When Lollapalooza went from a traveling tour to a single-city music festival in 2005, founder and Jane’s Addiction frontmanPerry Farrell settled on Chicago as the ultimate place to host it. “We had to find the best location,” Farrell says. “Grant Park absolutely became that amazing destination.” Now the rocker calls the Windy City home for a few days each August. This year Farrell—a passionate foodie who serves as an ambassador for Dobel Tequila—plans to hit some of his favorite local dining and nightlife destinations.
“We started going to Graham Elliot a few years ago to have a pre-Lollapalooza dinner there—we bring the whole staff. I don’t know what kind of fare you would call it, maybe American-experimental delicious [like the] quail egg burger and the lobster corn dog. [Graham is] on the top of my list because he curates Lollapalooza’s food court. There’s an art form in feeding that many people, and he certainly does that.” 217 W. Huron St., 312-624-9975
Girl and the Goat
“I was so interested to [try Girl and the Goat]—I had goat carpaccio for the first time. What’s so amazing about the restaurant is that it has a bakery; there are some breads that are magnificent. Oh, and there’s an escargot ravioli. You’ve got to love that, right?” 809 W. Randolph St., 312-492-6262
“This restaurant took its flair from the villa that the Rolling Stones went to when they were exiled out of England. It’s a great place to be cool and feel a little bit of rock ’n’ roll.” 833 W. Randolph St., 312-432-0500
“This is a place that one of my partners always takes us to when we come to town. You’ll find incredible wines at Spiaggia, and they’ll be serving caviar. I love having it with Champagne as a starter before a meal. That’s a special night.” 980 N. Michigan Ave., 312-280-2750