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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!
Phillip-Michael Scales

To say that Phillip-Michael Scales was born with music in his blood would be an understatement. As the nephew of the legendary  B.B. King, Scales grew up on a healthy dose of motown, soul and of course the blues. But as he evolved and later attended Berklee College of Music, so did his taste in music, skewing more towards indie rock. Today the rising musician releases EP Sinner Songwriter, a tenacious collection of heartfelt ballads, gritty rock anthems and of course a few blues numbers. Listen to lead single “Lover, Let Me Be” and check out Scale’s top Chicago picks below.

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Chicago, IL
Big Star Taco
"They’ve got a great outdoor patio, margaritas are awesome and their tacos are amazing. I’ve spent many hours [here] in the company of friends just enjoying life. My order: Mezcal Marg and Panza Tacos." -Phillip-Michael Scales
Big Star, North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Rainbo Club
"It’s so Chicago to me. Cash Only, PBRs are $2, no pretense, and I always run into friends whenever I’m there. It’s like Chicago Cheers. I get whiskey, soda, bitters." — Phillip-Michael Scales
1150 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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
Garfield Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest most stunning greenhouse conservatories in the US. The two acre indoor greenhouse is home to thousands of plant species, and 12 acres of stunning outdoor gardens span the rest of the grounds.
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624, USA
Lincoln Hall

Midsize live music venue with an on-site restaurant & bar.

2424 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Wolfbait and B-girls
"You can’t go wrong with Wolfbait in Logan Square. They’ve got great Chicago-made stuff that’s perfect for gifts!" -Phillip-Michael Scales
Wolfbait & B-girls, West Logan Boulevard, Chicago, IL, USA
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Schubas Tavern

Housed in an old Schlitz brewery, this bar showcases a diverse lineup of bands, from indie to jazz.

3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
Chicago Athletic Association

An 8-minute walk from Millennium Park and the Cloud Gate, this boutique hotel in a restored Gothic-style building with Art Deco interiors, is also less than a mile from Willis Tower.

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, opened in 1897, is a Chicago Landmark building that houses the city's official reception venue where the Mayor of Chicago has welcomed Presidents and royalty, diplomats and community leaders.

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA