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Chicago: A Food Map for Lollapalooza Weekend


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20110802-lollapalooza.jpgThis week Chicago is gearing up for one of the most popular summer music festivals in the country. Lollapalooza will be held at Grant Park from Friday, August 5th through Sunday, the 7th.

If you're in town for the weekend of rocking out and have some extra time to explore the downtown area of Chicago, check out our taco roundup as well as this map of affordable, unique, and delicious places. We've got everything from fried onion loaf to deep-dish pizza to tortas on this map.

While there are plenty of fine dining options in downtown Chicago, it can be tricky finding cheaper eats. That's why some of the picks on the map look spread out but many of them, if not all, are easily accessible by public transit system (the CTA) or a quick cab ride if you're staying in the Loop.

And besides, you'll definitely want the extra calories after being pressed up against fat, sweaty, hairy guys with beards for hours.

Who's going? Please chime in with other favorites.

Pizano's: This is one of Chicago's favorite deep-dish pizza places, and it's clearly no secret at this point. It's similar to the famous Lou Malnati's, with great crust and robust flavor.

Two locations: 61 E. Madison Street, Chicago IL 60603; 312-236-1777
864 N. State Street, Chicago IL 60610; 312-751-1766

Lou Malnati's: Lou's is an iconic pizza chain here in Chicago. Their butter crust is truly something special, plus, where else are you going to see a giant sausage patty the size of an entire pizza?

Multiple locations

M Burger: The menu here is limited to a few items, but they're known for cheap, good quality burgers, shakes, and fries.

161 East Huron, Chicago IL 60611; 312-254-8500; 5 W Ontario, Chicago IL 60654; 312-428-3548

C House: Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson is typically known for his Swedish cuisine, but he also serves up a mean burger (lunch menu only) for $10.

166 East Superior Street, Chicago IL 60611; 312-523-0923

Exchequer: This unassuming and dimly lit pub is often overlooked when it comes to the Chicago pizza circuit, but it's a quiet favorite for many. If you're not in the mood for pizza, they also have a huge menu and full bar.

226 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL 60604; 312-939-5633

Eleven City Diner: At this Jewish deli down in the South Loop you'll find breakfast all day and great deli sandwiches, including corned, beef, pastrami, and brisket.

1112 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL 60605; 312-212-1112

Hackney's: Tucked away in a little section called Printer's Row, Hackney's is typically known for their hamburgers but what I really go for is the giant brick of fried onions. You have to see it to believe.

733 S. Dearborn, Chicago IL 60605; 312-461-1116

Fox and Obel: The high-end grocery store is located near that tourist trap known as Navy Pier. After you food nerds are done ogling the pricey balsamic vinegar and dry-aged beef, there's a cafe inside with a diverse menu. You could always buy some great cheese, fruit, and wine, and call it a day.

401 East Illinois Street, Chicago IL 60611; 312-410-7301

Rosebud: There's five of these scattered through the Loop area in downtown Chicago, and they're all famous for having some of the best burgers around.

70 W Madison St, Chicago IL; 312-332-9500
720 North Rush Street, Chicago IL; 312-266-6444
1 S Dearborn St, Chicago IL; 312-384-1900
192 E Walton Pl, Chicago IL; 312-397-1000
445 North Dearborn Street, Chicago IL; 312-832-7700

Giordano's: The large deep-dish pizza chain is popular for good reason. Their pizzas have a soft, bready crust, great tomato sauce, and cheese up to your neck, and trust me, that's awesome.

Two locations: 223 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago IL 60606; 312-583-9400
130 East Randolph St # Ground, Chicago IL 60601; 312-616-1200

Big and Little's: Though technically a fast food joint, don't let looks deceive you here. Everything on the menu is excellent and affordable. Plus, where else can you get foie gras and french fries together?

939 North Orleans Street, Chicago IL ‎60610; 312-943-0000

Xoco: The lines at chef Rick Bayless's popular Mexican sandwich joint are generally long, but everything is packed with flavor. You really want to try their drinking chocolate, chorizo torta, and churros.

449 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60654; 312-334-3688

Grahamwich: Young chef Graham Elliot is starting to get a lot of attention. He's actually the culinary director for Lollapalooza this year. This is his newest shop, a sandwich-centric one, in the city.

615 N State St, Chicago IL 60654; 312-265-0434

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