Lollapalooza Party Guide

Who says Grant Park is the only place to rock out during Lollapalooza?

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Lollapalooza hits Grant Park Aug. 5-7, but if three days of tunes and more than 100 bands aren't enough to fill your musical quota for the weekend, you can hit any one of dozens of after parties. Lolla acts will play at various venues throughout Chicago each night after the festival wraps up, giving non-Lolla-attendees a chance to catch a show and second shot at the bands for festival-goers -- if they still have the energy. Plus, there's a ton of other ways to get your Lolla fix on.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. performs at the 605 N. Michigan GUESS store from 6-8 p.m. on August 4th. The event is open to the public and will also feature a DJ set by English indie rock band the Vaccines, who are also playing Lolla.
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Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell is hosting an official Lollapalooza after party on August 6th at Spybar. Farrell's wife, Etty, and Chris Cox will take over the decks at 11:30 p.m. The two are also performing at the festival.
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The fifth annual GALApalooza taking place on Lolla-eve, August 4 at the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park. The open-air cocktail party features a headlining concert with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, along with performances by Elizaveta and Walk the Moon. Several Chicago food trucks will be on hand to provide the eats. Click here for ticket information.
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Angels & Kings Chicago will be a hot spot all weekend long with with DJ sets by ?uestlove, Pete Wentz and a performance by Wentz' new band Black Cards.
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The Cool Kids get their post-Lolla swag on at Reggie's Rock Club in the South Loop on Friday. The 10 p.m. show will cost you $20.
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Gilt City hosts a Better Than Backstage Rooftop Pool Party on August 6 from 12 to 3 p.m. atop EnV luxury apartments (161 W. Kinzie). Lollapalooza performers Cults and The Hood Internet will perform poolside and Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate will provide the seasonal summer cuisine. A limited amount of $50 tickets will be available at GiltCity.com on July 28th.
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The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago has traditionally been the hot spot for VIPs and bands during Lolla weekend, but the public can get a taste of the action too this year, at the new lobby-level Angels & Kings Chicago. "AK Nights" will feature DJ sets by ?uestlove and Pete Wentz on Friday and Saturday nights. Wentz will also take the stage for a performance with his band Black Cards.
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Afrojack hits the mid Firday after his Lolla show, performing along with Perry Etty, Chris Cox and others. 10 p.m.-4 a.m., Tickets $25
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Playboy Playmates Crystal McCahill, Summer Altice and Sasha Bonilova host a Midnight Lollapalooza After Party Cruise on August 6th. The party on Navy Pier's Anita Dee II includes a three-hour open bar and music from Chuckie. $95 tickets available here.
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Tim and Damian from OK Go will DJ Thursday night at Debonair Social Club and a midnight Friday set The Bedford.
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Check out rising Chicago band Kids These Days on August 5 at the Music Blogger's Association of America's Lollapalooza after-party at the River East Art Center. $35 tickets can be purchased here.
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The Underground hosts a series of events Thursday through Sunday. Rappers Chiddy Bang and Chet Haze (Tom Hanks' son) perform on Thursday night, and Friday and Saturday brings high-profile DJs and "suprise, legendary guest hosts."
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HUB 51, Paris Club and the uber-hot Studio Paris hosts "Late Night Lolla" Thursday through Sunday night. Each spot will host a special DJ each night, with names such as DJ Mr. Best and DJ Spider taking turns on the decks.
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Cold War Kids play at the Metro on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
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Death From Above 1979 play at the Metro on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Crystal Castles play at House of Blues on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Smith Westerns play at Schubas on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Delta Spirit plays at Lincoln Hall on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Cults play at Empty Bottle on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Feed Me plays at Logan Square Auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 4.
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Black Lips play at Empty Bottle on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Atmosphere plays at the Metro on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Lykke Li and Foster the People play at House of Blues on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Portugal. The Man and Wye Oak play at Double Door on Friday, Aug. 5.
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The Vaccines and Tennis play at Schubas on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Perry Farrell and Afrojack play at The Mid on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Tinie Tempah and Young the Giant play at Subterranean on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Local Natives play at Lincoln Hall on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Sam Adams plays at the Bottom Lounge on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Pretty Lights and Skrillex play at Congress Theater on Friday, Aug. 5.
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Arctic Monkeys and Disappears play at House of Blues on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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12th Planet plays at Logan Square Auditorium on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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Daedelus plays at the Bottom Lounge on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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White Lies and Rival Schools play at Double Door on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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Dom plays at Subterranean on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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Fitz & the Tantrums play at Schubas on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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MSTRKRFT play at The Mid on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart play at Empty Bottle on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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Titus Adronicus plays at Reggie's Rock Club on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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Two Door Cinema Club plays at Lincoln Hall on Saturday, Aug. 6.
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