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Lana Del Ray headlines on Sunday.

Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza came to a close on Sunday, marking the end of the four-day event.

With the festival’s General Admission ticketing sold out across all four days, hundreds of thousands descended on Grant Park to attend one of the world’s largest music festivals, featuring some of the biggest names in music alongside up-and-coming artists.

While rain early in the day and later at night dampened some festivities on Saturday and Sunday it didn’t stop anyone from making the most of their time. They waited for acts like JID, Lana Del Rey, Tomorrow X Together and Rina Sawayama.

Saturday

Maggie Rogers took over the northern half of Grant Park early in the evening with songs like “Want Want,” “Fallingwater” and “Alaska.” She had the crowd swaying to her alternative indie sound, and even encouraged them to do a light synchronized dance in the middle of her set. She closed out with her lead single from her last album, “That’s Where I Am.”

JID played songs like “Raydar” from his latest project, earlier hits like “Off Da Zoinkys,” and songs from Dreamville, the rap collective he was part of, like “Stick” and “Down Bad.” JID said he had more prepared for the crowd, but he ran out of time toward the 7:45 scheduled end to his set when he claims festival organizers told him to wrap it up.

Tomorrow X Together took over as one of the evening headline performers. They were the first K-Pop group to headline the festival, which comes after BTS member J-Hope became the first South Korean artist to headline a major music festival in the United States last year at Lollapalooza. Rogers, who performed on the stage before the group, even acknowledged the excitement for the act following her.

Their fans’ lightsticks lit up the crowd as they sang hits like “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)” and “LO$ER=LOVER.” They even brought out Coi Leray for their collaboration “Happy Fools,” which came out earlier this year.

ODESZA, an EDM duo, had beats that got the Lollapalooza crowd jumping on the other side of Grant Park. They performed with futuristic visuals, a coordinated drumline and pyrotechnics that lit up the stage.

As the rain fell, they brought out artists like Sudan Archives for “Selfish Soul,” Naomi Wild for “Higher Ground” and Izzy Bizu for “Forgive Me.”

Sunday

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, with an elaborate set mimicking a city street, got the crowd rocking with “Look Back at It” and “Swervin.” Lil Yachty sang his hits “Broccoli” and “Minnesota” along with songs from his latest album. Rina Sawayama performed songs like “Bad Friend” and “Frankenstein.”

In their sixth Lollapalooza-headlining feature, more than 30 years after their first one in 1991, the Red Hot Chili Peppers brought their funk and punk rock tunes to Grant Park once again.

They performed their timeless classics like “Californication” and “Scar Tissue,” along with some more recent creations like “Carry Me Home.”

Lana Del Rey sang her classics like “Summertime Sadness,” “Blue Jeans” and “Young and Beautiful,” with airy vocals and a simple set design, along with several songs from her latest album released this year.

She enchanted the crowd as she twirled on a swing decorated with flowers. Around the halfway mark of her performance, she got down from the stage to interact with fans at the barricade, taking selfies with a few and thanking the attendees for coming.

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