Lollapalooza 2021: Day 1 photo highlights

Lollapalooza is underway at Grant Park. Here’s a look at some of the sights and sounds from the four-day music festival.

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Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

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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 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:

Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday night.

Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

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Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

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Miley Cyrus performs with Billy Idol at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

Miley Cyrus performs with Billy Idol at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

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Miley Cyrus performs with Billy Idol at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

Miley Cyrus performs with Billy Idol at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

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Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

Miley Cyrus performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday night.

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Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

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Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

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Playboi Carti preforms at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

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Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

Playboi Carti performs at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

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Playboi Carti preforms at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

Playboi Carti preforms at the T-Mobile stage Thursday.

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Thousands of people fill out the lawn in front of the Lake Shore and T-Mobile stages.

Thousands of people fill out the lawn in front of the Lake Shore and T-Mobile stages.

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Festival goers walk over a facemask near Buckingham Fountain.

Festival goers walk over a facemask near Buckingham Fountain.

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Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

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Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

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Fans cheer as Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

Fans cheer as Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

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Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

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Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

Flo Milli preforms at the Grubhub stage.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday..

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduces the Black Pumas at the T-Mobile stage.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduces the Black Pumas at the T-Mobile stage.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

Black Pumas performs at the T-Mobile stage, Thursday.

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Black Pumas lead singer Eric Burton, left, dances with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s wife Amy Eshleman at the T-Mobile stage.

Black Pumas lead singer Eric Burton, left, dances with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s wife Amy Eshleman at the T-Mobile stage.

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Max preforms at the Lake Shore Stage Thursday.

Max preforms at the Lake Shore Stage Thursday.

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Max preforms at the Lake Shore Stage Thursday.

Max preforms at the Lake Shore Stage Thursday.

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Festival goers walk down Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

Festival goers walk down Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

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Festival goers line up at the food stalls located at Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

Festival goers line up at the food stalls located at Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

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Festival goers line up at the food stalls located at Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

Festival goers line up at the food stalls located at Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

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Festival goers line up at the food stalls located at Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

Festival goers line up at the food stalls located at Columbus Drive near Buckingham Fountain.

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Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

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Eva Adams, black with cowboy hat, and Bridget Brazil, red checkers, cheer as Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage.

Eva Adams, black with cowboy hat, and Bridget Brazil, red checkers, cheer as Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage.

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Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

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Fans wave their hands in the air as Max preforms at the Lake Shore Stage.

Fans wave their hands in the air as Max preforms at the Lake Shore Stage.

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Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

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Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

Orville Peck preforms at the T-Mobile Stage Thursday.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

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Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Aly & AJ preform Thursday at the T-Mobile stage at Lollapalooza.

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

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

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

Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Thursday.

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Chicago police officers keep watch as festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Chicago police officers keep watch as festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as they pass through a health screening station Thursday at the main entrance on Michigan Avenue on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Festival-goers line up Thursday morning before doors open on day one of Lollapalooza in Grant Park.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Festival-goers flock to Grant Park for day one of Lollapalooza on Thursday.

Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

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