The desecrated Grant Park looks like a rock ‘n’ roll battlefield — the fields are muddy and bare, waste is strewn about and a stench of stagnant water and stale beer lingers in the air.
With Sunday thunderstorms flooding the last day of Lollapalooza, it will be weeks — and tens of thousands of dollars — before the aftermath of the festival is repaired, officials said.
“This is probably one of the worst [aftermaths],” said Bob O’Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy. “The turf damage is substantial, bushes were trampled ... there’s a little bit of damage to some gardens.”
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Checking in at Grant Park Post-Lolla
In our quick Lolla recap on Monday we pondered how Grant Park would look post-Lolla given the massive amounts of rain that fell throughout the weekend. Well we're not the only people who were questioning this. The Chicago Sun-Times had an informative article on the topic:
The good news is that C3 (the company who puts on the fest) is liable to repair the park. The bad news is that we imagine this "repair" will take a loonnnnnnnnnggggggggg time. This isn't to blame the people at Lollapalooza, it's just a risk of having a big event in the park and obviously not being able to control the weather.
The Sun-Times has some telling photos of the damage to the park here.
(Image from Chicago Sun-Times)