Pokemon Go Summer Tour Coming Back to Chicago, Niantic Promises it Won't Screw Up This Time

Pokemon Go Summer Tour Coming Back to Chicago, Niantic Promises it Won't Screw Up This Time

While you were partying, Niantic studied server stability.

When Niantic tried to host a Pokemon Go fan festival in Chicago last year, the event devolved into a mess that made Team Skull's compound look as attractive as Disneyland. Niantic wasn't prepared for the huge crowd that attended the event thanks to promises of exclusive rewards, and massive connectivity issues ensued. But Niantic's ready to try again in Chicago this summer with the Pokemon Go Summer Tour 2018. It's been training.

Earlier today, Niantic distributed a press release outlining the festivities, which include events in Dortmund, Germany and Yokosuka, Japan as well as Chicago. The Chicago event, titled "A Walk in the Park," takes place in Lincoln Park on July 14 and 15. Niantic promises the Chicago event is "a unique and immersive gameplay experience not seen in any of Niantic’s previous live events. The tree-lined, 1.8-mile walking course through the park will include physical installations and exclusive activities for Trainers of all ages."

Players in the area surrounding Chicago will also have a chance to participate in "additional in-game activities," and there will be Community Day events for people who can't attend in-person. Tickets are $20 and go on sale on May 11 at 9 a.m. PDT on the event's website.

[Looks out over crowd] "My friends ... it's time. We're ready to challenge our ancient foe: Chicago."

Niantic's attempt to host a Pokémon GO fan festival in Chicago last year bombed out so hard, the company wound up settling a class action lawsuit for $1.5 million USD with fans who'd paid for plane tickets to attend. The press release about the latest round of fan festivals addresses the Phanpy in the room. "After getting off to a bumpy start in Chicago last year, we hosted a number of record-setting events in Japan, Korea, and cities across Europe with attendance that ranged from tens of thousands to more than two million," says John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic. "We are excited to be returning to Chicago for our US event."

Niantic seeks redemption this summer. Maybe it'll find it in the bosom of Chicago. You shouldn't neglect your training, either. Check out our tips, tricks, and guides for everything related to Pokémon GO.

Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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