I'm not sure if the artists (Stars, Warpaint, Dawes, Deer Tick, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) we saw attributed to the leisurely atmosphere or if the miles walked on Thursday and Friday caught up to my body. Regardless, we all eased into Saturday. Matt and I started the day with a visit to the general store and art market located inside the park. Yes, Lollapalooza had its own convenient corner store in case you forgot or wanted hand sanitizer, gum, aspirin or sunscreen and its own slew of booths for those who wanted to purchase local merchandise: hats, jewelry, purses, bags, dresses, wallets, etc.
Aside from the stellar lineup of musicians, Lollapalooza offered a creative mix of food at its two chow town locations (30 choices total to be exact). Lollapalooza's 2010 culinary director, Graham Elliot Bowles, is a Top Chef regular, named the best new chef by Food and Wine magazine in 2004 and at 27, was the youngest four-star chef to be named in any US city. Impressive right? So was the cuisine. Falafel pitas, "beer fed" BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and grilled cheese pretzels from Goose Island Brewpub; lobster corn dogs from Graham Elliot; rockit truffle fries and bourbon BBQ pulled pork sandwich from Rockit Bar and Grill; Tallgrass grassfed brisket burrito, grilled vegetable burrito and spicy baja chicken burrito from Burrito Beach; fish tacos, homemade sweet potato chips, honey barbecue chicken tenders from BJ's Market & Bakery; fried dough and pesto, spicy shrimp and pork belly baked potato from Elate at the Hotel Felix. Yeah, we dined. Red Velvet, salted caramel and black and white cupcakes were available from More; hot fudge brownie sundaes from Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe and pina colada, black raspberry and mango orange banana smoothies from Maui Wowi tantalized sweet teeth.As if that wasn't enough to sink your teeth into, Lollapalooza's support of the Chicago area's sustainable food movement was made evident with the new Green Street Farmers Market. Organic, fair-trade coffee and espresso drinks; berry smoothies made from local berries and locally produced cider; frozen kefir; fresh fruit, noodle dishes, cheese and bread from local farmers and artisanal producers!