What to do when hazardous weather forces Lollapalooza to give you the boot into the Loop? Don’t head to Barnes & Noble, which went on lockdown and refused to let anybody new inside like they were zombies from “The Walking Dead” hungry for flesh. Skip the Harold Washington Library, too. There’s no worse time to be in a library than when drunk attendees hyped for some EDM decide to crash. Epic Burger, on the other hand, was proximate, open and hardly packed. Order a burger, snag a shake and hit up the bar seating to rub shoulders and commiserate with fellow festival-goers. Who knows, you might even make a friend.
Epic Burger, 517 South State and additional locations, (312)913-1373, epicburger.com
Best of Chicago 2012