Lollapalooza 2018 | What to know before you go!

Earlier this year, we learned that Bruno Mars, Jack White, the Weeknd and 150+ other artists would be joining thousands of festival-goers at Lollapalooza this weekend! Here’s what you need to know to navigate Chicago this weekend:

Wristband Options.

The Standard GA Wristband: 

  1. An RFID wristband will serve as your entry ticket. Please note when you purchase a wristband off a secondary ticket site, like TicketCity, the wristband might be activated previously by the original buyer and this will not affect your entry into the festival.
  2. Full access to all the stages, shows, and vendors.
  3. Full access to (non-VIP and Platinum facilities) merchandise shops.
  4. Access to secure lockers and device charging stations.

The VIP Wristband: 

  1. A separate, dedicated entrance. (Map Below)
  2. Complimentary golf cart shuttles to and from the entrance.
  3. Exclusive access to two shaded (Important!) VIP-only lounges on the north and south sides of the park.
  4. Complimentary food from award-winning Chicago chefs, be sure to check out Lolla’s official website for the list of food you can expect.
  5. Complimentary “mini-spa” treatments, such as massages
  6. Complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails featuring name-brand liquors, such as Jack Daniel’s and Hendrick’s Gin, at private bars
  7. Air-conditioned, wood-paneled bathrooms
  8. Children under the age of 10-years-old will be admitted free of charge with a ticket-holding adult. Limit 2 children/ticket.

Platinum VIP Admission
Everything included in the VIP Wristband PLUS…

  1. A complimentary swag bag
  2. Platinum-only viewing areas on four stages. These front-of-stage areas are closed off and are standing-room only.
  3. Unlimited access to two air-conditioned lounges with even better sight lines than the VIP lounges.
  4. Complimentary lockers and charging stations.
  5. Catered lunch and dinner.

Where to stay.

It’s Chicago, so there’s no shortage of hotels anywhere and there’s plenty of parking for this festival which makes it pretty convenient in comparison to some of the others like, Coachella or Austin City Limits. However, here are my suggestions for a few hotels in the area around Millenium Park!

  • The James Chicago
  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
  • Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
  • Loews Chicago Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn Chicago

What to eat.

The Gage. Located directly across the street with incredible fried foods, daily sausage specials and a bar if you get slightly thirsty. One of the most frequently recommended restaurants in Chicago, give it a try.

Tortas Frontera. A Rick Bayless project that has perfected the art of Mexican Sandwiches.

Al’s #1 Italian Beef. The Italian beef at this local chain is an excellent introduction to the sandwich. Hot giardiniera is a must. Actually, the natural casing hot dog is also awesome, making this a great one-stop shop if you’re looking to experience some classic Chicago street food.

How do I get in?

We can help with that, wristbands available here.

Pro-Tip: There is a Lollapalooza Mobile App available on your Android/iPhone and includes all info you need to know. Download it, familiarize yourself and read through it beforehand, should you lose service once you get to Grant Park!