Good morning, Chicago.
Lollapalooza begins tonight, but the usual excitement for one of the city’s largest festivals comes with a bit of caution.
For downtown Chicago hotels, it’s one of the best weekends of the year — and it’s already been a great summer for the hospitality industry. The Tribune’s Brian J. Rogal reports tourists returned in big numbers when the weather improved and seem willing to pay high rates for their rooms, finally fattening the bottom lines of long-suffering hotels.
Less than a month after the mass shooting at a Highland Park parade, eyes are on security at Lollapalooza.
Paige Fry and Jake Sheridan write Chicago officials are confident they can keep one of the city’s largest festivals safe this weekend. “We, this group that is part of putting together Lollapalooza, reviewed the Highland Park incident, and that’s typically what we do (in) instances that take place across the country,” said Rich Guidice, executive director of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
Take a look at our Lollapalooza guide for the must-see bands and all the entry details. And here are our recommendations on where to go after Lollapalooza, from after-party shows to late-night food.
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A Lake County grand jury indicted Robert Crimo III on 117 felony counts for the July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that killed seven people and wounded dozens of others.
Crimo, 21, already faced seven counts of first-degree murder for the shootings. The indictments announced Wednesday add an additional 14 counts of first-degree murder for a total of 21 — three counts for each of the seven people killed.
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Lucido’s location is enormous, with a vast seating area. But the restaurant’s focal point is the gleaming red al pastor trompo — the distinctive vertical rotisserie used to cook the stacked and marinated sliced pork — positioned up front.
Place your order and the cooks will carefully slice the marinated pork off in miraculously thin slices, before heaping it onto steamy corn tortillas. Each dark-red piece of pork has a crispy caramelized edge from the fire, while remaining shockingly juicy in the middle.