What started as a single-stage touring music showcase put together in 1991 by Perry Farrell, lead singer of alternative rock group Jane's Addiction, has since evolved into a larger-than-life music extravaganza. Connecting with the city's deep musical heritage, Lollapalooza set down roots and made Chicago its home in 2005 and hasn't looked back.
Now a destination event, thousands of fans come from around the world to experience the massive crowds, scenic lakefront setting and incredible entertainment each summer in August.
The perennial sell-out event hits Chicago's Grant Park this year from July 28-July 31.
2016 MUSIC HEADLINERS & TICKET INFORMATION
The outdoor festival has grown to three days of performances on multiple stages and features an ever-more diverse array of over 140 top artists. Lolla blends music's best acts into a genre-bending lineup, from hip-hop, electronica, hip hop, indie, rock, modern roots and beyond.
Headlining the 2016 summer billing are J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, Major Lazer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding plus so many more acts! Get the daily schedule and full list of performers at lollapalooza.com/lineup/.
Those lucky enough to score tickets take to Grant Park's 115 acres of open green space and rock out to music against the backdrop of Chicago's magnificent skyline. Admission tickets range from 1-Day Passes and 3-Day Passes, plus VIP and Platinum Passes, and are available for purchase in advance online at lollapalooza.com/tickets.
There's plenty to do between sets as well. Besides a passion for music, the Lollapalooza experience emphasizes art, food, fun and community, as well as ongoing efforts to create an environmentally sound event.
If the 10 hours of music each day isn't enough sensory overload, other rocking activities at Lollapalooza include a Farmers Market, an artisan shopping fair Green Street, sponsor lounge parties, recharge stations and autograph tents.
The vendors at Chow Town feed the hungry masses exceptionally well with the most refined of festival foods. Curated by local celebrity restaurateur Graham Elliot, the culinary lineup at the two food courts rivals the star quality on the main stages. Local cuisine takes the spotlight here, with a spin of course... items like lobster corndogs, spicy mongolian beef baos and other unique treats are thrown into the mix, along with Chicago-style pizza, the classic Vienna hot dog and more. Last year's over 30 restaurant vendor list included Chef Elliot's own restaurant Graham Elliot and leading brewery Goose Island Brewpub, as well as Chicago faves like Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Original Rainbow Cone and Billy Goat Tavern & Grill.
Coming in for the music and adult activities doesn't mean the little one can't come along to Lolla. From workshops, activities and children-friendly music all day, Kidzapalooza is a festival within a festival for the music fan of all ages. Also, for the passerby without kids in tow, main stage performers (and Perry Farrell himself) are known for making surprise appearances all weekend long here.
For the ultimate music experience in Chicago, or for those who may have missed tickets to the three day festival, immerse yourself in the local club scene at the official aftershows. Catch your favorite bands around town as many Lollapalooza acts play at venues such as Metro, The Vic Theatre, House of Blues, Lincoln Hall and Schubas leading up to the main event and after the 4-day fest.
When it comes to Lollapalooza hotels in Chicago, a number of accommodations for all styles and budgets are conveniently located near Grant Park and in the nearby Loop and surrounding areas. Click here to book Chicago hotels for Lollapalooza.
For the full schedule, latest updates and detailed ticket information, visit the official website: www.lollapalooza.com.