Do312 + Hologram Kizzie: Secret Spots

In the name of helping you make the most of your Lollapalooza experience, we’ve partnered with local in-the-know outlet Do312 to bring you a weekly guide to some of Chicago’s best spots. Last week, White Mystery‘s Alex White told you where to earn some style points and this week, Psalm One tells you how to navigate the Lolla crowds like a pro.

Psalm One – aka Hologram Kizzie – is the first lady of Rhymesayers, one of Chicago’s most influential recording artists and a Do312 Tastemaker. When she’s not touring the world, she runs an after school program called Rhymeschool. Partnering with the Intonation Music Workshop, she brilliantly blends rap culture with life lessons for students of all ages. As far as Lolla, where can you avoid the zillions of people and catch your breath? Where’s the best place to be in a crowd? Where do the cool kids hang out? Rather, where do the celebrities pop up? Here’s how the royal rapper navigates one of the biggest festivals in the world. Be sure to visit Regular and Dope to check up on Psalm’s latest music releases and shows.

Buckingham Fountain

It’s fun to note that this historic fountain is so historic, it’s corny. But it’s undeniably beautiful, great in the summer, Instagram gold and when it comes to Lolla, it’s smack-dab in the middle of the festival. The people watching will be a movie, you get sprayed with water and it’s damned romantic to boot. There really isn’t a better place to avoid the crowds without leaving Grant Park. If you’re a stat nerd, Buckingham’s are quite impressive.

Cobra Lounge

This super small, extremely cute, dark venue is rooted in rock music. However, during Lolla there’s bound to be an afterparty or two. It’s located right off the green line, on Ashland, so it makes a ton of sense as far as the CTA is concerned. Also, they have great bartenders and pretty good bar fare. But the venue just gives you an awesome feeling when you’re catching a nice show there. The atmosphere can’t be beat. So many people in the know frequent Cobra, so you’re sure to blend right in with the cool.

The Empty Bottle

This is one of my personal favorite places to play in Chicago, and every night it’s pretty packed with stylish and awesome patrons. Historically, the Bottle has been home to a Lolla afterparty or two. It’s an amazing place to see music, and Bite next door has some kick ass food. Bottoms up.

Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf

This is my new favorite restaurant: good luck getting a reservation. My trick is to call around 4pm on the day I want to visit, and take whatever cancelled reservation they have! It’s worked for me twice since my first visit, where I waited 2 months for a reservation. This restaurant is a real gem; sexy and dark and decadent. It’s really a great date place, and the people watching is top notch. Dress to impress. Bring your appetite.

Hard Rock Hotel

Seems hilarious, but this stalwart franchise is in the hottest touristy place in Chicago. So you’re bound to bump into a celebrity during Lolla. You know what it is.

Check out the full list of secret spots over on Do312!