Lollapalooza. It’s the biggest rock festival in the country and the hottest ticket in Chicago. That’s probably why general admission tickets to Lollapalooza 2014 are already sold out. But don’t lose hope, music fans. If you can’t get in by staffing a family member’s booth at Lollapalooza’s environmentally friendly Green Street Art Market, you can always spring for one of their Platinum or Travel Passes to enjoy the festival (August 1-3) in true style.
Just imagine what it would be like if you and your friends went the Platinum route. You’d have access to air-conditioned VIP areas–perfect for photo-drenched status updates– along with complimentary bar and catered meals, artist lounge areas, dedicated rides in a golf cart, concierge hosts, and more. You’d be rocking harder than the rockers themselves, since technically they’re here to work. Platinum Travel packages give you all that plus three nights in the luxurious Hotel Palomar, which would be amazing even if you’re a Chicago local. True, these lofty itineraries call for a bit of a splurge, but if you’re looking for the ultimate musical experience, this is it.
Set against the backdrop of the city in beautiful Grant Park, the festival this year is killer — as always. The lineup includes a mix of legends and up-and-comers, with Outkast, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Spoon, cut/copy, and Kings of Leon, just to name a few. And then there’s Lollapalooza’s miniature food festival, Chow Town, and its famous Farmer’s Market, filled with locally-sourced festival fare to suit more “conscious cravings”. It’s just the fuel you need to dance and sing along to your favorites under the summer sun.
Then again, if this is all a bit too much, there’s a much more affordable option that’s still a lot of fun. Grab a few beers with your friends and rock out while listening to Lollapalooza’s live radio station online, promising that next year, you won’t wait until the last minute for tickets.
Photo by Shane Hirschman