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Chicago's Pokémon GO Fest Is One Of The Hottest Tickets In Town

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 20, 2017 2:52PM

Was it only one year ago that Pokémon GO exploded across the country, gluing people to their phone screens as they foraged around, searching for various Pokémon through the app's augmented reality interface? And we're betting that for many of you, it now feels like a distant trend, long abandoned by most.

But you would be wrong!

Niantic, the company that created the game, will celebrate the Pokémon GO's first anniversary right here in Chicago, with Pokémon GO Fest on July 22 in Grant Park's Butler Field.

According to the event website, attendees can expect to:

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.

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.

Unlock an exclusive Pokémon GO Fest Chicago medal for your profile page.

There will also be a special Pokémon GO Fest walking course, featuring PokéStops with special Eggs you can only get at the event.

Now here's the bad news, tickets went on sale Monday and almost immediately sold out. And some tickets on eBay are already going for between $350 to $1000. We know, we know—HUGE bummer.

But there's still a chance to participate even if you can't afford a couple hundred bucks for a ticket on the secondhand market.

In a statement on the Pokémon GO Facebook page, organizers said, "We understand that a lot of you want to attend but couldn’t buy tickets in time due to the overwhelming demand. While we wish we could welcome all Trainers to be with us in person, we can say players around the world will be able to participate in a unique way. Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks about how you can benefit from rewards unlocked at Pokémon GO Fest Chicago."

If you're still on the Pokémon GO bandwagon, keep an eye out. And if not, maybe avoid Grant Park that day?

[h/t Chicago Tribune]