If you are looking for a break from the dizzying crowds and frolicking chaos that is the famous Lollapalooza music festival, I have 5 great suggestions WITHIN WALKING distance of Millenium Park, Michigan avenue and the Lolla stages that will let you recharge you before tackle the crowds again.
1. The best Cuban sandwich in Chicago is literally across the street from the festival at the small restaurant Cafecito on Congress Parkway. For $5.49 you can enjoy a delicious roasted pork, ham and swiss cheese cubano and a strong Cuban coffee. For more details you can read my recent post on Cafecito here.http://www.toloveandlucy.com/food/best-cuban-sandwich-in-chicago-cafecito/2. The Art Institue of Chicago is one of the BEST and most famous art museums in the country and if you have travelled all the way to Chicago and have yet to go….you must!!! The Art Institute is offering a $2 dollar discount off their admission price with your festival pass. They are also offering a new exhibit featuring Belgian artist Rene Magritte….you can find out more information at…http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/magritte-mystery-ordinary-1926-1933
3. If you’re looking for a break from the festival food and drinks, Howells and Hood on Michigan Avenue offers great outdoor seating, 300 plus beers on tap and plenty of room to bring a group to sit, eat, drink and chat. Head North on Michigan Avenue and look for the Tribune Tower across from the famed Wrigley building. You can find additional details here…http://www.toloveandlucy.com/food/howells-and-hood-outdoor-dining-on-michigan-avenue/4. If you’re taking the night off from the Lolla stages and you are looking to experience Chicago beyond the crowds of the Loop, I would head North to the J. Parker for drinks on the rooftop of the Hotel Lincoln. Then, head to local favorite Twin Anchors for ribs and beer. Check out my post on the J. Parker…http://www.toloveandlucy.com/explore/rooftop-cocktails-at-the-j-parker/5. Finally, you came to Chicago to listen to music!! But what if you want to experience the very music that made Chicago what it is! Jazz and Blues!! Why not head to Buddy Guy’s (walking distance from the festival) and hear some local legends. buddyguy.com OR if you have the time, you will not regret jumping in a cab and heading North to the Green Mill and listening to some live Jazz in an unparalleled environment. www.greenmilljazz.com