Muse, Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Arcade Fire Top Lollapalooza Chicago’s 4-Day Lineup
Though Chicago has many music festivals these days, one in particular consistently stands out amongst the rest: Lollapalooza has become synonymous with stellar lineups, and the 2017 bill is no exception. Lolla will take place, as it always does, in Chicago’s Grant Park on the first weekend of August (3-6). With all genres accounted for, plus a rising hometown star leading the way, Lollapalooza 2017 will no doubt be one for the books.
With the release of “Coloring Book,” his own music festival that took place in his beloved White Sox’s stadium on the south side of Chicago and three Grammy awards including Best Rap Album, Chance the Rapper has had himself quite a year. All this topped off with a headlining spot at his hometown’s biggest music festival. The Killers will be making a de-facto comeback with a top-billed spot at Lollapalooza. This after a roughly five-year hiatus since the release of their 2012 studio album “Battle Born.” The band is slated to release their fifth studio album later this year. English rock band Muse will perform as they return to the studio to work on their newest album and touring North America with Thirty Seconds to Mars. Arcade Fire is also in the studio working on their upcoming 2017 release. Lead singer Win Butler projected a spring release, so fans should expect new tracks during their performance. The XX has had a great year as well. Their latest project “I See You” hit shelves last November to great acclaim. Following its release, the Brits took to London’s famed O2 Arena for the longest run of sold-out shows in the history of the venue. Lorde is another opportune booking for the event, as she’s on the verge of releasing her newest album “Melodrama” on June 16. She recently debuted two singles from the album on an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Sensational punk rockers Blink-182 nabbed a spot at this summer’s event. They’ve been tearing up the festival circuit since last summer after they dropped the highly anticipated re-birth album “California” last July.
Other notable acts on the poster for this year’s event include DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Justice, Alt-J, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, The Head and The Heart, Foster the People, The Shins, Ryan Adams, Kaskade, Porter Robinson, Zeds Dead, Liam Gallagher, Rae Sremmurd, Glass Animals, Gramatik, Phantogram, Migos, Tove Lo and Spoon – among many, many more.
Given that Lollapalooza is an urban event taking place in Chicago, camping isn’t possible. Luckily, the hotel options are virtually endless. The James Hotel is located right off the famed Magnificent Mile downtown. This dramatically modern-designed hotel features tasteful, artistic aesthetics plus a full-service spa and must-visit steakhouse. Public Chicago is another contemporary design marvel replete with a library and coffee bar plus an intimate screening room for films and sporting events. The Chicago Athletic Association is an utterly unique concept hotel in the vein of a vintage health club. Be sure to take advantage of the sprawling views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Lake Michigan.