Once upon a time, Lollapalooza was a traveling tour with 12+ US dates that hosted the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins and dozens more that continue to grace the stages of Chicago’s Grant Park for Lollapalooza into the 2000’s and beyond.
This was a dark, gloomy pre-iPod era where we were forced to listen to CD walkmans and FM radio. However, there was one huge upside: Lollapalooza used to cost $33. Proof is below. The parking was probably free, and beer was probably $1.
A lot has changed in 2016, the concert is now a 4-day, single location event (as it has been the past decade). It is also extremely popular. And entry costs an arm and a leg or 3 weeks’ pay, whichever is greater.
I saw this coming. I checked back at my old posts, and just 4 years ago, Chicago Rants predicted an apocalyptic future where nobody listened to CD’s anymore, Lollapalooza would cost $400, and tickets would be near impossible to get. This year, 4-day passes were $335 and sold out in minutes. Single day tickets were $120 and again, sold out in minutes.
There are 2 ways to buy Lollapalooza tickets
So you missed out on the “cheap” tickets and now have to pay the inflated after-market value. Not the end of the world, but also not ideal either, and you now have only 2 real options.
I’ve heard mixed experiences buying Lollapalooza tickets off craigslist. Sometimes its fine, sometimes there are a few red flags you choose to ignore and end up with a $400 loss. Here is a good article with 10 tips on how to avoid Craigslist ticket fraud. Follow those tips and trust your gut, and you should be alright. There are a lot people who bought tickets to flip and just want to make a quick buck.
VividSeats is the ticket resale marketplace I use when I snooze on concert tickets. Now I hate doing this because I’m paying 30-40% more than the original cost due to my oversight, probably 10% more than Craigslist. But it’s less of a hassle to use the marketplace. VividSeats is Chicago-based, prices are competitive, and tickets are backed by a 100% guarantee of valid and authentic tickets, something I am always worried about.
What if somebody else used my ticket and it won’t scan at the entry! Luckily, that has never happened to me, and is apparently impossible to happen under VividSeat’s policy.
Your last question is going to be, “when do I buy the tickets? Are they cheaper now? Or will they be cheaper in a month? What about 4 days before, when people are really trying to unload them?
As I wrote in my review on the United Center, just get them whenever you have the money available. You can keep an eye on the prices, but it’s really only going to fluctuate +/- $20 and isn’t worth the trouble of trying to get the ‘best deal’.
I am not going to Lollapalooza this year (not thrilled with the lineup and I haven’t been since the last time I went in 2012), but wrote this post as a VividSeats affiliate to share with readers a trusted site to get resale Lollapalooza tickets.
These are the 2 best options to buy resale Lollapalooza tickets. Try to be a bit quicker next year to get tickets, you could have saved yourself $40-50.