Chicago, Illinois
July 22, 2017
Grant Park, Chicago
Celebrate one year of Pokémon GO together with thousands of Trainers from the community!
Enjoy Pokémon GO Fest Around the World
Can’t make it to Chicago? Stay tuned for how to participate in Pokémon GO Fest together with Trainers around the world.
Increased Pokémon Encounters
Catch a wide variety of Pokémon, including some that have never been seen before in Grant Park. This is a great chance to fill in some gaps in your Pokédex.
Challenges and Rewards
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. More details about these challenges and rewards will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Exclusive In-App Medal
Unlock an exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Chicago medal for your profile page—the first of its kind!
Special PokéStops
Lace up your most comfortable walking shoes and get ready for the Pokémon GO Fest walking course, lined with PokéStops that award special 2 km Eggs which can only be obtained in Grant Park.
Team Lounges
Cool off and recharge in one of the three team lounges, where you'll meet your fellow Instinct, Mystic, or Valor teammates.
Photo Ops
Commemorate the experience by snapping photos with your favorite Pokémon at the many awesome photo opportunities around the park.
Sprint and Boost Mobile Rewards!
Get your First Catch Hour wristband at participating Sprint Gyms or Boost Mobile PokéStops in Chicago, and stay for the Sprint Pokémon GO Gym Battle or Boost Mobile Lure-A-Thon for a chance to win $50 Amazon gift cards. (While supplies last. First Catch Hour wristband must be accompanied by a Pokémon GO Fest wristband to enter.)
Boost Mobile Lure-A-Thon
Friday, July 14th
4 P.M. to 8 P.M.
4900 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
Sprint Gym Battle 1
Saturday, July 15th
12 P.M. to 4 P.M.
4800 West Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60641
Sprint Gym Battle 2
Thursday, July 20th
12 P.M. to 4 P.M.
100 West Randolph St., Suite 106-107
Chicago, IL 60601
Sprint Gym Battle 3
Friday, July 21st
12 P.M. to 4 P.M.
239 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Sprint Gym Battle 4
Friday, July 21st
4 P.M. to 8 P.M.
24 East Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Boost Mobile Lure-A-Thon
Friday, July 21st
3 P.M. to 7 P.M.
5101 South Cicero Ave
Chicago, IL 60632
During the Pokémon GO Fest, ask a rep at the Sprint PokéStop about exclusive Trainer Level Badges, Pokémon GO autograph sessions, photo with Snorlax, Trainer Rewards and FREE charging stations. Walk over to the Boost Mobile PokéStop for more FREE game items, additional Pokémon GO autograph sessions, the chance to win really cool prizes and recharge!
Host Hotels
Special Pokémon GO Fest discounted rates are available while supplies last by clicking the hotel logos below. Trainers who stay at these hotels will also have access to Pokémon GO Fest Chicago one hour early, starting at 9 A.M.
Stay tuned
There are many more details to be revealed about Pokémon GO Fest Chicago. Check back at this webpage or follow Pokémon GO on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for updates.
Dates & Hours
July 22, 2017
10 A.M. – 7 P.M.
Line Hours
The line for entry at Pokémon GO Fest will start at 6 A.M. on July 22. Lining up prior to 6 A.M. will be prohibited.
Box Office Location & Hours
Located on Columbus & Jackson next to the entrance of the festival.

Thursday, July 20 – Friday, July 21
12 P.M. – 7 P.M.

Saturday, July 22
8 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Getting to Pokémon GO Fest Chicago
What are the Transit Options for Pokémon GO Fest Chicago?

Here are some different transportation methods to help you come and go from Pokémon GO Fest Chicago:

  • Public Transportation

    Trips can be planned through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) trip planner at

    The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides train and bus routes to Grant Park, through the city and to both major airports. Additional information and route planning can be found at:

    Metra’s commuter rail system can be used for traveling from the Chicago suburbs. Details on riding Metra to and from Pokémon GO Fest and a map of nearby Metra stations can be found at:

  • Taxis

    Grab a cab and get dropped off on Columbus Drive at Jackson Blvd. Then, head into Pokémon GO Fest!

  • Parking

    Convenient and security patrolled, 24-hour parking is available near Grant Park at the four Millennium Garages. For the best rates, reserve your parking in advance by clicking here.

Where is the Entrance to Pokémon GO Fest Chicago?

Make your way to Grant Park and there will be a Main Entrance to Pokémon GO Fest Chicago at Columbus & Jackson.

ADA Parking

Parking is not available on the festival grounds. The Millennium Park Garage and the Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Dr. (between Randolph and Monroe on Columbus) and the Grant Park North Garage located at 25 N. Michigan (entrances on Michigan at Madison, between Randolph and Monroe) are all fully accessible.

Chicago Transit Authority’s bus lines and rail stations are all equipped with accessible services. Visit to find out more about accessible services from CTA.

Wristband Activation
Wristband registration ensures that your investment remains yours and in the event of an emergency the correct contact is associated with your wristband for you or your child.

Please follow the steps below to ensure your wristband is registered before the festival:

STEP 1: Visit to register your wristband(s).
STEP 2: Be sure to register each wristband.
STEP 3: Include your name and phone number in the emergency contact fields for your child.

Guest Services
The Information and Tag-A-Kid booth are located near the entrance to the Festival. Get answers to your questions, register your child through the Tag-A-Kid program, learn about the festival’s ADA and Accessibility plan, return found items or look for lost items and learn more about the Pokémon GO app!
Exit & Re-Entry Policy
All ticket holders are allowed to re-enter the festival throughout the day. You must be scanned upon exit at the gate in order to re-enter. Ticket holders and their belongings will be searched upon entry and every re-entry to the park.
Allowed & Prohibited Items
The following items are ALLOWED:
  • Backpacks (Standard school-sized backpacks only. No frames or camping gear.)
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras) without detachable lenses and other accessories (monopods, selfie sticks, tripods, GoPro mounts, and other attachments are not allowed)
  • GoPro cameras without accessories
  • Sealed sunscreen lotion (no aerosol containers)
  • Empty hydration packs and water bottles (plastic or aluminum) Max size 36oz. for Yeti type hydration rambler
  • Water – you may bring two factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter each) and refill them throughout the day at our free water filling stations
The following items are PROHIBITED:
  • No E-Cigs or Vaping devices
  • Aerosol containers (including sunscreen and personal beauty products)
  • Any and all professional audio recording equipment
  • Any and all professional video equipment
  • Professional cameras (any camera with the option to detach a lens)
  • Any and all camera accessories, such as selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, go pro mounts and attachments, detachable lenses, or other commercial equipment
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Totems, Flags, Banners
  • Coolers of any kind (exceptions may be made for medical use)
  • Framed backpacks
  • Hammocks
  • Glass Containers
  • Firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc)
  • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind, except 2 factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter each)
  • Umbrellas
  • Professional-grade radios or walkie-talkies
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts (including red wagons) or any personal motorized vehicles
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
  • Large wallet and waist chains that exceed 12 inches in length and width of 1 inch.
  • Bicycle chains and other such chains will not be allowed.
  • Bicycles inside the festival grounds (free parking is available near festival entrance)
  • No Chairs of any kind
  • No Inflatable furniture. Rafts, chairs, etc.
ADA Access & Accommodations
Pokémon GO Fest is ADA compliant, including accessible entrances and restrooms. For more information, patrons are directed to visit the Info/Guest Services Tent during operational hours. The Info/Guest Services Tent is located inside the Main Entrance on Jackson Dr. Services offered at the Info/Guest Services Tent include, but are not limited to:
  • Answers to questions specific to the ADA Access Program
  • Information relevant to our patrons with disabilities
  • Power outlet for recharging powered mobility devices

If you encounter a guest with a disability who has any access questions or needs assistance, please direct them to the Info/Guest Services Tent or call for ADA Assistance/Crowd Services on the Crowd Services Radio Channel.

  • Never ask the nature of a person’s disability.
  • Never push a mobility device/wheelchair – but you can help clear crowds as appropriate.
ADA Parking & Transportation
Parking is not available on the festival grounds. The Millennium Park Garage and the Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Dr. (between Randolph and Monroe on Columbus) and the Grant Park North Garage located at 25 N. Michigan (entrances on Michigan at Madison, between Randolph and Monroe) are all fully accessible.

Chicago Transit Authority’s bus lines and rail stations are all equipped with accessible services. Visit to find out more about accessible services from CTA.

ADA Festival Entrance
There are special designated lanes at the festival entrance for patrons with disabilities. Guests can ask a staff member to direct them to the lanes.
Patrons with Mobility Limitations
The Festival grounds are ADA accessible, but please be aware that this is a venue with distances between attractions. Also, it is an outdoor festival situated in a park and across city streets. Therefore, most travel is over natural terrain and terrain designed for motor vehicles. If it should rain, there will be mud in some places. Pokemon GO Fest does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push services of any kind or wheelchairs for rent or loan. Guests should make arrangements in advance if a wheelchair is needed and plan to bring attendants, if needed.

Motorized vehicles, such as Segway’s and golf carts are not allowed.

Accessible portable toilets are available at the end of each row of restrooms throughout the park.

Special Dietary Needs
Outside food and drink (except for bottled water) is not allowed in the festival, but if a patron has special medical dietary restrictions, pre-packaged items will be allowed if accompanied by a doctor’s note. Patrons will be asked to present your doctor’s note to security upon entry to the festival.

A patron requiring insulin is allowed to bring his or her medically necessary materials and medications provided all medicine has a prescription label with the patron’s name. Out of concern for the festival staff who handle the trash, patrons are expected to dispose of medical waste and syringes in the proper disposal located at the medial tent, located next to the Instinct Lounge. Please do not dispose of these items in other trash bins at the festival.

Pokémon GO Fest will have food vendors that provide special dietary options. Please visit the Info/Guest Services tent for a full list of vendors and further information.

Service Animals at Pokémon GO Fest
  • Animals and pets are not allowed within the festival grounds.
  • Guests with service animals will need to show documentation of service animal status to security upon entry.