Chicago, IL - August 1, 2021: The temporary Lollapalooza sign downtown Chicago, at the entrance to Grant Park. Photo via Shutterstock.

Lollapalooza 2023

AUGUST 03-06, 2023


In the glare of the windy city skyline, Lollapalooza serves global talent and distinct Chicago flavor.

Lollapalooza is returning to the windy city this year with a star-studded lineup of the best in pop, rock, techno, rap and even sad girl indie. The annual festival, which began in 1991 as part of Jane’s Addiction’s Farewell Tour, was originally a touring event, but it has found its home in Chicago. (It still tours occasionally, though, taking its party to Mumbai, India this past January.)

With Kendrick Lamar, The 1975 and Odesza among its headliners, many artists already on this year’s festival circuit will take the stage at Lollapalooza, but that’s not to say it’s without its thrills. After reuniting for the first time since 2015, Blink-182 was a surprise performer and last minute headliner at Coachella in April, and the band is ready to rock at Lola like it’s the new dawn of a new millennium. Red Hot Chili Peppers will also bring the California fusion as they share headlining duties on Sunday with proclaimed fan and Long Beach enthusiast Lana Del Rey.

Lollapalooza attracts talent from around the globe, but the foods served are distinctly Chicago. Chow Town, a long row of restaurants beneath the city skyline, has been known to include local fixtures such as Connie’s Pizza and Kamehachi sushi bar. Since Lollapalooza tends to attract more of a rough partying crowd, expect lots of dancing, drinking and moshing, especially closer to the stage. However, for those who just want to vibe, hanging in the middle-back of the crowd will still give you good music and a great time.

The Specs

  • About 400,000 people attend Lollapalooza each year.
  • 4 day GA tickets start at $375, 2 day GA for $250 and 1 day GA for $125. The full breakdown can be found here.
  • Read Fifty Grande’s Guide to Chicago here.


What is the bag policy? You can bring in clear bags no bigger than 12 by 6 by 12 and small purses and fanny packs with no more than one pocket

Can I bring my own water bottle? Yes, you can bring in empty reusable water bottles made of plastic or aluminum.

Is smoking allowed? All smoking, including vaping, is prohibited.

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BY Lauren Harvey