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  1. I’m heading to Boston this weekend, and I’m hoping to find some good spots to party/dance or just chill minus the usual preppy/Irish pub/frat scene. I’ve heard good things about Middlesex Lounge, Paradise Lounge, Middle East, Axis, and Great Scott. Any good parties or events happening this weekend? I saw that Happy Endings is having some anniversary party at Paradise Lounge on Saturday – worth checking out?

    Thanks for your help.

  2. how about berlin? i know it's not necessarily "obscure," but it isn't one of the obvious big four (new york, london, paris, tokyo). on the edge in terms of art, fashion, and design, great nightlife, and it's still cheap to live there, which really helps foster the creative scene.

    i've never been to stockholm, but it has been mentioned here a number of times. anyone willing to give a little more explanation as to its hipness?

  3. i’ll be in LA for the first time in february for a week, and i’m looking for all the advice i can get.

    i’m coming from new york, so i’m first wondering what are some good neighborhoods or streets that are cool, actually walkable areas. i know that i’m interested in checking out venice, los feliz, silver lake/echo park, and melrose ave. other cool places where you can park the car and walk around for a couple of hours?

    i’m really interested in architecture and design – museums, cool little galleries, and shops that i should check out?

    food – especially looking for sushi, thai, and korean bbq places (i did read the recent post on korean bbq). i’m also planning on going to the farmers market.

    what places are overrated/should be avoided?

    any help would be great.


  4. in my opinion, downtown manhattan (below 14th st) and parts of brooklyn are the areas where you’ll want to spend most of your time. i am by no means saying that there aren’t a lot of great things to experience in other areas, but if you’re going to only be in new york for a short time, these are the areas that you’ll being heading to a lot of the time. just look at the ‘hoods mapped by sf and you’ll see, in general, what the most sought after areas are.

    everyone seems to have different opinions concerning brokers. some people claim that they are necessary and will tell you to suck it up and deal with the fees. i personally think that it’s extortion. i was able to find my last apartment and the one i’m in now without a broker. speaking of fees, expect to pay first and last months rent, a security deposit, credit check/application fee, and 15% broker’s fee when you sign.

    also, spend some time understanding the “real†boundaries between neighborhoods. not that the name of a ‘hood really makes the difference, but brokers will waste your time trying to sell bushwick as east williamsburg, and tell you that an apartment is in clinton hill when it’s really in bed-stuy.

  5. i'm going to be in baltimore for the weekend and i'm looking for some help on things to check out, especially any interesting neighborhoods and good places to eat or go out. i already know about shop gentei. i've also heard some stuff about hampden (w 36th st), station north, and fells point. any help, even the smallest stuff, would be great. thanks.

  6. if you only have 5 hours, i would stay downtown. lower east side, soho, nolita, and east village. hit up at least some of these shops: reed space, sugarhead quarters, alife, apc, stussy, recon/nort, classic kicks, dqm, and famous friends.

  7. i've had a good time in all three of those cities - chicago, boston, and seattle. i've also been to almost every big city in the us, and i think that the above comments on chicago being a "ghetto, dirty, and ugly" are a totally untrue characterization of the city as a whole. diverse neighborhoods, great restaurants, architecture, and the lakefront are just the beginning of what chicago has to offer. if you are looking for a big city with lots of sights and culture, chicago has it.

  8. you and I definitely have very similar tastes. in my opinion, wicker park, ukrainian village, east village, noble square, and the west loop are the neighborhoods that you should check out.

    wicker park

    (boundaries: n-bloomingdale ave, e-ashland, s-division st, w-western ave)

    blue line stops at division and damen.

    this is the best neighborhood to find all of the things that you are interested in. tons of restaurants, bars, coffee, music, and shops. the intersection of damen ave, north ave, and milwaukee ave is the center of all the action. division st between ashland and leavitt st is also full of food, bars, and shops.

    ukrainian village

    (boundaries: n-division st, e-damen, s-grand ave, w-western ave)

    a little bit of a hike from the el, but great housing, and also home to my favorite music venue (see below). and while it doesn’t have the amount of places that division st does, i think that chicago ave is a really cool street with some good food, bars, and a few shops.

    east village

    (boundaries: n-division st, e-ashland, s-grand ave, w-damen)

    blue line stop at division.

    better access to the el than the uk village, and therefore i would say more popular. again, lots of good stuff on division st and chicago ave, and a good record store on ashland ave. (dusty groove, 1120 n ashland)

    noble square:

    (boundaries: n-north ave, e-kennedy expressway, s-chicago ave or grand ave, w-ashland)

    blue line stops at division and not far from the chicago ave stop.

    technically this small area is a different neighborhood than wicker park and the east village, but it's really more like an extension of them.

    west loop

    (boundaries: n-grand ave, e-kennedy expressway, s-eisenhower expressway, w-ashland)

    green line stop at ashland, blue stops at halsted and racine.

    this area is the center of the gallery scene. it is also considered to be the city’s loft district. randolph, lake, and fulton are the main streets. randolph in particular is full of trendy restaurants.

    here is a recent article that the new york times did on division street that may help paint a better picture:


    you may also want to look into bucktown, lakeview, and river west.

    the best music venues:

    the empty bottle

    1035 n western ave (ukrainian village) – my personal favorite.


    3730 n clark (lakeview)


    1354 w wabansia

    double door

    1572 n milwaukee (wicker park)


    2011 w north ave (wicker park)

    beat kitchen

    2100 w belmont (roscoe village)

    abbey pub

    3420 w grace


    1444 w chicago ave

    also, i don’t know when in the summer you are moving, but there are 2 awesome music festivals in chicago, both held at union park in the west loop.

    Intonation Music Fest (June 24-25)


    Pitchfork Music Fest (July 29-30)


    i hope that this helps. if you look at a google map of chicago, you’ll see that the neighborhoods that i mention are all on the west/near northwest side of the city. i hope you like chicago, and please don’t hesitate to drop a message in my mailbox if you have questions about anything else.

  9. i haven't been to london or paris, but i spent some time in berlin this past summer and experienced a lot of different areas of the city, and i absolutely loved it. just my personal opinon, but if i had a job/the money to do so, it would be the first place that i would move to outside of the us. also, you are an artist coming from new york? berlin seems like it would be a great choice. in my opinion, friedrichshain and prenzlauer berg are the best neighborhoods.

  10. hey kilgore.

    i feel that i know chicago very well, and that i can help you a lot if you give some more info about what you are specifically looking for - what type of area you would like to live in, what you are expecting to pay for rent, what you are into/what your scene is, etc.

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