Lollapalooza, one of Chicago’s premier summer music festivals is almost here! One of the most iconic music festivals in modern history, Lollapalooza brings thousands of enthusiasts to Grant Park every August.


This year, Lollapalooza will take over downtown from August 1st to the 3rd. Let’s take some time now to look ahead at what this festival has to offer.



The Music


Lollapalooza is known for bringing together an eclectic batch of well-known artists. This year is no exception. Headliners for 2014 include Eminem, Outkast, Lorde and Foster the People. Lollapalooza also has a number of smaller stages that feature lesser-known artists and performers. This year, you’ll be able to see The Q Brothers, School of Rock All-Stars and Bleachers on one of those smaller stages.



The Location


Is there a better place to spend the summer than Chicago? Absolutely not. Lollapalooza is hosted by Grant Park — in the heart of Downtown Chicago. Hotels, restaurants and other attractions are plentiful and easy to get to.


If you’re looking for some other entertainment while you’re in town for Lollapalooza, consider the following:

  • Shopping on the Magnificent Mile
  • Visiting Museum Campus for the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum or Adler Planetarium
  • Catching the Red Line up to Wrigleyville for bars and baseball.


The Food


For many music festival promoters, food is an afterthought. Happily, that is not the case at Lollapalooza. Graham Elliot — the chef famous for being Gordon Ramsay and Joe Bastianich’s happy-go-lucky sidekick on MasterChef — was charged with making sure that everyone at Lollapalooza has the opportunity to eat and eat well.


Chow Town, Lollapalooza’s food court, is a veritable temple of Chicago festival food. Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs will be available, as will newer favorites like spicy mongolian beef baos and lobster corndogs.


Headed to Lollapalooza? What are you most excited for?