If you've ever lived in or visited Chicago and had a good time without getting hopelessly lost, you are cordially invited to post in this thread.
an explanation of the grid system, tips and tricks on navigation, and recommendations for how to find the underground music scene, awesome beers, weird things to explore, and the best Chicago-focused blogs.
THE GRID SYSTEM:
Whenever someone explains this to me I hear "It starts at State and Madison and blah blah blah blah blah and then you'll know exactly where you are!" Pretend I am a five-year old who was dropped on my tender infant cranium.
I bought the Moleskine city notebook
which is really helpful because I can pour over maps on the El without looking like a total tourist. I'm also thinking of buying a small cheap compass because I have no sense of direction and I'm too shy to ask the classic question "Which way is the lake?" My boyfriend is getting handed a dollar so he can get one of the CTA Tracker apps
for his iPhone. Any other recommendations?
A focus on music, especially local/weird/electronic, is nice, and so are blogs that categorize/tag posts by neighborhood. I'm currently reading Cream Team
, The Chicago Weekly
(I really like the focus on non-mainstream arts&music, and neighborhood catagorization), and Gaper's Block
. Is There a Cubs Game Today?
is a single-serving site, not a blog, but invaluable for a Wrigleyville resident like myself.
PLACES TO CHECK OUT:
Metafilter let me know that Hopleaf
existed, so I'm sure there's lots of wisdom to be shared.
I've spent time in Chicago but never lived here, I live spitting distance from Wrigley Field, I will likely
work in The Loop, yes I will be at the meet-ups, I like booze and electronica and lowbrow art and limited-run/old/obscure movies, I really liked this previous question
though I am 21+, I do not drive and hence will be reliant on the CTA, I am kind of nervous about not knowing anything about the local underground music scene and how to penetrate it.