Pokémon Go held it's first real-world event — Pokémon Go Fest Chicago. It took place Saturday, July 22, 2017. While tickets sold out almost instantly and the event had serious issues, Niantic and the Pokémon community managed to come together in the end for a Legendary night in Chicago.

July 14, 2018: All Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018 bonuses unlocked

Pokémon Go has announced that all the the research tasks associated with Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2018 have been completed, and that means all the Candy bonuses, and Zapdos Day, have been unlocked.

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July 14, 2018: Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2018 has just started and we're here live to bring you all the action!

We're heading into Lincoln Park now! More to come!

  • The South Entrance is full of Torkoal and Unown! (North Entrance... not so much?)
  • Unown spells out "C E L E B I ?" this year. So yes, Unown ? is out!
  • Plusle and Minun also seem to be concentrated at the entrances.
  • You can rent and return battery backs at the Valor, Instinct, and Mystic gyms, as well as enter contests, make offers to trade, and take photos with costumed Pokémon like Squirtle and Eevee.
  • The Shiny rate does seem boosted. I scored many Shiny Minun and Plusle but also Shiny Wailer and Snorunt and my god kids each got a Shiny Aerodactyl. One got two Shiny Aron as well.
  • Gifts from Go Fest are especially cool. You can get postcards with the art from previous start screens/events.

The Special Research Quest is, not surprisingly, Celebi. Here are the spoilers:

  1. Spin 3 PokeStops or Gyms, Earn 1 Candy Walking your Buddy, Catch 15 Pokemon
  2. Catch 10 Fire-type Pokémon, Catch 10 Water-type Pokémon, Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon, Catch 10 Steel-type Pokémon, Catch 10 Rock-type Pokémon, Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon.
  3. Catch 7 Unown, Spin 3 Pokestops or Gyms, Hatch 3 eggs. (Here's where you get Celebi.)
  4. Catch 5 Plusle, Catch 5 Minun.
  5. Claim rewards. (Yeah, seriously!)

If you want some extra help:

  1. Get Step 1 done at the entrance way and the team lounges area before you begin the walk. Make sure your buddy is a 1KM type because numerous Field Research tasks require buddy candy too.
  2. Get Step 2 done during the walk, concentrate on catching Pokémon that a dual-type to speed things up. Before you get to the last area, start incubating at least three 3 KM eggs.
  3. Get Step 3 done at the entrance way or team lounges area, plenty of Unown there.
  4. Get Step 4 done at the statue at the South Entrance. It's the only place we found consistently spawning Plusle and at least a few Minun, plus plenty of Unown and a few Torkoals to stock up on.

Random notes:

  • The food isn't great and the lines are long, so bring something with you.
  • We couldn't find a place to get T-Shirts this year, which was sad.
  • There was absolute NO ISSUES with cellular connectivity and only very minor ones with game slowdown. A few people had trouble logging in at some point, but nothing persistent. Kudos to Niantic and the carriers.

I'll have a full write-up on Monday, but overall, it was an amazing event. Smartly planned, skillfully executed, and terrific fun.

July 12, 2018: Pokémon Go teases Gen 4 Starters in Go Fest Chicago art

The official Pokemon Go Instagram account shared a poster for Go Fest Chicago and, well... see for yourself!

Curioser and curioser!

July 5, 2018: Celebi rumors heat up for Pokémon Go Fest

Pokémon Go introduced the Gen 1 mythical Pokémon, Mew alongside the new Special Research mechanic back in the spring. Ever since, the question has been: When will the Gen 2 mythical, Celebi, get its turn? One of the longest-running rumors has been Pokémon Go Fest 2018.

Some code leaks have cast fuel on the fire, and now Pokémon Go is teasing Celebi as well, if not the connection to Go Fest. At least not yet:

We've heard so many amazing stories from Trainers, and we can't wait for what's on the horizon. We're excited to announce that Special Research on the Mythical Pokémon Celebi will be available globally in the near future. So stay tuned, Trainers, and get out there and GO!

July 2, 2018: Pokémon Go tickets reveal event map

Pokémon Go has sent out ticket packages to U.S. attendees and that includes a map of the event itself.

From u/davidj93 on The Silph Road:

Rumor has it, the trip from North to South — or South to North — will involve another Special Research Mythical Quest...

June 25, 2018: International Pokémon Go Fest attendees should pick up their tickets at Will Call on Frinday, July 13

Pokémon Go has sent the following note out to all international (i.e. non-U.S. resident) Go Fest attendees:

Thank you for registering for Pokémon GO Fest 2018. Your tickets will be available for you to pick up at Will Call.

Early will call will be available at the following location:

Lincoln Park, Grove 2 South Entrance (Just north of the Benjamin Franklin Monument) on Friday, July 13 from 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

We urge all guests using Will Call to pick up tickets on Friday to lessen wait times during the event. During Pokémon GO Fest, Will Call will be open from 8 A.M. – 6 P.M. on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 at both the North and South Entrance in Lincoln Park. Please go the Will Call that matches your ticket (North or South Entrance).

Please bring a government-issued photo ID (like a driver's license or passport) to the Will Call booth. In order to receive your welcome packet, the first and last name on your ID must match the name provided at time of online purchase.

May 11, 2018: Pokémon Go Fest Chicago tickets ~NOW ON SALE~ SOLD OUT

2:45pm EDT: And... Sold out!

May 9, 2018: Pokémon GO Fest tickets on sale May 11, 9 am PT / 12pm ET

Based on past history, the ticket server will crash hard, and the tickets will sell out fast, so set a reminder, set an alarm, open multiple browsers — do what you got to do.

May 7, 2018: Pokémon GO Fest returns to Chicago from July 14 to July 15

Despite the problems last year, Pokémon Go Fest is returning for 2018. Because of the problems last year, it's getting a new format.

From Pokémon Go:

Our biggest North American event is back with a brand-new look! Pokémon GO Fest returns to Chicago from July 14 to July 15. Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will offer a unique, immersive play experience unseen anywhere else that will create a daylong adventure for Trainers. The event will be held in the city's historic Lincoln Park, with a 1.8-mile walking course that, among the tree-lined greenery, will include exclusive activities for Trainers of all ages. Single-day passes go on sale on May 11 for $20 on our event website. Also, check the event website for details on hotel accommodations and stay tuned for more details.

Sounds like fun. Who wants to go?

What's Pokémon Go Fest?

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago is the second annual major U.S., real-world event for Niantic's incredibly popular augmented reality, geo-hunting game. It takes place on July 14 and 15, at Lincoln Park.

From Pokémon Go:

Are you ready to take a walk in the park? On May 11 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, tickets to Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park will go on sale! Get your tickets and join us on July 14 or July 15 in Chicago for a unique and new Pokémon GO experience in the city's historic Lincoln Park.

Your ticket gives you access to a 1.8-mile walking course featuring a variety of Pokémon habitats. As you walk through the park, you'll encounter Pokémon with affinities for those habitats. You'll also have an opportunity to conduct new Special Research that leads to exciting rewards. When you're not out researching Pokémon habitats, you can relax in special team lounges and meet new friends.

While Pokémon GO Fest 2018 will take place over the course of a weekend, Trainers will only be able to interact with the Pokémon habitats within the park for a single day. In other words, a Trainer who purchases a ticket to the event on Saturday will be unable to catch Pokémon within the park on Sunday–even if they've purchased a Sunday ticket. Tickets to this event are $20 per person for a single-day experience, so make sure to coordinate with your friends and family and grab them on our event website before they're gone.

Can't make it out to Chicago or unable to purchase a ticket? Don't worry! Trainers will be able to celebrate Pokémon GO Fest 2018 in a unique way all over the world. Stay tuned for information on how you'll be able to participate in the fun.

What does the walk look like?

Pokémon Go has sent out ticket packages to U.S. attendees and that includes a map of the event itself.

From u/davidj93 on The Silph Road:

What's the Special Research?

Celebi! Here's the deal:

Quest 1

  1. Spin 3 PokeStops or Gyms: 500 XP.
  2. Earn 1 Candy Walking your Buddy: 500 XP.
  3. Catch 15 Pokemon: 500 XP.

Bonus: 1000 Stardust, 50 Poké Balls, 3 Incense.

Quest 2

  1. Catch 10 Fire-type Pokémon: Torkoal.
  2. Catch 10 Water-type Pokémon: Ludiculo.
  3. Catch 10 Grass-type Pokémon: Shiftry.
  4. Catch 10 Steel-type Pokémon: Metagross.
  5. Catch 10 Rock-type Pokémon. Aggron.
  6. Catch 10 Ice-type Pokémon. Walrein.

Bonus: 2000 Stardust, 20 Ultra Balls, 3 Super Incubators.

Quest 3

  1. Catch 7 Unown: 1500 XP.
  2. Spin 3 Pokestops or Gyms: 1500 XP.
  3. Hatch 3 eggs. 1500 XP.

Bonus: 3000 Stardust, 10 Golden Razz Berries.

Catch Celebi!

Same deal as Mew, but there's no invisibility to deal with. So, you are in AR mode, and you do have to hit it three times, but you can see Celebi the whole time.

Quest 4

  1. Catch 5 Plusle: 2000 XP
  2. Catch 5 Minun: 2000 XP

Bonus: 4000 Stardust, 10 Pinap Berries, 20 Celebi Candies.

Claim rewards. (Yeah, seriously!)

  1. 2018 XP.
  2. 2018 XP.
  3. 2018 XP

Bonus: 5000 Stardust, 3 Premium Raid Passes, 3 Lucky Eggs.

What can players outside Chicago do?

Players around the world can help unlock bonuses by completing 5,000,000 Field Research Tasks per region:

  • Middle East & Africa: Hatch Candy Reward
  • Americas: Egg Distance Reduction Reward
  • Asia-Pacific: Raid Rare Candy Reward

If, along with Go Fest attendees in the park completing 100,000 Field Research tasks for a Catch Reward, all the rewards are unlocked from July 16-23, and there'll be an extra bonus on July 21.

There will also be increased spawns for Trapinch and Feebas, so you can get your Flygon and Milotic, and Shiny Plusie and Minun to track down.

What will the July 21 Bonus Reward be?

For Pokémon Go Safari Zone Dortumund, it was Articuno Day on July 7. That's led to speculation July 21 will be:

  • Moltres Day
  • Zapdos Day

Given the Celebi theme, though, it could also be:

  • Celebi Mythical Quest unlocked worldwide.

Has Pokémon Go said anything else about Pokémon Go Fest?

Yes! On the Pokémon Go Fest Event page:

Explore Pokémon Habitats: Lace up your most comfortable shoes and discover special Pokémon habitats that have emerged along a beautiful 1.8-mile walking course in Lincoln Park! Interact with unique spaces, discover the Pokémon that reside there, and fill in some gaps in your Pokédex.

Challenges and Rewards: Work together not only with the thousands of Trainers in the park, but also millions of Trainers around the world. Complete challenges throughout the way to unlock amazing global in-game rewards. More details about these challenges will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Conduct Research: Meet new friends and conduct research together within Lincoln Park to unlock exciting rewards.

Photo Ops: Commemorate the experience by snapping photos with your favorite Pokémon at the many awesome photo opportunities around the park.

Team Lounges: Cool off and recharge in one of the six team lounges, where you'll meet your fellow Instinct, Mystic, or Valor teammates.

What about Legendary Raids? Any new ones?

There could be!

How to prepare for Legendary Raids in Pokémon Go

Will Unown be back?

Last year, Unown celebrated Go Fest by spawning in the letter-forms needed to spell out C H I C A G O. This year, Unown is back in the artwork... but the letter B is shown. It'll be better for repeat attendees not to get the same letters, but what exactly the new word will be remains a mystery.

What about a special region?

Pokémon Go likes to celebrate special real-world events with special regional appearances. Last year it was Heracross spawning far to the north of its usual habitat. This year, Torkoal appears in the artwork. So, it looks like the Indian regional will be making an appearance in Chicago!

And the Alolan forms?

Seems likely! Pokémon Go previously said Alolan Forms would be coming over the next few weeks, and be a summer-related theme. Go Fest is smack in the middle of summer.

How different is Pokémon Go Fest 2018 from the original?

Substantially! Check out what happened last year:

Pokémon Go Fest Chicago 2017

What do you need to take with you for Pokémon Go Fest?

Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, shoes, batteries, headphones, water bottles, and more! That's what'll save you from the sun burns, the bugs bite, the heat parches, and the kilometers blister.


Like Superman, we're powered by the rays of our strong yellow sun. But what makes us stronger can also burn us. That's why really good sun screen is an absolute must for anyone spending any time outside this summer.

The Sweethome recommends NO-AD Sport SPF 50 or Coppertone Oil Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30.

A hat

It could be for your favorite sports team. It could be for your best-loved geek franchise. It could be from the latest fashion line or simply surplus. Whatever the branding — or lack thereof — the important thing is that it keeps the sun off your head and provides shade for your eyes.


Sunglasses aren't just about looking cool. OK, they're a lot about looking cool, but they're also about protecting your eyes. Anything and everything from particulates to UV light can get into and damage your eyes while you're out and about, especially if you're out an about at velocity on a bike, board, boat or skates.

The Wirecutter likes the Ryders Sevent and the Julbo Aero. For a less sporty, more budget pick, try ZeroUV Longhorn.


Pounding the pavement is as brutal on your feet as it sounds. Cement and asphalt are hard and, the latter especially, can get HOT. If you're on the trails, there are rocks, thorns, and trash to worry about as well. So, if you want your feet to last, and with a minimum of blisters and strain, get good shoes. For most activities, I love Nike Free.

Battery pack

No drain, no gain! It's goofy but it's true: Many outdoor activities demand a lot of power. If your Apple Watch is in workout mode, the heart rate monitor is firing. If your phone is being used to battle in Pokémon Gyms or navigate through a national park, the screen is lit and the GPS is hard at work. If you have a backpack with you, I like the mophie powerstation XX because it can charge multiple devices multiple times. If you're sticking strictly to pockets or fanny packs, the TravelCard is great. If you have an iPhone but want it to be more like an iPhone Plus when you're out and about, Apple's Smart Battery Case has an efficiency that simply can't be beat.

Water, water, water

It's critically important to stay hydrated when you're out, especially in the heat. That means drinking water regularly. You can find a fountain or Apple Pay for a bottle whenever you need it, but by the time you're thirsty you're already late. If you have a backpack or even a decent-sized pocket or pack, keep some water with you and sip regularly. Otherwise, make sure you stop regularly to refresh. Set a timer if you have to.

What else do you need to know about Pokémon Go Fest?

As the event approaches, we'll hopefully get and share more information. Until then, let us know if you have any questions!

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