Lollapalooza: Hot Bands & Organic Food Stands

So after a whole day of exploring the history, sights and sounds of downtown Chicago it was time for the culmination of my Midwestern vacay: Lollapalooza. Now I’m not usually one for big stadium or festival shows, preferring cheaper smaller shows at divey eclectic local venues. But as I was already planning on being in the city at the time, I felt like I pretty much had no other option.

Now I’m not gonna lie…every time I think of Lollapallooza I have a hard time not picturing this scene from the Simpsons featuring a bunch of disaffected 90s overall wearing teenagers swaying lifelessly to altrock jamz.

And sure there were a few of those folks who turned up…and a DEFINITE nod to the 90s as far as fashion was concerned (neon crop tops and chunky boots anyone?)…but largely the energy of the day was positive, upbeat and mope-free.

With the exception of Wye Oak of course…who rocked the grouchy, self-effacing indie-rock underdog archetype in a big way, and we obviously ate it up.

Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak announced that she wore black despite the heat just so we'd know how sad she was. Crush!

Toronto natives Crystal Castles were definitely one of the highlights of the weekend for me and I was lucky enough to catch them twice. The first time at an intimate, sold out gig at the House of Blues which we managed to sidle into somehow…

Crystal Castles levelling the House of Blues and making a sweaty electro danceparty out of the remains

Alright now onto the biggest pleasant suprise of the Lollapalooza experience: the food!

I was beyond impressed with the event organization in general, but when it came to the food it was above and beyond! There was a huge selection of local, organic and vegetarian/vegan options amidst the standard deep dish Chicago pizza and burger fare. They even had a booth available encouraging folks to sign up for CSA boxes in the Chicago area! What the whattt? 

Heres a few snapshots of our slightly overpriced concert snacks:

lettuce wraps with mango salad, shredded jicima and local free-range chicken

paad thai salad wraps with tofu, peanuts, basil & tofu (doused in siracha, obvz)

Hitting up the Soy Ice Cream Station in a BIG way

DOUBLE FISTING! My sis rocking the Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip & Cookie Dough Cones

What a weekend! DEFINITELY glad I went!

Have you ever attended a festival concert? What was your experience of the bands/food/parties? Worth your time or better to stick with smaller shows?

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  • Reply Faith @ For the Health of It August 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Festival concerts are my absolute favorite thing, perhaps in the whole world. Always wanted to go to Lollapalooza – haven’t made it yet. I usually bring my own food though since most rock/alternative concerts aren’t too famous for veggie burgers and salads, haha

  • Reply Amy August 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I went to the Pitchfork Music Fest in Chicago last month. They are known for their veggie options. There was a whole foods tent with fresh fruit and lots of seitan/tofu/tempeh options. And soy ice cream and free frozen keifer (like yogurt). I had some kind of “chicken” sandwich at the end of the last day. I have no idea if it was soy or quorn or what but it was delish!

    • Reply the healthy hipster August 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Amazing!! There was definitely a lot fewer fresh fruit and veg options but they were still better than nothing. And they ALSO had frozen kefir at Lolla and I was dying to try some but we wanted to see Bright Eyes so we decided against the epic journey back to the food stalls…not totally sure I made the right decision in the end… 😉

  • Reply shawnaelizabeth August 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm


  • Reply Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel August 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    They even make mint chocolate chip waffle cones!!! my gosh!! haha you’ve got the best of both worlds in your hands 🙂


    • Reply the healthy hipster August 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      I KNOW! It was BEYOND impressive. And so adorable how they served them too… pre-scooped like klondike cones! If only Toronto ice cream trucks would start serving these cones all would be well in the world 😉

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