In Chicago for Lollapalooza weekend July 28-31?
At some point you’re going to need to break away from Grant Park to do other activities as well as check out other parts of the city. Here are our Top 10 recommendations, including noteworthy after-parties, brunch destinations, top attractions and more.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: After-Parties
Berlin: A tradition in its seventh year, the Lollapalooza Side Show is exactly what it sounds like: one big, crazy circus-like atmosphere with live music, stage freak shows, bizarre deejay sets and more. Talent includes the likes of LCD Soundsystem members Pat Mahoney, Gavin Russom and Tyler Pope. The event happens 10 p.m.-4 a.m. July 28. 954 W Belmont Ave., 773-348-4975
Rockit Bar & Grill: No tickets? No worries. You can share in a live-streaming experience with other music fans at this popular River North mainstay. That happens throughout the duration of the festival, plus diners may order musician-inspired cocktails and food. 22 W. Hubbard St., 312-645-6000
ROOF on theWit: Catch a couple of rising stars when they perform during weekend parties on this trendy rooftop lounge. Audien performs July 29, house deejay Oliver Heldons hits the deck on July 30 and the July 31 lineup includes Luka, Poe Junior and Avi Sic. Events begin at 9 p.m. (July 29-30) and 2 p.m. on July 31. 201 N. State St., 312-239-9502
Underground: The late-night dance party showcases live music and deejay sets during the entire duration of the festival. Highlights range from Jesse Marco (July 28) to Isa Machine from Florence and the Machine (July 31). Doors open at 10 p.m. each night July 28-31. 56 W. Illinois St., 312-644-7600
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Brunch
Brunch is serious business in Chicago. If you've been here before, you should know that fact. The great thing is that it continues to improve and this year is no different.
For your indulgence, we've narrowed the choices with a list showcasing only the very best Windy City offerings. Many, of course, are near Chicago landmarks such as Lincoln Park Zoo, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park and Willis Tower. From appropriate family-friendly finds to flawless chef-driven destinations certain to make your Chicago trip memorable, our selections cover all the bases of the city's best brunches.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Where To Swim
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Pampering Pets
It's certainly no surprise that the city's overflowing with parks, spas and boutiques designed just for your pet. If you're one to travel with your best friend beside you, you'll find plenty of activities in which you may participate together or you can allow them to make new furry friends on their own. Here's where to pamper your pet throughout the city.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Best Live Music Bars
With the iconic Double Door rumored to shutter this year, Lolla weekend may be your last chance to check it out. It's one of Chicago's top live music venues where patrons have been lucky to check out such major acts as The Rolling Stones in an intimate setting. You'll find even more cool spots across the city, from a punk-rock lounge to an iconic jazz club where Al Capone used to hang out.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Family-Friendly Destinations
With Lolla boasting a family pavilion focusing on kid-friendly acts and attractions, many attendees will be looking for non-festival activities to keep the little ones occupied. Because it'll be an expensive weekend, we've created a guide with nine budget-conscious ways to have fun with the family. We've also gathered some local favorite eateries with kid-friendly menus, including the likes of Antique Taco and Little Goat Diner.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Best in Nightlife
The Windy City easily lays claim to some of the country's top deejays and mixologists, plus it's stomping grounds for many live-music acts and comedians who've gone on to insanely successful careers. So, when you're in town, and you want to get out and about, you can count on these places to offer the very best in late-night entertainment.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Bed & Breakfast Destinations
Chicago offers a number of delightful bed and breakfast destinations, and they just happen to be in real neighborhoods bursting with local activities, from dining and drinking establishments to shopping and theatrical venues. So you don't have to sort through them all--or wind up in a place that's a little too lived-in for your tastes--we narrowed the choices to the very best around town.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Classic Chicago Grub
Chicago's culinary scene is unmatched as demonstrated by the number of outstanding fine-dining destinations. But for those looking for food that's quintessential Chi-town, the offerings are less intimidating and expensive. That includes our favorite pizza parlors, top spots for hot dogs and gourmet burgers.
A Great Guide For Lolla-Goers in Chicago: Tour Chicago
Another fantastic way to explore Chicago’s rich culinary landscape is to embark upon one of many available food tours. And more ways to see the city--while soaking up a bit of local history--is by making reservations on one of the gangster tours, Weird Chicago Tours or boat cruises along the Chicago River or Lake Michigan. Also, explore some of the city's most exciting neighborhoods on your own: Chinatown, Lakeview, River North, West Loop.