Lollapalooza helps improve Chicago's parks, impact kids' lives

August 5, 2011 4:21:06 AM PDT
Lollapalooza does more for Chicago's parks and residents than most concert goers may realize.

Every ticket purchased helps city parks and ''impacts thousands of kids throughout the city, in some of Chicago's most challenged neighborhoods,'' Brenda Palm, executive director of Parkways Foundation, said.

Projects and programs funded through Lollapalooza proceeds include:

  • Send a Kid to Camp Scholarship Fund
  • The Renovation of Moore Park located in the Austin neighborhood
  • The Inferno Mobile Recording Studio - a mobile studio that records original stories, poetry, songs, raps and more
  • Adaptive Camps for youth with special needs
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Camp - a six-week summer camp that teaches dance, poetry and self expression
  • The Community Garden Grant Program - a grant program that gives volunteers the opportunity to buy materials and equipment for their neighborhood gardens
  • The Buckingham Fountain Restoration Project
  • (PRESS RELEASE) Galapalooza


    Parkways Foundation is proud to present the fifth annual GALApalooza on Thursday, August 4th at 6 p.m. at the Petrillo Band Shell in Grant Park. GALApalooza is the official preview party of the Lollapalooza Music Festival. Guests are treated to a one-of-a-kind cocktail party and private concert under the stars in Chicago's beautiful Grant Park, featuring one of the hottest musical talents of the year. Five of the city's food trucks will be providing the evening's cuisine.

    This year, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, who was named Rolling Stone's "Best New Band of 2010" will take the stage to perform. GALApalooza has quickly become known for featuring emerging talent as past artists include Hot Chip, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Paolo Nutini and Spoon. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell and his wife Etty are Honorary Co-Chairs. Since 2005, Lollapalooza and GALApalooza have raised more than $8 million. These funds have enabled Parkways to directly impact Chicago's parks and neighborhoods by funding projects and programs such as the Camp Scholarship Fund, the renovation of Moore Park located in the Austin Neighborhood, the Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, a mobile recording studio program that provides park youth with the opportunity to write and record original poetry, songs, raps and more; a signature playground in Washington Park that is accessible to children of all abilities; a state of the art soccer field in McKinley Park and the Buckingham Fountain Restoration Project. This year, GALApalooza proceeds will fund nature and environmental science programming designed to get our kids outdoors, active and connected to nature and the Send a Kid to Camp Fund which provides families with the resources they need to send their kids to camp in Chicago's parks.

    Single tickets start at $250 and lounge experiences are available at the $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 levels. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to make a reservation, please call Alison Krzys, Director of Communications and Events for Parkways Foundation at 312-742-4807 or visit

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