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Pokémon GO Fest was an event that was that was held at Grant Park in Chicago. It was the first officially sanctioned event by Niantic and The Pokémon Company.


Pokémon GO Fest took place on July 22, 2017. This event coincides with the Anniversary event.


There were challenges for both attendees and Trainers around the world.


  • PokéWalks
  • Timed Catch Challenges
  • Mystery Challenge

Trainers worldwideEdit

  • Extending bonuses from Timed Catch Challenges
  • Unlocking Mystery Challenge


Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017

Exclusive medal for attending the event

As a result of all the hard work put in during Pokémon GO Fest, incredible in-game bonuses were unlocked for the entire Pokémon GO community.[1]

Based on the efforts of the Trainers at the event, Lugia was revealed as the first Legendary Pokémon to enter the real world. In addition, since Team Mystic captured the most Pokémon during the event, Articuno joined Lugia in Raid Battles immediately upon completing the challenge.

Legendary bird availabilityEdit

The other two legendary birds, Moltres and Zapdos, were also unlocked, but they will be available in the weeks to come.[2]

Bird Name Start date End date
Articuno Articuno Saturday, July 22 Monday, July 31
Moltres Moltres Monday, July 31 Monday, August 7
Zapdos Zapdos Monday, August 7 Monday, August 14

Shop discountsEdit

Main article: Anniversary Boxes

Event mapEdit

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017 event map


  • The Unown that spawned at the event were: A, C, G, H, I and O; which spelled "Chicago."


There were numerous networking and connectivity issues present, during the event. Many Trainers could not log into their accounts during the event. The game's CEO, John Hanke, was booed on stage for the frustration. Because of these issues, all attendees were refunded their admission cost, received $100 in Shop credit and given a free Lugia.[3][2]


  1. Legendary Pokémon are here!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hanke, J. (2017, July 25). An Update regarding Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. Niantic. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  3. Pokemon Go Fest refunds all tickets as players can't get game to work. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.

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