Lollapalooza Is Critical for Grant Park
Via NBC Chicago:
Stewards of the park say the inconvenience factor from the traffic and congestion the festival brings, in addition to the damage left in the aftermath, all pale in comparison to the big financial upside of Lollapalooza.
Chicago Park District CEO Michael Kelly says the benefits don't stop there. A large portion of the $3 million his department gets from ticket sales trickles into improving neighborhood parks citywide.
“[Lollapalooza] means thousands of kids go to camp this summer for free on scholarship,” Kelly said. “Government can't do it alone anymore and these alternative sources of funds have had a great impact.”