Photos: 50 Reasons Why Lollapalooza Rocks

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Lolla (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
Location
Soundgarden In Concert At Lollapalooza - Day 3
There's nothing better than listening to awesome live music  in the heart of the city. Think about it. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Location</h1>
Big balloons
Lollapalooza 2006 - Day 2
If you don't know what we're talking about, you will find out for yourself very soon. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Big balloons</h1>
People watching
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
If you are taking a break from watching some music, take a look around at the 240,000 people that will be there over the course of the weekend. Believe us, there is never a dull moment. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>People watching</h1>
Summertime
Lollapalooza 2007 - Atmosphere - Day 3
This season doesn't last long in Chicago, so enjoy it while you can. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Summertime</h1>
20th anniversary
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
Originating in 1991, Perry Farrell's brain child is celebrating 20 years of history making music. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1> 20th anniversary</h1>
All Ages (Kidzapalooza)
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival
Age is just a number at Lollapalooza; whether you are 89-years-old, 9-years-old or somewhere in between, Lolla is a festival of all stages. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>All Ages (Kidzapalooza)</h1>
GALApalooza
Lollapalooza 2007 - Show - Day 1
At this event which takes place Thursday August 4th, you can enjoy the cocktail party and concert featuring Walk the Moon and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. The event will benefit Chicago's nature programming and Send a Kid to Camp Fund. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>GALApalooza</h1>
Lolla Goes Green
Lollapalooza 2007 - Atmosphere - Day 3
The festival encourages their patrons to rock and recycle. Stop by the Green Street to purchase eco-friendly products and get involved in the cause. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Lolla Goes Green</h1>
(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
Lollapalooza 2007 - Atmosphere - Day 3
Need more room to bust a move? You now have 100 yards of dance floor at Perry's with the stage's new expansion. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
Free artist downloads
Lollapalooza 2007 - Show - Day 3
Check out WXRT's website to download featured tracks from Lollapalooza's top artists including Fitz and the Tantrums, Foster the People (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Free artist downloads</h1>
Fashion
Lollapalooza 2007 - Show - Day 3
Leave your turtleneck at home, because this weekend is bound to be hot. Jorts (jean shorts) and crop tops are highly encouraged. Keeping cool is a must. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Fashion</h1>
Variety of music
2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 1
Opposites attract at Lolla. From Eminem to DeadMau5 to Foo Fighters, you can find great and diverse music in every corner of the park. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Variety of music</h1>
h1> After shows
2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 1
Even when the gates of Grant Park close, the music doesn't stop bumping. Head to any local venues to catch Foster the People, Cold War Kids, Two Door Cinema Club or Arctic Monkeys in the most intimate of scenes. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
h1> After shows</h1>
XRT misting station
2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 1
Since it is not socially acceptable to run into Buckingham Fountain to cool off, head over to the XRT misting station instead. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>XRT misting station</h1>
Lollapalooza in Chile
2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 1
For the first time ever, Lolla flew to el sur.  In April, Lollapalooza Chile debuted with artists such as The Killers, Kanye West, Jane's Addiction, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Ben Harper. Muy bien! (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Lollapalooza in Chile</h1>
Tatooz ,Funky Hairdooz and Photoshootz at Kidzapalooza
2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 1
Hanging out with a 9-year-old who wants a little flair? Kidzapalooza offers music and fun activities for the youngsters, so even your 9-year-old can rock a pink Mohawk. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Tatooz ,Funky Hairdooz and Photoshootz at Kidzapalooza</h1>
Community outreach
2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Lollapalooza is bigger than the music. The festival will feature a special area in the grounds to showcase various nonprofit organizations. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Community outreach</h1>
   Exciting new artists
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival
Venture to a stage featuring an artist new to your hears. Lolla is known to introduce the best of the freshest new acts. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
   <h1>Exciting new artists</h1>
(Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival
Photography, jewelry, and clothing of all sorts at the Green Street provide plenty for the Shopaholic to browse. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
(Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
International crowd
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
In the crowds you can strike up conversations with travelers from Europe, Asia and maybe even Australia. The great music of Lolla attracts concert-goers from all across the globe. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>International crowd</h1>
Cool merchandise
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
The big "Merch" tent near Buckingham Fountain sells both artist merch and Lollapalooza 2011 merch. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Cool merchandise</h1>
XRT's favorite artists
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
You have heard Coldplay, Foo Fighters and Muse over the airwaves throughout the years. Now you can see them live. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>XRT's favorite artists</h1>
Soft sided coolers allowed
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
Pack in those sealed water bottles, empty camel backs and ice to have your own personal hydrations station.(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Soft sided coolers allowed</h1>
20th Anniversary Lounge
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
In the lounge you can re-live Lollapalooza's past with videos, photos and outfits worn by past performers.(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>20th Anniversary Lounge</h1>
Hammock station
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
Feel free to have a little siesta during this blazing summer fiesta.(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Hammock station</h1>
Collectible Cups
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
Instead of throwing away more trash, you can save your awesome Lolla collectible cup and use it for years to come.(Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Collectible Cups</h1>
autograph tent
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: Festival goer at the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 8, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>autograph tent</h1>
  Music sampler giveaways at fest
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs performs onstage during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 8, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
  <h1>Music sampler giveaways at fest</h1>
A perfect way to end the summer
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 08: Festival goers watch the performance of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 8, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>A perfect way to end the summer</h1>
Spacious
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
Unlike most summer festivals, Lollapalooza spans over 115 acres. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Spacious</h1>
Breeze off the Lake
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
If we are lucky, we will (we'll take whatever this is) (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Breeze off the Lake</h1>
Create your personalized schedule
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 2
If you cannot live without your daily planner, don't fear. On Lollapalooza's website you can create and print your own personalized schedule for the weekend. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Create your personalized schedule</h1>
Backstage interviews on XRT all weekend long
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Tune in to WXRT on your radio or online to keep up with exclusive backstage content as well as live performances hosted by WXRT  DJs. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Backstage interviews on XRT all weekend long</h1>
Great Swag
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Free stuff? Yes, please. From sweatbands to backpacks to bandanas be sure to check out the numerous booths while you are walking from stage to stage. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Great Swag</h1>
Great website
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Lolla's website gives you up to date news on the festival including schedules, vendors, maps and other crucial info you need for the weekend. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)
<h1>Great website</h1>
You will probably spot Perry Farrell
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Let's be honest, he is kind of an important person to Lollapalooza and he is always walking the grounds of the fest. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>You will probably spot Perry Farrell</h1>
   iPhone and Android Apps
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Download Lollapalooza's official iPhone or Android App to enjoy an interactive map of Grant Park, listen to playlists of past and present Lolla artists, create a personal schedule and share your location with your friends. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
  <h1> iPhone and Android Apps</h1>
Camelback filling stations
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Stay hydrated, it's a long 3-day-weekend. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Camelback filling stations</h1>
Lolla is all over social media
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
CHICAGO - AUGUST 09: Alexandra Lawn of Ra Ra Riot performs onstage during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 9, 2009 in Chicago. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1> Lolla is all over social media</h1>
Get your dose of Vitamin D
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
You may tan or burn, but either way make sure you don't overdose on Vitamin D. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Get your dose of Vitamin D</h1>
It's even fun in the rain
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
CHICAGO - AUGUST 09: Festival goers dance during the performance of The Hood Internet during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 9, 2009 in Chicago. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>It's even fun in the rain</h1>
Wou;(Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
There is no need to drive since the park is in the middle of the city. The park is easily accessible by most "L" lines, the Metra, busses and your own bike. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
Wou;(Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
   Visit the Famer's Market
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
If you are seeking a healthy alternative to vendor food, Green Street provides the fresh tastes at the Farmer's Market.           (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
   <h1>Visit the Famer's Market</h1>
XRT phone charging station
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
You know that terrible feeling when your phone dies at a festival and you feel stranded? Well, XRT is here to make sure that feeling never occurs during the weekend.  Head over to the XRT tent to charge your phone for free. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>XRT phone charging station</h1>
Celebrity sightings
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Past sightings include Joakim Noah, Perez Hilton and musical artists. Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow with be there supporting hubby Chris Martin at Coldplay's performance or do a surprise performance with Cee lo Green? (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Celebrity sightings</h1>
Scenery
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan to the east and the majestic Chicago skyline to the north, west and south make for breathtaking views. Sometimes you forget you are one of 80,000 people in the middle of Grant Park. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Scenery</h1>
It keeps getting better
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
CHICAGO - AUGUST 09: General atmosphere during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 9, 2009 in Chicago. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1> It keeps getting better</h1>
Buckingham Fountain
2009 Lollapalooza Music Festival - Day 3
One of Chicago's greatest landmarks makes for the perfect central location and meeting spot for this large festival. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1>Buckingham Fountain</h1>
It keeps getting better
Lady Gaga In Concert At 2010 Lollapalooza
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 6: Lady Gaga performs as part of Lollapalooza 2010 at Grant Park on August 6, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
<h1> It keeps getting better</h1>
>If you are from Chicago, it's a perfect place to show off your city (Chicago pride)
The Strokes In Concert At Lollapalooza - Day 1
CHICAGO - AUGUST 06: Festival goers watch the performance of The Strokes during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 6, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
>If you are from Chicago, it's a perfect place to show off your city (Chicago pride)</h1>
It keeps getting better
Green Day In Concert At Lollapalooza - Day 2
CHICAGO - AUGUST 07: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day performs onstage during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 7, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1> It keeps getting better</h1>
It keeps getting better
Lollapalooza 2006 - Day 3
CHICAGO - AUGUST 6: Acoustic guitar signed by all the artists who performed on the Q101 stage at Lollapalooza on August 6, 2006 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
<h1> It keeps getting better</h1>
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