If you feel like there’s just never enough people around when you’re trying to catch ‘em all, then you probably thought the first ever Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago last year was a brilliant idea. Granted, if you attended, you may have found out that brilliant ideas don’t always pan out. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the idea was bad, perhaps it was just the implementation. And that’s likely what organizers of this year’s fest are hoping to change.
Yes Trainers, the Pokémon Go Fest celebrating the wildly popular AR game is back on, even after last year’s one-year-anniversary fest was so overpopulated that many attendees couldn’t even get online to play the game they came to Chicago’s Grant Park to celebrate. And it looked like this…
While that may look like a nightmare to anyone with any sense of agoraphobia, to the organizers of Pokémon Go Fest, Niantic, it likely looks like a missed opportunity. As such, this summer, from July 14 - 15, they’re bringing Pokémon GO Fest 2018: A Walk in the Park to Chicago’s historic (and much larger) Lincoln Park. Trainers can explore a “unique immersive play experience” (according to Pokémon GO's press release) along the 1.8-mile tree-lined walking course.
Now, just because last year’s Fest didn’t go exactly as planned, that hasn’t dimmed Ninantic’s optimism for a global takeover, as they’re planning Pokémon Go events worldwide. They’ve even dubbed it the “Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018.” A Safari Zone event is heading to Dortmund, Germany, from June 30 to July 1. Then there's a Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan, later in the summer, followed by events across Asia, to be announced soon.
The events are touted as a chance to catch all sorts of different types of Pokémon, while also enjoying “breathtaking scenery” and a “unique real-world experience.” Hopefully with abundant connectivity and not too many fellow humans.
Single-day passes for the Chicago Pokémon Go Fest go on sale on May 11 for $20. Will you be trying to catch ‘em all?