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Lollapalooza Survival Guide: 10 Tips For a Killer Time in Chicago

Ten essential pointers for a killer time in Chicago's Grant Park for Lollapalooza 2015.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Lollapalooza 2015 is upon us! When you’re rampaging through Chicago’s music wonderland, you best come equipped for the sonic assault you’ll experience across the spectrum of acts, from Paul McCartney to Metallica and back. Here are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind, in order to make sure your festival experience is a kickass memory-fest that doesn’t involve trips to the emergency room after faceplanting because you can’t handle the party.

Naturally, the key to an awesome Lollapalooza experience is preparation, and battling the unpredictable Midwestern elements can be quite a challenge if you’re not prepared. Here are a few things you should keep in mind in order to make sure your Lolla weekend is as comfortable and kickass as possible.

 

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numbers_set_10Get there early

Good positioning is a prime priority when there are 270,000 people to contend with. Arrive early and you won’t have to worry about all the endless foot traffic and the hassle of squeezing your way through the sweaty hordes while the sun’s beating down. There’s nothing fun about stressing out in suffocating heat.

 

numbers_set_09Hygiene!! 

Look. It’s blazing hot out there, and like it or not, you’ll be contending with some pretty ripe individuals after a few hours of rocking out in the sun. Do yourself and everybody around you a favor and wash up. Shower every day, and for God’s sake man, put on some deodorant!  Please!! When you’re waving your arms around, fist-pumping, bro-bumping and clapping, the effects of your negligence will be hell on everyone downwind of your underarm stank. Don’t be that guy. 

 

numbers_set_08Don’t drink till the sun goes down  

The fastest way to dehydrate yourself is to start throwing ’em back while the sun’s shining down on you. Once the day starts to cool off, you can partake in the glory of a $300 drink. But there’s a reason you see dozens of faceplanted fools down for the count before Day Two even kicks off – party when it’s time to party.

 

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numbers_set_07Moderate your intake

Stumbling drunk into people and hitting Ultimate Bro mode is no way to pick up girls. This isn’t a frat party, and you’re in it for the long haul. Also, make sure you don’t share your intoxicants with the underage and unchecked – people caught providing alcohol to those without wristbands will be immediately kicked out of the festival. Know your limits, and…

 

numbers_set_06Get some sleep!

No matter what you put in your body, three days in the sun is gonna take its toll. Clock at least 5-6 hours of sleep each night, so you can be refreshed and raring to go in the morning. And by morning, we mean mid-afternoon. At best. 

 

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