16 Arrested, 185 Hospitalized in First 3 Days of Lollapalooza

Sixteen people were arrested in the first three days of this year’s Lollapalooza music festival, while 185 were taken to area hospitals as thousands of people descended on Chicago’s Grant Park, officials said.

Four people were arrested Saturday for trespassing, battery and theft, according to Melissa Stratton, a spokeswoman for the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Another 10 people received citations for fence jumping and trespassing on Saturday, Stratton said, while paramedics took 57 people to the hospital for treatment.

On Friday, 56 people were taken to the hospital, while six people were ticketed and 10 others arrested, officials said.

Those arrests were for charges including possession of narcotics, aggravated battery to a police office and trespassing, according to Stratton.

Lollapalooza’s opening day saw just two arrests, while 72 people were transported for medical treatment, according to the City.

Ten people were ticketed on Thursday, bringing the total to 26 over the first three days – nearly all for fence jumping and trespassing.

Sunday's numbers were not immediately available, as the OEMC does not release information pertaining to arrests or transports until the following day.

One of the arrests made Saturday was a suspect who allegedly stole 60 cell phones at Lollapalooza. Further details on the incident and any charges were not immediately available.

Concert organizers encouraged anyone whose phone was stolen to report it on the event’s website,, where festivalgoers can also search the inventory of unclaimed items.

Last year, 12 people were arrested over the course of the festival – the first time it was extended to four days – while 34 people were arrested over three days in 2015.

An estimated 400,000 people attended Lollapalooza in 2016, making it Chicago's largest music festival. 

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