How to Avoid Long Lines at Lollapalooza This Weekend, According to Organizers

Lollapalooza also requires the festival wristband at the gate and will only allow for clear bags, which is a changed policy from previous years

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Lollapalooza lines can take over an hour to pass through in previous years, but organizers gave tips on how to avoid the crowds this weekend.

According to festival officials, peak entry times to get through the gates of Lollapalooza are between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Arriving outside this time frame could speed up entry time, organizers said.

Leaving bags at home could also allow for a quicker entry, as concert-goers can pass through the No Bag Express Lanes from Thursday through Sunday.

In order to enter Lollapalooza, visitors must provide a printed copy of the COVID vaccine card, vaccine record or negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of entering.

“Lollapalooza will be enforcing the health measures we have put in place at the direction of the City of Chicago and Chicago Department of Public Health. We will have staff at the entry gates checking for printed vaccination and negative test documents as fans enter the festival. We would advise our fans to build in extra time to allow for this additional entry requirement. If fans arrive without this documentation, they will be turned away," said C3 Presents Partner Charlie Walker.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reminded that making, buying, selling and using a fake COVID vaccination card are considered illegal activities.

If a person tests positive for COVID within the 72 hour-period, organizers said the individual is allowed a refund by sending the order number and ticket details to

For those who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, a mask is required while inside the festival at all times.

Aside from COVID protocols, Lollapalooza also requires the festival wristband at the gate and will only allow for clear bags, which is a changed policy from previous years. No liquid of any kind will be allowed in the festival this weekend.

Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 4.5 by 5.5 inches or smaller do not need to be clear, but can only have one pocket, according to the website.

The festival noted that hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be clear, but all liquid must be emptied from the reservoir prior to entering.

Chicago's largest music festival will be held at full capacity from Thursday to Sunday, organizers announced.

Lollapalooza's lineup for the 2021 festival in Chicago's Grant Park this summer includes headliners like the Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler the Creator and Miley Cyrus.

Other artists scheduled to perform include DaBaby, Marshmello, Illenium, Journey, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch.

Here's a look at the full lineup:

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