The giant marketing machine that is Lollapalooza dominates the Chicago music scene this weekend, of course. But whether your reasons for avoiding it are aesthetic (do you really want to hang out in an oversized shopping mall and be marketed to for three days?), moral/ethical (given the attorney general's investigation of the destination fest for anti-competitive practices that threaten the city's club scene and other promoters -- see earlier reports 1, 2, and 3), or financial (three-day passes are now up to $215, or $850 for the VIP pass), there are plenty of worthy rock 'n' roll experiences to be had over the next few days that have nothing to do with the scene in Grant Park (and no, I'm not counting the official after shows in this tally, a run-down of which can be found here if you so desire).
Here are a dozen alternative suggestions.
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