Lollapalooza Travel Deals
July 13th, 2011
Even if you’re old enough to remember Lollapalooza as a touring summer music festival, the current incarnation of the event bears such little resemblance to the original that it’s worth checking it out again. And if you’re just a fan of music and you didn’t know Lollapalooza was ever anything but a big music festival in Chicago, then ignore the previous statement’s reminiscing and carry on.
Since 2005, Lollapalooza has been a three-day music festival held in Chicago’s Grant Park, featuring live performances by some of the top musical acts from around the world. The 2005 event wasn’t huge in terms of the number of attendees, but more recent years have brought in enough festival-goers (and money) that Chicago has agreed to host the festival through 2018.
Music lovers who already live in or near Chicago are lucky to not need much guidance when it comes to travel tips for Lollapalooza – but for the rest of us, here are links to some articles that will help you save money on your flight to Lollapalooza, scope out alternative airports in search of better deals, and figure out how to get there.
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The 2011 Lollapalooza lineup includes Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo, Ween, The Cars, Bright Eyes, Big Audio Dynamite, Deftones, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and OK Go.
Not everyone who goes to the Lollapalooza lives in Chicago – so for many people the first thing they need to do is find a cheap flight to Chicago. It’s especially important to hunt for bargains, since the festival is in the midst of the peak summer tourist season and in a popular destination – and since you’ve already paid a not-insignificant sum for your Lollapalooza tickets – and this article has some tips that will help you find a cheaper flight.
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There are some cities that have only one airport close enough to be thought of as a “home airport” for that city, but Chicago is not one of them. There are four airports in and around the city that can be a good option, depending where you’re flying from and what airlines fly from your departure airport. This article outlines your four choices, including which are more popular with budget airlines and which have good public transportation options into the city from the airport.
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Whether you’re flying to Lollapalooza or not, you’ll have to get to the festival site somehow. Thankfully, because the festival takes place in downtown Chicago – a city with an excellent network of public transit options – you can have a less stressful travel experience by not dealing with driving a car into central Chicago. But whatever transit method you use or where you’re coming from, they’re all covered in this article.
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Unless you’re familiar with central Chicago, getting some travel tips for the city – especially during Lollapalooza – is a good idea. This travel guide includes information about the entrances to the festival (and how to reach them), what to pack for a day spent at the music festival, how much you should be prepared to spend in a day at the festival, plus where to eat and where to sleep close to the festival grounds.
And if you’re planning to stay in the city for longer than the duration of the festival itself, don’t forget to take a look at this Chicago travel guide for more visitor’s tips to the Windy City as well.
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