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Lollapalooza returns to Chicago  this weekend: what you need to know

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago this weekend: what you need to know

The Lollapalooza Music Festival returned to Grant Park on Thursday, August 2, drawing hundreds of thousands to Chicago’s lakefront for the highly anticipated four-day event featuring over 180 performances on eight stages. As the festival gets underway, the Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) encourages those attending to enjoy a fun and safe event by adhering to safety and security precautions in place, including the new restrictions on the bags allowed in the venue, as well as the restrictions on bottled water. In addition, motorists, pedestrians and residents in the area are reminded of the street closures and traffic impacts throughout the weekend.

NEW this year:

1. Backpacks are not allowed. Only single-pocket drawstring bags, small purses and totes are allowed, bag sizes will be limited to 14“ x 11“x 5“ or smaller. For the list of permitted items, go to our website at mychinews.com/events/lollapalooza-2018.

2. No liquids will be allowed; however, empty containers and hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir. Free water at Hydration Stations will be provided inside the venue, which has increased by 20% in response to this security change. For more information on prohibited items, go to mychinews.com/events/lollapalooza-2018.

3. Patrons can opt-in to receive NotifyChicago alert messages specific to the event by texting Lolla18 to 81437. Notifications will include weather, traffic, and any other public safety messages related to Lollapalooza.

4. Street closures: Columbus Drive will be closed from Monroe Street to Roosevelt Road. Lake Shore Drive or State Street can be used as alternate routes around the festival crowds and closures. In addition, Balbo Drive and Jackson Boulevard are closed from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, and Congress Parkway (including the Congress Circle) is closed from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive. Balbo Drive from Columbus Drive to Lakeshore Drive will remain closed through Thursday, August 9 and Jackson Boulevard from Columbus Drive to Lakeshore Drive will remain closed through Wednesday, August 8.