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What to Eat Near the Pitchfork Festival

Get the pork rinds to go.
Get the pork rinds to go. Photo: Tammy Green

Chicago’s festival summer continues this weekend as the fifth annual Pitchfork Music Festival descends on Union Park in the West Loop. Unlike Taste of Chicago (which was supposed to have great food), and Lollapalooza (which has one of the most impressive grouping of food vendors we’ve ever seen), no one seems to be that thrilled about the vendor options. Unlike those other two, this one is going to be held in an area with a wide range of great restaurants, which should make eating around the area quick and easy. Below are a few of our favorite picks.

The New York Times Magazine asked Paul Kahan, Donnie Madia, Sam Prekop (of the great band The Sea and the Cake), and Time Out Chicago’s David Tamarkin for recommendations. We have to admit to being really charmed by Tamarkin’s picks of La Lagartija and Bombon Café, since they are both really close, and relatively affordable. [NYT]

John Dugan from Time Out picked out six nearby restaurant, which include one sixtyblue, ina’s, and The Publican. Considering Paul Kahan love of music, we imagine that the latter spot will be especially busy this weekend. [TOC]

Feast Chicago also put together a comprehensive list of options around the park. They should get some bonus points for realizing that there is an outpost of the Billy Goat Tavern nearby. [Feast]

What to Eat Near the Pitchfork Festival