On Saturday, July 22nd, Pokemon Go will host its very first live event with Pokemon Go Fest at Grant Park in Chicago. The event has been highly anticipated ever since its initial announcement, with tickets selling out within minutes. Still, we had relatively few details about the event until this morning when developer Niantic dropped a ton of info alongside announcements of other Pokemon Go events around the world.
“During the day, there will be three Challenge Windows in which Trainers everywhere will work alongside those in Chicago to unlock global rewards. During the Challenge Windows, Trainers in Grant Park will attempt to unlock perks for Pokémon GO players around the world by catching certain types of Pokémon. Each Pokémon- type will be tied to a different perk, so Trainers at the park will need to carefully choose which Pokémon they catch. Will those in attendance try to catch Electric-type Pokémon to reduce the distance required to hatch Eggs, or Grass-type Pokémon to increase Stardust bonuses, or other Pokémon- types to secure a variety of other bonuses?”
Can’t make it all the way to Chicago? That’s OK, because Pokemon Go Fest is a global event. Players around the world will be trying to catch as many Pokemon as possible, as this will extend the timeframe of the effects players at the fest will unlock. ” If Trainers around the world catch enough Pokémon, a mystery challenge will be unveiled in Grant Park that, once completed, will unlock an extra-special bonus across the globe.”
Niantic also announced seven new Pokemon Go events around the world, though these won’t be as big as the one taking place in Chicago. Pokemon Go Safari Zones will be popping up throughout Europe that will allow players to catch some never before seen in the region creatures. The dates and locations are…
August 5, 2017
Centrum Cerny Most—Prague, Czech Republic
August 12, 2017
Mall of Scandinavia—Stockholm, Sweden
Stadshart Amstelveen—Amstelveen, The Netherlands
September 16, 2017
Les Quatre Temps—Paris, France
La Maquinista—Barcelona, Spain
August 9-15 will also feature the annual Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama, Japan. If you’re there be sure to have the game open so you can nab all the Pikachu you could ever want.