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Lollapalooza summer music festival

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


By Zach Long

Posted: Monday August 6 2018


Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

If you want to attend the biggest music festival in Chicago, get your tickets to Lollapalooza. Attendees at the Grant Park fest enjoy four whole days of bands, heat and huge crowds near some of Chicago's best attractions. This year, the Weeknd, Jack White, Bruno Mars and Arctic Monkeys headline the main stages, while acts like St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator and Chvrches take over the rest of the park (and probably a few aftershows 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 2018?

Lollapalooza will occur on August 2-5, 2018.

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.

How do I get tickets to Lollapalooza?

Go to Time Out's ticket page or the festival’s official website to buy tickets for single days and the whole weekend.

Lollapalooza 2018

Photos from Sunday at Lollapalooza 2018

Check out shots of Gucci Mane, Kali Uchis and the attendees who showed up on Sunday

The five best things we saw on Sunday at Lollapalooza

A fiery Jack White set, comfortable crowds and more

Photos from Lollapalooza 2018, Saturday

Did you see St. Vincent shredding?

The five best things we saw on Saturday at Lollapalooza

Vampire Weekend, Carly Rae Jepsen and more Saturday faves

Photos from Lollapalooza 2018, Friday

Post Malone, the scene at Perry's Stage and more

The five best things we saw on Friday at Lollapalooza

We loved Lizzo, a human-power claw game and hip-hop co-op Brockhampton

Photos from Lollapalooza 2018, Thursday

Travis Scott, gigantic crowds and more scenes from day one

The five best things we saw on Thursday at Lollapalooza

A gracious set from Khalid, main stage Fortnite and the return of Arctic Monkeys

Here's the Lollapalooza 2018 schedule

Time to plot out how you'll be moving around Grant Park throughout the weekend

The complete Lollapalooza 2018 lineup

Find out who is playing during each day of Lollapalooza and prepare for some inevitable schedule conflicts

Every Lollapalooza 2018 aftershows

Want to see your favorite band twice? Here are all the official post-Lolla concerts.

Where to party for free during Lollapalooza

An RSVP (and an early arrival) will get you into some of the hottest post-fest parties

Don’t bring your backpack to Lollapalooza this year!

Leave your multi-pocket bags at home—they're not allowed in Grant Park

15 things to do while everyone else is at Lollapalooza

Not going to Grant Park? There are other things to do this weekend.

The Weeknd, Jack White and Bruno Mars are headlining Lollapalooza

The lineup has arrived and we finally know who will be headlining

The Lolla Train may have revealed some of the fest's lineup

When the Lolla Train hit the Loop, it was playing a carefully-curated playlist

Lollapalooza tickets go on sale Tuesday

Make sure you snag a four-day pass before they sell out

Lollapalooza 2018 rumors and lineup predictions

Here's who you can expect to see in Grant Park this summer

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The best fashion at Lollapalooza 2017

Lollapalooza isn't all crop tops, body glitter and jean shorts (though there was certainly a lot of that). We combed the crowds throughout the four-day event to find inspired festival fashion. From gingham galore and candy-colored shades to pearl-studded jeans and playful graphic tees, these are the trend-forward looks we loved at Lollapalooza.  RECOMMENDED: Our complete guide to Lollapalooza Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas   Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas     Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas  

Photos from Lollapalooza 2017, Sunday

Relive the final day of the city's largest music fest

The five best things we saw on Sunday at Lollapalooza

Noname, Charli XCX and a career-spanning set from Arcade Fire

Chance the Rapper marked another milestone at Lollapalooza

One of the most gigantic Lolla crowds showed up for the momentous headlining set

Photos from Lollapalooza 2017, Saturday

See shots of one of the biggest crowds we've ever seen in Grant Park

The five best things we saw on Saturday at Lollapalooza

Chance, killer ice cream cones, Ron Gallo and more great Lolla moments

Photos from Lollapalooza 2017, Friday

Check out shots of Vic, Blink and the crowds that came to see them

The five best things we saw on Friday at Lollapalooza

Run the Jewels, Ryan Adams and more of the best stuff from day two

Photos from Lollapalooza 2017, Thursday

The rain may have cut things short, but the day was still bad and boujee

The five best things we saw on Thursday at Lollapalooza

Roller skating, flush toilets, a short Lorde set and more

Lollapalooza 2017 lineup

Lolla's full lineup is here and it's another amazing one

Lollapalooza 2017 schedule

Time to find out when your favorite bands are playing

Lollapalooza 2017 aftershows

Stay up late at some of the best post-Lolla festivities

15 acts you must see at Lollapalooza 2017

Don't get intimidated by the extensive lineup—we've narrowed down the key sets

Six free concerts during Lollapalooza 2017

Mac DeMarco on a roof, Sylvan Esso in a hotel and more free gigs

15 things to do while everyone else is at Lollapalooza

Want to enjoy the city while everyone is in Grant Park? We've got suggestions.

Run the Jewels is opening a pop-up bar during Lolllapalooza

Head to Logan Square to drink RTJ-themed beer and cocktails

Lollapalooza 2017 rumors and lineup predictions

Here are the bands that might (and might not) be coming to Grant Park this summer

Lollapalooza is returning as a four-day festival

The festival is sticking with its extra day of music, sun and fun