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Lollapalooza 2022 Ends With Fewer Arrests, Hospitalizations Than In Past Years, Officials Say

Fifteen people were arrested at the popular four-day music festival, which brought 400,000 people to Grant Park.

Fans sing and dance as rapper Sofaygo performs during the second day of Lollapalooza on July 29, 2022.
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GRANT PARK — Arrests and hospitalizations were down this year at Lollapalooza, which brought 400,000 festival-goers to the four-day event at Grant Park.

Chicago police arrested 15 people, issued eight citations and took 68 people to the hospital, according to an Office of Emergency Management and Communications news release.

People were arrested on charges including theft, battery, trespass/obstructing identification, obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct, making a false police report, domestic battery and an issuance of warrant, according to the Police Department.

Arrests were down from 2021, when 19 people were arrested, authorities said.

A Lolla security guard also was arrested and charged with making a fake mass shooting threat as a ploy to leave work early, prosecutors said.

Hospitalizations from Lollapalooza have trended down significantly the past four years: 102 people were hospitalized in 2021, 116 in 2019 and 160 in 2018.

Those figures only account for people who were picked up by an ambulance outside festival grounds coming from Lollapalooza, though. The festival contracts private emergency medical services for incidents inside the event, according to the Fire Department.

Festival officials did not respond when asked how many people went to the hospital via private ambulance during the event.

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