Lolla Reaches Record-Tying Attendance

Roughly 270,000 people attended Chicago's Lollapalooza, tying the festival's record for attendance

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    Chris Shields
    Roughly 270,000 people attended Chicago's Lollapalooza, tying a festival record for attendance.

    It was a record-tying weekend for Lollapalooza.

    With headliners like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and the Black Keys it was no surprise that 270,000 music-lovers attended the three-day festival in Grant Park.

    The fan-filled event, despite weather evacuations Saturday and the muddy mosh pits Sunday, marked historic attendance, meeting the record set at the 2011 fest, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Thanks in part to increased security against infamous gate crashers and fences around gardens to prevent landscape damage, it appears the festival faced few remnants of past problems, except for the mud mess left behind by Saturday storms.

    The festival is known for its muddy history, though many expected drought to fend off the rainy weather. Saturday storms instead evacuated more than 60,000 in attendance and 3,000 staff members after a National Weather Service warning prompted concerns.

    But dancing feet returned hours later to resume the tuneful party, stomping along the ground to spark the mud bath once more.

    Festival-goers damaged roughly 80 percent of the conservancy grounds at last year’s festival, causing “one of the worst aftermaths” the festival had ever seen.

    With repairs costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in past years, C3 Presents LLC could be left with another hefty bill and Grant Park could face lengthy closures for rehabilitation of the grounds.