Sure, you can go to the four-day music fest and rub sweaty elbows with a few thousand new friends. Or you can drink champagne with Chance the Rapper, hang out with Ludacris and go to a steak-forward ’90s dance party instead.
Either way, here are the Lolla-adjacent parties you might want to consider attending next week...
Welcome to the world’s first Run the Jewels-themed pop-up bar. For five days, it’s taking over the bar(s) formerly known as Bottle Rocket and Branca Bar. There, you can drink Stay G-O-L-D IPAs brewed by Pipeworks and Interboro. Eat Brooklyn-style pastrami and Atlanta-style hot wings on Thursday. Casually bump into Killer Mike and El-P if there’s time. Aug 2-6, hours vary, no cover, 2367 N Milwaukee Ave, 872-206-5245
What’s My Age Again?
You’re going to party like its 1999, and you’re going to love it. SteakBar is live-streaming Blink-182’s headlining Lollapalooza set in their leathery lounge. You’ll eat steak tacos, they’ll continue questioning their age and then the whole thing will turn into a ’90s dance party. Aug 4, 8:45pm, no cover, Steak Bar, 1500 N Wells St, 773-966-0404
Yes, Ludacris will be in town during Lolla weekend. No, he’s not picking up a mic at the music festival, but he is hosting an after-party at the Underground featuring Grammy-nominated DJ Clinton Sparks. That’ll do, Luda. That’ll do. Aug 4, 10pm, $2,000 minimum, The Underground, 56 W Illinois St, 312-644-7600, RSVP here
Leave it to the Chicago Athletic Association, with some help from the guys at FLOOD Magazine, to get Sylvan Esso and Gus from Alt-J under one roof. The electro-pop duo will perform right in the middle of historic Stagg Court following a set by DJ Gus. Vodka and Stumptown coffee: also present and accounted for. Aug 5, 9pm, no cover, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S Michigan Ave, 312-940-3552, RSVP here
After closing out Saturday night at Lollapalooza, Chicago’s hometown hero will make his way to Studio Paris for an intimate performance in the River North club. Get up-close-and-personal with Chance the Rapper and some champagne. Then see who has the better water cooler story come Monday. Aug 5, 9pm, $2,500-$5,000, Studio Paris, 59 W Hubbard St, 312-377-9944, tickets here