There are few things that work up an appetite quite as effectively as a rock show. Between guzzling beers, head-banging, and generally dancing like a fool, your stomach will most likely be screaming for attention by the time you (and your buzzing eardrums) leave the venue. Metro, a much-loved concert hall in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood, delivers the goods when it comes to tunes, and when the crowd clears out and hits the streets, there is no lack of options to help out the hungry rockers.
Right across the street is an excellent source of the best after-show snacks. Wrigleyville Dogs is open every day and boasts a menu that can tackle just about any craving. Feeling hardcore after moshing for a couple of hours? Get a Jumbo Dog or an Italian Beef with all the fixings. Did that adorable indie pop group awaken your sweet tooth? Go for a milkshake, sundae, or a root beer float.
Just a few strides away is Azteca de Oro, if that Latin horn-electronica gig left you craving something with a little more kick. Open until 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, it is a reliable source for post-rock chips, guacamole, and salsa. Their self-named burrito will definitely take care of a growling stomach, and the churros are a cheap and delicious finishing touch.
Hoping to keep the party going? The street is lined with places to keep drinking well into the night. Rockit Burger Bar is a reliable stop, serving up plenty of hearty food to pair with their ample beer and cocktail selection. Casey Moran’s will mix you in with the sports bar crowd and keep your energy up. Smart Bar is also a smart choice; it is owned by the same group as Metro, so your 21-plus wristband will get you free entrance after a show.