What You Need To Pregame Lollapalooza Right

Five absolute must-haves

Photographed by Azuree Wiitala

Pregames are to music festivals what tailgating is to football: basically mandatory and usually a highlight of the experience. After all, the crowds at festivals can instantly kill a vibe. But things are a little more bearable when you're with your best friends, in a space that's not saturated with all walks of life—if you play your cards right, that is.

The success of a perfect pregame begins with the crowd and ends with the goods. There are five things you absolutely must have at any pregame—regardless of whether you're gearing up for Lollapalooza, or not. But since Lollapalooza is just a few days away, here is a shopping list catered to Chi-town as a summer destination. You get the people to your home, we'll cover the fun. The gallery below holds all the secrets and answers. Happy Lolla!