Top Tips for Lolla 2011

GETTING INTO LOLLA: ENTRANCES & BOX OFFICE 411

Once you arrive at Grant Park, there are two entrances to the festival: Lolla’s Main Entrance at Michigan & Congress and the North Entrance at Columbus & Monroe. Keeping it easy, the Box Office is in the same location as last year – just north of the Main Entrance on the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue and East Van Buren Street. So if you’re mapping things out online, just type in East Van Buren and South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. You don’t have to wait until the big day to grab your wristband, though. Redeem your 3-Day Pass this Wednesday and Thursday from 3PM to 8PM (CT) to get a head start on the show. When Friday rolls around, you can redeem your 3-Day Pass for a wristband at either entrance beginning at 10AM (CT). In the meantime, check out The Map to get your festival bearings in advance! TICKET & BOX OFFICE DETAILS >>

GO TO LOLLA THE GREEN WAY

One huge reason Lolla loves Chicago is the variety of eco-friendly options the city has for getting around! Save time and money, avoid traffic and do your part to help the environment by getting familiar with your transportation options. Use the CTA Trip Planner to route your train or bus routes to Grant Park from anywhere in the city or either airport. (Don’t forget to pick up your fare cards in advance to avoid any ticket counter lines!) You can also ride your bike, share a cab with friends, carpool through the Lollapalooza Zimride Network or hop the Metra. However you choose to roll, help us keep our carbon footprint small and rack up some karma points in the process! FIND OUT MORE >>

SHOULD IT STAY (OR SHOULD IT GO?)

To ensure a fun and safe festival experience for every fan, Lolla’s got a few simple rules about what people can and can’t bring into Grant Park. So if you’re wondering whether or not you should bring your pet parakeet or were planning on pitching a tent in front of the main stage, you’ll want to check out our list of approved and prohibited items. You’ll also find important info on re-entry/ins & outs and other need-to-know details to help you enter the park with ease. SEE ALLOWED & PROHIBITED ITEMS >>

SCORE FREE STUFF ALL WEEKEND LONG

That’s right. Once you’re in the gate at Grant Park, simply follow Lollapalooza on Facebook and Twitter for a shot at winning signed band merchandise, posters, aftershow tickets, LPs, 45s, t-shirts, side-stage spots, sponsor swag, BOGO coupons to Chow Town, and more! Check your phone every hour to catch giveaways happening all over the park. Plus, Facebook and Twitter are the quickest ways to find out about scheduling changes, helpful hints, and other useful info as they happen. LIKE US ON FACEBOOK >> FOLLOW US ON TWITTER >>

LOLLA – MORE THAN JUST MUSIC

Need to cool your heels for a bit? Lolla’s got you covered. There are great places all over the park where you can chill out and regroup before that next band takes the stage. Wet your whistle over at Lederhosen’s Beirgarten with craft-brewed beers like Becks, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and more, or sip a glass of pinot and catch Lolla performances on the big screen over at the Uncorked Wine Bar’s indoor tent. For a leisurely stroll down memory lane, stop by Lollapalooza’s 20th Anniversary Lounge presented by citi and see videos, photos and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from some of Lolla’s early performers that tell the epic story of the festival. Then, once you’re ready to get back to the action, rent a free HD camera over at the Sony bloggie Borrow Bar and film some festival footage of your own! There’s a ton to do at Lolla, even beyond the bands – click through below to check out other Activities In The Park for more ideas! EXPLORE LOLLA’S ENDLESS ACTIVITIES >>

GET SIGNED AT THE f.y.e. TENT!

This year, Lolla is doubling down and getting fans up close and personal with even more of their favorite artists at two f.y.e Autograph Booths! Hang out with the band and snag a signature at either the main f.y.e. Autograph Booth in Northapalooza, or at the new location in the south end of the park. Click on the schedule below and pencil in a rendezvous with awesome Lolla artists like Cold War Kids, Foster The People, Deadmau5 and many more! SEE THE AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE >>

UPGRADE YOUR WEEKEND: DOWNLOAD LOLLA’S APP

Take control of your weekend with the Official Lollapalooza App! Available for iPhone and Android, Lolla’s freshly updated app allows fans to build a fresh schedule or sync their Custom Schedule from Lolla’s website, group text message with friends using GroupMe, browse and order Lolla merch, stream Slacker radio’s Lolla stations and download a free 20-song Lolla sampler from iTunes! With the app’s onboard, Interactive Map, you’ll be able to drop a pin to tell peeps where you’re at, get clued in to interesting activities and locales around the park and read up on festival landmarks for details on food vendors’ menus, water filling stations and restroom areas. Upgrade your festival experience and download it today!

STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR PEEPS!
GROUPME’S FREE GROUP TEXT MESSAGING

Lolla has teamed up with the good folks at GroupMe to integrate their group text messaging service into our festival app! Chat with multiple friends at once using any phone’s text messaging system and make meet-ups extra-easy by dropping a pin in the app and sharing the location with your group. Set up your groups in the “Group Text” tab of your Lolla app, or head over to http://groupme.com/lollapalooza.

HAVE AN EXTRA COOL WEEKEND

This weekend, stay healthy and keep your fluids up! Bring your empty refillable container and stock up at the free, freshly filtered water at the CamelBak Filling Stations around Grant Park. Fans can also bring two factory-sealed bottles (up to 1 Liter each) into Lollapalooza, or pick-up h2O natural spring water at any festival bar for just $2. (Even better, it’s eco-friendly paper packaging is extra easy to flatten and recycle.) Oh, and don’t let a sunburn ruin your festival: wear sunscreen and reapply regularly! FIND OUT MORE >>

COOKING UP A STORM AT CHOW TOWN

After all that rocking out you’re bound to work up a mighty appetite, so we’ve once again brought out some of the best restaurants in Chicago to this year’s Chow Towns – located at both the North and South ends of the park. Lolla’s Culinary Director – the award-winning, four-star Chicago chef Graham Elliot – has outdone himself once again, adding over 15 new restaurants to the Chow Town line-up including The Gage and Henri, Veerasway, and Sol. Hit the link below to scope out the official Chow Town menu and get ready for some good eating. SEE THE MENU >>

HELP LOLLA KEEP IT GREEN

Lolla’s Green Street is the heart of the festival’s commitment to making a positive impact, proudly presenting eco-friendly goods, world-changing organizations, the fan-favorite Rock & Recycle Headquarters and the Lolla Farmers Market! Come down to pick up earth-friendly gear, fair-trade goods, and sustainable sundries If you’d like to pitch in, grab a bag from one of our four Rock & Recycle centers and help us collect recyclables from around Grant Park. Return a filled bag for a free collectible organic t-shirt and a chance to take home a brand new Trek-Earl bicycle. Talk about a win-win situation! Make sure to stop by Lolla Cares to learn about organizations striving to make the world a better place, and visit the Green Info booth in Green Street to get the rundown on Lolla’s ongoing greening efforts. There’s responsibility to go around, but Lolla and its fans are up to the task! STROLL DOWN GREEN STREET >>

BIG FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES AT KIDZAPALOOZA

Why let the adults have all the fun? At Lolla, children 10 and under get in FREE with a ticket holding grown-up, so we’ve prepared some pint-sized fun for our littlest fans. Kidzapalooza –Lolla’s special mini-fest for the young’uns – makes sure kiddos can cut loose and rock out along with their families, teaching some good lessons along the way. Junior Lolla-goers 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. Read over the Kidzapalooza rundown for more info! SEE THE HAPPENINGS >>