With nary a spare ticket in sight, there will soon be a massive sea of folks (more than 150,000) eagerly descending on Grant Park for the 2012 Lollapalooza. If you are coming from afar, you are either most likely here already or have had your flight booked for months.
The best way to get around the city this weekend is good old public transportation. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has got it covered. With train and bus routes to Grant Park, throughout the city and to both major airports, CTA is clearly the way.
Traveling from the suburbs? Metra and the South Shore Line will get you here safely, without you having to worry about traffic jams, construction, or pavement buckles.
If driving in is your best option, convenient and security patrolled 24-hour parking is available directly beneath Grant Park in four underground garages. It fills up first, so if you don’t mind walking a short distance (and we really do mean short distance… not “what I really mean is 5 miles” kind of walk), then you might want to look at parking options in and around Soldier Field.
Soldier Field will be less crowded and less expensive, and should be easier and faster to get in and out. There’s also a lot at McCormick Place, but it is a little bit of a hike compared to the Soldier Field parking.
There are also a number of Loop and River North garages that are offering Lolla parking. They’re still convenient to Grant Park, and some give you the option of reserving and paying for your parking ahead of time. Jump to special rates.