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As our friend (and Reader contributor) Jessica Hopper notes, the new issue of Spin features a clueless guide to Chicago that's more like a primer on the generic, touristy hellholes here. Of the 25 restaurants, bars, shops, and clubs highlighted, nine are in Wicker Park, a neighborhood I do my darndest to stay out of. The Double Door's mentioned but not the Empty Bottle, the Martini Ranch but not the Matchbox, Reckless Records but not Dusty Groove, the Pontiac Cafe & Bar and not . . . anything else? If I used this piece as a guide for my first visit to Chicago, I doubt I'd ever make a second trip.