Chicago Open Air Announces Food, Beer, + More for Festival

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In addition to the over 40 bands performing at this year’s first annual Chicago Open Air festival at Toyota Park, pre- and after-show events, food, beer, and more have just been announced for the festival agenda. Here’s the rundown of what to expect, including food, beer, mini-golf, and more!

The Lineup: 
Friday, July 15: Rammstein, Chevelle, Ministry, Of Mice & Men, Meshuggah, The Devil Wears Prada, In This Moment, Hollywood Undead, Trivium, Hatebreed, Periphery, Drowning Pool, Butcher Babies, Through Fire
Saturday, July 16: Disturbed, Korn, Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Helmet, Deafheaven, Carcass, Pop Evil, Nothing More, Saint Asonia, Miss May I, Beartooth, Silver Snakes, City Of The Weak
Sunday, July 17: Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Bullet For My Valentine, Killswitch Engage, BABYMETAL, Asking Alexandria, Corrosion Of Conformity, All That Remains, letlive., We Came As Romans, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Upon A Burning Body, Gemini Syndrome

Pre-Party: 95 WIIL Rock and 100.7 QRock will be presenting the Chicago Open Air Pre-Party at Concord Musical Hall on Thursday July 14. The lineup includes headliner Otep along with Shaman’s Harvest, Islander, and Through Fire. Festival ticket holders can purchase discount advanced tickets. For tickets to the event, click here.

Inaugural Kickoff Dinner: The celebratory dinner in honor of the fest’s first year will be presented by Chicago’s Goose and Fox, hosted by Jose Mangin of SiriusXM. The BYOB dinner is a five course meal with seasonal and local ingredients from the Midwest and costs $75. Tickets are extremely limited, and can be found here.

#GourmetManFood: Despite its title, Chicago Open Air’s website states that “Gourmet Man Food” is “not just for men.” Instead, the food is hearty and delicious without skimping on portions. Vendors and selections include the following:

Bruges Brothers: Braised Oxtail Poutine, Currywurst, Comeback Fish and Chips
Chicago Doghouse: Rattlesnake and Rabbit Sausage, Smoked Alligator Sausage, The Midway Monster Hot Dog
Crème Of The Crop Food Truck: Grown Up Mac & Cheese, Strawberry Chicken Wrap, Tater Skins
Dia De Los Tamales: Cuban Tamale, Spicy Black Bean and Corn Tamale, The Chicago Beef
Dinky’s Donuts
Iternational Spud Station: The Sputnik, Apollo-Mash, Nebula Chips
Kuma’s Corner: Led Zeppelin Burger, Iron Maiden Burger
Pizano’s: Chicago Deep Dish
The Happy Lobster: Happy Lobster Roll, The Angry Lobster Roll, Fried Lobster Mac & Cheese Bites
Yum Dum: Kimcheesy Fries, Braised Pork Belly Baos
Cheese Louise: Salmon Grilled Cheese Melt or Bowl, Meat Lover’s Grilled Cheese, Fried Chicken Mac n’ Cheese Bowl
Craving’ Cajun: Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy, Gator Critter Fritters, The Soft Shell Crab Sandwich
Master of Patties: The Brekky Burger, The Muffuletta Burger, The Beef Wellington
Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza

Headbangers Beer Hall: A metal-themed dive bar filled with Marshall amplifiers, pinball machines, and jukeboxes, the Headbangers Beer Hall will be serving up craft beer and cocktails at the festival. Members of bands will be at the Hall throughout the weekend, as well as Riki Rachtman, former host of MTV’s “Headbangers Ball.” Vendors at Headbangers Beer Hall include:

Goose Island (Chicago, IL): 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils
Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago, IL): Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner
Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA): IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Surly (Minneapolis, MN): Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA
Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago, IL): Seasonals TBA
Motörhead Wine
Iron Maiden’s TROOPER Beer

Monster Energy Experience/Sampling: Monster Energy will be giving fans samples from the Monster Energy viewing deck, along with sponsoring interactive artist experiences.

Jack Daniel’s Experience: The “Taste of Tennessee” gives fans 21 and older a chance to experience the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside of the Jack Daniel’s Hollow, seeing the charcoal and oak barrel aging process that Jack Daniel’s uses in creating their whiskey

The Music Experience: This interactive experience allows fans to get up close and personal with professional music equipment used by touring bands today and allows them to see just how much goes into performing in a professional setting. Autograph signings and other band interactions will be available throughout the weekend.

Keep Golf Metal: Festival goers can try their hand at a 9-hole putt putt golf course using PGA-level clubs from Rife Putters and MasterFit Custom Golf Clubs, in addition to apparel from Keep Golf Metal.

f.y.e. Fan Experience: f.y.e. will be providing the ultimate fan experience throughout the weekend with music from the weekend’s lineup as well as the chance to meet many of the festival’s bands.

Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer: The FC Cancer Foundation seeks to fight cancer through early detection and increased awareness in an effort to eliminate late-stage cancer diagnoses. The Dyin 2 Live wish-granting program gives cancer patients the chance to forget about their struggles for a day and live out their dreams.

Take Me Home Animal Rescue: This non-profit, volunteer-based foundation works to provide healthcare and other services to animals in low-income areas. The booth will feature apparel, signed merchandise, and raffles.

Official Chicago Open Air After-Show Events:
Friday, July 15: Helmet and Tight Phantomz at Double Door / Tickets
Saturday July 16: Carcass and Deafheaven at Metro / Tickets

For more information about Chicago Open Air, check out the links below:



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