Day 2We went out for breakfast at a cafe across the street from Grant Park and unfortunately there were some religious extremists protesting the show, so that was somewhat annoying to have to listen to while eating breakfast, hearing how we are all going to hell for this sinful concert, yadda, yadda. They got pretty nasty calling people passing them some choice words. And then the security guards made me throw out my apple in my purse because you couldn't bring in food. Oh well.
Maria and Lee went to Soft Pack which we could hear but stayed in the shade near the stage. We heard some of Harlem, the Wild Beasts and the Stars! We were able to sit and watch the Stars which was wonderful, listening to them reminded me of freshman year in college... oh the memories.
The XX filled up really quickly so Kev and I walked around and made it down to Gogol Bordelo. They were awesome. Then we walked towards the best stage and band. Deer tick was playing but I was there waiting in anticipation for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. As soon as Deer Tick was over Kev and I ran into the crowd and waited, and waited. Then they began! It was the best concert experience ever. The crowd was beautiful, singing and swaying and clapping along with the tunes. It was so great to see so many people so into a band and I allowed myself that fan worship. I was a dancing fool in a crowed pit of fans. For the encore Alex jumped into the crowd (earlier he crowd surfed) and had everyone sit down as he serenaded us. I tried to shake his hand after the show but Kevin didn't throw me far enough into the crowd.
We walked around some more and heard Cut Copy as we waited for Phoenix. Listened to them a bit then made it down to Empire of the Sun, who were incredible. They had dancers in crazy outfits and had crazy headdress thingers on. We met up later with a bunch of friends who saw Green Day (I could hear them but really didn't care to see them).
For late night dinner we took the L to Avec which is a French/Basque small plates restaurant. The food was good and pricely but luckily we weren't too hungry and all shared.