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The Lollapalooza music festival starts Thursday in Chicago, featuring Bruno Mars, Jack White and the Arctic Monkeys.

The show also will include The Weekend (the band, not the time period); Portugal, The Man; and in a throwback, LL Cool J, among more than 170 acts on eight stages during the three-day festival in Grant Park, in the shadow of downtown Chicago’s skyscrapers.

There will be more security this year than in past years, because of the Las Vegas concert shooting last year, the Chicago Tribune reported. 

The additional security will include bag restrictions, airport-style screening, and police said they have created a larger perimeter around the festival, which they’ll be securing to prevent attacks from outside the event as was done at the Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 last October.  Police will canvass nearby hotels and parking garages, for example. Police said, however, there are no known threats to concert-goers.

Lollapalooza typically attracts about 100,000 fans.


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