Letters 10-05-2015

Bravo Regarding the Sept. 28 Northern Express letter “Just The Facts” by Julie Racine, opinion column “E Pluribus Unum” by Thomas Kachadurian, and Spectator column “Fear Not” by Stephen Tuttle: Bravo. Bravo. Bravo....

Right On OMG. Julie Racine’s letter “Just the Facts” in the Sept. 28 issue said everything I was thinking. I totally agree. Amen sister...

Kachadurian’s Demeaning Sham Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion piece “E Pluribus Unum” is a very ill-informed perspective of American history. He attempts to portray our past as a homogenized national experience that has transcended any ethnic and regional differences with “the understanding” that our differences shouldn’t really matter...

Opinions Disguised As Facts Freedom of speech is a founding principle upon which our country prides itself, and because of this we all have a right to our opinion. It is when opinions are disguised as facts that we allow for ignorance to spread like wildfire...

Reject Your Own Stereotypes In his “E Pluribus Unum” column of 9/28, Mr. Kachadurian starts calmly enough with a simple definition and history of that famous motto from the Great “from many, one” seal of the U.S., but soon goes off the rhetorical rails. Alas, this heritage-sharing chat with neighbors soon turns into a dirty laundry list polemic, based on an us vs. them worldview...

Thanks For Just The Facts Thank you sooooo much to Julie in Marion for laying out the laundry list of right wing fabrications in her letter last week...

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Surviving Lollapalooza

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  

Lollapalooza, the modern age’s answer to Woodstock, took Chicago by storm 14 years ago.

Now, 160,000 music fans descend on Grant Park the first weekend in August to see headliners like Kings of Leon, Skrillex, and OutKast.

If you’re one of the many planning on a Lolla roadtrip, here’s how to survive three big days of heat, beats, food, and fun.


• If past years have been any indication, prepare to fry. The sun usually beats down on Grant Park all three days, creating a sea of sunburned folks. Slather on the sunscreen, wear light cotton clothing and brimmed hats, and bring a small backpack to stash souvenirs in.

• Also essential? Comfy footwear for miles of walking and hours of dancing.


• As a rule, musicians don’t exactly spring out of bed, which is why Lolla stages don’t start rolling until 11am each day.

• Beyond a five- to six-hour drive from Northern Michigan, there are eight stages, Green Street, Chow Town, and a mile between the two main stages to navigate.

• Grab a pocket-sized festival map/ schedule at Grant Park or – to really strategize – print out both a schedule and a map from the Lolla website.


• Figuring out which bands to see can get tricky: The two main stages host the biggest bands each evening, and the Lolla folk generally pit two major headliners against each other.

• On Friday, it’s the Arctic Monkeys vs. Eminem. Saturday, it’s OutKast vs. Calvin Harris. And Sunday, it’s Skrillex vs. Kings of Leon.

• Daytime, it’s a different story. The acts are staggered, with the smaller stages alternating genres. The daylight hours are when Lorde, Chromeo, Foster the People, Spoon, Chvrches, AFI, and The Kooks all get the chance to fill up your dance card.


• Between the sun, the dust from stages on Grant Park’s baseball fields, and running back and forth, water is essential. There are free water bottle refill stations set up all over the park, in addition to the sodas and juices available for purchase. Fill and drink often.

• Healthy snacks are a close second to hydrating. Proteins and carbs will help you avoid becoming one of those hapless, exhausted Lollapaloozers passed out underneath a tree somewhere, missing all of the bands that they paid big bucks to see.


• Part of the fun of Lolla is diving into all of its eclectic moments. In addition to listening to music and watching bands, there are plenty of other activities not to be missed.

• Visit Chow Town, where loads of Chicago’s gourmet purveyors show up with a fantastic list of choices, or head over to the Farmers Market for even more fresh food.

• Learn more about environmental causes on Green Street. Check out all of the art that always dots the grounds each year. Sign up at Rock the Vote. And most of all, don’t forget to dance.


• Once the frantic rush to get there and get in has passed, it’s time to settle down. Don’t rush the festival experience.

• While Lolla is chock-full of everything, getting sick, heatstroke, or ticked off won’t improve a single minute of the fest.

• So take the time to enjoy, drink water, lather on sunscreen, and snap a few selfies. Your feet will thank you, your body will feel good, and Lolla will soon become an epic summer music memory.

Lollapalooza runs Aug 1-3 in Chicago’s Grant Park, just south of downtown. For this year’s full lineup and all the details, visit lollapalooza.com.

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