Lonely Planet Writer

It's back: Pokémon Go will kick off the summer season with a big festival in Chicago

Pokémon Go was a veritable sensation last summer, getting people from around the world out and exploring their cities with the augmented reality mobile game. But since then, the app has fallen off the map a bit, but it may return to prominence with a massive event in Chicago.

A man tries to catch a Piafabec (Spearow) character while playing Nintendo Co.'s Pokemon Go augmented-reality game At Jardin des Tuileries on August 17, 2016 in Paris, France.
A Pokemon Go Fest will be held in Chicago on 22 July. Image by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

As the game – where users seek out Pokemon superimposed on their phone screens at real-life locations – celebrates its one-year anniversary, a Pokémon Go Fest has been announced for 22 July in Chicago, Illinois. Tickets for the event go on sale 19 June at 10 am PDT. However, few details about what the event will actually entail are available at this time.

What’s known is that it will be held in Grant Park, one of Chicago’s most prominent urban parks, which contains Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and Soldier Field. For fans of the game in Europe, the company says there will be Pokémon Go celebrations hosted across the continent at Unibail-Rodamco shopping malls from June through September, with details coming soon. There will also be a “Pikachu Outbreak”, event in Yokohama, Japan, in August, which is said to be a unique experience.

Last summer, Pokémon Go was celebrated as an amazing way to get people out of the house and exploring their cities. Many cultural sites, like the National Mall in Washington and the Museum of Australian Democracy, encouraged people to stop by their PokeStops and perhaps into the sites themselves. However, there were a few incidents of spots where the game was discouraged, out of respect. Those included the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.