400K people attend Lollapalooza amid contagious delta variant

Lollapalooza 2021 occurred July 29 - August 1.
Lollapalooza 2021 occurred July 29 - August 1. Photo credit Getty Images

Despite an nationwide increase in COVID-19 infections brought on by the delta variant, thousands descended on Grant Park in Chicago this weekend for Lollapalooza.

While the city's decision to host the massive four-day music festival has garnered lots of media attention, one local news outlet decided not to cover the concert.

"It’s not an ideal situation," said Tiffany Walden, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Triibe, a digital media platform showcasing innovative content to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago. This year, the Triibe decided not to send their on-the-scene reporters into the festival madness.

"When the pandemic first struck, the people who were most affected in Chicago were Black Chicagoans," she explained, "It just didn’t make sense for us to send our staff, our freelancers into a situation where they could possibly catch this COVID-19 virus or even bring it back home to their families."

Located downtown Chicago, each day at Lollapalooza warrants crowds of roughly 100,000 people. Many critics have taken to social media this weekend to document the masses swarming through Grant Park, with only a minute few wearing a mask.

"I highly doubt people are masking up or thinking about COVID-19," Walden told KCBS Radio.

For the future, "There should have been more of a conversation in the city about how to protect reporters, freelance journalists and event staff out at the festival who have no choice but to work," Walden said.