‘Pokemon Go’ Chicago Event: Date, Location, How to Get Tickets & More

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Pokemon Go will be celebrating its first anniversary next month. (Niantic)

A special Pokemon Go event is set to take place in Chicago next month. So what details have been made available about this Chicago event, and how can you go to it?

The Pokemon Go Chicago event will take place in Chicago’s Grant Park on July 22nd, 2017.  It’s an all day event, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and concluding at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

You must purchase tickets to attend the Pokemon Go event, though, and tickets cost $20. There’s also a fee of $6.18 when you purchase the tickets online. Tickets are now available to purchase here.

In its initial announcement, Niantic described this event as, “The fun-filled day of Pokémon GO in the park will give Trainers the chance to meet fellow players and engage in a variety of activities.” They have still yet to announce a lot of crucial details, but on its website today, Niantic said that the event will feature:

  • Increased Pokemon encounters, including “some that have never been seen before in Grant Park.”
  • Challenges and rewards, with Niantic writing, “Work together with thousands of Trainers in the park and millions around the world to complete challenges throughout the day and unlock amazing in-game rewards globally.” Niantic says that more details about this will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
  • An exclusive in-app medal.
  • A walking course that will be lined with PokéStops. These PokéStops will award special 2km eggs that you can only get from this event
  • Team lounges, where you can meet and chat with members of Team Instinct, Team Mystic or Team Valor.

There has been some speculation that legendary Pokemon will be unveiled at this event, but nobody really knows for sure whether that will happen. Niantic has previously said that legendary Pokemon will be added to the game this year, and there’s a moment in the game’s original trailer in which a bunch of players group together in real life in order to capture Mewtwo. But making legendary Pokemon exclusive to a specific region would almost certainly make players from anywhere other than Chicago extremely upset.

Also, while the Chicago event website does say that there will be creatures never before seen in Grant Park, they probably just mean that there will be Pokemon that typically don’t spawn in this location, as in “creatures who have not been seen in Grant Park before will appear” rather than “creatures who have not been seen by anyone will appear in Grand Park.”

Niantic is also planning some Pokemon Go events for Europe this summer, specifically at Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers from June to September. No specific dates have been announced yet, nor do we have any other information about what these events will entail. There’s also going to be a Pokemon Go event in Yokohama, Japan called Pikachu Outbreak, with this being described as a “unique Pokémon GO experience.”

Stay tuned for more information about the Pokemon Go Chicago event.

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