Street closures begin for weeks in Lollapalooza ahead of Chicago’s biggest music festival – NBC Chicago

Street closures for Lollapalooza have begun in Chicago to prepare for the city’s biggest music festival, which is due to take place the last weekend in July.

Lollapalooza, which will hit Grant Park July 28-31, will close streets, curb lanes and sidewalks until early August to prepare and clean up after the festival, according to the Office of Emergency Management and Chicago Communications.

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

Dua Lipa, J. Cole and Green Day are set to headline the 4-day festival from July 28-31, along with other popular artists like Lil Baby, Machine Gun Kelly, Kygo and Doja Cat.

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.

Here is the full program:

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.

Here is the complete program:

Tickets are on sale for the aftershows here.

Organizers noted that health and safety policies — such as negative tests, masks and proof of vaccination — may be required for the event, like last year. Details of all COVID measures will be announced before the festival.

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.

NBC Chicago

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