Lollapalooza is Chicago’s largest music festival that typically draws 100,000 fans to Grant Park to witness 170+ acts over the course of four days but 2020’s edition has officially been cancelled.
Like most of the city’s other summer music festivals Lollapalooza is shut down this year due to Corona Virus concerns,. The final call was made by community officials, after canceling all of its events through Labor Day, including Taste of Chicago, the Air and Water Show and the Chicago Jazz Festival. “We wish we could bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park again this year, but we understand why things can’t move forward as planned,” said festival organizers in a statement.
“We must provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago summer while prioritizing health and safety,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot also noted. “As difficult as it is to remove these in-person events from our calendar, we are pulling out all the stops for an inventive, engaging and fun festival season this summer.” The move follows most North American festivals that have either been completely cancelled or postponed. Summerfest, a gathering that usually attracts between 800,000 and 900,000 attendees over its 11-day span in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been eliminated for the first time in its 50-plus-year history.
In lieu of the in-person outdoor music festival, organizers are working on a live-streamed event with details to be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for updated news on the stand-in for Lollapalooza.
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