Chicago's Summer Music Party
August 3 - to 5, 2012
Grant Park in Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza is one of those destination concerts. For the past 20 years, kids of all ages have flocked to Lollapalooza for a weekend of the best live music of the summer. Whether you showed up in your flannels back in the ’90s to hear Pearl Jam, or you went last year to see Eminem, you know that Lollapalooza, like the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, is one of the greatest concerts of the year. In Chicago, the crowds pack Grant Park for rock, blues, local bands and so much more
The full lineup of acts will be announced in the spring, when tickets and VIP passes will also go on sale. 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..
The History of Lollapalooza
The very first Lollapalooza was held back in 1991. Founded by Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction as a touring musical roadshow, 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 21st century, the festival came back, finding permanent homes in Chicago, Chile and Brazil. Last year, Chicago’s Lollapalooza saw Coldplay perform, as well as Eminem, Cee Lo Green and the Foo Fighters.
Since 2005, this festival has called Chicago’s Grant Park home, setting up more than 100 acres of party space every summer. There are several stages hosting three days of performances by more than 130 live acts, with music as diverse as reggae, rock, hip hop and indie.
More than Music at Lollapalooza
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.
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, a PlayStation Loft and a Sony City @ Play area.