Lollapalooza Music Festival
1 - 3 August, 2014
Grand Park, Chicago, IL
Like years past, hotels will be swamped with worn-out guests. Staying in cool Chicago condo rentals in the heart of the city is a perfect way to enjoy Lollapalooza. They provide excellent comfort and space for the necessary downtime between festival days and afford easy access to enjoy the incredible live music and explore everything else the Windy City has to offer.
When: Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3, 2014
Location: Grant Park
Price: Single-day tickets cost $100, and 3-day passes cost $250. It's general admission. Note: Tickets officially sold out in a hour, though you can still get them on re-sale websites. In any case, this should give you an idea how much hype surrounds this fest.
Not only are children under the age of 10 permitted onto the festival grounds, but their admission is free with a paying adult. There's even a playground set-up, a snow-cone station and Kidzapalooza.
The very first Lollapalooza was held in 1991. Founded by Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction as a touring musical road show, it highlights everyone from established bands to up-and-coming acts. The original Lollapalooza featured Nine Inch Nails, Ice-T and Siouxsie and the Banshees. After a few years off in the late '90s and the early 2000s, the festival came back, finding permanent homes in Chicago, Chile and Brazil. Last year, Chicago's Lollapalooza saw Mumford and Sons, Phoenix and Nine Inch Nails perform.
In August, music-driven vacationers won't want to miss this three-day banger. Since 2005, this festival has called Chicago's Grant Park home, setting up more than 100 acres of party space every summer. In 2013, Lolla drew an at-capacity audience of 300,000, and this time around, there will be eight stages hosting more than 100 live acts with music as diverse as the city itself.
Despite the last-minute artist line up, Lolla came through in style. Leading the pack are headliners Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and Calvin Harris. Other incredible acts include: Lorde, The Avett Brothers, Foster the People, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Spoon, The Head and the Heart, Cage the Elephant and Young the Giant.
With so many artists performing each day, here's a snapshot at who you might consider dedicating your time to:
Chow Town: Lollapalooza would not be complete without Chicago cuisine, which is quickly rising in the international foodie scene. Led by celebrity chef Graham Elliot, Chow Town will offer delicious food, drinks and sweets from the Windy City's favorite restaurants.
Luxuries of Lolla: You can buy general-admission tickets for the day or three-day passes, but there are also plenty of other ways to enjoy this unique set of shows. At Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival, there are two Lolla Lounges set up, one on each side of Grant Park. If you buy VIP tickets to the festival, you can take advantage of the air conditioning, video wall and elevated viewing platform.
Aside from the lounges, there are all kinds of booths set up by festival sponsors with lots of free giveaways. There are also plenty of food carts and places to grab a cold drink.
Lolla Farmers Market: There will also be the Lolla Farmers Market, which brings the best locally-sourced festival fare to keep fest-goers full.
Green Street: You can buy all the swag you want at Green Street, the one-stop shop for local, national and international artisans selling environmentally responsible goods. If you lost your sunglasses or need a new hat, this is the place to find festival essentials.
Kidzapalooza: For youngsters, Lolla has Kidzapalooza, a festival within a festival. If parents want to teach their kid what it's like to experience a festival, this is the ideal opportunity. Situated in it's own area of Grant Park, Kidzapalooza provides family-friendly music with it's own stage and a number of activities to create their own music, arts and crafts and much more. Kids ages 10 and under get in free.