Pokémon GO Fest is a real-world event that is held in Chicago. The first event was hosted in Grant Park and the second one will be hosted in Lincoln Park.[1]


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 2017

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2018

Exclusive medal for 2018

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.[2]

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 Birds releaseEdit

The other two Legendary Birds - Moltres and Zapdos, were also unlocked, but they will be available in the weeks to come. [3]

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

Event mapEdit

Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2017 event map


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. [4][3]



  1. Get Pumped Up for Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2018!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-05-07.
  2. Legendary Pokémon are here!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Hanke, J. (2017, July 25). An Update regarding Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. Niantic. Retrieved on 2017-07-26.
  4. 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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