Muddy Waters and friends plugged in their amps circa 1950,
guitar grooves reached new decibel levels. Today, Buddy Guy’s
Legends is the hot spot for the genre. Top local and national
acts wail nightly. You might even see Buddy himself hanging
around. Only those age 21 and older can enter after 8 p.m.,
but during the day the venue hosts free, all-ages performances
from noon to 2 p.m. (but not Monday and Tuesday). Listen
while having lunch; the club doubles as a Cajun restaurant.
www.buddyguy.com, 700 S. Wabash Ave.
Cheer on the Cubs at Wrigley Field
The ivy-walled, 1914 ballpark is the second oldest in the
major leagues. Games here are big fun, with cheering crowds
and sunlight sparkling on the retro playing field. Wrigley is
filled with legendary traditions and curses, and has a home
team that suffers from the longest dry spell in U.S. sports
history. The hapless Cubs haven’t won a championship since
1908! No tickets? Peek in the “knothole,” a garage-door–size
opening on Sheffield Avenue, to watch them play the Pirates
for free this weekend.
www.cubs.com, 1060 W. Addison St.
Laugh at an Improv Show
Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and many more
honed their wit on Second City’s storied stage, where
improvised comedy first launched. Shows are outlandish,
hilarious sketch revues that revolve around politics and pop
culture. Who knows: you might be seeing the next Amy
Poehler or Steve Carell. iO is another great improv house.
Tickets are a bit cheaper and easier to get. The Improvised
Shakespeare Company works its magic here on weekends,
making up plays on the spot—in rhyming verse.
ondcity.com, 1616 N. Wells St.; ioimprov.com/chicago, 1501 N.
Rock Out at the Metro
Small and gritty, this renowned rock club puts you close
enough to see the musicians sweat and feel the bass thump
your chest. The Ramones, Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, and
Chance the Rapper are among the large number of artists who
played here pre-fame. Each night, prepare to hear noise by
three or four bands that may be teetering on the verge of
stardom. Some shows are all ages, most are 18-plus, and a few
are 21-plus. Metro’s basement holds Smart Bar, an unpretentious dance club, where house and techno pound the turntables.
www.metrochicago.com, 3730 N. Clark St.
Have a Hot Fudge Sundae at Margie’s Candies
Margie’s has dipped ice cream sundaes for everyone from Al
Capone to the Beatles (check the wall photos). The old-fashioned parlor sports a cool red neon sign and booths with
mini-jukeboxes. But Margie’s sundaes are the star attraction.
They’re enormous, served with much fanfare in a white
clamshell bowl on a silver platter, alongside a silver pot of
the famed hot fudge. It’s awesome (and even more awesome
that Margie’s is open until midnight daily).
ecandies.com, 1960 N. Western Ave. ;
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