CHICAGO — Thousands are expected to pack the four-day Lollapalooza festival this weekend, after it kicked off in Grant Park Thursday morning.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised a "robust security plan," as city leaders work around the clock to keep people safe. Lightfoot's promise came Monday, a day after a shooting at a California food festival that killed three people and wounded 12.
Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications notes in a statement that tighter security measures are implemented each year, including measures both seen and unseen.
In addition to the fencing around the park, 330 security cameras have been put in place, 900 private security guards on the ground, plus a vast number undercover and uniformed cops patrolling the park and surrounding neighborhoods.
While tickets typically sell out to the festival, some are still available as of Thursday evening. Thursday's headliners are the Chainsmokers.
Chicago police beefed up security last year in the wake of the October 2017 mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas.
The entrance felt a lot like airport style screening, and they’re sticking to that method this year. Festival-goers will be searched with a full body pat-down and metal detector screening before they're allowed inside.
Also, you can only bring small purses, fanny packs, and draw string bags -- backpacks are not allowed.
ER doctors are also warning about the dangers of underage drinking, hoping for fewer Lolla-related hospital visits this year. Drink water, if you re feeling dizzy get water most important thing.
Still, hospitals will likely be working overtime this weekend. Last year, Lurie Children’s Hospital alone took in about 100 ER patients from the music festival.
Festival organizers are reminding people to know your exit route in case of an emergency. The festival has been evacuated several times due to weather. Fortunately, the weather looks like its going to cooperate this year.