What To Do When Lollapalooza Closes Its Gates

When the 10 hours of music-filled activity each day at Lollapalooza isn’t enough for you and you still have the energy to hang around the city for the night, where do you go and what do you do? Here are some things to keep you busy even when the gates of Lollapalooza are closed.

With several pre and after shows happening at multiple venues, listeners can enjoy their favorite artists in a more intimate setting. Some of these highlights include the Lumineers (Aug. 2 at the Vic), Matt & Kim (Aug. 3 at the Vic), Heartless Bastards (Aug. 2 at City Winery), Band of Horses (Aug. 3 at Metro), and more. Check out this list for more details:

Band of Horses: Saturday 8/3

The Postal Service: Sunday 8/4

House of Blues
Local Natives: Friday 8/2

Two Door Cinema Club Saturday 8/3

The Vic Theatre
Pre- Show: Hot Chip: Thursday 8/1

Lumineers: Friday 8/2

Matt & Kim: Saturday 8/3

Park West
Frightened Rabbit / Wild Belle: Saturday 8/3

Lincoln Hall
Official XRT Pre-Lollapalooza Show: Smith Westerns Wednesday 7/31

Official XRT Pre-Lollapalooza Show: Father John Misty Thursday 8/1

Little Green Cars: Friday 8/2

Empty Bottle
Wavves: Sunday 8/4

City Winery
Heartless Bastards: Friday 8/2

If you aren’t able to attend these shows, be sure to tune in to 93XRT at midnight on Friday, August 2, for a live broadcast of the Lumineers set at the Vic Theatre. XRT will also broadcast the Postal Service’s final performance together on Sunday, August 4 at the Metro.

What about the others? No worries, because the great city of Chicago has you covered. With countless restaurants, bars, entertainment clubs, and more, the Windy City is sure to keep you occupied after your stay at Lollapalooza. Here are some places worth checking out:

Buddy Guy’s Legends
700 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

This is a great place to hang out after your day at Lollapalooza. Enjoy some great Southern food such as juicy burgers, shrimp, oysters, chicken and sausage jambalaya (Buddy’s Pick), and more. To top it all off, you will enjoy some of Chicago’s finest live music, with live performances given during the afternoons and evenings (weekends included).

Navy Pier
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Perhaps an obvious choice, Navy Pier is a staple of Chicago, offering plenty of choices for entertainment. Take a ride on the historic Ferris Wheel or a 1920’s era musical carousel, enjoy some great food, and enjoy the sites as you walk up and down the pier.

The Magnificent Mile
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Enjoy this 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue that includes some of the finest dining, shopping, entertainment, and architecture in the world. The Magnificent Mile contains over 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels, and more.

The Public House Theatre
3914 North Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

After a long day of standing it will be time to sit back, relax and laugh. Bye Bye Liver will be performed Friday and Saturday night from 10-11PM. You can go to the Public House Theatre for $20 and plenty of drink specials to watch a series of outrageous sketches all centered around alcohol! You’ll be in hysterics at this Chicago Drinking Play!

1920 West Irving Park Rd, Chicago, Il 60613

If you walk out of the Lolla gates still needing more music, head over to Katerina’s. The Rhythm Rockets, a vintage sax-driven rhythm and blues group, deliver danceable, high-energy music. The group will be performing at 10PM.

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