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Your Lollapalooza survival guide

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Some say it smells like teen spirit, others say it smells like body odor. But however you look at it, Lollapalooza is here - Chicago is just 48 hours away from downtown freezing into a hectic, energized blend of music, celebrities and festivities.

Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup that includes Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon. This year, Lollapalooza features more than 120 bands on eight stages, and as many as 100,000 people are expected to attend each of the three days.

But if the sounds of Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon are more of an ache to your head than music to your ears, FOX 32 has your survival guide.


The obvious tip for this weekend is, of course, to avoid traffic around Grant Park. But if you must drive through the area, prepare to encounter a seemingly endless array of road closures and traffic inconveniences - with Columbus, Balbo, and Jackson feeling the major effects.

ONLINE EXTRA | Lollapalooza street closures

The clash of several major road closures along with extremely limited parking results in one common sense tip: Use public transportation.

Good Day Chicago will be breaking down the specifics throughout the week.


If you're looking to hear great music this weekend, but don't want to venture into the park-sized mosh pit, many of the Lollapalooza performers - including Fitz and the Tantrums, Grouplove and the Districts- are performing additional shows at Metro.

Not only are tickets to these events still available, they are significantly cheaper.


If you are looking to make a few easy bucks, couch surfing and apartment renting websites liek Air BNB provide the ability to offer your home or spare couch to those still looking for Lollapalooza accommodations.

Some people rent a room for around $100, while others are being offered for up to several hundred dollars.


If despite all this, you still find yourself looking to venture into the soundtrack of madness this weekend, but you're currently ticketless there is still hope.

While traditional ticket sales sold out long ago, ticket prices on Craigslist lately have been plummeting - a result of ticket holders sense of panic about unloading their stash. Look for prices to continue to fall over the coming days as we approach the weekend.

Lollapalooza isn't everyone's cup of musical tea, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Chicago city leaders say it was a wise decision to let Lollapalooza use the park, both financially and culturally. Tourism officials attribute a $140 million economic impact on the city from last year's event.

If you are heading out to Grant Park this weekend, have fun, be safe and good luck!

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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