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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!
Varsity

Making music that’s both catchy and deep is notoriously difficult to do. Yet Chicago indie-pop group Varsity make it seem easy, their songs blossoming with contemplative lyrics laid over elegant rhythms. Singer and keyboardist Stephanie Smith’s vocals play the starring role. The supporting instrumentals are meticulously crafted to create a coherent sound. Nothing feels out of place, and the intricate, poppy melodies are irresistable. Varsity plays substantive, thoughtful music that you’ll want to hear again and again. The trippy music video for “Must Be Nice,” off their latest album Parallel Person, pays tribute to their psychedelic influences. Check it out below, and look for Varsity’s Chicago expertise in our travel guide!

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Chicago, IL
food
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L’Patron
This famous Mexican restaurant serves up some of the best tacos in Chicago. -Recommended by Varsity
L' Patron, West Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Crown Liquors Chicago
This classic liquor store with an integrated taproom is a Chicago favorite. -Recommended by Varsity
Crown Liquors, North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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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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landmark
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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
landmark
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Willis “Sears” Tower
"The Sears Tower! Highest observation deck in the entire US!" -Varsity
Willis Tower, Chicago, IL, USA
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Cloud Gate (The Bean)
Cloud Gate is a public sculpture by Indian-born British artist Anish Kapoor, that is the centerpiece of AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.
Chicago, IL 60601, USA
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shopping
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Shuga Records
Music store in loftlike digs selling over 500,000 titles of new & used vinyl, CDs & collectibles. "Very loving towards local artists." -Post Animal
1272 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
venue
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
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Lincoln Hall

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

2424 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
bar
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Alice’s Lounge
Karaoke four nights a week! -Recommended by Post Animal
3556 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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