Coming to the beautiful city of Chicago for North Coast Music Festival? The fine folks at Grassroots California have put together a guide full of gems and recommendations you should check out. From food to sights, we got you covered.
Things to See
1. Grassroots Chicago
and The Movement Gallery (DUH!) - Hats, Clothing, Art. Get yourself some fresh threads and check out some awesome artwork all at the same time. Jason Brammer will be exhibiting his artwork in the gallery and his vision is something everyone needs to see. And be sure to check out our booth at North Coast that weekend also! 515 North Halsted, West Loop
2. Chicago River Tours - The inner river of Chicago offers Architecture and History tours that will give you a great feel and knowledge of the city. There is ferry boats with different tour guides, or if you feel adventurous you can rent your own boat and be the boat captain you always wanted to be.
3. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
- The MCA is currently exhibiting works from Takashi Murakami. "Known for his collaborations with pop icon Kanye West and fashion house Louis Vuitton, and for vibrant anime-inspired characters, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (b. 1962) has blurred the boundaries throughout his career between high and low culture, ancient and modern, East and West." 220 E Chicago Ave, Downtown Chicago
1. Publican Quality Meats
- A staff favorite and close by the shop. Great selection on gourmet sandwiches along with brunch options during the weekend. If the weather permits we suggest enjoying a meal at one of their tables outside. 825 W Fulton Market, West Loop
2. Passion House Coffee
- Our friends just opened up a new cafe in Logan Square. Serving up some of the best coffee in the city and you can probably catch a few Phish tunes while you're visiting too. They have an outdoor patio and an amazing mural by Amuse126 on the side of their building. 2631 N Kedzie Ave, Logan Square
3. Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - Deep Dish Heaven. 'Nuff said.
Multiple locations throughout the city
4. Al's Beef
- A Chicago staple that's often times looked over. There are multiple throughout the Chicago but the one off Taylor Street is the original and the best. 1079 W Taylor St, University Village
5. Kitchen 17
- An amazing place for our vegetarian/vegan friends. The only place in the city that servers up a delicious all vegan deep dish pizza...yup, you read that correctly. Aside from the pizza they offer other tasteful vegetarian/vegan dishes that your meat-loving friends will also enjoy. This place is also BYOB! 3132 N. Broadway, Lakeview
Acts to See at NCMF
Day 1: Edamame
- Downtempo beats with a unique sound. On Emancipator's record label. Has also graced the chicago store with a in store performance. Great music, even better human being. Bonobo Live
- Bonobo is considered one of the best music producers around and his Live band show is one not to be missed. BadBadNotGood
- This Canadian group has worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator, Ghostface Killa and many many more. Their unique take on Hip hop and Jazz is refreshing.
Day 2: STS9
- Grassroots has mad love for STS9 and its' always a treat to see them when we can. If you haven't seen them yet, this would be a good opportunity to catch 'em.
- Colorado love! Grassroots is always happy to see the boys from Sunsquabi on a lineup. The Squab train is only growing and the excitement can be felt at every show.
Russ Liquid Test
- Moving from a solo project, Russ Liquid has added more members to his live band to bring us a whole new experience. He continues to bring that old school funk into the mixture of modern electronic music.
- If you know, you know. Tipper music will be bringing his sound to North Coast and closing out Sunday night with a bang. A proper way to end the three days to say the least.
- Everyday listening music. We have a lot of love for the music of Bob Moses and bump his music in shop on the regular. Also, he looks like our salesman Nick Malloy.
Late Night Radio
- Another Colorado friend who we have seen blow up in the past couple years. Late Night Radio has a unique take on hip hop and electronic music.