The Windy City welcomed over 100,000 festival-goers the first weekend of August for Lollapalooza. We have heard great things about this festival so we finally had to experience it for ourselves! Here are 8 things to know before going to Lollapalooza:
1. Chow Down at Chow Town
From Chicago-style pizza to tacos and ice cream – Chow Town has it all. Chow Town is a vendor row inside Lollapalooza and offers the best festival food from Chicago's favorite local restaurants.
2. Leave Your Credit Card at Home
Festival goers can pay for food and merchandise through the festival’s cashless program. All you have to do is activate your wristband online and register your credit card. We all know you’ve lost something at a festival so do yourself a favor by registering your wristband and leaving your credit card at home! Lolla Cashless is accepted at all bars, food vendors, art vendors, and festival merch tents.
3. Bring a Hydration Pack
With the festival starting at noon each day, you'll want to bring a cute hydration pack to stay stylish and hydrated. Lollapalooza now has airport-style security so the smaller your pack is, the faster you’ll get into the festival! We recommend bringing one of our GA style packs or a Mini Backpack.
4. Bring Water to Drink While You Wait in Line to Enter
The lines to enter the festival can get very long and the Chicago heat is no joke. Make sure to fill up your hydration pack so you have cold water to drink while you’re waiting in line. You can thank us later!
5. Ins & Outs
Festival goers can enter the festival up to three times per day. If you’re staying nearby, we suggest going into the festival right when it opens, then going to your hotel to rest up for an hour or two and going back into the festival around sunset when it starts to cool down and when the headliners start to perform.
6. Public Transportation
The first few streets surrounding Grant Park are closed off which makes it difficult to get an Uber or Lyft to and from the festival. There are also no parking lots on site so we don't recommend driving your car there. Luckily, extra bus and train services are provided throughout the weekend and run late to make sure all festival-goers get home safely.
7. Ear Plugs
Problem: you want to dance up close to the stage but you don't want to blow your ear drums
Solution: Bring earplugs!
8. After Shows
Lollapalooza ends at 10pm each night so that leaves plenty of time to party elsewhere into the morning. Official after shows began on Tuesday and went through Sunday and included artists like Shiba San, Galantis, Chris Lake & Dillon Francis. In Chicago, the party never stops!
After attending Lollapalooza 2018, we finally see what all the rage is about! You can definitely catch us next year at Lollapalooza 2019! See you there ;)