|Perry's Stage at Lollapalooza|
One of the Summers most highly anticipated events. Speaking of events, the Tribune had a recent look at the city's strategy to lure high-profile events to the area:
Lollapalooza will fill Grant Park with hundreds of thousands of people next weekend, the latest event that — like the Pitchfork Musical Festival and the Grateful Dead's farewell concerts at Soldier Field before it — puts Chicago center stage.
With spring's NFL draft, which transformed itself and Grant Park into a three-day football fan festival, the city's plan to raise its profile and promote tourism through large-scale events is showing momentum.
While locals may grumble about cordoned-off streets and lollygagging visitors, and skeptics question the bottom-line economic benefits, the city says its strategy is paying off.
Lollapalooza generated nearly $82 million last year in direct spending, while the NFL draft — which returned to Chicago after a half-century in New York — added nearly $44 million, according to separate economic impact studies funded by the city and event organizers.It easy to be skeptical (and believe us, these numbers are probably inflated), but regardless one of the benefits of living in a vibrant urban neighborhood is events and the hoopla that at times surrounds them.
Anyway, enough of the political and PR spin associated with events. Let's dive into Lollapalooza. While we're by no means music experts, there are some acts that we're pretty excited to see. With that said, here is our some of our favorites that will be invading the Sloop this weekend:
BADBADNOTGOOD (Pepsi Stage: 2:50 - 3:30) - Three classically trained jazz students collaborate with former hip hop royalty - yes please: