More than anything else, the Pokemon Go Fest event is infamous for being a catastrophe on a level most official events are not. Despite the good that did come out of it, most people remember it for frustrated fans, international travel refunds, and lawsuits. But Niantic is giving the idea a second shot, after several successful events run in other countries.
The new event is called “A Walk in the Park in Chicago,” and will be held on July 14 and 15, 2018 at Lincoln Park. The event will follow a roughly two-mile trail that will include rare Pokemon, real-life guideposts, and contain some sort of “exclusive activities.”
Niantic CEO John Hanke released a statement the company is confident this year won’t be a repeat of last, after several events in Japan, Korea, and Europe went well with crowds that went over two million in some cases.
Tickets will go on sale on May 11, 2018 and will be $20. Anyone who is in Chicago at all during the event, regardless of participating or not, will also be able to find rare Pokemon in the city. Niantic's international Safari Zone events are also making another run, starting in Japan and then running through other parts of Asia through the summer.