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Seven things to do at Lollapalooza (August 1 to 4) that make it a stand-out summer festival

Lollapalooza Chicago has existed as a staple in the midwestern music scene since its inception in 1991. With copious big-names, diverse acts and charitable ambitions, Lollapalooza provides a summer spectacular for any festival fan. From good eats to ping-pong tables, the fun isn’t constrained to the music. Read below for seven things to look out for at this year’s Lollapalooza.

1. Order Pizza-To-Go. Get your festival grub on and download the Lolla Mobile App to order some deep-dish. With the tap of a button, you’re halfway to chowing down on some Connie’s Pizza outside the Buckingham Fountain. Is Connie’s not your thing? Fear not! Lou Malnati’s, another Chicago classic, is also serving on festival grounds.

2. Take the Little One to Kidzapalooza. If you have a little rocker that you don’t want to get left out of the fun, consider visiting Kidzapalooza! A “festival within a festival”, it’s sure to delight and is equipped with all of the essentials — from baby changing stations to family friendly bands. Expose your child to festival culture early in a kid-friendly environment. Who knows, your toddler could end up on a Lollapalooza stage someday.

Maggie Rogers joins Tame Impala (above), Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae and more on Friday. Photo by Brian Benton.

3. Play Ping Pong with SPiN. If you’re a fan of a bit of fun-and-games, visit SPiN to play some ping pong in between acts. A popular Chicago social club, SPiN is sure to delight with some much needed relaxation in the midst of a hectic festival day. Play against your friends or make some new ones, just don’t get so caught up in the pong that you miss your favorite artist!

4. Join the Registry with Love Hope Strength. Change someone’s life and listen to your favourite songs at the same time. Love Hope Strength, a “rock and roll cancer foundation” with ambition to get fans on the bone marrow registry, will be on site. If you consider yourself a bit of a philanthropist, you can even volunteer to help them at the festival. The full volunteer application is anticipated to launch in July here.

5. Get Your Vote On with HeadCount HeadCount, a voter registration organisation, will be registering voters all Lolla long. Find a volunteer and commit to having your say in the next election. With a special focus on “democracy, music and action” HeadCount will surely motivate you to get engaged in politics. Whatever way you lean, you’re guaranteed to get nonpartisan voter registration help and enjoy some music while you do it.

Kacey Musgraves headlines Sunday alongside Ariana Grande, Flume and Meek Mill. Photo by Brian Benton.

6. Upgrade Your Experience with VIP or Platinum. If you want to splurge on something spectacular, the VIP or Platinum Lollapalooza experiences may be the thing for you. With a plethora of lounges, viewing sites and free food, these upgrades surely won’t disappoint. These added perks will even give you golf-cart transportation to and from the stages. You can also kick back and relax with hair braiding and massages at the end of the day, all just the icing on the cake of this luxury deal.

7. Take Advantage of the Technology. Never frantically search your phone to find an artist again. Lollapalooza has you taken care of! When you point your camera at a stage while using the Lolla mobile app, you can instantly access information about what act is playing and who will be on next. The app is also equipped with GPS technology to ensure that you never get lost searching for a stage.

Interested in attending Lollapalooza 2019? You can find the lineup and ticket details here.

Twenty One Pilots close out Saturday. Photo by Brian Benton.

Emily Muller
Emily Muller is a photographer and writer based in Chicago (USA) and Edinburgh (UK). You can see more of her work at emilymuller.myportfolio.com.

Seven things to do at Lollapalooza (August 1 to 4) that make it a stand-out summer festival

Lollapalooza Chicago has existed as a staple in the midwestern music scene since its inception in 1991. With copious big-names, diverse acts and charitable ambitions, Lollapalooza provides a summer spectacular for any festival fan. From good eats to ping-pong tables, the fun isn’t constrained to the music. Read below for seven things to look out for at this year’s Lollapalooza.

1. Order Pizza-To-Go. Get your festival grub on and download the Lolla Mobile App to order some deep-dish. With the tap of a button, you’re halfway to chowing down on some Connie’s Pizza outside the Buckingham Fountain. Is Connie’s not your thing? Fear not! Lou Malnati’s, another Chicago classic, is also serving on festival grounds.

2. Take the Little One to Kidzapalooza. If you have a little rocker that you don’t want to get left out of the fun, consider visiting Kidzapalooza! A “festival within a festival”, it’s sure to delight and is equipped with all of the essentials — from baby changing stations to family friendly bands. Expose your child to festival culture early in a kid-friendly environment. Who knows, your toddler could end up on a Lollapalooza stage someday.

Maggie Rogers joins Tame Impala (above), Childish Gambino, Janelle Monae and more on Friday. Photo by Brian Benton.

3. Play Ping Pong with SPiN. If you’re a fan of a bit of fun-and-games, visit SPiN to play some ping pong in between acts. A popular Chicago social club, SPiN is sure to delight with some much needed relaxation in the midst of a hectic festival day. Play against your friends or make some new ones, just don’t get so caught up in the pong that you miss your favorite artist!

4. Join the Registry with Love Hope Strength. Change someone’s life and listen to your favourite songs at the same time. Love Hope Strength, a “rock and roll cancer foundation” with ambition to get fans on the bone marrow registry, will be on site. If you consider yourself a bit of a philanthropist, you can even volunteer to help them at the festival. The full volunteer application is anticipated to launch in July here.

5. Get Your Vote On with HeadCount HeadCount, a voter registration organisation, will be registering voters all Lolla long. Find a volunteer and commit to having your say in the next election. With a special focus on “democracy, music and action” HeadCount will surely motivate you to get engaged in politics. Whatever way you lean, you’re guaranteed to get nonpartisan voter registration help and enjoy some music while you do it.

Kacey Musgraves headlines Sunday alongside Ariana Grande, Flume and Meek Mill. Photo by Brian Benton.

6. Upgrade Your Experience with VIP or Platinum. If you want to splurge on something spectacular, the VIP or Platinum Lollapalooza experiences may be the thing for you. With a plethora of lounges, viewing sites and free food, these upgrades surely won’t disappoint. These added perks will even give you golf-cart transportation to and from the stages. You can also kick back and relax with hair braiding and massages at the end of the day, all just the icing on the cake of this luxury deal.

7. Take Advantage of the Technology. Never frantically search your phone to find an artist again. Lollapalooza has you taken care of! When you point your camera at a stage while using the Lolla mobile app, you can instantly access information about what act is playing and who will be on next. The app is also equipped with GPS technology to ensure that you never get lost searching for a stage.

Interested in attending Lollapalooza 2019? You can find the lineup and ticket details here.

Twenty One Pilots close out Saturday. Photo by Brian Benton.

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