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Music lineup, street closures, security measures for Lollapalooza 2013

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is the place for music lovers this weekend!

The Lollapalooza Music Festival kicks off at in Grant Park on Friday, and getting around the city could be a bit of an issue.

Street closures have already started for the festival. They are as follows:

  • Balbo from Columbus Drive to Lake Shore Drive through August 8.
  • Jackson from Columbus Drive to Lake Shore Drive through August 7.
  • Columbus Drive from Monroe to Roosevelt, Balbo from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Drive through August 5.
  • Jackson from Michigan Ave. to Columbus Drive through August 7.

The three-day festival is expected to bring 300,000 people and while there is massive security every year, this year it may be tighter than ever.

Stages are set up over 110 acres with eight large stages and many small one spread throughout the grounds, but there are also miles of fencing surrounding the entire area.

"Every year, new ideas come up, new security measures come up and it happens because you see what's happened in the year prior, and if you look around here you can see there's double fencing," President of the Grant Park Conservancy Bob O'Neill explains. "There's even more this year of the large iron fencing."

The increases are designed to prevent gate crashing, which has happened in the past. Police and Lollapalooza security will be everywhere to discourage or ward off any trouble.

"There are no credible or corroborated threats to this event, per se, but we're always concerned about criminal activity and things like that," OEMC Executive Director Gary Schenkel explains. "We always take the precautions and ensure that we have adequate resources to address any of these kinds of situations."

One big concern is always getting people out the festival in case of an emergency, such as last year's storm. Evacuations plans have been tweaked and tested in case something should happen.

And as for the grounds--which always take a beating from all the people over three days--this year, that's not a concern.

"This year that's not going to happen because we've had a really dry July leading up to Lollapalooza starting tomorrow so it should go really well," O'Neill believes.

Now, with less than 24 hours until show time, Lollapalooza's founder is ready to bring it.

"I'm very proud that I'm putting money in people's pockets, to put it simply," Founder Perry Ferrell says. "To me, that makes me feel good. People smile when they see me coming."

More than 130 artists are scheduled to perform, including Mumford and Sons, Nine Inch Nails, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, and Eric Church.

If you want to attend Lolla, one-day passes start around $225 on Stub Hub and three-day general admission tickets are going for about $300. Make sure to always purchase tickets from a trusted source.

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