Concert plans still a Lolla confusion


April 5, 2005


A private foundation that aids Chicago's parks said Monday that while it is negotiating to bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park on July 23-24 as a "fund-raiser," it has not yet reached an agreement with Capital Sports & Entertainment, the Austin, Texas, promoter of the festival.

Parkways Foundation business manager Jennifer Griffin said talks have been under way between the nonprofit group, Capital Sports and the Chicago Park District since December. But she called last week's Lollapalooza announcement by the promoters "premature."

"Pending an agreement, we will approach the Chicago Park District for a permit," Griffin said.

Griffin could not say when that agreement might be reached or how much money might be raised for city parks. Since Thursday, Capital Sports has been saying that an announcement on city approval was imminent, and company promises a press release today.

But Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said again Monday that she has no date for any announcement of city approval. Capital Sports and Parkways have not yet applied for a permit to bring the event to Hutchinson Field, she added, and "there is still a lot more to be done."

The concert's Web site,, notes that promoters will begin selling two-day passes to the event on Thursday for a limited-time advance price of $35, but the promoters will not announce the lineup until a press conference in Chicago on April 22.

A Capital Sports spokesperson had no comment Monday on whether tickets will go on sale as scheduled Thursday if the city has not yet approved the permit, or whether ticket-buyers can seek a refund if plans promised on the Web site do not materialize or the city only approves a scaled-down version of the show.