UPDATE 07/09/15: Winners Announced!

Grand Prize: Chad Gordon
Runner-ups: Matthew Maurer, Marisa Ruiz, Eric Crowley, Frank George, Daniel La Spata, Alex Zyskowski, Lauren O’Connell, Kelly Bertholet, Kelly O’Regan, Adam Gerstner

What better way to celebrate hosting in the city of Chicago than by hosting a private in-home Lollapalooza show for one lucky winner?

It’s true. If you are a host (or become a host!), you could win:

The Grand Prize:
Six 3-day VIP passes for you and your friends to attend the sold out festival + a private Airbnb in-home concert for 20 people with Lollapalooza’s MS MR.

VIP passes include:

  • Unlimited access to Lollapalooza Lounges
  • Golf cart shuttle transportation
  • Viewing platforms with premium sightlines
  • Mini spa treatments all weekend
  • Shaded, relaxed lounge seating
  • Reserved air-conditioned restrooms

One of 10 Runner-Up Prizes:
Two 3-day passes to the sold out event!

We don’t have to tell you why Lollapalooza is the stuff of music legends. And 2015 promises to be no different. (See: One killer lineup and thousands of tickets selling out in record time.)  Not to mention, as always, the fine city of Chicago will play the ultimate host to a world of music lovers, with crowds of festival-goers packing into Grant Park to catch a glimpse of their favorite bands.

 But this year is different, too. Not only is MS MR one of this year’s main acts, but their lead co-singer, Max, is a fellow Airbnb host. He knows quite well the wonders of welcoming a world of guests and music lovers into his home. And with the band’s sophomore album, “How Does It Feel”, coming out July 17th, you’ll be able to brag to all your music-loving friends about being one of the first to enjoy their already buzzed about release live and in concert … and from the comfort of your very own home.

Not a host in Chicago yet? Not a problem! Summer is our busiest season, and a perfect time to start hosting. It’s easy to learn more by visiting airbnb.com/host. And if you want to learn more about the Airbnb community, explore our over 1 million unique homes around the world, all hosted by people just like you.

For your chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime experience, simply fill out this form:
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Remember, you must be a host to win! Learn more at airbnb.com/host.

If you’re not a host, by clicking submit, you agree to receive general promotions, updates, and news about Airbnb or general promotions for partner campaigns and services, user surveys, inspiration, and love from Airbnb.

We can’t wait to celebrate a summer of music (and hosting!) in Chicago with you.


“Airbnb Lollapalooza Essay Contest”

Official Rules


Sponsor. The “Airbnb Lollapalooza Essay Contest” (“Contest”) sponsor is Airbnb, Inc., 888 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (“Sponsor”).

How to Enter. Enter from 06/02/15 at 12:00:01 a.m. Central Time (“CT”) through 06/30/15 at 11:59:59 p.m. CT. (1) Visit blog.airbnb.com and locate the blog post about the Contest. (2) Follow the instructions in that blog post to submit your entry form with all requested information and provide your answer to the following question (in 150 words or less) to be judged by our panel of judges as described in the Winner Selection rule below:

“How would you welcome MS MR into you home and to the city of Chicago during Lollapalooza weekend?”

Note:  If you are not already an Airbnb host, you must also complete the registration process to create an account as a host. This process is free.

Essay/Answer Requirements. Answers must: (a) be in English and a maximum of 150 words, (b) comply with Airbnb’s Terms of Service and User Conduct guidelines, (c) be entrant’s original work, not previously submitted in any promotion or displayed publicly, (d) not violate the rights of any other party, including but not limited to intellectual property rights or rights of privacy/publicity, and (e) not contain any content which (i) constitutes advertising or commercial content for any party other than Airbnb, (ii) endorses/promotes illegal or harmful activity, or (iii) is violent, profane, vulgar, obscene, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable or inconsistent the image of Airbnb, MS MR, or C3. Airbnb reserves the right to disqualify any submission that violates these prohibitions or that Airbnb deems inappropriate for any reason, in Airbnb’s sole discretion. You represent and warrant that your submission does not make unauthorized use of, or violate, any rights of any third party, and that, if necessary, you can provide proper permissions in a form acceptable to Airbnb. In the event that we receive two or more essays that are substantially identical, only the first one received will be eligible.

Eligibility. To enter, you must be 21 years old, reside within the city of Chicago, and you must be a current Airbnb host or complete the free registration process to become one. Directors, officers, employees, parents, subsidiaries, equity holders, affiliates and agents of Airbnb, MS MR, C3, and the members of their immediate families or households, are not eligible to participate. In the event of a dispute about the identity of an entrant, entrant will be deemed to be the authorized account holder of the email address provided at the time of entry. Sponsor’s determinations as to eligibility are final and binding.

Winner Selection. A panel of judges will collaborate to select one (1) Grand Prize winner and ten (10) First Prize winners based on the following criteria:

50% – Originality and creativity of the submission. Does it surprise and delight us?

30% – Best expression of the theme, “Belong Anywhere”?

20% – Quality of expression. Is it well-written?

The decision of the judges is final and binding.

Winner Notification/Validation. The winner will be notified on or about 07/10/15 using contact information provided at time of entry. The winner and his/her guests may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, a liability release and/or a publicity release where permitted by law, as well as provide information necessary for compliance with any applicable tax laws. Failure to comply within 72 hours may result in disqualification and the selection of an alternate winner.

License & Media Interviews. By entering, you grant Airbnb, MS MR, and C3 an unrestricted, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, transmit, publish, display, broadcast or otherwise use your submission, with or without modifications, in any media, whether now existing or later developed, for any purpose. To the extent allowed by applicable law, you waive any “moral rights” relating to your submission, consent to publication of your submission in any manner which might otherwise be deemed to constitute a violation of any applicable moral rights, and further agree that Airbnb, MS MR, and C3 may use (or not use) your name, likeness, photo, and/or geographical and biographical information in connection with your submission.

Prizes. One (1) Grand Prize, consisting of the following, is available:

  •      Six (6) VIP passes to Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL from July 31-August 2, 2015.
  •      In-home concert with MS MR in Chicago, IL on July 29, 2015 at winner’s home which must also be listed as an Airbnb host location (“In-Home Concert”).  Winner may invite up to 20 guests. Note that MS MR and C3 may also invite 10 guests. (Restrictions apply. See details below.)

Approximate retail value of the Grand Prize is $60,000.

Grand Prize winner is responsible for providing adequate and appropriate indoor space for the In-Home Concert, subject to approval by MS MR and Airbnb. Winner is also responsible for securing any necessary clearance(s) or permission(s) for the In-Home Concert.

If Airbnb deems winner’s location inappropriate for the In-Home Concert, Airbnb reserves the right, in its discretion, to provide an alternate venue at another location in the City of Chicago, in which case the In-Home Concert must occur at the alternate location and Airbnb will take responsibility for obtaining any necessary permissions for the alternate location.

No responsibility is assumed for any cancellation or postponement of Lollapalooza, for any third-party complaints regarding the In-Home Concert, or for any other events beyond Airbnb’s control; if Lollapalooza or the In-Home Concert does not take place, the remainder of the prize will be awarded as the complete prize. VIP passes to Lollapalooza are for admission only. Transportation, parking, and other expenses are not included. The Airbnb Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (both available at www.airbnb.com/terms) apply to account creation and any user’s relationship with Airbnb.

Ten (10) First Prizes are available: two (2) general admission passes to Lollapalooza, in Chicago, IL from July 31-August 2, 2015. Approximate retail value is $275 per pass.

General admission passes to Lollapalooza are for admission only. Transportation, parking, and other expenses are not included.

General Prize Conditions.  If actual value is less than advertised value, the difference will not be awarded. If a winner declines to accept prize, prize may be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner, time permitting. Each winner is responsible for payment of any taxes due as a result of acceptance of prize, as well as for all other expenses or costs not expressly listed above, as well as any incidental or personal expenses. No substitution, transfer or cash redemption of the prize is permitted, even if part of the prize is not used, except by Airbnb in its sole discretion.

Airbnb may conduct a background check on the winners to confirm eligibility and compliance with these rules, as well as on any proposed guest to attend Lollapalooza or the In-Home Concert. By entering, you agree to cooperate reasonably with any such background check. Failure to cooperate may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. If a background check reveals that a potential winner or potential guest has engaged in conduct that could damage the reputation or business of Airbnb, the potential winner or potential guest may be disqualified and, in the case of the winner, the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner, time permitting. The potential winner and guests shall strictly abide by any rules and procedures set forth by MS MR and C3 in connection with attending Lollapalooza or the In-Home Concert. In addition, engaging in any inappropriate or illegal conduct during any prize-related events may result in removal from the premises where the event is occurring or termination of In-Home Concert.

General Liability Release. By entering, you release Airbnb, MS MR, C3 and each of their respective affiliated companies, equity holders and all of their employees, officers and directors, agents, or heirs, from any liability whatsoever, on any theory, and waive all claims and causes of action arising from or related to this Contest and agree to indemnify such parties against all claims and expenses arising from your or your guest’s violation of these rules, negligence or intentional wrongdoing.

Interpretations and Disputes. Participants agree to be bound by these Rules and all decisions of the judges, which are final and binding. Any disputes shall be governed by the laws of the State of California, and shall be resolved in the courts of San Francisco, California.

Miscellaneous. Airbnb is not responsible for computer or network problems or other submission errors that result in late or inadmissible entries. If any terms or provisions of these Rules are held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void, or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect. Airbnb may suspend, modify or terminate the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that malfunction, error, disruption, or damage is impairing or will impair the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of the Contest, in which case the Prize will be awarded among the eligible entries received that were unaffected by the problem, if possible. Questions or comments may be sent to the mailing address shown in the Section entitled “Sponsor” above, attn: “Airbnb Lollapalooza Essay Contest”

Winner Names: Airbnb will publicly announce the winners within approximately 7 days after the close of the Contest Period, or upon final validation of winner if later, via its social media channels such as airbnb.com/lollapalooza.