Photo by Diane Alexander White from the Disco Demolition of 1979.

Imagine you’re underage in the coolest city in America! Here’s the Youngster El Cheapo tour of Chicago:

Strange Cargo

Would you like a yo-yo, Michael Jackson sticker, crazy sunglasses, and an iron-on tshirt? Visit Strange Cargo (3448 N. Clark) to cram your face with novelties for cheap, and it’s down the street from Schuba’s (3159 N. Southport) where there are sometimes all-ages shows.

Logan Hardware

Don’t let the name fool you, Logan Hardware (2532 W. Fullerton) is record store and vintage arcade museum located in the Logan Square Neighborhood where you can buy vinyl or cassettes to gain free entry to their massive free-play arcade in back.

Drink, Read, Hang

Coffee is cool, get yours at Cafe Mustache (2313 N. Milwaukee) in Logan Square, and stick your nose into Township (2200 N. California) in case there’s an all ages show.  Hang outside at the Centennial Monument (Logan & Milwaukee Ave.) and shred under the expressway at Logan Square Skate Park (2430 W Logan Blvd) with no cash needed.

Busy Beaver Button Co. Button Museum

See the first ever band button (The Roney’s Boys), every “I Heart” button you can imagine, and a Chicago history section of vintage pinbacks at Busy Beaver Button Co. (3407 W. Armitage) Scope their online museum here 😀

Eat, Peep, Tune into Wicker Park

Get a massive falafel sandwich from Sultan’s Market (2057 W. North Ave.) for $3.75 with free sauces and cups o’water. Go to Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W. North Ave.) to peep indie books and comics with free matchbooks and flyers at the door. Reckless Records (1379 N. Milwaukee) is super close, tune into their “New Arrival Used Vinyl” section and photo booth.

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