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Chicago Summer Festival Season Opens with Lollapalooza, Riot Fest & Pitch Music Festival Chicago


As the pandemic is subsiding across the nation and the numbers of those who are vaccinated are rising, the country is opening up to its glorious pre-pandemic summer festive times. Chicago is all set to welcome summer with its famous live events including Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and Pitch Music Festival Chicago. Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted that the world class festival was returning to the city later in the Summer of ‘21. However, full COVID vaccination or a negative test would be required to enjoy the festivities.


The announcements have been made in advance to encourage Chicago residents, especially those who are in the 18–44-year-old age group, to get vaccinated. Dr. Allison Arwady, who is Chicago’s health commissioner, teased that there could be a tie up of vaccinations with Lollapalooza tickets as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The festival is on from July 29 to August 1 at Grant Park.


The full line up of the festivals have been announced.




  • Foo Fighters
  • Post Malone
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Da Baby
  • Journey
  • Marshmello
  • Roddy Rich



Riot Fest


  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Smashing Pumpkins
  • Run the Jewels


Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago


  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Vincent
  • Erykah Badu


Riot Fest has not yet announced its guidelines about vaccinations or a negative PCR test, while the other two major festivals have published requirements.


The logistics are still being worked out. The options could be many and may include:


  • a VAXX pass
  • a vaccination card
  • a copy of a vaccination card
  • a photo on your phone
  • a printout from your doctor


Lollapalooza is set to be live in full capacity this summer. Around 100,000 visitors are expected each day. It will be a logistical nightmare to check the vaccination status of so many but it is also an opportunity to encourage those who are hesitant about vaccines, to get vaccinated so that they could attend their favorite shows.


For the city to open to pre-pandemic levels, it is essential that more Chicagoans are vaccinated at the earliest and normalcy is restored soon. Then, live events can become the norm rather than the exception.


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