That’s so exciting! Congrats!
Best pizza: Lou Malnati’s, no contest.
Hot dogs: Might be blasphemy, but I’m not super picky/into the fancy ones. A Chicago hot dog is a Chicago hot dog! No ketchup though. Ever. (In terms of all around fast food, I really love Portillo’s though. Their hot dogs are solid as well as the rest of their expansive menu).
Museums: The Art Institute of Chicago has a really awesome collection that includes Sunday on La Grande Jatte (and you can double up with the requisite Millennium Park CloudGate/Bean selfie). But my absolute favorite is the Museum of Science and Industry (though it’s a bit of a trek further south). Lots of cool sciencey activities and exhibits as well as a baby chick hatchery in the genetics exhibit, an actual WWII German U-Boat, and an incredible miniature fairytale castle.
Other stuff: If you’re into architecture (and Chicago has a lot of cool buildings that were built post-Chicago fire), there are some amazing walking tours. But most fun is doing a boat tour down the Chicago River (fun/crazy engineering fact: in 1900 they reversed the flow of the river so that it flowed out of Lake Michigan instead of into it). Also, personally, I would skip the Sears Tower (technically Willis Tower… le sigh) and do the John Hancock observation deck instead. Still a great view and less crowded/expensive. Or eat/go to the bar on the 96th floor and get the view without crowds or paying admission! I’m also not the biggest fan of Navy Pier, though that may have something to do with having worked at the theatre there.
I’m not sure when you’re going, but if it’s after Between November 12 and Februrary 15, RUN DO NOT WALK to go see Lookingglass Alice at Lookingglass Theatre. It’s an incredible theatrical/circus adaptation of Alice in Wonderland and is one of my all time favorite theatrical experiences. Also their theatre is in the Water Tower Water Works which is cool looking and (along with the Water Tower) is one of the two buildings to survive the Chicago Fire since they were made out of stone and not wood.
Brunch: Lots of great choices (though I will say many of these recommendations are centered around where I used to live…). Orange in Lincoln Park has lots of options and has a great appetizer called “frushi,” which is exactly what it sounds like: fruit sushi. Waffles Cafe in Lakeview specializes in… well, waffles. So you can’t go wrong there (if you like benedicts, try the Waffle Benedict). Other options to look into: Southport Grocery, Tweet, The Bongo Room, The Bristol.
Ok, there you go! That’s more things than you can do in 2 days! 😉
I’m not 100% sure on this, but here is my theory:
StarKid makes a lot of profit from merch/ticket sales to their shows, so they don’t need funding to put their shows up on YouTube because they have a reliable source of income (note however that Twisted was produced through Kickstarter). However, projects like Tin Can Bros don’t have an entire season of live shows that draw in patrons who buy seats to them, so they need money for more equipment/expenses, which is probably also in part because they are fairly new. I’m sure there are exceptions to the rule on both sides, but that’s what I think!
This is gonna be a long one. Welcome to More Than You Wanted To Know™ with Corey.
I’m most qualified to speak about Tin Can Brothers so I’ll focus on that. (Standard Disclaimer: this is my personal experience and your experience/milage may vary.)
TL;DR Making videos costs money, and that money needs to come from somewhere. So, creators have to find a combination of YouTube Ad Revenue/iTunes/Kickstarter/Patreon/Merch etc. that works for them.
Apologies for the long and moderately rambly piece ahead. Here we go!
Just pledge the total new amount!