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Grant Park, Chicago
Explore Pokémon habitats within Chicago's iconic Grant Park with thousands of Trainers from around the world. Attend Pokémon GO Fest 2019 on Thursday June 13th, Friday June 14th, Saturday June 15th, or Sunday June 16th. All days will offer the same enhanced experience but you can only choose one*.
$25
(fees not included; single‑day admission only)
Event
Pokémon GO Fest 2019
Location
Grant Park, Chicago, IL
Date*
June 13–16, 2019
Time
11 A.M. – 7 P.M.

*Pokémon GO Fest 2019 attendees may only purchase tickets for one day of the four-day event. Pokémon GO Fest 2019 in-app benefits are only visible to attendees who have purchased a ticket. Please review the Niantic Terms of Service for additional information.

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 along the way to unlock amazing global in-game rewards. More details about these challenges will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Special Research
Conduct Special Research together within Grant Park to unlock exciting rewards.
GO Snapshot 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.
FAQs
Parking and Directions
Where is the Entrance to Pokémon GO Fest 2019?

Make your way to Grant Park and there will be two (2) Main Entrances to Pokémon GO Fest 2019.

  • The NORTH entrance is located at Butler Field (Eastbound at the intersection of South Columbus Street & East Jackson Drive)
  • The SOUTH entrance is located at Hutchinson Field (Eastbound at the intersection of South Columbus Street & East Balbo Drive)

Please note that your ticket purchase designates your starting point (North or South). You MUST check in at the assigned entry point. The user experience is designed based on your starting point.

What are the Transit Options for Pokémon GO Fest 2019?

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

Airports

The two major airports in Chicago and in close proximity to Grant Park are listed below Chicago Midway International Airport – distance to Grant Park: 10 miles (5700 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago IL, 60638) O’Hare International Airport – distance to Grant Park: 18 miles (10000 West O’Hare Avenue, Chicago, IL 60666)

Public Transportation

Trips can be planned through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) trip planner at http://www.rtachicago.org/ 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: http://www.transitchicago.com/ From the elevated lines: exit at Adams/Wabash. From the subway: exit at Jackson (NORTH entrance) or Harrison (SOUTH entrance) and walk several blocks east. Metra’s commuter rail system can be used for traveling from the Chicago suburbs. Details on riding Metra and a map of nearby Metra stations can be found at: https://metrarail.com/

Taxis

Grab a cab and get dropped off at Butler Field (Eastbound at the intersection of South Columbus Street & East Jackson Drive) for the NORTH entrance and Hutchinson Field (Eastbound at the intersection of South Columbus Street & East Balbo Drive) for the SOUTH entrance. Then, head into Pokémon GO Fest 2019!

Biking

Bicycles may not be ridden inside Grant Park, but bicycle parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.

Parking

Convenient, 24-hour parking is available at the Grant Park North Garage located at 25 North Michigan Avenue, the Grant Park South Garage located at 325 South Michigan Avenue or at the Millenium Park Garage and Millenium Lakeside Garage located at 5 South Columbus Drive. For the best rates, reserve your parking in advance by clicking here.

Street Closures

The following streets will be closed during GO Fest 2019. East Jackson between South Columbus and Lake Shore Drive and East Balbo between South Columbus and Lake Shore Drive.

ADA Parking

Parking is not available in Grant Park. The Millenium Park Garage and the Millenium Lakeside Garage located at 5 South Columbus Drive (between Randolph and Monroe on South Columbus) and the Grant Park North Garage are all fully accessible.

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

Ticket Information and Wristband Activation
Ticket Registry and Delivery

For an overview of how in-app ticketing works for Pokémon GO Fest 2019 Chicago, see our Help Center. Please also review the Niantic Ticket Drawing Terms and Conditions.

Trainers can apply to attend the event within the Pokémon GO app. Once the event registration begins, Trainers can navigate to the Events screen from the Main Menu to apply to attend.

If the number of successful applicants for tickets exceeds the overall amount of capacity, there will be a random drawing to ensure there is a fair opportunity for all. If selected to attend the event, selected Trainer can purchase up to four tickets.

Trainers that are selected to attend can only purchase tickets for players who they have reached Great Friends at the time of ticket purchase.

To ensure a great experience Pokémon GO Fest Ticket holders may only purchase tickets for one day of the four day event.

Trainers will be given the option of purchasing general admission tickets for each day through both the North (Butler) & South (Hutchinson) entrances.

Each Trainer must submit a valid e-mail address. Any valid email address may be used (email address does not have to be linked to the individual’s Pokémon GO account).

Event Check-in

To begin your Pokémon GO Fest experience, simply enter Grant Park on the date and time of your purchased ticket from your designated entrance.

Ticket holders may only attend one day of the event. Trainers who do not have a valid ticket will be unable to see or interact with Pokémon within the park.

Other Details

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is also a ticket holder.

If you do not have a ticket to Pokémon GO Fest, you will not be able to see any Pokémon in Grant Park. However, many Pokémon featured in Pokémon GO Fest habitats will be appearing all around the world on June 13th - June 16th.

Guest Services
Guest Services

The Help/Information counters are located near the NORTH and SOUTH entrances of the festival. Stop by to get answers to your questions, receive PokéStop registration help, learn about the festival’s ADA and accessibility plan, return found items or look for lost items and learn more about Pokémon GO!

Nursing Stations

More Information Coming Soon!

TRASH Disposal
TRASH Disposal

Garbage/refuse collection and disposal is ultimately the responsibility of everyone. Any and all refuse generated must be properly disposed of in garbage receptacles located throughout the park. Please dispose of your trash in the correct recycling and regular receptacles.

Exit & Re-Entry Policy
Exit & Re-Entry Policy

All ticket holders are allowed to re-enter the festival throughout the day. Only ticket holders will be able to participate in the Pokémon GO Fest experience and specialized elements.

Allowed & Prohibited Items
Allowed & Prohibited Items

The following items are ALLOWED:

  • Clear Backpacks (Standard school-sized backpacks only. No frames or camping gear.)
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras)
  • GoPro cameras without accessories
  • Sealed sunscreen lotion (no aerosol containers)
  • Empty hydration packs and water bottles (plastic or aluminum) Max size 36oz.
  • Pre-packaged food
  • Water – you may bring factory sealed bottles of water and refill them throughout the day at our free water filling stations
  • Collapsible Umbrella
  • Strollers

The following items are PROHIBITED:

  • Backpacks (Clear backpacks only. No frames or camping gear.)
  • Cigarettes, 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
  • Camera accessories, such as selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, go pro mounts and attachments, 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
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind (including firearms, pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • 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
  • Preparation or cooking of food onsite
  • Please do not affix anything to the trees or shrubs
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
  • No chairs of any kind
ADA Accommodations
ADA Accommodations

Pokémon GO Fest 2019 is ADA compliant, including accessible entrances and restrooms. For more information, patrons are directed to visit the Help/Information counters during operational hours. The Help/Information counters are located near the NORTH and SOUTH entrances to the festival in the team tents. 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.

A friendly reminder to be considerate of all Pokémon GO Fest 2019 attendees:

  • 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 in Grant Park. The Millenium Park Garage and the Millenium Lakeside Garage located at 5 South Columbus Drive (between Randolph and Monroe on South Columbus) and the Grant Park North Garage are all fully accessible.

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

Patrons With Mobility Limitations

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

The Park grounds are ADA accessible, but please be aware that this is a venue with distances between attractions. The length of the experience is almost one mile. Also, it is an outdoor festival situated in a park and across city streets. Therefore, most travel is over natural terrain and pathways. If it should rain, there will be mud in some places. Pokémon GO Fest 2019 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 ADA portable toilets are available at the end of each row of restrooms throughout the park.

Food & Beverage
Dietary Needs

Pokémon GO Fest 2019 will have food vendors that provide special dietary options. Please visit the Help/Information counter for a full list of vendors and further information.

Service Animals
Service Animals

Animals and pets are not allowed within the festival grounds or attractions.

Guests with service animals will need to show documentation of service animal status to security upon entry.

Inclement Weather
Inclement Weather

The event will take place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather. In the case of extreme weather, directions to the nearest shelters will be communicated to the attendees. Shelter locations will also be listed on the event map.

Press
Press

To apply for press credentials, please reach out to press@nianticlabs.com