Crowd at Lollapalooza 2017 in front of big screens


Lollapalooza is finally here! And CTA is the best way to get to the fest—all day and every day. It’s fast. It’s convenient. It’s affordable.

Several CTA trains and buses stop near the festival site in Grant Park. We’re running added service so you don’t miss your favorite band. For Metra riders, CTA buses provide a quick trip to and from Union Station and Ogilvie Transportation Center.

Unlimited ride passes are a great value for Lolla fans: A 7-day pass will cover the entire fest. 3-day (72-hour) and 1-Day (24-hour) passes are also a great value.

  • 7-day passes ($28) can be loaded onto a Ventra card, available for purchase at CTA rail stations and hundreds of retailers throughout Chicago. (Note: The $5 cost for the Ventra card is returned as transit value when you register your card online or by phone within 90 days of purchase—it takes just a few minutes).
  • 3-day ($20) and 1-day ($10) passes can be loaded onto a Ventra card, OR 1-day tickets can be purchased as a ticket (no card fee applies) at Ventra vending machines at any rail station.

Getting to Lollapalooza & added service

On the 'L'

We’ll be providing extra rail service to get you there: Thursday through Sunday, additional and/or longer trains will be operating on the Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Orange and Yellow Lines.

How to get there by 'L':

  • From the Brown, Orange, Pink and Green lines, exit at Adams/Wabash or Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (Brown, Orange, Pink only).
  • From the Blue Line, exit at Monroe, Jackson or LaSalle.
  • From the Red Line, exit at Monroe, Jackson or Harrison.

All of these stations are near entrances to the festival at Monroe/Columbus or Congress/Michigan. (See official festival map for festival details.)

From Metra Rail Lines

From Ogilvie Transportation Center (Metra UP-N, UP-NW and UP-W Lines)

  • Exit at the Washington side of the station and board an eastbound #J14 bus for direct service to Grant Park. 
  • The #20 and #56 are also good options, with Lollapalooza’s north gate just a five-block walk southeast from each routes’ last stop.
  • You can also take the #130; board on Clinton along the west side of the station, at Washington or Madison.
  • Another option is to walk two blocks north to Clinton/Lake and board a Pink or Green Line train at Clinton going (toward "Loop", "Ashland/63rd" or "Cottage Grove") and exit at Adams/Wabash, or use Pink Line toward Loop and exit at Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren, which has elevators.

From Chicago Union Station (Metra BNSF, MD-W, MD-N, NCS, SWS and HC Lines and Amtrak)

  • Exit Union Station through the Jackson Blvd. exit and board an eastbound #126 bus on Jackson at the Chicago River for direct service to Grant Park.
  • Another option is to take the #130 from the Jackson/Riverside stop, with the Lollapalooza West Gate just a short two block walk east from the State/Harrison stop.

On the bus

You can access Lollapalooza by bus, too. CTA bus routes that serve the festival include #3 King Drive, #4 Cottage Grove, #6 Jackson Park Express, #J14 Jeffery Jump#126 Jackson, #130 Museum Campus and #146 Inner Drive/Michigan Express.

Note: Several bus routes will be rerouted due to street closures related to the festival, such as routes #2, #6, #10, #J14, #26, #126, #132, #143 and #147. See your route's page or go to Bus Alerts for specific reroute details closer before you travel.

See the official Lollapalooza festival map for festival entry point details.


Maps & directions

You can get door-to-door directions via Google Maps or the RTA Trip Planner:

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For more, see Maps and browse Route Guides to learn more about CTA services (including station amenities and schedules).

Fare info & tips

Avoid long lines at vending machines at stations near the parade and buy your fares in advance. There are multiple fare options available:

  • vpaysample_ventraticketDisposable Ventra Tickets
    Buy at Ventra Vending Machines in any 'L' station
    Ventra Tickets are disposable tickets good for a day or a trip good for 90 days from when you purchase them and are not activated until you first use them, so you can buy these in advance.

    Traveling in a group ? Ventra Vending Machines can vend several multiple tickets at once.
  • Ventra CardReloadable Ventra Cards
    Buy online, at retail locations or at Ventra Vending Machines in 'L' stations
    New cards cost $5 at machines, which is returned to you for use as transit value (can be applied toward buying a pass) if you register the card within 90 days on or in the Ventra app.

    With a Ventra Card, you can load value (money for regular fares) or passes at vending machines. You can also load value or passes to a card you already have by using the Ventra app, online at or at about 1,300 retailers (including drugstores and currency exchanges).

    Traveling in a group? Value loaded on a Ventra Card can pay for up to 6 additional people traveling with you, with each additional rider's fare paid out of Transit Value (even if you're using a pass for yourself). If you're also paying for children 7-11 years of age, ask for assistance in paying a children's Reduced Fare, which a bus driver or station attendant can offer to you.
  • icon_sample_contactlesspaymentsSingle rides with Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay or contactless bankcards
    Just touch your phone or bankcard to the fare reader

    If you have a phone with Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay, or a bankcard with the contactless payment symbol (wave), you don't need to get a card or ticket—you can skip the machines and pay a Pay-As-You-Go fare directly at the turnstile.

    The PAYG fare is $2.50 per ride (except at O'Hare where fare is $5, instead) and transfers are not available with this fare option (except where free, between 'L' lines). You may see a temporary pre-authorization hold of $5 when you use this option, but will only be charged the correct fare once it's been fully processed with your bank.

    Traveling in a group? Contactless PAYG payments can be used for 6 additional people traveling with you. If you're also paying for children 7-11 years of age, ask for assistance in paying a children's Reduced Fare, which a bus driver or station attendant can offer to you.
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