Stunning Photos Show Chicago's Lollapalooza Festival Through The Years

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic music festival.
A view of the Samsung Stage at Lollapalooza 2016 on Day 3 of the festival.
A view of the Samsung Stage at Lollapalooza 2016 on Day 3 of the festival.
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Chicago’s iconic Lollapalooza festival was created in 1991 ― and after 25 years the eclectic four-day concert has only gotten better.

Created by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza is set in the heart of Chicago’s Grant Park. Over the years, the festival has brought in some of the biggest names in music, including Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, Smashing Pumpkins, Florence and the Machine and many, many more. The festival is a nonstop dance party where everyone and anyone can find their favorite genre.

Between 1991–1997 the festival ran annually and toured around the U.S. and Canada. Due to low ticket sales, the festival was canceled. In 2005, Lolla was revived and now boasts over 160,000 attendees each year. The festival also has annual international destinations including Berlin, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

To celebrate Lolla’s 25th anniversary, we’ve rounded up 36 photos of artists performing at the festival over the years. Scroll below to see how the music festival has transformed from 1991 to 2016.

1
1994 -- The Smashing Pumpkins
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Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins
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1994 -- A Tribe Called Quest
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A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip at performs at Lollapalooza, Chicago, Illinois, July 15, 1994.
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2003 -- Jane's Addiction
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Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro from Jane's Addiction perform on July 12, 2003, at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois.
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2005 -- Arcarde Fire
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The Arcade Fire perform live in concert at Lollapalooza 2005 in Chicago, Illinois.
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2005 -- Weezer
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Bassist Scott Shriner of Weezer performs at Lollapalooza, July 23, 2005, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2006 -- Kanye West
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Kanye West during Lollapalooza 2006 - Day 2 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
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2006 -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers during 2006 Lollapalooza - Day 3 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
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2006 -- 30 Seconds to Mars
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Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars.
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2006 -- The Flaming Lips
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Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips during Lollapalooza 2006 - Day 2 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
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2007 -- Iggy Pop
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Iggy Pop of Iggy and the Stooges performs at Lollapalooza 2007 in Grant Park in Chicago.
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2007 -- Ben Harper
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Ben Harper of Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals performs during the first day of Lollapalooza 2007 at Grant Park on August 3, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2008 -- Lupe Fiasco
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Lupe Fiasco performs at the 2008 Lollapalooza Music Festival in Grant Park in Chicago.
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2009 -- Ra Ra Riot
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Alexandra Lawn of Ra Ra Riot performs onstage during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 9, 2009, in Chicago.
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2009 -- Santigold
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Santigold aka Santi White performs as part of Lollapalooza 2009 at Grant Park on August 8, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2009 -- The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs perform during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 8, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2010 -- Erykah Badu
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Erykah Badu performs as part of Day 3 of the Lollapalooza Music Festival at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2010 -- Lady Gaga
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Lady Gaga jumps into the crowd during the performance of Semi Precious Weapons at Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 6, 2010, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2010 -- Mumford & Sons
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Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons performs as part of Lollapalooza 2010 at Grant Park on Aug. 8, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
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2011 -- Lykke Li
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Lykke Li performs onstage during 2011 Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2011 -- Kid Cudi
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Kid Cudi performs on stage during Lollapalooza Festival 2011 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2011 -- Ellie Goulding
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Ellie Goulding performs during 2011 Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago.
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2011 -- My Morning Jacket
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Jim James (R) of My Morning Jacket performs as part of Lollapalooza 2011 - Day 2 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2012 -- Childish Gambino
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Childish Gambino performs during 2012 Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 5, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
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2012 -- Florence and the Machine
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Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine performs on stage during day three of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on August 5, 2012 in Chicago, United States.
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2013 -- Cat Power
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Cat Power performs during Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2013 -- Angel Haze
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Angel Haze performs as part of Lollapalooza 2013 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2014 -- Chance the Rapper
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Chance the Rapper performs during the 2014 Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.
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2014 -- The Avett Brothers
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Joe Kwon and Tania Elizabeth of The Avett Brothers perform at Samsung Galaxy stage during 2014 Lollapalooza - Day 3 at Grant Park on Aug. 3, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2014 -- Krewella
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Yasmine Yousaf of Krewella performs at Lollapalooza 2014 at Grant Park on Aug. 2, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2015 -- Gary Clark Jr.
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Gary Clark Jr. performs during the 2015 Lollapalooza Music Festival at Grant Park on July 31, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2015 -- Alison Wonderland
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Alison Wonderland performs onstage during Lollapalooza 2015 at Grant Park on Aug. 2, 2015, in Chicago, United States.
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2015 -- FKA Twigs
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FKA twigs performs during Lollapalooza 2015 at Grant Park on Aug. 2, 2015, in Chicago, United States.
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2015 -- The Weeknd
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The Weeknd performs during Lollapalooza 2015 at Grant Park on July 31, 2015, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2016 -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Recording artists Flea, Chad Smith, Anthony Kiedis, and Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers perform on the Samsung Stage at Lollapalooza 2016 - Day 3 at Grant Park on July 30, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2016 -- Haim
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Alana Haim, Danielle Haim and Este Haim of the band Haim perform in concert on Day 4 of the 25th anniversary Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 31, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.
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2016 -- Halsey
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Recording artist Halsey performs on the Samsung Stage at Lollapalooza 2016 - Day 4 at Grant Park on July 31, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois.
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