Lollapalooza

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Festival-goers congregate in Grant Park at Lollapalooza Music Festival 2013 on Sunday, August 4.
Grant Park, Loop Friday July 29 2016 - Sunday July 31 2016
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Set between Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline, Lollapalooza is the city's largest music festival, boasting numbers of attendance well in the six digits on a regular day. Large stages, big acts and huge crowds. Taking over all of Grant Park, Lollapalooza is one of the best festivals in the country with a sweet bonus—no camping. This year, Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine, Sam Smith and Bassnectar top the bill. Beyond the headliners, the lineup is bit weak, but that didn't stop the fest from selling out in minutes.

Take a look at our Lolllapalooza guide to see photos of bands and crowds from previous years.

Venue name: Grant Park
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Address: 337 E Randolph St
Chicago

Cross street: at Columbus Dr
Opening hours: Daily 6am-11pm.
Transport: El stop: Red to Monroe; Blue to Washington; Orange, Green, Pink, Purple (rush hrs), Brown to Randolph. Bus: 3, 4, 6, 10.
Event website: http://www.lollapalooza.com/

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Clayton Guse
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The surge of EDM over the past few years has turned the Lollapalooza crowd much, much younger. Five years ago, you could buy a ticket at the gate. Now, they sell out almost instantly.

This year's lineup seems like a shallow attempt to bring an older crowd to the festival. With Paul McCartney and Metallica headlining, it might be a successful attempt. 


Whatever the case, the Grant Park fields will be muddied, the streets will be littered and a legion of lovers will dance around the Buckingham Fountain in praise of good tunes, which is always a good sight to see.