Head to the LollaShop for Concert T-shirts and a Sneak Peek of Thompson Chicago
Summer music festival-goers from the die-hard to the casual all know that Lollapalooza is happening in Chicago this weekend. Yet even hotel geeks will want to come out for Lollapalooza, thanks to the first-ever LollaShop, a pop-up shop where official Lollapalooza goods will be sold before the concerts begin. Yes, for the first time ever you don't actually have to have a ticket to Lollapalooza to buy the concert gear.
The LollaShop is currently open at 332 S. Michigan Ave (at E. Van Buren Street) and is selling festival t-shirts, hats, and even hipster fanny packs. It's also holding signings with festival performers as well as listening parties and performances in the Thompson Hotel Lounge. That's right. Thompson Hotels is offering a sneak peek into their new Chicago hotel which will officially be rebranded a Thompson in place of the old Sutton Place.
The lounge is designed to resemble a modern rock lounge but it will also serve as a yoga studio this weekend for free, public yoga at 9am. (Sign up here. Sadly, there are no actual hotel rooms available from the pop-up Thompson lounge but you can peek into a Keith Richards-inspired hotel room from New York designer Adam Aleksander. This room is a glimpse at what the rest of the rooms at Thompson Chicago will look like.
Meanwhile, if you do need a hotel room this weekend and you aren't flush enough to book the suite packages at The James (at around $1,200 a night), we're sad to say you're still going to have to pay up for a hotel rooms. Doing a quick check on Expedia, we found rates on average to be around $300 a night for mostly three and four-star hotels. Maybe you should just hope you'll meet somebody at the concert then?