By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) The city of Chicago, event organizers and emergency management services announced on Tuesday a “successful” 25th Anniversary Lollapalooza, which took place in Grant Park from Thursday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31.
According to festival organizers, Lollapalooza infused more than $155 million into the local economy in 2015, with 2016 numbers awaiting. With the festival advancing from a three-day event up to a four-day event, though, a significant increase is to be expected.
“After a successful long weekend, the city of Chicago is proud to host a four-day Lollapalooza again in 2017,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The festival featured over 170 musical acts over four days in Grant Park.
A total of 12 arrests and 16 issued citations were reported by police from the duration of the event that hosted nearly 400,000 attendees. The infractions included two arrests for flying drones, which is prohibited in the city of Chicago, and many citations for trespassing, or fence jumping into the event which had a $335 ticket price.
The OEMC announced that the event’s private EMS provider reported 268 transports over the four days.