LollaShop, now in its fourth year outside of the festival, is the one-stop shop for everything you need for Lollapalooza. Tucked in Block Thirty Seven, the pop-up has a mix of official Lollapalooza gear, brand collaborations and featured Chicago artists and designers offering up everything from flower crowns to basketball shorts to get you fest-ready.
This year, Lolla teamed up with brands such as New Era, BucketFeet Shoes, Brooklyn Cloth and more to create limited-edition gear to not only remember the weekend by, but to wear to the fest. The collaborations are at their best with New Era's hats - there's the official Lolla hat with a Chicago skyline illustration under the brim, and there are the Lolla edition Bulls, Cubs and Blackhawks hats sports fans who aren't even attending the festival would love. Fans can also customize their New Era x Lolla hat by adding one of five patches to the side panel, free of charge. Hats range from $30-$35.
The multiple "mini-boutiques" feature non Lollapalooza-branded goods from partners such as New Era and Brooklyn Cloth, but also stocks goods from Toms, Grand Trunk, Flash Tattoos, Festy Besty, Chi Chi Sport, Souldier and Dtox Designs.
Toms is straying away from their signature footwear for the shop (probably for the best: Toms are not ideal shoes for three days in Grant Park) and offering its sunglasses and bags instead. The sunglasses are from the brand's Traveller collection and come in an array of fun colors, a must for a long fest weekend. They're $78 a piece, but are a more affordable option to the rest of the eyewear in the brand's line.
If you're looking to stand out from the crowd, skip the flower crowns at Festy Besty and go for the original pieces from Dtox Designs. Artist Dan O'Conor takes pieces from vintage stores and spray paint stencils them, making each piece an original. O'Conor started by just creating pieces for himself and his friends for festivals, and now has branched out to the greater public. The pieces aren't for everyone, but they're certainly stand-outs.
LollaShop is located in Block 37, 108 N. State Street and will be open through Monday, August 3. The store is open daily 10 a.m. to 8 p.m with festival weekend hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.