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Lollapalooza 2020 Canceled, Along With Other Chicago Summer Fests, Due To Coronavirus Concerns
The city of Chicago has officially canceled Lallapalooza 2020, as well other summer festivals including the Chicago Jazz Festival, due to concerns over coronavirus. As the Chicago Tribute put it, "Summer is over in Chicago before it even began."
“We must provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago summer while prioritizing health and safety,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “As difficult as it is to remove these in-person events from our calendar, we are pulling out all the stops for an inventive, engaging and fun festival season this summer.”
The annual mega-festival was set to return to Chicago's Grant Park July 30 - Aug. 2. But Lolla organizers had yet to reveal this year's lineup or make tickets available for sale, and now shifting their focus to planning for the festival's 30th anniversary celebration in 2021.
The news is not all bad, however, as the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) has announced, "A slate of more than 150 reimagined summer events that will include at-home dance parties, virtual concerts, farmers markets and community meals for frontline workers."
Similarly, Lollapalooza is instead planning a weekend-long streaming event for July 30 - Aug. 2. For more information, visit the festival website.