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.
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
"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
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,
Lollapalooza.com, 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.