Safety, street closures, lineup, COVID guidelines and more – NBC Chicago

Lollapalooza kicks off in Chicago on Thursday, kicking off four days of music in the city and what is considered one of the biggest music festivals in the world.

The event, which will bring some of music’s biggest artists to Chicago’s Grant Park, comes with a number of precautions, street closures and new guidelines as hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the city.

Whether you’re attending or just planning to be in town during the event, there are some things to know.

Here is an overview:

When is Lolla?

Lollapalooza will visit Grant Park in Chicago from July 28-31.

Street closures

Street closures for Lollapalooza have been underway for days in Chicago in the lead up to the event.

The following street closures are or will be in effect:

  • Balbo Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: currently closed until August 7
    • Balbo’s closure will extend to Michigan Avenue on July 25 at 8 p.m. and will remain closed until August 1.
  • Jackson Drive from Columbus to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: Closed Monday morning through August 6
    • Jackson’s closure extends to Michigan Avenue on July 25 at 8 p.m. and will remain closed through August 1.
  • Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt: closed from July 25 at 8 p.m. to August 1
    • The Columbus shutdown will extend to Randolph Street on July 27 at 11:59 p.m. and continue through August 1.
    • NOTE: Additional northbound center lanes on Columbus from 13e Street to Roosevelt Road will be closed on July 25 at 8 p.m., and Columbus will reopen on August 1.
  • Ida B Wells from Michigan to Columbus: Closed July 25 at 8 p.m. to August 1
  • Michigan’s Monroe Street to DuSable Lake Shore Drive: Closed July 27 at 11:59 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. August 1

line up

Dua Lipa, J. Cole and Green Day are set to headline the four-day festival, along with other popular artists like Lil Baby, Machine Gun Kelly, Kygo and Doja Cat. In total, the event will bring together 170 artists on nine stages.

Here is the full schedule:


One-day tickets to Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival range from $125 for general admission tickets to $4,200 for a 4-day Platinum Pass, all of which are already on sale.

General Admission+ tickets sell for $225, which includes shade and seating in two private groves near the Buckingham Fountain, premium restrooms, and a full-service bar with preferential pricing.

New general admission ticket packages are also available, with two- and three-day passes joining the collection. Two day passes will cost $220 and three day passes will cost $330 on the festival website.


The week leading up to the festival, venues across Chicago will see popular Lollapalooza performers take to the stage, with the post-show lineup released Tuesday.

The House of Blues, Metro and Aragon Ballroom, among others, will host artists like The Wombats, Wallows, The Regrettes, Zhu, Fletcher and Beach Bunny from July 26-31.

Green Day, the Sunday headliner of Lollapalooza is also hosting a Lollapalooza Aftershow in Chicago.

Here is the complete program:

Tickets are on sale for the aftershows here.

COVID guidelines

It is not necessary to provide a negative COVID-19 test or present proof of vaccination to enter this year.

The Chicago Department of Public Health has advised people to wear masks in indoor public places and to keep up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots. Those with symptoms are encouraged not to attend events, but to stay home and get tested, the CDPH said.

Additionally, anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or testing positive within five days of an event should not attend, even if they have been vaccinated, according to health officials.

The CDPH’s main concern, he said on Twitter, is for people who are immunocompromised, people with underlying illnesses and those who are not up to date with vaccinations. The aforementioned people should avoid large, non-essential gatherings, according to health officials.

Illinois and Chicago eased their COVID restrictions, lifting their indoor mask and proof of vaccination requirements in late February. Lollapalooza is expected, among many other summer festivals, to return to its pre-pandemic size and scope.


Lollapalooza’s website says the event “works closely with local, state and federal authorities to ensure the safest experience possible.”

There will be uniformed and plainclothes security guards throughout the event, organizers said.

Here is Lolla’s latest bag policy:

  • ALL bags will be searched prior to entry.
  • All bags must be completely TRANSPARENT and made of clear plastic, vinyl or pvc, and must not protrude 12″ x 12″ x 6″ ONLY. Bags will be limited to small handbags, tote bags and drawstring bags only. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited.
  • Small handbags and fanny packs that are 4.5″ x 5.5″ or smaller need not be clear, but cannot have more than one pocket.
  • Hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be transparent, but must be emptied of any liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one containing the water reservoir.

A number of items will not be allowed on the site this year. Here is an overview of what is prohibited and what is not:

The following items are AUTHORIZED:

  • CLEAR bags made of clear plastic, vinyl or pvc, and no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″. Small purses and fanny packs with no more than one pocket. Full bag policy below)
  • Baby strollers
  • Frisbees
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras (basic consumer cameras) without attachable lenses or other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts and other accessories are not allowed)
  • EMPTY reusable water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles
  • Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is permitted in sizes 3.4 ounces or less

Prescription drug requirements:

  • Anyone requiring prescription medication at the festival must present the labeled pharmacy container showing the prescription, dosage and patient’s name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. Clients are only entitled to an adequate supply of prescribed medication for that day.
  • Medications to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited except in a prescribed inhaler.
  • Over-the-counter medications are allowed in sufficient quantities for the day. The contents of the bottles will be checked by the medical staff at the entrance gates.

The following items are PROHIBITED:

  • All bags that are NOT CLEAR bags made of clear plastic, vinyl or pvc and are larger than 12″ x 12″ x 6″. All small purses and fanny packs with more than one pocket. Handbags that are larger than 4.5″ x 5.5″ (see full bag policy below)
  • Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products. NOTE: Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is permitted in sizes 3.4 ounces or less
  • All kinds of coolers. (Exceptions can be made for medical use)
  • Framed backpacks, multi-pocket backpacks, and any bag not aligned with the permitted backpacks above. (See full bag policy below)
  • Any professional audio recording equipment
  • Professional cameras and professional recording equipment (photo, video, audio) (NOT large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, mounting poles (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment.
  • Any professional video equipment. No video recording will be allowed
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • hammocks
  • Glass containers of all kinds
  • Illegal and illicit substances of any kind
  • Outside food or drink (including alcohol) of any kind
  • Umbrellas
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicle
  • Tents, awnings or shade structures of all kinds
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed providers are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials, including flyers, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Bikes inside the festival site (free parking is available near the festival entrance)
  • Carts of all kinds (including red wagons)
  • Chairs of all kinds
  • All Chicago parks ban all forms of tobacco, including vaping.

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