Lollapalooza Closes on Sloppy Note

Estimated 270,000 people attend 3-day music festival

Monday, Aug 8, 2011  |  Updated 8:02 AM CDT
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PHOTOS: Lollapalooza Gets Muddy

Sunday's thunderstorms turned Grant Park into a mud pit.

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Despite a couple of quick-moving thunderstorms that turned portions of Grant Park into a mud pit, Lollapalooza closed out three days of non-stop music on Sunday night.

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Judging by ticket sales, the annual festival was a success, with an estimated 270,000 people attending throughout the weekend, a sell-out.

Which left many more desperate to get inside. According to the Chicago Tribune, packs of up to several hundred teens tried to topple chain-link fences along the east side of Grant Park Sunday afternoon. The gate crashers reportedly organized through a Facebook group.

Two men leaving the festival were also seriously hurt when they were hit by a car while crossing Lake Shore Drive near Buckingham Fountain Saturday night, and on Friday, a 25-year-old woman was run over by a truck while bicycling home from Lollapalooza.

Musical highlights of the festival included Saturday night's rare headlining show by Eminem, who was joined onstage by Bruno Mars, and the Foo Fighters aggressively closing out the festival Sunday during the second thunderstorm.

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