Huge Music Festival Lollapalooza in Chicago Yields 16 Arrests, 185 Hospitalized
Lollapalooza is the biggest musical festival in Chicago drawing hundreds of thousands of music enthusiasts and party-goers, but it is also not without its share not just of fun but some trouble as well. Already, sixteen people have been arrested in the first three days of the festival, while 185 were taken to area hospitals as people flock to Chicago’s Grant Park for the four-day music fest.
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City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said four people were arrested Saturday for the offenses of trespassing, battery, and theft. Another 10 people were also cited for fence jumping and trespassing. Paramedics have to bring 57 people to the hospital for treatment.
On Friday, 56 people were also taken to the hospital while six people were ticketed and 10 others arrested. Friday’s arrests were for charges of possession of narcotics, aggravated battery to a police officer and trespassing.
Ten others were also arrested on Thursday also for fence jumping and trespassing
The opening day of the fest yielded only two arrests, while 72 people were brought to hospitals for medical treatment.
One of the arrests on Saturday was for a suspect who allegedly stole 60 cell phones at Lollapalooza. Concert organizers requested anyone who lost their phone at the event to visit the website lolla.com/lostfound, where party-goers can search for the inventory of unclaimed items.
Last year’s festival had 12 arrests over the four-year event, the first time the MusicFest was extended to four days. 34 people were arrested for the three-day period in 2015.
An estimated 400,000 people flocked to the Chicago venue for the Lollapalooza in 2016, making it Chicago’s largest music festival.