Everything You Need To Know About Lollapalooza 2010

Lollapalooza is a huge music fest which occurs annually in Chicago’s Grant Park.  This year the festival will take place between August 6th and August 8th, and the venue along with band list has been greatly expanded compared to previous years.  Lollapalooza combines rock ‘n roll, drink, food and fun within the scenic – yet urban – Grant Park setting.  Hundreds of thousands of attendees are expected this year, and if you are one of them here is some helpful information towards maximizing your enjoyment at this awesome event.

2010 Line Up

Although this year’s line-up is not yet set in stone, quite a few headline acts have been announced.  Highlighted among them is the must anticipated reunion of Soundgarden — which represents just one of literally hundreds of acts making an appearance at Lollapalooza this year.  Other prominent performers include:

  • Lady Gaga
  • Green Day
  • The Strokes
  • Arcade Fire
  • MGMT
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Social Distortion
  • The Black Keys
  • Arcade Fire
  • Cypress Hill
  • DEVO
  • Slightly Stoopid

Activities

In addition to the plethora of performances, Lollapalooza offers a wide variety of other activities and amenities.  Current plans include:

  • Lederhosen’s Biergarten

This open-air beergarden will be an ideal place to meet up with friends and escape the summer heat with an ice cold beer.  The setting includes a large number of picnic tables and trees providing ample shade.

  • Autograph Booth

The autograph booth allows for a way to meet your favorite performers in person.  In addition to autographs, you can pick up the band’s latest albums, t-shirts and artwork.  A schedule of appearances at the autograph booth will be published prior to the start of the event.

  • Playstation Central

Take a break from the action with some gaming at Playstation Central, and get a sneak peek at new upcoming games and Sony movies.  You can also partake in special competitions which award VIP passes and other goodies to the winners.

  • Adidas Originals

The Adidas Originals van will roam Lollapalooza displaying the brand’s latest goods.  Shoes designed by some of your favorite artists will be featured, and top name stars will be on hand for photos.

  • Citi Art Installation

This exhibit will feature some of the finest work local Chicago art students.  Works will be on sale, and proceeds will benefit the Parkways Foundation which seeks to preserve our precious open spaces — like Grant Park.

Chow Town

A single restaurant or food court would not suffice for an event of this magnitude.  Consequently, Lollapalooza has created Chow Town offering culinary treats of all sorts.  Chow Town will be staffed by a wide array of food providers with some of the highlights — among many others — being:

  • Rockit Bar & Grill

This local institution is famous for eclectic food such as truffle fries, bourbon pulled pork and white bean hummus.

  • Franks ‘n’ Dawgs

It’s not hard to figure out what’s offered at Franks ‘n Dawgs — but they’re not your average dog.  Examples include the Dirty Dog containing andouille sausage, dirty rice, and cherry tomato relish.  The Cheese Head pays homage to neighboring Wisconsin with a Sheboygan brat smothered in grilled portobellos and smoked gouda cheese.

  • The Southern

This haven of soul food will serve up favorites including hush puppies, chicken fried steak, sweet potato fries and chilled shrimp cocktails.

  • Big Star

Big Star is known for authentic Mexican food including tacos, pork belly tostadas and their signature grilled corn.

  • Hoosier Mama Pie Company

Hoosier Mama’s is there for dessert serving up homemade milkshakes and malts, a wide variety of pies, cookies and cakes.

Where To Stay

There are abundant hotels in Chicago, but the number which are within walking distance of Grant Park is limited.  You best choices include:

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

2233 South Martin Luther King Drive

Chicago, IL 60616

(312)567-1234

W Chicago – City Center

172 West Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60603

(312)332-1200

Hard Rock Hotel

230 N. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60601

(312)345-1000

Hilton Chicago

720 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605

(312)922-4400

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