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It’s official: Lollapalooza 2021 is happening

The iconic fest returns to Grant Park from July 29–August 1.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

Lollapalooza has officially received the green light to return to Grant Park at full capacity this summer, festival organizers announced this morning. And unlike other recently announced Chicago fests (North Coast and Pitchfork, for instance), the festival is keeping its usual four-day weekend slot, taking place from July 29–August 1. 

The announcement comes on the heels of some public back-and-forth between media articles and city officials—an anonymously-sourced Variety article last week announced that the festival would return to Chicago, though city officials demurred when asked to confirm. Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of attendance will be required for entry, which good prove difficult if you're unvaccinated and planning to attend all four days.

So who will take the stage this year? Organizers never released a lineup for 2020, as the fest was officially postponed (and later canceled) in late March, leaving potential performers up in the air—but a promotional video released by the Office of the Mayor, which features a brief cameo from Dave Grohl, suggests Foo Fighters will be among the headliners. A full lineup will be announced on Wednesday, May 19 at 10am, and you can snag tickets starting at noon.

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