A Virtual Tour of Chicago with DJ Tony Trimm

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Tony Trimm is an electronic producer, DJ for Hannibal Buress, food connoisseur, and a native Chicagoan.

When I came to him with the idea of giving the Green Label a virtual tour of Chicago, I asked him if he wanted to have any sort of online persona or avatar.

TONY TRIMM: “I wanna be riding on a donkey. A blue donkey. But I want the donkey to be a pinata donkey, not a real donkey.”

ME: Amazing.


Downtown Chicago is one of the most modern American cities. After the Great Chicago Fire, it was all rebuilt by Bauhaus architects who wanted to try new ideas and create something no one had ever seen before. It’s distinct and different from any other city in the world.

Frank Lloyd Wright was responsible for a couple of beautifully designed houses in Oak Park that are worth checking out. I personally like the clean, neat style when it comes to architecture. Downtown I like the Daley Center, which was inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Roeh. It’s a beautiful, clean, modern building.



When I was younger I was into all music, but mostly punk rock and grunge. There’s a place called the Fireside Bowl. [That neighborhood] used to be a very scary place. This place was known for the most historical rock shows­: Jesus Lizard, Fugazi, a bunch of hard rock bands used to stop through here at the Fireside Bowl. The little stage is still there where all of this stuff happened. They cleaned it up and don’t do shows there anymore, but any kid who grew up in Chicago and liked rock music knows about the Fireside Bowl.

Hip-hop acts were at The Metro in Wrigleyville, right down the block from Wrigley Field. I saw so many good shows there. Wu­Tang, Common (a bunch of times). They had the best hip­hop acts. The sound was always amazing. They still consistently do good shows. I saw Chance the Rapper there a few years back. As far as my hip-­hop history goes, I’d take the train or bus out there, or hitch a ride to see all of these cool shows.


If you went down Addison and Clark, there was a shop called Grammophone. At the original location, the legendary crew called the Mole Men broke legendary acts like Atmosphere and Aesop Rock. They would buy hip-­hop stuff there. I first bought The Slim­ Shady LP there. They had bootlegs there. There was a mixtape series called Fresh Produce where they’d flip instrumentals. I took this into college and hard dorm-room cyphers, spinning records that I got from Grammophone and a bunch of other places.


[On Chicago’s champion streak in the ’90s] You don’t appreciate it until it’s over. You enjoy it, but now that I look back, I say to myself “I can’t believe that happened.”

Jordan captured the whole city’s hearts and made them basketball fans. If you weren’t a Chicago fan at that time, you were just a weirdo. Everyone was completely devoted to the sport because of Jordan.

I remember going to the Czech Republic and hearing people be like “Oh you’re from Chicago? Michael Jordan! Al Capone!” He also changed the fashion game. The Jordans got people obsessed with sneaker culture, and that started here, in our city. And you have style icons like Kanye coming from here. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.



DR: Let’s say someone only had 2 hours left in the city before they were about to leave. What’s
the last thing a person should do before leaving the city?

Promontory Point. It’s this sunken area with rocky edges and a bright beach. There aren’t any lifeguards or a lot of people. It’s a chill place. Bring a towel to put over the rocks when you go for a swim. I think it’s a hidden gem. I always go there during the summer when I don’t want to deal with all the crowded beaches in the North Side. And you have to remember, we’re on a lake, but it looks vast and endless. And you get a beautiful view of the skyline. It’s not a public swimming area, so you can be reflective before you leave this awesome city.

Plug Tony’s Instagram (great pics of food and tour), catch him on tour with Hannibal Buress, and at his clothing shop MEVYN in Logan Sq, Chicago.

Images: @countblackula

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