Lollapalooza is Chicago's premier music festival. Grant Park will play host to this newly expanded event which will attract tens of thousands of people over four days to see a range of excellent music. However, just as memorable for some people will be the spectacular array of food that is on offer at 'Chow Town', a location in the grounds that puts some of Chicago's best vendors together in one place to give you a tough decision about what to have. The line-up for Chow Town this year hasn't yet been confirmed, so these favorites from the local companies who have been mainstays at Chow Town over recent years are well worth looking for again this year.
Tamales from Dia De Los Tamales
These little pastry pockets have been a favorite at the festival over recent years, and this company from the Pilsen district stuff their tamales with a selection of great fillings. Flavors such as Cuban slow roasted pork and buffalo chicken are very popular, while there are also vegetarian varieties such as spicy black bean and corn, which are also delicious. Under the guidance of chef Keith Carlson, the ingredients are mainly locally sourced, with a farm-to-fork attitude that can be tasted in the simple but high-quality tamales.
A Bacon Mac And Cheese Hot Dog from Franks 'N' Dawgs
Franks 'N' Dawgs have been making their gourmet hot dogs, or 'haute dogs' as some call them and selling them at Lollapalooza for several years. The high-quality meat really shows through in the flavor, and this tasty sausage in a bun is topped with a generous portion of truffle mac 'n' cheese for a superb way to beat your hunger.
Flavored Sno-Cones from Harris Ice
A Chicago favorite for nearly fifty years, Harris Ice's famous sno-cones are amazing on a hot day, as they are genuinely refreshing. There is a great selection of flavors available, with sweet pineapple and grape varieties along with zesty citrus flavors such as lime and orange.
Spicy Mongolian Beef Bao from Wow Bao
Wow Bao have developed into a real festival favorite over recent years, and the bao they serve is a steamed bun that is filled with a variety of different fillings. The spicy Mongolian beef variety offers a wonderful hit of flavor, while they are also affordable and do not require cutlery to eat, making them an ideal festival take away food.
Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich from County Barbeque
Located on Taylor Street near the Little Italy district for most of the year, County Barbeque is a great option if you are looking for a filling meal to keep you going all day. The pulled pork sandwich has some wonderfully slow-cooked pork that is served with a wonderful mustard BBQ sauce.
Deep Dish Cheese Pizza Slice from Connie's Pizza
Pizza is almost a way of life in Chicago, and Connie's is one of the most respected and established pizza restaurants in the city, having been producing pizza in Chicago since 1963. While there are several options available on the menu, the cheese option is simple and absolutely delicious, showing off what make the distinctive deep-dish base great.
Refreshing Strawberry Lemonade From ShadeTree Lemon Made Lemonade
ShadeTree Lemonade has served their simple but tasty produce at Lollapalooza since 2006, and they are certainly doing something right to keep the visitors coming back year after year. The strawberry lemonade adds a little bit of sweetness from the strawberries to match the tart juice that comes with all of the fresh lemons that are squeezed to make these fresh chilled drinks.
Brownie Sundae from Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe
This gourmet ice cream brand has a series of different options available from its stall at Lollapalooza's Chow Town, but the most indulgent is definitely the brownie sundae. Although the prices may appear to be a little greater than the competition, it is also worth remembering that they also offer the largest scoops, and these delicious treats will give you a real taste of Chicago from this local company based in the village of Gilberts, a short drive from the city.
No matter what you decide on, the food and drink options at Lollapalooza are sure to leave you satisfied and happy.