There were a decent number of recognizable names in town for Lollapalooza weekend — many of whom were repeat customers.
Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl”) took in the Lolla festivities in 2010 with ex-girlfriend Jessica Szohr and was back this year with friend Mark Salling (“Glee”). The actors had dinner Friday at RPM Italian with Claire Holt (“The Originals”) and then hung out at Paris Club Bistro & Bar’s upstairs club, Studio Paris.
Like Salling, Jennie Garth (“90210”) returned for the second straight year. She dined Friday at Beatrix, as did pop star Joe Jonas, separately. Jonas DJ’d the Hard Rock Hotel Sound of Your Stay Music Lounge party later that night and the Rolling Stone party at Studio Paris the following afternoon. He also checked out Celeste on Friday.
Josh Henderson (“Dallas”) was here for the third straight year and sat alongside Nelly after the St. Louis rapper performed a 25-minute set in the early hours of Saturday at The Underground. Henderson dined Friday at Hub 51 with actor Kellan Lutz, who was enjoying Lolla weekend for the third time in four years. Lutz’s “Twilight” co-star Ashley Greene appeared Thursday at the W Chicago-Lakeshore hotel’s renovation reveal party. She told me she was more excited about sight seeing in Chicago this weekend than the parties.
“I’m boring,” Greene said.
Chicago’s own Michael Pena (“End of Watch”) — who took in Lolla weekend in 2012 — hung out Thursday at Hub 51’s lower level club, Sub 51, and Friday at Ay Chiwowa. I lost track of how many Lolla weekends Danny and Chris Masterson have been a part of because they seem to come every year. Chris (“Malcolm in the Middle”) and sister Alanna Masterson (“The Walking Dead”) had drinks Friday at Three Dots and a Dash, where Chris DJ’d on Saturday. Alanna had dinner Friday at Ramen-san and Saturday at Bub City. Danny (“That 70s Show”) dined Thursday at RPM Italian.
What about the Lolla artists?
Arctic Monkeys had drinks Saturday at Three Dots and a Dash. EDM act and Northbrook natives Krewella visited Nellcote on Thursday and Sunda on Friday.
Nas performed Friday at the launch party for the Hennessy V.S. Shepard Fairey bottle at Block 37. He told me there was one act in particular he was hoping to catch during the weekend.
“I want to see OutKast,” Nas said. “There’s no other act like OutKast in the world.”
Speaking of OutKast, rapper Big Boi performed Saturday at Parliament in front of a crowd that included Foster the People, “Chicago PD” actress Sophia Bush and “Chicago Fire” co-stars Jesse Spencer and Monica Raymund. Bush visited EnV Chicago earlier that day for Gilt City Chicago’s Better Than Backstage party.
Sadly, it appears Aaron Paul was absent this weekend. The beloved “Breaking Bad” star has been a Lolla fixture and man about town during past years but seems to have skipped this year’s edition.
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