Is it morning already?
End your night with the most important meal of the day.
Our big sis out East may have snagged the designation as the city that never sleeps, but when your Lollapalooza after-show lets out, Chicago has ample late-night—well, early-morning—breakfast spots to satiate that growing hunger.
Every year, Metro boasts an enviable list of post-Lolla parties, and eclectic all-night eats from Pick Me Up Café (Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–3am, Fri–Sat 24hrs, 3408 N Clark St, 773-248-6613) are within easy walking distance. If you find yourself in the more indie environs of Lincoln Hall for one of its five nights of pre- and post-fest shows, the always-reliable and never-too-greasy offerings of Clarke’s Diner (Open 24hrs, 2442 N Lincoln Ave, 773-472-3505, clarkesdiner.com) await you across the street. The neighborhood that House of Blues calls home has you covered too, with the owner-operated Tempo Café (Open 24hrs, 6 E Chestnut St, 312-943-4373, tempocafechicago.com) serving up generous portions a short cab ride away; don’t worry, Hotel Sax across from HoB also serves as a convenient taxi stand.
For a post-fest serving of beats (and then eats), you’ll likely end up at Congress Theater in Logan Square. From there, you’ll do no better than the Golden Nugget (Open 24hrs, 2406 W Diversey Pkwy, 773-252-8903), which is basically Denny’s with personality. The Mid is also hosting a slew of Lollapalooza DJs and keeps it going till 4 or 5am. In the West Loop, you have to get a little more creative, but Taco Burrito King (Sun–Thu 8am–5am, Fri–Sat 8am–6am, 811 W Jackson Blvd, 312-831-0633, tacoburritoking.com) does boast a breakfast menu, and you can do a whole lot worse than its huevos à la mexicana after the night you’ve just had.