Important Info Whether You’re Lollapaloozing or Not

August 03, 2012

One of the biggest urban music festivals on the planet is taking place on Chicago real estate this first weekend of August. Whether it’s your intention to attend or not, if you are going to be in the city this weekend, and later on in the week, you better read on.

Lollapalooza is set for Friday through Sunday, August 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park and will feature more than 130 artists on multiple stages. For the lineup and all the info, visit

But even if you don’t go, you should know that there are street closures in effect for the weekend and then some around the city:

*Balbo from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus through August 9.

*Balbo from Columbus to Michigan through August 6.

*Jackson from Lake Shore Drive to Columbus through August 8.

*Jackson from Columbus to Michigan through August 6.

*Congress Parkway from Columbus to Michigan through August 6.

*Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt through August 6.

Want to avoid the road closures and listen to Lollapalooza from the comfort of your own home? YouTube will be showing 49 free, HD-quality streams throughout the weekend from the show. Visit to check it out.

Want to leave your home this weekend but do something unrelated to Lollapalooza? Here are some other options around town. Have a great weekend!

Edge Fest: This community celebration is taking place at Broadway and Thorndale in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood and will feature over 40 local artists, live entertainment on two stages, lots of food and more on Saturday, August 4, noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, noon to 9 p.m. Suggested donation is $5; proceeds benefit the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce.

Wrigleyville SummerFest: This 10th annual affair includes live music, lots of local vendors, a Kids Zone and more in the Cubs’ neighborhood on Saturday, August 4, noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, noon-9 p.m. Admission is $5; proceeds go to local nonprofits, including Lakeview Pantry.

South Shore Jazz Festival: This iconic festival was almost cancelled due to sponsorship issues, but community leaders pushed to make it happen and it will on Saturday and Sunday, August 4-5 on the lawn of the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive in Chicago. Admission is $10; kids 12 and under are free.

Northbrook Days: You’ll find rides, food, entertainment and more at this event in which proceeds are funneled back into the community. The fun is happening all weekend long — Friday, August 3, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, August 4, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, August 5, 1-9 p.m. — at Village Green on Meadow and Shermer roads in Northbrook.

Lincolnwood Fest: This weekend fair features a carnival, live music, a classic car show, kids activities, PCW Wrestling, local vendors and more on Friday, August 3, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, August 4, noon-11 p.m.; and Sunday, August 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Proesel Park, on Lincoln, Kostner and Morse Avenues in Lincolnwood.

Evanston Mini Maker Faire: This is a show-and-tell festival of invention, where over 300 makers come together to display their talents, including crafters, artists, engineers, authors, commercial exhibitors and more on Saturday, August 4, 5-10 p.m. and Sunday, August 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Maple Avenue and University Plaza in downtown Evanston.

A Man Named Pearl: This two-day event brings world renowned abstract topiary artist Pearl Fryar to the DuSable Museum of African-American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, where he will talk about his horticultural work on Friday, August 3 from 6:30-9 p.m. and create a sculpture on the museum grounds on Saturday, August 4 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Admission is $10 on Friday; $5 for members; Saturday is free.

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