film extravaganza.  They also have midnight movies for us nocturnal creatures.  The venue itself is worth the trip.

Watch a Show at IO

IO Chicago Improv

IO Chicago Improv

You probably have heard of Second City, but Improv Olympic in Wriggleyville has comedic bragging rights as well.   Tickets are priced from $5-15 bucks and you will get your fill in laughs.  Inside tip: guys from the Sonic commercials do a Wednesday evening show for $5 dollars and really bring on the hilarity for the cheapest cover.

Have a Drink at Delilah’s



There’s nothing wrong with sports bars, and Lincoln Park hosts quite the array of them.  However, there is an abnormal gem often overlooked by the norm.  Delilah’s dark decor sticks out at once as defused wires and cables stick out from walls and strange and interesting art looms plentiful.  The menu offers around 90 different beers and 120 different whiskeys.  The specials include $1 dollar beers on Mondays, $2 dollar whiskey shots on Tuesday and other great specials throughout the week.

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