Now that the 25th installment of Lollapalooza is in the books, it's safe for Chicagoans to leave their houses. Fans packed downtown for the four-day festival that concluded on Sunday. While some bands preferred to rely on hospitality and the on-site catering tents for their food, a few performers took advantage of Chicago's dining scene.
The Tribune had a round-up that included the whereabouts of former "America’s Funniest Home Videos" host and "Full House" star Bob Saget. The foul-mouthed comedian also stopped in at Three Dots And A Dash and posed for a photo with Graham Elliot.
Over at Nellcote, Foals, Local Natives and Saint Motel enjoyed dinner on Thursday. The Local Natives returned Friday night and Two Door Cinema Club, Chairlift, Wild Belle & The Fat Jewish also made appearances.
Oh, and at Giant, Kenny Loggins had dinner on Saturday night:
Here's a smattering of artists who shared what they did over the duration of the fest. As an added bonus, if Lollapalooza fans kept their wristbands, Chipotle's giving away free food on Wednesday.
Sir The Baptist: My favorite spot, and one that I will be visiting multiple times this Lolla weekend (open until 4 or 5 a.m., depending on the day), is Kingston Mines. Many legends have performed at this blues club. This is my one-stop shop. My normal order is a catfish po boy, ribs, sweet potato fries and a Jameson & ginger ale.
St. Lucia: Apparently, the band dines at The Kitchen every time they're in Chicago. They stopped by on Saturday night.
Marian Hill: We had a doooope night at RM Champagne —classy dinner was had by all. And then Pequod’s for lunch for a Chicago classic.
Dreamers: First off, we love Chicago. Good food, good people, good vibes. We spent most of the time running around to interviews and at the festival, but we had a chance to cruise over to Portillo’s (people said we "had to try it). We all got the Italian beef sandwich and a Chicago-style hot dog. The beef sandwich was exploding with flavor and the bread was insane, insanely fresh and soft. The hot dog is without ketchup which we weren't sure about, but we were very surprised that we didn't miss having it. We topped it off with a piece of decadent chocolate cake, cosmic. Highly recommend this unhealthy goodness.
Jackal: Portillo’s was amazing! I really enjoy authentic American culture, and getting their hot dog was exactly the sort of thing I would sit about in England imagining after watching "Friends" or the ‘"Simpsons."
The Weathers: Since most of us had never been to Chicago before we had big plans of exploring different food institutions of the city. We rolled into town early Thursday morning and enjoyed a great brunch at Miss Ricky's in the Virgin Hotel. They had a very extensive menu that included chilaquiles (tortilla chips, queso, eggs, frijoles, avocado), Rubenedict, and chicken & waffles.
James Bohannon and Conor Cook, VHS Collection: We went to an amazing dinner at RPM Steak at Friday. I had the Boot steak which was a delightful little piece of meat. The steak frites was also dazzling with a herb/truffle bernaise sauce that caused quite a row at our table. The house rolls were popular as well. Our pescatarian bandmates feasted on the Atlantic salmon and we all finished our meal with a complimentary round of Cotton Candy. What a meal!
On Saturday morning I had an amazing brunch at The Local. I had one of their fabulous omelets and a side of chicken sausage that was wiiiiildy wonderful. My dining mate had the fluffy blueberry pancakes. The service and atmosphere were delightful.
Kallie North, Muddy Magnolias: We had brunch at an Italian restaurant called Acanto. We had the beet salad, lamb rigatoni and hanger steak with eggs. We drank a vodka cocktail that was heaven! It was called the Bergamot-infused house vodka drink.
Jordan Kelley of Cherub, ate at the following places: Imperial Lamian: Really awesome dim sum. Try the Sichuan wontons and the gruyere soup dumplings. So good.
Lou Malnati’s: Awesome Chicago pizza. Not too deep but just deep enough.
Au Cheval: Best !@#%ing burgers. Ever.