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A Little Rain Doesn’t Dampen Lollapalooza Start

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Rain couldn’t dampen Friday’s kickoff to Lollapalooza in Grant Park, though the event’s first day included alcohol-related ambulance calls.

At least 20 people were taken to the hospital because of alcohol consumption, CBS 2′s Chris Martinez reports. But the majority of concert-goers appeared to be looking forward to Day 2 on Saturday.

Lollapalooza — which marks its 10th year — is three days of non-stop music on eight stages, and all that goes with it.

Look around, and you’ll see things have changed, CBS 2′s Vince Gerasole reports. The festival now features a space for kids to  sway to the music. There are two separate food courts; swag stations throughout the venue. And if you can’t make it there, dozens of concerts are streamed live worldwide.

Brief showers in the Loop did not create widespread problems Friday, but one storm cell was close enough to the park that organizers delayed some opening acts, including San Fermin, which got started about 15 minutes late.

At 12:30 p.m., festival organizers tweeted that fans should be prepared for a brief rain storm.

Organizers later informed Lollapalooza fans some sets had been pushed back due to the weather.

Rain is possible Saturday afternoon, CBS 2′s Steve Baskerville says.

 

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