Concluding our Lollapalooza coverage this week is one last spotlight on what turned out to be my favorite Lounge outside the festival — the #DellLounge powered by Windows 10.
Dell took over one of the new Columbia College spaces for the weekend, conveniently on Michigan and Balbo to stop by on the way into the park. The Lounge offered visitors free refreshments and snacks, demos of the upcoming new Windows 10 operating system, games, the most creative photo booth I’ve seen in awhile, DJs spinning tunes (A-Trak and Morgan Page were there Friday and Thursday, respectively.) and much more. This, all on top of swanky lighting and design on the 9th and 10th floors of the building that allowed access to an outdoor deck overlooking Lollapalooza too.
The highlights: for one, we learned how to DJ. The Scratch DJ Academy was on hand, spreading awareness about their courses to actually learn how to DJ and produce music. For the students out there, I highly encourage checking them out. We had a lot of fun literally mixing in 90s hits from Puff and Usher to be heard for a portion of the lounge.
Also, said “most creative photo booth I’ve seen in awhile” — the Emoji Booth.
Visitors like Srirachana and I flocked to play around with the various emoji pillows seen in the gallery above. We also noticed that with the attention to video games (seen on the 1st floor) the Dell Lounge was very attractive to the 21 and under crowd. Lots of youthful energy going around enjoying the music and the various learning perks of the Lounge.
For us, it was also a great first stop before getting to the fest and once again, my favorite experience outside the actual shows this weekend. Hope to see Dell at more festivals like Lolla in the future if they produce events like this. Be sure to scroll through my 20+ photos or so above to uncover even more!
The view from the Dell Lounge deck. Chicago!
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