wanderlust: chicago

    while the bands are warming up, you'll be chilling at these chicago hotspots.

    by chantal strasburger · July 31, 2013
    The bands might be front and center of any music festival (as they should be!), but let's be honest: one of the major perks of festival season is the excuse to travel. So if you're heading to Lollapalooza this weekend, don't forget to explore all the awesome spots Chicago has to offer outside of Grant Park. From retro coffee shops to colorful after-party venues, our NYLON city guide hits some of the less obvious Windy City must-sees (no offense to Cloud Gate). So go ahead and map out your fueling stations, because you're going to need the energy...especially when you're fist pumping to The Cure. 

    EAT
    Nellcote
    833 W. Randolph St. 
    Serious Stones fans will recognize Nellcote as the name of Keith Richard's mansion in the South of France, where The Rolling Stones lived the high life while recordingExile on Main Street. The eponymous restaurant flaunts adventurous yet affordable dishes such as black truffle pizza, chilled squid ink strozzapreti and seasonal gelato. Finally, some satisfaction! 

    Cafecito 
    26 East Congress Parkway 
    Not trying to venture too far from Grant Park? At the corner of Congress and Wabash, Cafecito offers up some tasty and cheap Cuban sandwiches. Located just two blocks away from the Lolla entrance, you won't even have to miss out on the music. 

    Little Goat 
    820 W Randolph St. 
    It might take three months to get a reservation at Chi-town hotspot Girl and the Goat, but don't worry— its sister diner is more of a walk-in-and-sit-down kind of place. Bask under their sunroof as you enjoy crumpets with chorizo, crab dip, and pork belly pancakes. Now, would you like almond, soy, or goat milk with that?

    DRINK
    Headquarters Beercade 
    950 W Wolfram St
    Beercade? Yup, you read that right. Lined with old-school arcade games and an extensive selection of craft beers on tap (not to mention house-made beef jerky!), the HQ rivals them all. 

    The Flat Iron
    1565 N Milwaukee Ave 
    With three pool tables, a killer jukebox and artwork by 10 different local artists, The Flat Iron is a little slice of history of the surrounding Chicago community. Open till 4 am, it's the perfect place to load up on libations post- Lolla shows.

    The Wormhole Coffee
    1462 N Milwaukee Ave 
    For your quintessential artsy coffee shop, make a pit stop at The Wormhole. The time travel-themed decor and array of baked goods make this Wicker Park cafe a must-try. I've heard the Rocket Sauce is to die for. 

    MUSIC
    Lincoln Hall
    2424 N Lincoln Ave 
    Considering Haim and St. Lucia are slated to perform their Lollapalooza after-shows here, this cozy spot will be packed to the brim on Saturday night. The acoustics are great and the atmosphere is intimate; there's really no better way to experience your favorite bands. 

    The Hideout 
    1354 West Wabansia 
    This old house-turned-music venue not only has a badass history (it's been around since pre-Prohibition days!), but unbeatable drink prices to boot. 

    SHOP
    Reckless Records 
    1532 N. Milwaukee Ave 
    A few doors down from the actual High Fidelity set, this record store has an equally extensive vinyl selection and the same vibe as the classic flick— well, minus Jack Black. 

    Myopic Books 
    1564 N. Milwaukee Ave 
    Just down the street from Reckless is of the largest and oldest book stores in Chicago. Myopic carries just about every genre imaginable, and, as a bonus, is surrounded by great shopping. Located just off the Damen Blue Line, it's also near Big Star and Antique Taco, two taco shacks perfect for those late-night munchies. 
    Tags: travel, music
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