Dry grass, higher fences expected at this year’s Lollapalooza

July 27, 2012

Jewell Washington

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Organizers paid nearly $1 million and took months to put down new turf after Lollapalooza 2011.

There’s a bit of a silver lining regarding Chicago’s hot, dry weather at least when it comes to Lollapalooza's music fest scheduled August 3-5.

Bob O’Neill is president of the Grant Park Conservatory. He said the drought has made the ground hard.

O’Neill said that wasn’t the case last year.

“I remember being there and it started raining and there was mud all over,” he said, “so this year it’s highly unlikely.”

O’Neill said last year’s mudwrestling Lollapalooza fans trampled over wet soil and grass. In all, organizers had to spend about $1 million and took months putting down new turf in Grant Park. He said festival-goers will see higher fences this year that will prevent cutting through bushes and flower gardens.

Organizers expect Lollapalooza to attract 300-thousand fans this year.