Summer is undoubtable one of the most exciting times to be in Chicago. From watching baseball games to the neighborhood fests, it’s almost impossible to be bored. One of the most exciting events to come to the city’s Grant Park every year is Lollapalooza. This year, there are around 170 bands playing the event. Here are some tips to make sure you have the best time.
At a festival where thousands of people attend every year, you don’t want to get stuck in the back where you can’t see anything. Set your alarm early to give yourself enough time to eat, pack and get there before everyone else does. This way, you can beat the crowd and find yourself a good spot to camp out.
As hot as Chicago gets in the summertime, there’s no doubt that you’ll be around some interesting smells as the day goes on- yourself included. Make sure you shower every day and wear deodorant. You can bring deodorant with you to the event, but let’s face it; everyone is going to get sweaty no matter what they do. Just make sure you apply it before you leave and you’ll be fine. The more measures you take to help fight your body odor, the less you’ll regret it at the end of the night when all you want to do is sleep.
Drinking may seem like a lot of fun when you’re surrounded by great music and amazing people, but when the sun is beating down hard on you, it’s probably not the best time to slam back alcohol. The main reason you see so many people passed out before the sun goes down is that they’re starting to drink too early and allowing the sun to help drain them even more. Don’t overdo it when the sun is still blazing over you- wait until the day starts to cool off before you party.
There’s no need to be completely intoxicated. If you are old enough to drink: pace yourself, go easy and know your limits. Like previously stated, wait until the sun begins to set before you get into party mode.
It doesn’t matter how much sleep you got the night before, you are going to be outside in the heat, sweating and exerting a ton of energy. It can take a toll on anyone. Getting a good night rest will help you stay energized throughout the weekend and have you ready for real life once Lolla is over. Even though you may seem awfully tired at the end of each day, your body is going to feel a lot better than it would if you didn’t get enough sleep during the fest.
Rain or severe heat can happen, no matter what the weather channel tells you. Be prepared. Pack yourself a poncho, sun screen, bug spray and anything else you want to bring to make sure you’re protected from the elements. Also, make sure to bring comfortable shoes. You’re going to be walking around for hours every day, so flip flops are probably not the best choice in footwear. Also, don’t forget to make sure you have a backup, portable charger for your electronics. All those pictures are going to drain your battery and you want to make sure you find everyone at the end of the night.
In the grand scheme of things, have fun and stay safe. Go with some friends, make a game plan and get the most out of the events. Be sure to check online at lollapalooza.com for information about the event. Make sure to check out what items are allowed in the festival and what the dress code might be.