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You’ve probably heard of Lollapalooza, an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, punk, heavy metal, hip hop and electronic music bands. The festival has provided a platform for non-profit and political groups, as well as both popular and underground visual and musical artists alike to showcase their work. The event itself started in 1991 and has counted France, Chile, Germany & Brazil amongst its list of host countries, though the Chicago festival is indisputably the best of these. Chicago has been hosting Lollapalooza since 2005, and attracts over 160,000 people during the now four-day affair.

This year, Lollapalooza takes place from August 3-6 at Grant Park, and features a star-studded lineup headed by Chicago’s own (and three-time Grammy winner) Chance the Rapper, American rock band The Killers, Muse, Arcade Fire, The XX, Lorde, Blink 182, and so many more. The full musical lineup and schedule can be viewed on Lollapalooza’s website or app.


Every year Lollapalooza grows bigger and bigger. Now one of the most popular music festivals in the country, this annual three-day blowout in Chicago's Grant Park attracts people from all over the world, many of them first timers. 

Whether it's knowing how to navigate Grant Park, where to get grub or what to wear, we've been around the Lolla block a few times and have some advice for you newcomers. You never know, these tips might even help a few festival veterans as well. 

Preview: Lollapalooza 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014 12:00 AM by


Lollapalooza, August 1-3 in Grant Park, is one of the largest music festivals in the nation and one of Chicago's top destination events, with last year's installation reportedly drawing more than 100,000 attendees per day. Outside of the crowd and the expansive festival site, the size of the artist roster alone is enough to make the three-day, genre-spanning festival daunting and difficult to navigate.

Russian Circles

This weekend, Lollapalooza, its surrounding parties, events and, of course, its thousands of attendees will take Chicago’s by storm. For live music lovers who didn’t purchase a ticket or just aren’t interested in the festival scene, there are plenty of other great live music happenings around the city to explore. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite picks of Lolla-alternative rock concerts.

A Weekend Guide to Lollapalooza 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 AM by Katie Karpowicz


Chicago's list of music festivals grows every summer, but one stands out as the behemoth on the scene. Just by sheer size and popularity, Lollapalooza continues to be the crowning jewel to our festival circuit and there's a reason it sells out in minutes. If you've been to the festival before, you're excited to keep rocking. If this is your first time at Lolla, then you can't wait to dive in to Grant Park's biggest party headfirst. Either way, you're gonna need a plan.


LollaShop, Lollapalooza's official pop-up store, is back for a second straight year. Open now through Monday, August 5 at 332 S. Michigan Ave., this place offers official Lollapalooza merchandise, free yoga, scheduled performances, and opportunities to win free tickets. From Gap's official Lollapalooza t-shirts to shoes, hats, and more, this place has everything you need to hit Grant Park's powerhouse music festival in style.


In addition to a wealth of awesome local street festivals, Chicago summers are also generously seasoned with big scale music festivals throughout our city's parks. When you only have so much time though (not to mention money in your bank), sometimes it's hard to decide which festivals you'll enjoy the most.

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