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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!
Robin Hellman

Robin Hellmann is a Chicagoland native, casting director, and head of The Cast Station’s Chicago office. She also serves as the Director of Operations for the non-profit Women in Film Chicago. When she is not working, you can usually find her performing improv at iO Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, or with the Improvised Jane Austen company.

city guide:
Chicago, IL
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The Brown Elephant

Thrift store selling clothing, furniture & books in support of the Howard Brown Health Center.

5404 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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Kingston Mines

Blues music club where live bands play until late on 2 stages & there's a full BBQ menu too.

2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Manny’s Coffee Shop & Deli

Storied, no-frills institution serving classic deli fare in a cafeteria-style setting.

1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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iO Theater

Warehouse-like hangout inside the comedy club with specialty cocktails & a diverse array of nibbles.

1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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Lottie’s Pub

Historic sports bar featuring a menu of pizza & pub grub, 20+ beers on tap & a vintage vibe.

1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Carol’s Pub Inc

Honky-tonk bar featuring live country-western music, line dancing & karaoke since 1973.

4659 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, 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
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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
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Double Door

Music club with a diverse lineup of up-and-coming acts & big-name bands in a somewhat small space.

1551 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Sheffield’s Beer & Wine Garden

Neighborhood bar serving BBQ, bar food & craft beers inside or in the large beer garden.

3258 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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The Empty Bottle
"I love seeing bands at The Empty Bottle. Good folks run it. Good people go there. Good bands go there. The bartenders are nice. The sound and sightlines are mostly good, too. And the tamale guy comes through about 1am." -The Life And Times
1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Friar Tuck

Est. 1970, this local dive has been around for awhile, hosting Karaoke, trivia, game night, parties, and more. 

3010 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Rosa’s Lounge

Longtime family-owned neighborhood club where both traditional & modern performers sing the blues.

3420 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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