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Lollapalooza - Music Festival in Chicago.
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Running for three, music-packed days in Chicago every August, Lollapalooza is a massive outdoor music festival that routinely draws more than 160,000 people to Grant Park. Originally conceived by Jane's Addiction... ... read more

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Lollapalooza - Music Festival in Chicago.

Running for three, music-packed days in Chicago every August, Lollapalooza is a massive outdoor music festival that routinely draws more than 160,000 people to Grant Park.

Originally conceived by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza initially ran for six years and toured all over North America. The event was put on hold from 1997–2003, but has since found a permanent home in Chicago, as well as expanded to several sister events in Europe and South America.

Diverse acts performing in a broad range of styles can always be found at Lollapalooza, so it would be very difficult for visitors not to find at least one band in attendance that they love. Past Lollapalooza performers have included the Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, Depeche Mode, deadmau5, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Primus, The Killers, Rage Against the Machine, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Alice in Chains, Björk, MGMT, Foster the People, Tool, Hole, Body Count, Ice-T, Queens of the Stone Age, The Drums, The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Fishbone, Butthole Surfers, and Lady Gaga.

And that’s just getting started.

Despite its popularity, Lollapalooza has not been without its critics. Originally developed as a showcase for "non-mainstream” acts, organizers faced criticism when Metallica was added to the lineup in 1996. Past years have also witnessed sudden declines in overall attendance, much of which was largely blamed by fans on what were considered to be inflated ticket prices.

Recent years, however, have witnessed Lollapalooza selling out well in advance, so it’s wise to grab tickets early if you know you’re going to be in town. Lollapalooza tickets usually start at around $225–$250 for a three-day pass, with individual day passes around $100.

Lollapalooza User Comments

Sibel D. Aug 18, 2013
If you are a music lover and love to have a good time-you HAVE to go to Lollapalooza! Lollapalooza started off in 1992. It is a big Rock festival, but also has performances of all kinds of music genres from pop, hip-hop, to rap, and jazz. Lolla is the best place where you can go from one concert to another and its in the middle of Grant Park! Though it is a music festival, it also has other activities. Like this year you can create your own flower wreath or henna tattoo! I would advise you to come with lots of drinks, a hat for the sun, and lots of friends! Tickets for children under the age of 10 can enter free. Its the best party to go to!
Danielle P. May 31, 2013
Lollapalooza is definitely one of the best music festivals around. It is held every year in Chicago, and welcomes people from all over the country. The music lineup seems to get better every year. Lollapalooza has artists that you have heard of and love, and artists that are just rising up--who you would also love! The food, although a bit pricey, is to die for, too! Since this music festival covers a lot of land, it will be packed everyday. I would recommend going early to the opening of the actual area, and also to go early to the particular stages of interest. Make sure to bring lots of water with you, also, because it gets extremely hot and the lines for the free water are long. In addition, bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. to protect yourself (even if it looks cloudly, it is still possible to get a sunburn--it has happened to me). The Loop is close to Grant Park, where Lollapalooza is held every year, so public transport will not be an issue; you might even run into people you know heading to the music festival! Overall, the atmosphere is just intoxicating of pure enjoyment, and everyone seems to be having a great time. I would definitely recommend Lollapalooza! Perhaps next time try buying tickets way in advance to get nicely priced tickets.
Wam S. Mar 11, 2013
Lollapalooza is the king of music festivals in this country. To have a place like Grant Park in the middle of a city like Chicago is unbelievable. Lolla has something for everyone: every genre of music, some of the best food you could hope to find at a concert from some of the city's best chefs, and the breeze from the lake makes the hottest of days feel just fine. Some people like festivals that have their own campgrounds but who wants to sleep on the ground when you can just crash in one of 100s of hotels in Chicago, or if you're from Chicago like me, you can stay at home. It makes the whole experience better. Having been to the festival the past 5 years, I have never had any complaints with it. The time put in on all the stages to insure sound quality and production value is amazing. The stages are placed far enough apart that there is no interference from other bands music, and the scheduling is done well enough so that everyone can be happy with the headliners at the end of the night and will hopefully feel like they have to choose between two great bands. The event organizers are amazing too, proving they have the ability to solve any problem, no matter how large. 3 summers ago the Beastie Boys were supposed to headline but obviously couldn't because MCA had cancer, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were there almost immediately to replace them. Same thing happened last summer when a small act cancelled and Macklemore was brought in to replace it. In my experience they can do no wrong at this festival. The only problems I have ever come across are two rainstorms that put a slight damper on the day, and the lack of cell phone service for AT&T, which caused them to lose their sponsorship of the festival 5 years ago.
Cale G. Oct 1, 2012
Some fool decided sometime in recent decades to create festivals with multiple stages; a conspiracy, to be sure, to keep you from seeing both the bands you want to see in their entirety. It's a way to organize concerts that follows the general pattern of evolution of our consumerist and over-populated culture--ever more options, without the time to sample them all. But don't let the huge line-up list go to your head. Prioritize, and you can make Lollapalooza not only manageable but ridiculously awesome. The festival, as far as I'm concerned, is unrivaled by any other in the country. The camping festivals, like Bonnaroo and Coachella, are superb, but Chicago offers something different. Here, you get to experience all the best bands in the expansive and comfortably-central Grant Park, flanked by the blue Lake Michigan to the east and in all other directions by an attractive skyline featuring some of the tallest buildings in the US, and which serve as landmarks whenever you're lost--and it's easy to get lost among 160,000 bodies. Your experience combines the pleasure of rocking out to tunes on one of Chicago's most famous (infamous?) park spaces with the lunacy of the cityscape's hottest nightlife. These are the best of two different worlds. I've volunteered twice at Lollapalooza, which landed me free entry for all three days, and brought me up close and somewhat personal with some big acts including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Jack White. The greatest thing about Lollapalooza is that you can always expect famous names to be headlining, and there are so many miscellaneous bands that you're guaranteed to discover something new. Couple all these positives with a company that knows how to keep the basics like transportation, water and food far from the part of your brain that worries, and you've got yourself one wickedly enjoyable festival.
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