Lollapalooza

August 19, 2011
The massive summer music festival that is Lollapalooza has rocked Chicago once again. Starting August 5th, over 240,000 people attended the three-day festival that sprawls out over Grant Park. With 130 acts on eight stages, Lollapalooza’s footprint keeps growing and reaching record breaking attendances. It was a sold out festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Lollapalooza and what a celebration it was. In 1991, Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell conjured up the idea of Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for his band. It was to be a traveling music festival throughout the United States and Canada. The first year, it was received well by concert attendees but over the years people became less interested. In 2003, Perry Farrell reunited with Jane’s Addiction to revive Lollapalooza and bring it to 30 cities. However it wasn’t met with great success and in 2004 the music festival had to be cancelled due to lack of sales. But that didn’t stop Farrell from making Lollapalooza an extremely successful musical festival and in 2005 it was brought back to life as a two-day festival in Grant Park. From 2005 till now, Lollapalooza has been received with much praise. Attendance keeps growing and so does the need for more musical acts and stages. For the 20th celebration, huge musical acts descended upon Grant Park including Coldplay, Eminem, Girl Talk, Ce Lo Green and the Foo Fighters to name a few. Other acts included Muse, Kid Cudi, Sam Adams and Arctic Monkeys. If you attended Lollapalooza than you know that almost nothing can beat this music festival. Being in the heart of the city with mouth-watering food and the cool breezes of Lake Michigan and shade of Grant Park, is what makes Lollapalooza a three-day music festival you won’t forget. Be sure to read our blog for other great Real Chicago ideas from the Drake Hotel. Ready to come? Book your hotel room in Chicago at the Drake Hotel.