Be A Lolla Pro: Ten Essential Tips

LOCATION, LOCATION: NEW MAIN ENTRANCE, NEW BOX OFFICE

There’s a new Main Entrance to Lolla at Michigan & Congress, in addition to the (new last year) North Entrance at Columbus & Monroe. The Box Office also has a fresh location – just north of the Main Entrance at S. Michigan Ave & E. Van Buren St.. Beat the lines and redeem your 3-Day Pass for a wristband at the Box Office this Wednesday and Thursday. Starting Friday, you can redeem your 3-Day Pass for a wristband at either entrance. Now get your bearings with The 2010 Lolla Map.

SAVE THE EARTH (AND SOME HASSLE). GO GREEN TO LOLLA!

One reason we love Chicago is the many eco-friendly choices it offers fans making their way to Lolla. Not only can you save yourself some traffic trouble during peak hours, you’ll be doing your part for the environment. Plan out your train or bus routes to Grant Park from anywhere in the city or either airport with the CTA Trip Planner. Make sure to pick up your farecards in advance to avoid any ticket counter lines. Or ride your bike, share a cab with friends, or hop the Metra. Choose your transportation wisely and rack up some karma points before the big show. LEARN MORE >>

PLUG INTO LOLLA WITH FREE WIFI, PLUS iPHONE & ANDROID APPS

Lolla is more connected than ever! This year festival-goers have access to FREE WiFi throughout Grant Park – just log onto the “2010 Lolla WiFi” network. More coverage makes our FREE iPhone and Android Apps even more desirable. Take your Lolla experience to another – more convenient level – with the ability to: - build or access your custom Lolla schedule - explore the official festival map - communicate with your friends on a group “Chat Wall” - use GPS to plant a flag so you can find your friends in Grant Park Need some juice for your mobile device while roaming around Lolla? Charge up at the AOL Lifestream Lounge. Download the iPhone App >> Download the Android App >>

TO BRING OR NOT TO BRING…

To make sure that every fan who attends Lolla has a fun and – most importantly – safe festival experience, we’ve got a few simple rules about what you can and can’t bring into Grant Park. So if you were thinking about taking Fido along to see his favorite bands, or if you’ve got some leftover fireworks from July 4th you’d like to celebrate with, you’re going to want to read over our Allowed & Prohibited Items list. You’ll also find important info on re-entry/ins & outs and other need-to-know details to prevent any unwelcome surprises at the gates. LEARN MORE >>

ARTIST AUTOGRAPHS AT THE f.y.e. TENT

Get up close and personal at the f.y.e. Autograph Booth in Northapalooza, where bands like Phoenix, MGMT, Hot Chip, Spoon and many more will be on hand to meet fans and sign some swag. Check out the f.y.e. Autograph schedule and add some signature appointments with your favorite artists to your custom Lolla schedule! LEARN MORE >>

HYDRATE UP & COOL DOWN

Who are your two best friends at Lolla? H2O and sunscreen. You can bring two factory sealed bottles (up to 1 Liter each) into Lollapalooza. Or bring your empty refillable container and stock up at the free water stations throughout Grant Park. You can also pick-up h2O natural spring water at any festival bar for $2 – plus, it’s eco-friendly paper packaging makes it even easier to flatten and recycle. Wear sunscreen, and reapply often. And every so often, remember to cool off (and freshen up) at the misting areas and the CTA Chill Zones. LEARN MORE >>

GRAB SOME OF CHICAGO’S FINEST FOOD AT CHOW TOWN

You’re bound to build up an appetite jumping from stage to stage to catch your favorite bands, so we’ve got some of the most delicious dining in Chicago at both the North and South ends of the park. Overseeing all of your appetites is Chicago’s Graham Eliot – award-winning, four-star chef and Lolla’s first ever Culinary Director. And talk about variety. This year, Graham added over 15 new restaurants to the Chow Town line-up – like Big Star, Kuma’s Corner, Bleeding Heart Bakery, and Sunda – along with returning favorites. See what’s on this year’s Chow Town menu. LEARN MORE >>

LOLLA’S FAVORITE COLOR IS GREEN

After such an incredible response last year, Green Street has grown in 2010 and will feature a Farmer’s Market selling fresh fruits, organic espresso drinks (and the only coffee at Lolla), fresh smoothies, and other environmentally conscious wares. That also means a bigger, better Art Market, featuring select retailers’ eco-friendly gear, fair-trade goods, and sustainable sundries. All weekend long, you’ll once again be able to help Lolla conserve by grabbing a bag from one of our four Rock & Recycle centers and collecting recyclables from around Grant Park. Return a filled bag for a free collectible t-shirt and a chance to win a brand new custom single speed bike from the ace cyclists at Origin 8. It couldn’t be any easier to help Lolla in its commitment to preserving Grant Park (and the Earth), so pitch in and win! Make sure you stop by Lolla Cares to see what other organizations are doing to make the world a better place. LEARN MORE >>

NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT LOLLA

Sure, there’s non-stop music and excitement at Lolla, but what if you want to kick back and relax a bit? We’ve planned for that, too. All over the park, you’ll find great places to put your feet up and take a load off. Head over to Lederhosen’s Beirgarten, where we’ll once again feature the best craft-brewed beers like Becks, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and more to wet your whistle. Or have a picnic over in Green Street. Once you’re recharged, rent a free HD camera over at the Sony bloggie Borrow Bar and get some cool festival footage, or go catch Lolla performances on the big screen over a glass of pinot at Uncorked Wine Bar’s indoor tent. There is so much more to do beyond the bands at Lolla – check out other Activities In The Park for more ideas! LEARN MORE >>

THE PINT-SIZED PARTY AT KIDZAPALOOZA

You don’t have to be a grown up to get down! At Lolla, children 10 and under get in FREE with a ticketed adult. Our special Lolla zone for the young ones, Kidzapalooza, promises to keep the kiddos as entertained and engaged as the adults, teaching some good lessons along the way. This year, the littlest Lolla fans can screen print a hip tote with Paul Frank, sing with Rock Star Video karaoke, learn skateboarding safety, and get an environmentally friendly mohawk among other cool activities. Check out our Kidzapalooza page for more info! LEARN MORE >>