Unsurprisingly for such a hip area, the northwestern neighborhoods have a bevy of choices for an evening's entertainment. You'll find venues for indie rock, hip-hop and other popular genres, as well as a few of Chicago's smaller independent theater companies.

Weeds Poetry Night

Verse comes in all shapes and sizes at Weeds Poetry Night. Every Monday at 10pm a cast of delightfully eccentric poets gets on the tavern’s mic to vent about love, sex, war, booze, urban living and pretty much everything in between. Some of it rhymes, some of it rambles, but the proportions make for a pretty cool scene.