Lollapalooza is a four-day celebration of all music genres, including alternative rock, metal, hip-hop, and pop. Originally conceived as a farewell tour for Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell in 1991, the tour saw a varied degree of intermittent successes and revivals as a touring concept in the years following. In 2005, it was reimagined as a multiday weekend festival in Chicago, and it has enjoyed success ever since as a single-destination festival.
Currently, it is a four-day extravaganza that features many popular artists from all types of musical genres. It averages around 400,000 in attendance, and there are typically upward of 170 artists appearing on a total of eight different stages. Lollapalooza is one of the largest and most iconic music festivals around as well as one of the longest running. C3 Presents has a controlling interest in the festival, and Farrell is still associated with the Lollapalooza name, although he has recently branched into other interests.
While at the festival, you can expect more than just music performances. It is also a celebration of the coming end of summer. There are a number of variety acts and entertainment spectacles, charitable and nonprofit informational booths, vendors, and lots of food and beverages. Chow Town is the name of the refreshment venue for Lollapalooza, and it features food vendors showcasing the best of Chicago's restaurants.
Lollapalooza is held every summer during a four-day "weekend" in Chicago. For 2020, the festival will take place Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2, at Grant Park. Artists will be performing throughout each day from approximately 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The festival includes a variety of talent, both nationally recognized and local. While the original Lollapalooza focused on alternative and rock performers, the festival now includes R&B, dance, hip-hop, and mainstream pop acts. The 2019 lineup included well-known musicians like Ariana Grande, the Strokes, Childish Gambino, and more. Other artists included Yeek, Lilly, and Sam Fender. For the 2020 lineup, visit the Lollapalooza Lineup page.
There is no RV parking available at the event in Grant Park in downtown Chicago. Most campgrounds and RV parks and resorts are located around an hour's drive away from the festival. If you are planning on using an RV rental from RVshare or your own RV to visit other areas around Chicago, these locations are centrally located to everything you would want to see while attending Lollapalooza. Here are some popular options:
This KOA campground is only an hour away from the Windy City. It is a quiet campground with large lots, a seasonal pool, and a group pavilion. On the weekends, they have kids' barrel train rides, movies, and hay wagon rides. There is a small store and a coin laundry. There are lots of attractions, restaurants, and golf courses nearby.
This campground is consistently ranked among the top 10 Yogi Bear parks in the U.S. There are many family-friendly activities and play areas, such as horseshoes, mini-golf, a pool table, and volleyball courts.
This military campground is located on Lake Michigan about 40 miles north of Chicago. In addition to the beach and fishing piers, the RV park has a playground for children. If you have a military or Department of Defense affiliation, you can use this facility.
Illinois State Park is a large state park on Lake Michigan in the city of Zion, which is 47 miles north of Chicago. The park spans over 4,000 acres and has 6 miles of shoreline. You can boat, swim, bike, hike, and bird-watch, and there are sites for tents and RVs.
This beautiful state park is home to limestone canyons and waterfalls. It has several campgrounds with both tent and RV sites. When you're visiting in the summer, explore the excellent trails along the river.
If you can dry-camp in your RV without electricity or water hookups, then you may want to consider McCormick Place, which is in downtown Chicago and only a mile from Grant Park, the site of Lollapalooza. It is the largest convention center in the U.S. and has two overnight parking lots that accept RVs and buses. One lot is somewhat isolated and also less noisy from traffic. The other lot is right next to the main office and security office; however, it receives a lot of traffic noise. There are low-clearance bridges in the area, so be sure to contact McCormick Place for the best route. You can also use a GPS with bridge heights programming features.
Lollapalooza has partnered with several hotels in the area. These businesses will give a percentage back to Foundations of Music if you book through Lollapalooza. You can choose either a hotel only or a hotel and festival package. This website also has information on hostel associations.
There are many ways to get to Grant Park. You can enter at the Main Entrance at Michigan and Ida B. Wells or the North Entrance at Columbus and Monroe. Try using this handy map for more specific directions.
If you need a ride to the event, there are many options. In addition to ride-share services, there are many public transportation choices in Chicago, such as CTA, Metra, and Pace. Many of these transit systems will offer special rates and routes during the Lollapalooza festival. Taxis are also a great option if you're willing to spend a little more.
Bicycles are a handy and economical way to get to Grant Park, and there are lots of bicycle parking spaces at the park. You can ride your own, or you can use a Divvy bike for a fee. Divvy bikes have multiple locations around downtown Chicago. They will even have Divvy valets at Lollapalooza for your convenience.
There is convenient 24-hour parking available at any of the four secure Millennium Garages in the area, which are fully accessible. You can reserve your parking online before arriving. There is ADA pickup and drop-off only at Jackson and Michigan.
Pricing for Lollapalooza tickets varies from year to year. You can purchase tickets in these formats at the Lollapalooza ticket page:
• 4-Day General Admission Ticket – This includes all four days of the festival.
• 1-Day General Admission Ticket – This includes all performances for that particular event day.
• 4-Day GA+ Ticket – This includes all four days, with access to two private lounges.
• 1-Day GA+ Ticket – This includes all performances for that particular event day, with access to two private lounges.
• 4-Day VIP Ticket – This has all the access of a General Admission Ticket with added comfort and class.
• 1-Day VIP Ticket – This includes all performances for that particular event day, with added comfort and class.
• 4-Day Platinum Ticket – Upgrade your ticket for greater access and enhanced experiences.
• 1-Day Platinum Ticket – Upgrade your one-day ticket for greater access and enhanced experiences.
• Hotel Packages – Purchase a 4-Day General Admission Ticket along with lodging near the park and festival merchandise.
• 4-Day Lolla Insider Ticket – This gives you platinum access plus private luxury SUV transportation to and from the festival, access to the backstage Artist Lounge, and much more. Email [email protected] to learn more.
• Lolla Cabanas – This includes a luxury cabana suite for 25, elevated views of the Grant Park Stage, and more. Email [email protected] to learn more.
Attending the Lollapalooza festival is a unique experience that you should share with others. While there, take pictures of all your good times with your old friends and any new friends you make. Upload all your fun photos to [email protected] and share them with other RVshare readers for a chance to be featured on the site's blog and social media pages.
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.