A FESTIVAL OF FOOD FROM CHICAGO’S OWN
Curated by Chicago’s own celebrity chef Graham Elliot, Chow Town offers the most delicious festival food, drinks and sweets from the Windy City’s favorite restaurants.
Far from turkey legs and funnel cake, Chow Town offers food for everyone, including Lobster Corndogs, Spicy Mongolian Beef Baos, artisan sandwiches, burgers, ice creams and a variety of Chicago-style hot dogs.
See below for the list of 2016 vendors. Stay tuned for 2017 information!
Introducing The Bodegas: Snacks, Goods + More
You spoke, we listened. The corner Bodegas at Lolla are one-stop shops where you can buy fresh fruit, snacks, and basic necessities. Fuel up on light food options like apples, granola bars, trail mix, and more.
Lost or forgot your festival survival goods? The Bodegas offer lip balm, ponchos, band-aids, sunblock, and more.
Visit them on Columbus at the Jackson and Balbo intersections.
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Bella Bacinos is the home of Chicago’s favorite stuffed and thin crust pizzas! Pizza Cups Milano, a Bacinos creation introduced to considerable acclaim at the 2015 World’s Fair in Milan, Italy. Bacinos was honored to be one of two Chicago restaurants chosen to represent Chicago at this International event. We think you will love this unique taste experience.
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill
Home of the Original Chicago Burger, The World Famous Billy Goat Tavern has been serving up its “Cheezborgers!” to Chicagoans and patrons worldwide since 1934. A Chicago institution for over 80 years the Tavern has been spotlighted in numerous newspaper columns from the legendary writings of the late Mike Royko, highlighting its colorful history and the people who have frequented the Tavern over these many years. From the famous Billy Goat Curse to the inspiration behind the SNL “Cheezborger!” skit, the Billy Goat Tavern has become a Chicago Landmark and a World Famous destination for people worldwide to visit.
Cheesie's Pub & Grub
Cheesie’s Pub & Grub is Chicago’s first Grilled Cheese Restaurant! We offer a wide variety of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade sides, soups and drinks. Cheesie’s also offers a full service bar and a late night menu. Stop by our locations in Lakeview, Evanston, Wicker Park, and the food truck! Voted “Best Grilled Cheese in America” by Esquire magazine! #ChzLyf
In 2005 the Fourkas brothers got the BIG Idea to open up a hot dog stand, but not just any hot dog stand, they decided to open…THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN! The Master Plan: Combine the freshest ingredients with an uncompromising approach to quality and taste. The Result: THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN! Chubby Wieners is re-defining what Chicago-Style food is all about. Try Chubby Wieners yourself, and let it be known, Chubby Wieners is…THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN!
James Stolfe traded his prized Oldsmobile Starfire to open the first Connie’s Pizza location in a small storefront located on the South Side of Chicago. As the years have passed we have opened new restaurants and expanded into the frozen food business. Connie’s is still family owned as we continue our commitment to maintaining high quality food and great service.
County Barbeque is a collaboration between David Morton and Michael Kornick of DMK Restaurants and Erick Williams, Executive Chef at mk restaurant in Chicago. County Barbeque’s menu highlights Chef Kornick’s lifelong passion for barbeque. County Barbeque offers delivery and catering to most neighborhoods south of North Avenue, including The Loop in Chicago. A proud recipient of a Bib Gourmand designation by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle (2014, 2015, 2016), the original location is located on Taylor St. in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood and there is also a stand at Soldier Field for all Bears games and special events.
Dark Matter Coffee
In a world driven by technology and science, we are the gravitational resistance rooted in skill and philosophy. An innovative culinary family fueled by community and passion to deliver the most intellectually honest coffee you will experience.
Dia De Los Tamales
Serving Revolutionary Tamales since 2011 in the Pilsen Neighborhood. Putting a stick in the spokes of all things traditional. Fun to party with and tough to forget! Hot Tamales!!
Edzo's Burger Shop
Edzo’s Burger Shop is one guy’s vision of applying high-end, fine-dining technique to the no-frills, old-school hamburger stand experience. Never-frozen, raised-in-the-US beef is ground fresh in the shop every day. Potatoes are hand cut. Shakes are made with hand-scooped ice cream on an old-fashioned spindle mixer. Quality ingredients and caring preparation throughout, Because YOU can taste the difference and YOU deserve quality, whether it’s served on fine china or in a grease-stained brown paper bag!
Franks 'n' Dawgs
Franks ‘n’ Dawgs takes old-school street food to a whole new level. This is not your classic Chicago style hotdog, but rather, an incredible high quality meal on a bun! Our artisan sausages are handmade daily and along with our freshly baked buttery lobster rolls, it’s a culinary experience that will blow your mind. Enjoy unique flavors, freshly made toppings, as well as amazing triple truffle fries and the cheesiest mac ‘n’ cheese.
Graham Elliot Bistro
Cooking and creating are two of my deepest passions, with my cuisine best characterized by the simple idea of allowing ingredients to taste like themselves. My culinary imagination has brought a keen excitement to those who have experienced my artistic approach to fine dining. I strongly believe in using foodstuffs at their flavorful peak, and simply being a conduit between Earth and the guest. The abundance of land, sky and waters are viewed as cherished gifts. -Graham Elliot
Greenridge Farm is a family-owned company that brings authentic European flavor and quality to Chicagoland by crafting artisanal deli meats, sausages, cheeses and condiments using proprietary spice blends. Greenridge Farm meats are made in small batches and delivered daily to ensure each bite is a fresh, flavorful, butcher-quality experience. From slowly marinating and naturally smoking, to trimming all meat by hand, Greenridge Farm butchers take their time hand-crafting each product.
Harold’s Chicken Shack first opened in 1950 in Chicago, IL. It’s known for its freshness and topped off with a flavorful mild sauce. One Bite And We Got You!!
Harris Ice has served the Garfield Park Community for over 46 years. Harris Ice is the only minority owned and operated manufacturing and distribution company in the United States. As a maker of block, cube and snow cone ice, its flavors and freshness is what tops the rest. Harris uses the best filtration system and cooling methods to ensure that the ice enhances whatever flavors are added when referring to our famous snow cones. We look forward to serving and meeting your cooling off needs.
Kamehachi is Chicago’s Original Sushi Bar, serving the finest sushi and Japanese food since 1967. Kamehachi features the freshest sushi, seafood, teriyaki, noodles, tempura, and a wide variety of maki and sashimi. Family-owned for three generations, Kamehachi strives to honor the values and traditions that have earned its long-standing reputation on the Chicago sushi scene. Kamehachi has locations in Chicago’s Old Town, suburban Northbrook, a Sushi Cafe in the downtown Loop, and a Sushi Bar at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.
Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream
Kilwins is the place to visit in Chicago for those whom wish to treat themselves with high quality products. We are known for the most amazing confections in Chicago. We were voted best fudge by Chicago Magazine. Our products are handmade and our mission is to sell you enjoyment!
Fruit made paletas.
We are open all day on Sunday. We proudly and enthusiastically champion gay rights. 2% of our profit is donated to organizations that support gay rights. We support local and sustainable farmers and artisans. duh. We abhor corporate bullshit. We are emphatically uninterested in your organized religion, secular religion, agnosticism, atheism, or nontheism. Whatever tickles your pickle.
Lifeway Culture Shoppe
This creamy miracle drink makes Lifeway Culture Shoppe’s lineup of lowfat smoothies, frozen treats, freshly squeezed juices and yummy parfaits more than delicious – they’re nutritious, too. The secret to our health-boosting power is the ten live “probiotic” cultures found in Lifeway Kefir (yogurt typically contains just two or three). These good bacteria are the way to inner harmony. They aid digestion, boost immunity, promote weight loss, help fight lactose intolerance and even help lower cholesterol. All this in a delicious frozen treat.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria is a family-owned company famous for deep dish pizza and staying true to the original Chicago-style recipe. Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza history, each pizza is handmade from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients. Every year, the Malnati team hand selects California vine-ripened tomatoes for the perfect sweet and tangy taste. The exclusive sausage blend is seasoned to their exact specifications. The fresh mozzarella cheese comes from the same small dairy that has supplied Lou Malnati’s for 40+ years. The family’s secret recipe for flaky, buttery crust has been passed down through generations.
Creating memories one handmade burger at a time, M Burger offers a quick-service, easy-to-navigate menu of juicy Midwestern beef burgers and golden fries, perfect for lunch, an afternoon snack or dinner. M Burger also offers grilled and crispy all-natural chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers and low-fat ice cream selections including cones, dipped cones, sundaes, floats and specialty shakes. Popping up all over the city and suburbs, M Burger is the answer for the best locally sourced and naturally raised meal on the go.
MAD Social is not only the newest restaurant to fall under the PSSR umbrella, it marks a new chapter in the Phil Stefani Signature Restaurants history. It is the first restaurant opened by Gina Stefani, Phil’s daughter. She is stepping in and bringing her vision to life through MAD. Taking the traditional family values that her father has instilled in the Stefani iconic brand over the past 35 years and offering her own fresh perspective while staying true to those values.
Momofuku Milk Bar
Momofuku Milk Bar is an award-winning bakery from chef and owner Christina Tosi. We have stores in NYC, DC and Toronto. We also ship our sweet treats throughout the USA and Canada! We’re here to make your day a little sweeter!
Original Rainbow Cone
Original Rainbow Cone, a Chicago favorite, opened in 1926 when Joseph Sapp sliced five flavors of ice cream – chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio, and orange sherbet – onto a cone. Today’s Rainbow Cone is still made with the top-secret recipe and housed in its original location at 92nd and Western Ave.
Pizano's Pizza & Pasta
Rudy Malnati Sr. opened his first restaurant, Pizzeria Uno, in 1943, featuring “Deep Dish Pizza”, an innovative creation that made a meal of pizza, which had previously only been eaten as a snack. Pizano’s opened in 1991 and his legacy is our foundation. We feature great food steeped in Italian tradition, skillfully prepared from the highest quality ingredients, and served in an inviting atmosphere which to celebrate friendship and family.
Pork & Mindy's
We’re a group of friends, chefs and food lovers who are committed to bringing people together through a celebration of great food, music and art. Led by Executive Chef and Food Network star, Jeff Mauro, we blend sight, sound and taste into everything we do: from restaurants and retail foods to art galleries and recording sessions.
Robinson's No.1 Ribs
Robinson’s No.1 Ribs was opened after Charlie Robinson won the first Mike Royko Rib challenge in Grant Park in 1982, beating over 400 contestants. Continuing demand for the “best ribs in town” led Robinson’s to incorporate in 1983. Our special seasoning and slow smoking with hickory wood is the key to our ribs and pulled pork, then adding our 200 year old award winning BBQ Sauce. We are regular favorites at many Chicago event venues and summer festivals. Come taste why we were chosen Chicago’s No.1 Barbecue almost 30 years ago.
Inspired Catering & Events, formerly Phil Stefani Signature Events, has been creating extraordinary events for over 25 years. Our experienced team is committed to delivering creative solutions for your event planning needs.
Shade Tree Organic Lemonade
Shade Tree Organic Lemonade is excited to present two flavors of organic, low-calorie lemonade in its nationwide launch of healthy and cool juice drinks now available for all occasions in stores near you. Shade Tree has served refreshing lemonades at Lollapalooza and other music festivals around the country since 2006, and we look forward to delivering the freshest, top quality organic beverages once again in 2016. Enjoy the signature flavors of Original and Strawberry to your heart’s content, and as always, know we’re proudly bringing our lemonades to you with a smile! Life is Yours – Squeeze it!
Brought to you from a small family. Made from the ethnic culture of Vietnam. Tank Noodle was establish to bring you traditional home cook meals to Chicago, enjoy it at the restaurant on the corner of Argyle and Broadway or take out to your home. Cultured around Vietnam, Tank Noodle Restaurant thrives on providing the best traditional dish in Chicago. Built with the help of family, Tank provides a cozy community on the corner of Argyle Street and North Broadway.
The Goddess And Grocer
The queen of rock and roll catering, once again graces Lollapalooza both backstage and in Chow Town. Debbie Sharpe’s Goddess & Grocer and Goddess Rocks have catered the NFL Draft, Beyoncé, Guns n Rose and many others this season. She has six stores located around the Chicago area.
The Purple Pig
Jimmy Jr. brings his love for Mediterranean food to the Windy City in fun, inventive ways – at this rustic, share plate restaurant located on the Magnificent Mile. The restaurant offers cheese, swine and wine, among other standout dishes showcasing the flavors of Italy, Greece, Portugal, and Spain.
The Smoke Daddy
The Smoke Daddy is a must see in one of Chicago’s hottest, and most eclectic neighborhoods. The best and most flavorful BBQ in the Windy City also brings you more character than any neighborhood rib joint has to offer. Liven up your next event with our world class BBQ catering in Chicago. We take great pride in offering Live Music seven nights a week at no cost to you. Do yourself a favor and stop in for some of our amazing, world-renowned BBQ and enjoy our funky rhythms, we’ll be waitin’ for ya!
Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe
Ice Cream HEAVEN is Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe. At its 10th year in Gilberts, IL we offer a different twist when comes to ice cream. We are “Home of the BIG Scoop” because we use the largest scoopers around (5.3oz) which is by far larger than any competition. Our Gourmet ice cream combined with unique creations offer the crowd at outdoor events something very special. For seven years, we have had the pleasure of offering our treats at Lollapalooza!
Wow Bao - Hot Asian Buns
As the first shop of its kind in America, Wow Bao redefines breakfast, lunch and dinner with their signature steamed buns, known as “bao.” Our pan-Asian menu features eight flavors of bao, in addition to pan-seared potstickers, fresh soups and salads, rice, noodle and quinoa bowls, lettuce wraps, and homemade ginger ale. In five prime locations within the city, customers can enjoy flavorful and energy packed Asian fare in a casual setting.