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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!
Slow Mass

Chicago’s Slow Mass has a simple guiding principle: “No shortcuts.” Formed in 2015, the band released their debut EP Treasure Pains, offering up an expansive new take on both post-hardcore and indie-rock. The band toured in support of the EP with the likes of mewithoutYou  and The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, and now, on May 11,  Landland will release On Watch, the band’s debut album. On Watch expands Slow Mass’ sonic palette in service of creating an ambitious, uncompromising album that never adheres to a single genre. It deserves a place alongside other classic albums like The Argument and Leaves Turn Inside You, becoming the latest in a long line of records that push a genre forward by remaining focused on creating a cohesive, expansive work.

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Chicago, IL
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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
coffee
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Gaslight Coffee Roasters
Hip, shabby-chic coffeehouse featuring a changing roster of house-roasted java plus tea & pastries. -Recommended by Varsity
2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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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
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Logan Square
"Logan Square gives you a great vibe of what the all the young folks are doing these days. It’s fun and affordable." -Post Animal
Logan Square, Chicago, IL, USA
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Metro Chicago

A variety of indie & alternative bands play at this popular, intimate concert venue.

3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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Lincoln Hall

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

2424 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Music Box Theatre
The independently owned Music Box Theatre is Chicago’s go-to venue for independent, foreign, cult, and classic films. The theatre first opened on August 22, 1929, just two months before The Great Depression and retains its original architecture and design. Seating 800 people, the theater features a dark blue ceiling made to look like the night sky, and Italian inspired design to make guests feel as if they are watching a film in an open-air Tuscan palazzo.  
3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
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food
Giant
"The head chef, Ben Lustbader, is an old friend of the band and an extremely talented and gifted mind. I’d go more often If only it wasn’t so pricy (perfect for a special occasion/splurge)." — Slow Mass
209 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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The Wormhole Coffee
"As Wicker Park has changed, Wormhole is still an awesome and dependable spot for coffee and to get some work done." -Deeper
The Wormhole Coffee, North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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karaoke
Lincoln Karaoke
"Private rooms with remote controls that let you adjust pitch, speed and overlay ridiculous drumbeats on the songs. Amazing." — Slow Mass
Lincoln Karaoke, North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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shopping
Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles
"Bric-a-Brac Records. While primarily a record store, I love how they carry a wide variety of oddities like vintage toys, VHS tapes, cassettes, old school punk mags, clothing, etc. Enough of an unusual record store that I think it could be classified as a boutique." — Slow Mass
Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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