Lollapalooza 2015: Getting there (and home again)

Lollapalooza 2015: Getting there (and home again)
Uber has a kiosk on the Lollapalooza grounds

With over 300,000 people expected, getting to Lollapalooza can be a challenge. But with a little planning it doesn't have to be.

First, know where you are heading. There are two entrances to the Grant Park festival.

  • The Main Entrance is at Michigan and Congress.
  • There is an additional entrance to the north at Columbus and Monroe.

Second, know how you will be getting there and getting home. If you are planning on drinking, make sure you won't be driving.

Public Transportation

As always, public transportation is the best choice. Trains, buses and Metra will be adding extra carriers. Your best bet is the el train. Brown, Orange, Green and Pink riders can use the Adams/Wabash exit and then walk east to the Grant Park entrance. Red and Blue line riders will want to exit at Monroe or Jackson. Visit the CTA website for more information.

Driving

If you are driving, plan your route. Be aware of the following street closures:

  • Balbo from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus is currently closed for Lollapalooza set up and will remain closed through Thursday, August 6.
  • Balbo from Michigan to Columbus will close Wednesday, July 29 and reopen Monday, August 3, afternoon.
  • Jackson from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus is closed until Wednesday, August 5.
  • Jackson closures will extend to Michigan on Wednesday, July 29 and reopen August 5.
  • Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt will be closed from Wednesday, July 29, beginning at 9:00am to Monday, August 3 at 4:00pm.
  • Congress from Columbus to Michigan will be closed Wednesday until Monday, August 3 at 4:00pm.
  • One southbound traffic lane on Lake Shore Drive, closest to Grant Park, will be closed during festival hours.

Parking

Parking is not available on the festival grounds. Here are some nearby choices:

  • The Millennium Park Garage on Columbus between Monroe and Randolph,
  • The East Monroe Street Underground Garage at Monroe and Columbus
  • The Grant Park Underground Garage (entrances at Michigan at Madison and Michigan at Randolph).

In addition SpotHero is offering special Lolla rates (note many discounts require wristbands) at the following locations: Plus Lolla goers can use the code LOLLAPALOOZA to get $5 off their reservation when they book from the mobile app (new users only).

300 N State (Marina Towers)*
$45 for entire weekend – normally $147 on SpotHero
8am Friday (7/31) – 8am Monday (8/3) (no in/out)
**Must show Lolla wristband with your reservation in order to claim this deal**
Distance to Grant Park: 1.1 miles, 15 minutes via CTA, about a 20 minute walk

20 E Randolph
$50 for entire weekend – normally $75 on SpotHero (yes in/out)
$30 for two days – normally $50 on SpotHero (yes in/out)
$20 for one day – normally $25 on SpotHero (no in/out)
Distance to Grant Park: .7 mile, 11 minutes via CTA, about a 15 minute walk
No wristband required – anyone can get these rates
Valid Friday (7/31) morning – Monday (8/3) morning

South Loop Garage (318 S Federal)
$50 for entire weekend – normally $120 on SpotHero (yes in/out)
$30 for two days – normally $50 on SpotHero (yes in/out)
$20 for one day – normally $25 on SpotHero (no in/out)
Distance to Grant Park: .5 mile, about a 10 minute walk
No wristband required – anyone can get these rates
Valid Friday (7/31) morning – Monday (8/3) morning

Adams/Wabash (17 E Adams)
$16 for 12 hours – normally $19 on SpotHero (no in/out)
Distance to Grant Park: .4 mile, about a 9 minute walk
No wristband required – anyone can get these rates
Valid Saturday (8/1) and Sunday (8/2) only

Taxis

Grab a cab, if you can find one, and get dropped off as close to the park as you can get.

Bicycles

Lollapalooza offers bike parking just outside of the main entrance at Michigan and Congress.

Uber

Uber is partnering with Lollapalooza to provide rides to and from the festival. New users can use the promo code LOLLA2015 for a free first ride up to $25 off.  Here are Uber’s designated Pick-up/Drop-off Locations:

  • Madison St. & Clark St.
  • Jackson Blvd & Clark St.
  • Van Buren St. & Clark St.
  • Harrison St. & Clark St.
  • Polk St. & Clark St.

Additional tips for Uber riders:

  • On your way to Lollapalooza, let your driver know which drop-off spot works best for you.
  • Getting home.  Head to one of the five designated pickup spots (listed above) to request a ride and meet your driver.
  • Having trouble requesting? From the festival grounds, walk west and try requesting again.
  • Because of possible "surge pricing" make sure to Run a Fare Estimate to quote the cost of your trip before you request (it will even account for surge pricing if applicable).

Have fun and be safe.

Click here for SMC's Lolla Survival Guide.

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