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COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
Ajani Jones

Born and bred on the Southside of Chicago, Ajani Jones studied psychology at the University of Iowa before returning to Chicago to pursue a career in music. Jones raps with an intricate lyricism not always found in modern hip-hop. His wordplay is the driving force behind each track, with the instrumentals complementing his mic skills rather than overwhelming them. The youthful MC also raps with substance. His words are meaningful without sounding preachy or out of touch. For Jones, musical entertainment comes naturally through the stimulation of listener’s thoughts.

He’s just released the EP Cocoons, available on Spotify and Soundcloud. Give him a listen and be sure to check out his favorite Chicago locations in our travel guide.

city guide:
Chicago, IL
Harold’s Chicken Shack
Outpost of the long-running fast-food chain serving fried chicken with signature sauces. -Recommended by Ajani Jones
612 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Emporium Arcade Bar
Decades of games, dozens of beers & 60-plus whiskeys in a classic tavern setting with a tin ceiling. "[At] Emporium I can play pool, air hockey, and they don't tax on drinks... I order apple juice and Hennessy." -Ajani Jones
1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Star Lounge Coffee Bar
"It's the birthplace of Dark Matter Coffee. They have a quiet upstairs where you can get work done, they bump hip-hop on the main floor, [they have] a patio in the summer, and their coffee is clearly amazing." -Phillip-Michael Scales
Star Lounge Coffee Bar, West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
Beverly Neighborhood
"It was so close to the hood, but we could go through and just look at the mansions. It was inspiration." -Ajani Jones
Beverly, Chicago, IL, USA
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Grant Park
Grant Park is a large urban park in the Loop community area of Chicago. Located in Chicago's central business district, the park's most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum Campus. -Recommended by Ajani Jones
337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601, USA
Reckless Records
Reckless Records in Chicago sells new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs and more. -Recommended by Post Animal
26 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
Buffalo Exchange Chicago
Hip chain that buys, sells, trades trendy vintage & used clothing & accessories for men & women. -Recommended by Ajani Jones
1478 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA