Lollapalooza may have awesome headliners like Florence and the Machine, but the food lineup doesn't look bad either. Of course, it is curated by Graham Elliot.
Eater reports that new local restaurants popping up at the three-day Chicago music festival include MBurger, Chizakaya, Kamehachi, Edzo's Burger Shop, Peeled, Timothy O'Toole's Pub, and chefs Frank Brunacci and Jose Garces, among others.
"The whole idea is [getting] people who can celebrate music and the relationship with food," Elliot told Eater. "This isn't the Taste of Chicago where people expect to go into it making a killing. When we talk with the restaurants we try to get the point across that it's about the music and that they'll be in front of 300,000 people."
Of course, being at a festival doesn't hurt, and the whole concept of a curated Chow Town allows people to have better food options, planning their Lolla experience between stages. Popular veterans Kuma's Corner, Grahamwich, and Franks 'n' Dawgs are returning, and Elliot may collaborate with Questlove in a VIP tent.
"It’s getting better and better," Elliot's right-hand man Merlin Verrier told us. "It’s such a popular attraction to the festival that people are treating the food like they do with the bands. 'Okay I’m going to see these bands and then go eat at this restaurant at 2 p.m., and see these bands and go eat at this restaurant at 5 before I go to the headliner."
Check out the full lineup below:
Ashyana Catering Featuring Chef Suzy Singh
B Kuhl Dogs
BJ's Market & Bakery
Edzo's Burger Shop
Franks 'n' Dawgs
Fresh Squeezed Best Lemonade
Goose Island Brewpub
Greater > Than
Homemade Pizza Company
La Colombe Torrefaction Coffe Bar & Roasters
Lagniappe-A Creole Cajun Joynt
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Mercat a la Planxa
Old Towne Smokehouse
Original Rainbow Cone
Puffs of Doom
River Valley Kitchens
Robinson's No. 1 Ribs
Rock 'n Roll Noodle Company
Sweet Leaf Tea
The Australian Truffle
The Gibsons Restaurant Group
The Smoke Daddy
Timothy O'Toole's Pub Chicago
Tiny Greens Organic Farm
Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe
Wow Bao - Hot Asian Buns
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