Walk on the Wild Side

Native Chicagoans and brother-sister duo Natalie and Elliot Bergman of Wild Belle share five of their favorite Chicago haunts.

Although their debut album, “Isles,” released by Columbia Records in 2013, is full of reggae soul and beachy-synth sounds, Wild Belle brings even more into play. Natalie, 25, and Elliot, 33, grew up around Chicago on a mix of jazz standards, afro-beats, James Brown, Bob Marley and more. Today, it’s hard to peg Wild Belle’s sound into any one genre: Natalie’s sultry, soul-diva voice contrasts with her light and sweet upper register; Elliot’s got sweet saxophone skills (he studied jazz sax at the University of Michigan while playing with his first band, NOMO) and the pair incorporates instruments both natural and electric.

Wild Belle’s Chicago Faves 

The Hideout

The release party for “Isles” took place at The Hideout, a hidden bitty venue that the siblings call their “home turf.” 1354 W Wabansia Ave., 773.227.4433, www.hideoutchicago.com


Natalie and Elliot aren’t the only fans of this Chi-town classic—Schubas recently took the fifth place spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the “Best Clubs in America.” 3159 N Southport Ave., 773.525.2508, www.schubas.com

Green Mill Jazz Club

As Natalie says, “It’s a big-band throwback to the 1930’s.” Check out the Green Mill for cool jazz and smooth drinks. 4802 N Broadway Ave., 773.878.5552, www.greenmilljazz.com

Alcala’s Western Wear

Natalie and Elliot hail the Ukie Village shop Alcala's as one of their favorite spots in Chicago, especially when in need of new (or vintage) western gear. 1733 W Chicago Ave., 312.226.0152, www.alcalas.com

Big Star

“Natalie has to go to Big Star every time we’re in Chicago,” Elliot says. The reason why is simple: a spectacular Mexican menu. 1531 N Damen Ave., 773.235.4039, www.bigstarchicago.com