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The city is giving out free Lollapalooza tickets to vaccinated Chicagoans

Get jabbed, win a single-day Lolla pass.

Emma Krupp

Need yet another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine? Now that Chicago has officially reopened, the city is offering a brand new vaccination incentive—this time in the form of free Lollapalooza tickets. 

In a Friday morning press conference, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that 1,200 single-day Lollapalooza passes will be distributed at four vaccination sites on Saturday, June 26 (which the city has dubbed “Lolla Day”), with each site corresponding to a different day of the music festival. If that wasn't enough to create a festival-friendly mood, all four of the vaccination sites will feature DJ performances and Lolla-branded merch giveaways for folks to enjoy while getting jabbed with Johnson & Johnson shots. 

The free passes will be available for pick-up at a House of Blues concert—featuring a yet-to-be-named Lolla artist—on July 10, as part of the city's Protect Chicago Music Series. In addition to the House of Blues show, you can also catch a concert from Savemoney, the Chicago-based hip hop collective founded by Vic Mensa, at Chicago State University on July 1 by signing up for a vaccine appointment here. (No word on who's performing there yet, either, though a full lineup is supposed to be released next week.) Fully vaccinated Chicagoans can nab tickets for the Savemoney show starting June 18, as long as they have proof of vaccination via a CDC card and matching photo ID. 

You can make an appointment to get vaxxed on June 26 for a chance to win Lollapalooza tickets here; no walk-in appointments will be accepted on the day of the event. Already fully vaccinated? You're eligible for free passes, too—the city plans to open up availability on the Chicago Department of Public Health's website and social media channels on June 27. Here's a breakdown of what's being offered at each of the four vaccination sites: 

Wilbur Wright College: Passes for Thursday, July 29
Richard J. Daley College: Passes for Friday, July 30
Kennedy King College: Passes for Saturday, July 31
Malcolm X College: Passes for Sunday, August 1

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