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Music Festivals

The Grant Park Music Festival

An image of musicians playing at the Grant Park Music Festival in 1935

The Grant Park Music Festival began in 1935, which presenting music programs by Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus. Also, world class guest artists share the stage with them. There is an interesting story of how this festival began. In 1931, the Chicago Band Association offered to form a band to play free concerts. The venue was built that same year by the Chicago’s South Park Commissioners. Believe it or not, the festival was born when the Great Depression put many Americans out of work. James C. Petrillo, leader of the Chicago chapter of the Federation of Musicians, saw the Depression as an opportunity to put unemployed musicians to work in a public works program that had a widespread cultural impact.

An image of The Grant Park Music Festival current day. There are musicians playing in front of a large crowd in Grant Park.

Lollapalooza

Image of a Lollapalooza Flyer in 1991. Shows the lineup of performers, performing at the event like Jane’s Addictions, Ict-T, Nine Inch Nails, H. Rollins Band, Butthole Surfers, Living Colour, and Siouxsie and the Banshees.

Lollapalooza is one of the most talked about summer festivals in Chicago, one would think it originated in Chicago. Truth is, it’s not; however, this festival is great to mention because it is one of the biggest festivals held in Chicago . It’s another festival that takes place in Grant Park. This idea began with Jane’s Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell was on an acid trip and went to the US Festival. The first lollapalooza kicked off in 1991. It actually was a farewell tour for his band, Jane’s Addiction. Lollapalooza debut in Chicago was in 2005 and has been committed to it ever since and have been growing every year. According to C3, Lollapalooza injected $143 million into Chicago’s economy. And that was in 2014! You can imagine how much money was made during 2015 and 2016 lolla event.

image of the 2016 Lollapalooza artist lineup  flyer. It consist of artists like Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Future, Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Disclosure, and a lot others.

an image of an overhead shot of the Lollapalooza festival. There is a huge crowd and a huge stage filled with lights. Shows the liveliness of the festival.

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