Lollapalooza 2019: Everything You Need to Know

One of the biggest events in Chicago is approaching: Lollapalooza. Occurring every summer, this four-day music festival brings people together from all around the world to enjoy music. With an event as big as Lollapalooza, things can get a little hectic when they shouldn’t be. 

Whether it is your first time attending or not, this guide will provide information on transportation both in and out of the festival. Which streets are closed? How do I get to the festival? These questions are important, especially if you don’t want to miss your favorite artist perform. Don’t worry, keep reading to learn more. 

Road closures commenced on Monday, July 22 in order to set up the festival. These include Jackson Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive along with Balbo Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive. Closures will remain until August 9. Those commuting to the festival by car should expect heavy traffic in the area. This includes Uber and Lyft riders so request a ride at your own risk.


Getting to the festival through public transportation is the best option for those attending Lollapalooza. The closest CTA train stations include:

  • Washington/Wabash or Adams/Wabash for Green, Pink, Brown, Purple, Orange lines
  • Monroe or Jackson for the Blue line
  • Jackson or Harrison for the Red line

CTA map can be found here.


Metra is in the Lolla spirit this year and is selling a special Lollapalooza unlimited train pass for Thursday and Friday for $10 if purchased by August 1. After that, the price goes up to $15. For Saturday and Sunday, Metra’s $10 weekend pass is available for purchase. Downtown Metra stations can be found here.

Other alternatives to get to the festival include biking and new this year, electric scooters. There is tons of bike parking onsite if you want to avoid traffic and not harm the planet. Divvy, Chicago’s bike-sharing program, is offering one free ride with code LOLLA19, nice!

Those that live in Chicago know that the weather gets crazy. Whenever mother nature wants to do her thing, she will not hesitate to do so. In case of a serious storm, prepare to evacuate the festival. Here’s a map to this year’s emergency exits. 

Once inside, it is important to know where to go. While the official 2019 map hasn’t been released yet, be sure to check here regularly for festival information including the map. Don’t forget to save a picture of the map, and schedule on your phone!

Cool! You are now informed and ready for Lolla. Remember to take things slow if attending Lolla all four days. Stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and HAVE FUN! That’s the main reason why you’re going. If you haven’t done so already, register your wristband here.

Gustavo Garcia

Student at Saint Xavier studying communications. When I'm not listening to music, I'm probably making it or writing about it. We all need a little bit of house music in our lives.

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