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7 arrested, 119 hospitalized during first three days of Lollapalooza

Chicago band Post Animal plays to a wild crowd. | Erin Brown/Sun-Times

Seven people have been arrested and 119 others have been taken to hospitals over the first three days of the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park.

Headlining acts like Travis Scott, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd have drawn more than 100,000 fans to the downtown park for each of the festival’s first three days, according to Melissa Stratton, a spokeswoman for the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Attendance at the festival was recorded at 109,300 people for Thursday, 110,129 for Friday and 106,501 for Saturday, Stratton said.

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On Thursday, 46 of those festival-goers were transported to hospitals, while 39 others were taken for treatment the following day, Stratton said. Thirty-four more people were taken to hospitals on Saturday, when scorching 90-degree temperatures started moving through the area.

Two people were arrested Thursday for battery, with one of them being released without facing charges, Stratton said. On Saturday, five other people were taken into custody for unknown reasons. No arrests were reported at the festival on Friday.

In addition, 23 people have been cited for minor offenses, including trespassing and entering a restricted area, according to Stratton and OEMC First Deputy Rich Guidice.

The amount of arrests and medical transports this year at Lollapalooza have decreased significantly from last year, when 234 people were hospitalized and 27 others were arrested over the course of the four-day festival.

Revelers who lost phones or other property at the festival should check Lollapalooza’s virtual lost and found to check for missing items and file a claim for return.