Lollapalooza is just around the corner! You’ve already planned your schedule, but what else do you need to know to make the most out of your fest experience? From our brand new ping pong area to key festival pro-tips, read on for the 411 and impress your friends with your knowledge of all things Lolla.

By now you should have received your 2018 Lolla wristband in the mail, but if you have any ticket-related questions, you can get all the info you need in the Tickets section of our FAQs Page.

The 2018 Box Office Location will be at Michigan Avenue and Van Buren Street. The Box Office will be open:

Wednesday, August 1st:
12pm – 7pm

Thursday, August 2nd – Sunday, August 5th
10am – 9pm

Sunday GA, VIP Tickets and Platinum Tickets are still on sale – get yours now.


Ready to fest? Don’t forget to activate your wristband online and register for Lolla Cashless! Activate your wristband before heading to Grant Park to ensure a smooth entry and add an emergency contact to your wristband.

LOLLA CASHLESS PRESENTED BY CITI®: Pay for food, drinks and merch with a tap of your wristband! Register your wristband for Cashless at the Wristband Activation Tents, at, or on the Official Mobile App. Sign up with your Citi® card and enjoy additional access exclusively for Citi® Cardmembers.


NEW IN 2018! This year we’re introducing GA+, the perfect way to up your Lolla game and get some amazing perks during the festival! Available to existing 4-Day or 1-Day GA Ticket-buyers, upgrade your GA ticket to GA+ to get access to the GA+ Grove, which includes shaded seating, air-conditioned restrooms, discounts on beer, wine and cocktails and more.


Want to get in Grant Park as quickly as possible? To speed up entry, leave your bags at home, and take advantage of our No Bag Express Lanes. Please check the list of permitted items in advance or at the gate, listen for the audio announcements and dispose of any item that is not allowed inside the festival.

BAG POLICY: All bags will be searched before entry.

  • Bags will be restricted to small purses, totes and drawstring bags only. Bag size may not exceed 14” x 11” x 5” (35cm x 28cm x 12cm), or 30 linear inches (75cm) in total, and must have no more than one singular pocket or opening. Backpacks and bags with multiple pockets are prohibited. Hydration packs are allowed but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.

Do not leave your items unattended. Lockers are available for rent just south of the main entrance off Congress. Lost and Found is located at Guest Services at Columbus and Congress, and you can search for missing items here.

All ticketholders are allowed to re-enter the festival 3 times per day after initial entry. You must be scanned upon exit at the gate in order to re-enter that same day. Ticketholders and their belongings will be searched upon entry and every re-entry to the park.


Safety first! Here are some helpful tips on how to prepare for the fest:

  • Have Emergency Contact info on your person and your phone lock screen in case emergency personnel need to know who to contact (PRO-TIP: Make sure to register your wristband where you will be asked to fill out an Emergency Contact).
  • Remember to stay hydrated (visit our CamelBak Hydration Stations for free, cool, filtered water) and eat regularly at Chow Town or a Lolla Bodega.
  • Protect yourself from the sun – take breaks and find shade. Sunscreen lotion, hats, and sunglasses are key. Forget your sunscreen? Head to a Lolla Bodega to purchase some. You can also catch some shade on our cooling buses by the Medical Tents on Balbo and Jackson, or enjoy the breeze from one of our cooling stations scattered around the park.
  • Bring hearing protection – we get loud (PRO-TIP: If you forget your ear plugs, stop by Guest Services to grab a pair).
  • Keep yourself and your belongings safe – be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your personal items at all times. If you find something OR lose something, head to or Guest Services for our Lost & Found. Keep your cell phone and wallet close – the Chicago Police Department will be on the lookout for cell phone theft.
  • Bring a list of allergies and medications you take in case of medical emergency.
  • Dress for the weather – we’re constantly monitoring the weather. Keep an eye on the radar before heading to Grant Park so you can dress accordingly (rain boots, ponchos, etc). Forget your poncho? Head to a Lolla Bodega to purchase one.
  • Need help? Lost? Injured? Witness criminal activity? Contact any uniformed staff member or call 9-1-1 and give the letter/number on the pole nearest your location. Pole Markers attached to the light poles around Grant Park will help first-responders locate you quickly.

From creating your perfect Custom Schedule, to filtering Chow Town restaurants by Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free options, we’ve got you covered. Download the Official Lollapalooza Mobile App presented by Bud Light for Android and iPhone to have everything Lolla right at your fingertips. New this year you can order pizza and merch to go, and use the Virtual Schedule feature to point your phone at a stage for info on which act is currently playing, as well as who is on next!

Also, opt-in for Push Notifications to stay in the loop on schedule changes, fun giveaways, important updates and emergency information all weekend long!


Whether you’re heading to the festival from Chicago or beyond, here are some different transportation and parking options to help you get to and from the front row:


Uber is the official rideshare partner of Lolla, available to help transport you to and from the festival. Carpool together with friends and save some money! New to Uber? Enter code LOLLA18 for $15 off your first ride. At the end of the night look for the Uber signs as you exit the park, and walk west to State Street or North to Randolph for pickup.

Public Transportation

CTA, Metra and Pace make getting to Lolla easy! Plan your trip today using the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)‘s trip planner GoRoo with real-time travel information.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has train and bus routes to Grant Park, throughout the city and to both major airports. Map out your route on CTA or click here to buy a CTA Visitor Pass (the best value!).

Traveling from the suburbs? Metra’s commuter rail system makes it easy. Metra takes you to and from Lolla via one of five downtown train stations within walking distance of Grant Park. Metra is offering a $15 unlimited ride pass for Thursday and Friday and a $10 unlimited ride Weekend Pass for Saturday and Sunday. Fans are encouraged to travel after 9:30 a.m., when more capacity is available. Buy passes at train stations or on the Ventra App, available at the App Store or Google Play. Click here for the scoop on riding Metra to and from Lolla and to see Metra maps, schedules and station information.

Traveling from the suburbs? Metra’s commuter rail system makes it easy. Click here for the scoop on riding Metra to and from Lolla and to see a map of nearby Metra stations.


Convenient and security patrolled 24-hour parking is available near Grant Park at the four Millennium Garages. For the best rates, reserve your parking in advance by clicking here.


Grab a cab and get dropped off near the gates at Congress and Michigan Ave or Columbus and Monroe. Then head over to the Box Office and into the festival.


With hundreds of stations around the Chicago area you can easily get to and from the festival on a Divvy bike. Receive your first ride free when you use promo code LOLLA18 in the Divvy app (one free ride per user, redeemable August 2-5, 2018). Divvy will have valets on site all four days of Lollapalooza at Michigan & Jackson from 11am to 11pm to help you get to Lolla even quicker!

Lollapalooza offers ample bike parking just south of the main entrance at Congress and Michigan Ave. While you’re there, check in with ChainLinks for a custom Lolla bike-themed drawstring bag, free to cyclists while supplies last, and help with minor repairs and supplies you may have forgotten. Remember to roll with your lock to keep your bike secure while you’re at the show.

Get a head start on mastering Lolla by getting to know Grant Park. Check out some of the important areas you’ll want to visit like Chow Town, Lolla Bodegas, Kidzapalooza and more!


We’ve taken your feedback and made some improvements so you can have the BEST year yet at Lolla. With the introduction of our new Ping Pong hangout, more cocktail lounges, and so much more, this year’s fest won’t disappoint. Read on to learn more about what’s new at Lolla 2018!


Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a Chicago-area native, will be streaming live daily from the first ever Lollapalooza Gaming Lounge as he plays with artists and special guests backstage all weekend long.

As the most popular online gamer in the world, Ninja has risen to superstar ranks, with the most followed channel on Twitch and breaking the live concurrent view record for a celebrity game back in March that included Travis Scott. He’s earned fans from across the spectrum, and recently won a million-dollar charity tournament playing with Marshmello.

His streams from Lolla will be available live at

Curated by Chicago’s own celebrity chef Graham Elliot, Chow Town offers the most delicious festival food, drinks, and sweets from the Windy City’s favorite restaurants. Far from turkey legs and funnel cake, Chow Town offers food for everyone, including lobster corndogs, chicken and waffles, burgers, pizza, ice cream, and Chicago-style hot dogs. Download the Lolla App to filter by Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free options!


The LollaShop pop-up store is back in action from Tuesday, 7/31, through Monday, 8/6. This year, we are directly across the street from Grant Park at Jackson and Michigan. Get pumped for the fest and stop by early for the freshest Lolla gear. Shop the full 2018 official merchandise line plus selections from our vintage collection. You’ll find our newest brand mash-ups from American Eagle, Camp Collection and everyone’s favorite Chicago sports teams. Shop early for the best selections!

Pop-Up Store Location:

LollaShop Pop Up store is located at 224 S. Michigan Ave. Get directions here.

Hours of Operation:

July 31st – August 6th
Tuesday, 7/31: Noon – 8pm
Wednesday, 8/1: 10am-8pm
Thursday, 8/2 to Sunday, 8/5: 10am-10:30pm
Monday, 8/6: 10am-5pm


We’re bringing back the fan favorite Merch Palace! Come shop in air-conditioned bliss inside our megastore at Buckingham Fountain at Lollapalooza. Peruse at your own pace and shop like a mall-rat at the LollaShop at Grant Park.

LollaShop To Go

Don’t have time to go to the store? Order your merch to go! Simply visit or the Lolla Mobile App to shop the full selection of items available. At your leisure, stop by our pick-up location at Buckingham Fountain any time before the end of the festival to grab your loot.


This is your one-stop shopping destination for festival fashion and lifestyle goods. Whether you’re on the hunt for Lolla garb, a flashy accessory, or a new addition to your art collection, you’ll find it here. Located at Buckingham Fountain in the heart of Grant Park, this shopping experience is home to the LollaShop walk-in store, FYE Autograph Experience, pop-up shops from Aviator Nation and Chicago Blackhawks, plus curated goods from independent artisans.


Lollapalooza was the first-ever festival to blend art and activism in 1991, and Lolla Cares continues today as an integral part of the four-day event. We choose non-profit organizations that are focused on raising awareness for a variety of causes, including art, the environment, and those committed to improving the quality of life for their community and future generations. We invite all fans to get involved, so swing by Lolla Cares and join the conversation.


Lollapalooza, a 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award recipient, is committed to sustainable festival practices in the field, behind the scenes and through the preservation of the ever-beautiful Grant Park. This commitment is integrated into every area of the park, from recycling and composting, to eco-friendly service items at Chow Town, and CamelBak Hydration Stations that provide patrons free, filtered water, diverting thousands of plastic bottles from the landfill.

We invite attendees to join our sustainability efforts by participating in the Rock & Recycle Program, where fans are rewarded for filling one bag of recyclables from the festival grounds with a commemorative Lollapalooza Festival t-shirt. Each participant also earns a chance to win a bike from Heritage Bicycles, two 4-Day GA Tickets to Lollapalooza 2019, and more!


Kids 10 and under rock for free at Lolla. Kidzapalooza presented by Lifeway Kefir is the family-friendly festival within the festival, with activities for parents and kids alike! Get punk hairdos and airbrush tats, make a mini dream catcher keychain, create a Music Video with Berklee College of Music, and watch skating demos. Don’t forget to experience Collaboraction’s Dome of Dance and new Kidza Theatre with interactive plays throughout the day!

Once you’re in the park visit a Tag-a-Kid kiosk at Kidzapalooza or at the Main Info Tent at Columbus and Congress where parents can register their kids with the festival and receive an RFID wristband. If a child gets lost, we have a reliable and fast way to reunite them with their parent. If you’re in need of a private place to change a diaper or for breastfeeding, visit the Family Services tent at the entrance to Kidzapalooza.


Watching from home? Once again we’ve partnered with Red Bull TV to bring the Lolla Live Broadcast to a screen near you. Check below for all the bands we’ll be broadcasting this year, with select performances in VR180.

Access festival coverage from anywhere at, or on the Red Bull TV app, which is available for free on all connected devices or via Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.


Double-tap, re-tweet, favorite, and follow the Lolla fun all weekend! By keeping up with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat you can fill your feeds with live updates from around the park, flash giveaways, special announcements and behind the scenes snapshots. Post your favorite Lolla moments, include #Lolla, and tag us @lollapalooza for a chance to see your photos on screens throughout the park.

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This article was posted on July 16, 2018