LOLLAPALOOZA returns to Grant park July 29–August 1
The City of Chicago is encouraging festival goers to enjoy the 4–day premier event safely and responsibly while following health and security precautions
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago on Thursday, July 29–Sunday, August 1, 11am–10pm daily in Grant Park. The highly anticipated festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands to Chicago’s lakefront for the four-day event featuring over 170 performances on eight stages. As the festival gets underway, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages those attending to enjoy a fun and safe event by adhering to all security precautions and health guidelines in place.
“Public safety remains our top priority for the event, and the city has worked closely with the organizers to plan and prepare for the safety and security of festival attendees, performers and staff,” said OEMC Executive Director Rich Guidice. We also want to encourage those inside and outside the festival to report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1 or notifying on–site security.”
The festival in Grant Park boundaries are from Michigan Avenue to the Lake Shore Drive and Roosevelt Road to Randolph Street. All motorists, pedestrians and residents in the area are reminded of the street closures and traffic impacts throughout the weekend.
FESTIVAL HEALTH POLICY AND ENTRY PROCEDURE
Festival entrances: Concert-goers can enter Grant Park at the main entrance at Michigan Avenue and Ida B. Wells Drive, or at the north entrance at Columbus and Monroe Street.
COVID–19 Health Policy and Entry Procedure: In accordance with City of Chicago requirements, full COVID-19 vaccination, or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend Lollapalooza 2021. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours of attending each day of Lollapalooza. COVID-19 testing is offered in many pharmacies and healthcare centers. If you have questions about COVID-19 testing or need to find a testing location near you, please visit www.chicago.gov/COVIDtest.
2021 Entry Procedures
• Comply with the Lollapalooza Fan Health Pledge
• Bring a printed copy of your Vaccine Card, Vaccine Record, or Negative COVID-19 test
• Bring your Festival Wristband, it must be securely fastened on the right wrist and visible to security as you enter the festival grounds.
• If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask throughout your time onsite.
• Check out Lollapalooza’s updated bag policy–CLEAR BAGS ONLY–and No liquids are allowed to be brought into Lollapalooza.
PLEASE NOTE: Lollapalooza will be enforcing the health measures put in place at the direction of the City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Public Health. There will be festival staff at the entry gates checking for printed vaccination and negative test documents as fans enter the festival. Fans are advised to build in extra time to allow for this additional entry requirement. If fans arrive without this documentation, they will be turned away. Lollapalooza has been working with the City of Chicago continually to encourage vaccinations to ensure that all fans who meet the requirements have a safe and enjoyable weekend. For complete information, visit www.lollapalooza.com/safety.
SAFETY AND SECUIRITY MEASURES
Security Screening and Enforcement: Each year, security measures are refined and implemented for the event’s layered security plan in addition to an enhanced security and law enforcement presence inside and outside the festival. In addition, several security measures are in effect for the safety of everyone entering the event. Upon entry to the festival grounds, event security will be searching all bags, administering magnetometer screening and conducting pat-downs. As always, underage drinking is not allowed and the ordinance will be strictly enforced. Attendees are reminded that if they see something suspicious to say something to on-site security personnel or call 9-1-1. Lollapalooza.com/Security Screening
Bag Search and Express Lanes: ALL bags will be searched before entry. CLEAR bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and no larger than 12" x 12" x 6" ONLY. Small clutch purses and fanny packs with no more than 1 pocket and no larger than 4.5" x 5.5. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited. Hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir. Those that DO NOT bring a bag can enter through the No Bag Express Lane. Those that DO have a bag must enter through the Bag Lane and should expect delays as bags are open for inspection. For additional in visit, Lollapalooza.com/bag–policy
Prohibited Items: No liquids will be allowed into the event. However, patrons can drink water while in line if the container is empty prior to entry. Empty containers and hydration packs are allowed into the event but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir. Free water will be provided at Hydration Stations inside the venue, which have increased by 40% over the last two years in response to this security change. Check the list of items in advance or at the gate on Lollapalooza.com/items–allowed–prohibited.
Lockers + Lost and Found: Do not leave items unattended and be mindful of your belongings at all times. Lockers are available for rent inside the festival. If you lose something at the festival, check with the main Guest Services booth at Columbus and Ida B. Wells Drive or visit Lollapalooza’s virtual lost and found at Lollapalooza.com/lostfound. On the website, you can view found inventory, submit a claim, and be more easily connected with your item(s). If you find something, please turn it into a Guest Services booth. Visit a Guest Services booth for all event related questions while on–site. Additionally, on Monday, August 2nd there will be a Lost & Found matched item pickup from 9am to 6pm just south of the main entrance off Michigan Avenue.
Medical Safety Resources: There will be 6 medical tents located throughout the festival staffed by top level medical professionals, paramedics and EMTs. The organizers are again complementing the emergency medical resources available at the event with student Safety Team members. The EMT and medical students serving as the Safety Team will be outfitted in light blue t–shirts and will be located throughout Grant Park to seek out patrons who may be in need and help expedite connection with the mobile medic teams so that they get to patients quicker.
Pole Marker Locations: For public safety, attendees are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the poles throughout the Grant Park area to help them reference their location within the park to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency. Pole markings are established within the boundaries of Roosevelt Rd. to Randolph St., Lake Shore Drive (LSD) to Michigan Avenue, Ida B Wells Dr to Michigan Ave to Columbus Dr, Jackson St to Michigan Ave, Monroe St to Columbus Dr, 3900 LSD to 6600 LSD
Weather Conditions: At this point, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the high 70s to mid–80s throughout the weekend, with a slight chance of Thunderstorms on Thursday, check conditions before heading out. Cooling buses and water stations are available throughout the event and fans are encouraged to bring empty water bottles to the event and utilize the free water refilling stations around the park to avoid dehydration.
Weather Shelters: Attendees should be aware of the emergency evacuation shelter sites located in the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and Millennium Lakeside Garages. The evacuation shelter sites can be accessed through the vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue. Signage is posted to direct people to designated extreme weather shelters for extreme conditions such as lightning, tornadoes, hailstorms or other weather events. In the event of a weather evacuation, all attendees should follow the instructions of public safety officials. Shelter locations will be opened only in cases of extreme weather to ensure the safety of event patrons. For a map of shelter locations and additional safety information, visit Lollapalooza.com/Safety
TRAFFIC IMPACTS + TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Street Closures In Place: Traffic control aides will be deployed to facilitate traffic around the area. The following closures are in effect:
• Balbo Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive closed through Friday, August 6; Balbo closure continues to Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26, 8 pm and remains closed through Monday, August 2
• Jackson Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive is closed through Friday, August 6; Jackson closure extended to Michigan Avenue on Monday, July 26 8 pm and remains closed through Monday, August 2
• Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt will be closed Monday, July 26, 8 pm through Monday, August 2; the closure on Columbus is extended to Randolph Street on Monday, July 26 at 11 pm. and continues through Monday, August 2. Additional northbound center lanes on Columbus from 13th Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed on Monday, July 26 at 8 pm and the closure continues through August 2.
• Ida B. Wells/Circle is closed from Michigan to Columbus on Monday, July 26 at 8am and remains closed through Monday, August 2.
• Monroe Street from Michigan to DuSable Lake Shore Drive is closed Wednesday, July 28 at 8 pm and remains closed through 6:30 am. Monday, August 2.
ADA Drop–Off: ADA drop-off is located at the eastbound curb lane of Monroe just east of Michigan Avenue.
Public Transportation: As for any large–scale event, public transportation is encouraged and both CTA and Metra are providing additional service for the event. Masks are required on public transit and rideshare. For more information, visit CTA at www.transitchicago.com and www.metrarail.com.
Rideshares, Taxi Cabs, Car Services and Pedicabs: Geofencing boundaries will be in effect for the safety of pedestrians and motorists: DuSable Lake Shore Drive to State Street and Wacker Drive to 14th Street. For those traveling to and from the event by rideshare, taxi or car service the below will be in effect each day from July 29–August 1, 10am–11:30pm Masks are required on public transit and rideshare.
• No pick-ups and drop–offs on DuSable Lake Shore Drive, including on-ramps, off-ramps, medians, turning lanes, shoulders, and emergency pull-offs.
• No vehicles, stopping, standing, or parking in bus or bicycle lanes, fire lanes, sidewalk crossings, etc.
• Pedicabs are allowed only to pick-up and drop-off on Randolph West of Michigan Ave. Pedicabs are NOT allowed along the other restricted streets including Columbus, State, Michigan, Roosevelt, or Randolph east of Michigan.
OEMC Traffic and Weather Notifications: The public is encouraged to follow OEMC on Twitter via the handle @ChicagoOEMC or register for free emergency alerts at NotifyChicago.org. In case of emergency, attendees will also receive safety messages from the official Lollapalooza Mobile App, video screens at four stages, video screens on the Info Tower by Buckingham Fountain, as well as audio announcements broadcasted from all stages, and real–time updates on Lollapalooza’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. To receive information about Lollapalooza via text, Text LOLLA to 76107 for festival updates.
OEMC works closely with the City's public safety departments, the Chicago Park District and C3 Presents to plan well in advance of the popular event to ensure the safety of performers, music fans and residents. Participants are urged to be familiar with the surrounding area and to heed warnings, if need be. For a map of festival grounds and emergency information, as well as entertainment details, visit the Lollapalooza website at Lollapalooza.com.
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