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Vaxed Pritzker to attend Lollapalooza

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021

* From today’s media availability with the governor…

Q: Lollapalooza is next week. Would you recommend your friends, your family, your teenagers to attend Lolla in the midst of this?

Pritzker: It’s an outdoor festival, as you know, when it’s safer outdoors than it is indoors. And so I know lots of people will attend. I think, again, it’s up to individuals to make a decision about whether they want to be in a large group. And by the way, I would recommend to people that if they’re going to be jammed together, please wear a mask. We encourage you to do that if you’re going to be in large crowds. But if you feel comfortable and you can put a little distance between yourself and other people and if you’re vaccinated, I might add, it’s safer. Just a little distance, and if you’re vaccinated, it’s safe for you to attend something like this.

I intend to go to Lollapalooza. I’m bringing my wife and a few friends to Lollapalooza. So I think it’s okay.

But again, people need to be aware that we are not past this pandemic. It is with us you’re talking about a gamma variant. Just want to be clear, vaccinations keep you safe. But we all need to keep our communities and our friends and neighbors and our family members safe. Wear a mask if you can when you feel like you should.

The governor and his spouse are both vaccinated.

There’s been lots of criticism in the media about allowing the unvaccinated to attend. Those folks are supposed to get tested 72 hours in advance if they have no shots, but that seems like quite a lag time to some. Plus, Lolla always has gate crashers.

Also, as someone who just bought Rolling Stones tickets for the St. Louis show, I won’t be throwing, um, stones on this one.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

30 Comments »
  1. - Treefiddy - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:28 am:

    Any predictions on who he’s seeing? A part of me really wants to see him rocking out to Post Malone and Megan Thee Stallion.


  2. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:31 am:

    With Delta rampant and Gamma on its heels, I’m still not comfortable at the thought of a mass event like Lollapalooza going on at this time. Let alone the State Fair starting 3 weeks from today (then DuQuoin). Regardless of vaccination status.

    Then again, I’m not comfortable about attending a huge, tens of thousands of people at once event like the State Fair, pro ballgames, or concerts ever again in my lifetime. Not after the last year and a half. At the same time, I am an introvert and not much of a State Fair fan to begin with (at least what the fair has turned into).


  3. - ChrisB - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:31 am:

    I have no sympathy for people choosing to be unvaccinated. None. If there’s a legitimate medical reason, then fine.

    But otherwise, stay home, stay masked, etc. You don’t get to have your cake and eat it too.


  4. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:33 am:

    === I’m still not comfortable===

    Get your shot and prudently live your life. You could get hit by a bus this afternoon.


  5. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:34 am:

    ==Get your shot and prudently live your life. ==

    Already been fully vaccinated since early spring. Both shots at the State Fairgrounds. May be the last time I ever set foot at the Fairgrounds in my lifetime.


  6. - Smalls - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:35 am:

    Maybe someone should tell him that 8 fully vaccinated people died in Illinois in the last week. And 30 more fully vaccinated people were hospitalized.


  7. - Arsenal - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:38 am:

    ==Any predictions on who he’s seeing? A part of me really wants to see him rocking out to Post Malone and Megan Thee Stallion. ==

    This needs to be a QOTD.

    On a semi-serious note, seeing Foo Fighters would be pretty safe.


  8. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:46 am:

    ===8 fully vaccinated people died in Illinois in the last week===

    Half the state is fully vaccinated.


  9. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:50 am:

    “On a semi-serious note, seeing Foo Fighters would be pretty safe.”

    Sadly, the Foo Fighter’s record on deadly viruses is mixed at best: https://medium.com/the-monthly/the-foo-fighters-aids-denialism-should-be-on-the-record-6e33666fdc3c

    – MrJM


  10. - Occasionally Moderated - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:51 am:

    If he doesn’t see the Foo’s, he is no longer my governor!


  11. - OneMan - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:57 am:

    Rich, I think it is safe to say you are not the only one with mixed emotions when it comes to this, but we can’t always get what we want, but if we try we might find we get what we need.

    Says the guy who has ticket for Genesis indoors in November.


  12. - Responsa - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:58 am:

    Being fully vaccinated we’ve been to Sox Park twice and Ravinia 4 times. Everybody needs to follow their own risk tolerance. But I can tell you that finally enjoying events you love and have missed so much -and being able to feel “almost” normal again is great.


  13. - Just Me 2 - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:14 pm:

    ===Maybe someone should tell him that 8 fully vaccinated people died in Illinois in the last week. And 30 more fully vaccinated people were hospitalized.===

    We were always told the vaccine wasn’t 100% effective. But it works a heck of a lot better at avoiding death/disease than the alternative.


  14. - Langhorne - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:29 pm:

    My wife and I saw the stones in 1986 in Indianapolis, as part of their steel wheels tour. I wanted to go because I was convinced they wouldn’t be touring much longer after that.
    Ha. Shows what i know. Memorable show.


  15. - Chi town res - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:29 pm:

    wow really Rich…cant keep a comment posted that doesn’t fit your agenda lol. Sad part is I am a democrat!


  16. - dan l - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:30 pm:

    ——-
    We were always told the vaccine wasn’t 100% effective. But it works a heck of a lot better at avoiding death/disease than the alternative.
    ——-

    Stop. You’re asking people who likely think they have a good chance at winning the lottery to understand risk.


  17. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:38 pm:

    Chi town res, I deleted it because it was stupid and sophomoric. Also, you’re the first Chicagoan using ShawneeLink’s internet service that I’ve ever seen.


  18. - OneMan - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:43 pm:

    Actually, JB is really looking forward to Summerfest so he can go on stage with RTJ to perform Legend Has It.


  19. - Dotnonymous - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:46 pm:

    “- Chi town res - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:29 pm:

    wow really Rich…cant keep a comment posted that doesn’t fit your agenda lol. Sad part is I am a democrat!”

    You appear to be from Southern SheCawGo?…real Democrats capitalize?…Come again?…minus your cheaply made disguise?


  20. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 1:04 pm:

    One of the things I think a lot of folks are failing to recognize is that events like Lollapalooza would not be occurring in Illinois if not for the vaccine.

    The spread of the Delta variant in the United States is fueled largely by bad actors that refuse to be vaccinated and refuse to make efforts to keep those that they encounter safe. Lolla won’t be the reason there’s a new variant that is more effective against vaccines, the bad actors will be regardless of the event.


  21. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 1:25 pm:

    ===- @misterjayem - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:50 am:===

    Thanks for the education.


  22. - Amalia - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 1:27 pm:

    me I’m thinking of the Journey Lolla after show at the Aragon. Want to party like it’s 1978/79, memories of being next to the runway, buzzed, dancing. This time I’m vaxed and most often masked, and, yes, nervous about the virus.


  23. - Bruce( no not him) - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 1:33 pm:

    The Gov strikes me as a Miley Cyrus kinda guy.


  24. - Responsa - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 1:53 pm:

    @ Langhorne–
    == I wanted to go because I was convinced they wouldn’t be touring much longer after that.
    Ha. Shows what i know. Memorable show.==

    I know exactly what you mean. We thought the same thing when got tickets to see The Stones at Soldier Field in September of 2005.


  25. - A Jack - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 2:47 pm:

    I suspect the Governor will go see Journey. Maybe I’ll run into him. I have a four day pass.


  26. - 37B - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 2:52 pm:

    With my entire family and all of my circle of friends vaccinated I felt like I was out of the woods and even ventured out to my local grocery store without a mask. Yesterday I found out my fully vaccinated niece tested positive for Covid. Today I found out my fully vaccinated, Covid surviving, 90-yr old father-in-law tested positive again. My niece waitresses in Chicago and believes she picked the virus up at work. She was asymptomatic when she and her Grampa had dinner Sunday. It’s still a fragile situation.

    As safe as I was feeling in tentatively poking my head out of my Covid bunker, I’m reassessing things and will probably pull back a bit until I figure out a regime where I “feel” safe.

    Be careful out there.


  27. - Seats - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 3:21 pm:

    37B - i’m with you. Went to a MLB game with 2 vaccinating friends (that live together), 5 days after they both tested positive, one with symptoms the kther without. I took two different test that came back negative, but it has done enough to keep me living more cautious again until my children are old enough to recieve it.


  28. - Pundent - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 3:31 pm:

    Nobody said that getting a Covid vaccine was a 100% assurance that you wouldn’t get Covid. It’s the same with the flu shot. What it does in the large majority of cases is keep you out of the hospital or worse. Now if that’s not good enough for you then by all means feel free to adjust your behavior and how you protect yourself. But at the same time it is important that for those that are vaccinated and want to resume a somewhat normal life that we allow them to do so.


  29. - 37B - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 5:41 pm:

    Hmmm….


  30. - Seats - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 7:33 pm:

    To Pundent - I get the purpose of the vaccine. Sharing a home with 4 people not old enough to take the vaccine just doesn’t give ME the confidence in it at this point. I’m confident in my ability to protect myself, but not that it will keep me from passing it onto others without the choice. Once they can recieve it as well i’ll feel good about returning to a more normal life. I’m not expecting others to live the same way, especially those who share a home with only people who have had the option.


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