Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chow Town

Lollapalooza is just around the corner, and those who attend this music haven in downtown Chicago not only will witness a weekend of live performances by some of the most popular bands, but will get a local flavoring of Chicago's finest foods of the moment.

Graham Elliot, a celebrity chef based in Chicago has put together Chow Town, a festival within a festival that showcases Chicago's best foods from the nationally loved classics like Lou Malnati's Pizza, to local favorites like Dark Matter Coffee. Here is a list of some of the favorites from the crew at Ray's:

Harris Ice
Harris Ice:
Temperatures are going to hit the nineties this weekend, and with all the movin' and shakin' that happens at Lollapalooza, you're going to want to cool off. Satisfy your inner child with a snow-cone from local favorite Harris Ice. The company has been running out of Garfield Park for nearly forty five years, and is still going strong with flavors like Blue Raspberry, Coconut, Lime, and Tamarindo.

Leghorn Chicken
Leghorn Chicken:
It is often said that a festival is a marathon, not a race. In order to see every show, beat the heat, and keep your energy up, you're going to want some serious protein. Leghorn Chicken is a Ukrainian Village sandwich shop that specializes in supporting local farms and serving delicious food. The Original Fried Chicken Sandwich is a classic.

Owen + Alchemy Cold-Pressed Juice
Owen + Alchemy:
This juice apothecary shop packs in the vitamins to keep you going. With vegetarian/gluten free mixes like kale-spinach-apple-lemon and watermelon-mint-cucumber-ginger, there is no excuse for anyone to skip out on their vitamins this weekend!

Publican Quality Meats
Publican Quality Meats:
The Publican is a Chicago staple, and Publican Quality Meats is the hip offspring that reaches meat lovers of all ages. Try the JalapeƱo Cheddar Bratwurst to kick your tastebuds into gear, or grab a Beer Bratwurst to compliment your red solo cup.