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Lollapalooza’s Green Street: The Official Guide to the Festival’s Face of Social Responsibility 2015

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Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza

Photo courtesy of Lollapalooza

Excitement is in the air. Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park this year from July 31 to August 2 featuring a lineup highlighted by Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

The festival hosts 142 musical acts on eight stages and 100,000 fans and promises to be a weekend for everyone to remember.

Smackdab in the heart of the festivities, Green Street holds true to all of the Festival’s core values of social responsibility and environmental stewardship. It is home to a curated art market, activations by non-profit organizations, farm-to-festival fare, and environmental efforts.

Mosey on by in-between sets to shop the Greet Street Art Market where you’ll find treasures ranging from music inspired paintings to upcycled accessories and ethically traded international artwork.  

Swing by the Lolla Farmers Market to enjoy small-batch, homegrown Chicago flavors and hob-knob with the locally sourced vendors while satisfying your conscious cravings! Read the rest of this entry »

Waste Not: How Lollapalooza Handles Its Trash

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Rock & Recycle/Photo: Lollapalooza

Rock & Recycle/Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

By Brian Hieggelke

Like every major event in Grant Park, Lollapalooza patrons generate tons of waste. We’ve always been impressed, though, by how earnestly Lollapalooza works to mitigate its impact on the park, and the environment in general, by on-site initiatives as well as the larger emphasis on social causes that the Lolla Cares section of Green Street promotes. We corresponded by email with Alysha N. Hernández, who oversees environmental initiatives for the festival, about this topic.

With so many festival goers spending three days in Grant Park, eating and drinking as well as listening to music, Lollapalooza must generate tons of garbage. 
The Festival has many diversion efforts in place to keep waste out of the landfill. Grant Park is cherished by Lollapalooza and its festival producers, C3 Presents. In 2014, for example, our waste diversion efforts at the festival resulted in 131 tons of recycled or composted material thanks to fans and staff. Lollapalooza works hard to keep Grant Park and the planet healthy and enjoyable for generations to come. We also work to engage the patrons to join in the act, so it’s a two-pronged waste diversion approach… .the festival producers and the patrons. The success of the recycling and composting programs requires participation from everyone! Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes Lollapalooza Green 2015

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Waste Diversion
Waste diversion is aggressively practiced both backstage and front-of-house with an incentive program for fans called Rock & Recycle. Hundreds of recycling bins, composting stations in the picnic areas, and a team of hired professionals and dedicated Love Hope Strength Foundation Ambassadors support the effort to divert waste in a huge way. Please help divert waste from the landfill by selecting the correct bin before tossing your waste. You can also reduce your waste by refilling your water container at one of the five CamelBak Filling Stations. Over the past five years, Lollapalooza fans poured enough water to fill over 1.4 million water bottles!

Rock & Recycle Program
Rock out, recycle, and get rewarded with a free collectible Lollapalooza 2015 t-shirt! You can also earn a chance to win a new bike for some eco-friendly transportation around town or 2016 Festival tickets! Feel free to mail a card by Recycled Paper Greetings to a special someone you are missing at the show.

Visit one of the four Rock & Recycle centers throughout the park for more details! Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Art Market

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Photo: Lollapalooza

Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street 

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Farmers Market

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Photo: Lollapalooza

Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Farmers Market, located north of Green Street, features small-batch food businesses from the Chicago area. Read the rest of this entry »

Lollapalooza Green Street 2015: Lolla Cares

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Photo: Lollapalooza

Photo: Lollapalooza

Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

Lolla Cares organizations, located in Green Street North and South, support surrounding and international communities with causes ranging from health advocacy to sustainable living to fighting poverty at home and abroad. Read the rest of this entry »

Race Review: Chicago Full Moon Run (July 29, 2015)

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Runners prepare for the Full Moon Run/Photo: Zach Freeman

Runners prepare for the Full Moon Run/Photo: Zach Freeman

Breakdown: Standing at the makeshift starting line at the edge of Norwood Park last night—a day before the true full moon, race directors readily acknowledged—preparing for the kickoff of the fourth annual Chicago Full Moon Run, I marveled at the peaceful suburban neighborhood streets around me (had I really just parked my car for free only a block from the race?). Only I wasn’t in the suburbs. I was in the far northwest corner of Chicago, where parking is plentiful and you can run a foot race on the streets as long as you have a few volunteers directing traffic.

And that’s the way this race runs. Coupled with a mile race (billed as the “1 Mile Lunar Orbit”), this neighborhood event managed to draw in almost 200 participants this year with its cheap entry fee and charity mission (proceeds going to “benefit the battle against Multiple Sclerosis”). The 5K course is a double loop around Norwood Park and the surrounding neighborhoods, a quick, flat course through tree-lined streets on a perfectly-temperatured evening that led to a lot of quick running. Read the rest of this entry »

Dime Stories: Dime Stories is a Book and I’m Going to Lollapalooza!

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Illustration: Tony Fitzpatrick

Illustration: Tony Fitzpatrick

By Tony Fitzpatrick

If anyone would have told me four years ago that I’d have lasted at this job for four years, I’d have not believed them. This is the longest I’ve ever held a job. I think because I don’t think of it as work is the secret of the longevity. I can think up and relay the craziest shit imaginable and I get paid for it. I wish Newcity had been around when I was fourteen or fifteen when I used to get knocked around by various religious orders in school for espousing these very thoughts.

Really, no shit, I used to get slapped silly for uttering the thoughts I get paid for sharing now. The Christian Brothers would play volleyball with your head if you uttered the language I’ve used in “Dime Stories.” They were nasty, unpleasant motherfuckers who I do not miss. Read the rest of this entry »

Checkerboard City: The Case of the Missing People Spots

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Brian Bonanno, in baseball cap, and contractors reinstall the Farragut People Spot. Photo: John Greenfield

Brian Bonanno, in ballcap, and contractors reinstall the Farragut People Spot./Photo: John Greenfield

By John Greenfield

As the Tribune’s Blair Kamin recently pointed out, it’s embarrassing that San Francisco will soon have more than eighty “parklets”—parking-lane space repurposed as picturesque seating areas—while our much-larger city only has a handful of them. Dubbed “People Spots” by the Chicago Department of Transportation, which runs the program, eight of these have been put in on business districts in Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, Lakeview and Andersonville.

The beauty of parklets is that they take asphalt that’s usually reserved for warehousing private automobiles and transform it into attractive, planter-enclosed public space where neighbors and shoppers can congregate. The People Spot nicknamed “The Wave” at Addison and Southport in Lakeview is practically public art—its undulating, freeform seating units are both comfy and reminiscent of whale skeletons.

A study by Metropolitan Planning Council found that, since People Spots encourage people to linger on Chicago’s retail strips, they’re a shot in the arm for local businesses. Eighty percent of merchants surveyed felt nearby parklets helped attract customers to their establishments. Seventy-three percent of parklet users said that, if they weren’t eating, chatting, texting or relaxing in the spaces, they’d probably be at home. Thirty-four percent of them said they made spontaneous food or beverage purchases as a result of the inviting hangout space. Read the rest of this entry »