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Lollapalooza summer music festival

Lollapalooza 2016 brings buzz bands and pop stars to Grant Park for Chicago's most gigantic summer music festival

Photographer: cousindaniel.com

It's back! The 12th edition of Lollapalooza will return to Grant Park from July 28–31, 2016, bringing headliners such as Radiohead, Lana Del Rey and LCD Soundsystem to the city. That's right—to celebrate the festival's 25th birthday, you'll be able to enjoy four whole days of bands, heat and huge crowds near some of Chicago's best attractions. There's usually something for everyone, including plenty of opportunities to dance your ass off at Perry's Stage and after-parties at local rock music venues. Before you head to the Loop, learn everything you need to know about the year's biggest music event as well as wild photos from previous editions.

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When is Lollapalooza 2017?

Lollapalooza will occur on August 3-6, 2017—the festival will retain the four-day format introduced in 2016.

Where is Lollapalooza?

Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park in downtown Chicago, near attractions such as Millennium Park and the Art Institute. There are two entrances that attendees can use: The main gate is at Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue, while the secondary entrance is at Columbus Drive and Jackson Drive. 

How do I get to Lollapalooza?

With 100,000 people cramming into Grant Park each day during Lollapalooza weekend, parking is at a premium. That's why we recommend taking public transportation to (and from) the event. If you're taking a CTA train, you can take the Brown, Pink, Orange or Purple Lines to Harold Washington Library or ride the Blue and Red Line to Jackson. By bus, the 1, 3, 4, 7, 26, 28, 126, 132 and 147 are your best bets. You can also take the Metra Electric line to Millennium Station, just North of Grant Park.

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Comments

2 comments
Maggie K
Maggie K

Hey guys should check out my blog post about all my summer festivities this summer in Chicago!

William J
William J

Hello, there's also a Lobsterfest taking place at Navy Pier in August during air and water show. 25 Live bands and lobster.