After all the buildup, this is what it comes down to: three days of feeding a crowd big enough to be the second largest city in Illinois a menu as varied as the Lollapalooza lineup. Despite the storm which interrupted Saturday night's shows for a couple of hours, Chow Town chugged along smoothly, turning out everything from burgers to octopus balls with relatively few hitches. Our man Huge Galdones was on the scene; here's his slideshow report from the front lines, showing you much of the best being dished up over the weekend.
Stands waiting for the crowds to hit.
Chef Frank Brunacci showcases the power of the truffle at The Australian Truffle.
Australian Truffle mac and cheese.
The Japadog, from Chizakaya.
Tako-yaki (octopus balls) from Chizakaya.
Gathering on the grass.
Peter Klein (Seedling Farm) and one of his fruit smoothies. If you missed them here, there's always the Green City Market.
Buttermilk old-fashioned doughnuts with either chocolate or cinnamon sugar, from Do-Rite Donuts.
Lobster corn dog, from Grahamwich.
Not your normal samosa (Ashyana, Shikara, and Viceroy Restaurants/Catering).
MBurger and fries.
Chow Town South.
Eddie Lakin of Edzo's, with the special French fry paper cone he found which includes a compartment for ketchup.
One of the best surprises— the steak sandwich from Mercat a la Planxa.
Falafel sandwich from Goose Island Brewpub.
Dining al fresco.
"Chicagoesque" dog from Franks 'n' Dawgs.
Chow Town North at peak time before the storm on Saturday.
The Original Rainbow Cone.
The rainbow-hued skyline of a great city, home to a great festival.
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