Utopian Tailgate, a new rooftop deck perched atop the Second City in Old Town, will spotlight the many joys of tailgating—complete with tableside keg service, stadium seating and cornhole. Scheduled to open later this month, the 10,000-square-foot space comes from the Fifty/50 Restaurant Group (the folks behind the Sixth, Homestead on the Roof and Apogee) in partnership with the famed Chicago comedy club. The collaboration also brings a third location of Roots Handmade Pizza to the former Adobo Grill space in mid-September. Utopian Tailgate is pegged as an "ode to all the best experiences of tailgating before, during and after football games and concerts," according to a media release. The sprawling all-year space will be decked out in greenery, bright colors and plenty of flatscreen TVs that will be tuned to NCAA and NFL games. Guests can also expect to pass time between drinks with mini-golf, foosball, bocce and giant board games. Throughout the year, the space will host rotating interactive experiences like giant bouncy houses and mechanical bull rides. The food menu, curated by chef Nate Henssler (Portsmith), offers elevated tailgate fare, including spare ribs, corn and peach salad, steak kabobs, nacho cheese "Doritos" and something called Ganja Goo Balls—which are crafted with peanut butter, honey, millet seeds, cinnamon and CBD oil. Bar managers Michael Barnes (Broken English) and Dylan Seo (the Sixth) pour regular and large-format cocktails like the Watermelon Crushe
For the past three years, the Chicago Pizza Summit has served as the holy grail for anyone passionate about cheesy, crusty, topping-laden creations from some of the city's finest pizzerias. The annual event has traditionally offered up unlimited slices of local 'za to attendees each April, but the month came and went without any announcement of the pepperoni feast. Thankfully, that's just because the Pizza Summit is transitioning to a new weekend in the fall, in its largest venue to date. This morning, organizers announced that the Chicago Pizza Summit will return for its fourth edition of Sunday, October 6, with two sessions of tastings (2–5pm and 6–9pm). After selling out Thalia Hall in 2018, this year's event is moving to Theater on the Lake, a larger locale that should be able to accommodate even more hungry pizza fanatics (the building has a capacity of up to 1,500 people, according to its website). The lineup of participating cooks and restaurants will be revealed in the coming weeks and organizers are promising a mixture of straight-up slices as well as pizza-inspired cuisine (past editions of the event have featured "pizza in a bag" and pizza-flavored shots). When they're not eating, guests will be able to explore a pop-up exhibition curated by the Chicago-based U.S. Pizza Museum, take a picture in a pizza-themed photo booth, shop for pizza-inspired items by local makers, bid in a silent auction benefiting the First Responders’ EMWQ Fund charity or peruse local arti
In its fourth year as a four-day mega-festival, Lollapalooza is still a marathon of an event that leaves many attendees sunburned and sleep-deprived by the time Sunday morning rolls around. But this year's star-studded lineup and picturesque forecast—with highs in the mid-80s and not a single thunderstorm on the radar—made it all feel worth it. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Lollapalooza While current pop stars like Ariana Grande, J Balvin, the Chainsmokers and Childish Gambino dominated the festival's headlining slots, many of the most memorable sets took place well before the sun went down. Performances from Atlanta rapper 21 Savage and hip-hop veteran Lil Wayne drew crowds to Grant Park's south field that rivaled—and in some cases surpassed—those that showed up for the top-billed acts. Elsewhere, R&B queen Janelle Monáe made her way through a collection of funky tunes accompanied by numerous costume changes, Kacey Musgraves struck an inspiring note, Rosalía brought flamenco rhythms, and English punks Idles screamed out against fascism during a scorching set. Oh, and Shaq managed to squeeze into the DJ booth at Perry's stage (performing under the moniker Diesel) and egged on one of the weekend's biggest mosh pits. Even when you weren't parked in front of a stage, the extracurricular programming at this year's edition of Lolla made it easy to stay occupied. Professional gamer Ninja was playing Fortnite for most of the weekend atop a two-story Red Bull activation nea
Lollapalooza attendees were treated to an idyllic weekend in Grant Park, complete with sunshine, sunsets and a storm-free forecast. They thanked Mother Nature by rocking their best fashion looks at the four-day festival. Our photographer crawled the crowd in search of statement-making outfits and was rewarded with feathered crop tops, neon hues and plenty of Western-inspired pieces. RECOMMENDED: Check out more photos from Lollapalooza 2019 Take a look at the 24 best outfits we spotted at Lollapalooza this weekend, and start plotting out your ensemble for next year: Lollapalooza 2020 will hit Grant Park July 30 through August 2. Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
You know you're seeing Janelle Monáe and Childish Gambino at Lollapalooza on Friday, but have you figured out your dinner plans yet? With dozens of local vendors to choose from, fest-goers have plenty of food and drink options, from burgers and tacos to potstickers and ice cream sandwiches. We hopped around Chow Town on opening day of the music festival to scope out the best food and drink offerings available to attendees this year. RECOMMENDED: Everything you need to know about Lollapalooza 2019 Check out the top eats we tasted at Lollapalooza, including an exclusive Pizza Puff that we're still daydreaming about and a decadent churro sandwich that's packed with toasted marshmallows and chocolate. Fuel up between sets with these tasty Chow Town bites. Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas 1. Edzo's Burger Shop cheeseburger puff: Evanston burger joint Edzo's teamed up with O.G. Iltaco Pizza Puffs to create a limited-edition cheeseburger puff that's stuffed with ground beef and ooey-gooey American cheese. It's the ideal handheld snack to grab when you're dashing between Perry's and the Bud Light Stage. Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas 2. Original Rainbow Cone: This year's idyllic 70-degree forecast allows you to dig into a Rainbow Cone without the whole thing melting down your arm within 10 seconds. Between sets, lick your way through five flavors of ice cream from this South Side staple: chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio and orange sherbet meld together in lactose harmon
One of the largest Chicago summer festivals of the season is upon us, which means that it's time to brush up on everything you need to know about Lollapalooza. It doesn't matter if it's your first time attending the gigantic event or you're a veteran of the Grant Park fest—Lolla is always evolving, so it's best to show up with as much information as possible. Here's what you need to know about Lollapalooza 2019. RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Lollapalooza When is Lollapalooza? This year's festival begins on Thursday, August 1 and runs through Sunday, August 4 (it expanded to four days in 2016). Gates open at 11am daily and close at 10pm each night. Where is Lollapalooza? Lollapalooza is held in Grant Park, taking over nearly every section of the green space between Monroe Street and Roosevelt Road. The festival's main entrance is located at Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway) and Michigan Avenue, but it's usually faster to get into the fest through a second entrance located at Monroe Street and Columbus Drive. What's the best way to get to Lollapalooza? Grant Park is located just east of the Loop, so the easiest way to get to the festival is by train. If you're heading for the main entrance at Ida B. Wells Drive (formerly Congress Parkway) and Michigan Avenue, take the Blue Line to LaSalle, the Red Line to Harrison or the Brown, Purple, Pink or Orange lines to Harold Washington Library. Going to the Monroe Street and Columbus Drive entrance? Take the
When it comes to pasta, pizza, wine and cheese, we believe that bigger is always better. Eataly's annual SeptemberFest thrives on the same motto, opening the Italian superstore for an all-access party on Friday, September 13. The event, which quickly sells out every year, offers attendees unlimited food and drink from 5pm to midnight. That's seven delicious hours of all the mozzarella, salumi, arancini, Neapolitan pizzas, wine and cocktails you can handle. This year, Eataly also teamed up with an all-star lineup of beloved Chicago restaurants and bars to bring guests even more tasty treats from around the world. Participating partners include Bonci, Cruz Blanca, Giant (and Giant's forthcoming cocktail bar, Chef's Special), Three Dots & a Dash, Stan’s Donuts, Sushi-San, Parson’s Chicken & Fish and Pretty Cool Ice Cream. While you're plotting your next move (fried chicken or pizza—or both?), you can hit the dance floor, which is equipped with a live band. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, August 1 at 9am via Eataly's website. Guests can choose from four check-in times, including VIP entry at 5pm. While VIP tickets go for $125, general admission will set you back $78. Set an alarm and locate your finest stretchy pants for this all-you-can eat Italian bonanza. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Chicago food journalists Ari Bendersky and Maggie Hennessy have teamed up to make your commute sound a little more delicious with their new podcast, Overserved, which features long-form interviews with some of the city's most notable chefs, including John Manion of El Che Steakhouse & Bar, Jennifer Kim of Passerotto and Erick Williams of Virtue. The hosts' names should sound familiar—Bendersky is the former editor of Eater Chicago and a regular reporter for Crain's Chicago Business, while Hennessy is Time Out Chicago's (that's us!) restaurant and bar critic as well as a contributor to publications like Chicago and Plate magazines. The duo met a few years back and came up with the idea to launch a podcast to feed food-obsessed listeners deep-dive interviews with industry professionals. "We wanted to create a platform to get to know the human beings behind these spots—how and why they came to this business, what makes them tick, what keeps them up at night, what they do on their rare days off, what they keep in their fridge," Hennessy says. "By giving people such as chefs, cooks, bartenders, coffee roasters, brewers, sommeliers and farmers space to share their multidimensional personalities, we'll hopefully help listeners appreciate and better understand the whole food world and its intersections with everything from culture to politics, race and class." Overserved is currently four episodes in, and new episodes drop weekly on Tuesday via iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher. Bend
You'll find all types of Chicago summer festivals throughout the city, stocked with live music, delicious food, locally brewed beer and vendors selling everything from T-shirts to screen-printed posters. But there was only one event this summer that featured chalk mural illusions spread across a stretch of pavement in Rogers Park. Last Saturday, the inaugural Chalk Howard Street brought artists from across the country to the far North Side neighborhood, where they spent part of the day creating colorful murals that attendees could take photos with. If you missed out on the mind-blowing art at Chalk Howard Street, check out these photos from Saturday's festival and try to imagine the amazing images that artists might create at next summer's edition of the event. Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Photograph: Courtesy Chalk Howard Street Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Come summertime, patio and rooftop space is coveted real estate in Chicago. Earlier this month, the folks behind RPM at Lettuce Entertain You debuted a new outdoor option for Vitamin D-deprived Chicagoans: Pizzeria Portofino, located along the Chicago River at 317 N Clark Street in River North. The all-day concept serves lunch and dinner, with a menu centered around hand-stretched pizzas, artisanal pastas and grilled seafood. Expect Italian-influenced appetizers like Parmesan fries, spicy tuna bruschetta and fried zucchini flowers to start. The pizza lineup includes nine pies that are crafted with stone-ground Midwestern grains, in flavors like charred pepperoni, Margherita and vongole bianco, the latter of which is topped with little neck clams, roasted garlic, Parmesan and Calabrian oregano. Heartier, sea-kissed entrees include cold water prawns, split garlic lobster and Atlantic seafood brochette. Of course, there are plenty of patio-friendly cocktails and wines to pair with the coastal offerings. Slurp frozen rosé, regional spritz cocktails and Super Tuscan pours from the Chianti territory. Finish your meal with breezy desserts like the Aperol grapefruit granita, a bowl of the Sicilian pistachio gelato or a smattering of seasonal fruit over ice. Reservations are available now via Tock, and Pizzeria Portofino is open Monday through Friday 11am–11:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am–11:30pm. Take a look around the stunning new patio and scope out summer-ready menu items be