“The Tiny Lounge is just awesome. There are no TVs. The owner pays a lot of attention to the music, which I appreciate. And our kids love the food.” 4352 N. Leavitt St., 773.463.0396
“Alan Koppel Gallery is the best gallery of new and contemporary fine art. Alan has been an inspiration for many years.” 806 N. Dearborn St., 312.640.0730
THE INN CROWD
“Whenever I’m downtown, I always seem to end up at Hubbard Inn. Their food menu is simple, but there are a lot of delicious staples. The vibe is great too.” 110 W. Hubbard St., 312.222.1331
“We really like the Pizza Art Cafe. They make great pizzas; they smoke their own meats; and they have a great Bolognese.” 4658 N. Rockwell St., 773.539.0645
“Beans & Bagels pastries are unbelievably delicious. They have fresh juices and excellent coffee. It’s a really nice neighborhood place.” 2601 W. Leland Ave.
In 2008, Josh Chicoine left his rock ’n’ roll life (with his successful band, The M’s) and founded CIMMfest, an innovative celebration of movies, music and technology. “I’d never even been to a film festival before, ” Chicoine says, “so I really had no idea what I was doing.” No matter: His event is now a major player on the national arts scene. Still, Chicoine says the event will always be about Chicago—no matter how big it gets. “There are some parallels with what they’ve done in Austin with South by Southwest and what we’re building here,” he says. “But ours has a particularly Chicago flavor—it’s certainly its own thing.” April 13-17, VIP pass $149