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Lollapalooza 2021: Day 1 photo highlights

It’s officially here: Lollapalooza 2021.

The music extravaganza by the lake kicked off today in Grant Park. More than 100,000 music fans are expected to attend the four-day event.

Though a few things have changed this year — no Kidzapalooza stage and strict new COVID guidelines to be aware of before heading to the park — the stacked four-day lineup is an impressive feat to have pulled off in record time.

Keep in mind there are numerous COVID safety restrictions in place for the fest. You’ll need proof of vaccination or proof a a negative COVID-19 test for entry to the festival grounds. Lolla is the largest public event to date held in Chicago since the emergence of the coronavirus last March. Despite worries over the virus’ Delta variant and rising caseloads nationally, the show will go on this weekend.

We’ve got the festival covered from every angle. For a complete guide to all things Lolla, check out our guide here. If you want our tips of the acts to catch, you can find our Top 10 picks here. And keep in mind, there are gobs of street closures in place; you can find the details here.

Here’s a look at some of the sights and sounds from Day 1:

Attendees present their proof of vaccination cards at the entrance to Lollapalooza on Thursday.
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Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
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Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
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Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
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Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Fans cheer and wave as Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.

Fans cheer and wave as Aly & AJ preform at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza, Thursday, July 29, 2021.
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