Lolla is more than just a music festival. Every year before the rock stars take the stage in Grant Park, we make sure to give back to the city of Chicago, our beautiful home. Take a look at a few of the organizations we worked with to give back to our community this year.


ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza 2017 is a three-day event for 200 of the nation’s top engineering, computer science, design and business students to immerse themselves in Chicago’s tech scene and attend Lolla. Students enjoyed all four days of Lollapalooza 2017, plus a walkthrough of the event venue including a tour of Perry’s Stage and a Q&A session with festival organizers. Students participated in ThinkChicago’s Civic Tech Challenge, a competition where students generate proposals for the City of Chicago to use innovative, technological ways to address challenges related to urban sustainability, transportation and civic engagement. ThinkChicago is organized by the Mayor’s Office, World Business Chicago (WBC), the University of Illinois System and Lollapalooza.


This year we worked with Hands Together, Heart to Art, a unique award-winning camp that brings together children between the age of 7 and 14 that have experienced a death of a parent. Campers and caregivers wrote letters to their lost loved one and the notes, attached to (bio-degradable) balloons were launched in front of Buckingham Fountain. Through the exploration and creation of dance, theatre, and music, Hands Together, Heart to Art inspires communication and collaboration, fosters emotional growth, and provides the consolation of friendship and compassion. Through interaction with young people who have experienced a similar loss, campers understand they are not alone.


After School Matters offers Chicago teens innovative out-of-school activities in the arts, communication, sports, science and technology. This year, participants were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Lollapalooza grounds, and met with organizers to hear how they produce one of the country’s largest music festivals. After School Matters achieves their mission by aligning and maximizing the resources of an extensive network of public-private partnerships – including Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Public Library, and hundreds of community organizations throughout the city – to coordinate and sustain investment in youth development through school- and community-based programming.


GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. This year Grammy U students were given a private tour of the festival grounds by Lollapalooza staff members, as well as several Q&A opportunities with Lollapalooza’s talent buyers, international producers, and artist relation managers. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give GRAMMY U members a wide variety of experiences and professional development.

This article was posted on September 1, 2017