Hold onto your headphones, beat buffs… Chicago’s biggest and best music festival, Lollapalooza (also affectionately known as Lolla) is about to fire off again this 3-6 August. But don’t just rock up and plonk yourself down on the grass for four days, let LUXE show you where to shop, eat and play before and after this all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza.
Now, where to find that showstopper get-up? Avoid same-outfit cringe with a spree at Luxury Garage Sale, shelving an immaculate stash of unique past-season pretties and ‘gently used’ garms from the likes of YSL, Margiela and McQueen, as well as a wall lined with purses and a scandal of shoes. Or, in the same mall and on the same floor, beckons Space519 – billed as a ‘general store’, this glossy go-to ain’t no small-town shoppe, but a trove of globally sourced guy and gal togs, accessories, and more.
That shopathon has surely worked up an appetite, so grab a 15-min cab over to West Loop to join the queue outside hot-right-now Au Cheval. This rammed, moody and macho meat fest offers the kind of pre-party sustenance you need, with 30+ brews on tap, a fistful of burgers, crispy fries worth the calorie blowout, and even a salad or two for the faint of heart attack. While just around the corner is RM Champagne Salon, an intimate cobblestoned courtyard shrine to artisanal, small-batch, local and single-estate bubbles – just the place to warm up those dancing shoes before your festival foray.
For Lolla itself, we recommended getting those mani’d mitts on a pair of new-this-year VIP or Platinum tickets, which will not only get you fast-track gate access and exclusive lounge chill time (with special artist appearances), but also side-stage crowd-free platforms and cordoned-off front row views. Highlights of this year’s impressive lineup include everything from rock acts like Ryan Adams, The Killers, and Muse to indie ensembles Alt-J and Arcade Fire to hip hop heavyweights Run the Jewels and Wiz Khalifa.
Hit up one of the official after-party shows at our fave hipspot Thalia Hall (Thu-Sat), or head over to River North for this sultry duo... Subterranean tiki-tinged cocktailer Three Dots and a Dash will transport you to far-flung shores with its eclectic decor and immaculate tipples by mix-meister Paul McGee. A grand tiki god oversees the 150+ bottles of rum sourced from all over the world. Or, join the long lines of long-legged beauties outside dance n’ prancer Studio Paris, and work it into the wee hours with VIP lounge, retractable roof and state-of-the-art Funktion One sound system busting some serious electro beats.
Lollapalooza / 3-6 Aug, 2017 / Grant Park / lollapalooza.com
Luxury Garage Sale / 5/F / The 900 Shops / 900 N Michigan Ave / Gold Coast / +1 312 496 3554 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / + branch / luxurygaragesale.com
Space519 / 5/F / The 900 Shops / 900 N Michigan Ave / Gold Coast / +1 312 751 1519 / 10am-7pm Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun / space519.com
Au Cheval / 800 W Randolph St / West Loop / +1 312 929 4580 / 10am-1am Mon-Sat, 9am-midnight Sun / auchevalchicago.com
RM Champagne Salon / 116 N Green St / West Loop / +1 312 243 1199 / 5pm-midnight Sun-Wed, 5pm-2am Thu-Sat / rmchampagnesalon.com
Three Dots and a Dash / 435 N Clark St / River North / +1 312 610 4220 / 5pm-2am Sun-Thu, 4pm-2am Fri, 4pm-3am Sat / threedotschicago.com
Studio Paris / 2/F / 59 W Hubbard St / River North / +1 312 377 9944 / 9pm-2am Wed-Fri, 9pm-3am Sat / studioparisnightclub.com