LOCAL FOOD FROM CHICAGO’S OWN
Chow Town offers the most delicious festival food, drinks, and sweets from the Windy City’s favorite restaurants. We aim to offer our patrons much more than the typical “carnival” fare – whether it’s XO Marshmallow’s Ooey Marshmallow Goodness, Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Pizza, or The Budlong Hot Chicken Sandwich we got you covered all fest long.
And while you’re at the fest, don’t forget to visit the Lolla Bodegas. Your one-stop shop for purchasing quick snacks and festival necessities. Craving an apple? In need of sunscreen? Stop by a Bodega at either end of Chow Town on Columbus.
Check out our 2019 Chow Town Vendors below!
Beat Kitchen is celebrating its 29th year as a celebrated music venue in Chicago’s Roscoe Village and is well known for its outstanding food. We are featuring our famous pizzas, three types of empanadas, mac n cheese with bacon and tater tots! We look forward to seeing you there!Visit Website
Benjyehuda is a fast-casual falafel and shawarma shop that boldly embraces the counter culture. Big believers in independence, individuality, kick-ass ingredients, and killer flavor profiles, Benjyehuda serves pitas and rice bowls that are piled high with the good stuff.Visit Website
The World Famous Billy Goat Tavern has been serving up its “Cheezborgers!” to Chicagoans and patrons worldwide since 1934. From the famous Billy Goat Curse to the inspiration behind the SNL Cheezborger! skit, the Billy Goat is a Chicago icon and a popular destination for people worldwide to visit.Visit Website
In a quest to provide quality food service establishments in his community, Chef John Meyer opened BJ’s Market & Bakery in 1997. He combines comfort food, reasonable prices, and great customer service in an upscale atmosphere. BJ’s Market & Bakery has been acclaimed by Chicago’s most notable food critics.
We have three Broken English Taco Pubs. One in the Loop, Old Town, and Lincoln Park. We bring traditional street flavors to a very wide array of consumers in an awesome and vibrant atmosphere.Visit Website
The Buona restaurants remain family-owned and nurture a legacy that is equal parts family values, innovation, and adaptation. The next-generation beef stand is the perfect blend of old-school Chicago classics and next generation menu choices – made with a focus on scratch-made food.Visit Website
Cheesie’s Pub & Grub is Chicago’s 1st Grilled Cheese Restaurant! We offer a variety of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade sides, and soups! Cheesie’s also offers a full service bar and a late night menu. Stop by our locations in Lakeview, Wicker Park, La Grange, and the food truck!Visit Website
In 2005 the Fourkas Bros. got the BIG idea to open a Hot Dog Stand, in fact, it is, THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN! Chubby Wieners is re-defining Chicago-Style food. So try Chubby Wieners yourself, and let it be known, IT IS, THE GREATEST HOT DOG STAND THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN!
In 1963, an oldsmobile starfire was exchanged for a small storefront pizzeria on Chicagos’s Southside. He set the table for a pizza that would be a part of Chicago’s History!Visit Website
In a world driven by technology and science, we are the gravitational resistance rooted in skill and philosophy. An innovative culinary family fueled by community and passion to deliver the most intellectually honest coffee you will experience.Visit Website
Edzo’s is an Evanston staple featuring lowbrow-meets-upscale fare; classic Chicago dogs, freshly-ground burgers, and hand-cut fries, but with unexpected hits of truffle, lobster, and flamin’ hot Cheeto dust providing pops of luxe in what is otherwise an old-school 70’s hot dog stand.Visit Website
Iconic Chicago char dog, burger, and fried shrimp eatery. Located in the heart of Ukrainian Village.
Harold’s, which is short for Harold’s Chicken. Is considered by many to be The Fried Chicken King of Chicago. Founded in 1950, Harold’s Chicken is a Chicago staple. One Bite and We Gotcha!Visit Website
Harris Ice is a minority-owned and operated manufacturing and distribution company of ice. As a maker of block, cube, and snow cone ice, its flavors and freshness are what tops the rest. We look forward to serving and meeting your cooling off needs as we invite you to try our famous snow cones.
Kamehachi is Chicago’s Original Sushi Bar, serving the finest sushi and Japanese food since 1967. Family-owned by three generations of women, Kamehachi has locations in Chicago’s Old Town, suburban Northbrook, a Sushi Cafe in the Loop, and a Sushi Bar at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel.
Kilwins is a place where people celebrate, vacation, and share the experience of life, family, and gifting in a very special nostalgic Americana setting. We are proud of our “family” heritage of providing our customers with high quality products and a warm friendly customer experience.Visit Website
Lou Malnati’s is famous for authentic deep dish pizza. For over 45 years, this family owned and operated restaurant has been serving legendary Chicago style pizza, to pizza lovers near and far. When you take a bite of Lou’s deep dish masterpiece, you are taking a bite of history. Enjoy!Visit Website
Creating memories one handmade burger at a time, M Burger offers a quick-service, easy-to-navigate menu of juicy Midwestern beef burgers and golden fries, perfect for lunch, an afternoon snack, or dinner.
Naf Naf, founded in 2009, is the premium destination for fresh, authentic Middle Eastern food. Oven baked pitas, hand cut salads, and freshly prepared sauces all serve as an accompaniment to award-winning shawarma and falafel. Naf Naf is a fast casual restaurant with 39 locations and growing.Visit Website
My father, Rudy Malnati Sr. opened his first restaurant, Pizzeria Uno, in 1943. We feature great food steeped in Italian tradition, skillfully prepared from the highest quality ingredients, and served in an inviting atmosphere in which to celebrate friendship and family.Visit Website
Robinson’s No.1 Ribs opened in 1983 after Charlie Robinson won the First Mike Royko Rib Fest in Grant Park. Over the past 36 years, Robinson’s Ribs can be found all over Chicagoland at many festivals and historical venues such as Soldier Field, McCormick Place, and Taste Of Chicago.
Inspired Catering & Events, formerly Phil Stefani Signature Events, has been creating extraordinary events for more than 27 years. Our experienced team is committed to delivering creative solutions for all event planning needs and desires.Visit Website
A modern day “roadside” burger stand serves up the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, frozen custard, shakes, beer, wine, and more. Shake Shack welcomed people from all over the city, country, and world who gathered together to enjoy fresh, simple, high-quality versions of the classics.Visit Website
Steingold’s Deli from Aaron Steingold: Aaron Steingold is a true jack-of-all-trades in the hospitality world, which made the opening of Steingold’s of Chicago an inevitable next step for this well-known chef and restauranteur. Steingold’s is a modern take on a traditional Jewish Deli.Visit Website
Sugar Bliss has been around for 11 years. We do many events and catering orders on a daily basis. We have 2 fully equipped kitchens within a few blocks of the festival so we are able to replenish our products and continually serve customers quickly.Visit Website
Tallboy Taco has been slinging tacos in the River North area for the last 5 years. Located inside Nacional 27’s bar area it is a one stop destination for dinner, drinks, and dancing. Our new Executive Chef, Cory Morris. has brought even more flavor to the menu. Ideal lunch spot with variety.Visit Website
LOVE IS OUR SECRET INGREDIENT FAMILY KEEPS US GOING. We believe that the best way to run a restaurant is when you are supported by family. We have a great system that allows trust, growth, and honesty to help our business continue to succeed.Visit Website
Chicago restaurateur Jared Leonard (Stone Soup Collective) was on a trip to Nashville to attend a BBQ conference, when he first tried this classic spicy Nashville preparation of fried chicken. He was hooked, and the journey began.Visit Website
We carry an array of colorful, delicious salads with homemade dressings and prepared foods inspired by international fare from all over. Our menu is always growing with our inspiration for great food. In addition to a variety of savory meals and snacks – we have also become an iconic Chicago bakery.
The Lifeway Kefir Shop has been serving happy customers soft serve kefir, smoothies, smoothie bowls, and juices for 11 years now. Lifeway Foods, it’s parent company has been around for over 30 years.
The Original Rainbow Cone, founded in 1926, consists of five ice cream flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House, Pistachio, and Orange Sherbet. The five flavors are served in a unique way. the five slices are stacked on top of each other to create a unique ice cream eating experience!Visit Website
Smoke Daddy is world-class BBQ in the heart of Wicker Park and now, the heart of Wrigleyville. We believe BBQ is a true homegrown American meal. Curated and smoked to be enjoyed together for lip-smacking, slow-cooked, savory goodness.Visit Website
Vero Gelato, an artisan gelato company, has product featured in some of the finest restaurants in the city and the Vero cafés at Mariano’s. Angelo Lollino, the founder, uses his life-long craft to develop unique flavors that honor the authenticity of premium gelato.Visit Website
Ice Cream HEAVEN is Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe. At its 13th year in Gilberts, IL we offer a different twist when it comes to ice cream. We are home of the “Big Scoop” and we offer something very special to all our events. For 10 years, we have had the pleasure of offering our treats at Lollapalooza.
With 7 Chicago locations, Wow Bao redefines quick-service dining with our signature steamed buns, known as “Bao.” Our pan-Asian menu features 11 flavors of Bao, as well as steamed dumplings, seared potstickers, fresh soups/salads, rice bowls, and homemade ginger ales.
XO Marshmallow is a gourmet marshmallow company with the world’s first marshmallow cafe in Chicago. Founded by two women, Lindzi Shanks and Kat Connor, XO has rocketed to the top as one of Chicago’s most-beloved dessert spots through creative offerings and a killer social media following.Visit Website
Churro Factory has gained its fame and great reviews due to delivering to our customers the most delicious, always freshly made, products. Churro Factory makes its products always onsite where customers can see and experience the process of our products being made.Visit Website