Restaurants that rock
These places make dining a musical experience.
If three days of being sequestered among thousands of sweaty concertgoers in the sweltering heat at Lollapalooza isn’t enough rock action, rest assured there are plenty of killer options beyond the nearest Hard Rock Café. Don’t be surprised if you run into a few Lolla headliners paying tribute to the rock and culinary patron saint candles at Chow Town director Graham Elliot’s new gastro-temple, g.e.b. Neighboring restaurant Nellcôte may have been inspired by the Rolling Stones’s “Exile on Main Street,” but the clubbier weekend nights are a draw for the Champagne-guzzling electro-gods from Perry’s Tent. For those who lean more Black Keys than Kaskade, refuel at whiskey-driven watering holes like honky-tonk taqueria Big Star, or gastropub Longman & Eagle. Metalheads who head farther west to Avondale will find excellent company (and likely a substantial wait) at thrasher burger bar Kuma’s Corner, featuring an honorary Black Sabbath burger (blackening spice, chili, pepper jack, red onion). And if all else fails, there’s always the Ed Hardy brand of rock & roll at River North’s Rockit in stumbling distance from Grant Park.