Chicago's Grant Park is ready to rock this weekend, with the annual Lollapalooza music festival starting Friday. Hundreds of thousands of fans will be jamming into the park over the next few days to listen to their favorite bands.
FOX 32 News has been gearing up for the kickoff of the event all week long, and we have your guide of everything you need to know for the weekend ahead!
Lineup and Schedule
Each year, hundreds of musical guests come to Chicago to play for thousands of fans. This year, Lollapalooza attendants can hear music from Paul McCartney, Metallica, Sam Smith, Charlie XCS, and much more.
Traffic and Public Transportation
The CTA and Metra will provide extra service for this weekend’s Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park.
Metra is offering a discounted $10 unlimited ride ticket, valid on all trains scheduled to arrive after 9:30 a.m. on Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
However, there will be no alcoholic beverages or glass containers allowed on Metra trains after 7 p.m. Friday, or Saturday and Sunday. Bicycles will be allowed on trains, but due to high ridership, they might not be accommodated.
The CTA will provide extra train service beginning Friday evening through Sunday.
On the Blue Line, longer trains will run until 11:30 p.m. Friday and more frequently Friday evening. On Saturday and Sunday, longer trains will run between 1:30 and 11:30 p.m.
On the Red Line, longer trains will run until midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and more frequently Friday evening.
On the Brown, Green, and Orange Lines, longer trains will run until 11 p.m. Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday.
Trains will operate normally all weekend on the Pink and Purple Lines. The Yellow Line remains suspended, but customers can board free shuttle buses at Yellow Line stations between Dempster and Howard.
In the Loop, Balbo is closed from Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue, and Jackson is closed from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus. Columbus is closed from Monroe to Roosevelt, and Congress is closed from Columbus to Michigan.
As a result, nine CTA buses are detoured in those areas: the No. 2 Hyde Park Express, the No. 6 Jackson Park Express, the No. 7 Harrison, the No. 10 Museum of Science & Industry, the No. J14 Jeffery Jump, the No. 26 South Shore Express, the No. 126 Jackson, the No. 143 Stockton/Michigan Express and the No. 147 Outer Drive Express.
The CTA advises that customers buy fares ahead of time to avoid long lines at stations over the weekend.
Lollapalooza security does check bags for booze and drugs, and the city says police will be on the lookout for underage drinking.
But doctors have heard unconfirmed reports of people trying to avoid those measures by burying their stash in Grant Park before the festival, and then digging it up once inside.
Officials warn parents to be proactive and talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol before they head out to Lollapalooza. Last year during the Lollapalooza weekend, hospitals reported 102 alcohol related visits by underage drinkers.
Cell Phone Service
Verizon has installed 12 new small cells, designed to boost network capacity in highly populated areas, around Grant Park, according to a statement from the company.
Small cells are “strategically positioned within Verizon’s existing network coverage area to add additional 4G LTE capacity where it’s needed,” the statement said. The small cells are hidden on existing infrastructure such as light poles, traffic lights and power poles.