Lollapalooza summer music festival

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

Lollapalooza 2017
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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
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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
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The five best things we saw on Sunday at Lollapalooza

A fiery Jack White set, comfortable crowds and more

Photos from Lollapalooza 2018, Saturday
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Photos from Lollapalooza 2018, Saturday

Did you see St. Vincent shredding?

The five best things we saw on Saturday at Lollapalooza
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The five best things we saw on Saturday at Lollapalooza

Vampire Weekend, Carly Rae Jepsen and more Saturday faves

Photos from Lollapalooza 2018, Friday
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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
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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
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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
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The five best things we saw on Thursday at Lollapalooza

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

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Lollapalooza 2017

The best fashion at Lollapalooza 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The five best things we saw on Friday at Lollapalooza

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

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Lollapalooza 2016

The best fashion at Lollapalooza
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The best fashion at Lollapalooza

Check out the hottest looks, straight from the fields of Grant Park

Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Sunday
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Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Sunday

Look back on the final day of Lollapalooza's 25th birthday bash

The five best things we saw on Sunday at Lollapalooza
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The five best things we saw on Sunday at Lollapalooza

LCD Soundsystem's closing dance party, virtual experiences and more

Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Saturday
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Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Saturday

It was all fun in the sun on day three of the fest

The five best things we saw on Saturday at Lollapalooza
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The five best things we saw on Saturday at Lollapalooza

Vic Mensa's closing set, a pricey jacket and more sweet stuff

Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Friday
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Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Friday

A few puddles didn't stand in the way of a good time at day two

The five best things we saw on Friday at Lollapalooza
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The five best things we saw on Friday at Lollapalooza

Resplendent Radiohead, multifaceted M83 and more fantastic finds

Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Thursday
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Photos from Lollapalooza 2016, Thursday

Check out the soggy crowds and fiery performances of day one

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Lollapalooza 2015

Stream Lollapalooza right here
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Stream Lollapalooza right here

Watch performances from your couch on Red Bull TV's live stream

13 acts you have to see at Lollapalooza 2015
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13 acts you have to see at Lollapalooza 2015

Our baker's dozen of big names, from the bottom of the bill to Paul McCartney

7 conflicts on the Lollapalooza schedule
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7 conflicts on the Lollapalooza schedule

We know just what difficult decisions we'll have to make as we jog back and forth

15 things to eat and drink at Lollapalooza
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15 things to eat and drink at Lollapalooza

To get the most out of Lolla, it helps to have a plan—and that includes knowing what to eat

Lollapalooza aftershows and parties guide
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Lollapalooza aftershows and parties guide

All the best things to do after Grant Park closes for the night

11 great acts you might not know at Lollapalooza 2015
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11 great acts you might not know at Lollapalooza 2015

Don't sleep on new acts like Raury, Lion Babe and Ryn Weaver

Ranking every Lollapalooza lineup from 2005 to today
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Ranking every Lollapalooza lineup from 2005 to today

Which year was best? The one with Daft Punk? The first? We rank every lineup.

Lollapalooza announces headliners, lineup for 2015 festival
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Lollapalooza announces headliners, lineup for 2015 festival

Paul McCartney, Metallica, Sam Smith, Florence + The Machine are your headliners

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Lollapalooza 2014

Final thoughts on Lollapalooza 2014
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Final thoughts on Lollapalooza 2014

I'm going to offer up two statements to gauge your interest in Lollapalooza. See how you react. Lorde is curating the Mockingjay ‚Äď Part 1 soundtrack. Keep Calm and Chive On. If you had to tab over to Google to understand any of that, Lollapalooza is probably not the music festival for you. If one or both of those sentences elicited a "Fuck, yeah!" either verbally or deep within your myelinating brain cells, dude, you are so going to rage in Grant Park. As I wrote in my final thoughts in 2013, Lollapalooza has largely become a festival for high school and college students. I criticized C3, the company that puts on the fest, for not recognizing that. This year, the promotors wisely catered more to adolescents. There was an official tank top for sale that read OFF TO LOLLA LAND, a hashtag slogan decided upon via a Twitter contest. The row of food vendors along Columbus Drive, dubbed "Chow Town," eschewed the watermelon gazpacho of the past to focus more on burgers, pizza and cheese fries. In fact, I'm pretty certain they could shovel out nothing but cheese fries from a cauldron with few complaints. Likewise, it's more and more of a pizza-and-cheese-fries bill, musically. There are very of-the-moment pop acts from the upper echelon of the current iTunes chart like Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Bleachers, Kongos, Childish Gambino. The first two could have and should have been headlining. Is there any doubt Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande or Magic! could have drawn a larger crowd t

Mud people at Lollapalooza 2014
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Mud people at Lollapalooza 2014

Rain at Lollapalooza is nothing shocking. It's just a fact of life with music festivals, which mostly take place atop baseball fields: There is going to be mud (as you can see here in 2012). On day three of Lollapalooza 2014, it rained. And rained and rained and rained. By my count, there were at least four downpours, at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6pm. It was some strait up Orlando BS. Some of us took shelter in the trees or cowered under umbrellas with the disposition of wet cats. Some of us (and even some of those ubiquitous celebrity signs) opened their arms to the skies and treated Sunday like a water park. Or, well, a mud park. Big crowds at Chromeo, Cage the Elephant and, of course, Perry's Stage just kept on ragin' in the slop. RECOMMENDED: Check out more photos and coverage from Lollapalooza

Lolla street style
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Lolla street style

Lollapalooza might not lure the crazy costumes of a Spring Awakening or North Coast Music Festival, nor does it present quite the wild hipster safari of Pitchfork. But that's okay, that means you see more summer looks in Grant Park you might want to rock in your day-to-day life. We wandered the grounds of Grant Park to find festival chic.  RECOMMENDED: Check out more photos and coverage from Lollapalooza

A visual history of Lolla acts
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A visual history of Lolla acts

Though originally a small, crazy, travelling rock festival, Lollapalooza chose Chicago as its permanent home in 2005. From that first Saturday in Grant Park, Lollapalooza became the city's favorite summer event. Every year there are more acts and more stages, and over the last ten years the Lollapalooza has transformed from a Chicago-local weekend to one of the biggest and most popular music festivals in the U.S. We took a look at the ways in which the demographic of Lollapalooza has changed since its settlement in Chicago, to explore how the festival has developed since becoming a part of our city. What once was a bastion for '90s alternative has diversified with greater numbers of hip-hop, pop and electronic acts. Genre of Lolapallooza artists | Create Infographics It's no suprise to see the continued dominance of indie and alternative rock from 2005 to 2014. In 2014, though, hip hop and electronic music are much more heavily feautured, and are placed higher up in the lineup. Lollapalooza 2005 saw an entirely rock and alternative rock-based headliner list with the Pixies, Widespread Panic, Weezer and The Killers. This year, The Kings of Leon share their space with Eminiem, Outkast and Skrillex.  Gender of Lollapalooza frontmen | Create Infographics So. Lollapalooza is still not quite up to date on gender equality. Still, female representation has slowly increased over the years, and this year a female solo act, Lorde, features just seventh on the lineup. Nationality of Lol

Sunday faces in the crowd
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Sunday faces in the crowd

By day three of Lollapalooza, you have stopped caring about your appearance. You have hardly slept. You are covered in sweat, lotion, dirt and your BFFs' beer spills. Your shoes—if you are still wearing shoes—are toast. Add to that the downpour that swept through Grant Park Sunday afternoon, which left people soaked and (often intentionally) coated in mud, and you have a true mess. (Don't they know there's tons of goose shit in that mud?) In spite of all that, or perhaps because of all that, the people watching on Sunday is always top notch. So take a stroll with us through the grounds of Grant Park for a final peek at Lollapalooza fandom and the best acts on stage, like Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Skrillex and more. RECOMMENDED: Check out more photos and coverage from Lollapalooza

Saturday faces in the crowd
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Saturday faces in the crowd

Lollapalooza 2014 carried onward into day two with better-than-average weather and larger-than-ever crowds. Tens and tens of thousands clad in tank tops and flower headbands (and some in more sophisticated outfits) turned out for Outkast, now deep into their formulaic reunion tour, as well as "Summer" hitmaker Calvin Harris and Foster the People.  As always, the mix of music on offer, the low median age of the crowd and a liberal amount of booze made for some fantastic people watching. Can Saturday's crowd top Friday's array of half shirts and American flag tees? Let's take a peek at the fans in Grant Park and the performers onstage. RECOMMENDED: Check out more photos and coverage from Lollapalooza

Friday faces in the crowd
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Friday faces in the crowd

Lollapalooza kicked off with the strongest single-day lineup of its weekend bill. The ladies in jorts and the guys in American flag muscle shirts didn't let a little rain deter them from catching the stellar acts, from Iggy Azalea, who was clearly booked long before she became a E! News regular, to Lorde who played later in the evening. RECOMMENDED: Check out more photos and coverage from Lollapalooza

What to eat at Lollapalooza Chow Town
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What to eat at Lollapalooza Chow Town

Lollapalooza lists and information

Ranking every Lollapalooza lineup
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Ranking every Lollapalooza lineup

Which year takes the crown?

Is Lollapalooza's radius clause a big deal?
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Is Lollapalooza's radius clause a big deal?

The answer may surprise you

Interviews

Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino
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Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino

The star talks about his rap music, his future.

Lykke Li
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Lykke Li

Swedish pop star shrouds herself in darkness.

Eminem
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Eminem

Slim Shady goes back to 1997.

Lollapalooza 2013

Lollapalooza 2013, Friday photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, Friday photos

Lollapalooza 2013, Saturday photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, Saturday photos

Lollapalooza 2013, Sunday photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, Sunday photos

Lollapalooza 2013, The Killers photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, The Killers photos

Lollapalooza 2013, Nine Inch Nails photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, Nine Inch Nails photos

Lollapalooza 2013, The Postal Service photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, The Postal Service photos

Lollapalooza 2013, Mumford & Sons photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, Mumford & Sons photos

Lollapalooza 2013, Phoenix photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, Phoenix photos

Lollapalooza 2013, The Cure photos
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Lollapalooza 2013, The Cure photos

Lollapalooza 2013, Heard on the street
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Lollapalooza 2013, Heard on the street

Lollapalooza 2013, Street style
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Lollapalooza 2013, Street style

Lollapalooza 2013, Great T-shirts
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Lollapalooza 2013, Great T-shirts

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What to eat at Lollapalooza

What to eat at Lollapalooza

 

The best and worst stage banter
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The best and worst stage banter

 

Free shows during Lollapalooza weekend

Free shows during Lollapalooza weekend

Mumford & Sons: interview
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Mumford & Sons: interview