LOLLAPALOOZA Returns to GRANT PARK JULY 28–31
The City of Chicago is encouraging festival goers to enjoy the 4–day premier event safely and responsibly while being aware of your surroundings
Lollapalooza returns to Chicago on Thursday, July 28–Sunday, July 31, 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 to report any suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1 or notifying on–site security.
“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 keep their valuables, especially wallets and cell phones, close to prevent any potential theft of personal belongings.”
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. Click HERE for map of festival grounds and for public safety details, visit www.lollapalooza.com/safety.
FESTIVAL 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.
2022 Entry Procedures
• 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, the CDC recommends wearing a mask throughout your time onsite.
• Accessible festival entrance includes designated lanes at entrance for patrons with disabilities marked by directional signage.
• Check out Lollapalooza’s updated bag policy–CLEAR BAGS ONLY–and NO liquids are allowed to be brought into Lollapalooza.
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. Prior to entry fans are subject to a full and complete airport-style search 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.
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. 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.
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 going through security screening. 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 entry water will be provided at numerous Hydration Stations inside the venue.
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 and you call 9-1-1. The green and white pole markers are established within the boundaries of Roosevelt Rd. to Randolph St., DuSable Lake Shore Drive (DLSD) to Michigan Avenue, Ida B Wells Dr to Michigan Ave to Columbus Dr, Jackson St to Michigan Ave, Monroe St to Columbus Dr, and from 1200 DLSD to 6600 DLSD.
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/Lost&Found. 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.
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 blue vests 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.
Public Health Guidance: The Chicago Department of Public Health strongly urges everyone to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines including all recommended boosters. If you are not vaccinated, wear a mask, avoid crowded areas of the festival and stay at least six feet away from other groups. Do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19 5 days prior, even if you’re vaccinated
Weather Conditions: Attendees are encouraged to 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. The event encourages patrons to download the festival app to receive communications regarding the festival, weather, and other information.
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 www.lollapalooza.com/safety.
TRAFFIC IMPACTS + TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
Street Closures In Place: Traffic control aides will be deployed to facilitate traffic around the area, motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes. The following closures are in effect:
• Balbo Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive through Sunday, August 7;
• Balbo Drive from Columbus to Michigan Avenue through Monday, August 1
• Jackson Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive through Saturday, August 6
• Jackson Drive from Columbus to Michigan Avenue through Monday, August 1
• Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt will be closed through Monday, August 1
• Columbus to Randolph Street on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:59 p.m. through Monday, August 1.
• Northbound center lanes on Columbus Monroe from 13th Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed through Monday, August 1.
• Ida B Wells from Michigan to Columbus through Monday, August 1.
• Monroe Street from Michigan to DuSable Lake Shore Drive on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:59 p.m. through 6:30 a.m. Monday, August 1.
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. Note: For more information, visit CTA at TransitChicago.com and Metra.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 28–July 31, 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.
• No vehicles are allowed on S. Indiana Ave for pick-up, drop-off, or standing.
• Wacker Place between Wabash thru the area just west of Michigan will be allowed for access serving the area hotels at the edge of the restricted zone. Onsite hotel vehicle operations on private property are not prohibited.
• 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:
OEMC advises Chicagoans to be aware of weather conditions and to follow instructions and heed all warnings from public safety officials. We encourage residents to check the weather before heading out. For the most up-to-date weather information, please tune into local media or download a weather app. In case of emergency, attendees 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 will monitor all citywide events through a collaboration with public safety partners and will issue several alerts and notifications to keep residents up to date on weather conditions, street closures and emergencies:
• Notify Chicago: Sign up for emergency alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org
• CHILAKE: For lakefront notices, TEXT “CHILAKE” to 7-8-0-1-5
• CHIBIZ: For alerts affecting businesses, TEXT “CHIBIZ” to 6-7-2-8-3
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 complete festival details visit the Lollapalooza website at Lollapalooza.com.
For additional information on emergency preparedness information, visit the OEMC website at Chicago.gov/OEMC. Follow the Office of Emergency Management and Communications on Facebook, Twitter (@ChicagoOEMC) and Instagram (chicago_oemc_911).
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