Surface to ear missives

Heat-mapped hot spots for overhearing juicy gems. Map by Peter Hoey.

1. All of Boystown, from 3100 to 3800 North Halsted Street—especially the cavernous back bar at Sidetrack (3349 N Halsted St)
2. Bathroom line at the cramped rear of Rainbo (1150 N Damen Ave)
3. 66 Chicago bus stop in front of the McDonald’s at Chicago Avenue and State Street
4. The first stool at Diner Grill (1635 W Irving Park Rd)
5. Hot Doug’s line on Saturdays (3324 N California Ave)
6. Jackson station, Blue-to-Red Line transfer tunnel

7. Area around the Wilson Red Line station (4620 N Broadway)
8. All the Reckless Records locations (3126 N Broadway; 1532 N Milwaukee Ave; 26 E Madison St)
9. Smoking area outside Columbia College (Wabash Avenue just south of Harrison Street)
10. Stairs outside the School of the Art Institute’s Arthur Rubloff Building (280 S Columbus Dr)

11. Picnic tables outside the walk-up window at Big Star (1531 N Damen Ave)
12. Union Station outside the Adams Street entrance
13. LaSalle Street Metra station waiting room (414 S LaSalle St)
14. Under the neon sculpture on the moving sidewalk in O’Hare Airport’s Terminal 1
15. “The Bean” and Crown Fountain in Millennium Park (55 N Michigan Ave)
16. Thompson Center Plaza (100 W Randolph St)
17. Board of Trade plaza (141 W Jackson Blvd)—disgruntled, smoking traders