News Release
City Services

July 31, 2014

As Lollapalooza Returns To Grant Park This Weekend, City Encourages Music Fans To Enjoy PremierFestival Safely And Responsibly

Large crowds expected, street closures in place for August 1-3 music festival

OEMC Media Affairs    312.746.9454

Lollapalooza begins on Friday, August 1, in Grant Park, bringing hundreds of thousands to the lakefront in Chicago for the sold-out, three-day music festival, with an outstanding line-up and attractions. As always, public safety is a top priority. The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) urges those attending to be mindful of restrictions in order to enjoy a safe event and adhere to any public safety directions. Motorists and pedestrians, as well as residents, in the area are reminded of the street closures and traffic impacts throughout the weekend.

Street Closures: Columbus is closed from Monroe to Roosevelt through Monday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. Lake Shore Drive or State Street can be used as alternate routes around the festival crowds and closures. In addition, Balbo and Jackson are closed from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive and Congress Parkway (including the Congress Circle) is closed from Michigan to Columbus. Balbo from Columbus to Lakeshore Drive will remain closed through Thursday, August 7 and Jackson from Columbus to Lakeshore Drive will remain closed through Wednesday, August 6. Traffic Control Aides (TCAs) are deployed to facilitate traffic.

Weather Shelters: Attendees should be aware of the emergency weather evacuation shelters sites located in the Grant Park North, Grant Park South and East Monroe Street Garages. Blue and white signage is posted to direct people to designated extreme weather shelters for extreme conditions such as lightning, tornadoes, hail storms or other weather events. The Grant Park North and Grant Park South emergency weather evacuation shelter sites can be accessed through the vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue. The East Monroe Street site can be accessed via Columbus.

Pole Locations: For public safety, attendees are reminded to be aware of the numbers attached to the poles throughout the Grant Park area to help them reference their location within the Park to friends, family and first responders if there is an emergency. Security and Enforcement: Festival-goers are reminded that all bags will be searched upon entering the festival grounds. Also, underage drinking is not allowed and the ordinance will be strictly enforced.

ADA Drop-Off: ADA drop-off is located at the eastbound curb lane of Monroe from Michigan Avenue to Columbus Drive.

Public Transportation: Public transportation is encouraged. CTA and Metra provide additional service for the event. Please visit the CTA website for details at or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA.

Weather Conditions: At this point, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the upper 70s/lower 80s for the weekend; however, attendees should dress accordingly to avoid heat-related emergencies. Water stations are available throughout the Lollapalooza footprint and fans are allowed to bring up to two factory-sealed water bottles (one liter in size) to the event to avoid dehydration.

OEMC Traffic and Weather Notifications: The public is also encouraged to register for free emergency alerts, including severe weather notifications, by subscribing to NotifyChicago at In case of emergency, attendees should be alert to safety messages from the official Lollapalooza Mobile App, video screens at the main entrance and at the three stages, as well as audio announcements broadcasted from all stages.

OEMC works closely with organizers by planning well in advance of the popular event to ensure the safety of performers, music fans and residents. Participants are urged to be familiar with the surrounding area and to heed warnings, if need be. For a map of festival grounds and emergency information, as well as entertainment details, visit the Lollapalooza website at
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications was established in 1995 to coordinate the City’s delivery of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services resources. OEMC operates Chicago’s public safety communications system, managing emergency situations and coordinating major events, 3-1-1 and 9-1-1 Communications Operations. OEMC is also the host to Notify Chicago, a resource for residents to subscribe to receive text and voice alerts related to traffic disruptions, severe weather, health and major incidents. For more information visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook/coemc.