GQ Magazine just deemed Chicago "officially the greatest place in America to get your drink on." No arguments here.

Across Fullerton Avenue reside two of Chicago’s best lounges. First is The Whistler, a little slice of cocktail heaven that doubles as a record label. The ingenuity behind the bar fuels the creativity of patrons, who do a monthly “movieoke” — like karaoke but with, say, the campfire scene from Blazing Saddles.

Read more at GQ.

Thursday, September 4: Dmitry Samarov “Where To?” Book Release Party

Dmitry Samarov will be reading from his new book "Where To?" with live musical accompaniment by Bill MacKay (guitar) and Matt Lux (bass). Samarov’s illustrated memoir captures encounters with drunken passengers, overbearing cops, unreasonable city bureaucracy, his fellow cabdrivers, a few potholes, and other unexpectedly beautiful moments. Accompanied by dozens of Samarov’s original artworks—composed during traffic jams, waits at the airport, and lulls in his shifts—the stories in Where To? provide a street-level view of America from the perspective of an immigrant painter driving a cab for money.

Dre Green's debut EP came out today and Interview Magazine has the premiere:

There’s currently a cluster of Chicago artists being recognized for their inventive variations on psychedelic-sounding R&B and hip-hop (The GTW, JODY, The-Drum, etc.). One such emerging act is mysterious songstress Dre Green, whose husky pant combines Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Monroe with its whispered sexiness… Green’s lyrical content is matched by the beautifully melancholic production, courtesy of Chicago producers like Jeremiah Meece of the aforementioned Drum (whose Lo Motion label is behind the release), Supreme Cuts, and Hawaiian Gardens, whose fluttering  “Walk Right Through” is a highlight.

Dre Green performs live at The Whistler on October 3rd with DJ sets by The-Drum and Blake. In the meantime, buy her EP.