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View Map3714 N. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 477-3400
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Editorial Review of Trace

An indie hang near the Metro.
photo: Aimee Hall
The dark, art-filled walls of Trace hide the secret of this neighborhood gem. Yes, Virginia, there is an indie scene in Wrigleyville. Hidden among overpriced condos and over-crowded beer gardens, this rough-around-the-edges bar caters to artsy types and tattooed rockers from the nearby Metro. Far from rowdy, Trace's colorful artwork and open mic nights create a comfortable meeting place where you don't have to yell to be heard.

Several TVs hang above the bar downstairs, showing the latest game for the neighborhood's ubiquitous sports fans, and a jukebox plays tunes for the rock and roll crowd. The upstairs area captures a slightly different feel, with loungey furnishings and more danceable tunes; here, you'll find open mic nights on Tuesdays and late-night partying on Friday and Saturday.

A couple of tables by the front window offer an ideal vantage point for watching the activity at the bar or on the sidewalk outside. No food is served, but beverages include the usual suspects for average prices. Drink specials like $2 domestics sweeten the deal every night except Friday and Saturday.

Centerstage Reviewer: Aimee Hall

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5 p.m.-4 a.m. Sunday-Friday; 5 p.m.-5 a.m. Saturday; opens two hours before Cubs day games

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