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How to do Lollapollooza with a family

In 2019, we took our first family trip to Lollapalooza and to our surprise, absolutely loved it. Kids under 10 years are free and at the time, Mila was 6 months and Noah was 3 year old. There is a big Kidzapalooza area, which is family friendly with lots to do.

Here are some things that made the entire experience at Lollapalooza really easy for our family. Hopefully these are helpful if you are thinking about going this summer!

Lollapoolza tips if you plan on going with a family this year.

We took this stroller. It’s the best travel stroller there is. It’s super lightweight (around 11 pounds) and Mila took her naps in it all day. There’s a little storage below too.

Also, we used the Baby Bjorn to carry Mila which was SUPER helpful! We loved this one because it’s the most back supportive.

Some other supplies we brought were baby wipes, diapers, and bottle + formula. We didn’t bring snacks because we just bought food there.

Security is pretty tough, so we just wanted to bring the necessary things. I would double check the allowed and prohibited section on Lolla’s website before buying tickets.


Take the train! Or any type of public transportation. You won’t find parking or will have to pay a million dollars for it. We took the brown line and there was a super short walk to the main entrance.

If you need to drive, I would definitely do Spot Hero, but prices will most likely be pretty expensive.


The Kidzapalooza area is awesome. There’s so much to do. They have young adult bands, sing alongs with instruments, face painting, balloons, etc. The family friendly area is close to main stages so it’s easy to listen to performers there. Manny and I just turns going closer to the stage when we wanted to hear certain performers.

Kidpalooza is a family friendly area at Lollapoolza
Kidzapoolza area rules at Lollapoolza in Chicago

There’s also a lot of cool food and beverage vendors to check out like this wine selfie slushy from Cupcake wine.

  • Go right when the doors open. The park is very empty. I think we went from doors open to around 6pm
  • Kidzapalooza has the best bathrooms! It’s an air conditioned trailer and really clean.
  • Bringing less stuff is better, pack light
  • It’s hot! At one point, both kids were in just diapers.
  • When you get there, you can go to the help tent and register your children.
  • We also put our cell phone number on Noah’s upper arm just in case

I hope some of this is helpful! Let me know if you are thinking about going or have any questions, DM at @thechicagogoodlife.

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Until next time,


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