by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times
May 18, 2021
CHICAGO — The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that Lollapalooza would return to Chicago this summer, a year after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the music festival that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the lakefront.
According to the Mayor Lightfoot’s office, Lollapalooza will return to Grant Park at full capacity July 29-Aug. 1, and the line-up of entertainers will be released at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with tickets going on sale two hours later.
Officials said that people attending the music festival must be completely vaccinated for COVID-19 or have negative COVID-19 test results the day before entry. The festival entry process will be detailed in early July.
Lollapalooza attracts 100,000 people every day to see more than 170 acts perform on eight stages.
Last year’s festival was cancelled in June 2020 due to concerns about COVID-19 spreading among concertgoers.
Lollapalooza’s return was made possible, according to Chicago Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, by the city’s “tremendous success” in containing the spread of the coronavirus. Arwady claims regular case numbers, positivity rates, and other “leading indicators” are all constant or declining.