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Thompson Hotels Chicago Influencers X Matt Roan



A Lollapalooza vet who is turning tables from Miami to Milan, DJ Matt Roan boasts some of the best spinning skills in Chicago. When he’s not occupying the DJ booth, Matt works to bring new talent to the Chicago music scene as co-founder of Crossfader King. Serving as a network for DJs throughout the city, Crossfader King is fueling the ever-growing Chicago music scene.

With Lollapalooza just around the corner, Matt is here to share his favorite post-show hangouts and tips for taking full advantage of Lolla weekend.

Thompson Chicago: When you have a chance to relax, where do you find the best music in the city?

Matt Roan: The bar with the best music scene is The Hideout, and Empty Bottle is a great place to discover new music. My favorite place to catch a live show is Lincoln Hall; I also love Park West. To hear the show without buying tickets, head to the beach at Northerly Island.

TC: Where should concert-goers stop for pre-show drinks?

MR: Scofflaw.

TC: There are so many incredible local musicians here in Chicago – who are the three you think everyone should check out?

MR: Sabers, Gemini Club, P1XEL and the Silver Sphinx.

TC: Imagine your ideal Chicago day. Where do you go?

MR: The beach and Danny’s for soul night.

TC: When you’re in need of inspiration, where do you find it?

MR: Garfield Park Conservatory.

TC: You’ve DJ’ed at some pretty amazing venues (including Thompson Chicago) – what has been the coolest for you?

MR: Lollapalooza at Grant Park.

Whether you’re in town for Lolla or just exploring the city, there’s never a dearth of things to do in Chicago. We asked Matt for the places tourists should definitely check out. His picks?

  • Wrigley Field: The city’s most iconic location.
  • The Ledge at the Willis Tower Sky Deck: Scary!
  • Chicago Cultural Center: Chicago’s most under-rated landmark.
  • Three Dots and a Dash: The Mai Tai is my favorite cocktail.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: A must-visit museum.
  • Una Mae’s: My favorite store.
  • Briciola: The best outdoor dining in the city.