Kye's Top 5 Travel Tips for Navigating Lollapalooza

As music fans descend upon Chicago for the 25th year of Lollapalooza, there are a few simple things to keep in mind when heading to the massive music festival.

1. Take public transportation. Period.

In addition to the CTA offering longer trains for the festival, Metra is adding service on 8 of its 11 lines.

2. If you’re driving, book your parking ahead of time

Reserving spots ahead of time on an app like SpotHero could cut your parking costs by more than half. SpotHero offers places to park for as low $11 in advance, instead of the typical downtown parking garages that charge upwards of $35 a day. 

3. Don't Get Stuck in Traffic

If you are NOT attending the festival and want to avoid traffic, steer clear of Lake Shore Drive altogether. Aim to stay west on the expressways when commuting Thursday through Sunday.

4. Bike

If you Divvy, valet your bike at Michigan and Jackson. That way you won’t have to worry about finding open spots. 

  • Divvy "ambassadors" will be at three stations to make sure you can get bikes and return rentals: 
    • Lake Shore Drive & Monroe Street
    • Millenium Park (at Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street)
    • Michigan Avenue & Congress Parkway
  • Map of Divvy's Lollapalooza locations

5. Rideshare

If you rideshare, take advantage of deals. Companies like Uber offering $15 free for first-timers during Lollapalooza.

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