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Music to your ears

You're going to want to eat first; this one's a late night. Vettel recommends getting in a rockin' frame of mind with pre-performance eats at Agami (4712 N. Broadway, 773-506-1845), where you can munch on traditional sushi or the chef's very creative (i.e., purists will cringe) maki rolls. The tufted leather booths and moon-surface decor will make you think you're getting rock-star treatment. Digest and get back on the chain gang with the Pretenders, who play a 7:30 p.m. gig at the Riviera (4746 N Racine Ave., 773-275-6800; $42). When you've had enough rock, roll up a few blocks to lovable Simon's Tavern (5210 N Clark St., 773-878-0894; free) where jazz group Hashimoto 5 jams out a mellow soundtrack in the wood-paneled corner till last call.