Lollapalooza is an institution here in Chicago. Amazing musical groups, performing at the iconic Millenium Park, with the beautiful backdrop of the skyline of Chicago--it's an experience. In the dead of summer, you are hot and sweaty, constantly buzzed from either the alcohol or the heat, wolfing down a pizza, hot dog, or hot asian baos to stay fueled. It's pretty epic.
However, throughout the years, it has lost a little bit of it's luster--for me. Some of the bands I'm so excited to see, just do not do well in the festival setting. I'd much rather see them at a more intimate venue, or be able to view more of the theatrics to their typical show. And the heat....some years, you are just so sticky and it's hard to find relief from the sun. The food is pretty amazing, they have many vendors, but if you're there all day, it can get expensive. Also, having gone several years, I haven't seen much difference from year to year. The layout of the festival if usually the same, so are the food vendors. Nothing too exciting and different to look forward to.
If you've never gone to Lollapalooza, please go. You will not regret it. However, now, after going a few years, I might not be so hasty to jump on those early bird tickets. Unless there's someone who I think will perform amazingly at the festival, I might be looking for other options for my summer weekends in August.