Chicago leaders confident in Lollapalooza safety plans following Highland Park mass shooting | app


CHICAGO — Less than a month after a gunman climbed an emergency exit and positioned himself on a rooftop to fire rifle bullets at a mass of Independence Day protesters below in Highland Park , Chicago officials said they were confident they could host one of the biggest festivals in the city. safely this weekend.

Lollapalooza begins Thursday in Grant Park, featuring more than 170 acts and hosting hundreds of thousands of people. Rich Guidice, executive director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications, said the city has been developing and building on its security plans around the festival since it began being held here in 2005, and this year was no different in the wake of Highland Park.

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