Grant Park Repairs Continue Nearly Two Weeks After Lollapalooza

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The normally lush, green grass of Grant Park remains brown and dried out as crews work on fixing the damage from the Lollapalooza music festival, which ended almost two weeks ago.

But, as WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, an environmental activist says he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Some say after the muddy mess left behind by this year’s Lollapalooza, maybe it’s time to evict the music festival and its crowds from Grant Park.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Bob O’Neill, president of the Grant Park Conservancy, said that if he didn’t know better, he might be tempted to say that himself.

“Normally, I’d walk up here and I’d see this and I’d be really upset,” he said.

But O’Neill said that with some of the profits from Lollapalooza plugged back into Chicago parks and programs, it’s well worth the trouble.

“This helps keep taxes dollars down because the Park District doesn’t have to raise tax dollars if they can raise the money privately. It supports parks throughout the city, so bear with us, this will be restored,” O’Neill said.

Besides bringing visitors from around the world and tens of millions of dollars into the local economy, O’Neill said it contributes about $2 million for environmental programs, on top of the money that concert organizers will pay to repair damage to the park.

  • limod

    I think the benefits from Lollapalooza should be highly touted instead of all the negative. Yes, GP was damaged however no TAX dollars are going toward its repair. The festival was orderly, with a low percentage of arrests versus attendance, millions spent in the city, millions given to the park district, no tax dollars used on the event, yet the media seems focused on the damage done to GP but the fact the festival is paying for it is usually relegated toward the end of the article instead of at the beginning. Don’t want Lolla here and all its benefits? Don’t bemoan the fact of rising park district taxes to replace the money lost and you can be sure that will happen and used as the reason.

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