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Lollapalooza 2012

7/16/12 | by

We’re half way through August and that means that we’re half way to Lollapalooza as far as July is concerned. Lollapalooza is a summer music festival in Grant Park, Chicago with great music and fun people in an atmosphere that screams "summer in Chicago."

Unfortunately, Lollapalooza 2012 is completely sold out already, so unless you know a good scalper, if you don’t already have your tickets, you’ll just have to hear about the show from all your friends. Of course, if you read our blog and realize that this is your holy grail of a concert - stay on top of things and get tickets for next year! If, on the other hand, you’re like some people we know and have been looking forward to this Chicago festival since the beginning of the year, or longer, then here are a few helpful tips.

Who you’ll see:
Yes, there were tons of rumors floating around before they announced the Lollapalooza 2012 lineup, but it’s been official since April, and if you haven't been checking the website every week since then, then you aren't nearly as excited as most of the people that are going. Either way, some of the bands you'll see there are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Florence + The Machine, At the Drive-In, Bassnectar, The Shins, Passion Pit, and many, many more.

Who you should bring:
Bring the whole family or just the adults. Kids under 10 get in for free and there are things for them to do other than listen to insanely loud music in a crowd full of ragers. There is no limit on the adult to child ratio, so you could technically bring the whole gang of 2nd graders that usually congregate at your house sipping juice boxes and jumping on the trampoline, but that's just a whole gang of kids that you'll probably need leashes for. Use your own discretion. 

What you should bring:
Obviously, you're at a music festival. Some things are allowed, some things are not allowed and some things you shouldn't go anywhere near this Chicago music festival without. Bring a blanket or towel. These will be ideal for sitting on, snuggling in when the sun goes down, or even wrapping up in when you get too into the music and your shirt somehow gets ripped off. Don't leave your smartphone behind either! You can download the 2012 Lollapalooza schedule to your phone with the Lollapalooza Mobile App and you won't miss a single performance, unless you purposefully want to duck out on a few, of course.

What you definitely shouldn't bring:
The biggest no-no's in this Chicago music festival are:

  • The fast-food you picked up on the way over, or any outside food at all.
  • All those leftover Budwiesers that you couldn't finish last night, no matter how delicious.
  • A hard cooler filled with anything more than 2 water bottles. And no, not two bottles that at one point contained water, before you poured that out and filled it with your cheap excuse for vodka.
  • Bikes, skateboards, anything that can harm others, and preferably anything that could potentially harm you. Preferably.

What you should do while you're there:

  • Check Your Bag In: State Farm is hosting a bag check by the fountains so you don't have to lug around all your goodies the entire time you're trying to sing, dance and walk around.
  • Win Prizes: Kick it at the Sony Cube, the Playstation Society and all the other tents to see their latest and greatest technological feats and win or compete in giveaways with tons of cool goodies to go home with.
  • Get Your Souveinirs: Those win-able goodies are good, but what would be even better is the chance for a meet and greet with your favorite artists. Head over to the F.Y.E. Autograph tent and purchase CDs, DVDs and more by your favorite performers and then get them to sign your package before you leave. Preferably the stuff that you bought there, and not the package you brought with you in your pants, but whatever you can make work, right? 
  • Kiddie Stuff: The Toyota Prius Family Playground is hosting games and fun, and even a family challenge. 
  • Uncork and Unwind: Pass the Bottle is hosting the Uncork Wine Lounge at Lollapalooza 2012, where you can step in to "pair and share" (or not share at all) 10 wines from all over the world.

What you should wear:

  • Your Wristband: Without this little gem, you won't be able to get back into the festival the next day, or have anything on your wrist for the next year that screams to everyone "Hey, I have done at least one cool thing in my life, so you should respect me."
  • Sunscreen. Temperatures are usually well in the 80's in Chicago during the summer, so lather up so that you're not taking more home with you than the sweet memories of seeing your favorite bands perform. It's nice when you don't have to spend hours photoshopping pictures until you can upload one picture to Facebook that doesn't resemble all your friends posing with a ripe tomato.
  • Clothes: Your trendiest graphic band tee, cut off shorts and a messy ponytail. To fit in with the rest of the cool music lovers surrounding you of course.
  • A hat or sunglasses. You're going to want to protect those sacred retinas of yours from that harsh Chicago summer sun. But also, you don't want your vintage sunglasses to be the only ones in Chicago to go un-Instagrammed, do you? That just wouldn't be fair.

When you should leave
After the Jane's Addiction Aftershow on Saturday. Franz Ferdinand will be the special guest. The show starts at 10pm and it's 18 and up only, so you know what that means. Well, it means that you should probably not bring your kids if you're planning on attending. That's what. 

Yes, tickets for Lollapalooza 2012 are already sold out, so if you haven't gotten yours yet, at least there's always next year. There are tons of other concerts and festivals in Chicago through the summer though, so keep checking back with Chicago Traveler on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ so that you don't miss your chance to see those either!