So Chicago seemed like quite an expensive place to find accomodation so I googled hostels instead of motels and struck gold.
I found this place called Earphoria which only really likes accommodating guests who are musicians or who have a passion for music.
Anyway, they let me in despite not really fitting the criteria which was nice of them. Of course they know about my dj'ing past and I guess that was good enough for them.
The house is in a great spot in Chicago, close to Logan Square, where it seems a lot is going on. It's full of very cool, friendly, relaxed people. It wasn't difficult rounding a few people up to head out on the town to share some beers the first night. 2nd night there are all sorts of brilliant performances going on.
Great place. I love it.
Tomorrow I'm moving to some very helpful warmshowers hosts who have offered to put me up and look after my bike while I'm back in England for the week.