"I basically live, eat, and breathe music," says Strum and Sip owner Christopher Bloom. A 27-year veteran guitar player, Bloom already had 15 years of teaching experience and his own production studio when he had the idea to open Strum & Sip with some friends. Setting up shop at local watering holes, the guitar virtuosos cultivate a laid-back ambiance where students can sip their favorite drink while teaching their fingers new chord shapes or plucking patterns and learning songs to serenade people at a family gathering or congressional filibusters.
On an otherwise quiet corner of Chicago's Ukranian Village neighborhood, a crowd of 20-somethings spills out onto the sidewalk to smoke and mingle. Like its hipster devotees, The Empty Bottle seems to never sleep. The club keeps late hours and hosts bands or DJs nearly every night, from local showcases to celebrated dance parties such as the Windy City Soul Club. Even in the coldest months, the overfill spills out onto the sidewalk, where crowds huddle together for warmth beneath a black awning that reads “MUSIC/FRIENDLY/DANCING.” Inside, past the pool table and pinball machine, is a doublewide space and a small stage lit by multi-colored lights. Decorated with years of musical and barfly ephemera, the bar sits beneath a tilted chalkboard that displays the daily drink specials and beer offerings. The club prides itself on cheap drinks and cheap admission prices—all the better for checking out local acts you may never have heard before. Don’t try to take advantage of the staff’s friendliness, however, lest they decide to show you how the severed door of a CPD car came to hang above the exit.
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At The Human Joint, Doctor of Chiropractic Julie Seymour oversees a one-stop holistic health service whose consortium of practitioners aid clients in their pursuit of natural, all-over wellness. Dr. Seymour adjusts clients of all ages, treating from newborn babies to wizened great-grandparents with gentle, low-force bodywork that realigns spines and recalibrates energy centers. Massage therapist Vivian Masters heals persistent pain with Swedish, trigger-point, body-insight, and deep-tissue massage techniques that focus on strengthening clients' mind-body connection. Other practitioners target inner well-being; hypnosis helps nix smoking addictions, encourage weight loss, and deal with anxiety, and health coaching inspires clients to trade harmful behaviors for new healthy habits.
Broadway Music School is more than just a studio for music lessons; it’s a collaborative community where students meet to learn, appreciate, and enjoy music of all styles. Their vast roster of instructors covers almost any instrument imaginable, from guitar and piano to the more obscure, such as the euphonium, bagpipes, and taiko drums. The instructors are well versed in all styles classical and contemporary, allowing students to explore rare genres such as celtic violin, gypsy-jazz guitar, or flamenco guitar. They also lead lessons in subjects such as music theory, improvisation, ear training, composition, and song writing, allowing students to join ensembles once they learn how to play.