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Chicago Open Air Festival – Music, Craft Beer, Gourmet Man Food

by Jennifer Wieland
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Summer is a time for getting outside, enjoying beautiful weather and having fun! This weekend the first ever Chicago Open Air Festival will be taking place at Toyota Park. This is a music festival that sets itself apart from the rest by combining rocking music with craft beer and gourmet man food!

Chicago Open Air Festival Basics

Chicago Open Air will feature live music performances by more than 40 rock bands. The festival will also include Gourmet Man Food featuring local and regional cuisine, a craft beer village highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by Jose Mangin from SiriusXM.

Who’s Going to be on Stage?

Chicago Open Air has a spectacular music lineup ready to go for the three-day music festival! The festival will take place July 15, 16 and 17 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside Chicago. Rammstein will kick off the festival weekend with a headlining performance on Friday—the group’s only 2016 U.S. performance and first Chicago show since 2012. Saturday will be headlined by Chicago’s own Disturbed, who have recently returned from a 4-year hiatus. Global rock juggernauts Slipknot will close out Chicago Open Air on Sunday.

Disturbed says, “It is long overdue that one of the greatest rock cities in the world has a festival of its own. We are honored and excited to be one of the headliners at the inaugural Open Air festival in our hometown of Chicago.”

Chicago Open Air will feature performances by over 40 bands, including Rammstein, Disturbed, Slipknot, Chevelle, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Ministry, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Of Mice & Men, and many more.

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What is Gourmet Man Food?

Gourmet Man Food from top Chicago restaurants and food trucks will be on hand to tempt festival goers with their delicious creations! The food selections these restaurants and trucks are going to be offering is enough to keep any music fan rocking out all weekend long!

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Chicago Open Air will feature selections from Chicago-area favorites such as:

  • 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 (Salted Caramel and Cocoa, Gingerbread, Powdered sugar, Cinnamon, Ancho Mamma’s Chile, Dinky’s “bruschetta”: a savory blend of Italian herbs and spices.)
  • International Spud Station (The Spudnik, 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 And Cheese Bites)
  • Yum Dum (Kimcheesy Fries, Braised Pork Belly Baos).

Additional Gourmet Man Food vendors from around the country will include:

  • Cheeze Louise (Salmon Grilled Cheese Melt or Bowl, Meat Lover’s Grilled Cheese, Fried Chicken Mac N Cheese Bowl)
  • Cravin’ Cajun (Spicy Shrimp Po-Boy, Gator Critter Fritters, The Soft Shell Crab Sandwich)
  • Master of Patties (The Brekky Burger, The Muffaletta Burger, The Beef Wellington)
  • Pie Baby Wood-Fired Pizza (Your choice of Pie Baby signature pizzas: Cheese Baby/Pep Baby/Meat Baby, Meatball Sub, Freshly prepared house salads)

Drinks Anyone?

Since music festivals are long and outdoors during the sunny days of the year it’s important to be able to grab some drinks on hand. Whether you are looking to stay hydrated, need pick me up to keeping going all weekend long or are looking for an adult beverage to loosen you up you will be able to find just what you’re looking for at Chicago Open Air.

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  • Headbangers Beer Hall

    This unique METAL themed bar is a 100×80 dive bar experience complete with Marshall amplifiers lining the back wall, a unique jukebox playing heavy metal music, rocker pinball machines, Chicago favorite Kuma’s Corner serving their signature metal themed burgers just next door, and more that will give fans a dark, heavy metal, craft beer and cocktail experience all on site at Chicago Open Air. The Headbangers Beer Hall will feature national and regional craft beers and artist inspired beverages including: Goose Island (Chicago — 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Four Star Pils), Half Acre Beer Company (Chicago — Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, Vallejo IPA, Pony Pilsner), Iron Maiden’s TROOPER Beer, Lagunitas (Petaluma, CA — IPA, A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’), Motörhead Wine, Surly (Minneapolis — Surly Hell Lager, Surly Furious IPA), Two Brothers Brewing (Chicago — seasonals TBA), and more to be announced. Look for unique experiences throughout the weekend with members of bands at the bar, as well as former MTV Headbangers Ball host and Cathouse founder Riki Rachtman playing some of his favorite songs and guest bartending during the weekend.

  • Monster Energy Experience/Sampling

    Monster Energy will be keeping all fans fueled up and ready to rock by offering free sampling on their Monster Energy viewing deck. Enjoy Monster Energy drinks from one of the best seats in the house. Make sure to check back throughout the festival for a schedule of Monster Energy’s interactive artist experiences.
    #monsterenergy #monstermusic

  • Jack Daniel’s Experience

    “Taste of Tennessee” invites visitors to come out and tour the nation’s oldest registered distillery from outside the Jack Daniel’s Hollow. Visitors get to see (and smell) whiskey dripping slowly through charcoal and the new oak barrels used in maturing Tennessee’s finest whiskey. The Jack Daniel’s Experience is open to all fans, 21 years old and up, for tours free of charge. Stop by the Jack Daniel’s Experience for interactive engagements throughout the weekend.
    Instagram: @jackdaniels_us
    #jackdaniels #BornToMakeWhiskey

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Looking for Even More to Do?

  • The Music Experience

    The Music Experience features all the elements that are involved in making music in a professional band setting. The interactive exhibit features guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards and electronic gear that are used by today’s most popular bands. The Music Experience has autograph signings and artist interactions throughout the day. Check Facebook and Instagram for the latest info on who will be hanging out at The Music Experience.
    Instagram: @tmexp

  • Keep Golf Metal

    Keep Golf Metal is a movement that encourages festival attendees to play a 9 hole putt putt course with PGA level golf clubs provided by Rife Putters and MasterFit Custom Golf Clubs. Keep Golf Metal also has apparel that features designs that fuse the rock and golf worlds together.

  • f.y.e. Fan Experience

    f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music — and maybe even get to meet your favorite Chicago Open Air performers. Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions.
    Instagram: @officalFYEmusic

  • Dyin 2 Live / Fxck Cancer

    The F C Cancer Foundation’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and to educate about early cancer detection, ultimately putting an end to late stage cancer diagnosis. The Dyin 2 Live wish granting program looks to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them an experience that will bring joy, hope, inspiration, and courage into their lives. In doing this, the program hopes it can help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are battling. The hope is that it can be used as a source of inspiration to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour.
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    Instagram: @FxckCancer and @Dyin2LiveDreams

  • Take Me Home Animal Rescue

    Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001. Many families living in low-income areas cannot afford medical care, basic vaccinations, or spay/neuter surgeries for their companion animals. The donations raised help us to fund mobile veterinary hospitals to travel into these under-served areas to provide free spay and neuter, vaccinations, microchipping and administer medical care for animals in desperate need. Take Me Home also supports local animal charities. Come by the booth to help out our furry friends by buying a shirt, signed merchandise, and entering a raffle. Danny Wimmer, Founder, DWP, said, “DWP is proud to support various charities, giving them a national platform to promote their messages. We are particularly fond of Take Me Home, which advocates for animal adoption. I hope everyone stops by their booth and supports their fundraising efforts to help animals in need.” For more information, please visit:

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Grab your tickets at the Chicago Open Air Festival website!

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show ends at 11:30 PM on Friday, 11:00 PM on Saturday, and 10:00 PM on Sunday.

For more information on Chicago Open Air, visit or visit them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to check out all of the fun!



Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day



Valentine’s Day is done and over so all the flowers, hearts, red and pink are out the window and it’s now time to bring out the green shamrocks and booze to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! To kick off all the glorious fun associated with the celebration of this Irish holiday I decided to make some Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes and to make them even more wonderful they are amazingly awesome and easy to do. These cupcakes are rich, decadent and delicious and have three layers of boozy flavor. 

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

To make these little treats of St. Patrick’s Day deliciousness easy to do I started out with a box of devil’s food cake mix. To keep it on the track of simplicity I skipped the eggs, oil and water the mix calls for and just added some Guinness to it. That’s right people, cake mix and beer and you have ready to go cake batter!  Could it get any easier? 

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day made with a box cake mix

While the cupcakes are baking you can whip up the chocolate ganache for the cupcake centers. The ganache is flavored with Jameson Whiskey and makes for a truffle like center to the cupcake. Oh yeah, that’s going to wow your friends and family!

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Next comes the frosting. I opted to go with a cream cheese frosting to really take the richness of these to an even higher level! The cream cheese paired with Bailey’s Irish Cream really makes it taste like you’re enjoying a cheesecake taste to the cupcake. Now, combine all of these flavors together and you are going to love it! 

Amazingly Awesome and Easy Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
Serves 24
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500 calories
63 g
48 g
27 g
4 g
12 g
123 g
277 g
53 g
1 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 500
Calories from Fat 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g
Saturated Fat 12g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 48mg
Sodium 277mg
Total Carbohydrates 63g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 53g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 1 box devil's food cake mix
  2. 1 11.2 oz. bottle of Guinness Draught
For the ganache
  1. 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  2. 2/3 c. heavy whipping cream
  3. 1 tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 2 tbsp. Jameson Whiskey
For the frosting
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 4 c. powdered sugar
  4. 2-3 tbsp. Bailey's Irish Cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix and the Guinness. Mix on low speed for thirty seconds until combined and then increase speed to medium and mix for two minutes,
  3. Scoop the batter into the cupcakes liners and bake for 18-23 minutes or until they bounce back when pressed on the top. Cool in the pan for five minutes then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.
For the ganache
  1. Place the chopped chocolate into a heat safe bowl.
  2. Heat the cream in a saucepan or in the microwave and bring to a simmer.
  3. Pour the heated cream over the chocolate and let sit for a few minutes.
  4. Add the butter and whiskey and stir until smooth.
  5. Let the ganache sit until soft but firm enough to work with.
For the frosting
  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese together.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time mixing on low in between each addition.
  3. Stir in the Bailey's Irish Cream and mix on low. Once combined increase the speed to high and mix for five minutes until light and fluffy.
To assemble the cupcakes
  1. Core out the center of the cupcake with a cupcake corer, paring knife or the bottom of a pastry tip.
  2. Scoop about a tablespoon of ganache and place into the hollowed cupcake.
  3. Top with the frosting and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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