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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!
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Hala In Restaurant

Bright, cheerful Middle Eastern eatery specializing in homestyle Palestinian cooking.

4624 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630, USA
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Big Star

Mexican street food, plus margaritas & other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.

1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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La Chaparrita

Basic Mexican grocery store on a corner with an eatery serving tacos, fresh juices & aguas frescas.

2500 S Whipple St, Chicago, IL 60623, USA
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Chi Cafe

Tiny, modern eatery with late-night hours serving an extensive menu of classic Chinese dishes.

2160 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616, 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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Superdawg

Classic circa-1948 drive-in where car hops deliver Chicago-style dogs, fries & milkshakes.

6363 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, USA
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Parson’s Chicken & Fish

Low-key fried chicken & fish stop with hip tunes dishing up cocktails, salads, sandwiches & sushi.

2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Sultan’s Market

Cash-only counter-serve Middle Eastern spot with falafel, gyros & more plus a large salad bar.

2521 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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The Wiener’s Circle

Famously surly staffers serve char dogs & more at this tiny institution that’s open late.

2622 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Irazu

Cash-only cantina serving a vegetarian-friendly menu of traditional Costa Rican food & shakes.

1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Amitabul

Modest restaurant serving a vegan, organic Korean menu that includes noodle soups, tofu & bibimbop.

6207 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, USA
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Honky Tonk BBQ

Plates of apple-and-oak-smoked pork & beef brisket plus sides flavor the menu at this rustic eatery.

1800 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Belmont Snack Shop

 This is one of the best country-style American/Southern breakfast joints in town!

3407 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Redhot Ranch

No-frills spot offering hot dogs, burgers & fries in a counter-serve space with outdoor seating.

3057 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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Fat Rice

Comfort food from around the world is served in a rustic space with communal tables & open kitchen.

2957 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Yvolina’s Tamales

Yvolina’s Tamales was founded in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago by mother and daughter Marcelina and Yvonney Hernandez in 2010.

814 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Joong Boo Market

Asian supermarket for produce, meat & dry goods plus a fast-food Korean restaurant.

3333 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
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Publican Quality Meat

An American cafe offering charcuterie, pastries & sandwiches along with an on-site butcher & market.

825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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Dove’s Luncheonette

Tex-Mex diner eats plus cocktails & lots of tequila in retro digs with counter seats & a jukebox.

1545 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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Jim’s Original

Old-school 24/7 hotdog stand (started in 1939) boasting the original Maxwell Street Polish sausage.

1250 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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Giordano’s

Giordano’s has been serving its famous Chicago style deep dish pizza since 1974.

223 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
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Dock’s

Storefront counter-service known for its fried fish sandwiches, shrimp, sides & shakes.

112 W 87th St, Chicago, IL 60620, USA
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Taurus Flavors
Veteran, cash-only find serving hoagies, cheesesteaks & handpacked ice cream for takeout since 1966.
8534 S Stony Island Ave, Chicago, IL 60617, USA
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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
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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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Golden House Restaurant

Classic diner with full breakfasts and throwback vibes.

-Recommended by Post Animal

Golden House Restaurant & Pancake House, North Broadway Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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Wolfy’s

“My favorite place to get a hotdog and fries is Wolfy’s in West Ridge. It’s a classic 1960’s style restaurant with a badass, neon sign out front.” -White Mystery

Wolfy's, West Peterson Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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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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Uru-Swati

“I love Uru Swati. Amazing veggie Indian food on Devon in ‘Little India'” -The Life And Times

Uru-Swati, West Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Feed Restaurant

Soul-food restaurant specializing in chicken, cash only!

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Feed, West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Bite Cafe

Offers comfort food and vegetarian options in a stylish locale.

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Bite Cafe, North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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avec

“Despite all the places that come and go, I always end up wanting to eat at avec. The food is consistently perfect, the wine can’t go wrong, and the room will never go out of style.” -In Tall Buildings

avec Restaurant, West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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Pleasant House Pub

“Pleasant House Pub [is] a restaurant with great British hand pies and awesome local coffee (4 Letter Word from Back of the Yards).” -Deeper

Pleasant House Pub, South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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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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Taco EL Jalisciense

“They have nice tacos. Get some tacos.” — PEEL

Taco EL Jalisciense, West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

“Why drink coffee when you can drink milkshakes with coffee in them?” — PEEL

Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain, North California Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA
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La Palapa

“Metro’s talent buyer Joe Carsello put us on to this place. Get the ceviche. Also it’s BYOB.” — Air Credits

2000 W 34th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
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Podhalanka

“A small, kitschy, sincere Polish restaurant. I always get the white borscht and cheese pierogies – and it’s BYOB!” — Jessica Risker

Podhalanka, West Division Street, Chicago, IL, USA
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