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Lollapalooza Should Pay to Spruce Up Grant Park, Activist Says

By Jackie Kostek | August 7, 2013 1:39pm
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DOWNTOWN— Bob O'Neill has a wish list for Grant Park. And he wants Lollapalooza to pay for it.

As the head of the Grant Park Conservancy, O'Neill works closely with Lollapalooza organizers before and after the festival to ensure the park is maintained and any damages are fixed.

"This year, there was far less damage than any prior year," said O'Neill during an in-studio interview Tuesday.

"I think Grant Park will look great in just a few weeks," said O'Neill.

O'Neill attributes the festival's success to a number of things: favorable weather conditions, more durable sod, and the growing awareness that "you can't wreck Grant Park."

 Fest-goers attend the second day of Lollapalooza.
Fest-goers attend the second day of Lollapalooza.
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Because the damages will likely cost less this year than in prior years, O'Neill hopes some of that cash will be funneled into bigger restoration projects like planting more trees and building a skate park.

Watch DNAinfo Chicago's interview with O'Neill for more on the damage done and the restoration process.