Get ready for Chicago’s biggest party weekend!
For over 30 years, fans have flocked to Chicago for Lollapalooza, an annual celebration of live music and its many different genres. What started with mainly alternative rock acts has morphed into a concert featuring just about every type of music under the sun.
This year’s Lollapalooza festival will feature headliners, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, The 1975, and Lana Del Rey, just to name a few.
Once you’ve secured your tickets for the weekend, you might be wondering what to pack for Lollapalooza — well, we’ve got you covered!
Sun & rain gear
Chicago weather can be notoriously unpredictable, so you’ll want to be prepared for anything. Even with cloud cover, the summer sun is strong. Bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat (waterproof and sweatproof is ideal). Chances are you’ll be preoccupied enjoying the music and dancing, so set a reminder when it’s time to reapply sunscreen or even take a quick break from the sun. Also, bring a lightweight, packable rain poncho so you can still enjoy your favorite acts, even if Mother Nature dampens the mood briefly.
What’s the most important item to ensure a fun day at Lollapalooza? Water, water, water — did we mention water? Unlike many music festivals, Lollapalooza will allow attendees to bring one empty plastic or aluminum reusable water bottle or hydration pack per attendee to fill once inside, and, of course, water will be available to purchase along with plenty of water stations inside the concert perimeter. This is an essential item to remember when thinking about what to pack for Lollapalooza.
Resist the urge to wear a brand-new pair of sneakers or sky-high platform sandals and stick with a comfortable pair of shoes that you also don’t mind getting dirty. There’s certainly an opportunity to be creative and fashionable with your outfit, but we recommend comfortable shoes that you can easily walk (and dance!) in — your feet will thank you.
This is almost a no-brainer, but nowadays, everything is on our phones and being without it is like being without an appendage. Not only are your tickets on your phone, but on the Lollapalooza app (available for download in the Apple app store), you’ll be able to access event maps as well as real-time information and updates. Make sure you download pertinent items like your tickets and maps to your phone so you can still access them in case cell service is unreliable.
Lollapalooza is one of the highlights of summer in Chicago, and the energy of the performers and the crowd are sure to blow you away. If you follow this guide on what to pack for Lollapalooza, you’ll be sure to have a great time! If you’re looking to plan a trip to experience a future Lollapalooza in VIP style, contact Superior Executive Services today at (608) 665-9070 or send us a message online!