This year’s Pokémon GO Fest Chicago took place from June 13 to June 16 in Chicago, Illinois. Niantic hosted a number of special activities for attendees, including several rare Pokémon appearances. The Mythical Pokémon Jirachi made its Pokémon GO debut at the Chicago-based event via new Special Research. In celebration of Pokémon GO Fest 2019, the Water-type Pokémon Horsea was appearing more frequently globally. Shiny Horsea, Shiny Seadra and Shiny Kingdra also made their Pokémon GO debuts. A new GO Fest 2019 Tee was made available for free. Special Pokémon were appearing throughout downtown Chicago during Pokémon GO Fest 2019 in Illinois, but only Pokémon GO players with event tickets were allowed to encounter any Pokémon in Grant Park.
Some Pokémon that appeared in the Pokémon GO Fest 2019 in Chicago were also appearing worldwide. Alolan Vulpix and Flower Crown Eevee were among the special Pokémon spawning at the Pokémon GO Fest 2019 in Chicago. Loudred, Chimecho and more Pokémon were also photobombing GO Snapshot photos at the event. Shiny Abra, Shiny Kadabra and Shiny Alakazam also made their Pokémon GO debuts at the event. Due to severe weather in Chicago, Illinois, the third day of Pokémon GO Fest 2019 was paused but eventually reopened. Niantic will not provide refunds to those affected by the weather, but it has announced a makeup event for all Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019 Saturday ticket holders. Partially because of this, Niantic was trending on Twitter for a while.
Due to severe thunderstorms in the surrounding area, The National Weather Service in collaboration with the City of Chicago authorities advised evacuating the event site on Saturday, June 15th during Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019. For the safety of attendees, the event was paused given the incoming forecast of lightning. As soon as city safety officials notified the Pokémon GO team that the weather was clear, gameplay resumed and attendees were invited to return to the park.
As a token of our appreciation for attendees’ cooperation during the evacuation and afterwards, Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019 Saturday ticket holders will see increased appearances of event Pokémon featured during Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019 next Saturday. See below for more information:
- Pokémon GO Fest Chicago featured Pokémon like Machop, Horsea, Lapras, Lotad, Ralts, Mawile, Absol and many others will appear more frequently in the wild for Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019 Saturday ticket holders.
Date + Time
- Saturday, June 22 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (local time) wherever Saturday Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019 ticket holders are in the world.
In addition, similar to last year’s event, all Pokémon GO Fest Chicago 2019 ticket holders will have the ability to finish their Special Research from the event after the weekend is over.