Celebrating its 20th anniversary (give or take the years in between when the once traveling fest ceased existence), Lollapalooza returned to Grant Park for its seventh year in Chicago. It marked its largest attendance, with 270,000 fans expected over the weekend.
From the minute they launched the Austin City Limits Music Festival in their Texas hometown, C3 Presents, the promoters behind Lollapalooza, have been wildly ambitious, doing little to hide their dreams for eventual world domination.
The reputation of Crain's Chicago Business blogger Greg Hinz precedes him: He's an arrogant, surly bulldog and dedicated contrarian, and he seemed to be gunning for me, eager to challenge my reporting on Lollapalooza's unprecedented, long-term, tax-exempt, competition-free sweetheart deal with
As noted in an update Wednesday afternoon to Monday's blog post about Lollapalooza not paying city taxes, Department of Revenue spokesman Ed Walsh emailed to say that my reading of the Municipal Code was wrong -- and by no means is that a hard thing to do -- and I cited an incorrect figure for the
Set to take place in the heart of the Texas capital at Zilker Park Friday through Sunday, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is the smaller sister of Lollapalooza -- maximum capacity 75,000 a day there versus 90,000 daily here -- though the success that promoter
UPDATE, OCT. 6: Department of Revenue Spokesman Ed Walsh emailed today with the following correction to my reading of the amusement tax passages in Chicago's municipal code: "The amusement tax percentage you quoted in your posting was incorrect.
Jam Productions co-founder Arny Granat with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan at the Obama inauguration festivities The revelation that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is investigating the giant three-day Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park came as a shock t