Monday, April 19, 2010


I'm heading to Chicago today and am hosting a Colby Keller "Tweet-Up" on Wednesday - be sure to check out my Twitter feed @colbykeller for details on when and where. But, before I head off, any recommendations from Colby fans and the must-see things in Chicago (it's my first time as an adult). Obviously, I have several art museums on my list, but what else???


  1. Colby,

    If you've got time and can swing the transportation, you should definitely see the Frederick C. Robie House, the quintessential Frank Lloyd Wright prairie home. It's on the campus of Chicago University, and I highly recommend it. The address is: 5757 South Woodlawn Avenue in Chicago. Guided interior tours cost $15 and begin at 11:00 a.m. Thursdays through Mondays. (They stop at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday and 3:00 p.m. on Friday. Don't know if you'll be there that long.)

    Another Frank Lloyd Wright must-see would be his home and studio in Oak Park. (When I was in Chicago in 1997, I saw both of these the same day, the Robie house first.)
    The Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio are located at 951 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park, admission is $15, and guided tours occur from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (beginning approximately every 20 minutes) Monday through Friday.

    Hope you have a great time!

    Randal in Kansas City

  2. Being from podunk Nebraska, I have no idea if you've seen a store like this in New York City, but one of the coolest places I remember from my visit was Marbles the Brain Store. They have abstract and remarkably challenging board games, and I actually sat for a spell and played a game with one of the clerks while I was in there.

    55 East Grand Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Hope you have a good time there!

  3. Sidetracks the video bar,,, Especially on Monday nights! Sunday afternoons are pretty funn too,,, best bar in Chicago , easily!!!

  4. MCA!

    if you go to Wicker Park:
    Big Star-Decent drinks and cheap, amazing tacos and other mexican delights (soy mexicano, and i approve)
    Violet Hour-Prentenious line, but the drinks are amazing.
    Piece-good pizza
    Some decent stores

    If you go to Logan Square:
    The Whistler-Awesome bar with fucking amazing drinks (similar to Violet Hour, but the bar is better)
    Longman and Eagle-not a favorite, but it Whiskey bar
    Belly Shack-cheap eats. a mix of korean and carribean

    If you go to Lakeview (Boystown):
    Golden Gallery-one of the best apartment galleries in the states. amazing work all the time. might have to call to visit.
    Wang's-amazing theme bar. small small but fun fun

    If you go to Uptown/Andersonville:
    Big Chicks-my favorite gay bar in town. weekends are better, but it's a great place to see chicago art history
    Big Jones-amazing southern comfort cuisine
    Swedish Bakery-sweets
    George's-ice cream
    Hop Leaf-amazing belgian bar. tons of strong beers

    If you go to Pilsen:
    Skylark-It's my favorite bar of all time. cheap drinks and fantastic food. amazing
    Cafe Jumping Bean-if you want to see what latinos in chicago. it's somewhat the heart of pilsen.
    El Milargo-favorite tacos

    Millenium Park is great. That's all i can think of at the moment. Enjoy your stay.


  5. Colby, I hope you have a great time in Chicago. I read these posts and they made me scream. There is NO "Chicago University." There is, however, the University of Chicago. The bar is Sidetrack. No plural!

    You love art. You must visit the Art Institute of Chicago. More Impressionism than exists in France thanks to the meat barons wives of the 1800s and their trips to Europe.

    Shedd Aquarium is a great place. If you go there, pay extra for the Oceanarium. Well worth it. If you are going with someone, buy a one-year membership instead of paying for the day. The cost will be less (really) and you get a tote bag!

    Next to Shedd Aquarium is Field Museum of Natural History. Sue the Dinosaur is here.

    Travel up Grant Park to "the Bean." The actual name of this sculpture is Cloud Gate but to locals it's the bean. No tourist can leave the city without their photo there.

  6. Anonymous needs to get a life.

    I'll bet I've forgotten more about Frank Lloyd Wright than you'll ever know!

    Randal in Kansas City

  7. I was just in Chicago in February for the College Art Conference. The people were so nice that I was shocked...smiling faces, constant greetings. It's great.

    Given your proclivities towards arty and cute men, Berlin is your bar. Hot, hipstery men dancin' up a storm to some remixed Björk...what more do you need?

  8. You should check out Downtown Dogs for a quick bite:

  9. you should do a meet-and-greet with some of your fans. Im in the chicagoland burbs right now but i used to live in boystown.

  10. Dammit, I have ticket to a play on Wednesday night, otherwise I'd totally go to your "twee-up."

    How about you come back to Chicago for IML? I'll have lots of time to meet you then, I promise! :)