Lollapalooza will kick off in Chicago Thursday, marking the start of four days of music in the city and what is considered one of the largest music festivals in the world.
The event, which will bring some of the biggest artists in music to Chicago's Grant Park, comes with a number of precautions, street closures and new guidelines as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the city.
Whether you're attending or simply planning to be in the city during the event there are some things to know.
Here's a look:
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When is Lolla?
Lollapalooza will hit Chicago's Grant Park July 28-31.
Street closures for Lollapalooza have been underway for days in Chicago in the lead-up to the event.
The following street closures are or will be in effect:
- Balbo Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: closed currently through Aug. 7
- The Balbo closure will extend to Michigan Avenue on July 25 at 8 p.m. and will remain closed through Aug. 1
- Jackson Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: closed Monday morning through Aug. 6
- The Jackson closure extends to Michigan Avenue on July 25 at 8 p.m. and will remain closed through Aug. 1
- Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt: closed July 25 at 8 p.m. through Aug. 1
- The Columbus closure will extend to Randolph Street on July 27 at 11:59 p.m. and continues through Aug. 1
- NOTE: Additional northbound center lanes on Columbus from 13th Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed on July 25 at 8 p.m., with Columbus reopening on Aug. 1
- Ida B Wells from Michigan to Columbus: closed July 25 at 8 p.m. through Aug. 1
- Monroe Street from Michigan to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: closed July 27 at 11:59 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. Aug. 1
Dua Lipa, J. Cole and Green Day are slated to headline the four-day festival, as well as other popular artists like Lil Baby, Machine Gun Kelly, Kygo and Doja Cat. In total, the event will bring 170 artists to nine stages.
Here's the full lineup:
Single-day tickets for Chicago's Grant Park music festival range from $125 for General Admission tickets to $4,200 for a 4-day Platinum Pass, all of which are already on sale.
General Admission+ tickets are selling for $225, which includes shade and seating in two private groves near Buckingham Fountain, premium restrooms and a full-service bar with preferred pricing.
New general admission ticket bundles are also available, with two-day and three-day passes joining the collection. Two single-day passes will retail for $220, and three single-day passes will go for $330 on the festival's website.
The week leading up to the festival, Chicago venues will see popular artists from Lollapalooza hit their stages, with the aftershow schedule released Tuesday.
The House of Blues, Metro and Aragon Ballroom, among other spots, will host performers like The Wombats, Wallows, The Regrettes, Zhu, Fletcher and Beach Bunny from July 26-31.
Green Day, Lollapalooza's Sunday headliner is also putting on a Lollapalooza Aftershow in Chicago.
Here's the full schedule:
Tickets are on sale for the aftershows here.
There is no requirement to provide a negative COVID-19 test or show proof of vaccination to get in this year.
Chicago's Department of Public Health advised people to wear masks in indoor public settings and stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots. Those who experience symptoms are encouraged to not attend events, but instead stay home and get tested, CDPH stated.
Also, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive within the five days prior to an event should not attend, even if they've been vaccinated, according to health officials.
CDPH's primary concern, it stated on Twitter, is those who are immunocompromised, individuals with underlying conditions and those who aren't up-to-date on vaccinations. The aforementioned individuals should avoid non-essential large gatherings, health officials say.
Illinois and Chicago eased their COVID restrictions, lifting their indoor mask and proof of vaccination requirements in late February. Lollapalooza is billed, among many other summer festivals, to return to its pre-pandemic size and scope.
Lollapalooza's website says the event "works closely with local, state, and federal authorities to ensure the safest possible experience."
There will be both uniformed and plain-clothed security throughout the event, organizers said.
Here is Lolla's latest bag policy:
- ALL bags will be searched before entry.
- All bags must be fully CLEAR and made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and be no larger than 12” x 12” x 6” ONLY. Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.
- Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 4.5” x 5.5” or smaller do not need to be clear, but can have no more than one pocket.
- Hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be clear, but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.
A number of items will not be allowed in the venue this year. Here's a look at what is and isn't prohibited:
The following items are ALLOWED:
- CLEAR bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and no larger than 12" x 12" x 6". Small clutch purses and fanny packs with no more than 1 pocket. Clutch purses no larger than 4.5" x 5.5 (See Full Bag Policy Below)
- Baby Strollers
- Blankets, Sheets, Towels
- Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed)
- EMPTY reusable water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles
- Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
Prescription Medicine Requirements:
- Anyone needing prescription medicine at the festival must present the pharmacy-labeled container which states the prescription, dosage, and patient name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. Patrons are only allowed a sufficient supply of the prescribed medication for that day.
- Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed inhaler.
- Over the counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for the day. Bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.
The following items are PROHIBITED:
- Any bags that are NOT CLEAR bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and are larger than 12" x 12" x 6". Any Small clutch purses and fanny packs with more than 1 pocket. Clutch purses that are larger than 4.5" x 5.5" (See Full Bag Policy Below)
- Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products. NOTE: Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less
- Coolers of any kind. (Exceptions may be made for medical use)
- Framed backpacks, multiple pocket back packs and any pack that is not aligned with the allowed backpacks above. (See Full Bag Policy Below)
- Any and all professional audio recording equipment
- Professional cameras and professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment (NO large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment.
- Any and all professional video equipment. No video recording will be allowed
- Drones or any other remote flying device
- Glass containers of any kind
- Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
- Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
- Pets (except service animals)
- Selfie sticks
- Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles
- Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
- Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
- Weapons or explosives of any kind
- Large chains or spiked jewelry
- Bicycles inside festival grounds (free parking is available near festival entrance)
- Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
- Chairs of any kind
- All Chicago parks prohibit smoking of any kind, including vaping.