Chicago itinerary help. Lollapalooza weekend.
We are headed into town for Lollapalooza. The food and beer exploits will be just as important as the music. Wanted some help filling gaps in food/beer itinerary. The type of cuisine is not an issue. Just whatever would be best at that time of day and not a big hassle to travel to downtown.
Lunch reservations at Topolobampo.
Spend afternoon in Wicker Park area - visit Piece Brewpub, Map Room, Small Bar, Revolution Brewery while checking out the area
Girl and the Goat at 4:30 for happy hour
Not sure what to do in the evening with a large (6-10) group wanting to do a food/drink crawl. Worried about finding places that we would be able to get into with that size of a group. Randolph St.? River North? Further north to hit Hopleaf, Half Acre etc...
Headed into festival early. Likely grab quick breakfast near the hotel.
Late night food/drinks after the festival (10 pm or so). Thinking Au Cheval.
Brunch at Publican
More late night eats/drinks. Little Goat? Purple Pig?
Brunch at GT Fish & Oyster
Looking for somewhere to spend the early afternoon and have a late lunch before heading into the festival around 4 pm. Can anyone recommend a cool neighborhood to spend a Sunday afternoon with cool shops, good beer bars/pubs, and good eats (besides Wicker Park)?
Thanks for any help.
For Thursday, it might be tough packing in all of those places in between lunch and a 4:30 visit to Girl and the Goat unless you're cabbing it in between locations. I think Revolution and Piece are great and the Map Room is pretty much in the middle -- I would suggest sticking to those three if only in the interest of convenience (geographic or otherwise). Alternatively, something like Piece, SmallBar and Bangers & Lace would be a pretty nice, workable itinerary (though I'd skip the food at SmallBar - I don't think it's worth it).
North Center might be a good option for Thursday night -- my only real hesitation is that you would be ping-ponging from River North (or the Loop - depending on your hotel) to Wicker Park to the West Loop and then to North Center and then back to your hotel. It's all very accessible via public transit, but may not be the best use of your time. Having said that, back to North Center -- Half Acre's tap room is lovely, but a little on the small side (I think the capacity is 100). I don't know how busy it gets on a weeknight outside of limited releases. Bad Apple is across the street and has great burgers and a very good beer list. Just a few blocks north is Fountainhead - another casual-ish spot for beer and food (and whiskey!).
I'll second Andersonville for Sunday. Plenty of shops up and down Clark Street -- be sure to explore the Galleria (http://www.andersonvillegalleria.com/). Hopleaf would be a must-stop for beer and food but Acre and Jerry's have good, varied beer lists, too (and their food isn't bad). Simon's Bar is a lot of fun but isn't necessarily great for craft beer -- more of an old school, quasi-dive with cheap beer (I'm not sure offhand how early they open, though).
> Lunch reservations at Topolobampo.
> Spend afternoon in Wicker Park area - visit Piece Brewpub, Map Room, Small Bar, Revolution Brewery while checking out the area
While in Wicker Park, Big Star could be fun, especially if the weather is decent and you can sit outside.
> Girl and the Goat at 4:30 for happy hour
Why not just have a light dinner here or eat some food while you're there?
> Not sure what to do in the evening with a large (6-10) group wanting to do a food/drink crawl. Worried about finding places that we would be able to get into with that size of a group.
Can you narrow down your head count to a specific number and make reservations somewhere?
The Aviary also takes reservations, and as a beer drinker, you might be interested in their collaborations with Evil Twin. They take reservations and can probably handle a big group.
Thanks for the reply kathryn.
I will make sure to check out Big Star.
We will definitely have some food at Girl and the Goat.
As for the food/pub crawl - we want to keep it kind of low key and without reservations. we want to find a neighborhood or stretch of restaurants/pubs/bars that we can hop in and out of while grabbing some drinks and bites to eat. I know it is a lot to ask with a group this size. Doesn't have to be fine dining. Just a fun area with some cool places with good drinks and food.