Where to grab food and drink before heading to Lollapalooza this month

The dear-born

Diners can feast on cinnamon monkey bread, Dutch apple pancakes, Buffalo chicken sandwich, grilled cheese with roasted pears and more! Dearborn’s Tavern Style pizzas are also available during brunch. A variety of brunch cocktails are also available, and diners can “people watch” on the sidewalk terrace.

The Smith

Located in the heart of Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood and steps from the River Walk, The Smith offers a large patio along Clark Street for soaking up the sun. Happy Hour is available Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes $2.00 oysters, $6.00 snacks, and $10.00 cocktails! Diners can also sample their signature Mac & Cheese before heading to Grant Park.

FireLake Grill House and Cocktail Bar

Steps from the annual festival, FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar offers lunch and dinner throughout the festival weekend (July 28-31). To fuel up for the festival festivities, stop and grab a smoked rope sausage macaroni and cheese ($15) before heading out, complete with house smoked pork sausage, cheese Wisconsin aged cheddar beer and truffle sourdough breadcrumbs. To accompany, sip La Mariposa ($16), a colorful cocktail made with Patron silver tequila infused with butterfly pea flower tea, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice, juice pineapple and drizzled with tonic water.

ROOF on theWit

Perched 27 stories above the bustling loop below, ROOF on theWit is a place where bands can prep for the festival or continue the party after the final acts have been performed. During Lollapalooza weekend, ROOF is offering 10% off its large-format cocktail menu (for 10-12 people) like Night At The Framboises ($175) and Pernod-Ricard bottles: Jameson, Absolut, Absolut Elyx and all Avion bottles. ROOF also offers an elevated menu of late-night shareable bites like pizza and sushi, to refuel before or after the festival. Thanks to ROOF’s retractable roof, keep the party going come rain or shine.

by Petterino

Petterino’s has reopened under new ownership with a completely refreshed interior, an expanded outdoor dining area and a reimagined food menu and beverage program led by Executive Chef Ozzy Amelotti. Chef Ozzy has mastered classic Petterino dishes like Prime meatballs, chicken piccata and bone marrow risotto Milanese. In addition to classic Italian fare, Petterino’s also offers diners affordable fare like Black Angus cheeseburgers, homemade pastas, and pizzettas designed to satisfy even the hungriest concertgoer.

Bar Mar by Jose Andrés

Located at the Bank of America Tower in Chicago, Bar Mar is a true celebration of the bounty of the sea, with modern twists on the classics you know and love and festive cocktails. Standout dishes include fresh oysters, ceviches and chef José Andrés’ interpretations of seafood classics like fried calamari and lobster rolls – for a before-and-after or a break from the heat of festival days summer in Chicago.

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