These Photos Show The Enormous Turnout For Lollapalooza Despite Delta Concerns

There was a massive turnout for Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival, which was one of the biggest public gatherings in the US since the start of the pandemic.

Lollapalooza was held this past weekend in Chicago, with an estimated 100,000 people flocking to the city’s Grant Park for each day of the four-day music festival.

After the festival was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, revelers enjoyed sets from acts such as Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, the Foo Fighters, and Megan Thee Stallion. (Organizers canceled a planned appearance by DaBaby following outrage at the rapper’s recent anti-gay statements.)

The festival went ahead despite surging cases of the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus both in Chicago and across the country.

Organizers required attendees to wear masks at any indoor spaces, and all guests had to show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the festival. (Some 600 people were turned away on Thursday, the festival’s first day, for not having either).

These photos give a sense of the massive turnout for Lollapalooza, which was one of the biggest public gatherings in the US since the start of the pandemic.


Thousands of people fill the crowd at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago as seen from above.
Thousands of young people pack into a festival venue for Lollapalooza in Chicago.
The Chicago skyline lights up with the words "Vacc to Lolla" behind a crowd of evening festival attendees at Lollapalooza music festival.
Musician Princess Nokia crowd surfs during her daytime performance at Lollapalooza music festival.
An inflatable character bobs amongst hundreds of hands in the air at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Thousands of young people pack into a festival venue for Lollapalooza in Chicago.
A candid view of a crowd of people at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Young audience members at Lollapalooza music festival raise hands and scream in excitement at the music festival in Chicago.
Fans pack behind barricades for the evening music set at Lollapalooza music festival.
Hundreds of fans raise hands in the air and sing during an afternoon at Lollapalooza music festival.
A male attendee motions to kiss a female attendee at Lollapalooza music festival.
Dust fills the air as attendees lift their arms up at Lollapalooza music festival.
A musician is seen laying on stage holding a guitar as the crowd of thousands is seen in the background at Lollapalooza.
Musician Trevor Daniel shakes hands and sings as he moves through the crowd along the barricades at Lollapalooza.
Fans pack behind barricades for the afternoon music set at Lollapalooza music festival.
A musician is seen jumping high in the air with a guitar as an audience takes in a performance at Lollapalooza.
A crowded view of attendees at Lollapalooza music festival.
Lollapalooza music festival attendees form a line around a block in Chicago as they prepare to check in to their hotel.
Musician Max Schneider stands above a crowd of young people as he performs at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Signage outside of Lollapalooza asks attendees to have proof of vaccination ready to present at gate.
Attendees gather at the entrance to Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.
Musician Flipp Dinero sings to an enthusiastic group of young people at Lollapalooza.
Festival attendees hold a "Chicago Loves You" sign as they await a performance at Lollapalooza.