Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago

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Lollapalooza marks a decade in Chicago
Music fans arrive on day 2 of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Chicago. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Invision/AP)
Fans at the Perry's electronic music stage are sprayed with water as they await the next act on day 3 of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on Sunday, Aug.4, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Invision/AP)
Alice Glass of the band Crystal Castles performs on day 1 of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 in Chicago. (Photo by Steve Mitchell/Invision/AP)
A crowd surfer in a wheel chair is helped over the barricade while the band Nine Inch Nails performs at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. The more than two-decade-old festival opens Friday in Chicago's lakefront Grant Park. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
A man takes a photograph of the crowd waiting for Swedish pop band Miike Snow to perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong/Invision/AP)at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong/Invision/AP)
Gary Clark Jr. smiles at the crowd during a performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong/Invision/AP)
Members of the crowd dance at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong/Invision/AP)
Christian Karlsson from Miike Snow draws an enthusiastic response from the crowd when he leaves the stage during a performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (Photo by Sitthixay Ditthavong/Invision/AP)
Crowds listen to music as the sun sets on Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. Lollapalooza organizers say the company does not market to a specific age range, but they always keep in mind that it's getting a little older. (AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels)
Women push strollers through the crowd at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels)
A fan crowd surfs during the Modest Mouse set at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. The three-day festival, headlined by Pearl Jam, includes 130 bands. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
A fan crowd surfs during the Iggy and the Stooges set at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007. The three-day festival, headlined by Pearl Jam, includes 130 bands. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
Young people crowd around one of several stages for a live performance of the Austin, Tx., based, Sound Team, at Chicago's Grant Park for the opening of the Lollapalooza Music Festival, Friday, Aug. 4, 2006. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Unidentified music fans make their way through the crowd at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2008. (AP Photo/Russel A. Daniels)
Andrew Crawford, 18, of St. Louis crowd surfs as Spoon performs at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago on Saturday, August 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 4: A young fan walks out of the barricade after being pulled from the crowd as Knife Party performed during Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 4, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 02: General view during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park on August 2, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Legato/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 04: General view of the crowd during day two of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 4, 2012 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 07: Festival-goers play in the mud during Lollapalooza Festival 2011 at Grant Park on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 07: Festival-goers play in the mud during Lollapalooza Festival 2011 at Grant Park on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 07: General view during Lollapalooza Festival 2011 at Grant Park on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 07: Festival-goers dance during Lollapalooza Festival 2011 at Grant Park on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 07: Fans watch Cage the Elephant perform during Lollapalooza Festival 2011 at Grant Park on August 7, 2011 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns)
A girl is pulled from the crowd during a performance by Perry Farrell at Lollapooza in Chicago, Illinois, Saturday, August 6, 2011. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 5: General view of the crowd as Foster the People perform as part of Lollapalooza 2011 at Grant Park on August 5, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 07: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and a fan pulled from the crowd just before he does a stage diveperforms during the 2010 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 7, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 07: Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and a fan pulled from the crowd just before he does a stage diveperforms during the 2010 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 7, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/WireImage)
CHICAGO - AUGUST 07: Festival-goers watch the performance of Green Day during the 2010 Lollapalooza festival in Grant Park on August 7, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO (AP) - Once the vagabond of the music festival and touring circuit, Lollapalooza marks its 10th anniversary in Chicago when it opens for three days starting Friday with a lineup including Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon.

"We are very into the idea of being an international music event," Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a recent interview. "But I would have to acknowledge that if it were not for Chicago, that beautiful showroom, I don't think we would be in the position we're in now."

Farrell, the leader singer of Jane's Addiction, started Lollapalooza in 1991. It was a tour until 1997 before a hiatus until 2003. There were struggles in 2004 when the event was canceled just weeks before it was to get underway because of poor ticket sales. But in 2005, Lollapalooza came to Chicago's lakefront Grant Park where it hosted several dozen musical artists on five stages over two days. The headline in the Chicago Tribune the day after the festival ended read: "Successapalooza."

Its second year in Chicago, Lollapalooza grew to about 130 acts on nine stages with capacity for 75,000 people. This year promoters expect 100,000 on each day with as many acts on eight stages. The festival has grown over its years in Chicago, adding food tents with offerings from gourmet chefs and a children's section. And it has brought acts like Lady Gaga, Nine Inch Nails, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay to town.

Eventually, Lollapalooza became the basis for the modern festival culture and circuit that has evolved since, including events like Bonnaroo, Coachella and a legion of smaller multiday parties. This year, Lorde, Skrillex, Calvin Harris and Nas are part of the jam-packed lineup.

Chicago city leaders decided in 2005 to let Lollapalooza take over its beloved Grant Park. They now say it was a wise decision, benefiting the city both culturally and financially.

"It's become a global image-builder for Chicago," said Don Welsh, president and chief executive officer of Choose Chicago, the city's tourism and convention organization. "Lollapalooza has become synonymous with Chicago."

Last year, he said, the organization estimates Lollapalooza's economic impact on Chicago was $140 million. This year for the first time the city and Lollapalooza promoters worked with tourism partners in international markets to make tickets available for music fans around the world.

And Chicago Park District officials say festival proceeds have gone to pay for park improvements and educational and cultural programs.

With an event this large, things haven't always been perfect. A thunderstorm moved across Chicago in 2012 and shut down Lollapalooza, forcing promoters to shuffle the lineup. And at least twice parkland was muddied and damaged after the festival, but the promoters paid for repairs.

From his point of view, Farrell says Chicago offers him "no plug-ups or bottlenecks."

"Just being in the presence of Chicago we look damn good," Farrell said. "I have nothing but praise and adulation and I want to do Chicago right."
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