Lollapalooza 2015: A survival guide

Lollapalooza 2015: A survival guide
Lollapalooza. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Lollapalooza 2015 is heading to Chicago this Friday through Sunday. Street closures are already in place while Grant Park is busy getting its act together to host what has become a very hot ticket.

This year’s headliners include: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-j, Alabama Shakes (Friday); Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala (Saturday); and Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky.

With 8 stages, and 130+ bands from around the globe, the fest is most definitely a music fest but it is much more.

Off the stages, there is a party atmosphere with lots to eat, drink and do.

Chow Town.

Chow Town.

A step above typical festival food is Lollapalooza’s Chow Town, curated by Chicago’s rock-star chef Graham Elliot.

Chow Town features grub from 39 of Chicago’s favorite food destinations including: Smoke Daddy, Leghorn, Publican Quality Meats, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, MBURGER. Kamehachi, Original Rainbow Cone, Robinson’s No.1 Ribs, Dia De Los Tamales, Do-Rite Chicken Sandwiches, Edzo’s Burgers and others.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free are all available.

You can shop Green Street for environmentally friendly products, rare jewelry, posters and even vintage housewares.

Get your fresh fruit and veggie fix at Lolla’s Farmers Market where you can purchase produce to eat at the fest or bring home.

You can even bring the kids.

Lolla 2014. Photo: Walsh family selfie

Lolla 2014. Photo: Walsh family selfie

Kids, 10 and under get in free (with paid parents). Once inside, kids are treated to a fest of their own called, what else, but Kidzapalooza (note special hours). This kid-friendly enclosed area of Grant Park offers a host of activities, a special musical line-up and even food.

No tickets, no worries

Even though, tickets–aside from the 3-Day Lolla Lounge VIP Festival Wristband (available for $1857) and those from scalpers–are long gone, you can still join the party outside the park.

Watch Lollapalooza on the big screen

Lollapalooza will be broadcast live on 15 big screens including two quad video walls throughout the entire fest at The Stretch (3485 N. Clark Street) in Wrigleyville.

The Aftershows


For 2015, over 50 aftershows will take the stage at neighborhood venues for 5 nights from July 29 through August 2. Shows will take place at locations including: Metro, The Vic Theatre, House of Blues, Park West, Soho House, Hard Rock and others.

Fan menus at Florentine

The Florentine, just a few blocks from Grant Park at 151 W. Adams inside the JW Marriott, has been working overtime creating special menus and drinks honoring Lolla fan favorites including: Sir Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and the Machine and others.

I.e. The “SHUCK AND DESTROY” creation is inspired by Metallica’s hit song, “Seek and Destroy.” The dish features: Grilled Kumamoto Oysters lemon aioli, pickled fresno chilies and fried capers for $21.

The Lollapalooza menu is available at the Florentine during the festival’s run from July 31-August 2.

Too much to drink

Recovery room at  IVme Hydration Clinic

Recovery room at IVme Hydration Clinic

IVme Hydration Clinic (1347 N. Wells St.) is offering a special Lollapalooza Prep and Recovery package for $129 at their clinic. Appointments required.  Groups welcome.

Fan deals

Pinstripes Palooza
Show your Lollapalooza wristband at Pinstripes (435 E. Illinois St.) from July 31-August 2 and receive a complimentary game of bowling or bocce.

LollaBOWLooza at Be Leaf
Show your Lollapalooza wristband on August 3 at Be Leaf (29 N. Wacker) and receive 10% off a BeLeaf-a-Bowl.

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