Cleanup Begins After Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival - NBC Chicago

Cleanup Begins After Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival

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    2018 Lollapalooza Day 3: Attendees Deal with Chicago's Heat

    Chicago's 90 degree weather has been a challenge for some of the tens of thousands of people attending the festival's third day Saturday, at Grant Park . NBC 5's Chris Hush has the details. (Published Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018)

    Lollapalooza came to a close Sunday, marking another year in which the iconic music festival drew hundreds of thousands of fans to Chicago's Grant Park.

    Organizers wasted no time in beginning the cleanup process, with crews hitting the grounds right after the festival closed its doors at 10 p.m. Sunday night.

    They have the difficult task of taking down eight stages, which were used for more than 180 performances over the span of four days.

    Steamy temperatures made for a long final day on Sunday, with city officials and festival organizers trying to keep everyone hydrated by handing out water.

    While the heat presented a challenge, many concertgoers said as they left that it was an overall great experience.

    "It was awesome," one attendee said, adding that it "didn't matter where you picked, you'd hear bands you never heard of. It was really good."

    Another said it was "better than I could imagine" and the "culture, food and weather" made him certain he'd "do it again in a heartbeat."

    The first three days of the festival - headlined by acts including Travis Scott, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Jack White and more - saw a total of seven arrests and 119 people taken to the hospital, according to Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Statistics on Lollapalooza's fourth day had not yet been released as of early Monday.

    During the first three days, a total of 325,930 people walked through the festival gates, a spokeswoman for OEMC said.

    Last year, 27 people were arrested and more than 200 were hospitalized over the course of Lollapalooza, which more than 400,000 people attended, officials said at the time.

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