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Street Closures Begin For Lollapalooza Prep

July 25, 2019 - 7:22 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The city of Chicago has started closing streets around Grant Park in preparation for the four-day Lollapalooza music festival.

Major closures around Grand Park begin Monday, July 29 and last one week until Aug. 9, according to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

The fest, which runs from Aug. 1-4, has headliners including The Strokes, the Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, J Blavin, Ariana Grande and Flume.

Street closures began Monday on Balbo Drive and Jackson between Columbus Drive and Lake Shore Drive. Those closures last until Friday, Aug. 9.

Upcoming street closures include:

Monday, July 29 through Monday, Aug. 5:

  • Balbo from Michigan to Columbus
  • Jackson from Michigan to Columbus
  • Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt
  • Columbus northbound (2 center lanes) from 13th Street to Roosevelt
  • Ida B Wells from Michigan to Columbus

Tuesday, July 30 through Monday, Aug. 5 morning:

  • Monroe eastbound from Columbus to Lake Shore Drive

Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4:

  • Balbo from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
  • Jackson from Michigan to Lake Shore Drrive
  • Ida B. Wells from Michigan to Columbus 
  • Monroe down to one lane both directions between Columbus and Lake Shore Dr 
  • Columbus between Monroe and Roosevelt (both directions)
  • Michigan Avenue from Roosevelt to Randolph after 9:30 p.m. each night for pedestrian traffic
  • Wabash from Roosevelt to Randolph after 9:30 p.m. each night for pedestrian traffic
  • Monroe from Wabash to Columbus after 9:30 p.m. each night for pedestrian traffic.

Last year’s festival drew crowds of more than 105,000 people to the park on each of its four days, during which 12 people were arrested and 160 were hospitalized.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2019. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)