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What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

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What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

For those of you who don’t know what Lollapalooza means, you need to check the word’s origins. In Latin, Lolla means “Big Assed”, while Palooza means “gigantic party”, so a Lollapalooza is a big-assed gigantic party, and the 2013 edition of this annual music festival is invading Chicago from August 2nd to August 4th. Unless you’re totally into music, you’d better stay away from Grant Park. For those among you who have never missed a Lollapalooza, you know the only other place you might possibly be when the ‘Palozza comes to town is the county morgue, because you’d fall dead if you couldn’t go.

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    Lollapalooza 2013 VIP ALL ACCESS!!

    Before you pop a fuse, consider this: VIP Concierge has VIP passes to the Lollapalooza 2013 throw-down. And these aren’t any VIP passes—these are the best VIP passes with total access to all the zones that are forbidden to the common festival attendee. You can even go places where you probably don’t want to be. By the numbers, all access passes give you access to hundreds of wild performances spread across a handful of massive stages.

    For this magical rock event, Hutchinson Field becomes “southpalooza,” which is taken over by two main stages. Butler Field, on the opposite end of the park, becomes “northpalooza,” which is home to two additional performance areas. Fans also cram into the newly expanded electronic music areas at Perry’s Place and gather around stages that line the area around Buckingham Fountain. Did we mention all the great museums and art exhibits that are also located in the park? Or the nightclubs that light up after the festival ends for the day? You could even head out on Lake Michigan, because the park has its own marina and boat launches, or you could pose with the dramatic bronze warriors that decorate CongressPlaza. Yep, there is a lot to do in Chicago, aside from Lollapalooza.

    No matter where you are when you’re at Grant Park, you’ll be surrounded by music and merriment—over 110 acres of music and merriment, to be exact. Good thing Grant Park has plenty of room, because more than 90,000 crazed music fans cram into the lakeside park each day. The festival is constantly breaking its own attendance records. That will show all those parents who don’t want their teenagers listening to the latest and greatest rock acts. Last year, more than 270,000 fans got to see their favorite bands perform at Lollapalooza. The crowds are huge, it’s party o’clock.

    Check out this bulleted list. (Bulleted lists make things look really impressive, don’t you think?) At this year’s fest, you could see all these bands, depending on how fast you can get from one stage to the next. There are eight stages, and you’ll need to do some serious planning to attain maximum musical saturation.

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    Friday

    • Crystal Castles

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    • Queens of the Stone Age

    • Band of Horses

    • Chance the Rapper

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    • New Order

    Saturday

    • The Postal Service

    • Dada Life

    • Kendrick Lamar

    • Azelia Banks

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    • Death Grips

    • The Lumineers

    Sunday

    • Phoenix

    • Knife Party

    • Steve Angello

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    • Major Lazer

    • Beach House

    • Cat Power

    • The Cure

    Anyway, we could put many, many more bulleted lists of bands, but that takes up too much space. So before you space it out, pick up a few pairs of tickets to one of the greatest music festivals of any summer.Lollapalooza only comes around once a year, so unless you want to hear all your friends’ stories about this year’s show, don’t miss it. Then you can rain down your good times on those poor schlemiels who didn’t make the show.

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    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

    A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

    To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

    1. Camping

    A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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    2. Staycation

    You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

    3. Island Getaway

    People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

    4. Fancy Resort

    Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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    5. Road Trip

    The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

    6. Charter a Boat

    If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

    7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

    If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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    8. Themed Retreats

    There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

    9. Working Honeymoon

    Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

    10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

    Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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