It’s time to roll out the red carpet, Chicago. Your native son is coming home. Chance The Rapper will headline this year’s Lollapalooza, topping an impressive lineup that also includes Arcade Fire, Lorde, and The Killers.
Running from August 3-6, the four-day music extravaganza will once again unfold in Chicago’s historic Grant Park, and will feature 170 bands across eight stages. The diverse acts scheduled to perform also include Muse, the XX, Blink-182, Cage the Elephant, Run the Jewels, the Shins, Spoon, Rae Sremmurd, Lil Yachty and Big Sean.
But the real draw here is Chance, who delivered an electrifying performance at his hometown festival in 2014, but hasn’t performed at Lollapalooza since. But, now that his masterwork mixtape Coloring Book has cemented him as one of hip-hop’s newest kings, Chano is finally big enough to merit a headlining slot at one of the biggest and most influential music festivals in what has become an increasingly crowded space.
But the Windy City doesn’t just love Chance for his dope bars. Since becoming a Grammy-winning rap god, the 23-year-old has used his platform to affect real change in a city under siege by gun violence. Earlier this month, he became a local folk hero after donating $1 million to Chicago public schools. In the recently released poetry anthology A People’s History of Chicago, by Kevin Coval, Chance, in an impassioned foreword, wrote about his hometown: “There’s no other place on earth where you can go to a centralized space and see thirteen-, fourteen-, fifteen-, sixteen-, seventeen-, and eighteen-year-olds who want to conquer art and music.”
And it would appear that Chi-Town feels the same about Chance as he feels about Chi-Town. Tickets for his Saturday headlining slot sold out in just 30 minutes.