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Chicago Is Rewarding People With $250 Gift Cards, Lolla Passes And More As We Reopen. Here’s How To Get The Deals

The incentives are meant to encourage people to get vaccinated — and to spend more time supporting Chicago businesses.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot holds up a $250 gift card at a press conference announcing Chicago's full Phase 5 reopening at Gibson's Italia on June 11, 2021.
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CHICAGO — The city is offering Lolla tickets, gift cards and more to reward people for the city’s reopening Friday — and to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

Chicago officially reopened Friday, as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged and vaccines are widely available. But more than half of all Chicagoans still aren’t fully vaccinated, so officials are trying to find ways to get them to get their shots.

Among the new offerings as Chicago reopens: chances to win one-day Lollapalooza passes, gift cards and access to a concert series for fully vaccinated people.

Here are the offers:

$250 Gift Cards

Through July 4, hundreds of $250 gift cards will be hidden at businesses throughout all of Chicago’s 77 community areas over the weekends, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a Friday news conference. The gift cards will be able to be used at Raise Marketplace — which helped organize the giveaway — and 4,000 shops and restaurants around the city.

People will be able to go to participating businesses and say “Open Chicago” for a chance at getting one of the gift cards, Lightfoot said.

Lolla Passes

The city has partnered with Lollapalooza to give away 1,200 one-day passes.

For the “best chance” to get a pass, people should go online and sign up to get vaccinated June 26 at one of four city-run sites, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during Friday’s news conference.

Each of the four sites will give away passes to one day of the festival. The vaccination events will also have DJs and other giveaways.

Lollapalooza is July 29-Aug. 1 at Grant Park.

Concert Series

The city is adding dates to its concert series, which is only open to people who are fully vaccinated.

People who sign up Monday-Thursday to get vaccinated at Chicago State University will get a ticket to a July 1 show to see SaveMoney, Arwady said.

People can sign up online.

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