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Open House Chicago 2014 (Photo Recap)

Open House Chicago is an annual event allowing public access to over 150 spots around Chicago including Churches, hotels, executive clubs, private offices, and more. It was my first year getting out for the event, and though I wasn’t able to hit every spot I would’ve like to, it was great getting to see some some new views of Chicago. My first stop was Lake Point Tower.

Lake Point Tower is the only skyscraper east of Lake Shore Drive, allowing views unlike any other vantage point in the city. And unless you live here, or you’re tryna drop a bill on a steak at the restaurant on the top floor, it’s not a view you’ll have the opportunity to catch on the reg. As far as views of Navy Pier and LSD go, it doesn’t get any better than this.

Next on my hit list was the Chicago offices of Perkins and Will, a global architecture and design firm located on the 35th and 36th floors of the glass and steel giant that I will always refer to as the IBM Building (now called 330 N Wabash – lame). Aside from the views out the window, touring the offices of Perkins and Will was a cool experience on its own as the space was filled with laser cut wood models of conceptual designs – designs that are not only practical but also just really fucking cool. And the views, ha, well the views were cool too.

Last, but sure as hell not least, was MDA Apartments. Located downtown at 63 E Lake Street, the 24 story residence and restaurant has pretty much everything you’d ever want on a roof – a small outdoor movie theater, hot tub, grills, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and spectacular views looking into the heart of the loop.

Wish I had more time to take in some different sites, but decently long lines and a cold kept me from taking more in. Luckily, Open House Chicago comes around every year, so here’s looking forward to 2015.

Summer Set Music Fest [Recap]

I had heard some mixed reviews of Summer Set’s first two years, from free margaritas in year one to damn near a police state in year two. Needless to say, free drinks are very tight and police peeking over your shoulder are oh so not. Well, there were no free drinks. And while the festival ticket itself was surprisingly affordable, we were charged for camping. And then we were charged for parking. And then there wasn’t anyone checking whether we actually paid for camping or not… And security wasn’t even checking wristbands to get in camping OR the festival! It seemed as though security was solely interested in checking bags and overly frisking girls who were already wearing next to nothing. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the final day of the fest when ladies were being checked by ladies, and men by men – what a concept. It took 5 hours to drive through the initial security checkpoint, before arriving to a campsite with no workers/volunteers/anyone directing people where to go.  I stopped asking people questions after being on site for a couple hours because nobody had any answers. Not even the people sitting at an “Information” booth knew anything about shuttles to campsites, whether there was a media tent, or when the festival gates would open. It was the most frustrating first day of any festival I’ve ever been to. But then there was music. Good, sweet music.

Schoolboy Q lit it up before Wu – arms flailing during “Hands On The Wheel” and bucket hat boppin’ for most of Oxymoron.  And Chi town was well represented at Summer Set, clear when ProbCause set fire to the intimate saloon with a high energy thats not easy to pull off early on in the day – salute. Danny Brown didn’t get any head but was weirdly entertaining, as usual. Aside from hip hop, Manic Science, Russ Liquid, Chromeo, Cherub, Claude VonStroke, and Bassnectar all blew me away. And as far as misses go, we missed Chance. Everyone did. Chance’s Acid Rap was playing in campsites so often it almost felt like the whole fest was pre gaming for a Chance show. Tyler The Creator was put in his spot last minute, and frankly the festival may have been better off had he also not shown up. He spent more time heckling people than rapping. Luckily FlyLo followed Tyler, bringing a much needed boost of… uhh…  music to the Main Stage.

After getting past the bullshit, it became clear that Summer Set has the potential to be a destination festival. The site is golden. With a lazy river just a stones throw from the festival grounds, you can walk or take a shuttle to Apple River where you can spend the morning or afternoon just floatin.’ On site, there were four areas to catch music (the Main Stage, Saloon, Big Top, and Grove Stage) with campgrounds surrounding almost all of them (as opposed to other festivals where there is generally only one entrance, by my count there were at least three at Summer Set). This is an ideal situation in that there was rarely a line to get into the fest, and most campsites ended up being “good spots” (so lining up to get into the campgrounds the morning of isn’t necessary). I hope Summer Set continues to grow, with more music, vendors, and fans next year. With more art, vendors, and better organization and execution, Summer Set may just become the best way to end the festival season in years to come. For now, we look to North Coast.

Jay-Z Expands “Made In America”

This year on Labor Day weekend, Jay-Z’s very own “Made In America” music festival will meet the west coast for the first time.

Los Angeles will host the two day extravaganza August 30-31 in L.A. Grand Park.

Though a lineup has not yet been announced, early bird tickets are already on sale with two-day passes in L.A. ranging from $125-$185 & $100-$150 for the two-day passes at the Philadelphia location.

“I’m not a businessman.. I’m a business, man!”

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