By Bridjet Mendyuk

Sincere Engineer, aka Deanna Belos, is a native and fan of all things The Windy City, The Second City, Chi-Town, or—formally—Chicago, Illinois.

Starting April 4 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the bubbly Chicagoland songbird is going on tour with The Lawrence Arms and Red City Radio, something she is super stoked on. Yet, Belos has already had quite the year, from releasing her debut record, Rhombithian, via Red Scare Industries and playing FEST to getting a shout out from Norm Macdonald, who loves the record—the top of the mountain in terms of accolades—and signing to her all-time favorite label, Red Scare Industries.

Gritty, honest, and as downright bop-worthy as any current pop fashion, Belos has only just begun to carve Sincere Engineer into every tree in Chicago. Full of light and laughter, the city is not just home for Belos, it’s a community. When she’s not in the studio, you can catch her at some of her top Chicago haunts, like The Empty Bottle and Pick Me Up Cafe.

Here are just a few of her other local favorites!

Favorite Chicago artist:

The Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio, Grown Ups, CSTVT, Kali Masi, Dog & Wolf.

Favorite Chicago hot dog place:

The Wiener’s Circle! I like that they’re political.

Favorite Chicago pizza joint:


Favorite Chicago restaurant:

Pick Me Up Cafe in Wrigleyville.

Favorite Chicago record store?

Reckless Records.

Favorite Chicago venue?

The Empty Bottle or the Metro. They’re all cool in their own ways, but The Empty Bottle is my favorite. The Hold Steady [played] there to three sold-out shows last June; [it] is their favorite venue too. It was, like, 100 degrees in there, but it was real fun.

Favorite Chicago festival?

Riot Fest.

Favorite Chicago neighborhood?

Logan Square.

Why do you love Chicago?

It’s got the best music scene, everyone is super nice, it’s a close-knit [community]. Everyone makes me feel welcome. That sounds so lame! [Laughs]

Purchase Rhombithian here: Red Scare | Bandcamp

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