Since 1991, Lollapalooza has flawlessly become one of the most iconic music festivals on the planet. Lollapalooza is by no means a genre-specific type of festival — if is causes ear-gasms in the crowd, it will be there; hot n’ ready to make the crowds scream and wiggle in delight.
Since 1991, Lollapalooza Chicago has flawlessly become one of the most iconic music festivals on the planet. Lollapalooza is by no means a genre-specific type of festival — if is causes ear-gasms in the crowd, it will be there; hot n’ ready to make the crowds scream and wiggle in delight.
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Lolla past headliners
Also referred to as “Lolla,” this festival continuously brings in some of the biggest names in music, such as Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Eminem, and MGMT. With over 170 musically intoxicating bands and roughly 100,000 attendees per day, this is one of the biggest, not-to-be-missed festivals in the world.
When and Where
In 2021, this famous gathering will take place in Grant Park in Chicago, in summer (dates unconfirmed). The 2020 music festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Lolla Lineup 2019
Lolla CH announced one of the best (actually the best) mixed genre lineups of 2019 out there. Grande, 21 Pilots, Chidlish Gambino, and so many other amazing artsits. Take a look yourself:
Lollapalooza Lineup 2018
You couldn’t expect less of Lolla to deliver top names for 2018, and they did. Bruno Mars, Jack White, Travis Scott, The Weekend are some of the headliners for the Lollapalooza 2018! You can check out the 2018 lineup
A true green festival
Alongside a ground-breaking music scene, Lollapalooza is an example of sustainability for festivals everywhere. As such, their merchandise at Green Street is made environmentally-friendly by local and world-famous artists alike. You should check out some of this Earth-saving beauty. How many other places can you find art like this? Not many.
Lollapalooza Chicago after shows
Even more! After the high-intensity wonder of the Lollapalooza festival, begins their famous array of after shows. Lasting for about 6 days in total, these after shows feature top-notch bands such as The Shins, Blink-182, and Kaskade at various venues around the city, such as the House of Blues.
Beyond just the general admission tickets, there are two other ticket options: VIP and Platinum. With the VIP ticket, you receive nearly-effortless entrance and speedy shuttle services, access to special (fancy) VIP lounges, access to private bars and posh toilets, complimentary food and spa treatments, and much more. The VIP tickets cost $2,200 (+fees) for the whole 4-days.
Platinum ticket benefits
With the Platinum tickets, however, you recieve all the perks of the VIP tickets — and much more. These additional perks include, but are not limited to: premium show viewing, artist interaction, catered meals, air-conditioned lounges, and a whole lot more. For the entire 4 days, the Platinum tickets cost $4,200.
Lollapalooza conquered the world!
Lollapalooza’s home-base is in the vibrant and musical city of Chicago. However, it has now expanded all over South America and Europe, causing heads to bob, crowds to roar, and bodies to sway all across the globe.
So Why Lollapalooza Chicago?
This coming August, your most intense ear-gasm yet is awaiting you in Grant Park at one of the world’s most beloved music festivals: Lollapalooza. Join the movement: dance all day, throw up your rock fist, scream in delight, and smile in sweet, sweaty bliss with thousands of your soon-to-be Lollapalooza family.
As astounding as the music is, it’s not all that Lollapalooza has to offer. From art markets to pop-up piano bars, there are many other exciting things to check out while your ears rest up for your next favorite artist.
2# Stay hydrated. Always.
As with any music festival, especially in the hot summer sun, it is highly advised to drink more water than your tum tum is comfortable with. Luckily, Lollapalooza supplies Camelbak Hydration Stations all over the festival, providing every festival-goer with clean, refreshing, life-giving water.
Be sure to bring either your own water bottle or a Camelbak-type container to fill up — Lollapalooza isn’t too keen on plastic water bottle waste.
What to Do
Of all of the wonderful cities in the United States, Chicago is easily one of the most highly praised. Understandably so. Chicago is well-known for it’s impressive art and music scene. Being a festival-goer like yourself, it is recommended that during your stay, you take some time to check out the artsy scene of this beautiful city.
Near Grant Park lives Millennium Park, home of some of Chicago’s most awe-inspiring art sculptures and installations, some of which you may recognize from photos.
Chicago’s Street Art tours
For a more authentic and raw art experience, you can join in on one of Chicago’s Street Art tours, as the city’s street art is some of the most well-known in the country.
Willis Tower’s Skydeck
As well, Willis Tower’s Skydeck is a very popular building to visit. . . Being the second tallest building in the United States, it allows you to experience the cityscape in a very special way. The Ledge is a platform you can enter on the tallest floor that is made entirely out of glass — even the floor. Standing on The Ledge is thrilling, but not for the faint of heart.
Where to Stay
Unfortunately for some, there is no camping at Lollapalooza; there are simply too many people. Fortunately, however, being the greatly attractive city that Chicago is, there are plenty of gloriously accommodating places to stay.
If you are looking for a bit of luxury— With top-rated breakfast, an immaculate indoor pool, and a spa and wellness center, The Langham Chicago for $360 a night is one of the most highly-praised hotels in the city.
This would definitely be an ideal option for fully relaxing in between busy festival days. If you share the room with several friends, this could even be an affordable, yet high-end option.
If you are looking for quite, relaxing, and affordable — Superior Studios are neat, silent, and cozy apartments you can rent out for the duration of your stay for only $69 a night. This is a great choice if you are traveling with a group of friends!
If you are looking for cheap and social — If you are either traveling alone or on a budget, hostels are a great idea. For just $20 a night for a dorm bed at Urban Holiday Lofts, you not only get to enjoy great amenities, but also a lively environment and a taste of local community.
As mentioned before, this festival is huge. For that, it is highly advised to book your accommodation on a site like booking.com well ahead of time. Plus, early birds get much better deals!
Where to Eat
At the festival
Do you get the festival munchies? Fret not, Lollapalooza has you covered at Chow Town. Chow Town is the festival’s highly touted foodie paradise. Chow Town is all-fulfilling, from taco-needs (Broken English Taco Pub), to ice cream cravings (Kilwin’s), to nutrient-packed, vegan-friendly power food (Goddess and Grocer).
One of Chicago’s favorite restaurants is the “Southern Inspired” Big Jones. Big Jones re-mixes and adds special flare to some of the South’s all-time favorite recipes. They serve everything from a unique pickle platter, to perhaps the best fried chicken in town.
For those with a mindful, vegan or vegetarian diet, Loving Heart Vegan Cafe is highly recommended. In a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere, you can enjoy menu items such as Tom Kha soup and delicious vegan nachos.
How to Get There
Chicago has two international airports to choose from: Midway or O’Hare. Midway is a bit closer to downtown and is smaller in size; this makes it easy to maneuver than O’Hare, but flight options aren’t as plentiful. Since they both offer shuttles into downtown, it would be your best bet to just fly into the cheaper airport for you.
From New York
By bus —
From any Greyhound bus station in New York, you can get a direct bus to Chicago for anywhere from $75 to $180. They run every 4 hours and take about 14 hours and 30 minutes. As well, there is a D&J bus service that runs the same route for about $90, and takes roughly the same amount of time.
By car —
You are going to want to start off on NJ-139 and take that to I-80. Then, simply follow I-80 W Cermak Rd in Chicago. From there, take exit 53C and follow S Clark St to W Congress Pkwy. The drive should take about 12 hours and cost anywhere from $75-$120 in gasoline.
By bus —
You can take the MegaBus service directly from Atlanta to Chicago for about $55 to $85. The trip should take you about 14 hours and 30 minutes.
By car —
You are going to want to start out on I-75 N and follow signs for Chicago along I-24 W and I-65 N until you reach Cermak Rd in Chicago. From there, take exit 53C and follow S Clark St to W Congress Pkwy. The trip should take about 11 hours and cost anywhere from $70-$110 in fuel, depending on your car and unique driving style.
From San Francisco
Considering that taking a bus is more expensive than any flights and takes almost 3 days, we are going to rule that out as a logical option. For that, it would be your best bet to either fly, or take a fun, cross-country road trip through 8 different states!
By car —
First of all, this trip will take about 31 hours, so it is definitely recommended to take your time and stay a couple of places along the day.
Even if you have multiple different drivers, you wouldn’t want to burn yourself out before the real fun starts! Having said that, the drive is quite simple: start out of I-80, and take that all the way to W. Congress Parkway in Chicago. It is estimated that fuel with cost anywhere from $210-$310, so carpooling is highly recommended.
Getting to Grant Park
From the city of Chicago, you can get to the southern section of Grant Park (where the festival takes place) in a huge number of ways. Taxis are an obvious one. However, you can also sign up for the Official Lolla Shuttle during the festival: the shuttle will create it’s route based on the pick-up locations of it’s passengers.
As well, Chicago has a wonderful train transit call the CTA. All around the city, you can hop on a train using the Red, Brown, Orange, Blue, and Pink lines; these lines will all take you within walking distance to the festival at Grant Park.
Lollapalooza Chicago History
Have you ever heard of the band Jane’s Addiction? Well, you can thank them for Lollapalooza. Back in 1991, Lollapalooza was created as a “farewell” tour for the band’s singer, Perry Farrell. It was a hit! After taking a bit of a break between 1997 and 2003, Lollapalooza decided to pair up with Capital Sports Entertainment, making it what it is today — a legendary, massive, weekend-long festival in Chicago.
While their flagship event is in Chicago, ever since 2011, they have expanded internationally and had festivals in 6 different countries all over the world, from the spicy Buenos Aires, to the hip Berlin, to the romantic city of Paris. With their as-of-yet extraordinary success, they will only grow and expand even more.