Lollapalooza Promises Diverse Music & Delicious Food

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Three-day passes for Lollapalooza 2014 sold out the day before the lineup was announced. Single day tickets sold out the next day, just two hours after going on sale to the public. This is the fourth consecutive year the festival has sold out. Chicagoans (and music fans from surrounding cities, and beyond) clearly love their Lolla.


Scanning Lollapalooza’s six wildly different headliners makes a bold statement about the festival’s embrace of diversity: Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and Calvin Harris.

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Childish Gambino at Lollapalooza 2013

Rap and hip hop have a stronghold on the festival with Nas, Childish Gambino, and Chance The Rapper supporting the genre’s two headliners mentioned above.

In today’s festival age, it’s hard to ignore the massive draw of DJs and producers. In addition to the two hugely popular EDM acts booked to headline, there’s also Zedd, Sebastian Ingrosso, Krewella, Above & Beyond, Chase & Status, Gramatik, Chromeo, The Glitch Mob and many more.

There will be Americana from The Avett Brothers, rock from Cage The Elephant, funk from Trombone Shorty, reggae from Rebelution, and certainly no shortage of indie rock.

In short: there will be a little of everything for everyone at Lollapalooza.

Chow Town

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Lollapalooza takes pride in offering a wide variety of food and beverages for all tastes and diets. Far from standard festival fare like funnel cakes and corndogs, actual restaurants from The Windy City will be present to serve up perfectly portioned signature eats off of their regular menus.


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As music festivals have grown in spectacle, capacity and sophistication, so has the technology that supports them. Lollapalooza’s website makes artist discovery a seamless, intuitive process in browser or on mobile.

Reference your personalized schedule, get important notifications in real time and see how far away your next show is on the festival map – all form your phone from inside the festival!

It could be over-whelming to arrive at Chow Town and be forced to make an uninformed decision about where to order lunch on the spot. Luckily, if you’ve got the Lolla app, you can quickly browse all the menus and bookmark the spots that make your mouth water.

After Shows

While festivaling in the heart of beautiful downtown Chicago comes with scenic benefits, it also comes with a strict 10 p.m. closing time each night (as is customary for most municipal music festivals). With official Lollapalooza after shows at multiple venues across the city, the festival does its best to support the Chicago music scene and keep the party going well into the night.

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This writer is personally excited for her only chance to see Outkast on their buzzed about mega-epic summer tour; for the exotic allure of alt-pop divas Lorde and I-G-G-Y; for John Butler Trio’s feel-good jams; for Chicago hip hop up-and-commer Vic Mensa; and for what’s sure to be an emotional, raw performance from industrial pop goddess Meg Meyers (she’s on The Grove Stage at 2:50 Saturday afternoon).

If you’re in Chicago on Thursday night, there’s no shortage of things to do to kick the weekend off early. Consult Do312 for suggestions.

And when you’re walking around outside of the festival look for ART ALLIANCE:  PROVOCATEURS, the largest street/contemporary art exhibit the U.S., curated by Shepard Fairey, happening just blocks from Grant Park.

Lollapalooza 2014

August 1-3

Grant Park (Chicago, IL)

Tickets: sold out

Check back with next week for our post-Lolla coverage!

lollapalooza at nightAll photos via Lollapalooza Flickr