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Lollapalooza racked up another huge repair bill in Grant Park this summer

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Each year, Lollapalooza attendees do a good amount of damage to Grant Park during the annual festival, especially when a bit of rain during the festival soaks the grounds and opens up the mud pits. While the storms at this year's festival weren't enough to spur another massive evacuation, rain likely contributed to the damage that the four-day festival left in its wake.

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Today, the Chicago Park District revealed that Lollapalooza organizers C3 are on the hook for $453,000 worth of repairs to Grant Park this year, up from $236,000 in 2015. Organizers were likely expecting a higher bill this year, as the festival expanded from a three-day to a four-day event, welcoming the opportunity for even more wear and tear in the park. Lollapalooza will once again be a four-day festival in 2017, so the cost of repairs to Grant Park isn't likely to get cheaper anytime soon.

According to the Chicago Tribune, restoration of Grant Park began shortly after the festival ended, as crews began to replace sod, reseed grass and replant shrubs. Restoration of the expansive Arvey Field on the south end of Grant Park—which is prone to the formation of mud and puddles—will begin next spring.

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