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Flashback: Foo Fighters at the Metro

11:45PM | 8-6-2011 Foo Fighters had a show to do the next day—closing Lollapalooza, in fact—but that didn’t stop them from rocking out for a massive two-and-a-half-hour show at Metro. The night was steamy, the room was packed to the rafters, and nobody noticed. Dave Grohl and company blasted through the entirety of their album Wasting Light, followed by a set peppered with their biggest hits. And then they kept going. That’s the glory of Lollapalooza afterparties—bands can let loose and fans can taste that raw, late-night energy up close and personal.

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Childish Gambino When it comes down to it, there not a huge difference between a rapper and a comedian. they call one an MC and the other an emcee, but beyond that distinction… so it’s no wonder Community star Donald glover crosses over so effortlessly into hip-hop. He knows how to hold a room captive armed with only a microphone. You could call his rhyme skills impressions—of Kayne and Drake, specifically. But there are true smarts and better punch lines in his surprisingly introspective verses. and loads of sex talk, of course.

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Saturday 4 The Afghan Whigs Metro. 11pm; $36. 18 and older. The Big Pink subterranean. 11pm; $20. 17 and older. Bombay Bicycle Club + Hey Rosetta! Bottom Lounge. 11pm; $15. Calvin Harris + Nathan Scott + Gus Karas the Mid. 10pm; $35. Childish Gambino Vic

LOOP/SOUTH LOOP Buddy Guy’s Legends this spacious club features top blues talent nightly, and sometimes Buddy himself shows up to play or just hobnob with fans. 700 s Wabash ave (312-427-1190, Mon–fri 11am–2am; sat 5pm–3am; sun 6pm–2am. average beer: $5.

White Rabbit We’ve got no problem with White rabbit sounding more than a bit like spoon and radiohead, nor with Dum Dum girls slowly morphing into the second coming of the Breeders. Let’s face it, those ’90s rock gods are aging and taking more and more time off. so the world needs some sturdy rock with scruffy edges. oberhofer certainly seems to understand, as the band lumps the whole of college guitar rock into a giddy bubblegum core.

theatre. 11pm; $19. 18 and older. Gary Clark Jr + LP schubas. 11pm; $20. 18 and older. Doomtree + Naledge + Fess Grandiose empty Bottle. 10pm; $15. Of Monsters and Men + Yellow Ostrich House of Blues. 11pm; $25. 17 and older. The Temper Trap + Poliça park West. 11pm; $25. 18 and older. Trampled By Turtles + The Devil Makes Three Double Door. 11pm; $20. Twin Shadow Lincoln Hall. 11pm; $20. 18 and older. White Rabbits + Dum Dum Girls + Oberhofer the Cubby Bear. 10pm; $18. Sunday 5 Chairlift + Alt-J empty Bottle. 10pm; $15. The Walkmen Lincoln Hall. 11pm; $27.50. 18 and older.

Emerald Loop plenty of room to stretch out, including sidewalk seating, plus a reasonably priced menu of upscale pub fare. 216 N Wabash ave (312-2630200, vaughanhospitality. com). Mon–fri 7am–2am; sat 11am–3am; sun 11am–2am. average beer: $4.50. Jimmy Green’s if you’re looking for a modern sports lounge with 27 screens within stumbling distance from grant park, this is it. 825 s state st (312-386-9000, Mon–fri 11am–2am; sat 11am–3am; sun 11am– 1am. average beer: $4. pHotos: top, rYaN BourQue; BottoM, JaMie Kraus

Thursday 2 Dr. Dog + Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band + The Dunwells Lincoln Hall. 9pm; $25. 18 and older. Kids These Days + OverDoz. schubas. 9pm; $15. 18 and older. Passion Pit + GIVERS + Kishi Bashi House of Blues. 9pm; $30. 17 and older. Zedd + Gus Karas + DJ Gordo + DJ Torio the Mid. 10pm; $20.

Friday 3 Bear in Heaven + YAWN empty Bottle. 10pm; $15. The Black Angels + The Night Beats Double Door. 11pm; $20. Blind Pilot + Kopecky Family Band Lincoln Hall. 11pm; $20. 18 and older. The Growlers + JEFF the Brotherhood subterranean. 11pm; $15. 17 and older. Nero + Die Antwoord + Anamanaguchi Congress theater. 9:30pm; $32. 18 and older. Frank Ocean Metro. 11pm; $26. 18 and older. Paper Diamond + Minnesota Bottom Lounge. 10pm; $17.50. 17 and older. Porter Robinson + Madeon the Mid. 10pm; $30. Tune-Yards + Washed Out House of Blues. 11pm; $25. 17 and older. The War on Drugs + Milo Greene schubas. 11pm; $20. 18 and older. Zeds Dead + Big Gigantic + Midnight Conspiracy + Big Chocolate Congress theater. 9:30pm; $32. 18 and older.

Where to party after the fest.

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Wednesday 1 Alabama Shakes + First Aid Kit + Dry the River + Filligar Metro. 7pm; $26. 18 and older. Delta Spirit + Fidlar Lincoln Hall. 9pm; $25. 18 and older.


Kasey’s Tavern a classic printers row tavern with a huge craftbeer list and a nifty little pool table in the back. 701 s Dearborn st (312427-7992, kaseystavern. com). Mon–thu 2pm–2am; fri, sun 11am–2am; sat 11am–3am. average beer: $4.

Reggie’s two rock venues in one offer 17+, all-ages and 21+ shows with drink specials out the wazoo, and an eclectic offering of 25 beers on tap. 2109 s state st (312-949-0120, reggieslive. com). sun–fri 11am–2am; sat 11am–3am. average beer: $4.

Buddy guy’s Legends

the LOLLa sUperfans While 100-degree heat, dehydration and sweaty, massive crowds may spell a great afternoon for some, Lollapalooza can often prove more taxing than fun. This year, after sporadically attending the festival since 2005, Jen and Brian Laskov are skipping the weekend in Grant Park in favor of Lolla’s more intimate after-parties. “We’ve always been a bit stressed out about the crowds and the porta-potties,” Jen Laskov says. Jen and Brian Laskov “Last year and the year before, we went to the aftershows and found that to be the highlight of the whole weekend. Last year we tried to do both, but it was too tiring. You’re already spending lots of money to attend Lolla, so we figured we’d just see our favorite bands in a more intimate setting and save some money in the process.” Last year, Jen and Brian caught festival highlight Foster the People at House of Blues—albeit barely. “We ended up getting there a little too late,” Jen says. “We had tickets, but they were over capacity. Trying to sneak in, we got on an elevator and coincidentally ran into the band. They snuck us backstage and into the VIP section.” august 2012 4

Pippin’s Tavern A fun dive with a rectangular bar, varnished wood and tunes blasting for local college kids, highrise dwellers and tourists. 806 N Rush St (312-7875435). Sun–Fri 11am–4am; Sat 11am–5am. Average beer: $5. Timothy O’Toole’s Pub A basement hideaway for more than 20 years featuring buckets of beer, sports on the tubes and decent grub. 622 N Fairbanks Ct (312-6420700, timothyotooles. com). Mon–Fri 11am–3am; Sat, Sun 9am–3am. Average beer: $4. Zocalo This place features more than 130 tequilas made of 100 percent blue agave, which you can drink with authentic Mexican fare, or on its own. 358 W 5 Lollapalooza After-parties

Jake’s Pub At nearly 80 years old, this place is a serious but unpretentious craft-beer tavern with old-school bar stools. 2932 N Clark St (773-248-3318, jakespub. net). Sun–Fri noon–2am; Sat noon–3am. Average beer price: $5.

As front-of-house engineer and one of two talent buyers at the Double Door, Jesse Ewan has seen it all. Lolla after-shows have proven far more challenging and rewarding than typical gigs, with Sonic Youth’s 2006 performance taking the cake. “It was what you get into live music production for,” he says. “To work with a band that you’ve looked up to, with that kind of track record, in such an intimate space. It’s a kick for the guys on our production staff. But it’s sort of a fire drill. They’ve played earlier that Jesse Ewan day. They’re tired. They’re sunburnt. You do everything you can to roll out the red carpet. Sonic Youth rolled up, like, 30 minutes before we had to open the doors, but we worked through it and had a great show.” Chicago’s summer heat puts everyone’s skills to the test. “The singer from the Walkmen had a rough time here in 2010,” Ewan says. “It was extremely hot, and one of our air conditioners went out that day. But he made it. It’s hard going from one extreme to another, but there’s a reason these bands are playing Lollapalooza in the first place.” Ontario St (312-302-9977, Sun–Thu 5–10pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight. Average cocktail: $10. LAKEVIEW The Diag You loved it as Jack’s, now check out the new version with an outdoor beer garden, a full bar and a late-night menu. 2856 N Southport Ave (773-404-8400). Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am. Average beer: $5. Finley Dunne’s Tavern Awash in Blackhawks

Martyrs’ The best-sounding live music club in the city, this place features an eclectic rotation of rock, jazz, country and world music. 3855 N Lincoln Ave (773-404-9494, martyrslive. com). Mon–Sat 5pm–2am; Sun 10am–2am. Average beer: $4. Red Ivy A huge room, newly remodeled, with lots of curves and nooks, Cubs on TV, an extensive bar selection and Italian-inspired comfort food. 3525 N Clark St (773-472-0900, Sun–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am. Average cocktail: $6. Roscoe’s The granddaddy of Chicago gay bars turns 25 this year. Stop in, pay your respects and take advantage of the daily drink specials. 3356 N Halsted St (773-281-3355, Mon–Thu noon–2am; Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am– 2am. Average cocktail: $6.

memorabilia, this place brags on its “World Famous Orange Whips” but also pours 17 beers. 3458 N Lincoln Ave (773-4777311, Mon–Thu 5pm–2am; Fri 2pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am. Average beer: $4.50. Friar Tuck You walk in through what looks like a giant wooden keg, and when you’re inside it’s just a good ol’ party. 3010 N Broadway (773-327-5101). Mon–Fri 1pm–2am; Sat noon–3am; Sun noon–2am. Average beer price: $4.

Photo: Martha Williams

The Cedar Hotel A prime location means that this outdoor patio is packed to the gills with people-watchers all summer long. 1112 N State St (312-944-1112, Mon–Fri noon–2am; Sat 11:30am–3am; Sun 11:30am–2am. Average cocktail: $10.

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GOLD COAST/ RIVER NORTH Bootleggers A classic joint with a friendly staff, a DJ, bigscreen sports, board games, pool, dancing and the World’s Smallest Beer Garden. 13 W Division St (312-266-0944). Sun–Fri 7pm–4am; Sat 7pm–5am. Average beer $4.50.

LINCOLN PARK The Charleston Black walls, flickering candles, a photo booth, cocktails, wine, beer and DJs set the mood at this recently remodeled corner tavern. 2076 N Hoyne Ave (773-489-4757,

Pippin’s Tavern Sun–Fri 6pm–2am; Sat 6pm–3am. Average beer: $5. Delilah’s Mix 400 kinds of whiskey with a bunch of great beers, jukebox rock and DJ beats on two floors; that’s this place. 2771 N Lincoln Ave (773-472-2771, Sun– Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 4pm– 3am. Average beer: $5. Elbo Room Here you get a vintage bar on the main floor and a seven-night-a-week rock club in the basement, where it belongs. 2871 N Lincoln Ave (773-5495549, elboroomchicago. com). Sun–Fri 7pm–2am; Sat 7pm–3am. Average beer: $4. Wells on Wells A great alfresco spot to watch the polished parade of characters on the main drag of Old Town. 1617 N Wells St (312-9441617, Mon 5pm–2am; Tue–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 10am–3am; Sun 10am–2am. Average cocktail: $5. WICKER PARK BUCKTOWN/WEST TOWN Cleo’s The raging red color

scheme hits you first but then you notice the friendly staff, foosball and quaint beer garden out back. 1935 W Chicago Ave (312-243-5600, cleosbar. com). Mon–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri 3pm–2am; Sat 11am– 3am; Sun 11am–2am. Average beer: $4. Rainbo Club A hipster haven, it dates to the 1930s. Modern art offers a little color, not that the joint needs it. 1150 N Damen Ave (773-489-5999). Sun–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 4pm–3am. Average beer: $4. Smoke Daddy This funky roadhouse features live music every night with no cover plus a tidy little bar and, mmm, BBQ. 1804 W Division St (773-772-6656, Sun– Thu 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight. Average beer: $5. Twisted Spoke A rock & roll bar with a serious beer list, a rooftop full of picnic tables and tasty eats. 501 N Ogden Ave (312-6661500, Mon–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 9am–3am; Sun 9am–2am. Average beer: $5. August 2012 6

Big time

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If you’ve got…30 minutes Russian Tea Time Down a shot of vodka, chase it with a pickle and go to bed with sweet dreams of santigold. get three shots for $13 (in flights of three flavors, including black currant and coriander) and you’ll really sleep well. 77 e adams st (312-360-0000, open fri, sat until 11pm; sun 9pm. Picasso sculpture take a stroll over to Daley plaza and debate the artistic merit of this iconic artwork. or just speculate on what the heck it represents: an aardvark? a bird? a woman? 50 W Washington st ( Cloud Gate okay, “the Bean” is really for tourists. But after a day at Lolla, you might be feeling playful enough for a photo shoot in front of an enormous, body-warping mirror. Michigan ave and randolph st (

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Pizano’s allow 30 minutes for the deep-dish pizza to cook, and 30 minutes to devour it at this Chicago classic from rudy Malnati Jr. (Lou’s his brother.) 61 e Madison st (312-236-1777, open fri, sun until 2am; sat until 3am. Maison Lolla’s food has gotten a lot fancier lately, but even gourmet corn dogs get old fast when you have to eat them on a curb. indulge in a half-price raw bar from 10–11pm (excluding sunday) at this new brasserie. 330 e randolph st (312-241-1540, open fri, sat until 11pm; sun until 10pm. The Florentine the italian restaurant offers a “rock star” menu, with food and drink inspired by Lolla artists. 151 W adams st (312-660-8866). Lounge open fri, sat until midnight; sun until 10pm. Hoyt’s Doughnuts with pink peppercorn sugar and fried whiskey ice cream crown this restaurant’s new state fair–inspired menu. 71 e Wacker Dr (312-346-9870, fri, sat open until 2am; sun until midnight; kitchen until 11pm. Hoyt’s

Filini Debate your favorite Lolla acts over italian wine or cocktails like the grappacello, limoncello mixed with grappa. 221 N Columbus Dr (312-477-0234, fri, sat open until 2am; sun midnight. Boni Vino old-school italian reigns at a restaurant that’s been kicking since 1967. 111 W Van Buren st (312-427-0231, open until 2am. Bar Toma a couple of stops north on the red Line delivers you to late-night lattes, illy drip coffee and specialties like gocciata, an espresso topped with cappuccino foam. 110 e pearson st (312266-3110, open fri, sat until midnight; sun until 10pm. ROOF pizzas like the mozzarella, with sea salt and sweet fennel sausage, are served until 2am at this 27th-floor bar. 201 N state st (312-239-9588, open fri until 2am; sat until 3am; sun until 10pm.

Brasserie by LM Chocolate gelato awaits at this new french restaurant in the essex Hotel. 800 s Michigan ave (312-431-1788, open until 10:30pm.

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If you’ve got…4 hours The Scout Head south for foot-long grilled cheese. 1301 s Wabash ave (312-705-0595, open fri, sun until 2am; sat 3am. The Boss Bar Just over the river: our favorite dive bar. 420 N Clark st (312527-1203, open fri, sun until 4am; sat 5am. The Gage Wander into this classy gastropub for a stealers Wheel, which mixes scotch and st. germain, or detox with housemade sodas, including grapefruit and lime. 24 s Michigan ave (312-372-4243, open fri, sun until 2am; sat 3am. AMC River East 21 the mega-theater just across the river offers showings late into the evening, with 11pm start times a regular thing on weekends— perhaps total recall, which opens friday 3? 322 e illinois st (888-2624386, the scout

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Late-night eats

LAKEVIEW It’s hard to resist the adorable artwork of winged pigs and other cartoonesque animals decorating the woodpaneled walls at the Peasantry (Tue–Thu 6pm–11pm, Fri–Sat 11:30am–12am, Sun 11am–10pm, 2723 N Clark St, 773-868-4888). But this new spot is more than just a pretty face and features a tasty mix of elevated street food, like a baby octopus gyro and duck wings. Fans of fromage have a friend in Cheesie’s Pub & Grub (Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–11pm. Thu 11am–3am, Fri–Sat 11am–5am, 958 W Belmont Ave, 773-388-1574), which offers ten-plus versions of grilled cheese sandwiches. Lactoseintolerant folks, you’ve been warned. Even if you arrive after the stellar beer garden at Sheffield’s (Kitchen hours Mon–Wed 11am–11pm, Thu–Fri 11am–12am, Sat 10am–12am, Sun 10am–11pm, 3258 N Sheffield Ave, 773-281-4989) has closed, the ribs, beef brisket and Carolina pulled pork from its in-house smokers make the trip worth it.

There’s more to Chicago late-night dining than tacos, burgers and pizza slices (although we’ve got nothing against those). Here are our favorites.

BUCKTOWN/WICKER PARK The Southern (Mon–Thu 5pm–2am, Fri 2pm–2am, Sat 11am–3am, Sun 11am–2am, 1840 W North Ave, 773-342-1840) takes its name seriously, offering comfort food by way of Dixie, including fried green tomatoes, hush puppies and corn bread. Encased meats and beer (selected by an in-house cicerone, no less) reign supreme at Bangers & Lace (Mon–Fri 2pm–2am, Sat 11am–3am, Sun 11am–2am, 1670 W Division St, 773-252-6499), a shabby-chic joint in the heart of Wicker Park. A little bit off the beaten path, the Bluebird (Mon– Fri, Sun 5pm–2am, Sat 5pm–3am, 1749 N Damen Ave, 773-486-2473) is worth the trek for its curated selection of beer and wine, and small menu of European-inspired dishes, such as Belgian-style pomme frites, rabbit rillette and The Bluebird goat-cheese-topped flatbread.

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Photos: Martha Williams

Three Aces

Photos: top, Martha Williams; bottom, Donna Rickles

LOOP It may call itself a diner, but Au Cheval (Tue–Sun 5pm-2am, 800 W Randolph St, 312-929-4580) with its creative riffs on classic dishes—think fried bologna sandwiches, foie gras with scrambled eggs—and handcrafted cocktail program, is much more. Looking for a side of punk rock to go along with your late-night snack? Head to Three Aces (Sun–Fri 11am–2am, Sat 11am–3am, 1321 W Taylor St, 312-243-1577). A kick-ass menu of Italian-inspired dishes (don’t miss the Bolognese fries) and a super-friendly staff add to the charm of this Little Italy bar. A local award-winning beer nut is behind Fulton Market pub Haymarket (Sun–Fri 11am–2am, Sat 11am–3am 737 W Randolph St, 312-6380700) and the half dozen or so brewed-in-house beers. But the bar also offers a late-night menu that features the usual suspects.


LINCOLN PARK At meat-lover’s paradise Frontier (Mon 4pm–2am, Tue-Fri 11am–3pm, 4pm–2am, Sat 10am–3am, Sun 10am–2am, 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-772-4322), you’ll find venison, rabbit, duck, boar, goat, llama, bear…okay, that last one’s not on the menu, but there is a huge stuffed one behind the bar. With a menu featuring pig-face poutine, escargot fries and porchetta sandwiches, the Barrelhouse Flat (Mon–Wed 6pm–2am, Thu–Fri 6pm– 4am, Sat 6pm–5am, 2624 N Lincoln Ave, 773-857-0421) isn’t your typical frat bar, and we couldn’t be happier. And speaking of frat bars…Barn & Company (Tue–Fri 3pm–2am, Sat 10am–3am, Sun 10am–2am, 950 W Wrightwood Ave, 773-832-4000) attracts its fair share of DePaul revelers, but with some of the city’s tastiest barbecue courtesy of bona Barn & Company fide pit master, we don’t mind.

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Restaurants that rock These places make dining a musical experience.

Longman & Eagle

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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 Champagneguzzling electro-gods from Perry’s Tent. For those who lean more Black Keys than Kaskade, refuel at whiskeydriven 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.

Classic Skillet at Clarke’s Diner.

Is it morning already? End your night with the most important meal of the day.

photo: Jason Little


Big Star

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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 gastrotemple, g.e.b. Neighboring

Our big sis out East may have snagged the designation as the city that never sleeps, but when your Lollapalooza aftershow 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 postLolla 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 nevertoo-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, 312-9434373, 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, 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. August 2012 14

Captain Morgan Lollapalooza After-party Guide  
Captain Morgan Lollapalooza After-party Guide  

Captain Morgan Lollapalooza After-party Guide