If you were in Chicago in the early-to-mid ’90s you know there was an explosion of sound happening. The scene, mostly centered around Wicker Park and parts of the North Side with bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, Steve Albini (who produced Nirvana’s In Utero) Jesus Lizard and, of course, Liz Phair. They played Metro, Lounge Ax, Smart Bar and other intimate clubs and helped create a buzz felt around the country.
Pitchfork’s recently The Scene put out a short movie focusing on the local scene in 1993 and goes back in time and behind the scenes with all the big players. If you like indie rock in any form, this movie is a must see. You can even then put together your own itinerary of the rock clubs and neighborhoods they visit. Take six minutes out of your day and watch this. You’ll love it.