Here is an odd and kinda random Chicago tourism article I saw on CMJ:
Sufjan Drove to Chicago, You Can Too
The largest and greatest of all Midwestern cities has inspired everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Bob Fosse. Chicago gives us deep dish pizza, the country’s best improv comedy, and everyone’s favorite alt-country band, Wilco. For New Yorkers and Californians alike, the “Windy City” just might be the best reason to forsake the coasts, if only for a few days.
Visitors to Chicago will revel in the myriad shopping options in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Boutiques on North Damen Avenue are chock full of clothing and furniture designed by an impressive array of local artisans, while thrifty fashionistas should look to Una Mae’s Freak Boutique for top-notch vintage. Around the corner you’ll find Reckless Records, a haven for new and used music. Head over to Hot Doug’s, once you work up an appetite, for some high-class hot dogs and fries cooked in duck fat. After sunset, the venerable Double Door will satisfy all your live-music needs, with bands like The Dirtbombs, New York Dolls, and Electric Six scheduled to perform in the months to come.
For more information, check out CMJ’s Downtown Diversions, an insider’s guide to cities around the US.
The most interesting part to me was the section dedicated to Chicago Local bands. They include Wilco, 1900s, Speck Mountain, Cracklin Moth, The Changes, Cool Kids, and Five Foot Nine.