Lollapalooza 2023: Musical festival wraps up with rain, Red Hot Chili Peppers performance

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Monday, August 7, 2023
Lollapalooza wraps up with rain, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Chicago weather brought rain to Sunday's Lollapalooza 2023 crowd ahead of the highly-anticipated Red Hot Chili Peppers performance.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- On the last day of Lollapalooza, rain descended on Sunday afternoon's crowds, but didn't bring down the energy.

The past four days Chicago's Grant Park was transformed into a musical mecca, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to downtown Chicago.

It may be the festival's last day, but it's the first time Mikayla Serr and boyfriend Joonha Kim are attending Lollapalooza.

"I think it will be fun, because I've never been, and it's a really famous thing in Chicago, so I'm excited," Serr said.

"It's great. I mean, Chicago's the best city in the world, right?" Kim said.

The couple said they planned ahead for the possibility of storms.

"On Friday, I bought, on Amazon Prime, 10 ponchos!" Serr said.

"But, she forgot, so I'm the only one in the group without a poncho," Kim said.

"His friends, you know, gave me, one and he let me have it. You know, got a good boyfriend," Serr said. "I think it will be fun. Everyone is going to be all wet and sweaty, but it will be okay. It will just make it a better experience."

Poncho, no poncho, festival-goers were ready to dance in the rain like they did Saturday.

"It was just muddy everywhere, so you see people were trying to sit down, put their ponchos down and so they could lay on the grass, and then some people had mud everywhere," said Kloey Acevedo.

Thankfully, the crowd got a break from the wet weather later in the day, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers drew a large crowd.

The rain from the weekend and the possible rain to come will determine the repairs needed to reopen up Grant Park.

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