Taking over Grant Park for four days each summer, Lollapalooza is Chicago's largest music festival, attracting an estimated 100,000 attendees each day. This year, the Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White and Arctic Monkeys headline the fest, topping a bill that includes acts like St. Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Tyler, the Creator and more. With more than 180 artists, grub from local eateries and plenty of beer, this is the kind of weekend that Chicago summers were made for.
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The biggest music festival in Chicago is certain to have its criticisms, but if you know what you're in for, it's totally worth it. Ignore the drunken festival goers and pick a few bands you really want to see and focus on those. Don't miss the on site activations either, you'll find some interesting things!
Lollapalooza is the best music festival. And the offerings just get better year after year. This year they're bringing Radiohead to Chicago! And four days of live music?! There's always a great act to see on one of the many stages.
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.