CHICAGO — Due to severe weather conditions and warnings from the National Weather Service as well as six onsite weather monitors, Lollapalooza organizers and city officials made the decision to end the final night of the festival 30 minutes early.
In anticipation of potential storms, Lollapalooza organizers say patrons were alerted beginning at 7 p.m. that the festival was monitoring severe weather and that the show may be impacted.
Based upon approaching weather, Florence + The Machine, Bassnectar, Kygo and NERO shortened their set times in order for fans to safely exit the festival grounds. More than 89,000 patrons exited as instructed by the various communication platforms put in place as a part of the festival’s severe weather plan, as well as directives from public safety personnel onsite.
Earlier Sunday, Lollapalooza organizers working with Chicago city officials made the decision to evacuate Grant Park at 2:35 p.m. in response to warnings from the National Weather Service and from six on site weather monitors that a significant storm was approaching. The storm diverted at the last minute moving five miles north, and the park received minimal rainfall, though lightening was detected and visible in the area.
During the afternoon evacuation, more than 48,500 festival-goers and nearly 4,500 staff, artists and vendors were safely evacuated and reentered the park in under an hour.