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5 Delicious Food Items Not To Miss at Lollapalooza 2016

Live well with Crack Pie, Rainbow Cones and more

Chow Town
Chow Town
Marc Much

Lollapalooza kicks off today and just as important as what bands you'll be seeing are what foods you'll be eating. Staying fueled up is the only way to survive the long weekend so here are five dishes that are not to be missed among the many vendors of Chow Town.

Milk Bar - Crack Pie

Momofuku pastry queen Christina Tosi has built her bakery into a New York empire of sweets. This year, famed Milk Bar will be at Lollapalooza to offer Chicagoans an opportunity to try the James Beard Winner's signature Crack Pie. Like most of the shop's desserts, the salty-sweet pie with an oatmeal cookie crust takes you right back to childhood by packing a sugar rush into each bite. It provides a perfect late-afternoon spark to help make it through the long days. [Photo: Facebook]

Mad Social - Chicken and waffles

Chicken and waffles are a food pairing that's been on a steady uptick but there are few complaints when it's done perfectly like the version at Mad Social. Instead of a plain waffle, chef Mariela Bolanos uses churro batter and tops it with a piece of fried chicken Milanese. It's finished with a piece of pork belly, maple syrup and housemade hot sauce, and is a dish definitely worth getting messy for. [Photo: Yelp]

[Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

The Purple Pig - Housemade gyros

Chicago's ever-popular Mediterranean spot on the Mag Mile has been taking its show on the road this summer. The Eater 38 mainstay will be at Lollapalooza for the first time, serving special items not available on the restaurant's dinner menu. Attendees can enjoy Jimmy Bannos Jr.'s housemade gyros on pita with tomato salad and tzatziki—an ideal on-the-go sandwich that's way better than the typical ones from a Kronos gyro cone. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

Pork and Mindy's - "Bao to the Pork" sandwich

"Sandwich King" Jeff Mauro opened his fast-casual spot at the beginning of the year and it will be on site delivering much-needed sustenance for hungry festival goers. Pig out on the restaurant's best-selling "Bao to the Pork" sandwich, an Asian-inspired item that stuffs a steamed bao bun with smoky pork shoulder and tops it with pickled daikon carrot, cucumber, jalapeno relish and plum sauce. Rest assured, it's a cut above any ol' regular pulled pork sandwich. [Photo: Facebook]

Original Rainbow Cone - Original Rainbow Cone

Whether you're a lifelong Chicagoan or just visiting our fine city, a Rainbow Cone is a must during this weekend. Cool off from the heat and humidity with a refreshing scoop that's a combination of orange sherbet with chocolate, strawberry, pistachio and Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts) ice cream. You'll need (and want) it after a few hours in the sun. [Photo: Facebook]

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