Lollapalooza 2023: Rain, severe weather threat for day 3 of music festival

See map of evacuation shelters in case of severe weather

ByCate Cauguiran and Christian Piekos WLS logo
Saturday, August 5, 2023
Lollapalooza day 3 could see rain, severe weather
Lollapalooza 2023 continues in Grant Park for day three, with Odesza and Tomorrow by Together, the first K-pop band to headline at the festival.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The gates of Lollapalooza at Grant Park opened at 11 a.m. on Saturday, day three of the four-day music festival.

WATCH: Lollapalooza fans rush in after gates open

Lollapalooza fans rush through Grant Park after gates opened for the music festival.

But with rain and a severe weather threat in the forecast, plans are in place to keep people at the festival safe.

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In case of an evacuation due to weather, there are three parking garages where attendees can take cover.

They include the Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., the Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave. and the Millennium Lakeside Garage 5 S. Columbus Ave.

Saturday night's headliners include Odesza and Tomorrow by Together, the first K-Pop band to headline at Lollapalooza. The worst of the rainy weather is expected to be gone in time for them.

Lake Villa's Ax and the Hatchetmen set to take Lollapalooza stage Thursday

Ticket holders started lining up hours before the gates even opened to get as close to the stages as possible. Saturday's weather has been a 180 from Friday's heat.

"I was so hot yesterday. I was hoping it would cool down. But, it's a little much with the rain," said Sami Whelan.

Along Michigan Avenue, ponchos became the vibe, whether people wanted it or not.

"I wasn't expecting it to be raining today. I had a whole outfit planned, and with this poncho on, I feel like the outfit is useless. But, it's okay. We're here to have fun," said Mitchel Alex.

People ABC7 spoke with said the weather just added to the ambience that is Lollapalooza, with one person saying, "music is better in the rain." Based off Sunday's forecast, hopefully, that is the case.

Allowed items include:

-Clear bags made up of clear plastic, vinyl, or pvc, and no larger than 12" x 6" x 12".

-Baby Strollers


-Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed)

-Empty reusable water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles

-Sunscreen in non-aerosol containers is allowed in the size of 3.4 ounces or less

-Factory sealed Naloxone/Narcan kit

-All bags will be searched before entry.

-Small clutch purses and fanny packs that are 6" x 9" or smaller do not need to be clear, but can have no more than one pocket.

-All other bags larger than 6" x 9" must be smaller than 12" x 6" x 12" and clear.

-Hydration packs are allowed and do not need to be clear, but must be emptied of all liquid and have no more than two pockets in addition to the one holding the water reservoir.

Prohibited items include

-Blankets, sheets, towels


-Coolers of any kind, except for medical use

Framed backpacks,

Professional audio recording and video equipment



Glass containers

-Illegal and illicit substances

-Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind


-Pets (except service animals)

-Selfie sticks

-Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles

-Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind

-Totems or flag poles.

-Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.

-Weapons or explosives of any kind


-Large chains or spiked jewelry

-Bicycles inside festival grounds (free parking is available near festival entrance)

-Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)

-Chairs of any kind

-All Chicago parks prohibit smoking of any kind, including vaping.

Prescription Medicine Requirements:

-Anyone needing prescription medicine at the festival must present the pharmacy-labeled container which states the prescription, dosage, and patient name to our medical staff at each entrance gate. Patrons are only allowed a sufficient supply of the prescribed medication for that day.

-Medicines needing to be inhaled or smoked are prohibited unless in a prescribed inhaler.

-Over the counter medications are allowed in a sufficient supply for the day. Bottle contents will be verified by medical personnel at the entry gates.