When you have a record shop (Electric Jungle) next door to a barbershop (Handsome Bastard) apparently the thing you do is host a bottleshare /beard competition the day after FOBAB. Strangely it’s the perfect antidote to end Chicago’s most revered festival week.
Electric Jungle’s décor is true to its name, lush greenery over most corners of the main floor and a fuzzy stage complete with a vintage Palmetto Rockola 450 jukebox. The vinyl collection is effortlessly displayed in a collection of repurposed rolling garment carts typically found at laundry mats. It’s a brilliant move that makes inventory more accessible…and of course carts can shift to make space to host events like this one.
Illuminated Brew Works heard about the hang and sent a pair of mixed culture ales and more to share. Pareidolia, was a buckwheat farmhouse aged on Asian pears with Amchur used to accentuate the fruit. It was aged for a year in third use Virtue Cider barrels that previously held whiskey. The Fulton Market brewers known for their notorious invite only bonfires mentioned they might be looking to move up to Norwood Park of the northwest side of the city.
A local comedian hosted handsome Bastard’s Beard Competition. All contestants received a balm and oil from their Whiskey & Wax grooming collection.
Judges were granted permission to touch beards in most cases. The local chapter of the Bearded Villains, Chalonda White (Afro Beer Chick) and 49th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Maria Haddon. Open since June, Electric Jungle is the newest concept from the crew that ran Logan Hardware Records. Conveniently located across the street from Rogers Park Metra, the urban vinyl garden located on Greenleaf Avenue is the type of concept we wish we had come up with. A listening station sits in front of the wall with boxes full of Chicago House and Stax Records.
Rogers Park, tucked away on the deep north side has a resident base made up of every walk of life. It’s one of those city neighborhoods that really feels like its own small town. Most of us live a mile from the lake and enjoy connecting with people who cant wait to share where their favorite spaces are in this corner of the earth. The bottle share yielded everything from coffee liqueur to treats from New Glarus.