Have you even had a chance to recover from Lollapalooza? We haven’t either, but organizers C3 Presents have announced that the three-day music, and now food, festival will take place Aug. 5-7, 2011.
Before we can even start thinking about who will headline and what restaurants will show up in Chow Town, we’d love to hear your feedback on the festival this year. Did you see Gaga? Green Day? Cut Copy? Arcade Fire? Phoenix? Hot Chip? X Japan? Erykah Badu???? And if you took in the offerings at Chow Town, what did you love? Seems that the lobster corn dog and elote from Graham Elliot and Big Star, respectively, were big hits. We loved the Sunda bao bun and tempura roll. What did you like?
And who would you want to see out there next year?
Lolla Got You Hungover? Let us help…
De Cero: Work off your Lollapalooza hangover with tasty Mexican fare & take 20% off your bill.
Lockwood: $8 curried lamb sandwich with fries. Also bottle of Estancia Cab or Chard for $28 & Titos Bloody Mary $8!
Mercadito: Lolla Hangover Cure Family style Mexican brunch $15 per person, one drink for $3 additional.
Perennial: Before heading to Lollapalooza, fill up on one of Chicago’s best brunches and receive 20% off. And get a mimosa…
Cafe Spiaggia: Show your Lolla wristband/ticket and get 1 complimentary small plate item from the new Cafe menu.
C-House: Enjoy a complimentary specialty cocktail or beer with the purchase of any brunch entree.
Wave: Get a free beverage (we recommend a Bloody Mary!) with every large plate/entree ($12 value).
Sunda: Purchase any brunch entree and receive $10 off your bill (before tax & tip). (1 per table).
Custom House Tavern: Enjoy the yummy Custom House Burger for $5. Only in the Tavern.
The Gage: Grilled duck sausage sandwich w/ pickles & fried giardiniera with a cold Austrian Stiegl Pils beer (hair of the dog, baby!)
Hectic weekend running between Lollapalooza, Market Days and more? Take a break to eat.
Mercadito: Order 3 tacos of same type for $10.50 & get free rice and beans.
Bin Wine Cafe: $5 pizzas anytime this weekend with proof of Lollapalooza ticket.
Browntrout: Beat the heat with a free summer cocktail with the purchase of any entree.
De Cero: Got a group? Enjoy various gourmet tacos to share with a $25 taco platter. Tip: make sure you get the duck! (reg. $30.50)
Cibo Matto: Choose your own three-course meal (app, entree & dessert) off Chef Todd Stein’s acclaimed menu.
David Burke’s Primehouse: Come to the James Hotel lobby bar and enjoy a beer and a Greshburger with shaved prime rib and mozzarella for only $15.
Sable Kitchen & Bar: Enjoy 20% off late-night dining. Eclectic New American menu & a killer cocktail program minutes from Grant Park.
Want more ideas? Visit Foodie now.
Have you been to Cafe Spiaggia lately? The restaurant, helmed by James Beard winner and Top Chef Master contestant Tony Mantuano, has undergone a makeover of Italian proportions. After 12 years since the last refresher, the cafe was due for a breath of new life and, with inspiration from the cafes lining the Piazza San Marco in Venice, will allow guests to experience a more relaxed atmosphere.
New table tops, shades, lighting, banquettes and more got the treatment with beautiful chenille, leather, woods, etched glass and more. But more exciting, really, is executive chef Sarah Grueneberg’s new menu. It features a number of small plates under four new categories: Cicchetti (snacks and sides, like tapas), Crostini (sandwiches), Zuppa (soup) e Formaggi (cheese). But there’s also fantastic thin-crust pizzas; beautifully fresh salads; gorgeous housemade pastas; grilled meats; and, of course, vino.
And this weekend through Foodie, anyone with a Lollapalooza wristband or ticket stub can book a lunch at Cafe Spiaggia, show their Lolla pass and get a complimentary small plate item from the new menu. Change really is good.
Foodie has been working with the good folks at Lollapalooza and they asked us to compile a list of some of our favorite bars, clubs and hangs in Chicago to help keep the party going after the music stops playing in Grant Park each day.
With nearly 80,000 people heading down to the fest each day, we know there are some seriously diverse tastes and interests. We think we did a pretty good job of hitting different types of spots in various neighborhoods, but we’re sure we missed some of your go-to haunts.
Let us know where you want to play after the music ends, but first head over to our blog post on the Lolla site to check out our list.
Is Lollapalooza really next weekend? That blows our minds that August is already here. What will we have to look forward to after Lolla? I’m sure we’ll figure it out, but we’re so psyched for the annual music—and now food—fest, that it’ll be hard to come down from that high. Who else will have a tough time? Matthew H. and James F, who both won a pair of 3-day passes this past week. We have FOUR sets of passes left and if you want your shot, be sure to either sign up for Foodie or refer your friends. It’s that easy to enter the giveaway and if your name is selected in a couple of days, you’ll be stoked come Friday. Don’t wait. Get moving … and you may just win.
On Monday night, the veil was drawn back a bit to reveal just some of the fine eats we’ll feast on at Lollapalooza. Chef Graham Elliot Bowles hosted a party at his River North eatery and welcomed chefs and owners from a handful of restaurants and shops, including Sunda, Big Star, the Southern, Metropolis Coffee, More Cupcakes and Kuma’s Corner, who doled out bite-sized previews of what they’ll be serving at the festival. A who’s who of Chicago’s food and music worlds gathered to feast, drink and mingle among Lollapalooza producers, including founder Perry Farrell, and Spiaggia chef/partner and Top Chef Masters contestant Tony Mantuano.
So what if you haven’t yet won a 3-day pass to Lollapalooza—today is still your lucky day. Foodie member Suzanne Ko is lifestyle consultant, personal trainer and fitness guru. She teaches yoga out of H.E.R.O. Fitness, and is offering any Foodie member a free session, which is by reservation only.
To get your free class, just shoot Suzanne an email and tell her you’re a member of Foodie and want to do a little downward dog. As a bonus, Suzanne is also offering 20% off any single SKo-Fit purchase: a yoga class pack, personal training or lifestyle consulting services.
If you’re feeling guilty for going out to dinner or wondering if you could eat another three-course prix-fixe meal, now you have a method to work it off … and feel a little Zen about doing it.