Chicago reports 27 arrested, 234 sent to hospitals during Lollapalooza – Chicago Tribune
Twenty-seven people were arrested, 29 citations were given and 234 concertgoers were sent to local hospitals during Lollapalooza, the four-day Grant Park music festival that wrapped up Sunday night.
The numbers, reported Monday by the city, reflect fewer medical emergencies, but more arrests and citations. Arrests were made this year for battery, trespassing, drug possession and theft. Police reported detaining a cellphone thief Saturday, but later said charges were not filed because they could not obtain complaints from victims. Citations were mostly given for fence jumping.
The festival, which draws more than 100,000 music fans each day, was shorter this year because concertgoers were evacuated about an hour before closing time Thursday amid a rainstorm. Twelve people were arrested, 16 citations were issued and 268 concertgoers were sent to hospitals during last year’s festival.
A representative for Lurie Children’s Hospital reported 19 festivalgoers were treated over the weekend, down from 32 last year.
“We believe our efforts to create awareness of this issue coupled with the city’s and the promoter’s stricter policies around drinking at the festival have had an immediate impact on the numbers going down. However, we had to admit one teenager to the intensive care unit due to alcohol poisoning, so teen drinking is still an issue,” Dr. Sally Reynolds, a Lurie emergency room attending physician who worked over the weekend, said in a statement.
Separately, a 27-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted at 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of West Polk Street while walking home from Lollapalooza. She was treated at Rush University Medical Center, police said.
Park District officials will assess the state of the festival grounds later this week after tents and stages are dismantled. Festival organizer C3 Presents is on the hook for repairs to Grant Park. Last year’s tab was $453,000.
The festival is set to be four days long again next year, from Aug. 2-5. Four-day platinum passes are already on sale for $4,200, while four-day VIP passes cost $2,200 plus fees. Chicago is set to host Lollapalooza at least through 2021.