It’s that time of year once again, when thousands of teenagers, bespectacled music geeks and everyone in between converge on Chicago for three days of sun, fun and loud bass.
It’s Lollapalooza, of course, and if you were lucky enough to snag a ticket, we’ve compiled this handy guide to surviving and thriving at Perry Farrell’s monstrosity of a music festival. Below, you’ll find tips on who to see, what to bring, and how to stay out of the first aid tent.
Don’t make it clear that you’re a festival newbie: Read over this guide to find out how to make the most out of your Lolla weekend.
Lollapalooza is located in Grant Park of downtown Chicago. Here’s a map of the festival layout. The main entrance to the festival is at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway, and the north entrance to the festival is at the intersection of Columbus Drive and Monroe Street. The entrances open at 11 a.m. and all concerts end by 10 p.m., so plan transportation accordingly.
If you plan on using public transportation, CTA, Metra and Pace are all close by. The CTA can take you around the city and to both O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. Metra can help you get to and from the suburbs with its commuter rail system.
Bike parking for those who are taking their bicycles is south of the Michigan Avenue main entrance, on Balbo Avenue. Remember to bring your own lock.
- If you’re using taking a taxi or Uber, make sure to take into account the traffic around the festival. If you are a new Uber user, enter the promo code LOLLA for a free first ride.
Those who are driving can park in the 24-hour garage underneath Grant Park, as well as the North Garage in Soldier Field.
Keep in mind that almost everyone will be leaving Lollapalooza at the same time at night. Plan your transportation with some cushion time to swim through the crowd and exit the festival.